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2010/07/05

5th July 2010

9407 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 5th July 2010.

9408 Present:  Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors A.W. (Arthur) Graves, E. (Eve) Holden, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, J.S. (John) Taylor and P.N. (Paul) Williams, the Clerk  –  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk  –  S.D. (Sue) Hayward, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and one member of the public. 

9409 Apologies for Absence: Councillor A. (Anne) McNaughton and PC 2866 Tony Marsh.

9410 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
 Councillor Mason expressed an interest in agenda item 16 in that she lives opposite the public toilets.

9411 Minutes of the Previous Meetings
 The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 7th June were approved then signed by the Chairman.

9412 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
 Councillor Houghton referred to: (1)  item 9203, regarding signs warning of the dangers of tides and quicksand, and advised that he has been informed that they are to be fitted in the week, (2)  item 9382, regarding the emptying of bins, and advised that the bins on The Shore are being emptied more regularly following reports of rat infestation.

 Members referred to item 9392, regarding wild camping on RSPB land, and noted that Mr Robin Horner (RSPB) and Mr Alan Ferguson (National Trust) had replied to this Council’s letter on this matter.  RESOLVED that the Clerk write to Mr Horner with a view to arranging a meeting with Members, the National Trust and the police to discuss the issue of wild camping.
 
9413 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
 None.

9414 Update from the Community Police Officer
 A written update from PC Marsh was read by the Chairman: (1)  in the last month 6 crimes have been reported in Silverdale – the theft of electric fence equipment at Silverdale Golf Course, the theft of roofing lead from a property on Stankelt Road, damage to tiles at a property on Townsfield, damage to a sign on Lindeth Road, theft from a car on Slackwood Lane and the theft of a charity box from Silverdale Pharmacy, (2)  3 young people had been rescued from the sands near Warton, (3)  there have been a number of incidents in rural North Lancashire (not Silverdale) where high value vehicles have been left insecure with keys in the ignition or doors, (4)  there have been a number of reports of camping on The Shore, representatives from the RSPB have attended and assessed the groups when possible, (5)  in relation to the PACT priorities the police have continued to regularly patrol the village and surrounding area.
 RESOLVED that the police pursue the same PACT priorities and that the Clerk check with PC Marsh that the playground is being patrolled.

9415 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick
 Councillor Fishwick reported that: (1)  she had attended a project development workshop: ‘Headlands to Headspace’ organised by the Morecambe Bay Partnership (MBP) on 30th June; the MBP are seeking to make an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a range of projects for community benefit. Individuals, as well as local organisations, are invited to submit suggestions to the MBP no later than 1st August. More information can be found on www.morecambebay.org.uk or contact Ms Susannah Bleakley office@morecambebay.org.uk, tel. 01539 735900, (2)  the contact details for Mr David Morris, the Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency MP are: david.morris.mp@parliament.uk/morecambeandlunesdale@tory.org, tel. 020 7219 3000/ 01524 411059, c/o Morecambe and Lunesdale Conservative Association, 1a Ellis Drive, Bare, Morecambe, LA4 6DW, (3)  there is to be a live art performance at Jack Scout in September, commissioned by the Nuffield Theatre and Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC).

9416 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk
 None.

9417 Correspondence
 Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
 a)  Lancaster CC write to offer spring bulbs for sale (sold in 100’s).
 b)  Archbishop Hutton Trust write to say there is a vacancy for an alms person of the charity. Apply by 1st August.
 c)  HM Revenue & Customs confirm that they will refund the VAT paid on the Silverdale Playground Charity purchases (£521.88) to this Council.
 d)  LALC supply information regarding their AGM, Community Engagement Workshop on 11/8/10, Chairmanship Workshop on 9/9/10, Autumn Conference and their newsletter.
 e)  Waymarker. Community Engagement. A guide produced for Parish and Town Councils and their communities.
 f)  LCR Magazine.
 g)  Clerk & Council’s Direct publication.

9418 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:
 10/00183/FUL  20 Emesgate Lane.  Amendments to approved application 08/01102/FUL to form a one bed dwelling (revised access plans). It was noted that this Council had previously submitted objections and that these still stand.
 SL/2010/0018  Land at Hollins Farm, Far Arnside.  Use of field for camping in excess of 28 days.  It was noted that the public inquiry had been postponed from 22nd June and that this Council will be advised of the new date.
 (3)  It was noted that no decisions had been advised by Lancaster CC.

9419 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
 25(a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
 It was noted that the Clerk had responded to Aicha D’Whittaker’s application for a grant for help to go on a guides’ trip to Mexico (to engage in community projects there) and had advised that a grant was not allowable.
 25(b)  Non-Parish Council Property and Functions
 None.

9420 ‘Green Grant’
 It was noted that the First TransPennine Express and the Forestry Commission are launching a ‘Green Grant’ for social and environmental projects.  RESOLVED that the Clerk obtain further information on this including the criteria for applying and time limits.

9421 Finance
 (a)  Councillor Holden conducted the monthly check of all money received by the Council and found the records to be satisfactory. It was noted that there had been the following receipt: settlement for seesaw (insurance) claim, £410.00
 (b)  RESOLVED to authorise payments and sign cheques for the following accounts:
 Mr Paul Williams (toilets – cleaning/equipment)  £182.58  (600449)
 Mr Andrew Bodenham (disinfectant for the toilets)    £42.95  (600450)
 Mrs Susan Hayward (salary and expenses)   £618.85  (600451)
 Mrs Denise Challenor (salary and expenses)            £1221.09  (600452)
 It was noted that the invoice from Smiths of Derby for the clock repair (£728.50) included  the fitting of an ICS pcb and rechargeable battery.  RESOLVED that the Clerk contact Smiths of Derby for more information including details of the warranty on the ICS and battery and that the possibility of employing an alternative contractor be investigated.

9422 Quicksand Pool Bridge
 RESOLVED that the Clerk contact Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) with the following comments (with a copy to the AONB):
 1.  This Council disagrees with Lancs. CC’s premiss that there has been a recent history of road traffic accidents at the site and are not aware of any serious accidents for several years..
 2.  The signs are considered to be visually obtrusive and could be dazzling at night.
 3.  The proposed road markings are welcome and, in addition, this Council suggests the use of red rumble strips.
 4.  Possibly, a more cost effective way of making the bridge safer for drivers would be to lower the wall of the bridge (and/ or replace the wall with railings) and to keep the level of vegetation down, this being the major cause of sightlines being obstructed.

9423 War Memorial
 RESOLVED that agenda item 15, regarding the next phase of improvement works to the War Memorial, be deferred to a future meeting.

9424 Public Toilets
 The Chairman and Councillor McNaughton had inspected the public toilets and drawn up a list of necessary works as follows:
 1.  Replace the toilet pan in the gentlemen’s WC and both toilet pans in the ladies’ WC.
 2.  Replace the wash hand basin in the gentlemen’s and ladies’ WCs.
 3.  Replace/ patch tiling as necessary to the gentlemen’s and ladies’ WCs.
 4.  Fill in around the door frames to the gentlemen’s and ladies’ WCs.
 5.  Paint the wood around the skylight.
 6.  Paint the barge board to the outside of the toilet block.
 RESOLVED that the works be put out to tender with a request that the cost of the works be itemised.

9425 Litter Bin at Bankwell
 RESOLVED that the Chairman make a site visit to Bankwell in order to assess a suitable location for a bin.  RESOLVED that the bin outside the former newsagents be relocated to Bankwell and that the Clerk notify Lancaster CC that the bin will require emptying.

9426 Items for Information
 1.  Councillor Graves reported that children have been climbing on the seat outside the Co-operative Store and onto the wall and that he would liaise with the manager of the Co-operative Store regarding the relocation and secure fixing of the bench.

9427 Suggestions for Future Agenda Items
 1.  War Memorial improvement works (all).

9428 Date of the Next Meeting
 It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 2nd August 2010. Items for the agenda, to reach the Clerk before Friday, 23rd July and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 26th July.

Sue D. Hayward, Deputy Clerk to the Council

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