Cllrs Calnan, Jackson,
Mercer and Butler, Clerk D. Hancock and two members of the Parish, Mr and Mrs
Mr and Mrs White
reported that they and the Clerk had attended the BARN meeting in Arkholme.
Although this scheme would provide good Broadband speeds, there would be all
sorts of hurdles to overcome to bring a link over from Borwick. It would
involve both a manpower and financial commitment from the whole Parish. However
the latest update from Mr Sutton, Assistant Chief Executive, Lancaster County
Council states that Yealand Conyers will be included in the superfast Broadband
roll out. Funding has now been approved for this scheme. There is still a
problem of the ‘black hole' at the top of Dykes Lane. It was agreed to wait
until the roll out commenced. Then the Parish Council could push for a service
for the whole Parish. The Clerk is also in correspondence with BT. The
Complaints team have been asked to find out about the specific problems in our
area. It was agreed that the Clerk should send average upload and download
speeds from several households in the Parish. Mr and Mrs White agreed to
continue in their useful work in liaising with all parties.
There were apologies
from Cllrs Panton, Fishwick and Graham and P.C. Marsh.
Minutes of the
Meeting held on 5th February 2013
The Minutes were
approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr Calnan.
12/01091/FUL, erection of two storey extension, The Sheiling, Church Lane has
The undergrowth to the
north of Dykes Lane has not been cut back. The Clerk will contact Highways
again. The wall to the south has partly collapsed. Although this will be
attended to, the safe navigation of the road continues to be a concern.
P.C. Marsh had sent a
report by email. Eight incidents have been reported. There has been a burglary
at St. John’s Church. Nothing was taken but damage was caused. A suspect has
been arrested. The village is regularly patrolled to deter anti social behaviour
Cheques were approved
Clerk’s wages and
LALC annual fee £39.49
Support Services Ltd, website £56.40
This had been covered
in the Open Meeting.
Changes on HMRC
rules on PAYE
From April 2013 HMRC
rules are changing. PAYE details will have to be sent every time a wage is paid.
Other details will have to be provided such as hours worked, staff changes
employees paid below the National Insurance Lower Earnings Limit. At present the
Clerk pays PAYE quarterly. She suggested that the Clerk should be paid quarterly
rather than twice yearly. The Parish Council could make use of one of the
payroll services for Parish Councils. This would cost £16.25 per quarter.
It was agreed that the
Clerk should write to the Lengthsman for Silverdale and ask for a quote for
removing the weeds along Yealand Road. This may need to be done more than once a
year. John Holmes could then concentrate on other tasks. Cllr Butler asked that
the Owner of Yealand Manor could be asked to cut back the hedge where it
encroaches onto Yealand Road. Overhanging branches make it impossible to walk
along the pavement.
The Clerk will write
to Highways and if the deeply rutted road verges on Dykes Lane, Roseacre Lane
and Church Lane could be cleared.
Cllr Mercer will ask
if overhanging branches can be cut back from the gardens of the Quaker
Community Payback has
funding for the next financial year and could be used again. The work they did
Two candidates have
been interviewed. A decision was taken on appointment of a new Clerk. Cllr
Jackson thanked Cllr Calnan for all the work that she had done on the selection
The Cllrs agreed the
wording of a new contract and agreed a pay scale.