Minutes – July 2023

A Parish Council Meeting was held in the Village Hall on Monday, 31 July 2023 at 7.30pm.
Present:  Mr. P. Whittaker (Chair), Mr. A. Ainsworth, Mr. D. Ascroft, Mrs. J. Bennett,
Mr. S. Booth, Mrs. L. England, Mr. R. Porter and Mr. G. Scott
The meeting was attended by 12 members of the public
1. There were no apologies for absence
2.  There were no declarations of interests
3.  Public Participation:
a) LCC response to Planning Application 3/2023/0407 – Glencroft Pendle Avenue
 Pendle Avenue residents have engaged a solicitor to establish that there is no access to the existing bungalow through this road and he is currently in contact with the owner to prove that there is, access always being down Kayley Lane.   It was noted that development traffic has already driven down Pendle Avenue which has been prohibited until the plans for the construction of two houses has been approved.
b) Other matters included a request for the removal of the planter baskets from Crowtrees Gardens, a young tree that requires removing from the brook causing problems for people crossing the bridge and the SpID sign is in a dangerous condition.
4. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved
5. Borough Councillor’s Report:
a) HARP planning application has been returned to RVBC and a bridge will now be constructed at West Bradford.  There has been no commencement date for the project.
b) The Borough Councillor met CC Ged Mirfin in the village to discuss problems which need addressing.   These included Pendle Avenue/Kayley Lane, flooding outside the Black Bull, 20mph speed restrictions, footpaths requiring resurfacing, resiting the Ribblesdale View bus shelter, a dropped kerb on Victoria Avenue and painting white lines on Sawley Road past the church.
6.  Clerk’s Report:
In addition to the written report enquiries have been made about the possibility of employing    a lengthsman.   A sub-committee will discuss the implications of going ahead with this.
7.  Items for Discussion:
A. New Playground Equipment
Quotations have been received for the replacement of the fencing and train and for new adult training equipment.   This information to be circulated to Councillors for discussion at the September meeting.
B.  Football Training
Following discussions with Rimington Football Club the issue of using the field for training purposes has been satisfactorily resolved.
C.  Bowland Bioenergy.   The situation regarding HGVs using the Downham Road is ongoing.  There has been communication with the company who advise that the alternative route is impassable.
It was resolved to write to Network Rail urging them to take action to have the bridge made safe before there is a serious accident.
D. Traffic & Road Safety Working Group:
The first meeting of the group will be held on August 16th.  Two Councillors from C Chatburn will attend.
8. Representatives’ Reports:
RVBC Liaison Meeting:  Matters discussed included the RV Economic Plan 2023-2026 and the importance of residents’ awareness of the Home Upgrade Grant.
9. Planning Applications & Decisions:
a) LCC response to 3/2023/0407 – Glencroft Pendle Avenue
This was discussed under Agenda Items 3 and 4.
b) 3/2023/0384Proposed new 4-bedroom dwelling and creation of new access,
3 Grindleton View.   The parish council has no observations to make.
10. Playing Field:
a) The weekly playground inspection reports were received.
b)  Safety catches for playground gates are available from various sources
c) One of the gates needs replacing and gloss paint from the school skip has been painted on the equipment.  In view of the RoSPa inspection a decision must be made about the replacement of the train and safety surfacing under the climbing frame.
11. Finance & Accounts:
Two payments were made prior to the meeting:
CPRE – annual subscription – £36.00
Waterplus – £ £45.89
There are no outstanding payments or receipts
12.  Items for the next Agenda:
A. Lengthsman
B. Playground Equipment
C. Downham Road Bridge
E. Pendle Avenue
F. Village Hall Roof
13. It was resolved to hold the next Parish Council Meeting on Monday, 11 September 2023 at 7.30pm. in the Village Hall, Downham Road
The meeting closed at 8.45pm
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