2012/12/03

3rd December 2012
10198 Unconfirmed Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute, Spring Bank, Silverdale, on the 3rd December 2012.

10199 Present: Chairman – Councillor T.G. (Terry) Bond, Councillors H.M.E. (Harriet) Bradfield, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, S.L. (Shirley) Mason, K. (Keith) Palmer, N. (Nigel) Ribbons, P.N. (Paul) Williams and A. (Angela) Woods, County Councillor S (Sarah) Fishwick, the Clerk L.D. (Denise) Challenor, and 11 members of the public

10200 Apologies for absence the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 2866 Tony Marsh, City Councillor K. (Kath) Graham

10201 Declarations of Members’ Interests relating to any items appearing on the agenda. – None.

10202 The Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Monday 5th November 2012 were signed as a true record after initialing two spelling corrections.

10203 Information about matters arising from the Minutes of previous meetings, not covered by the Agenda.
Re: 10180 (1)There has been no reply from the Probation service yet regarding the painting of the remaining railings. – RESOLVED: Cllr Bond will draft a letter to a higher authority; (2) excessive water usage in the public toilets: The matter has been investigated and Unitied Utilities could not find a reason. RESOLVED: Cllr Bond will turn off the stop cock to see if the meter is still running.
Re: 10190 The new 20 mph/30mph speed restrictions are effective from 3/12/12. Re: 10193 Lancaster City Council has responded in part to the letter requesting an explanation about the charges received for clearing blockages from January to March. RESOLVED: they have not given sufficient information to enable the Council to authorise payment to them yet; Re: 10194 Both Christmas trees are in place but are thought to be a little small; they were however cheaper than expected. RESOLVED: to consider planting one in the playground next Spring.

10204 Matters raised by Members of the Public for future consideration.
A member of the Skateboarding group has been in touch with Grange Town Council and has been told that the original quarter pipe and grindrail cost £3000 plus the (unkown) cost of the groundwork. The skateboarders are willing to help with the fundraising. A quarter pipe, jump box, quarterpipe combination and a grindrail would currently be their favourite combination.

10205 Update from the Community Police Officer.
Since the last meeting there have been 21 incidents reported in the defined area of Silverdale. On of these (recorded as a crime) the theft of a charity box from the Co-op: this compares with two crimes in the same period last year. Road traffic accidents have accounted for a large number of deployments. Residents are urged to take extra care in these winter months. At about 20.30 hrs on the 27th November, 2012 a collision resulting in serious injuries to the driver occurred on Storrs Lane after a vehichle collide with a tree. If residents have information concerning this incident please get in touch with the police by telephoning 101. Re: PACT priorities, parking is still being monitored.

10206 Report from County Councillor Sarah Fishwick.
Repair work on Poole Bridge has been completed. County Council men have been working on Cove Lane/Cove Road junction; the bottom of Cove Drive; Lindeth Road by Kays and the bollards (permission is being sought to put drainage into the field); the bottom of Elmslack Lane, where the ground has been excavated as far as the bedrock (S F will press for a long term solution). Leaf clearing has been completed. Silverdale buses have had problems with navigation and timing.

Cllr. Hoghton drew attention to water flowing over part of Storrs Lane which has been trecherous. Cllr. Fishwick will report it; she beleives it will be from a Spring in the area. Also, a grit box has disappeared from the vicinity of the signpost on Stankelt Road.

10207 Report from City Councillor Kath Graham.
This was not available.

10208 Verbal reports from any meetings attended by Members, or the Clerk.
Cllr. Bond went to the LALC meeting and raised the issue of the frequent lack of Police attendance at the Parish Council meetings. It was explained that resources were not adequate and Police had to prioritise.
There are to be changes made to Council Tax charges which may affect the Council’s Precepts.

10209 Urgent Action (other than consideration of Planning Applications) taken under the provisions of Standing Order 25:
The Clerk explained that following the toilet blockage in October, Mr Noble from City Council offered to meet with an expert and try to accertain why the toilets are still blocking despite the renewal of BT’s drains.The Clerk requested this of Chris Bantleman who put a dye down the manholes and used his camera. An additional septic tank was discovered behind the butchers shop. However, this was not thought to be the reason for the problems, in fact no reason could be found. RESOLVED: the Clerk will price draining rods, for Cllr. Williams to use when necessary.

10210 Update on the progress towards creating a skatepark.
Cllr. Bond has contacted the Institute’s Chairman but as yet has not had a response from the Committee. RESOLVED Cllr. Bond will attend the Annual General Meeting on 13th December and raise the subject.
The Clerk has spoken with Mr Philip Dalton who fitted the two most recent peices of equipement at Grange. These would now cost in the region of £7000 excluding the groundwork. A tarmac base with concrete pads would be required. Mr Dalton is willing to meet on site to give advice and an estimate.
Cllr Ribbons has independantly priced each unit at £2000-£3,500 plus groundwork.

10211 Correspondence and replies as appropriate:
a) A resident writes about slurry projected from Emesgate Lane into fields either side of the cemetery being an offence, which should be brought to the attention of the owners of the farmland. – This was thought to be a police matter.
b) LALC Annual report and Minutes of their 234th meeting.
c) FLAG Newsletter No. 84.
d) Clerk & Councils Direct, November 2012.
e) Bulletin War Memorials Trust publication.
f) A resident complains about the muddy state of the footpath by Lindeth Road – The Council felt the exceptional weather conditions were responsible.
g) A resident has written to request the Council do something to discourage owners from letting dogs run unleased on the country lanes. RESOLVED: the Clerk will contact the dog warden.

10212 Planning Matters:
(a) The following Planning Application was dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25, and comment made as indicated:
• 12/01002/FUL Land at Appleby, Emesgate Lane. Erection of 2 dwelling houses. – The Council has concerns about the sewage treatment and whether it will be adequate. It believes that the proposed buildings are in front of the current building line.
It would also prefer smaller houses; not more large executive homes of a similar sort to those currently NOT selling in the village.

(b) The following Planning Applications were considered and comments made as follows:
• 12/01037/FUL. 17 The Row. Single Storey extension to rear of dwelling – No objections.

(c) Decisions notified by Lancaster City Council: None.
10213 Finance
(a) The monthly check of all money received by the Council (bank statements to be inspected by a Member who is not a Bank Signatory, or more than one such Member). – Nothing received.
(b) The following cheque payments were authorised and signed:
• Paul Williams, toilet cleaning, £175, cheque 774.
• Envirocare, contractor,supply & planting yews , £96 cheque775.
• Envirocare, contractorwork, £676.42, cheque 776.
• Terry Bond, Christmas lights and dog bags, £107.35 , cheque 779.
• Smith of Derby, clock service, £218.40, cheque 780.
• Lancaster City Council, Woodwell & Bank Well clearance by AONB £294 cheque 781.
The following payments were not authorised:
• Unitied Utilities, water supply for toilets, £487.82, cheque 778. – Cllr. Bond will try the experiment explained in Minutes10203 first.
• Lancaster City Council ,septic tank charges-toilets, £1390.00. – The response has not yet been supplied to the Council’s satisfaction.

10214 The guest for the Annual Assembly.
The Clerk explained Mr Tony Parker from FLAG who has been in touch about proposed reductions to the train service and would be willing to attend and give an update.
The Chairman suggested a representative from ATOG.
RESOLVED to consider and decide at the next meeting along with the date.

10215 An update about the land registration of the Quarries and Wells
The Clerk circulated a summary of progress made by the Deputy Clerk. RESOLVED: The Clerk should contact John Ball (Clerk for Warton) to ask if he has any old documents which might show ownership of Woodwell in particular and land on the Warton side of Stankelt, which used to be in Walton with Lindeth. The Clerk should then contact Land Registry at Warton again to see if at least some of the sites can be registered.

10216 What action to take following the tree survey. Although this has been made, the report has not yet arrived so it was deferred.

10217 Further sites for the availability of dog poop bags.
Sites proposed were: by The Chase; Woodwell, by the piggery stile; by the Millennium clock; and the top of Townsfield. Cllr. Bond will investigate sites and boxes to dispense the bags.

10218 The Council’s response to the Local Development plan.
The Chairman circulated a proposed response prior to the meeting and various changes to this were agreed. RESOLVED; The Chairman will supply the adapted form for the Clerk to submit. It was considered better to write a separate letter about Ridgeway Park. The Clerk will search the available Minutes for Lindeth building objections.

10219 Items for Information.
The bins are overflowing. County Councillor Fishwick will raise the subject.

10220 Suggestions for future Agenda items.
1. The purchase of a rooted Christmas tree to be planted in the playground.
2. An update on the Royal Hotel.

10221 The date of the next meeting is 7th January 2013. Items for the agenda to reach the Clerk before 31st December 2012.

Mrs Denise Challenor
Clerk to the Council, Tel. 01254 761824