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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall at
7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 23rd February 2010


  • Councillor Hill - Chairman
  • Councillor Bennett
  • Councillor Ferris
  • Councillor Leah
  • Councillor Gregory
  • Councillor Northall
  • Councillor Pantry
  • Councillor White
  • Clerk - J R Walker
  • Mr. A Tizard


An apology had been received from Councillor Palmer

09/129 Approval of the Minutes - 26th January 2009

09/118(9) a surgery not s surgery.

The amendment was made and the minutes signed as a correct record.


  1. 09/84(6)

    Leah had been asked for convenient dates to meet with the Head of Youth Services and was arranging to meet him in the near future.

  2. 09/118(14)

    Leah had contacted Age Concern. She and Councillor White were to meet with local representatives on 1 March in the village hall.


    Pantry together with Councillor Palmer had attended the recent A57 Action Group Meeting where it had been agreed what the representative would say at the forthcoming public inquiry.

  4. 09/123

    White had logged onto the Charity Commission web site but realised that he required some personal details of Councillor Gregory as the new Recreational Ground Charity Chairman. He was given these and would now up-date the web site.

  5. 09/118(15)

    Pantry had attended the RMBC Training Board Session and passed on copies of the overheads he had received.


  1. Todwick Web Site
  2. The Informer
  3. Parish Plan


Clerk had undertaken his routine duties and all the instructions given to him at the last meeting.


Clerk had still not received the statements, other information requested, or a reply to any of his letters from Barclay's Bank. The Council had banked with Barclays throughout his period as Clerk and before. Nevertheless, the situation was simply unacceptable and he suggested that the Council now move its accounts elsewhere. He had no preference for any other bank but it would be helpful to him personally if a local branch was available and which opened on a Saturday morning.

Bennett/White would make enquiries, consult with the Clerk and make a recommendation to the next meeting of the Council.

Gregory offered his assistance.

Clerk gave the following financial information. He had calculated the figures but having received no formal indication of the amounts of interest asked members to appreciate that these were not guaranteed to be absolutely precise.



Monies received

1. Barclays Bank - Interest

Not yet notified

Payments made since last meeting



Payments to be made

1. Todwick Village Hall - Rents


2. H M Revenue & Customs - Tax/NI


3. J R Walker - September Salary & Expenses


4. Mr. Julian Marples - Village Maintenance


Previously signed cheques not appearing on bank statements



Bank statement balances including bank interest

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Bank balances after all payments completed

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A copy of each item of correspondence received by the Clerk had been circulated with the papers in advance of the meeting.

  1. NSPCC - Request for Partnership

  2. RMBC - Permission for Parish and Town councils to Provide Additional Salt Bins on the Public Highway

  3. RMBC - Standards Committee Minutes/Agenda

  4. Barclays - Bank Statements

    Clerk All the information requested had not been received. The letter was dated 27 January but had been received on 8 February.

  5. Spinal Injuries Association - Publicity for Event

  6. Birtles (House Builders) Ltd - Shop Forecourts at The Pastures


    1. That the Clerk write to extend the Council's best wishes to the Birtles family following the need for Mr Birtles (Senior) to receive constant care.
    2. To inform that the Council was seeking quotations for the outstanding works from local individuals/small builders and I would correspond again, when these were to hand.
  7. RMBC - Training Session - Planning Board

  8. Rotherham Central Railway Station - Redevelopment

  9. RMBC - Barnsley Flood Fair

  10. RMBC - Waste Disposal Questionnaire

    Resolved not to return the questionnaire.

  11. Rotherham Talking Newspaper - Request to Advertise Service

    Resolved to include an article in the next edition of The Informer.

  12. RMBC - Serving of a Notice under Rule 16920(b) of the Highways (inquiries Procedure) Rules 1994 and Rule 7(20(b) of the Compulsory Purchase (Inquiries Procedure) Rules 2007.

    Clerk had taken a further copy of the Notice and the Acquiring Authority's Case in the matter of the Proposed A57 Improvement Scheme.

    Resolved to have a copy of all the literature available on the Todwick Web Site.

  13. RMBC - Grounds Maintenance Proposals


  1. RB2009/0091

    Demolition of existing garages and erection of a bungalow with rooms in roofspace at land rear of 20 The Pastures for Birtles Housebuilders Ltd.

    Resolved to object for reason of over development of the site.

The meeting was suspended at 8.15 p.m.


  1. Mr. A Tizard represented the Bowling Club and enquired as to what action the Council was prepared to take concerning the hedge cutting at the boundary to the bowling area.
  2. Mr. Tizard asked the Council to contribute financially to the repairs recently carried out to the bowling clubhouse.

The Open Session closed at 8.35 p.m.




  1. To contribute a maximum of £500 towards the cost of hedge cutting at the boundary of the bowling green. The work must be completed before the bird nesting season. This contribution to be on the understanding that Bowling Club would thereafter maintain the hedge by appropriate periodic trimming.
  2. To consider contributing towards the cost of materials used to repair the bowling clubhouse.

Gregory/Northall reported on the recent meeting of the Recreation Ground Charity and discussion took place regarding:

  1. Further problems with cars parking on the grass verges at the junction of The Pastures and Goosecarr Lane
  2. The steel container previously used by the Cricket Club
  3. Future use of the area of land previously occupied by the cricket pavilion
  4. 2010/11 rents being maintained at the 2009/10 level
  5. Limited works required to the sports pavilion to facilitate its use by the Cricket Club
  6. Marking out of parking bays


  1. To ask the police to provide "No Waiting" cones for use on match/event days
  2. To order the new storage container and scrap the redundant one to offset the cost


Ferris reported that rents were to be collected in the village hall on Sunday 21st March. He had arranged for the hedge to be cut within the next month. He had spoken with Ken Mathieson and was arranging for the Borough Council's Environment Department to set rat bait.

Village Hall

Resolved that Councillor Palmer replace Councillor Leah as the Parish Council representative on the Village Hall Management Committee. Councillor Leah remains on the committee as an elected Trustee & Secretary to the Village Hall Management Committee.


Bennett/Northall/White with Councillor Leah would attend the meeting with the Head of Youth Services at RMBC.


  1. White had inspected potential sites for the erection of the proposed village signs and asked for members opinions.


    1. To locate sign posts at the north and southbound approaches to the village on Kiveton Lane and the southbound approach on Goosecarr Lane. The signs would be located in the nearside highway verge.
    2. That the Clerk submit the photographs and other information to RMBC and ascertain what else might be required to obtain the necessary license/permissions.
    3. To acquire bigger signs than previously agree with the subsequent increase in cost to £5,525.00 + Delivery + VAT + erection costs.
    4. That Councillors Leah and White pursue possible grant opportunities towards the cost of the sign provision.
  2. White had received further complaints from residents close to the recreation ground, concerning disturbances by young people. Following consultation he had arranged for the pedestrian gate to be closed at the same time as the vehicular access gate. Incidents had been reduced during the last week or so following reports to the police.


Leah referred to a written report by Councillor Palmer and gave details of the routine work undertaken by the contractor since the last meeting.


Resolved to consider this at the March meeting.


Resolved to consider this at the March meeting.


  1. Todwick Web Site

    Pantry reported that the Todwick Web Site had been improved

    Bennett had seen this and thought the improvements to be excellent

    Council asked that Mrs. Pantry be congratulated on the excellence of the site.

  2. The Informer

    Pantry reported that the newsletter had been published and would be distributed very shortly.

  3. Parish Plan

    White asked whether it was now time to consider having a new village plan prepared. The previous one had been prepared in 2004.

    Resolved that Councillors' Leah, Pantry and White consult with appropriate funding agencies to ascertain whether any grant aid might be available.

The Meeting Closed at 10.15 p.m.

The next monthly council meeting will be in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30th March 2010.