Cllrs Calnan, Panton,
Mercer and Jackson, Clerk D. Hancock, Mrs S. Harrison, Cllr James and two
members of the Parish.
Cllr Calnan welcomed
everybody and presented her report.
YEALAND CONYERS PARISH COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT 2012 –2013
A summary of Parish
Council business for the year 2012 –2013.
There were six Parish
Council meetings including the Annual Parish Council meeting and one open
After discussion of
the Parish Council’s financial commitments at a time of rising costs, the
council decided to raise the precept for the year 2013/2014 by £480 in order to
cover the extra costs which will be incurred in employing a new clerk, extra
summer village maintenance, [as a positive response to complaints regarding the
overall village untidiness] and the addition of a new formula for council tax.
The precept for
2013/2014 is £1860.
The Parish Clerk
presented the accounts for the year 2012–2013. Mr, George Heaton kindly acted as
the internal auditor.
Yealand Conyers Parish
Council takes planning applications very seriously. Councillors individually
scrutinise each application. Time is given at council meetings for applicants /
objectors to discuss any submitted plans.
brought before the council this year are as follows –
12/00426/CU - Leighton
Hall - redevelopment of the existing Home Farm Complex including conversion,
extensions and new build to 19 self catering holiday units with associated
parking and landscaping. This was granted with the provisos that the
construction traffic would be confined to the hours of 7am - 5pm and that the
conditions of the 106-travel agreement would be assured. It was also agreed with
the developers that when construction commenced the council would discuss the
possibility of ongoing help in maintaining the village environment.
The application was
passed with the agreement that £28,000 would be put to support the local bus
service for the next 4 years and that construction traffic would be limited to
the hours of the working day.
12/00416/CU – Yealand
Manor – change of use of upper storey of coach house to ancillary residential
There were no
objections to this application.
12/00439/FUL – The
Sheiling, Church Lane. Erection of a two-storey extension to the side and a
two-storey extension to the rear.
This application was
withdrawn and submitted later with suggested amendments made.
resubmission of the above made.
The Council supported
11/00727/ FUL – 53
Yealand Road. Conversion and alteration to an existing garage to create a granny
The council did not
support this application.
This application was
12/01041/FUL – new
industrial unit on the A6 owned by Rogerson.
The Council did not
oppose this application but conveyed to the city planners some misgivings about
possible further expansion.
The Council’s web site
continues to be updated. Minutes of Council business are routinely place on
the council notice board in the village by the ‘Old School’. Items of interest
or urgency are mentioned in the village newsletter.
Due to the resignation of the Council’s
present clerk, Mrs Dawn Hancock an advertisement and interviews for a new clerk
have taken place. Mrs. Susie Harrison will take up the position in May 2013.
Dispensation was sought for Councillors to
discuss financial matters.
All the Councillors have filled in forms
identifying Councillors’ interests.
The Council formally adopted the Code of
An open meeting was
convened to enable all parishioners to hear from the developers regarding the
proposal for the Leighton Hall development. Two representatives of
‘Natural Retreats’ came to the meeting, which was well attended.
Jubilee mugs were
given to children of pre-school and primary school children living in the
parish. The mugs were well received.
A member of the fire service visited
Yealand Council to talk about a proposed fire safety initiative. Information
regarding this was placed in the village newsletter.
The Council continues
to employ a lengthsman during the year to oversee the tidiness of the village.
Although the village
was not a winner in the ‘Best Kept Village’ competition this year parishioners
had made special efforts to make the village look attractive.
It was decided not to
enter the competition in 2013 but wait until the new maintenance arrangements
enhance the tidiness of the village.
Due to the very wet
summer of 2012 it proved an impossible task for one person to keep the village
roadside and paths weed free. As a consequence the Council have investigated
ways of tidying and maintaining tidiness of the village, especially during the
Up to date the
following has been carried out -
- Continuing to employ a Lengthsman.
- Agreeing with the High Ways Department to clear
the overgrown verge at the top of Dykes Lane.
- Asking ‘Community Pay Back Scheme’ to clear weeds
along Yealand Road.
Together with some parishioners the future
installation of super broadband is being monitored. Appropriate agencies have
The police continue to
monitor traffic speed through the village.
20-mph signs have been
erected outside Yealand Primary School.
Keer Bridge Recycling Depot
This has remained open. The Council
continues to monitor if there are any possible changes to this.
The village is patrolled regularly in order
to deter anti-social behaviour and inconsiderate driving.
A crime report is given to every Parish
During the past 12 months there has been
some minor criminal activity in the village. Stealing of property, e.g.,
purse/wallet and laptop, damage to car tyres, a burglary, theft of an electric
fence energiser, an attempted burglary to stables, an incident when ball bearing
guns were used.
Council representation is made at the
A.N.O.B. and Canal Trust meetings. The Council is a member of L.A.P.C.
(Lancashire Association of Parish Councils).
As Chair of Yealand Conyers Parish Council,
I wish to thank Mrs. Dawn Hancock for being a super efficient and reliable
clerk, Alan White for his hard work keeping the web site up to date, John Holmes
for being our valued lengthsman and Mr. George Heaton for voluntarily
undertaking to be Council internal auditor.
Finally, I wish to thank my fellow
councillors for their forbearance, hard work and support.
Maureen Calnan. Chair of Yealand Conyers
The Clerk presented a
report of Accounts 2012-2013
This year we brought
forward a balance of £538.02. We raised the Precept to £1300. Our total income
The expenditure was
£1599.06 leaving a balance of £315.13. We spent more on the Lengthsman than the
previous year. There has been a small increase in the LALC fee but otherwise
other outgoings have remained the same.
The Parish Council
have reviewed the Precept for 2013-2014. The appointment of a new Clerk will
entail training costs, an increase in office and travel expenses, and payment
for 2.5 hours work per week rather than 1.5.
The Council would also
envisage spending more money on maintenance of the village. Therefore the
precept has been raised to £1860.
There was some
discussion on the way forward to improve the tidiness of the village. Cllr
Panton felt that she was not in a position to monitor the whole village,
although it was agreed that the Lengthsman needed guidance on which jobs needed
attention each month. It was agreed that the Chair, Clerk and Cllr Panton would
meet to discuss a work plan. The Lengthsman from Silverdale would be asked to
quote of removal of weeds and soil from Yealand Road.
The Parish Council
acknowledged that we do live in a rural area but attention should be paid to
undergrowth encroaching on the Highway, which limits the passage of pedestrians.
There has been no
action taken by the City Council on Dykes Lane, The Clerk will write again. She
will also write to Ian Welsby, Head of Highways expressing our disappointment on
the lack of response.
The poor state of the
road surface from Warton to Yealand Storrs is a major concern. A letter to
Highways will ask for urgent attention to be taken. In areas of poor visibility
it is impossible to see the potholes. This is a particular problem for cyclists.
Cllr James is going to ask the Cabinet Member to drive around the area with her.
Cllr Jackson asked
that the Highways Authority should be asked to inspect eroded areas on the side
of Roseacre Lane.
Members of the Parish
are pleased that prompt action was taken over salting the roads last winter.
Cllr Mercer enquired
whether work had started at Leighton Hall. The Clerk confirmed that work was due
to start in June 2013