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Parish Council Minutes - May 2013

Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Parish Council Meeting held on 7th May 2013 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.



Cllrs Calnan, Panton, Mercer, and Jackson, Clerk D. Hancock, Mrs S. Harrison, Cllr James and two members of the Parish.


The Cllrs were welcomed. Cllrs Panton, Jackson and Mercer declined to stand for Chair. Cllr Calnan kindly agreed to stand for Chair for the next few months. She was proposed by Cllr Panton and seconded by Cllr Mercer. Cllr Panton was elected as Vice Chair, proposed by Cllr Calnan, seconded by Cllr Mercer.


Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Declarations of acceptance of Office forms were signed. Cllrs were reminded to inform the Clerk of any changes to the Register of Personal Interests.



There were apologies from Cllr Graham and P.C. Marsh.


Minutes of the Meeting held on Wednesday 7th March 2013

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

Matters Arising

Superfast Broadband

Assurances have been given by the Rural Broadband officer that the original information about Broadband provision is correct. However, BT have advised that they are unable to upgrade the local cabinet that serves Yealand Conyers. At present it is not commercially viable to do so. Christine White has agreed to continue  to act as the Parish representative and thanks is given to her. It was agreed that the Parish Council continue to press for an improvement in services. 

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PAYE and Payroll services

The Clerk has generated and completed P35, P14 and P60 forms for the year 2012-2013.

She has downloaded the new software for PAYE payments in real time. It is impossible to proceed further until a payment is made. It was agreed that if the system proves too difficult to navigate, the services of a Payroll agent will be used.


Dykes Lane

A plan of action was discussed in the Annual Parish Meeting.


Police Report

P.C. Marsh had sent his report by email.



7TH MAY 2013 

In terms of policing geography Yealand Conyers, Yealand Redmayne, and Yealand Storrs together with Silverdale form a beat area. This in term is part of the larger area primarily policed by the Carnforth Neighbourhood Officers from Morecambe Neighbourhood Policing Team. 

These figures are for the crime year 2012/13. This is the same as the financial year and runs 1st April to 31st March. Crimes are recorded and classified in accordance with Home Office rules. These do vary year on year and can produce slight changes in the figures as a result. The figures are for Yealand Conyers as a parish. 

In the last twelve months, 52 incidents were logged relating to Yealand Conyers. This may sound like a large number but incidents are created for nearly every call that is received by the Police and can by for absolutely everything, not just crime and anti-social behaviour. Also to be borne in mind is that for every event we often received several phone calls. For example, a single car accident could be reported by five people and generate five logs. 

8 crimes were reported over the course of the last year (around 15% of all incidents). 3 crimes were reported over the previous year.

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Offence Type





Auto Crime





Burglary (Dwelling)




Sneak in

Burglary (Non-Dwelling)




Includes the attempt at St John’s.




















Tack stolen from stables






Hate Incidents










Crime has risen on the previous year which is disappointing however, when compared with the force and country as the whole the figures are very low. The recent trend in rural theft of taking horse tack is reflected in the figures. There is no trend identified that is cause for concern. 

Throughout the course of the year we have regularly patrolled the village to deter inconsiderate vehicle use and anti-social behaviour. We have had very few reports of either. 

We have not been able to attend as many of the Parish Meetings or Coffee Stops as we would have liked. This has been due to our workload and shift pattern and I apologise.

Cllr Calnan suggested that a notice be placed in the Village Newsletter urging vigilance in securing properties.


Best Kept Village Competition

The Clerk had explained  to the organisers  the reasons for not entering this year. 

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AONB donation

The Parish Council have given £100 to the AONB for many years. Cllrs questioned what this money is used for. Cllr Panton agreed to obtain more information before a donation is given this year.

Cheques were approved and signed:

D. Hancock, £20.00 Petty cash

Yealand Friends Meeting Old School Account £98.00 – room hire

Lancashire County Training Partnership £60.00 Clerk’s Training Course.


Accounts 2012-2013

The Accounts for the year 2012-2013 were presented. The balance on 31.03.2013 was £315.13.

Petty Cash £11.91  Deposit Account £185.27  Current Account £157.44

The Accounts are available for view via the Clerk and will also be placed on the website. The Clerk will write a report for the Auditors.

The Statement of Assurance was approved and signed by the Chair and the Clerk.


Welcome to new Clerk

Mrs Susie Harrison was welcomed by the Parish Council. Mrs Hancock will continue in the Clerk’s role until the end of May. She will continue to liaise with Mrs Harrison as long as required.


Works on trees

There were no objections to the proposed work. This is the felling of two conifers and pruning of two cherries at Old Hall, 59, Yealand Road and pruning of a Portuguese laurel and felling of a cherry at 18-22, Yealand Road. 

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13/00251/FUL Erection of General purpose agricultural utility building on field at rear –Mr Calnan, Green Garth, 19, Yealand Road.

Cllr Calnan left the room whilst the application was discussed. There were no objections. The building will be used for storage only.

Mrs Hancock advised that the work on the Porch at 21 Yealand Road had been fully discussed with the Conservation Officer.

The Chair stressed the importance of liaison with the Conservation Officer at the Planning department.


Dates of next Meetings

The dates of the next meetings are;

Wednesday July 3rd 2013

Tuesday 10th September 2013

Wednesday November 6th 2013

Wednesday January 15th 2014

Wednesday 5th March 2014

Wednesday 7th May 2014


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