[These and previous minutes are
available as a web page on conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com
Just click on "Minutes" for the minutes of the last meeting]
Minutes of the Conservation Group
meeting of 2011-05-16 (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 2011-05-19 and has not yet been approved]
[a] John Ellis chaired
[ ] Jim
[b] 12 people signed into our
meeting, and 5 people
sent apologies. In
all 32 people receive emailed agendas and minutes.
Things we are doing
[z] The next
meeting of the
Conservation Group will be on 2011-06-20 (Monday) at 19:30 in
Stocks. Our Secretary Roger Tordoff will chair the meeting in John Ellis's absence.
 JE told us that - as agreed at the last meeting - ID had drafted a letter objecting to the planning application by "Bradburys Haulage".
As a result, JP was able to confirm that a copy of our letter had now
appeared on Sheffield City Council's (SCC) planning website. JE
suggested, and nobody objected, to our also placing a copy of this
letter on our own website [now available here
- JP]. Several members had clearly been thinking about what development
of the site would mean and worked hard to uncover the history of the
site, and the legal basis on which it operates. JE said that he had
also walked around the outside of the site, and agreed that what was
currently being built was not acceptable in a conservation area.
Although the original application had been withdrawn, a letter written
by Bradbury's advisers to SCC said they are "still keen to develop the
site to accommodate the needs of their business". The meeting therefore
agreed that JE should ring the planning officer concerned. [JE has now rung, and had a long conversation with Marcus Young, about
the application. Mr Young confirmed that there had been a meeting on
2011-05-16 as a result of which, Bradburys are expected to submit a
sketch detailing a new proposal for the site in about two weeks time. Mr
Young agreed to keep the Conservation Group informed, and in particular
to send us a copy of any new proposal received]. [
If we receive anything material half way between meetings, I will send
an email to all members to let them know what is happening - JP].
 PB reported that he had
checked and found that LadyCroft Meadow was leased to us by Keir Real
Estates. He had therefore written to them asking for their written
permission to erect the Ecclesfield interpretation board on the land as was our preference as agreed at our last meeting.
PB had also inquired of Mr Peter Latham of the planning department, who said that boards of 1.55m2
or less do not need planning permission. However Mr Latham did suggest that we pay the
SCC Parks and Countryside to erect the board.
PB also sent a brief description of the proposal to the East Peak Innovation Partnership [http://www.epip.org.uk/]
who give grants of between £1,000 and £2,5000, and received a good reception.
PB thought that the cost of the board would be similar to the
Bolsterstone one at around £2,000, and had a Rotherham form in mind.
Mel Jones might be asked to help in the design. The project is
therefore in progress with positive answers hoped for from Keir, Parks
and Countryside, and East Peaks.
 We agreed to do another traffic survey
on Wednesday 25th May. We hope to cover the time between 7:00 and 23:00
continuously, with two people on duty. There are still a couple of
single hour gaps, so anybody wanting to volunteer an hour should email .
 We decided that we did want a presence at the Ecclesfield Gala
on 4th September, (with six people voting for it, and no objections).
PB was authorised to pay the £50 needed, although preference was
expressed for making the stand a joint one with the other groups. [Ecclesfield
in Bloom have now been invited to share costs etc. and KF has
confirmed that it will be on the agenda for their meeting on 6th June]. We do however still need volunteers to liaise with Mel and Joan Jones for the collection and
of books; for the erection and taking down of the Gazebo; and for
manning the stand.
Things we have done
Copies of the minutes
the meeting of
distributed. and approved.
[x] The four planning
applications mentioned in the Agenda were discussed. The application
for 143 High Street was of interest, and concern was expressed as to
who the applicant was. [I have just checked and the applicant is "Mr
Guo Xin Liu". I have also noticed the designation of a small "food
preparation area", but apart from this the before and after drawing
look almost identical to me. The application documents can be seen here- JP].
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