2012/07/02

2nd July 2012
10078   Un-confirmed Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 2nd July 2012.
10079   Present:  Chairman  –  Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors H.M.E. (Harriet) Bradfield, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, K. (Keith) Palmer, P.N. (Paul) Williams and A. (Angela) Woods, the Clerk  L.D. (Denise) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, County Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick (part), City Councillor K. (Kath) Graham and 2 members of the public.
10080   Apologies for Absence:  Councillors A.J. (Tony) Houghton and N. (Nigel) Ribbons and PC 2866 Tony Marsh.
10081   Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda
Councillor Williams expressed an interest in agenda item 10 in that he is employed (as a member of the public) to clean the toilets.
10082   Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Thursday, 7th June were approved then signed by the Chairman.
10083   Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda
The Chairman referred to: (1)  item 10049, regarding dog fouling, and reported that he has fitted a dispenser for dog waste bags to the railings at The Lots.  RESOLVED to consider, at the August meeting, whether or not this Council should continue to supply dog waste bags and to reimburse the Chairman for the cost of the bags; (2)  item 10053, regarding broadband provision, and advised that he is hoping to arrange a public meeting to discuss this in September at the Gaskell Hall; (3)  item 10073, regarding the Bowling Club lights, and has spoken with Mr Derek Pickering (Chairman of the Bowling Club) who advised that:
1. the lights will be used for 8 hours maximum per season;
2. the main period of use will be in April, May and August when late matches occur;
3. the next time the lights will be used will be in August, at which time the Club will adjust the position of the light that shines towards Cove Rd (lowering it by 2-3 feet). The Club is also allowing the hedge to grow to act as a shield;
4. the Club is also looking at revising the position of the other lights which shine up towards Elmslack, again, this will be when they are next in use;
5. the operation of the lights is restricted to match captains who have a key to the switch for the lights;
6. the lighting is an aid to the safety of the players in twilight conditions;
7. there are no plans to increase the hours of play using lights;
(4)  item 10074, regarding the Silverdale Field Trophy, and reported that the trophy and engraving cost £37.49 (including VAT).
10084   Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration
A member of the public updated Members on the ceramic panels which have been made by the children of Silverdale School, she asked for suggestions as to a contractor who might fit the panels to the wall of the Co-operative store and asked if the Parish Council would insure the panels for public liability. The Council asked if they could be given information on the total cost of framing and fitting the panels. It was noted that the Co-operative store have funded the framing of some associated art-work which will be displayed in the library.
10085   Update from the Community Police Officer
A written report from PC Marsh was read by the Chairman: (1)  11 incidents have been reported in the last month, none of which have been recorded as crimes; (2)  an incident of deer poaching has been reported, this is under investigation and the prompt report has ensured the preservation of important forensic evidence which led to the arrest of a suspect – currently on bail whilst the police finalize their enquiries; (3)  sheep worrying remains a problem with 2 incidents reported on The Lots. The loss to local farmers this year amounts to thousands of pounds; (4)  in relation to the PACT priorities the police have continued to monitor the parking situation on Cove Road and the village in general. There have been no reports of wild camping this year, possibly due to the inclement weather; (5)  there have been a number of Ifor Williams trailers stolen in the Carnforth area recently, 3 have been located and returned. Carnforth officers are currently engaged in an operation to combat this trend.
RESOLVED to continue with the same PACT priorities.
10086   Report from County Councillor Sarah Fishwick
RESOLVED to defer agenda item 7 as Councillor Fishwick was expected to arrive late to the meeting.
10087   Report from City Councillor Kath Graham
Councillor Graham reported that Hillcrest on Spring Bank will be going before the Planning Committee on 23rd July.
10088   Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members or the Clerk
None.
10089   Hand-Dryer for Public Toilets
RESOLVED to replace the hand-dryer to the gentlemen’s toilet at a cost of £160 + VAT plus £10 delivery charge and the cost of fitting.  RESOLVED that the Clerk ask Mr Keith Higginson if he would quote for fitting the dryer.
10090   Planning
(1) It was noted that the following planning applications had been dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25a and comments made as indicated:
12/00495/FUL  39 Lindeth Road.  Erection of a pitched roof dormer to the front.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS;
12/00493/FUL  Bradshaw Gate, Cove Road.  Conversion of attached barn into additional living accommodation, erection of a single storey sun room extension to the side and relocation of existing access and driveway.  NO PLANNING OBJECTIONS;
(2)  It was noted that the following decision had been advised by Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC):
      Bleasdale House canopies.  GRANTED.
10090   Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)
25 (a)  Parish Council Property and Functions
It was noted that, although  Mr James Langhorn has repaired the flush mechanism to the gentleman’s WC, the mechanism does not work very well. Mr Langhorn will inspect the mechanism on 4th July.
10091   Notice Board
RESOLVED to specify to the AONB (which is kindly providing a notice board as a gift) a single-sided 2 panel (each panel to fit 4 A4 sheets) free-standing notice board, with one of the panels lockable (for the display of the Council’s agenda and minutes etc) and the other panel available for the public to use. The location will be the playground on Cove Road.
10092   Finance

(a)  It was noted that no money had been received by the Council since the last meeting.
(b)  RESOLVED to authorise payment and sign cheques for the following accounts:
       Mr M. Knight (Parish Contractor 2011-12)          £467.49  (728)
       Npower (electricity for toilets)             £91.70  (729)
       Envirocare Maintenance Solutions Ltd. (Parish Contractor)       £145.00  (730)
       Mr Paul Williams (toilet cleaning)          £175.00  (731)
       Mrs S. Hayward (salary and expenses)          £353.19  (732)
       Mrs D Challenor (salary and expenses)        £1047.01  (733)
       Post Office Ltd (tax for employees)          £230.40  (734)
       Silverdale Village Institute, (room hire – 2011 and 2012)       £192.00  (735)
       Mr Steve Lamb (website maintenance)          £180.00  (736)
       Envirocare Maintenance Solutions Ltd. (Parish Contractor)         £34.01  (737)
       Field Day Committee (trophy)             £37.49  (738)
10093   Toposcope
The Chairman reported that the cost of designing and producing a cast toposcope is approximately £800 but he is looking into the cost of designing and producing an engraved one.
10094   Correspondence
Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:
a)  Lancaster CC write about changes to the existing standards regime;
b)  LALC advise of training for new Councillors.  Module 1 – 13/10/12, 9.15-12.15pm. Module 2 – 27/10/12, 9.15-12.15pm at Preston (£30 per module).  Also, their AGM at Preston on 10/11/12, 1.45 – 4.00pm and Conference in the morning followed by lunch.  It was noted that Councillor Bradfield will check on her availability to attend training;
c)  Mr David Morris MP updates with further correspondence received from the Minister of State for Transport on the Furness rail line;
d)  Monitoring of Limestone Pavement Orders.  A new query regarding Heald Brow;
e)  Envirocare newsletter;
f)  LCR Summer publication.
10095   Items for Information
1.  Councillor Williams advised that he has heard that Lancaster CC are to repair/ renew the drains behind the Gaskell Hall this summer.
2.  Councillor Palmer reported that: (1)  the area around the clock is in need of weeding; (2)  2 stiles are in need of repair – one near the station end of the golf course and one near Challan Hall; (3)  he has received a complaint about builder’s rubbish left outside a house on Lindeth Road.
3.  Councillor Mason advised that overgrown shrubs on the roadside at the corner of Lindeth Close and Lindeth Road are restricting visibility.
10096   Suggestions for Future Agenda Items

1. The continued provision of dog waste bags at The Lots.  (All)
2. The funding of the framing, fitting and the insurance of the ceramic panels made by the children of Silverdale School.  (All)

10097   Report from County Councillor Sarah Fishwick

Councillor Fishwick reported it has been suggested that the through trains from Barrow in Furness to Manchester be withdrawn with effect from mid 2014.

10098   Date of the Next Meeting
It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday, 6th August 2012. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before Friday, 27th July and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Monday, 30th July.

Sue D. Hayward
Deputy Clerk to the Council