July has found us undertaking our usual work duties in and around the village…..

Work on the Memory Meadow is ongoing and I’ve sown more seeds that I’ve collected on the 5 main flower beds, mowing, watering and spraying of the Roses as also been taking place.

Cross-training Tony and Mark on the use of all of the machinery that we use are going well, and are being recorded.

All of the broken play equipment on the Village Hall Park has now been either repaired or replaced and is all looking very good.

The new office and garage build is now in full swing, and when finished will be a great asset to us. We have just about managed to relocate all of our tools etc from the garage into the container, with the exception of the 2 bins (which I’ve now secured with chain and padlocks) and a few other bits and bobs that have been stored in the pavilion for the time being.

I’ve tried to save some of the plants from the boarder by the garage to use on the areas I’ve mentioned in my last report.

The containers have also become something of interest to the local youths and kids who have tried to gain access and have been using them as some kind of climbing frame.

Paul and I have welded a new chain and larger padlock on to the All Weather Pitch in preparation for the onslaught of the school summer holidays, I have to say that this pitch seems to be the focus of a lot of unwanted attention.

It’s been nice to have positive comments from residents on the look of the metal planters now that the plants have started to really fill out; it’s also great to hear from people outside of the village say how much tidier Hilton is to where ever it is that they live.

 

Sam Bevins. Groundsman to H.P.C.

27 July 2015.

 

 

This message is from an external source. Please direct any questions to the contact below.

‘My name is Thomas Ephgrave and I am the Derbyshire Youth Councillor for John Port School, Etwall. As a Derbyshire Youth Councillor it is my job to analyse local issues and develop campaigns to tackle and improve the lives for young people and the wider community in my local area. Recently, it has been identified that the ‘Villager’ service is a vital connection between many villages in our local area although young people and the local community feel that it could be greatly improved to connect all the villages and arrive and depart at more convenient times. Therefore, I have put together this survey that will allow me to define just what the local and wider community who use this service think.’

Here is a link to the survey: www.bit.ly/VillagerBus

If you have any further questions them please email Tom on: thomas.ephgrave@derbyshireyc.cf

 

 

Over the last couple of months we have been kept very busy with our grass cutting routes in and around the village.

Me and Tony have been weeding the metal planters, and I have to say they are really coming on well, now that the planters are weed free, myself and Mark have put a layer of gravel down to improve the look, and to help retain moisture whilst hopefully keeping any further weeds suppressed.

Litter and vandalism are on the increase, with everything from the wig-whams being destroyed to the basket ride from the play area being broken and S.D.D.C having to come and remove it and hopefully repair it. Each day we deal with a multitude of broken glass, litter and vandalism.

The main bed on the Memory Meadow is looking good and I and Mark have prepared and sown a number of boxes of seeds on all of the wildflower beds, there and signs that they are starting to grow are looking good. I’ve also planted the replacement “Peace” Rose, and these Roses are on a regular rota of watering, feeding and spraying.

We have a couple of dead plants and a gap where someone stole a plant from the Main street planters, which I will try and replace in due course. But even so I think these planters are looking really good too

There is also a Lavender plant on both the Mease planting and Mill lane planted areas that also need replacing and I hope to get this done soon.

All in all I’m more than happy with all the progress we are making with our duties and I am looking forward to making further progress in the future.

 

Sam Bevins, Head Groundsman H.P.C

22 June 2015

March has found us making great progress with the new planters, the soil has been ordered, delivered and put into the planters. The plants have been ordered to the modified plan that has been draw up by me and Cllr Neild, and will be delivered in due course.

It has been very much a team effort by me, Tony, Mark, and invaluable help from Anne who as been great at placing the orders and organising the deliveries etc.

There has been a noticeable increase in vandalism around the village hall site with lots of bottles being smashed, one of the benches has had its top two back panels broken and smashed off, and this is something that we will repair in due course.

The skate park has also seen about of graffiti being sprayed on it, and some of the more offensive words used have been cleared away by the clean team’s use of powerful chemicals.

I have also been sowing some seeds that I’ve collected onto the memory meadow and hopefully it will have a good display of colour on there this year.

It’s getting that time of year when we need to start thinking about starting the grass cutting rotas, so me and Tony have replaced the blades on the mower and have been checking over the strimmers.

Thank you for your time.

Sam Bevins (Groundsman to H.P.C.)

24.3.2015

 

Hilton Parish Council and the Hilton Village Hall Directors are keen to find out who the horse riders are using the Village Hall site as a bridle path on 28th February 2015 between 11.30am and 12pm.

Horse and Rider

If this is you or you know who it is, please contact the Hilton Parish Council Clerk on: 01283 730969.

Hilton Parish Council and the Hilton Village Hall Directors would respectfully ask that you do not use the Village Hall site and surrounding Play Area and Football Pitches as a bridle path.

YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO RIDE YOUR HORSE ON ANY OF THE ABOVE AREAS.

THERE IS NO DEFINITIVE BRIDLE PATH THROUGH THE VILLAGE HALL SITE.

 

 

 

 

For a PDF version of this information click here: Expenditure_01_04_2014_to_05_01_2015

STAFF COST                        70,128.45
OPEN SPACE                        53,154.49      INC NEW PLAY EQUIPM MAIN ST/MILL LANE
GRANTS AND DONATIONS                 100.00      FURTHER £3K TO BE SPENT BY 31.03.2015
BACK LANE PAVILION                 1,022.00
BIN EMPTYING                       3,552.79
GENERAL ADMIN                     11,088.54
HR FEES                            1,715.00      THIS CONTRACT HAS NOW ENDED
INSURANCE                          7,400.06
SUBSCRIPTIONS                          0.00      £1,000.00 TO BE INVOICED BY 31.03.2015
AUDIT FEE 2014/2015                1,125.00
LEGAL FEES                         1,356.00
COUNCILLOR TRAINING                    0.00
SECURITY & MAINTENANCE                 0.00
ELECTRICITY (BACK LANE PAVILION)   1,169.98
ELECTION PROVISION                     0.00
EQUIPMENT & PPE                    2,659.23
GARAGE (NEW BUILD)                     0.00
VAN                                5,549.35
CONTINGENCY                            0.00

NET                              160,020.89
VAT                               14,540.32
TOTAL                            174,561.21
BREAKDOWN OF ITEMS OVER £500.00 - ON INVOICE - EXCLUDING VAT AS FOLLOWS:
 
OPEN SPACE

VILLAGE HALL SITE MAINTENANCE
28.05.2014        PLANTERS                 SHELTER STORE LLP          2,394.00
 
MAIN STREET/MILL LANE PLAY AREA
30.07.2014        NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT       KOMPAN LTD                37,076.56
 
BACK LANE PITCH MAINTENANCE
20.08.2014        PITCH MAINTENANCE        AUCUBA LANDSCAPES          1,542.00

MISC OPEN SPACE
30.07.2014        TREE MAINTENANCE         FAIRVIEW ARBORISTS           500.00
26.11.2014        SPORTSMOBILE             SDDC                         672.00
 
MEMORIAL MEADOW
07.08.2014        MEMORIAL PLAQUES         ART STONE MEMORIALS        1,866.00
 
BIN COLLECTION – LITTER BINS, DOG BINS AND BUSINESS WASTE
24.09.2014        WASTE COLLECTION         SDDC                       1,134.23
24.09.2014        WASTE COLLECTION         SDDC                       2,418.56
 
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
30.04.2014        OFFICE RENT              HILTON VILLAGE HALL        1,800.00
20.08.2014        ROOM HIRE                HILTON VILLAGE HALL          561.33
20.08.2014        STATIONERY               VIKING DIRECT                569.85
24.09.2014        AUTO ENROLMENT TRAINING  STEP BY STEP                 996.50
21.10.2014        OFFICE RENT              HILTON VILLAGE HALL        1,800.00
29.10.2014        AUTO ENROLMENT TRAINING  STEP BY STEP                 996.50
 
INSURANCE
20.08.2014        INSURANCE                ZURICH MUNICIPAL           6,935.02
 
AUDIT FEE 2014/2015
29.10.2014        AUDIT 2013/2014          GRANT THORNTONS              950.00
 
LEGAL FEES
29.10.2014        LEGAL FEES               FLINT BISHOP SOLICITORS    1,251.00
 
EQUIPMENT AND PPE
29.09.2014        MOWER REPAIRS            DESBOROUGHS                  541.66

 

We hope you find this information helpful.

For a PDF version of this information click here: Budget_2015_16
           

Bank Balance as at 05.01.2015                                       69,145.91
Less un-presented cheques                                              211.00
Total                                                               68,934.91
 
Income due for 2014/2015 by 31.03.2015
Concurrent Expenses 2014/2015 (actual)                              27,316.00
DCC Minor Maintenance Scheme 2014/2015 (actual)                        315.00
VAT reclaim 2014/2015 (estimated)                                   14,540.32
TOTAL                                                               42,171.32
 
Balance at the bank 
to be B/F as at 01.04.2015 (estimated)                             111,106.23
 
Less ring-fenced items within the accounts 2014/2015                                                              
Garage (new build)                                                  65,000.00
Village Hall site ground maintenance                                11,852.00
3 month Expenditure to 31.03.2015 (estimated)                       19,948.00
Total                                                               96,800.00
                                                
(Deficit)/Surplus as at 31.03.2015 (estimated)                      14,306.23
The budget set by Hilton Parish Council for 2015/2016 is as follows:

Staff Costs                                                         93,177.00
Members Allowance                                                    2,860.00
Open Space maintenance                                               9,871.00
Grants to Local Organisations Section 137                           23,100.00
Back Lane Pavilion                                                   1,900.00
Dog Bin and Litter Bin emptying and Maintenance                      3,600.00
General Administration                                               8,625.00
Insurance                                                            7,400.00
Subscriptions, Audit and Legal Fees                                  6,160.00
Councillor Training                                                    200.00
Security and Maintenance                                               500.00
Electricity                                                          2,000.00
Parish Council Election Provision                                    1,600.00
Equipment, PPE etc.                                                  3,000.00
Garage (new build)                                                  24,332.00
Van Lease, Insurance and Fuel                                        8,760.00
Contingency 15% of £165k                                            24,750.00
TOTAL                                                              221,835.00
 
Less:
Precept 2015/2016                                                  165,000.00
SDDC Concurrent Expenses                                            27,316.00
DCC Minor Maintenance Scheme                                           315.00
SDDC maintenance of the Memorial Meadow                                100.00
Astro Turf & Pitch income (estimated)                                6,000.00
VAT reclaim (estimated)                                             18,000.00
TOTAL                                                              216,731.00

(Deficit)/Surplus                                                   (5,104.00) 
                                                   This will be covered by the
                                                    B/F balance from 2014/2015

We hope you find this information helpful.

October has been another month that has kept us very busy, with lots of different work under- taken.

We have been making great progress with the hedge cutting and this work should see us well into the winter months.

Whilst undertaking this work we came across a large wasp nest right in the hedge where we were cutting, this was soon taken care of so it would not pose a problem to anyone.

Some of the more useful lengths of wood are going to be used to repair the “wig-whams” which the younger children enjoy playing in and the older ones enjoy vandalising. Other bits of hedge cuttings are being used to make habitat piles In the Parish Council Nature Area and to fill in gaps in the hedges, the rest we are now shredding and are using as mulch in the bottom of the hedges.

We have had some vandalism done in the Parish Council Nature Area, this has included another of the bird-boxes being knocked down (this would have taken a fair amount of force to knock down as it was well secured when we put it up.)

We have also had a number of the Dogwood plants that make the circler planted areas there damaged, this in some ways is not a problem as they will grow back but what won’t grow back is the Oak tree that was the central feature of this planting as it’s been snapped off at ground level. I have since replaced this with a Hazel sapling.

I have been doing some more work on the Memorial Meadow park area, this has included being in contact with local resident and his young son who have grown a number of small Oak tree’s that they asked if they could plant down there, so this fitted in really well with my plans to have the pathways lined with a corridor of oaks, So it was just a matter of me cutting the grass and marking the area out for the resident and his son to plant out these trees  in there own time (which they have done). I have put tree guards around all the trees that they have planted, and these fit in really well with the oak trees I donated and planted earlier in the year.

With regard to trees, I have a number of Hazel trees I’ve grown from nuts that were collected last year and I’m going to plant these along the edge of the Parish Council Nature Area where in the past I’ve tried Dogwood cuttings that were pulled out by the local kids (maybe there red stems made them stand-out and thus become a target?)

More Acorns, Hazel Nuts and for something different Sweet Chestnuts have now been collected and potted up and are being grown on, to plant out in the future on what ever Parish Council project requires them.

I also intend to take some more cuttings of Dogwoods and to try Wild Pear cuttings again after the ones I took last year started to show signs of growth and then all suddenly died.

I have been busy watering and rolling the newly laid turf on the large football pitch goal mouth after it was put down, and I hope with all the effort I’ve now put into it that it will bring this area of the pitch back to a playable standard.

The paint that was poured in front of the bench near Sour Close has taken a fair bit of elbow grease to sort out but I think I’ve just about got on top of it now.

I’ve also planted a number of Lilac trees that have been donated to us.

I thought a good place to put them would be along the fence between the village hall car park and the school playing field; I’ve already planted a row of Buddleia plants here and think the purple of these will go well with the newly planted Lilac trees.

The later half of this month has seen a change in the weather for the worse, which has been causing a few delays in more of the Groundsman duties that we do.

Anyone who walks on the Meadow Lane football pitch will have seen the piles of hedge cuttings there and when the weather allows we will deal with these in an appropriate manner as already mentioned earlier in this report.

Again when the weather has allowed I’ve been cutting the grass to extend the area either side of the trees on the war memorial planting, the ground here is very poor with bricks, large stones, wire-cables and other detritus littering the area, these are being removed when ever we come across them and over time we should be able to bring it up to a acceptable standard.

This is all for this month, thank you for your time.

 

SAM BEVINS (HEAD GROUNDSMAN TO H.P.C.)

 

Hilton Parish Council have received a complaint about the damage and pot holes to the car park in front of the Scout Hut.

In light of this complaint, the Parish Council have no choice but to close the car park until further notice from noon on 27th November 2014.

Building work on the new garages and office will start on 5th January 2015 and it is not cost effective to repair the car park area before the start of this work.

The Car Park will be re-opened once the building work has been completed.  The Parish Council are very sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For a PDF version of the report, with pictures, click here: Groundsman_2014_05

May has been a very busy month, with lots of different work undertaken and done,
A lot of it has been spent doing repairs after the latest bout of vandalism, which has included damage to the rubber matting on the play area and reattaching the play area sign to the playground on the village hall site.
In fact it feels like we have been under siege with the amount of antisocial behaviour.
The most time consuming and expensive repair has been to replace and attach the new padlock to the all-weather pitch gate, this padlock has been under attack since the last school holiday and in the end it was smashed off .Now only time will tell how long this new and more heavy duty lock will last ?.
In fact the all-weather pitch is being vandalised almost constantly, this can be having the prikka strips smashed off so the kids can then climb over or the bolts that hold the fence together being loosened and then the metal fence being bent back to gain access, Or just having glass beer bottles smashed on the playing surface.

We have replaced the broken and missing prikka strips and made a start repainting anti-vandal paint on the top of the all-weather pitch fence.
We have also had one of the bird boxes in the nature area smashed of the willow tree it was fixed to; luckily it wasn’t being nested in at the time.
Also some new graffiti has been painted on the skate park.

The work on the wild flower beds on the memorial meadow project have now been completed with all five of the beds being sown with the appropriate seed mix and if all should go to plan it should look great for the opening on the 4.8,2014
I have also been trying to keep on top of the grass cutting on this project which has been very hard work because of how uneven the ground is.
Over a three week period of working on this project Mark has been bitten twice by two different dogs, not enough to draw blood but enough to leave bruising.
I don’t think this is acceptable.
I have now taken out the old winter planting on the main street car park planters and replaced it with a sowing of pot marigold seeds after the success I had with them on the planter in front of the garage. I have also finished re-mulching our other planted areas.

I have also done the best I could trying to repair the fence on Back lane play area where the kids have broken it down.
It wouldn’t be a grounds man report without a mention of dog fouling; it is still rife in some areas and better in others.
Nearly all of the Hilton dog walker’s signs have either gone missing or have been vandalised.
That is all for this month.
Thank you for your time.

SAM BEVINS (HEAD GROUNDSMAN TO H.P.C)