The next meeting of the Footpaths Group will be held in the Parish Rooms on Thursday June 28 2007 commencing at 7.30pm.
Chair: Heather Hall
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest.
3) Minutes of meeting held on May 24 2007
4) Matters arising
5) Finance and fundraising
a) Breathing Places funding
b) E-on funding
c) Action Earth monitoring
6) Notifications and correspondence.
a) Willington Marina development
b) Tree safety, Commonpiece Lane
7) Footpath maintenance and improvements
8) Great Trees of Derbyshire Project
9) Cote Close opening 5 October 10am
10) Evaluation of exhibition and consultation, Village Fete (16.6.07).
11) Website development
a) Cardales Meadow
b) Wildflower planting, autumn 2007.
c) Cote Close Bird Sanctuary
13) Parish walks, evaluation Swarkestone Evening Walk, (5.6.07) and walk with Derby Natural History Society, (20.6.07) and arrangements for Twilight Walk, (4.7.07).
14) Wildlife database
15) Date next meeting/Chair
Present: Mrs. H Hall (In the Chair), Mrs. J Tidy, Mrs. W Hithersay, Mrs. L Lenton, Mrs. S Hughes, Mr. P Wilson (plus cake), Mrs. F Prockter, Mrs. J Ashford, Mrs. R Ross MBE, JP, Mr. N Froggatt, Mr. M Orme, and Mr. V S Wright.
The Chairman welcomed Mrs. Ann Evans to her exploratory meeting of the Footpaths Committee.
Mr. and Mrs. N Froggatt, Cllr Mrs. A Hood.
2. Declarations of interest:
3. Minutes of the last meeting held on the 24th May 2007:
The minutes of the last meeting held on the 19th April were accepted as a true record subject to the following amendments:-.
Minute 5, page 1 bottom line-Delete form, add from.
Page 2 line 12-delete ken, add keen.
4. Matters arising:
Mrs. Ross enquired why David Bellamy had not been invited to open Cotes Close. The Clerk replied that he had made the suggestion but no-one had made a proposal nor come forward with any contact details.
5. Finance and Fundraising:
a) Breathing Places Funding.
The award for £6,489 had been made by BBC Breathing Places. There is some flexibility, but an allocation has been suggested as follows:-
Mower-£4250, Wildflowers-£1023, Seats (3)-£1341. Registration must be completed by August.
Mr. Froggatt had obtained details of three mowers, Westwood Twister (Woodgrow) at a discounted price of £4000, TIGA-£4609 and EFKO-£3225. After some discussion it was unanimously agreed to purchase the Westwood Twister fitted with a towbar.
It was reported that the second garage behind the Parish Rooms had been ordered and that preparation of the base would begin shortly. Mr. Froggatt enquired if the Parish Council would be prepared to insure the new mower. The Clerk replied that as the mower could not be used for Parish Council (i.e:-statutary body) duties it would hardly be appropriate with which Mrs. Ross agreed and the decision was taken for the Footpaths Group to insure the mower themselves. The Clerk also requested assistance from the Group in revising the Parish Council insurance schedule and Mr. Froggatt and the Clerk are to meet separately.
1. It was also agreed to purchase two seats for Cotes Close leaving some flexibility in the funding allocation.
The matter of the wildflowers, which need to be native to this area was referred to a separate meeting to be arranged following reference to the Derbyshire plant list.
b) E-on Funding. The date for the presentation of the cheque for the award will be made to Cllr. Mrs. A Hood on 26th July 2007 at 3.30 p.m. and full support from the Group was requested.
c) Action Earth Monitoring.
The Project Feedback and Grant Claim Forms are to be completed when the appropriate receipts have been agreed with Mrs. Froggatt and the Clerk.
d) An application has been prepared and made to O2 for funding to cover the access gate and wildflower seed for Cardales Meadow. The closing date was only 48 hours from receipt of the forms so the decision was taken to proceed.
6. Correspondence and notifications:
a) Walking Festival.
A walking festival is being arranged for 2008 and the first of a quarterly steering group meeting is to be held at Swadlincote on Monday 16th July 2007. A Group volunteer is required and Mrs. Joan Tidy offered to attend the first meeting.
b) Julie Eymes is to pay a visit on Tuesday.
c) The damage to the fencing on the level crossing near Crow Park Way has been reported and a more permanent attachment is considered necessary, which has been promised by Network Rail. Both SDDC and DCC say the work involved in draining the footpath under the railway bridge is in hand.
d) There appears to be both moisture ingress and fading of the footpath map on the Green and Group members were asked for their opinion.
e) A graffiti box has been received from SDDC for use by the Group and the Clerk pointed out that, as solvents were involved, a risk analysis would be necessary.
f) Willington Marina-The Clerk had responded to the planning application as follows:- The Findern Parish Council has no principal objections to the application. However any disturbance of the duckboards on Footpath 8 (Potlocks) associated with the development will require immediate rectification. The additional pedestrian traffic will also necessitate the canal towpath to be hardsurfaced and the steel Potlocks bridge to be modified. It is also requested that a footway be provided alongside the whole of Willington Road as a safety measure.
g) Tree safety on Crow Park Way adjacent to Clovermead kennels.
The Clerk had written to SDDC requesting progress.
7. Footpath Maintenance and Improvements:
£293 had been spent so far involving mowing/strimming on footpaths 1, 5, 6, 7, 8,10 and 11.
Mrs. Froggatt had not been able to contact Mr. Atkins regarding stile replacement and suggested writing to all local landowners regarding stile replacement. After some discussion the decision was taken for the group to inspect all the stiles on local footpaths and report back.
2. 8. Great Trees of Derbyshire Project:
No progress due to bad weather.
9. Cote Close Opening:
Mrs. Froggatt is to send out the invitations and the Clerk is to confirm the presence of Mark Todd M.P. and Cllr. M Bale. The Clerk suggested that as he would not be present on the occasion it would be preferable for guests to reply to Mrs. Froggatt.
10. Evaluation of exhibition and consultation, Village Fete (16/06/07): The exhibition was voted a great success, thanks were passed to Mr. Froggatt for his efforts and £5.60 was received in donations.
11. Website Development:
Mark Fishpool (Conservation Consultant to Middlesborough Council) is to pay a visit to the top five recipients of the UK BIFFA awards with the further possibility of even more money forthcoming.
Cardales Meadow-Mr. Hicklin has agreed to plough a test strip for the Group and does not require the hay, which will be offered to Mr. Bailey. Mr. Hicklin has also accepted the offer of some hedging plants.
Wildflower Planting-Autumn 2007-Mrs Hall, Mrs. Hitheray and Mrs. Hughes are to prepare a suitable list after an evening visit to Naturescape (to be arranged).
Cote Close Bird Sanctuary-The trees appear to be flourishing and the cultivated daffodils have been removed.
13. Parish Walks:
Swarkestone Evening-(5/06/07)-A most enjoyable evening Walk with Derby Natural History Society-(20/06/07)-Mr. Froggatt said this was successful although fairly slow due to the wildlife surveys being carried out. Some confusion arose as one walker disappeared without informing anyone.
Twilight Walk-Leader Mrs. Hall: After some discussion the decision was taken to split the walk into two, the first as a WI walk on 04/07/07 meet Lower Green 6.30.p.m. (Mrs. Lenton has the list). The second for the Group, possibly to Bunkers Wood, Mickleover on a date to be arranged, walkers to advise Mrs. Hall.
14. Wildlife Database:
Long tailed tits, a fox and a rabbit have been observed.
Date of next Meeting: 06/09/07 in the Parish Rooms commencing 7.30 p.m. Chair-Mr. J M Orme.
The meeting closed at 9.05.p.m.