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Minutes January 2014



Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 14 January 2014

at the Banks Community Centre, Hoole Lane.


Commenced 19.15

                                                                                                          Concluded 22.10            

            Present:           Cllrs. John Baldock (Acting Chair)

Dorothy Hames

Bill Abram

Steve Douglas

Paul Blane

Chris Lennon

James O’Hare

Parish Clerk   David Maughan


            In attendance  10 members of the public


Public Participation


  • 8 – 10 Station Road remains an issue. Soil deposited there is causing problems and could be polluted. To be taken forward by Clls Baldock and Blane
  • Where are we up to with refurbishment of War Memorial. Clerk to enquire via WLBC (Ian Bond)
  • Public Right of Way blocked at Aveling Drive/Chipping Manor. Clerk to make enquiries and report back
  • Dog fouling getting worse. Cllr Blane advised there was a big PR campaign last year and is to reintroduce via banners going back up
  • Speeding buses are an accident waiting to happen. Cllr Abram to bring up via PACT meeting


140/13 Apologies




141/13 Declarations of Interest


None other than Paul Blane and Steven Douglas in respect of Agenda item for Planning


142/13 Minutes of the previous meeting


No amendments were considered necessary. Minutes from meeting of 10 December 2013 signed off


143/13 ‘Stay and Play’ toddler group


  • Request from Anne Cookson to use the Community Centre
  • Funding obtained from WLBC
  • Venue needed for one morning per week
  • Given this request, and others from Post Office, Food Bank, and CAB, decided to hold an extra-ordinary meeting – to include Dawn Cannon
  • Arranged for 28 January, at 6.00 pm at Community Centre




144/13 To discuss proposals in respect of Southport Food Bank


As above (143/13), meeting arranged for 28 January to discuss further although, meantime, any Councillor who wants to visit the Southport branch can arrange to do so – Mon-Fri 9.30 – 5.00


145/13Police Report


  • No police present (see below for PACT meeting details)


146/13 Clerk’s progress report on decisions taken at last meeting.


  • Clerk advised that we could operate Food Bank from Community Centre
  • Food Bank would have to have Public Liability cover
  • Height restrictor for St Stephens car park would need Planning Permission
  • S 106 monies not available for St Stephens car park
  • Two quotes obtained for tarmac but another required then Council agreed in principal to proceed with Community Centre car park improvement scheme
  • Community Grant monies not available for car park
  • Solicitor would need to prepare lease
  • Clerk to send letter to WLBC in respect of utilising S 106 monies for potential planning application for Hoole Lane to utilise towards replacement car park elsewhere in village
  • Spid post to be erected 25 January (Cllrs Baldock and Abram)


147/13 Clerk’s report on any urgent decisions taken since last meeting


  • No urgent decisions since last meeting




Accounts for payment:-

Chq No. Payee Description Amount
3371 Dawn Cannon Salary 455.00
3372 Jean Mannering Salary 187.76
3373 David Maughan Salary 694.11
3374 HMRC Tax & NI 14.79
3375 David Maughan Q4 2013 Expenses 308.34
3376 United Utilities Water Hoole Lane 23.09
DD BT Telephone Hoole Lane 98.58
DD E On Electric Hoole Lane 34.94
DD E On Electric Aveling Drive 8.79
DD E On Electric Hoole Lane 16.04



149/13 Correspondence for Information


It was noted that the following items of correspondence, for information purposes, had been received since the December meeting (* denotes received by e-mail) and were available for Members to view:-


10 Dec 2013    Council Papers On Line*

12 Dec 2013    NFWL – Sign up for Winter text alerts for WLBC Services*

12 Dec 2013    NFWL – WL tenant convicted for cannabis evicted*

12 Dec 2013    WLCVS Bulletin 12/12/2013*

12 Dec 2013    January Bus Service changes*

12 Dec 2013    Autumn Statement Round Up*

13 Dec 2013    Decisions of the Planning Committee (N/M nil)*

13 Dec 2013    Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service*

13 Dec 2013    NFWL – Leaders Christmas message*

13 Dec 2013    Council Papers Alt Crossens IDB*

13 Dec 2013    Consumer Alerts*

13 Dec 2013    January’s Bus Service Changes leaflet*

13 Dec 2013    Subsidised Bus Services

13 Dec 2013    Subsidised Bus Services Budget proposals*

16 Dec 2013    Appeal Decision Executed 16 Dec (N/M nil)*

16 Dec 2013    NFWL – Ashurst Meeting Room*

16 Dec 2013    Forward Plan Cabinet 14 Jan 2014*

17 Dec 2013    Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M nil)*

17 Dec 2013    Kirkwells Planning News Winter 2013/14*

17 Dec 2013    Council 18 Dec Licensing*

17 Dec 2013    Weekly Planning Lists 17 Dec (N/M 2)*

17 Dec 2013    Parish Councils Tenant Improvement Team*

18 Dec 2013    Property Newsletter*

18 Dec 2013    NFWL – Domestic Abuse*

18 Dec 2013    LCC Parish Champion Newsletter*

18 Dec 2013    Planning Committee Members Update Issue 8*

18 Dec 2013    Subsidised Bus Service Budget Proposals Urgent*

18 Dec 2013    News Bulletin *

18 Dec 2013    Environment Bulletin West Lancs Jan 2014*

19 Dec 2013    Airport Commission mulls over Heathrow and Gatwick*

20 Dec 2013    Castlehey Community nAction & Engagement Day*

20 Dec 2013    NFWL – Home Car Link*

20 Dec 2013    West Lancs Now*

23 Dec 2013    Appeal Decisions executed 23 Dec (N/M nil)*

23 Dec 2013    ENV Bulletin Jan 2014*

24 Dec 2013    Weekly Planning List (N/M 3)*

24 Dec 2013    Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M 1)*

30 Dec 2013    Appeal Decision Executed 30 Dec(N/M nil)*

31 Dec 2013    Planning Delegated Decision (N/M nil)*

02 Jan 2014     Consumer Alerts*

03 Jan 2014     West Lancs Now*

03 Jan 2014     NFWL – WLBC adopts living wage for staff*

06 Jan 2014     NFWL – Ruff Wood & St Helens Rd Park*

06 Jan 2014     Cabinet Papers On Line*

06 Jan 2014     Precept & Tax Base*

07 Jan 2014     Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M Nil)*

07 Jan 2014     West Lancs 3TF*

07 Jan 2014     Weekly Planning List (N/M nil)*

08 Jan 2014     Committee Papers On Line – Planning*

08 Jan 2014     West Lancs Property Newsletter*

08 Jan 2014     Crime Prevention Poster*

08 Jan 2014     Quality Hardwood Bus Shelters in Lancashire*

09 Jan 2014     Planning Application amendment 2013/1217/COU*

09 Jan 2014     Funding boost for affordable housing*

09 Jan 2014     NFWL – Partnership to crack down on vandalism*

10 Jan 2014     Mailing request*

10 Jan 2014     Housing strategy 2014/2019*

10 Jan 2014     West Lancs Now*

10 Jan 2014     Institute of Local Council Mgmt Survey*

11 Jan 2014     G Mail Update, Reach More People You Know*

12 Jan 2014     LALC Next Meeting*

13 Jan 2014     Cuadrilla Update*

14 Jan 2014     SLCC New Secretary*

14 Jan 2014     Weekly Planning List 14 Jan 2014 (N/M nil)*

14 Jan 2014     NFWL – Send your selfie to Chapel Gallery*

14 Jan 2014     Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M 2)*

14 Jan 2014     WLCVS Invitation*


150/13 To discuss how to utilise S 106 monies


Nothing further to report at this juncture


151/13 To consider and discuss car park at St Stephens


  • Letter of Intent has been provided to Dave Buck who now needs to clarify ‘Right of Access’ needs
  • Clerk to request Mike Drittler to provide letter from insurance company to clarify their requirements


152/13 To discuss initial proposals for 2014/15 Budget


  • Working Group comprising Cllrs Blane, Douglas, and Lennon, and Clerk previously formed
  • Further meeting scheduled for 27 January at 5.30 pm at Community Centre to finalise matters ahead of next Parish Council meeting


153/13 To discuss possible utilisation of Community Centre as a Sub Post Office, a Food Bank, and as an extension of Southport CAB


Special meeting arranged for 28 January to discuss further (see 143/13 above)


154/13 Councillors report and items for future agenda


  • Request to discuss position in respect of Environment Agency
  • Request to discuss possible future village projects and funding thereof via update of Village Plan
  • To investigate potential double yellow lines on one side of Hoole Lane
  • To investigate signage that might be available to manage horses in traffic within the village


155/13 To receive any reports and recommendations from Members representing the Council on working groups/outside bodies


a)      Police and Community Together (PACT) Panel – No PACT meeting held. Next one scheduled for 5 February at Community Centre

b)      Corporate Planning – nothing to report

c)      Community Centre– See 143/13 and 152/13 above

d)      Hesketh Avenue (Banks Park) Molehills present. Clerk to approach John Williamson to catch moles

e)      Inspection Reports – Nothing to report

f)       Health Issues (Cllr O’Hare) – New Doctor in situ – Santosh Dontula

g)      Banks Carnival –Meeting arranged

h)      Health & Safety -Nothing to report

i)        Finance – Nothing to report


156/13 Update from West Lancashire Borough Councillor


  • Environment Agency stance on Internal Drainage Boards must be challenged or Council Tax will be increased by 7% (unless savings achieved elsewhere) and LCC must reconsider as they are responsible for flood issues. Likely that Government will need to do a ‘U’ turn
  • Defribulator at St Stephens School courtesy of Len Wright – now well ahead of target for village
  • Budgets now at West Lancs – awaited


157/13 Planning


Weekly Planning Lists


Date Reference Address
17 Dec 2013 2013/1156/COU Goose Dub Barn
17 Dec 2013 2013/1305/LDC Sugar Stubbs stables
24 Dec 2013 2013/1185/OUT St Stephens School
24 Dec 2013 2013/12569/COU 4 Hoole Lane
24 Dec 2013 2013/1323/LDC Home Fm, Georges Lane
09 Jan 2014 2013/1217/COU 8/10 Station Road (Amendment)


Planning Delegated Decisions


Date Reference Address Outcome
24 Dec 2013 2013/0652/FUL Wilmar, Marsh Rd Refused
14 Jan 2014 2013/1210/FUL 1 Georges Lane Granted
14 Jan 2014 2013/1215/FUL 5 Church Road Granted



Member of the public raised objection to Application number 2013/1217/COU in respect of land to the rear of 8 to 10 Station Road and Cllrs Baldock and Blane to take matters forward


158/13 Date of next meeting


Community Centre  11 February 2014 2013 at 7.15 pm