[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 2012-01-16 (Monday)
19:30 in the Stocks
and letters in square brackets refer to
corresponding items in the agenda of the same date. Link to new Torch page was added on 2012-06-11]
[a] John Ellis chaired the
meeting. He opened it by wishing us all a Happy New Year, and
suggesting that with the all the things which we are doing, it should
be quite "Eventful".
[b] 10 people attended, including Sheffield City Councillor - Colin Taylor http://twitter.com/#!/ColinDTaylor¬. Two people sent their apologies. A total of 32 people
currently receive emailed agendas and minutes.
Things we are doing
[z] The next
meeting of the
Conservation Group will be on Monday 2012-02-20 at 19:30 in
 PB reported that a draft of the complimentary leaflet accompanying our Industrial Heritage Board
had been submitted to the printers for finalizing the colours. It will
then go to the East Peak Partnership for them to make any final
amendments, and give their approval. [The
proof copy of this has now come back from the printers. Its front panel
consists of an artist's impression of a typical file maker's workshop - JP]. It was decided to add the URL of our web site http://conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com
in case people want to contact us as a result of looking at the
leaflet. Venues are still needed to place leaflet dispensers around
The design of the board itself is almost complete, apart from the final
positioning of items, motifs etc. Although the board has to be made and
invoiced before 24th February,
the digging of the holes and mounting of the board etc. can occur
The official opening was also discussed, with St. Mary's Church and the
Gatty Hall being mentioned as possible venues. Members seemed generally
in agreement to obtaining sponsorship for refreshments if suitable
sponsors could be found.
Members noted that the board would be erected in time for the Olympic
Torch to pass through Ecclesfield¬. However, it was thought that
anything that the Conservation Group did to help to welcome the Torch,
should be done in collaboration with other Ecclesfield Groups. [The torch is coming through Ecclesfield on Monday 25th June. There is a list of suggestions for what people might want to do here¬ - JP]. [Torch Details subsequently added here - JP]
 ID agreed to look into the possibility of alternative funding for placing boundary markers or signs at the
entries into to Ecclesfield.
Things we have done
The minutes of
the previous meeting were
accepted as read.
Arising from item 1 on the previous minutes, the granting of the extension to the Black Bull
licensing hours was
discussed, with members re-iterating their
concern about possible problems. Concerns expressed included the
possibility of noise late at night due to customers congregating at the
front of the Pub to smoke. It was said that licensees were subject to
spot checks. Also members were reminded that Sheffield City Council
Licensing Department¬ say that
they can review the license should complaints be reported to
them, and that any serious problems should be reported to the police by dialing 101¬ [or if it is urgent by dialing 999, either of which can be done from a mobile phone - JP].
 ID informed us that
City Council had published an updated map of the Conservation Area
showing all 5 listed buildings, and passed a printout of the map around
for members to see. They had also corrected their documentation of the
Priory to show it's listing as Grade II*. The Council thanked us for pointing out the
omission. [The updated map is now on Sheffield City
Council's Ecclesfield Conservation Area Map¬ - JP].
 JE reported that slates were slipping off the roof of the extension at the rear of the Old Trinity Methodist Chapel,
and a photograph of the problem was passed round for members to see.
Since they had already contacted us on a previous occasion, it was
decided that JP should email the owners and inform them.
The damage looked bad enough to raise questions of safety, security,
and the likelihood of further deterioration to the fabric of the
building. It was therefore also decided that JE should enquire to see
if there was anything further that we might do if the problem persists. [The
owner has since replied that he thinks that thieves had tried to remove
lead from the roof, and that he started work to secure the building and
its grounds on Wednesday. For understandable reasons, he added that
parking in the grounds must stop. Members may wish to keep a look out,
and phone the police if they see anything amiss, but hopefully, the renovations will proceed without further problems - JP ].
showed us a weighty report prepared by Sheffield City
Council on the traffic problems on Church Street. This included the
council's own survey
information, as well as information we had submitted to the Council.
The report noted the amount of traffic and the difficulties experienced
by pedestrians trying to cross this road. Unfortunately, the report
mentioned several difficulties in placing a crossing - not just the
shortage of money. As a result, the report did not recommend going ahead
with the scheme at this time.
There was still some concern about the speed of traffic, and the
possibility of deploying a Speed Indicating Device (SID) at this point
on the road was mentioned. Also, PB questioned why mobile speed cameras
seem to be deployed at only a very restricted number of sites. There
was some discussion of this, and of the possibility of our asking the
police whether it is possible to deploy a mobile camera in this way. [Colin
Taylor has since emailed us to say that the Northern Community Assembly
has organised a meeting regarding traffic on the Wheel/Wheel Lane on
2012-02-07 at 19:00 - 20:30 (Tuesday) at Whitely Cricket Club, Cinderhill Lane (off The Wheel)].
[x] Nothing arose from any of the Planning
applications listed in the agenda.
[Any members interested in the Bradbury Planning application
may wish to note that we received a letter from Sheffield City Council
"Development Services" notifying us of a further change to the plans
for the Garage/Workshop. From a brief examination, it appeared that the
changes were cosmetic (E.g. use of wood, rather than artificial stone
for the upper cladding) and like the previous change, did not address
concerns expressed at our meetings. However, unlike the last
re-submission, the Council do not seem to have allocated a new
Reference Number, and our letter of objection still appears on their
site. I have not therefore re-submit our letter again. Any member who
thinks something further should be done, can see planning application 11/03358/FUL¬, or contact me on - JP ].
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