Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Meeting held on 2nd September 2009 in the Quaker Meeting
House, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Rothwell, Calnan, Mercer,
Jackson, Clerk D.Hancock and P.C. Marsh.
Mrs Hancock drew attention to the weeds and debris along
the footpath adjacent to Yealand Manor. The ivy that hangs over the wall has
been cut back but it is still difficult to walk along the footpath. Cllr Calnan
agreed to ask John Holmes to clear this area.
Cllrs Calnan and Mercer asked
P.C. Marsh if he could speak to Rogersons about the advertising signs that have
been placed on the verge adjoining the premises. They are a distraction to
P.C. Marsh advised that the
application for the SPIDS has been submitted, but he did not know when speed
monitoring would be resumed.
An apology was received from Cllr Panton.
P.C. Marsh reported that there have been two non dwelling
burglaries, one a shed on Dykes Lane and the other at Rogersons.There have been
two reports of deer poaching in the area. The Police are working with other
agencies to tackle this problem.
A man has been charged with an
offence connected with the distribution of racist leaflets in the village last
The village has been patrolled
regularly to deter anti social behaviour.
Minutes of the meeting held
on 1st July 2009
These were approved and signed by the Chairman Cllr
Vegetation Dykes Lane
There is no evidence that any clearance has been done.
Stopping –Up Order Dykes Lane
There has been no correspondence regarding the area in
front of the Police House.
The application for the verge
adjacent to Clifford Barn is still under consideration.
Best Kept Village
Yealand Conyers had not been
successful this year but the judges had been impressed by the quality of the
entries. The Parish Council felt that residents had a made an effort and that
it would be worth entering next year. Cllr Calnan agreed to write a short piece
for the Notice Board, in which she would thank everyone for their contribution
in improving the appearance of the village.
Liability re the Pond
Cllr Panton had spoken to David Askew at the Landscape
Trust regarding liability. He advised that if the ‘hazard ‘i.e. pond, cave,
cliff were a natural hazard the landowner or manager was not responsible for any
accident. Obviously the landowner should exercise a reasonable and sensible
level of care but it is the individuals using the site or his/her organisation
who are responsible. There has been a test case recently and further advice can
be obtained from the Country Landowners Association and Lancaster City Council.
Cllr Calnan asked what a
reasonable and sensible level of care would involve . It was felt that there was
no point discussing this matter further whilst we were not in negotiation with
A cheque for £86.25 was approved
for the Audit fee.
A cheque for £60.00 was approved for Room hire.
Conclusion of Audit
The audit opinion has been
given. The Annual Return has been approved and accepted by the Council.
Matters arising from audit.
The Auditors felt that the level
of Fidelity Guarantee is insufficient in light of the Bank balances held on 31st
March 2009 and the amount of the precept then received in April 2009. The
Council were advised to review the level of cover annually . The Parish Council
felt they have sufficient security measures in place to protect against
potential loss. The Parish Council decided that the cost of increasing the
insurance was disproportionate to the risk involved.
Village SOS initiative
Cllrs had been asked to read the
brief and think whether this would be appropriate for our village. The Village
SOS initiative, a partnership between the BBC and the Big Lottery Fund will
challenge villages to come up with brilliant ideas for new businesses to help to
revive their communities. The Parish Council applauded the ideals behind the
project but did not know how it could be applied to our parish.