Parish Council - Minutes April 2017 










BB10 4RF




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

1. Apologies for absence

Couns. Myers, Hargreaves and. G. Cropper.

2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

A question was asked re the progress of work on Harpers Garden. Coun. Myers had organised a working party to tidy up and work had started on this. Mr E. Nutter was thanked for his efforts removing garden waste.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted, with an amendment to 4.2 to say Coun. Goodall had taken the casing to the electrician for repair.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4.1 Defibrillator casing

Coun. Goodall said despite the best efforts of the electrician, the casing was still not working and could not be repaired. Coun. Newman to speak to North West Ambulance representatives re a possible replacement.

4.2 Play area

Work has started on the latest project.

4.3  Gardener

Coun. Newman had contacted contractors re the additional charges for taking the cuttings away, but had received no response. He is to contact PDS Landscape to see if cutting can resume asap.

4.4  Main grate sinking and kerb problems at Woodside Cottages

Coun. Wakeford was not present at the meeting, so no official LCC advice was given re the bollards. Residents were advised to contact Coun. Wakeford or LCC for advice.

4.5 Kiosk at Wheatley Lane Road

Mr Addison has suggested the kiosk is relocated to the new development at Spring Mill. The clerk has contacted BT re ownership of the land. LCC has quoted £1,500 plus VAT to remove the kiosk, turn off the electrical supply and resurface the footway. They also say there is no guarantee the box would stay in one piece. There would be an additional charge for re-siting. Councillors agreed to await the reply from BT.

4.6 Higher Old Laund Farm

Pendle’s enforcement officer had been out and inspected the site and said the owner was undertaking some repairs to the barn roof and replacing some cracked/failed surroundings to an upper floor window. This was allowed without planning permission and appears to have come to light during surveys and inspections in preparation of the planning application.

4.7 Missing bins

The clerk to check with Pendle re missing bins or ones not on posts at Noggarth Road, Wheatley Close, Forrest Avenue and Heights Lane.

4.8 Sign down on bypass

LCC has collected this sign.

5  Reports from outside bodies

A bid is to be made to Barrowford and Western Parishes Committee for a capital grant of £6,800 to extend the car park at the back of the village hall to alleviate parking problems on Wheatley Lane Road and to protect children going to and from school due to the current parking problems on Wheatley Lane Road.

6 Correspondence

School budget cut details in Pendle were received.

7.  Planning

17/0150/Var proposal: Full: Major: Variation of Condition: Vary condition 2 of planning permission 16/0390/REM to amend plans at former Spring Mill, Wheatley Lane Road – no objections.

8. Finance

In: £500 – Pendle Forest Sports Club rent
£750 – donation from village hall committee towards Christmas party.

Authorised payments were made to:

£299.41  - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.
£202.80-  D. Halstead, lengthsman's salary and expenses...
£31.62 – Clerk’s pension contribution.
£30 – J. Barritt, internal auditor

LCC had written to say the new employer contribution rate for the clerk is 15.9 %

9. Any other business

Mr Pickles who repairs the signs had asked if there was a budget for the repairs, councillors happy to fund repairs as needed.

The clerk to check with Pendle’s enforcement officer re a building which has appeared at The Forest.

10  Date of next meeting

May 8th, 7-15 p.m., preceded by the AGM at 7 p.m. in Fence Village Hall.