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Tuesday, 19th February 2013

Present: Councillor Harry Grayson (in the Chair); Councillors Clare Cleary and Ken Moss.

In attendance: Lancashire County Council: County Councillor Miles Parkinson

Officers: Michael Cunliffe, Ann Roberts and Sarah Whittaker

Media: Jon MacPherson (Accrington Observer)

Residents: (No. of residents in attendance: 21)

Welcome

The Chair, Councillor Harry Grayson welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council meeting being held at Rishton Conservative Club  and introduced the Councillors present.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest

Apologies for absence were submitted by Colin Cooper, Margaret Worden, Ruth Colling and Steve Colling.

There were no reported declarations of interest.

Minutes of the Last Meeting

The minutes of the Rishton Area Council meeting held on 18th October 2012 (paper A) were submitted for approval.

A resident requested a correction on item 300 and that Christine Hamilton should read Christine Hammerton.

A resident requested a correction on item 297 and that St Johns Road should read St Charles Road.

Resolved-That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th October 2012 be approved as a correct record subject to the amendment as set out above.

A resident commented on the previous set of minutes and complained that some street lights are still constantly switched on even in the daytime.

The Chair stated they were aware of the situation and County Councillor Miles Parkinson advised that the details of the lampposts or the exact locations were forwarded to himself and he would contact LCC eastern division to log the job for inclusion on the works programme.

A number of residents added that the street lighting service was very good and reported faults had been repaired within a couple of days.

Budget Allocation

The Area Working Co-ordinator, Ann Roberts referred residents to paper B in their packs which included a budget report and grants report 2012/ 2013 as of the 19th February 2013.

Capital Budget for 2012/2013 £35,518.00

Revenue Budget for 2012/2013 £3,185.80

Expenditure 2012/13

Capital Hyndburn Homewise: Amount Approved £200.00 Amount Spent £200.00

Capital Rishton Old People’s Welfare Association: Amount Approved £500.00 Amount Spent £500.00

Capital Installation of Flags/ Flag Poles above shops (Scheme 1): Amount Approved £1,020.00 Amount Spent £987.72

Capital Ground Mounted Flag Poles-Parker Street Amount Approved £227.50 Amount Spent £284.46

Capital Installation of Flags/ Flag Poles above shops (Scheme 2): Amount Approved £600.00 Amount Spent £600.00

Capital Parker St Corner Flags Amount Approved £65.00 Amount Spent £65.00

Capital Lancashire Police –Grant Amount Approved £630.00 Amount Spent £630.00

A resident commented on the football pitch project at Norden and hoped new access routes would be provided for the bridal way and cycle network if the development took place. The bridge at Spring Street would also need a bat survey conducting.

A resident asked if other members of the public present if they had received a flyer advertising the Area Council meeting, as not all houses had been posted a copy.

Councillor Moss reported he thought most homes in the area had been sent the promotion material.

A resident referred to official highway advice on where disabled people can park. Regarding private roads they need the permission of the owner and residents from Cut Lane do not wish to stop that in the area.

Rishton Events Diary

The Chair provided an update on the following Rishton events:

Further information would be available on the Rishton blog and Councillor Moss asked residents to send information so it could be advertised, published in a central diary and included on the noticeboards.

Date & Time of Next Meeting

The Chair thanked residents for attending the meeting and advised that the date for the next Rishton Area Council had been arranged for Thursday 20th June 2013, 7.00pm at the Free Gardeners Arms.

Thursday, 18th July 2013

Present: Councillor Harry Grayson (in the Chair); Councillors Clare Cleary and Ken Moss.

Co-optee: County Councillor Miles Parkinson

In attendance: Officers: Ann Roberts and Susan Gardner

Residents: (No of residents attending: 27)

Welcome

Residents were welcomed to the Rishton Area Council.

Apology for Absence

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Christine Hammerton.

Declarations of Interest There were no declarations of interest.

Minutes of the Last Meeting

The minutes of the Rishton Area Council meeting held on 19th February 2013 (Paper A) were submitted for approval.

Resolved-That the minutes of the meeting held on 19th February, 2013 be approved as a correct record

Mrs. Iris Presho

Councillor Moss reported that Mrs. Iris Presho had sadly passed away. A minutes silence was held in her memory.

Councillor Cleary proposed that a letter was sent to the family of Mrs. Presho to pass on sympathies and condolences, on behalf of the Area Council, and to express thanks for all the work she had done and the difference she had made to the community of Rishton.

PAPER A Resolved -That a letter of condolence and sympathy be sent to Mrs. Presho’s family on behalf of the Area Council.

Budget Allocation

The Area Working Co-ordinator, Ann Roberts referred residents to Paper B, a Budget and Grants Report for 2013/ 2014.

She reported on the total capital and revenue budgets for 2013/14 and gave details of budgets remaining for the financial year 2013/14. She advised that there was £12,490.82 capital budget unallocated and £632 revenue budget unallocated.

She listed the funding requests submitted for approval at the meeting as follows:

£6,000 capital -St. Albans Road Footpath Adoption Scheme –to carry out improvements to an existing footpath link between St. Albans road and Shaw Brook close plus the provision of A-frames at Shaw Brook.

£355 capital -Outer Boundary Signs –renewal of the outer boundary signs to mark the centenary of the First World War and replacement of the current inscription.

£150 revenue -Rishton PROSPECTS –top soil for the flowerbeds in Rishton.

£1,500 revenue-Christmas in Rishton –to provided Christmas trees above the shops.

Resolved -That Rishton Area Council approved the funding requests from the capital and revenue budgets for 2013/14, as outlined above.

Councillor Updates

Councillor Grayson reported on the following issues:

Councillor Ken Moss reported that he had been dealing with the following issues:

Councillor Clare Cleary reported on the following issues:

Community Updates:

Churches Together–the meeting was provided with details of a number of activities organised including a Craft and Flower Festival held on the weekend commencing 28th September with a concert being held on Saturday night.

Open Forum

Questions

Responses were given to the following issues raised by Mr. Warren Melia:

1.housing development plans for Rishton with name of developer(s) and guarantee that Rishtoners will be given the first option of buying them

2.land assets in Rishton –confirmation of ownership of Norden Community playing fields and the upgrading of Rishton United Football Club community pitches

3.location of a skate park in Rishton and the cost of development (A resident referred to the minutes of the previous meeting in respect of the item relating to the ‘Budget discussion –Skate Park’ in relation to a claim that residents had been in favour of the skate park facility being located at the Holt Street recreation ground and refuted this claim. Councillor Cleary explained why they had considered the Holt Street recreation ground suitable for the skate park but Councillor Moss advised that residents could be consulted further on the proposal if necessary.)

4.speed cameras on Hermitage Street

5.requested a list of unadopted roads in Rishton and clarification of which ones will be allocated funding for improvement.

6.Why the gates/A-frames have not been installed as previously promised on Shaw Brook Close

7.Has the Council received any application for change of use of the former Co-op retail site, if there have been an applications to move into the premises, if a preferred list of desirable business or a black list exits

8.If additional dog bins are going to be added along the canal side path from Cut Lane to the High Street bridge

9.Funding availability for various groups and clubs in Rishton

10.Request for dates in respect of when the Rishton phase of the Pennine Reach scheme would begin and when it was anticipated to be completed.

11.The reinstatement of the post box near to the former James’ Street location.

A response was given to the following question submitted by Mrs. J. Martindale:

In view of the recent land review in Rishton can you tell us which council owned land, if any, is suitable to be sold off and if so are there any plans to do so?

Open Forum

Norden Court–a resident expressed concern for the residents of Norden Court in respect of the problems they had been experiencing ever since the Co-op had moved into the area. She reported that the physical and mental welfare of residents, many of whom were elderly had been affected. She reported on problems of litter, traffic congestion, dog fouling and anti-social behaviour and requested yellow lines around the entrance to the store.

Councillor Moss reported that consideration was being given to providing a box junction rather than yellow lines and agreed to pursue ‘resident only’ parking for Norden Court with Lancashire County Council. He also agreed to raise the issues of anti-social behaviour and traffic congestion with the Police.

Star Quarry–Councillor Cleary referred to a site of special interest in the area of Star Delph quarry and reported that the area had overgrown and fly tipping had occurred. She reported that English Heritage had been informed and there had been discussions with Lancashire County Council who had agreed to look into the issue. However she reported that the requirements of legislation had held back progress, specifically in identifying the owner of the lease. She indicated that she had asked County Councillor Parkinson to chase up progress.

Lancashire County Council Update

County Councillor Parkinson reported on a change of administration at the County Council and explained that even though there had not been overall control by one party, Labour and the Liberal Democrats had agreed to work as a coalition.

He referred to the savings that Lancashire County Council would be required to make during the next four year term, pointing out that education and social services would be ring-fenced.

He reported on his role as Vice-Chair of the Lancashire Fire Authority Planning Committee and the savings required by this authority which would have an effect on the number of Fire Fighters and equipment.

Rishton Events Diary

Councillor Moss reported on a number of events happening in Rishton during the next couple of months including:

Date & Time of Next Meeting

The Chair thanked residents for attending the meeting and advised that the date for the next Rishton Area Council was Thursday 7th November 2013, 7.00pm at Rishton Cricket Club.

Thursday, 7th November 2013

Present: Councillor Clare Cleary (in the Chair); Councillors Harry Grayson and Ken Moss.

In attendance: Lancashire County Council: County Councillor Miles Parkinson

Officers: Michael Cunliffe and Ann Roberts

Media: Jon MacPherson (Accrington Observer)

Residents: (No. of residents in attendance:23)

Welcome

The Chair, Councillor Clare Cleary, welcomed residents to the Rishton Area Council meeting being held at Rishton Cricket Club and introduced the Councillors present.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest

There were no reported apologies for absence or declarations of interest.

Minutes of the Last Meeting

The minutes of the Rishton Area Council meeting held on 18th July 2013 (paper A) were submitted for approval.

Resolved-That the minutes of the meeting held on 18th July 2013 be approved as a correct record.

Matters Arising

A resident commented on the bus stop sign outside Eachill Gardens and said cars are parking there because they are unaware it’s a bus stop.

County Councillor Miles Parkinson reported the area was part of a turning circle and once a consultation had taken place the issue would be resolved.

PAPER A

A resident stated that there were items missing from the previous set of minutes taken at the July meeting. He drew attention to the questions he raised and that the responses were missing.

Councillor Ken Moss who was Chair of the last Rishton Area Council Meeting in July reported that 11 questions had been asked by the resident and some of these were of great length. He had summarised the main points in the questions rather than read out the full version and pointed out that the Area Working Co-Ordinator, Ann Roberts had sent a detailed response in an email.

The Chair added that the open forum section of the meeting was available for people to ask questions and advanced questions are listed on the HBC website with a response given.

The resident commented that a one line summary was inaccurate and misleading for minutes to be documented in that format.

The Chair informed all residents that she was happy to speak to any of them at the end of the meeting to deal with concerns.

Budget and Grants

A Budget Overview

The Area Working Co-ordinator referred residents to paper B in their agenda packs which included a budget and grants report for 2013/ 2014.

Capital Budget for 2013/2014 £47,212.33

Revenue Budget for 2013/2014 £2,522.00

Capital Expenditure 2013/14

Lancashire Police-Grant: Amount Spent £525.00

Skate Park: Amount Spent £10,000.00

Food Growing Project-Piggy Park Amount Spent £10,000.00

Ground Mounted Flag Poles-Central Rishton Amount Spent £800.00

Unadopted Highways Improvement Amount Spent £5,000.00

Cenotaph Refurbishment Amount Spent £2,957.00

Cenotaph Flag Poles Amount Spent £1,300.00

Cutwood Park Footpaths Amount Spent £4,375.00

New Dog Bins Amount Spent £1,224.00

St Albans Footpath Amount Spent £6,000.00

Outer Boundary Signs Amount Spent £355.00

Councillor Update -Ken Moss

Councillor Moss provided details about the Christmas displays in Rishton and that the budget would allow for small trees to be placed above shops. A real Christmas tree would be planted to bring down costs for future years and for the first two years during periods of hot weather the tree would need to be watered on a regular basis. It was hoped that the Prospects organisation would be able to help with this along with Councillor Moss himself.

On Thursday 19th December BBC Radio Lancashire would be at the Roebuck Inn between 7.00-8.00pm recording the singing of festive carols.

There had been a rise in stone thefts as a result of tougher laws on the dealing of scrap metal. Fly tipping was also a local issue and the authorities rely on public information, so please report sightings which include locations, times and registration details.

The issue of Cut Lane was discussed and that HBC would agree to fund 50% of road improvements if the other half was match funded by Cut Lane residents. The laying of chippings was not a permanent solution and it would cost £80,000 to bring the road up to adoption standards and into LCC ownership. A decision would be needed to go with a full resurfacing option or to provide a temporary top dressing over the next couple of months.

A resident questioned the budget and asked if £5,000 set aside for unadopted roads included the funding of Cut Lane.

Councillor Moss stated that £3,000 would remain from the budget if short term work was undertaken on Cut Lane.

The same resident said he asked at the last meeting about a full list of unadopted roads and how many would have money spent on them. He asked if unadopted roads around Piggy Park would be included.

Councillor Moss reported that a back alley on Cliff Street had asked for work to be undertaken although budget constraints would not cover the whole network of unadopted roads.

County Councillor Parkinson clarified to residents present at the meeting The difference between adopted and unadopted roads and the costs involved in road improvement schemes. There were a number of unadopted streets across the borough and people bought their properties knowing at the time the roads were not adopted by the local authority.

A resident commented that HBC vehicles use Cut Lane to access Cutwood Park and how much would it cost each household.

Councillor Moss reported that 16 properties were on the road and it would cost £40,000 which would include all works. This was a one off agreement where the Council would pay half if residents did likewise.

Councillor Harry Grayson added a similar deal had been offered some years ago although some residents opted against the scheme back then, although it would have proved to be quite cost effective.

A resident reported that the minutes from the February Rishton Area Council meeting stated that Fletcher Road would be included in unadopted road improvements and requested a full list of unadopted roads.

Councillor Moss confirmed there was no list of unadopted roads for works to take place on and just Cut Lane and Cliff Street were currently known for some form of improvements.

·A resident asked if there was any budget for improvements to the St Albans footpath.

Councillor Moss said it would be next on the list and had been approved, although the highways engineer was looking for a suitable barrier which would allow access for double prams and mobility scooters. The Area Co-Ordinator  reported that tenders for the work would be submitted by the 8th November and LCC (Lancashire County Council) would take on future maintenance of the path with work expected to start in December.

Councillor Update-Clare Cleary

The Chair, Councillor Clare Cleary reported on issues around Rishton which included a PACT (Police & Communities Together) priority on lead thefts. A number of empty houses had been stripped of boilers and pipework, although there was now a rise in stone thefts. The police are building cases against suspected individuals and the public were reminded to report any illegal activities witnessed to the relevant authorities.

Alcohol awareness week was promoted which would start on the 18th November and Councillor Cleary would attend an alcoholic anonymous open day in Great Harwood to witness the work undertaken within the service.

A candlelit vigil would take place outside Accrington Victoria Hospital to raise awareness of the possible closure of the walk in centre and a consultation process would be undertaken by the local NHS trust.

New legislation would come into force to target scrap metal dealing making it the law to have a scrap metal licence.

Rishton charity bingo sessions take place in the afternoon and over £520 had been raised to date for the Rishton festival.

The location of the Rishton skate park had been discussed since the last meeting with possible sites suggested. Holt Street would not be available due to the nature of the lease on the land and it would also not take place at Cutwood Park. Rishton United FC would be approached again with the view to place the facility in the Norden School area.

A digital inclusion scheme was mentioned which covered broadband in the local community which was now needed due to the online universal credit system.

Councillor Update -Harry Grayson

·Councillor Harry Grayson provided details about the community food growing project at Piggy Park opposite the Cricket Club. A constitution had been agreed and stakeholders had been identified which may involve local schools. A board of trustees and committee members would be established which would help apply for grant applications whilst leases and tenancy agreements would be in operation. A meeting would take place at the Older People’s Centre on 11th November between 5.30-6.30pm.

A resident asked for clarity on what would be allowed at Piggy Park?

It was reported that no livestock could be kept on the land and all information would be set out in the constitution.

·The Rishton United Football Club master plan involved a £1.4m bid to create two pitches with drainage and upgrade the club house along with an all-weather pitch and training area. There had been a number of meetings with many organisations and talks were on going. A resident commented that he was against some of the scheme at Norden which included the loss of a bridal path and the national cycling route being moved due to the extension of a car park.

·The Rishton town trail had identified 12 sites and agreements had been made at all locations apart from one. A trail map would be produced along with a colour brochure and details would be printed on plaques.

County Councillor Update -Miles Parkinson

County Councillor Miles Parkinson reported on items related to Rishton and gave an overview of Lancashire County Council issues since the last meeting in July.

A major strategic employment site for Whitebirk between the Old Mother Recap pub and Intack was on-going with discussions between seven landowners. The developers had received interest from major businesses and now Pennine Reach funding had been finalised the scheme could be in place by the end of 2015.

Another developer was involved with the Junction 7 business park in Clayton with modern employment units planned with the aim to relocate businesses in the local area and over 250 homes could be built.

The Todmorden curve railway extension project was on-going although more rolling stock was not available for the extra number of trains that would be running be on services from East Lancashire to Manchester.

Following recent media reports it was confirmed the former Chief Executive of LCC had left the authority and had received no pay off following investigations into the transfer of public sector staff to a private organisation called One Connect Limited.

Around £300m worth of cuts was needed at LCC from a range of various services which could impact on them being provided by the local county council in the future.

A resident asked about parts of the Pennine Reach scheme around Eachill Gardens.

It was reported that green filters would be installed on traffic signals to allow buses through junctions when approaching. Some bus stops would be moved slightly to different locations and cycleways would benefit with extra road markings. Timescales for the project would be released and communicated in due course.

A resident talked about cars parking on cycle lanes.

It was reported that it was not illegal to park over a cycle lane although there was a safety aspect to consider. It was hard to compare Britain to European countries as many had gone through a widescale redevelopment since the 1940’s.

A resident asked about the smiley face signs being located too close to road junctions.

Work was being undertaken by Altham Parish Council to install Spid (Speed indication devices) signs across different locations in the borough which would benefit from longer battery life being available in the new devices.

A resident commented that in other parts of the country footpaths had a shared usage with cycleways so the road is kept clear for motor vehicles.

Another resident added that the cyclepaths on Blackburn Road needed sweeping as they were dangerous for bikes and after resurfacing works had taken place there was now a drop from the kerb between the old and new surface.

County Councillor Parkinson reported that the surface on Blackburn Road was a top dressing and after resurfacing work had been complete, engineers would visit and inspect the location.

A resident asked that a 20mph speed zone sign be installed on the entrance to Highfield Road.

Community Updates

Prospects

A thank you was passed on to Nurture (Formerly Park View Nurseries) who had donated free planters.

The Station Road car park area was too large a location to keep maintained with no help from HBC. The station area is fine to keep under control but the developed car park area needs professional help.

Councillor Grayson asked if the land was owned by Network Rail and County Councillor Parkinson said he would check.

Rishton Allotments Together

No representative was present from the Rishton Allotments Together organisation to provide an update at the meeting.

Rishton Horticultural Society

No representative was present from the Rishton Horticultural Society to provide an update at the meeting.

Churches Together

Churches together would be involved with Christmas events which included blessing of the crib outside the library and the Christmas lights switch on at Parker Street Corner.

A resident asked if the car wash company at the other side of the village could be given a tidy.

A resident asked if £10,000 was to be used for a new skate park.

The Chair reported that if a skatepark could not be secured for Rishton then the finance would be spent in an effective way on other projects. County Councillor Parkinson added that a suitable location needed to be identified and spare equipment may be available if the skatepark in Accrington was dismantled.

Rishton Events Diary

The Chair provided an update on the following Rishton events:

All the information would be available on the Rishton blog.

Date & Time of Next Meeting

The Chair thanked residents for attending the meeting and advised that the date for the next Rishton Area Council had been arranged for Thursday 13th March 2013, 7.00pm at Rishton Conservative Club.