Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Meeting held on 6th January 2010 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Rothwell, Calnan, Panton and Mercer, Clerk, D.
Hancock P.C. Marsh and Cllr Fishwick
Cllr Calnan reported on her dealings with United
Utilities over the disruption to the cold water supply during the Christmas
period. Many households were without cold water for long periods. This was due
to a burst in the private supply at Pine Lake Leisure complex.The management
then pumped water from the mains in order to replenish their supply despite
being requested to stop by United Utilities. Mr Heighton, manager of United
Utiities indicated that a privately funded stop valve would need to be placed in
order to stop this reoccurring. There had also been a burst in Well Lane.
However old piping is to be renewed during 2010. Mr Heighton had invited members
of the Parish Council to view the plans and to discuss this matter further.
Cllrs Calnan and Panton agreed to arrange a meeting with Mr Heighton at the
Kendal office. Meanwhile the Clerk would write to United Utilities expressing
our concern that this problem could reoccur during periods of high demand. She
would also thank them for the efficient and polite way that they tried to deal
with the matter. A letter of complaint would be sent to the manager of Pine Lake
emphasising the disruption that had been caused to private households.
Apologies have been received from Cllr Jackson. The
Chairman asked that any apologies should be sent via the Clerk.
P.C. Marsh reported that a car had been broken into on
Snape Lane. Residents are urged not to leave property on view. There have been
three incidences of sheep worrying in the area. A press release reminding dog
owners of their responsibilities and possible consequences has been organised.
The village has been patrolled regularly both on foot and in vehicles to deter
both anti social behaviour and inconsiderate driving and speeding. It has not
been possible to use the speed gun. There have been no incidences of anti social
Minutes of the meeting held on 2nd December
These were approved and signed by the Chairman Cllr
The Clerk agreed to remind Lucy Baron that she was going
to forward a report on the work done in Cumbria on traffic calming measures.
Hedges on Dykes Lane
The hedges have been cut back and the only area that is
currently encroaching onto the highway is through the retaining section of Dykes
Lane and Church Lane. It has been suggested by the landowner that the vegetation
is associated with the trees and roots on top of the retaining wall and that
these trees have preservation orders. Enquiries have been made to the Tree
Preservation officer about the status of the trees. If they are found to have
preservation orders special permission will have to be sought to cut back the
vegetation. Cllr Fishwick urged the Parish Council to contact Highways again in
order to prevent further delays. It will not be possible to cut the undergrowth
back once birds start nesting in the Spring.
Village Pond project
The Parish Council agreed that a letter should be sent to
Mr Winder asking if he still wished to sell the pond for £1 .The Clerk would
request a formal response by the end of January2010after which we would assume
that he was not willing to proceed further.
The School wishes 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 and the headmistress will be informed.
The current account stands at £171.72 and the Deposit
Account £2181.39 Cllrs considered future liabilities and agreed that the Precept
should be set at £1000.
A cheque for £65 was approved for Relyant Gardening.
Mr and Mrs Redshaw would not accept any money towards the
purchase of the Christmas tree. The Clerk will write and thank them for this
gesture. It was agreed that the tree enhanced the village.
09/01105/FUL Proposed Wind turbine, Rogersons ,
Tarnwater, Yealand Conyers.
A revised plan had been received .The location is 51
metres from the boundary with railway land and lies within the Rogerson
property. The Gaia wind turbine has been chosen because it operates efficiently
at relatively low wind speeds. There is a similar installation in the Carlisle
area but the precise location was not given.
The Clerk had agreed to attend the planning meeting to be
held on 11.1.10 when she would represent the views of the Parish These are that
whilst we are sympathetic for the need for alternative energy we are concerned
whether the site is appropriate and whether the turbine will 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 has been
carried out on site.
We appreciate that the site is just outside the AONB and
will not have a significant impact on the landscape. However residents are
concerned that a precedent could be set which could lead to a situation where
there would be a significant impact. There is
concern about potential noise generation in this rural
location. Recent studies have shown that noise levels of existing turbines are
higher than expected.
If the application is approved we would ask that the
night time noise level should be set at 33 decibels at the nearest residential
The Parish Council strongly believes that the claimed
environmental benefits of this turbine are extremely weak, especially given the
poor site location and that the benefits are not sufficient to outweigh the
needs to protect the landscape and quiet rural area. Therefore we would ask that
permission be refused.
Highways-Speed limits within the village
The Parish Council agreed that the Clerk should write to
the County Highways department requesting that he 30mph limits are extended to
tom A6 .It was also suggested that red or green hatching could be painted onto
the road. This gives the impression that this is a pedestrianís area and acts as
a traffic calming measure. This could be employed outside the school and on
narrow areas on Dykes Lane. Cllr Panton agreed to ask the householders if they
had any objections to this idea.
It was agreed to write a letter of support for the
proposal for the reopening of the Colne to Skipton missing rail link. The Parish
Council feels that the use of public transport should be encouraged.