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3rd March 2008

8739 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 3rd March 2008.

8740 Present: Councillors E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, 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, SC 9785 Steven Broadbent and County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick. There were no members of the public present.

 In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Tony Houghton, chaired the meeting.

8741 Non-attendance: Councillor A.W. (Arthur) Graves.

8742 Apologies for Absence: Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond and Councillor D. (Dorothy) Kitson.

8743 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8744 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 4th February were approved and then signed by the Acting Chairman.

8745 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to item 8730 (correspondence item 1), regarding the Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR) report on the level crossing and advised that the ORR have updated this Council on the recommended work, following their inspection, as follows: (1)  the safety barrier has been concreted to the ground, (2)  apparently Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) is not prepared to place additional signage on the road, due to safety concerns about directing pedestrians, (3)  First Engineering is to investigate the fencing arrangement, (4)  the vegetation has been cut back, (5)  the sign diagrams have not, as yet, been altered by Lancs. CC, (6)  the road traffic light has been repositioned, (7)  the white line has been repainted to the standard length, (8)  the question of whether or not works are necessary to the flashing red man signal is to be taken up by Network Rail.
8746 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

8747 Update from the Community Police Officer
 SC Broadbent gave a verbal update: (1)  PC Tony Marsh has been appointed as a temporary full-time Police Constable for Silverdale, his start date is to be decided, SC Broadbent will continue in his role as Special Constable, this is an extra resource for Silverdale, (2)  there have been 4 thefts from vehicles parked in RSPB car parks, (3)  there have been 10 recordable crimes at Ridgway Park School, 6 of which have been detected, (4)  a number of items have been stolen from a garden on Emesgate Lane, (5)  some property has been stolen from the reception desk at the Silverdale Hotel, (6)  fixed penalty tickets will be enforced where motorists are found to be speeding in the village.

8748 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick reported on: (1)  bus timetables/ bus stops  –  a number of issues are outstanding  –  the production of a more comprehensive timetable for circulation/ display, the reactivation of those ‘real time’ bus stops which are not working and the updating of the ‘real time’ bus stops to show the correct bus times, (2)  footpaths  –  the situation regarding the proposed upgrade of footpaths 13 and 14 to bridleways is ongoing, (3)  road sweeping and jetting of drains  –  this work is still to be completed, (4) public toilets  –  the flagstones have been re-laid and are now even, (5)  fly tipping  –  the problem on Gaskell Close persists, (6)  signage construction  –  Lancs. CC has responded to concerns raised by Members regarding the new signposts, which have been sawn to size, stating that as they are at least 2.1 metres in height there is no need to make them safe and that they will not rust as they are made of aluminium, (7)  bridleways  –  Lancs. CC has inspected the bridleway at the shore and consider it to be adequate for public use, provided users take appropriate care (warning notices have been put up), (8)  proposed 20 mph scheme for Emesgate Lane  –  a consultation document has been produced and it is hoped that this will be delivered to all properties within the proposed zone during week commencing 11th March, the deadline for responses will be 18th April. Councillor Fishwick advised that she is hoping to arrange a display of information for all villagers shortly.

8749 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

8750 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1.  Mr Phil Hargreaves writes about the required role of Parish Contractor for the coming year.
 2.  Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) advise of Parish Council Allowances for 2007/8.
 3.  Rachel Scott (Lancaster CC) writes by email to ask if Silverdale would benefit from some cycle parking (free of charge). RESOLVED that the Clerk reply stating that there are sites which might be suitable, but that they are not owned by this Council.
 4.  A response to this Council’s correspondence. Superseded by Lancs. CC’s decision to upgrade certain footpaths to bridleways.
 5.  LALC’s ‘Village of the Year’ entry form  –  £15 fee; prizes £500, £250, £100. RESOLVED not to enter as there is little for the village to focus on.
 6.  Lancashire Police Authority  –  Review of community meetings www.lancspa.co.uk.
 7.  Proposed ‘local list’ to validate planning applications.
 8.  Carnforth Area Regeneration Project Limited write to ask for support to keep the Carnforth Connect bus service running. RESOLVED that the Clerk write a letter expressing support and asking if consideration can be given to extending the service to Silverdale.
 9.  A rail patron sends a copy of a letter of complaint to Northern Rail. RESOLVED that all issues regarding the rail service in Silverdale be discussed at the next meeting of this Council, including  the railway timetable.
 10.  The North West Plan, Regional Spatial Strategy  –  Partial Review 08/09.
 11.  Booklet entitled Enjoy England, celebrate St George’s Day  –  gives ideas.
 12.  The Playing Field Association  –  winter newsletter. RESOLVED that this be posted to Councillor Kitson for information.

8751 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:
• 08/00089/FUL 16 Emesgate Lane, rear extension and installation of a satellite dish and   combined condenser housing  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00066/ADV 16 Emesgate Lane, wraparound facia sign  –  NO PLANNING  OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00099/FUL 42 Lindeth Road, demolition of existing bungalow and erection of a  replacement dwelling  –  this Council has concerns about the possible impact on neighbours, NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS otherwise.
 • 08/00077/FUL Silver Sapling Camp Site, Chapel Lane, erection of a bunk room to replace existing disused store  –  no comments received.

 (2)  It was noted that there were no planning applications requiring comment at the meeting.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
• Turning Circle opposite 21 Spring Bank, Silverdale.
• Tree Preservation Order no. 423 has been confirmed.

8752 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

8753 Finance
 (a)  Councillor Holden 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:
 Room Hire 12 meetings  –  £96, cheque 600286
 Mr P Hargreaves, Parish Contractor  –  £296.50, cheque 600289
 AONB, donation under section 137  –  £700, cheque 600290
 Smith of Derby, village clock service, £193.88, cheque 600291
 Lancashire Playing Fields Association, subscription  –  £15. RESOLVED that Councillor  
 Kitson be consulted on whether or not this subscription should be renewed.

8754 Donated Seat
 RESOLVED that the newly donated seat be located, as suggested, at Bank Well.

8755 Parish Contractor
 1.  a working party be set up to draft the tender details for the Parish Contractor, members to include Councillors Williams and Taylor,
 2.  Councillor Kitson be invited to join the working party in the light of her role with the playing field,
 3.  this matter be discussed at the next meeting of this Council.

8756 Parish Assembly
 The Clerk advised that the Annual Parish Meeting (Parish Assembly) will take place in the Green Room at the Gaskell Hall on Monday, 17th March at 7.30pm. A representative from Ridgway Park School has been invited to address the meeting. ECSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley is to attend on behalf of the police.

8757 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Mason advised that the new Trustees and bank signatories for Silverdale  United Charities have been finalised and that a meeting of the charity is to be held as soon as possible.

8758 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  To discuss transport provision (buses and trains). (All Members.)

8759 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 7th April 2008. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 28th March and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 31st March.



Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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