of the Conservation meeting of
2014-05-27 at 19:00 in “The Stocks”
accepted at the meeting of 2014-06-24]
usual, letters refer to standing items, and numbers new items, in the agenda of
the same date, which can be seen at conservation.ecclesfieldgroups.com/minutes.
Chair: Ian Deans
(ID) chaired this meeting.
KM, BS, LS, DM,
ID, JP, SP. Apologies were received from CT, MM, KF, and RT.
minutes of the last meeting were approved for placing on the web site.
Date of the next meeting
meeting will be on June 24th (fourth Tuesday), at 7 o'clock in the
that we need to think about all risks, and added that he had identified Tenyson
as perhaps the best company to insure us. JP thanked ID for emailing him and said
that he had obtained a quote from Tenyson of £111.30 for public liability,
libel and slander insurance. JP passed around a quotation sheet which priced
the various options which Tenyson offered, and it was decided to accept Tenyson’s
that he had spoken to Dennis from the Cattery, adjacent to the site of the
Chapeltown Road/Church Lane planter, and he had asked if we can finance 10
plants at £1.99. It was agreed that ID would ask MM for a cheque to cover this.
JP gave a report on the meeting
of the Archiving Group, saying that Ecclesfield Parish Council had decided to appoint
a project coordinator. He said that the appointment would be made by an
appointments committee consisting of two Parish Councillors and two
representatives from the Archiving Group’s member organisations.
JP explained that before
the Archive meeting, he had established that there was no chance that the Parish
Council would take up the offer of help we had received from the authors of the
“Britain from Above” web site, and instead the project would “rent” software
and hosting services from Townsweb. While Townsweb is a high quality archiving specialist,
this does have certain consequences for the Conservation Group. One of these is
that the web site will only remain online while the subscription (which might
be £650 a year) is paid.
4. Joint Survey
JP Said that he had
received letters of support from Ecclesfield in Bloom, Revitalising Ecclesfield
Park and Pavilion Group, Ecclesfield Street Dusters, and the Friends of
Ecclesfield Park. JP calculated that the £1000 grant would be enough for 3,000 freepost
envelopes and questionnaires, and perhaps 800 replies. Each group is expecting
to get a portion of the form, and at least two of them are planning to ask more
than one question. Provided that the grant goes through, we could use it for several
JP suggested that one of
these would be to help in our participation in the Archiving project. Not only
could it be used to uncover any historical information, but also perhaps to
solve a couple of problems created by the Council’s selection of Townsweb. The first
of these is that the heritage lottery funding is meant to be spent within the specified
two year project which could create a problem when the project ends. The
solution to this might be to use the Joint Survey to ask people to sponsor the archive
by paying a regular amount. The second problem is the greater remoteness of a
Parish Council controlled Townsweb hosted archive. The solution to this might
be the establishment of a physical archive alongside the digital one. Members commented
that Bradfield Parish and some of the other historical groups in the area already
had such archives, and the suggestion was favourably received by the meeting.
ID agreed to write to
David Morton telling him of our enthusiasm for the project, and how we were
hoping to use the Joint Survey to contribute to it.
5. M1 J35 Motorway Service Station
that our objection to the M1 J35 Motorway Service Station proposals had been emailed
to Kate Mansell as area planning officer, as our formal objection. There followed
a discussion at which it was clear that members were if anything even more
opposed to the development than at previous meetings.
that he had confirmed with PB that the Gazebo would be available. There were also
other groups interested in a joint presence, but not got any further with it.
The meeting was generally in favour of splitting the cost if this could be
that Pinks Estate Agent was taking an interest in the old Butcher’s shop, and
thinking of moving from the Common. There was some concern about such a
brightly coloured shop moving into the Ecclesfield Conservation Area, but also
some support for a business willing to move into and preserve the building.
8. Grenoside Reading Room
that Councillor Alan Hooper had invited us to visit the Grenoside Reading Room.
No planning applications
caused problems, but there was a rumour of changes a Morrison’s Supermarket. JP
said that he had heard this and rung the Council planning department who said
that they were not in discussion with Morrisons on any changes [I’m just
guessing, but it might have been the Police Training School, which I think is
up for sale – JP]