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Minutes of the Conservation Group
meeting of 2010-05-17 (Monday)
19:30 in the Stocks
and letters in square brackets refer to
corresponding items in the agenda of the same date. This version of the
last amended on 2010-05-19]
[a.b] Keith Fish chaired
[ ] Jim
[b] Including the
above, 13 people
attended; 2 people sent their apologies; and 31 people currently
receive emailed minutes.
Things we are doing
The next meeting of the
Conservation Group will be on 2010-06-21 (Monday) at 19:30 in the
 Keith Fish is to put
the state of the village stocks at the next Rotary Club meeting. J.P. [has now given] him a photograph showing their current dilapidated state. If
anybody else has any ideas as to what Keith should say in his 15 minute
presentation, or wants to suggest a way of replacing the rotten timbers on the stocks, please let Keith know.
 Keith said that "Payback" are not keen on using licensed premises for "toilet facilities" and "shelter
in case of rain". [Since
the meeting, Keith and Mr. David Banham have decided to look into the
possibility of using the Gatty Hall. The idea is to extend the work to
include the footpath from Priory Road to the main church path, in
addition to the original Ladycroft work]
 Keith Fish told
us that he had attended the Northern Community Assembly meeting
at the Primary School
at Grenoside at 6:30pm on Wednesday, and reported the excess traffic in
the village. However, we were given a copy of a report prepared by John
Bann, Head of Transport and Highways which did not list Ecclesfield as
a traffic priority. rWe are hoping to obtain
the City Council's support and equipment (hi-viz jackets etc.) for
doing a traffic survey, but this would have to be done between
7:30-9:00 or 16:00-18:00. If anybody wants to help with this, contact J.E or Keith Fish.
[x] MB, in his role as
Neighbourhood Watch coordinator (of the Priory Area), received an email
from his local police team inviting him to participate in a
Week of Action on 19th to 25th July 2010 targeting Ecclesfield. These
weeks of action, "provide an opportunity
for all agencies to pull together and target one area".
Prior to the week of action they hold a "walkabout" for all those
involved to look at the area and see what needs addressing. This is
currently planned for 22nd June. In addition to MB, Keith Fish will
also be attending the walkabout in his role as chairman of both the
Conservation Group and Village in Bloom.
Things we have done
 The wall at the bottom of
Stocks Hill opposite to "The Stocks" public house is complete, apart
from possibly two topping stones. Some work may also be needed on the steps.
Copies of the Minutes
the meeting of
distributed, and approved.
 The opinion of the Bloom Group is to be sought on the issue of a possible merger, as suggested at our previous meeting.
 We resolved to attend
Ecclesfield Gala in the Park, and to seek a joint stand with the Bloom
and Scrubbers group. K.F., J.E., R.T., B.C.
[x] We asked our secretary, Roger Tordoff with I.D. to
write a letter objecting to some of the features of the planning
application for the Old Methodist Chapel. Issues discussed included the
replacement of all the stained glass windows, the installation of a
protruding oriel window, and the amount of parking provided for two
[y] We asked JP to write to
Premier Stores to ensure that they know that their new shop is within
the Ecclesfield Conservation Area, and to give them photographs of some
of the excellent signs on nearby premises in anticipation of their
replacing the old Mini-Mart sign. [I
will report the results to the next meeting. Meanwhile, if anybody has
any ideas as to suitable signage, they could talk to the shop, me, MB,
or Keith - JP]
Other matters discussed
[ ] Peter Barker, as treasurer, told us that the accounts stand at £619 (less £20 owing).
 Possible projects
discussed, included the possibility of renovating perhaps three
boundary signs for the village. The stone signs at Bradfield were
thought to have cost £800, but wooden ones were thought to be
cheaper. The problem of locating historical boundaries and finding
suitable positions for the signs was mentioned [perhaps Michael Spick of the Local Studies Department could help - JP]
[ ] M.B. described the work of
the Ecclesfield Community Safety Group. We were reminded of the
importance of reporting even minor crimes so that their incident
numbers would be logged and the police could give appropriate priority
to the area. The safety group have also discussed the need for
crossings, signs, and speed restrictions.
[ ] The recent "You Choose"
event, and the Northern Assemblies requests for feedback, prior to the
next event were briefly discussed.
Notes and Information
] The next meeting of Ecclesfield
in Bloom will be on
2010-06-01 (Tuesday) at 19:00
upstairs in the Black Bull as indicated on http://ecclesfieldinbloom.co.uk
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