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2007/01/04

4th January 2007

8374 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Thursday, 4th January 2007.

8375 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, S. (Susan) Fletcher, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC1118 John Bassinder, PC3488 Kath Bromilow, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public.

8376 Non-attendance: Councillor J. (John) Burrow.

8377 Apologies for Absence: The Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor.

8378 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
 None.

8379 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 4th December were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8380 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Henderson referred to item 8371 (2) regarding trains to and from Silverdale. Members RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the train operators requesting that all trains stop at Silverdale and pointing out that tickets are often not being collected when the trains are crowded. RESOLVED that a copy of the letter be sent to County Councillor Tony Martin, Councillor Fishwick and Geraldine Smith MP. Councillor Houghton also mentioned that the timer for the lights on the station platform is in need of adjustment as the lights are not on at the time when children are arriving home from school when it is dark.
8381 Youth Facilities
 Mr Charles Bluglass was not present at the meeting to address Members on youth facilities within Silverdale.

8382 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 None.

8383 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. No crimes were reported in December. A total of 19 crimes had been reported during the year, none of which had been burglaries to dwellings.
 Councillor Henderson advised that there had been some incidents of sheep worrying and PC Bassinder confirmed that this matter would be dealt with on notification by the affected parties. PC Bromilow reported that the police will be visiting the year 6 class, in local schools, to talk about criminal damage and bullying. RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 10, correspondence item 1, on parking at Spring Bank, under standing order 12 (b), whilst PC Bassinder was present. The letter, from Spring Bank Residents Association, was read out. As reiterated previously the police will continue to monitor both speeding and parking close to any junctions within the village.

8384 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) the lighting at Hazelwood Hall – Councillor Fishwick reported that there have been complaints that it is too bright, (2) the Silverdale Shuttle – this service is seriously threatened. Members RESOLVED that this matter be an agenda item at the next meeting of this Council, (3) every County Councillor has an allocated budget of £1,000 aimed at providing grant aid to local groups, subject to the approval of Members in their Lancashire Local. Organisations in Silverdale are encouraged to apply – applications to be made through Councillor Fishwick, (4) Silverdale First Responders have approached Councillor Fishwick to say that they are looking to recruit more volunteers, (5) Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) is currently bidding for unitary status, (6) the gate at the cattle grid on the path leading to Jenny Brown’s Point is in poor condition. Councillor Fishwick will report this to Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) Highways.

8385 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 (a)
 1.  National Trust Liaison Committee
 Councillors Fryer and Henderson had attended a meeting on 8th December at which incidents of sheep worrying had been discussed. The number of volunteer hours had increased to 5,000 for the year.

8386 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Spring Bank Residents Association  –  letter of concern regarding visibility difficulties (brought forward to item 7 and discussed further under item 10). Members did not support the use of yellow lines around the junction of Stankelt Road and Spring Bank.
 2.  Silverdale Village Institute  –  copy of Governing Document (restricted viewing).
 3.  Lancaster CC  –  TPO Consent.
 4.  AONB  –  request for a donation (agenda item).
 5.  Lancaster CC  –  letter to advise that extra information, beyond the precept demand, will be requested as from 2007/ 08.
 6.  Lancaster CC  –  Multi-Agency Open Day, February 7th.
 7.  LAPTC  –  Newsletter, December.
 8.  Charity Commission  –  copy of Governing Document for Silverdale Institute (public document (no restriction on viewing)). RESOLVED that the Deputy Clerk circulate a copy of the document to all Members and Councillor Fishwick and that a message be posted on the website (www.silverdale-pc-lancs.gov.uk) advising that Members have a copy should any member of the public wish to refer to it.
 9.  FLAG  –  Newsletter, December.
 10.  BDO Stoy Hayward  –  conclusion of Audit, 2005-06 (agenda item).
 11.  AONB  “Waymarker”, December.
 12.  NALC  –  LCR, January.
 13.  Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank  –  signatory amendment forms.
 
8387 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:
  06/01329/FUL  –  Westfield, Gaskell Close – erection of extensions and alterations: NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  06/01433/FUL  –  31 The Row – erection of a garden shed to the rear:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  06/01322/FUL  –  Hazelwood Hall, Hollins Lane – demolition of part of existing and erection of replacement storage pavilion:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS, however the Council is most concerned that this is yet another retrospective application (and understand that it has already been given delegated approval). The appearance of the replacement structure is considered ‘garish’, in this location, and green would have been preferred. The adjacent car park should be removed once the building ceases to be used as a Sales Office. It should not be changed to any form of residential use.

 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  06/01539/FUL  –  3 Cove Road – erection of a single storey extension to the rear.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  06/01532/FUL  –  16a Emesgate Lane – change of use of part of ground floor retail to residential and erection of a two storey extension. The Parish Council OBJECTS to the development on the following grounds: (a) there is no parking space (b) the design is considered to be inappropriate (c) there is no garden (d) there are drainage issues.

 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
  06/01170/FUL  –  12  Birch Drive – erection of a single-storey extension to the rear and a pitched roof on the garage:  GRANTED.
  01/06/1169  –  Bleasdale House School – proposed resurfacing of existing gravel car park, provision of disabled access ramp and timber garden storage shed:  GRANTED.

8388 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
  None.

 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
  1.  It was noted that there is a blocked drain in Cove Road, near the junction with Woodlands Drive. This has been reported to Lancs. CC Highways. Members RESOLVED that this matter be raised again as it is still causing problems.

8389 Account Holders and Authorised Signatories
 The names of the account holders and authorised signatories, for the Council’s accounts with the Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank, were confirmed as: the Chairman and Councillors Eden and Henderson.

8390 Bank Accounts
 RESOLVED to defer item 14, concerning the consideration of changing accounts, from the Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank to the Co-Operative’s Community Direct Plus, to another meeting (with the Clerk present).

8391 Christmas Tree and Lights
 RESOLVED to reimburse Mr Arthur Graves the sum of £25, being the cost of supplying the Christmas tree. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Mr Keith Higginson, electrician, to thank him for donating 30 replacement Christmas tree lights. Members wished to thank Mr Graves for erecting the tree at Bleasdale House and also to thank Mr Paul Holgate for supplying the Christmas tree in the playing field.

8392 Gate at the Cattle Grid at the Entrance to The Shore
 It was noted that a new gate has been erected but that, whilst the workmen had done an excellent job fitting the gate, the gate is substandard and not rust proof. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Lancs. CC Highways regarding the gate.

8393 Silverdale Institute Governing Document
 RESOLVED to defer item 17, concerning the implications of the document, to another meeting.

8394 External Audit
 It was noted that the audit for 2005-06 has now been completed. The External Auditor did not raise any points of concern, nor did he make any recommendations.

8395 Donation to the AONB
 RESOLVED to make a donation of £800 to the AONB under the provisions of Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972. Councillor Henderson asked that it be recorded that he voted against this resolution.

 
8396 Finance
 (a)  Councillor Graves 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 Institute (hall hire 2006)   £91.00  (190)
  British Gas (electricity for clock)   £23.47  (191)
 
8397 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Eden advised that the AONB has a computer expert on maps who can produce a Silverdale parish map, similar to the one which has been on the butcher’s wall. The map can be updated and include places of interest etc., Mr Ian Henderson (Arnside and Silverdale AONB Manager) will provide estimates for a replacement map. The frame is being renovated by Mr Phil Hargreaves.

8398 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Affordable Housing (Councillor Fletcher).

8399 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 5th February 2007. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 26th January, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Monday, 29th January.

 
Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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