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2010/02/01

1st February 2010

9271 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 1st February 2010.

9272 Present:  Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, 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 2 members of the public.

9273 Apologies for Absence:  Councillor A.J. (Tony Houghton).

9274 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
 Councillor Mason expressed an interest in agenda item 15 in that she lives opposite the public toilets.

9275 Minutes of the Previous Meeting
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 4th January were approved then signed by the Chairman.

9276 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 The Clerk referred to item 8862, regarding the possibility of the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service co-responding with the Ambulance Service and reported that she had not had a reply to her letter to the Ambulance Service (sent in January).

9277 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 Both members of the public expressed their concerns about the planning applications made in respect of Hollins Farm, Far Arnside and explained their reasons as follows: it is felt that there is already a high volume of traffic along Cove Road and that Cove Road is too narrow for caravans, there will be possible noise and increased lighting pollution. Disappointment was expressed regarding the perceived urbanisation of the area and loss of wild flowers due to past development (at Park Point). It was noted that the Landscape Trust has responded to the planning application and has raised concerns.
 One resident noted that she was anxious that the public toilets be retained in view of the number of visitors to the village.
 One resident reported that a number of quad bikes had been using the grass on the shore recently and that this was proving a danger to other users of the shore.

9278 Update from the Community Police Officer
 PC Marsh gave a verbal update: (1)  three crimes have been reported in Silverdale – there has been damage to a RSPB building and a vehicle and there has been a firearms offence, (2)  other incidents include neighbour disputes and reports of suspicious activity involving door to door traders and charity collectors. PC Marsh is liaising with the Neighbourhood Watch regarding the possibility of Silverdale becoming a ‘no calling’ zone, (3)  a ‘poacher watch’ operation was run between Lancashire and Cumbria Constabularies on the 21st January 2010. The operation was a success with 14 vehicles stopped, two reports of suspicious activity investigated and travelling criminals deterred from the Arnside/ Silverdale area. It is hoped that the operation will be repeated again soon, (4)  in relation to the PACT priorities the village has been patrolled regularly to deter anti-social behaviour and inconsiderate parking. It has not been possible to make use of the speed gun. RESOLVED that the Police pursue the same PACT priorities.

9279 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick reported that: (1)  Lancashire County Council’s (Lancs CC) policy on gritting during the recent snow had been to prioritise the main roads; gritting had been carried out continually for 30 days, the grit bins had not been refilled as some grit had been taken from the bins by residents for personal use and some had been taken for re-sale. Councillor Fishwick advised that if any residents have suggestions as to additional locations for grit bins she will pass these on to Highways. Lancs. CC is considering ways of enabling parish councils to carry out gritting to side roads, (2 ) Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) will close the public conveniences in Silverdale with effect from 1st April, (3)  a motion on special expenses is to be discussed with Lancaster CC – some parish councils in rural areas consider themselves to be double taxed on some services e.g. children’s playgrounds (through Council Tax and through the parish precept), (4) Lancs. CC has funded a new service called Help Direct to help adults get practical support, or information and advice, to get the most out of life. Help Direct can be accessed by phone (tel 0303 333 1111), local offices/ community venues or the Lancs. CC website www.lancashire.gov.uk, (5) an article on the ‘shifting sands’ of Morecambe Bay has been printed in the RoSPA publication “Safety Education”.

9280 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 1.  The Chairman reported that the consultation meeting due to have been held by Lancaster CC, on how they spend their money over the next few years, had been cancelled because of the bad weather.
 2.  Silverdale Institute AGM
 The Chairman had attended the AGM at which it had been noted that there are no firm proposals for the development of the Institute’s land and that the Institute would participate in the village bicentenary celebrations.

9281 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 a)  Letter from a resident requesting action be taken about the condition of the footpath at Woodwell; being muddy in winter and overgrown with nettles in summer. It was noted that the walking surface is the responsibility of Highways and that the overgrowth to the side of the footpath is the responsibility of adjacent landowners.  RESOLVED to ask Councillor Fishwick if she could again raise the condition of the footpath with Highways.
 b)  Clerk and Council’s Direct, Yearbook and News.
 c)  Lune Valley Rural Housing Association, Annual Report 2009, financial statement and minutes of the nineteenth AGM.
 d)  Joint Advisory Committee consultation on possible minerals and waste site allocations and development management polices. http://lancashire-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal  deadline for comments 5pm 19/2/10.  It was noted that Silverdale is not affected.
 e)  Waymarker.
 f)  Overhead Wires Project. Winter 2009.
 g)  LALC Minutes of 217th meeting of the Lancaster Area Committee held on 23/11/09. 

9282 Planning
 (1)  It was noted that no planning applications had been dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a.
 (2)  The following planning applications were considered and comments made as indicated:
 L/2009/1135  Hollins Farm, Far Arnside.  Extension to caravan and camping site with replacement facility building and new sewage treatment plant and associated landscape works and SL/2010/0018  Land at Hollins Farm, Far Arnside.  Use of field for camping in excess of 28 days. It was noted that the Natural History Society and AONB had submitted planning objections and had copied their letters of objection to this Council.  PLANNING OBJECTIONS to both applications on the following grounds:
 1.  The increase in caravans and camping would lead to an increase in traffic through Silverdale village thereby exacerbating the already difficult traffic problem at weekends.
 2.  Cove Road, from Cove Lane to the proposed site entrance is narrow and has no footpath for pedestrians. Similarly Park Road is also narrow with no pavement.
 3.  South Lakeland District Council have a local plan and T5 states that further caravan development will not be permitted within the AONB.
 4.  Further caravan development is against the policy of the AONB.
 5.  The proposed provision of utility buildings and lighting will visually damage the landscape and introduce light pollution.
 6.  The proposed development will have a detrimental effect upon the conservation of the environment and conservation of wildlife.
 RESOLVED that the Clerk send a copy of the objections to Highways to raise awareness of this Council’s concerns.
 10/00023/FUL  19 Levens Way.  Erection of conservatory to the side.  NO PANNING OBJECTIONS.
 10/00022/FUL  18 Hazelwood.  Erection of a single storey extension to existing dining room.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS.
 (3)  It was noted that the following decision had been notified by Lancs. CC:
 01/09/1151 Bleasdale House School, Emesgate Lane.  Erection of new classroom block for food technology class, WC area and entrance lobby.  GRANTED.

9283 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
 It was noted that the website and the Clerk’s e mail function had temporarily been out of service but that Mr Steve Lamb had resolved the problem.
 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
 None.

9284 Tenders
 It was noted that no tenders had been received to date.  RESOLVED to send the tender document to previous applicants.

9285 Donation to the AONB
 It was noted that Ms Lucy Barron, AONB Manager (Arnside and Silverdale) has written to this Council with information on ways in which the work of  the AONB benefitted Silverdale in 2009.  RESOLVED to donate £700 to the AONB under Section 137.

9286 Parking
 It was noted that this Council is still very concerned about the problem of inconsiderate parking in the village and that, should it continue, advice will be sought on the use of double yellow lines e.g. along parts of Emesgate Lane.  RESOLVED to approach British Telecom (BT) regarding the possible usage of land owned by BT for parking.

9287 Public Toilets
 It was noted that, to date, Lancaster CC had not given this Council any financial information regarding the costs of providing public toilets.  RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Mr Mark Davies, Head of City Council (Direct) Services, requesting this information and to defer discussing this matter until the next meeting of this Council. RESOLVED to add £3,000 to this Council’s budget in order to allow for the cost of providing the public toilets in the village should this Council resolve to take over this service and, accordingly, to increase the amount set for the parish precept at £20,425.00.
9288 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:
 Mr Paul Holgate (Parish Contractor’s fee, 18/5-18/12/09)  £2756.57 (600413)
 Mr Paul Holgate (Parish Contractor’s fee, 18/12-18/2/10)    £704.13 (600414)
 Mrs Sue Hayward (salary & expenses)       £349.60 (600415)
 Silverdale Institute (room hire. It was noted that a notice of increase for 2010, to £10 per meeting, had been received)           £96.00 (600416)
 Mr Arthur Graves (Christmas tree)         £42.50 (600417)
 Lancaster CC (AONB/ Bank Well)       £115.00 (600418)
 Mrs Denise Challenor (salary & expenses)    £1224.14 (600419)
 Lancaster CC (AONB donation)       £700.00 (600420)
 (c)  It was noted that the precept request form had been received and that the request will be for £20,425.00.

9289 Internal Audit
 RESOLVED that the Clerk approach Mr Phil Henneberry regarding the possibility of carrying out the internal audit (it was noted that Mr Henneberry carries out the internal audit for Arnside Parish Council).
 
9290 Parish Assembly
 It was noted that the Annual Parish Assembly will be held in the Green Room at the Gaskell Hall on Monday, 22nd March and that Ms Lucy Barron, AONB Manager (Arnside and Silverdale) will be the guest speaker.  RESOLVED to invite representatives from the Police, Library Services and National Trust to attend and give a report.

9291 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor McNaughton reported that: (a)  the post box at the bottom of Warton Crag (in the parish of Warton) has been knocked down, (b)  the grit bin on The Row is still empty, (c)  the problem with flooding on the road by Bank Well persists.
 2.  Councillor Mason noted that (a)  she has received complaints about dog fouling and that there is a need for notices regarding this e.g. at Church Fields and Cove Road, (b)  tree-felling has been observed on Lancaster CC land near Lindeth Road.
 3.  Councillor Holden advised that: (a)  there is a stretch of pavement along Cove Road which is in need of attention, (b)  there is still a problem with a blocked drain at Hazelwood which is causing flooding.

9292 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  The future of the public toilets (all).

9293 Date of the Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 1st March 2010. Items for the agenda, to reach the Clerk before Friday, 19th February and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 22nd February.
Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council

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