Nettleham Parish Council News | Winter 2016
Welcome to the latest update of Parish Council business
The Appeal Hearing regarding Beal Homes’ Planning Application for 200 homes on land off Larch Avenue was held in the village in mid-September. This was an intensive two-day process including a site visit but, at the time of going to print, we have yet to be advised of the Inspector’s decision.
Another Appeal has been lodged with the Secretary of State regarding a planning application for 38 homes on land off Scothern Road. During the production of our Neighbourhood Plan, this site was assessed, but did not score highly against the required criteria and thus was not considered as suitable as the other sites put forward. This Appeal will be determined on the basis of written representations, which we have now submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
Our Neighbourhood Plan allowed for approximately 180 new homes (plus an amount of infill) over four sites but, with additional planning applications already allowed, the figure now stands at 257. If these Appeals are allowed, the total will rise to 445, representing a growth rate of 28% against an original 11%, which is really very disheartening when set against our aspirations for sustainable growth in the village.
We are all aware of the financial constraints on Local Government and we are increasingly feeling the effects. The Department for Communities and Local Government are now consulting on whether to cap Parish Council precepts effectively asking us to deliver an increasing amount of services, previously supplied by them, on less money. Needless to say, our response will be against this proposal, especially as West Lindsey District Council is withdrawing the Local Council Tax Support Grant representing a further loss to us of £4,431. WLDC has made the decision to withdraw its support to Parish Councils in 2017/18, which most other authorities did some years ago. Also Lincolnshire County Council has informed the Council that it will no longer fund the cutting of grass verges and amenity areas, with effect from 1 April 2017.
Our budget meeting in November to set next year’s precept will be challenging and residents should be prepared for the increase necessary just to maintain our village to its current standard.
The Parish Council frequently asks Lincolnshire County Council to improve conditions on footpaths, roads and cycle ways and we have now been informed that the end of Deepdale Lane, between the Police HQ and the A46, and the junction with Scothern Road will be resurfaced in December. The rest of Deepdale Lane will receive a surface dressing next summer.
Regrettably, Scothern Road itself needs reconstruction work running into several hundred thousand pounds and there is no funding available for this work, unless it is successful in being included in a countywide treatment programme.
A section of footpath on Highfields will be treated with slurry seal next April and a section on Sudbrooke Lane has been included in a future programme. In the meantime, the pothole team will treat any areas notified to them.
Sections of the cycle way along the A46 will be treated with slurry seal next April.
Best Kept Village Competition
Sadly, Nettleham was unsuccessful in this year’s competition coming third in the ‘Past Winners’ category. This is a very difficult category in which to compete, but we are due to return to our Class III group very soon.
We did receive many complimentary remarks from the judges and would like to thank Parish Council staff and residents for their efforts in making our village such an attractive place in which to live.
As part of the awards ceremony for the Best Kept Village competition, Community Lincs also recognise local people for their achievements in their community with the John Barker Trophy. The Parish Council was pleased to nominate Jaime Oliver in the category of Inspirational Leadership for her work with Nettleham Community Hub and is delighted to announce that she won. Congratulations Jaime and thanks to all your team for the work you are doing to make The Hub a success.
Lincolnshire Rivers Trust
The Lincolnshire Rivers Trust (LRT) is a charitable organisation established to help protect, restore and enhance waterways in Lincolnshire. It works in partnership with other organisations to develop projects to improve habitats for both wildlife and local people to benefit from, as they are a real local asset for our natural heritage. Their website address is:
The Parish Council is happy to support LRT as Nettleham Beck is a valued amenity and it would be appreciated if as many residents as possible could complete a simple questionnaire (by mid-January) giving their views on the Beck, as it may be possible that we can benefit from being involved with such a project. Hard copies are available from the Parish Office and it can also be completed online, but LRT would need email addresses of interested individuals to access it.
Christmas Village Walk
There will be another village walk over the Christmas period organised by our Fieldpath Advisory Committee. We would love you to join us on Wednesday 28 December at 11.00am on The Green for a gentle ramble over the fieldpaths, followed by a hot drink and mince pies at the Old School. Given the time of year and likely ground conditions, please make sure you are suitably prepared!
BT Phone Box: The Green
The Council has been informed by BT that the payphone in the telephone box on The Green will be removed and has offered the box to the Council at a cost of £1.00. The Council will discuss this matter at its December Parish Council meeting and if the Council decides to purchase the telephone box, we would ask residents to offer their suggestions to the Council as to what the future use of the telephone box could be. Please send your suggestions to the Clerk [click link at bottom of page for contact details].
Mulsanne Park Security
Following a recent spate of antisocial behaviour at Mulsanne Park, the Council is looking for a volunteer to lock and unlock the main entrance gate to the car park. This would involve closing and locking the gate at dusk and reopening the gate at approximately 8.00am. The Council would possibly be prepared to pay a retainer to the volunteer. For further details contact the Clerk [click link at bottom of page for contact details].
The Ray Sellars Community Award
This award was created to celebrate and acknowledge all the hard work undertaken by Councillor Ray Sellars who passed away in 2012.
At the 2016 Annual Parish Meeting, the Chairman, together with members of Ray Sellars’ family, were pleased to present the Ray Sellars Community Award to Mr John Dingley in recognition of his considerable and longstanding contribution to the Nettleham Cricket Club.
The 2017 Ray Sellars Community Award will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2017 and residents are requested to submit nominations for any village resident who they consider to have made a significant contribution to the Nettleham community. Nominations should be sent to the Parish Office to arrive no later than 23 March 2017 please [click link at bottom of page for contact details].
Parish Council Grants
We would like to advise village groups who may not be aware that the Parish Council has a small budget available for grants where additional funding would be helpful. This grant scheme is for local organisations and charities which provide services/facilities for residents. Please contact the Clerk for an application form [click link at bottom of page for contact details].
Sponsorship of Village Floral Displays
We were very pleased to have offers of sponsorship for the flower displays for the summer bedding. We are now looking to see if anyone would be interested in sponsoring the winter display, or the 2017 summer displays. Please contact the Parish office if this idea appeals to you [click link at bottom of page for contact details].
The Parish Council would like to add to the tributes paid to Nigel Kingston now that he is finally stepping down as Editor of Nettleham News. What a fantastic magazine he has nurtured over the years, overseeing its transformation from a couple of typed sheets to the highly professional, award-winning publication it is today. Congratulations, Nigel, for a remarkable achievement and thank you for the many contributions you have made in other ways to the life of our village.