Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Annual Parish Meeting held on 16th May 2007 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllr Rothwell [chairman] Cllrs Calnan and Mercer, Clerk,
D.Hancock plus five members of the Parish.
The Chairman Cllr Rothwell presented his report.
Annual Meeting - 2007
There were six Parish Council meetings, including the
Annual Parish Council meeting.
We were asked to consider 7
31 Yealand Road – 2 storey
extension. No objection. Permission was granted.
Beechfield – retrospective
application for a pond. No objection. Permission was granted.
Bank Barn – disabled access.
No objection although we did question some details on the application.
Permission was granted.
Langdales – replacement of
tin shed. No objection. Permission was granted.
19 Yealand Road – creation
of track. No objection. Permission was granted.
Yealand School – temporary
classroom. No objection. Permission was granted.
Kilross Lodge – new
vehicular access. We asked the City Council to consider an alternative
scheme which would reduce the amount of hedgerow that would need to be removed
whilst not making access any more difficult. The applicant has revised the plans
accordingly and permission was granted.
Kilross Lodge – enforcement.
We understand that the porch which has recently been started requires
planning permission. There is still a requirement for the several windows to be
replaced in accordance with the original plan.
It has been disappointing that the County Council has shown
great reluctance to support the service. As a temporary measure we donated £500
whilst other sources of financing were sought. We are pleased that the service
will continue for the time being.
Best Kept Village Competition
We have decided to enter the
competition this coming year with the hope that it might encourage residents to
keep their area tidy.
We now employ our own lengthsman, John Holmes. Thank you to
Cllr Calnan for organising his work schedule. I think we need to be more
proactive in requesting work to keep the village tidy, especially in the light
of the Best Kept Village Competition.
At our request a chevron sign has been placed outside St.
Mary’s church in the hope that it will reduce the number of vehicles demolishing
the wall. I reported last year that we have asked Highways to look at the legal
situation regarding the 30mph signs. There is some concern that having one
rather than a pair might mean that the speed limit is not enforceable. Highways
have now agreed to install additional signs in this financial year. We need to
follow up our request to repaint the white lines at the top of Snape Lane.
We asked for a damaged 30 mph sign at the south of the
village to be replaced with a cranked sign. This has been completed.
Speeding is a recurrent concern. We did consider purchasing
a speed monitoring system (SPID) jointly with other villages. Warton and
Silverdale decided against participation so we will continue to rely on the
police to make speed checks in the area.
Water main repairs
There was considerable disruption in June when Balfour
Beatty, on behalf of United Utilities, carried out alterations to the water main
on Yealand Road. Unfortunately they managed to damage sewers, drainage pipes,
electricity mains and a BT main cable. There was also an accident between a bus
and a JCB excavator. They also used a lay-by at the south of the village to
store materials. We wrote to United Utilities but got an unsatisfactory
response. In their reply they claimed that the lay-by had been restored. We had
photographic evidence to demonstrate that this was not the case. We contacted
Highways who served a notice on United Utilities to restore the lay-by and
reinstate the grass verge.
AONB Landscape Trust 20th Anniversary
We have been offered £1,000 which we have decided to spend
on improving access to the pond next to the Village Hall car park. We have now
received two quotations and need to consider the next stage.
School Travel Plan
Despite a lot of hard work it has not been possible to make
progress on having a footpath between the two villages. The County Council would
only back a low-cost scheme. Unfortunately one landowner would give permission
only if his land were purchased by the County Council.
I would like to thank Roy
Bentley who has acted as our coordinator since September 2000. He is leaving the
area so we need a replacement.
Thank you again to Alan White for maintaining our website.
It also contains a copy of “The Yealands” newsletter as well as the list of
The precept was increased slightly to £1,500. There is a
healthy balance, but £1,000 is still earmarked for the MUGA. Thank you to Dawn
as treasurer and George Heaton as internal auditor.
We were sorry to receive the resignation of Pat Hoskinson
who is moving away. Thank you to her and all the other councillors for their
contributions through the year. All the remaining councillors have been
re-elected, without a contest. Thank you to Dawn for again for doing an
excellent job as clerk and treasurer.
The Clerk had copies of the Accounts for the year
Mrs Heaton asked if the Parish Council had any idea when
the Stagecoach bus service would cease. Cllr Fishwick had indicated that once
the Carnforth Connect Service had been assured, consideration would be given as
to whether the contract for Stagecoach would be renewed.
Ms Panton advised the Parish Council that the care of the
verges on Dykes Lane were now subject to the agreement of a Stopping up Order.
This would remove the maintenance from the Highways into private ownership.
Mr Bentley had been Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator since
September 2000. He is now moving and Mrs Hancock agreed to take over this role.
She will write to thank Mr Bentley on behalf of the Parish Council and the
Cllr Calnan asked if the Cleansing department could be
contacted re the Bin Vans blocking the road in Dykes Lane. Vehicles cannot pass
and have to back onto Yealand Road. If one of the refuse collectors could warn
traffic that they cannot turn into Dykes Lane during the period of collection, a
potential accident will be avoided.