Parish Council - Minutes Feb 2019










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Present: Couns B. Newman, J. Myers, P. Shaw, J. Farrow, D. Hall and one member of the public.

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. N. Goodall.

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

Mr E. Nutter asked whether the council would be employing a private contractor if the snow gets bad on the top road into the village. Coun. Newman said the removal of snow is the responsibility of LCC.

Mr Nutter also asked re the repairing of a bench in Old Laund Street play area. Coun. Newman said this was in hand..

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted., with the minor amendment in item 3 which should read Mr C. Stubbs asked for an update on the container.

5 Matters arising from minutes

5.1 Container at 272 Wheatley Lane Road

Coun. Newman said there had been several concerns expressed about the container and as a result, Pendle Borough Council is to hold a site visit.

5.2 Dual Bins

Pendle had been asked to move the Cuckstool Lane bin to the junction of Greenhead Lane and the bypass to allow users of both access. This has been done.

5.3 Car park project

As part of the condition for planning permission, bike racks are required and the council has secured funding through Pendle Borough Council for this. Also a landscaping scheme has to be agreed with Pendle planning, before the car park is dug out. It was agreed that Coun. Newman would discuss with planning the possibility of finishing the car park just infront of the current line of trees and ask if this would be adequate. If any further landscaping is needed, it was suggested hedging could be put in and this could be supplied through the Woodland Trust’s community scheme.

5.4 War memorial quote

The original contractor has now left the village. Coun. Newman has sought a new contractor and Coun. Myers is to obtain a second quote.

5.5 Santa Dash

Concern was expressed that the proceeds of the Santa Dash were all given to Colne Rotary Club, with nothing going back into the village. It was agreed to discuss December’s dash earlier in the year.

5.6 Lomeshaye Industrial Park

Coun. Newman said this scheme was now back with Pendle being assessed by planning officers.

5.7 Proposed diversion of public footpath 38 at The Fence Lodge

Councillors have no objections in light of the fact that an accessible footpath has been provided.

6 Reports from outside bodies


7 Correspondence

A request from Pendle to subsidise free swimming for children from the primary school was rejected.

Details of the proposed changing of hours at the Lancashire Waste Recycling Centre were received.

Barrowford Town Council has published its proposed neighbourhood plan for consultation.

Coun. Gemma Cropper has tendered her resignation from the council due to work commitments.

8. Planning

Erection of two storey extension to side (North East) elevation and external staircase for use classes B8 (storage and distribution) and B1 a (offices) and formation of parking bays and access off Churchill Way – 4 Pendleside, Fence – Richard Wellock and Son – no objections.

18/0877 – full demolition of garage and erection of 2 storey dwelling at 26 Pendle Fields – no objections.

9. Finance

Authorised payments were made to:


£320 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

£94.50 D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...

£40.51 – Clerk’s pension contribution...

£35 – J. Barritt – PAYE.

£7.98 – HMRC


£50 – LCC rent for Old Laund Street play area.

£207.99 – D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses..

£314.12 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

£40.51 – Clerk’s pension contribution...

£57.19 – C. Whittam, website domain renewal.

£68.88 – B. Newman for sign and Christmas lights materials.

£126.20 – D. Hall for raffle prizes, wine and plants for Christmas party.

Following last month’s discussion under Part 2, it was agreed to keep the precept at the same as 2018/19 at £14,850.

10 Any other business

Coun. Newman said the over 70’s Christmas party had been a great success and thanks to Coun. Hall and her helpers for their hard work.

Coun. Newman said the Nifty Fifty group in the village had volunteered to work on Harpers Garden.

Coun. Newman raised concerns over lack of markings at Pendle Fields onto Wheatley Lane Road and at Harpers Lane which is causing traffic to pull straight out. The clerk to report to LCC.

Coun. Myers said she had received a complaint over the collection of bin bags at houses in Wheatley Lane Road who do not have bins due to the narrow access. Coun. Newman said there is assistance available from Pendle if required.

Coun. Newman had raised the problem of a stray dog fouling the pavements and being aggressive. Pendle’s dog warden to investigate.

Coun. Myers expressed concern over a petting service licence which had been awarded to a kennel in the village. Coun. Newman said this is being reviewed by Pendle.

Coun. Hall raised the question of empty properties in the village. The clerk said a new ruling where habitable empty properties are charged double council tax is to be started soon.

Coun. Newman asked Coun. Myers to seek permission from a householder to place a street sign on the gable wall as the posts are rotten.

Coun. Hargreaves to report a gas leak.

11 Date of next meeting

March 4th, 2019 in Fence Village Hall at 7 p.m.