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7th April 2008

8766 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 7th April 2008.

8767 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, ECSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and 35 members of the public.

8768 Apologies for Absence: PC 2866 Tony Marsh and SC 9785 Steven Broadbent.

8769 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8770 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 3rd March were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8771 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to: (1)  item 8750 (correspondence item 3), regarding the free provision of cycle stands by Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) and advised that these can be fitted on land other than that belonging to the parish council with the owner’s permission, RESOLVED that possible sites be considered at a future meeting of this Council, (2)  item 8750 (correspondence item 8), regarding Carnforth Connect, and confirmed that she has written to the Carnforth Area Regeneration Project asking if the route can be extended to Silverdale.

8772 Update from the Community Police Officer
 RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 6 in order that ECSO Hurtley could speak before matters raised by members of the public.

 ECSO Hurtley gave a verbal update: (1)  he explained that his role is to work alongside PC Tony Marsh, who has been appointed as a temporary full-time Police Constable for Silverdale, and SC Broadbent, (2)  garden furniture has been stolen from an unlocked building in the grounds of a property in the village, (3)  a car has been broken into whilst parked on Moss Lane – villagers are reminded to keep valuables out of sight and to lock them away, (4)  some petrol cans have been stolen from an insecure compound belonging to the RSPB, (5)  the hand held radar equipment, used to detect speeding motorists, appears to be acting as a deterrent, (6)  ECSO Hurtley can carry out home fire safety checks, this service is free of charge and involves the fitting of smoke alarms where necessary, he can be contacted on 08001691125 or at Carnforth police station, tel.: 596400.

8773 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration/ Consideration of the Proposal to Impose a 20mph Speed Limit
 The Chairman checked that all members of the public present wished to raise the issue of Lancashire County Council’s (Lancs. CC) proposed 20 mph speed limit for Emesgate Lane then Members RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 8, regarding this proposal, in order that this matter could be discussed. The Chairman pointed out that there was no representative from Lancs. CC Highways department in attendance, although an invitation had been sent, and that this Council has not been consulted on the proposal but would be responding. He noted that, at the open meeting, held on 20th March, the majority of residents seemed to oppose the introduction of a 20 mph limit with speed cushions and that concerns have been raised regarding the speed of traffic in other parts of the village e.g. Cove Road. He advised that the AONB also opposes the proposal.
 Members of the public were invited to speak and concerns raised included:
 1.  the safety of those at Bleasdale House School where 24 wheelchair bound children cross Emesgate Lane twice a day, the governors of the school will request that Lancs. CC implement other safety measures if the current proposal does not go ahead,
 2.  the speed of cars driven along on Emesgate Lane and the safety of all school children,
 3.  the impracticality of the proposal with regards car parking and access to shops,
 4.  the limited scope of the consultation exercise,
 5.  the likely increase in use of Bottoms Lane,
 6.  the ambiguity of Lancs. CC’s questionnaire, this has led to residents responding in the affirmative to the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit without realising that this also means the introduction of speed cushions (to which they are opposed),
 7.  the inappropriateness of speed cushions, and the accompanying signage, in a rural setting.
 A member of the public asked if Lancs. CC was able to impose the scheme even if this Council objected to it. County and District Councillor Fishwick advised that her understanding was that Lancs. CC would ask the Lancashire Locals to vote on the matter. A question was also asked about the consideration of alternatives to speed cushions, should a 20 mph speed limit be introduced, the Chairman replied that options would be referred to in this Council’s letter responding to the proposal.

 It was noted that a petition has been drawn up by Silverdale News which already has more than 300 signatories opposing the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit with speed cushions.
 Members RESOLVED to write to Lancs. CC to oppose the introduction of a 20 mph speed limit with speed cushions.
8774 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick reported on: (1)  Carnforth Connect  –  the re-routing of this bus service is being considered so that it is more useful for Silverdale, (2)  the proposed 20 mph scheme for Emesgate Lane  –  the deadline for responses is 18th April. Councillor Fishwick advised that letters should be addressed to Hazel Harding, Leader of Lancs. CC and that copies of the questionnaires, issued by Lancs. CC as a part of the consultation process, are available at the library.

8775 Parish Contractor
 Councillor Kitson reported on behalf of the Parish Contractor working party who had met with Mr Phil Hargreaves. Mr Hargreaves had explained that his preference is to be paid monthly and that the work of the Parish Contractor averages out at one day (8 hours) a week (less in winter/ more in summer), the work includes a weekly inspection of the playing field. The Parish Contractor is employed on a year’s contract (April – March) and it was noted that it is too late to put out a tender for the work for 2008/ 9. RESOLVED to:
 1.  extend Mr Hargraves’ contract to March 2009,
 2.  put out a tender for the work of the Parish Contractor in January 2009 for the year April 2009 – March 2010,
 3.  ask Mr Hargreaves to cut the grass at St. John’s Avenue less frequently than the current practice of 18 times a year with immediate effect,
 4.  request that Mr Hargraves keep a record of tasks carried out and hours worked,
 5.  adopt the plan for mowing the playing field which is being prepared by Mr Paul Holgate.

8776 Request to Place a Plaque on a Bench in Memory of a Visitor
 Members considered whether or not to allow Mr McGuire’s request to place a plaque on a bench in Silverdale in memory of the late Mr David McKenna, who enjoyed visiting the area. RESOLVED to suggest to Mr McGuire that a donation of £250 be made towards refurbishing a bench and adding a plaque.
8777 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  Children’s Playground Management Committee
 Councillor Kitson had attended a meeting and reported that the signage is soon to be installed.
 2.  LAPTC
 The Chairman reported that he had attended the recent meeting of LAPTC.

8778 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1. Lancaster CC writes to inform that in future planning decision notices will only be published on line under public access.
 2. LAPTC ask what training may be of interest.  LCR Publication by NALC.
 3. Keer to Kent, Spring 2008.
 4. Notice of a Morecambe Bay Walk on 28th/ 29th June  –  Tel. 01772 744148.
 5. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service give the Consultation outcomes of the Integrated Risk Management Action Plan 2008/9 and offer free home fire safety checks: Tel. 08001691125.
 6. Clerk & Councils Direct March 08.
 7. Trustee Voices March 08.
 8. Letter from Andrew Bodenham, re. condition of the footpath, Emesgate Lane – Cove Road. It was noted that Mr Tony Riden and AONB volunteers will repair the footpath in May.
 9. Letter informing of the temporary appointment of PC2866 Tony Marsh from 18/3/08.
 10. Cumbria County Council (Minerals and Waste) send regulation 28  Consultations on the Submission Draft Core Strategy and Generic Development Control Policies  –  CD included.
 11. NALC legal briefing on the Sustainable Communities Act 2007: Consultation on draft regulations and statutory guidance and ‘The Local Channel’ newsletter.
 12. Town and Parish Standard  –  News from the Standards Board, March 2008.
 13. Playback 13  –  Publication.
 14. Lancaster CC offers the chance of a refurbished computer, free for the use of the Parish Council.
 15. Notice of the appointment of  BDO Stoy Hayward LLP as the external auditor for Silverdale.
 16. Waymarker Newsletter.
 17. Mr Phil Hargreaves, Parish Contractor, writes to say that his contract runs to March but he will start to cut the grass as soon as required to keep it under control.
 18. Skipton-East Lancashire Rail Action Partnership write to ask Silverdale to join Councils from across the North of England to appeal for the re-opening of 11.5 miles of missing track which separates Colne and Skipton.
 19. A copy of a letter to County traffic from S Haydock & S Wray.
 20. Information on how to access Details of Rights of Way Improvement Plan: Funding Opportunities.  They are available on http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/countryside/forum/index.asp
 21. Notice of future meetings regarding Antisocial Behaviour. For info. Tel. Jon Stark on 582132.

8779 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:
• 08/00191/FUL 4 Bradshawgate Drive. Erection of a two storey extension  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00318/FUL 3A Cove Road. Erection of a trailer port to existing garage  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/000311/FUL Heron Chase, Shore Road. Erection of conservatory to rear and timber decking  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (2)  The following planning application was considered and comments made as indicated:
 08/00289/FUL Spring Cottage, 21 Shore Road. Erection of a sun lounge  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.

 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
• 08/000/89/FUL  16 Emesgate Lane  –  GRANTED.
• 08/00068/FUL Golf Club  –  GRANTED.
• St Johns Church, Tree Preservation Order No. 422 (2007) has been confirmed as an                          opposed order without modification.

8780 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

8781 Finance
 (a)  It was noted that no money had been received by the Council since the last meeting.
 (b)  RESOLVED to authorise payments and sign cheques for the following accounts:
 LAPTC annual subscription  –  £242.95, cheque no. 600292
 Gaskell Hall, room hire for Parish Assembly  –  £6.00, cheque no. 600293
 Mr P. Hargreaves, Parish Contractor  –  £295.50, cheque no. 600294
 Lancashire Playing Fields Association, subscription  –  £15, cheque no. 600295.

 It was noted that the Gaskell Hall is not charging for the hire of the hall for the public meeting held on 20th March.

8782 Amenities Under Threat

8783 Items for Information
 1.  The Chairman commented that the Annual Parish Assembly had been well attended.
 2.  Councillor Graves noted a problem with overhanging trees at the bottom of Slackwood Lane.
 3.  Councillor Kitson for clarification as to the ownership of the wire fence between Elmslack Court and the playing field.
 4.  Councillor Mason referred to the poor condition of the grassy area and of the footpath between Lindeth Close and Lindeth Road.
 5.  Councillor Houghton noted the problems cause for pedestrians when wheelie bins and recycling bins are left on the pavement.

8784 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  Problems of dog fouling. (Councillor Houghton).
 2.  The safety of birdwatchers on the road (Councillor Houghton).
 3.  The bus service between Silverdale and Carnforth (all Members).
 4.  Issues with rail transport including the need for a sign prompting northbound train drivers to sound the whistle, the lack of trains running to and from Silverdale, problems with car parking at the station and access from the station to the RSPB car park (all Members).

8785 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Thursday, 8th May 2008, and that this will be the Annual Parish Council Meeting. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Monday, 28thApril and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Thursday, 1st May.
Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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