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7th October 2002

7088 Minutes: of a meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 7th October 2002.

7089 Present: Councillor Mr C.J. Eden (Chairman), Councillors Mrs S.M. Fishwick, Mr A. Graves, Mrs J. Greenwell, Mr R. Henderson, Mr A.J. Houghton, the Clerk and Police Constable 874 Daley (Community Police Officer).
7090 Apologies for Absence: Councillor Mr T.B. Fryer.

7091 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the meeting held on the 2nd September were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

7092 Matters raised by Members of the Public for consideration.

There were no members of the public present.

7093 Matters arising from the Minutes of the previous meeting:

There were no matters arising

7094 Update from PC 874 Daley (Community Police Officer).

There had been administrative problems in publishing crime statistics for the benefit of public bodies and Operation Communication was suspended until further notice. There had been five reported crimes during the last month: two burglaries (one Silverdale; one Yealand), two thefts of garden furniture and one vehicle interference. There had been one instance of juvenile nuisance.

7095 Report of any relevant matters by City and County Councillor Mrs S.M. Fishwick.

It was reported that the name of Lancaster City Council was not to be changed.

7096 Reports on Meetings

Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting of the Lancaster Branch of the LAPTC on September 23rd. There had been a presentation by senior police officers, which included a discussion of community policing. The police are very much in favour of the current community policing initiative, but were having difficulty in filling vacant posts. Consideration was being given to an enhancement of salary, in order to make the posts more attractive.

7097 Parish Plan

The Parish Conference will be held in the Gaskell Hall, at 7.30pm on October 17th. The Conference will not have a “sit down and be lectured” format and members of the steering group felt that the interactive nature of the event would be attractive to members of the community. Refreshments will be provided free of charge.

It was reported that there had been a very successful photographic workshop and project for younger members of the community, with some ‘thought provoking’ subjects being highlighted. Some of the photographs will be displayed at the AONB Coffee Morning on 12th October, whilst the full selection will be on display at the Parish Conference.

7098 Planning

The following decisions from Lancaster City Council were noted:

02/00685/FUL – Wolf House Gallery, Lindeth Road – removal of condition No.6 on application No. 01/01131/CU restricting occupancy of dwelling: GRANTED.

02/00808/FUL – St.Johns CE School, Emesgate Lane, erection of extension to form new classroom with infants external play area: GRANTED.

02/00549/OUT – 39 Lindeth Road, outline application for erection of one house on land to rear: GRANTED.

The Chairman had advised the Planning Officer of the concern expressed by the Parish Council over the work being carried out at Bottoms Farm, in connection with the biodisc sewage treatment unit. In company with Councillor Henderson and Mr Peter Rivet (Lancaster City Council) he had visited the site and found some very ugly protrusions. He had asked Mr Rivet to ensure that the developers comply with the conditions of the Planning Permission, and other planning policies which are relevant to ensuring the maintenance of the natural beauty of this location. Any further concerns will be reported to the Planning Officer.

The Chairman informed the meeting that he had been advised that the Planning Applications for Ridgway Park School, as detailed at Minute 7086, had been temporarily withdrawn. It is understood that they may be re-submitted, once additional information has been incorporated.

7099 Correspondence

Thirty seven items of correspondence had been received since the last meeting and were tabled for the information of members. The following needed further action:

Cumbria County Council had passed on details of the re-planting scheme, submitted by Hansons, for the restoration of the former Middlebarrow Quarry. Whilst there were no significant objections to the proposals, it was noted that some of the tree planting would obstruct a traditional footpath which descends from Eaves Wood to the level crossing. Councillor Henderson submitted a sketch drawing of the approximate line of this path and members agreed that it should be submitted to Cumbria CC and Hansons, with a request that the planting should be modified, so as to avoid obstructing the footpath.

7100 Roof of Bus Shelter

The Chairman had received two verbal quotations, one being £350 for reconstruction of the roof and the other being for “between £10 and £20” for basic repairs. As the damage had been caused by vandalism, it was agreed that the low cost repair work be authorised.

7101 Provision of a seat in memory of Mrs Annie Lynch (nee Webster).

The Chairman had reached agreement with the Secretary of the Cricket Club, to the effect that the seat in the village centre would be removed to the Cricket Club and would be replaced with the seat which is currently located in Gibraltar Lane. The site in Gibraltar Lane would then be made available for the provision of a seat in memory of Mrs Lynch (at no cost to the Council).

7102 Suggestions for the improvement of Rights of Way

A request had been received from Lancashire County Council for the Parish Council to submit suggestions for improvements to the Rights of Way in the area. Councillor Henderson had conducted a detailed survey and submitted a plan to the meeting. After detailed discussion and some minor amendments, the plan was approved for submission to the County Council.

7103 Draft Constitution of the AONB Executive Committee

Councillor Henderson submitted a detailed analysis of the draft, together with observations. It was agreed that these suggestions should go forward for consideration by the Joint Parish Committee. They would also be submitted to the next meeting of the AONB Executive Committee. It was agreed that the Chairman of the AONB Executive Committee be recommended to invite Councillor Henderson to address the meeting, in order to give a detailed explanation of the recommendations.

7104 Items for submission to the Joint Parish Committee meeting on October 16th

The only item to be submitted is the report of recommendations detailed in Minute 7103.

7105 Ambulance Service request that the First Responders group pay an Administration Fee

Having learned that the First Responders had been asked to pay an annual administration fee of £1000, the Clerk had written to the Chief Ambulance Officer, requesting a full explanation. A reply had been received which indicated that the proposal to make a charge has been deferred until late October, when a meeting will be held to determine whether the cost of administration can be met from other funds. The Clerk will write again expressing the very strong opposition of the Parish Council to any proposal to charge the First Responders group.

7106 Review of the Half-Yearly expenditure

Copies of the review, together with the annual budget and records of receipts and payments had been previously distributed to members and are annexed to these Minutes. The review was approved and a copy will be forwarded to the Independent Internal Auditor for information.

7107 Accounts for Payment

Cheques for the following accounts were signed:

Matthew Priestley (Parish Plan photography project) £499.20 (882)

Doug Fishwick (repairs to Playing Field fencing) £ 50.00(883)

Mr C.J. Eden (Chairman’s Allowance 2002-2003) £110.00(884)

7108 Items for Information

(a) Concern was expressed at the frequency of very short interruptions of electricity supply in the area, causing problems for computers and other electronic equipment.

(b) The Chairman suggested that members have a look at the new style of lamp standards being erected in Warton and consider whether they would be suitable for Silverdale.

(c) The Clerk had written to British Telecom, concerning the increase in numbers of telegraph poles, but had not received a reply. A reminder will be sent.

(d) There were still instances of overgrown street boundaries, and trees obscuring street lights.

(e) The introduction of wheelie bins had led to problems of some bins not being emptied and driveways being obstructed. It was suggested that the planning design of new developments should incorporate provision for the accommodation of wheelie bins.

7109 Date of Next Meeting – Monday November 4th 2002


Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council.

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