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Minutes of the meeting of Crich Parish Council

Monday 7th April 2009, held in the Glebe Field Centre.

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Cllr Lane (Chair), Cllrs. Bateman (from 8.30 pm), Birkin, Clark, Harwood, Steppings, Thorpe and Tromans. Cty. Cllr. Jackson and 7 members of the public. Clerk in attendance.


Cllrs. Brierton and Fudge and AVBC Cllr. Taylor

09/345 Matters raised by members of the public

The problems relating to grit bins over the past winter was raised. Chair assured the meeting that the adequate provision of grit for next winter was an agreed priority for the Parish Council working with AVBC and DCC

09/346 Declarations of interest


09/347 Police matters

Police representatives were not able to be present at the meeting.

09/348 Local Authority Councillors

Cty. Cllr. Jackson was pleased to report that road casualty figures for the county show a 14% decrease. Since parking enforcement has been taken over by private contractors there has been a predictable rise in the issue of fines. Cty Cllr Jackson and members of the Parish Council are keen to establish the cost of the system and what happens to any surplus income. Bus bay markings have been completed. Cty.Cllr. Jackson has been able to donate �500 to each of the schools in the Parish Council area. He is working with the Headteacher of Crich Carr Junior school to acquire the adjacent school house for use as an office, classrooms and small community centre. He is aware that the drainage problems at Potters Hill have reappeared.

09/349 Minutes of the meeting of 2nd March 2009

The minutes were approved and signed by the Chair

09/350 Matters arising from the Minutes

AVBC inform the council that litter bins are more durable and less expensive to purchase and install than dog bins. Further, dog mess can be put in litter bins if it is contained in a polythene bag. Clerk will put note to this effect on litter bins.
Overhanging trees at Garner Lane reported to DCC and this has been acknowledged.
Request for Traffic activated �30 mph speed limit� sign for Bullbridge Hill sent to DCC who reply that these are most effective when they are periodically located temporarily. It was agreed to ask DCC to deploy such a sign.
2 new grit bins have been ordered for Hollins Lane. DCC will decide their location.
A copy of the written High Court judgement re. Coddington Farm has been received from AVBC. It contained no detail of the reasoning behind the decision. Clerk was instructed to obtain a copy of the Inspector�s findings � this will be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting.
AVBC have provided a copy of the conditions imposed by the planning authority regarding developments at Coddington Top Farm. Clerk was instructed to ask AVBC why the Council had not been informed as a matter of course.

09/351 Clerk�s Report

Clerk explained that he would prefer to wait until all notice boards had been installed before ordering �Crich Parish Council� signs for attachment to them.
AVBC have cleared broken glass from Recreation Ground play area but the gate has been damaged and will need welding � Clerk will seek to get this done.
A course on �Training for would be Chairs of Parish Councils� was publicised.
Bus stop bay markings at Cromford Road and on the Market Place have been completed.
Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund � it was agreed not to pursue this.

09/352 Report from Special Project Group

See attached sheet.

It was agreed to accept the suggestion that the council pay a fee of �28 to AVBC so that a search regarding the implications of proposed Market Place developments (with particular reference to creating a car park) can be carried out.
Cllr. Steppings has sourced a television and stand for use by the Youth Club. It was agreed that these should be purchased.

09/353 Planning decisions

AVA/2008/1360 New Medical Centre PERMITTED clerk was instructed to find out the detail of any conditions imposed on the developers.
AVA/2009/0018 Croft Cottage, Parkhead � side ext., garage, garden room, workshop, chicken shed, greenhouse and log cabin PERMITTED with conditions viz. remove roof lights from garage and omit log cabin
AVA/2009/0076 Olana, Bowns Hill � conservatory and porch PERMITTED
AVA/2009/0114 Tan Yard Croft Dimple Lane � garden room ext. PERMITTED
AVA/2009/0118 7, Tors Spring � Orangery PERMITTED
AVA/2009/0195 Crich Infant School canopy � Comment made to DCC
AVA/2009/0228 Stand Farm, Plaistow Green Rd. New barn - PENDING

09/354 Planning applications

AVA/2009/0197 14 Bowns Hill � 2 storey side ext. boiler flue and raised terrace conservation rules must apply and further assurances are needed re. the sycamore tree.
AVA/2009/0205 8 Hodder Close � loft conversion and dormer window no objection
AVA/2009/0270 Leashaw Farm Robin Hood � re-instatement of former stables no objection
CD6/0309/219 DCC application to change use of field at rear of Crich Carr Primary School clerk to ask for permission to delay a response until after the next meeting
CD6/0309/220 DCC application for polytunnel on field at Crich Junior School no objection

09/355 Accounts

It was acknowledged that the contribution to the Glebe should be increased from April, this will be implemented at the next meeting of the council Yorkshire Bank current A/C at 10.3.2009 is �31710.24
Yorkshire Bank Jubilee A/C �947.33
Yorkshire Bank Charity A/C �128.78

Yorkshire Bank current A/C interest none shown on this statement
Yorkshire Bank Charity A /C interest �0.08

C.H.Ludlam (Clerk) salary + expenses �441.09 chq.353
Len Spencer (RG and BG) �143.25 chq.354
Glebe Trust �546.00 chq.355
Belper Book-Keeping Agency �80.00 chq.356
AVBC (Grit bin filling) �86.25 chq.357
AVBC (Christmas Tree) �1024.65 chq.358
HMRC (Tax and NI 4th Qtr.) �413.01 chq.359
BT (Phone and Broadband) �109.04 chq.360
AVBC Rates for BG �113.04 chq.361
Grass Track �357.08 chq.362
Ken Briddon Allotment rents �280.00 chq.363

09/356 Circulars and publications

AVBC � Free parking for Borough residents
The Playing Field DRCC Newsletter
Civilianised Parking Enforcement
DALC Report of Police Annual Parish Councils Evening
Dogs Trust
Derwent Valley Mills Partnership � Minutes of meeting
Minutes of Executive Meeting of DALC
DCC Minerals and Waste Core strategy Development Plan
Free car parking for borough residents

09/357 Communications from parishioners

A second letter of complaint about use of the pavement outside the greengrocers has been received. The Parish Council agrees with DCC that as the pavement is wide at this point it does not see a problem.
A resident has complained about the �zinging� noise made by footballs hitting the protective fence at the Recreation Ground. Clerk has sought advice from AVBC and will also contact the fencing contractor. It should be noted that the Parish Council did obtain appropriate planning permission for this structure.
A resident of Briars Lane has expressed concern that The Briars has not complied with planning conditions relating to the drive and car park. He is particularly concerned about the safety of young people playing on the drive and in the car park area. Cllr Bateman who recently convened a liaison meeting between representatives of the Briars and 2 local residents felt that relationships which have often been strained are now �warming�. Further, he felt that allegations made in the letter were �fanciful� � he expressed every confidence in the ability of The Briars staff to keep the young visitors safe and to manage their behaviour in a way which would avoid nuisance to the neighbours. It was resolved by 7 votes to 1 that Clerk should write to AVBC urging them to enforce the planning conditions. Cllr. Bateman expressed strong reservations about this course of action.

09/358 Information from Councillors

Cllr. Clark wondered if the parking space at the Drying Ground, Fritchley could be extended. Cllr. Thorpe was able to explain that the area had been set out to allow access to the field behind the site.
Cllr. Bateman referred to the liaison meeting he had convened at The Briars (see above). He also drew attention to the fact that he footpath from The Briars to Dale Close is in need of attention. The fence at the Scout Hut (DCC property) is still in need of repair- Cty Cllr Jackson is aware of this. He would like a marked bus bay for the School Lane bus stop.
Cllr Steppings was concerned that traffic on Potters Hill increases when there is an event at the Tramway Museum � this causes a particular problem for horse riders. Clerk was instructed to write to the management of the museum asking them to ensure that any literature they produce does not encourage the use of Potters Hill as an access route. He also warned of the inadvisability of putting anything with an address in the dust bin without shredding it first.
Cllr. Harwood asked that the grass area around the seat at Bulling Lane be paved � it was agreed to have this done.

Chair thanked everyone for their attendance and the meeting closed at 9.25pm.

NEXT MEETING 7.30 pm Monday 11th May 2009

Clive Ludlam
Parish Clerk
15th April 2009