Chair: Stuart Bodill
Vice Chair: Granville May
Clerk: Chrissie Wilson
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EPPERSTONE PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON
TUESDAY 19th SEPTEMBER 2017
Present: Stuart Bodill (Chairman)
Granville May (Vice Chairman)
Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Jonathan Peake and Paul Bracegirdle
Declarations of Interest
None were received.
Minutes of the last meeting
The minutes, having been circulated, were signed by the Chairman as a true record.
Matters arising from the minutes
4.1 Meadow Land – the Chairman confirmed that a meeting had taken
place with the District Council and discussions are still ongoing with the developer.
4.2 Football Club – a letter will be sent to the football club advising them
of the works that will take place on the playing field. The Chairman has
walked around the field to see if there is a possibility of using one area
of the field. There is an open meeting with Seven Trent and the village
which may give an indication of the date when the work will start.
4.3 Local Communities – the Chairman said that Frazer has been investigating
gates for entrances to the village. Frazer has filled in the relevant paperwork
for funding to be sent to NCC. There is funding for three gateways but
it is up to the Parish Council where they want the signs placing.
Granville asked if there is a time limit on the funding, it was noted there is not.
This will allow the village time to decide what they want on the actual signs.
It is agreed to go with NCC for the funding and to put something on the village
website showing possible design options. It was also agreed that a flyer be placed
in the Dover Beck. Frazer will speak to Chrissie.
It was noted the signs have to be placed within the Parish boundary
County Council Matters
The Chairman asked Roger about the weed spraying on Lowdham lane.
Roger advised there is a consultation on which paths want spraying and
cutting back. He will look into this.
Roger advised that more money will be spent on pot holes. He is also
trying to have the road on Gonalston lane re-surfaced. The Chairman
said that Chapel Lane also needs re-surfacing.
Roger advised that Lowdham have been having trouble with gypsies
again, they now have a court order to move them on. They like this area
and he advised the Parish Council to be aware. Roger said it is difficult to
keep them off land owned by Parish Councils. Tony asked if a gate lock was
broken by the gypsies, can they be sent away? Roger said they cannot
because you cannot prove it was them.
There is no planning this month.
Granville said there is nothing to add, everything is going through N&SDC
and other different authorities for their opinions.
The Chairman thanked Granville and Tony for their help in setting up internet banking.
Approval was given for two invoices from Neville Needham
July : invoice value £100
August : invoice Value £110
Village Hall and Village Management Committee
It was noted there will be a meeting of the Management Committee on Thursday 12th October.
Playing Field and Play Equipment
Frazer has checked the equipment and everything is in order. He noted
that there are some overhanging tree branches near the play area which need to
be addressed as children are using them for swinging and hanging on.
Complaints have been received from the tennis club regarding weeds around
the tennis courts, Frazer has sent someone down to clear these away.
The Tennis Club requested that security lighting at the side of village hall be
put up at their own cost.
Frazer and Stuart to liaise with Dan at the Tennis Club.
It was noted that the issue of Dog Mess on the playing field has now improved.
Frazer said two of the new dog waste bins have been put up, but the third is
yet to be sited. Nicky said the third one could go up near her fence.
Frazer said the old dog waste bins have been re-furbished and it was suggested
that one could be placed at the back of the Cross Keys. He has spoken to the
owners about this.
Frazer will obtain one or two quotations for the tree cutting around the play area.
Granville asked about signs around the village hall for people who take their dogs
onto the playing field.
Frazer agreed to obtain two signs which say “Dogs Must Be Kept on a Lead”.
Frazer confirmed that the gate to the field is kept locked all time unless
eg the electricity people need access. He has taken photos of the lock, should
there be any problem with people trying to gain access, they can be shown
to the Police.
Tony asked if everyone was happy with the report he has recently circulated.
The Chairman this was excellent.
Health and Safety
It was noted that the monthly report can be found in the file.
The following items of correspondence were noted by the meeting:
Letter from Severn Trent Water confirming a public exhibition in the village
on 21st September 4-7pm. (This has been circulated via email and displayed
on the Notice Board).
Speed awareness stickers for Wheelie Bins – it was agreed not to purchase them.
Details of Newark and Sherwood District Council’s new address was noted.
A copy of this has been placed on the village Notice Board.
Letter received from Via advising on the consulation of a proposed 50mph speed limit
on Nottingham Road (B6386), Oxton Road (B6386) Southwell Road (B6386) and
Sandy Lane (Oxton) between the Oxton By Pass (A6097) and Southwell.
A copy will be circulated in the village by the Clerk
Letter received from the House of Commons from Robert Jenrick MP concerning
the potential closure of the custody suite at Newark Police Station. This was given
to the Chairman.
Any Other Business
1. Granville highlighted the need to have an accident book following
on from information from NALC about a Parish Council being
taken to court about this. Margaret pointed out that Epperstone
Village Hall does have an accident book. It was noted that a separate
Health & Safety Board would be better to display all H&S information.
2. Granville asked if the new Parish Council members have signed the
Code of Conduct. This needs to be completed at the next meeting.
3. Granville asked if it is worth having another training course for people
in the village on use of the Defibrilator. It was felt that it would be
expensive and there may not be any value in another course.
4. Stuart requested that the car park needed tidying up. He said
the gravel could be removed and replaced after spraying the area.
He also felt that the “island” areas needed tidying and the planting
sorted out. It was agreed that a quotation for the work on the island
be obtained from Richard Covill.
5. Tony asked if a menage, put in place, by Jo Wright, required planning
permission and had been through the Parish Council. It was noted
that planning is required and this had been approved.
6. It was confirmed that the Parish Council can buy a web site.
It was noted that Paul is looking into this with Helen. There is also
funds available for the purchase of a computer and printer for the
7. It was noted that the Clerk has reported the broken finger post by
Steeple Cottage to Notts County Council, also the poor condition
of the “hedges” bridlepath and the broken bridge at the top of the field
behind the Cross Keys Pub.
8. The clerk has reported that the roof on the back of the Bus Shelter is
crumbling and is dangerous.
There being no other business, the meeting closed at 9.10pm
Papers for EPC Meeting Tuesday 21st November
Please note: Neville Needham is paid by the Church for cutting the grass and not by the Parish Council as stated in the summary.
Epperstone Mains Water Action Committee
This first report was presented at the Epperstone Parish Council meeting in June but unfortunately due to computer problems was not included in the July edition Doverbeck.
Please click on the link below to read the first and the second report from these meetings.
What progress has been made?
In September Severn Trent Water installed an ultrasonic flow meterwhich monitors outflow of waters from the reservoirs. It is designed todetect excessive flow rates in the event of a major burst, currently engineers would still need to come to the sitebut the response time would be much quicker. Hopefully this problem would be resolved once the automatic valves are installed early in the New Year. These valves will ensure that the water from the reservoir can be shut off within 15 - 30 minutes.
Severn Trent's Investment Board has approved in principle an approximate £1.5m scheme to reroute the 24" main around the village. This is excellent news but it is a major exercise and could take up to 2 years to complete. The actual route of the new pipe has yet to be finalised.
Tony Elliott is the lead for Neighbourhood Watch in the village.
Mrs Gunn continues to forward police alerts of crimes in the area to those people on her email list. If you would like your email address to be included please contact her on
Epperstone Trunk Water Main Replacement Works
Update from Severn Trent Water
Work to install the new water main in Epperstone is progressing well. Towards the end of January (W/C 22 Jan) we’ll need to move out of the field to install some connections and valves on Gonalston Lane. Unfortunately to do this safely we’ll need to close Gonalston Lane, close to the village hall to through traffic for about 4 weeks – access will be maintained to properties and the village hall during this phase of work and traffic will be diverted along Lowdham Road. Thank you once again for your patience while we carry out this work.
You can also keep up to date with the project by checking our project webpage - see the link below.
if you scroll down you’ll find Epperstone half way down the page on the left.
Severn Trent Water