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7th March 2005

7848 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 7th March 2005.

7849 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts (part), Councillors C. J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, J. (June) Greenwell, R.M.(Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor, the Deputy Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 1118 John Bassinder, ECSO Deborah Gwilliam and two members of the public.

In the absence of the Chairman for the first part of the meeting, the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Houghton, chaired the meeting.

7850 Apologies for Absence: Councillor A.W. (Arthur) Graves

7851 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda


7852 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

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

7853 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes in Previous Meetings not Covered by the Agenda

(a) Councillor Eden referred to item 7844 regarding street lighting at Spring Bank. He has consulted with the Silverdale Institute and marked the best location for an additional light on a plan. RESOLVED to request that Lancashire County Council install the light.

(b) Councillor Greenwell updated Members on two queries which had arisen concerning the children’s playground (item 7840). The old playground equipment is in the process of being cleared and arrangements have been made to remove the temporary security fence this week.

(c) The Acting Chairman referred to item 7846 (2) regarding the retaining wall to Shore Cottages. English Nature have advised that this is a matter for the landowners and not this Council.

7854 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration.

One member of the public advised Members that she had attended the AONB’s Tourism and Recreation meeting where it was noted that there had been no response from this Council about the AONB plan. This Council has no record of any documents having been sent to it for comment and asked that a formal request be made by the AONB.
RESOLVED that item 15, regarding dog fouling and nuisance, be brought forward under Standing Order 12 (b) in order that the members of the public present could participate in the discussion if they wished to do so.

Councillor Henderson presented his report and the Clerk showed Members the dog nuisance posters and sample letter (correspondence item 20) which had been sent by Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC). Members RESOLVED that the Countryside Group draft a letter about the issues of dog fouling and nuisance to be sent out with the agenda for the next meeting. RESOLVED that the letter should be sent jointly from Lancaster CC (who have agreed to cover the cost of sending a letter) and this Council and should be circulated to all residents with a copy of the Countryside Code. RESOLVED that the issue of the control of dogs be referred to LAPTC for clarification. RESOLVED that the issue of dog nuisance be referred to the JPC. RESOLVED that all other action recommended in the report be discussed at the next meeting of this Council. A member of the public suggested that ‘poop scoop’ bags be made available for sale in the village. Members felt a supply of ‘poop scoop’ bags should be available for sale at the Post Office and questioned whether or not this Council could purchase them initially. RESOLVED that the Clerk should look into the legality of this.

7855 Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. No crimes were reported for February although PC Bassinder alerted Members to a domestic burglary which had taken place in Warton recently. The offenders had come from outside the area and had stolen electronic goods and a car. PC Bassinder reminded Members that car keys should be stored out of sight, especially at night. ECSO Gwilliam advised of the following incidents: two cases of speeding cars; a report of cows on the road; a domestic fire caused by a faulty Aga and litter being thrown from a car window. The Acting Chairman advised Members that one of Silverdale’s previous Community Police Officer’s (Alan Gale) son had been killed in a recent road accident. RESOLVED that this Council should write to PC Gale offering condolences. PC Bassinder and ECSO Gwilliam explained the ‘Right to Record’ under the ‘stopping’ legislation (correspondence item 12). If a person is stopped by the police for any reason a record is made at the time and a copy given to the person concerned. The Clerk advised that he is often sent posters by the police, unfortunately there is insufficient room on the Parish Council notice board to display them.

7856 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick

Councillor Fishwick was not present at the meeting and her report was not available.

7857 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

(a) Joint Meeting of the Countryside and Transport Groups

Councillor Henderson attended this meeting in February.

(b) Meeting of the Playground Liaison Committee

Councillor Greenwell attended the first meeting of the Playground Liaison Committee and will bring the minutes to a future meeting of this Council. The height of the hedge at the entrance to the playing field is to be lowered to improve visibility and a fence is to be added to prevent children from being able to crawl through.

(c) Bolton Le Sands Parish Council Meeting

Councillor Greenwell spoke about this Council’s Parish Plan at a meeting of Bolton Le Sands Parish Council.

(d) Silverdale Sports and Recreation Development Committee

The Acting Chairman was unable to attend the meeting but has asked for a copy of the minutes.

7858 Correspondence

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

1. Cllr Fishwick – re 20mph zones near schools (e-mail) .

2. Cassidy & Ashton – objections to planning proposals for rear of 39 Lindeth Road.

3. Lancs CC – reply to query about 20mph for Emesgate Lane (e mail).

RESOLVED to invite a representative from Lancashire CC to discuss speed restrictions with Members at a meeting of this Council. This Council would like to be involved with any decisions.

4. Lancs Playing Field Assoc – renewal request for subscription. RESOLVED to check with Silverdale Sports and Recreation Development Committee that renewal of this Council’s subscription is not necessary.

5. Lancs CC – reply to concern about state of footpath No.9. It was noted that the footpath will be improved in 3 months.

6. Lancaster CC – copy of letter re TPO 93 (1983), Emesgate Lane.

7. Lancs CC – apologies from Mr Eccles for APM, and alternative meeting

suggestion. RESOLVED to expedite the meeting with Mr. Lightfoot and Mr. Eccles about plans for the library.

8. Standards Board – consultation re change to Code of Conduct. RESOLVED that the Chairman collate the comments of Members.

9. Mrs King – objection to nature of hedge cutting at the Playing Field. Mrs King’s comments were noted.

10. Cllr Fishwick – advice of school success in recycling initiative (e-mail) .

11. AONB – “Waymarker”, February.

12. Lancs Police – publicity about “Right to a Record” after being stopped.

13. LAPTC – Conference 10th – 12th June, Park Hall, Charnock Richard.

14. NALC – Policy Update: Planning for Gypsy and Traveller Sites.

15. NALC – details of new salaries for Clerks

16. Community Futures – “Community Focus”, 25.

17. ODPM – “Why Neighbourhoods Matter” and “Vibrant Local Leadership”.

18. DEFRA – notice of “Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment” Bill.

19 FLAG – Newsletter, February.

20. Lancaster CC – dog nuisance posters and sample letter.

21. Mr Roberts – availability of land to Parish Council (e-mail) . RESOLVED to seek further information on this issue.

22. NALC – “Local Council Review”, March.

7859 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:

05/00098/FUL – Hazelwood Barn, Hollins Lane – erection of a single storey kitchen extension to form dining area: NO OBJECTIONS.

05/0002/FUL – Dyke House, Jenny Browns Point – erection of a single storey extension: NO OBJECTIONS.

05/00106/FUL and 05/00108/LB – Waithmans Nursery – erection of a sun room: NO OBJECTIONS.

(2) The following Planning Application was considered, and comments made as indicated:

05/00161/FUL – 14 Stankelt Road – erection of an extension to the rear to enlarge the basement and kitchen. NO OBJECTIONS.

(3) The following decisions advised by Lancaster CC were noted:

04/01651/FUL – 2 Elmslack Lane – Demolition of existing garage and erection of new one, nearer to house: GRANTED.

04/00674/FUL – 3 Beech Court, Stankelt Road – replacement of windows and doors with new UPVC windows and doors: GRANTED.

05/00010/FUL – Highfield, Cove Road – Extensions to annexe to form kitchen/utility and extra bedrooms and conservatory: GRANTED.

(4) The following Tree Preservation Order was noted:

Tree Preservation Order No. 369 (2005) has been made for an area of land at the rear of 39 Lindeth Road.
7860 Urgent Action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)


7861 Final Arrangements for the Parish Assembly on Monday 21st March.

The Clerk confirmed that there will be a talk by George Crossman on the Coastguard service and a progress report, from Rachel Bodenham, on the children’s playground. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.

7862 Deputy Clerk

(1) RESOLVED to authorise the Deputy Clerk to claim for additional hours worked, above her contracted 10 hours per month, up to a maximum of six hours per month, subject to approval by the Clerk.

(2) RESOLVED to approve the new Contract of Employment for the Deputy Clerk, to be effective from 1st April 2005. The signed Contracts for both the Clerk and the Deputy Clerk are appended to these Minutes.

7863 Clerk’s Induction Course

RESOLVED to authorise the Deputy Clerk to attend the Clerk’s Induction Course, held by CALC, at UCL Penrith, on Wednesday 27th April.

7864 Dog Fouling and Nuisance (brought forward to item 5)
7865 Finance

(a) Councillor Fryer conducted the monthly check of all money received by the Council and found the bank statements to be satisfactory.

(b) Cheques for the following accounts were signed:

Playdale Playgrounds Ltd (balance of Playground Phase 1) £4646.56 (094)

Primal Printing (printing annual newsletter / report to APM) £ 69.24 (095)

7866 Items for Information

(1) The Acting Chairman pointed out that a new lamppost had been erected outside the old post office on Stankelt Road, the lamppost is galvanised and so is inconsistent with other lampposts.

(2) Councillor Eden advised that this Council has been contacted by a resident of The Chase specifying the type of light he would like to be used for lampposts in the village.

(3) Councillor Fryer reported that the trees on the verge on Hollins Lane (by the Wolf House Gallery) are affecting the farmer’s wall. The wall is owned by Highways and the land concerned is owned by the National Trust.

(4) Councillor Greenwell advised that the footpath sign for Lindeth Road has come down.

7867 Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday 4th April. Items for the agenda and copies of reports to reach the Clerk before Thursday 24th March.
Sue D. Hayward

Deputy Clerk to the Council

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