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4th February 2008

8719 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 4th February 2008.

8720 Present: Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, D. (Dorothy) Kitson, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, J. (John) Taylor and P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Clerk  –  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick, Mr Tony Riden, Countryside Officer Arnside/ Silverdale AONB, and three members of the public.

8721 Apologies for Absence: ECSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley and SC 785 Steven Broadbent.

8722 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8723 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 7th January were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8724 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to: (1)  item 8703, regarding the request to Arnside Parish Council to consider a contribution towards the cost of the joint training session held in November, and advised that a £100 contribution had been agreed, (2)  item 8708 (correspondence item 2), regarding an invitation to Geraldine Smith MP to attend a meeting of this Council, and reported that she will attend on 1st September, (3)  item 8714 regarding the local bus service, Ms Jennifer Stocks from Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) has contacted her regarding the Bittern Bus and an article is to be printed in the parish magazine to publicise this service.

 A Member referred to item 8715 and asked for clarification as to the status of the children’s playground management committee, the Chairman advised that it is a sub committee of this Council which will report regularly to this Council and seek approval for any expenditure.

8725 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 A member of the public referred to the open meeting held by Abbeyfield in November, regarding the proposals for developing the grounds of Cove House, and circulated copies of the summary of questionnaire responses following that meeting, for information. Abbeyfield is hoping to submit a planning application around March/ April time.

8726 Update from the Community Police Officer
 ECSO Hurtley had updated the Clerk on the incidents of reported crime during the past month: (1)  there have been more thefts from cars parked in isolated car parks and the police are asking the public to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious, (2)  the honesty box for the car park on the foreshore has been broken into.

8727 Report on the Work of the AONB Unit from Mr Tony Riden, Countryside Officer Arnside/ Silverdale AONB
 Mr Riden explained that, since 1984, all six parish councils in the AONB have given annual donations to the work of the AONB unit using their section 137 powers [Local Government Act 1972] and that The Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 puts a ’duty of regard’ towards protected areas upon all public bodies (which specifically includes parish councils). To maximise the value of the parish contributions they are combined with contributions from the 4 principal local authorities and thereby enable the AONB unit to draw down the maximum possible matched funding from Defra via Natural England.

 The parish contributions are put toward core activities and projects e.g. litter picking, visitor surveys, information leaflets, signage, the replacement of stiles with gates and attracting and applying for grants such as Heritage Lottery Funding with which the AONB has carried out over half a million pounds worth of restoration work through the Limestone Heritage Project in recent years. The use of volunteers ensures that costs are low as they reflect only the overhead costs of running the volunteer work parties.

 The AONB unit is led by the parish councils through the AONB Executive which has representatives from every parish in the AONB and the chairman has always been a parish councillor.

 Members RESOLVED to make a donation of £700 to the AONB under the provisions of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

8728 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick reported on: (1)  bus timetables  –  Lancs. CC is to produce a more comprehensive timetable for circulation/ display in the village; the cases in which timetables are displayed are to be repaired or replaced, as necessary, and Lancs. CC will look at producing a map of the bus route, (2)  footpaths  –  the Regulatory Committee at Lancs. CC have as an agenda item the upgrade of footpaths 13 and 14 to bridleways, Councillor Fishwick noted that there has been  no recent communication with all interested parties, including the parish council and herself, regarding this, (3)  road sweeping and jetting of drains  –  work has started on these and Highways will return to Silverdale to complete the works on 11th February, (4)  signage  –  this has been completed although it was noted that there is a need for a sign near the Wolf House Gallery directing visitors to the village, (5)  Lancashire Police Authority community meeting  –  Councillor Fishwick had attended this and reported her concern that there is no Police Constable for Silverdale, (6)  public toilets  –  Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) is to re-lay the flagstones at the toilets, (7)  fly tipping  – the problem on Gaskell Close persists and the matter is being pursued with Lancaster CC.

8729 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  Silverdale United Charities
 Councillor Holden had met with Mr A. Dobson to arrange addition of her name as one of the trustees.
 2.  LAPTC
 The Chairman reported that he had attended a meeting on 28th January.

8730 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1. Information from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) regarding the work to be undertaken at the level crossing  –  dated 5th August (six month timescale). (Copy supplied to Cllrs.) RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the ORR to ask if the work has been carried out and commenting on the delay in receiving the report.
 2. Notice of NALC’s annual conference at Eastbourne on 20-22nd May 08.
 3. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service invite the council to comment on their new Risk Management Plan 2008/11  www.lancsfire.gov.uk/index.asp. (deadline 7th March 08). RESOLVED that Councillor Williams look at the plan and report back to the next meeting of this Council.
 4. Lune Valley Housing Association  –  annual report.
 5. Orders and Regulations Consultation, relating to the Conduct of Local Authority Members in England.
 6. Clerk and Council’s Direct, Issue 55 plus 2008 Yearbook.

8731 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:
  • 08/00012/FUL. Lulworth, Lindeth Road, Silverdale.  Replacement of existing porch and indicated part of roof, and erection on new decking  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
  • 08/00067/FUL. Waterslack Garden Centre, Waterslack Road, Silverdale.  Retrospective  application for alterations to café and erection of till store cabin, plus the erection of new toilet cabin, dry goods store cabin and craft shop cabin. RESOLVED that the Clerk repeat the conditions of the last objections and comment that this Council is disappointed with the delay in enforcing the planning regulations.
  • 07/01612/FUL. St John’s Church, Emesgate Lane, Silverdale.  Proposed demolition and rebuild of existing parish hall to incorporate disabled access and facilities  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  • 08/00068/FUL. Silverdale Golf Club.  Provision of a temporary storage container for a period of two years  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  •  07/01570/FUL. 3 Wallings Lane, Silverdale.  Erection of new pitched roof over existing bay windows, conversion of garage to accommodation and installation of solar roof collector  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
  • Works to tree at Beech House, Lindeth Road, Silverdale.  Removal of dead and dangerous branches  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC.

8732 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
 Councillor Houghton reported that: (1)  he had alerted Defra to 2 swans, found dead on the beach, and that Defra had advised him that the birds had not died from avian flu, (2)  a flock of sheep had been washed up on the beach which have since been disposed of by Lancaster CC.

8733 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:
 Mr P. Hargreaves. Parish Contractor  –  £295.50, cheque 600286
 Mrs S. Hayward Deputy Clerk, Nov.-Jan.  –  £590.36, cheque 600288
 Mrs D. Challenor, Clerk/RFO, Nov. 19th  –  Jan. £907.90, cheque 600289

8734 Children’s Playground
 Councillor Kitson reported that the management committee had met and that Mr Paul Holgate has obtained a copy of the plan of the playground; notices are to be put up soon with information on age limits for children playing on the equipment etc. It was noted that the committee would like to hold an event in May, similar to that held when the playground opened in 2006, and that possibilities for grant funding would be looked into.
 RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson:
 1.  purchase an ‘accident book’ and a record book for the weekly playground inspections. It was noted that Mrs Rachel Bodenham will look after the accident book.
 2.  provide costs for purchasing fresh bark for the aerial runway, and for making a picnic bench, for the next meeting of this Council.

8735 Silverdale Post Office
 Members were pleased to report that the post office has not been affected by the recent announcement of post office closures. Villagers are encouraged to continue supporting Silverdale post office.

8736 Items for Information
 1.  The Chairman notified Members that a representative from Ridgway Park School will address the Parish Assembly on 17th March.
 2.  Councillor Taylor advised that there is puddling on the Clarkefield footpath.

8737 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items

8738 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 3rd March 2008. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 22nd February and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 25th February.

Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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