Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Council Meeting held on 5th September 2012 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs. Calnan, Butler, Mercer and Jackson, Cllr Fishwick,
Stephanie Manley of the Westmoreland Gazette, and Clerk D. Hancock.
Cllr Butler raised concerns about tipping on land adjacent
to the A6. He was assured that this had been investigated. The land owner was
using the area for storage and because it is private land, the Parish Council
has no power to intervene. Cllr Butler also raised concerns about the ongoing
deterioration of the state of road on Dykes Lane. This is now covered with thick
debris encroaching the Highway. Overhanging trees obscure the 30mph sign and
large vehicles would certainly brush against the foliage.
Mr Rothwell had written to the Parish Council requesting
that they review whether rate payers are getting value for money from the
Lengthsman. There are several areas where nettles and weeds encroach onto the
road and footpaths.
The 30mph signs on the east side of Yealand Road is
obscured as are the signs at the top of Snape Lane. These are falling over. The
benches at the top of Snape Lane are encroached by weeds. Mr Rothwell asked
whether the Parish Council should consider waiting until there is a noticeable
improvement before entering the Best Kept Village competition again.
The Clerk confirmed that we had not been placed in the Best
Kept Village competition.
John Holmes has invoiced the Parish Council for £39.00 on
16.5.12 for labour and application of weedkiller at the Rose Acre Junction, both
sides of Yealand Road, and the pump seating area. He invoiced for £30 on 31.7.12
for clearing weeds around the drains at the New Inn bus stop.
The Lengthsmanís contract budgets for a maximum of eight
hours per month during the summer months. The hours worked fall well short of
this and it is obvious that a lot more input is required.
The Parish Council agreed to ask whether the Community
Payback scheme could be utilised to remove weeds and strim the areas where
shrubs encroach onto the footpath.
The Clerk will contact Highways regarding 30mph signs. She
will ask for a site visit to Dykes Lane and point out the areas where there is
debris which is now inches thick. She will request that action should be taken
over the boundary on the north side.
The Parish Council will consider at the November meeting,
whether permanent extra help should be sought.
The Clerk advised that there would be temporary buildings
erected in the field adjacent to the West of Footeran lane. A planning
application for a permanent building is pending. This land now belongs to Mr
There were apologies from Cllrs Panton, Cllr graham and
Minutes of the Meeting held on 6th June 2012
The minutes were accepted and signed by the Chair, Cllr
Fire Safety Initiative.
There will be a leaflet drop to every householder from 25th-28th
September. This will be followed by a visit to all properties. All residents
will have the opportunity to arrange a free home safety visit.
The Clerk had been asked to write to Robinsonís Brewery to
ask why work on the roof had stopped. Attention was drawn to the fact that
ladders are left unattended and on public view. She had been assured that work
will recommence in October.
The AONB are going to provide new notice boards. There will
be no cost to the Parish Council.
Cllr Fishwick advised the Parish Council that there has
been no date fixed for the 20mph speed limit. She agreed to enquire on progress.
She suggested that the Parish Council should discuss whether the Parishioners
felt that 30mph limits should be extended, once a timetable is available.
There has been no application for providing a gate across
the entrance to the land from Dykes Lane and for the treatment of the boundary
of the land with the adjoining field. The Clerk will raise this matter with the
Cllr Butler confirmed that he would be able to write a
short piece for the next newsletter. This would include an update on the
appearance of the village and the Parish Councilís response to the Leighton Hall
Redevelopment of existing Leighton Hall Home Farm
complex, including conversion, extensions and new build to 19 self catering
holiday units with associated parking and landscaping
Cllr Calnan and the Clerk had attended a meeting with J.
Rehman, the dedicated planning Officer for this application. Our concerns about
increased traffic and access to the area were raised. Consideration will be
given to these points. The Planning meeting will be held on 17th
September. The Planning Officerís report will be available on the web site one
week prior to the meeting.
Yealand Manor. Change of use of upper storey of Coach
House to ancillary residential accommodation
Erection of a two storey extension to the side and a two
storey extension to the rear, the Sheiling, Church Lane
Since the 1st May there have been ten incidents
relating to Yealand Conyers. These mostly relate to highway problems on the A6.
There have been a number of calls relating to door to door sales. Residents are
reminded to use door chains if fitted, or, if in any doubt, not to answer the
door. The village has been patrolled regularly. A rural crime operation is
planned for October.
Landscape Trust Yealands Weekend
This will take place on 22nd -23rd
September and all residents are encouraged to attend. Information has been sent
out with the Village Newsletter. Help is needed in the Village Hall providing
refreshments. The Clerk can provide contact details for the organiser.
Adoption of a Code Of Conduct
All the Councillors agreed to adopt the Model Code of
Conduct. The Clerk will advise the Standards Officer.
The Clerk advised the Parish Council that Cllrs will have
to apply for a dispensation in order to discuss fixing the Precept. This applies
to all Cllrs whose property interests makes them liable to Council tax. This
matter will be put on the November agenda.
Cheques were approved and signed
£60 Audit fee
£30 Relyant gardening
£20 D. Hancock Petty cash
Conclusion of Audit
The Annual Return has been approved. The Conclusion of
Audit Notice has been placed on the Notice Board.
Matters arising from audit
There were no matters arising from the Audit.
Cllr Jackson and the Clerk had attended the AGM of the
Canal Trust. Work continues on opening up the canal at Stainton. The Publicity
officer agreed to provide information for the Yealands weekend. There will be a
walk along the canal, where it runs through the parish.
There will be Parish Council representatives at the
Leighton Hall Planning Meeting.
There are two spare Jubilee mugs. Cllr Jackson expressed
the desire to buy one. The other will be offered for sale at Coffee stop.
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