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Thursday, 24th January, 2002

PRESENT

Area Council Members:

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

Co-optees:

Sergeant Langley, Lesley Jackson and Phillip Anderton

Residents:

A. Baron, J. Baron, B. Briggs, J. Clarke, R. Colling, C. Cooper, Fr. Martin Dowd, Mr. T. Fisher, S. Freza, C. Hammerton, D. Haworth, J.W. Haworth, Mrs R.M. Hodgson, J. Hogg, Miss J. Holden, Mr. G. Hoyle, Mrs F. Hoyle, C. Longly, Mr. & Mrs. Masterman, Mrs N. McIntosh, F. Molloy, G. Newton MBE, D. Pinington, E. Sharp, A. Snowden, S. Southward, S. Wood and C. Young.

Press Attending: D. McKenzie - Lancashire Evening Telegraph, L. Cummins – Accrington Observer

Officers Attending: S. Watson, U. Reilly, L. Hollister, A. Rainford and S. Gardner.

WELCOME

940 The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Butler welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council.

FORMAL BUSINESS

Apologies for Absence

941 Apologies for absence were received from Maureen Cunliffe, R. Begum and Andrew Parker.

Minutes of the Meeting of 27th September, 2001

942 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council were submitted (Paper A).

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

Matter Arising

943 Councillor Mrs. Butler reported on the feedback from residents regarding the Meeting of the 27th September, 2001. She indicated that four people had submitted open forum questions to the meeting, as outlined in Paper B. No feedback forms were submitted after the meeting.

What’s Happening About

944 Updates were provided on the following issues:-

Chapel Street Flats - Councillor Scaife informed the meeting that the flats had been demolished and indicated that this area of land would be grassed in the Spring. She reported that an Officer of the Council would be looking into the feasibility of forming a residents group to investigate further possibilities.

Pit Head – Councillor Butler reported that they were still awaiting building of the new properties and that they had received requests for small parts of the area to be purchased by residents to extend their gardens.

The Sausage Factory – Councillor Butler commented that the building had been demolished.

Blackburn Road 30 mph scheme – Councillor Horne informed the meeting that consultation had taken place and no objections to the scheme had been received. Although a request for funding had been submitted to Lancashire County Council, none had, as yet, been identified.

Spring Street/Cliff Street – Councillor Butler reported that funding for this scheme had been secured.

Parker Street Gardens – Mr. Watson reported that, the garden area on Parker Street was erected with joint funding from Gaskells, alterations would have to be in conjunction with them. It was proposed that the feasibility of the gardens becoming parking bays would be investigated.

Co-options

945 The Chairman reported that the maximum number of co-optees had been set at five. Four of the co-optee places had been taken by County Councillor Hindley, Andrew Parker, Lesley Jackson and Inspector Lee. A nomination had been received for the remaining vacancy and therefore, the Chairman proposed that Phillip Anderton be co-opted onto the Area Council.

Resolved - That the Area Council co-opt Phillip Anderton.

LOCAL ISSUES

Budget

946 The Chairman outlined the budget for 2000/2001 - that nine applications had been approved and one rejected to date. She provided information on some of the successful projects and indicated that 2,382 still remained in the budget. A grant application had been received from St. Charles R.C. Primary School for 1,353 for the purchase of computers for a Breakfast Club. Additionally, it was also recommended that funding be provided for a road sign for Cutt Lane, refurbishment of the benches at the Bottom Rec. and a new bench and bin.

Resolved (1) That the Area Council approve the spend outlined in Section 2 of the ‘Area Council Grants & Budget’ report;

(2) That the Area Council approved the grant applications for the St. Charles R.C. Primary School of 1,353;

(3) That the Area Council approved the funding request of 101.82 for a road sign on Cutt Lane;

(4) That the Area Council approve the funding request of 650.00 for refurbishment of the existing benches, a new bench and bin for the Bottom Rec; and,

(5) That the Area Council Manager, in consultation with the Chair and Vice Chair be delegated to reserve funds up to the remainder of the budget for the provision of parking bays at the Parker Street gardens site.

Hyndburn Council Budgets

947 Mr. Rainford, Chief Finance Officer, gave a presentation on Council Budgets. He gave information on how finance is used by the Council, the National Settlement, assumptions about the budget and advised the meeting how these factors may have an impact on the Council. Residents were requested to provide their views on where they thought that the Council should spend the budget, if they considered that the Council was doing too much, and if so where, and if the Council provided the services residents needed. He invited responses to these questions to be returned to him at the Council Offices, Eagle Street, Accrington.

First Year Successes

948 Mr. Eals, Technical Assistant (Special Projects), indicated that the annual report for the Area Council was being compiled and referred residents to Paper E in the information pack and invited residents to have their say on how they would hypothetically, spend 1 million to improve areas in Rishton. He requested residents to fill in the sheet and to return it to the stipulated address.

The Chairman raised her concern that at a recent Council meeting, an item on street cleansing had been debated, at which a Member had shown photographs of untidy streets with litter strewn around. She demonstrated that she had not been happy with this perception of Rishton and indicated that the photos had been taken the day before the rubbish collection. She urged residents to report any rubbish that needed removing.

Residents suggested the following strategies to prevent street litter: that the streets be swept more regularly, that people be educated via schools and community organisations, that more bins be provided and for signs relating to keeping the streets clean, to be erected and schools to be involved in their design.

The Chairman indicated that the Magistrates needed to take the offence of dropping litter in the streets more seriously.

Spring Street/Cliff Street

949 The Chairman reported on the proposal for traffic calming measures in the Spring Street/Cliff Street area. She indicated that this scheme had come about through residents’ requests at Area Council meetings. Councillor Mrs Scaife referred to the plans displayed on the Board and residents were invited to look at them.

Resolved - That the proposals for the traffic claming measures to be implemented on the Spring Street/Cliff Street area be approved and that any further consultation is reported back to a meeting of Rishton Area Council.

Open Forum

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

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

Jubilee Grants

951 Ursula Reilly, Acting Area Councils Co-Ordinator/Jubilee Grants officer, updated residents on the progress of Jubilee Grants in Rishton (Paper G). She reminded them what the scheme was, who could apply for it and informed them how she could provide assistance for those who wished to apply for a grant. Additionally, she reported that Greenhill Residents Association had succeeded in being the first grant application to be awarded in Hyndburn, for a computer training room, and referred to the beneficial impact that this had had on the community.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

952 The Chairman thanked residents for attending and indicated that the next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Thursday, 13th June, 2002. Residents were requested to complete and return the feedback form.

Thursday, 13th June, 2002

Present

Area Council Members: Councillor Mrs June Butler.

Co-optees: Inspector S. Lee and Lesley Jackson

Residents: R.C. Colling, C. Cooper, J. Dalton, B. Foster, L. Harris, J.N. Haworth, Mr. & Mrs. G. Hoyle. Mr. & Mrs. Masterman, N. McIntosh, B. Moorcroft, D. Pinington, I. Presho, P.A. Smith, A. Snowden, S. Southward, D. Webster, S. Wood, M. Worden and C. Young.

Press Attending: L. Cummins – Accrington Observer

Officers Attending: S. Watson, U. Reilly, L. Hollister, M. Hopley, H. Ballantyne and S. Gardner.

British Waterways: V. Jones

Police: P.C. Kate Thomas

Welcome

77 The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Butler welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council.

Formal Business

Apologies for Absence

78 Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Horne, Mrs. Scaife and Phil Anderton and Andrew Harper.

Minutes of the Meeting of 24th January, 2002

79 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council were submitted (Paper A).

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

Area Council Decisions for this Meeting

80 Steve Watson reported that Area Councils were Committee’s of the Council and as such required two Councillors to be presented to make decisions. He pointed out that due to only one Councillor being present at the meeting, no decisions could be taken and any recommendations would have to be ratified at the next meeting of the Council.

Matters Arising

81 Councillor Mrs. Butler indicated that there were no feedback forms from residents after the meeting of the 24th January, 2002, as outlined in Paper B.

What’s Happening About

82 Updates were provided on the following issues:-

Pit Head – Steve Watson reported that building work had commenced and plans had been put to the Council for landscaping.

Blackburn Road 30 mph scheme – Steve Watson informed the meeting that consultation had taken place and no objections to the scheme had been received. The new speed limit came into effect from Wednesday, 22nd May, 2002 and although no signs had been erected, Highways indicated that residents should assume that the 30 mph speed limit is imposed.

A resident requested that a temporary notice be put up to make people aware of the speed limit in this area. Steve Watson indicated that he would put forward this request.

Spring Street/Cliff Street Traffic Calming Scheme – It was reported that the Council was currently undertaking the detailed design and contract preparation for the scheme (plans were available for observation). He commented that people in the area would be consulted shortly and any money from the Council would be absorbed into the works to improve the junction calming measures already in place.

A resident requested that road calming measures be considered on Barn Meadow Crescent and Steve Watson indicated that he would pass this on to Lancashire County Council.

Parker Street Gardens – Steve Watson explained that if the gardens were removed then further problems may arise in vehicles parking on the area and damaging the flags. He reminded the Area Council that Gaskells had previously been match funded to prevent this and so suggested that together with Gaskells they could investigate the possibility of parking bays being constructed. Local residents would be contacted to ascertain the feelings on this plan. A resident suggested there should also be a planting area around the parking bays and Steve Watson promised to look in to this.

Local Issues

Open Forum

83 The Chairman invited residents to have their say on any matter by asking questions or completing the appropriate form (Paper C) 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.

Community Strategy

84 Mark Hopley, Prospects Co-ordinator, gave a presentation on the Community Plan. He informed the meeting that the plan aimed to achieve a stepped improvement in the quality of life of the community and gave details. He indicated that the plan focussed upon six main areas: community safety, housing & environment, health and social care, economy & employment, education & lifelong learning and cultural & leisure. He explained that an Annual Report would be compiled each year, broadly outlining any progress and improvements made in the Borough during the year. He requested residents to complete the consultation forms and return them.

Canal Bank Litter

85 Vaughan Jones, British Waterways, reported that there was a problem with litter on the canal, although they were cleaned on a regular basis. He also informed the meeting that they were only provided with a budget of 3,000 per annum to maintain the stretch of canal throughout the Borough of Hyndburn and consequently, had limited resources. He inferred extra funding could be acquired, through working in partnership with other agencies, and highlighted Rishton Prospects Panel as being particularly active in this respect.

A resident suggested that more sophisticated machinery should be purchased to ensure that the canal remained clean, however, the Area Council were informed that this would be too costly, although, they were constantly investigating the use of different technology. Further discussions related to the provision of dog bins along the canal, although the meeting was informed that difficulties arose from the bins being emptied as it would require separate maintenance from the rubbish bins located there.

Safer Street Initiative

86 Inspector Lee and Harry Ballantyne, Hyndburn FIRST, gave a presentation on a Government initiative to review street crime.

Inspector Lee referred to definitions of street crimes and indicated that there had only been one robbery within a six month period in Rishton and that often street crime was linked to the drugs market. As such he commented that they would be focussing their resources on combating drugs crimes and encouraged any residents with any information to contact the Police or Crime Stoppers. He informed the meeting that they were working in partnership with other agencies, such as Hyndburn FIRST to improve safety on the streets and they intended to place an extra Police Officer on the beat in approximately one month’s time in Rishton.

Mr. Ballantyne referred to the work being done by the Crime and Disorder Working Group and pointed out that residents could find out more about this initiative by obtaining a copy of the Crime & Disorder document (available at the meeting or in the Library). He outlined that they had received 74,000 from the Home Office to assist in keeping the streets safer and emphasised that this could only work if it was seen as a joint initiative.

Reporting Problems

87 The Chairman referred residents to the Hotline number and explained its use (Paper C).

Christmas in Rishton

88 Steve Watson reported on Christmas in Rishton and indicated that orders would have to be placed and arrangements made now for Christmas 2002. A discussion took place regarding the location of the Christmas tree in Rishton for Christmas 2002 and residents were requested to consider the following options: (1) to relocate the Christmas tree from Parker Street to outside the Library, (2) to have two Christmas trees, one in each location and (3) for the Christmas tree to remain in Parker Street.

Steve Watson reported that the price for the purchase and installation of each tree and decorations would be 1,000. He asked residents to indicate which option they preferred by a show of hands.

Resolved - That the Christmas tree be relocated from Parker Street to outside the Library in Rishton.

Grants & Budgets

89 The Area Council Grants & Budgets report was submitted (Paper D) and Steve Watson outlined the monies to be reserved for the Parker Street Parking Bays scheme, the relocation of the Christmas tree and the subsidy of the Trees Above Shops scheme.

Resolved (1) That the Area Council approve the reservation of an additional 1,515.08 towards the Parker Street Parking Bays scheme; and,

(2) That the Area Council approve the reservation of 2,000 for Christmas, 1,000 to relocate the Christmas tree outside the Library and 1,000 to subside the ‘Trees Above Shops’ scheme.

Jubilee Grants

90 Steve Watson outlined the success of the Jubilee Grants scheme and informed residents that projects in Rishton had been granted 5,000. He referred residents to Paper E of the agenda for further information.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

91 The Chairman thanked residents for attending and indicated that the next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Thursday, 19th September, 2002. Residents were requested to complete and return the feedback form.

CONFIRMED BY COUNCIL ON 1ST OCTOBER, 2002

Wednesday, 18th September, 2002

PRESENT:

Area Council Members: Councillors Mrs June Butler (Chair), Mrs. Scaife and Horne.

Co-optees: Inspector Neil Haworth, County Councillor M. Hindley and Lesley Jackson

Residents: C. Achasi, J. Baron, G.H. Clugston, B. Fuller, S. Garvin, C. Graham, B. Griggs, D. Haworth, D. Haworth, S. Haworth, F. Hoyle, G. Hoyle, B. Jenkinson, D. Lees, McIntoch, B. Moorcroft, E. Parker, D. Parkinson, M. E. Pollitt, A. Presh, A. Presho, L. Scott, M. Skellorn, P. Smith, S. Southward, D. Tinington, M. Waring, D. Warehouse and Mr. & Mrs. Watson.

Press Attending: L. Cummins – Accrington Observer

Officers Attending: S. Watson, L. Dean, N. Rix, B. Lyons and S. Gardner.

Police: P.S. Paul Langley

WELCOME

522 The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Butler welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council.

FORMAL BUSINESS

Apologies for Absence

523 Apologies for absence were received from Christine Maloney, Pauline Cooper, Maureen Cunliffe, Geoff Smale, Colin Cooper and Gerry Newton.

Minutes of the Meeting of 13th June, 2002

524 The Minutes of the Meeting of the Area Council were submitted (Paper A).

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

Matters Arising

525 The Chair indicated that one open forum question had been submitted at the last meeting of the 13th June, 2002, and seven questions raised at the meeting. Responses to these questions are outlined in Paper B of the agenda. Residents were encouraged to fill in the feedback forms.

What’s Happening About

526 Updates were provided on the following issues:-

Bus & Train Passes – Mr. Watson explained that Hyndburn was a Concessionary Travel Authority and had a statutory duty to issue eligible people (the elderly and disabled) with a pass allowing half fare travel on bus services. He also informed the meeting that the County Council managed a joint concessionary travel scheme for Hyndburn that ensured that pass holders could travel, half price, anywhere in Lancashire. However, no shire or unitary authority in Lancashire offered a joint bus and rail pass as they were only available in the Metropolitan Councils. In relation to multi-ride tickets sold on buses, the County Council had proposed to operators that these should be included in the Concessionary Travel Scheme but at the moment the operators were opposing this proposal.

Street Sign – A sign saying ‘Butler Street leading to Barn Meadow Crescent’ had been ordered and was due to be installed this month.

Funeral Directors – In response to a request for something to be done about the sludge being splashed up on to the Funeral Directors’ windows as cars passed by, Mr. Watson reported that the Cleansing Department had inspected the highway in this area and found that all the gullies were working. They also indicated that they felt that there was adequate drainage and that the road was swept weekly and the footway daily.

Parking Bays – Councillor Mrs. Scaife referred residents to Paper G – Grants & Budgets, which provided details of costs for the different options of having parking bays on the Chapel Street site.

Provision of Toilets in Rishton – Mr. Watson explained that the Council was short of money because it’s finances were regulated by the amount it received in grant from the Government and the amount it raised in Council Tax. The Council had statutory services to provide from this money and the rest was prioritised for spending and the provision of toilets in Rishton was not seen as a priority item. Residents were asked to indicate if they considered that there was a priority for toilets in Rishton by a show of hands. Mr. Watson agreed that this issue should be brought back to future meetings for further debate.

Resolved - That the Area Council will forward residents concerns, that there should be the provision of public toilets in Rishton to the Council for further deliberation.

Walmsley Avenue Estate – In relation to plans to build additional housing on this estate, it was reported that this would only consist of nine further properties and this would not constitute the development of a link road, although the situation would be monitored. He indicated that no road humps would be removed as regulations required a minimum distance between them.

Walmsley Street Play Area – It was agreed that the condition of the play area, donated by the local church was below standard but that it was still functional. There was no intention of removing it.

The Pit Head – It was reported that work was currently underway.

Blackburn Road 30 mph scheme – Mr. Watson reported that temporary signs had been requested and this would be chased up.

Holt Street Recreational Ground – The meeting was informed that the Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture would be invited to attend the next Area Council to answer questions on current policy and the recreational ground.

Cut Wood Drainage, paths & signs – The Chair informed the Area Council that the new sign had been erected. Drainage work was ordered and due to commence shortly.

Pilkington Coaches – The Chair reported that Pilkington Coaches would no longer be running through Rishton and explained the difficulties being caused to residents who wanted to travel to Great Harwood. She indicated that she had contacted various other Coach Companies regarding this issue but had been told that this service was not viable, only Cranberry Coaches would continue to provide a local bus service. In a statement from Lancashire County Council, read by the Chair, residents were informed that there were no statutory requirements to provide a bus service. In relation to concern about children travelling to school, County Councillor Hindle agreed to investigate the school run for Moorhead.

Local Issues

Rishton Award

527 The Chair informed the meeting that the Area Council had wanted to present Inspector Lee with the Rishton Award but unfortunately, he had been unable to attend the meeting. However, it was planned that he would be presented with the Award in the future.

Local Plan

528 Mr. B. Lyons, Head of Planning - Hyndburn Borough Council, gave a brief presentation on the Local Plan. He explained that the local plan showed what land in the Borough was and could be used for, and that the structure plan was a county wide document and the local plan was produced by Hyndburn Borough Council. He pointed out that the current policy ran until 2006 and was currently under review. He encouraged local people to become involved in this process within the first stage – the issues stage and provided residents with relevant documentation. He requested that these be filled in and returned.

Vacancy on Area Council

529 The Chair reported that there was now a vacancy on the Area Council for a Co-optee and proposed that the recommendations on Paper C of the agenda be accepted.

Resolved - (1) That the Area Council formally record its thanks to Inspector Steve Lee.

  1. That the Area Council co-opt the Inspector for Rishton once the position had been filled.

Mrs. Parkinson – Head Teacher of Norden’s School

530 Mrs. Parkinson reported that they had made improvements to the School such as reducing the amount of litter and obtaining planning permission for an all weather pitch and a Sports Hall. She indicated that if they could obtain lighting for the all weather pitch and if they got planning permission for the Sports Hall then they would encourage their use by the community in the evenings. Mrs. Parkinson indicated that the School had been assigned a Community Beat Manager who would be situated at the school and who would deal with any youth problems.

Main Items

Regenerating Rishton

531 A presentation was given by Nigel Rix, Director’ Hyndburn FIRST, on the regeneration of Rishton. He requested residents to list their ideas for regeneration in Rishton and referred to several local areas which had become run down or could be regenerated. He indicated that there was a need for health investment in the area but that large projects like this generally required a number of agencies to work together. Mr. Rix suggested that most initiatives were long term rather than short term and that public involvement was critical to the success of any regeneration. He encouraged the whole of Rishton to bond together and not to be separated in its vision for the future and for residents to consider how Rishton could be improved for the benefit of all.

In relation to the amount of land owned by the Dunkenhalgh Estate, Mr. Rix suggested that they could be contacted and negotiated with to improve the area through trading or through a mutual benefit agreement. With regards to a residents’ concern over the problems created by East Lancs. Boxes, Mr. Rix pointed out that sometimes companies could be relocated in more appropriate places. He commented that this was an opportunity for residents to engage in vision, opportunism, innovation, collaboration and enthusiasm for the area.

Open Forum

532 The Chairman invited residents to have their say on any matter by asking questions or completing the appropriate form (Paper D) 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.

Police

533 Inspector Haworth reported that he was the Acting Inspector until Inspector John O’Reilly took his place. He also introduced the Area Community Beat Manager.

Sergeant Langley informed residents on current progress made by the Police and promised to do everything possible to alleviate the problems being caused in the community. He pointed out that they had a limited number of staff and therefore, were unable to attend all complaints immediately but that they would endeavour to provide as good as service as they could.

The Chair suggested that residents could write down any complaints on Paper B of the agenda, send them into the Area Council’s team and they would forward them onto the Police.

Spring Street/Cliff STREET TRAFFIC CALMING SCHEME

534 Councillor Mrs. Scaife reported that they had received ten responses to the consultation on the road scheme for Spring Street, Rishton and therefore, would propose that the recommendation be accepted (Paper E). In addition they would request that Highways investigate different options for Parker Street.

Resolved (1) That the Area Council recommend approval for the Spring Street Area, Rishton 20 mph zone to be implemented; and

    1. That Highways be requested to investigate different options for a road scheme on Parker Street.

Parker Street Flower Beds

535 Mr. Watson referred to the report submitted on the Parker Street Flower Beds (Paper F) and gave the results of the survey asking for residents’ views for the removal of the flower beds and the installation of parking bays in their place.

A resident suggested an alternative scheme to reduce the height of the flower beds and replace the current flower with prickly plants or rough pebbles.

Resolved (1) That the Area Council note the results of the survey; and

(2) That the Area Council investigate further the resident’s suggestion and the more detailed prices when available.

Grants & Budgets

536 The Area Council Grants & Budgets report was submitted (Paper G) and applications for grants from St. Peter’s & St. Paul’s C. of E. Primary School, Prospects and Sand Estate & Bridgefield Close Association were outlined. In addition the following two scheme were also considered: improvements to the Parker Street flowerbeds and parking bays on the Chapel Street site.

Resolved (1) That St Peter’s and St Paul’s C of E Primary School be approved a grant of 1,557.95 for the purchase of computers and IT equipment to further the resource of the Breakfast Club;

    1. That the Area Council approve the request from Prospects to use the remaining funding toward the Hermitage Street Garden scheme;
    2. That the application submitted from Sand Estate & Bridgefield Close Association for equipment for a computer club be deferred to allow for further details to be submitted;
    3. That the Area Council delegate authority to the Area Council Team Leader in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair to determine the Parker Street Garden scheme on receipt of further information;
    4. That a meeting be arranged for the residents of Chapel Street to provide an opportunity for their views to be aired and for the consideration of the suggested options, as outlined in paper G of the agenda, and in light of this, that the Area Council defer a decision on the Chapel Street site to a future meeting.

Annual Report

537 The Rishton Area Council Annual Report was submitted to the Area Council.

Resolved - That the Rishton Area Council Annual Report be accepted.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

538 The Chairman thanked residents for attending and indicated that the next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Tuesday, 4th February, 2003. Residents were requested to complete and return the feedback form.

Thursday, 17th October, 2002

present

Area Council Members: Councillors Mrs June Butler (Chair), Mrs. Scaife and Horne.

Co-optees: Inspector John O’Reilly,

Officers Attending: Steve Watson and Susan Gardner.

Formal Business

Apologies for Absence

557 Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor Hindley.

Main Items

Grants & Budgets

558 Steve Watson corrected an error made at the last meeting and pointed out that the cost to re-locate the Christmas Tree to the Library location would be 2,000 and not 1,000 as originally indicated. However, Mr. Watson outlined that the relocation of the Christmas tree would still be affordable within the Area Council budget.

In relation to making requested improvements to the ‘Trees above Shops’ scheme he explained that the cost of existing bracket holders would rise from 75 to 100 and from 180 to 225 for new participants. He indicated that this would not be feasible with the amount set aside and that a further 500 would be required.

Mr. Watson explained that the Boys’ Brigade had not been very successful in their bid to obtain funding from the Jubilee Grants Scheme but had acquired 1500 from Accrington Area Council for new equipment. He outlined a suggestion that a further contribution of 500 be made from Rishton Area Council.

Resolved (1) That Rishton Area Council set aside an additional 1,500 for Christmas

(2) That Rishton Area Council approve 500 for the Boys’ Brigade for new equipment; and,

(3) That Rishton Area Council delegate authority to the Area Council Team Leader, in consultation with the Chair and Vice-Chair, to determine additional funding for Christmas should the ‘Trees above Shops’ scheme have a greater take up than at present.

Next Rishton Area Council Meeting

559 The next meeting of the Rishton Area Council would be held on Tuesday, 4th February, 2003.