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Minutes April 2021


Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 13th April  2021

By Zoom

Commenced :  19.00

Concluded:   20.20

            Present:           Bill Abram                               Chris Lennon               Lawrence Baxter                     

Dorothy Hames                                   John Howard              

            Parish Clerk   Angela Jenkins

Public Participation (6.45 pm)

  • None

139/20 Apologies

  • Steve Douglas

140/20  Declarations of Interest

  • All Councillors reminded they may need to update Register of Interests
  • Councillor Howard re Sugar Stubbs Lane
  • Councillor Abram re Long Lane

141/20 Minutes of the previous meeting 9th March 2021

  • Approved

142/20 Police Report (verbal)

  • A fortnight ago the local police presence spoke with a Councillor and said that in general the patrols are normally quiet.

143/20 Clerk’s Report/Progress Report on decisions taken at last meeting and any urgent decisions

  • None.

144/20 FinanceAccounts for payment April 2021

Chq NoPayeeDescriptionAmount
4087- 4090StaffSalaries/Remuneration£      2061.92
4091Breathing Space LtdTUPE/HR Specialists (interim payment)£      450.00
4092Bill AbramRed Blade Mowers for servicing Strimmer, Paid by CC on collection£      169.91
4093Bill AbramRed Blade Mowers for servicing Mower Paid By CC on Collection£      206.70

Agreed that payments of Accounts since the last meeting are ratified and invoices now presented on the payment schedule are approved and cheques signed by authorised signatories accordingly

145/20 Business Support Grant Payment

  • A total grant of £ 8336.21 has been received

146/20 Correspondence for Information

  •  Schedule of correspondence received circulated to all councillors

147/20 Emails Sent to Councillors January/ February discussed

  • All dealt with
  • Forward the West Lancs Local Plan email to Cllr Abram
  • WCCTV Webinar Cllr Abram would like to access

148/20 Cadent Gas Proposal for new Gas Govenor

  • Clerk had approached a Solicitor and put forward the comparison of Surveyor Tom Wignall and Solicitor and decided by Councillors probably best to leave all in hands of Surveyor.  Costings similar and only dealing with one person.  The decision was taken that the Playing Fields should be valued, decided at extraordinary meeting 20.04.21.

149/20  To receive reports and recommendations from Members representing the Council on working groups and outside bodies

  1. Corporate Planning
  • Community Centre    
  • Hope to open the Community Centre 17.05.21
  • Post Office is still providing a service from the Centre  
  • Hesketh Avenue (Banks Park)
  • The Ditch has been mowed and cleaned out and outlets found.
  • We now have 3 companies giving costings for the Play area and need to give plan to Kompan so they can give like for like quote
  • Looking for boxes for CCTV / power
  • Health Issues
  • Nothing new to report
  • Health & Safety
  • Pat Testing to be arranged at Community Centre.
  • Finance
  • Next meeting AGM and year end Accounts

150/20 Updates from West Lancashire Borough Councillor

  • Councillor Blane voiced his opinion at Council that not enough enforcement officers in Planning Dept and that they should report to the Council their findings and not just to Planning Dept
  • Also he had secured funding for the roads in Banks from the Government Funding Scheme

151/20 Planning

Weekly Planning Lists

04.03.20212021/0180/PNPJA Jones&Sons,2D Gravel Lane, Banks, Agricultural Storage Building
08.03.20212021/0294/FUL87 New Lane Pace, Banks, Proposed two storey extension
04.03.20212021/0186/FUL25 Long Lane, Banks, PR9 8EX Single storey extension to create new garden room

Planning Delegated Decisions

06.03.20212020/1077/FUL87 New Lane Pace, BanksRefused
20.03.20212021/0180/PNPJA Jones & Sons, 2D Gravel Lane, BanksPrior Notif-Agric-and demolitionPD
03.04.20212020/1215/FUL39&41 New Lane PaceGranted
03.04.20212021/0318/SCRCrossens Pumping Station, Banks Rd, BanksDevelopment is NOT EIA devlopment
  • Advance proposal of Phone Mast at Roundabout considered to be fine

152/20 Culvert and Watercourse 16

  • Enviroment Agency jetted whole length of culvert 80% blocked.
  • A big thankyou to all Volunteers who set about clearing the overflow the length of culvert
  • Ardern College have agreed to clear their stretch themselves
  • The PC plan to letter residents by the culvert to make their responsibilities clear and explain how things they do can restrict the water in the Main Watercourse.

153/20 Date of next meeting    

Via Zoom

Tuesday 11th May 2021     @     6.45 pm (Due to AGM)