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Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Annual Parish Meeting held on 4th July 2007 in the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers.



Cllrs Rothwell, Panton, Jackson, Mercer, Clerk D. Hancock, Mr Winder, a member of the Parish, G.Hurtley, the Community Police Officer and Cllr Fishwick. 


Open Meeting  

The Parish Council have sought grant money from the Carnforth Area Regeneration partnership for the project to improve the Village Pond. They needed to know who owned the land.  Mr Winder is the landowner but the AONB and the School have carried out the management. Mr Winder wished to know details of the proposal and who would be liable for Insurance. He was sympathetic towards the plan for improvement of the pond and access.  Cllr Fishwick suggested that the Parish Council could draw up a lease and take responsibility for access, maintenance and insurance for a ten year period. Mr Winder questioned whether the money could be better spent on a footpath to the School. Cllr Rothwell explained that the Landscape Trust money was for an environmental project. The County Council have not been willing to buy land for a footpath and permissive access has not been granted in the area between the School and Yealand Redmayne.

The Clerk agreed to send copies of the proposal to Mr Winder.

Mr Winder expressed his disappointment that the Parish Council had drawn attention to Planning Issues surrounding the windows and porch on his Barn Conversion in view of this generosity towards the village. 



Apologies were received from Cllr Calnan. 


Minutes of the Meetings held on the 16th May 2007

These were approved and signed by the Chairman Cllr Rothwell. 


Police Report 

Graham Hurtley reported that several cars have been broken into at the RSPB Reserve Leighton Moss. There was a burglary at Friends Cottage when a laptop and credit cards were stolen. Care should be taken regarding leaving doors open.

The incident of the White Tailed Plover caused traffic chaos in the Area .The Public were urged to contact the Police if there were any more sightings of rarities. This would enable the traffic to be properly controlled.

The Community Support officers can arrange a free Home Fire Safety Visit and the Fitting of two free smoke alarms per household. He can be contacted at Carnforth Police station 63333, personal number 7301. 

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Model Code of Conduct  

The Parish Council formally adopted the Model Code of Conduct including paragraph 12[2]. This gives members with a prejudicial interest in a matter the same rights as members of the public to speak to a meeting on a matter and then leave before the main discussion and voting. The Councillors are now required to complete new Declarations of Personal Interest.

766Village Pond

The Clerk would enquire whether the LAPTC or County have a model lease agreement that could be used for the management of this area. 



Current Account    779.90

Deposit account  2851.42 

A cheque for 20 was approved for D. Hancock petty cash 


Carnforth Connect and stagecoach Bus Service

Cllr Rothwell declared an interest in the following matter.

Victoria Rothwell had written to the Parish Council regarding the curtailment of the Stagecoach Bus Service. This means that she now has difficulty in travelling to and from school at a convenient time for her. The Carnforth Connect / train option is more expensive. Cllr Fishwick reported that the hope is that another eighteen-seater bus will be purchased and that there will be an increase in the times of the Carnforth Connect service. 


Best kept Village

Cllr Panton agreed to liaise with John Holmes regarding general clearing of weeds and rubbish. Cllr Rothwell to find out who was the official correspondent for the Yealands. Local events are not publicised in the Lancaster Guardian.  



The Graffiti on road signs has occurred over a large area. All the signs will be renewed.

Snape Lane / Yealand Road junction will have a new carriageway lining this financial year. Additional speed limit roundels have been ordered for Rose Acre Lane, Dykes Lane and Snape Lane.

Cllr Fishwick commented that the sign renewal in the AONB had started .the old signs have been removed but new ones have not been erected.