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2nd April 2007

8459 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 2nd April 2007.

8460 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, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC1118 John Bassinder, PC 3488 Kath Bromilow, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick, Dr June Greenwell and 2 members of the public.

8461 Non-attendance
 Councillor J. (John) Burrow.

8462 Address from, and Discussion with, Dr June Greenwell Regarding the Proposed Future Developments at Cove House
 Dr June Greenwell explained that Cove House is in the process of demonstrating a need for a different type of housing provision for elderly people within the village – necessary before a planning application can be submitted. The Parish Plan indicates that a sheltered housing scheme would be welcome in the village, but in order to make this viable the scheme would have to incorporate more than 30 units. The housing options for elderly people in Silverdale, at present, are as follows: care homes, local authority bungalows (for rent) or remaining in one’s own home. The proposal is for an ‘assisted living’ scheme, comprising 6 bungalows, initially, in the grounds of Cove House, it is likely that each unit would be 75-80% owned by the resident/ 20-25% owned by Cove House, Cove House having responsibility for maintenance of the building and grounds and retaining control of subsequent sales. Care packages would be arranged, according to individual need, with a care provider and the buildings would be designed so that they could be readily adapted eg with monitoring or alarm systems. Members wished to record their recognition that there is a need for alternative forms of housing for elderly people within the village.

8463 Apologies for Absence: Councillor A.J. (Tony) Houghton and the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor.

8464 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8465 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 5th March were approved, because there had been a technical fault with the printing of the minutes. Members RESOLVED that they should be signed by the Chairman at a later date.

8466 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Henderson asked for an update on item 8438 regarding the sewerage system in Silverdale, the Deputy Clerk advised that an enquiry had been sent to United Utilities and that a reply was awaited.
8467 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8468 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Bassinder gave a verbal update: (1) the police had been called to Ridgway Park School from which 6 pupils had absconded for a number of hours, during that time several villagers had been intimidated and acts of vandalism had occurred. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary and to the Head of Ridgway Park expressing serious concern and asking for an urgent meeting to discuss the issues, (2) there had been an incident of fly-tipping at Cragg Foot, New Road. Because PC Bassinder had already cleared the rubbish Environmental Health were unable to prosecute the offenders, Members thanked PC Bassinder for his prompt action, (3) there had been a problem with youths late at night on the playing field, PC Bassinder asked if a sign could be fitted regarding age limits and hours of usage for the field, Members advised that this is in hand.

8469 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) the problem with rubbish at Gaskell Close, the land concerned is not registered and the owner has not been identified. Councillor Fishwick is asking Environmental Health to deal with the matter. Councillor Fletcher advised that she knows of a local resident who might be willing to take responsibility for looking after the land concerned, (2) an incident at the level crossing where the barriers did not close when a train passed through. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the train operators.

8470 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 The Chairman and Councillor Henderson had a attended a meeting on 26th March, at which there had been an item on the countywide review of speed limits.

8471 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Mr J Webb  –  complaint about the restoration at Woodwell, and enclosing article about NERC Act. RESOLVED that the Chairman seek advice on the legislation at the next meeting of the AONB and that a request be made to LAPTC that this matter be put on their agenda.
 2.  Mr W Knowle  –  further complaint about rubbish in Gaskell Close.
 3.  G Smith, MP/Northern Trains  –  reply about non-collection of fares and train stopping at Silverdale.
 4.  Childline  –  request for donation. RESOLVED that no donation should be made.
 5.  Morecambe Bay Partnership  –  request that this Council make a donation towards the cost of beach-cleaning equipment. RESOLVED that a donation of £100 be made.
 6.  Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC)  –  SPDs re Affordable Housing and Design.
 7.  Lancaster CC  –  draft revision of Model Code of Conduct.
 8.  Mrs Margaret Lambert  –  congratulations on restoration of Woodwell.
 9.  LPFA  –  subscription request (agenda item).
 10. NALC/SLCC  –  minor revisions of Model Contract of Employment.
 11. AONB  –  “Waymarker”, March.
 12. AONB  –  Bittern Countryside CIC Newsletter, February.
 13. Clerk & Councils Direct  –  March.
 14. Landscape Trust  –  “Keer to Kent”, Spring.
 15. NALC  –  LCR, March.
8472 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:
  07/00242/FUL  –  13 Lindeth Road  –  construction of dormer to the rear and installation of two Velux windows to the front:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS
  07/00222/FUL  –  9 Stankelt Road  –  construction of a single storey extension to rear and raised sitting area:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  07/00262/FUL – 8 Shore Cottages, Shore Road  –  erection of a single storey and a two storey extension to the rear:  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:
  TPO 164  –  Woodwell House, 3 The Chase  –  Lime tree removal:  GRANTED.
  TPO 3  –  4a The Row  –  Ash tree removal:  REFUSED.
  TPO 3  –  4a The Row  –  selective pruning of Oak tree:  GRANTED.
8473 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
8474 Lancashire Playing Fields Association
 RESOLVED that this Council renew its subscription (£15) to the Lancashire Playing Fields Association.

8475 Parish Elections
 The Chairman reported that Councillors Eden, Fryer, Henderson and he will not be standing for re-election at the parish elections on 3rd May and thanked all Parish Councillors for their commitment and loyal service to Silverdale and the Clerk and Deputy Clerk for their expertise and support to the Council.

8476 Parish Clerk
 (a)  It was noted that the Clerk, Mr Peter Challenor, had given just over three months’ notice of his resignation, for medical reasons. The new Clerk will be expected to take-up his/ her appointment on 1st July 2007.
 (b)  RESOLVED that this Council will seek re-accreditation, so as to maintain its Quality Parish status, and, that it is necessary for the new Clerk to hold the CiLCA qualification, or give a commitment to gain same before re-accreditation becomes due.
 (c)  It was noted that interviews will be arranged for Wednesday, 2nd May starting at 4 0’clock in the Green Room at the Gaskell Hall. RESOLVED that the panel comprise the Chairman and Councillors Eden and Fletcher.
 (d)  RESOLVED that the interview panel amend the job description to state that this Council would like the Clerk to attend meetings of the Council as well as site meetings.

8477 Woodwell
 RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Mr Phil Hargreaves to request that the following works be carried out at Woodwell:
 1.  A quarter of the silt in the pond be removed in October.
 2.  The grass be regularly cut to keep the waterways clear.
 3.  A stone gully be made from the well holding tank to the pond, to prevent silt being flushed by the overflow water into the pond.
 4.  The replacement of the ceramic pipe from the holding tank to the filter beds, if necessary.
 Members commented that the restoration of Woodwell has been successful and thanked Councillor Eden and Mr Hargreaves for their involvement.

8478 Emesgate Lane Bus Shelter
 RESOLVED that the necessary repairs be carried out, by Mr Hargreaves, to the old bus shelter area in Emesgate Lane, and to the seat at the Park Road bus shelter, up to a maximum cost of £300.

8479 Finance
 (a)  Councillors Fletcher and 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:
  Smith of Derby (clock maintenance)       184.48 (202)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (payment for February)      276.67 (203)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (payment for March)      276.67 (204)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (for renovation of Woodwell)  2,000.00 (205)

8480 Amenities Under Threat
 Nothing to report.

8481 Items for Information

8482 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Future Trustees for Silverdale United Charity (Councillor Henderson).
 2.  The future of the village centre (Councillor Henderson).

8484 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Thursday, 10th May 2007. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Friday, 4th May.

Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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