Yealand Conyers Parish Council

 

HomeCouncillorsMeetingsCouncil MinutesInformationAccountsNewsletterMapsPhotosEventsParish Plan

Parish Council Minutes - May 2007

 

 

 

Website © 2007 Abbey Web Services

Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Annual Parish Meeting held on 16th May 2007 in the Quaker Meeting House, Yealand Conyers.

Present 

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 

Council Meetings

There were six Parish Council meetings, including the Annual Parish Council meeting. 

Planning Matters

We were asked to consider 7 planning applications:

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. 

Carnforth Connect

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. 

Lengthsman

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. 

Highways

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. 

Neighbourhood Watch

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. 

Website

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 events. 

Accounts

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. 

Councillors

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. 

Accounts

The Clerk had copies of the Accounts for the year 2006/2007.

Discussion
 

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 Village. 

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.