Parish Council - Minutes Dec 2016










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

1. Apologies for absence

Coun Cropper and, County Coun. Wakeford.

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

A request was made for a dog bin at the bottom of Old Laund Street. The clerk to contact Pendle. A complaint re the state of the car park at the bottom of Old Laund Street was received. This is on private land and so therefore the clerk to pass to Pendle.

The clerk was asked to request a tidy up of the electricity sub station in Old Laund Street. Clarification over wheel cleaning for vehicles working at the former Panaz Mill site was given.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted.

4. Matters arising from minutes


4.1 Defibrillator casing

Coun. Goodall is in contact with an electrician and trying to resolve the problem.

4.2 Harpers Garden

Couns. Newman and Heaps to meet with Nick Riley of Groundworks.

4.3 Lane Top pruning

This has been done.

4.4 Overhanging tree opposite the school.

LCC say there are no obstructions on the highway.

4.5 Play area

Coun. Newman has met with Let’s Play to discuss the play area annual inspection and the company has agreed to repair or replace where needed under the equipment guarantee.

4.6 Road signs

LCC will look at cleaning signs if locations are reported to them via

4. 7 Gardener

The clerk has been unable to contact PDS Landscape, so a letter is to be sent confirming whether he wishes to continue with the grass cutting contract.

5 Reports from outside bodies

Coun. Newman had attended a concert in memory of former Coun. John David at St Peter’s Church in Burnley.

6 Correspondence

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s draft integrated risk management plan is out for consultation and can be found via

BT is considering removing the BT kiosk opposite Fence Gate. The parish council would object to this as school buses stop here and although many children now have mobile phones, the parish council is aware that not every child does and they feel from a safety point the box should be kept. The clerk to pass onto Pendle.

A letter was received from Pendle confirming that investigations have been ongoing since August regarding complaints of dogs barking in Wheatley Lane Road and the complainants have been kept aware of progress. Pendle’s Community Protection Co-ordinator is working with the complainant and land owner to try and resolve the problem and any one affected is asked to contact Pendle directly as the matter is now out of the parish council’s hands.

7. Planning

16/0694/FUL – formation of 31 space car park at land to the west of the community centre, Wheatley Lane Road. This plan was refused.

16/0730/FUL: Erection of one detached three bed dwelling (re-submission) at 464 Wheatley Lane Road, Fence – no objections.

16/0719/HHQ – Erection of dormer window to front roof slope at 13 Pendle Fields – no objections.

16/0749/LHE – Permitted development notification – larger homes extension – erection of a conservatory to the rear (5.1 m length, 2.4m eaves height, 3.7 m overall height) of Brown Brinks Farm, Noggarth Road.

16/0733FUL: Creation of fish passage with watercourse at Old Laund Weir, Barrowford Road – no objections.

16/0725/VAR: Varation of condition, vary condition 2 (plans) of planning permission 16/0390/REM to amend the plans of the plots 1,2,3 and 4. No objections.

Coun. Heaps said she was in consultation with Pendle’s planning over the stopping of the pink notification of planning application notices.

8. Finance

In £100 donation for Christmas tree.

Authorised payments were made to:

£298.69 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

£117 - D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...

£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution.

£180 – B. Newman, Christmas lights.

£216 – Fence Village Hall – room hire.

£350 – Newleaf Landscapes for tree pruning.

£50 – RBL – poppy wreath donation.

A budget for 2016/17 was prepared and circulated. It was agreed the precept would be £9,500, the slight increase to take into account less funding available from Pendle for administration and projects.

9. Any other business

Coun. Newman thanked Coun. Goodall for his help with the Christmas tree and lights.

Coun. Heaps said she would put planning notifications and police information in the council noticeboards.

Coun. Newman said plans are in hand to develop the bottom part of the Lomeshaye Industrial Park.

The clerk asked to report drainage problems at the corner of St Anne’s Way and Wheatley Lane Road and a problem with the main grate sinking into the road and taking away the kerbs at Woodside Cottages.

Lights out to be reported the length of Harpers Lane.

Coun. Goodall and Newman to organise this year’s Santa Sleigh Ride on December 18th at 6 p.m.

Coun. Newman is organising the over 70’s Christmas party.

Thanks were expressed to Mr A. Riley for the use of his jukebox for the Remembrance Day service.

10 Date of next meeting

February 6th at 7 p.m. Fence Village Hall. Please note, there is no meeting in January.