Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 13th May 2009 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Calnan, Mercer and Panton,
Clerk D. Hancock ,and one member of the Parish.
Declaration of acceptance of
Cllr Rothwell was proposed and
accepted as chairman. Cllr Calnan was proposed and accepted as Vice Chairman.
Cllr Calnan chaired the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Parish Council
Meeting. Declarations of Acceptance of Office were signed . The Clerk reminded
Councillors to update any changes on the Register of Personal Interests.
Apologies were received from Cllr Rothwell, Cllr Fishwick
and P.C. Marsh.
Minutes of the Meeting held
on 4th March 2009
These were approved and signed
by the vice chairman , Cllr Calnan
It was agreed to invite Lucy Baron, the manager of the
AONB to the July meeting.
The Officers Road Safety Group confirmed that 20mph signs
couldn’t be placed in the absence of traffic related injuries. They agreed that
the spacing and sizes of the 30mph repeater signs should be checked and
consideration should be given to introducing enhanced SLOW road markings
together with SCHOOL warning signs .The Clerk will request that priority should
be given to the placing of 20mph signs should National policy on Speed limits
There is no evidence of any clearing work having been
undertaken. The Clerk will contact the Highways Authority.
P.C. Marsh had provided a written report. He
stated that the figures for the Yealands show an increase in reports of criminal
damage. This is due to a number of repeat incidentsof damage at Cinderbarrow,
the bins at the primary school and on Well Lane.
A ‘Private No Footpath’ sign on the Leighton Hall estate
has been damaged and there has been one theft. P.C. Marsh has conducted patrols,
both mobile and on foot to deter
Speeding vehicles and anti-social behaviour. He hopes to
conduct speed monitoring over the coming weeks.
AONB/Landscape Trust 20th Anniversary
There has been no progress on the purchase of the
pond . The Parish Council agreed that should it be impossible to complete the
purchase, consideration should be given to spending surplus cash on another
community project such as restoration of the pump.
Best Kept Village Competition
Cllr Calnan agreed to write a piece for the Village news
letter publicizing this event . Householders would be encouraged to tidy their
properties. John Holmes will be asked to clear Public areas. He has painted the
bench by the pump and filled the Planters.
Cheques were approved
A.White £56.40 Fee for web site maintenance 2008-2009
LALC £38.43 Annual fee
Relyant gardening £63.99
AONB donation £100
The accounts for the year 2008-2009 were presented. The
balance on 31.3.2009
Current Account £342.61
Deposit Account £1679.76
The Council approved the Statement of Assurance, which
was signed by the Vice Chairman and Clerk. The report explains why the Balance
remains high. It also explains that the Parish Council have addressed the issues
raised by the External Auditor of Fidelity Guarantee and Valuation of assets.
Reports from the regional Conference and Clerk’s
The Regional conference suggested that Asset management
could be passed onto Parish Councils in the future. However this could have
implications in that a precept increase could be perceived as a double payment
for services. Environmental projects are considered to be very important.
Clerks must come into line with national agreements
Contracts for all Parish Council employees have to state whether there are
payments for holidays, sickness or pensions. Retirement is at age sixty-five.
The amount of confidential information should be kept at
a minimum. The Council must consider the liability of public interest. A reason
must be given for each resolution and the confidential note attached separately.
The Clerks network meeting was told that there is no
service in place to progress the parish plans. It is hoped that the Parish
Charter should improve the relationship.
Highways management has been split into three smaller
regional areas in the hope that there will be better liaison. Our officer is Jim
Robson, Highways Area Manager North, Hampson Lane, Galgate, Lancaster, LA2 OHY.
Parish Council records may be stored at the Lancashire
Record Office, Preston. Mr Heaton agreed to arrange to deposit old records
Dates of next meetings 2009-2010
The next meetings will be held 1st July, 2nd
September 4th November 2009 and 6th January, 3rd
March and 5th May 2010.