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Thursday, 3rd May, 2001

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Area Council Members:

Councillors Mrs. June Butler, Russell Davies, Stanley Horne and Mrs. Ann Scaife.

Residents:

C. Achasri, J. Achaski, J. Clarke, R. Colling, T. Cooke, C. Cooper, M. M. Harding, L. Harris, J. Haworth, D. Hindle, J. Hinton, P. Knowles, D. Lord, M. Lord, K. Maguire, B. Marston, A & Y Masterman, B. Maxwell, I. McIntosh, B. Moorcroft, M. Newell, S.O’Carroll, E.O’Neill, N.O’Neill, A. Parker, E. Parker, E. Pickles, D. Pinnington, G. Smale, M. Smith, L. Smith, S. Southward, M. Waring, S. Wood, J. Worden, M. Worden, C. Young.

Visiting Councillors: Councillor Raynor

Press Attending: D. Higgerson - Lancashire Evening Telegraph, P.Harris - Accrington Observer

Officers Attending: G. Garlick, S. Watson and S. Baldwin

Police Attending: Inspector S. Lee and Sergeant P. Langley

Welcome

136 Councillor Mrs Butler welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council.

Formal Business

Apologies for Absence

137 Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor I. Omerod and Lesley Jackson, Jean Spence, Mrs Williams, Mr & Mrs Presho, Mr. Hogg and Julie Potts.

Minutes of the Meeting of 25th January, 2001

138 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council of 25th January, 2001 were submitted (Paper A1).

Resolved - That the Minutes be received and approved as a correct record.

Minutes of the Special Meeting of 13th March, 2001

139 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council of 13th March, 2001, were submitted (Paper A2).

Resolved - That the Minutes be received and approved as a correct record.

Matters Arising

140 The Chairman reported on the feedback from the Open Forum held at the last meeting on the 25th January, 2001. She indicated that seven people had submitted open forum questions at the meeting (Paper B) and responses to these questions were given at the meeting.

Co-option onto the Area Council

141 The Chairman proposed that Andrew Harper, Lesley Jackson and Inspector Lee be co-opted onto the Area Council (Paper C).

Resolved (1) That Andrew Harper, Lesley Jackson and Inspector Lee be co-opted onto the Area Council; and

(2) That residents provide suggestions for nominations for another co-optee to join the Area Council

(Andrew Harper and Inspector Lee thereupon joined the Area Council)

Local Issues

Budget

142 The Chairman reported that the new Area Council capital budget for the next financial year was 16,150 – and increase of 5.8%. Residents were informed that 6,590 of the previous years’ budget had been spent and 2,000 had been reserved for Christmas, consequently, the budget for the new financial year now totalled 22,450. This amount, would be in addition to any further funds obtained through match funding from a Borough-Wide pot, proposed at 100,000 and would be appropriate for medium sized projects. It was requested that match funding project proposals be returned by 22nd June 2001 and small grant application forms by 17th August, 2001. The Chairman encouraged residents to make proposals for projects and/or grant bids.

The Police and Young People

143 A presentation was given by Maureen Cunliffe, a Community Development Worker and two of her colleagues in conjunction with Inspector Steve Lee on the problems caused by youths in Rishton.

Residents complained about the problems created by youths congregating on the streets in large numbers indicating that they were impolite, intimidating, vandals and drank alcohol on the streets. It was considered that many of these problems related to youths having nowhere to go, limited youth workers and resources, nowhere for the police to move youths onto, parents being unaware or uncaring of the problems created by their children and no activities of interest for youths to get involved with.

Solutions to these problems, proposed by residents, included encouraging the community to work together and parents to take a greater responsibility of their children. After further discussions several additional strategies were suggested including: the Police to take youths, who are caught offending, home and for parents to be informed, for off-licences selling alcohol to those who are under age to be targeted and prosecuted, for a greater awareness of Police presence on the streets through the wearing of high-profile jackets and for plain clothed Police Officers to patrol the streets.

Inspector Lee informed the meeting that he was keen to reintroduce the Crime and Disorder Group and welcomed pro-active volunteers to join it in an effort to create and implement initiatives to combat youth crime. Residents suggested that it was important to find out what youths wanted and to find a place for them to meet and have activities which would be appealing to this age group.

Open Forum

143A The Chairman invited residents to have their say on any matter by asking question or completing the appropriate from (Paper E) and those dealt with are summarised in a separate paper on this agenda.

Resolved - That where applicable, action taken be reported to the next meeting of Area Council

Traffic Orders

144 Steve Watson presented the report on Annual Traffic Regulation Order 2001 (Paper F). He indicated that the measures outlined in the report would be paid for by Lancashire County Council.

Resolved - That the Area Council note and approve the proposed measures for inclusion in the 2001 Annual Traffic Regulation Order.

What’s Happening About

145 The Chairman referred to the need for speed restrictions on Blackburn Road but Inspector Lee pointed out that Rishton did not have any speed cameras as this area was not regarded as high priority.

Forthcoming Improvements to Council Houses in Rishton

146 The Chairman reported on forthcoming improvement to Council houses on all estates in Rishton such as the Sands Estate and Eachill Gardens.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

147 The Chairman thanked residents for attending and indicated that the next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Thursday, 27th September, 2001. Resident were requested to complete and return the feedback form.

Thursday, 27th September 2001

Area Council Members:

Councillors Mrs June Butler, Stanley Horne and Mrs Ann Scaife.

Residents: J. Achaski, P. Anderton, A. Baron, J. Baron, R. Begum, J. Benads, J. Bradshaw, K. Briars, L. Burns, P. Calvert, D. Casey, Mr. & Mrs. J. Clarke, R. Colling, C. Cooper, J. Dalton, Father M.C. Dowd, G. Edmundson, T.M. Fielding, S. Freza, B. Griggs, R.J. Hallern, A. Harling, D. Haworth, J.W. Haworth, P. Hindle, J. Hogg, S.C. Hogg, F. Hoyle, G. Hoyle, A. Masterman, Y. Masterman, B. Moorcroft, G. Newton, A. Parker, E. Parker, T. Partlin, A.S. Presho, C. Ridgeway, P. Riley, E. Sharp, C. Shaw, G. Smale, P.A. Smith, A. Snowden, F. Stinson, I.M. Waddington, S.G. Waddington, J. Waring, M. Waring, P. Webster, S. Wood and C. Young.

Press Attending: M. Addelman - Lancashire Evening Telegraph, L. Cummins - Accrington Observer

Officers Attending: S. Watson, K. Harmer, U. Reilly, J. Davey, M. Chambers and S. Baldwin.

Police Attending: Inspector S. Lee and Sergeant P. Langley

Co-optees: Lesley Jackson and Andrew Parker

Welcome

555 Councillor Mrs Butler welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council.

Formal Business

Apologies for Absence

556 Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Davies.

Minutes of the Meeting of 3rd May, 2001

557 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council of 3rd May, 2001, were submitted (Paper A).

Resolved - That the Minutes be received and approved subject to an amendment to show the approval of an Area Council grant of 299.80 to St. Charles for the purchase of tracksuits.

Matters Arising

558 The Chairman reported on the feedback from the Open Forum held on the 3rd May, 2001. She indicated that nine people had submitted open forum questions at the meeting (Paper B) and responses to these questions were given at the meeting. Two feedback forms were received after the meeting and they would be dealt at this meeting. An update on several schemes was included.

Co-option onto the Area Council

559 Resolved - That the Lancashire County Council representative for Rishton, Clayton-le-Moors and Altham be co-opted onto the Area Council. This is currently Michael Hindley.

Special Presentation

560 The Chairman requested that Jim Clarke present a special award to Gerry Newton for his services to the community of Rishton. Jim Clarke, thereupon, made the presentation.

Award

561 The Chairman presented Jim Clarke with the Rishton Area Council award in recognition of his hard work, effort and commitment to work for the community of Rishton.

Local Issues

Budget

562 The Chairman reported on the proposals for this year’s budget for Rishton (Paper D). She indicated that the budget had increased to 16,150 plus 5,295 which had been carried forward from last year’s budget, resulting in a total of 21,445 available for Rishton Area Council grants. Two thousand pounds had been set aside for Christmas. Additionally, a bid into the centralised match funding pot for bigger project ideas had been successful in obtaining 8,500.

Resolved (1) That the Area Council approve the spend outlined in Paper D, Section 2 of the Agenda;

(2) That the Area Council approve a grant of 3,750 to contribute to a scheme to improve the access at 78 to 104 Cliff Street, Rishton by widening the road;

(3) That the Area Council approve a proposal for traffic calming measures in the spring Street/Cliff Street area of Rishton; and,

(4) That the Area Council approve a grant of 780 to Rishton Second Methodist Brownies for the purchase of tents.

Residents expressed their concern that Parker Street and Barden Crescent should also be considered as priorities for traffic calming measures.

Chapel Street After The Flats

563 The Chairman reported that the Chapel Street flats were due to be demolished on Monday, 8th October, 2001 and requested that residents gave their thoughts and ideas on what should be done with the land after demolition. She indicated that suggestions had already been sent in and that these were on display on the Boards. Ideas had ranged from a community centre and play area to a car park and she provided details of some costings for these projects.

Residents provided the following suggestions; a car park, bungalows for the elderly or disabled, selling the land to a private developer, a community centre and a play area. Steve Watson, Area Council Co-ordinator indicated that some of these schemes would not be financially viable through the Area Council and would need funding from other sources, in addition to other problems which would have to be carefully considered.

A resident commented that the ideal place for a play area would be on the land, currently leased by the Council until 2005, known as the ‘Bottom Rec.’ Others suggested that a community centre should be built on this land, as there was a need for one in Rishton, and as such the land should be purchased under compulsory order. However, Steve Watson explained that this could only be done for very good reasons. He requested that residents determine what should happen to the Chapel Street land and, if necessary, how to raise additional funding for schemes that are suggested.

In connection with protection of the new project against vandalism, residents requested that the Police respond to calls from the public much quicker than at present. Inspector Lee explained that a lack of Officers made it difficult to respond immediately but that they always endeavoured to do their best.

To find out the most popular view of residents, with regards to what should happen to the land once demolition has taken place, residents were requested to show their preference by placing their ideas on the display board. These were then collated and the results were as follows:-

1 to build a youth shelter

6 to build bungalows

8 construct a play area

5 to build a community centre

3 to construct a car park and a play area

1 to construct a car park, play area and gardens

It was explained that these ideas would be taken away for discussion and evaluation by the Area Council. Further consultation with residents would take place and the outcomes reported at the next meeting of Rishton Area Council.

Open Forum

564 The Chairman invited residents to have their say on any matter by asking questions or completing the appropriate form (Paper E) and those dealt with are summarised in a separate paper on this agenda.

Resolved - That where applicable, action taken be reported to the next meeting of the Area Council.

Jubilee Grants

565 Ursula Reilly informed residents that small community groups were able to apply for a Jubilee grant of up to 5,000, if they met the criteria outlined in the agenda (Paper F). They were encouraged to speak to a member of the Area Council Team if they were interested. In addition residents were notified that a presentation on the scheme would take place on the 18th October, 2001 at the Council Offices, Eagle Street, Accrington and small groups were invited to attend.

Christmas

566 The Chairman reported that 2,000 had been set aside from the Area Council budget for Christmas in Rishton. Tony Secombe explained that the shops on the High Street had been asked if they would take part in the Christmas celebrations and 26 of the 48 shops had agreed to have Christmas trees above their premises.

Cleansing Roadshow

567 Mr. J. Davey, Assistant Head of Environmental Health, gave a presentation on ‘Refuse Collection and Street Cleansing.’ He provided details of the costs of the services per household, key issues and the waste strategy and the importance of meeting recycling targets were emphasised. In connection to the Best Value Review, Mr. Davey requested that residents indicate their responses to questions about the quality of services and the ones they most valued.

Annual Report

568 The Chairman reported on the Annual Report in connection with Councillor responsibilities for the municipal year 2001/02 and the County Council elections (Paper G).

Resolved - That the report be received.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

569 The Chairman thanked residents for attending and indicated that the next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Thursday, 24th January, 2002. Residents were requested to complete and return the feedback form.