Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 5th May 2010 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllr Calnan, Vice Chairman,
Cllrs Panton, Mercer and Jackson, Cllr Fishwick, Clerk D. Hancock and five
members of the Parish.
There were apologies from the
Chairman Cllr Rothwell and P.C. Marsh.
Cllr Calnan welcomed Cllr
Fishwick and the members of the Parish.
The Clerk presented the
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.
The most contentious planning application was by Rogersons
for a wind turbine mounted on a free standing 18 metre steel mast on their land
close to the A6. The Parish Council meeting was well attended by members of the
public who expressed strong views both in favour and against the proposal. The
Parish Council took the majority view and objected to the application: whilst
being sympathetic for the need for alternative energy there was concern whether
the site was appropriate and whether the turbine would reach the claimed levels
of performance. The location is low lying and sheltered by a railway embankment
and there is no evidence that any wind speed measurements have been carried out
on site. Lancaster City Council granted permission.
The Parish Council were grateful to Mr and Mrs Redshaw for
erecting a Christmas tree on Dykes Lane at their own expense.
We will continue to press for a 20mph speed limit near the
school. We also intend to formulate a set of requests for other safety
A letter was sent to the landowner asking if he still
wished to sell the pond for £1 giving him a deadline of the end of January 2010.
We are very disappointed that we have not had a reply and have now ended
The School wished to erect a 1.8 metre chain fence on the
north side of the playing field in order to prevent access to the pond. The
Parish Council approved this request.
Thank you again to Alan White for maintaining our website.
It contains a copy of minutes of Parish Council meetings, “The Yealands”
newsletter and a list of events.
Given that there is a healthy balance in the deposit
account, it was decided to reduce the precept from £1,500 to £1,000. Thank you
to Dawn Hancock as treasurer and George Heaton as internal auditor.
Thank you to all the councillors
for their contributions through the year and to Dawn Hancock for again doing an
excellent job as clerk and treasurer. I have decided not to stand as a
councillor at the next elections. I believe strongly in having new blood and
hence new ideas and approaches to the business of the Parish Council. It is
therefore a good time for the Council to have a new chairman.
The Clerk presented the Accounts for the year 2009-2010
.Mr Heaton had kindly completed the internal audit. Our balance stands at
£2329.36. In view of this high balance, the Parish Council has reduced the
precept to £1000 for the current year.
Cllr Calnan asked members of the
Parish for suggestions for any projects that the Parish Council could contribute
to. Cllr Fishwick reported that Yealand Redmayne Parish Council had asked if it
would be possible to pay for extra gritting on side roads in icy weather .
However the City Council would then be obliged to grit all roads .It is hoped
that there will be spare capacity next winter.
Cllr Fishwick confirmed that
more members of the public had attended the site visit at Keer Bridge than at
any other site. Many more letters have been sent requesting that the facility
remains open. It is hoped that the County Council will consider the strong
public views on the proposed closure.
Cllr Fishwick advised that the
County Council are going to monitor three areas to see whether 20mph signs have
any impact on speeding vehicles. The Parish Council welcomed this move.
Declarations of acceptance of
Cllr Rothwell did not wish to
stand for Chair. Cllr Calnan was elected Chair for 2010-2011 having been
proposed by Cllr Panton and seconded by Cllr Mercer. Cllr Panton was elected
vice –chair, proposed by Cllr Calnan and seconded by Cllr Mercer. Declarations
of Acceptance of Office were signed. Cllrs were reminded to update any changes
on the Register of Personal Interests.
There were apologies from P.C. Marsh and Cllr Rothwell.
The minutes of the 31st
March 2010 were adjusted. Cllr Jackson did not want her personal record of the
Village history to be lodged at Preston records Office. The minutes were then
approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr Calnan.
Details had been passed on to the Planning department and
the AONB. Consideration would be given as to whether retrospective planning
permission is required.
The ivy has been cut back on Yealand Road. John Holmes
will be asked to keep the footpaths clear.
The AONB will check these and liase with the City Council
. It may be necessary to remake these signs.
Cllr Mercer had been unable to
find out where the old records might be stored.
P.C. Marsh had sent his report by email. Crime in the
Carnforth area has fallen by 8% during the last twelve months. The most notable
incidents were arsons at the primary school. The Carnforth Neighbourhood
Policing team conducted a covert operation in response to this. Enquiries are
on-going in relation to the theft from vehicles in the area last Autumn. Two
cross-border operations have been held aimed at criminals who target rural
areas. Both were successful in reducing overnight crime and generating
intelligence. It is hoped to repeat this in the coming months.
Cllrs had studied the
correspondence from United Utilities and Pine Lake. Although there was a
discrepancy in the history of the events United Utilities were to be
congratulated in the way they dealt with the matter. The Clerk would write to
the manager of United Utilities, thanking them and asking to be kept informed of
future work. The Clerk would contact the manager of Pine Lake emphasising the
great inconvenience that was caused and our trust that it will not happen again.
Best kept Village Competition
Letters have been delivered
regarding this competition. Judging will take place from 1st June. It
is hoped that everyone will make an effort.
A cheque for £100 was approved
for the Annual Donation to the AONB
A cheque for £352 was approved
for the correct amount for Clerks ‘wages and expenses.
£5.62 for photocopying to be
paid to Cllr Rothwell from petty cash.
The Accounts for the year 2009
–2010 were presented. The balance on 31.03.2010 was £2329.36. There were
unpresented cheques amounting to £485.39
Deposit Account £1681.82
The Council approved the
statement of Assurance, which was signed by the Chair and the Clerk. The Clerk
would report to the Auditors explaining what measures have been taken to reduce
Cllr Rothwell had drafted some proposals for the Parish
Council to consider. Mr Foster of County Highways had suggested that there were
two areas where work could be done given that they have limited funding.
1 The road past Yealand School
is now substandard and there is now a reasonable chance that it would qualify
for a reduction to 20mph.
The Cllrs felt that a 20mph
limit should be a priority but that a physical barrier such as a planter would
probably be a traffic hazard.
2 The entrance to the village
from the south has a Yealand Conyers Sign followed by a pair of 30mph signs. Mr
Foster feels that this could be improved to make more of a visual impact. The
double bend sign should be moved to a safe site.
Cllrs approved this measure.
3 The Parish Council felt that
the white lines should be removed when the road is next resurfaced . The absence
of white lines makes motorists more cautious.
Cllr Rothwell would be asked to
draft a request to the County Highways Department.
10/00311/FUL. Demolition of existing building and
erection of a four bedroom property and access works. The Sheiling, Kylbarrow
Lane, Yealand Conyers.
Mr Howson, the property owner
was invited to speak. He explained that although planning permission had been
granted to improve the existing property, the fabric of the house and design was
poor. By building a new house it would be possible to have a more eco friendly
build. The new house would be lower and the surrounding hedge would shield the
property from view of the neighbours. Traditional materials would be used.
Concern was expressed about the very modern design.
The Parish Council discussed the
proposal in private. The Parish Council approved the new build but was concerned
about the size and amount of the windows. Other new buildings in the Parish had
been very restricted on window size.
The Parish Council did not
approve the use of tan coloured rendering. They felt that it would be more
appropriate to use some stone facing. This would also make the build more
sympathetic to other houses in the area.
The Parish Council asked that if
there should be more thought to renewables such as collection of grey water. The
septic tank and water supply should be large enough for capacity.
Dates of meetings 2010-2011
The dates of the meetings are
July 7th, September 15th, November 3rd, 5th
January 2011, March 9th 2011 and May 11th 2011.
Reports from meetings
Cllr Jackson was invited to
report from the AONB partnership conference. She had learnt about channel
movements in Morecambe Bay and the effect on the coast line. The delegates were
told about the possible effects on marine life from wind farms. The proposed
National coastal path might have to cross farmland because of erosion of the