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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall
at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 27th January 2009.


  • Councillor Hill - Chairman
  • Councillor Gregory
  • Councillor Kettell
  • Councillor Leah
  • Councillor Mathieson
  • Councillor Northall
  • Councillor Palmer
  • Councillor Pantry
  • Councillor White
  • Clerk - J R Walker


There were no apologies.


There were no amendments. The minutes were signed as a correct record.


  1. 08/110 (3)

    Chairman explained that a revised application was being submitted because of errors in the original.

    Clerk was instructed to seek permission for a Parish Council representative to speak at the RMBC Planning Board when the planning application was being considered.

  2. 08/106 (1)

    White did not believe the moss had been removed as requested.

    Mathieson suggested that the problem existed at many other locations in the village

    Clerk would make further representation to RMBC.

  3. 08/106 (3)

    White had observed no improvement to the sign at the A57/Goosecarr Lane junction.

  4. 08/113 (4)

    White reported a delay in obtaining the further artwork but it was now hoped to present this at the next meeting.


  1. Emergency Plan
  2. The Informer
  3. Disabled Toilet at the Village Hall
  4. Gritting
  5. Cricket Pavilion
  6. Bus Shelter at Kiveton Lane


Clerk had:-

  • carried out all the instructions given to him at the last meeting.
  • attended an informal meeting to discus planning application RB2008/1653.
  • not taken any further action concerning the bank changes because of the general uncertainty in the banking sector.
  • reported a potentially dangerous boundary wall fronting 58 The Meadows to RMBC and also a hedge overhanging the footway at the junction of Kiveton Lane/The Meadows and illegal parking on the highway verge fronting the recreation ground at The Pastures/Goosecarr Lane.

Northall lived on The Pastures close to where the verge parking had occurred. She was aware that there had been a football tournament on the day in question and thought the incident to be related to this rare event. Any parking restrictions on the bend/junction could cause problems for residents of near-by properties.

Clerk was instructed to request the provision of waiting/parking restrictions on the west side of the junction but limited to that length fronting the highway verge.


Mathieson reported on damage to the football pavilion by a recklessly driven vehicle. The insurance company had been informed, quotations obtained for the necessary repairs, the visitor's dressing room locked to prevent anyone entering the room where the external wall was unstable and temporary fencing erected around the affected area.

Council thanked Councillors Mathieson and White for their hard work.



Monies received

1. Barclays Bank - Interest


Un-presented cheques



Payments made since last meeting

1. Paper Island Ltd - Printing of The Informer


2. Yorkshire Water - Allotment Bill


3. Todwick Village Hall - Rents


Payments to be made

1. J R Walker - Salary & Expenses


2. H M Revenue & Customs - Tax/NI


3. Mr. Julian Marples - Village Maintenance


4. Briddon - Temporary Fencing


5. Todwick Fun Day - Donation


Bank statement balances including bank interest

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Balances after all payments completed

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  1. The Rotherham Hospice - Request for Donation

  2. rbt (Connect) Ltd. - Thank you for Completing Questionnaire.

  3. SYPTE - Travelmaster

  4. Anston Says Enough - Traffic Noise/Pollution

  5. Environment Agency - Enquiry Regarding Planning Application RB2008/1653

  6. Mr. R Hall - Request for "No Through Road Sign" at Sandwith Road

    Clerk had referred the request to RMBC and replied to Mr. Hall.

    White had seen that the existing street nameplate included a small sign indicating that Sandwith Road was not a through road. He and the Chairman agreed that a new sign similar to that erected at Mill Close would be more appropriate.

    Clerk would inform RMBC.

  7. RMBC - New Powers for Removal of Unlicensed Vehicles in Off-Road Areas

  8. RBT (Connect) Ltd. - Parish & Town Council Procurement

  9. RMBC - Borough's Standards Committee

  10. RMBC - Parish Network Meeting

    Pantry intended attending.

  11. Rotherham Dog Rescue - Request for Donation

  12. Mr. A Rusling - Illegal Parking at The Pastures/Goosecarr Lane

    Clerk had reported the vehicular parking to RMBC before this letter had been received and had now forwarded this letter and the photographs enclosed with it.

  13. Parish Councillor John Palmer - Big Lottery Fund/Kiveton Lane Plantation.

    Chairman had been in discussion with the landowner's representatives. An amendment was required to the lease before final arrangements could be finalised. He would be contacting The Big Lottery Fund to explain the situation.

  14. Mrs. Sheila Pantry - Todwick Fun Day, Music By Moonlight Evening and The Gardens, Art and Historic Trail.

    Resolved to release the £1000 previously included in the budget for financial year 2009/10.

  15. Mrs. B Waller - Thank you for the Donation of £50

    The Parish Bowling Club had agreed that Mrs. Waller could have a plaque in remembrance of Les placed in the bowling pavilion.


  1. RB2008/1831

    Two storey side extension with attached garage to side at 7 Horbiry End, for Mrs. N Beale.

    Resolved to offer no objection.

  2. RB2008/1863

    Application to vary condition 15 (all rainwater shall be of cast iron or aluminium construction and painted black) imposed by RB2007/1888 at 51 Kiveton Lane for Mr. A Parker.

    Resolved to offer no objection.



Mathieson reported that all allotments had now been let. Rents were to be collected in the village hall between 11.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. on 22 March 2009.


  1. Hill, Leah, Palmer, Pantry and White had attended the public meeting at South Anston called to discuss objections to RB2008/1653.
  2. White and Mathieson had called a special meeting with the football clubs to discuss conflict caused by the playing of an extra game by Todwick Villa. There were also very serious issues around abuse of the football pavilion. Both of the user clubs were informed that the Agreement they had with the Parish Council might be cancelled and the Clubs banned from playing any matches if matters did not improve.


Palmer reported on the Contractor's work during the last month including the fitting of a new door lock on the football pavilion, reading of meters, opening and closing the entrance gates to the recreation ground and removal of the Christmas lights at The Meadows.

Council agreed that the Christmas lights had now reached the end of their satisfactory life and could be replaced.

Mathieson reported on his efforts to obtain quotations from five contractors related to the Contract to be let from 1 April 2009.

Council thanked Councillor Mathieson for his hard work.

The Sub Committee comprising Councillors Gregory, Hill, Mathieson and Palmer would meet on the 17 February to open and consider quotations due to be returned on 6 February 2009.


Kettell/Palmer had obtained quotations and one copy of the plan provided by RMBC was presently being encapsulated. Quotations would now be sought for the provision and erection of a suitable board to display the encapsulated plan.


There were no further matters to discuss.


  1. Emergency Plan

    Leah had noted that the Plan required some revision to contact names and details. RMBC required informing once the revisions were completed.

    Clerk would make the necessary changes and inform the Borough Council Emergency Planning Officer.

  2. The Informer

    Kettell had obtained competitive quotations for publishing The Informer newsletter. The cheapest received was from HiTech at £70+VAT for some 800 copies. Bearing in mind that Council Members were now delivering each edition, a saving of some £329/year would be achieved when compared to the situation in early 2008.

  3. Disabled Toilet at the Village Hall

    White had referred to the tenders received for the provision of a further disabled toilet at the village hall. The cheapest three were:

    1. Kira - £6,200 + VAT
    2. Paul Jones Plumbing & Heating - £5,545 + VAT
    3. GFP Construction - £4,145 + VAT

    Resolved that the tender received from GFP Construction be accepted in the sum of £4,145 + VAT.

    Council thanked Councillor White for arranging site visits and submission of tenders.

  4. Gritting

    White reported on deliberations at the Village Hall Committee and the consideration given as to whether to grit the environs of the village hall in the event of frost and/or snow. In answer to the Clerk he explained that the Hall's Insurers had been reluctant to offer any guidance or say whether or not they would be prepared to pay out against any claim arising as a consequence of the lack of gritting or other measures to mitigate icy conditions.

    Resolved to support the Village Hall Committee's decision not to grit as a matter of routine.

  5. Cricket Pavilion

    Palmer had been given a fixture list for the Todwick Cricket Club for season 2009. Some 11 home games were programmed. The Club was continuing to seek grant aid in respect of a new/refurbished pavilion but meanwhile enquired as to whether the Parish Council would have affected repairs to the existing pavilion to allow its use for the coming season. Lack of an acceptable facility might prevent the Club meetings its obligations and consequently its dismissal from the League.

    Resolved to consider the matter at the next Recreation Committee meeting to be held in some two weeks time.

    Palmer would inform the Club Secretary, Mrs. E Wainwright.

  6. Bus Shelter at Kiveton Lane

    Palmer had received an enquiry seeking the erection of a bus shelter on Kiveton Lane.

    Resolved that Councillor Palmer inform that the Parish Council had sought such provision several times in the recent past but that this had always been refused by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority.

    Palmer would inform the person who had made the request.

The Meeting Closed at 9.53 p.m.

The next monthly council meeting will be in Todwick Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 24 February 2009.