Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 1st May 2012 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Calnan, Panton, Mercer, Butler, and Jackson,
Clerk D. Hancock and one other member of the Parish.
Cllr Calnan welcomed everybody and presented her report.
A summary of Parish
Council business for the year 2011 -2012
There were six parish council meetings including the Annual
Parish Council meeting.
After discussion regarding the parish council's financial
commitments and at a time of rising costs the precept was not raised in the year
2010-2011. It was agreed to raise the precept this year (2011-2012) by £300. The
precept now stands at £1,300.
The Parish Clerk presented the accounts for the year
2011-2012. Mr. George Heaton kindly acted as auditor.
The National Planning Framework -
The Council has been advised that Lancaster City Council is
Committed to building 400 new houses a year and sites have been identified. At
present no areas in Yealand Conyers have been identified.
Planning matters brought before the council this Year are as
11/00172/FUL wind turbine on land south of the Burton
Services. The Council objected to this on the grounds that the height and
design would result in a significant and inappropriate visual impact.
11/00256/CU Change of barn into a dwelling at 'Sunningdale',
Milnthorpe Road. No Objections.
11/00500/lLB, reroofing the barn at the New Inn, Yealand
Conyers. No Objections.
11/00882/RENU Renewal of a past application 08/01228/FUL, The
Sheiling, Church Lane, Yealand Conyers. No objections.
11/00727/FUL Conversion and alteration to existing garage into
a granny flat. Application is still pending. Council objected on the grounds of
dangerous access onto Yealand Road.
12/00042/LB Change of use and conversion of the Coach house to
holiday accommodation at Yealand Manor. No objection, but did register concerns
for the future.
APP/A2335/C/11/2167826 and 2167898 appeal land adjacent 7 Dykes
Lane, Yealand Conyers. This was notification only from Lancaster City Council.
The Council's website continues to be updated. Minutes of
Council business are routinely placed on the Parish Council's notice board in
the village by the 'Old School'. To enable quicker communication of council
business it has been agreed to place draft minutes on the notice board.
Important items of interest and urgency are placed in the
village news letter.
The Council continues to employ a lengthsman during the summer
months to oversee the tidiness of the village.
Although the village was not a winner in the ''Best Kept
Village ' competition this year parishioners had made special efforts to make
the village look attractive.
The Council has communicated with Lancaster City Highways
regarding the following matters -
the resetting of the double bend sign on Yealand Road,
the cutting back of vegetation which was obscuring signage
consideration should be given to gritting Dykes Lane during
the winter months when there is snow and icy conditions. Highways agreed to
include it in 'secondary gritting'.
Efforts have been made to create a new footpath between Yealand
Conyers and the school. These have been unsuccessful.
The highways department was asked to clear Snape Lane and
Church Road as they were exceptionally dirty which was verging on being
hazardous. This was promptly carried out.
The Parish Council has asked Highways if passing places can be
created in Snape Lane as many areas are churned up by wheels of vehicles.
THE WAR MEMORIAL
The area around the memorial has been cleared and tidied. The
cost has been shared with Yealand Redmayne Parish Council.
The Council are concerned about the increase of dog fouling
and have taken advice from City Councillor Graham regarding this matter and were
advised that bagged waste can be placed in communal dust bins. The council
placed a note voicing their concern in the village newsletter.
THE QUEEN'S DIAMOND JUBILEE
The Parish Council have agreed to purchase 10 commemorative
mugs. These will be given to every pre-school and primary school child who lives
in the parish.
The village is patrolled regularly in order to deter any
anti-social behaviour and inconsiderate driving. A crime report is given to
parish council meetings either by a Community Policeman at the commencement of
the meeting or by E- Mail to the clerk before the meeting.
During the last 12 months there has been some minor criminal
activity in the Parish - A chain saw theft, a burglary, an assault, and
criminal damage to a window.
Council representation has been made at the A.N.O.B., The Canal
Trust and at the Carnforth P.A.C.T. Meeting.
As Chair person of Yealand Conyers
Parish Council, I wish to thank Mrs. Dawn Hancock for being (yet again) a super,
efficient clerk, Mr. Alan White for his hard work keeping the website up to
date, Mr. John Holmes for being our valued lengthsman, Mr. George Heaton for
voluntarily undertaking to be the Parish auditor.
Finally, I would like to thank my fellow councillors for their
forbearance, hard work and support.
Maureen Calnan. Chair Person of Yealand Parish Council.
The Clerk reported that the
reserves have been reduced again this year to leave a balance of £538.02.
Therefore the Precept has been raised to £1300.
Extra expenses have included the
cleaning of the War memorial and the Jubilee cups. Consideration has been given
as to whether the Insurance cover could be reduced and the Zurich has been
provided with the information they require. The Council should be carefully
consider any large capital expenditure and the precept may have to be raised
again in 2013.
The PAYE system has been set up.
A record of the fixed assets, the
MUGA and the Pound, will be kept in the Receipts and Records Book.
Mr Rothwell expressed his
disappointment at the poor attendance. The Councillors agreed that more
information about the Annual Parish Meeting should have been put in the Village
Newsletter. Mr Rothwell wondered whether the website should be refreshed and
explained that it is difficult to read using some platforms. It was agreed that
the Clerk would see if some new photos could be used. The Councillors felt that
it was unnecessary to spend money on a new website. Cllr Panton felt that the
website should just provide information about the Parish Council, rather than
being a forum for the village.
Cllr Butler and the Clerk agreed to
liaise over information that will be placed in the Newsletter. We will also ask
if anyone would like information about meetings by e mail.
The poor state of Yealand Road was
discussed. The Clerk will contact the City Council regarding date for the
gullies to be cleared of debris and weed spraying of the footpath. The consensus
of opinion was that this job was too much for John Holmes. The idea of use of
Volunteers was dismissed but householders were encouraged to clear the areas in
front of their own homes. Some areas of Dykes Lane have been much improved
thanks to the work of one Councillor.
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