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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 p.m.
on Tuesday 16th December 2014


  • Councillor Hill – Chairman
  • Councillor Carter
  • Councillor Gregory
  • Councillor Jeffrey
  • Councillor Northall
  • Councillor White
  • J R Walker – Clerk & Financial Officer
  • Borough Councillor Gordon Watson
  • Members of the Public

Borough Councillor Gordon Watson explained:

The Borough Council was still considering the implications of the Jay Report. It had been resolved to seek further clarification of some aspects of the report and Professor Jay had been invited to travel to Rotherham to do so. However, on receipt of the charges she would make, including travelling expenses of £1500 for the day, it was decided not to pay for her to do so.

Consultation was taking place with the 1100 licensed taxi and private hire vehicle owners in the Borough in light of concerns expressed within the Jay Report and would shortly be making recommendations on the way forward.

No date had yet been given for the date of the reply to be given following the consultation process on the Local Development Plan.

The waste disposal facilities at Manvers were to be commissioned in March 2015 from which time only 1.5% of all waste would be taken to landfill. Plastics would either be recycled or used as a fuel to provide electricity to run the plant as would gas captured via the composting arrangements.


Apologies for non-attendance had been received from Councillors Ferris, Greer-Waring and Leah.


Ordinary Meeting 25th November 2014

The following amendments were made and then the minutes signed as a correct record:


Page 6 – Third line – The words “commence not accrue” were deleted.

Page 6 – Last Paragraph replaced by – “Mrs. Tame stated that she had appreciated help and support from the Parish Council in the past and had attended the meeting with The Todwick Action Group for guidance in dealing with the present dilemma.”


There were no matters arising from the minutes.


  1. Greer-Waring was Vice-chairman of the Village Hall Committee

  2. Hill had a business connection with Hobson Nurseries

  3. Carter had an interest in land recommended for development potential by RMBC and was about to purchase a property on Osborne Road.

  4. Leah owned a property which could be directly affected by possible future housing development off Kiveton Lane.

The councillors would not take part in any debate or voting on matters where they had declared an interest.


  1. Rock Salt

  2. Shelter at the Bowling Club

  3. Donated Painting


Resolved that in accordance with the revised National Joint Council pay scale recommendations for 2014 – 2016, the Clerk would be paid a one-off payment of £100 in December 2104 and £14 in April 2015. His annual salary would be raised to £9,489.12/annum from 1 January 2015.

Clerk reported that the printer given to the Council by Councillor Jeffrey was compatible with the Council’s computer. He had purchased new printer cartridges and included the cost of these in his expenses for the month. He also explained the other reasons why his cheque for December was rather more than usual.

Resolved to thank Councillor Jeffrey for his generosity.


Clerk reported:



Monies received

1. Barclays Bank – Interest


Payments made since last meeting

1. Todwick Village Hall – Rent


2. Hayward’s Horticulture – Grounds Maintenance at Allotments


3. HMRC – December Tax/NI


4. GS Roofing Supplies Ltd. – Roofing Materials


5. Todwick Primary School – Diligence Awards


Un-presented cheques

1. RMBC – Grounds Maintenance


2. Todwick Parish Bowling Club


3. G S Roofing Supplies – Roofing Materials


4. Todwick Primary School – Diligence Prizes


5. Todwick Village Hall – Rent


6. Hayward’s Horticulture – Grounds Maintenance at Allotments


7. HMRC – December Tax/NI


Payments to be made

1. J R Walker – Dec. Salary and Expenses


2. RMBC – Nov. Grounds Maintenance


3. Todwick Parish Rec. Grd. – Nov. Grounds Maintenance


4. David Gregory – Pipe Bedding


Bank statement balances

Business Saver


Business Saver

(Cheque Feeder)

Business Saver

(Sports Pavilion)







Bank balances after all payments completed

Business Saver


Business Saver

(Cheque Feeder)

Business Saver

(Sports Pavilion)








Written correspondence received and passed to Members:

  1. RMBC – All Parish Council Liaison 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. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Various Email Bulletins

  2. RMBC – Various Planning Lists

  3. Rural Action Yorkshire – Latest News

  4. Councillor White – Bowling Club Shelter

  5. Norman Anderson – Invoice for Use of Village Hall

  6. Councillor White – Cheques for Pavilion Project

  7. Councillor Hill – Sitwell Rotary Father Christmas

  8. Councillor Greer-Waring – Another Slip on Mossy Pavements

  9. SYPTE – Have Your Say! Consultation Response

  10. Various Councillors – Land off Rayls Rise

  11. Councillor Leah – Strategic Plan

  12. Ray Sykes – Letter and Suggested Development for Birtles Homes Instead of LDF0730.

  13. Chesterfield Canal trust – Please Help the Wilts & Berks Today

  14. RMBC – Drinkaware Campaign to Help Tackle Underage Drinking

  15. RMBC – YDV Fund for Young People

  16. RMBC – Parish Network Meeting Agenda: 9th December at 6.00 p.m.

  17. Ray Sykes – Further Development Proposal for Todwick.

  18. RMBC – Area Assembly Meeting

  19. Various Councillors – November Minutes

  20. Various Councillors – Christmas Tree

  21. YLCA – Revised National Joint Council Pay Scales 2014 – 2016

  22. RMBC and Various Councillors – Clearance of Land and Associated Activities at Todwick

  23. Councillor Greer-Waring – Protective Fencing Around Pavilion Works

  24. RMBC – Register of Electors Publication Date

  25. Councillor White – Bowling Club Shelter

  26. SYPTE – South Yorkshire Christmas Public Transport Services – Press Release

  27. Various Councillors – Sitwell Rotary Club Santa Village Tour

  28. Mr. J Hewitt – Todwick Green Belt, LDF0545

  29. Various Councillors – Councillor Greer-Waring Radio Interview

  30. RMBC – Problems Following Completion of A57 improvement Scheme

  31. Councillor Gregory – Recreation Ground

  32. Norman Anderson – Crime and Anti Social Behaviour Figures

  33. Councillor Ferris – BEC Receipt

  34. Various Councillors – Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club Father Christmas Float

  35. Sheila Pantry – Santa Visiting Todwick on Wednesday 17 December 2014

  36. Councillor White – Primary School Diligence Awards

  37. Councillor White – Cheque for Roofing Materials

  38. Councillors Gregory and Ferris – Mark Archer

  39. Councillor Greer-Waring – Village Hall Fence and Parish Council Representation on Village Hall Management Committee

  40. Various Councillors – Village Hall Fence

  41. Mark Archer – Health Problems

  42. Ray Sykes – Todwick Road Footpath

  43. Ray Sykes – RMBC Local Plan – Destruction of Green Belt Land in Todwick.

  44. YLCA – White Rose Update Newsletter December Edition

  45. Councillor Greer-Waring – All Parish Council Liaison Meeting Letter

  46. Councillor White – Cheques

  47. Councillor Ferris – Complaints from Residents re Parking on Kiveton Lane

  48. Councillor Leah – Expenditure on Pavilion Works an Submission to Sport England

  49. Various Councillors – Allotment Competition

  50. RMBC – Parish Councillor Confirmation

  51. Councillor Ferris – Apologies for Non-attendance at Council Meeting

  52. RMBC – Parking Problems


There were no new applications to consider.



Gregory thanked Councillors Leah, Ferris and White for undertaking a variety of duties whilst he was out of the country.


Ferris was not at the meeting due to illness but had informed the Clerk that Pest Control Officer had reported reduced activity of rodents but would return towards the end of January 2015.

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Clerk had circulated details of receipts and payments to date and a comparison to the agreed budget prior to the meeting.

White together with Councillor Ferris had attended the Area Assembly Meeting on the 9th of December. A large number of parish councils were represented and there was a strong consensus that they should not be asked to carry the burden of a reduction in grants imposed on the Borough Council by H M Government. Discussion had also taken place on the community infrastructure levy to be introduced from October 2015.

Resolved to defer any discussions until the Budget Meeting on the 6th January.


White was aware that Councillor Leah was to arrange a meeting of interested parties in the New Year. The Parish Plan had highlighted the particular need to help older people during the winter.

Northall informed that the Church provided excellent pastoral care.

White had spoken with the Head-teacher at Wales High School to try to ascertain whether there was sufficient interest from Todwick pupils to form a Youth Parish Council. Although the new pavilion would have a room available for use by young people, he had also considered that once the pavilion project was completed the Council could consider obtaining grants to develop the north-west corner of the recreation ground for use by young people.

Northall had attended a parishes meeting where the local youth association, JADE, had given details of the facilities they provided in Dinnington and Kiveton Park.

The meeting was suspended at 7.55 p.m.


John Laycock, John Hewitt, Carl Kato and Ian Newbold gave details and expressed their grave concerns about previous and very recent works undertaken on land off Osborne Road. The works included the felling of trees subject to a tree preservation order, demolition of a boundary wall, crossing the footway with vehicles without the necessary permissions being in place, tipping and spreading of waste and deposition of mud on the highway.

Chairman explained that the Parish Council would consider and comment on any planning application made for the site but would not pre-empt this happening and would not take sides in what were essentially civil matters.

John Laycock and John Hewitt requested a copy of a letter the Parish Council had received from Foys Solicitors and various potentially related e-mails all of which had been listed in the November Council Minutes.

Chairman would not agree to provide any of these until he had obtained further legal advice on behalf of the Council.

John Hewitt stated that in that case he would submit a formal request under the freedom of information legislation.

Open Session closed and the meeting was reconvened at 8.50 p.m.


White reported that the roof was now on the new pavilion. It was hoped to complete the gable ends before Christmas and any subsequent bad weather would not then interfere with progress, as the majority of the remaining works were to the inside. Councillor Leah had prepared the necessary documentation and sent off to Sport England the first request for the release of grant monies.

Gregory had attached some foam lagging to the Heras fencing around the pavilion to protect anyone who might come into contact with it.

White had taken the opportunity to lag the incoming mains water pipe.


Gregory thanked Councillor Ferris for managing this in his absence. Unfortunately Mark Archer was ill but he hoped to be able to return to his duties in the New Year.


Jeffrey had noted a road traffic accident on Kiveton Lane the previous Thursday evening. The road had been blocked off by police.

Clerk was instructed to ask for a meeting with RMBC in the New Year to discuss the parking and traffic problems in the village and on Kiveton Lane in particular.

Gregory had seen that the Speed sign at the A57 end of Kiveton Lane still had not been replaced.

Clerk would report this to RMBC again.


Discussion took place on the crime and anti social behaviour figures for the last 3 months contained in a report by Norman Anderson:

Anti-social behaviour in September had been reported as one “noise” and one “vehicle nuisance”.

There had been no Anti-social behaviour reported in October.

The November report had consisted of one “nuisance” and one “nuisance neighbour”.

Overall it was good to see the figures so low.

The Police and the Neighbourhood watch Group were closely monitoring the person reported by the “neighbour nuisance”.

There had been six recorded crimes over the last 3 months. These consisted of two thefts on the A57 and one drug possession on Todwick Road. Two burglaries within the main part of the village and most seriously one of wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent. More information on the latter was to be sought on the PCSO’s next visit.


Clerk had eventually received a reply from the Borough Council to his requests for information and reported:

The lengths of old road remained public highway and therefore it was not possible to gate them off as suggested. They were retained as public highway because the section next to the Red Lion gave access to fields, but was also a route to the drainage tanks contained in the landscaping areas, and pedestrians and cyclists coming from the nursery, the main road or the bus stop.

The stretch near Goosecarr Lane gave field access, but also access to utility companies, and to pedestrians and ridden horses using the crossing facilities.

A problem that had been identified since completion was the poor visibility offered to the advanced direction sign on Kiveton Lane on the approach to the new roundabout due to one of the trees that sits in the embankment. Arrangements were being made to have the tree removed.


Resolved to wait until all members were present before deciding on what action, if any, to take.


  1. Rock Salt

    White had received an enquiry from The Stone and garden Company asking whether he Council wished to purchase any rock salt.

    Grit bins were place around the village and kept supplied by the Borough Council.

    Resolved not to buy rock salt.

  2. Shelter at the Bowling Club

    White had received a request from the Bowling Club. It wished to erect a shelter for use if inclement weather occurred during matches. The Clerk had advised that this was unlikely to be considered permitted development and would require planning permission from the Borough Council.

    Resolved to offer no objection to the erection of a shelter and recommend that the Bowling Club submit a planning application to the Borough Council.

  3. Donated Painting

    Northall had brought with her the picture of poppies so expertly painted and kindly donated by Betty Williamson. She would discuss a suitable position for it to be hung in the main hall of the village hall.

    Resolved that the Clerk offer the Council’s grateful thanks to Betty Williamson.

The Meeting Closed at 9.50 p.m.

A Budget Meeting will be held in Todwick Village Hall at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

The next Council Meeting will be in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 27th January 2015.