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Parish of Farington

Annual Parish Meeting

Meeting held at 7.00 pm on Monday 11 April 2016 at Farington Waste Recovery Park (Education Room).     

Present:-  Councillor Mike Otter (Chairman); Councillor Mrs Karen Walton (Vice-Chairman); Councillor Graham Walton and Councillor Paul Wharton

In attendance:-  Clerk to the Council – Sue Whittam; PS David Wainwright; PCSO Hanna Blundell; Darrell McCarty and Duncan Neilson from Leyland United Football Team.

  1. Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Roy Clarke; Councillor Mike Langley; Councillor Alan Pearmain and Sgt Mark Douglas.

 

  1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 20 April 2015

            Resolved:-

That the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 20 April, 2015 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Chairman’s Report 2015/2016

The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter gave his report for the last 12 months and began by saying that we have had another excellent year on the Parish Council and he thanked the members for their help and support during that time.

The Chairman also thanked Sgt. Mark Douglas and his team for the work they did in the parish, and especially for their efforts in helping to keep the crime rate low and in operating speed enforcements to make our roads safer.

He also thanked our Lengthsman, Peter Heise for his valued time spent in the parish carrying out many varied tasks which help to keep Farington looking spic and span.

Finally, the Chairman also thanked our Clerk to the Council, Sue Whittam, who guided us through the meetings and, without whom, we could not function.

The Chairman wished to put on record our thanks to our South Ribble Liaison Officer, Imogen Brettell, for all the help and support she gave to the Parish Council at family events over the past few years and he wished her well in her new area. At the same time, the Chairman offered a warm welcome to our new South Ribble Liaison Officer, Tony Stirland, and looked forward to working with him on behalf of the residents of Farington.

The Chairman said that the past year had, as usual, been very busy with numerous events taking place which were as follows :-

  • Our annual Farington Fun Day in July was well attended and with a good selection of stalls and entertainment it was enjoyed by everyone. We were also fortunate to have good weather which is always a bonus.

 

  • In August, Cllr. Paul Wharton was re-elected back onto the Parish Council following a by-election.

 

  • In September we had the dedication of a Commemorative Garden on Farington Park at the Bashall Grove entrance on a lovely summer’s day which was attended by some 200 guests and residents.

 

  • The Chairman and Vice Chairman awarded certificates and prizes to Rose Street Primary School pupils for the taking part in designing a piece of art work, the winners of which will be used for making new ‘Welcome to Farington’ signs.

 

  • On 12th April 2016, a silhouette was to be installed at the new Commemorative Garden. This was the final part of the project and it was expected that 40 plus guests and residents would attend. After a short service, refreshments would be served at the Bashall Grove Community Centre.

 

  • We had installed a new notice board on Chain House Lane which would enable us to keep more residents up to date with information.

 

The Chairman said that it had once again been his pleasure to represent the Parish Council at the laying of wreaths on Remembrance Sunday at St. Ambrose Church, Leyland and Lostock Hall War Memorials, to attend the Mayor’s annual dinner dance at South Ribble Borough Council, to attend the Civic Carol Service at Blackburn Cathedral and to take part in the services for the new Commemorative Garden.

The Chairman also said that we continue to award small grants to various groups and charities with links to the Parish and this year, we also supported the purchase of 20 bike locks for a police initiative on bike safety.

The Chairman stated that we were pleased to be able to announce, once again, that the parish precept would not be increased for the ninth year running.

Moving forward to the future, the Chairman said we would be installing three defibrillators around the parish and offering training on their use. We were hoping to renew the lease of St. Paul’s park for another 25 years which would then allow us to apply for grants to refurbish the play area and park. We were also working with South Ribble Central My Neighbourhood to see if it was possible to obtain grants towards the purchase of some trim- trail/adult gym equipment to be installed on Farington Park.

Finally the Chairman said thank you once again to all of you who work together for the residents of Farington.

  1. Matters raised by the Electors, report from Community Beat Manager/South Ribble Borough Council

                 The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter welcomed PS David Wainwright and PCSO Hannah Blundell to the meeting.  PS David Wainwright informed the Parish Council that there had been 27 crimes last month and the main focus of attention had been on Hope Terrace and the problems with anti-social behaviour. It was noted that the Spar shop on Hope Terrace had been very supportive of the police in helping them deal with the anti-social behaviour problems and dispersal notices had been issued to the young people involved.  Councillor Paul Wharton thanked the police for the arrest of a person on a motor bike.  PS David Wainwright said that mini motos were a problem across the whole area at the moment and the police were also focussing on this.

The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter thanked the police for attending the meeting and then welcomed Darrell and Duncan from Leyland United Football Team to the meeting.  Duncan explained to the Parish Council that they had disbanded one team as they were constantly receiving fines and this was making it difficult to manage. The Clerk said she had received an email from Leyland Playscheme confirming that they would be using the field from 8th-12th August 2016.  They had also asked if Guiding UK could hold an “It’s a knockout” type of event on the Sunday 14th August when the Playscheme had finished. Duncan said it was likely they would have a match on the field on 14th August as they would have to make arrangements to play an away match on 7th August as the Playscheme would be setting up their equipment.  Duncan and the Parish Council raised concerns about Guiding UK using the field for their event. After discussion it was agreed that Guiding UK could use the smaller pitch used by Leyland Albion only for the “It’s a knockout” event on the understanding that any damage caused to the field would have to be put right by the Playscheme.  Under no circumstances could the pitch used by Leyland United be used by Guiding UK.  This was unanimously agreed.

The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter said that the field was looking a lot tidier and thanked Duncan for the work done so far.  However, he had concerns about two pieces of fencing at the back of the cabins as he did not want any children to try and climb on them and fall over.  It was felt that the best solution to this was for the fencing to be erected and block off the back of the cabins as this would enable the teams to store goalposts etc and also make it safe.  The field still needed some work doing on it and Duncan said this would be sorted out shortly. Darrell asked about possible funding for goal posts and details of the Farington Fund were given to them.

The Chairman thanked Duncan and Darrell for attending the meeting and there was then a brief discussion on Farington Fun Day.

The Clerk reported that the Temporary Event Notice had been completed with help from Tony Stirland.  She had also received a list of stallholders and these had been contacted to see if they could attend.  An update on this would be presented to the May meeting of the Parish Council.  With regard to food for the event it was agreed that the Parish Council would not provide the food but we would contact a local burger van to see if they could attend.  Councillor Mrs Karen Walton agreed to get the details of the burger van.  It was agreed that the scouts could sell drinks and candy floss if they wished to do this. It was also agreed that we did not need a donation from the ice-cream man as we did not ask for a donation from the other stallholders.  The Clerk said she had also been approached by a local lady who did beauty and nails and it was agreed that she could be added to the list of stallholders invited to the event.

There being no further business, the Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter thanked everyone for attending the Annual Parish Meeting and closed the meeting at 7.50 pm.

Signed

 

 

 

Chairman

Parish of Farington

Annual Parish Meeting

Meeting held at 7.00 pm on Monday 20 April 2015 at Farington Waste Recovery Park (Education Room).     

Present:-  Councillor Roy Clarke (Chairman); Councillor Paul Wharton (Vice-Chairman); Councillor John Dobson; Councillor Mike Langley; Councillor Mike Otter and Councillor Alan Pearmain.

In attendance:-  Clerk to the Council – Sue Whittam; Imogen Brettell – South Ribble Borough Council and one member of the public.

  1. Apologies for Absence

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Graham Walton; Councillor Mrs Karen Walton; PC Gilfoyle and PCSO Natalie Iddon.

 

  1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 14 April 2014

            Resolved:-

That the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 14 April, 2014 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

  1. Chairman’s Report 2014/2015

The Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke gave his report for the last 12 months and said it had been a great pleasure to be Chairman of the Parish Council.  He said that the Parish Council had been in existence since the 1800’s fulfilling the dreams and inspirations of our local “Faringtonians” through all those years.

The Chairman introduced the members of the Parish Council and explained that Councillor John Dobson would be not standing in the local elections and his contribution to the Parish Council would be missed. He also said that Councillor Graham Walton and Councillor Mrs Karen Walton have been the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble this year and they had done an excellent job.  Part way through the year PC Rachel Jackson was promoted to another division of Lancashire Police and she had been well known and liked in the area and was a regular attendee at our meetings.  The Chairman wanted to place on record the Council’s appreciation and thanks for all the work she did.  He also welcomed the new members of the police who attended our meetings on a regular basis.

The Chairman said that the Parish Council had fostered a close relationship with Neighbourhood Central of South Ribble Borough Council and we had worked together on a number of events.  The Chairman and Councillor Mrs Karen Walton had attended a number of My Neighbourhood meetings and had presented information about the Parish Council and what we had achieved.

The Chairman also thanked Imogen Brettell from South Ribble Borough Council for all her hard work in particular in making the Farington Fun Day the highlight of our Parish calendar.  This proved that different tiers of Local Government could work together for the benefit of the community.

The Chairman referred to the clean up held before the opening of the history trail and the amount of rubbish that had been collected. He said that the history trail was a great success and he wanted to place on record the debt of thanks to Councillor Mike Otter and his team.  Their dream and the creation of the history trail would live in Farington forever.  The weaver’s shuttle was now a land mark in the Parish and the multicoloured bobbins used for seating was there for all to enjoy the garden.

The Chairman said that the bench at the junction of Church Lane and Croston Road had now been refurbished in line with the national commemorations of WWI.  The garden had been tidied and a plaque inscribed to the memory of all who gave their lives in conflict.

The Chairman stated that the Parish Council had been represented on Remembrance Sunday at three war memorials in the area – the Chairman had attended the Lostock Hall memorial and had laid a wreath on behalf of the Parish Council together with a personal wreath for his old shipping company, Alfred Holt and Company known as The Blue Funnel Line of Liverpool which had lost 44 ships during WW2.

The Chairman referred to the number of grants given by the Parish Council and our support to the football teams using BTR playing field. We had also maintained our connection with Blackburn Cathedral and the Chairman and his wife had attended numerous civic functions in South Ribble.

The Chairman also referred to the opening of the School Lane Bridge and that Network Rail had gifted to the Parish the balustrade off the redundant rail bridge which will now be used as part of the new Welcome to Farington signs.  A sub-committee had been formed to devise a competition with local schools to design the new signs and prizes would be given to the winning schools.  Because of the months of upheaval caused by the bridge works, the Parish Council had provided a hot pot lunch to local residents.  The main contractors for the bridge works, Murphy & Sons had provided electronic equipment to St Paul’s CE Primary School.

The Chairman concluded his report by thanking Peter Heise the Parish Lengthsman, who battled each week to keep the parish tidy. He also thanked the Clerk for her hard work during the year.  Finally the Chairman thanked all members of the Parish Council who did not receive any remuneration for their work but worked together for the benefit of the community.

  1. Matters raised by the Electors, report from Community Beat Manager/South Ribble Borough Council

            The Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke then welcomed Brian Ashman to the meeting who had come along to give further information about the grant request from Leyland Community Radio.  Brian explained the background to the project and the idea to broadcast three days of community radio for the people of Farington.  He said that they would need a 16ft aerial to broadcast and they were awaiting permission from Offcom for this to go ahead.  A number of training sessions had been held and Brian also gave information on the cost of the project and details of other grants applied for. It was explained that if the group was unsuccessful in their grant applications, the project would still go ahead but at a reduced level.  A number of businesses had been helping the project by providing their premises for free to enable the volunteers to receive training and practise being “on air”.

Councillor Mike Langley asked how the group would measure their success and Brian explained that they would monitor feedback from listeners and they could make a reasonable estimate of how many people would have listened to the station over the three days broadcasting.  Councillor Mike Langley also asked about their marketing strategy and Brian explained they had a social media expert who would be taking this on board.  It was intended that the broadcasting would have a wide variety of music and a number of interviews with local people in Farington – they wanted to reflect the vibrancy of the local area. Brian hoped that this would be the beginning of a long term project.

The Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke thanked Brian for attending the meeting and explained that the grant application would be considered later in the meeting and the Clerk would advise him of the outcome.

The Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke then welcomed Imogen Brettell to the meeting.  Imogen informed the Parish Council that South Ribble Borough Council were currently running a Community Awards Event that recognised positive contributions made in South Ribble by individuals who put other people first and were inspirational.  Categories included volunteer of the year and a special achievement award. The closing date for nominations was 30 April 2015.

Imogen confirmed that the Lostock Hall market was now being held monthly and the next one would be held on Thursday 7 May.  There would also be an event held on 16 May to choose the Lostock Hall Carnival Queen, Princess and retinue.

There was a discussion about Farington Fun Day and Councillor Mike Langley said that the Lostock Hall Brass Band was happy to perform between 4-6pm at a cost of £275.  However the Parish Council had agreed at their previous meeting to have the “music” at the same time as the Fun Day rather than after it so Councillor Mike Langley said he would ask the Brass Band to perform during the day instead.  As the Parish Council had budgeted for the Fun Day and the cost of the Band could be covered within this it was agreed that the £275 for the Band should be paid on the understanding that they performed between the hours of 1pm and 4pm.  Councillor Mike Langley said that the Band would need some type of hard standing for them to perform and it was agreed that the Clerk would speak to the provider of the marquee for the day to see if this could be arranged.   Likewise she would also ask about additional chairs for the Band to use.

Councillor Mike Otter asked for additional signage to be placed on the day to attract more people to the event and especially to the fishing lodge.  Imogen read out the list of current attendees for the Fun Day.

Imogen also informed the Parish Council that Farington Fishing Lodges would be holding a “Lads & Dads” day on 27 June to promote their facilities.  St Paul’s Church would also be holding an open day on 25 April with afternoon tea.  Imogen asked if anyone had a 25mm slide projector that could be loaned to St Paul’s Church for their Gala Day event on 13 June and the Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke said he had a spare one that he could donate to the Church. Imogen would speak to the Chairman outside the meeting about this.

There being no further business, the Chairman, Councillor Roy Clarke thanked everyone for attending the Annual Parish Meeting and closed the meeting at 08.10 pm.

Parish of Farington

Annual Parish Meeting

Meeting held at 7.00 pm on Monday 8 April 2013 at St Catherine’s Church Hall, off Stanifield Lane, Farington.

Present:- Councillor Graham Walton (Chairman); Councillor Mrs Karen Walton (Vice-Chairman); Councillor Roy Clarke; Councillor John Dobson; Councillor Mike Langley; Councillor Mike Otter; Councillor Alan Pearmain; Councillor Paul Wharton.

In attendance:- Clerk to the Council – Sue Whittam, PC Rachael Jackson – Community Beat Manager, Imogen Brettell – South Ribble Borough Council and one member of the public.

1.         Apologies for Absence

None

2.         Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 16 April 2012

Resolved:-

That the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 16 April, 2012 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.         Chairman’s Report 2012/2013

The Chairman, Councillor Graham Walton gave his report for the last 12 months and said that he had been honoured once again to represent Farington as Chairman of the Parish Council over the past year.  He said that it had been a hectic year with one of our greatest achievements being the completion of the Mill Street Project.  This had been a joint project with the Parish Council working together with Lancashire County Council and South Ribble Borough Council to transform a piece of land to commemorate the mill heritage of the area and 150 years anniversary of the cotton famine.   The idea had originally been proposed by Councillor Mike Otter and this fantastic project had attracted a lot of interest from all over the country.  The Chairman thanked Rosie Patterson, the Clerk and all members of the Parish Council for their help with this project.

The Chairman also reported that he had attended Blackburn Cathedral for the Queens Jubilee and for the Civic Carole Service – both the Chairman and his wife the Vice-Chairman had enjoyed the events immensely.

The Chairman also reported that the Farington Fun Day supported by Neighbourhood Central and the Parish Council had been a great success.  The Chairman thanked Asda for supporting the event together with the police, fire and ambulance services who gave time and advice.  The children enjoyed the event and the sun was shining making it a great day.  The Chairman said he was happy that the Parish Council had agreed to support Farington Fun Day again this year as it was very popular with the local community.

The Chairman also mentioned Leyland United who used the BTR pitch and had been very successful both in the league and they had won the Guild Cup. This was a great achievement.

The Chairman also referred to Remembrance Sunday, the Mayor’s Charity and the grants given by the Parish Council to support all these good causes. All these grants had been gratefully received by local groups.

Finally the Chairman thanked the Clerk, Sue Whittam, PC Rachael Jackson, Suzanne Simpson and Imogen Brettell for all their hard work over the year.  He also welcomed Councillor Paul Wharton as a new member of the Parish Council and thanked Peter Heise, the Parish Lengthsman for keeping the Parish tidy.

4.         Matters raised by the Electors and report from Community Beat Manager

The Chairman, Councillor Graham Walton then welcomed PC Rachael Jackson to the meeting who gave an update on police activities in the area.  She explained that crime was not too high at the moment, but problems were still being caused by people leaving pedal cycles insecure.  There had been one serious incident of concern when someone had impersonated a Police Officer.  PC Jackson informed the Parish Council that crime prevention awareness was also being carried out at B&Q.

Councillor Alan Pearmain asked if there had been any incidents of car tyres being targeted with screws being put into them.  PC Jackson was not aware of any other incidents.

The Chairman, Councillor Graham Walton asked about the PCSO situation and what was happening – PC Jackson explained that the police were currently undergoing a restructure with 6 Divisions being reduced to 3 Divisions.  It was not clear yet what would happen.

Councillor Mike Otter asked about speeding enforcement and PC Jackson confirmed that this was being carried out on Croston Road and Stanley Road.  He also referred to the problem on Coote Lane with people “jumping” the lights and using mobile phones.

Councillor Paul Wharton referred to seven incidents on Mill Street with people driving the wrong way down the one way street and wing mirrors etc being knocked off.  PC Jackson said it was important to report these incidents to the police so they could monitor the situation.

The Chairman thanked Rachael for attending then welcomed Imogen Brettell to the meeting from South Ribble Borough Council.

Imogen informed the Parish Council that the Lostock Hall market had been held last week but had not been as well attended as the previous one.  This could have been for a combination of reasons – it had been half term and also the weather did not help as it was very windy.  The market had been advertised extensively through the area and all agreed it was worth continuing with the market.

Imogen also asked the Parish Council for guidance on the Farington Fun Day and the Chairman confirmed that the Parish Council would discuss a budget for the event in the main meeting following this Annual Parish Meeting.  The Chairman agreed to contact Turbary Woods bird sanctuary to see how much they would charge to attend the event.  Councillor Paul Wharton said he could provide free first aiders for the event.  It was noted that the Farington Fun Day would be held on 13 July between 1-4pm.

The Chairman thanked Imogen for attending the meeting.

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the Annual Parish Meeting.

Signed

Chairman

Parish of Farington

Annual Parish Meeting

Meeting held at 7.00 pm on Monday 16 April 2012 at Farington Waste Recovery Park, (Education Room), Sustainability Way, Farington

Present:- Councillor Mike Otter (Chairman) and Councillors: Graham Walton (Vice-Chair), Roy Clarke, John Dobson, Mike Langley, Mike Lonsdale, Alan Pearmain and Mrs Karen Walton.

In attendance:- Clerk to the Council – Sue Whittam, PC Rachael Jackson – Community Beat Manager, Andrew Tomlinson – Lancashire County Council, Danny Hindle/Max James – Leyland United Football Team.

1.         Apologies for Absence

None

2.         Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 11 April 2011

Resolved:-

That the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 11 April, 2011 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.         Chairman’s Report 2011/2012

The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter gave his report for the last 12 months and said that he had been honoured once again to represent Farington as Chairman of the Parish Council over the past year.

He reported that this year had seen several changes to our membership, firstly with Councillors Jack Adamson, Mrs. Carol Otter and Colin Pollard standing down for the May 2011 election and Mike Langley and Alan Pearmain being elected as new Parish Councillors.  Secondly, Cllr. Bernard Crompton tended his resignation during the year due to changed commitments. Later in the year Roy Clarke and John Dobson were nominated and voted onto the Parish Council, making us a full house once again. My thanks go to both present and retiring councillors for their commitment and time given and I extend a warm welcome to our new councillors.

During the year the Chairman said he had been privileged to represent the Parish Council at the Christmas Mayoral dinner at South Ribble, the Remembrance Day services in the Borough, and the Civic Sunday service at Blackburn Cathedral.

He said that our main projects this year have been to install C.C.T.V. cameras on the B.T.R. football field and to regenerate an area of land at the top of Mill Street incorporating a memorial to the cotton workers at Farington Mill which celebrates a 150th anniversary this year. Both projects will come to fruition in the latter part of 2012. We have welcomed a new football team, Leyland United, to use the pitches and amenities on the sports field. We continue to maintain St. Paul’s park at Croston Road and, as always, look for ways to bring improvements to our parish.

The Chairman said that once again, we have supported various organisations with small grants which can make a huge difference to them. Also we have an extra special Jubilee grant to offer this year which is available for organisations who are celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with parties etc.

Finally, the Chairman thanked Sue Whittam, the Clerk, for her guidance and hard work; Peter Heise, our Lengthsman, for keeping the Parish clean and in good order; the Police (especially Rachael Jackson) and the officers at Lancashire County Council and South Ribble Borough Council (especially Sue Simpson) for their much valued support.

4.         Report from Community Beat Manager and update on Household Waste Disposal Centre

The Chairman welcomed PC Rachael Jackson to the meeting who gave an update on recent police activities in the area.  PC Jackson informed the Parish Council that there had been 5 auto crimes in the area and three of these were the result of vehicles being insecure.  The Police were currently leaving a “footprint” in unlocked cars to warn people about keeping their vehicles locked and valuables out of sight.

PC Jackson also informed the Parish Council that there had been one burglary from a dwelling which involved theft of pipe work and also and attempted burglary on a shed.  There had also been four violent crimes reported.

At the moment the police were concentrating on crime prevention at Lostock Hall Library and a street surgery at B & Q. They were also targeting the sale of alcohol to underage children with the help of Licensing Officers from South Ribble Borough Council.  It was also noted that the football cages would be back on Hope Terrace in June.

Of particular concern at the moment was the arrival of Travellers in the area.  They were currently on private land on Centurion Way industrial estate and the Police were liaising with other agencies to see what could be done.  The onus was very much on the Landowner to take enforcement action to get the travellers removed.

Councillor Graham Walton asked PC Jackson if she had received reports about drinking behind Hope Terrace.  Reference was also made to some underage drinking at a recent football match on the recreation ground.  PC Jackson said she would keep an eye on this and asked for people to report incidents to the police so they could be dealt with.

Councillor Mike Otter raised the issue of three cars for sale on Stanifield Lane.  This was also something that the police were keeping an eye on and they would take enforcement action if the cars were causing a hazard.  It was also noted that there had been recent issues with the use of cannabis in the outside smoking shelter at the Conservative Club at Farington.

The Chairman thanked PC Jackson for attending the meeting and then welcomed Andrew Tomlinson from Lancashire County Council to the meeting.

Andrew had come along to the meeting to explain about the changes being made to the Farington Household Waste Disposal Centre.  Andrew explained that there would be one entrance to the site via Flensburg Way and two exits from the site.  Maps showing the proposed site layout were presented to the Parish Council.  It was noted that the improvements made to the site would mean that the site would not have to close for 15 minutes while the skips were collected.  This would mean that long queues would not form outside the site.  It was further noted that Planning Permission had now been granted and it was likely that the site would close at the end of June to allow the improvement works to take place.

Councillor Mike Otter asked if an alternative site had been identified whilst the Farington site was closed and asked if Carr Lane had been considered as an option.  Andrew informed the meeting that they had been looking for an alternative to use for a number of months and he was in discussions with the Environment Agency about this.  However, at the moment an alternative site was proving difficult to find that satisfied all the licensing criteria.  It was likely that Farington Household Waste Disposal Centre would be closed to the public from the end of June until the beginning of December.  Councillor Graham Walton commented that to shut the facility for around five months seemed a very long time without the facility in Farington.  Andrew said they were still hopeful of finding an alternative and were looking at using some of the Borough Council’s land.

Councillor Graham Walton asked about the lighting on the proposed site and if this had been changed in view of the concerns of residents on Lodge Lane.  Andrew explained to the Parish Council that the height of the lighting columns had been reduced and also the strength of the light.  They had also incorporated LED lighting to reduce light pollution.  Andrew explained that full details were on the website but he would ensure that Councillor Walton had a copy of the plan that showed the design of the lights.

Councillor Roy Clarke asked if consideration had been given to the lighting pollution caused by customer’s car headlights and also the effect of the traffic vibration on nearby properties.  Andrew was unsure about the full details but said he would provide a written answer via the Vice-Chairman, Councillor Graham Walton.

The Chairman thanked Andrew Tomlinson for attending the meeting.

5. Leyland United Football Team

The Chairman then welcomed Danny Hindle and Max James from Leyland United Football Team who had come along to the meeting to discuss with the Parish Council their plans for the BTR field.

Max thanked Councillor Mike Otter for the recent grant that he had given to the football team through his County Council grant scheme.  Danny explained to the Parish Council that they had taken over from Mick Bibby in running Leyland United and they were looking to play in the West Lancashire League next season.  After discussions with the Football League it was apparent that improvements were needed to the changing facilities and pitches to allow them to play at the next level.  In particular toilet facilities had to be provided for male and female spectators and also catering facilities.  In addition improvements were needed to the changing facilities to increase the amount of showers available. Danny explained that the football club were intending to apply for Planning Permission from South Ribble Borough Council for the additional two cabins that would incorporate the toilets and catering facilities.  It was intended that these cabins would be similar to the ones already on site and would adjoin them.  This would mean that the dugouts would need to be moved.  The Clerk explained that the first step would be for her to contact Rowland Homes, as owners of the land, to make sure they were happy with the proposed improvements.  Danny Hindle asked the Parish Council if they would consider applying for the Planning Permission on their behalf.  This would be discussed by the Parish Council.  The Clerk also reminded the Football Team that the Leyland Play Scheme used the field on one week in August each year.  They also had plans to use the changing facilities and electricity on site and the Clerk agreed to give Danny Hindle the contact details for the Play Scheme so they could work together to ensure that any improvements were beneficial to both parties.

Danny asked about the name of the field and if there would be any opportunity to change it.  The Clerk agreed to ask Rowland homes about this also.  It was noted that Leyland United intended spending around £6,792 on improving the ground and facilities and they asked if the Parish Council would consider awarding them a grant towards this.

The Chairman, Councillor Mike Otter thanked Danny and Max for attending the meeting and said that they would consider their grant request under the main meeting following this Annual Parish Meeting.  The Clerk would then contact Danny and let him know the outcome of their request.

There being no further business, the Chairman closed the Annual Parish Meeting.

Signed

Chairman

Annual Parish Meeting

Meeting held at 7.00 pm on Monday 11 April 2011 at at Farington Waste Recovery Park, (Education Room), Sustainability Way, Farington

Present:- Councillor Mrs Karen Walton (Chairman) and Councillors: Jack Adamson (Vice-Chair), Bernard Crompton, Mike Lonsdale, Mike Otter, Mrs Carol Otter, Colin Pollard and Graham Walton.

In attendance:- Clerk to the Council – Sue Whittam, PC Andy Alty – Community Beat Manager, PC Rachael Jackson – Community Beat Manager, Derek Sutton – South Ribble Borough Council, PS J Hickey – Lancashire Police, Seb Smith – Lancashire County Council and two members of the public.

 

1.            Apologies for Absence

None

2.            Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 12 April 2010

Resolved:-

That the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 12 April, 2011 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

3.            Presentation on Policy for dealing with Unauthorised Encampments

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Karen Walton welcomed Seb Smith from Lancashire County Council, PS J Hickey from Lancashire Police and Derek Sutton from South Ribble Borough Council to the meeting.  They had kindly agreed to come and talk to the Parish Council about the policy for dealing with unauthorised encampments.

Seb Smith began by giving the background to travellers and the origin of Gypsies/Roma.  He explained that 25% of travellers do not have anywhere to site their caravans as there are no legal sites in West Lancashire or Chorley.  There is one legal site in Preston but all the pitches are taken.  Seb also explained about the Race Relations Act and the types of legislation used to move travellers away from an area.

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Karen Walton then welcomed PS Jeanette Hickey from Lancashire Police to the meeting.  PS Hickey gave the background on how the policy had come about and the history of unauthorised encampments in the area since 2009.

PS Hickey explained that there had been a huge cost to the police in dealing with unauthorised encampments as there had been up to 80 caravans in one area at any one time.  She explained that there had been a lack of engagement with the community and people who owned the land and a major problem was that there had been no lead agency to take control of the situation.  There was also a lack of communication and an inconsistent approach by the police.

This had an impact on people’s public confidence in both the police and local authorities so it was obvious that something was needed to be done.

PS Hickey explained that the lack of sites for travellers was one of the main reasons that problems occurred.  The travellers are a protected minority so provision has to be given to their welfare.

PS Hickey explained that a Members meeting had been held between Chorley and South Ribble Borough Councils to raise awareness of issues.  It was also agreed between the different agencies that someone should take the lead role and it had now been agreed that in every case the lead would be taken by the Local Authority, in this case South Ribble Borough Council.  A Policy had been drawn up between all agencies and it was felt this was a positive way forward.

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Karen Walton then welcomed Derek Sutton to the meeting.  Derek ran through the Policy and what would happen if a similar situation regarding unauthorised travellers on the Parish Council’s land occurred.  He explained that he would be the lead officer acting on behalf of South Ribble Borough Council and that the unauthorised encampment would be visited by all agencies.  Support would be given to the land owner, who would be fully involved to help with a smooth eviction.

Derek then ran through the protocol, the site assessment and dynamic risk assessment.  He also handed out copies of the Gypsies and Travellers – Information for Residents and Businesses Leaflet.

The Chairman thanked Seb, Jeanette and Derek for their informative presentation and asked if any Councillors had any questions.

Councillor Graham Walton said it was good that things were now moving forward and it was a positive step that everyone agreed that what happened in Farington should not happen again – especially with regard to help and support from the police.

PS Hickey said that things would happen differently now the policy was in place.  In the past it was up to senior police officers to decide whether to help landowners evict illegal travellers – now Lancashire Constabulary had signed up to this policy and everyone needed to work together to achieve the desired outcome.

It was noted that when Farington Parish Council was faced with the unauthorised travellers it was left to the Clerk to look at the legal situation and take action.  The local police officers, in particular PC Rachael Jackson had given a great deal of support and had worked hard with the Clerk to assist.  It had been the senior officers who had not been willing to help.  Once again the Parish Council was assured that this would not happen today if the same situation occurred.

Councillor Mike Otter also said he was impressed with the policy and going forward he hoped that we would all work together if a similar situation happened.  He asked if CCTV on the field might help when it came to proof of people breaking into the field through the locked gate?  PC Jackson said she would look into the legality of the use of CCTV.

3.            Chairman’s Report 2010/2011

The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Karen Walton gave an overview of the past 12 months.  She began by saying it had been a great privilege and honour to have been given the opportunity to represent the community of Farington as Chairperson of the Parish Council during the past year.  She had enjoyed representing the Parish at events during the year, but especially at Remembrance Day services in the Borough, at Lancaster Castle and Blackburn Cathedral.  The Chairman thanked every member for their hard work and support during the year but especially thanked those Councillors who had decided to step down at the next election on 5 May.

During the last four years we had worked hard as a Parish Council to try and provide a better place for the people of Farington to live in and, without their contribution of time and enthusiasm I am sure our list of achievements would not be so rewarding.  As a Parish Council we hope that the good work will continue over the next four years.  We have been informed that here will be an uncontested election in May and we are looking forward to the future with the already established members and working with some new ones to promote the Parish of Farington.

The Chairman went on to say that as a Parish Council we have, this year, a number of good reasons to celebrate our achievements.  This first is to celebrate the official opening of the changing rooms on the BTR field on Saturday 5 March.  This was the culmination of three years hard work by all members of the Parish Council.  Although the press did not come and help us celebrate this wonderful facility to enhance the area and provide a much needed opportunity for local people, especially the younger members of our community, there was no lack of pride and excitement shown by the football club and Parish Councillors when the keys were finally handed over.  We now look forward to the future and working with the football club in developing the area and pitches further.

The Chairman said that at last we have recovered from our dealings with the travellers and hopefully following the presentation we have just seen, we should not have to face the same issues again.  We feel more confident that in the future the police and local authorities will work with the Parish Council to resolve any issues we may have with travellers.

We continue to work closely with South Ribble Borough Council by attending Central Area Committee meetings regularly to promote any Parish Council issues with the Borough and Lancashire County Council and we hope this co operation will increase during the coming years.

As a Parish Council we have provided small grants of money to some of the local organisations in the area and we hope that this small contribution will help them to continue with the good work in the parish.

The Chairman finished by thanking Peter Heise, the Lengthsman, who keeps the Parish neat and tidy for us all, the Police for providing us with useful information about the Parish, to David Adamson for updating the website and Sue Whittam, the Clerk for advice and hard work over the past year.

4.            Matters raised by the Electors and report from Community Beat Manager

The Chairman welcomed both PC Andy Alty and PC Rachael Jackson to the meeting who gave an update on Police activities in the area.

In particular PC Jackson informed the meeting that Farington Business watch was now up and running.  It was agreed that this should be linked to the Parish Council website so people could be kept informed about this.

Once again there was milk thefts happening in the Farington area and people were being asked to be vigilant.  PC Jackson also confirmed that the police boundaries were changing in line with political boundaries.

PC Alty informed the meeting that there had been 45 reported crimes including 10 burglaries and 8 thefts from vehicles.  In particular they were warning people about thefts from sheds in the area.

The Chairman thanked both PC Alty and PC Jackson for attending the meeting and closed the meeting at 8.45pm

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Signed – Chairman Farington Parish Council

Click to download – 2010 Annual Minutes