The next meeting of the Footpaths Group will be held in the Parish Rooms on Thursday 4 February 2010 commencing at 7.00pm. The press and public are cordially invited to attend.
1. To receive apologies for absence.
2. Declaration of member’s interests (Parish Councillors).
3. To confirm minutes of the meeting held on January 7.
4. Matters arising.
5. Finance and fundraising
6. Communications and notifications.
7. Approval of Project Plan 2010
8. Evaluations, Insect Hotel Project, visit to Mickleover Meadows
9. Event planning:
Wildlife Trail, 17.2.10
Black and White Walk, 27.2.10
10. Public rights of way reports and maintenance, to include footpaths 1,3,4,5 and bridleway 11.
11. Wildlife site maintenance.
Bird box cleaning
12. Group promotional materials
13. Wildlife database
14. Next meeting March 4-appointment of chair.
Joan Tidy (in the Chair)
Sheila Hughes, Liz Lenton, Liz Froggatt, Nev Froggatt, Wendy Hithersay, Val Fellows, Frances Prockter. Cllr Bell, Mary Ross MBE JP, Jan Ashford and Cllr Woodhouse
1. Minute Number 134/09/FPG - To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received and accepted from Heather Hall, Anne Evans and Cllr Ann Hood
2. Minute Number 135/09/FPG - Declaration of member’s interests (Parish Councillors).
There were no Declarations of Members Interests.
3. Minute Number 136/09/FPG - To confirm minutes of the meeting held on 7th January 2010.
Resolved: Minutes of the previous meeting held on 7th January 2010 were circulated and agreed to be an accurate record after the following amendments.
Mary Ross MBE JP should read Mary Ross MBE JP.
Martin Woodhurst should read Martin Woodhouse.
Both of the above items were corrected on the original copy of the minutes.
Thanks were given to Joan Tidy for completing the minutes in the absence of the Clerk at the January 2010 meeting.
4. Minute Number 137/09/FPG - Matters arising.
Mary Ross MBR JP referred to Item 10 in the January minutes about the naming of Footpath 15 as Baxters Way. She explained that this name did not mean much to the older residents and said that this should be called Baxters Corner. She explained about the history behind Baxters Corner and explained that the junction of Heath Lane and Willington Lane was known as Baxters Corner.
Resolved: The Clerk to add this matter to the agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on 11th February 2010 for the Parish Council to agree on the name of either, Baxters Way, Baxters Corner Way or Baxters Corner.
5. Minute Number 138/09/FPG - Finance and fundraising
Liz Froggatt explained that the Footpaths Group had been awarded £300.00 from DCC towards the event on 17th February 2010. She explained that there was also £80.00 still left over from the previous event which would also be used at the event on 17th February 2010.
Resolved; The Clerk to call the insurance company to find out where the additional premium paperwork is for the Birds of Prey Display as this had not yet been received.
Liz Froggatt explained that a funding application for £2,000.00 had been completed for Veolia and an acknowledgement letter had been received. This funding would be towards the planting at Stanhope Hole.
Liz Froggatt explained that a funding application for £2,000.00 had been completed for the Co-Op for the planting at Stanhope Wood.
Liz Froggatt thanked the Clerk for all her help and support with the grant application forms.
Liz Froggatt explained that some while ago we had received a letter from Murrays Funeral Directors. She explained that the Shilcock family wished to purchase a bench in memory of their parents to be sited in Stanhope Wood. Liz had informed the Funeral Directors that the cost would be £407.00 inc VAT and the bench had now been ordered. The family would be arranging their own brass plaque to commemorate both parents.
Mary Ross MBE JP reported the balances in the bank as follows:
Reserve Account = £4816.39
Current Account = £2755.71.
6. Minute Number 139/09/FPG - Communications and notifications.
Liz Froggatt reported that the mower had been collected on 4th February 2010 for its service.
Liz Froggatt reported that the Clerk to the Parish Council had given one of the filing cabinets out of the office to the group for the garage for storage. Nev Froggatt had now filled the cabinet with little things like balls of string etc. The other cabinet in the Parish Rooms to be moved to the garage for the Payback Team to use.
Liz Froggatt reported that she had managed to contact British Waterways and had spoken to Richard Bennett the Ecology Officer who would like to meet the group at the Nadee on 5th March 2010 commencing at 1pm.
Joan Tidy reported that the National Forest Walking Festival meeting last month had been cancelled. This meeting had now been rescheduled for the 18th February 2010.
Resolved: Joan Tidy and Liz Froggatt to attend on behalf of the group.
7. Minute Number 140/09/FPG - Approval of Project Plan 2010
Resolved: To accept the following Project Plan 2010.
Resolved: The Clerk to add this to the agenda of the Parish Council Meeting to be held on 11th February 2010 for the Parish Councils agreement
PROJECT PLANNING, 2010
This plan has been devised following advice from Derbyshire Countryside Service, Derbyshire County Council Rights of Way Dept and Derbyshire County Council Biodiversity Project Officer. It has been based on Findern Parish Plan and on suggestions made by parishioners.
Area Task Requirements Funding needed Date
Cote Close Cut brambles in identified section to ground. Strim wildflower area. Loppers, bow saws None asap
Cardales Meadow Seed with hayrattle and wildflower mix. Clear section where pond is proposed. Create ponds. Flower seed £1000 May or Sept 2010
Stanhope Hole Plant fritillary, aconite, windflower and snowflake (3 varieties) in clumps along fence and in centre areas. Remove unvariegated branches from beech tree as necessary. Scrub algae off pond platform. Prune/remove willow tree near pond. Bulbs £2000 Sept 2010
Stanhope Wood Remove Himalayan balsam and ragwort. Plant wildflower plugs and sow seed on bank. Wildflower plugs and seed. £2000 June 2010
Rights of Way Continue stile replacement programme (7 and 10). Improvements to bridleway 11.
Replace seat alongside canal and by underpass. Paint seats. Refurbish fingerposts. Replace fingerposts, (14 and 15). Discussion with DCC None asap
Habitat creation Build animal cairns and insect hotels. Stone, pallets, bricks, canes. None Asap
Ballast Hole Pond Clear brambles from front of pond. Clean algae from picnic table, paint seating. Plant whips. Review heathland. Linseed oil. Whips (rowan, crab apple, wild plum). £80 April 2010
Other Develop wildlife database using excel worksheet as recommended by Derbyshire Biodiversity Project Officer.
Signage for dog litter. Organise series of identification workshops, guided walks and family events. Signage from approved supplier. £500 asap
8. Minute Number 141/09/FPG - Evaluations, Insect Hotel Project, visit to Mickleover Meadows
It was reported that the Insect Hotel Project was fabulous, a really good event. However there were still enough pallets left to complete another Insect Hotel, but more bricks with holes, plant pots, roof tiles, drain pipes etc would be required.
It was reported that the Mickleover Meadows visit which had been arranged by Heather Hall was great, everyone had a lovely morning. Heather Hall would now be making arrangements for them to visit Findern.
9. Minute Number 142/09/FPG - Event planning:
Wildlife Trail, 17.02.2010
Wendy Hithersay explained that she had got the seed and lard for the event and asked Liz Froggatt how the caterpillar making had gone. Liz Froggatt replied it had gone well and actually looked like a caterpillar which would be for the children to colour on the day.
Resolved: Joan Tidy to bring blue, green and yellow wax crayons or colouring pencils on the day
Wendy Hithersay reported that there would also be butterfly masks printed on card for the children to colour on the day.
It was reported that the Clerk was still in the process of sorting out the insurance for the Birds of Prey display.
Black and White Walk, 27.02.2010
Joan Tidy reported that we were ok on this but a license to collect money in the street was required. Joan Tidy had already completed the form required and this would be posted 1st class after the meeting. The Licence should be received in time for the event.
It was agreed that 5 people would start walking from the Green at 8.30am to meet up with the rest of the group at 10am at the Derby Ram in the City Centre. The group would then walk along the river to Pride Park. Joan Tidy said that she would be walking both ways if anybody wished to join her.
Wendy Hithersay asked if anyone participating would like to wear a heart over their jackets which Wendy had hand made. It was agreed that all of the group would wear the hearts.
10. Minute Number 143/09/FPG - Public rights of way reports and maintenance, to include footpaths 1,3,4,5 and bridleway 11.
Liz Froggatt reported that she had been speaking with Dave Adkins the Footpaths Officer at the County Council with regards to the stile replacement work on Footpaths 1, 3, 4 and 5. She explained that this work had been scheduled for March or April 2010 once the job had been approved by Mr White at the County Council.
Liz Froggatt reported that she had also spoken to David Adkins with regards to the bridle path but unfortunately the possibility of the diversion is very remote without the permission of the landowners which was the problem at the moment. However there was support for opening the two halves of the bridle way but this could not be considered until a program of works had been completed. Liz Froggatt reported that David Adkins was proposing to come to the village and walk the bridle way with the Footpaths Group as far as they can and establish what the program of works should be. Joan Tidy replied that representatives of the horse riding community should also be in attendance at this meeting.
Resolved: Liz Froggatt to contact David Adkins and arrange this meeting as soon as possible.
11. Minute Number 144/09/FPG - Wildlife site maintenance.
Bird box cleaning
Resolved: To complete this work on 8th February 2010 starting at the Nadee at 10am.
Resolved: To be completed on the same day as the bird box cleaning.
There was nothing to report.
12. Minute Number 145/09/FPG - Group promotional materials Resolved: The Clerk to add to the Parish Council agenda for 11th February 2010 for the group to purchase a display board for the value of £205.00 plus VAT.
Resolved: The Clerk to add to the Parish Council agenda for 11th February 2010 for the group to purchase a banner for the value of £100.00.
13. Minute Number 146/09/FPG - Wildlife database
There was nothing to report.
14. Minute Number 147/09/FPG - Next meeting 4th March 2010 and the appointment of chair.
Resolved: The Next Footpaths Group Meeting will take place on 4th March 2010 at the Findern Parish Rooms commencing at 7pm.
Resolved: The Chair at the Meeting will be Wendy Hithersay.