Cllrs Calnan, Panton, Mercer and Jackson, Clerk, D. Hancock
and three members of the Parish.
Mr and Mrs White expressed concern that the information
that has been received regarding the role out of fibre broadband appears to be
incorrect. Lancashire County Council has appointed BT to roll out fibre
broadband to the remaining areas of the county not covered by commercial
schemes. The Parish Council had been advised that the Parish would have access
to this service, apart from the area around Crag foot and the top of Dykes Lane
. The Parish Council had been advised that these areas are difficult to reach
but no explanation has been provided. Andrew Halliwell, the Rural Broadband
Officer has now advised that Yealand Conyers will be one of the more difficult
to reach areas due remoteness. Ninety premises are served from a Carnforth
Cabinet which is not currently in the plan. It was agreed that the Parish
Council should obtain accurate information from Mr Halliwell. It was important
to find out how we can address particular problems of access. Mr Halliwell had
advised Cllr Fishwick that he would be in a position to talk about this in more
detail in the next couple of months. This is not satisfactory.
The Clerk will also liaise with Vince Smith form Yealand
Redmayne Parish Council to see if we can form an Action group in order to access
other providers e.g. B4RN. It may be possible to apply for funding from Defra if
there is sufficient community interest.
There were apologies from Cllr Fishwick and P.C. Marsh.
Minutes of the Meeting held on 13th November
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr
Clearance of vegetation, Dykes Lane
This has not yet been done. The weather conditions probably
mean that all works are behind schedule. The Clerk will follow this up if no
action has been taken by the end of the month. Cllr Jackson drew attention to
the standing water at the bottom of Roseacre Lane. The roots of the hedge are
now exposed and she was concerned that lasting damage will be caused. The Parish
Council agreed to monitor this area. There are so many flooded areas that it is
unlikely that anything could be done at present.
P.C. Marsh had sent his report. There has been one crime
recorded, damage to car tyres on Yealand Road. The majority of calls have
concerned highway problems on the A6. Northern Division Road Policing Unit has
been carrying out speed enforcement in the area.
Planning Application Response
New Industrial Unit, Rogersons
There had been no objections to this application but some
misgivings about possible further expansion.
Erection of two storey extension to side and rear. The
Sheiling, Church Lane, Yealand Conyers.
MrHowson, the applicant was invited to speak. He asked
whether there were any particular problems about the revised application. The
Parish Council had asked that the walls be stone faced. He advised that the
Planning Department had stipulated that the north and east facing walls should
be dry dashed render with limestone plinths. The planned rear extension had been
lowered, so should not be so obtrusive.
Localisation of Council Tax Support
Council Tax benefits and dispensations will be paid out of
Council Tax but the Government is giving back 90% of the costs through the
Business Rates Retention Scheme. This will be given to all other precepting
authorities apart from Local Councils. It had been thought that the local
Councils would be exempt from footing any of the benefit bills but this has now
Under the old scheme the Council Tax is The Precept divided
by the Tax Base [set by the Billing Authority]= Council Tax rate at Band d.
From April 2013 the value of the tax base will be reduced
by the value of discounts and allowances given in the Parish. The new Formula
for Council tax becomes Precept reduced by grant divided by reduced tax base.
To date the Clerk has not received any information on the
local scheme adopted by the City Council. Therefore it will be necessary to hold
another meeting to finalise the Precept.
The Chair and Clerk had held some preliminary discussions
over the projected expenses for 2013-2014.
A precept of £1860 would cover a wage for a Clerk working 2
½ hours / week plus an allowed figure for courses and office expenses. A figure
of £150 has been allowed for an outside contractor to clear weeds and
undergrowth at the sides of the roads. 10% of £1860 could be added to cover
Precept reduced by grant, giving a proposed Precept of £2046. It was agreed that
the Internal Auditor should be asked to look at this figure when more
information is available.
The Cllrs revised the list of Lengthsman’s duties. Highways
would be approached to attend to heavy jobs e.g. heavily rutted verges. Large
items of dumped rubbish should be removed by the City Council. Strimming and
clearance of intrusive nettles and weeds along Yealand Road, Peter Hill, Dykes
Lane and Roseacre Lane will be subcontracted. Allowance will be made in the
Precept for this extra cost. Cllr Calnan will draw up a new job list for John
Holmes. Cllr Panton agreed to liaise with John Holmes and to also find out what
his hourly rate will be for 2013-2014.
Advertisement for a new Clerk
The Clerk will write an advertisement based on models
received from LALC. A job description will also be drawn up. The Chair would
approve the final advertisement. Applicants would be asked for the names and
addresses of two referees. The advertisement will be put on the website, notice
board, Village Hall Notice Board and LALC web site. Closing date will be 5th
Cllr Panton agreed to write a short piece about the work
done by the Parish Council. This will include information about rural broadband,
the work done by the Community payback scheme and information about the planning
applications. It was agreed that the profile of the Parish Council needs
Dates of next meetings
The dates of the next meetings are Wednesday 20th
March 2013 and Tuesday 7th May 2013.