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6th November 2006

8329 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 6th November 2006.

8330 Present: Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, S. (Susan) Fletcher, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, P.(Peter) Roberts (part), the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC1118 John Bassinder, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public.

 In the absence of the Chairman, Councillor Roberts, (for the first part of the meeting) and Vice Chairman, Councillor Eden chaired the meeting.

8331 Non-attendance: Councillor J. (John) Burrow.

8332 Apologies for Absence: Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves and A.J. (Tony) Houghton.

8333 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8334 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 2nd October were approved and then signed by the Acting Chairman.

8335 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Acting Chairman referred to item 8310 (1) and reported that he had inspected the seats at Castle Bank, Lindeth Close and Jenny Brown’s Point and found them to be in need of replacement; Mr Phil Hargreaves will go ahead and replace the seats. In addition an offer has been made by a member of the public to pay for the replacement of the seat at Woodwell. The Acting Chairman also referred to item 8326 (1) regarding Remembrance Sunday, PC Bassinder will try and attend to organise traffic control etc. RESOLVED that this Council pay for the cost of printing the sheets for the service (less than £10).

8336 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8337 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. Two crimes were reported in the last 2 months: £50 worth of fish had been stolen from Waterslack Garden Centre and there had been damage to Cumbria View, Emesgate Lane, caused by one of the residents there.

8338 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) the enquiries being made about the works to the fire station, (2) the level crossing – this is to be replaced by February 2007, (3) a transport conference which Councillor Fishwick will be attending in Birmingham, at which she will lobby for an integrated transport system for Silverdale, (4) fly tipping on Gaskell Close – this has been reported to Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC).

8339 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  Hazlewood Hall
 It was noted that a written report from Pringle Homes regarding the progress of updating work at Hazelwood Hall had been received.
 2.  Woodwell
 RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 20, on upgrading the well at Woodwell, under Standing Order 12 (b). The Acting Chairman had met with Mr Ian Henderson, Mr Richard Bamford and Mr Phil Hargreaves to discuss the necessary upgrade work for Woodwell and he presented a written report. Mr Hargreaves had estimated that the works would cost up to £3,490. RESOLVED that this Council: (a) approach the Limestone Heritage Project for a financial contribution (b) recommend to the Landscape Trust that this scheme be adopted as a commemoration of the Trust’s existence for 20 years and be awarded a £1,000 grant (c) fund the difference in the cost of the works. It was noted that this site is of historical importance to the village.
 3.  Lancaster CC Licensing Committee
 RESOLVED to defer this part of agenda item 8, under Standing Order 12 (b), until later in the meeting when it was anticipated that Councillor Peter Roberts would be present.
 (b)  There were no verbal reports from any meetings attended by Members, or the Clerk..

8340 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Community Futures  –  seminar “save the village shop”.
 2.  Lancashire Police Authority  –  invitation to nominate Independent Members.
 3.  LAPTC  –  Annual Report.
 4.  LAPTC  –  Newsletter, September.
 5.  AONB  –  “Waymarker”, October.
 6.  AONB  –  “Waymarker”, November.
 7.  Landscape Trust  –  “Keer to Kent”, Autumn / Winter.
 8.  NALC  –  LCR,  November.
 9.  NALC  –  legal briefing about new fire regulations.
 10.  Lancaster CC  –  Fly Tipping Task Group meeting, 22nd November (Morecambe).
 11.  Lancaster CC  –  notice of hearing, Gibraltar Farm (Licensing).
 12.  CARP  –  request for donation (Water Bus).
 13.  Dr Fletcher  –  e-mail re concern over rumoured plans for the Institute field.
 14.  Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) –  retirement of Mr Steve Eccles. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Lancs. CC requesting the name of Mr Eccles’ successor.
8341 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:
  06/01170/FUL – 12, Birch Drive – erection of a single-storey extension to the rear and a pitched roof on garage:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  01/06/1169 – Bleasdale House School – proposed resurfacing of existing gravel car park, provision of Disabled Access Ramp and timber garden storage shed:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  01/06/1243 – Bleasdale House School – extension to existing office:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2)  It was noted that there were no planning applications requiring comment at this meeting.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
  06/01055/FUL  –  49 The Row  –  erection of a shed on land opposite:  REFUSED.
  06/00900/FUL – 15 St. John’s Avenue – installation of roof lights/gable  window/patio door and balcony:  GRANTED.
  06/01076/FUL  –  43 Stankelt Road  –  erection of two dormer windows and porch to the front and various other minor alterations:  GRANTED.
  06/01066/FUL – 15 Lindeth Road – demolition of existing utility/porch and erection of a two-storey extension:  GRANTED.
  06/01074/FUL – 23 Stankelt Road – demolition of existing garage and erection of a detached garage to the rear:  GRANTED.

8342 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
  1. It was noted that Mr Dave Pearce (tree surgeon) had been given permission to fell certain trees overhanging No. 4A The Row, from Bank Well, for a payment of £250.00.

 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions

8343 Lindeth Close Communal Gardens
 RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Home Housing Association regarding the lack of maintenance to the gardens in front of Lindeth Close.

8344 ‘Intelligent’ Bus Stops
 RESOLVED that this Council request that the bus timetable be moved to the bottom of Elmslack Lane for ease of reference.

8345 Planning Applications
 RESOLVED that no categories of planning applications should be delegated to the Clerk.

8346 Institute Field
 RESOLVED that the Clerk request a copy of Silverdale Institute’s Constitution.

8347 Affordable Housing
 RESOLVED that the Clerk ask Lancaster CC to include in the Local Development Framework, the additional provision of Affordable Housing within Silverdale.

8348 Public Car Parking
 RESOLVED that the Clerk ask Lancaster CC to include in the Local Development Framework, the additional provision of public off-street car parking in the centre of Silverdale.

8349 Public Toilets
 RESOLVED that the Clerk refer a list of items of matters in need of attention at the public toilets to Lancaster CC for action. It was noted that the toilets are important to the business and tourist community of the village.

8350 Expenses
 RESOLVED to authorise the Clerk and Deputy Clerk to claim 5p per copy, as from 1st January 2007, for photocopies produced for Council business.

8351 Woodwell (brought forward to item 8)

8352 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:
  Mr A.J.  Houghton  (Basic Parish Allowance)   £  25.00 (176)
  Mrs S. Fletcher (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00 (177)
  Mr T.B.  Fryer (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00 (178)
  Mr R.M. Henderson (Basic Parish Allowance)   £  25.00 (179)
  Mr P Roberts (Chairman’s Allowance)    £185.00 (180)
  Mr PG Challenor (Salary & expenses)    £966.87 (181)
  Mrs SD Hayward (Salary & expenses)    £171.41 (182)
  North-West Air Ambulance (S.137)    £  50.00 (183)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (Parish Contractor payments)   £830.01 (184)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (Parish Contractor payments + paint)  £595.34 (185)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (ivy clearing & wall repairs)   £210.00 (186)

8353 Lancaster CC Licensing Committee (deferred from item 8)
 Councillor Roberts had attended a meeting of the Licensing Committee at which an application for Gibraltar Farm had been considered. The Committee had given careful consideration to the application, the written representations of the interested parties and to all the oral evidence it had heard. It noted that the application, whilst a full premises licence, is restricted to the provision of licensable activities on three days per calendar year. The Committee noted that the application was for licensable activities until 04 00 hours but granted the application subject to a reduction in the hours for live music to 01 00 hours. The Committee also imposed some conditions including specifying 700 as the maximum capacity for the premises and requiring that the dates of each annual event be notified to the Clerk to this Council, giving 30 days written notice.

8354 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Henderson had reported an incident at the junction of Cove Road and Cove Lane, at which a pony and trap had skidded, to Lancs. CC. Lancs. CC is to erect a ‘slippery road’ sign, carry out patching works next year and surface dress the whole road surface in 2008.
 2.  Councillor Fletcher advised that free bus travel (on all services within the district) is available to all pensioners with a bus pass. Applications for bus passes can be made to Lancaster or Morecambe Town Hall.

8355 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Mr Roy Whiting’s offer to donate a specially designed gate to this Council (Acting Chairman).
 2.  Replacement or additional village map to the butcher’s wall (Acting Chairman and Councillor Roberts).

83567 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 4th December 2006. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 24th November, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 27th November.



Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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