Parish Council - Minutes Feb 2018










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Present: Couns B. Newman, J. Heaps, I. Hargreaves, N.Goodall, J. Myers, P. Shaw, and three members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. G. Cropper..

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents


4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted. Coun. Heaps questioned the reasoning around no meeting in January, despite the clerk being paid. The clerk explained that this was due to the fact that January was a quiet month with very little business. However, if a meeting in January was felt necessary by all councillors in future years, a decision could be made the previous December. The clerk also explained that attending meetings was only part of a clerk’s role and financial and administrative work had still been dealt with during January by the clerk.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4.1  Unauthorised entry from Hoarstones Avenue into Wheatley Lane

Pendle say the works have been undertaken subject to a householder’s General Permitted Development  Rights and therefore, they do not require planning approval or notification to the Local Planning Authority.

4..2  Car park project

County Coun. Wakeford has given information regarding the Lancashire Environment Fund, however the fund does not finance car park projects, but could potentially help out with the community garden aspect of the project. The clerk has filled in an expression of interest form regarding the grant and if successful, a full application form will be sent to the council to fill in mid February.

4.3  Sleigh Ride

The event had been very successful and £900 raised, with £500 going to Pendle Forest Sports Club and £400 towards the village Christmas lights/tree project.  Couns. Newman and Goodall said there had been a very poor turn out of volunteers from the parish council and they had to enlist the help of householders to collect the money. Coun. Hall said some people had missed out giving money because there had been no house to house collection as per previous years, due to the lack of volunteers.
 Coun. Heaps asked if it was compulsory for councillors to volunteer and said the change of date had not helped. Coun. Goodall said the change of date had been made well in advance and although the help was not compulsory, as it was for the benefit of the village, it had been disappointing to see such a low turn out of parish councillors.
Coun. Heaps asked if the money towards the lights etc could go instead towards grass cutting on the bypass as money had already been put aside in the budget for the lights. It was agreed this was a good idea, but which would have to be looked into, as LCC is the body which now cuts the grass and there would be health and safety and future finance implications to take into consideration in the future.

4.4 Harpers Garden

Coun. Hall to chase up the contractor.

4.5 (ii) Hedge from Pollard Row down to the Inghamite Church

LCC say they have inspected the location and the hedge does not meet intervention levels as it does not obstruct the safe passage of footway users. They will monitor.

4.6 Christmas tree

Coun. Newman thanked Chris Nutter, Coun. Goodall and helpers from Wheatley Lane Road for helping put up the Christmas tree. Coun. Goodall advised that the batteries of lights left up on other trees be taken out to avoid damaging the power packs, Coun. Newman to organise.

4.7 Drains at St Anne’s Drive

LCC has inspected the location and five gully lids were cleared by hand and a further blocked gully cleared.

4.8 Field by the Sparrow Hawk

Pendle say they are still investigating as they are unable to trace the landowner.

4.9 Phone box by the former post office

BT has disconnected the phone box and the owner of the site is in the process of moving it up to the village hall. Coun. Heaps reported a bin had been removed from the site and the clerk to ask Pendle to re site it on the gate at the culvert.

4.9 (i) War memorial quote

Coun. Newman had not heard back from any of the firms asked for a quote. Coun. Heaps to ask her contact.

4.9 (ii) Water problem at Scout HQ

Coun. Myers said she thinks the water is coming off the field, Coun. Newman said it appeared to be a sunken drain and will dig it out.

4.9 (iii) Christmas party

This had been a great success and thanks expressed to Coun. Hall, Claire Whittam and Pam Barton for their hard work organising. Coun. Myers asked for cards to be sent out and the clerk to organise.

5  Reports from outside bodies


6 Correspondence

Clerk’s Direct passed on to members via the round robin.

7.  Planning

16/0733/FUL – creation of fish passage in water course at Old Laund Weir – no objections.

Planning appeal: Rigg of England Farm, Heights Lane, change of use of existing educational farm building to dwelling house and insert additional windows and rooflights, inspectorate ref: App/E2340/W/17/3188312., local authority appeal ref: 17/0301/Ful – the applicant has appealed to the Secretary of State against the council’s refusal of the application.

17/0672/Ful – outline: major: extension to industrial land to accommodate up to 10 industrial units with open space, access roads, landscaping, infrastructure with means of access off Churchill Way, Nelson, at land to the south west of Churchill Way, Briefield. Coun. Heaps asked  why the parish council had not organised a public meeting or made any comment , especially in light of the fact that the land is to be compulsory purchased by Pendle.

Coun. Newman said he had voiced his concerns through his role as Pendle councilor. He said this was stage one which would not be visible to the village and which had funding. Stage 2, which has no funding currently may be visible to the village.

It was agreed that as the application has not yet gone to Pendle’s planning committee, the parish council would express concern to Pendle over the compulsory purchase and also point out that it was on greenbelt land and that there are already several vacant industrial units available on site.

The clerk to pass on the parish council’s concerns. The clerk said the parish council’s role in dealing with planning applications is to comment on them and pass on to Pendle, the parish council does not have authority to make any decisions. As many applications are made between meetings, the role of Coun. Heaps was to colloate and pass on application details to fellow councillors for comment and if the applications are out of meeting times, send on the comments to the clerk, to pass on to Pendle before the application deadline.

8. Finance

Paid in: £400 – sleigh ride donations.
£342 – transparency grant.

Authorised payments were made to:


£334.62 Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.
£99-   D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...
£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution..


£326.62 Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.
£126-   D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...
£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution..
£50 – LCC – play area rent.
£130 – D. Hall for Christmas party.
£33.47 – B. Newman for new Christmas lights and printing of chairman’s leaflets.
£50 – C. Whittam – website renewal

Coun. Heaps asked for a further copy of the financial standing orders, the clerk to forward a copy. She questioned the financial review and the clerk advised that this would take place at the AGM if one was felt necessary by all councillors.

The annual rent for Pendle Forest Sports Club was reviewed and it was agreed to be increased by the consumer price index as agreed when the lease was renewed.

9. Any other business

Coun. Heaps said residents had approached her over concerns that trees with TPO’s are being allowed to be chopped down by Pendle. The clerk to check if the rules have been relaxed.  Coun. Heaps said a tree had been taken down at Slate Age and an oak replacement to be put at a suitable site in the village.

Coun. Heaps reported an overhanging tree on the bypass, the clerk to report to LCC.

Coun. Hargreaves asked for more dog fouling signs to be put up. The clerk said stickers are now used and she would ask Pendle for some.

A bin has been left on the pavement at Harpers Lane after a lamppost was removed. The clerk to ask Pendle to re site.

Coun. Hall asked if a temporary advertising sign promoting village events could be sited at both ends of the village. The clerk to ask LCC for its input.

The RBL in Nelson has pulled out of the poppy appeal , but will still lead the Remembrance Day service, new service sheets were passed to Coun. Newman.

10  Date of next meeting

March 5th at 7 p.m. in Fence Village Hall. It was agreed by all councillors present that the AGM be moved to May 14th to allow for the elections and internal audit.