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Parish Council Minutes - November 2012




Minutes of the Yealand Conyers Parish Council Meeting held on 13th November 2012 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.



Cllrs Calnan, Panton, Mercer, Butler and Jackson together with Cllrs Fishwick and Graham.


Open Meeting

Cllr Fishwick presented some leaflets which encourage the use of libraries in Lancaster. She also had some new bus timetables. Extra ones will soon be available for display in the Notice Board Cabinet.

Cllr Mercer advised that she wished to ask if there were any objections to the widening of the entrance to 22 Yealand Road. They also wished to reduce the height of the  stone wall. The use of mirrors in the opposite field was not appropriate. Cllrs were happy that the wall should be reduced to one meter so that the sight line might be improved.

Cllr Panton requested further information as to why it would not be possible to bring super fast broadband to the houses at the top of Dykes Lane. Cllr Fishwick agreed to investigate this matter.

Dawn Hancock had attended the Public Meeting at Carnforth Railway Station where the Land Allocation plans for Lancaster were available. There are no potential development areas in either Yealand Conyers or Yealand Redmayne.



There were apologies from P.C. Marsh.


Minutes of the meeting held on 5th September 2012

The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr Calnan.


Matters Arising

20mph signs

The Clerk had attended the Parish and Town Council Conference on 10th November 2012.

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She had been advised that Lancashire County Council aim to deliver 20mph sign only speed limits in all main residential areas and outside all schools by Dec 2013. Parish Councils are invited to comment on this scheme prior to consultation. At present Yealand Conyers Parish Council have requested that the 20mph limit is enforced outside the school and that the 30mph limit be extended on Roseacre Lane and Dykes Lane to the junction of the A6. After some discussion the wish of the majority of the Parish Council was to request that consideration be given to a 20mph limit throughout the village.

The Clerk had been advised that if drivers drive over the limit in the enforceable 20mph areas they could be required to attend a skills and attitude course.

Best kept Village

The Report stated that the two Churches and the Quaker Meeting House were well maintained. The Friends Meeting House is an oasis of tranquillity and should be considered for a Certificate of Merit. Once again the weeds on the roads and pavements had let us down. It was also noted that there are overgrown hedges and bushes at some private properties. The map needs to be improved. Action has been taken on many of the points raised. A shortened version of this report will be placed in the Village Newsletter. Consideration will be given as to whether we enter again next year.

Leighton Hall

The Clerk and Cllr Calnan had attended the Planning Meeting. 

Planning permission has been granted for nineteen holiday cottages at Leighton Hall. This is dependent on the 106 agreement. The condition is that £28,000 be put into the local bus service, £7000 over four years. Construction traffic will be limited to using the roads within working hours. Work is expected to commence mid 2013.


Police Report

P.C. Marsh had sent his report. There have been two crimes reported, the theft of an electric fence energiser, Snape lane and the attempted burglary to stables on Dykes Lane. An incident when ball bearing guns were used at the school was resolved through Restorative Justice. Northern Division Road Policing Unit has been carrying out speed enforcement duties.



Cheques were approved and signed

£78.00 Relyant Gardening

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£22.50 Yealand Redmayne Parish Council [War Memorial  Cleansing] 

£312.00 Clerk’s wages

£309.60 Zurich municipal

Cllr Jackson paid £6.96 for her Jubilee Mug

A fee of £6.40 rail fare to Preston for the Lancashire Parish and Town Council Conference will be taken from petty cash. 


Lengthsman and update on Community Payback

The Clerk and Chair had met with Ian Welsby, Head of Highways, and walked around the village indicating the areas in need of attention. He agreed that Community Payback would be suitable for these tasks but if there were areas that they could not clear, the Highways team would help. There are financial constraints and it would be of low priority.

There was a further meeting with the Probation Officer, who agreed that three days’ work would make a significant difference. However, the Health and Safety Officer will not allow the Community Payback Scheme to work where there are no pavements.

The Lengthsman has now done clearance of the nettles on Peter Hill and cut back weeds around the bend at St. Mary’s Church and Yealand Road.

The Highways team will cut back vegetation to the north of Dykes Lane during this financial quarter.

The Parish Council agreed that Community Payback should be ask to clear areas where they are allowed to work.

A new list of tasks will be set for the Lengthsman and finalised at the January meeting. Larger clearing jobs should be contracted out next year. The Lengthsman from Silverdale has indicated that he would be willing to take on specific jobs.


Role of Clerk 2013-2014

The Clerk advised that she wished to resign after the meeting in May 2013. She stated that the role of the Clerk has increased over the last ten years. A new Clerk would expect to work

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at least 2 ½ hours per week and could claim more office  expenses and IT support. The Parish Council should also be prepared to pay for training and mileage.

It was agreed that the post will be advertised in January. A job description will be drawn up at the January meeting.  Consideration will be given as to the appropriate places to advertise the job.


Dispensation for Councillors

The Clerk has received letters from all the Councillors asking for dispensation when discussing financial matters such as the Precept.

Cllrs have been asked by the Monitoring Officer to fill in Notification of Other Interest Forms. A copy of the Code of Conduct will also be sent to the Monitoring Officer. 


Local Plan

Consultation on the draft Local Development Plan will  take place this Autumn. This will consist of Development Management, Morecambe Area Action Plan and Land Allocations Development Plan. All member of the Parish are invited to comment on the proposals. The documents can be viewed on or Consultation events are taking place throughout the area between 22nd October 2012 and 14th December2012.


Dates of next meetings

It was agreed to hold the next meetings on Tuesday 8th January and Wednesday  20th March 2013.


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