Minutes of the
Yealand Conyers Parish Council Meeting held on the 11th July 2006 in
the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers
Cllr Rothwell [Chairman] Cllr Jackson,
Cllr Hoskinson, Clerk D. Hancock plus two members of the Parish.
Mr McIver expressed concern about the
width of hedges. These are overhanging the footpath. Hopefully all hedges will
be cut over the next few weeks . There is a lot of rubble on the verge adjoining
the Clifford Hall development. The Parish Council will check that this is
cleared, once the building work is completed.
A letter of complaint has been sent to
United Utilities complaining about the disruption caused by the work on Yealand
United Utilities plc,
Dear Mr. Green,
Severe disruption in
We write to
express the concern in our village about the continuing disruptions caused by
United Utilities’ activities. About five weeks ago your contractors, Balfour
Beatty, arrived in our village without any notice to local residents. Their work
is still continuing to cause problems in the village.
There has been
a history of failures in our water supplies. The two most recent were on 3rd
April, when we were left without water for more than 12 hours, and 28th
April when scheduled work overran. When the water main was replaced some years
ago, the work caused much greater disruption than you envisaged and, on that
occasion, was of a sufficient scale for you to compensate the village. We are
disappointed that, yet again, the work has caused many more problems than would
work has involved one-way traffic flow with temporary traffic lights. The lights
were initially powered by a generator. Because of the noise problems experienced
last time you installed a water main, local residents objected and persuaded the
contractor to use a battery pack. Over the weekend of 24th June the
traffic lights permanently stopped at red in both directions which obviously
caused traffic chaos. When one resident rang to inform you, she incurred a high
mobile phone charge.
length is something of the order of 110m and we are surprised at the length of
time the work has taken. Residents are particularly angry about the mistakes
that have been made. We are aware of three sewers or drainage pipes, an electric
mains cable and a BT main cable that have been damaged. The damage to the BT
line resulted in many houses not having a telephone for two or three days. There
was also an accident between a JCB excavator and a public service bus.
Given that the
work was going to take some considerable time, we are disappointed that we were
not given any warning or explanation. Surely that would have been a good public
available for your inspection if required.
We would be pleased if you could
advise us on the following points:
Why were the Parish
Council not informed about the work, given that it was going to cause major
disruption in the village and last for a considerable period?
Why have so many
services been damaged by the contractors?
Can you assure the
Council that all repair work to damaged services will be fully, properly and
permanently completed? What undertaking will you provide if further damage is
ultimately found to have occurred?
Will the road be
repaired to a high standard?
There is currently of
pile of stones and rock that have been dumped in a lay-by to the south of the
village which has damaged surrounding trees and plants. How will this be
Why is the phone
Helpline shown on the publicity boards to report the shortcomings of United
Utilities or its contractors not a Freephone number? It is unfair that public
spirited members of the public who ring to point out faults, such as the traffic
lights failing, should have to incur the costs, especially when using a mobile
When will the work be
Council asks United Utilities to consider how the village should now be suitably
compensated for the serious continuing disruption, inconvenience and lost
services resulting from the unsatisfactory standard of work.
We would be
happy to meet a Senior United Utilities executive, competent to deal with all
the above points. If you wish to speak to a member of the Parish Council, please
ring our chairman, Michael Rothwell, on 01524 734585.
looks forward to your reply.
The Clerk had
not received a reply to this letter.
had been approached by the Council, regarding the correct name of Church Lane.
At one time it had been called Kylbarrow Lane. The Council decided that it
should remain as Church Lane.
received from Cllr Mercer, Cllr Fishwick and PC Bassinder.
Minutes of the Meetings held on 17th
were approved and signed by the Chairman Cllr Rothwell.
There were no
This matter had been passed to the
Planning Compliance Officer and the site is to be inspected .The Clerk will
ascertain whether this has been done before the next meeting.
Planning Langdale Demolition of existing tin clad shed and
construction of barn/store
Cllr Jackson left the room because she
has an interest in this application. There has been an e mail objection from a
member of the Parish objecting to the increased size. The Parish Council has no
objections but noted the objection.
Speed Monitoring System
The Clerk of Silverdale Parish
Council had placed this item on their agenda but questioned whether the cost
should be borne by the Parish Council. Yealand Redmayne wondered whether the
cost could be reduced by sharing it with more Councils. No response from Warton.
The Clerk would contact the three Parish Councils again. Cllr Hoskinson
questioned whether the high cost could be justified. Cllr Rothwell confirmed
that they are a deterrent in the areas where they have been used. The Police
cannot prosecute using the SPID but can use Speed Guns if a problem is
Deborah Gwilliam had provided Annual
Crime Figures. There has been one episode of Criminal damage, one assault, two
burglaries and two other thefts. Care should be taken to lock doors, especially
when working in the garden.
A Chevron sign
is to be positioned in front of St Mary’s Church Wall, which has been, damaged
again. The 30mph sign has not yet been repaired. The Clerk to urge that this is
done as soon as possible.
Arnside/Siverdale AONB Landscape
Trust 20th Anniversary
The AONB has allocated £1000 for each
of the five Parish Councils to fund an appropriate project positioned in such a
place where it can be seen and appreciated by the parish community. Cllr Jackson
suggested a toposcope. Other suggestions were a plaque with a short history of
the village or a bench at the top of Peter Lane. Suggestions will be invited in
both the Village and Parish Newsletter. The Clerk would find out if there were a
There has been little progress on
purchase of land to enable the laying of a footpath between the villages. The
County Council would back a low cost scheme but would not be able to contribute
to the cost of buying land. A footpath would meet their criteria of both a
Community and School need. It may be possible to cut the hedges right back and
to paint markings on the road.
Partnership Business Plan
No further action taken on this.
a. Loan to
Village Hall Committee
Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Conyers
Parish Councils had been approached regarding a loan towards the resurfacing of
the Village Hall car park. The parish Council decided against a loan because of
the necessity of drawing up a legal document to safeguard the loan. There was
also no guarantee that the money would cover the cost and there was concern
about the Contractors asking for money ‘up front’.
|Cheques were approved
for repair of Notice board.
Purchase of Spring Bulbs
It was felt that there were sufficient
bulbs planted in the verges.
No correspondence received.