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2006/04/03

3rd April 2006

8168 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 3rd April 2006.

8169 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer (part), J. (June) Greenwell, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 1118 John Bassinder and four members of the public.

8170 Apologies for Absence: Councillors J. (John) Burrow, A.W. (Arthur) Graves and
 County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick.

8171 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
 Councillor Greenwell declared a non-prejudicial interest in item 12, in that she is a Trustee of the Abbeyfield Society.

8172 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 6th March were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8173 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Henderson referred to item 8119 and handed the Clerk the progress report for the AONB Limestone Heritage Project.

 Councillor Houghton referred to item 8068 (1) regarding the street lights in the village which remain in need of urgent attention and which he has, again, reported to Highways.

8174 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 None.

8175 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. No crimes were reported in March. The amalgamation of the Lancashire and Cumbria Constabularies is scheduled to take effect from April 2007. PC Bassinder mentioned a current initiative to prevent poaching in the area.

8176 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick was not present at the meeting and her report was not available.

8177 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 LAPTC
 The Chairman and Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 27th March at which the Inspector for Lancaster police had talked about the Community Police Initiative. Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) had also given information on the new administrative system and new committee: ‘Lancashire Locals’.
 Silverdale Sports and Recreation Development Committee
 Councillor Houghton advised that he had been unable to attend the AGM held in March.

8178 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC)  –  invitations for individuals to become tree wardens (approved list). RESOLVED that the Clerk seek clarification as Lancaster CC had sent a list of approved tree surgeons rather than approved tree wardens.
 2.  Lancaster CC  –  invitation to get in early (LDF and Parish Plan). RESOLVED that a list of outstanding issues, raised during the Parish Plan consultation exercise (including the provision of sheltered housing), be compiled. RESOLVED that the Chairman produce a list which can then be circulated amongst Members to check that no issues have been missed. RESOLVED that the consolidated list be brought to the next meeting before being passed on to Lancaster CC for consideration.
 3.  Archbishop Hutton Trust  –  letter to acknowledge resignation of Councillor Graves.
 4.  Lancaster CC  –  notification of new Elections Officer, Alison Braidford.
 5.  RoSPA  –  off-schedule inspection report.
 6.  NW Regional Assembly  –  consultation on draft Regional Spatial Strategy.
 7.  AONB  –  “Waymarker”, March. It was noted that the AONB Discovery Day will be held on Thursday, 6th April from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm. All welcome.
 8.  Childline NW  –  request for a donation. RESOLVED that a donation should not be made.
 9.  Vitalise Essential Breaks  –  request for a donation. RESOLVED that a donation should not be made.
 10.  LAPTC  –  Newsletter, March.
 11.  LAPTC  –  agenda and minutes.
 12.  Clerks & Councils Direct, March.

8179 Planning Matters:
 (1) It was noted that the following planning applications were dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a, and comments made as indicated:
  06/00300/FUL – land between Number 1 and Bottoms Barns, Bottoms Lane – new gated access to field from Bottoms Lane: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2) It was noted  that there were no planning applications requiring comment at this meeting.

 (3) The following decisions advised by Lancaster CC were noted:
  TPO 49 – rear of Yewbarrow, 12 Wallings Lane: CONSENT REFUSED.
  TPO58 – 27 Spring Bank: CONSENT GRANTED.
  06/00018/FUL – 10 Lindeth Road – erection of extensions to form sun lounge/utility room and a garage with workshop at 1st floor level: GRANTED.

8180 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a) Parish Council Property and Functions
  1. It was noted that an off-schedule inspection of the playground equipment, by RoSPA, had been received, at a charge of £195 +VAT. It was noted that the Clerk has agreed that the Council will only pay this fee if the playground is given a clean report and that, if deficiencies remain, and are attributable to the installation by Playdale Playgrounds Ltd, then the company has agreed to pay the fee. RESOLVED that the Clerk seek clarification from RoSPA as to any failings and to delay payment pending such clarification.
  2. It was noted that all pieces of land, owned by the Parish Council, are to be registered for £30 each.
  3. It was noted that box shaped shrubs are to be planted in front of the adventure trail, in the playing field, to encourage ‘tig’ type games.

 25(b) Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
  1. It was noted that the 9.56 airport train no longer stops at Silverdale and that representations have been made to Trans-Pennine Express (Councillor Fryer). RESOLVED that the Clerk notify the Furness Line Action group (FLAG) of this matter, of the non collection of fares on some trains (which suggest lower passenger figures than are actually the case) and that insufficient carriages are available at peak times.
8181 Sheltered Housing
 Councillor Greenwell reminded Members that the lack of provision of sheltered housing in the village had been raised by the Parish Plan Older People’s Group. She was concerned that this matter had been left in abeyance, as it was not considered that there was any requirement at the present time. This aspect had been covered by the resolution at item 9.2 and would be pursued in this context.

8182 Annual Parish Meeting
 It was noted that when Mrs Sheila Suthers addressed the Annual Parish Meeting (“Parish Assembly”) on behalf of the first Responders, she had stressed the importance of making house numbers and/ or names clear in order to help the emergency services locate addresses. It was noted that there was no action which should be taken via a future agenda.

8183 Finance
 (a) Councillor Fryer conducted the monthly check of all money received by the Council and found the bank statements to be satisfactory.
 (b) Cheques for the following accounts were signed:
  Silverdale NHW Committee (donation)  £      50.00 (148)
  Land Registry (fees)      £    150.00 (149)
  Playdale Playgrounds (extra security fencing) £    356.58 (150)
  Playdale Playgrounds (phase 3)   £13954.04 (151)
  RoSPA (fee)      £    229.13 (152)
  British Gas (clock electricity)    £      24.51 (153)
  LAPTC (subscription)    £    265.04 (154)

8184 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1. To discuss the location of wheelie bins outside residential property (Councillor Greenwell).

8185 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Thursday, 4th May 2006. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Wednesday, 26th April.
Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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