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2nd June 2008

8813 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 2nd June 2008.

8814 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, PC 2866 Tony Marsh and 6 members of the public.

8815 Apologies for Absence: None.

8816 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

8817 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Annual Meeting held on Thursday, 8th May were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8818 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Kitson referred to item 8797, regarding this Council’s representative on the Sports and Recreation Development Committee, RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson act as representative with Councillor Houghton attending meetings, where possible, should Councillor Kitson be unavailable.

 The Clerk referred to: (1)  item 8783, regarding a problem with overhanging trees on Slackwood Lane, and reported that it is Highways’ policy not to cut back trees at this time of year because of birds nesting, it was, however, noted that the trees are causing a hazard and that they should be dealt with as matter of urgency, RESOLVED that the Clerk contact Highways again, (2)  item 8801, regarding insurance cover, and advised that items can be added to the insurance schedule at any time for an additional cost; the ‘public seat’ referred to in the schedule is the seat outside Silverdale School which had been purchased by this Council, (3)  item 8802, regarding the free provision of cycle stands by Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC), and advised that Silverdale School are considering applying for some stands, (4)  item 8804, regarding dog fouling, and reported that, to date, Lancaster CC has not responded to her request for free ‘poop scoop’ bags, but that bags can be purchased from Lancaster CC (100 bags for £1.30), RESOLVED that the Clerk ask the Environmental Health department for some free supplies, (5)  item 8806, regarding Silverdale station, and reported that Geraldine Smith MP has written to the Managing Director of Northern Trains and the Chief Executive of Network Rail explaining this Council’s concerns.

 Councillor Houghton referred to item 8798 and advised that the bins on The Shore are being emptied regularly, but that the bin in the playground is not.

8819 Update from the Community Police Officer
 RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 6 in order that PC Marsh could speak before matters raised by members of the public.

 PC Marsh gave a verbal update: (1)  he explained that he is covering the post on a temporary basis. PC Bassinder will not be returning as the Police Constable for Silverdale, (2)  the honesty box at the car park on The Shore has been broken into, (3)  a metal trough has been stolen from Gibralter Farm, (4)  cricket equipment has been stolen from a shed on Emesgate Lane, (5)  a traffic cone has been stolen from The Shore.
 Councillor Holden advised that a motor cyclist has been observed exceeding the speed limit on several occasions, whilst driving through the village. Members confirmed that  speeding and parking offences should remain as priorities for the police.

8820 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 One member of the public expressed his concern about the lack of parking included in the planning application for 6 housing units on Emesgate Lane which includes parking provision for 2 visitor’s cars. The owner of the land concerned was present at the meeting, as a member of the public, and explained that the scheme is for older people who do not drive and that the location is considered suitable being in the centre of the village and so close to amenities, a report showing the need for such accommodation has been submitted with the planning application.

8821 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick Councillor Fishwick was not present at the meeting and her report was not available.

8822 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  Silverdale Untied Charities
 Councillor Holden reported that she had attended a meeting, along with Councillor Mason, and that the charity is considering ways of publicising its work.
 2.  LAPTC
 Councillor Williams had attended a meeting of LAPTC in May.
 3.  Mansergh’s Charity
 The Chairman had attended a meeting of the Mansergh’s Charity.

8823 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 1. Lancashire Playing Fields Association – job opportunity of secretary to the association. Newsletter.
 2. Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Risk Management Plan 2008/11. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service regarding possibilities for extending their role in Silverdale e.g. by attending road traffic accidents and by attending calls as back-up to the First Responders, RESOLVED that the Clerk check the draft letter with Councillor Houghton.
 3. Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team asks for funds, RESOLVED not to make a donation in view of the limited benefit to the residents of Silverdale.
 4. Society of Local Council Clerks offer free training on Risk Management on 14th June, 9.30-12.30, at Salmsbury. RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the Society to ask if training can be offered in North Lancashire.
 5. LAOLC offer new Councillors & Clerks Training in July and inform of the Annual Conference in October. Booking Form included. Minutes of 207th Meeting.
 6. Hazelwood Hall now ready for viewing (11-5pm Thursday to Monday or tel. 07710886483 for an appointment).
 7. Clerk and Councils Direct.
 8. Lancaster District Accident Prevention Partnership inform of their group.
 9. A letter from the Silverdale Bowling Club asking for a donation towards their lawnmower. RESOLVED that a donation of £100 be made and that the Clerk write to the Bowling Club suggesting that the Club consider ways of encouraging young people to play bowls.
 10. A resident of Gaskell Close writes about the spiky eye catching garden debris near the Royal Hotel, RESOLVED that the Clerk write to the Royal Hotel regarding this and to thank the Royal for arranging the removal of the rubbish on Gaskell Close.

8824 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:
 • 08/00497/FUL Swiss Cottage, 25 Townsfield  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
 • 08/00501/VCN Ridgway Park. Variation of condition No. 1 of unexpired permission 02/01022/FUL to extend time frame for a further 3 years  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00506/VCN Ridgway Park. Variation of condition No. 1 of unexpired permission 021/01034/FUL to extend time frame  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00502/VCN Ridgway Park. Variation of condition No. 1 of unexpired permission 02/02032/FUL to extend time frame for a further 3 years  –  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 • 08/00614/FUL 20 Emesgate Lane. Erection of six 2 bed sheltered housing apartments and associated visitor parking. It was noted that Members agree with the concept of providing accommodation for elderly people within the village, although consider the disappearance of green space in the centre of the village undesirable  –  PLANNING OBJECTIONS on the following grounds:
  1.   Parking  –  there is potential for a total of 12 residents in the apartments, but the plans incorporate parking for 2 visitors only; whilst Members accept that the apartments are for non-drivers it may not be possible to guarantee the status of residents in the future. The visitor parking spaces are considered to be too restrictive causing difficulties for manoeuvring, if it is necessary for cars to park on the road they will be a potential hazard and parking at the Gaskell Hall (opposite) is for hall users only. It is possible that residents will own mobility vehicles which will need to be parked.
  2.  Design  –  the buildings on either side of the proposed development are constructed of limestone, the apartments would be constructed of artstone which Members consider would not blend in with the neighbouring properties. The building is also considered to be imposing.
  3.  Sewerage  –  Members expressed concern regarding the suitability of the provisions made for sewage disposal.

  It was noted that, should the development go ahead, there would be a need for a planning restriction with regards the status of the occupants.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC:
 • 08/0039/TPO.  Woodland on Lindeth Road. Consent given to fell marked trees affecting a wall and highway.

8825 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
 It was noted that the aerial runway, in the children’s playground, needs to be repaired urgently. RESOLVED that the Clerk seek legal advice (e.g. from this Council’s insurers) as to the responsibility for replacing the runway given that the runway is 2 years old and, apparently, just out of guarantee.
 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions

8826 Finance
 (a)  It was noted that no money had been received by the Council since the last meeting.
 (b)  RESOLVED to authorise payment and sign cheques for the following accounts:
 Allianz Insurance Plc  –  £1438.02, cheque no. 600300
 Mr Phil Hargreaves, Parish Contractor  –  £400, cheque no. 600301
 Primal Printing. Annual Assembly invitations  –  £48.50, cheque no. 600302
 FLAG Subscription  –  £10, cheque no. 600303.

8827 Children’s Playground
 Councillor Kitson reported that Mr Hargreaves had taken down the barbed wire fence. There are some trees, belonging to one of the properties adjacent to the field, which are spreading onto the playground, RESOLVED that Councillor Kitson advise the Clerk as to the address of the property concerned and that the Clerk write to the owners asking them to cut back the trees.

8828 Bus Service
 Councillor Taylor reported that he is liaising with Councillor Fishwick regarding the following suggested improvements to the bus service:
 1.  Silverdale Shuttle  –  the extension of this service to Carnforth in the afternoons.
 2.  Carnforth Connect  –  the alteration of the route to include Silverdale.

 It was noted that the Bittern Bus has been withdrawn from service.

8829 National Trust
 RESOLVED to raise the following issues when the National Trust representatives attend the July meeting of this Council:
 1.  Future plans of the National Trust in the area.
 2.  Information on: developments, land bought, Bankhouse Farm and ongoing issues.
 3.  The name of a contact person, should Members have any queries.
 4.  The need for quarterly meetings with this Council to be resumed.

8830 Items for Information
 1.  The Chairman advised that: (1)  a meeting of the Lancashire Locals is to be held on 17th June at 7.30pm in the Midland Hotel, Morecambe, at which the proposed 20 mph scheme for Emesgate Lane will be considered The meeting is open to members of the public, (2)  he is looking into whether or not there is a demand for allotments in the village and, if so, possible sites, (3)  there are branches overhanging the pavement outside a property on Stankelt Road, (4)  the cast iron ends to the old seat at Bankwell should be found and kept as they might be useful when repairs are necessary to seats of the same style elsewhere in the village, (5)  he will be writing an article for the parish magazine asking villagers to consider the safety and convenience of pedestrians by putting away their wheelie bins as soon as they are able to, removing any branches which have spread onto the highway and clearing up after their dogs.
 2.  Members expressed concern about the leakage of effluent onto the pavement from the Silverdale Hotel.
 3.  Councillor Williams commented that it is proposed that the telephone boxes at Eaves Wood and Cragg Foot be removed and that both are useful services.
8831 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  The provision of Speed Indicator Display Signs (Councillor Kitson).

8832 Date of Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 7th July 2008.  Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 27th June and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 30th June.



Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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