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Minutes July 2019



Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 9 July 2019  

At the Leisure Centre, Banks


Commenced 19.15 

                                                                                                            Concluded   20.30          

            Present:           Bill Abram

Chris Lennon

Dorothy Hames

Tom Blane

Brenda Wright

John Howard

Jim O’Hare


Parish Clerk   David Maughan


Public Participation


  • Seven members of the public were present
  • Points raised revolved mainly around Gravel Lane and subsequent suspension of bus service
  • They will contact LCC Cllr Malcolm Barron to take forward on their behalf
  • Also mentioned was condition of pavement and stone that had been tipped in a gateway in Gravel Lane and was blocking the footpath – Cllr Abram to investigate


39/19   Apologies


  • Cllr Douglas had submitted an apology due to work commitments


40/19   Declarations of Interest


  • Cllrs Blane and Howard because of a Planning issue


41/19   Minutes of the previous meeting


  • Approved


42/19   Police Report (verbal)


  • Not present
  • Clerk to write to Police Commissioner about lack of attendance at our meetings


43/19   Clerk’s progress report on decisions taken at last meeting.


  • Nothing other than what is covered by other agenda items


44/19   Clerk’s report on any urgent decisions taken since last meeting


  • No urgent decisions necessary


45/19   Finance


Chq No. Payee Description Amount
Clare Murphy July Salary 533.65
Jean Mannering July Salary 249.03
David Maughan July Salary 888.95
HMRC Tax & NI 54.41
Graham Taylor Website 145.00
Williamson Engineering Grass Cutting 616.80
Logos 4 Clothes Limited High Vis Clothes 475.00
David Maughan Expenses April Q 543.70
WLBC Elections 2019 505.75


  • List circulated


  • 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


46/19   Correspondence for Information


  • Schedule of correspondence received circulated to all councillors


47/19   To discuss requirements in respect of playground improvements


  • Clerk to contact Yates Playgrounds to arrange site visit to take forward discussions for improvements required
  • To remain as an agenda item for forthcoming meetings


48/19     To receive reports and recommendations from Members representing the Council on working groups and outside bodies

  1. Corporate Planning


  • Nothing to report


  1. Community Centre


  • Nothing to report


  1. Hesketh Avenue (Banks Park)


  • Nothing to report


  1. Health Issues


  • Cllr Hames reported that telephone applications appear to be improving
  • PPG meeting to be held in Community Centre 11 July at 11.00 am


  1. Health & Safety


  • Nothing to report


  1. Finance


  • Nothing to report



49/19   Updates from West Lancashire Borough Councillor


  • Cllr Blane reports that WLBC had a £1.9m shortfall in their budget


50/19   Planning


Weekly Planning Lists


Date Reference Address
02/07/2019 2019/0599/FUL Sugar Stubbs Farm
02/07/2019 2019/0628/ADV 41B Hoole Lane


Planning Delegated Decisions


Date Reference Address Outcome
22/06/2019 2019/0465/FUL Wilmar, Marsh Road Granted


  • Cllrs Blane and Howard excused themselves due to Declaration of Interest
  • Otherwise, agreed that all matters were in order and no action to be taken forward to WLBC in respect of other planning matters


51/19   Date of next meeting


Community Centre

10 September 2019

7.15 pm


52/19   Part Two Leisure Centre


  • Public meeting previously held
  • Cllr Hames to provide notes to clerk to cascade to other Councillors
  • Meeting to be arranged between Cllrs and Mark Forster
  • Than another meeting with prospective volunteers
  • Then take forward Business Plan with volunteers and Darren Lamb
  • Then liaise with WLBC