TROWELL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING.

10th January 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Trowell Parish Council 0 Comments

MINUTES OF THE SHORT TROWELL PARISH COUNCIL MEETING, HELD IN THE TROWELL PARISH HALL ON TUESDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2012.
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Present:Cllrs. Mrs. J. E. Bryant – Chairman, Mrs. L. Harley, Mrs. C. McGann, R. McGann, G. Lockwood, D. Kilby, P. Singer, Mrs, H. Baxter, Mrs. M. Birkitt & Mrs. P. Cardwell.

Clerk:Mrs. A.K. Mitchell.
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195/12TO RECEIVE APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE.
Cllr. Mrs. Cardwell moved acceptance of apologies from Cllr. Rigby (other commitments). Seconded by Cllr. Mrs. McGann. All in favour.

196/12DECLARATION OF MEMBERS INTERESTS.
None.

197/12TO MAKE A DECISION REGARDING THE OFFER OF LAND AT FIELD FARM.
Cllr. Mrs. Bryant recapped on last week’s meeting on this issue & asked if there was to be any further debate.

Cllr. Lockwood proposed that in the event of planning permission being granted for the proposed Field Farm Development, the parish council accepts the offer of land between Pit Lane & Boundary Brook as outlined in the letter from Mr. R. Westerman dated 29th October 2012. Seconded by Cllr. McGann.

Cllr. Kilby queried whether it would be worth asking Mr. Westerman to increase his initial offer for a community fund.

Cllr. Mrs. Harley agreed asking if the Council is being a bit naïve as drainage for a football pitch for example could cost in the region of £30,000 on its own.

The Clerk pointed out at this juncture that Cllr. Lockwood’s proposal does not relate to the offer of money for a community fund, adding that the funds are a separate issue to the land. The initial letter from Mr. Westerman did not include this element & no offer has, as yet been made in writing.

Cllr. Lockwood agreed with the Clerk, the Council has nothing in writing on the issue of funding & he would not like the Council to be seen as putting a gun to Mr. Westerman’s head figuratively speaking. He added that this council does not know what has already been negotiated with BBC & he suspects that s106 discussions are already a long way down the road.

Cllr. McGann added that the Council would probably accept the land without the cash addition anyway in order to protect the village boundary.

Cllr. Mrs. Harley agreed with Cllr. McGann, adding that it might be appropriate to consult our Borough Councillor regarding the amount of funding.

Cllr. McGann again suggested having the land surveyed to see what it would cost to drain etc.

Cllr. Mrs. Bryant confirmed that she would deal with the funding aspect later as a separate issue to the land itself.

The motion was then put to the vote: 9 For, 1 Abstention. The motion was therefore carried.

The Clerk will contact Mr. Westerman as soon as possible with the Council’s decision on this matter.

Cllr. Mrs. Harley proposed that the Council accepts Mr. Westerman’s offer of a cash contribution to a community fund made at the short meeting held on 27th November 2012, the amount in question to be discussed/negotiated later with Mr. Westerman at the appropriate point in proceedings. Again this would be subject to planning permission being granted for the proposed housing development at Field Farm. Seconded by Cllr. Singer.

The motion was then put to the vote: 9 For, 1 Abstention. The motion was therefore carried.

Again the Clerk will contact Mr. Westerman with the Council’s decision on this point at the earliest opportunity.

198/12.CLERK’S REPORT.
The Clerk had nothing further to report at this time.

The meeting closed at approximately 7.15pm.

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