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5th April 2004

7587 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 5th April 2004.

7588 Present: Chairman – Councillor C.J. (John) Eden, Councillors T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, 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.

7589 Apologies for Absence: Councillors J. (John) Burrow, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, and J. (June) Greenwell.

7590 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests relating to any items appearing on the agenda.

Councillor Roberts declared a non-prejudicial interest in item 14 of the agenda, in that he is Chairman of the Silverdale Bowling Club.

7591 Minutes of the Previous Meeting.

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting, held on 1st March 2004, were approved, and then signed by the Chairman.

7592 Receipt of information about matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings, not covered by the Agenda.

There were no matters arising.

7593 Matters raised by Members of the Public for future consideration.

One member of the public praised the scheme drawn up by Action for Silverdale Children, proposing a major scheme for renovation of the Playground. He did however ask for the following two safety issues to be borne in mind, and actioned, if possible.

(1) The Scheme, as proposed, has the effect of pushing the informal play area towards the roadway, and he asked that there be some modification to minimise this effect.

(2) The Scheme, when implemented, will attract more children, and there is likely to be an increase in the parking of parents’ cars. Could there be a request for a Traffic Regulation Order for the road immediately outside the Playing Field, in order to minimise the potential traffic hazard to children?

7594 Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Brooksbank repeated his concern about the spate of burglaries, over two nights, and urged residents to be more diligent about security measures, especially locking of doors. Extra Police officers had been drawn into the area, and the suspect car had been traced, but eliminated from the enquiries. There had also been three thefts from parked vehicles, and one case of vandalism.

The Police Surgeries had been quite well attended and it had been found best to hold them on the car park of The Royal, rather than the Gaskell Hall.

7595 Report from City & County Councillor Sarah Fishwick.

Councillor Fishwick made reference to (a) safety improvement work at the level crossing still not having been implemented, (b) the launch of Broadband on 7th July, (c) the reception at Lancaster Town Hall, when a speaker explained the “Quality Parish Scheme” and the additional costs which would arise, and (d) a further review by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee of the City Council and a similar exercise at County Council. One Councillor asked Councillor Fishwick to arrange for roadway cleaning between Sand Lane and the level crossing (Warton Parish)

7596 Reports on Meetings

(a) Lancashire Strategic Partnership

Councillor Henderson attended the launch meeting on 25th March.

(b) National Trust Advisory Committee

Councillors Henderson and Fryer attended on 24thMarch. It had been reported that there was to be an Open Day at Bank House Farm, but this has had to be cancelled.

(c) Lancashire Association of Parish & Town Councils.

Councillors Henderson and Roberts attended a meeting on 22nd March. The main item related to the way in which Parish Plans will fit into the new planning system.

7597 Parish Lengthswoman

(a) The report of work undertaken during March was received after publication of the agenda, but copies were distributed at the meeting. It was considered inappropriate for the Lengthswoman to undertake litter-picking on The Shore, as this is already undertaken by the AONB and Beachwatch. There was also a query about “checked the coastal way footpath”, as this did not seem work for which the Parish Council should pay. The Chairman read a letter of complaint about the depositing of brushwood in the hedgerow at Burton Well Lane. It was agreed that this should either be burned or chipped.

(b) Members requested that attention be paid to clearing dog dirt and clearing litter from near the clock, and around the seat, at the school.

(c) It was considered inappropriate to use the services of the Lengthswoman for repairing the roof of the bus shelter, if the work could be undertaken by a suitable local contractor. The Chairman will seek alternative quotations.

7598 Correspondence

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

1. Silverdale Institute – request for an informal meeting (Chairman dealing)

2. Lancaster CC – letter requesting consultation regarding public toilets (reply sent by e-mail, in accordance with instructions of Vice-Chairman).

3. ODPM & Standards Board – consultation document regarding local investigations.

4. Silverdale Bowling Club – request for donation (agenda item)

5. DTI & DEFRA – Partnership in rolling out Broadband.

6. Geraldine Smith MP & Department for Transport – response to concerns about the level crossing, and also request that all trains should stop at Silverdale.

The Clerk read out the letters, in full, and it was noted that the Minister of State at the Department of Transport had expressed the comment “I would hope that Network Rail has now carried out the marking and signage improvements on the crossing.” As the letter was dated 23rd February and the work has still not been carried out it was RESOLVED that the Clerk should write again to Geraldine Smith MP. The explanation about the minimum standards of service created concern about the scope for reduction in train services. There was also continuing concern that trains failing to make scheduled stops would leave passengers, including children, at wrong locations, sometimes on dark, rainy nights.

7. Lancaster CC – notice of intention to adopt the Lancaster District Local Plan.

8. Lancaster Area Community Safety Partnership – invitation to bid for additional street lights along adopted highways where there is a proven crime record.

9. Lancaster CC – Advice from Standards Board re Freemasons and Political Parties (noted).

10. Lancaster CC – letter advising completion of draft licensing policy and ‘road show’.

11. “Action for Silverdale Children” – scheme for improvement of Playground (agenda item)

12. LAPTC – notice of change of address.

13. Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust – consultation public meetings regarding the possibility of becoming an NHS Foundation Trust.

14. Landscape Trust – “Keer to Kent”, Spring.

15. AONB – “Waymarker”, March

16. Clerks & Councils Direct – March

17. NALC – Local Council Review, March.

7599 Planning

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

04/00080/FUL – 32 Wallings Lane – erection of a two storey side extension and conservatory: NO OBJECTION, but Members wish to draw attention to the elevation, as there appears to be a projection.

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

04/00267/FUL – Waterslack Garden Centre – change of use of ground floor of dwelling to farm shop, replacement and enlargement of garden centre and coffee shop and landscaping of overflow car park.


(1) Members are concerned that the site is not appropriate to cope with an increase in traffic

(2) The site access is unsatisfactory

(3) The proposals show an over-intensive development of the café

(4) The proposals will have a detrimental affect on the quality of life for occupiers of neighbouring residential properties.

The Members also wish to register their dismay at the apparent start of work on developing the site, prior to obtaining Planning Permission.

04/00091/FUL – 12 The Row – demolish existing garage and rebuild in another location.

NO OBJECTION, but it is considered that the garage should be located closer to the house than is currently proposed.

04/00327/FUL – land opposite 49 The Row – erection of a barn for storage of machinery and produce.

THE PARISH COUNCIL OBJECTS TO THIS PROPOSAL on the grounds that it constitutes inappropriate development for this location.

04/00329/FUL – 2 Cove Drive – renewal of permission 99/00266 for erection of an extension and associated alterations to existing conservatory: NO OBJECTIONS

04/00364/FUL – Hazeldene House, Hollins Lane – erection of an extension to the rear to provide new living/garden room and front entrance porch: NO OBJECTIONS.

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

03/00933/LB – Know Hill Barn, Shore Road – erection of a boundary wall to the south of Know Hill Barn, Shore Road, and Know Hill Farm, 19 Shore Road: GRANTED.

03/01545/FUL – Orange PCS Ltd re 21 Emesgate Lane – installation of antenna and associated apparatus including an equipment cabin: REFUSED.

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: GRANTED.

04/00105/FUL – Orchard Cottage, Waterslack – retrospective application for the replacement of garage: GRANTED.

7600 Urgent action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).


7601 Donation to the Lancashire Youth Association.

RESOLVED that a donation of £10 be made under the provision of Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

7602 Donation to the Silverdale Bowling Club.

Councillor Roberts, having declared a non-prejudicial interest, did not participate in the discussion of this item, nor did he vote.

RESOLVED that a donation of £150 be made under the provision of Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

7603 “Action for Silverdale Children”

The Group had compiled a report entitled “Plan to improve outdoor play provision at the Silverdale Children’s Playing Field”, copies of which had been distributed to Members, along with the agenda. It was unanimously RESOLVED that the report be accepted, and that the proposals be approved. Members expressed their thanks to the members of the Group for their research and efforts in producing an excellent scheme.

7604 Amendment to Standing Orders.

The Clerk remarked that there had been quite a few occasions, during the past two years, when Members had resolved to suspend Standing Order 21, in order to allow members of the public to speak. As Standing Orders should only be suspended on rare occasions, he proposed an amendment. RESOLVED that Standing Order 21 be revised, to read as follows: “Members of the public shall only be permitted to speak, during meetings of the Council, upon the invitation of a majority of the Members present. If a member of the public interrupts the proceedings, without such an invitation having been extended, the Chairman may, after warning, order that he/she be removed from the meeting.” (The current Order reads: If a member of the public interrupts the proceedings at any meeting, the Chairman may, after warning, order that he/she be removed from the meeting”).

7605 Placement of a Memorial Seat in Gibraltar Lane

A request has been received for permission to place a Memorial Seat in Gibraltar Lane, with all initial costs being borne by the donor, and subsequent maintenance being borne by the Parish Council. RESOLVED that permission be granted.

7606 Accounts for Payment

Cheques for the following accounts were signed:

AONB (donation under S.137 for 2003-2004) £500 (051)

North West Air Ambulance (S.137) £ 50 (052)

7607 Items for Information

(1) The Chairman read out a letter of complaint about the felling of trees in the garden of 43 Stankelt Road.

(2) The Clerk advised the meeting that he had received a letter on 1st April (too late for inclusion in the agenda), which was dated 2nd March. The letter came from the Silverdale Sport and Recreation Development Committee, and requested permission for the erection of goal posts at the Playing Field. The Secretary of the Committee has been advised that the letter will be included in the correspondence for the May meeting. In response, she had stated that the letter had been posted within a few days of typing, and she wished the Members to be made aware of the fact.

(3) Since the last meeting, Councillor Houghton had asked the Clerk to seek clarification as to the principles used by the Two Castles Housing Association for allocation of housing at Whinney Fold. The Clerk confirmed that he had sent a request to Two Castles, plus a reminder, but had not yet received a reply.

(4) The Chairman confirmed his decision, as announced at the Parish Assembly, that he had decided not to stand for re-election as Chairman, at the Annual Parish Council Meeting, in May. Members then expressed their thanks to him for the excellent and devoted service he has rendered, as Chairman, for the past eleven years.

7608 Date of Next Meeting.

The date of next meeting is Thursday 6th May 2004. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk by no later than Friday 23rd April, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk by no later than Monday 26th April.
Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council

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