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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall
at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 30th October 2012


  • Councillor Hill – Chairman
  • Councillor Ferris
  • Councillor Gregory
  • Councillor Greer-Waring
  • Councillor Leah
  • Councillor Northall
  • Councillor White
  • J R Walker – Clerk & Financial Officer
  • Rebecca Carter

Before the business of the meeting commenced, Members stood for a minutes silence as a mark of respect and appreciation following the death of Councillor Palmer on the 12th October.


An apology had been received from Councillor Pantry who had suffered a severe fall and members wished him a speedy recovery.

Apologies had also been received from Helen Johnson (Dinnington and Worksop Guardian), Norman Anderson (Todwick Neighbourhood Watch) and Rotherham Borough Councillor Gordon Watson

12/68 APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES – 25th September 2012

12/56(55) Norman Anderson was the Treasurer and not Secretary of the Village Hall Management Committee. This minute was amended accordingly and the minutes signed as a correct record.


There were no matters arising.


  1. Emergency Plan
  2. Battery Back
  3. Budget 2013/14


Clerk had undertaken all the duties placed on him at the last meeting and had informed RMBC of the casual vacancy caused by the sad death of Councillor Palmer.




Monies received

1. RMBC – Second Half-Year Precept


Payments made since last meeting

1. Todwick Village Hall – Rents


2. Yorkshire Water – Allotment Bill


Un-presented cheques

1. Ken Mathieson – Allotment Prize


2. Peter Sliwinski – Allotment Prize


3. Richard Dabill – Village Seat Refurbishment


4. RMBC – Sept Rec. Grd. Maintenance


5. RMBC – Repairs to Play Equipment


6. Todwick Village Hall – Rents


7. Yorkshire Water – Allotment Bill


Payments to be made

1. Sheila Pantry – Pruning to Conifers


2. Stephen Hill – Refurbishment of Sign


3. J R Walker – Salary & Expenses


4. Hobson Nurseries – Winter Planting


5. Chesterfield Canal Trust – Membership Renewal


6. Empire Fire & Safety – Fire Extinguisher Maintenance


7. RMBC – Contribution to Summer Holiday Camp


8. Wales High School – Prize


Bank statement balances

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Bank balances after all payments completed

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Resolved to transfer £5,000 into the Business Saver Account, ring-fenced for the proposed erection of a new sports pavilion at the recreation ground.


Copies of all written correspondence received had been included with member’s papers for the meeting.

  1. Rother Valley South Area Assembly – 1st October Assembly and PACT Meeting

  2. RMBC – Snow Warden Scheme Induction Programme

    Clerk had e-mailed this to Members on receipt in consideration of the 17th October meeting date.

  3. RMBC – All Parish Liaison Meeting

  4. Hobson Nurseries – Invoice

  5. Chesterfield Canal Trust – Membership Renewal

  6. RMBC – Borough Wide Parish Liaison Meeting

    Ferris would attend the meeting.

Correspondence had also been received via E-mail and forwarded by the Clerk to Members on their receipt. The Clerk had replied where appropriate.

  1. RMBC Network Management – Streetpride Service – Rock Salt/Enviro Thaw

  2. Sheila Pantry – Pruning Work

  3. Sheila Pantry – First Responders on Todwick Web Site

  4. SYPTE – Problem Raised by Todwick Residents

  5. Rother Valley South Parish Meeting – Ground Maintenance Contract

  6. David Gregory (TPC Councillor) – Pavilion Grant

  7. Sheila Pantry & TPC Members (Various) – John Palmer

  8. RMBC – Parish and Town Councils Briefing Note

  9. Rural Action Yorkshire – Rotherham Community Buildings Network

  10. RMBC – 2013/2014 Highway Network Proposed Works Programme

  11. Stephen Hill (TPC Chairman) – Recreation Ground Hedge

  12. SYLCA – October Training Programme

  13. SYLCA – November Training Programme

  14. Norman Anderson (Neighbourhood Watch) – Defibrillator / Responder

  15. RMBC – Notice of Election – Police and Crime Commissioner Election – 15 November

  16. Voluntary Action Rotherham – VAR Email bulletin 5 October 2012

  17. Various TPC Members – Councillor John Palmer

  18. Rod Walker (Clerk) – New Planning Application

  19. Chesterfield Canal Trust – Chesterfield Canal Trust E-Newsletter Number 40

  20. David Gregory (TPC Councillor) – Revised Sports Pavilion Proposals

  21. YLCA – October Training Programme

  22. Eileen Northall/Helen Greer-Waring (TPC Councillors) – Storth Lane

  23. Sheila Pantry and various TPC Members – The Death of Parish Councillor Palmer

  24. Helen Greer-Waring (TPC Councillor) – Defibrillator/Responder

  25. Sheila Pantry – Pruning Work and Invoice

  26. RMBC – Next Meeting of the Parish Network

  27. RMBC – Meeting of the Parishes in Rother Valley South

  28. RMBC – Parish Vacancy Notice

    Clerk had posted the Notice on 19th October.

  29. Various TPC Members – Councillor Pantry

  30. RMBC – 2012/13 Revised Register of Electors

  31. RMBC – VAR Email Bulletin 29 – 19th October 2012

  32. Sheila Pantry – John Palmer Appreciation entered on Todwick Web Site

  33. Clive Pantry (TPC Councillor) – Kiveton Lane Closure 12-27 November 2012

    Clerk had telephoned RMBC and Neil Foster had subsequently telephoned Councillor Pantry and revealed that during the closure period all traffic would have to use Goosecarr Lane. The right turn towards Worksop would be prohibited and vehicles wishing to go to Worksop must turn left towards the M1 and return on the A57 past the Goosecarr Lane Junction. There was no intention to publicise this information other than road signs. The alternative route was via Kiveton Park and South Anston.

    Resolved that the Clerk write to RMBC and complain that no prior warning had been given to the parish Council of the proposals or impact on Todwick. The Clerk was to copy this to Borough Councillor Watson.

  34. RMBC – Notice re Election of Police and Crime Commissioner on 15 November 2012

    Clerk had posted the Notice as requested.

  35. SYPTE – Bus Service No. 49 Todwick

  36. YLCA – Localism Workshop

  37. RMBC – Yorkshire Ambulance Service Consultation

  38. RMBC – VAR Email Bulletin 30 – 26th October 2012

  39. Norman Anderson (Todwick Neighbourhood Watch) – Apology from Rotherham Borough Councillor Gordon Watson

  40. Norman Anderson (Todwick Neighbourhood Watch) – Parish Council Meeting

  41. Kuldip Basra – Village Shop Enquiry

    Resolved that the Clerk write and inform Mr. Basra that the shop now had a tenant.


  1. RB2012/1357

    Erection of hay store at “Newlands”, 42 Kiveton Lane for Mr. R Esberger

    Resolved to offer no objection

  2. RB2012/1442

    Single storey side extension at 3 Goosecarr Lane for Mr. P Fisher

    Resolved to offer no objection

  3. RB2012/1544

    Single storey rear extension at 9 Furnival Close for Mr. & Mrs. Wilson

    Resolved to offer no objection



Ferris reported that vermin activity was greatly reduced.

He and Councillor White had been unable to remove the notice board but had cleared away all the vegetation obstructing the sign face and made arrangements to have this painted in a brighter colour. Once this was done there should be no visibility issue.

Recreation Ground

Gregory informed that:

  1. Attempts had been made to push over the recently re-furbished entrance sign.

    Chairman would have the sign returned to the workshop, additional welding carried out and re-erected in a concrete foundation of significantly increased size.

  2. He was to arrange a meeting with RMBC to discuss grounds maintenance for 2013/14

Village Hall

White informed that the existing Village Hall Management Committee Trustees had been re-elected but a replacement Parish Council Representative was required following the sad loss of Councillor Palmer.

Resolved that Councillor Greer-Waring be appointed as the Parish Council Representative on the Village Hall management Committee.


A vacancy now existed following the sad death of Councillor Palmer and a notice advertising the vacancy had been posted on the on 19th October.

Resolved to fill the vacancy at the November Parish Council Meeting should no request for an election to be held have been received by the due date.


Members considered:

  1. Cinema

    No action was to be taken because provision was not commercially viable.

  2. SYPTE

    Councillor Palmer had taken the lead on public transport. Possible options for the future would be considered before the November meeting.

  3. RMBC Transportation

    A further meeting would be requested with RMBC Officers.

  4. Chiropody

    Leah/White would consult further before the November meeting.

  5. Good Neighbour Scheme

    Leah was aware that Councillor Palmer had consulted with some of the responders to the questionnaire and would make further enquiries as to further consultation.

  6. Environment Group Sponsorship

    Gregory was to meet with interested parties.

  7. War Memorial

    1. Northall referred to the responses to the questionnaire which favoured a secular rather than religious memorial. The preferred siting was fronting the village hall at The Pastures. She was now looking into possible designs, costs, materials etc.

      Gregory would accompany Councillor Northall on a visit to see a recent placement at Firbeck and also speak with the new Todwick Vicar.

      Chairman would consult his contact at the Norfolk Branch of The Royal British Legion.

    2. Northall had been asked whether the Parish Council would like to lay a wreath at the St. George window in the Church at the Remembrance Day Service.

      Resolved that there was insufficient time to obtain a wreath from the Royal British Legion before 11 November and that Councillor Northall inform and thank the Church accordingly.


White had:

  1. Informed Wales High School that the Parish Council was prepared to once again sponsor a prize. The new head-teacher, Mr. Pepe Di’Iasio, was now in post and White had discussed with his secretary, Miss Rigney, the importance the Parish Council placed on applying proper criteria for selection of the student receiving this award. Further discussion would take place but had been hampered by the recent absence of Ms. Rigney through illness.
  2. Represented the Parish Council at the recent Governor’s Meeting at the primary school. The possibility of the school setting up a post office service, with the children selling stamps and cards only was discussed. If introduced, this would be as an educational tool and operate in a similar way to that already in existence at Foston Primary School in North Yorkshire. A number of other issues were also discussed arising from the A57 site works now in progress. These included “walking buses”, “park and walk”, double yellow lines etc. The Governors would discuss these matters internally and let the Parish Council have their views in the near future. They had appreciated being involved in these matters.


Ferris would liaise with Messrs Hobson Nurseries and report back to members. He would discuss the continued maintenance of the flower beds and provision and maintenance of hanging baskets during 2013 and related costs.



  1. That the Clerk arrange a further site meeting with the relevant RMBC Officers.

  2. That the Clerk write to RMBC and complain about unsatisfactory aspects of the A57 site works now in progress. He was to forward a copy for the attention of Borough Councillor Gordon Watson who was unfortunately unable to be present at the meeting.

    1. The location of the temporary traffic signal head at the Goosecarr Lane approach to the A57 was sited such that vehicles pass the signal head and are then “trapped” when the lights change. This was compromising road safety and it was considered that this signal head required moving closer to the A57.

    2. Members were very annoyed that no prior notification/warning had been given to the Parish Council of the A57 proposals and the subsequent impact on Todwick Village.

    3. When Kiveton Lane was closed to through traffic from the length stretching from the junction with the A57 to The Pastures, traffic would be diverted via Goosecarr Lane and The Pastures. Members wished to know what consideration had been given, and measures proposed to ensure the safety of parents and children crossing The Pastures to Todwick Primary School morning and evening given there was no longer a crossing patrol at that junction.


Northall reported that she and her husband were locking and unlocking the gate and were content to continue but felt that it was quite a hefty commitment

Resolved to consult and seek quotations from companies who might provide a suitable automatic locking/unlocking system.


  1. Northall reported on the successful Summer Camp Week.

    Resolved to contribute to two separate one week camps in 2013.

  2. Northall would make enquiries relating to the Youth Bus which had been coming into the village on Thursday evenings. She would check if it would continue to do so throughout the winter months and if so, enquire where it would be sited.


Chairman reported that the memorial stone and its placement were now decided upon.

Resolved that the Chairman order the stainless steel commemorative plaque he had described.


Greer-Waring reported that the system was now in place and working well. There was no further requirement for this to be a regular agenda item at future meetings.


  1. Emergency Plan

    Clerk would amend the Emergency Plan and forward to RMBC

  2. Battery Back

    Members agreed that Councillor Leah might further research the possibility of providing battery recycling boxes at the village hall.

  3. Budget 2013/14

    Resolved to hold the Budget Meeting in Todwick Village Hall at 6.30 p.m. on Wednesday 21st November 2012.

The Meeting Closed at 9.26 p.m.

The next Council Meeting will be in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 27th November 2012.