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2005/10/03

3rd October 2005

8019 Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 3rd October 2005.

8020 Present: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts, Councillors C.J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, J. (June) Greenwell, R.M. (Ralph) Henderson, A.J. (Tony) Houghton, the Acting Clerk – S.D. (Sue) Hayward, PC 1118 John Bassinder and one member of the public.
8021 Apologies for Absence: Councillor J. (John) Burrow, County and District Councillor S.M. (Sarah) Fishwick and the Clerk – P.G. (Peter) Challenor.

8022 Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda

Councillor Graves declared his interest in item 14 (b), in that he is the contractor appointed to deal with the Christmas tree.

Councillor Fryer declared his interest in item 17 (a), in that he is a member of the Churchyard Care Group.

8023 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 5th September were approved and then signed by the Chairman.

8024 Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda

None.

8025 Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration

None.

8026 Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. £1,000 worth of optical equipment had been stolen from Leighton Moss nature reserve during a ‘binocular and telescope day’ and one golf club, left unattended at Silverdale Golf Club, had been taken. PC Bassinder reported that he is hoping for extra resources around the end of October/ beginning of November in an attempt to prevent deer poaching in the area. PC Bassinder clarified police involvement in road traffic accidents – the police are only required to attend cases of road injury accidents or where the road is unavoidably obstructed.

PC Bassinder wished to remind members of the public that he can be contacted at any time on his mobile telephone (tel. no:07775977887).

8027 Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick

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

8028 Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

(a) LAPTC

Councillor Henderson and the Chairman had attended a meeting on 26th September, the main item discussed was the cutbacks in public transport (Carnforth Connect and Silverdale Shuttle) and the social consequences of such cutbacks, these might be reviewed in the near future. Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC) planning applications can be seen on line as from 1st December.

(b) Lancaster District Sustainable Transport Forum

Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 28th September, where it was noted that bus usage in Lancashire is increasing.

8029 Correspondence

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

1. Mr and Mrs Livesey – copy of letter to the Rail Passenger’s Council regarding trains not stopping at Silverdale

2. Mrs Barkwell – copy of letter to the Rail Passenger’s Council regarding trains not stopping at Silverdale

3. Mr Holland – copy of letter to the Rail Passenger’s Council regarding trains not stopping at Silverdale

4. Mr Livesey – train request stop system. RESOLVED that this Council write to the Rail Passenger’s Council requesting an improved service for Silverdale, supporting a request stop system and requesting the provision of more carriages at peak times.

5. Mrs Attwell – request for a donation to the Churchyard Care Group (agenda item)

6. RoSPA – Play Area Safety Inspection Report (agenda item)

7. Lancs. Playing Fields Association – annual report update, August 2005

8. Lancaster CC – Parish Plans Supplementary Planning Documents

9. Lancaster District Sustainable Transport Forum – Agenda (for meeting on 28/9/05)

10. AONB – “Waymarker”, September

11. AONB – Sustainable Development Fund

12. AONB – Annual Review

13. AONB – request for a contribution (agenda item)

14. AONB – Countryside Officer’s Report

15. Mr Hoyle – complaint about noise from building works at Wood Close, Stankelt Road. RESOLVED to pass this letter on to Lancaster CC’s Environmental Health department.

16. Mr Mackintosh – request for explanation of “not for agricultural purposes” and ” this is a private application, an apology is not appropriate” in considering his planning application and request for an apology

17. NALC – Periodic Electoral Reviews Consultation

18. NALC – Confirmation of byelaws relating to countryside recreation: guidance for byelaw-making authorities – consultation document.

19. National Trust – this Council’s raising of issues concerning the National Trust. It was noted that it is the right of Members to raise issues under Items for Information.

20. LAPTC – newsletter, September

21. Lancs CC – Public footpath no. 44 (public path diversion) Order 2005

22. Lancs CC – Rural Carnforth Children’s Centre Steering Group

23. Lancs CC – Bus Service Contracts Failing Guidelines

24 Lancashire Youth Association – Annual Review and Accounts

25. Trafalgar weekend – final details

26. Clerks & Councils Direct – newsletter, September

27. Lancashire Constabulary – newsletter, September

28. NALC – journal, September

29. Lancashire Combined Fire Authority Consultation Document – passed to Councillor Houghton for information.

30. Councillor Henderson – footpath Emesgate Lane/ Townsfield. RESOLVED that this Council write to the solicitors dealing with the sale of ‘Swiss Villa’ expressing this Council’s interest in the future of the footpath.

31. K. Porter – dog fouling on the shore – letter of complaint about people not cleaning up after dogs on the shore.

8030 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:

05/01089/FUL – 12a Stankelt Road – erection of an extension to the lower ground floor at rear, and alterations to kitchen and erection of balcony on ground floor to rear: OBJECTIONS on the grounds that the development is un-neighbourly and the materials proposed are not suitable. The Council has experienced considerable difficulty in reading these plans, and it is noted that they still do not include details of adjacent properties, for the context of the development to be reliably assessed.

05/01123/FUL – 4 Levens Way – erection of a kitchen extension to rear and first floor bedroom extension over existing garage, and front and rear porches: NO OBJECTIONS.

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

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

05/00998/FUL – 3a Cove Road – erection of a single story extension to the side: GRANTED

05/01018/FUL – 31 Emesgate Lane – demolition of existing conservatory and erection of new conservatory and first floor extension with balcony to the rear: GRANTED

8031 Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning) None.

8032 Report from Internal Audit Committee

The Internal Audit Committee met at 7.00pm, on Monday 3rd October (immediately before the Ordinary Parish Council Meeting). Councillor Houghton was elected as Chairman, and he presented a verbal report. Councillor Burrow had given his apologies. Members of the Committee inspected the accounts, so far, for the financial year commencing 1st April, the bank statements, relevant cheque books and receipts, and the corresponding Minutes. 5 random checks were conducted to establish a satisfactory audit trail: the bank statement had not, as yet, been received for one of the payments and cheque number 95 (£69.24) did not appear on any bank statement. The Committee found all records to be satisfactory and in good order.

8033 Playing Field (RoSPA Report)

It was noted that RoSPA had made various criticisms in their report and that these had been referred to Playdale. A response is currently awaited from Playdale.

8034 Christmas Tree

(a) RESOLVED to seek permission to erect an illuminated Christmas tree at Bleasdale House, given its central location in the village and the success of this position in the past.
Councillor Graves withdrew from the meeting whilst item 14 (b) was discussed.

(b) RESOLVED to give authority for the Christmas tree to be obtained, and erected, by John Graves & Sons, and to set a maximum figure of £35 for this expense.

8035 “Quality Parish” (QP) Council Application

RESOLVED to approve the draft application for accreditation as a QP Council and to authorise the Chairman to sign the same.

8036 Donation to the AONB

(a) RESOLVED to make a donation to the AONB, based upon the contents of the AONB Annual Report.

(b) RESOLVED that as a donation would be directly commensurate with the benefit to the parish community, a donation of £800 should be made under the provisions of Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

Councillor Henderson asked that it be recorded that he voted against the above proposals.

8037 Donation to the Churchyard Care Group

(a) RESOLVED to make a donation to the Churchyard Care Group, having had confirmation that the Group operates independently of the Church.

(b) RESOLVED to authorise a donation of £170 under the provisions of Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972.

8038 Shuttle Bus Service

RESOLVED that this Council write to Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC), with a copy to Councillor Barker at Lancaster CC and to Geraldine Smith MP, regarding its proposal to withdraw the shuttle bus service after 19.30 and that the letter should cover the following points: recognition that Lancs. CC’s subsidy is being removed; the safety aspect of walking in the dark; the importance of an integrated transport service; the promotion of the use of buses as a means of transport; the impact on parking at the station. RESOLVED that this Council also write to Lancaster CC asking for confirmation of their approach to the proposed reduction in service. County and District Councillor Fishwick’s hard work in trying to resolve the issue of a reduction in service was acknowledged.

8039 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:

National Association of Local Councils (Q P application) £ 29.38 (115)

Mr Peter Roberts (Chairman’s allowance) £180.00 (116)

British Gas (clock electricity) £ 14.29 (117)

Playground Management Ltd (RoSPA report) £ 90.48 (118)

8040 Items for Information

(1) Councillor Eden reminded Members that the usual arrangements apply for the Remembrance Day service which will be held on 13th November.

(2) Councillor Henderson reported that: (a) National Trust volunteers have been clearing debris from the areas of shore owned by the Trust (b) a ‘Have Your Say Day’ has been organised for people aged over 55 at The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 7th October (c) he has resigned as this Council’s representative for the Carnforth Area Regeneration Project (CARP).

(3) Councillor Greenwell advised that the next meeting of the Playground Liaison Committee will be held on Thursday, 27th October at 7.30 pm in the Green Room, Gaskell Hall. The main items to be discussed will be: (a) the entrance (b) long term maintenance (c) the official opening (d) the form that the committee will take in the future.

(4) Councillor Fryer added that there is a need for signage in the playing field advising as to age limits.

(5) The Chairman advised that he will be away for the November and December meetings, Vice Chairman, Councillor Houghton, will chair those meetings. In the event of Councillor Houghton not being available RESOLVED that Councillor Eden chair the meetings.

8041 Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Monday 7th November. Items for the agenda, to reach the Clerk before Friday 28st October, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Monday 31st October.

Sue Hayward

Acting Clerk to the Council
 

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