Minutes of The
Annual Parish Meeting held on the 17th May 2006 in The Quaker Old
School Yealand Conyers.
Cllr Rothwell [Chairman], Cllrs Calnan,
Mercer and Jackson, Clerk D. Hancock plus five members of the Parish and Support
Officer Deborah Gwilliam.
The Chairman Cllr Rothwell presented his
There were six Parish Council meetings,
including the Annual Parish Council meeting.
Leighton Hall Home Farm
There was one major planning
application: office accommodation at Leighton Hall Home Farm. The Parish Council
was disappointed that the promises made by Leighton Hall in 2000 to keep us
informed about this scheme were not kept. A working party was formed (Cllrs
Rothwell, Hoskinson, Mercer plus George Heaton) and a report produced. In
summary the report stated that a) the Parish Council is sympathetic to the
principle of development on this site, b) we understand the need to finance the
maintenance of Leighton Hall, c) we are, however, strongly opposed to the
development in its current form, d) there are steps that could be taken to
lessen the impact of the development which could, if fully implemented, allow
the Parish Council to support development on the site. The City Council refused
permission because of a) adverse effect of the access road on the north east
side of the site on the setting of Leighton Hall and the associated stable block
which are grade II* and Grade II Listed Buildings b) adverse impact of the new
access road on the north east side of the site on the character of the Arnside/Silverdale
AONB c) adverse impact on the surrounding landscape, and adverse impact on the
area, especially the village of Yealand Conyers, by reason of the additional
traffic generated on rural roads d) detrimental to highway safety - additional
traffic using narrow roads to and from the site with substandard visibility at
road junctions e) scheme involves new employment related buildings in an
isolated rural location accessible only by private car, with no public transport
Other Planning Matters
We asked the City council enforcement
officer to act on Rogerson’s portacabins which did not have planning permission.
They took action to reduce them to a single storey. Comments have been made on
planning application for replacement of a conservatory at 21 Yealand Road,
extensions at Glendavian (where we asked for the stone wall to be reinstated),
waste water treatment at 6 Dykes Lane, new farm access on Flat Lane, satellite
dish at Green Garth, gable windows at Low Dykes Cottage. All were approved.
The Parish Council were extremely
concerned that County Councillor Tony Martin decided that Carnforth Connect
would cease without little or no consultation. The Parish Council wrote to him,
our City and County Councillor and our MP. We are pleased that it will continue,
albeit with a reduced service.
We have installed a new planter next to
the pump. There had been continuing problems with the organisation and work done
by the lengthsman, who was under the control of the County. We therefore decided
to appoint our own lengthsman, John Holmes. Thank you to Cllr Calnan for
organising his work schedule.
HGVs and coaches continue to cause
concern. Whilst there are signs indicating “unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles”
these are advisory. We have recently received some suggestions from Highways
which we need to consider. At our request a chevron sign is to be placed outside
St. Mary’s church in the hope that it will reduce the number of vehicles
demolishing the wall. We have asked Highways to look at the legal situation
regarding the 30mph signs. There is some concern that having one rather than a
pair might mean that the speed limit is not enforceable. At our request, the
County removed the compacted detritus on Church Road. We have asked the County
Council to suggest improvements to the Dykes Lane/A6 junction. This is still in
School Travel Plan
The chairman provided assistance to the
school in obtaining a grant to produce a School Travel Plan. A management group
is to be formed to monitor the actions arising. The school has written to
adjacent landowners about the possibility of installing a footpath between the
villages to serve the school. At the Parish Council’s request, the County
Council has earmarked some money for the footpath.
There was a joint meeting with Yealand
Redmayne to discuss the actions arising from the Parish Plan. It was agreed that
these have been completed or no further progress was possible.
Thank you again to Alan White for
maintaining our website. In future, it will contain a copy of “The Yealands”
newsletter as well as the list of events.
Councillors attend various meetings,
including Village Hall, AONB, JPC, MUGA, LAPTC, Lancaster Area Road Safety
Committee, Lancaster District Sustainable Transport Forum, Lancaster/Kendal
Canal, Lancashire Local - Lancaster and School travel plan.
We opened a new deposit account paying a
higher rate of interest. The precept has been kept at the same level as last
year. There is a healthy balance, but £1000 is earmarked for the MUGA. We
reclaimed VAT. Thank you to Dawn as treasurer and George Heaton as internal
Thank you to all the councillors for
their contributions through the year and to Dawn for again for doing an
excellent job as clerk and treasurer.
Mr Sumner was concerned about the number
of portacabins and size of the sign at Rogersons .The Clerk agreed to write to
the planning department to ask whether the development satisfies the planning
application. There was concern expressed over the parking of a trailer on Dykes
Lane .Deborah Gwilliam asked that any Parishioners dealt directly with the
Police on Highways issues. Ms Panton assured the Parish Council that the verge
and wall outside her property would be restored in agreement with the builders
and the County Council.
Deborah Gwilliam reported that there had
been few incidences over the last year. There had been some neighbour disputes,
a rabbit shooting incident near the school, sheep on the road and graffiti on
road signs. It was agreed that a Police Report will be put on the agenda for
The Clerk had copies of the Accounts for
the year 2005/2006
'Planning for Village and Rural Needs'
The City Council has to consider the
points raised in Parish Plans in their decisions. Cllr Rothwell invited
suggestions as to how the wishes of the Parish could be given full consideration
by the City Council.