Date of Meeting
6th January 2011
We shall be meeting in Findern Methodist Chapel at 7pm. All welcome.
1. To receive apologies for absence.
3. To confirm minutes of the meeting held on November 4 2010.
4. Matters arising.
5. Finance and fundraising
6. Communications and notifications
7. Wildlife site management plan
8. Project planning 2011
9. Event planning
· ‘Water allsorts’ Walk for Wild Derby
· Pupil Enrichment programme, Derby Moor School.
· National Nestbox Week event , 16.2.11.
10. Public rights of way reports and maintenance inc report from meeting on 22.11.10.
11. Website development
12. Wildlife database
13. Next meeting February 4-appointment of chair.
Neville Froggatt (Chair), Liz Froggatt, Heather Hall, Cllr Bell, Wendy Hithersay, Sheila Hughes, Jan Ashford, Mary Ross MBE JP, Anne Evans, Joan Tidy and Andy Laxton (Derbyshire Countryside Service), Cllr Seymour Bell
1. Minute Number /11/FPG - To receive apologies for absence.
Apologies were received and accepted from Frances Prockter, Elizabeth Lenton and Cllr Ann Hood.
2. Minute Number /11/FPG - Declaration of member’s interests (Parish Councillors).
There was no Declaration of Members Interests.
3. Minute Number /11/FPG - To confirm minutes of the meeting held on 4th November 2010.
Resolved: The minutes of the Footpaths Group Meeting held on 4th November 2010 were circulated and approved as a true record.
4. Minute Number /11/FPG - Matters arising.
There were no matters arising.
5. Minute Number /11/FPG - Finance and Fundraising
Mary Ross MBE JP reported that there was no change in the reserve account and that the current account stood at £2,335.81p and that all bills received had been paid. Liz Froggatt stated that the bill from Woodgrow (for hedging materials) had not yet been paid as it had not yet been received.
i) Liz stated that we had passed the first round in our application for a BIFFA award for £29,638.42p for improvements to the canal towpath but that there was still a long way to go. She outlined what was required for the next stage and this included the need for letters from other residents of the village about what improvements would benefit them. All members present agreed to obtain as many views from other residents as possible and forward them to Liz. The Parish Council are to be asked to write a letter of support. The closing date for this application is March 2011.
ii) Liz stated she had written to the Parish Council requesting funds to help with our events for the young people of the village (in particular the half term events held on The Green). Cllr Bell stated that at the last parish council meeting in December the council had unanimously agreed to donate £500 for these events.
iii) Liz stated that Action Earth Funding would soon be available and would the group like her to apply for the £50 grant and if so what would we use it for. It was agreed that she should apply for the £50 to be used to purchase snowdrops for Stanhope Hole, primroses for Stanhope Wood and also for refreshments during a litterpicking event.
6. Minute Number /11/FPG - Communications and notifications.
i) Liz had received a call from Richard from the Payback Team to say that the organisation had a big meeting coming up and it was possible that their hours would be cut. George, the supervisor, is coming to Findern on Thursday or Friday next week to have a look at what the team does on our behalf. She would e-mail members as soon as she knows when he is coming so they can come and meet him.
ii) Liz passed round Christmas cards received by the group from Heather Wheeler MP and Cllr Neil Atkin, Chair of South Derbyshire District Council.
iii) Liz had received and forwarded to group members an e-mail from Wild Derby re Wildlife Courses scheduled for 2011.
iv) Liz reported that the Wild Derby Project was at risk re funding cuts and that she had written a letter on the group’s behalf in support of the Project and Beverley Rhodes.
v) An e-mail had been received from Debbie Alston about the possibility of an award for Stanhope Wood, however, as payment of £50 was required to enter and the 1st prize was £100 the group decided not to enter.
vi) An e-mail had been received from Nick Law at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust in reply to our query regarding obtaining special status for our sites, i.e. having them designated as SSSI or LNR. Cllr Bell is looking into the legal aspect of this and it was suggested that if we are to apply we should start with our sites most at risk, namely Cardales Meadow and Cote Close Bird Sanctuary both of which are leased from the Highways Department.
vii) Liz reported that Clare had had difficulty paying the Highways rent as they had not sent an invoice. Highways state they do not send out an invoice as the lease agreement acts as an invoice. Liz has sent a cheque for £2 from her personal account.
7. Minute Number /11/FPG – Wildlife Site Management Plan
Andy reported that he would shortly be doing a plan himself and would be in a better position to help us do ours afterwards so it was agreed not to start the plan until Andy had done his.
8. Minute Number /11/FPG - Project Planning
i) Pond Project Cardales Meadow. Wendy is going to ring Steven Wright BTCV for help and advice.
ii) Tow path improvements (in partnership with British Waterways).
iii) New fingerpost and information board at FP 20 at the side of King George V playing field.
iv) New paths installed last year at Cardales Meadow and Cote Close need topping.
9. Minute Number /11/FPG Event Planning
i) Wild Derby Walk. It was agreed that we would do the ‘ASDA’ walk on Thursday 14th April 2011 from 10am to 1pm and on Sunday 25th September 2011 from 2pm to 5pm. Following discussion the name of the walk will be ‘Findern Frolic’. Joan will complete the forms and send them off to Graham Toon at Wild Derby first thing in the morning to make the 7th January deadline
ii) Pupil Enrichment Programme, Derby Moor School. Group members agreed that last term’s programme had been a big success and were keen to carry on with new students. Andy was also very interested in the programme and stated he and his colleagues would like to come along to one or two of the activities. The programmed will start at the end of February and this will be put on the Agenda for our next meeting to discuss what activities we will be doing with the students.
iii) National Nest box Week event on The Green. This had been scheduled for 16th February but as half term has been rescheduled for the following week it has been rescheduled for Wednesday 23rd February 2011 from 1pm to 3pm.
10. Minute Number 11/FPG – Public Rights of Way Reports and Maintenance.
i) Liz had heard from Zoë who states that she has been in touch with Mr Cliff re replacing the stiles on FP 3 and 5 with kissing gates and that Mr Cliff says the stiles are in perfectly good condition and that he could not see the need to spend money replacing them. Therefore the stiles will remain.
ii) Zoë has received permission from Mr Bull to replace the stiles on his land on FP1 (Priory Way) and states that the countryside rangers will be putting boarding down on the boggy areas. Zoë states that Peter White suggested that the group may like to help the rangers and all agreed. Andy will be contacting Zoë to arrange dates etc.
iii) Liz, Joan and Cllr Bell attended the meeting in the village hall on 22nd November 2011 which had been arranged to discuss the bridleway and reported that progress had been made. The meeting was chaired by Cllr Martyn Ford, South Derbyshire District Council, and attended by Cllr Bagnall and Cllr Dunnicliffe, Findern Parish Council, and members of the Rights of Way Department at South Derbyshire District Council. Also present were local horse riders and members of the British Horse Riders Association. Cllr Bagnall expressed concern about a particularly narrow section of path on one side of the water treatment compound which had a considerable drop on one side and the canal on the other. The Rights of Way representative from DCC will be calculating the cost of upgrading the bridleway and contacting the landowners involved.
11. Minute Number /11/FPG - Website development
Liz had e-mailed the link to the new website to all members, Cllr Bagnall (Chair Findern Parish Council) and Clare (Parish Clerk) and stated that if everyone agreed she would go to Devmac early next week to sort out a few glitches and get the website live. All present in the meeting agreed.
12. Minute Number /11/FPG - Wildlife database
Heather reported seeing the heron again in Doles Brook, Common Piece Lane and she had also seen a buzzard.
All sightings passed to Joan for updating onto the excel spreadsheet.
13. Minute Number /11/FPG - Next meeting and appointment of chair.
Resolved: The next meeting of the Footpaths Group will be held on 3rd February 2011 at the Methodist Chapel, Findern commencing at 7pm.
Resolved: Joan Tidy to Chair the Meeting.
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