ASHOVER: Free municipal tennis increased from 15 to 35 hours a week

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Ashover Parish Council held its June meeting in the Sports Pavilion, Milken Lane, Ashover, which was chaired by Cllr E. Willmot.

PCSO Mike Coates reported on three crimes since the last meeting and that PC Emily Sunderland had taken over from PC Rachel March at Clay Cross Police Station.

A member of the Ashover Footpaths Group put forward a proposal for ‘link’ paths between rights of way subject to grant funding via Natural England. It was agreed that this matter would be placed on the

agenda for next month.

A resident raised concerns regarding damage to property and boundary walls on Far Hill due partly to large delivery vehicles. Running water on Far Hill had caused severe problems over the winter months. A report on highway surface water around the parish had been submitted to Derbyshire County Council and an officer would be undertaking a site visit with the parish lengthman.

Quotations for the internal re-decoration of the Sports Pavilion had been received and an order would be placed with CRT Painters in the sum of £800 plus VAT.

The Christmas parish event would take place on Sunday, December 8. A road closure for Church Street would be applied for by the clerk.

A formal request for relocation of a mounting block to Church Street would be made to the county council.

A report on a liaison meeting between council representatives and the principal had been circulated with regards to Eastwood Grange.

A revised agreement with Ashover Tennis Club had been signed by all parties and increased free municipal tennis from 15 to 35 hours per week.

A notice board, leaflet holders and comments box would be purchased for the new information point. Derbyshire County Council Countryside Section had agreed to work in partnership with the parish council and provide a map detailing local walks for the new information point.

Regarding possible provision of a bus shelter on Hardmeadow Lane, consideration was given to provision following correspondence received from the county council. Members considered that the shelter design/material options offered by the county council were not appropriate for the rural location. A hardwood shelter, which had to be supplied by a county council approved supplier, would prove cost prohibitive.

Along with Clay Cross Parish Council, members agreed to a joint approach being made to North East Derbyshire District Council, to investigate possible enforcement measures for people not cleaning up after their dogs.

The clerk had attended DALC training on the proposed Government Pension Scheme and Human Resources on June, 18. Further DALC training was imminent for chairmanship and planning. Due to the new code of conduct coming into force, training had been arranged with the NEDDC Monitoring Officer at 6.30pm on July 16.

A request had been made from the public for the gritting route through Ashover to be changed from Butts Road, Hockley Lane to the bus route along Narrowleys Lane, Moor Road, Milken Lane, Hardmeadow Lane, in order to benefit a greater number of vehicles. This request would be put forward to the county council highways department.

The annual ground rent for the Ashover Primary Care Centre would be increased from £1,200 to £1,400 from the proposed review date of July 12, 2013.