Parish Council - Minutes March 2019









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Present: Couns B. Newman, N. Goodall, J. Myers, I. Hargreaves, D. Hall and three members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. P. Shaw and J. Farrow

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

Messrs Andrew Clarke, Andy Thompson and Steve Nicholas attended the meeting to offer their help with village projects. This was warmly received by the councillors who are keen to get the community involved more.

Concerns were expressed over the speed of traffic in the village and especially at Pollard Row. Coun. Newman said the council had lobbied LCC many times in a bid to get traffic calming measures in the village, with no success. The parish council has installed speed warning signs in the village in a bid to make people more aware.

Mr Nicholas gave details of the Fence Charity Ball which he is organising to raise money for SPACE, a charity for vulnerable children and the parish councillors said they were happy to help publicise.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted., with the minor amendment of the addition of Coun. I Hargreaves to those present in February.

5 Matters arising from minutes

5.1 Container at 272 Wheatley Lane Road

Coun. Newman said Pendle’s planning is dealing with this.

5.2 Car park project

A site meeting is to be held this week with Pendle planning to sign the project off and agree landscaping work. Once this has been resolved, the work can start.

5.3 War memorial quote

A contractor has now been found and a quote of £150 per day plus material costs has been agreed. The contractor estimates the work will take between 5 and 7 days. This estimate is much lower than the previous one and so it was agreed to accept and ensure the work is started asap.

5.4 Lomeshaye Industrial Park

Coun. Newman said phase 2 has highlighted some problems which are being dealt with at Pendle.

5.5 Road markings at Pendle Fields and Harpers Lane

LCC say the work has been completed.

5.6 Street nameplate on Cuckstool Lane

This has been attached to the house gable end as agreed.

6 Reports from outside bodies


7 Correspondence

Clerk’s Direct received. Information re the proposed boundary changes had been emailed to all councillors.

The parish council is up for re election in May, nomination packs are available via the clerk.

8. Planning

10 Pendle Fields – erection of single storey extension to rear – no objections.

9. Finance

Authorised payments were made to:

£126 – D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses..

£326.92 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

£40.51 – Clerk’s pension contribution...

£76.12 – B. Newman for sign repairs.

£95 – J. Myers for new road safety signs.

£216.20 – I. Frankland for repairs to play area hut.

10 Any other business

Coun. Myers said the hut in the play park has now been secured as per the inspection report. Coun. Hall said the catch on the gate was still in need of changing. Coun. Newman to attend to.

Coun. Shaw is to take down the millennium clock and sort out the battery etc.

Coun. Myers asked for the tree officer to look at 2 cherry blossom trees on land off the bypass at the bottom access to Wheatley Lane Road, which may be diseased .

Coun. Newman asked for LCC to inspect dangerous trees on land outside 586 Wheatley Lane Road and remove rubbish left after a previous visit when a tree was felled.

Coun. Myers asked for a letter to be sent to Fence Gate asking that permission is sought before temporary advertising signs are erected on highways.

11 Date of next meeting

April 1st, 2019 in Fence Village Hall at 7 p.m.