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.
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
There were apologies from P.C. Marsh.
Minutes of the meeting held on 5th September
The Minutes were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr
The Clerk had attended the Parish and Town Council
Conference on 10th November 2012.
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.
The Clerk and Cllr Calnan had attended the Planning
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.
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
£22.50 Yealand Redmayne Parish Council [War Memorial
£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
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
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.
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
www.lancaster.gov.ukmorecambeaap. Consultation events are taking place
throughout the area between 22nd October 2012 and 14th
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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