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5th July 2004

7654 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday 5th July 2004.

7655 Present: Chairman – Councillor P.(Peter) Roberts, Councillors J. (John) Burrow, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, J. (June) Greenwell, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, PC 1283 Roger Brooksbank, and one member of the public.

7656 Apologies for Absence: , Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, and County & District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick.

7657 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests relating to any items appearing on the agenda.

Councillor Graves declared his interest in item 12 of the agenda.

7658 Minutes of the Previous Meeting.

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting, held on 7th June 2004, were approved, and then signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

7659 Receipt of information about matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings, not covered by the Agenda.

7646 Planning – Waterslack Garden Centre: Two Members reported that a newspaper reporter had been attempting to persuade them to comment on the City Council’s approval of the Planning Application made by Waterslack Garden Centre. The Members refused to comment, but merely reiterated this Council’s reasons for objecting to the Application.

7624 Correspondence(12) – Councillor Houghton has not yet completed his appraisal.

7660 Matters raised by Members of the Public for future consideration.

One member of the public made comments about the appeal against the refusal of Planning Permission for a mobile phone transmitter a 21 Emesgate Lane. He also asked that the Council should write direct to the Inspector.

7661 Update from the Community Police Officer

(a) PC Brooksbank’s report included (1) a burglary at Cove Road, (2) theft of plants from St.John’s Avenue, and (3) a vehicle broken into at the Eric Morecambe hide.

(b) Members considered a written report, by PC Brooksbank, outlining his suggestions of priorities for the new PACT initiative. Members agreed with his suggestions, but RESOLVED that priorities 1 & 3 should be reversed. They then signed a form, agreeing to participate in the scheme.

7662 Change in order of agenda

RESOLVED, in accordance with Standing Order 12(b), that item 16 be considered next, so that PC Brooksbank could have an input, should he wish.

7663 Safety Barriers at Silverdale C.E. School

The clerk read out copies of a letter from the School, asking for safety barriers outside the entrance, and the reply from Lancashire County Council. RESOLVED that this Council agrees with the County Council’s response, and urges the School to engage in producing a School Traffic Plan (which might result in the provision of a safety barrier, in addition to other measures).

7664 Report from City & County Councillor Sarah Fishwick.

Councillor Fishwick was not present and her report was not available.

7665 Reports on Meetings and Projects

(a) The Clerk reported that he, and Councillor Eden, had attended a presentation by the “Bridge Across the Bay” company, and others, at Grange over Sands. The original concept was for a string of tidal electricity turbines, spanning the Bay. For stability, there is a need to link the stanchions, and so there is an opportunity for a road bridge. The seminar highlighted many concerns, but delivered few facts and figures. The Clerk is engaged in follow-up discussions, and will report to a future meeting, as this project will almost certainly have implications for the ecology of Morecambe Bay, and all communities surrounding it.

(b) Councillor Houghton reported that he had attended a meeting of the Silverdale Sport and Recreation Committee, where the bulk of the discussion was about the question of the provision of goal posts on the Cove Road Playing field.

(c) Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting of the Parish Plan Countryside Group. Principle deliberations related to the network of public rights of way.

7666 Correspondence

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

1. Halton with Aughton PC – questionnaire about painting of ‘Sight Railings’.

RESOLVED that the Chairman should complete this questionnaire on behalf of the Council.

2. Silverdale C.E. School – copies of letters re safety barriers (agenda item)

3. Rural Payments Agency – allocation of Agricultural Reference Number for Playground.

4. DEFRA – progress letter for Playground grant application.

5. Lancaster CC – notice of appeal for mobile phone mast at 21 Emesgate Lane.

RESOLVED that the previous objections stand, unaltered.

6. Lancaster CC – composite report on rural affairs.

7. Lancashire CC – letter re termination of our participation in the Parish Lengthsman Scheme (copies circulated to Members, with this agenda)

8. PC Brooksbank – report for ‘Police & Communities Together’ (agenda item)

9. Community Futures – Rural Services questionnaire & seminar (22nd September)

RESOLVED that Councillor Greenwell should complete this questionnaire on behalf of the Council.

10. Allianz Cornhill – response to request for advice re goal posts (agenda item)

11. Lancaster CC – recommendations of Parish Remuneration Panel (agenda item)

12. Lancaster CC – details of additional street light for Lindeth Close

NOTED with approval.

13. Lancaster CC – details of the Leader+ ‘Call for Projects’

14. Silverdale Bowling Club – letter of thanks for donation

15. Davenport & Scott – substitute plan for Waterslack Tea Rooms Licence application.

16. Lancashire CC – details of new parish councils web site (the Clerk has already responded)

NOTED with approval.

17. Lancashire CC – review of maintained nursery schools in Lancaster.

18. AONB – “Waymarker”, June.

19. Lancashire Playing Fields Association – annual report for 2003.

20. The Boundary Committee – final recommendations for Cumbria and Lancashire.

NOTED that the previous recommendations have not been changed.

21. Lancashire CC – “Roadlife” magazine.

22. Mrs Jane Thompson – copy of letter to Planning Officer re Hemplands

7667 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:

04/00712/FUL – 14 Gaskell Close – construction of new access: NO OBJECTIONS

04/00804/FUL – 41 Stankelt Road – erection of a rear dining room extension: NO OBJECTIONS

04/00759/FUL – Richmond Hill, Stankelt Road – creation of a new vehicular access onto Stankelt Road: OBJECTIONS on the grounds that there are concerns regarding road safety, particularly for traffic turning right into the new vehicular access. There is a verge opposite the property in which cars visiting the property tend to park, just around the bend. The view of this Council is that creating a vehicular access onto Stankelt Road is hazardous and could result in traffic accidents.

04/00797/FUL – Ridgway Park, Gibraltar Road – continuation of temporary permission

02/00211/FUL for the siting of 2 portakabin style classrooms for a period of 2 years: NO OBJECTIONS, BUT SEE NOTE BELOW, AT ***

04/00795/FUL – Ridgway Park, Gibraltar Road – continuation of temporary permission

01/00544/FUL for the siting of 4 portakabin style classrooms for a period of 2 years: NO OBJECTIONS, BUT SEE NOTE BELOW, AT ***

03/01547/CU – Hazelwood Hall, Hollins Lane – change of use of nursing home to 22

holiday apartments: NO OBJECTIONS, BUT SEE NOTE BELOW, AT ***

*** Note: the Council wishes to reiterate some of the issues regarding increased traffic, and our desire to have 20 mph speed restrictions along Hollins Lane and the lane to Ridgway School, and have them designated as “Walking Lanes”.

(2) It was noted that there were no Planning Applications requiring comment at this meeting

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

04/00510/FUL – Silverdale Bowling Club – erection of an extension to pavilion to form store for maintenance equipment: GRANTED

04/00508/FUL – 34 Wallings Lane – installation of two solar panels: GRANTED

04/00483/FUL – 2 Wallings Lane – erection of a single storey kitchen extension, balcony bridge and earthworks to rear: GRANTED.

04/00537/FUL – 19 The Row – erection of a two storey extension to the side and a single storey extension to the rear – GRANTED.

04/00538/FUL – 11 Shore Road – Erection of a two storey side extension to form garage with bedroom over and single storey side and rear extensions to form snug, dining room, increased utility room and new WC: REFUSED.

04/00621/AD – The Barn, Moss Lane – Agricultural Determination as to whether further details are required for the erection of an agricultural storage building – FURTHER DETAILS ARE REQUIRED

04/00590/FUL – Hazelwood Farm – erection of a two storey gable extension and conservatory: GRANTED

7668 Urgent action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).

Grass strimming around Playground equipment to be undertaken by John Graves & Son, as an interim measure, pending the appointment of a parish contractor – estimate £10 per hour + vat.

7669 Appointment of Parish Contractor.

Councillor Graves, having declared a prejudicial interest, left the room for the duration of this item.

It was noted that the post of Parish Contractor had been advertised on the parish noticeboard, and three invitations to tender had been sent to persons who were believed to be interested. Two tenders were received, within the time limit, one being for part only of the duties, and one (by telephone) two days late, also being for part only of the duties.

RESOLVED that the duties be apportioned, and awarded as follows:

1. Strimming around playground equipment and playing field, as and when required £20 + VAT, per time – John Graves and Son (in addition to existing contracts for mowing and hedge-cutting, at the Playing Field).

2. General Parish Contractor operations (excluding the above-mentioned items and grass cutting at St.John’s Avenue, £90 per day) – Mr Phil Hargreaves. The Clerk was authorised, under powers delegated in accordance with Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972, to request that Mr Hargreaves undertakes additional work, and to authorise payment according to a mutual agreement.

It was noted that grass-cutting, for the current year, at St.John’s Avenue, will continue to be undertaken by Mr John Burrow.

7670 Provision of Goal Posts at the Cove Road Playing Field

A request had been received from the Silverdale Sport & Recreation Committee, for outline permission to place goal posts on the Playing Field. This had been referred to the Council’s insurers, and copies of the reply had been circulated to Members.

RESOLVED that the insurance requirements were so onerous as to be unacceptable, and therefore permission was refused. Members did however, wish to invite two representatives of the Committee to attend the next meeting, and address the Council, giving an update of their projects, with a view to the Council offering help, where appropriate.

7671 Electricity Bills for Millennium Clock

The Clerk reported that there had been a series of incorrect bills from British Gas, which would have resulted in serious over-charging, had they not been challenged. A further challenge was being processed, and the Clerk recommended that the account be transferred to another supplier.

RESOLVED that competitors be approached about the possibility of a fixed charge, un-metered supply, or a tariff which does not include a standing charge.

7672 Members Allowances

The Report of the Lancaster District Parish Remuneration Panel, was received and considered, by Members.

RESOLVED that a Parish Basic Allowance of £25 p.a. be paid to each Member (maximum permissible £110). It was noted that payment will be made to each Member, unless that Member advises the Clerk, in writing that he, or she, does not wish to receive all, or part of the allowance.

RESOLVED that there be no increase for the Chairman, as he is already in receipt of a Chairman’s Allowance (maximum permissible increase £30).

RESOLVED that Members and Officers of this Council shall be entitled to claim Travelling and Subsistence Allowances, in accordance with the scales recommended in the Report (travel by car, or bicycle, being at 40p per mile).

7673 Overhanging trees

Members discussed the recurring problems caused by trees overhanging pavements, footpaths and roads. RESOLVED that the Clerk would issue, to each Member, a supply of suitably worded letters, to be handed to appropriate land owners, or occupiers, as and when such hazards are noted. Failure to heed the advice contained in the letter, may result in the matter being referred to the appropriate enforcement authority.

7674 New Public Seat

Councillor Eden has been consulted by a lady who wishes to place a seat in, or near to the village centre, and she had submitted a design for approval, by Members. RESOLVED that the design be approved, and that the location be recommended by Councillor Eden, for determination under Standing Order 25.

7675 Finance

(a) Councillor Houghton (not being a bank signatory) conducted the monthly check of all money received by the Council and found the bank statements to be satisfactory.

(b) It was noted that there were no payments to be made this month.

7676 Items for Information

(1) Councillor Greenwell reported that she had heard that the Royal Hotel would be re-opening this summer, and that there would be a big investment in the business. She will be contacting the Village Centre Group and would be reporting back.

(2) Members were saddened to learn of the recent death of former Councillor Cyril Beckford, and had sent a message of condolence to his widow. Cyril served on the Council for 28 years, and only retired when he reached the age of 80. He also served the community in many other ways.

7677 Date of Next Meeting.

It was noted that the date of next meeting is Monday 2nd August 2004. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk by no later than Friday 23rd July, and copies of reports to reach the Clerk by no later than Monday 26th July.
Peter G. Challenor

Clerk to the Council

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