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5th January 2004

7511 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 5th January 2004.

7512 Present: Councillors J. (John) Burrow, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, J. (June) Greenwell, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, P.(Peter) Roberts, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, County & District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick, PC 1283 Roger Brooksbank, and four members of the public. In the absence of the Chairman, the Chair was taken by the Vice-Chairman – Councillor Roberts.

7513 Apologies for Absence: Chairman – Councillor C.J. (John) Eden, Councillor, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer.

7514 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests relating to any items appearing on the agenda.

No interests were declared.

7515 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting, held on 1st December 2003, were approved, and then signed by the Chairman of the meeting.

7516 Receipt of information about matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings, not covered by the Agenda.

7453 Christmas Tree: Councillor Greenwell reported that the Christmas Tree and lights, erected within the grounds of Bleasdale House School, had been very well received and enjoyed by many residents and visitors. She expressed her thanks to the staff and governors of the School, and these sentiments were endorsed by all Members of the Council.

7517 Matters raised by Members of the Public for future consideration.

(1) One person spoke on behalf of himself and his wife, expressing opposition to the suggestion that a tennis court, and other facilities be constructed on the Playing Field.

(2) One person expressed concern about the Constitution of the Parish Plan Development Group, in that the wording appears to indicate that responsibility has been delegated to a non-elected group. The Clerk responded by indicating that this is not the case, and he will review the wording, in order to clarify the matter.

(3) One person stated that she had been in correspondence with First North Western, and had received a reply which acknowledges that there are occasions when train drivers are instructed that they should not stop at Silverdale, even though their trains are scheduled to do so, because of the need to compensate for delays. A copy of this letter will be supplied to the Clerk, so that it can be referred to in future discussions with the train operators.

7518 Update from Community Police Officer, PC 1283 Roger Brooksbank.

PC Brooksbank reported that (a) he has been required to attend incidents at Ridgway Park School, which have taken up an excessive amount of his time, (b) walls have been knocked down at Whinney Fold, (c) there has been a theft at the RSPB site, (d) a beer can was thrown through a window during the Christmas period, (e) whilst proceeding to the meeting, he noticed that a car had left the road and gone onto the railway line at the level crossing, and (f) he had received reports of difficulties arising from children using skateboards.

7519 Report from City & County Councillor Sarah Fishwick.

Councillor Fishwick made reference to (a) the ongoing need for improvement in the white-lining at the level crossing, (b) the problems arising from cars being parked on Stankelt Road, close to the junction with Spring Bank, (c) emergency procedures / need for ‘wardening’ at Trowbarrow Quarry, following a recent rock fall.

7520 Reports on Meetings

There were no reports from meetings.

7521 Correspondence

Receipt of the following items was noted and action determined, by resolution, as indicated:

1. AONB – Waymarker, Dec-Jan.

2. Geraldine Smith MP – letter suggesting dates for attendance at PC meeting (4th October agreed).

3. Lune Valley Housing Association – Annual Report.

4. Lancashire Police Authority – Community Meeting, 6th January.

5. NALC – Local Council Review, January.

6. Morecambe Bay Partnership – Annual Report and request for Membership donation:

RESOLVED that a donation of £10 be made.

7. Lancashire CC – comments about contents of Parish Plan:

RESOLVED that the County Council be asked to support their observation regarding a possible ‘design guide’, by making a financial contribution to the costs involved.

8. Silverdale Institute – increase in Hall charge to £7.00 per evening.

9. Boundary Commission – recommendations for new unitary authorities. (agenda item).

10. Lancashire CC – notice of level crossing closure 0030hrs to 0830hrs Sunday 25th January.

11. Lancashire CC – Agenda 21 Vision for the 21st century.

12. Charity Commission – advice re Trust Deed for Children’s Playground.

13. DEFRA – information from Alun Michael MP, Minister for the Horse:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of this meeting should draw attention to the reference to new “Ragwort Control Act”, coming into force in February 2004.

14. Lancaster City Council – modification to Local Plan (deletion of Whinney Carr).

15. Lancashire CC – notice of replacement of street lights for Emesgate Lane and Stankelt Road:

RESOLVED that the County Council be asked to provide, in Stankelt Road, the same design of lights as those proposed for Emesgate Lane.

16. Lancashire CC – agreement to provide additional light in Lindeth Close.

17. Lancashire CC – response to concerns about visibility of exit from Levens Way.

18. Lancashire Partnership – draft Strategic Vision for the future of Lancashire.

19. British Gas – electricity bill for clock (challenged).

20. Lancaster City Council – Meeting on Jan 22nd for North West in Bloom, 2004:

RESOLVED that this Council will defer consideration of any participation for around two years.

21. Rail Passengers Committee – response to our request that all trains should stop at Silverdale. (No, although they see the need for better spacing).

RESOLVED that this reply be drawn to the attention of Geraldine Smith MP, asking that she should use her influence to try to persuade the Committee to arrange for all passenger trains to stop at Silverdale. Whilst writing, the Clerk should also draw attention to the matters raised in Minute 7517(3) and 7518(e).

22. Lancaster CC – request for Precept Return (signed by Chairman, Member and Clerk).

7522 Planning

(1) It was noted that the following Planning Applications were dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25, and comments made as indicated:

03/01480/FUL – 45 Emesgate Lane – erection of a dormer to the rear:


03/01169/FUL – 18 Stankelt Road – erection of decking to form balcony with kitchen/diner, lounge and bedroom below and new bay window all to the rear: NO OBJECTIONS, but it is recommended that a condition be imposed that the ground floor should remain as an integral part of No.18, and not become an independent dwelling.

(2) The following Planning Applications were considered, and comments made as indicated.

03/01502/FUL – 4 Elmslack Lane – extension to side: NO OBJECTIONS, subject to the extension being for domestic use only.

03/01547/CU – Hazelwood Hall, Hollins Lane – change of use to 30 holiday apartments. The proposals for this site are substantially similar to those proposed in 2002 and 2003, and give rise to the same concerns as were previously expressed by this Council, particularly as regards to car parking and the new driveway. The Council therefore OBJECTS to the proposal, as follows:

(a) The requirement to provide a new site access driveway appears to derive from the traffic hazard at the existing entrance, which is in itself related to the permissible speed limit for Hollins Lane. This Council has long been advising that a 20mph speed limit be imposed on Hollins Lane, but has met with refusals from the highway authority. If however this recommendation were to be adopted, the need for a new driveway would be removed, although some improvements might still be appropriate at the existing entrance. The provision of the new driveway would be detrimental to the gardens and the landscaped areas and would do nothing to address the ongoing traffic problems in Hollins Lane. This Council therefore OBJECTS to the provision of the new driveway.

(b) The car park area, proposed in 2002, was in an area where parked cars would be largely hidden by trees. The new location is on open and elevated ground, and members of this Council are quite certain that this will result in the car park becoming a “blot on the landscape”.

03/01561/FUL – 10 Wallings Lane – extension to external terrace: NO OBJECTIONS, although this Council is concerned about the prominence of the lighting units, and the likelihood of unnecessary light-pollution in the area.

(3) The following decisions, advised by Lancaster City Council, were noted.

03/01322/REM – Blue Hills, Spring Bank – reserved matters: GRANTED.

03/01301/CU – workshop to Eaves Croft, Elmslack Lane – change of use to dwelling, plus extension: GRANTED.

03/01306/CU – The Parrock, Shore Road – change of use to holiday cottage, garage and studio, with new access: REFUSED.

TPO 305 (1999) and TPO 252 (1996) – Beech House, Lindeth Road – amendment to previous decision notices.

7523 Urgent action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).

Payment to Mr Doug Fishwick (maintenance of grounds of war memorial) £115.00 (043)

7524 Boundary Committee recommendations for unitary authorities.

It was noted that the Boundary Committee has provisionally recommended three options for Lancashire, two of which would result in the same unitary authority for the Silverdale area. It was considered that the option of having just one unitary authority, covering the whole of Lancashire, with 168 councillors, would be too large and remote. RESOLVED that this Council supports either of the other two options, both of which would establish a unitary authority encompassing the current district councils of Barrow-in-Furness, South Lakeland, and Lancaster City.

7525 Annual Contracts

In response to advertising, and direct approaches, the Clerk advised that he had received the following tenders:

Grass cutting at Playing Field: John Graves & Son – £25 per occasion (as and when required)

Hedge Cutting at Playing Field: John Graves & Son – £15 per occasion (as and when required)

RESOLVED that these tenders be accepted.

7526 Chairman’s Allowance

RESOLVED that an allowance of £135.00 be paid to the Chairman, under the provision of Section15(5) of the Local Government Act 1972, for the Council year 2003-2004.

7527 Accounts for Payment

Cheques for the following accounts were signed:

Mr C.J. Eden (Chairman’s Allowance) £135.00 (044)

William Potts & Sons (Clock maintenance) £165.68 (045)

Turnock Lighting & Electrical Products (Christmas Tree Lights) £147.58 (046)

7528 Items for Information

(1) Comments have been made about several trees being overgrown, along Spring Bank, with consequential damage to walls.

(2) Councillor Burrow stated that he is not receiving advice from Members as to work which he should pass to the Parish Lengthswoman.

(3) It is thought that there are quite a few street light failures which go un-reported for significant periods because of lack of knowledge of the free telephone number (0800-132631).

(4) Concern was, once again, expressed about the danger from telegraph poles projecting into highways, without conspicuous reflective banding, eg near to 18 Stankelt Road. This has previously been brought to the attention of BT, but there is no evidence of action having been taken.

7529 Date of Next Meeting.

The date of next meeting is Monday February 2nd. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk by no later than Friday January 23rd, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk by no later than Monday January 26th.

Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council


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