WANSFORD PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Wendy Gray
25 Windsurf Bank, Tallington
Tel: 01778 341496
THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD IN THE WANSFORD COMMUNITY HALL ON MONDAY 11TH FEBRUARY 2013 AT 7.30 P.M.
Present: Cllr Tracy Sortwell – Vice Chair
Cllr John Stannage – Chair
Cllr Graham Stevens
In Attendance: Wendy Gray (Parish Clerk), Cllr D Lamb, Mr and Mrs Cox
Mr M Rooney, Anita Hollinshead and Barry Nicholls
Anita Hollinshead a freelance museum consultant and a member of the project team commissioned by the William Scott Abbott Trust talked about an Activity Plan to support a stage 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Sacrewell Watermill Restoration Project. The project team is led by Ian Parkin of Parkin Heritage and Tourism and the deadline for completing the Activity Plan is the end of April.
Sacrewell Watermill is part of a nationally significant Grade II* listed mill complex, which also includes a mill house and old bakery and one of the few remaining fully functioning water mills. This project will restore the buildings in the mill complex to their former glory and create a centre of excellence for watermill based training. The project will raise awareness of the significance of the mill both locally and nationally, whilst ensuring that it continues to have a pivotal role within the local community. The project will encourage schoolchildren and other visitors to discover the past, present and future of farming practices and how the heritage of the mill relates to agriculture, environmental sustainability, food production and farming. Further research will be undertaken into the history of the building and the stories of the people who lived and worked there. These stories will be brought to life through an imaginative new interpretation scheme for the mill.
The Activity Plan is a significant element of the Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application and will include all the elements of the project that are not capital (building) works. The Activity Plan must be developed through extensive consultations with the local community, key agencies, organisations, attractions and relevant businesses.
It is very important to establish what people think of the Watermill as it is today; about the proposed plans for the future and what improvements and activities they would like to see on site.
Some good ideas were put forward for Anita to take away from meeting.
The land owners and a social housing organisation are in agreement so it is now looking to implement the site. The site is not in flood plain. The next stage is to forward proposals to PCC for consideration. Mr Nicholls will keep the Parish Council informed of progress.
Mr and Mrs Cox attended meeting asking for some advice from the Parish Council regarding planning. The council explained the process of how the Parish Council receive and respond on planning applications.
The following invoices were approved for payment.
Wendy Gray – Parish Clerk Salary (December and January) – £307.44
Wendy Gray – Expenses – £55.96
Wendy Gray – Tax payment – £111.02
Zurich Insurance renewal – £225.00
Christie Hall donation – £1,010.00
Community Hall donation – £350.00
This project is on-going – agenda item for next meeting.
Monday 11th March 2013 Monday 8th April 2013
Apologies received in advance from Cllrs Sortwell and Stevens who will not be available for
8th April meeting.
The meeting closed at 9.30p.m.