Parish Council - Minutes Oct 2017










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Present: Couns B. Newman, J. Heaps, N.Goodall, J. Myers, I Hargreaves, G. Cropper and D. Hall, plus two members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. Shaw.

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

Mr Hutchinson asked the parish council for its help in arranging for BT to finish off a repair to damage to the footpath at the corner of Harpers Lane and Laund Gate. The clerk to investigate.

He also reported a missing lamppost (6) and overhanging trees at lamppost 7 on Harpers Lane. LCC has been replacing lamps and some have been taken away, which explains the missing one. Coun. Myers has tried to get the trees trimmed without success. The clerk to report the overhanging trees to LCC.

Mr Nutter asked when the white lines are to be repainted on the A6068 bypass, which is particularly dangerous at the junction of Greenhead Lane. The clerk to ask LCC.

He also has sorted out the poppy wreaths for November.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted, with the amendment to item 10 to read October 2nd.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4.1 Car park project

The LCC parish council champion has donated £800 towards the project. The clerk has been in contact with Coun. Iddon, the LCC cabinet member for highways to arrange a site visit to see if money is available from the neighbourhood priority fund.

4.2 Croft Top Lane bin

The bin is now in place.

4.3 Play area

Coun Heaps asked about the quote for work to be done to the picnic bench area. This quote was being kept in abeyance while the play area report was prepared. The report has now been completed and the picnic bench is one of the areas highlighted for minor repairs. Overall there are minor risks to certain areas. Coun. Newman to look at the report and advise if any works need doing. Concern that stones have been taken off the wall and spun on the roundabout.

4.4 Extension in St Anne’s Drive

Coun. Goodall said the extension was now not as big as first thought. This had been due to the wooden structure originally put up, but now it has been trimmed down to size.

5  Reports from outside bodies


6 Correspondence

A letter received from the Pendle Borough Council regarding the community governance review. It was agreed to write and say the parish council is happy with the parish council as it is, staying local and dealing with its own issues. Councillors feel this is the best way forward to ensure the best service for the village. Coun. Heaps said she felt that joining parishes up and working together and sharing projects may save money and time.

7.  Planning

17/0429/HHO – demolition of existing conservatory, erection of two storey side extension with mezzanine floor and new entrance – Higher Spen Farm Cottage, Noggarth Road – no objections.

Coun. Heaps expressed her concerned over Pendle’s lack of notification of planning applications, she is concerned people are not getting the chance to comment as they do not know an application has gone in and this could have an affect on the greenbelt in the future. The clerk to write to Pendle.

Councillors discussed a big hole near The Forest pub – this application is in Reedley.

8. Finance

Paid in: £800 – Parish council champion funding for car park scheme.

Authorised payments were made to:

£335.43 Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.
£171-  D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...
£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution.
£100.50– PDS Landscape for play area and village hall grass cutting
£198 – Fence Village Hall rent for meetings.
£66 – Pendle Borough Council for play area inspection.

9. Any other business

Coun. Newman said BT has marked an area around the telephone box near the old post office, so hopefully the power will soon be switched off.

Arrangements for Remembrance Sunday are underway. Coun. Newman said the lengthsman would be helping to tidy up the war memorial before the service.

Coun. Hargreaves said residents had asked if a roundabout could be put at the top of Greenhead Lane as the junction is a difficult one to negotiate. The clerk to contact LCC.

Coun. Hall asked about the sleigh ride. It was agreed that it would go ahead again and advertised on the council website and Facebook so people could vote where the proceeds should go. Envelopes are to be distributed before the event for donations.

Coun. Newman discussed a meeting re the changing of a street address planned by Pendle, which has now been dismissed.

10  Date of next meeting

November 6th at 7 p.m. in Fence Village Hall.