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Minutes of the Community & Resources Committee 6th October 2020

10-06-20 CR MINS



Present                                                Cllr. A Leonard (AL) (in the chair).


Councillors:      Mrs. E. Ballard (EB), J. Baskett (JB), M. Bellwood (MB), A. Cox (AC), S. Crew (SC), D. Ford (DF), J. Garrett (JG), D.J.E. Hall (DJEH), D. Hobson (DH), G.E. Horton (GEH), Mrs. S.E. Locking (SEL), Mrs. J. Makinson-Sanders (JMS), K. Norman (KN), J. Simmons (JS), F.W.P. Treanor (FWPT), Mrs. P.F. Watson (PFW) and D. Wing (DEW).


Councillors not present: L. Cooney (LMC), H. Filer (HF) and D. Jackman (DJ).


The Town Clerk, Mrs. L.M. Phillips, the Town Clerk’s Assistant, Mrs. M. Vincent and two members of the public were also present.


138.      Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors: LMC and HF.


139.      Declarations of Interest / Dispensations
Cllr. Mrs. EB – item 5 as a representative of Louth Town Council on the Louth Athletics Club Committee and also President of the Club.


140.      Minutes
It was RESOLVED that the notes of the Community Resources Committee Meeting held on 30th June 2020 be approved as the Minutes.


141      Julian Bower Field
The Committee noted that expressions of interest had been received regarding the use of the above field (to buy, graze horses, turn into an orchard or graze sheep).  The Committee discussed past arrangements which were to enter into an annual mowing licence and it was RESOLVED to renew the mowing licence and to arrange to enter into a licence with the person wishing to graze sheep on the field for this winter and beyond.  Winter grazing licence to commence as soon as possible.


142.      Louth Athletics Club (LAC) – Drains
The Committee noted the following: that LAC had a problem with the toilets flooding in their clubhouse.  After a pipeline camera investigation, undertaken by Anglian Water, of a sewage pipe which runs underneath the gateway to the land on which the clubhouse stands, the cause of the problems had been diagnosed as a crushed pipe.  Anglian Water would not take responsibility for the issue as the pipe was deemed on LTC land.  It was thought that the damage to the pipe may have been caused by heavy plant machinery using the gateway to access the bottom of the Julian Bower field where Northern Powergrid had done some work, to connect a property.  Northern Powergrid had been contacted and had confirmed that they would not take responsibility for the issue unless evidence that one of their employees or contractors had caused it could be provided.  They also required evidence of the cost of the repair.  Following a lengthy discussion it was RESOLVED that LTC should undertake the repair at a cost quoted of £900 plus VAT, and in tandem, a claim be made to Northern Powergrid for the damage caused to the sewer-pipe by their heavy machinery.  The Town Clerk to inform Louth Athletics Club of the decision.


143.      Cemetery Improvements
The Committee considered a report by Cllr. MB and it was RESOLVED that this report should go to the Asset Review Working Group who should consider each of the eight points individually, decide which points to pursue, take professional advice if required and then for proposals to go on an agenda for the Community Resources Committee to consider.


144.      All Weather Pitch – London Road
Following a verbal report by Cllr. Mrs. JMS, it was RESOLVED that the Town Clerk should ask Magna Vitae for a quarterly report regarding the progress of the new All-Weather Pitch and that the report should also be sent to Cllr. Grist.


145.      Next Meeting
The Committee noted that the date of the next scheduled Community Resources Committee meeting was 15th December 2020.


The Meeting Closed at 9.15pm.




Signed_______________________ (Chairman)                Dated_________________________