PUBLIC MEETING 31 January 2017
SPRINGWELL SOCIAL CLUB
Present: Chair A. Templeman
Vice Chair M. Johnson
Other committee members H. Fife
Council: Cllr H. Trueman
Washington Trust: B. Beverley
Apologies: Cllr. D. Trueman
Cllr. B. Scapelhorn
Approx 45 members of the public attended
1.The minutes of the previous meeting were moved, seconded and agreed.
2. Council: Facing huge cuts. Services reduced. However, new seat has been installed in Seldom Seen. Residents have taken over maintaining flower beds and tubs. Four residents volunteered on the night to help.
3. Washington Trust: Charity based in Millennium Centre set up to maintain heritage – Volunteer support organisation offering Community Development service.
Have to accept that Council cannot provide services as they did in the past – idea is not to replace those services but to add value to a community.
More and more volunteers are being asked to deal with the environment – eg litter pick – there are 100 volunteer litter pickers in Washington area.
Trust supports volunteers with tools and equipment and training and can advise on public liability insurance to protect from injury which is important in this age of litigation. Council has made money available to help volunteers – money available for training in relation to land management.
Volunteers need only give a couple of hours a month – best if a lot of people do a little work. People who would like to volunteer “say” to litter pick can register with Washington Trust for “Keep Washington Tidy” – they will need to do risk assessments.
A resident felt litter in the environment of Springwell Road was caused by spillage from vehicles going to the waste transfer station and suggested a different location for such a facility – Cllr Trueman explained that there were other facilities available.
4. Police: The village will hopefully have a CSO in place within the next few weeks–for now contact Neighbourhood Policing Team
1) Our PACT meetings are going ahead, next one is scheduled for 13 Feb, 6-8pm in the Chapel then every 5 weeks after- list is on Police website in the ‘Neighbourhood’ section.
2) residents can ring 101 or 999 depending on level of issue
4) We can have a police report for our residents meetings.
5) they are willing to attend RA meetings depending on shift availability and incident workload
There have been six crimes reported for period 01/01/2017 to 29/01/2017
4 x Wheelie Bin Thefts (thefts occurred in Ashfield Terrace, Bowes Gardens, Westfield Terrace & Stoney Lane) 1 x Burglary to a Shed. (this occurred Railway Close, 3 x Mountain bikes stolen), 1 x Shoplifting Nisa Store (Known Offender), Anti -Social Behaviour Youth Related Incidents – none reported
5. Village Updates:
War Weekend: Everyone should have had flyer. Events proposed for weekend of Fri 30 June – Sun 2 July. Re-enactors interested in setting up camp and other events which will be living history for children and adults. Re-enactments on Saturday, Garden Opening, Tea in Chapel. Sunday – Picnic in the Park with activities for children.
Guide Post keen to get involved, hairdressers been approached.
People interested can contact Hall via facebook , email or in person.
Lewis answered questions and gave further details. Raffle tickets to raise money sold on the night raised £27.
Northumbrian Water: Flooding to Beech Grove & beyond: as requested at last RA, NWL investigated interim solution -Hellens said they were “unable to help”. Northumbrian Water had got update from Council as follows:
• The survey included both the culvert and connections with the highway drainage.
• The survey indicated that more water was entering the culvert than we had originally estimated so
additional investigation was carried out to understand the source of this water.
• The completed survey data has been entered into the hydraulic model which has been expanded to
include the A182 drainage.
• The information from past flooding events will be compared against the hydraulic model outputs to verify
the model accuracy.
• Simulations of different rainfall events will then be run on the model to enable the flooding and potential
solutions to be understood.
• The results of the modelling and identification of potential solutions will be completed in March.
• The results will be shared with the residents meeting on completion
Potential Service Reservoir
Geophysical survey of site has identified what are likely to be soil filled ditches on the site. A trial excavation plan
to examine the trenches has been agreed with the County Archaeologist. Work is continuing on the visual impact
assessment and production of photo montages to show what the proposed reservoir will look like. The photo montages will be shared with residents during the consultation process.
Panto – Dick Turpin 20-26 Feb
Virgin: Been approached by Virgin who are planning to extend their broadband network in Sunderland – beginning with NE38. Meeting in Hall on February 6th between 6pm – 8pm
Food Bank – collection point at Chapel. Donations can be made Thursday afternoon/evening and during Sunday service. Proceeds to Washington Food Bank – info on how to get food from Citizens Advice
6. AOB – Dog Bins – strong complaints about overflowing bins and reports of person running dog walking business filling up bins. Resident described thriving business in collecting dog mess – advised contact Council and visit website to see if contracts were available. Another resident suggested domestic waste lorries empty dog waste bins.
3. Thompsons: responses to questions from last RA meeting:
What was the correct date of the review of operations? Feb 2017 but they can ask for deferral pending decision on application. A resident felt this was disregard of the law and agreed to write to the Council.
Dust monitoring- standard used is BS1747 part 5 1972, dust limit is 200mg/m2.
Could university help with dust monitoring? We have asked – answer was “unable to help”.
It was suggested we invite Thompson’s Planning Consultant – We did this – she can’t come but has sent following report:
1. The openings in the processing building which face Railway Close have been either closed in or fitted with roller shutter doors.
2. The main opening to the processing building, which faces into the site, is to be closed in and fitted with doors – steel due to arrive today 7 to 10 days to complete.
3. Within the building itself there is going to be an internal divide fitted that separates the processing shed from the storage building.
4. The hoppers which contain the aggregates for the concrete wagons have been enclosed.
5. A soil mound has been constructed around the soil processing area which lies to the front of the building. Concern had been raised that the operations in this area, including use of the soil screen, was audible as it was not within the quarry void so hopefully this soil mound will attenuate the noise
6. The crusher in the quarry has been fitted with ‘fogging’ dust suppression equipment. The water fog may be mistaken for dust in the future though!
7. The lubrication/ oil area has been moved into the storage shed – This is in response to a complaint by a resident who could clearly hear the vehicles moving around the site just after 0700 in the morning when the vehicles tracked through the site/ over concrete to get to the lubrication/oil bay. It has been moved into the building at the top end of the site so the vehicles just have to drive a short distance to the building.
The Council has extended the time to consider that application. It is proposed that once all the additional doors have been installed that all the noise measurements are undertaken again. In the meantime the monthly noise monitoring has been continuing through this whole process and was undertaken on Mon 30 Jan.. However, additional monitoring is planned to establish if the works have lessened the noise from the site.
Dust: Measures have been reviewed. Been talking to a consultant following queries by the Environment Agency. Now need to talk to the same consultant in relation to the queries raised by the Environmental Health Officer.
Decision date on planning application agreed for 12 July 2017 – although could be earlier
Council has asked for further info on dust and noise.
A resident complained that the condition of the road had not improved despite current washing regime.
5. Next Meeting: 14 March 2017