CATTERALL PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF THE PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON TUESDAY 2nd AUGUST, 2011 at 7.30PM
AT CATTERALL VILLAGE HALL, GARSTANG ROAD, CATTERALL
Present: Councillors; D. Sharples, Chairman,
I. Brayshaw, Vice Chairman
Miss A. McCabe,
Mrs. P. Quinn,
Gillian Benson, Clerk to the Parish Council
One member of the public
Jackie Brindle and Caroline Holden, Lancashire County Council
1897. APOLOGIESFOR ABSENCE
Apologies were given by Cllr. Mrs. P. Bugeja and Cllr. G. Wilson and the reasons accepted.
1898. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Councillors were asked to disclose personal or prejudicial interests in matters to be discussed at this meeting.
1899. MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
Resolved: The minutes of the Council meeting held on 5th July, 2011 having been circulated to members were agreed and signed by the Chairman as a true record.
1900. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
The meeting was suspended.
Including a Police Report
P C Simon Jones reported on three crimes in the past month in Catterall. A youth was stopped on Cock Robin Lane and charged in possession of cannabis, scrap was stolen from a house on Meadowcroft Avenue using a large van and this could be linked to an attempted break in on Baylton Court in the early morning. An anti social behaviour incident was logged involving a football. The Police have been visiting the playing field regularly and moving on those too old to be playing on the field and neighbours have been kept informed.
P C Jones added that through LANPAC there could be funding for DNA grease, if the Parish Council is able to add a donation. The grease is placed on buildings which may be susceptible to theft of metals and it remains on hands allowing for recognition.
Catterall Village Hall
A representative of the Village Hall Committee approached the Councillors for permission to erect signage on the roadside frontage land. The sign will be 4x2feet, of ‘V’ shape construction bearing the name of the Village Hall. Whilst the Parish Council had no objections, providing it was away from the sight line when exiting the car park it was advised that planning permission is sought.
Jackie Brindle and Caroline Holden from Sustainable Travel presented Lancashire County Council’s Healthy Street initiative to complement the introduction of 20 MPH, educating residents to a sustainable programme to support the vision of lowering speeds for people using more outside space. The more often the outside is used the more relaxed it will be to use. Initiatives will be community driven by what the community wants to achieve.
Training sessions and tool kits are available under the funding within the development action plan. 20MPH will be introduced County wide by 2013 and will be a sign only initiative. Catterall has been identified by Lancashire County Council to be one of the first to introduce the 20MPH speed limits on estate roads in Wyre.
The meeting was resumed.
1901. STANDING ORDERS FOR PARISH MEETINGS
Resolved: The Councillors accepted the Standing Orders for Parish Meetings
1902. FINANCE REGULATIONS
Resolved: The Councillors accepted the Financial Regulations.
1903. COMMITTEE TERMS OF REFERENCE
Resolved: The Councillors accepted the Terms of Reference for Committees.
1904. INTRODUCTION OF DOG CONTROL ORDERS
Resolved: The Councillors accepted the Wyre Council’s Dog Control Order on Catterall Playing Field, The Parklands and Daniel Fold and would point out that the open spaces on Stone Cross Gardens and Duckworth Drive should be included.
1905. CONSULTATION ON HOUSEHOLD WASTE RECYCLING CENTRES
The Lancashire County Council report on the Household Waste Recycling Centres in the County had been circulated and Councillors discussed the findings. There were various matters raised as to better working practises that could potentially allow the Claughton site to remain open as the Parish Council were strongly against its closure.
Resolved: That the Parish Council strongly opposes the closure of Claughton Household Waste Recycling Centre and that Lancashire County Council reconsider opening times, twinning tips and to send the MP a copy of the objection.
1906. ACCIDENT ON GARSTANG ROAD
An accident occurred on Garstang Road on 8th July about 7.30am. A motor bike finished up in front of the bus shelter at the junction with Catterall Gates Lane, where children were waiting for the school bus. It was reported that the motorbike was exiting Catterall Gates Lane and collided with a car parked at the bus stop.
Resolved: To request parking restrictions at the bus stop to discourage cars stopping from Lancashire County Council
1907. HEALTHY STREETS IN WYRE
Resolved: To inform the speakers that the Parish Council is unable to take on this initiative at the present time, but that much work has been carried out by Kirkland and Catterall St. Helen's C of E Primary School and suggest they contact them.
1908. LANCASHIRE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS INFORMATION
Invitation to the AGM of Lancashire Association of Local Councils on November 12th at County Hall, Preston.
1909. PLANNING PROTOCOL FOR RURAL HOUSING SCHEMES
Wyre Council is consulting on the method to be used by Social Landlords, Wyre Council and Parish Councils in providing affordable housing. It was noted that two of Catterall Parish Councillors had worked on the document.
Resolved: To accept the Protocol for Rural Housing Schemes
1910. LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL CONSULTATION ON THE DRAFT POLICY FOR MANAGING UNAUTHORISED ENCAMPMENTS OF COUNTY COUNCIL OWNED LAND AND ON THE HIGHWAYS FOR WHICH THE COUNTY COUNCIL IS THE RESPONSIBLE AUTHORITY
Resolved: That the Parish Council notes the document and does not wish to add comment.
1911. PLANNING APPLICATIONS
There were no planning applications received for this meeting.
1912. REPORTS FOR INFORMATION
Report of the Chairman
The Chairman reported on a meeting of the Standards Committee in Wyre with relevance to the Localism Bill. It states that each Council, including Parish Councils, will be responsible for setting and governing their own standards/Code of Conduct.
Report of the representative on Catterall Village Hall
The building work has been completed on the North wall and initial work on the heating system started. The Hall will be redecorated and pin boards made removable to make the Hall more user friendly.
Representative on Wyre Area Lancashire Association of Local Councils
The District Partnership Officers have been disbanded resulting in no representation by Lancashire County Council. Philippa Davis, Wyre Council, discussed the new management structure. Superintendant Richard Bailey was defending the front desk at Garstang Police Station and asked members to join in the consultation on line.
Green Screen for Catterall Playing Field
The Green Partnership has accepted the funding bid and will get back with the result. In the meantime the Parish Council has met with Alan Wallbank, Wyre Council’s Tree Officer as to best selection, which he will be sending for consideration. Cllr. Miss A. McCabe and Cllr. G. Wilson have made enquiries at Myerscough College as to the work and selection of trees and hedging.
Cllr. I Brayshaw has been in touch with the Plunkett Foundation who is keen to support the project and would help to set up the shop. They have invited Councillors to visit a nearby community shop. In his investigations to setting up the shop in the old Post Office the estate agents said the sale was imminent but it is not known if the shop will reopen.
The following payments have been received;
It was resolved that the following accounts were approved for payment;
BT £ 30.90
PlusNet £ 18.00
Staff costs £969.00
Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statement
Resolved: The members accepted the bank reconciliation to 15th July, 2011and the financial statement for the first quarter.
Report of the Finance Committee
Councillors accepted the finance report. Investment of the Reserve Account was presented as to the best options to date.
Resolved: To invest £10,000 in United Trust Bank for twelve months, the Chairman and Clerk to sign.
Request for donation
Kirkland Parish Council would like Catterall to share the costs of two informative books for Parish Councillors and is asking for £10 towards the total cost of £30.25.
Resolved: To donate £10.00 to Kirkland Parish Council towards training materials.
Councillors are asked to consider further daffodil bulbs for the A6 grass verge. The area has been measured and it is considered 8 bags of mixed bulbs should cover another 70 linear metres, either side of Catterall Lane. The cost is £19.00 per 25kg. bag.
Resolved: To purchase 8 bags of mixed daffodil bulbs from Bannister Nurseries at a cost of £152.00
Audit 2010 – 2011
Catterall Parish Council has successfully been audited by BDO LLP with one recommendation, the auditors noted that the asset register was restated for 2010, this was done under instruction from the external auditors and no further action is required.
Resolved: The Parish Council accepts the external auditors report.
1914. QUESTIONS TO COUNCILLORS
Grass Cutting in Catterall
Cllr. H. Kenyon considered that the standard of grass cutting in Catterall is not as high as in Garstang. The open space at Duckworth Drive has been cut six times this year, the grass is never removed and it blows about becomes wet and slippy and makes for a bad impression of the area. The Parish Council will bring this to Wyre Council’s attention.
Trees felled off Stones Lane
There was great discussion as to the felling of mature trees at the boundary of houses on Stones Lane over one weekend. It has exposed a number of homes not normally seen from Garstang Road. The Parish Council informed the tree warden and he has issued an emergency TPO on the remaining trees on the lodge. The Parish Council will contact the Duckworth estate for further information.
(C) Catterall Parish Council 2006