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Parish Council Minutes - January 2009




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Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Parish Meeting held on 7th January 2009 in the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers.



Cllrs Rothwell, Calnan, Mercer, Jackson, Panton and Clerk D. Hancock. P.C. Tony Marsh and Cllr Sarah Fishwick also attended. 


Open Meeting

P.C. Marsh was invited to report in the Open Meeting. There has been an increase in accidents in the area due to the bad weather. There was a serious accident on the A6. Cllr Panton enquired whether it was appropriate to report potential traffic hazards directly to the police. P.C. Marsh confirmed that it is important to do so.

Speed monitoring equipment continues to be deployed in the Parish.

Cllr Jackson enquired whether the bright security light at Rogersons could be altered so that it does not dazzle motorists. P.C. Marsh agreed to see if a hood or adjustment of the angle of the beam was required.

Four people have been arrested over the distribution of racist leaflets.

Cllr Fishwick informed the Parish Council that there would be a new mobile library. This will visit the Yealands every two weeks.

County now run Carnforth Connect and have dropped the ‘off routes’.  Buses no longer go to Leighton Hall. There are still doubts whether Carnforth Connect will continue to run after 31.03.2009. Cllr Calnan asked why there had been no consultation with the Parish Councils over the cessation of the service. Cllr Fishwick agreed to inform the Clerk of the outcome of the next meeting with County. The Cllrs. all agreed on the importance of keeping the Service.

The City Council has voted to end Special Expenses. All Parished Areas will pay £10/annum more in Council tax.

The Royal Air Force has offered to host a presentation for the public on the impact of low flying aircraft. The Parish Council agreed that a joint meeting should be arranged.

Cllr Panton informed the Parish Council that low energy light bulbs are available for collection from the Village Hall.



There were no apologies.


Minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2008.

These were approved and signed by the Chairman Cllr Rothwell.


Matters arising

Storm drains

The Clerk was asked to contact Highways again and request that all the storm drains in the village are inspected and cleared as previously requested. Cllr Fishwick also agreed to contact the department. 

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20mph signs

There has been no further correspondence on the implementation of traffic calming measures. Cllr Rothwell suggested that a system could be put into place whereby pedestrians and bikes are given priority over vehicles. This obliges traffic to travel more slowly. Cllrs agreed that this idea could be forwarded to the Officers Road Safety Group.


Village Pond Project

Mr Winder has informed the Clerk that he feels that the Parish Council were responsible for drawing the matter of his windows to the attention of the City Council. It is obvious that he is not willing to complete at the agreed price of £1.The Parish council unanimously agreed that they now wished to drop the idea of purchase. They expressed their disappointment in the delay created by Mr Winder in concluding the project.

The Clerk was asked to contact Finlay Hodge in order to fully explain the situation and to ascertain whether there is an obligation to repay the money donated by CARP.

The Clerk had also been asked to forward relevant copies of the minutes to the legal department of the National Association of Local Councils.


Precept 2009-2010

The Parish Council had kept to the budget for 2008-2009. There are sufficient funds to cover possible repayment of the grant money and any other legal expenses. Therefore it was agreed to keep the Precept at £1500.



Cheques were approved

£288.75  Zurich Insurance 

£39.00  Relyant Gardening 


Report from the Joint Parishes Committee Meeting

Cllr Rothwell had attended the Joint Meeting. Lucy Baron, the new manager of the AONB had talked about the new Management Plan. Cllr Rothwell felt that meetings between the parishes lying within the AONB were useful. It was important to co-ordinate views on issues like a universal speed limit.