Parish Council - Minutes July 2018









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

1. Apologies for absence

Coun. G. Cropper

2. Declaration of interests

None. Coun. Farrow was officially co-opted onto the council and the relevant paperwork completed.

3. Questions from residents

Mr E. Nutter said there had been a power cut again last Sunday in the Harpers Lane area. The council had written to Electricity North West last month following concerns of frequent power cuts and had been given a comprehensive update as to why the power cuts had happened, all being individual cases. It was agreed to monitor the situation.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted, with the minor amendment in item 3, when it should read grate and not gate.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4.1 Grate missing at Cuckstool Lane

LCC say they are aware of this and have placed a warning cone in the drain. A grate will be provided when resources are available. The parish council has done it all it can with this issue and it has now been passed to County Coun. Wakeford to chase up, with the complainant informed of progress.

4..2 Car park project

A bid has been made to Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee and a decision is expected this week.

4.3 Harpers Garden

Work to be finished this week including levelling off, adding top soil and providing a disabled ramp.

4.4 War memorial quote

Coun. Hall to organise the work.

4.5 Data Protection Act

All the information has been circulated to councillors and added to the website.

4.6 Flower show

A meeting had been held before the parish council meeting and plans for the show had been discussed. A final meeting to be held late July before the show on August 4th.

4.7 Former telephone box

This has now been placed at the side of the village hall and will be utilised as a book club..

4.8 Play area

Coun. Newman had put up notices asking people to respect residents parking. The picnic shed is to be secured in the ground before the play inspection and Coun. Newman has weed killed the banking and PDS Landscapes is to use the specialist weed killer for around the play equipment. Fence United had made remedial repairs to their noticeboard. Coun. Myers had visited the play area on several occasions to see if there was any anti social behaviour and all was quiet.

4.9 Bus shelter noticeboard

This has been repaired.

5 Reports from outside bodies


6 Correspondence

Clerk’s Direct passed to Coun. Hall.

7. Planning

18/0410/HHO – erection of first floor extension to side with balcony at 17 Millbrook, Fence – no objections.

18/0423/HHO – erection of first floor extension to rear with balcony at 7 Wheatcroft – no objections.

8. Finance

£500 received from Pendle Forest Sports Club for annual rent.

Authorised payments were made to:

£316 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

£85.50- D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...

£38.58 – Clerk’s pension contribution...

£63.53– B. Newman, sign money, weed killer and repairs to signs.

£150 – PDS Landscaping for April/May cuts for play area and village hall area.

£90 – M. Bideau for repairs to noticeboard.

9. Any other business

Coun. Hall said there had been more problems of speed on the bypass. Residents urged to contact County Coun. Wakeford with concerns as more complaints, the quicker the problem will be resolved.

Coun. Newman to ask the lengthsman to look at a latch problem in the walk way through to the school.

Coun. Farrow said there were a lot of anti social behaviour problems going on at night down at Pendle Forest Sports Club and the officials are looking at installing a electronically controlled gate. Councillors advised the club to apply to the Police Commssioner’s Fund for grant aid.

Coun. Newman to report street lamps out on the bypass.

10 Date of next meeting

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