Parish Council - Minutes June 2018  










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Present: Couns B. Newman, N.Goodall, J. Myers,, D. Hall, P. Shaw, I Hargreaves, G. Cropper, County Coun. C. Wakeford and three members of the public.

1. Apologies for absence


2. Declaration of interests


3. Questions from residents

Mr R. Burnett asked regarding the amount of cuts for the grass cutting on the bypass. Coun. Wakeford said that rural areas generally receive two cuts a year, but as the bypass is a high speed road, it had been agreed that four cuts be made. As LCC only cut a single strip, it was agreed to employ a private contractor to carry out 5 cuts a year from May to September at a cost of £75 per cut to take in the entrances to the village. Coun. Wakeford will provide details of county cutting so not to clash with the private contractor.

Mr Burnett asked for an update re the speeding problems on the bypass. The clerk said County Couns. Iddon and Fillis had supported the parish council’s calls for speed cameras. Coun. Wakeford said the council were looking at a full speed survey and the concerns would also go to the traffic liaison office. He said a case is slowly being built up for safety measures, but as with Blacko, this may take several years to achieve.

Mr E. Nutter asked for an update regarding the broken gate on Cuckstool Lane. This had been reported to county at the last meeting. Coun. Wakeford said it takes 21 working days for a response.

4 Minutes of the last meeting

These were accepted.

4. Matters arising from minutes

4.1 Electricity cut out problems

Electricity North West had investigated re concerns of power supply failures in Harpers Lane over the last few months. They said the cuts were due to a number of problems rather than one major problem and they would monitor. The information has been passed on to Mr Hutchinson who first raised the complaint.

4..2 Car park project

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

4.3 Harpers Garden

Work has still to be finished. Coun. Newman to inspect and arrange for a disabled entrance to be made if possible.

4.4 War memorial quote

Coun. Hall to organise the work.

4.5 Data Protection Act

The council has registered with the Information Commissioners’ Office. Data protection policies have been circulated to all councillors and formally agreed. The information will now go on the council website.

4.6 Roaming dog problem

Coun. Newman said progress is being made by Pendle to resolve this problem.

4.7 Flower show

Claire Whittham, Diane Hall and Roz Stuttard had agreed to help organise the show. Coun. Myers to call a meeting to discuss.

5 Reports from outside bodies

Coun. Newman said the former telephone box is to be moved to the village hall in the next week and bolted down. It is to be used by the village hall committee for a book swap when the library is closed.

6 Correspondence

A letter re the public rights of way delivery scheme was received. The council does not wish to join the scheme.

Information re a national rural crime survey was received. Also a report on Pendle’s scrutiny and overview committee.

7. Planning

18/0359/Fil – 3 Pendleside – erection of single storey industrial building at 3 Pendleside for ADPAK Machinery – Coun. Newman declared an interest, no comments.

18/0327/HHO – erection of part single, part double storey extension to rear and two storey extension to side of 280-282 Wheatley Lane Road – no comments.

18/0326 – variation of conditions on plans, drainage and landscaping at Rigg of England Farm – no comments.

8. Finance

Authorised payments were made to:

£316.75 - Rebecca Hay, clerk's salary and expenses.

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

£38.58 – Clerk’s pension contribution..

£35 – Information Commissioners Office for data protection registration.

£21 – B. Newman, lock for play area gate.

£239.94 – D Hall for plants for planters.

£254 – PDS Landscaping for April/May cuts for play area and village hall area.

An annual rent of £500 for the next 3 years has been agreed with Pendle Forest Sports Club.

9. Any other business

Coun. Newman said there had been complaints of teenagers climbing on the roof of a picnic hut in the play area and whether it was safe. Coun. Myers to talk to the teenagers and the hut to be concreted in.

Also the area to be weed killed and Fence United again asked to repair their noticeboard.

Coun. Goodall reported a broken screen in the noticeboard in Wheatley Lane Road. The contractor to contact Coun. Newman to arrange repair.

Coun. Shaw reported problems of badly parked cars blocking Old Laund Street for residents. This is due to more people using the play area in the good weather. Coun. Newman to discuss with PC Dibbs.

An offer of help re the Remembrance Day service had come in, but it was agreed to leave as in previous years and add on a special section to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. New Information on ordering poppy wreaths was passed to Mr E. Nutter.

10 Date of next meeting

July 2nd in Fence Village Hall at 7 p.m.