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2004/03/01

1st March 2004

7550 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 1st March 2004.

7551 Present: Chairman – Councillor C.J. (John) Eden, Councillors J. (John) Burrow, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, 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, and thirteen members of the public.

7552 Apologies for Absence: PC 1283 Roger Brooksbank.

7553 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests relating to any items appearing on the agenda.

No interests were declared.

7554 Minutes of the Previous Meeting.

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting, held on 2nd February 2004, were approved, and then signed by the Chairman.

7555 Receipt of information about matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings, not covered by the Agenda.

There were no matters arising.

7556 Matters raised by Members of the Public for future consideration.

The occupant of a residence at the Railway Station expressed concern about her inability to see oncoming traffic, when turning across the carriageway to enter her property, because of the undulation of the road. She expressed a desire for a traffic mirror, and had one available for installation. The Clerk indicated that he had received prior notice of her concern and would be liaising with County Highways.

7557 Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Brooksbank was unable to attend the meeting because of illness. However the new Emergency Community Support Officer, Deborah Gwilliam, was in attendance and introduced herself to the meeting. She is based at Carnforth Police Station, and covers a wide rural area, which includes Silverdale. She can be contacted on 01524-596466.

7558 Report from City & County Councillor Sarah Fishwick.

Councillor Fishwick made reference to (a) a meeting on 26th February, attended by representatives of statutory authorities and emergency services to discuss policies regarding Cockle-Fishing in Morecambe Bay, (b) agreements for significant improvements to traffic safety / calming measures at the Level Crossing, and (c) she is already liaising with County Highways regarding the possibility of installing a traffic mirror at the Station.

7559 Reports on Meetings

(a) Parish Plan Development Committee

Councillor Greenwell presented a detailed written report, copies of which had been circulated to all Members, with the agenda for the meeting.

At the invitation of the Council, members of the various Action Groups presented verbal reports on the progress they have already made, or are hoping to make.

SILVERDALE SPORT & RECREATION DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

The representative provided written copies of her report, which she also submitted verbally. It was noted that the most likely site on which to make progress is land adjacent to the School, although the land at the Institute is more suitable.

ACTION FOR SILVERDALE CHILDREN

The Group has now finalised a 3-stage plan for the Playground area of the Playing Field, and is about to step-up the fundraising efforts.

COUNTRYSIDE GROUP

The group considers that it would be advantageous to have a Councillor nominated as a Member of this Group. RESOLVED that Councillor Henderson be so nominated.

PUBLIC SERVICES GROUP

A representative distributed copies of a written report, together with a sketch plan detailing the design of a small extension to the Library. The Group has the support of Bleasdale House School and will be presenting the scheme for consideration by Lancashire County Council.

SHOPS & VILLAGE CENTRE GROUP

The Group needs to acquire funding for a ‘Planning for Real’ exercise, costing between £2,000 and £4,000, and also needs to consult owners of key land and properties. It is possible that help might be forthcoming from the AONB and DEFRA.

TRANSPORT GROUP

A car parking survey has been completed and the results analysed. It is hoped to make progress on other items in the near future.

(b) Any meetings attended by Members, or the Clerk

1. The Chairman reported on his attendance at the meeting arranged by the North West & North Wales Fisheries Committee, held on 26th February, to discuss problems and policies relating to Cockle-Fishing in Morecambe Bay. The information provided at the meeting led the Chairman to conclude that there are unlikely to be any implications for Silverdale, due to access difficulties and distance from the cockle beds.

2. Councillor Henderson attended a meeting of the Lancaster Road Safety Committee, on 15th January. The two main topics of discussion, relevant to Silverdale, were (a) serious incidents at the level crossing, and (b) a missing sign at Slackwood junction.

7560 Parish Lengthswoman

The report of work undertaken during January was received after publication of the agenda, and it was therefore necessary for the Clerk to give a verbal summary. Items of work to be submitted for attention are (a) strimming / clearing / repairs at the bus shelter, (b) re-painting the gates to the Playing Field, and (c) clearing of the footpath linking the garage in Shore Road to Lindeth Road. It was also noted that the Lengthswoman will undertake maintenance of the War Memorial area, and strimming around the Playground area of the Playing Field.

7561 Correspondence

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

1. RSPB – Spring Fair, 8th/9th June “Gardening for Wildlife”.

2. Mr John Baldwin – copy of a letter of objection to the proposed mobile phone antenna.

3. Geraldine Smith MP – referral of our letter of concern re level crossing, to Minister of State.

4. Lancs CC – reply to our letter re design of new street lights.

5. Lancaster CC – letter re Parish Plans.

6. First North Western – response to our letter of concern re level crossing.

7. Lancs CC – scheme liaison sheet for new street lights.

8. Mr Brian Scragg – letter re problems with Stoneleigh Court sewerage system.

Standing Orders were suspended for the duration of discussion of this item, in order to allow Mr Scragg to give updated information.

9. First North Western – reply to letter about non-collection of fares.

10. Lancs CC – Letter re Cockle Fishery.

11. Lancaster CC – letter re donations to AONB Funds (agenda item).

12. Lancs Youth Association – request for donation:

RESOLVED that this be an agenda item for the next meeting, as Members are minded to make a donation.

13. Lancaster CC – draft Order for ban on consumption of alcohol in public places.

14. North West Air Ambulance – reply to letter re helicopter base (agenda item).

15. Osborne Clark – transfer of licence for the Royal Hotel (not to trade).

16. Mr & Mrs King – objection to / concern about, provision of goal posts on Playing Field.

RESOLVED that Mr & Mrs King be advised that there has not, as yet, been a formal request for the provision of goal posts, but that their comments will be considered if such a request is received.

17. AONB – “Waymarker”, February.

7562 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:

04/00052/FUL – 15 Spring Bank – construction of a pitched roof over existing garage and dining room, demolition of rear store and erection of a rear conservatory: NO OBJECTIONS.

04/00105/FUL – Orchard Cottage, Waterslack, Ford Lane – retrospective application for the replacement of garage: NO OBJECTIONS.

04/00038/FUL – (Amended plans) 31 Shore Road – erection of a two storey extension and a single storey part integral garage to front: NO OBJECTIONS.

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

04/00155/FUL – 16 Wallings Lane – erection of a garage/workshop to rear: NO OBJECTIONS.

04/00157/FUL – 10 Birch Drive – installation of two velux roof windows: NO OBJECTIONS.

(3) The following decision, advised by Lancaster City Council, was noted.

03/01608/FUL – Bramble Dene, 1 Stankelt Road – demolish garage and build new single garage with integral work area: GRANTED.

(4) It was noted that an APPEAL has been lodged against the refusal of Planning Permission for:

03/01306/CU – The Parrock, Shore Road – change of use and conversion of existing outbuildings to holiday cottage with garage and studio and creation of new access.

7563 Urgent action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).

None.

7566 Donation to North West Air Ambulance Service.

Further to Minute 7543.11, the Clerk had contacted the NWAAS and received an assurance that the helicopter will continue to be based at Blackpool. The one-week re-location to Wythenshaw Hospital had been for training purposes only, and there are likely to be other one-week training sessions in other parts of the North West. RESOLVED that a donation of £50 be made, to be paid at the next meeting.

7567 Donation to the Arnside / Silverdale AONB

Members noted the correspondence between the senior solicitor for Lancaster City Council and the Clerk, and did not consider it would be appropriate to sign the proposed Memorandum of Agreement. In considering the matter of a donation, under Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972, for the current year, Members took into account that the AONB Unit now makes a charge for all of its services to the community, by Mr Riden and the volunteers. Whilst wishing to continue support for the work of the AONB Unit, Members considered that there should be some reduction in the amount of the donation, from that allowed in the budget (£800). RESOLVED that a donation of £500 be made for the year 2003-2004, to be paid at the next meeting.

7568 Risk Assessment

The Clerk had distributed copies of a draft Risk Assessment, with the agenda, and this was approved.

It was noted that the number of public seats has previously been recorded as 23, but an audit had found there to be 36. The insurance company will be informed.

The Clerk advised that there had been times, during the year, when total funds exceeded £24,000, because of the Parish Plan grant, whereas the Fidelity Guarantee only covers £10,000, and he therefore recommended that it be increased. RESOLVED that the Fidelity Guarantee be increased to £25,000.

7569 Parish Assembly (Annual Parish Meeting).

The Parish Assembly will be held in the Green Room of the Gaskell Memorial Hall, on Monday 29th March, at 7.30pm.

The Chairman advised that he had made a tentative approach to Miss Rowena Lord, Property Manager for the National Trust, about the possibility of her speaking at the Parish Assembly, and she indicated her willingness to do so, if Members so wished. RESOLVED that Miss Rowena Lord be invited to address the Parish Assembly.

It was also noted that Mr Steve Eccles, District Librarian, will be attending, in order to give his annual report. It was therefore suggested that a representative of the Public Services Action Group should contact him as soon as possible, in order to acquaint him with the details of the suggested extension to the library. It is envisaged that the Parish Assembly would be a good public forum for a brief discussion of this suggestion.

7570 Temporary Signs

The Chairman referred to the abundance of posters, and free-standing temporary signs, which are left in place long after the advertised event has occurred. Members agreed that those persons, and organisations, who post /erect such advertisements have a social duty to remove them, as soon as possible following events. Persons associated with such groups are urged to exert their influence to make sure that this is done.

7571 Accounts for Payment

A Cheque for the following account was signed:

Subscription (S.137 donation) to Lancashire Playing Fields Association £11.00 (050)

7572 Items for Information

(1) Parking in Emesgate Lane can, on occasions, create dangerous conditions. It is understood that the new Emergency Community Support Officer will instigate action against those motorists who cause such dangers by their inconsiderate parking.

(2) It is noted that the placement of verge stones, along Spring Bank, is creating difficulties for motorists entering and leaving the Institute car park.

(3) Concern has been expressed about the eligibility criteria for the new affordable housing units.

7573 Date of Next Meeting.

The date of next meeting is Monday April 5th 2004. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk by no later than Friday March 26th, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk by no later than Monday March 29th

Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council
 

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