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7th August 2006

8254 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 7th August 2006.

8255 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors J. (John) Burrow,  C.J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, PC 1118 John Bassinder, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and four members of the public.  Mrs Susan Fletcher also attended, then took her place, as a Councillor, as soon as she had signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office.  Mr Paul Holgate was unable to attend

8256 Apologies for Absence.
  The Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward.

8257 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8258 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 3rd July were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8259 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Henderson referred to item 8201, and it was confirmed that a further response had been received from the AONB.  This response indicated that the Unit had taken legal advice, which confirmed that all signage of footpaths, whether adjacent to the highway, or not, is the responsibility of the County Council (Highways).

8260 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 1.  Parking problems in Lindeth Road (to be investigated by Community Policeman), (with a suggestion that the Shuttle Bus should turn in Lindeth Close, during building operations), and cooking smells from new kitchen at Kay’s Nursery.
 2.  Similar car parking problems near Elmslack Court (Community Policeman will attempt to provide a solution)
 3.  Queries about the updating of the web site and the Council’s procedures for co-opting persons onto the Council.

8261 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update, which covered the following subjects: 1. Break-in and theft at Kays tearoom, 2. theft of slates from the Fire Station, 3. suspected theft of a bicycle.  In response to the comments made by members of the public, PC Bassinder stated that most car parking offenders were from other areas.  He had been loathe to issue fixed penalty notices, but felt that he may have to use them more, in the future.
 PC Bassinder was requested to put out ‘No Parking’ cones, outside Nos 38-42 Lindeth Road, at weekends only.
 Similar car parking problems were noted elsewhere in the village, particularly at Cove Lane and The Shore.

8262 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) New signs on The shore not the responsibility of the Parish Council, (2)  a smaller vehicle can now get up Wallings Lane, so the residents will be issued with wheelie bins, (3)  high wall in Stankelt Road, (4) overgrown footpaths, (5) Bus information signs to be reinstated, and (6) Cumbria View now reported to be quieter, under new occupation.

8263 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 Councillors Roberts and Henderson attended a meeting of the LAPTC, on the 24th July.  They raised the concern of villagers to the threat of closures of local Post Offices.  Also, the Council is asked to write a letter of support for the AONB in their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
 The restoration of the farmhouse, on New Road, is in the very early stages, and will probably cost over £2m.  The possibility of forming new offices and a Visitor Centre received the support of the meeting.

8262 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Mr J.S. Taylor  –  copy of letter to Stagecoach re use of NoW cards
 2.  Cumbria CC  –  NHS Consultation on Acute Medical Services
 3.  Lancs CC  –  letter re Sand & Gravel Study for Lancashire
 4.  Lancs CC  –  review of failing school bus services (not applicable to Silverdale)
 5.  AONB  –  Agreement for maintenance of Bank Well Pond (agenda item)
 6.  Lancaster CC  –  Consultation re Gambling Act 2005
 7.  Lancs CC  –  Minerals & Waste Development Framework, update.
 8.  NHS  –  consultation re review of Acute Medical Services
 9.  Landscape Trust  –  “Keer to Kent”, Summer 2006.
 10.  NALC  –  “Local Council Review”, July
 11.  AONB  –  “Waymarker”, July
 12.  Clerks & Councils Direct  –  July

8263 Planning
 (1) It was noted that the following planning applications were dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a, and comments made as indicated:
  06/00627/ADV – Kays Nursery Gardens – erection of advertising board and hanging sign  –  OBJECTIONS (a) the hanging sign does not appear to comply with the minimum standards laid down by the highway authority, and (b) the free-standing sign is too large and obtrusive for this location.  The design of these signs should be more compatible with the landscape of this AONB.
   06/00732/FUL – 29 St.John’s Avenue – erection of a conservatory to the rear  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS
  06/00787/FUL – Top Barn, Shore Road – erection of a conservatory to the rear: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS

 (2) The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  05/00631/FUL – 43 Stankelt Road – erection of a two-storey extension to rear (amended site plan):  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS, but some concern that there might be leakage of effluent onto the road.
  06/00825/FUL – 2 Bradshawgate – erection of a conservatory to the rear: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  06/00900/FUL – 15 St.John’s Avenue – installation of roof lights/gable  window/patio door and balcony: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS

 (3) It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC.
  06/00474/FUL – 48 Emesgate Lane – erection of a first floor extension over existing garage and kitchen: GRANTED.
  06/00682/FUL – 8 Levens Way  –  erection of a new single storey rear extension::  GRANTED
  06/00367/FUL – 6 St.Johns Avenue – erection of a two-storey side extension to form kitchen and 2 no bedrooms over: GRANTED
  06/00679/FUL – 59 Emesgate Lane – demolition of existing garage and erection of a two-storey side extension to form new garage/workshop/store with bedroom over: GRANTED
  06/00510/FUL – 49 The Row – erection of a garden shed on land opposite: REFUSED

8264 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
  1.  Defects on aerial ropeway and Cone Climber reported to Playdale and Parish  Contractor (various)

 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
 Traffic congestion in Cove Road and Lindeth Road reported to PC Bassinder (Cllr Fryer)

8265 Maintenance of Seats, owned by the Council
 Councillor Eden reported that he had discussed the matter with the Parish Contractor and was very satisfied with the outcome.

8266 Millennium Clock
 It had been noted that some black paint has chipped-off the base section. RESOLVED that the Clerk will seek advice from the manufacturers and will arrange for re-painting to be done, in accordance with their recommendations.

8267 Seats within the Playing Field
 Deferred to a future meeting.

8268 George Whittaker sign.
 Deferred to a future meeting.

8269 Use of the Playing Field
 Deferred to a future meeting.

8270 Interviews for co-option
 There only being one applicant and the Council being under a statutory duty to fill a casual vacancy, by co-option “.. as soon as practicable” (having allowed 14 clear days for a poll to be called), the Council deemed it appropriate for Mrs Susan Fletcher to be co-opted without any further delay.

8271 Maintenance Contract with AONB for Bank Well Pond
 RESOLVED that the Chairman be authorised to sign the AONB Contract giving rights of access for the next 10 years.

8272 Approval of Statement of Accounts
 RESOLVED that the Chairman should be authorised to sign the Statement of Accounts.

8273 Project to celebrate 20th Anniversary of Landscape Trust
 RESOLVED that the Clerk should obtain the AONB plan for the restoration of Woodwell, and should submit it to a future meeting.  This might then be selected as a suitable project for the Landscape Trust celebration.

8274 Disability Discrimination Act
 This Council confirms that it will continue to interview all disabled applicants for employment who appear to meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy and will consider them on their abilities.

8275 Beating the Bounds
 RESOLVED that this Council supports the Church in organising the Beating of the Bounds of the Ecclesiastical Parish on 16th September.
8276 Finance
 (a) Councillor Burrow 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:
  Mrs Jean Colwell (Internal Audit fee)       20.00 (167)
  Action for Silverdale Children Trust  (S.137)      500.00 (168)
  J. Schofield (maintenance of web site)     125.00 (169)
  Mr P.G. Challenor (salary & expenses)   1025.90 (170)
  Mrs S.D. Hayward (salary & expenses)     362.53 (171)

8277 Items for Information
 1.  A Member of the Council has received very complimentary comments about the new Playground.
 2. The Parish Contractor is to be congratulated on the excellent workmanship and materials, for the new noticeboard, on the wall of the Butcher’s shop.

8278 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Need for a Spare Coastguard Rescue Boat

8279 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday 4th September 2006. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Friday 25th August.  
Peter Challenor
Clerk to the Council

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