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1. Apologies for absence.
2. Approval of the minutes of the 50th Annual General Meeting.
3. Trustees' report.
4. To approve the accounts for the year ended 31st December 2015.
5. To elect up to 5 committee members.
6. Items for discussion.
The AGM will be followed by a talk on 'The Historic Buildings of Dore'. (see below).
Angela Rees - Secretary 1st May 2016
Following the formal meeting there will be a presentation by Dorne Coggins on 'The Historic Buildings of Dore'.
This is an excellent opportunity for residents of Dore to learn more about their village. Dorne will take us on an historic journey around the village recounting some interesting tales behind places that we regularly walk or drive past and of which we may know very little.
(i). Non-members of the Society are welcome to attend the meeting but will not be entitled to vote.
(ii) The Society's accounts and the Independent Examiner's Report on them will be available for members of the Society on application to the treasurer from 1st May.
(iii) The Society's constitution permits nominations for election to the Executive Committee to be made up to 14 days prior to the meeting. Any nominations, together with a proposer and seconder, will need to be given to the Secretary no later than Wednesday 25th May 2016. Nomination forms can be obtained from the secretary.
A list of those nominated will be placed on the Society's website and noticeboards.
Tickets £10/£8 concessions/£6 students/Under 16s free - available from email@example.com 07816 062905 and on the door. All welcome!
A six week course led by Dronfield Hall Barn resident artist, John Sutcliffe. An introduction to drawing and painting based on the Hanging Boots concept.
Dates: 5, 12, 19, 26 May
Location: The Peel Centre, Dronfield
For more details, please visit: http://www.dronfieldhallbarn.org/events/
Note of the meeting on 12 November 2015 7.30pm King Ecgbert School
Despite the change of date and inclement weather it was pleasing to note that 56 DVS members attended the meeting. This number included 20 members who were also representing a partner who was also a member of the DVS.
The DVS Chairman, Keith Shaw (KS), thanked members for attending, despite the weather. He hoped that members had found the detailed material circulated both interesting and informative. It had been quite a challenging and costly logistical exercise to circulate all the material; and he asked all those who had not so far given their email contact details to the secretary to do so. This would make future communication easier.
The purpose of the meeting was set out by KS, and highlighted with a PowerPoint presentation, as being:
• To present the recommendations of the 2012 working groups.
• To provide members with an opportunity to offer any initial reactions to these recommendations.
• To invite members to join new working groups, which will review these recommendations and develop proposals for a draft Dore Neighbourhood Plan.
KS also recounted the background to the work of the DVS committee in the preparation in 2012 of a proposed Neighbourhood Plan. This process had then stalled whilst the DVS and the City had extensive discussions about the DVS becoming a Neighbourhood Forum -- and this was then confirmed in Autumn 2014.
With this formal designation, the Dore Neighbourhood Forum (i.e. all members of the DVS) now needed to develop its proposed Neighbourhood Plan. The intention was to use as the basis of this, the extensive work undertaken in 2012; but also to look again in detail at all the core elements.
This was followed by an informative PowerPoint presentation by David Crosby(DCr).
In this presentation, he succinctly and clearly explained the work of each of the 2012 working groups and highlighted the vision and aims which were produced at the time, following their work in respect of each of the following topics:
• Sheffield Green Belt
• Housing Areas
• Peak District Eastern Moorland Fringe
• Open Spaces
• Conservation and archaeology
• Village Centre
• Sustainable Transport.
A question and answer session followed. This prompted much interest from the attendees with questions that were skilfully answered by DCr and included:
• Why the emphasis on a strong strategic stance with respect to the Green Belt?
• Has the Neighbourhood Forum got any legally binding powers?
• Does the Neighbourhood Forum have a view on fracking?
• How is the cost being borne for the work involved in producing the Neighbourhood Plan?
• What procedures are in place to ensure that the Neighbourhood Plan accords with the Local Plans of Sheffield City Council and the Peak Park District Planning Authority?
• Are gardens deemed brown field sites?
• Within the Neighbourhood Plan are there any plans to look at the bus service?
• What statutory obligations does the Neighbourhood Forum have with respect for example to housing need?
• Can Dore isolate itself from the national need for more housing?
• Does the Neighbourhood Forum have any teeth?
• What is the lifespan of the Neighbourhood Forum?
A further issue was raised with respect to car parking and highways in Dore. KS took the opportunity to explain that whilst this is outside the remit of the Neighbourhood Plan, the recent progress that has been made, following iterations that began in about 1965 in this respect, can be used to demonstrate how the development of the centre of the village is perceived. DVS members demonstrated appreciation that at last, and subject to public consultation, progress was being made with respect to the issue of car parking in the village centre.
By way of conclusion, KS summarised the next steps in the process, as follows:
• Formation of the new working groups.
• The working groups to review the 2012 recommendations and tonight's responses, undertake further consultation, consider further the underlying issues and then produce detailed recommendations.
• The consolidation of this into a Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan by a Steering Group
• Presentation to a meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum of this proposed Plan for its consideration and approval.
• The publication within Dore of this Draft Plan for public consultation.
• There is also the need for the Draft Plan then to undergo a compliance assessment and be examined by an independent external examiner.
• The Draft Plan is then put to a referendum. All those then on the electoral role in Dore will be eligible to vote; the result being decided by a simple majority.
• If successful, the Neighbourhood Development Plan will then be adopted by the Sheffield City Council and the Peak Park and form part of their Area wide Plans. KS emphasised the need for as wide a range of participants to be involved in this process as possible, both on the working groups and the Steering Group. The work so far had been managed by a small group of DVS committee members (Keith Shaw, David Crosby, David Bearpark, Christopher Pennell and David Heslop). He wished particularly:
• To seek the approval of this meeting of the Neighbourhood Forum to those individuals continuing as members of the Steering Group.
• To invite others to join the Steering Group, so that it was not just composed of DVS committee members.
• To invite those interested in joining the working groups to contact David Crosby.
The draft terms of reference of the Steering Group were outlined, basically being to co-ordinate the whole process, to prepare the initial Draft Neighbourhood Plan for approval by the Forum and to handle the remaining steps in the process.
The meeting voted unanimously for the five individuals mentioned to continue as members of the Steering Group.
KS thanked those present for attending the inaugural meeting of the Dore Neighbourhood Forum. The process was going to be a lengthy and possibly a challenging one. But this Forum is probably the largest and most representative body in the country formally in charge of producing a Neighbourhood Plan. It was the intention that normal future communications about meetings etc would be via email, the DVS notice board and the DVS website.
NOTE: Subsequent to the meeting of the Forum, three members have offered to join the Steering Group, with further members joining the working groups, making a total of 28 non-DVS committee members on those groups. There have also been two offers of general help.
Both local planning authorities are required to support the preparation of a neighbourhood plan. Any neighbourhood plan must comply with the local plans for both local authority areas but there is scope to influence the location and type of development that the community feels is appropriate to protect and enhance the village and its countryside context.
Under the Localism Act 2011 the designation permits the Dore Village Society to prepare a neighbourhood plan that can make planning policies to reflect the local community’s views on new development in the area for the next 15-20 years. This is a good reason for members of the community becoming members of Dore Village Society. If you live or work in the village your membership will be welcomed.
Work on the Plan has commenced, encouraged by the two local planning authorities. The initial work has been based on the Village Design Statement published by Dore Village Society in 2005 and on further consultation undertaken of the whole community through questionnaires in Dore to Door and the Dore Village Society website.
We are still in the early stages of preparing a draft neighbourhood plan and would welcome the offer of help and support from any individual or village group.
Please contact David Crosby; firstname.lastname@example.org
The map is designed to show the buses running in each area, and the search features help users to look for bus times and routes, places of interest and other forms of travel i.e. trams and trains routes and times.
The map is easy to navigate: zooming in to the map using the + sign in the left hand corner shows road names of the area and the ability to zoom out using the – button allows for greater view of the South Yorkshire area. The map is fully accessible, and the use of either a computer mouse or the arrows in the left hand corner allows for scrolling and movement.
Whilst this map can act as a local knowledge base for road names, the real highlight of this map is that all of the South Yorkshire Travel bus stops are listed down the left-hand side in numerical order. Clicking on a chosen bus route number then automatically moves the user to the location of the first bus stop on the route, and further clicking on the ‘bus’ icon on the map lists a mini-timetable in a pop-up box. The mini-timetable states the service number of the bus and the operators and moving between the tabs shows a live timetable and also a personal journey planner. From this, you can plan your bus journey and find estimates of travel times and routes. Moreover, various other icons are displayed on the map, including tramlines, hospital locations and school locations; all of them have a journey planner available upon clicking on the icon.
For more information, the tab ‘Key’ down the left-hand side describes instructions for downloading the public transport key map for help with understanding the icons and keys used in the map.
Using the search bar in the ‘search’ tab allows the user to type in a bus number and downloadable timetables will appear for that bus service, allowing users to search for the exact bus service that they need information for.
Another useful feature is the places of interest search option located within the ‘Walking’ tab. This feature lists walking routes by area in alphabetical order. Scrolling to the bottom of the list allows the user to choose the desired area and clicking on a route brings up a journey planner pop-up box, much like the bus and tram journey plan options. Viewing the pdf for each route produces an online information page for that particular walk, and many include the types of wildlife and sites to be seen. This is particularly handy for keen hikers and wildlife watchers, and it makes for a nice feature on the whole. Finally, for ease of use, the map can be shared with friends, printed out, and toggled from full screen to half-screen by using the options in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
For more information, the ‘help’ tab offers a comprehensive description of all of the features of the map, and also provides a small guide for how best to use it.
We are interested in proposals which could
• add to or improve amenities in the village
• protect or improve the local environment
• provide information about any aspect of Dore
• preserve or improve features of historic or public interest
Suggestions can be for a wide variety of activities or projects including events, meetings, exhibitions, publications, research into local issues, surveys, renovating or maintaining items of historical significance, improving local amenities, etc.
The DVS is prepared to meet the cost of proposals which it accepts but we would prefer that the proposers are willing to organise and carry out their projects. This not an essential condition because we don’t want to inhibit people from putting ideas forward therefore we would be willing to help proposers put together a team to carry out their ideas.
If you would like to submit a proposal please send us an outline describing:
• what you want to do or what your proposal is
• why, and how this will benefit Dore and its residents
• how much you think it will cost and what the money will be spent on
If you are proposing a project that you will undertake or oversee can you also let us know:
• how you will undertake the project (what you will do)
• who will be involved and what they will do
• when you would like to start and how long it will take
• how you will make the activity or results available to the residents of Dore so that the largest number of people can benefit from your idea, either directly or by being inspired to undertake an activity themselves.
Please send proposals to either of:
120 Townhead Road
Sheffield S17 3GB
60 Blacka Moor Rd
Sheffield S17 3GJ