Minutes – 14/04/2015 – Annual Parish Meeting
MINUTES OF THE DRAYCOTT ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD IN THE PARISH ROOMS ELVASTON STREET DRAYCOTT ON TUESDAY 14 APRIL 2015 AT 6.30PM
PRESENT – CHAIRMAN – Councillor V Clare
COUNCILLORS – M Selwood, M Alexander, A Wilson, D Dundas, B Rogerson, A Perkins
Derbyshire County Council – R Parkinson
PUBLIC – P Bates – St Chad’s Fishing Club, D Aram – Draycott Village Fund, D Truman – Draycott Rainbows, C Riley – Draycott Brownies, P Riley – 1st Draycott and Wilne Scout Group, G Gobey – Draycott and LE Table Tennis Club. Mrs M J Burrows – resident.
APOLOGIES – Councillors M Tudbury, D Orchard, C Wheatley
THE CHAIRMAN WELCOMED EVERYONE TO THE MEETING
The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 8 April 2014 as circulated were confirmed and signed.
It was noted that Councillor Orchard had responded directly to the matter raised by Mrs Burrows at that meeting.
DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL – Councillor R Parkinson gave the following report;
Derbyshire County Council has approved an increase for 2015/16 of 1.98%, nearly the maximum allowed without a referendum. There have been several consultations during the past year about the future of various services. Details of all past and current consultations are on the DCC website. Some service reductions have resulted, including road maintenance, mobile libraries, some children’s centres, some school crossing patrols (but not in Breaston) and support for some voluntary organisations such as SureStart. For the time being, support for community transport and local bus services will continue.
The Leader of the County Council has written to various recipients, including every Parish Council, to allege that, in 2015/16, every household in Derbyshire will lose £97 in Government funding for local services, whereas Buckinghamshire will lose only £52 and Hampshire only £43 per household. She therefore has invited people to object. However, an alternative picture drawn in the Local Government Association’s list of revenue support grant per head for all 27 County Councils shows that Derbyshire is 6th best funded at £378.22 whilst Hampshire (£268.93) and Buckinghamshire (£261.97) are the worst.
Combined Authority for Derbyshire
Derbyshire County Council has voted to join a proposed “Combined Authority” designed as a way of working together by the County Council, Derby City and the 8 District/Borough Councils in Derbyshire. It is hoped that this will bring jobs, growth and investment into the County, subject to agreement between Council Leaders and business community with the Government. This could include improved road and rail links, a better public transport system, more affordable housing and better paid jobs.
Derbyshire County Council has continued discussions with the National Trust about how the Trust might be able to assist the Council in finding a way forward that achieves an acceptable solution for the Council, Elvaston Castle & Country Park and the community. The National Trust has provided advice and guidance whilst they and the Council worked with a range of other local stakeholders to develop a vision for the Estate.
Volunteers are being sought for a new board to help secure the future of the Castle and Estate. This Advisory Development Board will work with the County Council to develop a proposed managing body, possibly a charitable trust, to deliver the 10-year vision and plan which was adopted following extensive community engagement.
Volunteer board members will need to have expertise in business planning and finance, fundraising, built and cultural heritage, partnership working or other relevant areas and be willing to work for between one and two days a month. Tony Palmer was recently appointed as Chairman of the Advisory Board. Full details can be found at http://www.futureelvaston.co.uk/development-board/
I would like to express my thanks to the Clerk and to the members of Draycott Parish Council for their help and support in my role as County Councillor.
EREWASH BOROUGH COUNCIL – Councillor V Clare gave the following report;
This has been a difficult year for the controlling group of Erewash Borough Council, with a majority of only one, and some councillors who have suffered bouts of ill health. We have been lucky to only have had one meeting without a majority. We have been able to allow all councillors £ 500 each to offer as grants to their local community projects. Both Cllr Orchard and myself have enjoyed being able to support the organisations in the village with financial help. The council again have frozen their share of the council tax for the 5th year without incurring debt and without cutting frontline services, despite having to accept their share of the austerity cuts front central government. The council has introduced a one hours free parking in many of its car parks to attract shoppers back into our high streets. The reports from traders are very positive and the move has been much appreciated by shoppers and shopkeepers alike. The council has recognised that fly tipping is a problem in the area and therefore has introduced a free bulky waste collection for residents for up to 3 collections a year , and also a request service for winter gardeners to have their brown bins emptied. Most people I have spoken to have expressed their appreciation of this offer. The main complaint from residents has been about dog fouling and the council have introduced a text service for reporting areas of fouling which we will try to clear within as short a time as possible. We also continue to invest in the dog warden service to deter would be offenders . We have attracted much grant funding to the borough for regeneration of our town centres and for refurbishment of our Leisure Centres including installation of new gyms. Many play centres in the borough have been refurbished and the Erewash Museum has benefited from a large grant for much needed extension to their usable display areas. I must recognise the spectacular floral displays and the work of all connected with the gold success this year and of course the green flag awarded again this for Victoria Park in Ilkeston. I have been honoured to represent Draycott on Erewash Borough Council for the last eight years and hope to continue to do so with your support. Councillor Orchard was retiring as a Borough Councillor after 24 years of service and wished to record his thanks to the Clerk and Councillors for their help and support.
CHAIRMAN OF THE PARISH COUNCIL – Councillor V Clare gave the following report;
It has been a great honour to be elected as Chairman for the last year of this Council. Councillor Mike Tudbury had been a committed chairman for 8 years and I hope I have lived up to his very high standards. I would like to thank him for his support as vice -Chairman during this year.
One of the Parish Council’s main functions is to ensure that the village’s open spaces are safe and welcoming for all users and improvements and general maintenance have been carried out at Draycott Cemetery, the Playing Fields, Leisure Green and St Chad’s Water LNR. The Parish Council has also maintained the Draycott Millennium Green.
There have been a number of community events throughout the year which have been organised by the Parish Council. These have included;
- The increasingly popular Brass Band Concert.
- The fully funded play schemes running through the summer for the village children.
- A number of visits from EBC’s skating, cycling and climbing facilities.
- The Remembrance Sunday service.
This year the Parish Council obtained a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery – Awards for All fund for its Health and Well-being project. Many of you will have experienced the exercise classes. I would also encourage you to take part in the walks, environmental action days and exercise classes planned for the remainder of the year. Younger residents can also take part in the play scheme planned over the summer holidays and visit the mobile play equipment.
The Parish Council supported the Draycott Village Fund at the Christmas Lights switch-on but as many of you will know there were problems with the Christmas Tree over the festive period and as a result we are considering other options for 2015.
Congratulations must go the Draycott Village Fund for the success of all its events and to the Draycott in Bloom section for achieving a ‘Silver Gilt’ in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. Draycott is a wonderful place to live and we all appreciate the work the members do in making this so.
The Parish Council agreed an increase in the Precept to £25,308 for 2015/16. This will allow the Council to meet all its financial obligations.
I would like to thank all the Councillors who have served the village over the past 4 years and particularly for their help and support in my first year as Chairman.
I would like to add my own, and the Council’s thanks to our Clerk, Val Lewis, as she has worked tirelessly throughout the year not only doing the one hundred and one tasks required of a Parish Clerk every week but managing to access the grant funding to allow the extra exercise classes and informative village walks I spoke about earlier in my report, to happen .This has brought opportunities for young and the not so young , to enjoy something different in the village and to add to the ever increasing community spirit for which Draycott has become renowned. We Councillors all owe Val a big vote of thanks for her help and guidance throughout the year delivered with professionalism and humour at all times, even when she wraps our knuckles.
RISLEY TRUST – Cllr Orchard had provided a written report; The Trust met bi-monthly. It owns several farm properties in Leicestershire and 4 properties in Risley. I attended all but one meeting during the year. The latter are listed buildings and although the houses are large and listed , there seems to be no problems in letting them. Grants were made to 6 schools including Draycott /Breaston/Risley/Sandiacre and Stanton by Dale for musical education. The grants were made proportionate to the number of pupils. Draycott received £1503.50 this towards provision of high quality music workshops. The 5 Sunday Schools in the catchment area received grants. Draycott received £657.86. In Draycott, 11 individuals received grants of £250 each.
DRAYCOTT MILLENNIUM GREEN TRUST – Cllr V Clare reported; – All necessary ongoing maintenance at the Millennium Green Trust has been carried out over the last year. The Community pay back team carried out painting works to the fences and play equipment and members of the Draycott in Bloom group carried out works to the raised beds and sun dial. The Draycott in Bloom group also planted trees on the Teenage Area. Sadly the majority of these were removed. The Trust would like to thank the Parish Council for its continued maintenance of the area and the Draycott in Bloom group for its work.
ST CHAD’S WATER FISHING CLUB – Pete Bates reported that the club has 30 members who by the terms of the membership have to reside in the village. The club’s objectives are to attract all village residents who fish to become members and to improve the fishing at the Water. He reported that cormorants are a problem for fishermen at the Water and thanks to part funding from the Angling Trust fish refuges are to be installed. The club continues to carry out litter picking duties.
Draycott Village Fund – Diane Aram reported that there are 11 committee members who meet monthly. There is also the Draycott in Bloom section who co-ordinate the application and works for the East Midlands in Bloom competition. The DVF organize special one-off events, Litter picks, The Open Gardens weekend, Scarecrow Festival and the Christmas Market and switch-on. The ‘Derbyshire’ county flag will soon be put on the brackets throughout the village with other flags and Christmas trees throughout the year.
Rainbows – Dawn Truman reported that they have 12 members aged between 5 and 7. The group will be 21 next year – so plan to celebrate. There is a waiting list – but more volunteers are needed to allow them to increase numbers.
Brownies – Caroline Riley reported that the Brownie section re-opened last May and now has 14 members. They anticipate having 21 members next year but need more volunteers. They took part in the Scarecrows event and the Remembrance Sunday service. They have a coffee morning planned for the 9 May.
1st Draycott and Wilne Scout Group – Paul Riley informed the meeting that there are a total of 53 members in the 3 sections who take part in varied activities. They took part in the St Georges Day parade, Remembrance Sunday service, Scarecrow Festival and also provided refreshments at the Band Concert. They also undertake newsletter deliveries on behalf the Parish Council.
Draycott and Long Eaton Table TennIs Club – Graham Gobey reported that the objective of the club is to promote the playing of table tennis for all ages. They coach 30 children, have 16 teams and 40 members in their 50+ club that meets twice a week. There are approximately 10 Draycott residents who are members. The facilities are also used for other community activities.
Draycott Community School – Councillor Clare – Chair of the Governors – reported that this year has been an exciting one for governors of Draycott school. The new headmistress has made some exciting changes in school and has worked hard with all staff to continue the progress from “requiring improvement ” to “outstanding”. The Ofsted inspection this year confirmed that the school has progressed on that journey and judged the school to be “good “. The pupils, parents, staff and governors were delighted with this result but determined to continue to progress to achieve the prestigious title of outstanding next time. I am sorry to say that the move to an independent supplier for school meals has not been successful and when school re opens for the summer term, the meals will again be provided by a Derbyshire county council supplier. I am sure anyone who has been into School will have noticed the fantastic displays of work and the decorations around school, and the expectation of high standards which prevail . The children have participated in lots of new ways of working and learning and parents , grandparents and governors have been invited into school to share their experiences. I learned how to draw a giraffe with year three and about fractions with year four, the lesson used cake and chocolate bars to demonstrate fractions of a whole. Everyone made sure the fractions were correct especially when they were able to eat their fractional share at the end of the morning. The governing body is at the present time having to restructure and will become a leaner but hopefully more efficient and effective group at the beginning of the new academic year. The number of governors may be reduced from 16 to 10 which is in line with government recommendations , and will be confirmed by DCC by the end of this term. I hope that the village shares the pride that the governors have in the children and staff of Draycott community primary and nursery school, and will support the children in their learning experience as they progress through their school years.
OTHER MATTERS – Cllr Selwood reported that the ‘Messy Church’ held at the Draycott Methodist church was proving very successful and it was commented on the number of community activities available in the village.
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and thanked all the group leaders and workers for their continued commitment and hard work.