[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 2011-07-18 (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 2011-07-23 and has not yet been approved]
[a] John Ellis chaired
[ ] Jim
[b] Joan and Mel Jones attended
to offer their expertise in aid of the proposed Ecclesfield Heritage
Board, and including them 11 people signed into the meeting. 1 person
sent apologies. In
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Things we are doing
[z] It was decided that there won't be an August meeting. The next
meeting of the
Conservation Group will therefore be on 2011-09-19 (Monday) at 19:30 in
 In view of the attendance of our guests, John Ellis, as Chair, dealt first with item 4 on the Agenda concerning the Ecclesfield interpretation
Joan and Mel Jones distributed copies of their "Initial thoughts on the
Industrial Heritage of Ecclesfield". This listed some 15 sites which could
be included. Space limitations on the board however, led us to discuss limiting the
number of sites to perhaps half a dozen of these (with photographs). Since the
board is to be situated on Ladycroft Meadow, it was thought reasonable
to concentrate on those sites in the centre of the Village, so leaving
other sites for a possible second board sited elsewhere [I have not distributed the full document, but have listed the sites included on http://ecclesfield.wikia.com/wiki/Conservation¬ so that anybody who wishes can leave comments].
Roger Tordoff, proposed, KF seconded, and it was carried without
objection, that we would leave it to Joan and Mel Jones to decide which
of the sites was the most important.
KF then thanked Mel and Joan for attending.
After they left, there was some discussion of the costs, with PB saying
that he thought that Bolsterstone's board cost £2000, in its final form,
however, there were good reasons to think that ours would not cost as
much as this. PB suggested that we should put £200 towards the cost of
the board, and it was agreed that he could submit the grant application
form on that basis.
 RT reported on the letter
he had sent to SCC Planning Department commenting on the
application for an Aldi on the old Rollem site [Click Aldi planning application¬ and scroll down to "ECCLESFIELD CONSERVATION GROUP", to see a copy of the letter]. RT noted that
the application included trees around the site plus a car park
for 78 cars which the application said would be available to people visiting the
nearby bank and butchers, and the meeting decided that we should continue to
monitor the application.
 The large number of vehicles travelling down Church street, that was revealed by our two traffic surveys was
discussed. It was decided that we should press for a pedestrian
crossing, and write to the SCC with that request, giving them copies of
the second survey in support [I apologies to attendees. I have just checked back and I did email all members on 2011-05-26, but
the survey had then only just been completed and the results were not
therefore included. However, our website is a more reliable source of
information than my memory, since I uploaded the first survey results
to http://conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com/traffic on 2011-01-21, and the second on 2011-06-12, and both remain available at that location - JP].
 Arrangements for the Gala
were discussed. PB said that our gazebos had been loaned to the Parks
Group, and would have to be retrieved. He emphasized the importance of
having people available to help erect the stand, relieve people manning
it, and to dismantle things at the end.
[y] The email we received
about the concrete topping stones used to repair the wall next to the
flats on Yew Lane was referred to. Members agreed that the loss of
coping stones from the conservation area was a problem and asked ID to
write to the council. [I have uploaded some photographs of missing coping stones to http://ecclesfield.wikia.com/wiki/Conservation¬ - JP]
[x] The application by Gleeson Homes¬
for 387 houses was discussed, particularly the extra traffic it would
bring, the fact that nearby schools are full, and the strain on medical
[y] The forthcoming closure of Ecclesfield Road¬, Chapeltown for 4 weeks from 24th July was also mentioned.
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