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5th December 2005


8063    Un-confirmed Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council held in the Silverdale Institute on Monday, 5th December 2005.


8064    Present: Councillors J. (John) Burrow, C. J. (John) Eden, T.B. (Bernard) Fryer, A.W. (Arthur) Graves, 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. There were no members of the public present.


In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, Councillor Houghton, chaired the meeting.


8065    Apologies for Absence: Chairman – Councillor P. (Peter) Roberts.


8066    Receipt of Declarations of Members’ Interests Relating to any Items Appearing on the Agenda



8067    Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting held on Monday, 7rd November were approved and then signed by the Acting Chairman.


8068    Receipt of Information about Matters Arising from the Minutes of Previous Meetings, not Covered by the Agenda

The Acting Chairman referred to the following items:

(1) 7995 (4 (c)) – new street lights were installed in various places along Shore Road some time ago because the old (concrete) lights were in a poor condition, however, the old lights have still not been removed apart from one opposite the garage, which has been removed but a replacement light has not been installed. Councillor Eden informed of the telephone number to which calls concerning street lights can be made: 0800 132631.

(2) 7995 (4 (d)) – The Acting Chairman has been trying to arrange for the tree at Slackwood Brow, which is partially down and in a dangerous condition, to be dealt with. It appears that the tree belongs to Leighton Hall Estates.

(3) 8029 (correspondence item 29) and item 8047 – Further to the last meeting’s brief report on Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Integrated Risk Management Planning, the Acting Chairman expanded upon two areas that are particularly significant to Silverdale: 1. The proposed maximum attendance time for the first fire engine to fires is to be reduced to 12 minutes 2. In seeking to enhance the provision of First Aid/ trauma care in remote areas with greater ambulance attendance times, the Silverdale fire engine now caries an automatic defibrillator and personnel have been trained in its use.

(4) 8061 (1 (c)) – there is still a problem with trains passing through Silverdale station without warning, and the uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. RESOLVED that this matter be put on the agenda for the next meeting.


Councillor Henderson referred to item 8053 (correspondence item 15), the Traffic Signing Review is currently being considered by the Parish Plan Transport Group. Lancashire County Council (Lancs. CC) have agreed to retain the old signs where practical and to use the revised signing system to divert traffic away from quiet lanes e.g. Bottoms Lane.

Councillor Greenwell referred to item 8050 ((a) (3)), the ASCT members will look at options for an opening ceremony for the playground after Christmas.



8069    Matters Raised by Members of the Public for Future Consideration



8070    Update from the Community Police Officer

PC Bassinder gave a verbal update. Two crimes have been recorded for November:

some statues were taken from a garden near Waterslack Garden Centre, the statues, have been recovered, it appears that they had been left near Middlebarrow Quarry awaiting collection; the ‘open’ sign at the new gallery on Emesgate Lane has been taken. Councillor Henderson mentioned that forums at which Parish Councils can liaise with the Police had been referred to at a meeting he had attended at LAPTC, PC Bassinder confirmed that the ordinary meetings of the Parish Council are the formal way in which Silverdale Parish Council Members liaise with the Police. The Acting Chairman asked PC Bassinder if he could speak to Leighton Hall Estates regarding the tree at Slackwood Brow referred to in item 8068 above.


8071    Report from County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick

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


8072    Reports on any Meetings Attended by Members, or the Clerk

(a) Lancaster City Council

On 21st November Councillor Henderson had attended a seminar on the Local Development Framework, the new system of producing a guideline document to enable planning decisions. The next stage, the Core Strategy, will be the subject of consultation in the near future and will include a strategy for Silverdale. RESOLVED that the Clerk request a copy for every Member, once received the strategy will be put on the agenda.


Councillor Henderson had attended a meeting on 28th November. Lancs. CC are removing the Highways Agency from Lancaster City Council (Lancaster CC). Lancs. CC are also introducing a new system of governing their various functions called ‘Lancashire Locals’. RESOLVED that the Clerk obtain a copy of the consultation document: ‘A Consultation Paper on Strengthening Local Democratic Decision Making in Lancashire’, comments are invited by 20th December. At the meeting there was also a discussion on the use of e mail and the consequences of its use in parish administration and amongst Members.

(c) Parish Plan Village Centre Group

Councillor Henderson attended a meeting on 30th November.

(d) Silverdale Sports and Recreation Development Committee

The Acting Chairman attended the recent meeting.


8073    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:

05/1089/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 – NO COMMENT. It was noted that the application had been lost in the post and so had been out of time for comments.

05/01237/FUL – 14 Levens Way – erection of a ground floor extension and creation of a new vehicular access – NO OBJECTIONS.

05/01338/FUL – Reginald Kaye Nurseries Ltd, 36 Lindeth Road – provision of a car park – RECOMMEND that a white ‘H’ bar be painted on the road at the entrance to 38 Lindeth Road (next to the proposed car park entrance), and there has been a suggestion by the electricity authorities that a new pole be inserted within the car park at 36 Lindeth Road to accommodate overhead cables. In the view of Members this should be carried out prior to the development proceeding.

05/01276/FUL – Ridgway Park – erection of single-story modular building, replacing existing portakabins – NO OBJECTIONS.

05/01315/FUL – Top Barn, Shore Road – erection of extensions to form study, garage/ workshop, and provide first floor accommodation: NO OBJECTIONS although there is some concern that the extension will be obtrusive to the view of many residents of Lindeth Road.


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

05/01460/FUL – Old Waterslack Farmhouse, Waterslack Road – erection of a Field Shelter and a Feed/machinery Store. Members said that they would have no objections to a revised plan but OBJECT to the existing plan for the following reasons:

1. The proposed development is overlarge for the stated need

2. The siting could be more sympathetic to the landscape


Members would like to see a complete plan which shows access arrangements as there is concern about access onto a busy and dangerous road with poor sight lines.


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

05/00948/FUL – The Barn, Moss Lane – erection of a stable block: GRANTED.

05/00949/FUL – Letterbox Field – erection of a hay/straw storage pole barn: GRANTED.

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: GRANTED.

05/01164/FUL – 8 Woodlands Drive – modification to application no.05/00420/FUL to increase length of front dormer: GRANTED.

05/01315/FUL – Top Barn, Shore Road – erection of extensions to form study, garage/ workshop, and provide first floor accommodation: GRANTED.

05/01237/FUL – 14 Levens Way – erection of a ground floor extension and creation of a new vehicular access: GRANTED.


8074    Urgent Action Taken in Accordance with Standing Order 25 (other than Planning)



8075    Quality Parish Application

It was noted that the Lancashire and Merseyside Accreditation Panel has awarded this Council the status of ‘Quality Parish’, with identification number: QC-11-05-00223. The Panel has, however, suggested that ‘Correspondence’ should be dropped from the agenda. RESOLVED that the QP Working Party be congratulated.


8076    Budget 2006-7

A vote was taken on the Part 1 Budget and Precept.

Unanimously RESOLVED to approve the revised Part 1 Budget, as appended to the Minutes.

Unanimously RESOLVED to set the Precept at £17,903, which will work out at approximately £26.06 per Band D property, an increase of approximately £5.51 per year.


8077    Playing Field

It was noted that an anonymous donation had been received, as a contribution towards the costs of seating at the Children’s Playing Field. This has been passed direct to Mr Paul Holgate, who is handling the landscaping, with the approval of the Council. RESOLVED to ask Mr Holgate to submit details of the seating design, for approval by this Council, because of future maintenance implications.

8078    Donation to Victim Support

RESOLVED to ascertain the views of the Neighbourhood Watch regarding a request for a donation to ‘Victim Support, Lancashire’; RESOLVED to put the request on the agenda of another meeting if a donation is considered appropriate. (Note: in order for a donation to be made, Members must be satisfied that “the direct benefit accruing to their area or any part of it or to all or some of the inhabitants of their area will be commensurate with the expenditure to be incurred.”).


8079    Double Parking

RESOLVED that the Clerk make an official approach to Lancs. CC Highways Department to include a solution to the problem of double-parking as a part of the

20 mph scheme for Emesgate Lane, e.g. double yellow lines. It was noted that individuals can apply to have ‘H’ lines put outside their own property at their own cost. RESOLVED to look at other areas where double parking is a problem at a future meeting.


8080    Agendas


(1) to keep the order of items on the agenda as they are. The Clerk clarified that action can only be taken on agenda items and not on ‘Items for Information’. Matters needing attention should be brought to the attention of the Clerk as and when necessary, action can then be taken or a decision made to put the matter on the agenda, as appropriate

(2) to add ‘Suggestions for Items for the Next Agenda’, this will replace ‘Items for Information’

(3) to add ‘Items of Action’, at this point on the agenda the Clerk can report on any action taken since the last meeting.


8081    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:

                        John Graves & Son (grass – St. .John’s Ave)              £ 193.87       (130)

                        North West Air Ambulance (donation)                £ 50.00       (131)

                        Gaskell Memorial Hall (room hire)                      £ 7.60       (132)


8082    Items for Information

(1) Councillor Henderson reported that there is a tree at Burton Well which has fallen and is in need of cutting down.

(2) Councillor Eden mentioned the problem with fly posting in the village and asked when the new notice board is to be fitted.

(3) Councillor Fryer advised that when the road sweeper came to the village recently it did not clear the gutters and only treated the main roads.


8083    Date of Next Meeting

It was noted that the date of the next meeting is Thursday 5th January 2006. Items for the agenda, and copies of reports, to reach the Clerk before Wednesday 28th December 2005.
Sue D. Hayward

Deputy Clerk to the Council

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