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Minutes March 2014



Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 March 2014

at the Banks Community Centre, Hoole Lane.


Commenced 19.15

                                                                                                          Concluded 21.50            

            Present:           Cllrs. John Baldock (Acting Chair)

Dorothy Hames

Bill Abram

Paul Blane

Chris Lennon

James O’Hare

Parish Clerk   David Maughan


            In attendance  6 members of the public


Public Participation


  • Margaret Saynor, a resident of Hesketh Bank, suggested that a ‘Bereavement Support Group’ be set up in Banks. Requested use of the Community Centre, 2 hours once a fortnight, to support people who had lost their spouse. Cllr Blane to liaise and take matters forward if appropriate and report back at subsequent meeting.
  • The responsibility for trees in a closed churchyard was brought forward and a ‘NALC Legal Topic Note’ was handed to the clerk, who is to take matters forward accordingly
  • The unrestricted section of the A565 was raised as there had been yet another accident on that section. Clerk to write to County requesting that it be restricted to 50 mph


182/13 Apologies


We were advised that Cllr Douglas was on annual holiday therefore not present


183/13 Declarations of Interest


None other than Paul Blane in respect of Agenda items for Planning and Environment Agency


184/13 Minutes of the previous meeting


No amendments were considered necessary. Minutes from meeting of 11 February 2014 signed off


185/13 Update in respect of Toddler Group, CAB, Food Bank, and Post Office


  • Previously advised that toddler group idea not proceeding
  • Council had previously decided not to proceed with CAB initiative and this had been advised to CAB by clerk. CAB requested that if lack of confidentiality could be overcome, then would we reconsider our stance. Decided that if CAB used their own personnel rather than ours then we may reconsider. Clerk to take forward with CAB
  • Post Office now going through their own procedure but on track to open early April





186/13Police Report


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


187/13 Clerk’s progress report on decisions taken at last meeting.


  • Sent letters to ‘English Nature’, ‘Southport Wildfowl Association’, and LCC re footpath applications
  • Contacted WLBC (Colin Brady) to arrange for road sign to identify ‘Old Hollow Lane’
  • Contacted WLBC (Gary Peter) to ascertain if there is permission for sign on Guinea Hall Lane but was advised they didn’t need any
  • Sent letter headed confirmation to Food Bank
  • Obtained update from Post Office as to where they are up to in consultation process (see 185/13 above)
  • Obtained insurers letter from Mike Drittler at St Stephens about their car park issue
  • Contacted LCC (Malcolm Barron) to find out when our Aviva contract expires and awaiting details
  • Wrote to WLBC (Rob Hitchcock) to seek meeting with him in Ormskirk to discuss way forward in respect of S !06 monies. Response awaited
  • Placed order for tarmac at Community Centre
  • Progressing enquiries and obtaining quotes for Website

188/13 Clerk’s report on any urgent decisions taken since last meeting


  • None




Accounts for payment:-

Chq No. Payee Description Amount
  Dawn Cannon Salary 455.00
  Jean Mannering Salary 187.76
  David Maughan Salary 767.99
  HMRC Tax & NI 36.45
DD British Gas Community Centre 348.98
DD E On Electric Hoole Lane 37.34
  United Utilities Wastewater Hesketh Avenue 58.19
  United Utilities Wastewater Hoole Lane 116.38
DD Public Works Loan Board Loan payment 5033.43
DD United Utilities Water 44 Hoole Lane 3.91
  David Maughan Paper, Community Centre 20.00
  SLCC Membership Renewal 129.00

190/13 Correspondence for Information


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


13 Feb 2014    Advertising*

13 Feb 2014    Government acts over bids for office/home conversions*

13 Feb 2014    SLCC Xmas Tree Questionnaire*

14 Feb 2014    March’s Bus Service Changes leaflet*

14 Feb 2014    NFWL – Register of Electors published*

14 Feb 2014    Decisions of the Planning Committee (N/M nil)*

14 Feb 2014    March’s Bus Service Changes*

14 Feb 2014    NFWL – Mayoral Engagements w/c 17 Feb*

!7 Feb 2014     Consumer Alert*

17 Feb 2014    Forward Plan Cabinet 18 March 2014*

17 Feb 2014    NFWL – New look for Firbeck*

18 Feb 2014    Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M nil)*

18 Feb 2014    Council Papers Online*

18 Feb 2014    Weekly Planning List (N/M nil)*

19 Feb 2014    WLBC Property Newsletter*

20 Feb 2014    NFWL – Commonwealth Day celebration*

20 Feb 2014    Planning back on prime time TV*

20 Feb 2014    NFWL – Mayoral engagements*

21 Feb 2014    NFWL – Yew Tree Masterplan consultation*

21 Feb 2014    HMRC Late filing penalties*

21 Feb 2014    NFWL – new heating for Uppingham tenants*

21 Feb 2014    West Lancs Now*

21 Feb 2014    News Bulletin SLCC*

24 Feb 2014    Appeal Decisions Executed (NM 1)*

24 Feb 2014    NFWL – Development Brief Grove Farm & Firswood Road*

25 Feb 2014    Skylark Close, Banks Affordable Housing Development*

25 Feb 2014    Weekly Planning List (N/M 2)*

25 Feb 2014    Welcome to nature, elbe’s new play equipment*

25 Feb 2014    Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M 2)*

26 Feb 2014    Planning Committee Members Update Issue 10*

27 Feb 2014    Quality Hardwood Bus Shelters*

27 Feb 2014    Civic Dinner 14 March*

27 Feb 2014    Minister responds to farm building conversion fears*

28 Feb 2014    Parish Clerks Liaison Meeting 07 March*

28 Feb 2014    NFWL – Council Budgets*

28 Feb 2014    NFWL – March Rangers Events*

28 Feb 2014    NFWL – Mayoral Engagements 07 March*

03 Mar 2014    Appeals Decision Executed 03 March*

03 Mar 2014    NFWL – Funding for MotorFest*

03 Mar 2014    NFWL – Housing Budget*

03 Mar 2014    Parish Clerks Liaison Meeting*

04 Mar 2014    NFWL – VISIT events*

04 Mar 2014    Planning Delegated Decisions (N/M Nil)*

04 Mar 2014    PWLB Repayment Notice*

04 Mar 2014    Weekly Planning List (N/M 1)*

04 Mar 2014    Parish Clerks Liaison Meeting agenda*

05 Mar 2014    Planning Committee 13 Mar*

05 Mar 2014    TTRO Square House Lane, Banks*

05 Mar 2014    Planning Committee Papers On-Line*

06 Mar 2014    Global Renewables Tours*

06 Mar 2014    NFWL – Free tree schemes*

06 Mar 2014    NFWL – Retirement accommodation open day*

07 Mar 2014    West Lancs Now*

07 Mar 2014    NFWL – Mayoral engagements*

07 Mar 2014    Easier neighbourhood planning on way*

10 Mar 2014    Appeal Decisions executed 10 Mar*

10 Mar 2014    NFWL – Blue bins*

10 Mar 2014    NFWL – Chapel Gallery events*

10 Mar 2014    Cabinet Papers On Line*

10 Mar 2014    Consumer Alerts*

11 Mar 2014    Planning Delegated Decisions*

11 Mar 2014    Weekly Planning List (N/M nil)*

11 Mar 2014    SLCC Membership Renewal*


* denotes correspondence received by e-mail



191/13 To discuss how to utilise S 106 monies


Written to WLBC requesting meeting to discuss and awaiting response


192/13 To consider and discuss car park at St Stephens


Working party comprising clerk and Cllrs O’Hare and Lennon to meet up with representatives of the club.


193/13 To discuss Website requirements


Clerk had requested quotes for Website construction and awaiting responses


194/13 To discuss sewers and drainage in Chapel Lane


We were advised that this had been an ongoing problem for five years and the drainage system, despite several liners being installed, still wasn’t working properly. It was agreed that the clerk would contact United Utilities and invite someone from them to attend a meeting at the Community Centre, possibly prior to a forthcoming meeting.


195/13To discuss position in respect of the Environment Agency and stance the Parish Council are to adopt (if any)


  • We were advised that a further meeting had been held by the Environment Agency but no real progress made
  • It was generally agreed that WLBC, LCC, our local MP and even the Prime Minister should be involved to take action to prevent the possibility of prime agricultural land being flooded in our locality.
  • Cllr Blane had a letter that had previously been used, and he is to provide clerk with a copy for clerk to then compose suitable letters to all of the above and circulate them to all Cllrs for approval prior to sending them out


196/13 To discuss position in respect of criminal damage to signage and fencing on land adjacent to Charnleys Lane


  • This item had been prompted by correspondence received from Amy Hargreaves who advised of several examples of vandalism, which she thinks is connected to an application for footpaths which the Council are the applicants (Agenda item 31/12 from June 2012).
  • We had also received correspondence from P C Mark Woolston, who had also been contacted by Amy Hargreaves, requesting that the Council arrange a meeting with the group behind the footpath application, to reiterate that criminal damage will not be tolerated and action would be taken accordingly
  • Council discussed and, in the absence of positive identification of perpetrators it would be dangerous to contact anyone on the presumption that it was them
  • Instead, clerk to write to Police Superintendent advising that whilst the Council in no way or shape would condone criminal acts, this was a Police matter, not a council matter, and the police should make extra efforts to apprehend those responsible.
  • Meantime, clerk to compose notice for Public Notice Boards advising that criminal damage would not assist in the application for footpaths procedure


197/13 To receive any reports and recommendations from Members representing the Council on working groups/outside bodies


a)      Police and Community Together (PACT) Panel – No meeting held

b)      Corporate Planning – nothing to report

c)      Community Centre– Food Bank imminent. Bereavement Counselling to be taken forward

d)      Hesketh Avenue (Banks Park) Nothing to report

e)      Inspection Reports – Nothing to report

f)       Health Issues (Cllr O’Hare) – Doctors cannot cover Carnival

g)      Banks Carnival –‘It’s a Knockout’ booked. Newsletter going out shortly

h)      Health & Safety -Cllr Douglas nominated for First Aid course

i)        Finance – Nothing to report


198/13 Update from West Lancashire Borough Councillor


  • Budget set with nil increase fro WLBC and NMPC. Unfortunately, LCC, Police, and Fire have all increased by 1.99%
  • Chapel Lane – Planning permission will probabvly need new planning application
  • Police not supporting walking days
  • Blue bins are not mandatory
  • Conservatives have nominated Malcolm Barron as prospective Borough Councillor for Banks


199/13 Planning


Weekly Planning Lists


Date Reference Address
25 Feb 2014 2014/0097/FUL The Bungalow, Moss Lane
25 Feb 2014 2014/0138/FUL Home Farm, Georges Lane
04 Mar 2014 2014/0147/FUL 8 Chapel Lane


Planning Delegated Decisions


Date Reference Address Outcome
25 Feb 2014 2013/1301/OUT North View, Rydings Lane Granted
11 Mar 2014 2013/1305/LDC Sugar Stubbs Stables Refused



200/13 Date of next meeting


Community Centre 08 April 2014 at 7.15 pm. To incorporate Annual meeting