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Minutes September 2018



Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 11 September 2018  

At the Banks Community Centre, Hoole Lane.


Commenced 19.15 

                                                                                                            Concluded   20.45          

            Present:           Bill Abram

Chris Lennon

Malcolm Barron

Harry Pendlebury

Dorothy Hames


Parish Clerk   David Maughan


Public Participation


  • One member of the public was present


55/18   Apologies


  • Cllr O’Hare was absent through illness
  • Cllr Douglas absent due to work commitments
  • Cllr Blane was absent through holiday


56/18   Declarations of Interest


  • None declared



57/18   Minutes of the previous meeting


  • Approved


58/18   Police Report (verbal)


  • Not present


59/18   To discuss situation in respect of Environment Agency Stance on pumping stations


  • Cllr Barron had invited Amy Hargreaves to the meeting to give background knowledge presentation in respect of this matter
  • We were advised that in 2011 the Environment Agency had given notice that five pumps would be turned off, since extended until March 2021
  • Only Cumbria and Lancashire did not have an Internal Drainage Board
  • EA budget cuts mean they do less and less and rely on farmers instead and whilst some farmers do it others do not
  • The law prioritises urban areas rather than rural
  • We were urged to lobby the EA to mow and weed cut
  • Clerk to contact other local Parish Councils to ascertain their stance and to promote a united front
  • In this connection, suggest Hesketh, Tarleton, Rufford, Croston, Halsall and Scarisbrick
  • Clerk to write to EA and Cllr Hames will provide suitable letter (already prepared for her representations to them)

60/18   To accept the resignation from Cllr Barron


  • Cllr Barron had given a letter last month to resign his position but given the previous Agenda item in respect of the Environment Agency had attended this meeting as well
  • Resignation to now take effect
  • Cllr Abram wished to place on record our thanks for the long and distinguished service provided by Cllr Barron and all wished him well for the future


61/18   To consider an application from Brenda Wright to become a Councillor


  • Cllr Abram had previously received a request from Brenda Wright to be a Councillor
  • After brief discussion, all agreed and co-opted accordingly


62/18   Clerk’s progress report on decisions taken at last meeting.


  • Cllr Abram advised that he had received information in respect of supplying electricity to lamp posts and provided a list of these to clerk
  • Clerk to write to arrange supply


63/18   Clerk’s report on any urgent decisions taken since last meeting


  • Clerk to write to police requesting response to previous letter


64/18   Finance


  • List circulated


Payee Description Amount
Clare Murphy Aug Salary 508.95
Jean Mannering Aug Salary 237.51
David Maughan Aug Salary 782.25
HMRC Tax & NI 133.52
John Williamson Grass cutting 278.40
Clare Murphy Sep Salary 508.95
Jean Mannering Sep Salary 237.51
David Maughan Sep Salary 782.45
HMRC Tax & N I 133.32
RoSPA Play Safety Annual Inspection 88.20
Williamson Grass and graffiti & gate 511.20
PKF Littlejohn LLP External Audit 360.00
Duncan Ross Ltd Pitch works 1320.00
Duncan Ross Ltd Cultivation works 3561.17


  • 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


65/18   Correspondence for Information


  • Schedule of correspondence received circulated to all councillors



66/18   To discuss utilisation of S106 monies from WLBC


  • Agreed that given absence of some Councillors this matter would be delayed until next month


67/18     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


Nothing to report


  1. Health & Safety


Nothing to report


  1. Finance


Nothing to report



68/18   Updates from West Lancashire Borough Councillor


  • Neither present


69/18   Planning


Planning Applications


Date Reference Address
17/07/2018 2018/0669/FUL 1 Fleetwood Crescent
24/07/2018 2018/0715/COU 19 Ralphs Wifes Lane
07/08/2018 2018/0488/FUL 14 Maesbrook Close
07/08/2018 2018/0677/FUL Larkfield Nurseries
07/08/2018 2018/0727/FUL 8 Gravel Lane
07/08/2018 2018/0768/FUL 99 Gravel Lane
14/08/2018 2018/0740/FUL 18 Hoole Lane
28/08/2018 2018/0809/FUL 15 Hesketh Avenue
04/09/2018 2018/0806/FUL 16 Aveling Drive




Planning Delegated Decisions


Date Reference Address Outcome
21/07/2018 2018/0308/FUL 16 Chapel Lane Granted
21/07/2018 2018/0491/FUL 9 Station Road Granted
21/07/2018 2018/0605/PNH 31 Aveling Drive Not required
21/07/2018 2018/0615/FUL 17 Bonds Lane Granted
04/08/2018 2018/0585/LDP 372 Gravel Lane Permitted
25/08/2018 2018/0517/FUL 5 Rufford Drive Granted
25/08/2018 2018/0715/COU 19 Ralphs Wifes Lane Granted


  • Cllrs Hames and Lennon to look into 2018/0727, 2018/0740, and 2018/0809 and provide information for clerk to write to WLBC if appropriate
  • Clerk to investigate 2018/0913 in respect of Village Nursing Home and write to WLBC if appropriate
  • Other than this, agreed that all matters had been agreed and no action to be taken forward to WLBC in respect of other planning matters


  • At the end of the meeting, Cllr Pendlebury advised that he had been accepted by Exeter University and tendered his resignation from the Council
  • Cllr Abram thanked him for his service and wished him well for the future
  • The member of the public who was present, John Howard, expressed a desire to come on the Council and it was decided to raise agenda item for next meeting to co-opt accordingly if agreed


70/18   Date of next meeting


Community Centre

9 October 2018

7.15 pm


  • At the end of the Public Meeting, there had been a Part Two Agenda item in respect of the Leisure Centre but not taken forward as we had not received a Business Plan from WLSP
  • Previously agreed with WLSP that a meeting would be held before next Parish Council meeting