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Annual Parish Council Minutes - 2008

 

 

 

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Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Annual Parish Meeting held on 7th May 2008 in the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers.

Present

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 report.  

Annual Meeting - 2008

These are some of the main points from the last year. 

Council Meetings

There were six Parish Council meetings, including the Annual Parish Council meeting. 

Planning Matters

We were asked to consider 12 planning applications:

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 Application withdrawn.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. 

Post Office

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 application. 

Best Kept Village Competition

The village received a Highly Commended certificate. 

Highways

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. 

Village Pond

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. 

Website

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. 

Accounts

The precept was kept at £1500. Thank you to Dawn as treasurer and George Heaton as internal auditor. 

Councillors

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 formed. 

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.  

Accounts

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.