Minutes April 2017

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Clerk: Mrs A J Fox

Derwent Cottage, Calver Bridge, Calver, Hope Valley S32 3XA

Telephone: 01433 631689

Email: angelafox@btinternet.com





Present:          Cllr D Windle, Cllr R Akeroyd, Cllr V Sidery, Cllr R Spinks, Cllr B Taft,

Cllr T Williams, Cllr H Froggatt, Mrs A Fox (Clerk)


36.17               Apologies for Absence: Cllr A Hill, Cllr P Tillbrook, Cllr J Twigg


37 .17              Declaration of Members’ Interests: None


38.17               To receive and approve requests for dispensations from members on matters in which they have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest: None


39.17               Public Participation: Cllr Froggatt was welcomed to the meeting.


40.17               Minutes of Parish Council Meeting held 23rd March 2017: The minutes were proposed by Cllr Sidery as a true record, seconded by Cllr Akeroyd and signed by the Chairman.


41.17               Confidentiality: None


42.17               Items reported by the Clerk:


77.16 1)           Flood Committee Meeting – 4th April 2017:  It was reported that the flood document is now completed and will be updated as and when necessary.  It was agreed that the document would be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that all information is accurate and up to date.Â


113.16 2)         Inspection of Play Equipment: Enviroplay had agreed to carry out the playground inspection at a cost of £66.50 + VAT, plus £10 travelling expenses.  This was agreed.


125.16 3)         Provision of Storage Bins for sand and supply of sand: Cllr Taft had suggested coal bunkers and had obtained a quotation of £560.72.  This will be reviewed and discussed again at the next meeting.  It was also reported that empty sand bags are available free of charge from Derbyshire County Council.


19.17 1)           Allotment Vacancy: It was reported that Mrs Edmonstone had decided to retain the allotment, with assistance from a friend.


19.17 2)           Brown Signs on A6: The Clerk had obtained the necessary application forms, but the parish council decided not to continue with the application as it was agreed that there are already sufficient signs in the village.


31.17 1)           Audit of 2016/17 Accounts: Mr John Foster of West and Foster had agreed to carry out the audit, as in previous years.




32.17 2)           Parking: The Clerk had written to the driver of the heavy goods vehicle with a request for compliance with the operator’s licence and to refrain from parking the vehicle in the village.Â


32.17 3)           Grass Verge: A response is awaited from the Highways Department at DCC.


32.17 4)           Conifer Trees in Cemetery: A quotation of £400.00 + VAT had been received from Earl Yeomans for removal of the 2 conifers in Ashford Cemetery and for cutting back the trees on Watts Green.  It was agreed that this work should be undertaken in the autumn and the Clerk was requested to contact Mr Yeomans to enquire whether he can hold the price and complete the work at that time.


32.17 5)           Location of Flood Trailer: The Clerk had written to the Secretary of the War Memorial Institute Committee (Mrs Heron) to ask if it would be possible to park the flood trailer beside or behind the Institute.  A response is still awaited


42.17. 1)          Website: It was agreed that the Clerk would contact the parish magazine editor once again to arrange for a short article regarding the website to be included in the next parish magazine.


43.17               Items reported by Members: None


44.17               Planning Matters:


1) Application: Greenfields Farm – Change of Use from Barn to Dwelling: The parish council has no objection to this application.  However, it will be important to ensure that the public footpath and right of way is not compromised.


45.17               Financial Matters


Bank Balances Noted:         Â

1)         Business Reserve Account:                                                           £17,300.37

Current Account:                                                                               £250.00


  • To approve payments:


  1. Jayne Taft (to be advised)                                                   £280.00
  2. DALC Subscription 2017/18                                               £158.08
  3. AK Heating                                                                           £70.00
  4. Chemodex (2 invoices)                                                          £78.18                       Â

e)   DDDC (wheeled bin)                                                          £100.75

  1. f)    Community Heartbeat Trust                                                  £73.00


3)   to acknowledge receipt of payments:


a)   Bull’s Head re conveniences                                                £409.00








46.17            Correspondence:


1)         Letters from DDDC regarding Review of Public Conveniences: Letters had been received from DDDC regarding a review of the public conveniences at Monsal Head and Ashford.  Cllr Froggatt agreed to  speak to Mike Galsworthy and report back


2)         Letter from Ashford Well Dressing Committee requesting permission to use Hall Orchard for car parking 10-18th June: The parish council agreed to this, subject to dry weather conditions.


47.17   Date of Next Meeting: The next parish council meeting will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council, which has been arranged for Thursday 18th May 2017 at 7.30 pm in Ashford School.