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7th January 2008

8698 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 7th January 2008.

8699 Present: Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, D. (Dorothy) Kitson, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, J. (John) Taylor, P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Clerk  –  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward, SC 785 Steven Broadbent, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public.

8700 Apologies for Absence:  Councillor A.J. (Tony) Houghton.

8701 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8702 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 3rd December were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8703 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to the following items: (1)  8679 regarding PC Broadbent’s retirement – she had written to thank PC Broadbent for the excellent service he has provided, and to the Chief Constable, who had replied to say that the letter would be kept with PC Broadbent’s records, (2)  8691 regarding the monthly works carried out by Mr Phil Hargreaves – Mr Hargreaves had directed the Clerk to his contract and advised that, often, additional works are carried out (at no extra cost to the Council) e.g. more frequent grass cutting than is specified in the contract, (3)  8686 regarding the precept – Lancaster CC’s form has been received and requires the Chairman’s signature.

 Members asked the Clerk about item 8694 regarding the request to Arnside Parish Council to consider a contribution towards the cost of the joint training session held in November, the Clerk advised that she had written to Arnside Parish Council and that it was expected that this matter would be discussed at their next meeting.

8704 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8705 Update from the Community Police Officer
 SC Broadbent reported that: (1)  with effect form 7th January his job title is Special Constable (Special Constables have the same powers as Police Constables), a temporary Police Constable is to be appointed for the Silverdale area to cover PC Bassinder’s absence, (2)  few crimes had been reported in December – a small number had occurred in and around Ridgway Park School and there had been minor damage to a vehicle on Spring Bank, (3)  the thefts from cars which occurred in November had been detected, (4)  the hand held radar gun continues to be used and the police are issuing warnings and fixed penalty tickets to speeding motorists, (5)  a site meeting had been held with Highways regarding the problem of poor visibility as drivers emerge from Spring Bank – a ‘T’ bar is to be painted on the road to deter drivers from parking at the entrance to Spring Bank.

 Members asked that the inappropriate parking of cars continue to be monitored.

8706 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick reported on: (1)  signage – a site meeting had been held with Highways to discuss the problems with signage, Councillor Taylor added that he had  observed some signposts in the process of being cut down recently, (2)  problems with the septic tank at Gaskell Close – a meeting had been held with Lancaster CC’s housing department, (3)  the shuttle bus – Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) have agreed that the shuttle bus will make an additional stop at Silverdale School at the end of the school day, it was noted that it is essential that the yellow hatched area on the road outside the school be kept clear for the bus to be used safely, (4)  there is general concern about the number of retrospective planning applications, (5)  bridlepaths – a meeting had been held regarding the joining up of the Yealand Hall and Haweswater bridlepaths. English Nature, who own some of the land concerned, have advised that the paths around Haweswater are not of a sufficient standard to act as a bridleway, (6)  Lancs. CC and Lancaster CC will be holding their budget meetings in February.

8707 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
8708 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1. Lancaster CC invite Councillors to apply to become a member of the Standards Committee.
 2. Letter from Geraldine Smith MP asking if the Council would like her to attend one of its meetings. RESOLVED to invite Geraldine Smith to a meeting of this Council.
 3. Renewal form for Society of Local Council Clerks. RESOLVED not to renew this Council’s subscription.
 4. FLAG Newsletter, No 69.
 5. Landscape & Amenity Newspaper & chart calendar 2008.
 6. Scenic North Calendar 2008.
 7. Large submission from Minerals and Waste. Consisting: Sustainability report; pre-submission consultation statement; Managing our waste and natural resources; Submission stage representation form.
 8. LAPTC Minutes of meeting held on 24th September. Newsletter, Dec 2007.
 9. Lancashire Climate Change Strategy & Action Plan – Consultation. Available on the internet at: www.lancashire.gov.uk /environment/envpolicy/climate/lancs cc strategy.asp or request copy, tel. 01772 531257.  Replies by 14/1/08.
 10. Lancaster CC have published a bulletin of changes to local authority electoral arrangements, available on www.communities.gov.uk/elections.
 11. Booklet entitled “What can NCVO do for your voluntary organisation?”.
 12. Event by the Lancashire Criminal Justice Board to increase public knowledge of sentencing in the courts.  18/2/08, 5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
 13. Lancashire Police Authority community meeting.  Agenda for 15/1/08 at Gregson Community Centre, 33-35 Moorgate, Lancaster, commencing at 7.00 p.m. It was noted that Councillor Fishwick will be attending this meeting.
 14. Lancs. CC provide an update on the work to develop the Parish Charter.
 15. LCR – NALC newsletter, January 08.
 16. Lancashire and Merseyside County Training Partnership – session on planning, to be held on 14/2/08 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.

8709 Planning
 (1)  It was noted that the following planning application was dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a and comments made as indicated:
 • 07/1623/FUL, Greywalls, Lindeth Road, erection of a garage and creation of new access  –  NO COMMENTS.


 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
 • 07/01749/FUL, 65 The Row, erection of summerhouse and greenhouse  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.  • 07/01657/FUL, 14 The Row, demolition of existing garage & erection of new garage              NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS (Councillor Williams did not consider this                              application having expressed a non-prejudicial interest in that the applicant is a                        friend).
. • 07/01505/FUL, Coppernobs, 4 Station Buildings, erection of a lean-to conservatory (amendment)  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 07/1623/FUL, Greywalls, Lindeth Road, amendment to application  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
 • Appeal from Mr S Watts, 19 The Row, for larger front steps  –  GRANTED.
 • British Telecommunications PLC, Land opposite Gable End, Lindeth Road,                             relocation of wooden pole  –  GRANTED.
  • REFUSAL of planning consent to display a wraparound fascia sign advertisement at 16 Emesgate Lane.
  • 10 Levens Way, demolition of porch and erection of a single storey extension  – GRANTED.
 • Tree Preservation Order (TPO) No. 422, St John’s Church, Emesgate Lane.
 • TPO No. 423, land opposite 21 Spring Bank.

8710 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

8711 Finance
 (a)  Councillor Kitson conducted the monthly check of all money received by the Council and found the records to be satisfactory.
 (b)  RESOLVED to authorise payments and sign cheques for the following accounts:
• AONB, for clearing of Bank Well, £117.50 (cheque no. 280)
• V Shiels, back pay, £19.37 (281)
• P Hargreaves, work December and phone calls, £295.50 (282)
• Lancashire County Training Partnership, new Cllrs training, £380 (283)
• A.W. Graves, Christmas tree and replacement light bulbs, £41.50 (284)
  (c)  It was noted that the Clerk is investigating the amount due to British Gas, electricity for the Millennium Clock (£569.17).
 (d)  RESOLVED to defer a response to the AONB request for a donation until this matter has been discussed with the AONB.

8712 Silverdale Station
 It was noted that the Clerk had received a reply from Network Rail to a letter regarding the station car park, and that there are no plans to carry out any works in respect of car parking, it was noted further that Geraldine Smith MP had written to this Council in support of its request for improvements to the car park and that Mr Tony Parker, a FLAG committee member, had also contacted the Clerk to offer his support.

 Members noted that not all train drivers are sounding the horn as they pass through the station, RESOLVED that the Chairman ask Councillor Houghton to keep a record of those incidences he notices. RESOLVED that the Chairman liaise with the RSPB regarding the possibility of access from the RSPB Leighton Moss car park to the station platform. It was noted that the entrance to the station car park is in need of attention and that visibility is poor for cars emerging from the car park.

8713 Silverdale Post Office
 RESOLVED to defer a decision on any action necessary to secure the continuation of the post office until the next meeting of this Council.

8714 Silverdale Shuttle
 It was noted that Lancs. CC will be reviewing the bus service at its budget meeting in February. Villagers are encouraged to use the bus as much as possible. RESOLVED that (1)  the Clerk write to Lancs. CC to ask for: (a) a wider distribution of the bus timetable, (b) new bus timetables to be made available in advance of the new times coming into effect, (c) the ‘real time’ bus stops to be re-activated, where they are not currently working, and all the real time bus stops to be updated to show the correct bus times, (2) Members raise concerns, regarding the availability of public transport, to organisations, such as the AONB, when they represent this Council.

8715 Children’s Playground
 Councillor Kitson reported that a management committee has been formed for the playground with the following members: Mr Paul Holgate, Mr Peter Roberts, Mrs Rachel Bodenham and Councillor Kitson; the committee will meet quarterly. Mr Holgate is to obtain a duplicate plan of the playground, he has started work on the signage and a bench is to be installed at the top of the playground. Mr Holgate had provided a Christmas tree and Members RESOLVED that the Clerk send letters of thanks to Mr Holgate and Mrs Brenda Cropley, who had provided the electricity for the lights. A request has been made for a picnic bench, RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson provide information on costs to the next meeting of this Council and on the type and quantity of bark necessary for the aerial runway. The Clerk informed Members that the playground should be inspected weekly under the insurance policy (with a record kept), RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson raise this at the next meeting of the committee (current practice is for ASCT to carry out a monthly inspection).

8716 Items for Information
 1.  Members mentioned that there are a number of trees in the village with branches overhanging the pavement.

8717 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items

8718 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 4th February 2008. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 25th January and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 28th January.
Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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