Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council

A meeting of Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council was held on Tuesday, 5th March 2024 at 7.30pm in the Bakehouse.


Present:  A Grindey (Acting Chairman), S Bruce, E Broomhead MBE, S Wager, R Sherratt and the clerk,

S Hampson.  There were no members of the public in attendance.


Part 1 Non-confidential information

24.3.1 Apologies and attendance register

Apologies had been received in attendance of the meeting from Mr D Annat.  The members present completed the attendance register.  There was no need, by any member present, to declare an interest in the agenda items.


24.3.2 Minutes of the previous meeting

The minutes of the previous meeting had been forwarded to members in advance of the meeting and posted on the parish council’s website and noticeboard.  


Resolved:  to accept the minutes as a true record of proceedings.  The minutes were signed by Mr Grindey


24.3.3 Public speaking

There were no members of the public in attendance.


24.3.4 Update from District Councillor

The District Councillor was not in attendance.


24.3.5 Former cheese factory site

Mr Annat had forwarded a copy of a document prepared for a press release and for the clerk to send to the Chairman of the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA).  The Chairman of the PDNPA has organised an open session at Hartington Youth Hostel on 22nd March; posters have already been displayed.  Mr Grindey reported that there is some movement on one of the plots on the site. 


Resolved:  Mr Grindey will try to attend the meeting at the YHA.


24.3.6 Neighbourhood Plan

There was no further update.  Members considered an approach to the consultant who has undertaken some work on the plan for a possible recommendation of another consultant who could be paid to finish the remaining necessary work to final submission.


24.3.7 Underground camera survey

The clerk had liaised with Mr Wager in advance of the meeting and he had identified a provider of underground camera surveys with high tech. equipment.  The parish council will have to meet this cost, as it is most unlikely that outside agencies will not pay for this service.  Members discussed whether the survey should take place in sections or whether the company could be paid on a daily rate. 


Resolved:  to instruct the company and their representative to meet with Mr Grindey and Mr Sherratt.


24.3.8 Snow warden and grit monitoring

Mr Grindey reported that there was little grit left in both of the bins on Reynards Lane. 


Resolved:  the clerk to chase the previous request for the Reynards Lane bins to be refilled.

Resolved:  if additional small bags of grit are required by the Oddfellows snow wardens, then this can be purchased through a local merchants and Mr Wager will collect it.


24.3.9 War Memorial Plaque and Stone

The plaque has arrived but the stone plinth has yet to be purchased. 


Resolved:  Mr Sherratt and Mr Grindey offered to collect the stone if necessary.


24.3.10 Possible amendment to mowing contract

The clerk had been to see the appointed mowing contractor regarding the fee to add in additional mowing on Stonewell Lane.  He had signed his existing contract. 

24.3.11 Items of account, salaries, HMRC, administration, banking

Cq 1740 Hartington Village Hall       Meeting hire                           £27.50

Cq 1741 S Hampson                           March internet provision            £17.00

Cq 1742 S Hampson                           March clerk’s salary               £429.57

Cq 1743 S Hampson                           Reimb. of expenses                 £7.30

Cq 1744 HMRC                                  Quarter 4 income tax              £322.30

Cq 1745 Shelter Maintenance Ltd      Bus shelter cleaning service            £13.07   VAT  £2.15


The cost of the bus shelter cleaning service will rise from 1st April 2024


24.3.12 Planning applications, planning sub-committee and appeals

A new application NP/DDD/0224/0202 for 1 Dairy Close had been received for an extension and alterations.  This included a porch extension and the addition of new windows.


Resolved:  to support the porch extension but one councillor does not support the additional windows within this proposal.


24.3.13 Highway issues, yellow lines, pot holes, street lighting                           

A temporary speed limit will take place on the A515 to facilitate carriage repairs.  Derbyshire County Council (DCC) is investigating the reported potholes on Hall Bank, opposite the Red Lion and near Fiveways.  The pot holes on Mill Lane and Long Dale are still to receive attention.  A further pothole was reported near Midcliffe Farm.  A broken grid near the British Legion had been brought to the attention of the clerk along with a further instance of a car being parked on the pavement near Chatsworth Cottage to facilitate an electrical charge.  The clerk had reported this to the PCSO.


Resolved:  the clerk to report the new pot hole near Midcliffe; to report again the pothole on Long Dale near The Croft and the broken grid near the legion.


The clerk also raised the damage to the verge on Hall Bank, above Reynards Lane, caused as a result of construction works opposite. 


Resolved:  Mrs Broomhead MBE to supply the clerk with contact details of the owner.

Resolved:  The clerk to contact the owner to request either that they instruct their contractors to make good the grass verge on completion of works or alternatively, the parish council’s mowing contractor makes good the verge and issues an invoice for the works to the owners of the property.


24.3.14 Correspondence and communication

Correspondence had been forwarded to members in advance of the meeting and included:  village hall hire new fire risks, DCC news, Rural Bulletins, Peak Park Parishes Forum training, parishes bulletins, police and crime commissioner news letters, MP details published in News and Views, Peak Park Ranger ‘pop up’ to take place on the village green (insurance is in place).  Zurich Insurance regarding 80th anniversary of D-Day celebrations – the church and the British Legion will mark the anniversary of D-Day.  Mrs Broomhead MBE reported that 15th and 16th June will mark the 90th anniversary of the YHA.  She will advise the warden about car parking.


24.3.15 Items for the next agenda

War Memorial plaque, Neighbourhood Plan, former cheese factory site, underground camera survey, donation to News and Views, mowing contract amendment.  Additional items to be compiled by the clerk.


24.3.16 Date of next meeting:  Wednesday, 10th April 2024.  (NB This is not the first Wednesday)


Confidential Items

There were no confidential items to discuss.

The meeting was declared closed at 8.25 pm.


Mrs S Hampson, Clerk

Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council

7th March 2024

©Hartington Town Quarter Parish Council minutes remain draft until approved by the parish council at the next meeting