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4th December 2006

8357 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 4th December 2006.

8358 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors J. (John) Burrow, C.J. (John) Eden, S. (Susan) Fletcher, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC1118 John Bassinder and two members of the public.

8359 Apologies for Absence: County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick.

8360 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8361 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 6th November were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8362 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Chairman referred to item 8318 confirming that the Clerk had asked the Lancashire Youth and Community Service (LYCS) to survey the youth facilities within the village and 2 members from the LYCS have been invited to attend the January meeting of this Council.

 Councillor Eden referred to the following items: (1) 8339 – He advised that the specification for the works to Woodwell had been revised and that the estimate had been reduced to £2,000. This Council has been awarded £1,000 by the Limestone Heritage Project towards the cost of the works and is awaiting confirmation that the scheme will be awarded a grant by the Landscape Trust. Mr Phil Hargreaves has scheduled the works to take place in January/ February next year, (2) 8343/ 8349 – Councillor Eden checked with the Clerk that there had been no response from Home Housing Association regarding the lack of maintenance to the Lindeth Close gardens or from Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) regarding disrepair to the public toilets.

 Councillor Henderson referred to item 8177 on the ‘Lancashire Locals’ committees, set up by Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC). RESOLVED that the Clerk e mail the front page of the agenda for these meetings to those with access to e mail, so that Members are aware should there be any matters which are relevant to this Council.

8363 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 A member of the Spring Bank Resident’s Association explained his concern about cars parked at the junction to Spring Bank and Stankelt Road and the difficulties for motorists emerging from Spring Bank onto Stankelt Road. He also advised that parking along Spring Bank by non-residents is not allowed as Spring Bank is a private road.

8364 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. Two crimes were reported in November, both involved criminal damage to cars. PC Bassinder will continue to issue fixed penalty notices to those who park their cars illegally. RESOLVED that PC Bassinder invite an officer from Highways to advise on deterrents for illegal parking. PC Bassinder reported that Mrs Shirley Pott had been awarded second prize in a national competition recently, run by the Home Office, for her 20 years work on crime prevention through neighbourhood watch. Members wished to congratulate Mrs Pott on her award.

8365 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick was not present at the meeting and her report was not available.

8366 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  LAPTC
 The Chairman and Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 27th November at which they had heard a talk on neighbourhood management.
 2.  CARP
 Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 28th November at which the Small Grants Fund had been discussed. Applications from community groups are considered for grants of up to £5,000. Details are available from ccl@communityfutures.org.uk.

8367 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Lancs. & Merseyside CTP  –  Planning seminar, Feb 20th, 7-9pm, £20.
 2.  LAPTC  –  Minutes of Lancaster Committee, 25th September.
 3.  NALC  –  Briefing re Climate Change & Sustainable Energy Act 2006.
 4.  NALC  –  Briefing re Local Government White Paper.
 5.  NALC  –  Briefing re Commons Act 2006.
 6.  Mr Roger Heise  – apology re lack of consultation with SPC.
 7.  Lancaster CC  –  consultation re Review of Special Expenses.
 8.  Mr John Bennett  –  request for permission to maintain the footpath sign close to the junction of The Chase and Stankelt Road and the noticeboard at The Green. It was noted that this request is supported by Mr Tony Riden (Arnside/ Silverdale AONB).
 9.  Lancaster CC  –  Notice of Appeal by Mr Heise, 49 The Row.
 10.  NALC  –  LCR, Special White Paper Edition.
 11.  Clerks & Councils Direct  –  November.

8368 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:
  06/01330/FUL  –  St. John’s C E Primary School – erection of a single storey extension to accommodate a new classroom and storeroom:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  06/01266/FUL  –  29 Shore Road – erection of a two storey extension to the rear: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  Network Rail  –  proposed Silverdale Level Crossing Order 2007.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS, it was noted, however, that the ditch on the NW (Silverdale) side of the crossing still represents a road hazard.
  06/01384  –  Dyke House, Lindeth Road  –  erection of a porch to the rear.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (3)  It was noted that no decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC.

8369 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
  1. It was noted that £1,000 had been granted by the AONB Limestone Heritage Project (Lottery) towards the maintenance of Woodwell and that the Clerk had signed a 10-year maintenance contract in return.

 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
  1. It was noted that the street light failure along Cove Road had been reported to Lancs. CC Highways.

8370 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:
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (Parish Contractor, November)    276.67 (187)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (new seats)    1538.56 (188)
  Society of Local Council Clerks (half subscription)      52.50 (189)
8371 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Graves advised that he has a Christmas tree ready to be erected at Bleasdale House.
 2.  Councillor Eden (a) advised that a new train timetable has been published which takes effect from 10th December, (b) reported as follows on the Remembrance Day service which had taken place on 12th November: “There was an excellent attendance at the combined service in St. John’s Church, where people had difficulty getting seats. This was a shortened service but included the laying of a wreath in the Lady’s Chapel by Mr Guy Wilkinson. It was followed by a service at the Garden of Remembrance in Emesgate Lane where names were read by Mr Jim Bolton, of those from the Parish who had died in both World Wars, with wreaths being laid by Mr Steve Wales on behalf of the British Legion and Councillor Eden for Silverdale Parish Council. Mr Andrew Gardiner read the ‘Kohima Epitaph’. The Last Post being sounded once again by Lisa Peet, which added poignancy to the occasion. Both services were conducted by Canon Paul Warren. Again the attendance was exceptional with some 150+ people taking part and with the weather treating the attenders kindly. After the service attenders were welcomed with refreshments in the Methodist Chapel which are always appreciated after this particular ceremony.”

8372 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  The gate by the cattle grid at the shore (Councillor Houghton).
8373 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Thursday, 4th January 2007. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Thursday, 28th December 2006. It was noted that the changes were to take account of public holidays.



Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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