Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 7th May 2008 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllr Rothwell, Chairman, Cllrs Mercer, Calnan, Jackson
and Panton, Clerk D. Hancock plus four members of the Parish. David Morris, the
Conservative candidate for Lunesdale and Morecambe and Cllr Fishwick attended
together with Tony Marsh the Community Police Officer.
Cllr Rothwell presented his
Annual Meeting -
These are some of the main points from the last year.
There were six Parish Council meetings, including the
Annual Parish Council meeting.
We were asked to consider 12
Leighton Hall Home Farm –
offices. See below. Pending decision.
Hubbersty House – erection
of garden shed. No objection. Permission was granted.
Coach House Yealand Manor -
change of use and conversion of Coach House to holiday accommodation. No
objection. Permission was granted.
New Inn – fell 2 Leylandii
Trees. No objection. Permission was granted.
Friends Meeting House –
felling several trees. No objection. Permission was granted.
Tarnwater – installation of
2 solar panels. No objection. Permission was granted.
Barn in field No 2187 -
change of use to holiday accommodation. There was an error in the
application in stating that buses stopped nearby. We also had reservations about
safe entrance and exit of vehicles from the site. Permission was refused on
highway safety grounds and it would be detrimental to the character of the AONB.
32 Yealand Road - erection
of a single storey infill extension to create link between main house and
garage. No objection. Permission was granted.
Stable Nook - Enlargement to
existing rear window. No objection. Permission was granted.
Tarnwater - extension to
existing single storey storage building. We objected as the proposal
affected visibility for traffic and it would remove the screening that was a
condition in the initial approval. Permission was refused as it would be
detrimental to the landscape.
Tarnwater - erection of a
10m x 1.2m fascia sign. Application withdrawn.
29 Cottage, Yealand Manor -
Erection of single storey extension to rear. Pending decision.
The consultation process on
the closure of our Post Office branch was a sham. We did however make
representations direct with the Post Office and via our MP. It is a pity that it
has closed, especially on Mondays when it operates with the Coffee Stop in being
an important focus for the villages. We hope that the Coffee Stop continues to
be used, particularly as it funds the village newsletter.
Leighton Hall Home Farm
Despite our strong objections to the scale of the proposed
office development it was approved subject to a section 106 agreement. The
Chairman and George Heaton met the Head of Planning and Control to make a strong
case for our views being incorporated into the S106s. We also feel that greater
attention should have been paid to English Heritage’s policy document on
enabling development. The City Council is still negotiating with the developer
over the S106s. The Parish Council is grateful to two members of the Parish,
George Heaton and John Calnan, who have provided assistance with this planning
Best Kept Village
The village received a
Highly Commended certificate.
At our request extra 30mph signs have been installed so
that they are legally enforceable and new white lines have been painted.
Speeding is a recurrent concern. We have been disappointed at the lack of police
speed checks in the area.
A great deal of time has been spent on organising
improvements the pond next to the village hall car park. The landowner agreed to
sell the pond for £1 to the Parish Council. Despite our best efforts there have
been delays on his side which means that the sale has not yet been completed.
Our application to Carnforth Area Regeneration Partnership for £1,100 funding
was a drawn-out process but eventually successful. We also received £1,000 from
the AONB Landscape Trust 20th Anniversary Project. The total funding
paid for a new platform, bench and sign, steps to improve access, trees cut back
and improved landscaping.
Thank you again to Alan White for maintaining our website.
It contains a copy of “The Yealands” newsletter as well as the list of events.
The precept was kept at £1500. Thank you to Dawn as
treasurer and George Heaton as internal auditor.
We were pleased to co-opt Jane
Panton to the Council in May 2007. Councillor Calnan reports that she manages
the lengthsman, John Holmes, and thanks him for his work. She is also our
representation on the LAPTC. Councillor Panton reports that, as a trustee of the
Landscape Trust, she has acted as a link, particularly over the pond. She also
managed the removal of the dead cherry tree on Dykes Lane. She has helped draw
up a proposed blueprint for the approval of planning applications. Thank you to
them and the other councillors
for their contributions through the year. Thank you to Dawn for again doing an
excellent job as clerk and treasurer.
In response to this report Cllr
Fishwick suggested that it would have been helpful if there has been some
feedback after the Best kept village results had been announced. We could then
try and improve specific areas this year.
The importance of keeping the’
coffee stop’ running was stressed as it provides an important community service
.Cllr Fishwick indicated that she would like to put some of her budget towards
funding this service in the next financial year.
Cllr Calnan spoke of the
importance of the Carnforth Connect service The Bittern Bus will cease to run on
the 28th may 2008 due to lack of funding. Cllr Fishwick reported that
other sponsors are being approached re Carnforth Connect. Hopefully any
development at Leighton Hall will have to put financial help towards the service
.Mr Calnan requested that thought should be given to integrating the timetable
with other services and Mr Hart also felt that the lack of a ‘through service’
to Lancaster was a deterrent to the use of public transport. Cllr Fishwick asked
for written comments to be sent to her .She will also investigate why the
display screens have not been amended.
The new Bittern Signs are not
very visible and do not give any indication that people are entering the AONB.
It was felt that other signs within the Parish are adequate.
Cllr Rothwell asked Cllr
Fishwick how other Parish Councils dealt with the problem of planning
applications coming in just after a meeting leaving insufficient time for
consideration and comment. Cllr Fishwick suggested a sub committee should be
Mr Calnan and Mr Heaton reported
that they were not satisfied that the decision to grant planning permission for
the Leighton Hall development had not represented the true feelings of the Local
Parish Councils. They also felt that it was not inline with the English heritage
Guidelines .It is felt that the development must give benefit to local people
and that attention should be paid to this in the future .The councillors will
keep a close watch on the progress of the 106 stipulations.
The Clerk presented copies
of the Accounts for the year 2007- 2008 . The Parish Council had spent reserves
on the pond project but money had been allocated for a community project . Mr
Heaton had completed an internal audit.