Meeting of Dent Parish Council - 06 October 2014

 

Agenda Item

Present:

Councillors Graham Dalton, Chris Evans, Geoffrey Woof, Tom Stafford and

Jenny Pilgrim.

 

District Councillor Evelyn Westwood.  

 

The meeting opened at 7.33pm.

1.

 

Apologies:

Councillors Elaine Lewis and Rita Corpe.   

District Councillor Kevin Lancaster.

County & District Councillor Nick Cotton.  

 

2.

Minutes:

Minutes of the meeting of Monday 01 September 2014 were presented and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest:

None.

 

4.

Policing Issues:

4.1 A report was received from PCSO Mandy Coleman. 

Further information was given on:-

4.2 On the 04 September a white transit van had been reported after raising concern in the Cowgill area. The vehicle had been subsequently checked and found to be all in order being owned locally.

4.3 There had recently been a theft of sheep and lambs in the Middleton area and farmers were advised to remain vigilant to the possibility of further similar incidents.

4.4 Cumbria Police appreciates the number of calls concerning suspicious vehicles and persons. Residents are requested to continue to report matters of concern to assist in the prevention and detection of crime.

4.5 PCSO Coleman was thanked for her attendance and left the meeting at 7.45pm.

 

5.

Clerk’s Report:

5.1 The Clerk’s report was presented and accepted. Further information was given on:-

5.2 (Item 4) A number of complaints had been received concerning overgrown roadside hedges in Dentdale compromising public safety due to lack of vision. The matter was reported to Cumbria Highways where an assurance was received that the roadside verges would be cut throughout Dentdale between 15 and 30 September 2014. It was further stated that it had not been possible to conduct the work earlier due to environmental and ecology reasons. Following the conclusion of the roadside verge cutting regime further complaints were raised concerning the poor quality of work where foliage had been left obstructing the highway in many places. The complaints were forwarded to the CCC Highways Steward who stated that he would contact the contractor to request that the road network be re-visited to ensure that all verge cutting was completed to an acceptable standard. The Highway Steward conducted an inspection of the Dentdale road network on Monday 06 October and had reported to the Clerk that CCC Highways had now approved the work following subsequent action taken by the contractor.

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

5.3 The Clerk had made enquiries with South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) concerning the provision of a plastic recycling facility in Dent to complement the existing recycling banks.

A response had been received indicating that it would not be possible to extend the Contractor’s fixed collection route, therefore, in the short term, Dent (alongside other rural villages) would not be allocated a plastic recycling facility. However, SLDC has commenced a recycling project which will aspire to introduce a doorstep cardboard and plastic collection service throughout South Lakeland over the next two to three years.

 

6.

Chair and Member Announcements:

6.1 Councillor Chris Evans reported that the Neighbourhood Watch sign at the junction of the Gawthrop road with the C5101 (Dent to Sedbergh road) had faded beyond recognition. It was resolved that the Clerk would make enquiries concerning a replacement sign.

6.2 Councillor Chris Evans reported that the wording on the signpost at Oliver Bridge indicating the direction of Barbon had faded causing confusion for road users. It was resolved that the Clerk would contact Cumbria County Council Highways with a request to restore sign clarity.

6.3 Councillor Graham Dalton had attended a Transport meeting at the People’s Hall, Sedbergh, on Thursday 25 September 2014, concerning Cumbria County Council’s decision to withdraw financial support for sixth form student travel. This difficult decision had been taken as part of the County Council’s financial measures to reduce its spending budget and commenced from the start of the new academic year in September. The extra cost on families living in rural areas is apparent. In urban areas generally no school transport costs are incurred.

6.4 Councillor Graham Dalton asked if there had been any further developments on the local winter gritting agreement with Cumbria County Council for the U5475, Dent to Cowgill back road. It was reported that enquiries had been made in an attempt to source alternative grit spreading equipment for the vehicle proposed to be used for the work. No suitable equipment had been found and the project remains suspended.   

   

7.

County and District Councillor Announcements:

7.1 District Councillor Evelyn Westwood announced that the new recycling ‘wheeled’

bins had replaced the old style ‘banks’ for the following reasons:

(i)   The metal banks were in need of refurbishment,

(ii)  The metal banks created a health and safety risk to the public by use of a vehicle crane for loading & unloading, and,

(iii) The new wheeled bins are of a universal design for the different recycling materials and can be delivered and taken away by one type of vehicle.

7.2 District Councillor Evelyn Westwood, on behalf of Councillor Nick Cotton, announced the latest position with regard to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s (YDNPA) Sustainable Development Fund. 

The approved budget for the fund for this financial year is £160,000. So far this year the total value of grant funding allocated to projects is £42,616. The YDNPA is now actively trying to attract new applicants to the Fund and can be contacted for further information by telephone: 01969 652300 or from the website: http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/livinghere/sdf.

 

8.

Public Forum:

8.1 Mr Wolf Morningstar announced that he was attempting to organise the Bonfire Night event this year in Dentdale. He estimated that the cost of holding the event would total approximately £750. He stated that there was a possibility of the event being held at Dent Station and asked the Council if any other venue could be suggested together with help in funding the event. It was resolved that the Council had no further suggestions of suitable sites for the event and was not in a position to offer funding on the information available.

8.2.1 A complaint was raised concerning the lack of care taken by some members of the public when using the recycling facilities. Items have been placed in the incorrect facility. It was agreed that this was a point for public education to help the effectiveness and efficiency of the recycling process.

8.2.2 Further concern was highlighted about the lack of public awareness of what happens to the recycling material once it leaves the site and exactly how much of the material is actually recycled. It was resolved that District Councillor Evelyn Westwood would make enquiries to find out what happens to the material once it disappears from public view.

8.3 It was reported that a dog was recently seriously injured at Church Bridge by broken glass which had been thrown into the river. As a result Councillor Chris Evans had placed two warning notices at the bridge.

 

9.

Playing Field:

9.1 The minutes of the meeting of Thursday 11 September 2014 were received.

9.2 It was reported that the Sheep Show had been successful and in return for the use of the Playing Field repairs to the dry stone wall on the western side of the site  will commence shortly.

9.3 It is anticipated that the spring edition of the Sedbergh & District Lookaround will feature a picture of the Playing Field on the front cover together with an article promoting the facility and its availability for use.

9.4 It had been highlighted that the former Rise Hill fell race was a popular event and it was hoped that a member of the community would be prepared to organise it once again next year as an annual event for Dentdale. This would attract visitors and additional business to Dentdale very much like the successful Dent Run.

 

10.

Website Service:

10.1.1 A report was received from Councillor Tom Stafford on the website meeting of Tuesday 02 September 2014.

Information from the meeting included:

10.1.2 Neville Allen had agreed to transfer ownership of dentdale.com to the Parish Council and would kindly continue to administer the site in the short term until the website project was in a position to introduce alternative arrangements.

 

10.1.3 Melvyn Dickinson had submitted a draft of a website creative brief from the previous Dentdale Community Website Group which had conducted a considerable

amount of work in 2011 and had concluded that a community website should be developed. The creative brief would provide a platform from which the new Website Group could work.

10.2 The annual fees for dentdale.com are due in November and will total approximately £92 (estimated cost for domain name £12 and hosting fee £80). Transfer of website ownership to the Parish Council had now been confirmed. It was resolved that the annual fees for dentdale.com should now be met by the Council. 

10.3 Neville Allen had enquired whether or not the Parish Council would like any change, particularly to the front page of dentdale.com, in acknowledgement that the Parish Council was now in ownership of the website. It was resolved that the status quo should prevail with no changes required at this time.

  

11.

Broadband:

11.1 A report was received from representatives of the Parish Council who had attended a meeting hosted by Connecting Cumbria on Thursday 11 September 2014 at the Sedbergh Community Centre. Connecting Cumbria had informed attendees that the decision of whether or not to de-scope Dentdale and Gardsale from its broadband project would be taken by the Cumbria County Council Cabinet most likely in November 2014. The practical effect on de-scoping is that British Telecom will not be paid from public funds to deliver superfast broadband to Dentdale and Garsdale, however, British Telecom may do so at its own cost.

11.2 The Parish Council had received a response from the Chair of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) concerning the delay in Connecting Cumbria’s decision on the issue of whether or not to de-scope Dentdale and Garsdale from its project. Peter Charlesworth, Chair, YDNPA, stated that the roll-out of broadband across the whole National Park is a key objective and it was providing advice and funding to local communities that have taken the initiative to develop their own broadband scheme. However, Connecting Cumbria’s decision is likely to be a technical and commercial decision, outside the scope of the National Park Authority.    

11.3 On Wednesday 24 September 2014, Fibre Garden held its superfast broadband launch event at Dentdale Memorial Hall. Fibre Garden reaffirmed its objective of delivering fibre optic broadband throughout Dentdale and Garsdale giving every household the opportunity of receiving its service. A menu of charges was provided for the information of parish residents together with the intention of commencing the network build this month, October 2014.

11.4 It was resolved to await developments on Connecting Cumbria’s de-scoping decision and the roll-out of Fibre Garden’s network build. 

 

12.

Walkers Welcome Initiative:

12.1 A report was received concerning an initiative to promote walking routes throughout Dentdale.

12.2 Carole Nelson is involved with this initiative locally and is keen to promote walking routes throughout the area including the potential benefits for Dentdale.

12.3 It was resolved to invite Carole Nelson to the next Parish Council meeting on Monday 03 November 2014, to give further information about the initiative.

 

13.

 

Beech Hill:

13.1.1 A position statement was received on the Beech Hill resurfacing project.

Information from the statement included:

13.1.2 A meeting had taken place on Monday 08 September 2014 at Beech Hill involving representatives of the Council and the YDNPA. Agreement had been reached concerning:

(i) a lighter toned solid surface (specifically limestone tarmacadam) would be supported.

(ii) drainage should be adequate particularly water should not be allowed to gather against the Churchyard wall.

(iii) The demarcation between car parking bays should be either natural stone sets or cobbles set in double rows as found elsewhere within the conservation area.

(iv) The kerb-stones should remain in place.

13.2.1 A site meeting at Beech Hill had taken place on Tuesday 30 September 2014, between the Clerk and Joanne Parker, Senior Technician, CCC Highways.

13.2.2 Agreement was reached that CCC Highways would lower kerb-stones for a distance of 12 metres to assist access to the parking area. This would be a complimentary service by CCC Highways to assist the Parish Council.

13.2.3 It had also been agreed that the existing highway drainage was sufficient to carry any water from the area to be resurfaced.

13.3 Stone samples proposed for the parking demarcation bays were received by members. It was resolved that the sample to be used for the demarcation bays should be a local natural stone set which matched the stonework of the kerb-stones.

13.4 It was resolved that the residents parking signage should be of wooden material commensurate with that used for information and footpath signage throughout the National Park.

13.5 It was resolved that two parking bays should be reserved for shop customer parking.

13.6 It was resolved that parking for cycles should be included within the project.

13.7 It was resolved that Councillors Tom Stafford, Chris Evans and Graham Dalton would meet to consider organisation and designation of the car parking spaces.

   

14.

External Audit Report:

14.1 The External Auditor’s certificate and opinion was received in respect of the annual return for the year ended 31 March 2014.

14.2 In the opinion of the Auditor information within the annual return was in accordance with proper practices and no matters of concern were highlighted.

14.3 It was resolved to accept and approve the annual return.

 

15.

Finance Monitoring:

A report and statement of the Council’s financial position detailing income and expenditure from 01 April to 30 September 2014 was received and accepted.

 

 

 

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Finance:

 

16.1 Payments made since 01 September 2014:

HMRC (PAYE – Quarter 2)                      

 £880.28

HMRC (VAT – Quarter 2)

 £913.71

 

 

16.2 Payments authorised:

E.on  (street Lighting – September 2014)

£12.48

E.on  (car park electricity - Quarter 2)

£31.10

A. Stephenson  (administration & Clerk’s expenses - 09/2014)

£69.03

United Utilities (car park water & wastewater – 09/2014)

£58.24

Dent Stores  (car park consumables)

£23.75

Sally Bansor (car park – relief)

£40.00

YDNPA  (planning application – Beech Hill project)

£97.50

BDO LLP (external audit)

£240.00

A. Burrow  (car park walling repairs)

£150.00

 

 

 

17.

Planning:

17.1 Applications

S/01/183A – Greenwell Farm, Dent. Application for roof over sheep pens and collecting yard. Support

 

17.2 Decisions

S/01/131A/LB – Barth Bridge, Dent. Application for listed building consent for repairs to flood arches. Granted subject to conditions.

S/01/260/LB – Cowgill Bridge, Cowgill. Application for listed building consent for repair work. Granted subject to conditions.

 

17.3 Withdrawn

S/01/261 - Stone Croft, Cowgill, Dent. Application for erection of extension to existing house and change of use of part of field to form parking and garden.

 

18.

18.1 Close of Meeting:

The meeting closed at 9.30pm.

18.2 Next Meeting:

Monday 03 November 2014, 7.30pm, in the Sedgwick Room.