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Minutes October 2019



Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 8 October 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

Steven Douglas


Parish Clerk   David Maughan


Public Participation


  • Three members of the public were present
  • Two were there to discuss the Breakfast Club proposition (see below)


69/19   Apologies


  • Cllr O’Hare had submitted an apology due to illness


70/19   Declarations of Interest


  • Cllr Douglas because of a Planning issue


71/19   Minutes of the previous meeting


  • Approved


72/19   Police Report (verbal)


  • Clerk read out letter he had sent to Commissioner in respect of no police attending our meetings
  • We await a response
  • Meantime, not present


73/19   Clerk’s Report


  • Papers for ‘C’ scheme submitted to WLBC
  • VAT Return submitted
  • Insurance claim submitted to Zurich
  • Letter sent to WLBC in respect of Travellers – Clerk asked to chase
  • Resignation letter received from Clerk
  • Clerk cannot commit to giving extra time that will be necessary to undertake extra works in connection with Leisure Centre
  • He had identified possible replacement although position needs to be advertised
  • Clerk to take forward accordingly


74/19   Finance


  • List circulated
  • Suggested we review grass cutting contract in the new year – clerk to diarise accordingly


  • 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


75/19   Correspondence for Information


  • Schedule of correspondence received circulated to all councillors


76/19   To discuss possibility of utilising Community Centre for breakfast club/health club venue


  • Letter received promoting possible venue for new venture
  • Not an immediate requirement given alternative venue has now been identified
  • Could return to us if popular and second venue required
  • Cllr Blane suggested we offer an initial two months ‘free’ to help promote this venture
  • We await further developments but appears we are, in principle, in agreement to support proposition


77/19   To discuss requirements in respect of playground improvements


  • Quote received from Yates Playgrounds following visit by Yates and Clerk
  • Total £7,835 plus VAT for various suggestions
  • Cllrs Abram & Douglas to undertake site visit to view what is required and what we could do ourselves to take forward requirements
  • To remain as an agenda item for forthcoming meetings


78/19     To receive reports and recommendations from Members representing the Council on working groups and outside bodies

  1. Corporate Planning


  • Cllr Abram suggested ‘Thank You’ letters be sent out to volunteers who helped with clean up exercise
  • Cllr Abram to provide names and addresses to clerk to do said letters


  1. Community Centre


  • Nothing to report


  1. Hesketh Avenue (Banks Park)


  • Nothing to report


  1. Health Issues


  • Cllr Hames reported that there is a PPG meeting at Community Centre 10 October (1.00 pm)




  1. Health & Safety


  • Nothing to report


  1. Finance


  • Nothing to report



79/19   Updates from West Lancashire Borough Councillor


  • Cllr Blane not happy with situation in respect of various planning matters
  • Clerk to write to WLBC setting out our objections in this respect


80/19   Planning


Weekly Planning Lists


Date Reference Address
24/09/2019 2019/0894/FUL 22 Station Road



Planning Delegated Decisions


Date Reference Address Outcome
24/09/2019 2019/0586/ADV Gravel Lane Granted
24/09/2019 2019/0736/LDP 39 Church Road Permitted


  • Agreed that all matters were in order and no action to be taken forward to WLBC in respect of other planning matters


81/19   Date of next meeting


Community Centre

12 November 2019

7.15 pm


82/19   Part Two Leisure Centre


  • Letter received from WLBC setting out various terms and conditions, Cllr Blane to take forward
  • Meantime, we are to undertake due diligence on Electrics, Plumbing, Roofing, General Building, and Pump requirements – Clerk to liaise with Mark Snaylam and arrange for our tradesmen to visit 16 October 2019
  • Meeting arranged for 10 October at Community Centre (6.30 pm) to progress CIC requirements