Meeting of Dent Parish Council - 03 March 2014

 

Agenda Item

Present:

Councillors Graham Dalton, Chris Evans, Rita Corpe, Tom Stafford, Elaine Lewis,

Geoffrey Woof and Ken McClurg.

 

District Councillor Evelyn Westwood.

 

The meeting opened at 7.30pm.

1.

 

Apologies:

Councillor Jenny Pilgrim.

County & District Councillor Nick Cotton and District Councillor Ian McPherson.

 

2.

Minutes:

Minutes of the meeting of Monday 03 February 2014 were presented and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest:

Councillor Ken McClurg in respect of Agenda item 11- Music and Beer Festival.

 

4.

Clerk’s Report:

4.1 The Clerk’s report was presented and accepted.

Further information was given on:-

4.2.1 (Item 11) The joint concerns of both Dent and Garsdale Parish Councils relating to the delivery of superfast broadband in the area had been forwarded to the Connecting Cumbria Team to be considered as part of Connecting Cumbria’s evaluation into service delivery in both Parish areas. Connecting Cumbria is the project lead and has the responsibility on behalf of Cumbria County Council for the delivery of superfast broadband throughout Cumbria. The Parish Council awaits response from Connecting Cumbria on completion of its evaluation in order that it can make an informed decision on the best superfast broadband option for Dentdale.

4.2.2 Members agreed to invite a representative from Fibre Garden to a future meeting for an update on its current superfast broadband project work in the Parish.  

4.3.1 Carl Lis, a representative of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) had offered to attend the Parish Council meeting on Monday 12 May 2014 as part of a YDNPA initiative. The purpose is to give an update from the YDNPA and to answer any questions pertinent to YDNPA business and activities.

4.3.2 It was resolved to invite Carl Lis to the Parish Council meeting on Monday 12 May 2014.

Information received since the publication of the Clerk’s report included:

4.4 Information had been received from Councillor Jenny Pilgrim concerning a forthcoming meeting of the Upper Dales Health Watch to be held later in March at Hawes Museum. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee which will be phased out over the next 7 years. It is estimated that the Central Dales Medical Practice will lose between £25-75K per year over those 7 years. All Clerks and Councillors of the 10 Member Parish Councils which the Practice serves are invited to the meeting. Date to be announced.   

4.5 The Clerk had received an invitation to represent the Parish Council at the forthcoming official opening of the Sedbergh School Swimming Pool and Changing Rooms on Tuesday 25 March 2014, following its refurbishment. The improved facility will not only benefit School pupils but also the wider local community.

4.6 The Sedbergh & District Transport Group will meet at 11am on Monday 17 March 2014, at the Sedbergh & District Community Office.

4.7 The agenda had been received in respect of the next meeting of the Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale Neighbourhood Forum which will be held from 7pm on Wednesday 05 March 2014 at Barbon Village Hall.

4.8 The Clerk will attend a meeting with the Cumbria Highways Management Team concerning improved gritting arrangements for the U5474 road section (back Dent to Cowgill road) on Monday 17 March 2014.

4.9 The Clerk will attend a further meeting with representatives from Cumbria Police together with John Sibley concerning the future promotion of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme and messaging service in Dentdale.

4.10 A Police report for Dentdale had been received from PCSO Mandy Coleman, including:

(i) It is anticipated that a second Police Community Support Officer will shortly be added to police strength to serve the Sedbergh & Kirkby Lonsdale area which includes Dentdale.

(ii) During the last month Cumbria Police had been involved with neighbouring forces in an operation to combat rural crime. Officers conducting checks in the local area had recovered 3 stolen vehicles and two persons had been arrested on money laundering offences.

 

5.

Chair and Member Announcements:

Councillor Graham Dalton highlighted a planning situation in Austwick where a number of local houses had been built some time ago. The houses had been subject to a local occupancy restriction which the YDNPA had refused to review. The Constructor claimed that the houses would be impossible to sell if ownership was restricted to local people and therefore appealed against the YDNPA’s decision. The Constructor’s appeal was dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate on the grounds that the restriction served a proper planning purpose to build up a stock of housing for local people.

 

6.

County and District Councillor Announcements:

District Councillor Evelyn Westwood made the following announcements:

6.1 Completion of the sale of 72 Main Street, Sedbergh, had taken place and the property is now in community ownership.

6.2 The SLDC Cabinet will meet on Wednesday 09 April 2014 at the People’s Hall, Sedbergh. It will commence at 10am and is open to the public.

6.3 The second round for applications to the New Homes Bonus Scheme is open until 07 May 2014. Councillor Westwood stated that she was willing to meet anyone who may have a locally important project for which they would like to make an application to the Scheme.

7.

Public Forum:

7.1 Members were asked if there had been any further developments on the sale of the Lyon Equipment site. It was reported that no new information was known.

7.2 An enquiry was made concerning the current position with the Parish Plan. In response it was reported that Councillors Tom Stafford and Rita Corpe would be arranging a meeting with Heather Fraser and it was agreed that the Parish Plan should be an agenda item to be discussed at the next Parish Council meeting. 

7.3 The Council was asked to comment on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s apparent exemption to the Government’s relaxation of planning rules. Councillor Graham Dalton reported that the YDNPA was proceeding with an article 4 direction for exemption in relation to the change of use of agricultural buildings to a ‘flexible’ commercial use; however, the YDNPA is currently looking at the possibility of a more flexible approach to the development of barns which are considered to be situated in the right location. 

  

8.

Playing Field Committee:

8.1 The minutes of the meeting of Thursday 13 February 2014 were received.

It was further reported:-

8.2 Ian Mitchell on behalf of the Football Club had attended a meeting with the Clerk on Tuesday 18 February 2014. It was established that the Football Club had purchased its own lining machine and the £500 grant to the Football Club from the Parish Council had been returned in order that the Council can proceed with the purchase of new goal posts. Additionally, payment of £198 for the use of the Playing Field by the Football Club for the season 2012/2013 had also been made.

8.3 The next meeting of the Playing Field Committee will be held on Thursday 13 March 2014.

 

9.

Community Land Trusts:

9.1 Consideration was given as to what action should be taken following the presentation at the last Parish Council meeting on Community Land Trusts.

9.2 It was resolved that the landowners of the Ghyllside & Glebe Fold, proposed affordable housing development sites and the Lyon Equipment site should be asked if they would be prepared to meet representatives of the Parish Council together with Andy Lloyd from the Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, to discuss the benefits of a Community Land Trust. Councillors Rita Corpe and Graham Dalton volunteered to attend an initial meeting.

 

10.

Litter Picking:

10.1. Information was received concerning the proposed constitutional change of the Litter Picking Sub-Committee. The proposal involved the Litter Picking Secretary being re-defined as the Co-ordinator who would report directly to the Parish Council therefore removing the need for a sub-committee.

10.2 The Clerk had made enquiries as to the legal implications and any affect the change would have on current arrangements with the Council’s Insurer. The result was that the constitutional change and insurance cover for the Litter Picking volunteers had no impact on the proposal.

10.3 It was resolved that the Litter Picking Secretary be re-defined as the Co-ordinator who would report directly to the Parish Council therefore removing the need for a sub-committee.

 

 

11.

Music and Beer Festival:

11.1 A request had been received on behalf of the Music and Beer Festival Committee for use of the Dentdale Car Park site for the 2014 Festival to be held between 27 and 29 June.

11.2 It was resolved that permission should be granted for the Festival to take place on the Car Park site subject to similar agreement from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority as the landowner. Permission will be conditional upon; suitable ground conditions, agreement to the conditions imposed within the Council’s lease and appropriate insurance cover being in place.  

 

 

12.

Annual report – Annual Parish Meeting:

12.1.1 Consideration was given to the format for the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday 07 April 2014.

12.1.2 It was agreed that the main subject area for this year’s meeting should be the provision of Broadband and that the Connecting Cumbria Project Team should be invited to give a presentation of their work.  

12.2 Production of the Annual report was agreed together with the submission to the Clerk of relevant material for the report.

 

13.

Dentdale Memorial Hall:

13.1 In response to a funding request to complete the current refurbishment project at the Memorial Hall members had asked for further information concerning the proposal to purchase new window blinds.

13.2 Three communications had been received supporting the purchase of window blinds. Letters from Nicky Edwards, Head Teacher, and Dr Janet Skublics made direct reference to the health and safety concerns for users of the Hall if curtains were to be utilised as an alternative to the planned fitting of blinds. Jason Charnley had submitted a case study of similar conditions with the Reading Room development project where mildew and damp on the curtains necessitated replacement by venetian blinds.  

13.3 It was resolved that the sum of £712.42 should be granted to the Memorial Hall to complete the current refurbishment project.

 

 

 

14.

Finance:

 

 

  Payments authorised:             

E.on (street lighting – February 2014)

£14.15

A. Stephenson (administration & Clerk’s expenses – February 2014)

£5.00

United Utilities (water & wastewater car park – February 2014)

£47.84

Dent Stores (public convenience – consumables)

£44.85

Dent Reading Room (parish council room hire 2013)

£45.00

Dentdale Memorial Hall (grant for refurbishment project)

£712.42

   

15.

Planning:

15.1 Applications

 None.

 

15.2 Decisions

 None   

16.

16.1 Close of Meeting:

The public meeting closed at 8.50pm.

16.2 Next Meeting:

Annual Parish Meeting, Monday 07 April 2014, 7.30pm, in the Memorial Hall.

 

17.

Grass Cutting and Maintenance Contract: (public excluded)

17.1 Tenders for grass cutting and maintenance of the Playing Field and Car Park sites for the growing seasons 2014 – 2016 (3 years) were received.

17.2 It was resolved to award the contract to Burton Turf Care.

 

The meeting closed at 9.15pm.