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4th June 2007

8511 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 4th June 2007.

8512 Present: Chairman – Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors S. (Susan) Fletcher, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward,
 PC 7301 Gerald Hurtley, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public.

8513 Declaration of Acceptance of Office
 It was noted that Mrs Shirley L. Mason had signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office on 18th May and has been entitled to undertake any duties of a Silverdale Parish Councillor since so doing.

8514 Apologies for Absence: Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, J. (John) Taylor and the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor.

8515 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8516 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 Councillor Houghton advised that ‘Anthony’ (item 8487) should be spelt ‘Antony’ on the Minutes of the Annual Council Meeting held on Thursday, 10th May 2007. RESOLVED to amend item 8487 accordingly. The Minutes were duly amended, approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8517 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
8518 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8519 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Hurtley gave a verbal update: (1) there had been an assault in Yew Tree Gardens and enquires are ongoing, (2) a car had been broken into on Hollins Lane and a handbag had been stolen, (3) the fire service is offering a free smoke alarm fitting service to all residents; if any member of the public would like to use the service they should contact PC Hurtley at Carnforth police station, (4) 4 parking tickets have been issued in the past month.

8520 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) signage – Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) is currently replacing all signposts with finger posts and reviewing the location of all signs within the AONB. Some signposts have been removed but have not been immediately replaced with new posts. RESOLVED that Councillor Fishwick ask for the start and completion dates for the fitting of the new signs. Councillor Houghton expressed concern regarding signage for the caravan sites due to the unsuitability of certain roads for caravans. Members also expressed concern regarding the safety of bridal paths on the bay, coastal erosion has meant that certain bridal paths are now tidal and are routed over quicksand, RESOLVED that Councillor Fishwick request that no signage be installed in such cases, (2) continuing problems with the barriers to the level crossing, (3) Councillor Fishwick had received a letter from a resident in Lindeth Road concerning problems with a developer who has not reinstated land after the completion of a development, (4) grant availability (a) Carnforth and Area Regeneration Partnership (CARP) Small Grants Fund – applications from community groups are considered for grants of up to £5,000. Details are available from Community Futures tel. 01772 717461/ 718710, e mail: ccl@communityfutures.org.uk , (b) every County Councillor has a budget of £1,000 aimed at providing grant aid to local groups, subject to the approval of Members in their Lancashire Local. Organisations are encouraged to apply to Councillor Fishwick, (5) Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) is currently a coalition of 5 parties with a Conservative Leader of the Council, (6) rubbish at Gaskell Close – this has still not been dealt with, Councillor Fishwick has asked Environmental Health to deal with the matter.

 Councillor Houghton advised of a traffic problem on Shore Road over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend when British Telecom dug up the road and did not reinstate it immediately. RESOLVED that Councillor Fishwick investigate this incident.

8521 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

8522 Election of Representatives
 RESOLVED that the appointments to the following outside organisations be deferred to the next meeting:
 Mansergh’s Charity 
 AONB Executive Committee
 LAPTC – Lancaster Area Committee
 Lune Valley Rural Housing Association 
 Churchyard Care Group    
 National Trust Local Committee 
 Carnforth Market Town Initiative Executive Committee
 Lancaster Area Rural Road Safety Committee 
 Chairman of Parish Plan Development Group
 Silverdale United Charities.

8523 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Lancaster CC  –  Advice on the Model Code of Conduct together with forms.
 2.  NALC  –  follow up to legal briefing LO7 07.
 3.  Lancs. CC  –  Bus Shelters Task Group: final report.
 4.  NALC  –  Employment Briefing, minimum wage and car allowances.
 5.  Lancs. CC  –   Public Path Diversion order.
 6.  Lancs. Constabulary  –  feedback of the meeting between Police and Ridgway Park
 School, following recent incidents (agenda item).
 7.  Lancaster CC  –  Results of Parish Elections held on the 3rd May 2007.
 8.  Lancs. Highways  –  Information regarding a road closure and diversion (New Road on 3rd June).
 9.  Lancaster CC  –  Consultation questionnaire on the Parish Council’s ‘Open Spaces’. RESOLVED that Councillor Williams complete the questionnaire.
 10.  LAPTC  –  Agenda for Annual General Meeting in November. It was noted that the AGM will take place on Saturday, 3rd November at 10.30am at County Hall, Preston. RESOLVED that attendance at the AGM be an agenda item for the next meeting. It was noted that this Council needs to reply with a list of attendees by 21st September.
 11.  LAPTC  –  Courses and various Briefings.
 12.  AONB  –  “Waymarker”, May.
 13.  Lancashire CC   – Road safety Newsletter, April.
 14.  Clerks and Councils Direct  –  May.
8524 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:
  07/00566/FUL – 19 The Row – retrospective application for the creation of additional access steps to the front:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  07/00696/FUL – Burtonwell Cottage, 8 Bottoms Lane – erection of a two storey extension to the east elevation and a single storey extension to the north elevation and a storage building in the garden:  PLANNING OBJECTIONS on the following grounds:
  1.  The proposed extension is out of character with the existing building.
  2.  The roof lines do not match up.
  3.  The proposed extension extends beyond the frontage of the building.
  4.  There is concern that the plot will be over developed and will be too close to the boundaries. A site visit would illustrate this point.

  07/00591/FUL – 14 Levens Way -alterations to existing gates and walls: PLANNING OBJECTIONS on the following ground:
  1.  The difficulty of considering the application because the original gate and access are not shown.

  07/00721/FUL – 43 Stankelt Road – erection of a detached garage:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (3) It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
  07/00453/FUL  –  10 Stankelt Road  –  erection of a two storey side extension, a single storey side extension and a rear extension to form a garage:  GRANTED.

8525 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

8526 Statement of Accounts
 RESOLVED to approve the following Statement of Accounts, to go on the external audit form:
         31.3.06   31.3.07
 Balances brought forward        9 667   31 884
 Annual Precept       15 518   17 903
 Total other Receipts       58 201     4 393
 Staff Costs          4 954     4 845
 Loan interest/capital repayments      N/A     N/A
 Total other Payments      46 548   24 791
 Balances carried Forward      31 884   24 544
 Total cash and investments      65 049   65 049
 Total fixed assets and long       NIL     NIL
 term investments     
 Total borrowings          NIL      NIL

8527 Ridgway Park
 1.  the subject of interaction between this Council and Ridgway Park, and how such interaction can be encouraged, be discussed at the next meeting,
 2.  the Clerk reply to the Lancashire Constabulary (correspondence item 6) stating that this Council would be pleased to receive regular updates regarding Ridgway Park at the Police and Communities Together (PACT) meetings.

8528 Photographs of Councillors
 RESOLVED to consider the expenditure of no more than £50 for the publication of photographs of Councillors, and other ways of publicising the activities of this Council, at the next meeting.
8529 Web Site
 RESOLVED to defer to the next meeting the consideration of the authorisation of the expenditure of £200 to allow the web site to accommodate (1) the scanned photographs from  the Millennium Commemorative Album, and (2) the Minutes of meetings of the Parochial Church Council.

8530 Village Centre
 (1)   record this Council’s recognition of the contents of the Parish Plan with regards to the village centre and its desire to pursue the aims therein,
 (2)  a discourse with the planning and highways authorities with a view to achieving those aims.

8531 Traffic Speed
 RESOLVED to ask Councillor Fishwick to make enquiries regarding Lancs. CC’s plans to reduce traffic speed in the village and report back to this Council.

8532 Finance
 (a)  It was noted that the bank statements are currently with the Internal Auditor and so were not available for inspection.
 (b) Cheques for the following accounts were authorised:
  Mr CJ Eden (travelling expenses) 56 miles x 40p     22.40 (245)
  Cypher (new Map)       112.45 (246)
  Gaskell Memorial Hall (interviews)         7.90 (247)
  Mr Phil Hargreaves (April & May contract + materials)  593.00 (248)

8533 Amenities Under Threat
 Nothing to Report.

8534 Items for Information

8535 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Dog nuisance (Councillor Williams).
 2.  Allotments (Councillors Fletcher and Williams).
 3.  The needs of the Clerk e.g. regarding the storage of information (Councillor Fletcher).

8536 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 2nd July 2007. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 22nd June and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 25th June.

Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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