Minutes of the Yealand Conyers
Parish Meeting held on 7th September 2011 in the Quaker Old School, Yealand Conyers.
Cllrs Calnan, Mercer, Jackson, Panton and Butler, Clerk
D. Hancock, City Cllr Kath Graham, Cllr Macklin, Clerk S. Brown and Mr Brown.
Cllr Calan welcomed Cllr Macklin
and S. Brown and hoped that we could work together on issues that affect both
Mrs Hancock had received
information from the Environment Agency regarding the registration of septic
tanks. The requirement to register was the result of regulations made in 2010 by
the Defra and the Welsh Government as part of the implementation of the European
Union Water Framework Directive. Registration was considered to provide the
lightest touch approach to meet legal obligations. The Environment Agency are
now undertaking a joint review with government on the requirement to register
small domestic discharges in England, details of which will be announced in the
next few weeks. While the review is underway there is no requirement to register
septic tanks in England. Householders may still register if they wish. This can
be done by visiting the Environment Agency website.
Cllr Graham advised that the
City Council is responsible for clearing the sides of the roads and the County
Council is responsible for the footpaths. She agreed to find out how this
applies to Parish Councils that employ a Lengthsman.
There were apologies from P.C. Marsh.
Minutes of the meeting held
on 6th July 2011
These were approved and signed by the Chair, Cllr
Weeds on Yealand Road
The weeds have been dealt with
by the Lengthsman. The ivy has been cut back although there is still debris on
the road which requires removal.
Yealand Redmayne Parish council have placed a notice in
the Village newsletter stating that the City Council’s dog wardens are now
making regular visits to the area and have issued two on the spot fines. Free
dog waste bags are available from Coffee Stop and Yealand Redmayne Cllrs. Cllr
Butler had drafted an insert fro the newsletter urging dog owners to clean up
after their dogs. Bagged waste can be placed in domestic grey bins or in the two
communal bins within Yealand Conyers. Cllr Calnan thought that some culprits do
not reside within the Parishes. However it was agreed
that time should be allowed to
see if these measures work, before increasing the use of wardens
The application for a wind
turbine at Burton services has been passed. Cllr Panton expressed concern that
the views of local people have been ignored. The application was passed without
the availability of wind speed data. Planning applications for wind turbines
require the use of an ammeter. It was agreed that Cllr Panton draft a letter to
the Planning Department and David Morris MP with advice from the FELLS advisor.
It has not been possible to arrange speakers to speak for and against methods of
alternative energy but it is hoped that this can be arranged for a later date.
P.C. Marsh had sent a report in which he stated that
there have been no crimes reported. There has been one collision on the A6. The
Police have continued to patrol the village regularly in order to deter
antisocial behaviour and bad driving. It has not been possible to conduct any
speed enforcement. P.C. Marsh has been appointed Community Beat manager for
Carnforth in addition to his other duties. Cllr Calnan asked if a rota could be
formed between Cllrs from both parishes in order to attend the PACT [Carnforth
Police and Communities Together] meetings . These are held on the first
Wednesday of each month at 18.30 in the Carnforth Civic Hall. Many of the issues
are the same as those raised within Parish Councils.
The Clerk agreed to Contact P.C. Marsh regarding the
increasing number of signs by the road at Rogersons.
Cheques were approved
BDOLLP audit fee £60
Relyant Gardening £40
Yealand Friends meeting for room
Conclusion of Audit
The Audit opinion has been
given. The Annual return has been approved and accepted by the Council. The
Conclusion of Audit notice will be placed on the Notice Board.
Matters arising from Audit
The Auditors asked that the
Parish Council consider whether the level of Fidelity guarantee was sufficient
to protect the monies held. The Parish Council agreed that the cover should not
be increased. The Clerk agreed to ask the chair to sign the bank statements and
that the balances be made available to each councillor prior to the meetings.
National Planning Policy
The Clerk had asked the Cllrs to read an article from the
Journal of Local Planning regarding Government proposals to simplify national
Planning guidance .The
statement that ‘there is no necessary contradictions
between increased levels of development and protecting and enhancing the
environment’ have raised concerns.
Neighbourhood plans will have powers and that the
restrictions that stand from being within an AONB will continue. There is a
small area of the parish that lies outside the AONB.
Lancaster City Council is
committed to building 400 new homes a year and various sites have been suggested
as possible plots for building. One could be the field to the north of Well lane
with around forty houses potentially built. It was agreed that the Clerk offer
objections to this proposal. Our parish plan was only in favour of small
developments of low cost housing. A development of forty houses would have a
major impact on the area in terms of traffic along narrow lanes and the demand
on utilities as well as the impact on the landscape. The Clerk would give
details of the link to the Planning consultation portal to the cllrs.
At present no areas in Yealand
Conyers have been identified as possible building plots. Cllr Calnan urged all
cllrs to keep informed on these potential changes to planning laws.
Reports from Meetings
The Clerk had attended a meeting on Low Carbon AONB which
addressed the commitment of the AONB to reduce their carbon footprint. Climate
change means that our environment will change and the AONB are keen to promote
energy saving measures whilst protecting the landscape. Various renewable energy
technologies were discussed. This will have an impact on how planning
applications for solar panels and woodland and wetland management are viewed.
The Clerk would place information on the notice board on
how parishioners could receive free independent local energy advice in order to
improve energy efficiency in their own homes.
Bulky items disposal day
Bulky matters had asked if they could arrange a disposal
day for unwanted items for the two parishes. The charge is £3/item. It was
agreed to try to arrange a date for 28th October when the village
hall car park would be free. Information would be sent to the Village
Increasing awareness of the work of the Parish Council
Cllr Calnan felt that many parishioners were not aware of
the work that the parish Council perform. It was agreed that there should be
more input to the Village newsletter. Cllrs could attend Coffee Stop and also
show more of a presence at local meetings. It was agreed to discuss this matter
further at the next meeting.
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