Chair Dawn Hancock,
Cllrs Panton, Heaton, Page together with Clerk S. Harrison.
The Chair welcomed the
new Councillor Joan Page onto the Parish Council. The Clerk reported that there
had no crimes reported for Yealand Conyers – the police website was last updated
The Chair reported
that Neighbourhood Watch scheme was working well and that she is receiving
information, for example, scams and suspicious activity within the village and
all information goes onto the Parish website and in the village newsletter.
Minutes of the meeting
held on Tuesday 4th November 2014.
The minutes were
approved and signed by the Chair Dawn Hancock.
from the previous minutes
New Inn Update
The adjacent barn at
the New Inn has now had the roof completed and all scaffolding removed. Cllr
Heaton expressed concern over the overhanging ivy which makes it difficult to
walk close to the side of the road as it protrudes over the wall so much. The
Cllrs asked if there had been any further information with regard to when the
New Inn was due to reopen, Chair Hancock asked if the Clerk would make enquiries
both in to the issue of the ivy and the information as to when the New Inn might
reopen for business.
Road Repairs to
The Clerk emailed
Rachel Harrod District Lead Officer for Lancashire Highways Services re the poor
state of Dykes Lane and to ask for an update with regard to the work which was
due to be carried out by Lancashire Highways to cut back the saplings and
overgrowth on Dykes Lane. The work was due to be completed by October 2014 but
this has yet to be done. The Clerk is to make further enquiries as to why this
work is yet to be carried out and stress upon the importance of it being done
due the reason that two cars cannot now pass each other on this stretch of
Dog Waste Bin
The Cllr’s were all in
agreement to purchase a dog waste bin which will be situated by the footpath at
the end of Hyning Wood. The Clerk will ask the Lengthsman to fit the bin.
Cllr Panton asked if
the state of the village could be put on the next Parish Agenda. She felt that
we need to address how we want the village to look. Chair Hancock said she
doesn’t want to stop using the Lengthsman but accessing the Community Payback
Scheme has been a huge help with finances this year and they are due to come
every spring to clear undergrowth and vegetation. However they are limited in
where they can work.
The Cllr’s were
concerned that there had recently been 3 retrospective Planning applications and
they were that this is an increasing issue. The Clerk emailed the Planning
department to ask if they could clarify this situation and they replied saying
that they cannot prevent retrospective applications being submitted. Once they
are aware of buildings, structures being erected or installed they always
encourage application to be submitted, otherwise enforcement action will be
Lengthsman Duties 2015
The Chair and Cllr’s
discussed what work requires to be done and they agreed that road signs and
finger posts were due to be cleaned.
The trench is now
approaching Yealand Village Hall. Cllr Heaton asked whether the Parish Council
could donate towards this scheme. Other Parish Councils have given money. Cllr
Hancock agreed to enquire about the legal position on share purchase. She and
two other Cllr’s have to declare an interest.
Council Tax is going
up as Lancaster City Council are going to target road repairs. The precept for
2014 was £2080, The Parish Council were slightly in debit at the end of the
financial year and hence they have had to be extremely careful with budgeting
this year and have had to reduce the amount the Parish Council donate to AONB
and we haven’t employed the Lengthsman this last year. Chair Hancock said that
we would have to raise the precept for the next financial year. A realistic
figure would be needed but the Chair felt we would have to increase the precept
as at present the Parish Council does not have any excess money for items such
as a new notice board or any community projects. Insurance, expenses and
statutory fees all make up a large proportion of the annual precept. We also
have to allow for training courses for the Clerk. The Chair suggested increasing
the precept to £2,500 for the next financial year. The Cllrs agreed this figure.
The Chair and
Councillor’s discussed increasing the Clerk’s wage and they decided to increase
it from £7.50 per hour from January 2015 to £8.00 after the May AGM. The second
increase was dependant on performance.
Reports from meetings
Cllr Panton attended
the Planning Housing Needs meeting. Lancaster City Council is the first Council
to involve the AONB in the Planning needs. What they’re looking
for are suitable sites
for housing development. Their intention is to have their decisions made and
plans done by 2016. Lucy Barron from the AONB said that Parish Councils will be
kept well informed. Parish Councils have to take an active involvement to find
sites that may be suitable. The questionnaire concluded that affordable or
smaller size dwellings were needed, especially for the elderly. The Chair said
she feels we need to respond by saying that there were no obvious sites because
of lack of amenities within the village.
War Memorial Annual
Account Balance £921.10
Date of next meeting: