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Todwick Parish Council Minutes



Minutes of the meeting held in Todwick Village Hall
at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 24th November 2015


  • Councillor Carter
  • Councillor Ferris
  • Councillor Gregory – Chairman
  • Councillor Jeffrey
  • Councillor Newbold
  • Councillor White
  • J R Walker – Clerk & Financial Officer
  • Marie Dabell
  • Katie Mapplebeck
  • John Gray
  • Paul O’Sullivan
  • Borough Councillor Gordon Watson

Borough Councillor Gordon Watson discussed the possible implications of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement on local councils.


An apology had been received from Councillors Greer-Waring and Hill.


Ordinary Meeting 20th October 2015

There were no amendments and the minutes were signed as a true record.


  1. Gregory had noted that more road planings had been removed from the site at the bottom of Kiveton Lane and that there were now only two banners secured to the fence there.

  2. Carter asked members to consider arrangements for the 2016 Funday as early as possible because booking some popular attractions became more difficult if left.

    Gregory/White confirmed that this would be considered at a budget meeting early in the New Year.


Gregory advised that the Council’s submission in response to the Local Development Plan had now been submitted and there was no longer any reason why Councillor Carter could not now participate fully in planning or other related matters.


  1. Christmas Carols

  2. Transport Strategy

  3. Award for Community Service

  4. Bonfire

  5. Duke of Edinburgh Award

  6. Raffle Prizes

  7. Yorkshire Air Ambulance


Clerk had undertaken all the duties placed on him at the last meeting




Monies received

1. British Gas – Feed in Tariff at Village Hall


2. Barclays Bank – Gratuity Account Interest


Payments made since last meeting

1. Hi-Tec Print – Supplementary Informer Printing


2. Aviva PLC – Clerk’s Pension


3. Todwick Church Hall – Room Rent


4. Todwick Village Hall – Room Rent


5. Todwick Parish Rec. Ground – October Grounds Maintenance


6. Rotherham MBC – October Grounds Maintenance


7. Wales High School – Award


8. HMRC – Tax/NI


9. David Gregory – Councillor Expenses


Un-presented cheques

1. Mrs. H Greer-Waring – Car Parking


2. Todwick Village Hall – Room Rent


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


4. Rotherham MBC – Oct Grounds Maintenance


5. Wales High School – Award


6. HMRC – November Tax/NI


7. David Gregory – Councillor Expenses


Payments to be made

1. J R Walker –Salary/Expenses


2. Mark Archer – Village Maintenance


3. David Gregory – Cleaning Materials


4. Bryan Ferris – Christmas Tree


Bank statement balances

Business Saver Account

(Cheque Feeder)

Community Account




Bank balances after all payments completed

Business Saver Account

(Cheque Feeder)

Community Account





Written correspondence received and passed to Members:

  1. Rotherham Hospice – Publicity Posters

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. Various Councillors – Meeting Minutes

  2. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Various Email Bulletins

  3. Rural Action Yorkshire – Various Email Bulletins

  4. RMBC – Various Weekly Planning Lists

  5. RMBC (Various) – Parish Councillor Confirmation

  6. YLCA – White Rose Update

  7. Norman Anderson – Neighbourhood Watch Update

  8. Councillor Greer-Waring – Irwin Mitchell Quotation

  9. Councillor Gregory – Mr. Clarke Letter

  10. Various Councillors – Reply to Marie Dabell

  11. Councillor Greer-Waring – First Aid Poster

  12. Councillor Gregory and RMBC – Road Planings

  13. Councillor Greer-Waring – Blocked Access to Field and Wood

  14. RMBC – CCTC at A57/B6463

  15. Various Councillors – RMBC Planning Consultation

  16. YLCA and Councillor Gregory – YLCA/RoSPA Playground Inspection Course

  17. Norman Anderson – Further Neighbourhood Watch Update

  18. Sheila Pantry – Agenda/Minutes

  19. YLCA – Smaller Authorities Transparency Fund

  20. RMBC – Housing Strategy Consultation

  21. YLCA – Dog Fouling

  22. RMBC/ Ward Borough Councillors and Various Parish Councillors – Bus Services Between Todwick and Dinnington

  23. Councillor White – Hire of Church Hall

  24. RMBC – A57 Todwick Roundabout

  25. RMBC/ Ward Borough Councillors and Various Parish Councillors – Provision of Bollards to Prevent Driving and Parking on Footway at Rectory Gardens

  26. Councillor White – TVH FIT

  27. YLCA – Accounts and Finance for Town and Parish Councils Training Session

  28. Voluntary Action Rotherham – Food for People in Crisis Christmas Appeal 2015

  29. RMBC – New Funding Opportunities

  30. Norman Anderson – Neighbourhood Watch Update

  31. RMBC – Banners Placed on the Fence at the A57/ Junction with Kiveton Lane

  32. Councillor Gregory – Poppy Wreath

  33. Councillor Ferris Planning – Email to Brandon Lewis MP

  34. G. Capper/Save our Green Belt Dinnington – Rotherham Sites and Policies

  35. Sheila Pantry and Norman Anderson – Incident on the Todwick Recreation Ground Sunday 1 November 2015

  36. Chesterfield Canal Trust – E:Newsletter Number 84

  37. Councillor Greer-Waring – Draft Submission re Proposed Residential Development and Major Employment Site

  38. Mr. J Clarke – Todwick Local Plan Proposal

  39. Councillor Carter – Council Objection to Site 0730

  40. RMBC – Health and Safety and Resources Audit of Training Centres

  41. Councillors Greer-Waring and Hill – Blocked Access to Field and Wood

  42. SYPTE – Appointment of Executive Director

  43. Councillor Greer-Waring and Various Councillors – Local Plan Submission

  44. Councillor Gregory Playgrounds Maintenance

  45. YLCA – ICO Understanding Data Protection and Freedom of Information Training

  46. RMBC – Dinnington Together

  47. RMBC – Ulley Parish Clerk

  48. Brinsworth Parish Council – CCTV Enquiry

  49. Councillor White – Todwick Award for Community Service

  50. RMBC – Weather Warning

  51. Councillor Gregory – Bollard Outside Village Hall

  52. Councillor Greer-Waring and Environment Agency – Foul Smell at Killamarsh

  53. RMBC – Right to Buy Social Mobility Scheme

  54. RMBC and Mr. Capper Councillor Greer-Waring Consultation on the Draft Rotherham Transport Strategy

  55. Councillor Newbold – Bollard Outside Village Hall and Street Light on Manor Way

  56. Councillor Gregory and RMBC – Heras Fencing at The Pastures

  57. YLCA – ICO Understanding Data Protection and Freedom of Information Training

  58. RMBC – Weather Update

  59. Norman Anderson – Crime Statistics

  60. Councillor Greer-Waring – Recent Road Traffic Accident and Air Ambulance Fundraising

  61. Various Councillors – Bank Deposits on 2 July 2015

  62. Councillor Newbold – Recent Road Traffic Accident

  63. Councillor Hill – Apology for Non Attendance at Meeting

  64. Councillor Ferris – Mark Archer Cheque

  65. Councillor Gregory – Cleaning Materials

  66. NALC – Bulletin on National Developments and Meetings

  67. Chesterfield Canal Trust – Newsletter Number 85


  1. RB2015/1341

    Single storey side and rear extensions at 21 Osborne Road for Mr. G Stevens.

    Resolved to offer no objection

  2. Fenced of Area at The Pastures

    Gregory advised that RMBC had written to those who had applied for planning permission for the new dwelling at 20 The Pastures (Birtles Housebuilders Ltd) but was yet to receive a response. Their Legal Department was to undertake a search to ascertain who owned the land and RMBC would then be contacting them to find out what the situation was at the site.

    The fencing had been described as being only temporary. He had asked RMBC to say how long might be considered temporary but RMBC was unable to answer as this was not specified in legislation.



Ferris reported that there had been no reports of rodent activity but in any event the RMBC Pest Control Officer was scheduled to visit the site within the next couple of weeks.

Village Hall Management

Ferris reported that the Christmas tree would be sited outside the hall the following day and the defective lights at the Kiveton Lane side of the hall would also be replaced.


Gregory had undertaken an inspection of the play equipment at both sites and noted that both roundabouts juddered when slowing down. He had spoken with Wicksteed the company that had installed the equipment and arranged for them to undertake an inspection of all equipment with him at a total cost of £142 plus VAT.

He had also attended the RoSPA Training Course.

In order to ensure Todwick obtained the best possible price he had made enquiries from other parish councils as to the arrangements they had for the grounds maintenance of their recreational facilities. To date he had received only a response from Harthill which had the same arrangement with RMBC.

White had a contact at Woodsetts and would enquire what arrangements were in place there.


Clerk reported that the gratuity account had been closed and monies transferred to the Community Account. A cheque had then been written in the sum agreed for the pension lump sum payment and a direct debit arranged to pay the monthly pension contributions. He had increased his own pension contributions by an appropriate amount.

Gregory confirmed that all had been done fully in accordance with pension legislation.


Gregory advised that John Gray had expressed an interest in joining the Council.

Paul O’Sullivan was also in attendance to observe the Council.


Gregory wished to arrange a meeting to discuss this before Christmas.

Members agreed to consult their diaries and agree a suitable date/time.

The meeting was suspended at 7.45 p.m.


Gregory outlined the way in which the open session was to be conducted. Members would consider any matters raised but this may not be until a future meeting.

  1. Marie Dabell had made enquiries as to the cost of proving a 16 seat mini-bus to transport passengers once a week from Todwick to Dinnington. She had received a quotation of £20/week which would provide a two hour window in Dinnington. This was based on the service being provided every week and not occasionally. She estimated that accounting for various holiday periods the total cost would be some £960/year. She considered this to be money well spent when compared to the cost of maintaining the recreation ground.

    Gregory had obtained information on the “Door to Door” bus service provided by the SYPTE. The service to Crystal Peaks attracted some 12 passengers, that to Dinnington 10 and to Worksop 9. The service was under used and the SYPTE had agreed to provide up to a 22 seater bus if the custom was there.

    Marie stated that this service provided only a one hour window in Dinnington which was insufficient and hence why more people didn’t use it.

    Carter asked whether passengers would contribute to the cost and Marie thought that they would providing that was reasonable.

  2. Katie Mapplebeck from RMBC’s “Mega Active” gave details of the activities provided and the costs involved. Attracting children to participate for the full week rather than for a day or half-day was much preferred and was encouraged by the charges. More needed to be done to promote the camps and her colleague John Mercer would be encouraging the local school to help with this.

    Members agreed to fund both the Spring Camp in June and the Summer Camp in July. The Parish Council would also encourage participation by placing suitable articles in “The Informer” Newsletter and displaying posters.

    Carter gave Katie details of the company that had supplied banners for the Funday.

Open session closed at 8.05 p.m.


  1. Gregory had found the RoSPA training to be of most benefit because of the discussions he had had with other attendees rather than the training itself.

  2. Gregory had together with Councillor Jeffrey undertaken further works at the Church Yard most noticeably the cutting of the laurel trees at the end of Mr. Chapman’s garden.

  3. Gregory had met RMBC to discuss the proposal to erect bollards on a blocked paved area within the highway at Rectory Gardens. The request for these had been brought about because of the parking large vehicles on the area but those responsible for this had now left. Placing the bollards would cause problems for other residents and RMBC was now considering not installing the bollards.

  4. Newbold advised that RMBC had still not dealt with the damaged bollard at the junction of The Pastures and Kiveton Lane nor the street light on Manor Way.

    Clerk would make a further report to RMBC.

  5. Ferris had assisted Mark Archer in tidying the planters within the fenced off area at The Pastures.

  6. Ferris distributed copies of the draft circular walks leaflet.

    Members resolved to purchase the artwork from RMBC at a cost of £198 + VAT and also 500 copies of the leaflet at a cost of £273 + VAT.

    The leaflets would be displayed in the village hall, local shops and Kiveton library.

  7. White and Ferris had erected the Christmas lights on the tree belonging to Christal Vince at The Meadows. Christal would be paying the electricity cost.


Ferris gave details of the report given by the maintenance contractor Mark Archer.

It had been five weeks since the last report.

Mark had thanked Councillor Ferris for helping him to take up all the dead flower beds on The Pastures area a few weeks earlier. He had called back there during the last week and pulled up the other two flower beds next to the benches. He had also cut down most of the overgrown bramble that was obscuring the benches and removed any litter. The whole area was now looking much better.

He had carried out litter picks since my last report:

  • Kiveton Lane – Two rounds

  • Goosecarr lane – Two rounds

  • Church View – Two rounds

  • Pastures – Nine rounds

  • Recreation Ground – Nine rounds

The main areas had been pretty light going over past few weeks, possibly because children were back at school. Rubbish on Goosecarr and Kiveton Lane. Kiveton Lane had been particularly heavy on his last round. There had been no more evidence of drug use, although he still kept finding empty beer cans and vodka bottles.

The war memorial now had artificial turf installed and so no grass cutting would be necessary in future. The new flower beds had plenty of water and he still kept removing weeds if he saw any.


  1. Gregory had received nothing other than the report of a serious road traffic accident on Goosecarr Lane which had resulted in serious injuries to a pedestrian.


A report had been received from Norman Anderson and the statistics for crime and antisocial behaviour were:

  • September – None

  • October – None

  • November to date – One theft from a motor vehicle, one criminal damage to a motor vehicle, two attempted burglaries, one burglary and one vehicle nuisance.

In future Neighbourhood Watch would not be permitted have a direct link to the Police because of the latest cut backs. Even contact with a PSCO would not be possible. This was a shame as the link had been a very useful source of information.

Obtaining crime statistics in future would therefore be much more difficult but he would try to get them off the internet himself.

He would inform the Parish Council of any developments.

Carter was aware from social media of an attempted break in to a vehicle and at the gift shop at “Greenscene”


  1. Christmas Carols

    Ferris advised that Vicky Camber was arranging for the singing of carols around the Christmas tree to be sited outside the village hall.

  2. Transport Strategy

    Gregory would consult with Councillor Greer-Waring but in any event the Council would be sending a formal response.

  3. Award for Community Service

    White had been in discussion with the Deputy Head at Wales High School and a decision had now been taken as to who would win the prize awarded by the Parish Council. The award ceremony was to be held on the 27 November at the high school. He normally attended but to date had not received an invitation.

  4. Bonfire

    White had received a number of enquiries as to why the Parish Council did not now provide a bonfire and/or firework display. He had been researching how adjacent villages managed such events whilst still maintaining the strict H&S regulations now in force and believed Todwick should now re-introduce bonfire night.

    Members agreed to give this serious consideration and to discuss further in January.

  5. Duke of Edinburgh Award

    White had received an enquiry from Mrs. Lynn Robins whose son Luke was pursuing the bronze award. Luke was seeking to carry out volunteering work in the village such as collecting litter. He would be accompanied at all times either by one of his parents.

    Members were very supportive and agreed to provide suitable protective equipment etc. and a letter recording what Luke had done.

    Gregory hoped, with his approval, to provide a photographic record of Luke carrying out the work and he hoped an article in “The Informer” would encourage others to become similarly involved in helping improve the village environment.

  6. Raffle Prizes

    Ferris still had unclaimed prizes from the Funday.

    Members agreed that these be passed to Tony Rusling for inclusion at the Christmas Fayre.

  7. Yorkshire Air Ambulance

    Ferris referred to the accident on Goosecarr Lane and the assistance provided by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This was the third time in the year that this had attended in the Todwick area. He asked whether the Council would be prepared to offer support to the organisation which relied entirely on charitable donations having no support from national or local government. The organisation could provide its own stand at events and supply various items for sale.

    Members agreed to offer places at any suitable event such as the Funday. Unfortunately it was too late for anything at the Christmas Fayre this year.

The Meeting Closed at 9.00 p.m.

The next Council Meeting will be in Todwick Church Hall at 7.00 p.m. on Tuesday 15th December 2015.

Post Meeting Note

Councillor Greer-Waring was not in attendance at the meeting but subsequently submitted the following information:

“Rotherham Sitwell Rotary has confirmed that they will bring Father Christmas to Todwick again this year on Friday 18th December. The time and route is to be confirmed. I have suggested they change the route from last year so that other areas of the village are covered.

Kiveton Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) attended the monthly meeting on 18 November. People are urged to go to the surgery for the flu jab if they have been invited for one. Surgeries have a target to meet and the under 65 age group is still not up to the 75% they are aiming for. Everyone who is a patient at the surgery can attend the meetings which are held monthly. The next meeting will be from 5 pm on Wednesday 16th December at the surgery.”