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5th September 2005

7999 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 5th September 2005.

8000 Present: Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, 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 four members of the public.
In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Councillor Houghton, chaired the meeting.

8001 Apologies for Absence: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors J. (John) Burrow and J. (June) Greenwell.

8002 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda


8003 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 1st August were approved and then signed by the Acting Chairman.

8004 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda

Councillor Henderson referred to item 7989, correspondence item 6, regarding the ABP MER Erosion Risk Management Strategy Scoping Study, he had asked Lancaster City Council’s (Lancaster CC) consultants to add the properties and access to the foreshore at Jenny Brown’s Point, Shore Road and the Cove to their list of current issues.

Councillor Eden referred to item 7989, correspondence item 9, regarding BT’s consultation on the conversion of the payphone at Park Road to cashless operation, he had checked this proposal with the Guides Association who have no objections.

8005 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

One member of the public referred to agenda item 15, pointing out that there should be full consultation with the residents of Cove Road and Elmslack Court regarding any proposals for off-street vehicle parking between the playing field and the corner of Elmslack Court.

8006 Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. 3 crimes were recorded in August: 2 incidents at Shore Road involving damage to motor vehicles and patio furniture, and the theft of a handbag from the tea rooms at Leighton Moss.

8007 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick

Councillor Fishwick gave a verbal report on the following: (1) a phone call from Superintendent Marren regarding the approach to policing in rural areas. Councillor Fishwick will be raising this matter with the next Police Forum as resolved at the last meeting of this Council, (2) confirmation that the lights at the level crossing had been found to be faulty, this had been reported to the last meeting. A survey of traffic using the level crossing is currently being carried out. It is not clear which organisation has instigated this, (3) Lancashire County Council (Lancs CC) is proposing to withdraw the shuttle bus service after 19.30 in order to cut costs. Members are concerned that this service should not be withdrawn. RESOLVED that (a) Councillor Henderson raise this issue through LAPTC (b) this Council write to Geraldine Smith MP and to the Leader of Lancs CC expressing concern, (4) the current planning application from Waterslack Farm has been deferred pending answers to various questions raised by the application.

8008 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

(a) Quality Parish (QP) Council Working Group

The Chairman of the Council and Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting with Arnside Parish Council to discuss finalising the application for QP status. It is intended to bring the completed document to the next meeting for approval.

8009 Correspondence

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

1. Mr Tim Mackintosh – request for an apology concerning his allegation of the phrase “not for agricultural purposes” in considering planning applications. RESOLVED that, as this is a private application, an apology is not appropriate.

2. Mr & Mrs Earith – copy of complaint about Planning Procedures (Waterslack Farm)

3. AONB – “Waymarker”, August

4. NALC – OFCOM, Universal Service Obligations Consultation (Public Call Boxes)

5. LAPTC – Refresher/Update, 20th Set, 6.45pm, Penwortham, £20

6. LAPTC – “Community, Planning and Policy”, 8th Oct, daytime, Preston College, £55

7. LAPTC – “Finance”, 13th Oct, 7pm, Penwortham, £20

8. LAPTC – AGM, 5th Nov, Preston, daytime, no charge.

9. Local Works – Campaign for Sustainable Communities Bill, Summer

10. FLAG – Newsletter, July

11. Eclipse Energy Co – Ormonde Project, non-technical summary, July

12. Lancs CC – proposed changes to draft SPG for Landscape and Heritage. Correspondence items 12, 13 and 14 were passed to Councillor Henderson for information.

13. Lancs CC – Revised draft SPG for Landscape and Heritage

14. Lancs CC – Provisional Local Transport Plan

8010 Planning

(1) It was noted that no planning applications had been dealt with under the provisions of Standing Order 25, since the last meeting.
(2) It was noted that the following planning application had been dealt with between the agenda being issued and the meeting taking place.

05/01089/FUL – 12a Stankelt Road – erection of an extension to lower ground floor at rear and alterations to kitchen and erection of balcony on ground floor to rear.

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

05/00461/FUL – 3 St. John’s Cottages, Emesgate Lane – erection of a lounge extension to the side: GRANTED

05/00874/FUL – 12a Stankelt Road – alterations and extension to the rear incorporating two new balconies: REFUSED

05/00876/FUL – 3 Birch Drive – re roofing of garage and construction of a bay window to the front: GRANTED

05/00631/FUL – 43 Stankelt Road – erection of a two-storey extension to the rear: GRANTED

05/00816/LB – 2 Coach House, Shore Road – erection of a satellite dish: CONSENT

05/00682/FUL – Yewbarrow, 12 Wallings Lane – erection of single-storey extension to provide garden room: GRANTED

8011 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)


8012 Absence of the Clerk

(a) It was noted that the Deputy Clerk will be required to fulfill the duties of Acting Clerk, for the period of 23rd September until 9th October 2005

(b) RESOLVED to authorise the Deputy Clerk to claim for extra hours worked, up to a maximum of the hours paid to the Clerk (pro-rata), during this period of acting-up.

8013 Parish Contractor

RESOLVED that agenda item 13, regarding the scope of the contract for the Parish Contractor, be deferred to the next meeting.

8014 Public Noticeboard

RESOLVED to authorise the renovation of the public noticeboard, on the butcher’s wall, to a maximum cost of £100.

8015 Off-street Parking between the Playing Field and Elmslack Court

Councillor Eden reported that he had been approached by some villagers regarding the dangers of double parking by the playing field, the villagers concerned have suggested that there should be off-street vehicle parking between the playing field and the corner of Elmslack Court. RESOLVED that this matter be referred to the Transport Group for consideration as a part of a bid for funding in 2006/ 7; this would involve consulting the local residents.

8016 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 for Phase2) £12,886.10 (113)

John Graves & Son (grass cutting and hedges) £ 299.62 (114)

8017 Items for Information

Councillor Henderson reported that National Trust volunteers had cleared all of the undergrowth from the rights of way and other paths belonging to the National Trust.

8018 Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday 3rd October. Items for the agenda, to reach the Acting Clerk before Friday 23rd September, and copies of reports, to reach the Acting Clerk before Monday 26th September.

Sue D. Hayward

Deputy Clerk to the Council

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