Parish Council Meeting Minutes
Town Hall, Church Street
Market Warsop, Mansfield, Notts.NG20 0AL
Tel: 01623 846011
Warsop Parish Council, Town Hall, Church Street, Market Warsop, Mansfield, Notts.NG20 0AL
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 21st March 2011 at 6pm
7551. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 15th March 2010 were circulated and approved.
Cllr.Stuart Moody, Chairman of Warsop Parish Council, welcomed everyone to the meeting and opened it by making a presentation to Maddy Pritchard for the Community Award for 2011 for all her commitment to SOS, Warsop Carnival, Lottery Steering Group and Market Warsop Players.
Parish Councillors: S. Moody, E. Hill, D. Priest, H. Kochanowski, J. Allin
(also NCC), A. Wetton, P. Crawford and J. Kerr (also MDC Councillors). The
Clerk: Tania Barlow.
Police Team: PC Wayne Bennett and PC Dave Booler, Maddy Pritchard and CHAD Reporter.
Apologies: Cllrs. J. Heald, S. Shields, M. Ellis and B. Smith
7552. Chairman’s Report - The council has during this past year continued
to fight to protect the services we have in our community. In September 2010
the council signed the contract and the Town Hall finally became the property
of the people of Warsop. This ensures that many of the services accessed at
the town hall can continue to operate. Immediately after signing the contract,
the council began work on renovating the interior as it had been somewhat
neglected in the past. The upstairs offices have been redecorated and carpeted,
a new stair lift installed to ensure full accessibility and the entire building
is now wireless. We will continue to invest time into the building to ensure
that many more services are available in Warsop’s only civic building.
Alan Meale MP has taken up residency, Mansfield District Council’s housing
department will have a surgery starting next month and we are hoping that
in the near future our Warsop Police team will also become tenants within
the building. We are still in a transition period within the building and
it should be noted that what has been achieved so far is down to many volunteer
hours. I would particularly like to thank Iain, Mike and the other Infotech
members for the work they have done and continue to do. I would also like
to thank our volunteers who provide reception cover so that the people of
Warsop can access the services that they need to.
We have also continued to work in partnership with the SOS group who have fought tirelessly to save the Meden Swimming Baths. The work this group have undergone over the past year has ensured that the swimming baths has continued to remain open and will do so until September 2011 at the earliest. This is a proud achievement considering it was originally scheduled to close at the end of March 2010.
During the 2010-11 financial year, the council had to increase it’s precept to ensure that we had the funds to carry out the work on the Town Hall and other projects. This is an investment and we thank the people of Warsop for their support. Fortunately, the increase meant parishioners were only paying an additional £2 per year.
Organisations that we have funded this year include once again Warsop Carnival and the 2010 event was successful despite the organisers being presented with many hurdles to jump. Our thanks go to them. We are also pleased to be working with Kevin Keegan and the rest of the SHINE team, they are hoping to take full ownership of the Adam Eastwood Centre to turn it into a community venue that Warsop can be proud of. SHINE are currently working very well to engage the youth in our community and we give them our full support. The vision for the centre is one not just aimed at providing services for the youth but the entire community. I would recommend that anybody interested in the project ideas should contact SHINE and be inspired for themselves.
As always a full list of organisations that have benefited from Section 137 payments is available from the Parish Clerk.
For me personally it has continued to be a great privilege to serve as Chairman
of the Parish Council for a second year. All parish councillors are volunteers,
elected to serve. I would like to thank them for uniting in the service of
our great community. All the Parish Councillors terms of office end this May
during the local elections after which, as outgoing chairman, I look forward
to welcoming a new council, whatever form it takes!
And finally I would like to thank Tania Barlow, our Clerk to the council, for another smooth running year. She works tirelessly not only for the Parish Council but also editing the fantastic Warsop and District News. This is in addition to volunteering for the many other events that take place in Warsop from the carnival to the pantomime.
Thank you once again, Tania.
7553. Proposed Closure of Warsop Fire Station – Cllr. Allin gave an update of the current situation and thinks we have a strong case to keep it.
7554. Lottery for Warsop Parish – BIG LOCAL – Cllr. Kerr gave an update on the progress of the Steering group and their thoughts on the recent inspirational visits to the Genesis Centre at Alfreton and the Goodwin Trust at Hull. Regular updates will feature in Warsop & District News. There are plans for a big presence at the Carnival to enable community engagement and the next meeting is planned for 5th April.
7555. Any other Local Issues:
Cllr. Allin spoke about the good work that Kev Keegan is doing with shine at the Eastwood Centre and that he is in talks with NCC youth service to bring more activities.
Cllr. Kerr spoke about the project for Meden Vale allotments, run by John Alson and asked that a letter of support be sent and a s137 application form.
The Chairman closed the meeting, thanking everyone for coming.
S. Moody, Chairman of Warsop Parish Council
These minutes will not be signed as a true record until the next Annual Parish Meeting.