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Minutes for the Conservation Group meeting in the Stocks at 7:30 on
16th November 2009
and letters in square brackets refer to
corresponding items in the agenda of the same date. These minutes were written on 2009-11-22. ]
[ ]Minutes Secretary: Jim
 Members: Including the
above, (at least) 13 people
attended (We forgot to re-count after
the AGM); 4 people emailed or otherwise sent their apologies;
receive emailed minutes.
Things we are doing
There will be no meeting in Decembers so the next meeting of the Conservation Group will be on Monday 18th January 2010, at 7:30 in the
 Old Garage Site/Lady Croft Meadow:
Keith Fish reported that BTCV [http://www2.btcv.org.uk/]
had now looked at the old Garage Site. They gave us a (verbal) quote,
saying that they could put 12 people on the site for a day for a cost
£250. They could also supply a budget and suggested that they could
help put any grant application together. They could also supply ongoing
maintenance once or twice a year for £250 a time.
 Traffic: Keith Fish reported that
had received a rather disappointing reply to our letter to Sheffield
City Council following the
petition concerning the speed of traffic on Wheel Lane. It was therefore agreed, to follow up the
reference in the letter about speed cameras, to see if something more
definite could be agreed. Support for more drastic measures, including
a roundabout and traffic lights was also expressed. Information on any
accidents that might have occurred in the area was requested, since that
seemed to be something that would cause the Council to act [. Also, somebody might want to monitor http://www.safetycamera.org/camera-locations/where-are-the-mobiles, and report whether the promised
preventative action has been taken].
Finger Posts: We were extremely pleased to note that after all
SH's prompting, both posts now have all their fingers attached [This merits a new photograph on http://ecclesfield.wikia.com/wiki/Conservation
if anybody wants to upload one]
Projects: Proposals mentioned as still being on the table were...
... for raising the mile stone
marking the old boundary
between Sheffield and Wortley on Green Lane. An old map was requested
to help position the stone.
...for re-furbishing the wooden stocks in front of St. Mary's Church.
PB is talking to Rotary who are believed to have provided the original
item some 30 odd years ago.
...the possibility of placing
something in the alcove in
the wall in front of St. Mary's Church.
...refurbishing the old stile near
Gatty Hall at the end of Priory
...designation of the land between St. Mary's Church and Priory Road as
the Village Green.
Things we have done
[ ]Our 2009 AGM took place immediately
before this meeting. Accounts were presented, and all officers
appointed. Since this was only achieved by some people taking on two
roles, other offers to take on some of these positions would be welcome.
[ 4] We have given details of
the Conservation Group to the Council's "Community Development"
department. We understand that they intend to distribute 1000 leaflets.
 Keith fish thanked KM, AH, JH, and everybody else who had helped in the digging of holes and in helping to prepare for the Lord Mayors tree planting
in Ecclesfield Park.
Three schools participated, as well as Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Guides,
Rainbow and Scouts groups.
Bulbs were planted around the trees and time
capsules buried. A couple of hundred people attended the
ceremony, which marked those lost in conflicts since the start of the
first world war.
 The planning applications
in the last agenda were examined, without objection.
 We have ordered a 25 ft
Christmas tree, and are trying to finance the purchase of replacement
 Copies of the Minutes of the meeting of
distributed, and no corrections voiced.
 The parks group had asked
if it was OK if they put a public noticeboard
on the Old Garage Site.
Keith had already replied that he could not see why not, but opened the
issue for debate. The idea was generally welcomed and no objections
were raised. The permission is therefore confirmed. It had also been suggested
that the site be renamed "Lady Croft Meadow", and that was agreed.
[12 ] Since the Methodist Church is being auctioned,
it was agreed to put a notice on our web site advertising its status as
a building of Townscape Merit. [If
anybody wants to submit a photograph of the Church, they are welcome to
email it to me at , since we can't
copy the one at http://www.markjenkinson.co.uk/next.asp].
Several people suggested uses for the building which did not require
the outside appearance to be changed, and in case anyone wishes to bid,
we understand that it is being sold without a reserve, and has a
suggested price of £100,000.
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- Members received an
invitation to attend 4 * 1/2 day courses
at Stocksbridge [which might be http://www.offer.org.uk/content.php?c=133 and related to the Listening Matters training day on 25th November mentioned in the Agenda].
- The comments we received about Rollem
Fabrications were discussed but no official or definite
information was forthcoming. [I have
just checked and the building is not listed as being "of townscape
merit" in http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/planning-and-city-development/urban-design--conservation/conservation/ecclesfield].
- A total of 650 "Ecclesfield Christmas Cards" have
now been sold. SH may even have a few left.
- The Ecclesfield Village Plan
"Pie and Peas supper" was a great success, and we understand
that something may be planned for next year as well.
- There will not be a meeting for Ecclesfield
in Bloom in December. The next meeting will therefore be at
7:00 pm on Tuesday 5th January,
in the Black Bull as indicated on http://ecclesfieldinbloom.co.uk