To be held in the Village Hall on the 5th February 2018 at 7.30pm
1. Apologies and approval of absences
Apologies for absence were received and approved from G Cannon.
2. To receive declarations of interest
3. To resolve that the Minutes of the last meeting held 8th January 2018 and the Minutes of the Annual Finance Meeting held 22nd January 2018 are a correct record.
The Minutes of the last meeting were approved as a correct record.
4. Matters arising
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5. Residents’ Issues
Two village residents attended and spoke to the Council of their concerns around the planning application for development behind St Michael & All Angels Church. Councillors confirmed that the Council had objected to the initial plans for access and that there had been some amendments. G Waugh notified the residents present that the development was on the Planning Meeting Agenda for 8th March 2018. The residents have received a notice to quit the rented garages on the site by 31st December 2018 and G Waugh advised that they contact the appointed PBC Case Officer to discuss matters.
Councillor Nicholson read news from the Church that it is proposed to form a new path by the garage site where the current route has been muddy for many years.
Correspondence has been received from residents concerned about speeding traffic through the village. The Council understand that the Police will provide training for residents to monitor roads with hand held cameras, but that after training they would be required to monitor areas outside their own village, which might not appeal to some. A mobile Police camera van has been visible outside the village shops recently.
Regarding the caravan parked on Skipton Old Road. Although this is creating parking problems for residents, the Council have been advised that providing it moves regularly and isn’t being lived in, no highway regulations are being broken as it isn’t on the highway.
A complaint had been received about noise and vibration at the development on Warehouse Lane during pile driving. The contractors are looking at a different way of putting piles in. M Howson reported wagons mounting the pavement on Warehouse Lane and LCC will be notified.
It was proposed and resolved that in future, Residents’ Issues would be moved up the Agenda and be discussed after Matters Arising.
6. To receive an update on issues discussed at the last meeting
B Whitfield read correspondence received from Mr D Harrison to confirm he wishes to continue his tenancy. Clerk to acknowledge and thank Mr Harrison for keeping them informed.
Correspondence has been received from several people on the waiting list who have enquired about the length of the list and whether the Council were aware of uncultivated plots. The residents have been contacted and reassured that the Council are being proactive in monitoring cultivation of the plots.
Permission has been given to an allotment holder to trim a sycamore tree on his plot.
The Council agreed that they were generally pleased with progress on the allotments as a whole and that they were much improved from previous years.
A new project was proposed and resolved to improve the parking area at the top of the allotments now that Electricity NW have cleared some of the trees in that area. The surface needs to be improved and one small willow removed.
b. Foulridge Cricket Club Lease –
The Council are awaiting a response from FCC. FCC requested a longer lease than that offered to enable them to access grant funding and the Council asked for examples as evidence of this. The water meter was discussed at the meeting with FCC and they agreed they should know how much is used. It was resolved to request/purchase a water meter for the Cricket Club.
c. Horticulture –
The meeting approved the planting of a cherry tree in memory of Ivan Marriott – £100 budget. To be placed on the top green by Noyna Road.
The purchase of wood for the new flower boxes was approved. T Clark is researching prices. The Handyman has tidied up the 4 Elephants planters and tidied up round fisherman’s parking area.
d. Area champions – G Cannon not present – No report
e. Calendar & Newsletter –
J Storey uncertain whether to produce a calendar for 2019. The meeting felt the calendar had been well received, had made a profit and they would like her to go ahead with a new one for 2019. To be considered further. Councillor Nicholson reported that the Church had held off on creating their own this year as they expected a Council one to be circulated. The Newsletter has been delivered. The next Spring Edition will include details of the precept for 2018/19 and a report of Council activity throughout the year and an outline of the responsibilities of the Parish Council.
A new project was proposed by Councillor Storey to hold regular Coffee mornings at the Village Hall for all residents. This was approved and several councillors agreed to volunteer their help.
f. Bus Shelter advertising
The two prospective advertisers are preparing their posters. The shelters look dirty and some of this is traffic grime but the Perspex is also badly worn and scratched. The Council agreed B Whitfield should investigate prices of new Perspex with a view to replacement.
g. Defibrillator training
Still waiting details from Clr Joe Clooney re training.
The Council understand that use of the new defibrillator had been requested over Christmas though it wasn’t ultimately necessary.
7. Pendle Council Issues
G Waugh re Pendle Council issues:
G Waugh noted the new FPC precept. The Council were alerted to the fact that PBC Horticultural funding may not be available next year. A planning application is in process for Keighley Road area adjacent to Foulridge Parish which is claiming some green field land as infill.
Councillor D Whipp re LCC issues:
Councillor Whipp updated the Council on progress to remedy the state of the roads in the area. Cocker Hill flooding has been a problem for many months. Residents have tried rodding the drains to no avail. They notified LCC re a root in the drain but LCC maintain that the drain is running. A JCB has apparently broken down a fence and gouged out the road in an attempt to clear the flooding but this hasn’t been effective.
Other problem areas include Warehouse Lane at the junction of Barnoldswick road; Skipton New Road has had some potholes filled but many still remain. The road from Accornlee to Kelbrook is included in the plan for treatment. Skipton Old Road has had some patching. Old Stone Trough Lane and Standing Stone Lane from Hill Top to Gisburn Track were due to be permanently patched in January and this has been cancelled. D Whipp is trying to establish the situation.
Cob Lane is due for patching at the end of February and is assumed this will extend to Teddy Carr Lane. There is an issue on the A56 with ironwork clanking, the one near 4 elephants being particularly noisy. D Whipp has received a message from LCC to say it’s below their intervention level and may belong to BT. A new policy on the treatable size of potholes was discussed last Thursday at Cabinet meeting and is to be considered by the Scrutiny Committee.
The culvert opposite the church entrance is being monitored. The Council agreed that D Whipp may remove some of the pebbles that are building up against the grill. There was a query about whether the culvert is gate being kept locked as if left unlocked this is a danger to children. D. Whipp will investigate.
a. Balance of accounts
The balance in the current account is £17230.70
The balance in the deposit/savings account is £9619.04
The balance in the Noyna Publishing Account is £3325.20
b. Authorisation of payments –
The payments as per the payment schedule were approved with the addition of a cheque to make the previously resolved donation to Canal & River Trust , a cheque for to the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of former Parish Council Clerk Mrs Betty Taylor who passed away last week and a refund to Councillor Nicholson for her expenses to refurbish chairs at the village hall.
Payment Schedule 5th February 2018
|Refund G Cannon Litterpickers x3||19/01/2018||50.00||1199||47|
|Refund H Nicholson Xmas Party Expenses||13/01/2018||44.00||1198||35|
|S Burnett, Salary Month 10||31/01/2018||260.70||BACS||29||35.00|
|D Cocker Salary Month 10||31/01/2018||296.71||BACS||27||74.20|
|Refund D Cocker booked & paid LALC Training – Clerk + 2 Councillors||05/02/2018||75.00||BACS||49|
|Hire of Skip & Filling J O’Hara||05/02/2018||(Was 280)230.00||BACS||32||Amended invoice reqst. & rec’d|
|Eon Cricket Pavillion Elec||05/02/2018||29.64||BACS||38|
|North Star Printing||05/02/2018||92.45||BACS||48|
|Donation to Canal & Rivers Trust||05/02/2018||100.00||1107|
|Donation to Alzheimer’s Soc in memory of the late Mrs B Taylor, former Clerk to the Council||05/02/2018||25.00||1106|
|Refund H Nicholson fabric to recover VH Chairs & Travel||05/02/2018||41.20||1108|
c. Banking issues
The Noyna Publishing Account has not been used for some time and has no purpose as a separate account. The authorised signatories are out of date on the mandate. It was resolved that the clerk would contact G Cannon current councillor and J Killeen former Clerk, to arrange for the account to be closed and the funds transferred to the Parish Council current account.
9. New items for consideration
a. In the MUGA to raise the path between the play equipment and Archery Ave so it no longer has standing water at wet times and is not always slippy with a coating of mud. Length about 7 metres, Further research and costing approved.
b. To buy and fit a new horizontal timber bar over basket swing on MUGA (old one becoming rotten). Approved subject to costing.
c. To buy and plant crocuses on village green. – Approved and to place more crocuses on the top green and other areas.
d. To erect a new recycled plastic bench at the end of stone “jetty” on Lake Burwain. Approved subject to costing.
e. Community Garden – Progress and future plans – The contractor had had more difficulty than he expected removing waste from the site and the Council agreed to an additional payment to cover extra labour costs.
f. To confirm as previously discussed a Donation to Canal and River Trust. Approved. T Clark will deliver cheque.
g. Replacement of the ragged cenotaph flag – Approved subject to costing.
10. Xmas Tree.
The Council discussed whether an artificial or potted tree would be cheaper in the long term. The Councillors had mixed views and felt residents’ opinions should be sought.
11. To consider and agree on work for the handyman-
Preservation and repair of noticeboard at the Village Hall is underway.
12. To consider applications to Planning & Highways –
Weekly lists circulated prior to meeting.
13. Any other business –
Councillor Storey asked the Council to consider holding a Village Hall Antiques Roadshow. The events are usually popular, it may raise funds and it might be possible to attract a celebrity antique dealer. The proposal was agreed, J Storey will make enquiries.
Date and time of the next meeting – Monday 5th March 2018 at 7.30
Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact Deborah Cocker on 01282 867474 prior to the meeting if you wish to speak on a particular topic.