Date of Meeting
The next meeting of the Footpaths Group will be held in the Parish Rooms on Thursday 1 August 2013 commencing at 7.00pm. The press and public are cordially invited to attend.
|Minutes:||Findern Parish Council |
Clerk: Mrs Clare Orme
Findern Parish Rooms, Lower Green, Findern, Derbyshire DE65 6AD
Tel: 0771 9599132
Minutes of the Findern Parish Council Footpaths Group meeting held on Thursday 1st August 2013 at the Parish Rooms, Findern commencing at 7 pm
Anne Evans (Chair), Joan Tidy, Wendy Hithersay, Liz Froggatt, Heather Hall, Nev Froggatt, Sheila Hughes, Frances Prockter and Liz Lenton
1. Minute Number 608/13/FPG - To receive apologies for absence
Apologies were received and accepted from Cllr Maurice Johnson, Jan Ashford, Janet Macdonald and Mary Ross MBE JP.
2. Minute Number 609/13/FPG - Declaration of members’ interests (Parish Councillors)
There were no Declarations of member’s interests.
3. Minute Number 610/13/FPG – To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 4th July 2013
Minutes of the Footpaths Group meeting held on Thursday 4th July 2013 were circulated and approved as a true record.
4. Minute Number 611/13/FPG – Finance and Fundraising
Joan reported that statements had been received for both accounts and the accounts balanced.
The current account stands at £4197.66p.
The reserve account accrued 50p interest and now stands at £5013.63p.
i) Liz stated she had applied for 100 hedge plants.
ii) Liz stated Emma Bird, Canal and River Trust, had asked to see the paperwork concerning the last application for a Biffa Award as she was considering making a further application. After examining the paperwork Emma reports that the Trust is ineligible to receive a Biffa Award so she is looking into the possibility of applying for Big Lottery Funding for improvement work along the towpath.
5. Minute Number 612/13/FPG – Communications and Notifications
i) Joan read out an email received from Jenny Smith whose late mother was a Findern resident. Jenny wrote “This morning I walked some of the footpaths you’ve created around Findern and I’d like to thank you for making the walks so enjoyable.” The email was forwarded to group members and Parish Councillors.
ii) Re the email received from Betty’s Farm concerning their Summer Fun Day on 31st August 2013 it was decided that not enough group members were available to book a stall for this event.
iii) An email has been received from Steve Cresswell informing us that Laura Bacon, Notts Wildlife Trust’s ACE Project Officer based at Attenborough Nature Reserve is organising a workshop on funding and possibly further courses covering topics such as First Aid, Risk Assessment and species ID/survey techniques amongst other subjects. Contact details are in the email should we wish to take part.
iv) A reply has been received from Kerrie Fletcher, South Derbyshire CVS, re our application for a free trial service with help to design leaflets and posters. Unfortunately demand for this free trial was very high and our application was unsuccessful. However we will be informed if a similar offer is made in the future.
v) Liz reported that emails had been received from the newly formed Willington Footpaths Group whose members had done their first survey of their footpaths. They asked if they could meet with some of our members for advice on where to start with clearing invasive vegetation and where to obtain the tools to do the job. Liz has replied suggesting meeting in our Parish Rooms at the end of the month and is waiting to hear from Willington with a date.
vi) Heather reported that whilst manning our stall at Littleover Parks Fete she had received requests for our walks leaflets. She had duly delivered some leaflets and has received a reply from one recipient who has visited our wildlife sites and was very impressed.
6. Minute Number 613/13/FPG – Proposed Changes to Constitution
Liz proposes that any new member wishing to join the group must apply in writing outlining why they want to join and what they can offer the group, i.e. how much time they can give and what physical/administrative tasks they can undertake. The following amendment was agreed ‘prospective members are asked to write to the group outlining their reasons for wanting to join the group and what they can bring to the group.’ New members will be accepted after a majority vote.
Resolved: A vote was taken and unanimously agreed. (Delete)
7. Minute Number 614/13/FPG –Countryside News and Website
Liz circulated the footpaths group’s summer 2013 issue of the Countryside News and after some minor amendments this was approved.
Liz reported that there had been a problem with the group’s website but that this had now been rectified and it is now fully up to date.
8. Minute Number 615/13/FPG –Evaluation of SD Environmental Forum Meeting 18th July 2013
Liz reported that it was a very successful meeting and Nev stated that help from the University will be gratefully received. On the downside Nev reported that he was disappointed with the turnout from other groups.
An email has been received from Kate Allies thanking us for hosting the meeting.
9. Minute Number 616/13/FPG – Project Planning
i) Butterfly Transect Project
The rota has now been completed up to and including week 24 (9-15 September).
Resolved: This item is to be added to the next agenda for completing the rota for the final 2 weeks.
ii) Findern Village Map Publication
Heather reports that she is still waiting to get the latest draft from Tony at the Marina.
iii) Information Board, Jubilee Wood
Liz reports that she is still waiting for the first draft from the Co-op.
iv) Findern Flower Power Project
It has been reported that as the grass has been allowed to grow behind the goal at Hillside playing field there is now a problem with dog fouling.
10. Minute Number 617/13/FPG – Event Planning
i) Payback Team 20th Anniversary Celebration
This event is to take place on Friday 27th September 2013 from 1pm to 3pm in the Methodist Chapel. Liz reports that she has booked the chapel and that Heather Wheeler MP and Cllr Ann Hood, SDDC, have accepted invitations. She has ordered the invitations which are at the printers and asks group members to think about who we should invite. The trophy has been ordered and will be presented by Heather Wheeler who will briefly explain what the ‘payback’ scheme is about. Cllr Hood will then present certificates to those nominated by the Payback management team.
Resolved: Heather Hall will see Anne Bagnall with regards to a cake for the occasion.
Resolved: This item is to be added to the next agenda to discuss who is to be invited to the celebration.
ii) Bridge/Gate Installation
Heather states she has ordered the stone and given Joan the receipt to pass to Clare.
Members were asked who would be available on what day and is as follows:
Saturday 17th August 9 am to 12 noon – Heather, Joan (and Dave) Nev, Liz L (and Ken) and Wendy. Anne volunteered to do the tea.
Tuesday 3rd September 9 am to 12 noon – Joan, Nev, Wendy, Heather and Liz Lenton
Tuesday 24th September – date to be changed as it clashes with the environmental forum meeting.
Resolved: Heather will liaise with Steve Cresswell re another date.
iii) Findern/Mercia Marina Circular Walk Thursday 22nd August 2013
Start on The Green at 2pm. Those attending: - Joan, Nev and Heather
iv) Visit to Tean Valley NR Thursday 29th August 2013
No further details received from Kate Allies so Heather states she will email her and pass details to members by email.
v) Fun on The Green Wednesday 30th October 2013
JT Falcons will be bringing the owl pellets for the children to dissect. Nev suggested buying magnifying glasses and was asked to find out cost etc.
The willow weaving is booked.
2 Kestrel box kits have been crafted for the children to put together.
The ‘guess what it is’ activity is coming along and it was suggested to have a ‘touchy feely’ box as well.
A suggestion was made into possibly building a pretend badger sett on the green and decorating the parish rooms with a ‘Halloween’ theme for storytelling.
Liz states Debbie Alston writes quizzes but as she is now self-employed she charges £50 plus travelling expenses. Members agreed to this expenditure.
Resolved: Joan to book Debbie to come along and do a wildlife/Halloween themed quiz.
vi) Winter Walk
Liz states Kate Allies had asked if we want to do a Winter Walk but it was agreed that it would be nice to do something different. Liz states Debbie Alston will come and do a ‘Walk Trees in Winter’ walk explaining how to identify trees when the leaves are gone. As stated above Debbie charges £50 so if we asked her to lead a walk we would in turn charge people wanting to come on the walk. It was agreed that if we didn’t make enough to cover the £50 we would take a loss. Debbie also offers free sessions showing people how to take photographs with their digital cameras and then download the photograph to ‘ISPOT’ who will identify it for you.
Resolved: Joan to liaise with Debbie re a Walk Trees in winter walk in January and a free digital camera session in October.
11. Minute Number 618/13/FPG –Public Rights of Way Reports
i) Priory Way Improvements
As discussed in minute 617/13/FPG ii).
ii) Repairs to the steps The Gostilles
Wendy has given details of what is required to Liz.
iii) Damaged Sign Cote Close
Heather reports she still has the sign for Cote Close.
12. Minute Number 619/13/FPG –Wildlife Site Management
i) Memorial Bench
Liz states she has not heard from Julie Evans so does not have a delivery date.
ii) Path spraying and resurfacing
Liz reports the spraying and resurfacing work has now been completed.
iii) Wildlife Site All Saints Church
The site is to be moved 12” away from the fence and once moved it is to be clearly marked to enable DCC workers to be able to identify it and not disturb it. Pat will let us know when we can attend and move the hedgehog house.
iv) Boardwalk Ballast Hole Pond
The first section of the boardwalk is now complete. During the work there was a complaint from a resident re the number of cars parked on the access road. Following a consultation with the resident concerned, parking badges have been made explaining that the owners of the cars are working on the towpath and these are to be displayed on dashboards in future.
v) Ragwort Policy
Following consultation with Natural England Liz has drawn up a new ‘Ragwort Policy’ to be followed when clearing and disposing of ragwort. A copy of the policy will be attached to these minutes.
Resolved: Still ragwort to clear in Cote Close, members to meet at Lower Green on Wednesday at 7pm to deal.
vi) New Bridleway
It is reported that there is a big hole on the bridleway at the back of the sewage works. Heather is to ask the Payback Team to fill it with MOT.A new sign is on order to show that the bridleway is now complete and should replace the ‘cul-de-sac’ sign.
13. Minute Number 620/13/FPG – Wildlife Database
Liz and Nev handed their sightings to Joan. Other sightings include 2 Bullfinches seen feeding young on Common Piece Lane on 22nd July. An Elephant Hawk Mother Caterpillar was seen in a garden in Hillside on 24th July and a Fox was seen on Castle Hill on 29th July. A Leafcutter Bee has also been seen in the village.
14. Minute Number 620/13/FPG – Date of Next Meeting and Chair
Resolved: The next meeting will be held in the Parish Rooms, Findern on Thursday 5th September 2013 commencing at 7pm and will be chaired by Anne Evans.
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