Parish Council - Minutes March 2018









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Present: Couns  B. Newman, J. Heaps, N.Goodall, J. Myers, P. Shaw, D. Hall and three members of the public, PC M. Dibbs.

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. G. Cropper..

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

Mrs Betty Dickson said she had re reported water problems on the bypass at Cuckstool Lane and LCC is investigating. She will report back any findings. Coun. Newman confirmed he had also reported the matter.

Mr Ron Burnett asked re the timetable of grass cutting in the area. Coun. Newman said LCC say there are to be six cuts a year. Coun. Newman said he had been advised by LCC not to cut the grass verges himself due to health and safety concerns. Residents concerned about the grass verge cutting timetable are asked to contact County Coun. Christian Wakeford for updates.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted with one minor amendment to item 4.3. The breakdown of money was £100 expenses for printing envelopes and leaflets, £400 to Pendle Forest Sports Club and £400 towards the Christmas lights/tree project.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4..1  Car park project

The council has been accepted to apply for small grants funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, but the paperwork has to be in by the end of March and as the application is very detailed, it was agreed to see if the council could defer to the next round of funding.  Also the clerk to contact Coun. Wakeford to see what other funding ideas are available for the car park. Coun. Heaps asked why permit parking could not be put in operation and it was confirmed the parish council had looked into this before and residents had not wanted to pay for the permits. Concerns over people dropping off and collecting children from school and parking in Wheatley Close and by the village hall had been repeatedly passed to the school’s head teacher.

4.2 Harpers Garden

Coun. Hall said the contractor is due to start later this month..

4.3 Phone box by the former post office

Coun. Newman is to meet with Pendle to try and find a suitable location for the dog bin removed from by the post office. The clerk to check if” no dog fouling’’ stickers have been placed on lampposts in the village.

4.4 War memorial quote

Coun. Newman had not heard back from any of the firms asked for a quote. He will re contact.

4.5 Extension to Lomeshaye Industrial Estate

The clerk had sent in the council’s concerns and Pendle planning had agreed to add them to the council report as the application has not yet gone to committee.

4.6  Financial review

Coun. Heaps asked if all members of the council had copies of the financial regulations and the clerk confirmed these were automatically sent out when councillors are first appointed. Coun. Heaps said the regulations had not been altered since 2011. The clerk said the regulations were reviewed every year at the AGM and any changes could be made then.

4.7 Trees with TPOs

Mr N. Watson, head of Pendle planning had replied expressing his concern that the comments implied his staff were at fault and said the process is now at its most transparent. He provided the up to date rules  for tree felling for trees with TPOs. Mr Watson and Coun. Heaps are to discuss the matter further if  felt necessary.

4.8 Overhanging tree on the bypass

The clerk had reported to LCC. Awaiting a reply.

4.9 Bin on Harpers Lane

Pendle has promised to put the bin back on the lamp post.

4.9 (i) Temporary events sign on bypass

LCC is investigating the council’s request.

5  Reports from outside bodies

PC M. Dibbs gave a crime report and also reminded vehicle owners to keep windows closed and doors locked. He had been approached by residents of Woodside Cottages over concerns of motorists mounting the pavement. He said the police could not intervene in this matter and he has referred this back to the county council. The clerk confirmed the parish council had also raised this matter with LCC on several occasions and county will not install bollards, residents can do so, but they would have to be responsible for maintenance and any insurance issues.

PC Dibbs gave details of a mounted police volunteers scheme. Coun. Myers declared an interest as she has been on the course. He said the course had been very successful and future courses are planned. It was agreed by the parish council that if funding was needed for future courses, the parish council would contribute.

6 Correspondence

Clerk’s Direct passed on to members via the round robin. Also information from the Lancashire and Merseyside Community Wellbeing Fund was passed to the village hall committee.

7.  Planning


8. Finance

Authorised payments were made to:

£330.72 Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.
£157.50 D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...
£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution..
£35 – J. Barritt, PAYE.

9. Any other business

Coun. Hall reported a street light out between 55 and 56 Wheatley Close.

Coun. Myers asked if Coun. Newman could sort out a tree in need of felling in Lane Top.

Coun. Heaps said she had a statement she wished to read out and asked for the statement to be included in the minutes. The clerk confirmed that if Coun. Heaps provided a copy of the statement, it could be circulated with the minutes. Coun. Heaps tendered her resignation from the council and this was accepted.

10  Date of next meeting

April 2nd at 7 p.m. in Fence Village Hall.