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2008/03/17

Silverdale Parish Council

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting  which was held in the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, on
Monday 17th March 2008 at 7.30pm.

Present were the Chairman Terry Bond, the Clerk and 21 members of the public.

8760  Apologies for absence – None.  The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 19th March 2007 were distributed and a copy signed by the Chairman, after a show of hands agreed that they were considered correct.

8761  Matters arising from the Minutes – None.

8762  Report from ESCSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley  and SPC Broadbent.
PC Broadbent explained that he has now retired but become a Special Constable.  This is a voluntary role, and he will be working in Silverdale, Warton, the Yealands and Millhead.  Tony Marsh will replace PC Broadbent on a temporary basis.  Crime in the area has mainly consisted of car thefts from secluded parking areas but some of the culprits have been apprehended.  There have been several incidents at Ridgeway Park school which have been dealt with in house.
ESCSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley explained his role as an ‘Emergency Services Community Support Officer’.  He works alongside the Ambulance and Fire Service and carries a bleeper.  The area he covers is extensive and his role is to attend emergencies and provide assistance until the appropriate services arrive. 
ESCSO Hurtley also gives Fire Safety advice and installs free smoke alarms for residents in his area. If anyone in Lancashire would like a visit they should leave their details at Carnforth Police Station.

8763  Report from Debbie Brooks, Director of Children Services who attended with Carol Whitehead, Assistant Director of Ridgeway Park School.
Mrs Brooks explained that she had been working with Ridgeway Park School for almost two years.  It caters for up to twenty-eight 11 to 17 year olds with emotional behaviour problems.  Unfortunately, the staff are unable to cope with so many children and the school has taken the decision to reduce the numbers to fifteen.  Liaising with Ofsted and the architects the accommodation is being changed to three, five bedded units.  Children come into care because they have been abused or exploited in some way by adults.  The staffs aim is to reverse the trend and give them values and a belief in themselves. Some children’s’ problems are so severe the staff find they can’t work with them and they have to serve notice on their local Authority. It takes 2-4 years to have an impact and the minimum staffing level is one member of staff to two children in care, plus the educational staff.
Sadly, children’s interaction with the village is generally discouraged by the staff because of their behavioural problems; though they do find that work experience is good for them.
There followed quite a lengthy question and answer session:
Q. What can the village do to help?
There is an Annual Open Day and that connection with the village is very beneficial, so do please attend if you can.  If anyone feels they would like to visit the school, but can’t manage the Open Day then do please ring as a visit can be arranged.
Please also phone us if you feel our children are misbehaving, then we can be aware and react accordingly.
Q. A member of the public suggested that the children be given more information and knowledge about the area they are living in, as having met some they didn’t seem to be very aware of where they were.
A.It was agreed that this could be included in their outdoor pursuit activities.
Q. Will staff be reduced when the numbers are reduced?
A. No, as although we can take 28 the numbers are currently lower.
Q.What happens to the extra buildings when the numbers are reduced?
A.The accommodation will be made more homely and the children will be involved in this.  The site is 22 acres, so it is possible to separate school and home life, whilst giving the security that the children need.

8764 The Children’s Playground, Cove Road Playing Field, Report.
Dorothy Kitson informed the parishioners that she was part of a management team; set up to make sure that the playground is safe and well cared for.  It is now such an asset to the village that it also attracts visitors from outlying villages.  There are weekly safety checks and generally the playground has over-wintered well, the only cause for concern is the bark underneath the Aerial Runway.  This is to be dug out and replaced with drainage underneath.  Mr Paul Holgate has offered to do this; thanks go to him for his unceasing work.  A new picnic table and a seat round one of the trees is planned and a Fun Day later in the year is hoped to raise more funds.
8765 The Chairman of the Parish Council’s Report.
This was circulated to every home, with thanks to the neighbourhood watch distributors for facilitating this.  A copy of the Report is attached.

8765  Matters raised by members of the public.
Q. Concern was expressed about Public transport and the potential loss of it.
A. It is already on the Agenda for next meeting.  Sarah Fishwick backed by the Parish Council hope to encourage Carnforth Connect to make two trips a day between Silverdale and Carnforth.
Q. Why must the village have Speed Bumps with the long awaited 20 mph scheme; why does it have to be an expensive option? 
A.St Johns, Gaskell and Emesgate areas have all had consultation leaflets regarding the proposed 20 mph, so they will be able to make their feelings known.  Unfortunately, humps are compulsory with 20 mph, so if they vote for 20 mph, they are voting for humps too. An Open Meeting is being organised to enable all residents to comment on the proposals and it will be an Agenda item at the next Parish Council meeting on 7th April 2008..

The meeting closed at 8.40 pm with a thank you from the Chairman to those who had attended.

Denise Challenor
Clerk to the Parish Council

 

 

 

Silverdale Parish Council

Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting  which was held in the Gaskell Hall, Silverdale, on
Monday 17th March 2008 at 7.30pm.

Present were the Chairman Terry Bond, the Clerk and 21 members of the public.

8760  Apologies for absence – None.  The Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on the 19th March 2007 were distributed and a copy signed by the Chairman, after a show of hands agreed that they were considered correct.

8761  Matters arising from the Minutes – None.

8762  Report from ESCSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley  and SPC Broadbent.
PC Broadbent explained that he has now retired but become a Special Constable.  This is a voluntary role, and he will be working in Silverdale, Warton, the Yealands and Millhead.  Tony Marsh will replace PC Broadbent on a temporary basis.  Crime in the area has mainly consisted of car thefts from secluded parking areas but some of the culprits have been apprehended.  There have been several incidents at Ridgeway Park school which have been dealt with in house.
ESCSO 7301 Gerald Hurtley explained his role as an ‘Emergency Services Community Support Officer’.  He works alongside the Ambulance and Fire Service and carries a bleeper.  The area he covers is extensive and his role is to attend emergencies and provide assistance until the appropriate services arrive. 
ESCSO Hurtley also gives Fire Safety advice and installs free smoke alarms for residents in his area. If anyone in Lancashire would like a visit they should leave their details at Carnforth Police Station.

8763  Report from Debbie Brooks, Director of Children Services who attended with Carol Whitehead, Assistant Director of Ridgeway Park School.
Mrs Brooks explained that she had been working with Ridgeway Park School for almost two years.  It caters for up to twenty-eight 11 to 17 year olds with emotional behaviour problems.  Unfortunately, the staff are unable to cope with so many children and the school has taken the decision to reduce the numbers to fifteen.  Liaising with Ofsted and the architects the accommodation is being changed to three, five bedded units.  Children come into care because they have been abused or exploited in some way by adults.  The staffs aim is to reverse the trend and give them values and a belief in themselves. Some children’s’ problems are so severe the staff find they can’t work with them and they have to serve notice on their local Authority. It takes 2-4 years to have an impact and the minimum staffing level is one member of staff to two children in care, plus the educational staff.
Sadly, children’s interaction with the village is generally discouraged by the staff because of their behavioural problems; though they do find that work experience is good for them.
There followed quite a lengthy question and answer session:
Q. What can the village do to help?
There is an Annual Open Day and that connection with the village is very beneficial, so do please attend if you can.  If anyone feels they would like to visit the school, but can’t manage the Open Day then do please ring as a visit can be arranged.
Please also phone us if you feel our children are misbehaving, then we can be aware and react accordingly.
Q. A member of the public suggested that the children be given more information and knowledge about the area they are living in, as having met some they didn’t seem to be very aware of where they were.
A.It was agreed that this could be included in their outdoor pursuit activities.
Q. Will staff be reduced when the numbers are reduced?
A. No, as although we can take 28 the numbers are currently lower.
Q.What happens to the extra buildings when the numbers are reduced?
A.The accommodation will be made more homely and the children will be involved in this.  The site is 22 acres, so it is possible to separate school and home life, whilst giving the security that the children need.

8764 The Children’s Playground, Cove Road Playing Field, Report.
Dorothy Kitson informed the parishioners that she was part of a management team; set up to make sure that the playground is safe and well cared for.  It is now such an asset to the village that it also attracts visitors from outlying villages.  There are weekly safety checks and generally the playground has over-wintered well, the only cause for concern is the bark underneath the Aerial Runway.  This is to be dug out and replaced with drainage underneath.  Mr Paul Holgate has offered to do this; thanks go to him for his unceasing work.  A new picnic table and a seat round one of the trees is planned and a Fun Day later in the year is hoped to raise more funds.
8765 The Chairman of the Parish Council’s Report.
This was circulated to every home, with thanks to the neighbourhood watch distributors for facilitating this.  A copy of the Report is attached.

8765  Matters raised by members of the public.
Q. Concern was expressed about Public transport and the potential loss of it.
A. It is already on the Agenda for next meeting.  Sarah Fishwick backed by the Parish Council hope to encourage Carnforth Connect to make two trips a day between Silverdale and Carnforth.
Q. Why must the village have Speed Bumps with the long awaited 20 mph scheme; why does it have to be an expensive option? 
A.St Johns, Gaskell and Emesgate areas have all had consultation leaflets regarding the proposed 20 mph, so they will be able to make their feelings known.  Unfortunately, humps are compulsory with 20 mph, so if they vote for 20 mph, they are voting for humps too. An Open Meeting is being organised to enable all residents to comment on the proposals and it will be an Agenda item at the next Parish Council meeting on 7th April 2008..

The meeting closed at 8.40 pm with a thank you from the Chairman to those who had attended.

Denise Challenor
Clerk to the Parish Council

 

 

 

 

 

 

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