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2005/08/01

1st August 2005

7979 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 1st August 2005.

7980 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors J. (John) Burrow, C. J. (John) Eden, 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, County and District Councillor S. M. (Sarah) Fishwick and two members of the public.

7981 Apologies for Absence: T.B. (Bernard) Fryer and A.W. (Arthur) Graves.

7982 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

None.

7983 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 4th July were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

7984 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda

Councillor Henderson referred to item 7955 (3) regarding the Challan Hall footpath. Discussions have taken place with English Nature’s Area Manager, Mr. R. Petley- Jones, and he has agreed that the stile should be moved some 20 yards south away from the sharp bend and a wicket gate be installed at both ends so as to aid the path’s use by vulnerable people.

The Chairman referred to item 7785 regarding the proposed diversion of Footpath 44 (The Row). The Chairman and Councillor Henderson have met with Lancashire County Council’s (Lancs. CC) Public Rights of Way Definitive Map Officer. The footpath is to be diverted and a visibility splay provided (giving users the opportunity to check to see whether a vehicle is approaching from either direction) along with a level landing area and a wooden hand gate at the junction of the carriageway.

Councillor Greenwell referred to two issues in connection with item 7967 regarding the playing field. 7967 (c) – Mr. Paul Holgate is currently helping Councillor Graves with the maintenance of the field on an informal basis. The maintenance contract will be reviewed next year. 7967 (d) – unfortunately, there was no opportunity for Silverdale School to host an event before the end of term but all the equipment is now ‘open’ and is being well used. Councillor Greenwell pointed out that there is a need for more seating and that the grass around the picnic tables needs cutting.

7985 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

None.

7986 Update from the Community Police Officer/ Police Response to Incidents in the Silverdale Area

(a) PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. 7 crimes had been reported in July, there had been several thefts from cars (some of which had been left unlocked) – all have been detected. The cash tin from Silverdale School had been stolen and several thousand pounds worth of camera equipment had been stolen from the beach – a visitor had left his possessions on the beach whilst he went for a walk. Councillor Eden reported that the glass to the phone box on Park Road has been smashed. PC Bassinder reported that he had spoken to Mr. Robin Horner, from the RSPB, about camping at the cove. The police can assist the landowner (the RSPB) in removing campers under the civil law of trespass. RESOLVED to invite Mr. Horner to talk about this issue at a meeting of this Council.

(b) Members RESOLVED to suspend the meeting under Standing Order 12 (e) in order to allow discussion of the variability of response by the police to incidents in the Silverdale area without breaching confidentiality. After a brief discussion the meeting resumed. RESOLVED that: (1) District Councillor Fishwick raise the issue of police response with the Police Forum, (2) this Council write to Inspector Clayson of Lancaster police about police policy on responding to incidents in rural areas.

7987 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick

Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) Overhanging hedges/ trees/ shrubs – Lancs. CC can take action on these and will respond to complaints although landowners are encouraged to refrain from cutting hedges etc until after 1st August because of birds nesting, (2) there have been problems recently with the level crossing – the warning lights have been flashing whilst the barrier has remained open – no train has passed. The incidents have been reported to Network Rail, (3) the youth games, which took place in Lancaster recently, were successful. Councillor Henderson asked if Councillor Fishwick could voice this Council’s concern about the reduction in the number of salt bins to Lancs. CC.

7988 Reports on any Meetings attended by Members, or the Clerk

(a) Silverdale Sports and Recreation Development Committee

Councillor Houghton had attended the recent meeting.

(b) Silverdale School Travel Plan

Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting to discuss the need to improve the well being of travelling pupils and the safety surrounding the school. It was agreed that a survey of all pupils and staff would be carried out as a first step. Lancs. CC staff reported that a lack of experience of streets (by walking and cycling etc) was causing an increase in teenage road accidents.

(c) LAPTC

Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting. Lancs. CC is devolving matters involving street lighting, bridges, traffic management, rights of way and highways maintenance to area offices (Silverdale will be dealt with by Hampson Green) – in the meantime the telephone number for highways is 0845 0530011.

(d) Lancaster Area Rural Road Safety Committee

Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting. The county’s highways maintenance budget has been cut by £1m – grass cutting will be reduced to 2 cuts per annum (from 3) and the number of salt bins will be reduced by 25%.

(e) National Trust – Silverdale Advisory Committee

Councillors Fryer and Henderson had attended a meeting. This committee is to be renamed the Silverdale Liaison Committee. There has been another incident of sheep worrying in the field below Eaves Wood. The Cotoneaster is being sprayed in the ungrazed areas of Eaves Wood.

(f) AONB Executive

The Chairman had attended a meeting at which the Annual Review was circulated – the Chairman distributed copies to Members for information.

(g) Quality Parish Council Meeting

The Chairman reported that the Quality Parish Working Group had attended a meeting with CALC. This Council satisfies the criteria for applying for Quality Parish status and an application is to be made. Members will be kept informed of the progress of the application.

7989 Correspondence

Receipt of the following items of correspondence was noted and any action determined as indicated:

1. Rachel Rimmershaw – letter in favour of Shuttle Bus continuing to use The Row.

2. Stephen Padmore – letter in favour of Shuttle Bus continuing to use The Row.

3. United Utilities – letter re first time sewerage in Silverdale. United Utilities is looking to see if they have a duty to provide mains sewerage. A decision will be made in 12 – 18 months.

4. Lancaster Sustainable Transport Forum – Minutes

5. Lancashire Police – Community Meeting, 7pm, Morecambe High, 27th September.

6. ABP MER – Erosion Risk Management Strategy Scoping Study (concerning areas of vulnerability). Correspondence items 6, 7 and 8 were passed to Councilor Henderson for information.

7. Lancashire CC – notes re Minerals & Waste Development Framework launch.

8. South Lakeland District Council – revised draft, Statement of Community Involv’

9. BT – consultation re conversion of payphone to cashless operation (Park Road). Councillor Eden has checked that mobile phones are operable in the area. RESOLVED to check with the Guides Association (which has a camp in the area) if they have any objections, if not this Council to respond to BT accordingly; if the Guides Association does have concerns RESOLVED to discuss this issue again.

10. English Nature – Designation of Morecambe Bay as Special Area of Conservation – this has been confirmed.

11. Lancaster CC – availability of Statement of Community Involvement.

12. RPC – complaint re trains not stopping at Silverdale – this Council’s complaint has been treated as an official grievance. Any residents who wish to comment on this should write

to : Clare Morris, Passenger Link Advisor, Rail Passenger’s Council, Passenger Link Centre, 9th Floor, Rail House, Store St., Manchester, M1 2RP and send a copy to this Council.

13. Clerks & Councils Direct – July.

14. Lancaster Community Safety Partnership – 5 x CDs of information.

15. English Nature – Cumbrian Nature, Summer

16. LAPTC – Minutes

17. English Nature – “Sitelines”, Summer

18. LAPTC – newsletter, summer

19. Lancashire Partnership – “Ambition”, summer.

7990 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:

05/00876/FUL – 3 Birch Drive – re roofing of garage and construction of a bay window to the front: NO OBJECTIONS

05/00874/FUL – 12a Stankelt Road – alterations and extension to the rear incorporating two new balconies: OBJECTIONS – There are insufficient details of neighbouring properties on the plan preventing this Council making a comprehensive assessment. However this Council objects to the application for the following reasons.

1. The balcony on the first floor plan seems to be past the building line.

2. The balconies would have a significant impact on the privacy of the neighbouring properties, and is un-neighbourly in design.

3.The materials used seem out of keeping with the other buildings, and would be visually detrimental to near neighbours.

4.Possible loss of light to neighbouring property.

This Council strongly recommends that the Planning Officer visits the site before making a decision.

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

05/00461/FUL – 3 St. John’s Cottages, Emesgate Lane – erection of a lounge extension to the side. NO OBJECTIONS but this Council asks that matching stone is used to sill height.

05/00948/FUL – The Barn, Moss Lane – erection of a stable block. OBJECTIONS as a repeat of the objections raised on 27.05.04, which stated:

“1. The size and design of the building give the indication that this building (together with other buildings on the site) are not for agricultural purposes associated with this site, which is currently devoted to grazing land for ponies.

2.The large size and design of the building is inappropriate for the landscape of this area”

Additional OBJECTIONS were raised on 04.07.05 and these also still stand; “the proposed building is unnecessarily large and obtrusive, and out of context with the open landscape. There are difficulties of access, and we suggest that a much better location would be to have the proposed building attached, or in close proximity, to one of the existing buildings in this area.” RESOLVED to ask for a site plan showing the location of neighbouring buildings.

05/00949/FUL – erection of a hay/straw storage pole barn. OBJECTIONS as for planning application 05/00948/FUL above.

05/00998/FUL – 3a Cove Road – erection of a single storey extension to the side. NO OBJECTIONS.

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

05/00803/OUT – 39 Lindeth Road – Modification of Condition 1 on outline planning permission: REFUSED

05/00375/FUL – 39 Lindeth Road – erection of one dwelling: GRANTED

05/00654/FUL – Gait Barrows National Nature Reserve, Moss Lane – construct disabled parking area and turning area, retaining wall, limestone infill, and terram geotextile and vehicle barrier: GRANTED.

05/00762/FUL – Barn Side, 3a The Green – new garage door to be fitted in existing garage on North elevation: GRANTED

03/01547/CU – Hazelwood Hall, Hollins Lane – change of use of nursing home to 21 holiday apartments (amended plans): GRANTED. RESOLVED to ask Lancaster CC for a copy of the amended plans.

(4) It was noted that the following was withdrawn by the Applicant

05/00861/FUL – The Barn, Moss Lane – erection of a stable bock and hay/storage pole barn.

7991 Urgent Action taken in accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning).

None

7992 Playing Field

RESOLVED to confirm this Council’s enthusiastic support for the landscaping scheme for the Cove Road playing field, on the basis of drawings presented to the last Ordinary Meeting, by Mr Paul Holgate. This is subject to retention of the fence around the Toddler’s play equipment and some slight modification because of the re-location of the Adventure Trail.

7993 Deputy Clerk

RESOLVED to confirm the substantive appointment of Susan D. Hayward, as Deputy Clerk / Deputy RFO.

7994 Finance

(a) Councillor Burrow 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:

Mr G W Lambert (rent for bus stop land, 2002-2005) 62p (110)

Mr P G Challenor (salary and allowances) £1039.20 (111)

Mrs S D Hayward (salary and allowances) £ 355.83 (112)

7995 Items for Information.

(1) Councillor Greenwell reported that the brambles at The Lotts are still in need of clearing.

(2) Councillor Burrow pointed out that the wooden ‘ride on’ train at the playing field is in need of repair.

(3) Councillor Greenwell mentioned that she will be writing a snagging list for the play equipment with Rachel Bodenham and that they will decide when it is acceptable to make the final payment to Playdale.

(4) Councillor Houghton reported that (a) the grass growing on the road at Whinney Fold is in need of clearing (b) the rockery at Lindeth Close is still in need of attention (c) some street lights have been taken away and new ones have been installed in an ad hoc way (d) there is a tree in need of attention in the National Trust wood at Slackwood Hill/ Hazelwood.

7996 Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday,5th September. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Friday, 26th August.
7997 Exclusion of the public and press in accordance with Standing Orders 12c and 20

RESOLVED to exclude the public and the press, in view of the special and confidential nature of the business to be discussed in agenda item 18.

7998 Purchase of Land

RESOLVED that this Council should not offer to purchase the piece of land on which the bus shelter stands, in Park Road.

Sue D. Hayward

Deputy Clerk to the Council
 

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