MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THURGOLAND PARISH COUNCIL, HELD AT THURGOLAND
SCHOOL, THURGOLAND, ON WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2006 AT 7.00 P.M.
Councillors Berry, Blythe, Hamblen, Methley, Oxley, Warttig and Wilkinson. Also present R Atkinson
(Parish Clerk), J Hislop (Living Heritage Officer for Penistone Partnership) and one member of the public.
2006/159. APOLOGIES AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
Apologies were received from Councillor Rowley. Councillor Blythe opened the meeting and welcomed
Mr John Hislop, the Living Heritage Officer for Penistone Partnership. Councillor Blythe asked if it would
be acceptable to bring Agenda item 11 to the beginning of the meeting so that Mr Hislop did not have to
wait. This was agreed to be acceptable. There were no Declarations of Interest in any item on the
2006/160. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 4 OCTOBER 2006
The minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 4 October 2006 had been circulated to all Councillors.
Councillor Wlkinson proposed that they be accepted as a true and accurate record of the meeting. This
was seconded by Councillor Hamblen and agreed by all present. Councillor Blythe signed the minutes.
2006/161. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
There were no matters arising from the minutes that were not covered within the Agenda of the meeting.
2006/162. PUMP AND WELL PROJECTS WITHIN THE PARISH
The subject of the possible restoration of the pump and well at Huthwaite Lane was outlined to Mr Hislop
and discussion took place concerning the way forward for the project. Mr Hislop suggested that he meet
with Councillor Berry and Mr John Wade on Wednesday 8 November 2006 to look at the site and be in a
better position to provide advice on the project. The Clerk was also asked to provide Mr Hislop with a
copy of the correspondence received previously concerning the ownership of the land and the issues
surrounding it so that he has all the necessary information to be able to give practical advice. Councillor
Blythe thanked Mr Hislop for his attendance and Mr Hislop left the meeting.
2006/163. CRIME AND SAFETY
Councillor Hamblen advised the meeting that she has been made aware of a sheep being killed and the
fleece being removed. The body of the sheep was then ‘dumped’ on a public footpath. A local farmer
has advised that this kind of thing happens on occasion. After discussion it was agreed that the situation
will be monitored and should any further occurrences occur it might be necessary to report the matter to
the Crime and Safety Sub-Group of South Yorkshire Police.
There were no other matters to be raised on the subject of Crime and Safety.
2006/164. REPORT FROM THE CLERK ON ITEMS ON APPENDIX ‘A’
The Clerk advised the meeting that since the Agenda was drawn up there has been a response to item
22 on the Appendix. Trevor Mayne has contacted the Clerk by telephone to ask if it would be possible for
him to attend the Parish Council meeting to be held on Wednesday 6 December 2006 to address the
various footpaths issues that are currently outstanding. This was agreed to be acceptable and the Clerk
is to contact him to advise him of this.
Councillor Blythe advised the meeting that he has spoken to Nigel Bath, the Area Forum Officer, who has
asked that he be provided with an up-to-date list of the items outstanding on Appendix A so that he can
try to discuss the outstanding issues with the relevant officers. He also asked that the items be ‘banded’
into categories to help with the process. It was agreed that the Clerk draw up a list and send it to Nigel
for attention as soon as possible.
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that rather than wait for a response to the letter sent in February
2006 concerning the provision of bulbs for planting around the Parish, it may be better to contact
Neighbourhood Pride as they sometimes have bulbs for distribution to Parishes. The Clerk is to make
2006/165. PARISH PATHS
The Clerk had already advised the meeting that Trevor Mayne is to attend the meeting in December to
address outstanding issues relating to footpaths and a list of the outstanding issues is to be forwarded to
him in advance of the meeting. The Clerk advised the meeting of the following items concerning Parish
Paths that had been brought to her attention:-
i) Lights in the Trans Pennine Trail Tunnel
Trevor Mayne had advised that they had been attended to recently. Mr John Wade confirmed that they
had been attended to approximately four weeks ago. This was noted.
ii) Footpath 17 from Upper Toad Hall to Lower Toad Hall
A copy of a letter has been received from Chris Davison who advises that the footpath at this location is
impassable and has been diverted slightly by the landowner. The original of the letter has been sent to
Mike Gibson at Barnsley MBC and therefore this information was noted.
iii) Footpath at Scythe Wheel (Thurgoland Bank)
A note has been received advising that the footpath sign at this location (which is part of the Boundary
Walk) is missing. Mr John Wade confirmed that this is the case and it was agreed that the Clerk advise
this to Trevor Mayne.
iv) Footpath 29 at Romtickle
The Clerk has received a copy of a letter sent to Mr John Wade which advises ‘There is clearly a need for
extra waymarking of this path and I have logged this as a task needing doing. However, with existing
resources it is unlikely that this work will be carried out in the foreseeable future due to higher priorities
such as vegetation clearance.’ This was noted.
2006/166. NEIGHBOURHOOD PRIDE
i) Crane Moor – litter picking route
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that Councillor Rowley has planted the bulbs and flower seeds in
the verge at Crane Moor Road and has made the request, once again, that the verge be placed on the
litter-picking route. This item is on Appendix A and it was agreed that the Clerk write again to expedite
ii) Provision of Litter Bin in lay-by on A629
Councillor Methley advised the meeting that the promised litter bin in the lay-by on the A629 was provided
but was then knocked down. It subsequently disappeared and has not yet been replaced. It was agreed
that the Clerk write to Neighbourhood Pride to ascertain if they have removed the bin and, if so, when it
will be replaced.
2006/167. ALLOTMENT SITE AT THURGOLAND HALL LANE
Councillor Hamblen advised the meeting that she has attended a meeting of the Allotment Group that is
being formed. Whilst the formation of the group is still at an early stage, there are a number of very
enthusiastic people who are more than willing to take the project forward. The Clerk advised the meeting
that work on the site has commenced with the initial clearance and weed-killing.
It became apparent that confusion concerning the financial arrangements for the site has arisen.
Councillor Blythe asked it to be noted that the Parish Council are responsible for payment of the rent to
Wentworth Estates and for collection of rent from allotment holders. The amount of rent is set by the
Parish Council. The Parish Council is also responsible for the payment of water rates for the site.
2006/168. PLAY EQUIPMENT AT CRANE MOOR RECREATION GROUND
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received information from Jo Birch of Barnsley MBC
concerning the proposed funding bid for replacement of the equipment at Crane Moor Recreation
Ground. There is a detailed brief which is to be forwarded to three manufacturers and the budget
allocated is approximately £25,000 including VAT. The Clerk is to obtain the three quotes and provide a
report to the next meeting if they are received in time.
2006/169. PARISH PLAN
Councillor Blythe advised the meeting that he has collected approximately 60 completed questionnaires
from the Post Office. The Clerk has received 40 and Councillor Oxley has received 30. Councillor Blythe
offered to collate all the information in the questionnaires during the next couple of months and produce a
report for the basis of the Parish Plan. This offer was accepted. The Clerk is to collect any
questionnaires from The Green Dragon, Crane Moor Club and Thurgoland Welfare Hall and pass them
on to Councillor Blythe.
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has not yet received all the invoices for payment for work on the
Parish Plan and therefore cannot complete the report needed to ascertain the underspend on the project.
This should be available at the December meeting. It was agreed that this was acceptable.
2006/170. REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
The Clerk advised the meeting that the wreath had arrived and that South Yorkshire Police are to provide
a Police Officer for the parade from Holy Trinity Church to the War Memorial. Councillor Oxley proposed
that Councillor Methley lay the wreath as she has performed this task in previous years. This was
seconded by Councillor Warttig. Councillor Blythe advised the meeting that he was under the impression
that this duty should be performed by the Chair of the Parish Council. Councillor Wilkinson proposed that
Councillor Blythe, in his capacity as Chair, lay the wreath. This was seconded by Councillor Hamblen. It
was agreed that Councillor Wilkinson’s proposal be accepted and Councillor Blythe collected the wreath
from the Clerk. Any Parish Councillor who wishes to accompany Councillor Blythe should attend the
service at 10.00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday 12 November 2006.
2006/171. HOLY TRINITY CHURCH ORGAN RESTORATION APPEAL
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has checked her records and has ascertained that the Council
has the power under the Free Resource to donate funds to the Restoration Appeal for the Church Organ
at Holy Trinity Church under the Preservation or Restoration of Old Objects or Buildings, including
churches and chapels. A discussion took place and Councillor Berry proposed that a sum of £2000 be
given to the appeal. This was seconded by Councillor Wilkinson and the following resolution passed
unanimously:- ‘resolved that the Council in accordance with its powers under sections 127 and 139 of the
Local Government Act 1972, should incur the following expenditure which, in the opinion of the Council, is
in the interests of the area or its inhabitants and will benefit them in a manner commensurate with the
expenditure:- A grant of £2000 to the Thurgoland Holy Trinity Church Organ Appeal.
The Clerk is to advise the appeal committee of this decision and a cheque is to be signed at the
2006/172. RURAL POST OFFICES
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received a letter from the National Federation of Sub
Postmasters in response to the letter sent to them in support of keeping Rural Post Offices open. The
letter states:- ‘We are well aware of the devastating effect the loss of a Post Office can have, particularly
in the rural areas. The Government seem loathe to acknowledge the social value a Post Office has to a
community and we are fighting hard to change that view. It is the most vulnerable members of society
who are affected by the proposed changes, and those who are least able to afford alternative means of
collecting their money. We greatly appreciate your support and assure that we will keep up the fight to
keep pensions and allowances in Post Offices, and in turn keep Post Offices open.’
These comments were noted.
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received a letter from Woodhead Against Increased Traffic,
asking if a decision has been made concerning financial support for the campaign. Councillor Hamblen
noted that at a meeting held in September 2006 it had been agreed that no financial support would be
made to the campaign and it was therefore agreed that the Clerk write to advise the committee of this
2006/174. CAMPAIGN FOR THE SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES BILL
The Clerk advised the meeting that she had received a questionnaire for completion, which asked about
the decline or closure of services and amenities during the past five years. The questionnaire was
completed and the Clerk is to forward it to the Campaign for the Sustainable Communities Bill offices in
2006/174. PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 2007
The Clerk advised the meeting that she wished to draw up a schedule for meetings in 2007 and asked if
Councillors would like to have meetings on the 1 Wednesday in January and April 2007 as these dates
were in holiday periods. It was agreed to stick to the first Wednesday of each month and have meetings
at Crane Moor every third month. The Clerk is to provide a copy of the schedule, along with dates for the
newsletter to all Councillors at the next meeting.
2006/175. 10 MINUTE ADJOURNMENT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO RAISE MATTERS
WITH THE PARISH COUNCIL
Mr John Wade raised the issue of a Playground sign on Roper Lane, which is situated outside the
Doctors Surgery. The sign is obscured by tree branches and is facing the wrong direction. It was agreed
that the Clerk writes to Barnsley MBC to advise them of this and to seek their advice on the possible re-
location of the sign.
2006/176. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
i) Erection of three detached dwellings with integral garages (Outline)
Land within the curtilage of Ingle Mount, off Halifax Road, Thurgoland
The Clerk advised the meeting that she has received a copy of an objection forwarded to the Planning
Department by a resident of Trinity Meadows, the content of which was noted. The following
observations were made:-
As the primary exit into and out of the development will be via Halifax Road, concern was raised about
highway safety and the increased risk to children attending the school, elderly residents of Churchfield
and residents using Holy Trinity Church, all of which are in close proximity.
The development will involve the loss of trees, which the Parish Council would wish to raise objection to.
ii) Erection of steel and timber frame portal building for agricultural use
Toad Hall Farm, Thurgoland Hall Lane, Thurgoland
No comments or observations were made on this application.
2006/177. PLANNING APPLICATIONS RECEIVED SINCE THE AGENDA WAS PRODUCED
There had been no Planning Applications received since the Agenda was produced.
2006/178. APPROVED/DECLINED APPLICATIONS AS NOTIFIED SINCE THE LAST MEETING
The Clerk advised the meeting that no approved/declined notifications had been received since the last
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 Wilkinson proposed that the following items were approved for payment and cheques signed
R Atkinson Salary – November 363.44
R Atkinson Hours worked on Parish Plan 92.26
Thurgoland School Room Hire 15.00
Royal British Legion Purchase of Poppy Wreath 16.50
Costco Purchase of ink jet cartridges 54.48
Post Office Purchase of stamps 92.00
This was seconded by Councillor Hamblen and agreed by all present.
2006/181. MATTERS TO BE PLACED ON THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING
The following items were requested to be placed on the Agenda for the meeting to be held in December:-
i) Footpath obstruction on Cote Lane - Councillor Methley
ii) Skatepark request - Councillor Hamblen
iii) Car parking on Roper Lane - Councillor Warttig
2006/182. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2006 at Thurgoland
School, Thurgoland at 7.00 p.m.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 9.05 p.m.