MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THURGOLAND PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT THURGOLAND
SCHOOL, HALIFAX ROAD, THURGOLAND, ON WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2006 AT 7.00 P.M.
Councillors Blythe, Hamblen, Methley, Oxley, Rowley, Warttig and Wilkinson. Also present R Atkinson
(Parish Clerk), and two members of the public.
2006/068. APOLOGIES AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Apologies were received from Councillor Berry (family illness). Councillor Wilkinson declared an interest
in item 23 (ii) on the Agenda. Councillor Blythe opened the meeting and welcomed the two new
2006/069. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 7 JUNE 2006
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 7 June 2006 had been circulated to all Councillors. It
was agreed by all present that they were a true and accurate record of the meeting and Councillor Blythe
signed them as such.
2006/070. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
Councillor Blythe advised the meeting that he will probably not be attending the Yorkshire Day
celebrations at Penistone on 1 August.
Councillor Hamblen advised the meeting that she had been unable to attend the ‘Mayor At Home’ event
held at the Town Hall recently.
Councillor Rowley advised the meeting that she attended the Environment Forum at Wentworth Castle.
The main topics on the Agenda were greenspace and recycling. The forum had ended with a tour of the
gardens which had been most enjoyable.
2006/071. REPORT FROM THE CLERK ON ITEMS ON APPENDIX ‘A’
The Clerk advised the meeting that since the Agenda was drawn up, the following responses have been
received to items on Appendix ‘A’:-
i) Street name sign at Sim Hill
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has spoken to Andrea from Barnsley MBC who has suggested
that a sign be put on the boundary wall of numbers 1-5 Sim Hill. This is because the road is actually
called Hand Lane from top to bottom and therefore it would be confusing to put a ‘Sim Hill’ sign at the top
of the hill. It was agreed that this would be acceptable and the Clerk is to advise Barnsley MBC
ii) Access road at South View, Crane Moor
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received correspondence from Berneslai Homes advising
that they have contacted the estates department regarding the ownership of the road and have referred
the matter of tipping to the Planning and Environmental Regulatory Unit for investigation. Further
information on both subjects will be forwarded once it has been received. This was noted.
iii) Litter bin at Smithy Hill
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that she has been asked if this request could be made again as
no litter bin has been provided and the litter situation at this location is becoming worse. It was agreed
that the Clerk write again to make the request.
iv) Feasibility study for crossing at River Don.
Councillor Rowley advised the meeting that she has recently spoken to Trevor Mayne who has not yet
had the opportunity to look into the possibility of providing a feasibility study into the best method of
crossing the River Don at the stepping stones. This was noted.
2006/072. PARISH PATHS
The Clerk advised the meeting that an amount of £3442.01 is currently in the Parish Paths account. This
amount of money is not in an interest-bearing account. After discussion Councillor Methley proposed that
the funds are kept in a separate account and used specifically for projects related to Parish Paths, even
though the Parish Paths Group is no longer in existence. This was seconded by Councillor Warttig.
Councillor Wilkinson suggested that this proposal be accepted, but that the Clerk transfers the account to
one which earns interest. This was agreed to be acceptable by all present and the Clerk will speak to the
bank manager on this and other matters.
Councillor Blythe noted that is would be wise to contact Barnsley MBC to obtain clarification on what their
obligations are and to ask if they are in agreement to the Parish Council providing services which are over
and above their statutory duties. It was agreed that the Clerk make this request so that it is clear where
the ‘boundaries’ lie.
Councillor Rowley suggested that the item of Parish Paths continues to appear on the Agenda each
month in order that any issues can be raised at the appropriate time. This was agreed to be acceptable.
Councillor Rowley asked if the Clerk could contact Barnsley MBC to request that bridlepath 16 and
footpath 17 between Crane Moor Nook and Fir Tree be cleared as it is very difficult to walk the path at the
present time. It was agreed that this was acceptable.
2006/073. PARISH PATHS MAPS BOARDS
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received correspondence from Nigel Labdon concerning the
replacement of the artwork in the Parish Paths Maps Boards, Barnsley MBC are prepared to provide the
design and artwork for the boards, if the Parish Council will pay £100 per board for the cost of UV
stabilising and laminating. It was agreed that this was acceptable and the Clerk is to liaise with Nigel
Labdon to progress this matter. It was noted that the £100 per board should come from the Parish Paths
funds as agreed earlier in the meeting.
2006/074. THURGOLAND YOUTH CENTRE
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received an e-mail from a Development Officer at Yorkshire
Rural Community Council, who offers advice to the Parish Council and Thurgoland Village Welfare
Association on the possibility of the Youth Centre being acquired by the Welfare Association. His
suggestion is that both parties write to the Chief Executive of BMBC asking that the Welfare Association
be given first refusal on the Youth Centre and that it not be disposed of by auction. He also suggests that
a time limit is set to reach a solution and that copies of the letters are sent to Nigel Bath and the three
ward Councillors. Mrs Denton was in attendance and she advised the meeting that the Welfare
Association have received a letter from Barnsley MBC asking them to make an offer to purchase the
freehold to the building as it is surplus to the requirements of the Local Authority. After discussion it was
suggested that the Welfare Association reply by asking what restrictions would be put on the future use of
the building if it was acquired by another party? Any restriction to use would make a difference to the
market value of the building and needs to be clarified before an offer is made. The Welfare Association
are a little unsure of what to do next and feel that they need legal advice before making an offer, and
probably a valuation based on the reply received from Barnsley MBC.
Councillor Blythe asked what the Parish Council can do to assist the Welfare Association at this time and
it was agreed that the Clerk write to Yorkshire Local Councils Association to ask if they have any kind of
legal or other service that may be able to help. In the meantime Mrs Denton is to put the question
concerning restrictions on use to Barnsley MBC and progress the matter once a reply has been received.
2006/075. PUMP AND WELL AT HUTHWAITE LANE
It was noted that Councillor Berry has been unable to progress this matter as her husband is still very ill
and therefore it was agreed to place this item on the Agenda for the next meeting.
2006/076. ALLOTMENT SITE AT THURGOLAND HALL LANE
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received a cheque for £5000 from the Rural Target Fund.
She has also fixed a date for the meeting of all allotment holders, residents on the waiting list, Parish
Councillors and Alan Wilson from Barnsley MBC. The date fixed is Monday 25 September 2006 at 7.30
p.m. in Thurgoland School. The Clerk is to write to all interested parties to advise them of this and the
exact format of the meeting will be discussed at the September meeting of the Parish Council.
2006/077. PARISH COUNCIL INVESTMENTS
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received correspondence from National Savings and
Investments advising that the new mandate for signatories needs to be signed by the current authorised
signatories only. As there is space for four signatories, it was agreed that the Clerk obtain the signatures
of Councillor Blythe, Councillor Methley and Councillor Oxley, along with herself. Any three of these four
people will be authorised to sign documents relating to the Income Bond.
2006/078. INSURANCE OF CRANE MOOR RECREATION GROUND
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has met with a representative of Playdale who are providing the
report for insurance purposes and an annual inspection. Once the report has been received this item will
be placed on the Agenda for further discussion. Councillor Methley advised the meeting that one or two
residents of Crane Moor have noted that there is a section of the playing field that has not been mown as
the land is falling away and could be dangerous. The Clerk agreed to have a look at this and make a
report to the next meeting.
2006/079. DIGITAL CHALLENGE
The Clerk advised the meeting that she attended a meeting on Thursday 8 June 2006 concerning an
initiative called Digital Challenge. Barnsley and Sheffield Council are putting together a bid to go to
Central Government to access a pot of money to bring the digital revolution to certain areas and
Thurgoland has been chosen as one of them. The bid will be sent in July and once the outcome is known
the Parish Council will be consulted and a presentation given with full details of the initiative. It was
agreed that once the outcome is known the matter will be placed on the Agenda and discussed further.
2006/080. PARISH PLAN
Councillor Blythe advised the meeting that he has spoken to the Practice Manager of Penistone Group
Practice and they wish to provide some questions to be included in the revised questionnaire which is to
be sent out with the October newsletter. The Clerk and Councillor Blythe are to meet during the summer
to finalise the questionnaire and a copy will be sent out with the September Agenda so that it can be
approved at the September meeting and prepared for distribution in October.
2006/081. JULY NEWSLETTER
The Clerk distributed the newsletter for circulation around the Parish. Councillor Hamblen agreed to
distribute newsletters in Crane Moor and Councillor Rowley agreed ‘do’ Old Mill Lane on this occasion.
Councillor Wilkinson took the newsletters for Huthwaite and the Clerk agreed to add Hollin Moor View to
her distribution list. It was agreed, however, that the list requires revision before October in order that all
households in the Parish receive a newsletter and Parish Plan Questionnaire.
2006/082. SURF N SNACK SHACK – PHASE III
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received correspondence from Martin Bancroft advising that
the grant funding for the project has been approved and that the project manager will be wishing to make
contact soon concerning the siting of a mobile unit in the village. Mrs Denton of the Village Welfare
Association advised the meeting that they have been contacted and that the unit will be parking in the
Welfare car park and using their electricity and telephone lines. This was noted.
2006/083. FOOTPATH AT THE BROW
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that she has recently checked the footpath at The Brow and that
the stile is flimsy, there is barbed wire blocking the path and the gate is not easy to open and close. It
was agreed that the Clerk write to Barnsley MBC to ask them to take this matter up with the contactors
and to advise her of the outcome.
Whilst on the subject of footpaths, Councillor Methley asked if it would be acceptable to bring another
matter to the attention of the Parish Council. This was agreed to be acceptable. The pavement at Crane
Moor from Crane Moor Club to New Bailey has not been swept for many months and has a lot of leaves
and debris on it, making it slippery during wet weather. The drains in the same location also require
clearing out as during wet weather they become blocked because of the debris and leaves. The same
situation exists on Hand Lane at Crane Moor. It was agreed that the Clerk write to Neighbourhood Pride
to ask them to attend to both of these issues as soon as possible.
2006/084. GRASS CUTTING IN THE PARISH
A discussion took place concerning the cutting of grass in the Parish and it was agreed that the Clerk
write to Neighbourhood Pride to ask for a schedule of grass cutting in order that the matter can be looked
at in detail.
2006/085. THURGOLAND SURGERY OPENING TIMES
Councillor Oxley advised the meeting that she has spoken to a doctor about the issues surrounding the
opening hours of Thurgoland Surgery being inconvenient for patients using public transport. The advice
he was given was that if anyone cannot get to the surgery because the bus times are not convenient, they
should ring Tom Ridsdale who will arrange a home visit. This was noted.
2006/086. DOG BINS AND HANGING BASKETS IN THE VILLAGE
The Clerk advised the meeting on these two subjects as follows:-
Neighbourhood Pride have received the dog bin promised for outside the school but are awaiting delivery
of the inside of the bin, along with insides for many other bins ordered throughout the Borough. Once the
insides are received the bin will be installed.
The hanging baskets order by the Parish Council are ready for erection but when the street lamps were
surveyed it was found that many of the lamp posts were not considered safe enough to hang baskets
from. Consequently, alternative lamp posts are to be identified and the baskets will be located on these
in due course.
Whilst on the subject of street lamps, Councillor Rowley advised the meeting that overnight one Saturday,
two lamp posts and the bus stop sign at Crane Moor Road, Crane Moor Nook were damaged. The bus
stop sign has been replaced by South Yorkshire Transport Executive, but the lamp posts are both in need
of attention. It was agreed that the Clerk write to Barry Goodyear in the street lighting department to ask
him to attend to this matter.
2006/087. OVERHANGING FOLIAGE ON OLD MILL LANE
This item had been placed on the Agenda at the request of Councillor Berry. The subject of branches
overhanging the pavement at 16 Old Mill Lane had been brought to the attention of Barnsley MBC in
December 2005 but apparently it has not yet been attended to. It was agreed that the Clerk write again to
ask that this matter be attended to as a matter of some urgency.
Councillor Oxley asked if it would be possible to report another item concerning overhanging foliage. This
was agreed to be acceptable. Foliage is overhanging the gardens of numbers 62 and 35 Churchfields
and the residents have asked if it can be attended to. It was agreed that the Clerk write to Berneslai
Homes to ask them to deal with this matter as soon as possible.
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that, once again, the bushes between the War Memorial and
Water Pump on Halifax Road are overgrowing into the road, causing a visibility issue for cars turning from
Smithy Hill. It was agreed that the Clerk write to Neighbourhood Pride to ask them to trim the bushes
back as soon as possible.
2006/088. AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Clerk had provided each Councillor with a copy of a letter received from Barnsley MBC outlining a
proposed affordable housing scheme at Smithy Hill. It was agreed that a representative be invited to the
next Parish Council meeting to speak on this subject.
2006/089. 10 MINUTE ADJOURNMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO RAISE MATTERS
WITH THE PARISH COUNCIL
Mr Roebuck raised the following matters:-
i) Grass cutting
Mr Roebuck advised the meeting that a team has been in Thurgoland today and they have been cutting
and weedkilling on the footpath along the A629 towards Penistone. This was noted.
ii) Ownership of the Recreation Ground at Crane Moor
Mr Roebuck asked who owns the Recreation Ground now that Crane Moor Village Association has been
wound up. The Clerk advised the meeting that the land has always been in the ownership of the Parish
Council and that the Village Association had rented it from the Parish Council. Ownership has therefore
iii) Footpath behind Copster Close
Footpath 32 between Roper Lane and Thurgoland Hall Fold is completely overgrown and not navigable.
It was agreed that the Clerk write to Barnsley MBC to ask that is be cleared as soon as possible.
iv) Dog fouling in the village
Once again the subject of dog fouling was raised by Mr Roebuck on behalf of a resident. It was noted
that little can be done other than measures already taken, but Councillor Oxley suggested that a large
article be placed in the October newsletter advising residents to contact the Dog Warden if they see
anyone allowing their dog to foul the village.
2006/090. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Installation of dormer windows to both side elevations of dwelling
St Gennys, Huthwaite Lane, Thurgoland
There were no comments or observations to be made on this application.
Erection of conservatory to dwelling
Waterfall Cottage, Old Mill Lane, Thurgoland
There were no observations or comments to be made on this application.
2006/091. PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE THE AGENDA WAS PRODUCED
There had been no Planning Applications received since the Agenda was produced.
2006/092. APPROVED/DECLINED APPLICATIONS AS NOTIFIED SINCE THE LAST MEETING
The Clerk advised the meeting that the following comments have been received since the last meeting:-
Erection of agricultural building
Land off Pog Lane, Crane Moor Road, Crane Moor, Thurgoland
This application is still outstanding as the Planning Board had requested further information.
Erection of a block of three stables
Bank Cottage, Thurgoland Bank, Thurgoland
This application has had permission granted.
All newsletters and circulars received since the last meeting were passed on to Councillor Oxley for her to
read and report any items to the next meeting.
Councillor Oxley advised the meeting that an article which appeared in the Hunshelf Parish newsletter
would be suitable for the forthcoming Thurgoland newsletter. It is concerning a credit card ‘scam’ that
has happened to local people and serves as a timely warning on the subject. It was agreed that it will be
reproduced in the October newsletter.
Councillor Oxley advised the meeting that, as anticipated, it has been agreed that the Barnsley Primary
Care Trust will continue to operate as a ‘stand-alone’ PCT.
Councillor Oxley asked if the Parish Council currently has a representative on Penistone and District
Community Partnership. The Clerk advised the meeting that there is no nominated representative and
after discussion Councillor Rowley was nominated to take on this role. Councillor Rowley accepted the
nomination and the Clerk is to advise the Partnership accordingly.
The following items were approved for payment and cheques signed accordingly:-
R Atkinson Salary – July and August 726.88
Thurgoland School Room Hire – July 15.00
M Jackson Tennis tournament prizes 32.00
Shaun Hudson Maintenance of notice boards 220.00
2006/095. MATTERS TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING
The following items were notified to be placed on the Agenda for the September meeting:-
i) Petition at Thurgoland Post Office
ii) Issues concerning Neighbourhood Pride
iii) Grant to Penistone Paramount
iv) Report from South Yorkshire Police
2006/096. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 6 September 2006 at Crane Moor
Chapel, Crane Moor at 7.00 p.m.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.15 p.m.