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Parish Council Minutes - March 2011




Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Parish Meeting held on 15th March 2011 in the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers.



Cllrs Calnan, Panton, Mercer and Jackson and Clerk D. Hancock. 


Open meeting

Cllr Panton drew attention to a planning application for a 50m high wind turbine at Burton service station. This would be seen from the Parish. Questions were raised over whether the efficiency of a wind turbine outweighed the impact on the landscape. The Clerk agreed to contact the planning office to find out why the Parish council had not been asked for comments.

Several notices had been placed around the village advising that dog owners with dogs off the leash would be photographed and reported to the police. P.C.Marsh had advised that in law dogs should be kept under control but are not required to be leashed at all times. P.C. Marsh had advised that the wording on the notices should be revised.

Cllr Jackson reported dog fouling on Church Lane. Cllr Calnan suggested that a notice be placed in the Village News letter stating that action would be taken if the culprits are seen to be allowing their dogs to foul the footpaths.   



There were apologies from Cllr Rothwell, Cllr Fishwick and P.C. Marsh. 


Minutes of the meeting held on the 5th January 2011

These were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr Calnan. 


Matters Arising


The job of replacement of the road signs is still outstanding. The Clerk had requested that the Highways department repair potholes in the road on the approach to the village on Yealand Road. The kerb is also collapsing in that area. The Clerk has also advised the department that the hedge at the bottom of Roseacre Lane is being undermined. This is because heavy vehicles drive too close to the edge of the road.

The owner of the wall on Dykes lane has been required to monitor the wall, and to repair it as necessary.

Parish Council Elections 

The Clerk has obtained the election packages. She will also post the Notice of Election. The Clerk holds a copy of the Electoral Role.  The completed nomination forms have to be returned during the week commencing25th March 2011. The Town Hall has requested that the Annual meeting is held no earlier than 16th May 2011. Therefore a date was arranged for Tuesday 17th May.

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Police Report 

The Clerk presented a report on behalf of P.C . Marsh. There have been two burglaries. A chain saw has been taken for a garage and an electric fire has been taken from the Friends Meeting House. Residents are reminded to make sure that they keep windows locked and doors secure. The Police patrol the village every day. There have been additional patrols in the area due to a rural crime operation ,targeting those criminals active in the area.

There have been a number of sheep worrying incidents. The Police are doing what they can to support farmers and will take action against irresponsible dog owners.

The Clerk advised that she will ask for a police presence during the Open Gardens event. This has now been arranged for the 25th June 2011. The school fete will also be held on the same day. Therefore there will probably be increased traffic through the village. 



Cheques were approved

   Relyant gardening £98.00

   Clerk’s wages and expenses £332.00

   Best kept village competition fee £12.00

   Alan White Web Site fee £56.40

The LALC bill has not arrived. 


War Memorial

The War Memorials Trust have approved a grant of £50 towards the cleaning of the stone work. The Parish Council agreed to appoint Tony Holmes to undertake this work. The Clerk will liase with him re a contract and start date. 


Lengthsman’s duties

It was agreed that a new list of duties should be drawn up. The Clerk had been approached by the PCC of St John’s Church to see if the Lengthsman would cut back the ivy on the Church wall. There was some concern that this could set a precedent. It was agreed that the Parish  council would be prepared to offer £20 towards the cost of this work. The Clerk will ask John Holmes to quote for this work before responding to the PCC.

Cllr Mercer agreed to raise the points in the Best Kept Village report with the Village Hall committee.  It may be that they could improve the areas mentioned without involving the Lengthsman. The Clerk will enclose a covering letter with the Best Kept village application stating where our responsibility lies.

The Clerk had received a document from Lancashire County Council asking for applications to a pilot scheme, which would deliver public rights of way maintenance. There would be money available to fund a wider set of duties under the lengthsman scheme. All existing parish lengthsman schemes will be subject to review. The Clerk

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will ask for clarification on this matter because the Parish Council pay the Lengthsman out of the precept and do not have a separate budget. 



11/00025/LB Listed building application for creation of an ensuite and associated works, relocation of extractor fan and secondary double glazing to all windows and doors. Flat 6, Yealand house, Yealand Conyers.  

There were no objections to this application.

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