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5th February 2007

8400 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 5th February 2007.

8401 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC1118 John Bassinder, PC3488 Kath Bromilow, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick. There were no members of the public present.

8402 Non-attendance: Councillor J. (John) Burrow.

8403 Apologies for Absence: Councillors S. (Susan) Fletcher and A.W. (Arthur) Graves.

8404 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8405 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Thursday, 4th January were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8406 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Houghton referred to item 8392 regarding the cattle grid at The Shore and read out the e mail he had received from Mr Dave Berry, Highways Superintendent at Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC). Mr Berry had explained that the gate had been cut down and re-welded; although this was unsatisfactory the gate had cost less than £150 and when in need of replacement (in a few years time) a gate would be manufactured to the correct length. Councillor Henderson referred to item 8397 regarding a new village map, RESOLVED that Members approve the draft map and the attractions to be included. Regarding item 8281 the Chairman reported that Mr Charles Bluglass had apologised for not attending the January meeting.

8407 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8408 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. No crimes were reported in January. Lancashire Constabulary is organising a St. Valentine’s tea dance for senior citizens at Carnforth Station on 14th February from 12 noon – 2 pm. All tickets have now been allocated. The event is part funded by Lancs. CC. Carnforth Town Council has organised a meeting for 8th February regarding the possibility of funding for a second police patrol car to be based at Carnforth. At present there are 9 staff based at Carnforth with use of only one vehicle. Members expressed concern about inconsiderate parking in the village and checked that the police are aware of the forthcoming closure of the level crossing. Members asked that diversion signs direct vehicles to Silverdale via the A6 and Nineteen Acre Lane.

8409 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick confirmed that she will take up the following issues relating to the closure of the level crossing: (1) adequate signage for the diversion ,(2) the dates of the closure, being over the February half-term school holidays.

8410 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  LAPTC
 The Chairman and Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 22nd January. The main items of interest were:(1) Lancaster City Council’s (Lancaster CC) unitary bid; there is to be a consultation period during which parish councils can comment. The Chairman has a copy of the proposals for unitary status, (2) plans for a children’s community resource centre are proceeding, (3) Carnforth High School is proposing to introduce the International Baccalaureate system in the autumn.
 2.  AONB Executive Meeting
 The Chairman had attended a meeting on 24th January. The main agenda item involved workshop groups looking at the possible conversion of Slackwood Farm into the AONB Discovery Centre. The Executive reaffirmed their support for this proposal subject to obtaining significant grants and planning permission.
 3.  Silverdale Institute
 The Chairman had attended the AGM on 25th January.
 4.  Lune Valley Housing Association
 Councillor Eden had attended the AGM on 15th January. The Chairman of the association had reported that there was to be an emphasis on the maintenance and improvement of the landscaping of their property. Councillor Eden had expressed his dissatisfaction at the state of the rockery at Lindeth Close and had been assured that this matter would receive attention.
8411 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Lancaster CC  –  notification of bid for Unitary status.
 2.  Lancashire CC  –  notification that the Local Transport Plan has been approved.
 3.  Mr Beale  –  copy letter to AONB, re suggestions for additional footways.
 4.  Landscape Trust  –  reply to Mr Beale (via AONB).
 5.  Messrs McCourt and Knowles  –  complaint about litter in Gaskell Close. RESOLVED that Councillor Fishwick be asked to pursue this, it was noted that this problem is a potential health hazard and, if so, would be the responsibility of Lancaster CC. The owners of the land concerned are not known.
 6.  Geraldine Smith, MP  –  acknowledgment of letter re trains not stopping at Silverdale. Ms Smith has subsequently asked for specific dates and times where tickets have not been collected. Councillor Houghton reported that, after a number of phone calls to Northern Rail,  the problem with the timer to the platform lights has been corrected, he has, however, been advised by Northen Rail that there should be red flashing danger lights, where passengers have to cross the track, to indicate danger. RESOLVED that Councillor Fishwick be asked to pursue this.
 7.  Lancashire CC  –  consultation on Proposals for Engaging with Neighbourhoods.
8412 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:
  06/01584/FUL – 2 Shore Green – erection of a single storey extension to front:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  07/00088/FUL  –  Old Waterslack Farmhouse  –  erection of a garden summerhouse:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
  6/01266/FUL – 29 Shore Road – erection of a two storey extension to the rear: GRANTED.
  06/01384/FUL – Dyke House, Lindeth Road – erection of a porch to the rear: GRANTED.
  06/01322/FUL – Hazelwood Hall, Hollins Lane – demolition of part of existing and erection of replacement storage pavilion:  GRANTED.

8413 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions

8414 Silverdale Shuttle
 It was noted that insufficient numbers of people are using the shuttle service and that the service is seriously threatened. RESOLVED to ask Councillor Fishwick to find out more information about the threat to the service and to keep this Council informed. This Council suggests that as many villagers as possible use the service.

8415 Bank Accounts
 RESOLVED to change accounts from the Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank to the Co-Operative’s Community Direct Plus and associated accounts with effect from May.

8416 Annual Parish Meeting (Parish Assembly)
 The Chairman advised that Dr Peter Dyer and Dr June Greenwell have been invited to address the Assembly and the draft agenda was discussed.

8417 Access to Work (AtoW) Grant
 It was noted that the Clerk has difficulty in accessing buildings due to his disability. AtoW grants are available to help towards the cost of helping people with disabilities to continue working. RESOLVED that the Clerk contact the AtoW assessor regarding the options available so that the Clerk can work from home e.g. using technology such as mobile phones and laptop computers. RESOLVED to consider the options and to invite the assessor to a meeting of this Council.

8418 Silverdale Institute Governing Document
 It was noted that the governing document received from the Charity Commission for the Silverdale Institute lists the object of the charity as:
 “1. …the provision and maintenance of a village hall for the use of the inhabitants of the Parish of Silverdale…without distinction of political, religious, or other opinions, including use for meetings, lectures and classes, and for forms of recreational and leisure time occupation, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the said inhabitants.
 2.  The said land and building shall be held upon trust for the purposes of a village hall as aforesaid.”8419 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 AW Graves (Christmas Tree, etc)   £  25.00 (192)
  Lancaster City Council (donation to AONB)   £800.00 (193)
  BDO Stoy Hayward (audit fee)    £411.25 (194)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (monthly fee less adjustment)  £  95.16 (195)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (monthly fee)    £276.67 (196)
  Mr PG Challenor (salary & expenses)   £949.06 (197)
  Mrs Sue Hayward (salary & expenses)   £278.51 (198)
8420 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Eden advised that: (a) works are currently being carried out at Bank Well by Mr Richard Bamford and volunteers. Councillor Eden is concerned about the road edge (along the pond side) which has been eroded by vehicles over a period of months and has contacted Mr Dave Berry, Highways Superintendent, who is arranging for the matter to be dealt with. Two trees require felling by United Utilities as they are close to power lines, (b) the telephone kiosk on Park Road has been out of order since last September and he has reported the matter to British Telecom several times.

8421 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Update from United Utilities regarding a village sewerage system (Councillor Henderson).
 2.  The introduction of a standing item on the agenda whereby public services or amenities, which are under threat, are discussed (Councillor Houghton).
8422 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 5th March 2007. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 23rd February, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 26th February.




Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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