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2nd November 2009

9207 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 2nd November 2009.

9208 Present:  Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, A. (Anne) McNaughton, J.S. (John) Taylor and P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Clerk  –  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 2866 Tony Marsh, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and seven members of the public.

9209 Apologies for Absence:  Councillor S.L. (Shirley) Mason.

9210 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
9211 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 5th October were approved then signed by the Chairman.

9212 Declaration of Acceptance of Office
 Ms Anne McNaughton signed her Declaration of Acceptance of Office, which was witnessed by the Clerk, and so became entitled to undertake any duties as a Silverdale Parish Councillor.

9213 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to: (1)  item 9189, regarding a discussion with Mr David Hall (Development Control Manager, Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC)), it was noted that Mr Hall has been given various dates of forthcoming parish council meetings and that she is waiting to hear which one he will be attending, (2)  item 9202, regarding the vandalised seats, and reported that she has been in contact with Mr Paul Holgate (Parish Contractor) regarding the necessary repairs but that, to date, no progress has been made, (3)  item 9203, regarding warning signs, and advised that Arnside Parish Council has agreed to pay half of the cost of installing a sign on Cove Road, near Holgates Caravan Park.

 The Chairman referred to item 9195, regarding the planning application for Slackwood Farm, and advised that the owner of the property concerned had emailed with his comments on this Council’s planning objections.

 Councillor Houghton referred to item 9203, regarding warning signs, and reported that he would be meeting Mr Ian Robinson (Technician, Lancaster CC Planning Services) on 6th November to look at the proposed sites for the signage etc, he also confirmed that Mr Burrow had no objections to signage on his land.

9214 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 Five members of the public expressed their concern about the proposals to enlarge the Co-operative store and the perceived threat to other village shops and the ambience of the village; particular concern was expressed about the possible dramatic and detrimental effect to the newsagents as, apparently, the Co-operative store intends selling newspapers. It was, however, appreciated that there was a need to modernise the Co-operative store in order to satisfy health and safety requirements and to provide a wider range of goods. It was noted that a local shopkeeper has provisionally booked the Gaskell Hall for 12th November with a view to holding an open meeting to discuss the proposed plans.

 Two members of the public spoke in favour of the proposed plans for the Co-operative store which they felt was a necessary store for villagers (particularly those without transport) and were concerned that the store would close down if the proposed changes were not implemented.
9215 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Marsh gave a verbal update: (1)  in the last month one crime had been reported – an incident of criminal damage committed by a family member, (2)  there has been a report of suspicious activity in the grounds of St. John’s Church, where a notice had been partially burnt, (3)  the partnership for Road Safety will not fund the Speed Indicator Devices but will support the training of staff to deploy them. Discussions are ongoing and the police are keen to see the project move forward.

 PC Marsh reported on the Police and Communities Together (PACT) priorities of speeding traffic, inconsiderate parking and anti-social behaviour. The speed gun has been deployed in the area and all vehicles checked were within the legal limit. The police have patrolled the village regularly at various times of day and night and extra staff were on duty to cover the motorcycle rally at Gibraltar Farm. Only one (anonymous) complaint had been received by the police about the noise although the police are aware that Environmental Health had received more. Environmental Health will be reviewing the licence provisions for next year’s rally.  Members RESOLVED that the police continue with the same PACT priorities.

 On 30th October the police had run an operation in Carnforth (involving 50 police officers) during which 5 people were arrested and a quantity of drugs seized.

 PC Marsh advised that, unfortunately, no police officers would be available to attend the Remembrance Sunday service to help with traffic control etc.

9216 Charities
 RESOLVED to bring forward agenda item 15 regarding the three charities (Silverdale Children’s Playground No. 521323, Public Quarries No. 500270 and Public Watering Places No. 500269). RESOLVED that the charities be kept; it was noted that the External Auditor has said that each charity should have its own bank account and that separate meetings should be held to discuss matters pertaining to the charities.

9217 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick reported that: (1)  Mr John Thompson, Operations Manager for the Co-operative store, has offered to talk to villagers at a public meeting about the proposed plans and that a date is to be arranged imminently, (2)  the 30 mph sign at the end of Bottoms Lane has been turned back to the correct position, (3)  most of the gullies in the village have now been cleaned, (4)  the Highways department will only deal with fallen leaves if they are wet and slippery, (5)  she is now on the AONB Executive Committee for Lancashire County Council (Lancs CC).

9218 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

9219 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 a)  Draft Report of Village Surveys from Lancaster CC regarding the Local Development Framework. Additional comments by 6/11/09.  RESOLVED that the Chairman consider the report.
 b)  Two copies of letters from Northern Rail to Geraldine Smith MP for information explaining the progress towards the issues raised with her about Silverdale railway station. (Copies supplied.)  RESOLVED 1.  to ask Councillor Fishwick if she can find out what is happening about the provision of a ramp (Councillor Taylor to pass on Kathryn O’Brien’s (Head of Stations and External Relations) contact details), 2.  that the Clerk (with Councillor Taylor) write to the AONB enlisting support for a ramp which might encourage the use of public transport.
 c)  North West Air Ambulance appeal for financial support.  RESOLVED to make a donation of £250.
 d)  Training offered on the Code of Conduct at Penwortham, Preston on 4/2/10, 7 – 9pm. Fee £20.  It was noted that no Members will be attending.
 e)  Waymarker publication.
 f)  Ms Melanie Yates writes with an offer to donate a (metal) bench.  RESOLVED that the Clerk contact Ms Yates with an idea as to costings and to advise her of this Council’s concerns regarding the maintenance of metal benches and suggesting the playground or War Memorial Gardens as a possible site (where the preferred material for a bench would be stone).
 g)  Lancashire Economic Partnership write about a proposed Bay-wide programme to generate new opportunities to get the best for the local communities through co-operative working.

9220 Planning
 (1)  It was noted that the following planning applications had been dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a and comments made as indicated:
 09/00903/FUL Blue Hills Cottage, Spring Bank.  Erection of a detached house.  PLANNING OBJECTIONS on the grounds that:
 1.  it is a backland development which is against Lancaster CC policy and this would not be a low cost development,
 2.  there would be an increase in traffic down a narrow, private road.
 09/00888/FUL Gibraltar Farm, Lindeth Road.  Demolition of attached workshop and garage, erection of two storey extension and various alterations to existing farmhouse. It was noted that this Council is concerned about the possible separation of the extension and possible use as a holiday let.
 (2)  The following planning application was considered and comments made as indicated:
 09/01004/FUL  Tree Tops, 14 Wallings Lane.  Erection of a single storey extension over existing double garage and erection of porch to rear.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (3)  It was noted that no decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC.

9221 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

9222 Budget and Precept
 RESOLVED to approve the 2010/11 budget, as submitted by the Clerk with the agenda, and to set the parish precept at £17,425.00 for 2010/11.

9223 Parish Plan
 1.  not to consider further the proposed tennis courts and where they might be located,
 2.  that the Clerk contact the Gaskell Hall about the possibility of the police notice board being fitted to an outside wall.

9224 War Memorial Gardens
 RESOLVED to authorise the additional spending required to complete the 2009 phase (phase 1) of the redesign of the Memorial Gardens, at a cost of £3,250.  It was noted that works under phase 1 include the planting of 29 solid clipped yews, additional seating, the extension of, and some levelling out of, the gravelled area; it was further noted that phase 2 would include replacing the entrance gate with a ramp on one side and steps on the other.

9225 Finance
 (a)  It was noted that no money had been received by the Council since the last meeting.
 (b)  It was noted that the Internal Audit Committee had met on Monday, 5th October and had found all records to be satisfactory and in good order.
 (c)  It was noted that cheque numbers 600390 and 600391 appeared to have gone astray and had been cancelled.
 (d)  RESOLVED to authorise payment and sign cheques for the following account:
 Mr A. J.  Houghton  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600398)
 Mrs S. Mason  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600399)
 Mr J. Taylor  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600400)
 Mrs E. Holden  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600401)
 Mr P. Williams  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600402)
 Mr A. Graves  (Basic Parish Allowance)    £  25.00  (600403)
 Mrs A. McNaughton  (Basic Parish Allowance)   £  25.00  (600404)
 Mr T. Bond  (Chairman’s Allowance)    £185.00  (600405)
 Mrs D. Challenor  (salary & expenses)             £1244.45  (600406)
 Mrs S.D. Hayward  (salary & expenses)              £ 323.82  (600407)
 CALC  (new councillor training)               £   40.00  (600408)
 North West Air Ambulance  (Section 137)              £ 250.00  (600409)
 Silverdale Children’s Playground               £3337.70 (600410) 
    (e)  It was noted that all Members present at the meeting signed an acceptance of the Basic Parish Allowance.

9226 Parish Council Meeting Dates for 2010
 It was noted that a list of dates for the parish council meetings for 2010 had been circulated to Members (apart from Councillor Mason to whom the list would be posted).  RESOLVED that the Clerk book the Green Room at the Gaskell Hall for Thursday, 25th March for the Annual Assembly, if possible.

9227 Items for Information 
 1.  The Chairman advised that: (a)  a public meeting would be held as soon as possible to discuss the plans for the Co-operative store (Tuesday, 10th November @ 5.00pm in the Gaskell Hall), (b)  another open meeting had been held to discuss plans for celebrating the village bicentenary and a date has been set for a history trail weekend.
 2.  Councillor Houghton reported that the road near Leighton Moss is in need of repair.
 3.  Councillor Holden advised that: (a)  the pavement on Cove Road (near Cove Lane) is dangerous, (b)  2 applications have been made to the Silverdale United Charities.
 4.  The Clerk informed that she had had a report of 3 benches having disappeared from the playground and that she would ask Mr Paul Holgates if he knows of their whereabouts.
 5.  Councillor Taylor reported that the 5.30pm and 6.00pm Stagecoach buses have been discontinued.
 6.  Councillor Graves advised that he will provide a Christmas tree for the grounds of Bleasdale House School if they are willing (to be paid for by this Council).

9228 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  To consider the future of local businesses (all).

9229 Date of the Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 7th December 2009. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 27th November and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 30th November. 


Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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