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Minutes of the meeting of Crich Parish Council

Monday, 5 December 2005, in the Glebe Field Centre

Present: Cllr Lane (Chair), Cllr Brierton (Vice Chair), Cllrs Bendon, Goodhead, Harris, Harwood, Salt, Smith, Thorpe, Tromans, and Whitney, Clerk in attendance, Cty Cllr Jackson, and 6 members of the public.

Apologies: Cllr Cooke.

05/265 Public Participation
Professor Egglestone and the Crich Map team presented two special copies of the map to the Council. The Council thanked the team for producing such a beautiful and informative map.
Members of the public spoke on the following matters:
(a) FP 73  to Fritchley Fields: a new sign had been erected at The Common but not a finger post.
(b) Mr Bostock updated the Council on the current state of enforcement proceedings regarding Coddington Top Farm and thanked the Council for its support on enforcement measures at Wakebridge recently approved by AVBC.

05/266 Minutes of the meeting of 7 November 2005
RESOLVED: that these be signed by the Chair without amendment.

05/267 Matters arising from the Minutes
05/236 Clerk was asked to look into the ownership of St Mary�s churchyard War Memorial and memorial gates.
Another matter is taken in under item 05/276 below.

05/268 Declarations of interest
None.

05/269 Police Matters
No PC attended. Cllr Salt reported on the 2 November Alfreton Police consultative committee meeting and in particular on road safety camera rules, PC attendance at Parish Council meetings, crime prevention devices, and the Government decision to merge Derbyshire Constabulary with either Notts or the East Midlands regional forces. He also suggested that the Police were invited to use facilities at the Glebe Centre as they were elsewhere, e.g. South Normanton. Cllr Goodhead said such an offer had been made in the past but had not been taken up.

05/270 Local Authority Councillors
Cty Cllr Jackson reported: (a) attendance at a site meeting at The Briars; (b) New Road/Amber Hill road was 6.6m wide against 4.8m minimum width; (c) the Joint Transport meeting in October was reported in the Matlock Mercury and another meeting was fixed for 17 January; (d) he advised that the Road Haulage Association be contacted with number plates of lorries thought to be a hazard and that the parish collect evidence of lorry movements in general; (e) he proposed a joint meeting with the Police and Chairs or members of his ward�s parishes on rural policing; (f) AVBC had no plans to reinstate the bus shelter on The Common and claimed that only one was removed.
  Borough Cllr Thorpe congratulated DCC for its good work over flooding at Dimple Lane and said that AVBC�s Street Scene branch was clearing up leaves on Allen Lane. A culprit had been caught while fly tipping off Dimple Lane. Fritchley Sports Club had won a �1000 award from a bank to for electricity. The Inspector hearing the Wheatcroft House appeal for planning application AVA/2004/1022 had overturned AVBC�s refusal of permission and enforcement notice. She also mentioned the matter taken in under 05/273 below.

Clerk�s Report
05/271 AVBC Parish/Borough Liaison Committee 30 November Clerk and Cllr Harris attended. Cllr Harris gave a brief report and said future liaison meetings, probably every six months, should be taken seriously as an opportunity to meet leading Borough councillors and officers in one place.
05/272 Fritchley double yellow lines / New Road, Crich access DCC asked the Council to gauge public support for any measures in these areas. The Clerk would pass on the correspondence to Cty  Cllr Jackson.
05/273 Fritchley School football pitch and access Due to health and safety concerns about the new security fence, the football pitch and footpath access to it would not be available for any use until the issues had been resolved.

05/274 Planning decisions
AVA/2005/1103 Land at The Yews, The Common, Crich (Jerram): erection of detached dwelling. Refused
AVA/2005/0955 80 The Common, Crich (Bridger): kitchen/conservatory ext + access + drive. Granted
AVA/2005/1110 27 The Common (Hartshorne): demolition of garage + 2 storey extension. Granted
AVA/2005/1143 100 The Common (Ashton): 2 storey rear extension. Granted
AVA/2005/1162 18 Amber Hill (Loxley): part demolition of garage + enlargement. Granted
AVA/2005/1224 The Barn, 1 Chadwick Nick Lane, Fritchley  (Spencer): erection of detached dwelling. Granted

05/275 Planning applications
AVA/2005/1368 51 The Common, Crich (Jacob): remove roof to semi-bungalow and construct first floor domestic extension. �No objection.�
AVA/2005/1381 40 Coasthill, Crich (Mould): first floor side ext over garage + garden room ext. �No objection.�
AVA/2005/1393 10 Hindersitch Lane, Whatstandwell (Gregory): portal steel frame building for fodder and machinery storage. �No objection.�
AVA/2005/1394 Lynam Road, Fritchley (Williamson): agricultural access and extension to barn. �No objection.�

05/276 Burial Ground
The access and car park resurfacing was completed in early November satisfactorily and in accordance with quotes. A replacement gate for Mr Sayles as specified in the contract for sale of part of his land had cost an extra �700.

05/277 Hilts Quarry
Cllr Bendon attended while RR staff took samples in and around Hilts Quarry on 24 November and presented a detailed report to Council including his concerns at some of the procedures.
RESOLVED: Cllr Bendon to draft letter for Clerk to send to RR.

05/278 Transport
Cllr Bendon presented the Transport Committee�s three motions relating to application for a DALG grant. Clerk informed the Council that he was seeking advice on the powers of a Parish Council to spend money on highways projects under the Local Government and Ratings Act 1997. The Council was free to pass any resolution in the meantime. After discussion Chair called for a non-binding show of hands for or against the general principle of sponsoring a Market Place scheme that altered the present configuration. Members divided 6-5 in favour with no abstentions. After further discussion Cllr Bendon withdrew the Transport Committee�s third motion and the Council voted on a combination of the first two motions.
RESOLVED: to apply for a Mineral Extraction Levy Grant of �50,000 towards a safety scheme for Crich Market Place and to guarantee further funding of �8,500 towards the safety scheme.
Members wished the vote recorded as 4-1 in favour with 6 abstentions.
The Council then discussed hiring a traffic consultant to advise on the Market Place. Fees for such work were not allowed within a DALG grant. Chair put forward the name of a recommended consultant who had estimated a fee between �500 and �1,000.
RESOLVED: to engage the recommended consultant subject to a maximum fee of �1,200.
Members wished the vote recorded as unanimously in favour.

Accounts
05/279 Balances 10 November Current �41545.94; Jubilee �945.06; Charity �116.8

Income    
05/280 Yorkshire Bank re: current a/c interest 31/11 53.71
     

Expenditure

   
05/281 M D A Coultas re: Clerk�s salary November + exp �50.99 970 580.54
05/282 M Macarthur re: BG/PG caretaking November 971 108.33
05/283 Crich Glebe Field Trust re: November contribution 972 440.00
05/284 J C Balls & Sons re: burial access surfacing etc 973 17264.75
05/285 Audit Commission re: audit 2004/5 974 411.25
05/286 Parkwood Social Fund No 2 re: footpath clearance 975 200.00
05/287 M Lane re: Remembrance Sunday wreath 976 16.50

05/288 Circulars and publications from other authorities
AVBC Your local guide to Scrutiny
Derwent Valley World Heritage News issue 5
DRCC Rural Matters Autumn 2005

05/289 Information
Cllr Bendon asked for AVBC to pick up broken glass at the Sandy Lane site of bottle and other banks.
Cllr Goodhead commented that cars in Chapel Lane were parking on pavements. Cty Cllr Jackson pointed out this was only an offence if passage of the pavement was obstructed and if so the Police should be called.
Cllr Smith outlined access and other questions at The Beeches and requested a letter be sent to DCC.
Cllr Brierton reported a large vehicle messing up a verge at Town End. He also requested discussion of the Planning Committee arrangement at the next meeting.
Chair had attended an RR liaison meeting. Restoration of Hilts Quarry was complete. Children had been seen playing on the site.

The Chair thanked members and public for their attendance and closed the meeting at 10.30 pm