The next meeting of the Footpaths Group will be held in the Parish Rooms on Thursday March 6 2014
commencing at 7.00pm. The press and public are cordially invited to attend.
We are delighted to welcome Georgina Greaves, Environmental Studies Service Manager, Derbyshire
County Council Environmental Studies Service.
1. To receive apologies for absence.
2. Declaration of member’s interests (Parish Councillors).
3. To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on Thursday 6 February 2014.
4. Finance and fundraising
5. Communications and notifications
• Health & Safety Policy
• Letter from Parish Council to local liveries.
• Confirmation Findern Village Fete, 21.6.14
• Invitation to visit Shipley Park, (end June).
6. Community Payback Team, service monitoring.
7 Public rights of way reports
8 Wildlife site management
9 Wildlife database
10 Countryside News
11. Future events:
SDDC Environmental Forum, 11.3.14 (reminder) and Flower Power Meeting, 12.3.14.
12 Evaluation Fun on the Green, 19.2.14 and help with future planning from Georgina.
13 Next meeting Thursday April 3 2014.
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 6th March 2014 at the Parish Rooms, Findern commencing at 7 pm
Anne Evans (Chair), Joan Tidy, Wendy Hithersay, Heather Hall, Liz Froggatt, Nev Froggatt, Janet Macdonald, Cllr Maurice Johnson, Sheila Hughes, Frances Prockter, Jan Ashford and Georgina Greaves (Environmental Studies Service Manager, Derbyshire County Council).
At the start of the meeting began Liz welcomed Georgina on behalf of the group.
1. Minute Number 689/14/FPG - To receive apologies for absence
Apologies were received and accepted from Mary Ross MBE JP and Liz Lenton.
2. Minute Number 690/14/FPG - Declaration of members’ interests (Parish Councillors)
There were no declarations of members’ interests.
3. Minute Number 691/14/FPG – To confirm the minutes of the meeting on 6th February 2014
Minutes of the Footpaths Group meeting held on Thursday 6th February 2014 were circulated and approved as a true record.
4. Minute Number 692/14/FPG – Finance and Fundraising
Joan stated the Reserve Account remains unchanged at £5014.65p. Moneys paid into the current account included reimbursement from the Parish Council of £968.40p for kissing gates for Priory Way. Moneys paid out of the current account included £62.50p, the balance owing to the mini zoo for their attendance at the Fun on The Green event. Cheques for smaller amounts for materials for Fun on The Green have also been cleared and a hard copy of all transactions is available if required. The current account now stands at £3377.56p.
5. Minute Number 693/14/FPG – Communications and Notifications
i) Health and Safety Policy
Following the discussion in the previous meeting Maurice reported that the Parish Council’s policy covered us when we were working on Parish Council property or property leased by the Parish Council. It does not cover us when we are working on property owned by other parties and therefore does not cover us when we are working on the Trent and Mersey canal towpath. In view of this it was agreed that no work is to be carried out on the towpath until further notice. Liz will contact the Canal and River Trust for further clarification.
ii) Letter sent from the Parish Council to local liveries.
Maurice reported that letters had been sent from the Parish Council to all local riding stables and that there will be a piece in the next Newsletter advising riders to stay off the banks. Heather stated she had spoken to Mark at the stables on Crow Park Way and he will keep an eye out for anyone riding on the banks.
iii) Confirmation of Findern Village Fete, Saturday 21st June 2014.
It was agreed that the group will be taking part in this year’s Findern Village fete. Further details will be discussed nearer the time.
iv) Invitation for the group to pay a visit Shipley Country Park, end of June 2014.
Members are eager to pay another visit to Shipley and it was agreed to discuss this at our next meeting.
v) Findern Primary School Eco Project.
Heather states the children had drawn a plan and composed an Eco Schools Action Plan to carry their project forward. Maurice states the Parish Council had been asked whether they would consider funding this project and they had said no. Georgina stated she had a list of people who fund school projects and she would forward it to us.
vi) Derby University Go Volunteer Project
Nev has received an email from Jason at Derby University with details of a student who is interested in working on our leaflet project and including her CV. Nev has replied that we would be delighted to talk to her and asking them for some dates to arrange a meeting. Heather volunteered to accompany Nev and work with him on this project.
6. Minute Number 694/14/FPG – Community Payback Team, service monitoring
Liz reported that the Payback Team came out twice in February and carried out tree work on Stanhope Hole, cut brambles in Cote Close, did a litter pick on the towpath, repaired a picnic table and cleared mud from Common Piece Lane. In total they carried out 96 hours of unpaid work on behalf of the village.
7. Minute Number 695/14/FPG – Public Rights of Way Reports
Now the weather is improving it was decided to try to get some kissing gates installed on Priory Way. Heather agreed to contact Steve Cresswell for some dates to commence work.
8. Minute Number 696/14/FPG – Wildlife Site Management
Members expressed concern re the amount of rubble being dumped on land by the new bridleway near Severn Trent Treatment Works. Heather stated that 2 buckets of oil had also been dumped there and that the amount of rubble had broken the fence. As the land is privately owned Maurice agreed to liaise with County Cllr Martyn Ford to see if anything could be done about the situation.
9. Minute Number 697/14/FPG – Wildlife Database
Liz and Nev handed their sightings to Joan for entering on the spreadsheet. Anne reported seeing a Bumblebee flying in her garden on 3rd March and Wendy saw a Mistle Thrush on Common Piece Lane on 23rd February.
10. Minute Number 698/14/FPG – Countryside News
Liz apologised to members as she had had computer problems and had been unable to print of the Countryside News for approval. She will get her computer back on Monday and as most members do not have Publisher on their computers hard copies will be made and distributed. Members are asked to let Liz know of any amendments as soon as possible as it has to be available for the Parish Council meeting on Thursday 13th March.
11. Minute Number 699/14/FPG – Future Events
i) SDDC Environmental Forum, Tuesday 11th March 2014.
This is just a reminder as arrangements re transport were made at the last meeting.
ii) Findern Flower Power Project meeting with Zoe Sewter, Wednesday 12th March 2014.
Members are to meet Zoe in the Parish Rooms at 2pm. Heather, Nev, Sheila, Jan, Liz and Maurice will definitely be there and Wendy said she would attend if she could.
iii) Dawn Chorus Walk, Saturday 3rd May 2014.
It was agreed to charge £5 a head for walkers and this would include hot drinks and breakfast baps in the Methodist Chapel after the walk. Joan is to contact Brian to ascertain a maximum number for the walk.
Resolved: This item is to be added to the next agenda to discuss booking details etc.
iv) Radio Derby, Friday 9th May 2014.
Wendy stated she had tried to organise a visit to the Radio Derby studio to attend Sally Pepper’s show. Unfortunately it is too late now as the show moves outside in the summer months. The show moves indoors again in September and Wendy said she will try to organise a visit then.
v) Findern Village Fete, Saturday 21st June 2014.
This was discussed earlier in the meeting under Communications and Notifications.
vi) Events to commemorate World War 1.
With reference to a joint event between us and Findern Historical Society and a suggestion to sow poppy seeds on one of our wildlife sites. As poppies will only flower on ground which is continually disturbed it was agreed that this was inappropriate for Cardales Wildflower Meadow. Another option would be to sow poppy seeds on prepared beds on the verges in the village but this would require a cultivation licence.
Resolved: Liz states she would reply to Lynette at the History Group.
12. Minute Number 700/14/FPG – Evaluation of Fun on The Green 19th February 2014
Another very well attended event and the good weather helped. The children really enjoyed clambering along the straw bale obstacle course and didn’t want to stop. The mini zoo was again very popular but Liz raised concerns that a large number of cars parked alongside the Parish Rooms and the church wall were hazardous to families walking down Lower Green to the chapel. She proposed that the area be coned off next time. Zoo staff stated that it was only the reptiles that suffered from the cold. Therefore if we were agreeable to the reptiles being left behind, they would be able to take the other animals on to the Green. Joan stated that we were in budget as one exhibitor didn’t turn up so £202.02p was spent on materials and entertainment (instead of £277.02p). Proceeds from the shop and donations totalled £75.60p.
At this point Georgina was invited to give her input on things to do for future ‘Fun on The Green’ events. She handed out printed packs of ideas and stated the studies group had kits which could be lent out. She stated the Environmental Studies Group could offer team support to countryside events but these had to be arranged through Andy Laxton at Shipley Country Park. When asked whether she knew where we could borrow other materials such as display cases of wildlife specimens she said she would send details of the Schools Library Service which could help.
Resolved: Liz states she will email Andy with a view to Georgina’s staff assisting with our Fun on The Green event on 29th October.
Georgina completed her talk and was thanked for coming to the meeting.
13. Minute Number 701/14/FPG – Date of Next Meeting and Chair
Resolved: The next meeting will be held in the Parish Rooms, Findern on Thursday 3rd April 2014 commencing at 7pm and will be chaired by Anne Evans.