Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Meeting held on 15th November 2011 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.
Cllr Calnan, Panton, Mercer,
Butler and Cllr Graham together with clerk D. Hancock.
Cllr Butler drew attention to the overhanging vegetation
on Dykes Lane that is obscuring the 30mph sign. The Clerk will contact Highways
and also ask them to inspect the wall to the north of Dykes Lane. The owners of
the property have repaired the wall on Yealand Road. The Clerk will also enquire
when work on the road markings on the A6 will commence.
Cllr Graham passed copies of correspondence to Yealand
School involving possible purchase of land for a footpath. She indicated that
the County Council would maintain a footpath but that it would be up to the
Parish councils to lease or buy land. The Clerk agreed to contact the LAPTC as
to the legal position of the Parish Council on these two options. Cllr Panton
agreed to ask the AONB about rules on permissive footpaths.
Cllr Graham has written a short piece explaining the two
key planning documents on Land allocation and Development management. This will
be circulated to the Parish Councillors and possibly a shortened version could
be included in the Parish magazine and Village newsletter.
Cllr Graham confirmed that the County Council were able
to spray weed killer in May and September. This can be done in addition to the
work done by the Lengthsman.
There were apologies from Cllr Fishwick and P.C. Marsh,
Minutes of the Meeting held on September 7th
These were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr
Cllr Panton had taken advice from the Chairman of FELLS.
She was advised that it was pointless opposing a Planning Application which has
been passed. The Parish Council agreed not to pursue this matter.
Communication on the work of the Parish Council
The minutes of the Parish Councils are now exchanged by
email. It is hoped that we can work together on issues that affect both
Parishes. Cllr Butler agreed to draft an item about the work of the Parish
Council, which can be included in the Village newsletter.
P.C. Marsh ‘s email report stated that although there had
been fifty incidents reported in the Silverdale / Yealands area, only one had
been recorded as a crime. This was an assault. The Police continue to patrol the
village in order to deter anti social behaviour / driving.
Cllr Butler drew attention to an article from the Daily
Telegraph regarding theft from War memorials. The Clerk will contact the war
Memorials Trust for information on Smart Water, a method for identifying stone
The Parish Council has been advised that Nineteen Acre
Lane and Rose Acre lane have been added to the precautionary treatment route in
the Yealand Conyers area so that there are now two treated routes to the A6.
There is also an existing grit bin at the end of Dykes lane so the provision of
an extra grit bin on Dykes Lane is not considered a necessity. However the Cllrs
felt that the residents who live on Dykes Lane would still have difficulty
driving to gritted roads.
Cllr Panton will approach Mr Green and ask him whether he
would be willing to have a grit bin placed on the grass verge close to his
property and to be responsible for grit spreading. The Parish Council Insurance
would cover any Public Liability. Householders are able to put in measures to
de-ice the areas outside their properties as long as these fall within the
The Clerk will request extra information about Envirocare
grit bins and enquire whether the City Council would be prepared to sell grit
directly to the Parish Council. She will also ask whether permission is needed
prior to placing a bin on the grass verge.
Best Kept Village
Although the Parish did not win in this year’s
competition, the Parish Council feel that it is still worth entering. The
competition encourages participation in keeping a tidy village.
Signage for St. Mary’s Church
The Chair declared an interest in this matter but was
invited to remain in the meeting. The Secretary of the PPC had asked whether two
road signs might be erected to read St Mary’s RC Church and Hall. These, with
appropriate direction arrows would be sited at either end of Dykes Lane. The
Clerk had sought guidance from the Highways Authority. The Authority was unable
to agree with the request for the following reasons. They felt that the Church
could be found relatively easily following the general signage to Yealand
Conyers. The erection of additional signage to the Church would add to highway
clutter, particularly in a rural parish. There are no directional signs to
churches prescribed in the Traffic Signs regulations that would be applicable to
St. Mary’s Church. Brown tourist signs would not be appropriate as these are
restricted to cathedrals or churches with special historic or architectural
interest. Cllr Butler indicated that he would be unhappy about an increase in
the number of signs.
There was also disquiet over whether one place of worship
should have signage when the other do not. The Clerk will explain the situation
to the Secretary of the Pastoral Council.
Cheques were approved and signed:
£25 Relyant Gardening
£312 Clerk’s wages
£309.60 Zurich Insurance
The Parish Council agreed to a Long-term agreement for 5
years. The following areas of cover have been increased at no extra cost to the
Council. Public liability Indemnity Limit £10,000,000 and Fidelity Guarantee
The Clerk will now set up the PAYE system for the Parish
Beacons for the Diamond Jubilee
The Parish Council agreed that because there is an
existing Beacon on Warton Crag, there is no necessity for another one. However
the Parish Council expressed a wish to be involved with shared village
Reports from meetings
Cllrs Calnan and Butler had attended a meeting at Yealand
Redmayne Parish Council, where they had been updated with changes to the
planning laws. The Planning emphasised that any new housing planning
applications would give precedence to low cost housing for rural workers. The
Planning department will give free advice on applications. The Clerk reminded
Cllrs that all outside changes require consent within the AONB.
Cllr Calnan had attended the PACT meeting where Sgt Bond
spoke about crime issues in the area. Cllr Mercer agreed to attend the next
meeting on 4th January 2012.
Representatives for the Archbishop Hutton Trust and
The Parish Council agreed that Dawn Hancock should be the
representative for Yealand Conyers. This post alternates between the two Parish
Councils every four years.
Cllr Butler agreed to be the AONB representative. Cllr
Jackson now represents the NFU.
11/00882/RENU. Renewal of application 08/01228/FUL for
various alterations and extensions, The Sheiling, Church Lane, Yealand Conyers.
There were no objections to the renewed application,
except that the boundary hedge is retained.
Planning Application 11/00727/FUL
Conversion and alteration to existing garage to create
a granny annexe, 53 Yealand Road, Yealand Conyers.
The Chair had responded to this application on behalf of
the Parish Council. Objections had raised regarding the access to the property,
the suitability of the building to a change of use and the proposed sewage
Parish Council Notice Board
As part of the 40th Anniversary of the AONB
there has been an offer for the installation of new Parish Notice Boards. These
would contain a map of the AONB and a few words about the area. The
installation would be undertaken by the AONB volunteers. The Parish Council
agreed that it would be helpful to have an extra board.
The Clerk will express an interest in this project. She
will also ask for an update on Planning policy within the AONB.
The Clerk will also ask the Quaker meeting House board if
they have any objections to the placement of another board alongside the
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