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3rd December 2007

8672 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 3rd December 2007.

8673 Present: Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, D. (Dorothy) Kitson, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, J. (John) Taylor,
 the Clerk  –  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 785 Steven Broadbent, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public.

8674 Apologies for Absence: Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves and P.N. (Paul) Williams.

8675 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8676 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 5th November were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8677 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Members referred to item 8655 regarding pedestrian and parking facilities at the station and RESOLVED that the Clerk ask Railtrack for a reply to the letter sent by this Council and to include this matter as an item on the next agenda.

 Members RESOLVED to suspend the meeting under standing order 12 (e) for agenda items 5, 6 and 7 to allow for discussion.

8678 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 A member of the public referred to the open meeting held by Abbeyfield on 29th November to outline the proposals for developing the grounds of Cove House and advised that this Council will be notified as to the public response following that meeting. This Council was also advised that some members of the public have expressed concern as to increased traffic along Cove Road and suggested that this might be a matter for the Parish Council to consider.

8679 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Broadbent gave a verbal update. 11 crimes have been reported in the last month:
 (1)  6 thefts from cars (over a period of 3 days – 10th, 11th and 12th November) at Eaves Wood, Trowbarrow, Storrs Lane and Ford Lane following which there has been a high visibility police presence at weekends and cars had been leafleted in order to advise members of the public not to leave valuables on show, (2)  2 incidents where garden ornaments had been damaged, (3)  3 domestic related crimes. PC Broadbent also advised that the hand held radar gun is in use and fixed penalty notices will be issued where appropriate. PC Broadbent is looking at traffic management at Spring Bank and has been asking drivers to move their cars in the Shore Road area, in cases where inconsiderate parking has been observed.

 The Clerk read out an e mail concerning a lost dog: “a blue merl lurcher it has one blue and one brown eye he answers to the name of Max. His colour is grey and white mottled pattern”. PC Broadbent said that he would enquire as to whether the dog had been reported to the police and would alert Cumbria police.

 PC Broadbent will be retiring in December but will be working as a Special Police Constable – an additional member of staff for the Silverdale area. Members asked that a letter of thanks be sent to the police for the service provided by PC Broadbent.
8680 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick reported on: (1)  signage – a site meeting is to be held in the New Year with Highways, (2)  problems with the septic tank at Gaskell Close, (3)  a meeting to be held regarding the joining up of certain bridlepaths, (4)  the proposed 20mph traffic zone – plans will be available for consultation in March 2008, (5)  she is looking into the plans for access from the station platform to the RSPB car park.

 Members asked Councillor Fishwick if she could report the poor condition of the public toilets to Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) again.

 The meeting resumed for agenda item 8.

8681 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 (a)  Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)
 Councillor Kitson reported that she had attended a meeting regarding a proposal to develop a MUGA in the school grounds, the meeting was inconclusive.
 (b)  AONB
 Councillor Taylor advised that he had attended the quarterly management meeting of the AONB at which signposts had been discussed, apparently it is intended that the newly fitted signposts will be cut down in size.
 (c) LAPTC
 The Chairman reported that he had attended a reception at County Hall, organised by LAPTC, on 29th November.

8682 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
  • NALC  –  advise of new salary, holiday entitlement and expense allowances for Clerks.
  • Lancashire Policy Authorities Newsletters “Dialogue”.  Articles invited.
  • NHS Foundation Trust – Public Consultation Document  – responses by 13/1/08.
  • “Keer to Kent” Publication.
  • LCR , the National Association of Local Councils Journal, Nov. 07.
  • Clerk and Council’s Direct, Nov. 07.
  • Resident writes to request traffic calming measures for Stankelt Road.
  • Abbeyfield Silverdale & District Society write regarding the open meeting they are having on 29/11/07.
  • Invitation to the Chairman to attend Lancashire Civic County Epiphany Service at Blackburn Cathedral on 13/1/08.
  • Bus timetables. It was noted that Councillor Kitson would ask if these could be made  available at the post office.
  • Lancaster CC Christmas refuse collection  –  notice to be displayed on the parish council notice board.

8683 Planning
  It was noted that the following planning applications were dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a, and comments made as indicated:  • 07/01536/FUL  –  24 Stankelt Road  –  creation of off street parking space, alteration to porch and addition of porch roof :  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  • 07/01534/ADV  –  CWS Retail Financial Services, 16 Emesgate Lane  –  installation of wraparound fascia sign:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  • 07/01378/FUL  –  Paint Mines Wood, Crag Foot, Warton  –  full planning permission for continuation of use of Wrights Leisure Paint Ball Centre:  Lancaster CC notified that this property is not within the Silverdale Parish Council boundary.
  • 07/01440/FUL  –  32 Wallings Lane  –  retrospective application for the retention of extensions to dwelling to form ancillary accommodation:  PLANNING OBJECTIONS on the grounds that this Council believes the extension to be obtrusive and that the use of the extension causes concerns, effectively allowing possible holiday flats. The restrictive conditions applied are supported.
  • 07/01567/FUL  –  16 Wallings Lane  –  erection of replacement garage:  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

  (b) The following planning application was considered and comments made as indicated:
  • 07/01505/FUL  –  Coppernobs, Old Station Buildings, Red Bridge Lane  –  erection of a lean-to conservatory:  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

8684 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
  25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
  It was noted that a payment of a £25 returnable deposit to Arnside Parish Council had been paid for the use of the chapel as a training venue (cheque no. 600270).
  25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions

8685 Budget
  RESOLVED to approve the draft budget for 2008-09 (appended).

8686 Precept
  RESOLVED to set the next precept at £19,162.

8687 Parish Council Office
  RESOLVED to defer the consideration of the provision of an office for the Parish Council for 6 months.

8688 Parochial Church Council (PCC) Minutes
  RESOLVED not to add the PCC Minutes to the Parish Council’s website.

8689 Invitation to RSPB
  RESOLVED to invite Mr Robin Horner (RSPB) to address a future meeting of this Council.

8690 Children’s Playground
  Councillor Kitson advised that she had met with Mrs Rachel Bodenham from the ASCT and that a number of issues had been raised:
  1.  More bark is needed for the aerial runway. RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson ascertain the type and quantity of bark required and advise the Clerk accordingly.
  2.  There has been a request for a picnic bench. RESOLVED that this request be considered as an agenda item at the next meeting of this Council.
  3.  RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson draw up a precise list of all items required, check on the frequency of playground inspections and meet with ASCT (and Mr Paul Holgate, if possible) to agree a management plan.
  4.  RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson produce a written report, following her meetings regarding the playground, to be presented to this Council quarterly.

8691 Finance
  RESOLVED to authorise payments for the following accounts:
  NW Air Ambulance (s.137 donation)      100.00
  Mr PG Challenor (back-pay, April to June, and gratuity balance, Jan. to June) 144.65
  Sue Hayward (back-pay 1/4/07- 29/10/07, plus expenses) £150.60
  Shirley Mason (Basic Parish Allowance)  25.00 
  John Taylor (Basic Parish Allowance)  25.00 
  Eve Holden (Basic Parish Allowance)  25.00 
  Tony Houghton (Basic Parish Allowance) 25.00 
  Dorothy Kitson (Basic Parish Allowance) 25.00
  Mr P. Hargreaves (PC works November)      290.50

  RESOLVED to consider the authorisation of the following payment:
   AONB (Bank Well, one day’s labour)       117.50 
  at the next meeting in view of the fact that this Council was unaware that a charge was to be made for the works carried out. It was noted that Mr Ian Henderson (AONB) should be invited to a future meeting of this Council to discuss works carried out by the AONB in Silverdale.

8692 Amenities Under Threat
  Nothing to report.

8693 Signage
  RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the Head of Highways to express this Council’s disappointment regarding the problems with signage (including the length of time taken for new signage to be put in place).

8694 Training
  RESOLVED that the Clerk ask Arnside Parish Council to consider a contribution of £100 towards the cost of the recent training for new Councillors which had been attended by 3 of their Members.

8695 Items for Information

8696 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
  1.  To consider the consultation on the future of the post office (due this month). (All Members).
  2.  To discuss local bus service provision. (All Members).

8697 Date of Next Meeting
  It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 7th January 2008. Items for the agenda, to reach the Clerk before Friday, 28th December and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 31st December.


Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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