Chair Hancock, Cllr’s Panton,
Jackson, Alan Tyldesley, Clerk for Yealand Redmayne Sue Brown, Clerk S.
Cllr Heaton, Graham, James.
Cllr Hancock welcomed everybody
and presented her report.
Alan Tyldesley asked the Chair
if she had any update as to when the village was due to get super fast
Julia Watts from BT stressed in
her email To Chair Hancock that this area is very high priority for Lancashire
County Council. BT believes they know how to efficiently and economically
deliver fibre to this area.
In terms of funding they have
two plans, one is to work to free up additional funding through generally making
savings in the contract to push coverage further. Secondly, BT have secured
additional funding for Lancashire for around £8m. BT need to go through a
procurement exercise but it means that if BT wins this funding they can extend
the existing roll out plan. This will take longer but it is definitely happening
and moving forward.
YEALAND CONYERS PARISH COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT 2013 -2014
Dispensation was sought for
Councillor’s to discuss financial matters.
Chair Hancock presented the
This has been a year of changes
for the Parish Council. Two of our Councillors, Cllr’s Calnan and Cllr Butler
have resigned, and Mrs Norma Heaton and myself, Mrs Dawn Hancock have been
co-opted onto the Council. I thank them for their for their contribution,
especially Cllr Calnan who continues was Chair for longer than she had planned.
Cllr Mercer has missed some meetings due to ill health and we wish her well.
A new Clerk Mrs Susie Harrison
has been appointed. The Council will continue to support her in her new job.
It has been a quiet year for
Planning Applications. All Applications have been considered.
The erection of a new industrial
unit at Rogerson’s, Tarnwater, Milnthorpe Road is still under consideration. We
have continued to liaise with the AONB.
All Planning Applications are
now paperless. Consideration will have to be given as to the best way to
consider Planning Applications. Further advice will be sought from the City
We continue to work with our
‘local heroine’ Mrs Christine White in obtaining super fast broadband for the
Parish. Unfortunately we have not been able to obtain a definite start date from
B.T. Therefore, l as Chair, will be looking at other options such as the BAYS
proposal. Their plan is to lay fibres through the Parish, so we need to be
involved. We have ascertained that there is a wish to improve speeds to the
The Lengthsman works to keep the
village tidy. We ask if residents can draw attention to any particular areas
that require attention. We also hope to re engage Community Payback to clear
weeds and vegetation from Yealand Road. Residents are asked to maintain their
It is hoped to pursue the idea
of setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. It is hoped that we all follow up
any suspicious activities. However the scheme would allow information to be fed
to the village newsletter and website. A formal Neighbourhood Watch scheme can
mean a reduction in household insurance premiums.
It has not been appropriate to
use a SPID device within the Parish because there are no suitable and safe
places to erect one. However there is now a 20mph speed limit near the school.
This is enforceable when children are going to and leaving school.
It was necessary to raise the
precept in 2013 in order to cover employment costs and provide training for the
Clerk. It has been necessary to raise the Precept again for this financial year.
It should be expected that further training and support will be necessary for
both Councillors and Clerk, in order that the Parish Council can truly represent
the needs of the Parish.
Dawn Hancock Chair of Yealand
Conyers Parish Council.
Planning matters brought before
the council this year are as follows:
Erection of a 70 metre high wind
turbine at Greenland’s Farm, Tewitfield.
Erection of a 100kw wind turbine
at Burton Services.
Yealand Conyers Parish Council
opposed this application.
This was passed by Lancaster
Demolition of a section of wall
to curtilage of listed building to form a pedestrian gateway and partial
demolition of an outbuilding beyond curtilage in a conservation area to improve
vehicle access and sight lines.
The Cllr’s approved the plans.
Lancashire County Council
Property Group applied for planning permission to build a new store and covered
seating area at Yealand C of E School.
The Cllr’s were all in agreement
about the proposed planning.
Bank Barn, Yealand Conyers.
Erection of greenhouse at the
rear of the property.
Erection of a new industrial
unit – pursuant to condition 5 on application no
Sunningdale, Milnthorpe Road,
Retrospective application for
conversion of outbuilding to accommodation.
The precept for 2014/2015 is
£2000 + £80 (allowance for council tax)
The Clerk presented a report of
Accounts 2013 – 2014.
Accounts 2013 – 2014
This year we brought forward a
deficit of £9.54.
The Bank Reconciliation 2013 –
-£44.63 LALC fee
-£65.00 Thirsk Payrole Services
We spent more money than planned
because of unexpected payments for computer upgrade and room hire invoices. Due
to new management at the Quaker Old School the invoice for the year’s room hire
was presented twice within this financial year.
Expenditure next year will have
to cover future courses for the Clerk.
The Cllr’s decided to close the
Deposit Acct with Santander due to the low interest rate. There have been
changes to the Banking rules which means that our Account is now a view only
Account, thus it has become very difficult to move money between Accounts.
Due to the changes in the PAYE
system it was decided by the Cllr’s for Thirsk Payrole Services to undertake
this work which resulted in a £65 charge.
Other payments were similar to
Careful controls will be
necessary in order to carefully consider how money is spent in the next
The Parish Council have reviewed
the Precept for 2013 – 2014 and decided to increase the Precept to £2000 with
£80 added to cover for the council tax support. The Parish Council may have to
employ contractors to clear the vegetation and undergrowth on Dykes Lane
Mr George Heaton kindly acted as
the internal auditor.
Chair Hancock spoke of how we
must keep a tight control on expenditure this financial year. The Clerk needs to
be able to view the bank statements online and Chair Hancock was going to
enquire whether this would be possible.
The Precept for Conyers is
fairly small and a large amount of it goes on the Clerk’s wages and the
insurance. The Cllr’s said there was little that could be done to change this
unless Parishioners were asked to pay more.
Cllr Panton asked the Chair
whether the donation to AONB could be reduced for this financial year to £70 and
the Cllr’s were in agreement.