The meeting will take place in Findern Parish Rooms, beginning at 7pm. All welcome.
Chair: Joan Tidy
1) Apologies for absence.
2) Declarations of interest (parish councillors).
3) Minutes of meeting held on February 7 2008.
4) Matters arising.
5) Finance and fundraising:
· Breathing Places monitoring
6) Notifications and correspondence
7) Annual report 2007/8
8) Public rights of way reports & stile replacement programme
9) Condition of Village Map & Turnpike Way sign
10) Walk leader training
11) Event planning
· Trees For All planning (10 March ).
· Easter Egg Hunt,
· Findern Fete
12) National Probation Service assistance
13) Parish Walks programme and walks leaflets
14) South Derbyshire DC Walking Festival 2008
15) Wildlife bank
16) Land acquisition and lease renewal
17) Next meeting, April 3, appointment of Chair.
Present: Mrs. J Tidy(Chair), Mrs. Hithersay, Mrs. R Ross MBE JP, , Mrs. L Lenton, Mrs. H Hall, Mrs. F Prockter, Mrs. S Hughes, Mr. A Laxton, Mr. M Orme and Mr. V S Wright.
Mr. N Froggatt, Mrs. L Froggatt, Mrs. J Ashford, Mrs. A Evans, Cllr. Mrs. A Hood and Mr. S Bell.
2. Declarations of interest:
3. Minutes of the last meeting held on the 7th February 2008:
The minutes of the last meeting held on the 1st November 2007 were then accepted as a true record, proposed by Mrs. Prockter, seconded by Mr. Orme with all in favour.
4. Matters Arising:
a) The trailer had been purchased and was stored behind the Parish Rooms.
b) The Clerk had responded to the Naturesave Trust providing further details for the grant application for Cardales Meadow.
c) The ‘Big Derbyshire Clean Up’ was a great success with good press coverage. Thanks are to be sent to Mrs. Eymes and Mrs. Barker in providing an excellent meal. ACTION-The Clerk.
d) The proposal for the triangle of land near the A50 had been placed on the next agenda for the Parish Council, but the Group did not consider the land to be suitable for ecological purpose due to the intrusion of the transmission tower.
e) A recent unfortunate accident had occurred with the new grass cutter, which had been returned to the manufacturers for repair. An insurance claim had been made, but an excess of £50 was in place.
5. Finance and Fundraising:
a) Mrs. Ross reported balances of £6,132.16 (Deposit) and £2,442.85 (Current) and a recent personal donation of £4 had been made.
b) Breathing Places Monitoring-Snowdrops had been purchased to the value of £204.
c) Three Action Earth grants had been applied for:-£50-snowdrops, £50-pond plants and £50 for bee boxes.
d) Mr. Orme had obtained details of circular seats for Stanhope Wood. After some consideration the Group favoured the 1.5m 8-seater versions at a price of £1197 plus VAT each from Woodgrow. The legs could be extended if required and also drilled to permit insertion of a steel rod as with the Common Piece Lane seat to aid security.
6. Notifications and Correspondence:
7. Annual Report:
The Group considered the annual report prepared by Mrs. Froggatt to be well prepared and superbly presented and she was thanked in her absence. The lit of sponsors was thought to be complete and the Group approved the report for issue.
8. Public Right of Way Reports and Stile Replacement Programme:
A letter of thanks is to be sent to Severn Trent for resurfacing Crow Park Way. ACTION-The Clerk.
Clapper gates for Turnpike Way are still awaited for installation by SDDC.
Concern was expressed over the invasion of Himalayan Balsam in wet areas. The worst affected patches are to be identified and tackled in May.
9: Condition of Village Map and Turnpike Way sign:
Following a call to Caliba requesting the name of the general manager the Clerk had received an offer from Caliba to exchange the defective footpath map on the Green. The Group agreed for the offer to be accepted, but precautions to prevent recurrence will be requested together with a further request for a quotation for the information board for Airport Way. ACTION-The Clerk.
10: Walk Leader Training:
Mrs. Tidy had completed her walk leader training under the ‘Walking for Health’ initiative. The Group did not express interest in the initiative itself, but Mrs. Tidy is to investigate first aid training and Mrs. Hall offered to volunteer.
a) Trees for All-10/03/08. Group members to meet at 10.00 a.m. at the Nadee.
b) Easter Egg Hunt-The vicar had given permission to use the Churchyard, but had expressed concern over certain gravestones as there was no public liability insurance. Mr. Froggatt is to still to organize the event with these factors in mind.
c) Findern Fete- This year is being organized by Mary Goodall and that Mr. Froggatt will be approached to arrange his usual exhibition in the Parish Rooms. ACTION-Mr. Froggatt
12: National Probation Service (Community Payback) Assistance: Mrs. Froggatt had requested the Group to consider suitable work for the Community Payback team. ACTION-All.
13: Parish Walks programme and walks leaflets:
a) Mr. Orme suggested a circulation beyond the 5 hotels already covered including other hotels and libraries.
b) The circular walk incorporating Priory Way had been tried. The suggestion to start the walk at the Wyvale Garden Centre (Toilet and tea room facilities), but prior notice will need to be given. The Derby City Council Rights of Way Improvement Plan showed a proposed alternative route around Heatherton Village and Mr. Laxton is to progress the work necessary to provide a bridge over Hall brook with Derby City Council and SDDC.
14: South Derbyshire District Council Walking Festival:
The minutes of the last meeting held on 14/02/08 had been e-mailed to the Group and a paper copy was being circulated. The next meeting is to be held on 03/04/08 with the primary theme-‘Discussion of the Launch’.
15: Wildlife Bank:
Mrs. Tidy had produced an observation form for the Group and buzzards had been observed.
16: Land Acquisition and Lease Renewal:
Renewal notices for the leases for Cardales meadow and Cote Close (Highways Agency) have been received. ACTION-The Clerk.
Date of next Meeting: 03/04/08 in the Parish Rooms commencing 7.00 p.m. Chair-Mr. Orme.
The meeting concluded at 8. 15 p.m.