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Minutes of the Meeting of Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Centre 6th January 2004

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Asst Secretary), Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Cllr Lesley Jackson, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Cllr Ann Scaife. Vaughan Jones (British Waterways).

Fiona welcomed everyone and wished them a 'Happy New Year'. Receipt by the Panel of Christmas cards from : Norden HS, The Community Beat Manager, Mersey Basin Trust and Andrew & Anne-Marie Parker was gratefully acknowledged.

3. Minutes of Meeting 2/12/03. Agreed a true record.

4. Matters arising :

i) Christmas Quiz night (3/12/03). The quiz night organised by the Foundation at the Canine WMC in Accrington had been attended by eight (total) Rishton Panel members plus some spouses. No prizes had been won but it proved an enjoyable social occasion. One suggestion was that on any future occasion it should start earlier and end sooner in deference to those who had to work next day.

ii) Millennium Baby Woodland opening (6/12/03). Colin circulated photos of the event which showed that it had been well supported, in particular by family, friends and now toddling 'babies' registered under the scheme.

iii) Norden mosaics. Colin to view these with Beverley to be in a better position to advise on potential future use.

iv) Recruitment of 'doers'. There had been no response to posters put up in the village by Jacqui. To be reviewed at next meeting attended by Jacqui.

v) Pledge to Norden. A cheque for £100 had been sent to the School for the 'Hyndburn 600' fund to support the School's bid to achieve specialist Sports College status. A certificate and commemmorative key ring had been received in return by way of thanks.

vi) Benches. Paul gave details of a number of locations around the village where benches used to be but were no more. Mike agreed to send Paul a map on which to mark these locations but alerted the Panel to potential problems about establishing ownership of the land on which the benches stood and about insurance liability. These were important if they wished to consider new benches, particularly if HBC or LCC were involved. Picnic benches might also be a possibility in some locations eg. Cutwood Park.

vii) Hycen. Colin understood from Claire that the Foundation intended to nominate someone for election to the Hycen Strategic Management Board and the Panel was happy to leave it at that.

viii) Rose bed. Margaret reported that she had not been able to finalise her recommendation on a choice of roses for the cafe flower bed but would do so for the next meeting.

5. Investment account. Information obtained by Jacqui from HSBC indicated net interest rates for investment of between 0.80% and 1.03%. These were felt to be low and Mike said he would get rates from the Triodos Bank that the Foundation used and Fiona would get  rates from Alliance and Leicester.

6. Skate park landscaping. HBC's recently discovered budget deficit might delay the skate park scheme as a whole but in discussions with Andrew Hayhurst (HBC), Colin had established that there was no reason why the landscaping element should not go ahead seeing the 'Awards for All' money was available. The current aim was to rotavate and order shrubs, etc in time for planting during half term week, w/c 16/2/04. Katie Morley (HBC) would advise on what to plant where and Gordon Mason (HBC Parks) would probably supervise the planting. Andrew would confirm the arrangements within a week and would order all that was necessary and charge back to the Panel.

7. Landmark trees regeneration project. There had still been no response to the scheme details submitted 4/11/03 to Ingham and Yorke despite numerous faxes and telephone calls by Mike and Colin. Unfortunately a letter from Colin requesting an appointment to go and see Mr Miller had been responded to to the PROSPECTS office rather than Colin's home address as requested. As a consequence, due to holidays and delays in distribution of mail in the Council offices, the letter offering an appointment on the 5th January had not been opened until the 6th. Mike had tried unsuccessfully to speak to Mr Miller to explain why the appointment had been missed and had had to rely on his secretary to pass a message on. Elwood had originally set a deadline for confirmation of approval by I & Y of the 14th December 2003, which they had been good enough to extend to the 12th January 2004. Mike and Colin were to try again to contact Mr Miller and stress the urgency of a response to avoid missing this latest deadline.

It had been planned to apply to Rishton Area Council for the £2000 needed to fund the tree felling and fence erecting for Phase 1 but, again because of the HBC budget deficit, all allocated funds unspent by Area Councils had been withdrawn. The funding of the tree felling and fence erection would therefore probably have to come out of the Panel's reserves, always supposing the project got the 'go-ahead' anyway from I & Y.

8. Canal Improvement Project.

i) Bollards, High St bridge. In Vaughan's absence, there was no new information.

ii) Rotavation towpath verge and shrub planting. No new information. Colin questioned whether the same sort of shrubs would be appropriate for this location as those proposed for the skate park. If so, they could possibly be ordered at the same time. To be discussed with Katie Morley when discussing the skate park planting plan.

iii) Fishing platform. Mike had a new contact with the Angling Club and was waiting to have a meeting with him.

iv) Fixing of benches. The work to fix the bench near the aqueduct had been ordered on BW and would be done at their convenience. Mike to meet Colin to confirm exact location. Mike was liaising with Groundwork re the use of their landscape architect to design the information board at this location and also to design the viewing platform with bench and information board between High St and Tottleworth bridges.

v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. See (iv) above.

vi) Viewing point - Aqueduct. See (iv) above.

vii) Improvement to towpath access, Tottleworth bridge. There was some doubt as to exactly what BW intended to do. The members were keen to see the steps on the eastern side retained but agreed they needed to be improved.

viii) Gateway designs - Tottleworth bridge. Wait details of (vii) above.

ix) Gateway design and school workshop - Norden bridge. Beverley said Vaughan needed to contact Damian Collins at Norden HS to discuss details for the workshop.

It was suggested that a path connecting the towpath with the old railway line by the new all-weather pitch would make for a safer route between the two, rather than having to come up on to the main road on the west side of Norden bridge as at present. This could be a project with the School for the future.

9. Chapel St Community Garden. The scheme was still 'in limbo' over the question of responsibility for the estimated £1500 per year maintenance costs. Lesley said she would try and pursue it.

10. Holt St recreation ground ('Bottom Rec'). It was suggested that in order to submit our ideas for the use of the area to the next Bottom Rec meeting 14/1/04, we ought to visit the site to refresh our appreciation of what was there, particularly in relation to David's plan for activity areas for young people and the wildlife habitat survey done for us by Lancashire Wildlife Trust in 1998. It was agreed that the working party earmarked for the following Saturday should meet on the Bottom Rec that day at 9.30am for a tour of inspection.

11. Friends of Rishton Youth. Next meeting 14/1/04, 6.00pm prior to the Bottom Rec meeting (above).

12. Fairtrade Town. Mike had become disenchanted with the initiative when, without a word to him, the Borough Council had stopped serving Fairtrade beverages. He was trying to follow it through to find out why but suspected it had something to do with the Council's overspending problems. Lesley had written to David Welsby (HBC Director) to see if Mike could be given any assistance but had as yet had no reply.

Lesley said she would follow this up and at the same time assist Mike in trying to find out what was going on.

13. Community Organisations, Coordinating Group. There was still no date for the next meeting.

14. Revised Constitution/Charity registration. Colin asked Margaret if she could now help him in this, to which she readily agreed. Their first meeting was arranged for 15/1/04.

15. PROSPECTS Foundation news.

i) Volunteer Group. A number of members from various Panels and elsewhere had come forward and in was planned that the group would meet somewhere on the last Saturday of each month. Programme so far was :

31 Jan Millennium Baby Wood. [Later : changed to Bank Mill Fields]

ii) Training Courses with BTCV (Free). Programme so far (all timed 10.00am - 3.00pm (?))

10 Jan Footpath construction ; Bank Mill Fields, GH. [Later : cancelled]

17 Jan Equal opportunities and group policy ; New Era. [Later : cancelled]

24 Jan Tool safety and maintenance ; PROSPECTS tool store, C-L-M. [Later : cancelled]

31 Jan Volunteer group (see 13 (i) above). [Later : changed to footpath construction]

7 Feb Woodland management ; Wilson playing field, C-L-M.

21 Feb Hedgelaying ; location TBA.

6 Mar Fencing (post and wire) ; location TBA.

???? 1st Aid ; location TBA.

iii) Training Courses with CVS (Free). All at CVS, 21 Cannon St. Acc, 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

20 Jan Funding your Environment Project.

17 Feb Fundraising for Community 'Art & the Environment' Projects.

23 Mar Keeping your Environment Projects Going.

Light buffet supper included.

16. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said she had nothing of note to report.

17. Working Party. See 10. above.

18. Time booking. None.

19. Any other business.

i) Rishton Web Site. Paul said that his main aim in attending was to see how he could help the Panel, not how the Panel could help him. To assist him in doing so, it would help him develop the Web Site if he could have a potted history of the Panel. Mike said he would supply one.

ii) Fly-tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. David expressed concern about the increased amount of fly-tipping by the lodge. He had reported this to Ann Scaife and taken some photos. Lesley took the photo prints to pass on.

iii) Oil pollution on the canal. There had been a number of observations of increased oil pollution on the canal. It was believed it had been reported to BW who said that they were cooperating with the Environment Agency who were trying to locate the source of the problem, so far without success. PTO

iv) Hyndburn Art Satellites 2004. Fiona gave details of information received about this years comminity arts project that had proved so successful last year. The aim was to provide 6 artists to work with 6 Hyndburn community groups over 10 sessions each on an arts project 'to explore creative solutions to a problem that the group wants to solve'. Applications with proposed project ideas had to be submitted to Emma Moseley at Accrington Town Hall by the 19th January 2004. These would be followed up in more detail and a decision on the 6 chosen projects would be made by the 18th February 2004.

An exhibition of last years projects was on display at the Haworth Art Gallery from the 20th December 2003 to 14th March 2004.

After some discussion, it was agreed that the Panel did not have a suitable project to put forward, nor the time to devote to it.

20. Dates of next meetings : Tuesday 3rd February 2004

Tuesday 2nd March 2004

Minutes of the Meeting of Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Centre 3rd February 2004

1. Present : Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Asst Secretary), Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager). Vaughan Jones (British Waterways). Rebecca Morgan (Lords House Farm).

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Beverley Moorhouse, Cllr Ann Scaife.

Colin took the chair and welcomed everyone, in particular Rebecca who was continuing and developing the work started by Gemma Thomson at Lords House Farm.

3. Minutes of Meeting 6/1/04. Agreement held over as the meeting was not quorate.

4. Matters arising :

i) Norden mosaics. Colin and Beverley were yet to follow this up.

ii) Recruitment of 'doers'. There had still been no response to posters put up in the village by Jacqui. There might be further potential through the web site.

iii) 'Hyndburn 600'. It was understood that Norden had achieved the £50,000 needed to back their bid to achieve specialist Sports College status. It remained to be seen now whether the bid was successful in other respects.

iv) Hycen. Colin distributed copies of HyCEN's first newsletter. Elections to the Strategic Management Committee were under way. There had been no nominations for the one place allocated to Rishton which was disappointing. This could still be rectified if a volunteer was forthcoming.

v) Holt St recreation ground ('Bottom Rec'). The working party had met on the Bottom Rec on Saturday am 10/1/04 for a tour of inspection as planned and confirmed the Panel's desire to develop suitable parts of the area for wild life and educational use.

At the Bottom Rec meeting 14/1/04 there had been a bid by the Rishton senior football team to create a full sized pitch for their use, as well as a pitch for the juniors. This would have meant squeezing other features and extensive levelling and loss of wildlife habitat. It was ultimately agreed that this was not desirable and the original aim that the area be developed solely for the youth of Rishton should be retained. It was agreed that no further progress could be made until the application to extend the lease was finally settled. The negotiations were ongoing but no one knew just where they stood. It was suggested that the interested organisations would be responsible for fundraising etc for their aspect of the development. However there might be a place for overall management, say through Groundwork and an initial feasibility study might be a sensible first stage.

vi) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 14/1/04 had difficulty discussing the proposed skate park because of the uncertainties surrounding HBC's part in it following its financial problems and their likely repercussions. A letter to local residents inviting them to a meeting to explain the details of the scheme had

been shelved for the time being. Colin was able to report however that following discussions with Andrew Hayhurst (HBC Parks), plans to press on with the landscaping were going ahead and the main planting day was to be Monday 16/2/04. This had been relayed to Norden YC who were hopeful of at least half a dozen members taking part.

FoRY had circulated all local youth organisations for details of contact names, meeting places,etc with a view to producing a leaflet for young people listing all available activities in the village.

vii) Community Organisations, Coordinating Group. There was still no date for another meeting. It was believed PC Skellorn had other priorities at the moment.

viii) Rishton Web Site. This was to be found on www.rishton.org or www.rishton.net.

Paul was still still developing the site. It was largely up to organisations like ours to decide how prominent a part they wanted to play in it, the more active the better. Mike was still to supply Paul with a potted history of the Panel, although Paul had managed to piece something together himself.

ix) Fly-tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. It was known that Cllr Scaife was pursuing the removal of the rubbish but it was still there. However the gate had now been secured with a new lock, custodian unknown.

x) Oil pollution on the canal. It was not known whether the Environment Agency had been able to pinpoint the source yet but Vaughan reported that BW had written to them expressing their concern. It was believed the point of entry of the oil to the canal was the Whitebirk side of Sidebeet Bridge and it had drifted towards Rishton. This was not the first year it had occurred but it seemed worse this time. A boom had been placed around the entry point to prevent any further spread.

5. Investment account. Mike reported that the Triodos Bank only dealt with registered charities. There was no report from Fiona regarding rates from Alliance and Leicester. Colin had obtained the current rates from the Halifax. Some were worse, others better than HSBC. To be discussed further.

6. Skate park landscaping. Andrew Hayhurst (HBC) had confirmed that tree and shrub planting was still 'on' for Monday 16/2/04 and a meeting between himself, Katie Morley (HBC) and Colin to discuss the planting plan in more detail was planned for the following day (4/2/04). Margaret offered to join Colin for this meeting. Colin had been in touch with Laura Heys (Norden YC Worker-in-Charge) who was hopeful of having about six YC members coming to help plant, supervised by some of their leaders. This would be necessary from the "safeguarding" point of view as no Panel members had CRB clearance for this purpose. Colin was to look into the question of who was responsible for providing a risk assessment.

7. Chapel St Community Garden. David said there was nothing further to report but he would make it a major agenda item at the next GRA meeting 5/2/04.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike reported that a letter had eventually been received from Ingham & Yorke (dated 12/1/04, received by Mike 14/1/04) stating that"the Estate would have no objection to you replanting the section of woodland in question subject to agreement on exact terms". Unfortunately it had come too

late to meet the latest Elwood deadline (12/1/04). However they had agreed to carry over the Phase I funding to Phase II and on this basis it had been decided to carry out the whole scheme in the next planting season, 2004/5. I & Y had been informed of this and a request made by letter (23/1/04) for a meeting ASAP to discuss the "exact terms" so that the way would be clear to make an early start on acquiring the additional funding needed for the scheme. No reply had as yet been received.

9. Benches. Mike had provided Paul with a blank map but Paul had not had time as yet to mark up the sites of the proposed benches on it.

10. Rose bed. Margaret had studied the catalogues and outlined her ideas for the choice of roses. It was agreed that Margaret and Ruth should discuss this further and contact the suppliers to see if the plants they wanted were still available. It was appreciated that time was now getting short in this planting season. The bed needed a good treatment of manure/compost. Rebecca reported that LHF had plenty of manure but we would need to collect it ourselves.

11. Canal Improvement Project.

i) Bollards, High St bridge. Vaughan could only report that they were still in BW's work programme but he could give no date when they would be done. It was questioned whether they would be using recycled plastic bollards from 'Prosperity'.

ii) Rotavation towpath verge and shrub planting. To be discussed at the meeting with Andrew Hayhurst 4/2/04 with a view to getting HBC to rotavate and order shrubs at the same time as the skate park.

iii) Fishing platform. Mike had had no response from his new contact with the Angling Club but was going ahead to get quotes from contractors for the work, as BW were now unable to do it.

iv) Fixing of benches. Mike was also having to get contractors' quotes for this work now. v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. Groundwork had advised Mike that they would be unable to provide a landscape architect to design the viewing platform and information board at this location. He was therefore seeking an alternative.

vi) Viewing point - Aqueduct. As (iv) & (v) above.

vii) Improvement to towpath access, Tottleworth bridge. It was unclear whether BW or the Panel were taking the lead in this and Vaughan agreed to discuss it further with Mark Overam. Motorbikes on the towpath were still a problem and ways of inhibiting their access at this and other points was imperative. (In the meantime members were urged to report any incidents to the police, otherwise they would claim they had no knowledge of a problem.)

viii) Gateway designs - Tottleworth bridge. As (v) above.

ix) Gateway design and school workshop - Norden bridge. Vaughan said he would contact Damien Collins at Norden HS as soon as possible to discuss details for the workshop.

12. Revised Constitution/Charity registration. Margaret and Colin had met twice (16/1/04 & 30/1/04) to look at revising the Constitution. They had discovered that the Charity Commission had produced a 'model constitution' which could be 'tailored' in certain respects to suit different organisations. It appeared the Baxenden Forum had used this as the basis of theirs. While it appeared a little 'long winded' in certain respects, it seemed logical to use it

to back any application for charitable status. Margaret had prepared a draft on this basis and the meeting was invited to express opinions on the variants, eg. numbers for a quorum, size of executive committee, etc. The final draft would be sent to Claire in the PROSPECTS office for comment and then arrangements would have to be made for a Special General Meeting of members to adopt the new constitution..

13. Fairtrade Town. Mike reported that the Council had received a letter from the Government asking what they were doing to get Fairtrade status and this seemed to have provided something of a 'wake up call'. So he was hopeful of getting them back to using Fairtrade products. The extra cost was only estimated at £40 pa anyway. The first two weeks in March were designated 'Fairtrade Fortnight' and Mike was proposing to call a meeting of the steering group before the end February to discuss what we might do.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation news.

i) Photocopying, postage, etc. Largely due to the economy drive at Council HQ, we were being asked to arrange our own photocopying and postage which we were getting for free. This would increase our admin costs but would be covered for now by our current £250 pa allowance from the Foundation. Beverley was arranging a photocopying capability with Norden HS.

ii) Insurance. It seemed unlikely that the Foundation would cover our public liability, etc insurance premium costs again for another year. Indications were that the best deal could be going back to BTCV but at significantly increased cost (£125 + £25 membership v £30 + £25 membership when we last used them). Again, the £250 admin allowance should cover this and some subsidy might be possible from the Foundation. [In addition we have also opted to take out our own Personal Accident cover @ £40 pa. This will continue if we so desire.]

iii) Membership. Members were reminded about being encouraged to take out individual membership of the Foundation. Membership packs had been issued previously related to this.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said she had nothing of note to report.

16. Working Party/ies. .None required at the moment.

17. Time booking. Margaret indicated the time she had spent typing the new Constitution and evaluating the rose catalogues.

18. Any other business.

i) Lords House Farm. Rebecca updated the Panel with various activities at the Farm. New pathways were being created around the Farm. There would be some associated tree planting that Panel members might be able to be involved in. They were hoping to regenerate an old well as a wildlife pond area with associated memorial garden. She was busy working on educational programmes for schools, etc related to Star Delph and its flora and fauna.

ii) Rishton Station. It had been suggested previously that we might see if there was something we could do to improve the look of Rishton railway station. Mike promised to find out who we should contact at British Rail to discuss possibilities. Oswaldtwistle Mills had done something to improve their local station so there were precedents. It was believed previous government sponsored community

programmes for the unemployed had planted bulbs, etc at the station and it would be as well to wait and see what, if anything, came up.

iii) Pit Head. The state of the Pit Head site was deplored. Colin said he would contact Cllr Butler to see what the latest situation was with the builder. [Later : Cllr Butler reported that the builder had a cash flow problem. Until he acquired another building site, he would not be able to generate cash to do anything. He was having difficulties getting a new site due to the Council's current restrictions on new house building.]

iv) Meadowhead new building site. Ruth expressed concern about the cavalier fashion in which the builder had gone about clearing the site, knocking down a lampost leaving exposed wires,etc. To be kept under review.

v) Training opportunities. Mike reminded the meeting of the training opportunities listed in the last minutes nb. 'Fundraising for Commnity Art and Environment Projects' 17/2/04. The Woodland Management course 7/2/04 was fully booked but it was hoped to run another at a later date.

vi) Tree Warden Scheme. Mike circulated details of this national scheme being promoted by the Tree Council and sponsored by the National Grid. The contact in Hyndburn is Mark Cocks HBC's Trees and Woodlands Officer. (See reverse of next meeting Agenda for details.)

19. Dates of next meetings : Tuesday 2nd March 2004

Tuesday 6th April 2004 ???????

Minutes of the Meeting of Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Centre 2nd March 2004

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer),Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Asst Secretary), Carol Achaski, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Cllr Ann Scaife. Vaughan Jones (British Waterways). Rebecca Morgan (Lords House Farm).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of Meeting 6/1/04 & 3/2/04. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

i) Norden mosaics. Colin and Beverley still to follow this up.

ii) Recruitment of 'doers'. Still no response. Thanks to the Accrington Observer for giving this publicity.

iii) HyCEN. a) Management Committee. The results of the recent elections were not known except that Claire Tindall from our Foundation had secured one of the four 'voluntary sector' places on the Committee, so PROSPECTS was represented. Well done Claire!

As far as was known, no one had yet filled the one Committee place allocated to Rishton. Plans to discuss this at the recent Rishton Area Council meeting had had to be put to one side due to pressure of other business.

b) PACT Centre Questionnaire. Colin had received a questionnaire about our possible use following the present redevelopment of the old St James' School Building in Cannon St, Accrington into a 'voluntary and community sector resource centre'. The questionnaire was completed by the meeting. Mike advised that this originally named PACT (People of Accrington and Church Together) Centre had now been renamed as the 'Hyndburn Community Resource Centre'.

iv) Rishton Web Site. ( www.rishton.org or www.rishton.net.)

Mike had viewed the Panel potted history Paul had pieced together and felt he had nothing else he would want to add. It was felt the 'message board' facility was one we could well make use of to advertise Panel activities, etc and as a means of feed-back. Margaret offered to coordinate this.

Mike reported that the Foundation had relaunched its web site and we might very well want to latch on to this at times.

v) Fly-tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. No report. It was still a mess. Colin to follow up with Cllr Scaife. [Later: Ann reported that they were still pursuing the matter with the owners of the site.]

vi) Oil pollution on the canal. Vaughan had reported to Mike that the Environment Agency were still believed to be investigating this without any conclusion as yet.

vi) Rishton Station. Mike had still to find out who we should contact at British Rail. Colin reported that in conversation with Paul Holden of the Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary, Paul said that sometime previously the various Rotary Clubs along the line had contacted BR with a view to doing something to improve all the stations in the area. However there had been so much 'red tape' that they had dropped the idea. Still, in view of Ossy Mills success, something might still be possible. [Later : Subsequent contact from GH & R Rotary Club indicated that they were still pursuing the idea and it was agreed we should keep each other informed of progress and work together.]

vii) Tree Warden Scheme. Details had been circulated with the Agenda. It was agreed we should support the Scheme all we could, however, not as individuals, but as a Panel. Colin should write to Mark Cocks (HBC Trees and Woodlands Officer) to this effect.

5. Friends of Rishton Youth. (Meeting 1/3/04)

i) Skate Park landscaping. The shrubbery planting day (16/2/04) on the Top Rec for the Skate Park had been a great success. Margaret and Colin had met with Andrew Hayhurst and Katie Morley (HBC Parks) 4/2/04 at Willows Lane to finalise details and Colin had had a further site meeting with Katie 12/2/04 to review the planting plan she had devised. HBC Parks had rotavated and well mulched the bed the week before. On the day, six members of Norden YC and two leaders had assisted four Panel members and, supervised by a member of HBC Parks, they had planted 280 shrubs of 14 varieties and 9 trees of 3 varieties. It had been a good learning experience for the YC members, blessed by fine fresh sunny conditions. Thanks to Mike for preparing a Risk Assessment and arranging for tools to be borrowed from the PROSPECTS tool store.

ii) Skate Park construction. It still wasn't clear what the Council's budget position was and whether the construction could go ahead as planned on the 1st April 2004. Lesley was tying in with Andrew Hayhurst on this as the picture became clearer. As a 'fall-back' plan, Andrew was preparing an application to 'Living Spaces' for funding which would be submitted in the name of FoRY.

iii) Other Matters. The YP's were getting a little frustrated at the lack of some concrete achievement on their behalf. There was no progress on a possible use of the Centre as a drop-in facility for YP's as well as for senior citizens. The Centre Committee had been unable to achieve a quorum for an AGM so far in order to discuss the matter. If there was no progress soon, some other way to pursue the matter ought to be found as there was increasing concern about the growing number of YP's roaming the streets. Norden YC was booming, although it was expected the numbers would drop in Summer.

Next FoRY meeting 29/3/04 at 6.30pm at Primetime.

6. Landmark trees regeneration project. A reply had been received from I & Y (dated 16/2/04) to our request for a meeting ASAP to discuss their terms and conditions. They did not cosider a meeting at this stage was necessary but they would send a script for us to study.

Elwood had indicated to Mike that the fencing could go ahead as soon as we were ready. However, we needed to fell the necessary trees first and for this we needed funding. Mike felt we should still approach the Area Council for this. It was suggested Great Harwood Area Council might also be approached for a contribution. Mike would raise this with Paul Worswick. Other money might come from LEF or LCC's Small Sites Fund.

7. Rose bed. The choice of rose varieties was finalised and Margaret would procced to order them. Colin would arrange to purchase manure and prepare the bed with it.

8. Canal Improvement Project.

i) Bollards, High St bridge. Still no date for installation by BW.

ii) Rotavation towpath verge and shrub planting. At the meeting with Andrew Hayhurst 4/2/04 it was agreed that HBC would rotavate and order shrubs at the same time as the skate park. In the event, the rotavation hadn't happened but the shrubs had been ordered and could be called on for delivery when required. Andrew was trying to arrange an alternative date for the rotavation.

iii) Fishing platform. Mike had still had no response from the Angling Club but was going ahead anyway. He would however welcome advice on a good location. Jacqui would ask her husband Thomas who fished on the canal on occasions.

iv) Fixing of benches. Mike had received two out of three contractors' quotes and hoped to get the bench near the Aqueduct fixed in 2/3 weeks time.

v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. Mike had contacted the artist who did the viewing legend at Donkey Back. Mike was to take photos of the views at both locations for him to work on. It was suggested Ruth and Steve Colling might be able to advise on what to highlight in the views. Mike had still to arrange for a contractor to build the viewing platform.

vi) Viewing point - Aqueduct. As (iv) & (v) above.

vii) Improvement to towpath access, Tottleworth bridge. Panel members needed to meet with Mike at the location to clarify what was required.

viii) Gateway designs - Tottleworth bridge. Further discussion needed.

ix) Gateway design and school workshop - Norden bridge. Vaughan had tried to contact Damien Collins at Norden HS without success. Beverley to follow up.

9. Chapel St Community Garden. At the Area Council meeting 26/2/04 it was announced that after further consideration following the article in the Accrington Observer precipitated by David Haworth, it had been agreed that the residents would not now be expected to pay £1500pa for maintenance of the site. Some legalities had still to be sorted out with the Dunkenhalgh Estate and then the scheme should be able to go ahead.

10. Holt St recreation ground ('Bottom Rec'). There had been no further meeting of the Bottom Rec group as there was no further news on the lease extension. However, 'unofficially' Colin had arranged to meet Maggie Hulston of Groundwork EL on site 9/3/04 to discuss a possible feasibility study as a first stage in getting a coordinated scheme put together and costed.

11. Community Organisations, Coordinating Group. At the Area Council meeting PC Skellorn had indicated that it was still his intention to call another meeting ASAP.

12. Benches. Paul had marked up the map with his suggested locations for benches. There might be more and it was suggested the 'Healthy Walking' group be asked to look for other possible sites as they walked around the area. Colin to ask them.

13. Investment account. Mike had now been able to obtained investment account details from the Triodos Bank. Fiona was awaiting details from Alliance and Leicester. While it seemed that they and the Halifax might be able to offer some better rates than HSBC, it was agreed that for convenience Jacqui should open an appropriate investment account with HSBC on the best terms possible.

14. Revised Constitution/Charity registration. Claire in the PROSPECTS office had given her OK to the final draft of the revised Constitution prepared by Margaret and Colin. It was agreed therefore to call a Special Meeting to precede the May meeting to adopt the new Constitution.

On the question of charity registration, Claire had sent a pros and cons sheet for consideration before we 'took the plunge'. It was agreed this be circulated with the next meeting's agenda for discussion at the next meeting.

15. Fairtrade Town. Mike reported that the Council had been shamed into using Fairtrade products once again. We were now in the first week of 'Fairtrade fortnight'. Because of the shortage of time and resources, he was concentrating mainly on publicity this year. The Co-op were offering a 20% discount on Fairtrade products during the fortnight and there were an increasing number of features in the media. The movement was clearly gathering momentum. It was planned to have a stall at the Food Festival in Accrington Town Hall on the 26th & 27th March 2004. Mike was still without any assistance in promoting Hyndburn's Fairtrade efforts.

16. Lords House Farm. Mary Walker had approached the Panel through Colin to see if we would be willing to front a project at the Farm to create an entrance to Star Delph using large wooden sculptures with a 'Lord of the Rings' theme. They had an artist in mind who would do the sculptures and at the same time involve a number of special needs and disadvantaged young people's groups in the design and construction (simple skills). Funding was to be sought from the 'Local Network Fund for Children and Young People' for which there was a tight deadline for applications. An executive decision had been made to support the idea and apply for funding (£6800), provided LHF would give any necessary assurances regarding liabilities. The result of the application would be known early in April 2004. The meeting endorsed the action taken.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation news.

i) Membership. A final mention was made of the desirability of as many Panel members as possible signing up to become individual members of the Foundation. Anyone who had lost or not had a membership pack and/or application form should contact Colin (885007).

ii) Insurance. Claire was getting various quotes for comparison.

iii) Panels Get-together, Wednesday 17th March 2004, Supper Room, Accrington Town Hall - 6.30pm for Supper, 7.00pm meeting. As many members as possible were encouraged to support this.

18. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing of note to report from the magazines and newsletters she had received. There was a reminder however of the fundraising course being run jointly with CVS 23/3/04, 6.30pm to 9.00pm at 21 Cannon St, Accrington. Names to Catherine in the PROSPECTS Office (380675).

19. Working Party/ies:

6/3/04. Not a convenient date for many members. As many as could were encouraged to meet at Lords House Farm at 9.30am to help with tree planting.

13/3/04. Litter pick at Spring St bridge, towpath, High St bridge and Community Garden. Meet at High St bridge at 9.30am. .

20. Time booking. Margaret 2hrs digesting magazines and newsletters. Paul for time (tba) researching bench locations,etc.

21. Any other business.

i) Lee Lane. Mike reported that the Great Harwood Panel were looking into the possibility of laying the hedge along Lee Lane. It was suggested that some daffodil bulbs on the corner of Wilpshire Rd would complement those already along the Lane.

ii) Practical Training. The following were confirmed :

Saturday 20/3/04 Hedgelaying - Oswaldtwistle

Saturday 27/3/04 Dry-stone walling - Altham.

Saturday 17/4/04 Dry-stone walling - Altham.

Saturday 24/4/04 Introduction to tree felling - Clayton-le-Moors.

All 10.00am to 3.00pm. Places (limited to 12) to be booked through Mike (380176).

22. Dates of next meetings : Tuesday 6th April 2004

Tuesday 4th May 2004 (Preceded by Special General Meeting to adopt new Constitution.)

Please note that due to Easter, the 6th April meeting will clash with the Soroptomists, so we hope to be meeting in the School library.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th April 2004.

1. Present : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Beverley Moorhouse. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager). Vaughan Jones (British Waterways).

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Carol Achaski, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson.

In Fiona’s absence, Lesley took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 2/3/04. Those present agreed the minutes were a true record but as the meeting was not quorate, they could not be signed as such.

4. Matters arising. :

i) Norden mosaics. Colin and Beverley still to follow this up.

ii) HyCEN official launch. Margaret & Colin had attended this at the Hope Community Centre in Oswaldtwistle 19/3/04. The organisation had been in existence in embryonic form for over 12 months but now had permanent staff and a newly elected Management Committee. Membership was increasing steadily but it remained to be seen how effective it became in its aim "to involve as many people as possible in future developments and regeneration plans for the area."

A second newsletter had been published and Colin was to get some more copies.

iii) Rishton web site. It was noted that the ‘notice board’ had been set up and we were being encouraged to make use of it. One item that might be put on it was an appeal for information about our shrub planting on the towpath verge at High St bridge being vandalised.

iv) Fly tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. Ann had advised Colin that HBC were still actively pursuing this with the owner of the site who wasn’t being very cooperative. It was noted that the Environment Agency were to initiate a fly tipping hot line.

v) Oil pollution on the canal. Vaughan reported that the Environment Agency were still monitoring the situation but it might take some time yet to identify the source.

vi) Tree Warden Scheme. Details of the Scheme had been circulated to members and many had received letters from Mark Cocks, HBC’s Trees and Woodlands Officer, with an application form to become a Tree Warden. Mike understood that there had been a lot of interest but this had not as yet translated into many completed applications and he urged members to seriously consider taking part in the Scheme.

vii) Lee Lane bulb planting on Wilpshire Rd corner. To be considered for next winter planting.

5. Rose bed. Margaret and Colin had planted 20 rose bushes (4 varieties x 5 each, one being a climber). One variety, Jubilee, was out of stock and would be planted next season, but all had been paid for, costing £214. Thanks to Margaret and Colin.

6. Canal Improvement Project. :

i) Bollards, High St bridge. Vaughan reported that BW were negotiating some reciprocal arrangement with HBC to get the bollards installed.

ii) Rotavation of towpath verge and shrub planting, High St bridge. All had gone well, with HBC Parks arranging for the mulching and rotavation of the bed, preparing a planting plan and ordering the necessary shrubs on the Panel’s behalf to be delivered to Colin’s (110 shrubs of 9 varieties). HBC were to bear the cost of the mulching and rotavation and the Panel, the cost of the shrubs (approx £190). 6 members had had an excellent couple of hours late afternoon of Friday 2/4/04 planting the shrubs, with a pleasing end result. Rain later that evening had finished the job off nicely. Soon after 9.30 the following morning, Colin received a phone call from a walker on the towpath to say that most of the shrubs had been pulled up and apparently thrown in the canal. Two shrubs were later recovered from the canal and six were found not to have been pulled up, the rest were lost. The matter was reported to the police and notices posted requesting any information be given to the police.

Colin suggested that the area be sown with wild flower seeds so that the bed, having been prepared, was used for something this season, while thought was given to the longer term. This was agreed. Colin to get seed from British Seed Houses.

iii) Fishing platform. Mike had a new contact with the fishing fraternity that he was following up. In the meantime he was getting a platform design specification from United Utilities as used by them at Rivington.

iv) Fixing of benches. 8 benches were being installed, 2 each along the canal in C-L-M, Church, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton, of which 6 were being given by BW and two purchased from Prosperity. Installation was expected to start soon, including the one near the aqueduct in Rishton, but with one being retained for now to be incorporated later in the viewing platform between High St and Spring St bridges.

v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. The scheme for the platform had still to be drawn up. Mike was to visit the area with Vaughan to decide on the precise location.

vi) Viewing point – aqueduct. See (iv) above for bench situation. Mike had taken panoramic photos of the view from the proposed location of the information board (and bench) and sent these to the artist in Manchester who was to produce the designs. A copy had also been sent to Ruth (and Steve) Colling so that they could help identify key points of interest for inclusion on the board. The artist was asking for a title for the board and "Pleasing Prospects" was suggested and agreed.

vii) Improvement to towpath access - Spring St bridge. Mike to visit site with Vaughan to identify precisely what wanted doing.

viii) Gateway designs – Spring St bridge. Still to be done.

ix) Gateway design and school workshop – Norden bridge. Vaughan had tried countless times to contact teacher Damien Collins at Norden HS but without success. Beverley had spoken to him and he had promised to phone Vaughan back. Beverley would follow this up again after the holiday.

7. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had had no further communication from Eric Miller of Ingham & Yorke regarding their ‘terms and conditions’. Colin to follow up.

Mike was getting contractors quotes for felling the necessary trees and erecting the fencing. This was needed before seeking funding which might come from Rishton Area Council and ‘Awards for All’.

8. Rishton station. Mike had given Colin the contact name with 1st North Western that Oswaldtwistle Mills had used but Colin had not followed it up yet.

9. Friends of Rishton Youth. Chairman, Bob Flood, had previously announced that he would be taking up a teaching headship in Skelmersdale in September and would therefore need to be replaced. Lesley Jackson offered to take on the chairmanship when the time came. Her offer was gratefully accepted.

It still wasn’t clear whether HBC Parks would have any funds in their budget to complete the skate facility on the Top Rec, so the success of the application to ‘Living Spaces’ was crucial.

Colin had reported on the PROSPECTS discussions with Groundwork EL about a feasibility study for the Bottom Rec’. (see item 11 below).

There was discussion about the possible need for some teenage facility like a ‘cage’ in the play area by the Methodist Church, as well as an upgrading of the younger children’s facilities there. There was also felt to be a need for some teenage facilities at Cut Wood Park. In view of the time it took for schemes to come to fruition, Dorothy Casey had initiated some discussions with Craig Horabin (HBC Parks and Leisure) about these possibilities. Capital funding outside HBC budgets was a probability but of equal concern was the cost and funding of maintenance once any facilities were created. HBC would not want to take these on.

The Centre had had its AGM at last and had given guarded approval to the possibility of some shared use with young people. Youth Club leader, Laura Hayes, had some project activities that might be done there as a pilot and would be following these up.

Next meeting, Monday 26/4/04 at 6.00pm in the Norden youth wing

10. Chapel St community garden. Reports in the press indicated that the scheme was going ahead through Hyndburn FIRST, with legal details over land use being sorted out with the Dunkenhalgh Estate and funding being applied for. It was reported that Rishton Area Council were to undertake the cost of ongoing maintenance.

11. Holt St recreation ground. Colin, Margaret and Paul had met with Maggie Hulston of Groundwork EL on the ‘Bottm Rec’’ 9/3/04 to discuss the possibility of a feasibility study for the proposed development of the area as a young people’s facility. Maggie had taken a copy of David’s sketch plan to pursue the idea. She advised that LCC were launching a new initiative 19/5/04 called the ‘Community Design Scheme’ which was being set up for just this sort of purpose and would enable a feasibility study to be done free of charge. She had subsequently submitted the idea to them so that we would be early in the queue when the Scheme started, and initial reaction was positive. Richard Kirkby of LCC had spoken to Mike about it as a follow-up.

The question of the lease extension was still crucial and Lesley said she would follow this up with Nigel Rix of Hyndburn FIRST.

12. Community organisations coordinating group. No date had been fixed for another meeting. However, following a meeting initiated by St Augustines RC High School to discuss juvenile nuisance, it transpired that there was some ignorance of just what was available in the area for young people. It was suggested that an exhibition/presentation by the various community groups in the village might help to advertise what was available. To this end Mark Skellorn, Rishton’s Community Beat Manager, had called a planning meeting for such a presentation at Norden HS library for Monday 19/4/04 at 6.30pm. Community groups had been invited to send representatives and Lesley and Colin said they were available. It was proposed that the event itself should take place on Wednesday 28/4/04 at either St Charles RC Primary School or Norden HS.between 7.00pm and 9.00pm.

13. Benches. Colin had spoken to the Healthy Walking group and they had promised to look out for likely bench locations in the area.

14. Investment Account. Jacqui had opened a 60 day Business Money Manager Account with HSBC and transferred £3500 from the current account into it.

15. Revised Constitution/charity registration. It was pointed out that the date notified for the Special General Meeting of 1/6/04 was incorrect. It had been agreed that this meeting should take place prior to the normal May meeting ie. 4/5/04. Colin apologised for the error and said he would send out a revised notification.

i) Pro’s and Con’s of charity registration. A pro’s and con’s sheet had been circulated with this meeting’s Agenda. To be considered in more detail once the new constitution had been approved.

16. Fairtrade Town. Mike had managed to get some publicity during Fairtrade Fortnight (w/c 1st & 8th March) including a photo opportunity with the Council Leader presenting a Fairtrade certificate to the Council for its use of Fairtrade products in the offices. There had also been good coverage of the Fortnight in the north-west media generally.

Oxfam had mounted a Fairtrade stall on the first day of the Accrington Food Festival (26/3/04) supported by PROSPECTS. Product sales of £170 were encouraging and 150 people had added their names to the list of those supporting Hyndburn’s Fairtrade initiative.

The Hyndburn Fairtrade Borough Group now had a bank account. It had been turned down for a £500 grant from LCC’s ‘LEAF’ on the contention that the initiative does not directly benefit the community. £250 had however been secured from the Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chest and this would be used to fund promotional packs that could be taken to potential outlets to encourage them to sell and/or use Fairtrade products.

The next meeting of the Group would be its first AGM on 29/4/04 at 7.00pm when officers would be elected, etc.

17. Lords House Farm. The result of our application for funding for the Star Delph entrance scheme was expected any day.

18. PROSPECTS Foundation :

i) Panels’ get-together 17/3/04. There was a mixed reaction to the evening which had consisted mainly of workshop groups to get feedback on the progress so far on the Foundation’s three main programmes : the Community Action Programme ; the Community Development Programme ; and the Canal Improvement Scheme. There was little time for the usual exchange of ideas and discussion.

ii) Insurance. Consensus among the Panels was to go for the AON scheme. To this end the Foundation had renewed from 22/3/04 and the subsidised premium would ultimately be divided between the Panels.

iii) Mike’s post. A bid to get Mike’s post funded through a three year ‘Community Places’ programme with LEF had been unsuccessful. However, one year’s funding had been secured from them for a 4 project programme rather than the original 8 project programme. This would run from 1/6/04 to 31/5/05 and would bring Mike up from 4 days to 5, with 2.5 days on the new programme and 2.5 days on the Canal Improvement Scheme. The 4 projects were : Ladybird Trail ; Spouthouse woodland, Huncoat ; Huncoat Peace Garden ; further development at Tinker Brook.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

20. Working party(ies). None required.

21. Time booking. Other than those on shrub planting which had been recorded, there was no other.

22. Any other business :

i) New members induction pack. The draft of this had been produced and Margaret said she would check the Rishton sheet.

ii) Training. Mike reminded everyone about the dry stone walling and woodland management training days on Saturdays 17/4/04 and 24/4/04 respectively, 10am to 3.00pm.

23. Dates of next meetings : 4/5/04 (preceded by SGM)

1/6/04

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th May 2004.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Carol Achaski, Ruth Colling, Beverley Moorhouse. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager). Ben Hughes (Lancashire Evening Telegraph).

2. Apologies : David Haworth, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Vaughan Jones (British Waterways).

This meeting was a continuation of the Special General Meeting that preceded it.

3. Minutes of the Meetings 2/3/04 and 6/4/04. Agreed a true record and signed as such.

4. Matters arising. :

i) Norden mosaics. Beverley and Colin had viewed the mosaics and taken photographs which were shown to the meeting. They were stored in an outer courtyard exposed to the weather and were quite severely damaged. It was felt that parts, if not all, might be salvaged but expert advice was needed. It was agreed that Beverley talk to fellow teacher, Ros Brown, whose husband Alan had supervised the laying of the mosaic on the Parker St Community Garden, to see what he might advise.

ii) Rishton web site. In Paul’s absence there was no report.

iii) Fly tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. In Ann’s absence there was no report.

iv) Oil pollution on the canal. In Vaughan’s absence there was no report but it was noted that a new boom had been placed around the spot where the oil was believed to be entering the canal.

v) Tree Warden Scheme. Mike reported that the response so far had been disappointing and without more volunteers the scheme was unlikely to be viable. He appealed for more people to volunteer to become wardens.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

i) Bollards, High St bridge. Still awaiting BW. Now would be a good time before the café reopened under new management.

ii) Shrubbery bed. The police believed they had identified two lads, one ten and the other eleven, who had done at least some of the destruction of our shrub planting. This was being followed up by the police under the Group Intervention Programme (GRIP) for young offenders. The lads had offered to assist the Panel on some future project(s) and it was believed the parents were willing to arrange some financial compensation. These would be followed up by the Panel when the names were made available.

Colin had obtained some wild flower seed mixture from British Seed Houses at a cost of £10 and these had been sown on the bed. The mixture was of annuals only, pending a decision on what to do with the bed ultimately. There was a feeling that we gradually fill it up with plants from members’ gardens, etc and Colin had already put in two pieces of honeysuckle and three ivys spare from his garden.

iii) Fishing platform. Mike was making good progress now with his latest contacts with the Hyndburn and Blackburn Angling Association (HBAA) and they were marking up a map with suggested locations. He had obtained a platform spec from the British Disabled Angling Association which he was discussing with Prosperity regarding material supply and he was getting quotes from local contractors for platform erection.

iv) Fixing of benches. Mike reported that the bench near the aqueduct had been fixed in place. The one near Spring St bridge was to be incorporated in the viewing platform there, which had still to be designed and the exact location determined.

v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. See (iv) above

vi) Viewing point – aqueduct. Mike thanked Ruth and Steve Colling for marking up the panoramic photo with points of interest and he showed the meeting an initial draft of the proposed board design drawn up by the artist. It needed further ‘fill-in’ artwork and a number of suggestions were made.

vii) Improvement to towpath access - Spring St bridge. Mike had visited the area with the freelance landscape artist, Penny Bennett, and she was going to develop some ideas.

viii) Gateway designs – Spring St bridge. Still to be done.

ix) Gateway design and school workshop – Norden bridge. Beverley had ‘chased’ contact teacher Damien Collins at Norden HS who was now trying to contact Vaughan at home. Mike would check with Vaughan to see if contact had been made.

6. Community groups exhibition 28/4/04. Some 15 or so community groups had been present at the exhibition with displays or just a representative ready to talk to parents and young people about their activities and what they had to offer. At the planning meeting19/4/04 it had been decided to hold the event at Norden HS rather than St Charles School because of the encouraging response and the number of groups likely to be involved. There had been discussion on whether things were a bit rushed and whether more time should be given for publicity and preparation, but it was decided to ‘strike while the iron was hot’ and proceed as planned. There should be adequate publicity through the schools and in the press, etc. Depending on how this event went, there might be a further similar event in the autumn with more preparation time.

Support from the community groups on the night was excellent but response from parents and young people was extremely disappointing, with very few turning up. Either the publicity was insufficient or people were not really interested.

The planning meeting (19/4/04) had also served as a meeting of the Community Organisations Coordinating Group and the name Rishton Community Action Group was adopted for the future.

7. Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 26/4/04 news was still awaited from ‘Living Spaces’ about funding for the Top Rec skate facility, but it was still hoped it could be in place this summer. Leaflets could be made available at a moments notice for a consultation meeting with local residents, once we had a ‘go-ahead and date could be fixed.

Dorothy Casey was still pursuing some sort of facilities for young people by the Methodist Church and at Cut Wood. In regard to the former, Peter Schaffel of the Acorn RA had put forward a proposal to Hyndburn FIRST for a regeneration scheme involving extending Walmsley St to provide a second access road to the estate, improvements to the Pit Head site, as well as YP facilities by the Methodist Church.

Colin had liaised with Jim Clarke and Laura Heyes about Norden YC using the Centre for some project activities and arrangements were in place for the YC to have access under supervision twice a week for a start.

There was nothing further to report on the Bottom Rec which was still awaiting a decision on the lease extension (see 12 below) and some follow-up from the LCC Community Design scheme regarding a feasibility study.

Next meeting : Monday 24th May 2004 at 6.00pm.

8. Lords House Farm. A letter had been received from the Local Network Fund advising us that our application for a grant of £6800 for the proposed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Star Delph wooden entrance sculptures and associated educational programme for disabled and disadvantaged young people had been successful. The allied ‘terms and conditions’ had been accepted and Mary Walker on behalf of LHF had given a written undertaking that they would also abide by the same terms and conditions.

The sculptor, Martin Bednarczuk of Oswaldtwistle, had requested some advanced payment to aid his cash flow and we had sent him a cheque for £750 which was all we could afford from the current account until the grant cheque arrived (received 7/5/04).

The location of the sculptures was now in doubt. Bottles and cans left behind in the Delph and graffiti on the hand rails indicated that local young people had been using it as a meeting and drinking place. There was concern that the sculptures might therefore get vandalised if they were placed as originally intended at the top of the field at the entrance to the wood, remote from LHF. It might be safer to locate them nearer LHF, possibly by the existing ‘story telling circle’.

Mary had asked if the Panel could keep an eye on the Delph and undertake any litter-picking.

9. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had had no further communication from Eric Miller of Ingham & Yorke regarding their ‘terms and conditions’. Colin had written a chasing letter dated 14/4/04 but had had no reply as yet.

10. Rishton station. Colin had tried a few times to make contact with the 1st North Western rep Mike had suggested but so far without success. He had however compared notes with Ted Ainsworth who was Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary Club’s contact for Rotary’s proposed centenary year (starting in July 2004) project to do something to improve the rail stations in the area.

11. Chapel St community garden. The scheme had been approved in Cabinet but there was no indication yet of a start date.

12. Holt St recreation ground. Awaiting the launch of LCC’s ‘Community Design Scheme’ 19/5/04 to see if they would undertake a feasibility study.

Also still awaiting resolution of the lease extension. Colin had talked to Andrew Leah (Hyndburn FIRST) who indicated that the Dunkenhalgh only wanted to offer a 10 year extension initially, to be reviewed after that. Andrew had written back that this was not acceptable and requesting the Dunkenhalgh Estate to reconsider. Despite two chasing letters, he had had no response (surprise! surprise!). He was going to ‘chase’ them again.

13. Benches. Colin to follow up with the ‘Stepping Out’ healthy walking group.

14. Fairtrade Town. At the AGM 29/4/04 Officers had been elected to take the Fairtrade Borough Group forward.

Mike was preparing introduction packs, with samples, for those willing to take to outlets in their area to try to persuade them to stock/use Fairtrade goods and so get the Borough nearer its target figures. 900 signatures could also be shown of those supporting the Borough’s Fairtrade initiative. Window stickers were being printed that could be displayed in shop windows, etc to demonstrate participation in the Fairtrade movement.

15. PROSPECTS Foundation :

i) Insurance. The Foundation had only just got the bill for the year’s premium from AON, although the insurance (public liability and personal accident) was operative from the 22nd March 2004. The subsidised cost to the Panel would be £175.00.

ii) New member’s induction pack. Margaret had checked the draft and fed her comments back to Catherine. She felt the pack should be very useful.

iii) Foundation AGM 19/5/04. Fiona, Margaret, Beverley, Jacqui and Colin hoped to go. Lesley had a prior engagement.

iv) Recruiting and retaining members. One of the main concerns to come out of the Panel’s Get-together 17/3/04 had been the recruiting and retaining of members. Two training sessions were therefore being arranged 11/5/04 and 25/5/04 at the Hyndburn Christian Stable, 6.00pm to 9.00pm on these subjects. It was hoped at least two members from each Panel could attend. Colin was available to go to both, Margaret was available for the first and Beverley for the second. The idea was for those attending to feed back to their groups.

v) Publicity materials. All Panels had now been supplied with a quantity of the new PROSPECTS leaflets, postcards and bookmarks.

vi) Newsletter. Articles for the next edition of ‘PROSPECTS News’ were required by 28/5/04.

16. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

17. Working party(ies). Without any recent guidance from PC Skellorn about arrangements to include the two young vandals in some suitable practical activity, there was nothing else that desperately needed doing.

18. Time booking. Colin had been on the dry stone walling course (17/4/04) and Jacqui on the woodland management course (24/4/04) but these were recorded by the Foundation. Otherwise there was no other, except Colin’s bits and pieces which he had already recorded.

19. Any other business :

i) Poop-Scoop Week (w/c 14/6/04). There had been an offer from a lady in the community to pick up dog dirt along the towpath. Colin had suggested she get in touch with Steve Wood, the Dog Warden. Subsequently Colin had spoken to Steve who suggested we work with him to do one of his ‘yellow flag’ exercises along the towpath during ‘Poop- Scoop Week’, coupled with appropriate publicity.

ii) Bank account signatories. The current signatories were Andrew (Parker), Fiona, Jacqui and Colin. It was agreed these be amended to replace Andrew with Lesley (Jackson).

Jacqui would prepare a new mandate but all signatories would need to go to the HSBC with proof of identity.

20. Dates of next meetings : 1/6/04

6/7/04

No meeting August ????

7/9/04

1st June 2004

1st June 2004 only 4 of us turned up only to find Primetime was not open anyway due to the holiday and no one told us.  In view of the small turnout we decided to cancel.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th JULY 2004.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), David Haworth, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Manager). Vaughan Jones (British Waterways). Andy Lee, Karen Sarratt, Nicola McCrea (Kandy Consultancy).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Ruth Colling, Cllr Ann Scaife, Beverley Moorhouse.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and in particular the team from Kandy Consultancy who were to lead the Community Appraisal process in Rishton in place of Shonagh Ingram who had left the PROSPECTS Foundation.

3. Minutes of the Special General and Normal Meetings 4/5//04. Agreed true records and signed as such.

4. Review of Progress Report (circulated with the Agenda).

Matters arising :

Norden mosaics. Alan Brown to look at in more detail during the Summer holiday.

Rishton web site. Paul reported that the message board was up and running and urged the Panel to make use of it. He was asked who had stood the cost of the domain names. On answering, himself and David Haworth, it was suggested and agreed that the Panel would assist when next renewed.

Tree Warden Scheme. Colin gave details of a meeting called by Mark Cocks (HBC Trees and Woodlands Officer) for Wednesday 28th July 2004 at 7.30pm at the Council Offices to pursue the Scheme and discuss the possible setting up of a tree forum. It was agreed these details be circulated with the minutes.

Poop-Scoop week (w/c 14/6/04). Nothing to add to Progress Report.

Bank Account signatories. On her way to her evening shift, Jacqui brought the new bank mandate for the other signatories to sign. To be completed.

Canal Improvement Project. :

Bollards and flower bed damage, High St bridge. No progress since Colin last spoke to Mark Overum. Vaughan to follow up. (Margaret had ‘dead-headed’ the rose bed. Colin to fix second wire for the climbers.)

‘Shrubbery’ area. The busy lizzies were still struggling due to poor soil but were now well watered by rain!

Fishing platform. A representative of the British Disabled Angling Association was due to visit Mike from Birmingham to advise. Mike had still to agree a ‘spec’ with BW. Vaughan was assisting Mike. Prosperity’s material supplier had gone into receivership but it was hoped they could be resurrected soon.

Viewing point – aqueduct. Design for the information board had now been agreed with BW. Mike was arranging manufacture with MW Graphics.

Viewing point - Spring St bridge. Mike and Colin had visited the area 29/6/04 and agreed a location for the viewing point. Mike had taken panoramic photos and would pursue with the artist and possible contractors. Paul confirmed that the towpath boundary at that point bordered on land leased by Threlfall’s from the Dunkenhalgh estate. (Groans from the meeting!)

Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Mike presented freelance landscape architect, Penny Bennett’s, initial sketches of what might be achieved in the area, including a picnic site. The sketches and ideas were generally well received and felt worth pursuing but there was no provision for gateways to inhibit motor cycles. It was agreed there ought to be but there was discussion on problems these could create for the disabled. The wire fence along the towpath boundary also needed repairing, but whose was it? Lesley to follow up with HBC and Vaughan with BW.

Gateway design – Norden bridge. Vaughan was unhappy with the reception he had received at Norden and was disappointed that as a result, he had not been able to make the contribution to the design process that he would have liked. He was pleased however that Beverley had been able to follow this up. Her ‘brief’ had now been issued to the whole school as a sort of end of term project. It remained to be seen what resulted.

Application for Charity Registration. No progress. Colin suggested that he and Fiona might work on it together during the school holidays. Colin pointed out that the revised Constitution only provided for the signatures of the Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary. He felt that all the officers should sign, to include the Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. This was agreed and Margaret would amend the last page accordingly prior to it being signed.

Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had written a final ‘chasing’ letter 2/7/04 indicating that he would be at the I & Y office at 9.30am 6/7/04 to collect a copy of their ‘terms and conditions’ (supposedly available since January 2004). On getting to the office, Colin found neither Mr Miller nor a copy of the ‘terms and conditions’ available but a colleague promised to follow the matter up. The meeting suggested that we write to Lord Petre expressing our disgust at the way Mr Miller does business. [Later : Letter received 7/7/04 outlining the ‘terms and conditions’, which are now being evaluated. One or two do not look ‘straightforward’ and may need some negotiation. How long will this take!?!]

Rishton station. Latest news was that this autumn 1st North Western had lost out in the bidding to run a new Northern franchise which would include our line. This had been awarded to a joint venture between the Serco Group and a Netherland’s firm, ‘NedRailways’ who were currently operating Britain’s best performing railway, Merseyrail Electrics. It was agreed Colin should contact 1st North Western to find out the implications of this. [Later : Derek Parmenter (1st North Western) advised continuing to use him as our point of contact for the time being.].

Panel visit to look at the potential at the station still to be arranged.

Lords House Farm. Colin showed a couple of photographs of the sculptures that he had taken.

Benches. The meeting thought the idea of Panel members having a walk to look at suggested locations (and any others) was a good one but no arrangements were made.

Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 21/6/04 a decision from ‘Living Spaces’ about funding for the Top Rec skate facility was still awaited. Application was being made to HyCEN for funding to send YC members on a quad biking course. Details were announced of a two day sports event being organised jointly by Primetime, Community/Disability Support, Norden Youth Club, ‘Youth Achievement Award’ volunteers, LCC and Hyndburn District Youth and Community Service, to be held at Hyndburn Sports Centre on the 20th and 21st August 2004. The first day would be devoted to ‘New Age Kurling’, an indoor sport based on Curling but not on ice. Local organisations were being encouraged to enter teams of four for this competition. The second day would be devoted to football.

Lesley felt we should support the Kurling by entering a team and this was agreed, with participants to be sorted out later. (See attached sheet for further details.)

Rishton Community Action Group. Awaiting next meeting 7/7/04. Colin was unable to go and Margaret agreed to represent the Panel. Lesley would also be attending on behalf of FoRY.

Chapel St community garden. David reported that the Planning Committee were due to consider the planning application at their meeting on the 4th August 2004.

Holt St recreation ground. No further progress to report

Fairtrade Borough. At the meeting 24/6/04 Mike had issued information packs and samples to those who had volunteered to approach their local shops and cafes. Lesley and Colin were to make arrangements to cover Rishton.

PROSPECTS Foundation :

Community Development Officer. Due to a number of factors, including inabilities to recruit a suitable person to replace Shonagh as Community Development Officer when first advertised and to obtain further funding to continue Mike’s post as Community Project Manager, it was decided to create a dual post for a Community Projects Development Officer. Following an open advertising and interview process, Mike was offered and accepted the post which will give him full-time status rather than his current part-time position.

5. Discussion on Community Appraisals with Kandy Consultancy.

Andy and Karen explained something of the background to their participation in the Foundation’s Community Appraisal scheme and indicated other successful community consultancy work that they had been involved in. The main aims were to consult with the Panel, other community groups and the general public; to raise awareness of the Panel; hopefully to help to recruit new members; and create an action plan for the future including prioritising two or three projects in particular.

Discussion then followed the outline on page 4 (over), with Karen recording key responses on a flip chart. The target was to complete the Appraisal by the end of September. While the Panel would not be meeting again formally until the beginning of September, members offered to help where they could in the meantime.

6. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret said there was nothing to report.

7. Working party(ies). None were arranged.

8. Time booking. None declared.

9. Any other business :

i) Hyndburn 30 year celebrations – 3rd and 4th July 2004. Invitations had come in since the last meeting to join in a celebratory procession in Accrington on the Saturday and the unveiling of the new ‘Accrington Pals’ memorial on the Sunday. Community groups were being asked to create a banner illustrating their achievements over the last 30 years to carry in the procession. An executive decision was taken that there was insufficient time to create a banner, nor was there a great desire to take part in the procession. On the Sunday it was anticipated that our councillor members would be attending and so provide a Panel presence.

ii) Hyndburn Communities in Green Space forum. David tabled a letter that the Gardener’s Residents’ Association had had inviting them to an inaugural meeting of a proposed forum to take place on Wednesday 14th July 2004 at 7.00pm in Accrington Town Hall. The meeting was amazed that the Panel had not had a similar invitation seeing it was a ‘green’ organisation. Mike said that the Foundation had had a letter but as far as he knew no Panel had. He would follow this up and make the Panel’s feelings known. [Later : invitation letter subsequently received]

10. Dates of next meetings : No meeting August.

7/9/04

5/10/04 (AGM)

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th September 2004.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Paul Wilkinson, Beverley Moorhouse. Andy Lee, Karen Sarratt, (Kandy Consultancy).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Cllr Ann Scaife, Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. Mike’s new full-time appointment was welcomed, encompassing aspects of his previous part-time post plus some of Shonagh’s responsibilities. However, it did mean that he might not be as available to assist Panels as previously, hence his absence on this occasion.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 6/7//04. Agreed a true record.

4. Community Appraisal – Kandy Consultancy.

Andy circulated copies of a first draft of their report which was ultimately to be presented to the Foundation. It was also to be the basis of a discussion with Claire and Mike at a meeting the following day. The final report would ideally identify three projects coming out of the consultation process which were to be pursued, with appropriate action plans. These Andy and Karen hoped to identify at the meeting.

Kandy had spoken to about 150 Rishton people over a period of two days down on the towpath at High St bridge and by the Library. A sample of the questionnaire and explanatory note used for each interview was shown. A detailed analysis of the responses was to be included in the final report. Not a lot of people seemed to know much about the Panel, although they did recognise a number of its projects. However many thought a lot of the projects were the work of the Council. The questionnaire concluded by asking if people would be interested in getting involved with the Panel and very few said they would. Clearly the Panel still had a lot to do to raise its profile, interest more people and promote its activities. Regular, more frequent working parties rather than the current largely ‘as required’ approach might make the Panel more ‘visible’ and interest ‘doers’ who were not meeting oriented, and possibly a source of alternative leadership.

It had been suggested that the Panel hold a promotional event to which all those who had been on the mailing list at some time could be invited, as well as others who might be interested. Hopefully interest could be reawakened or at least the reasons why they had lost interest might be established. Colin had produced a list of some 50+ names, a good proportion of which still lived in the village. The meeting did not pursue this idea.

Those questioned had come up with very few ideas of new projects the Panel might tackle. Juvenile nuisance was a recurring theme. The Panel was already involved with other community groups in trying to provide much needed facilities for young people to assist in combating this problem. Andy gave an example of a scheme Kandy had been involved with in Preston where young people engaged in looking after people’s gardens and were ‘rewarded’ for so doing. The ‘rewards’ accumulated until there was sufficient to purchase equipment for a youth club or some other tangible benefit. This idea appealed to the meeting as a way of involving young people in community projects as well as a gardening element which Norden YC were already involved in to some extent. Andy said he would put together some proposals on such a ‘dream scheme’ and he could arrange for those involved in Preston to come over and talk about their scheme. He felt there would be sources of funding to support such a project. Clearly, it would probably develop into a joint venture with the other groups trying to do something for young people in Rishton.

It was agreed that, as the Panel already had its own list of projects and those questioned had not really added to this, we should only take one new project forward and this should be the young people’s reward scheme.

Andy would get details of their proposed action plan to Colin to circulate with the next meeting agenda by 24/9/04.

5. Matters arising :

(i) Norden mosaics. Alan Brown had not been able to pursue this during the Summer holiday but it was high on his list of priorities..

(ii) Rishton web site. Paul had done more work on it to improve it further.

(iii) Bank Account signatories. The new mandate was completed at the meeting ready to be returned to Jacqui to take to the bank. They would advise her who needed to call in with ID.

(iv) Hyndburn’s Communities in Green Space Forum. The inaugural meeting 14/7/04 had been well attended. The main focus seemed to be on encouraging more events round the Borough like ‘Lark in the Park’, ‘Go Scatty in Gatty’, etc and getting central financial support for them. Subsequently there seemed to be a ‘ground swell’ of interest in doing something in Rishton, perhaps on a rotating basis in Cut Wood Park, the Top Rec’ and the Bottom Rec’.

(v) Kurling. As promised, the Panel had entered a team (Beverley, Lesley, Paul, Colin, Margaret and husband John) in the competition at Hyndburn Sports Centre organised by Norden YC and others. It was well supported and there was a good mix of able bodied, disabled, young, old, male, female, white and ethnic minorities. After a practice session, we were knocked out in the second round of the competition proper but ‘a good time was had by all’.

6. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards and flower bed damage, High St bridge. Colin had noted that the BW barge ‘Cornwall’ was in the Norden area doing wall repairs and e-mailed Mark Overam suggesting they also attend to the retaining wall on the flowerbed on High St bridge while in the area. In a follow-up phone call, Mark said that he had asked them to do so, the men involved having built the wall in the first place. It hadn’t been done and Mark said he would follow it up. He was also looking to see what could be done about the bollards, it being 12 months since the gate was damaged.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge was making a colourful show now. The shrubbery bed was still a bit of a disaster but those busy lizzies that had survived were making some colour. The litter bin in this area was regularly full to overflowing. There was a suspicion that boaters were using it as there were a number of bags of household type rubbish. Colin would have a word with HBC to see if a larger bin could be provided. The present one was overdue to be repositioned anyway. The rose bed was rampant and Colin had had to fix a third wire for the climbers at about six feet. The cross-canal bed had been tidied and the dogwoods cut back somewhat as they were crowding the smaller conifers. The main bed was getting overgrown in places and would need some cutting back in winter.

(iii) Fishing platform. Three representatives of the British Disabled Angling Association had visited Mike from Birmingham and been able to give some useful advice and design details. They promised to send other information which had not materialised and Mike had been unable to contact them again despite numerous attempts. If no contact was made, Mike would go ahead with the details he had.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. Design for the information board was now with MW Graphics for manufacture and installation. It was hoped to complete by the end of September once risk assessments for MW Graphics had been cleared with BW.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. Mike was questioning whether we wanted a different sort of graphics for the information board here as opposed to the panoramic approach at the aqueduct. The meeting felt that as many people who passed this way were likely to be different from those passing the aqueduct, the panoramic approach was still valid. A flavour of the industrial heritage along this stretch could be incorporated in the graphics.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Penny Bennett was finalising her designs following the Panel’s comments at the last meeting. These would be presented to the Panel for final OK. As far as the gateways themselves were concerned, Mike wondered if we could hold a community workshop one weekend where residents could offer design ideas. It could tie in with the appraisal, raising awareness of the Panel and possibly helping to recruit new members. The idea appealed to the meeting and a Saturday morning in the Library (10.00am – 12.00 noon) was suggested.

In Lesley and Vaughan’s absence there was no feedback on the fence repair responsibility.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. Beverley tabled a few design ideas that had come from pupils at Norden HS before the summer break. However, the exercise was to be repeated this month with Year 7 now the new term had started.

7. Application for Charity Registration. Colin and Fiona had been unable to get together during the school holiday as planned but would try to do so before the next meeting.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Following advice from Claire and Mike, Colin had responded (5/8/04) to Mr Miller’s letter (6/7/04) indicating that some of Ingham & Yorke’s terms were unacceptable and suggesting a meeting to discuss them further. Despite a telephone ‘chaser’ to his secretary 6/9/04, no response had been received from Mr Miller.

On Mike’s advice that it would be difficult now to get funding for this coming planting season, it was agreed to drop the scheme for the time being. It was also agreed that we pursue our idea of writing to Lord Petre expressing our disappointment at the delays and lack of interest from Mr Miller.

9. Rishton station. Colin had sent a package of information about the Panel to Derek Parmenter of 1st North Western as requested to establish our ‘bona fides’. In a recent conversation Derek advised that the hand over of the franchise to the new operators had been delayed and he was still finalising the brief of H & S and other operating instructions for community groups to work to when on stations. He believed the local Rotary had lost interest in Church and Oswaldtwistle Station. Colin was to talk to our Rotary to see if their position had changed. [Later : no change.] In the meantime 1st North Western were continuing their work refurbishing Rishton Station, including reconstructing the footbridge.

Panel visit to look at the potential there still to be arranged.

10. Lords House Farm. Colin had received a request for the Panel to clear undergrowth that was starting to encroach on the new pathway in Star Delph. Without a meeting imminent to plan a working party, he had gone up and with the help of three of their horticulture ‘clients’ a good time had been had cutting through the ‘jungle’! Some strimming of grass was still needed but LHF had ‘clients’ trained to do this. With all their new paths however there was also a need for a weed-killer spraying capability to deal with grass and weeds coming through the paths and their edges. LHF said they would attend to this and have someone trained to do the work safely.

Colin was liaising with Mary Walker over the ‘End of Grant’ report for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ sculptures that had to be submitted to the Local Network Fund by 11/9/04.

11. Benches. Paul had been liaising with the ‘Stepping Out’ healthy walking group and joining them on some of their walks. He now had all the suggested locations for benches (12) identified on his map, including a much asked for one outside the Library. It remained for the Panel to arrange its own suggested walk to have a look at the locations (2.5 miles) and decide how to take the idea forward. Thanks to Paul.

12. Friends of Rishton Youth. ‘Kurling’ had already been reported on. News from ‘Living Spaces’ about funding for the Top Rec’ skate facility was not good. While approving of the scheme, they had run out of financial resources in this financial year and it would be April next year at the earliest before funding could be provided. The possibility of looking elsewhere was being considered. In the meantime the new shrubbery was in a mess, largely due to excessive growth of the existing hedge behind it and general lack of maintenance. Colin was arranging to meet Andrew Hayhurst on site to see what might be done.

Application had been made via HyCEN/CVS for a ‘Neighbourhood Renewal Community Learning Chest Grant’ for some laptops that were on special offer at PC World as a Norden YC resource that would enable their award YPs to use the Centre at last. As far as extended use of the Centre by the Youth Club was concerned, adverse reaction from some members was being reported.

13. Rishton (Community) Action Group. Lesley (on behalf of FoRY) and Margaret had attended the meeting 7/7/04 but had not felt it was particularly productive. The next meeting was due 8/9/04 and clashed with the Advisory Committee for Norden YC to which both Fiona and Colin normally went. It was agreed that Fiona would attend the YC meeting and Colin RAG.

The police in Lancashire were launching a new initiative called PACT (Police and Communities Together) where it was hoped to get a representative group of residents in an area together to help the police identify problems that they could concentrate on and monitor the results. PC Skellorn felt that RAG could form the basis of a Rishton PACT Panel and it was the intention to explain more about this at the next meeting.

14. Chapel St community garden. Planning permission had been granted by the Planning Committee 4/8/04, funding was in place and it was hoped work could start in October. David was congratulated.

15. Holt St recreation ground. Latest indications were favourable with the LCC Community Design Scheme, with £1500 likely to be made available for Groundwork E.L. to carry out a feasibility study, including more detailed plans and costings. Colin had arranged a meeting on the Bottom Rec’ with representatives of the CDS and GEL 13/9/04 to progress matters. David and Paul indicated that they could also attend.

With regard to the lease renewal, Andrew Leah (Hyndburn FIRST) had advised Colin that he was still trying unsuccessfully to get a response from Mr Miller of I & Y. [Later at the RAG meeting it was announced that as a result of a breakthrough engineered by Carol Peters Green of HyCEN, it was likely the lease would be renewed for 14 years with an option for a further 6. This was later confirmed at a meeting 10/9/04 between Andrew and Mr Miller with this agreement now to be drawn up between the respective solicitors.]

16. Fairtrade Borough. Reports were received at the meeting 18/8/04 of the successes and otherwise of the various teams trying to recruit more outlets using the new information packs and samples. There were some encouraging signs. Lesley and Colin had not yet been able to find time to go round the Rishton list of potentials.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Panel’s Skills Audit. At the recent membership training sessions it was suggested that it would be useful for each PROSPECTS Panel to carry out a skills audit of its members in order to strengthen and develop the Panels. A form was issued to all members present to record their skills and interests, to be returned to and retained by the Secretary and copied to the Foundation.

(ii) Recruiting and Retaining Members training course. The final session was to be repeated 20/9/04. Fiona and Beverley had attended the first run of this session which Colin and Margaret missed. The latter hoped to go to this repeat.

(iii) Ladybird Trail. LEF had awarded the Foundation £5000 towards a refurbishment scheme for the Ladybird Trail and the printing of a new leaflet. It was planned to get a further £5000 match funding. To carry out an up-to-date survey, Mike was suggesting a series of walks along the Trail by each Panel in its area, dates to be agreed with each Panel, hopefully in September. At a later stage a joint walk along the whole length might provide a Panels’ get-together, ending with a BBQ somewhere.

(iv) 1st aid course 21/8/04. Colin had received 27/7/04 e-mail details from Mike of an Emergency First Aid course 21/8/04 at the New Era Centre as part of the Millennium Baby Woodland Project. He had not had time to try and contact members about it.

(v) Visit to Offshoots Permaculture site, Townley Park. Similarly, Colin had received 4/8/04 details of this visit for 1/9/04 but not been able to do much with it.

(vi) Display in Rishton Library. Catherine had arranged for display boards about the Panel’s activities to be placed in the Library for two weeks from 12/7/04. Colin had provided some photos. There were response cards available for anyone wanting more information or interested in joining but response had been poor. However, Catherine was to be thanked for her efforts which will have raised the Panel’s profile to some degree. (‘Every little helps’)

(v) Mailing List. Catherine had requested an up-to-date mailing list for Foundation records, which Colin had supplied. It needed further e-mail additions but there wasn’t time in the meeting to pursue this.

(vi) PROSPECTS News. Catherine had sent Colin an e-mail 17/8/04 requesting any items for the next issue by 3/9/04. Colin had not responded which was a pity as the last issue contained nothing about Rishton.

(vi) Big Green Day – Saturday 11/9/04 – 12.00 noon to 4.00pm. The Foundation was putting on a major exhibition and activity day in Accrington Town Hall. Many local ‘green’ and community organisations were having displays. Details were circulated to those present who were not already aware of it and everyone was encouraged to support it. Some members were helping on the day. Again details had come through during the summer break but it had been possible to put some posters up in the village. Beverley offered to take some hand-outs for distribution at Norden HS.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. An introductory meeting and training session for potential tree wardens had taken place 28/7/04. Early response had indicated that a good number of people were interested in a tree warden scheme but few had ultimately committed themselves. It was not too late to volunteer and training would continue for those who were committed. However, for those who might be interested in a more general and less intense approach to tree matters, the possibility of a tree forum open to all was being considered.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. There was no time for this report.

20. Working party(ies). As coming Saturdays seemed inconvenient to many, Fiona and Margaret volunteered to go and tidy up the Community Garden the following Friday evening.

21. Time booking. None declared.

22. Any other business :

(i) Vaughan Jones. Vaughan was leaving BW to work for Pendle BC. Colin had sent him the Panel’s thanks and best wishes and he had reciprocated by thanking us for ‘exciting times’ and wishing us well for the future.

Mike had since established that there would eventually be a replacement in Vaughan’s post and in the meantime we should contact a Fiona Welch.

(ii) Oil pollution on the canal. Both Paul and Colin had spotted oil on the canal, particularly after heavy rain. This had been reported through the Environment Agency’s pollution hot line. Their response was that at Whitebirk this had been an on-going problem for years and despite considerable investigation, they had not been able to locate the source. They were however still trying.

(iii) CVS Networking Surgery – Rishton Primetime 7/9/04 – 10.00am to 3.00pm. Details had been circulated with the Agenda but it was not known what response they had had.

(iv) Hyndburn Voluntary & Community Resource Centre. This new venture which was the conversion of the old St James Church School in Cannon St, Accrington, was to be officially opened 15/9/04. After the opening the general public would be able to look round from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.

(v) Feedb@ck Questionnaire. The Panel had received a copy of the Feedb@ck Questionnaire on Community Safety issued by the East Lancashire Citizens’ Panel. Time did not allow a joint completion on behalf of the Panel but it transpired that a number of Panel members had received and completed one themselves individually, so the matter was left to rest there.

(vi) ‘Greenspace’ Community Network (See next page)

(vii) AGM 5/10/04. Under the new Constitution a tighter control would be needed of members entitled to vote at the AGM. Colin therefore proposed sending out registration forms similar to those used by the Foundation. This was agreed.

23. Dates of next meetings : 5/10/04 (AGM)

2/11/04

Minutes of the Eighth Annual General Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th October 2004.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, David Haworth (Gardeners Residents Association), Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Cllr Ann Scaife, Carol Peters Green (HyCEN). Andy Lee, Karen Sarratt, (Kandy Consultancy).

Fiona welcomed everyone and in particular Wendy, who was attending her first meeting.

3. Membership. All those present had completed Membership Registration Forms and were therefore entitled to vote. A form had also been received from Carol Peters Green on behalf of HyCEN. Fiona therefore declared the meeting quorate.

Membership Registration Forms had also been sent to other individuals and organisations on the Panel’s mailing list and more returns might be expected in due course.

It was noted that Cllr June Butler was not at all well and it was readily agreed that a card be sent to her assuring her of everyone’s thoughts.

4. Chairman’s Address and Review of the Year. Fiona reviewed the highlights of the year and thanked everyone for their efforts and support. (See Appendix I).

5. Treasurer’s Report and Accounts. In Jacqui’s absence, Colin presented the Financial Statement she had prepared.

Income for the year was £10553.99, made up mainly of grants from ‘Awards for All’ (£3500) for the Top Rec shrubbery and the ‘Local Network Fund’ (£6800) for the wood sculptures at Lords House Farm, together with a grant of £250 from the PROSPECTS Foundation towards admin. expenses.

Expenditure was £11115.54, absorbing the two main grants and including £398.68 gardening supplies (roses, bedding plants, tools, etc), £41.25 for a 1st aid box, £120.42 Secretary’s expenses, £175.00 insurance.

£3500.00 had been transferred to an investment account, which with interest now stood at £3517.71.

The balance in the current account was £645.28.

Colin pointed out that while the finances were healthy, we were still living off surpluses, mainly from the original community garden project and at some point in time we would need to think about fundraising efforts for routine annual expenses. It was suggested that at appropriate times, the Rishton Area Council might be approached for grants.

Jacqui was thanked for her stewardship of the Panel’s finances.

6. Election of Officers and Representatives.

Colin reported that he had received a verbal resignation from Jacqui Achaski as Treasurer due to her heavy commitment on nursing training and in other ways. She still wished to be as actively involved in the Panel’s activities as she could be. The meeting fully understood her position, noted with pleasure her wish to continue to be involved and unanimously agreed that she be sent a card thanking her for her time as Treasurer and wishing her every success in her studies and training.

The following were duly proposed, seconded and unanimously elected unopposed :

Chairman Fiona Cook

Vice Chairman Lesley Jackson

Treasurer Margaret Worden

Secretary Colin Cooper

Asst Secretary Margaret Worden

PROSPECTS Forum Representatives (2) Margaret Worden

Colin Cooper

PROSPECTS Foundation Management

Committee Representative Colin Cooper

Margaret would arrange for the Bank Mandate to be amended, the signatories to be : Fiona Cook, Lesley Jackson, Margaret Worden, Colin Cooper ; any two of these to sign cheques. This was unanimously agreed.

7. Minutes of the Meeting 7/9/04. Agreed a true record and signed.

8. Community Appraisal – Kandy Consultancy.

It had been hoped that Andy and Karen would be at the meeting to present their final report, but they had unavoidably had to be elsewhere. They had however prepared a hand-out on the proposed ‘Dream Scheme’ which the Panel were hoping to adopt as one of their main schemes to take forward for the future, together with an Action Plan. These were circulated with a view to making them a main agenda item next time.

9. Review of current projects and plans for the future.

Norden mosaics. No up to date information on Alan Brown’s progress.

Rishton web site (www.rishton.net OR www.rishton.org). Paul was updating and improving this all the time. He was not proposing to link with the new Hyndburn portal, preferring to remain independent. It was suggested the minutes of the Panel meeting should go on the web. Margaret said she would see to this.

Bank Account signatories. Start again with new mandate following revision to Officers.

Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards and flower bed damage, High St bridge. By chance, Colin had visited High St bridge when the BW barge ‘Cornwall’ happened to make a temporary stop there. The two men in it readily agreed to repair the retaining wall on the flowerbed on the bridge and promptly did so (one had built the wall in the first place). Colin had E-mailed Mark Overum to thank him and to remind him about the bollards. He had also questioned why the Welcome sign at the 48 hr mooring had been changed and no longer said ‘Welcome to Rishton’.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge had made a colourful show during the summer but was now well past its best. It was agreed to have a working party the following Saturday (9/10/04) to plant it up for winter. Colin had saved polyanthus plants from the Esplanade and would get compost and pansies. Margaret would supply bulbs she had bought on a visit to Holland.

Saturday 13/11/04 was earmarked for planting the ‘shrubbery’ bed with spare shrubs from people’s gardens. It was suggested we advertise this as widely as possible to get the community involved. Colin to organise manure to be dug into the bed beforehand. Colin had contacted Craig Horabin (HBC) about a bigger litter bin and would follow this up before 13/11.

The other beds would need tidying up and cutting back once the leaves had fallen.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike had still had no response from the British Disabled Angling Association and he was therefore going ahead with a contractor with the details he had.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. MW Graphics had finalised the design for the information board and were now on with the manufacture. Delays were being experienced as they were over-committed with work.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. Old industrial images along the canal in Rishton had been given to Mike by Colin and these had been sent to the artist for incorporation in the information board design. Mike had arranged to meet the proposed contractor on site 27/10/04 to discuss the viewing point construction.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Penny Bennett’s finalised designs were still to be shown to the Panel. It was hoped these could go out to tender by the end of October. No further reference was made to the idea of having a community workshop in the library one Saturday (10.00am to 12.00noon) to get ideas for the design of the gateways themselves.

Lesley was still to follow up the fence repair responsibility.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. Results from the Year 7 design project at Norden HS were expected by half term.

Application for Charity Registration. Colin and Fiona still to make time to complete the Application Form.

Landmark trees regeneration project. Still no reply from Mr Miller to our last letter dated 5/8/04. Letter to Lord Petre therefore more pressing. [Next day : Reply received. I & Y wanting extended guarantees. Copy given to Mike/Claire for advice before responding]

Rishton station. No further contact from 1st North Western. Walk to look at bench sites agreed for Saturday 23/10/04. Meet at the station first at 1.00pm.

Lords House Farm. ‘End of Grant’ report for the ‘Lord of the Rings’ sculptures had been completed on time with Mary Walker’s help.

Benches. Paul was preparing a comprehensive report with costings. See above for details of proposed walk round.

Friends of Rishton Youth. It was understood that thanks to the efforts of Carol Peters Green of HyCEN, funding had now been secured to enable the creation of the skate facility and upgrade of the play area to go ahead early next year. The purchase of lap tops to enable the Centre to be used for award work was also going ahead. As far as the use by young people of the Centre for other activities, it was suggested as many as possible attended the Centre AGM 11/10/04. Next FoRY meeting 3/11/04.

PACT/RAG (Police and Communities Together/Rishton Action Group). At the meeting 8/9/04, PCSO Kath Stretton (in PC Mark Skellorn’s absence) had explained what PACT was all about and that because RAG already brought together representatives of various community groups in Rishton, it was felt that it could also serve as Rishton’s PACT group. The meeting identified three problem issues in Rishton for the police to concentrate on in the next month: intimidating groups of young people congregating outside the Balti House; motorised scooters/bikes on the towpath and in the streets ; patrol the area round the Methodist Church where an attempt had been made to set fire to a rear door. These would be reported on at the next meeting 13/10/04.

On RAG matters, it was announced that after much badgering by Carol Peters Green of HyCEN, Ingham & Yorke had agreed an extension of 14 years with an option for a further 6 for the Bottom Rec. This was now with the respective solicitors for finalisation. There was also further discussion on the possibility of organising a ‘fun’ day like Clayton’s ‘Lark in the Park’ in Rishton next summer. The idea seemed to appeal.

Notice boards for community use to go on lamp posts were at Great Harwood police station awaiting erection by HBC.

Chapel St community garden. David reported that it was hoped work would start the following week.

Holt St recreation ground. Colin, David, Paul and Carol Peters Green had met with Maggie Hulston of Groundwork East Lancs and Kay Horsley (?) of LCC’s Community Design Scheme on the Bottom Rec’ 13/9/04 to look at the site and discuss the production of a feasibility study. CDS had agreed to fund GEL up to £1500 to produce a study which would extend David’s original sketch and provide costings as a basis for seeking funding. Maggie would try and have a preliminary report ready for the next RAG meeting 13/10/04.

Fairtrade Borough. At the meeting of the Fairtrade Group 30/9/04, it was agreed to set a target of Fairtrade

Fortnight (1st to 13th March 2005) to become a Fairtrade Borough. It was hope this would give some impetus to the efforts to recruit more outlets, currently 8 out of 17 retail and 3 out of 9 catering. Lesley and Colin still had to get round the potential outlets in Rishton.

PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Panel’s Skills Audit. Colin thanked those who had completed forms so far and reminded those who hadn’t.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike, Paul and Colin (+ Cindy!) had walked the Rishton section that morning and identified where remedial work was required, mainly styles and gates

(vi) Big Green Day – Saturday 11/9/04 – 12.00 noon to 4.00pm. This had been felt to be very successful in helping to raise awareness of PROSPECTS. Wendy had ‘signed up’ at the event, so this was a good outcome from the Rishton Panel’s point of view.

Tree Warden Scheme. Nothing further to report.

10. Working party(ies). As coming Saturdays seemed inconvenient to many, Fiona and Margaret volunteered to go and tidy up the Community Garden the following Friday evening.

11. Any other business :

i) Quiz night. Paul gave details of a historical quiz about Rishton to be held at the Free Gardeners Club on Friday the 19th November 2004 at 8.00pm. £1 entry fee per team of 4, all proceeds to go to ‘Children in Need’. It was agreed we should enter a team.

ii) Sale of HBC land. Concern was expressed at the reported statement by Peter Britcliffe that HBC were looking to sell off land that it owned to raise funds. So if someone wanted to extend their garden into HBC land for instance, they could make a bid for purchase. This could lead to a loss of greenspace and should be resisted. Colin was to write to Peter Britcliffe expressing the Panel’s concern.

iii) ex Sausage Factory land. Wendy asked what was happening to the now derelict land where the old sausage factory had stood. It would make an ideal spot for a community garden. She was advised that the land had been sold to a developer for housing but for various reasons the scheme had ‘stalled’. Lesley would try to find out the latest position.

12. Dates of next ordinary meetings : 2/11/04

7/12/04

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd November 2004.

1. Present : Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Paul Wilkinson, Beverley Moorhouse. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Carol Peters Green, David Haworth, Cllr Ann Scaife,

In Fiona’s and Lesley’s absence, Colin took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 5/10//04. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Norden mosaics. Beverley and Colin had been into school during half term to move the two mosaics out of the weather into a drier inside location but had been prevented from doing so on

H & S/insurance grounds. The Head said she would arrange for the caretaking staff to move them but up to present this had not been done. One had now nearly totally disintegrated but the pieces had been salvaged. Beverley had since talked to Alan Brown’s wife who reported that Alan was still so busy that he had not been able to devote any time to the project.

(ii) Bank Account signatories. In the light of Margaret’s appointment as Treasurer it had been decided to start again with a completely new mandate and this had been completed and presented to the bank. It just required Fiona now to call in with ID.

(iii) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona had now agreed to write to Cllr Britcliffe instead of Colin but he had undertaken to write to Jacqui and Cllr June Butler instead (see 4(v) below).

(iv) Sausage factory. In Lesley’s absence, there was no further report.

(v) Cards. A ‘thank you’ card had been sent to Jacqui and one of concern and good wishes to June.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards High St bridge. BW had engaged a contractor (Gary Lomas) to quote for fitting bollards and he had visited site 27/10/04 with Colin and Mike to see what was required and also to look at the viewing point location near Spring St bridge to prepare a quote for Mike for this as well.

The answer on the sign by the 48 hour mooring was that this was now the BW standard and the original ‘welcome’ sign paid for with a Rishton Area Council grant had now been disposed of. Colin had expressed to Mark Overum (BW) the Panel’s disappointment that they had not been advised of this and that the new sign no longer said ‘welcome’. Colin had also reminded Mark of the need to replace BW’s information panel and the polycarbonate protection for the Panel’s side of the information board.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge had been planted up by the working party 9/10/04 with polyanthus, pansies and some tulips from Margaret. Colin had subsequently purchased and planted more tulip bulbs.

13/11/04 was still earmarked for working on the shrubbery bed. Mention of it had been made at the Area Council and the press had been informed, so it was hoped people would come along with ‘spare’ shrubs for planting in the bed. Colin had still to organise some manure.

(iii) Fishing platform. Gary Lomas was also pursuing this on behalf of the Foundation. The design was being assessed for disabled safety and insurance.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. Mike was still experiencing delays with MW Graphics but it was now hoped to have the information board installed by the end of the month.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. Mike tabled a draft design for the information board which included industrial heritage sketches. Those present were impressed and Mike would now pass the design on to Ruth and Steve Colling to identify landscape details as they had done excellently before.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Revised designs were still awaited from Penny Bennett. Mike was chasing these so that the Panel could comment before they were finalised.

It was believed Lesley had established that there was no money in HBC’s budget that could be allocated to fence repairs.

A suggested workshop (10.00am to 12.00 noon) in the Library on the Gateway designs had still to be discussed further.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. Beverley was chasing the results of the year 7 design exercise at Norden HS.

6. Community Appraisal. Andy Lee of Kandy Consultancy had been expected at the meeting to present their final report, but did not turn up. Mike reported that he had received their written report but this was being reformatted to line up with other Panel’s appraisal reports.

Colin had circulated brief details of the ‘Dream Scheme’ for information and comment to PC Mark Skellorn (Community Beat Manager), Laura Hayes (Norden YC Leader), Maureen Cunliffe (Youth & Community Service), and Dorothy Casey (Friends of Rishton Youth). Mike said he would forward more details of the Scheme to Colin.

7. Application for Charity Registration. No progress. It was suggested that once Margaret had finished her present employment (end November), she and Colin might collaborate on this as they had done successfully on the revision to the constitution.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. In their letter 5/10/04, I & Y were still looking for extended maintenance guarantees which we would be unable to commit to. It was agreed Colin write back suggesting a meeting once again to discuss matters face to face. Writing to Lord Petre was still an option.

9. Rishton station. Still no further contact with 1st North Western. Colin to E-mail Derek Parmenter to find out the latest situation. It was understood the change of franchise operator was now scheduled for the 12th December 2004. The proposed walk to look at the station and the bench locations 23/10/04 had had to be postponed (see 10 below).

10. Benches. Paul had prepared comprehensive written proposals but was still waiting quotes for fitting before he could finalise his costings. It was agreed to rearrange the walk round the bench locations for Sunday 21/11/04 (but not include the station) meeting at the Cenotaph at 1.00pm.

11. Chapel St community garden. Awaiting a start, but it was believed there had been reference now to this being possible up to the end of the current planting season (end March 2005).

12. Holt St recreation ground. Groundwork EL had not produced their preliminmary report in time for the last PACT/RAG meeting 13/10/04 and Colin was trying to find out the latest situation. It was believed there was a complication in drawing up the new lease in that I & Y were wanting HBC to take on the adjoining land with the garages on as a condition of granting the proposed 14 + (option) 6 years extension.

13. Lords House Farm. Mary Walker was seeking funding to make the post held by Gemma Thomson and Rebecca Morgan more permanent before recruiting a replacement.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. Funding had been secured for three laptops for Norden YC use for award work which would enable the Centre, School St to be used for this purpose. At the Centre AGM 11/10/04 encouragement had been given to all age groups to use the facility. It was not meant to be solely an ‘old peoples’ centre.

Carol Peters Green (HyCEN) was finalising her ‘one to one’ consultation with local residents about the skate facility on the Harwood Rd Rec’. A decision on whether the facility could go ahead rested partly on this being more favourable than not, but there was overwhelming support for the project at the Area Council Meeting 28/10/04.

Next meeting : AGM 17/11/04

15. PACT/RAG. The meeting 13/10/04 had reviewed police action on the three areas highlighted at the previous meeting and identified three new areas to concentrate on in the next month.

A representative of Harvest Housing (Eaves Brook) had been present and explained their wish to do all they could to help the local community including promoting good tenancies and dealing effectively with bad ones.

There was further discussion on a carnival/fun day next year, probably on the Harwood Rd Rec’ and in August so as not to clash with the Churches Together event proposed for June in Cutwood Park.

Next meeting : 10/11/04.

16. Fairtrade Borough. Colin and Lesley were still trying to recruit more outlets for Fairtrade products in Rishton. Whiteheads was a prime target which would give three more outlets in Rishton and Great Harwood.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Panel’s Skills Audit. Still a few more completed forms to come in.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike reported that he was having a meeting with LCC’s Countryside Officer to get advice on gates, stiles, etc.

(iii) PROSPECTS News. Regrettably, Claire was leaving the Foundation for ‘pastures new’. She had been instrumental in setting the Foundation on a sound structural footing and recently piloted the Foundation’s Development Plan for the next five years. It was a pity she wasn’t staying on to help take the Foundation forward and it might prove difficult to replace her, as current funding for her post only lasted until Dec 2005. It was perhaps ironic that one of her current tasks was to help develop a funding strategy for the future, including continuation funding for the present staff.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. Under the auspices of the Scheme and PROSPECTS, a tree planting ‘day’ was planned at the Baby Woodland on Saturday 27/11/04, 11.00am to 2.00pm during National Tree Week (24/11/04 to 5/12/04). A BBQ would follow.

The first of the Tree Forum meetings was planned for Tuesday 1/2/05 at Scaitcliffe House starting at 7.30pm.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

20. www.rishton.net. It had been suggested that the minutes of the Panel meetings should be published on the website. Margaret offered to do this but might need some tuition to start her off.

21. Working party(ies):

Saturday 13/11/04 9.30am. Shrub planting, High St bridge.

Wednesday 1/12/04 9.30am Bulb planting, corner Lee Lane/ Wilpshire Rd. Mike to order bulbs on Panel’s behalf.

22. Time booking. None declared.

23. Any other business :

(i) Community Garden planters. Colin reported that Wendy on her own initiative and expense had replanted the planters with various plants/shrubs. She was warmly thanked for this effort and it was to be hoped that what she had done was respected and not trampled on.

(ii) Community Garden mosaic. Part of the centre of the mosaic was now breaking up and other areas sounded ‘hollow’ when tapped. Colin had tried some remedial action to stop the break-up getting worse but without great success. He had also E-mailed Alan Brown about the problem to seek his advice but without response so far. Colin would keep his eye on the situation and continue to collect what loose and scattered pieces he could find.

(iii) Quiz Night. Paul reminded the meeting about the Quiz Night based on knowledge of Rishton at the Free Gardeners Club on Friday 19/11/04 at 8.00pm in aid of ‘Children in Need’. Entry to be £5 per team of four (not £1 as previously minuted). Margaret was coordinating our teams entry.

(iv) HyCEN Seasonal Social. Paul gave details of a free social being organised by HyCEN at Church and Oswaldtwistle Cricket Club on Friday 10th December 2004. To be discussed further.

24. Dates of next meetings : 07/12/04

04/01/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th December 2004.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Assistant Secretary), Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski (Treasurer), Wendy Flanagan.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting which was held in Norden School library due to Christmas change in Soroptimist’s meeting week. Thanks to Beverley for making arrangements but she warned that in future we might have to pay for use of the library (possibly up to £15) to cover caretakers costs, etc. Alternatives might be Norden youth wing or the Centre (@ £6)

3. Minutes of the Meeting 2/11//04. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Norden mosaics. One panel had now virtually totally disintegrated but the pieces had been salvaged. The other was now inside in the dry awaiting some decision on what to do with it. We were still awaiting advice from Alan Brown.

(ii) Community Garden mosaic. Still no response from Alan Brown as to what action we could take and there was further break-up of the centre design. Colin was proposing to remove the remaining centre tiles completely and replace them with concrete but this still left vulnerable ‘hollow’ areas elsewhere.

(iii) Bank Account signatories. New mandate now fully set up.

(iv) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona still to write to Cllr Britcliffe. Lesley/Ann explained that any proposed purchase would be well scrutinised and the legal process involved might put people off anyway. However it was still felt worth writing.

(v) Sausage factory. Lesley still to follow up.

(vi) Quiz Night 19/11/04. It had been an interesting and entertaining evening. The main disappointment was that after all the effort put in by Paul and David researching and preparing the questions, there were not more teams entered. However, with the quiz plus a social the following night and fancy dress, the Gardeners was able to send over £850 to Children in Need. Well done!

(vii) HyCEN Seasonal Social 10/12/04 and Community Groups Questionnaire. Paul and David said they were taking a party of folk to the Social. A questionnaire to help HyCEN assess their performance over the last 12 months was completed by the meeting for Colin to return.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards High St bridge. Mike would contact contractor (Gary Lomas) to find out when he was likely to fit the bollards. It was questioned whether we ought to warn the Bridge Café for goodwill. Colin said he would let them know when the bollards were about to be fitted. [Later : bollards fitted 13/12/04. Hallelujah! But no time to warn the Café].

Colin needed to remind Mark Overum again of the need to replace BW’s information panel and the polycarbonate protection for the Panel’s side of the information board.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. Margaret and Colin had planted the six Jubilee roses missing from last years delivery. This bed was now complete. Colin had pruned the existing roses.

Colin had tidied the cross-canal flowerbed and cut back the dogwoods to give the conifers more space and light.

Only Fiona and Colin had turned up for the 13/11/04 working party on the shrubbery bed. 30 bags of manure were delivered and spread on the bed. Shrubs gleaned from Colin’s garden were heeled in temporarily. The manure had now been dug in and the available shrubs planted. Despite the publicity, no one in the community had come forward with any shrubs to plant. There was still time up to the end of March and beyond if potted.

The original bed needed tidying up and overgrown shrubs cut back.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike had a new BW contact (David Goodey) who he was to meet the following week at Johnsons Hill Locks near Wheelton to look at a fishing platform there that BW had put in that could be used as a template.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. The art work for the information board had been signed off and it was now up to MW Graphics to manufacture and install.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. The art work for the information board had now been finalised thanks to Steve and Ruth Colling and the artist and just remained to be signed off for manufacture. Mike showed a draft of the art work to the meeting which met with warm approval. Mike had a contractors price for building the viewing platform and would now seek planning permission.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Revised designs were still awaited from Penny Bennett. Mike was chasing these so that the Panel could comment before they were finalised. There were queries on the designs for C-L-M which were part of the same contract.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. Beverley presented the results of the year 7 design exercise at Norden HS. After much consideration, a consensus was reached on a suggested composite design idea gleaned from a number of the submitted designs. Mike would pass this on to the artist. It was suggested that ultimately some form of prize should be given to the design(s) closest to the finalised one.

6. Community Appraisal. Mike presented copies of Kandy’s draft final report for comment. He was not entirely happy with what they had done and in particular that of the 140+ people questioned, 4 had expressed an interest in the Panel but Kandy had not got their names and addresses to enable follow-up.

On a more positive note, Kandy had identified the ‘Dream Scheme’ as a possible way to engage the local youth in more meaningful activities. Mike had obtained their brochure which could be circulated among members. It was clearly a well structured organisation with head office now in Preston. Equally clearly the Panel could not cope with running such a scheme on its own. It would have to be worked in conjunction with the Youth and Community Service, Norden Youth Club, FRY, PACT, etc. It might also be possible to work with Lords House Farm who were used to working with groups of young people. It was agreed Mike try to get someone from ‘Dream Scheme’ over in the New Year to talk to a representative small group prior to perhaps making a more formal presentation to the FRY meeting 25/1/05.

7. Application for Charity Registration. Still thinking in terms of Margaret and Colin collaborating in the New Year. Mike advised that there was a new form of charity organisation coming out in 2005 and it might be wise to wait to see what this was. He would get details.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had written 4/11/04 suggesting a meeting once again and hinting that we might write to Lord Petre in the hope that he would be more sympathetic. Mr Miller had replied 18/11/04 reaffirming that they were not prepared to take on any liabilities as a result of the scheme. He said he had however passed a copy of Colin’s letter on to his ‘client’. In a further letter dated 1/12/04 he said his ‘client’ was backing his position.

Paul Holden had suggested an alternative scheme involving the planting of fewer but more mature trees (beech like most of those there now) which could be individually guarded and reduce the amount of grazing taken out of action. Mike was costing this up but was sure it would not have ELWOOD’s backing, so funding could be a problem.

It was decided to put the scheme on hold for further reflection. Writing to Lord Petre ourselves was still an option.

9. Rishton station. Colin, Paul, David and Geoff Smale had attended a meeting at Ossy Mills 30/11/04 organised by ‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships’ (ACoRP), a national organisation involved in the promotion and/or development of local railways with a high level of community involvement. Discussion ranged over a multitude of ways of improving the local rail network and encouraging more people to use the train service. Representatives of the rail operators and LCC were also there but there was unlikely to be any significant forward movement until Serco Ned had taken over the franchise 12/12/04. However it seemed our best way forward might be through this organisation although Derek Parmenter our contact with 1st North Western might be transferring to the new operator and continuing similar work with them.

10. Benches. The postponed walk round the bench locations was rescheduled for Sunday 9/1/05 starting at 1.00pm at the Cenotaph.

11. Chapel St community garden. Ann reported that the latest promise from Andrew Hayhurst and Andrew Leah (HBC) was that work would start ‘after Christmas’.

12. Holt St recreation ground. Ann reported that the lease agreement was being drawn up by Ingham & Yorke. It would then be passed to HBC and then to LCC who were now doing HBC’s planning.

Colin reported that Kay Horsley of LCC’s Community Design Scheme had contacted him to say that all work on the feasibility study was now stopped until the lease was finalised. She inferred that we had not been ‘up front’ with the lease situation when we met her, a view that Colin strongly denied. The whole point of the feasibility study was to get something moving while waiting for the lease to be agreed.

13. Lords House Farm. The result of Mary’s funding application was expected the following day.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. The AGM had taken place 17/11/04, the existing officers being re-elected viz : Chairman – Lesley Jackson ; Secretary – Dorothy Casey ; Treasurer – Christine Hammerton ; Minutes Secretary – Beryl Timmins. It was believed that all was set now for the skate facility and playground refurbishment on Harwood Rd Rec’ to go forward next year. Interest was now turning to the possibility of some form of Rishton carnival/festival to bring the community together. Colin had introduced the idea of the ‘Dream Scheme’.

Next meeting : 25th January 2005 at 6.00pm.

15. PACT/RAG. The meeting 10/11/04 had reviewed police action on the three areas highlighted at the previous meeting and identified two new areas to concentrate on in the next month (juvenile nuisance at the shop 77 Spring St and on the Petre Estate).

The main discussion related to the possible carnival/festival next year, probably on the Harwood Rd Rec’ with a parade starting at Holt St and a date of 13/8/05 was suggested. The GRA bank account would be used to administer any funds.

Next meeting : 15/12/04 when Paul Hartley, Hyndburn’s Youth Arts Coordinator would attend. Paul had helped organise other festivals in the Borough like Harwood’s ‘Summer Sizzler’ and he would show a video of that event.

16. Fairtrade Borough. Colin and Lesley were still trying to recruit more outlets for Fairtrade products in Rishton. Whiteheads was a prime target which would give three more outlets in Rishton and Great Harwood. Fairtrade Fortnight (1st to 13th March 2005) had been set as a target for achieving ‘Fairtrade Borough’ status for Hyndburn.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Panel’s Skills Audit. Still a few more completed forms to come in.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike had completed his walks with Panel members over the various sections of the Trail and was preparing an action plan for what needed doing to make the Trail useable.

(iii) Foundation Review. Peta Edwards of Charity Support Services had been engaged to carry out a review of the Foundation’s activities, as a support to future funding applications and in particular the success or otherwise of its current use of lottery funding for the Development Programme. Future funding was crucial if the current staff were to be retained and others recruited beyond the present Programme’s expiry in December 2005. Review sessions had been planned for 30/11/04 and 1,14,15/12/04 to which Jacqui, Colin, Margaret and Fiona had gone/were going. Other members were welcome to go if they wished.

(iv) Panel’s Get-together 29/11/04. Doubts had been expressed about how valued the get-togethers were. Those present felt they were very worthwhile and helped to keep us in touch with other Panels and their activities. It was amazing what was going on when all the Panels’ activities were added together.

(v) PROSPECTS Foundation News. It had been agreed with the Lotteries Board that Claire’s post would be advertised in an effort to get a replacement, even though in the first instance the appointment would only have 12 months to run.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. The tree planting ‘day’ at the Baby Woodland on Saturday 27/11/04 had been very successful and another was planned for Saturday 29/1/05, 11.00am to 2.00pm. Trees planted were oak from Tinker Brook Tree Nursery grown by school children from acorns they collected. The Tree Nursery has a host of saplings of different varieties grown in this way that they are having difficulty in finding uses for.

The first of the Tree Forum meetings was planned for Tuesday 1/2/05 at Scaitcliffe House starting at 7.30pm. Unfortunately this clashed with the Panel meeting that month.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

20. www.rishton.net. Margaret was still planning to publish agendas and minutes of Panel meetings on the website.

21. Working party(ies). The bulb planting, on the corner of Lee Lane/ Wilpshire Rd had been very successful with Margaret, Paul, Wendy, Jacqui and Colin planting two large sacks of daffodil bulbs that Mike had obtained on Panel’s behalf.

A further working party was planned for Wednesday 15/12/04 at 9.30am to litter pick, sweep and generally tidy up the Community Garden.

22. Time booking. None declared.

23. Any other business :

Time did not allow the discussion of any other business.

24. Dates of next meetings : 04/01/05

01/02/05

Items that had been ‘fed’ to the Secretary that there was not time to raise :

(i) ‘Prosperity’ Open Day – Wednesday 8/112/04 – 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Open to anyone interested in seeing their recycling activities.

(ii) Town Bent/Rhoden Road Countryside Skills Day – Saturday 11/12/04 -11.00am to 3.00pm. Free community activity open to anybody, includes : dry stone walling, willow weaving, bulb planting, stone carving, wood carving, shrub and tree planting. Part sponsored by the PROSPECTS Foundation and Tinker Brook Tree Nursery.

(iii) A Picture of Change – Cleaner, Safer, Greener Communities. Picture and words competition for community groups sponsored by Barclays Sitesavers and Groundwork – closing date 15/12/04.

(iv) The Glass-House, National Design Service – Regeneration Courses for Tenants’ and Residents, Groups in January, February and March 2005 at Trafford Hall, Chester. Details at next meeting.