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Minutes Council Meeting 9th November 2022


Councillor I Shaw (Acting Chairman), R Butler, K Chewings, M Chewings, D Eldridge, S Ellis, B Handbury, L Healy,
N Monday, M Myles, C Patterson, and A Simpson

Apologies Received       
Councillors H Brumpton, S Gardner, C Jeffreys and D Stothard and S Ellis (for lateness 7.02pm)

Julie Stephenson (Town Clerk) and Jane Pick (Administration Manager) – Cotgrave Town Council.

The meeting was held at Cotgrave Methodist Church and commenced at 7.00pm   



2606     The apologies received were approved.

Declarations of Interest

2607     No declarations of interest were received.

Public Open Session

2608     No members of the public were present.

Accuracy of the minutes of the meeting held on 7th September 2022

2609     Resolved         
“That the minutes of the meeting held on 7th September 2022 be received and confirmed as a true record.”

Progress Council Meeting held on 7th September 2022

2610     M2531  Cotgrave Police

The police have been contacted and are hoping to be able to attend meetings in November and/or December depending on their work allocation.

2611     The Clerk together with Councillors R Butler, L Healy, Councillor Rob Inglis (Rushcliffe Borough Council) and the Administration Manager met early this week with PC Cai Kemish and Sergeant Brett Price to discuss an issue of ASB, regarding young people climbing on the roof of the Methodist Church and the Scout and Guide Hall.  This ongoing issue has been reported to Council by a resident who is affected by living in a property backing onto Chapel Lane.

2612     The police are also changing their current priorities from rural crime to the ‘Fatal Four’ leading up to the festive season and ASB.

2613     M2534 Councils Insurance Policy

The Clerk had referred this matter to the Financial Ombudsman and was waiting for a reply.

2614     M2572 Broadmeer Play Park

The new play grade bark has now been installed at Broadmeer Park.

2615     M2579 Cotgrave Community Kitchen

 A meeting has been held between Cotgrave Community Kitchen and members of the Town Council to further discuss their request for use of the storage container at the rear of the MUGA.

2616     Councillor K Chewings relayed concerns to them using the container including access issues and requested that CCK provide Cotgrave Town Council will detail plans and a risk assessment prior to Council making a decision. His main concern was the suitability of the container for the use required by CCK.

He highlighted to the CCK that Council still may not agree to their plans even once documents have been provided to Council.

Planning Minutes

2617     Resolved         
To confirm the planning minutes recorded and the decisions taken by the Council and those of the Planning Authority.”

Financial Matters

2618     Payments

‘’That the payments made since the previous meeting totalling £21,598.2 as recorded below, be approved and the invoices awaiting payment be paid’’.

J Pick Kettle for Office119.00
A R Signs9012Tour of Britain banner date change118.00
Elexcel11613Cotgrave Futures – remove and make safe globe lamp post182.80
J A Kents64458August grounds maintenance1960.00
Notts County Council92761934August Salaries111090.86
Notts County Supplies92200073Refuse Sacks149.07
PKF Littlejohn20221210AGAR Return 31.3.221720.00
Three1341249529Mobile Phones129.78
UK Fuels1094564Fuel1173.63
WaterPlus6693358Unit 28178.28
WaterPlus6729475Forest Close167.43
Rushcliffe BC70959521Service Charge Suite F1156.00
Rushcliffe BC70959281Rent Unit 281600.00
Rushcliffe BC70959380Rent Suite F1435.00
Regal Paints9885White Lining Fluid1128.16
K Mee (KCM) 50% Hire for Santa’s Grotto9113.97
Elexcel11642Sports Pavilion Periodic Testing and repairs12022.58
Physio Needs20935Physio for member of staff146.00
Roffesoft75392 x Microsoft 365 business 1 year1296.64
J Pick Reimbursement for flowers HM The Queen155.00
Safari Sale Stall Refund15.00
British Gas991523516Suite F Electricity194.82
Opus72909762Sports Pavilion Electricity173.17
HSBC Bank Charges110.68
Notts Fire Safety38850Service Fire Extinguishers176.04
Mick Dutton & Son14919Strimmer Head/cord, cable ties, Anti-freeze, sealant, grease. Remove guard from allotment gate1375.66
Elliott Turf73277Topsoil for Madisson Football pitch1272.40
Meerkat CommsMC3069Telephone and Broadband166.29
Notts County SuppliesN092201830Hand Towels, Gloves177.38
Nottm Golf Club Pensioners Party – Deposit91500.00
Kent Services64589September Maintenance1960.00
Mick Dutton14938Repairs to hedge cutter/repair mower1492.36
SSE701897183Unit 28 Electricity1221.82
Baker Ross14378990Crafts Cotgrave Library9230.43
  TOTAL 21,598.25

2619                                                          Income Received

30.8.22Safari SaleStall5.00
1.9.22Cotgrave FCRent155.00
5.9.22Safari SaleStalls x 315.00
6.9.22Wildlife TrustStall Christmas Market20.00
7.9.22Safari SaleStall5.00
22.9.22Rushcliffe BCPrecept1173.30
23.9.22Rushcliffe BCWelcome Back Fund8625.32
27.9.22Top Dog Hot DogsChristmas Market30.00

Financial Statements

Members considered and approved the Statements for August 2022 as reproduced at the back of the Minute Book.

At the end of August Council had £35,988.85 in the Co-op account, £60,428.19 in the HSBC account and £201,191.73 in the NatWest account.

Budgets 2023-2024

The Clerk asked for members to put their names forward for the working group for 2023-2024 budgets.

Councillors R Butler, K Chewings, S Ellis and I Shaw wished to join the working group.

Council requested the information on the level of reserves that any council should be holding, the Clerk will have this information ready for the budget meeting.


An application has been received from Cotgrave Candleby Lane School Choir.  They have requested a grant of £400 to cover the hire of a bus to transport the choir to London to perform in a school near to Wembley.

Resolved               “
To award a grant of £400 to Cotgrave Candleby Lane School.”

Working Groups

Cotgrave Miners Memorial

Councillor Gardner and the Clerk have been researching images to be included on the memorial.

A website set up by a former resident has a selection of photographs of the pit site and this option for the supply of photographs is being pursued.

Pensioners Christmas Meal

Councillor Healy gave an update.  The advert for the meal, which is being held on 21st December at the Notts Golf Club will be included in the next edition of Cotgrave Connections, which is due to be distributed at the end of October.

The registration date for the meal is on 8th November at Cotgrave Leisure Centre between 9.30 and 11.30am.

There will not be the option of having a home delivery meal this year provided by Cotgrave Town Council.

Council Events

Fireworks Event

Council’s insurance company have said that there will not be any further costs if Council were to have a bonfire at the event.  The risk assessment will need to be amended accordingly and forward to the insurers.

Notts 4×4 are able to provide marshals for the event, numbers will be confirmed. The Clerk asked for Council to also provide some marshals. Councillors M Chewings, K Chewings, B Handbury and I Shaw said they would be able to assist with marshalling the event.

Councillor K Chewings has spoken to Cotgrave Candleby Lane School and the pupils will be making some Guys, this is as part of a project they are doing.

Councillor K Chewings suggested that Council could provide some prizes for a Guy competition.  He will also ask the Church of England and Ash Lea School to also take part in the competition.

Resolved         :          
To purchase 3 x £20 vouchers to be given as prizes for the Guy Competition (1 prize per school).

Remembrance Day

Council was presented with an Information Pack for the Remembrance Day Parade on Sunday 13th November.  This contains dates, timings, road closures, traffic management, safety information, risk assessment and the temporary road closure notification.

Council have noted that the Parade will now start and return from Cotgrave Shopping Centre.

Notts 4×4 are able to marshal the event for Council.  Refreshments will be provided for them at the Manvers Arms during the church service.

Christmas Lights and Market

Bookings are still being taken for stalls, this currently stands at 14. A children’s entertainer has been booked, along with a DJ who is also providing the equipment.  Cotgrave Candleby Lane School Choir will be performing at the event.  Posters advertising the event will be published next week. All the relevant licenses have been applied for.

Multi Use Games Area

The Clerk had provided Council with information regarding changing the floodlight bulbs on the MUGA to LED bulbs, this will help to reduce the costs of using the lights significantly.

The floodlights were restored back to use in 2010 when the MUGA was built and have received minimal attention since.  The lights are switched on 7 days a week when in use, during September and October, this is an average of 2 hours per day and when the clocks go back at the end of October it becomes 3 hours per day.  There are 6 posts each containing 2 lightbulbs per post.

To replace all the light bulbs to LED, would be at a cost of £2694.90 +VAT.

The Clerk has also obtained a quotation to supply and install 2 x 40 m 12-degree passive movement infrared detectors, which would form a X pattern of detection/coverage across the MUGA, this would enable electricity savings when no one is using the MUGA during the times when the lights would be switched on.

If these works were carried out at the same time as changing the light bulbs, this would be at a cost of £874.40 + VAT.

Resolved          :          
“To replace the lights builds with LED bulbs at the cost of £2694.90 and to install infrared detectors at the cost of £874.40 on the MUGA.

Cotgrave Futures

Councillor K Chewings informed Council that the kitchen refurbishment was now complete, the kitchen was a high-grade stainless steel.

The Administration staff has now return to the office following her maternity leave.

The Trustees will be holding some stakeholder meetings, which will take place every quarter, Cotgrave Town Council will be invited to attend the meetings.

Correspondence (for information only)

No correspondence has been received.

Clerks Reports

The Clerk informed Council that the following planning applications would be considered by the Planning Commission on Thursday 13th October. This meeting will be streamed live via YouTube for the public to listen and view.

22/01639/FUL    Rushcliffe Oaks, Main Road, Stragglethorpe – installation of freestanding Solar Photovoltaic Generation system and associated works.

22/00243/FUL    Land north of Cotgrave Road, Owthorpe, Nottingham – erection of 4 No. poultry buildings; 8 No. feed bins, 2 No. feed blending rooms, gate house, generator, plant room, water tank, dirty water tank and gas tanks. Creation of new access road, car parking and concrete apron as well as new attenuation pond.

The Clerk has been information that Rialtas, Councils accounts package provider has been sold to N Harris Computer Corporation.  Harris is a subsidiary of Constellation Software, Inc. which is the 2nd largest software company in Canada.

Rialtas will be led from within a current Harris UK business called Quicksilva, who are experts in NHS integration and digital managed services.

The Clerk has received notification from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Planning Contributions Officer that a total of £9.882.86 of Neighbourhood CIL for Cotgrave has been collected between 1st April and 30th September this year.  The funds will be paid to Council in the next few weeks and put on to the agenda for discussion.

Councillor C Jeffreys wishes to attend the Nottinghamshire Association of Local Council 2022 Annual General Meeting on 21st October 2022.

 Council was in full agreement that Councillor Jeffreys attends the event with full voting rights on behalf of Council.

Mick Dutton & Sons have informed council that they have a John Deere Gator 855, diesel, 14 Registration utility vehicle for sale at £8,000.

The Clerk has asked for more details and whether a trade-in would be considered if Council wished to update any vehicles.

The Chairman of Cotgrave FC has spoken to the Clerk asking if the football club could have use of the dog walking area of Maddison Field, in addition to the current football pitch behind the fence, on Saturdays during the football season and some Sunday mornings.

The football club is growing and now has approximately 30 teams and is struggling to find places to play matches in Cotgrave.

The Clerk will ask the Chairman of Cotgrave Colts to forward a proposal to Council for consideration at the next council meeting.

Councillors’ Reports


Councillor K Chewings asked if the fuel costs for each of council’s vehicles could be monitored, this would help form a decision on what vehicle would be best practice for the work which the ground staff now complete.


Councillor D Eldridge asked about the gates on the leisure centre and if they were ever closed. Closing them may help with the amount of ASB in the Leisure Centre car park.

The Clerk will speak to the manager of the Leisure Centre.

Councillor Ellis asked if Cotgrave Plastic Free would be able to hold an event on the shopping centre. They would need to contact Rushcliffe Borough Council as the owners of the shopping centre.

The Clerk noted that Plastic Free could join one of the ‘pop -up’ markets being held the last Friday of each month and could ask for a pitch at the Christmas Lights Event.

Councillor L Healy stated that the Police and Crime Commissioners would be visiting Cotgrave on Wednesday 19th October between 9.30 and 11.30am.

Councillor N Monday raised the issue of the unacceptable bus service being provided by Trent Barton.  Bus routes were being dropped on a regular basis including Saturday evenings.  He also said the 33 bus was still not accepting card payments.  He suggested that Council needed to contact Neil Clarke who is the Chairman of the Strategic Planning and Transport for Nottinghamshire County Council.

Councillor Butler noted that the patronage on the buses had reduced since COVID and not returned to the numbers using prior. This could also be from the current unreliability of the service and Nottinghamshire County Council is challenging the bus operators to review and offer better services across the whole county.

Some of the buses are being replaced by fully electric buses and this is great for the environment, but they are noted as being slightly slower on the journeys.

Councillor M Myles said that some of the works at the Telephone Exchange on Bingham road had been completed.  She was still in contact with them over outstanding works. Council agreed that Councillor Myles could contact British Telecom using her official councillor title, it she felt the need to.

2668     Councillor A Simpson had attended the Western Power Workshop. He stated that Western power are being asked at how to reduce the use of power in the future. He also asked if there was any further news on the relocation of the recycling bins on the shopping centre.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at  8.14pm

Chair:…………………………………… Signed as a True Record (Date)………………………………

Planning Minutes

The following responses were made to plans under consideration by the Planning Authority, Rushcliffe Borough Council.

No objections were raised except where stated:-

At Council Meeting on 12th October 2022

22/01885/FUL    Café Pizzeria, Cotgrave Shopping Centre, Candleby Lane, Cotgrave – change of use from a restaurant to x mixed-use restaurant and takeaway (Retrospective).

Rushcliffe Borough Council, the planning authority, has forwarded the following decisions:-

Permission Granted:

The Apple Press, Cotgrave Place, Main Road, Cotgrave, NG12 3HB – partial demolition of existing garden room, ground floor front extension, external cladding, alterations to doors/fenestration.
The Apple Press, Cotgrave Place, Main Road, Cotgrave, NG12 3HB – partial demolition of existing garden room, ground floor front extension, external cladding, alterations to doors/fenestration

The Manor House, Cotgrave Place, Main Road, Cotgrave, NG12 3HB – Construction of a garden room with canopy, swimming pool and associated landscaping.
Rushcliffe Oaks, Main Road, Stragglethorpe, Nottingham, NG12 3PY –  installation of freestanding Solar Photovoltaic Generation system and  associated works.

Fosse Cottage Farm, The Cottage Farm, Cotgrave, NG12 3HF – Conversion of existing rural buildings to dwelling house including external alterations, creation of front canopy structure single storey rear link extension
connecting storage building and barn and single storey rear extension.

Chair:…………………………………… Signed as a True Record (Date)………………………………