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2nd June 2003

7353 Minutes: of a Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 2nd June 2003.

7354 Present: Chairman – Councillor C.J. (John) Eden, Councillors J. (John) Burrow, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, J. (June) Greenwell, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, P.(Peter) Roberts, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, Community Police Officer – Police Constable 874 (Ged) Daley and one member of the public.
7355 Apologies for Absence: Councillor A.W. (Arthur) Graves and County & District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick,

7356 It was noted that Councillor Graves signed a Declaration of Acceptance of Office, witnessed by the Chairman, on Monday 12th May, 2003.

7357 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Annual Parish Council Meeting, held on 8th May 2003, were amended at 7351(c) by changing “Chairman” to “Vice-Chairman”, and were then signed by the Chairman.

7358 Public Participation

The member of the public did not wish to address the Council.

7359 Matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings:

7324 Contract for Strimming of Playground Area and maintenance of War Memorial Area. The Clerk had been contacted by Mr D. Fishwick, shortly after the last meeting, to advise that he was having an operation on a foot and that he would be unable to do the strimming of the Playground area. Mr Fishwick had arranged for Mr Philip Duckett to do the work on his behalf, and this arrangement was accepted, on behalf of the Council, by the Chairman and the Clerk. An invoice for payment of £45 has been received from Mr Duckett and Members were therefore asked to consider whether payment should be made to Mr Fishwick or Mr Duckett. RESOLVED that retrospective authorisation be given to the strimming of the Playground area by Mr Duckett and that payment of the invoice be made to Mr Duckett. Further RESOLVED that, in the continuing incapacity of Mr Fishwick, Mr Duckett be asked to undertake further strimming of the Playground area, probably for two more occasions, pending further developments with the proposed Parish Lengthsman scheme.

7360 Update from PC 874 Daley (Community Police Officer).

During May there were five recorded crimes, of which 3 were detected as having occurred within Ridgway Park School, with the remaining two being the theft of a mirror, and theft of a garden solar-powered light. PC Daley is also aware of a further incident within Ridgway Park School, which has not yet appeared on the monthly statistics. In response to a query, PC Daley acknowledged that, if the figures for Ridgway Park School are discounted, then there has been a significant reduction in reported crimes, compared with the same period of 2002.

PC Daley was only aware of two out of the four recent incidents of barrier/lights malfunction at Silverdale Level Crossing. The Clerk advised that all four incidents have been reported to Mr Tim Clark, the Level Crossings Manager at Manchester, and that a strongly worded letter has been sent to Mr Richard Bowker, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Strategic Rail Authority.

Members also drew PC Daley’s attention to vandalism in the Shore Road area and to a serious road accident, involving injuries and the use of the air ambulance, on Slackwood Lane. Neither of these incidents appeared on the Police monthly statistics.

7361 Report of any relevant matters by City and County Councillor Mrs S.M. Fishwick.

Councillor Fishwick was unable to attend and had not sent a report to the meeting.

7362 Reports on Meetings

(a) Silverdale Sports & Recreation Development Committee. Councillor Houghton stated that he had been unable to attend any meetings since his nomination, and had noted that future meetings are planned for Friday evenings, when he will not be available.

(b) AONB Joint Parish Councils Committee. The Chairman had attended a meeting on 28th May. There were no major matters to be considered, or issues to be carried forward to the AONB Executive Committee. There was considerable discussion about the future role of the JPC and it was generally agreed that the Committee should continue as a forum for discussion of issues on which the collective opinions of Parish Councils might be at variance with the general policy of the AONB Executive Committee. There were also reports from the Parishes regarding their progress with Parish Plans. A volunteer is still required for the post of Secretary to the JPC.

Subsequent to the report, Members of Silverdale Parish Council confirmed support for the continuance of the JPC.

(c) Mansergh Charity Councillor Greenwell reported that there had been considerable discussion, at a recent meeting of the Trust, about making grants available to apprentices where there does not appear to be a requirement to purchase tools for the skill concerned. It is confirmed that the Trust will continue to support all NVQ apprenticeships.

7363 Parish Plan

(a) Children’s Group. Councillor Greenwell reported on behalf of the Children’s Group and advised that they are now proceeding towards formal constitution as the Silverdale Children’s Action Group. They have received further layout and equipment designs and are assessing avenues for funding. In response to an enquiry from the Clerk, they had suggested that the impact-absorbing surface for the recently reinstalled swings, should be in the form of bark. The Clerk will contact the Lancashire Playing Fields Association for a specification of the type of bark and construction methods, to be used as an interim facility.

(b) Village Centre Group. The Chairman reported that he had placed a questionnaire in the Library, to assist in compilation of statistics about the use of the Library.

(c) Traffic Group. Councillors Henderson and Roberts reported that the Group thought it advisable for there to be a ‘parking survey’ and questioned their authority to undertake such a project. It was agreed that this would be perfectly in order and the two Members were asked to proceed with the survey.

(d) Production of the Parish Plan. Mr Keith Reed has sent letters to various village organisations, inviting them to draw attention to their activities, in case it seems appropriate to include them within the Plan. The Clerk has obtained confirmation that it will be possible to add the whole of the finalised Parish Plan to the Web Site, but there might be a charge for altering the home page graphics and the navigation buttons. It was agreed that this charge will be paid out of Parish Plan Grant.

7364 Planning

(1) The following applications were considered and commented upon at the meeting:

03/00604/CU – 19 Stankelt Road – Change of use to a 5-bedroomed guest house: NO OBJECTIONS although it is noted that the plans received for consultation did not include an indication of car parking arrangements. It is recommended that a condition be applied to ensure that car parking facilities for all staff and guests should be provided within the curtilage of the building, and not on the roadway.

03/00631/FUL – 57 Emesgate Lane – erection of a conservatory: NO OBJECTIONS

(2) The following decision, notified by Lancaster City Council, was noted:

03/00213/LB – 3 The Green – consent for refurbishment and improvements:


(3) Councillor Henderson gave a report on the meeting of the Planning Committee, regarding the four applications submitted by Ridgway Park school, but advised that this would be confirmed, in writing, by Lancaster City Council.

(d) The Chairman referred to concerns about construction work at Ingleside, Churchfield, where the height of the finished building is seen as being considerably higher than that shown on Planning Permission 01/00149/FUL. The Clerk has been in correspondence with the Senior Planning Officer about this matter, who has recognised that the height has been increased as a consequence of certain Building Regulations. Members expressed their strong concern about this and instructed the Clerk to write to the Chief Planning Officer accordingly.

7365 Correspondence

16 items of correspondence have been received since the last meeting and were tabled for the information of members. The following items were specifically noted:

(a) The North West Army Cadet Force has written to request a donation towards their funds. It was agreed that, with the nearest centre being at Carnforth, the organisation does not provide sufficient benefit for the community at Silverdale for their request to be permitted under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

(b) A copy of the Lancaster City Council consultation document on the proposed Community Strategy has been received, together with a number of response forms. This will be circulated amongst Members and considered at the next meeting.

7366 Additional Bank Signatories

RESOLVED that Councillors Burrow, Fryer, Graves and Houghton be added to the authorised signatories for the Council’s bank accounts with the Alliance & Leicester Bank.

7367 Joint Parish Lengthsman Scheme

RESOLVED that Silverdale Parish Council is in favour, in principle, of joining in the proposed Joint Parish Lengthsman Scheme, in conjunction with Warton and the two Yealand Parish Councils. This decision is subject to approval of the terms for the scheme, which have yet to be finalised by Lancashire County Council.

7368 Accounts for Payment

A cheques for the following account was signed:

Philip Duckett (strimming of Playground area) £45.00 (012)

7369 Items for Information

Several Members raised queries about matters of local concern, but it was noted that they are all being dealt with by the appropriate persons or authorities.

7370 Date of Next Meeting – Monday July 7th 2003.

Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council

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