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Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th January 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), , Wendy Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson.

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

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and wished them a ‘Happy New Year’.

Colin had sent Jacqui, who was in hospital, a ‘Get Well’ card on behalf of the members.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 07/12/04. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Norden mosaics. Item to be ‘side-lined’ until there was something positive to report. Paul wondered if there might be some use for it/them on Rishton station when things started moving there.

(ii) Community Garden mosaic. Colin had removed the remaining centre tiles and cemented the whole centre disc. It was hoped this would help prevent any further deterioration until something else could be done.

(iii) HyCEN Seasonal Social 10/12/04. Paul and David reported that they and their parties had found it an enjoyable event with an excellent buffet but disappointingly supported.

(iv) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona had drafted a letter to Cllr Britcliffe but wanted Colin to check it before it was finalised and sent.

(v) Sausage factory. No report in Lesley’s absence.

(vi) ‘Prosperity’ Open Day 8/12/04. Colin had attended this. A good range of products was on display and it was encouraging to hear how the commercial side was expanding as more contacts were built up. It was not without its problems but it was proving to be a very worthwhile project both from the recycling point of view an in providing employment for those with learning disabilities. Colin was sure arrangements could be made for others to visit if they wished.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards High St bridge. Bollards fitted 13/12/04. They were a little higgledy-piggledy but would do the job. Colin had E-mailed Mark Overum (BW) with thanks. Each of the four bollards was individually padlocked and Colin had asked Mark to confirm they were all on the same key and where the key was kept. He asked whether the gate might go on the same system and suggested a notice be put up explaining how the key could be obtained in case of emergency.

Paul said he had not heard any adverse comment when he had been in the café.

Colin had reminded Mark Overum again of the need to replace BW’s information panel and the polycarbonate protection for all three panels of the information board.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. Colin had planted the shrubbery bed with what shrubs he had been able to get from his own garden and one donated hydrangea but there was room for many more shrubs yet. Wendy said she would have a word with Park View Nurseries to see if they had any they could let us have. Colin had cut back overgrown shrubs on the original bed and tidied it up. [It was noted that a number of the plants Wendy had put in the planters on the Community Garden were surviving, although there had been some losses.]

(iii) Fishing platform. Report to be obtained from Mike and circulated with minutes.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. As (iii).

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. As (iii).

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. As (iii).

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. As (iii).

6. Community Appraisal. Mike had E-mailed ‘Dreamscheme’ requesting further assistance but had not yet had a response. Mike to follow up.

Paul had been talking to Alan Lloyd who was Chairman of the Rishton Horticultural Society, many of whose members had allotments in Rishton. Paul suggested that it might be a good idea for Norden YC to have an allotment and this might fit in very well with the ‘Dreamscheme’. Those present agreed and Paul said he would follow it up further. It seemed that the RHS was quite a thriving organisation and if so why had we not been aware of them and they us, to our possible mutual benefits.

7. Application for Charity Registration. Colin had still to investigate possible classification changes.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike was awaiting assistance from Mark Cocks (HBC Trees Officer) to cost up suggested alternative of fewer, more mature trees, individually guarded. It was agreed that Colin should definitely write to Lord Petre at Ingatestone Hall, Essex.

9. Rishton station. We were awaiting a further lead from ACoRP (‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) and new franchise operators, Serco Ned. Paul wondered if the station could be a suitable place to display the terracotta stones (see 23 (ii) below). It was suggested that wherever they were displayed there should be an information board explaining what they were.

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

11. Chapel St community garden. Still awaiting the promised ‘after Christmas’ start.

12. Holt St recreation ground. There was no up to date information on the lease agreement.

13. Lords House Farm. No report.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. Next meeting : 25th January 2005 at 6.00pm.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 15/12/04 PC Mark Skellorn introduced his replacement in the New Year, PC Kath Barnes. He reported on action taken in those areas of concern highlighted at the previous meeting and further areas were suggested for attention.

Paul Hartley, Hyndburn’s Youth Arts Coordinator had been welcomed and showed a video taken at Great Harwood’s 2004 ‘Summer Sizzler’. Dorothy Casey had presented the latest version of a leaflet for a ‘Rishton Festival’ for 2005 (Sat 13th August was being suggested). Paul had promised his support for such an event and discussion about its organisation had followed.

Next meeting 27/01/05 at 6.30pm.

16. Fairtrade Borough. In follow-up with Whiteheads, there was a suggestion that Nisa-Todays, their main supplier, were going to supply Fairtrade products nb. bananas for them to stock, so they did not need to take any action themselves. Colin was going to write to Nisa-Todays for confirmation and their general policy on Fairtrade products. He would also write to SPAR about their policy with the Rishton SPAR shop in mind. The Auberge had promised to take another look at the information pack left with them, after the Christmas/New Year peak was over.

At the last Fairtrade Group meeting it had been suggested that more substantial samples of tea, coffee, sugar, etc be given to selected catering outlets to encourage them to try the products.

Next meeting 13/01/05.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

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

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Report to be obtained from Mike and circulated with minutes.

(iii) Foundation Review. Apart from the review sessions that some members had been to, a questionnaire was being sent to other members who were asked to complete it to the best of their ability. It was just as valid to get the views of those who were not so deeply involved or were relatively new.

(iv) PROSPECTS Foundation News. Claire’s Development Officer post had been advertised but with less than 12 months to run unless more funding can be secured, it might not prove all that attractive

The winter edition of ‘PROSPECTS News’ was now out. Everyone should have been sent a copy. Contact Colin if not.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. Another tree planting ‘day’ at the Baby Woodland was planned for Saturday 29/1/05, 11.00am to 2.00pm followed by a BBQ.

The first of the proposed 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 but Wendy said she would like to go and would represent the Panel there. Thanks to Wendy.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

20. www.rishton.net. It was agreed that wherever possible Colin should circulate the minutes and agendas via E-mail. Not only would this be cost saving but Paul could pick them up and publish them on the website.

21. Working party(ies). The working party (Colin and Margaret) 15/12/04 had successfully litter picked, swept and generally tidied up the Community Garden.

In view of the bench walk 9/1/05, no working party was planned for January.

22. Time booking. None declared other than 21 above. It was noted that from information supplied to the Foundation by the Panels, the total value of volunteer hours came to £28134 in 2003/04 compared to £20414 in 2002/03, using a conversion rate of £7.50/hour. This sort of information was always useful when appyling for funding, particularly where match funding was required.

23. Any other business :

(i) Fly-tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. Paul reported that Park View Nurseries had purchased the lodge so it was hoped that this would soon lead to the fly-tipping, which had been getting progressively worse, being cleared.

(ii) Terracotta Stones. Date and decorative terracotta stones had been salvaged from the old Rishton UDC office building in Brook St when it was demolished and photos taken by Paul were demonstrated to the meeting. These were currently in Hyndburn FIRST storage and needed to be moved or destroyed. It was agreed they should not be destroyed and some appropriate use for them eventually found. In the meantime Paul and Colin said they could find somewhere to store them. Arrangements to be made with Mike. [Later : stones moved into storage in Colin’s garage 11/01/05]

(iii) Railway cutting. Paul referred to the scheme the Great Harwood Panel had for improving the old railway cutting area and its facilities. He was concerned that the continuation of the footpath into Rishton could also do with some attention, cutting back overgrowing vegetation, clearing and repairing the path, etc. It was decided to view this on the bench walk the following Sunday and then discuss it with Mike.

(iv) Awards for All. An E-mail had been received from Mike alerting us to the fact that A4A had ‘spare’ cash and we were to be encouraged to apply if we could think of an appropriate scheme. To be considered further.

(iv) Year of the Volunteer. Catherine had E-mailed details of the ‘Year of the Volunteer 2005’ as designated by the government and championed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Home Secretary. Promoting the Year with government funding were CVS (Community Service Volunteers) and VE (Volunteering England). Catherine was getting more details so that Panels could see if they could use the Year to their advantage in recruiting new members.

(v) Environment Agency Action Earth 2005. Mike had E-mailed details of a scheme initiated by the EA (Environment Agency) and CSV whereby groups can register a project which improves the local environment and receive a £50 grant towards the costs of the project. The scheme runs from 01/01/05 to 05/06/05 culminating on World Environment Day 5 June.

(vi) History of Parades and Festivals in Rishton. Paul was working on this and appealed for any documentation, photos, etc that would help him.

24. Dates of next meetings : 01/02/05

01/03/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 1st February 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, James Mawdsley, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, PC Kath Barnes, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Ann Scaife. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and gave a particularly warm welcome to Mary and James who were attending their first meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 04/01/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona had still to finalise the letter she had drafted to Cllr Britcliffe expressing the Panel’s concerns. Margaret had responded to a recent ‘Feedb@ck’ Citizens Panel Survey questionnaire on ‘Shaping the Future of Green Spaces in Hyndburn’ by expressing opposition to any proposal there might be to dispose of any more green space in the Borough.

(ii) Sausage factory. No report in Lesley’s absence.

(iii) Terracotta stones. The date and decorative stones salvaged from the old Rishton UDC council building had been moved from Hyndburn FIRST storage at their request by Mike and Colin and were now in Colin’s garage awaiting some future use.

(iv) Old railway cutting pathway. Lesley had established that the responsibility for maintaining the foot/cycle path was with the LCC who sub-contracted it to HBC. She was advised that HBC were only likely to cut back the trees/shrubs but this was only half the job as there was considerable encroachment of grass and weeds on to the tarmac path surface. Paul had been going to raise the matter at the Area Council meeting but this had now been put back from the 20th January to the 17th March 2005. It was agreed that the Panel would form a working party and do the Great Harwood to Rishton (playing fields) section themselves starting at 9.30am the following Saturday (05/02/05) morning, meeting in the car park opposite ‘Harwoods’ (ex Lidgett). Colin would liaise with Mike about informing Craig Horabin (HBC Parks) and preparing any necessary risk assessments.

(v) Awards for All. The fact that A4A had spare cash at present had been referred to at the last meeting for further consideration. It was suggested that we might apply for a grant to do a ‘Dreamscheme’ presentation as, from what Mike had been able to establish, the Dreamscheme organisation would make a charge to come and explain what the scheme was all about and the training required. Other than this, there were no other suggestions of projects we might apply for funding for.

(vi) Year of the Volunteer 2005/CVS 2005 Volunteer Awards. Details of the YV 2005 issued by the Home Office had been circulated with the minutes of the last meeting. Since then, CVS had issued details of an associated Awards scheme culminating in a Presentation event at Accrington Town Hall on Friday 3rd June 2005. Nomination were sought in the following categories :

Longest serving volunteer

Youngest volunteer

Oldest volunteer

Cheeriest Volunteer

Through thick and thin volunteer

Overcome a personal adversity

Nominations were to go to Catherine in the PROSPECTS office asap.

(vii) Environment Agency Action Earth 2005. Again, this had been referred to at the last meeting and details had been circulated with the minutes, whereby groups can register a project which improves the local environment and receive a £50 grant towards the costs of the project. The scheme runs from 01/01/05 to 05/06/05 culminating on World Environment Day, 5 June 2005. There were no suggestions from the meeting about a suitable scheme that we might register.

(viii) History of parades and festivals in Rishton. Paul reported that information and details were coming in but he would welcome a lot more. He thanked those who had contributed so far.

(ix) Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum. Colin had attended part of the meeting 12/01/05. The meeting had trialed the questionnaire referred to in 4 (i) above and modifications were suggested prior to it going out to the ‘Feedb@ck’ participants. The meeting had also considered a draft constitution for the Forum, suggested modifications and adopted the modified version. It then went on to elect the officers specified in the newly adopted constitution.

It had a number of aims and objects basically aimed at encouraging community involvement in improving parks, green spaces and the environment generally, through practical projects and fundraising, and also encouraging community events and the greater use of those areas for community benefit.

The next meeting was due in April with agenda items to be submitted by 04/03/05.

5. Canal Improvement Project. : Mike’s written update dated 18/01/05 had been circulated with the minutes of the January meeting. Updates on that were as follows :

(i) Bollards High St bridge. Colin had still not had any response from Mark Overum (BW) to his E-mails regarding locks and a notice about key holding in case of emergency. On the question of replacement polycarbonate panels for the information board at the 48 hour mooring, Mike had said this was something we could do ourselves as there was a similar problem that he was dealing with on a similar board elsewhere.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. Geoff Smale had donated a number of self sown young shrubs from his front garden which Colin had planted in the shrubbery bed, but there was still room for more. Thanks to Geoff. Colin had not followed up with Wendy to see if she had had any success with Park View nurseries.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike was getting details from Fieldfare Trust of a platform design he understood they had. This Trust was involved in countryside disabled access.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. The information board had now been manufactured and installed by MW Graphics. The bowed seating on the associated Prosperity bench had still to be replaced. Paul said the positioning was a little unfortunate as trees shielded the Dunkenhalgh from view. Also the artwork showed Pendle Hill as a rather flat feature and he had asked for the Spring St bridge one to show it as a more prominent feature. Colin to check. [Later : Mike confirmed that it was more prominent and also the artwork would be in colour unlike that at the Aqueduct which was black and white.]

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. Mike was to discuss with MW Graphics the manufacture of the information board now the artwork had been completed. He was still awaiting BW’s approval of the platform design.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. Mike was still awaiting final drawings. There was a problem about putting a gate at the top of the steps by the bridge. This was felt to be crucial as motor cycles could easily get down these steps.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. The artist had submitted two designs based on the multitude of ideas submitted by the Norden HS students. The Panel was most impressed and after discussion decided that Design 2 was preferred to Design 1, with suggested modifications : rather than ‘erected 2005’ on the gate put ‘Rishton 2005’ on the bow of the boat ; the Rishton badge on 1 was preferred to that on 2 ; incorporate at least one dragon fly ; make the rushes more prominent in view of their significance to Rishton; the High St bridge gate acknowledged British Waterways in the design as well as the Panel, did this need to as well? There were a number of funders acknowledged on the drawing, were these to be on the gate? Also, a number of the students’ drawings referred to ‘Smithie’, a student who had died tragically. Could some acknowledgement be made of this? Reference should also be made to the fact that the ideas came from Norden HS students. [Later : in discussion with MW Graphics, it was suggested that these acknowledgements were better put on a separate plaque rather than on the gate itself.]

Colin would pass these comments on to Mike. It was likely that discussion should next take place with MW Graphics to see what limitations to the design there might be in manufacture, before the design was finalised. [Meeting took place 10/02/05 between Gary (MWG), Mike, Margaret and Colin]

Colin would get the original students artwork back via Mike for Beverley to try and identify the ideas that had been incorporated into the design with a view to awarding some prizes.

6. Community Appraisal. Still to arrange for ‘Dreamscheme’ people to come and tell us more and to have an official launch of the Appraisal action plan.

Paul was still following up the allotment idea. One comment from the Youth Club was a potential problem of supervision of the young people working on the allotment.

7. Application for Charity Registration. Colin had received up to date application forms.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike had reported that ELWood were showing renewed interest in the scheme and were keen to help us push it with the Dunkenhalgh Estate. They were working with Ingham and Yorke on a scheme within the Dunkenhalgh Hotel grounds. It was questioned what sort of maintenance arrangements were being expected of the Hotel. On this basis, it was agreed to pursue this line further before writing to Lord Petre.

9. Rishton station. We were still awaiting a further lead from ACoRP (‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) and new franchise operators, Northern Rail. It was understood work had recommenced on refurbishing the footbridge. Colin was to try and renew contact with his Northern Rail contact. [Later : Goeff Smale advised Colin that ACoRP had called a meeting at the Globe 28/02/05 at 2.00pm, believed to be for the launch of their consultation document ‘East Lancashire Line (Preston to Colne) – Study on potential for a Community Rail Partnership’. Paul and Colin were planning to go to this meeting with Geoff.]

10. Benches. The postponed walk round the bench locations had been successfully completed on Sunday afternoon 9/1/05 as planned. The weather was kind with the rain holding off until the walk had finished. 9 people took part (members, spouses and others). The proposed locations were affirmed. Paul was still waiting to get details of Prosperity’s installation contractor’s prices to finalise his costs.

11. Chapel St community garden. Ian Marfleet (Hyndburn FIRST) had E-mailed David 25/01/05 advising that work would start ‘in the next few weeks’. [Later : start made 18/02/05.]

12. Holt St recreation ground. Colin had received an E-mail that day from Katherine Horsley of LCC’s Community Design Scheme requesting a meeting with community reps to move the feasibility study forward ‘now the lease is confirmed’. It was suggested that the PACT/RAG meeting 24/02/05 might present an opportunity, as various reps would already be there. Colin to follow up. It was questioned what she meant by ‘confirmed’ as it was believed the lease agreement was still with the legal people. To be clarified.

13. Lords House Farm. Colin had not been in touch with Mary Walker recently to see how recruiting Rebecca Morgan’s replacement was progressing, although he understood funding for two years was in place.

[Later : Short list interviewing was imminent.]. Paul expressed concern about a public footpath being blocked off at the east end of the farm buildings due to security fencing being erected to make the private living quarters more secure. [Later : LHF were aware of this and due provision was being made.].

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 25/01/05, it was reported that three laptop computers had been purchased for Youth Club award scheme work with funding received from HyCEN (£1498) and Rishton Area Council (£749). Consideration was now being given to how best to make them secure from theft. Lesley reported that a final ‘go-ahead’ was expected 04/02/05 for the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility and playground refurbishment, with work to start in April and be completed by the end of that month. Young people who had used the Centre in School St for award work had complained about the stink of cigarettes. If there was a possibility of using the Centre more generally as a youth facility, clearly there was considerable scope for the YPs to be involved in a refurbishment scheme. A consultation exercise with YPs carried out by PC Kath Barnes had indicated once again their prime desire was for a drop-in centre.

Next meeting : 3rd March 2005 at 6.00pm.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 27/01/05 PC Kath Barnes introduced PC Nigel Watson as Rishton’s second Community Beat Manager. Reports were received on action taken in those areas of concern highlighted at the previous meeting and further areas were suggested for attention.

The RAG part of the meeting attended by a wider ‘audience’and was given given over to discussion about the proposed ‘Rishton Festival’. There was good support from all sections of the community. David Haworth was elected Chairman and an organising committee of volunteers was formed. It was agreed that the event (still to be finally named) should be held on the Harwood Rd Rec on Saturday the 13th August 2005 with a parade starting from Holt St at 11.30am. A further meeting was planned for Wednesday 16th March 2005 at 7.30pm in the Scout Hut, Commercial St

Next PACT/RAG meeting 24/02/05 at 6.30pm at the Centre as Norden HS now wanted to start charging for the use of their library where the meetings were normally held.

16. Fairtrade Borough. The Hyndburn Fairtrade Group was struggling through lack of support to make contact with all the identified retail and catering outlets who might help reach the target numbers (17 + 9) by stocking/using at least two Fairtrade products. It seemed doubtful therefore whether these targets would be reached in time for ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ (1st to 13th March 2005) when it had been hoped to declare Hyndburn a Fairtrade Borough. Some encouraging progress was however being made with Nisa-Todays who supply Whiteheads and James Hall who supply SPAR. Wendy had been busy contacting some of the smaller outlets in Rishton and trying to interest Whiteheads where she now worked part-time.

Next meeting 24/02/05.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Claire’s replacement as Foundation Development Officer. It was good to report that Ian Plested had been offered and accepted the post after interview and would be starting 21/02/05.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike had called a meeting for 23/02/05 at the Community Resource Centre, Cannon St, Accrington to discuss the revision to the leaflet and to hear a report on progress generally. The whole route had now been surveyed and he was working on plans to replace/renew gates and stiles. He was still hopeful of completing the project by the end of June 2005.

(iii) ‘PROSPECTS News’. Catherine was looking for copy for the Spring edition by 25/02/05. Margaret offered to prepare an article and Colin would look out some photos.

(iv) Get-togethers. It was being suggested that future get-togethers rotate, with each Panel hosting in turn (as had been done previously). In general those present felt they preferred the Scaitcliffe venue and arrangements. Colin to inform Catherine.

(v) Events bulletin. Catherine was proposing to issue an events bulletin as a means of keeping Panels informed of what other Panels and the Foundation had planned for the future. Again, there was little enthusiasm for this, mainly on the basis that we struggled to support our own activities without worrying about other Panels. However, if it went ahead, we would do what we could to support it.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. Wendy was attending the first of the proposed Tree Forum meetings that evening on the Panel’s behalf. To be reported on at the next meeting.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

20. www.rishton.net. Colin had not circulated the last minutes and agendas via E-mail as suggested because there were a number of other inclusions in the mailing. He had however delivered the local ones by hand.

21. Working party(ies). See 4 (iv) above

22. Time booking. Mary and team (3), 3hrs litter picking. Bench walk (9), 21/2 hrs.

23. Any other business :

(i) Fly-tipping, Rishton Paper Mill lodge. No sign of any improvement yet.

(ii) Accrington Carnival 18/06/05. We had been invited to have a float, stall or help in any other way. To be discussed further.

(iii) Bulb planting. It was suggested that next season we plant bulbs around the ‘Rishton welcome’ signs and on the left side banking coming up from the paper mill.

(iv) Play grade mulch for wooden animals on the Community Garden. Colin had enquired about some more mulch which was desperately needed and long promised by HBC Parks. They were not expecting to order any themselves but gave us the name of their supplier. Decided we would organise.

(v) Light on Community Garden. This was still out of use. Craig Horabin advised that to replace the Victorian lantern would cost £450/£500 and HBC did not have the money. An alternative was a standard road lantern at undisclosed cost. A further alternative was to remove the post and do without. David said he had had complaints from residents about the lack of light on the path. The police were ambivalent about a light, on the one hand it would mean that any misbehaving could be seen, on the other it only attracted more young people to the area. The meeting was undecided but a light, if at all, should be a Victorian lantern and it was pointed out that this was not the only place in Hyndburn where Victorian lanterns were used.

(vi) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. HBC were prepared to install (at their cost) a larger Prosperity litter bin in place of the current one if the Panel would purchase it (£300 approx). This bin was always overflowing, particularly in summer when the boaters were thought to use it. The Panel agreed it would be a good idea.

(vii) New building site at Meadowhead. Ruth reported that having started work and now stopped, the builder had left the site in a dangerous mess. To be raised again at the next Area Council meeting (17/03/05).

24. Dates of next meetings : 01/03/05

05/04/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 1st March 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, Cllr Ann Scaife. Clive Hart (Eavesbrook)

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 01/02/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona read out the draft of the letter she proposed sending to Cllr Britcliffe expressing the Panel’s concerns. Colin was asked to check it before it was sent. Fiona, like Margaret and Colin, had also responded to the ‘Feedb@ck’ green spaces questionnaire.

(ii) Sausage factory. No report in Lesley’s absence.

(iii Old railway cutting pathway. Three Saturday mornings (5th, 12th & 19th February 2005) had now been spent by Panel working parties on tree lopping, grass/weed scraping and litter picking to clear the path in the old railway cutting back to its original edges. The original width was approx 10 feet and the section we were clearing from Tottleworth Lane (Rishton /Great Harwood boundary) to the sports field was about 600 yards long. In places the path was only half its original width due to grass/weed encroachment. We had cleared just over half the length. Fiona thanked all those who had taken part so far and Mike was thanked for preparing the necessary risk assessments and clearing them with Craig Horabin (HBC). Passers-by (and there were many as the path was well used) commented what a difference we were making. After a weeks break, it was agreed to continue with a working party the following Saturday (5/3/05), meeting at the car park opposite ‘Harwoods’ on Lee Lane at 9.30am.

HBC were to be asked to spray the path edges with herbicide at an appropriate time to prevent regrowth of weeds through the tarmac surface. It had been suggested that it would add further to our efforts if we were to plant Spring flowering bulbs (crocus, snowdrops, blue bells, etc) next winter. With appropriate advertising we might be able to encourage many path users to help us do this.

Paul reported that Clive Hart of Eavesbrook had suggested the scouts might like to get involved (via Fr Martin at St Charles?) and he could provide some funding if that was needed. Paul would follow up with Clive. After the railway cutting was cleared there was similar work to be done on the towpath and possibly some cutting back to be done on‘dole lane’.

Mike reported that the PROSPECTS Volunteering Group had been booked for us on Saturday 21st May and it would be up to us to decide nearer the time what to use them on.

(iv) Year of the Volunteer 2005/CVS 2005 Volunteer Awards. Details had been circulated and minuted. It was decided to leave the subject for further consideration.

(v) Environment Agency Action Earth 2005. Colin agreed to get further details of the scheme registration process to see if anything we were doing might qualify. Perhaps the railway cutting work or the suggested bulb planting along it later in the year might be suitable.

(vi) Accrington Carnival 18/06/05. We had been invited to have a float, stall or help in any other way. It was agreed that we do nothing as a Panel. We should concentrate on Rishton Festival.

(vii) Play grade mulch for wooden animals on the Community Garden. Colin to get quotes.

(viii) Light on Community Garden. Craig Horabin had advised Colin that it would cost about £250 to remove the lamp post and make the electricity supply safe. It was agreed therefore that it would be better to try to reinstate the light and the preference was definitely for a Victorian style lantern, as could be seen in Great Harwood and Barnes Sq, C-L-M. This was felt to be a must for next winter. It should be pointed out to HBC that if anyone had an accident on the path as a result of poor illumination then they would be liable. The matter should be raised at the next Rishton Area Council Meeting. (20/04/05)

(ix) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. Mike advised that money for a larger ‘Prosperity’ bin could be made available from the Canal Improvement Project as three bins proposed for

C-L-M had been ‘turned down’. There was some concern that a bigger bin would not accommodate a standard bin bag and loose rubbish in a bin was undesirable. Colin agreed to discuss this with ‘Prosperity’.

(x) Hyndburn Greenspaces Forum. Next meeting due in April, date TBA.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards High St bridge. Colin had still not had any response from Mark Overum (BW) to his emails (21/12/04 & 26/01/05) regarding locks and a notice about key holding in case of emergency. Colin to follow up.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. Ruth offered a six foot pot bound fir tree which was gratefully accepted. Wendy had offered two smaller pot bound conifers which Colin would collect and plant at the same time as the fir tree. Wendy had not had a chance to follow up with Park View Nurseries.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike had received details from Fieldfare Trust of a platform design they had but had not had time to progress it further.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. The information board was rather loose in the ground and MW Graphics had promised to look at it. The bowed seating on the ‘Posperity’ bench had still to be replaced.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. The platform design had been approved by BW and the contractor had submitted his risk assessment for clearance. He hoped to start building the platform and installing the bench in two/three weeks time. [Later : start made 23/03/05 and completion 26/03/05]. The manufacture and installation of the information board was with MW Graphics but no completion date was available.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. The final design was still delayed by tied-in projects elsewhere but Mike was going ahead to get quotes for the work so that a quick start could be made once things were cleared with BW.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. A quote was still awaited from MW Graphics following Gary’s meeting with Mike, Margaret and Colin 10/2/05. The original Norden students’ artwork had been returned to Beverley to assess potential prize winners with the School art department.

6. Community Appraisal. It was arranged that Mike would meet with Margaret and Colin 08/03/05 at Margarets at 10.00am to discuss preparation of the final Appraisal Report, including an action plan and projects to take forward.

Some information on the ‘Dreamscheme’ had been emailed to PC Kath Barnes who felt it might fit in with the youth project she was launching, based hopefully at The Centre in School St. All were agreed that we needed someone to come and tell us more about it. Mike was contacting them again. Any cost for their visit could come out of the PROSPECTS Foundation’s Development Programme training budget.

Paul was still following up the allotment idea.

7. Application for Charity Registration. Colin had received up to date application forms.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike was to chase ELWood following their renewed interest in the scheme and keeness to help us push it with the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

9. Rishton station. Paul, Geoff and Colin had attended the ACoRP (‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) meeting at the Globe the day before, which discussed the draft of their consultation document ‘East Lancashire Line (Preston to Colne) – Study on potential for a Community Rail Partnership’. It was hoped to finalise and launch this report after Easter. Rishton was being highlighted as one station where community involvement could have significant benefits which should be encouraged. Paul had since drawn up a list of local attractions which could help to promote tourism and increase the use of the line.

10. Benches. Paul was still trying to contact ‘Prosperity’ to get their installation contractor’s prices to finalise his costs.

11. Chapel St community garden. A start had been made on the pathways 18/02/05.

12. Holt St recreation ground. The meeting 24/02/05 with Katherine Horsley, and others of LCC’s Community Design Scheme, and local community reps as part of the PACT/RAG meeting, had had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the snowy weather. Colin was to liaise with Katherine to arrange another date.

13. Lords House Farm. No report.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. Final approvals had been given for the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility and playground refurbishment, FRY’s £12000 had been handed over to HBC and it was expected work would start mid April, with some confusion over an expected completion date. Colin was in contact with Andrew Hayhurst over some major tidying up of the shrubbery the Panel and Youth Club had planted.

The three laptop computers were due to be handed over to the Youth Club officially at the next FRY meeting 03/03/05.

There had been a number of activities at the Youth Club during half term, including making a short film on anti social behaviour and lack of facilities for young people, which it was planned to show at the next Rishton Area Council meeting.

Next meeting : 11th April 2005 at 6.00pm at the Youth Club.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 24/02/05 reports were received on action taken in those areas of concern highlighted at the previous meeting and further areas were suggested for attention. PC Gail Lyon was introduced to the group. She was particularly keen to assist with any youth work. Kath advised that she had negotiated the use of The Centre, School St on Thursday evenings for a nominal fee. This would be for use by young people as a drop-in facility on a trial basis. One of the first tasks for the young people would be to decorate the interior and they hoped to get paint given for this. Kath had volunteers for supervision.

Clive Hart from Eavesbrook gave details of the 29 information boards they were funding which were being put on lamp posts round the village for use as community notice boards. Eavesbrook were also going to sponsor the stage area at the Rishton Festival.

Next meeting : 17/03/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

16. Fairtrade Borough. Mike gave details of the events it was hoped to organise during Fairtrade Fortnight (1st to 13th March 2005). Among these were : tasting sessions at the Coops in Ossy and GH ; photoshoot with Accrington Stanley (Mike had got a Fairtrade football that he was hoping the players would sign and then it could be raffled) ; contact schools with a view to getting them to use Fairtrade footballs ; photoshoot with the mayor ; supply cafes with significant samples of tea, coffee, etc for them to trial during the fortnight coupled with tabletop displays. All this was to gain local publicity.

The chance to declare Hyndburn a Fairtrade Borough during the fortnight now look less likely as with small numbers, the Group was struggling to get new outlets to enable it to reach the necessary target numbers.

Next meeting : 21/04/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. Mike reported that the meeting 23/02/05 at the Community Resource Centre, Cannon St, Accrington had proved a positive one with many useful suggestions about the proposed revision to the Trail leaflet. A final surveying walk round the trail was planned for Sunday 03/04/05 meeting at Wilson playing fields at 1.00pm. Everyone welcome.

(ii) ‘PROSPECTS News’. Margaret was thanked for preparing copy for the Spring edition. Colin had provided Catherine with some photos which might prove useful.

(iii) Events bulletin. Catherine had issued the first events bulletin and distributed it widely. It was hoped people would find it useful as a means of keeping Panels informed of what other Panels and the Foundation had planned for the future. We must try and make sure Catherine was informed of our future events so the bulletin could be kept up to date. Anyone who had not had a copy and would like one should let Colin know.

18. Tree Warden Scheme. Wendy had attended the first of the proposed Tree Forum meetings (01/03/05) on the Panel’s behalf and found it informative. She had prepared a comprehensive set of notes which could be made available from herself or Colin on request. The Forum had been addressed by Paul Bullimore and Mark Cocks. Paul is Project Officer of the Lancashire Woodlands Project which amongst other things, sought to encourage the sustainable management of the County’s woodlands and assist in the development of local timber markets. Mark is HBC’s Trees and Woodlands Officer and he spoke about urban trees and their management.

Mike advised that further woodland training days were being planned at the Woodlands, C-L-M for those interested. Details later.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret was digesting a recent edition of the Mersey Basin Buzz, the magazine of the Mersey Basin Trust, which had some interesting articles. She was going to investigate some short walks which were advertised as being on their web site.

20. www.rishton.net. As usual, Paul was regularly up dating and adding to the web site and was thanked once again for his efforts.

21. Working party(ies). See 4 (iii) above

22. Time booking. While the rest of the team had a rest the previous Saturday, Mary had spent two hours on the railway cutting lopping trees, having been unable to come the week before. Paul, Geoff and Colin had attended the ACoRP meeting 28/02/05 for 2 hrs. Colin had attended the Ladybird Trail meeting 23/02/05, for 2 hours.

23. Any other business :

(i) Rishton Festival, Saturday 13th August 2005. Following the open meeting 27/01/05 when an organising committee was formed under the Chairmanship of David Haworth, the Committee had had its first meeting 24/02/05. Paul Wilkinson was elected as Secretary and Fr Martin Dowd as Treasurer. Margaret had joined the Committee and would represent the Panel. It had been decided to open a bank account separate from any of the participating organisations. In the absence of any other universally popular suggestion, the name ‘Rishton Festival’ was adopted. This needed to be agreed to open the bank account.

Various matters were discussed including : application to HBC, risk assessment, insurance, marquees, toilets, publicity, funding, poster competition, etc. On the question of funding, an application to the Community Chest for £5000 had resulted in an award of £4000. Application would now be made to Awards 4 All. Eavesbrook had allocated £1500 to cover the cost of a stage.

The next Committee meeting was scheduled for 07/03/05 at the Centre and next open meeting for 16/03/05 at the Scout hut at 7.30pm.

(ii) Bulbs, Wilpshire Rd/Lee Lane corner. It was reported that these were showing through in abundance. It seemed unlikely now that we would receive a bill for them. Thanks to HBC.

(iii) Footpath through Meadowhead. Ruth reported that because of attempts to counteract mud with stones, etc, the footpath was dangerous under foot, particularly after dark. Discussion ensued as to the status of the footpath and who might be responsible. It was suggested Ruth talk in the first instance to Gary Mason of HBC and this she agreed to do.

(iv) Painting. Comment was made that the metalwork on the bridge could do with a coat of paint.

Also the Roebuck was in need of redecoration outside. In neither case was it felt there was a lot the Panel could do.

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

03/05/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th April 2005.

1. Present : Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse. PCSO Kath Stretton.

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager)

In Fiona and Lesley’s absence, Colin took the chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular PCSO Stretton who advised the meeting that at the end of the month, she would be covering Great Harwood full time instead of the current shared responsibility with Rishton. PCSO Steve Charnley was being appointed for Rishton full time.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 01/03/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Colin had suggested certain variations to Fiona’s draft letter to Cllr Britcliffe and Fiona was finalising it prior to posting.

(ii) Sausage factory. No report in Lesley’s absence.

(iii) Old railway cutting pathway. Further Saturday morning working parties had taken place 12/3, 19/3, 26/3 and 2/4 and the work to clear the railway cutting path and the approach path to it had been completed. In the end over 100 hours had been spent on it and more than 20 bin sacks of litter collected. There had been numerous compliments from passers-by and users which helped to make the project feel worthwhile. Everyone who had taken part was warmly thanked.

Craig Horabin (HBC) had undertaken to see that the path was sprayed with herbicide at an appropriate time. He had also agreed to look into the provision of litter bins by the dog dirt bins on the sports field. Ideally one or two would have been preferred along the cutting but emptying would have been a problem. There was no guarantee that people would use them but there was no excuse if bins were somewhere near.

It was agreed that a working party would meet at the sports field car park at 9.30am the following Saturday (09/04/05) to make a start on clearing the edges of the towpath.

In Paul’s absence there was no report on assistance from Eavesbrook and the scouts. It was reported Highfield Care Home was interested in helping the Panel in some way, as they had done for the ‘Clean Up’ in Great Harwood.

(iv) Environment Agency Action Earth 2005. Colin had obtained further details of the scheme registration process to see if anything we were doing might qualify. They required warning of any proposed schemes well in advance with specific details of date, time, activity, who was taking part, etc, presumably so that they could arrange photographs, publicity, etc. As most of what we did tended to be a bit ‘ad hoc’, this would be difficult. Any project had also to be between 1st January and 30th June, so our bulb planting idea for next autumn would not qualify. It was thought that this was an annual scheme so we should bear it in mind for next year.

(v) Play grade mulch for wooden animals on the Community Garden. Colin had obtained a quote from MC & MA Stewart of Coppull who supply HBC @ £6.00 + vat for 80 litre sacks pine chippings and £4.00 + vat for hard wood. As we were uncertain how much we would need, it was agreed we should get some ordinary bark chippings from B & Q (@ £4.00 per 100 litres) or elsewhere. If we had any spare, it could be used on one of the flower beds.

(vi) Light on Community Garden. Colin had emailed Craig Horabin saying that we wanted the light reinstated mainly for safety reasons, pointing out HBC’s liability if there was an accident and referring to the use of Victorian style lanterns in Great Harwood and C-L-M. The response was still that it would cost about £450 and as the lamp was not adopted as part of the HBC/LCC partnership scheme, it could not be replaced under that scheme. It would have to be funded by either the Panel or Rishton Area Council as there was no longer a HBC budget for ‘amenity lighting’. It was agreed to raise the matter with Cllr Scaife, either to pursue with Craig Horabin or to register it for an Area Council grant.

(vii) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. Colin had talked to Graham Chadwick of ‘Prosperity’ and he was designing and costing a recycled plastic container that would take either two or three standard bins (for standard bin bags).

(viii) Footpath through Meadowhead. Ruth had contacted Colin Bowman and Chris Livesey (Legal) of HBC and established that the footpath was not a public right of way nor owned by HBC. It would be up to us to find out who owned the land (Dunkenhalgh?) or do something unofficially. Ruth felt that her next move might be to raise the matter at the Area Council Meeting (20/04/05).

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards, etc High St bridge. Colin had emailed (22/03/05) Mark Overum (BW) for the third time regarding the bollard locks and a notice about key holding in case of emergency. With respect to the information board by the 48 hour mooring we had given up on BW and Mike had ordered some replacement polycarbonate panels from MW Graphics @ £16 + vat each. Mike had received an emailed response from Fiona Welch of BW about rubbish in the canal. They hoped to allocate one of their working barges to do a cleanup the following week. It was believed Eavesbrook and HBC were looking at ways of challenging major polluters around the Tottleworth bridge area.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. Ruth’s fir tree and Wendy’s conifers had been duly planted in the shrubbery bed with other bits and pieces Colin had acquired..

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike was going to get Natural Organics (who did the bollards and viewing platform) to quote, using the Fieldfare Trust design. He also planned a site visit with Graham Parkes of the Angling Assn. to establish a suitable location.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. The loose information board and bowed seating still had to be attended to by MW Graphics and ‘Prosperity’ respectively.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. The platform was complete except for the information board which was on order with MW Graphics.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. The final design was still delayed but Mike hoped to have it cleared soon. It did not include a gateway for the level path access (as opposed to the two step access points). It was envisaged that an ‘A’ frame would be fitted here with decorative panels either side (to fill up the path width). Norden HS might be asked to be involved in the design of these. It was hoped to fit kissing gates at the top of the steps to stop motorbikes.

It was suggested that a notice board might be appropriate at this location.

(vii) Gateway design – Norden bridge. Quotes had now been received from MW Graphics for the gates : @ £2862 + vat for a double gate and £1788 + vat for single. The double was about £1000 more than Mike had budgeted for but it was agreed this option was to be preferred and if necessary something might have to be pared off the cost of the Spring St bridge scheme to compensate.

Beverley was still assessing the design prize situation with other Norden HS staff.

6. Community Appraisal. Mike had met with Margaret and Colin 08/03/05 to discuss preparation of the final Appraisal Report and he was now finalising it. Ian Plested was to take over the ‘Dreamscheme’ follow-up.

In Paul’s absence there was no report on the allotment idea.

7. Application for Charity Registration. No progress.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike was now uncertain about ELWood’s keeness to help us push it with the Dunkenhalgh Estate. Colin was going to follow up with ELWood.

9. Rishton station. The official launch of ACoRP’s (‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) consultation report on the future of the Preston to Colne line was to take place at the Globe on Friday 22/04/05. Paul, Colin and Geoff would be attending on the Panel’s behalf. It was believed this would recommend the setting up of a CoRP for the East Lancs line with likely encouragement for community groups (us?) to get involved.

10. Benches. In Paul’s absence there was no report.

11. Chapel St community garden. This was now complete thanks mainly to Park View Nurseries who had completed the landscaping at a considerable financial loss after HBC had inefficiently absorbed a major proportion of the funding on contracting out the construction of the paths.

It looked superb and the GRA and local residents were to be congratulated on their persistence in seeing the project through despite many set-backs.

12. Holt St recreation ground. Colin was trying to convene a rearranged meeting with Katherine Horsley, and others of LCC’s Community Design Scheme, Groundwork EL, Craig Horabin (HBC) and local community reps to progress the feasibility study. A progress report on the lease was expected at the Area Council meeting (20/04/05). It was believed that disagreements with Ingham and Yorke about tidying up garage dereliction might be being used as an excuse for holding up the signing of the lease.

13. Lords House Farm. No report.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 11/04/05 had heard a report from PC Kath Barnes on progress in setting up the youth project at the ‘Centre’ on Thursday evenings. She had some volunteers to help run it but more were needed. She also outlined the action the police were taking to alleviate the problem of juvenile nuisance, particularly with heightened police activity on Friday evenings with confiscation of alcohol and referral back to parents.

A start of work on the skate facility on the Harwood Rd Rec was understood to be imminent.

The three lap top computers had been duly presented and thanks to Eavesbrook, equipment to secure the laptops when in use had been provided.

Next meeting : 16th May 2005 at 6.00pm at the Youth Club.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 24/02/05 reports were received on action taken in those areas of concern highlighted at the previous meeting and further areas were suggested for attention. The action on juvenile nuisance was again referred to particularly in the area of Station Rd and the Cricket Club. Priorities for the next month were again the Cricket Club and additionally motor bikes on the sports field and towpath.

Next meeting : 28/04/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

PCSO Stretton gave details of the reparation scheme they were piloting locally whereby juveniles who had committed non-serious offences were given tasks to do in the community by way of punishment. This might be litter picking, replanting uprooted trees, etc. It was very supervision intensive with one adult per child and there were H & S implications but it was hoped it would have the desired impact.

On the question of motorbikes and quad bikes being where they shouldn’t be, it would help the police if registration numbers could be given or the colour or other distinguishing features.

16. Rishton Festival (13/08/05). Arrangements were going ahead. A constitution had been adopted. A separate bank account had been organised. The help of Chris Knagg had been elicited. Apart from his renown for discos, he had considerable experience of organising sizeable events like this. Entries were coming in for stalls and floats. There was to be a walk of the proposed procession route on Saturday 16/04/05 starting at Holt St at 10.00am.

Next open meeting : Wednesday 18/05/05 at the Scout Hut at 7.30pm (?).

17. Fairtrade Borough. There had been some events to highlight Fairtrade fortnight and some press publicity but not as much as had been hoped and it had not been possible to declare Hyndburn a Fairtrade Borough. More help was still needed and Colin had raised the matter at the last PROSPECTS Management Committee meeting as PROSPECTS were the lead body for the initiative.

Next meeting : 21/04/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. The final surveying walk round the trail had taken place on Sunday 03/04/05 with more than a dozen taking part. Mike now had the difficult task of identifying ownership of the land where new styles, gates, etc were to be erected and to get the owners permission. Without this, the Foundation could be liable if there was an accident.

(ii) Chairmanship. Due to pressures of work, John Wells felt he had to stand down as Chairman of the Foundation Management Committee, although he was still as passionate about the work the Foundation and Panels were doing and wanted to remain involved. After due nomination, Phil Barwood had been elected Chairman (previously Vice Chairman) and John Wells had been elected Vice Chairman.

(iii) Year of the Volunteer, 2005. The aim of the year was to highlight all the good work volunteers do in the community, to raise awareness and hopefully encourage more people to volunteer. May had been designated ‘Environment Month’ and Catherine was proposing distributing fliers/posters locally to advertise what the Panels and Foundation were doing that month. The only thing that was certain from our point of view was that we were hosting the Foundation’s Volunteer Working Group on the 21st May and it was suggested we should advertise that we would be continuing our successful path clearance work along the canal towpath that day. It was subsequently agreed with Mike that we should time this for 10.00am to 1.00pm (normally the group worked from 11.00am to 2.00pm).

(iv) Public liability and accident insurance. Once again the Foundation was going to heavily subsidise this for the Panels but we would be asked to pay £175 towards the premium once again. This could come out of the £250 towards admin expenses the Foundation had given us. Agreed we should pay with thanks to the Foundation.

19. Tree Warden Scheme. No report.

20. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

21. www.rishton.net. No report.

22. Working party(ies). See 4 (iii) above

23. Time booking. Mary had spent two hours on two evenings litter picking. Ruth had also spent half an hour doing likewise

24. Any other business :

(i) Fly tipping Rishton papermill lodge. New leaseholders, Park View Nurseries, had bulldozed all the rubbish into one heap ready for eventual disposal off site. So clearly they were taking their responsibilities seriously and hopefully the problem would not recur. It was believed they were thinking of renewing the path round the lodge and restocking with fish.

(ii) Bulbs, Wilpshire Rd/Lee Lane corner. These were now flowering profusely. Success! (iii) Community Safety Strategy 2005 to 2008. We had received for comment a draft copy of the proposed Strategy from the Hyndburn Crime and Disorder Partnership. It seemed a very comprehensive document not requiring much comment. However, it was available if anyone wished to look at it. We would be getting a copy of the final document in due course.

(iv) Bootstrap Enterprises Community Development Training Programme 2005/6. We had received a copy which once again was available to anyone wishing to look at what was being provided.

(v) Acorn Residents Assn. After helping to put in CCTV at Eachill Gardens, nothing much seemed to be happening now. PCSO Stretton said she proposed looking into it before she left to see if there was interest still and whether it could be rejuvenated.

25. Dates of next meetings : 03/05/05

07/06/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd May 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Cllr Claire Hamilton, David Haworth.

2. Apologies : Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Beverley Moorhouse, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager) Clive Hart (Eavesbrook)

3. Minutes of the Meeting 05/04/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. Fiona was finalising her letter to Cllr Britcliffe, to send when the election was out of the way.

(ii) Towpath. Relatively few had turned up for the working party 09/04/05 but a start had been made on clearing the edges of the towpath starting at Tottleworth bridge and heading towards High St.

The next key date was Sat 21/05/05 when the Foundation’s Volunteer Working Group would be joining us to continue the work. Clive Hart also had a commitment from the Rishton Baptist Scouts that they would be coming too. So it should be a good event to raise the profile of the Panel and hopefully make good progress on the edge clearing. The Panel were to meet at the Tottleworth bridge car park at 9.15am to make a start, put up banners etc prior to the Volunteers and Scouts arriving at 10.00am. It was agreed that there would be no working parties before this.

(iii) Mulch for wooden animals on the Community Garden. Colin still to purchase.

(iv) Light on Community Garden. Colin had raised the issue with Cllr Scaife who was following it up with the appropriate dept of HBC. The possibility of Rishton Area Council funding was being held in reserve.

(v) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. Colin had had a quote from Graham Chadwick of ‘Prosperity’ at £350 for a double bin and £450 for a triple. It was agreed that we should opt for a double. Colin to get design details from Graham and submit to Craig Horabin for approval before ordering.

(vi) Footpath through Meadowhead. In Ruth’s absence there was no update. However, at the Rishton Area Council meeting 20/04/05 it was announced that £1900 was available to do footpath repairs in Rishton and people were asked to identify on a map where footpath repairs were needed. Meadowhead was so identified.

(vii) Acorn Residents Assn. The Community Beat Managers were keen to keep the Assn going and had had circulated a letter in the area calling a meeting for 19/05/05 to discuss the situation.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollard padlocks High St bridge. Colin had given up on Mark Overum and had now raised the subject with Mike’s BW contact Fiona Welch (email 27/04/05) but had as yet had no response.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. A number of people had been kind enough to donate plants and shrubs for the shrubbery bed, some bought specially, and this was appreciated. The flowerbed on the bridge needed stripping and replanting. Colin asked whether we wanted a change in bedding plants from previous years but everyone seemed content to follow a similar pattern. The cross canal bed had been tidied only for it to be littered again a few days later with the residue from free newspaper delivery and associated advertising material.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike had still to meet up with Graham Parkes of the Angling Assn. to establish a suitable location. [Later : Now done and location near the disabled access from the sports field car park identified. Site visit with Natural Organics had since taken place to finalise installation details.]

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. The loose information board and bowed seating still had to be attended to by MW Graphics and ‘Prosperity’ respectively. Both had been ‘chased’.

(v) Viewing point - Spring St bridge. The platform was complete except for the information board which was on order with MW Graphics. Mike was sorting out art work queries.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Spring St bridge. The final design was presented to the meeting with cost breakdown and was approved. However, it was suggested that instead of having ‘setts’ under the picnic table in the picnic area at an estimated cost of £1500, some cheaper ‘flooring’ might be provided and the money saved put towards the proposed over-budget spend on the Norden bridge gates. It was also suggested that there should be some provision for litter bins.

Mike was still trying to get details of a gateway for the disabled access path on to the towpath that would inhibit motor bikes but allow disabled scooters.

(vii) Gateway – Norden bridge. Mike was awaiting final modified design from MW Graphics.

Beverley was still assessing the design prize situation with other Norden HS staff.

6. Community Appraisal. Mike was working on the final Appraisal Report. Ian Plested and Colin had arranged a meeting with representatives of Norden YC, Youth & Community Service, Police, Friends of Rishton Youth, Gardeners Residents Assn, etc to hear a presentation by Kate King of ‘Dreamscheme’ at Primetime on Wed 25/5/05 at 3.15pm.

In Paul’s absence there was no report on the allotment idea.

7. Application for Charity Registration. No progress.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had been in touch with Victoria Woods of ELWood who seemed keen to pursue the Panel’s case with Ingham & Yorke. He had sent her copies of relevant correspondence with Mr Miller.

9. Rishton station. The official launch of ACoRP’s (‘The Association of Community Rail Partnerships) consultation report on the future of the Preston to Colne line took place at the Globe on Friday 22/04/05. Paul, Colin and Geoff had attended on the Panel’s behalf. ACoRP and LCC seemed keen for the Panel to ‘adopt’ the station and with this in mind, it was suggested the Panel send representatives to a ‘Station Adoption Conference’ to be held in Manchester on the 23rd June 2005. Places were expensive but community groups could apply for subsidised places. It was agreed that if subsidised places could be obtained, the Panel would pay for Paul, Geoff and Colin to go. [Later : One free place and two places at the ‘bursary’ rate of £58.75 each had been obtained.]

Plans were being sent by LCC showing work to improve the shelters, etc that Northern Rail were proposing and it was suggested that when these had been examined, a meeting be held to discuss in further detail what the Panel might do. David suggested that the adoption scheme might present an opportunity to further develop relations with Park View Nurseries that had been so successful in Chapel St.

10. Benches. In Paul’s absence there was no report.

11. Holt St recreation ground. Colin was convening a rearranged meeting with Katherine Horsley, and others of LCC’s Community Design Scheme, Groundwork EL, Craig Horabin (HBC) and local community reps to progress the feasibility study for Monday 16/5/05 at the Centre, School St at 2.00pm.

The progress report on the lease at the Area Council meeting (20/04/05) was not encouraging with no firm news on the signing of the lease.

[Later : The meeting 16/5/05 had been inconclusive as CDS could not commit expenditure until the lease was signed. However the draft plans were discussed and Craig Horabin agreed to take them forward for consideration, if possible, at the next HBC Cabinet meeting 14/6/05. Agreement in principle here would at least take the process another step forward. It was agreed that as the meeting was an open one, as many as possible should go to support the need for this facility. Meeting scheduled for 1.00pm.]

12. Rishton Festival (13/08/05). Arrangements were going ahead with 30 stalls booked so far but with more bands needed.

The final procession route had been agreed following a walk with the police 16/04/05 of the route that had been proposed. The Community Beat Managers were proposing to put advisory letters through the doors of the houses on the route. Some cars might have to be moved.

The next open meeting was planned for Wednesday 18/05/05 at the Scout Hut at 7.30pm (?).

13. Ladybird Trail. Mike had arranged for BTCV and the Probation Service to be involved in putting up new stiles and gates but at the moment he was still negotiating with some land owners for permission. Printing of the new leaflet was in hand.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. Work on the skate facility and refurbished children’s playground on the Harwood Rd Rec was virtually complete but the shrubbery that the Youth Club had planted was in desperate need of attention having got considerably overgrown.

Plans for a drop-in facility at the Centre in School St had been set back somewhat. The building needed rewiring and the toilet and kitchen provision was unsatisfactory. Kath Barnes the CBM was unwilling to start something there only to have to stop again to enable building work to be done. There was some urgency therefore to have any necessary building work carried out so that the young people could use the building as soon as possible. Lesley was following this up.

Next meeting 13/6/05 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 29/4/05 priorities for the coming month were agreed as, juvenile nuisance on the Petre Crescent estate and yet again motor bikes, etc on the ‘white path’ and towpath. Regarding the latter, Kath Barnes reported that, through Mark Skellorn, money was being made available for gates to be erected in key spots on some footpaths to deter motor bikes. A meeting to discuss this was to be held at the Globe on Monday 6/6/05 at 2.00pm. [Later changed to Great Harwood police station.]

The next local police newsletter was due out soon and Kath requested and received offers to deliver some of these around the houses of Rishton.

Next meeting : 24/5/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

16. Lords House Farm. No report.

17. Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At the meeting 21/4/05, Mike had reported that despite the disappointment at not achieving ‘Fairtrade’ status for the Borough by ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’, there had been some successful events during the two weeks and some further progress since in recruiting more retail and catering outlets, notably at Accrington and Rossendale College and within the SPAR chain. The mood was still ‘upbeat’ and the aim now was to reach the necessary targets over the summer.

Next meeting : 23/06/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

17. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) AGM 18/5/05 and membership. Colin reminded those present of the AGM for the Foundation and issued membership application forms to those who required them.

(ii) Year of the Volunteer, 2005 – Environment Month (May). Colin drew attention to the latest Programme of Events issued by the Foundation and in particular our involvement on the 21st May (see 4 (ii) above). He also highlighted the ‘Big Green Day’ being organised on Saturday 4th June 2005 on Broadway in Accrington from 12 noon to 4.00 pm by the Foundation to help raise awareness of PROSPECTS and hopefully recruit more volunteers.

(iii) Summer Newsletter. Items for inclusion were required by Friday 13th May 2005 so that the Newsletter could be available on ‘Big Green Day’. Margaret having submitted something on the Panel’s behalf last time, it was felt that we might have more to report in the Autumn edition with Dreamscheme, Station and Bottom Rec hopefully making progress.

19. Tree Warden Scheme. No report.

20. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

21. www.rishton.net. No report. Paul was still trying to get some financial backing so that he could update and extend his equipment so that he could make presentations to schools etc, but without success so far. It had been suggested that he might apply to Rishton Area Council. Fiona said she would look for best prices for equipment if that would help.

22. Working party(ies). See 4 (ii) above

23. Time booking. None to record other than working party time.

24. Any other business :

(i) Chapel St Community Garden. This was to be officially opened on Saturday 7/5/05 at 10.30 am and named the ‘Ladybird Garden’ in memory of Cllr June Butler (who had a collection of ladybird ornaments) whose daughters would ‘cut the ribbon’. David said that, with no disrespect to June, it was unfortunate that the local community had not been involved in the choice of name, when they had been involved in all other phases of what had ultimately turned out to be a very successful project.

(ii) Canal Clean-up. A joint operation between BW, HBC Environmental Health and Eavesbrook was to take place on the morning of 12/5/05 around the Tottleworth bridge area to clean up the canal and banking. It was hoped that the latter two would be able to identify any local residents who were dumping bags of rubbish on the banking and also warn local industrialists about penalties for dumping.

(iii) 48 hour mooring information board. Mike had ordered replacement polycarbonate sheets for those smashed in the information board, as we had got fed up with waiting for BW to replace them.

(iv) BW 48 hour mooring sign. When BW replaced the main sign at the mooring without any reference to the Panel who had obtained funding for the original sign from Rishton Area Council, with it went the wording ‘Welcome’. Colin had ordered an adhesive backed ‘Welcome’ sticker to put on the new sign.

(v) Community Garden notice board. One of the protective polycarbonate sheets in the community notice board had been progressively vandalised. Mike had ordered a replacement sheet for Colin to fit.

(vi) High St bridge. The metal railings on the bridge badly needed a coat of paint, but who was responsible?

25. Dates of next meetings : 07/06/05

05/07/05

August holiday break ???? (What about Festival preparations ?)

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th June 2005.

1. Present : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse.

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager)

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

3. Minutes of the Meeting 03/05/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. No report in Fiona’s absence.

(ii) Towpath. The working party on Saturday morning 21/05/05 had been a great success when we were joined by Mike and a volunteer from the Foundation’s Volunteer Working Group plus a goodly number of scouts from the Rishton Baptist Scout group and two of their leaders. The presence of the scouts was thanks to Clive Hart from Eaves Brook Housing Assn who had liaised with their leaders to make this possible. As a result, some 300 metres of the towpath tarmac had been cleared of encroaching grass and weeds. There was a lot still to be done but the work rate of all taking part had been impressive. Colin to email Clive with thanks and to be passed on to the scouts.

(iii) Wooden animals on the Community Garden. Colin still to purchase mulch, repair Shetland pony and teak oil treat the animals. In the meantime, the tortoise table had gone missing having been unbolted from its mountings. Colin had received information as a result of a reward notice in the community notice board that it had been spotted in the back yard of a house in Talbot St. This had been reported to the police who were in the process of following this up. It was agreed that when the animal had been recovered and identified, the informant should be offered a £20 reward.

(iv) Light on Community Garden. Cllr Scaife was still pursuing this. In the first instance she was trying to have it adopted into the LCC scheme like the rest of Hyndburn’s street lighting. They would then take on responsibility for the cost of any future maintenance.

(v) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. Colin had submitted the design for a double bin from ‘Prosperity’ to Craig Horabin for approval before ordering.

(vi) Footpath through Meadowhead. Ruth was awaiting the outcome of identifying the path as in need of attention on the map for the purpose at the last Rishton Area Council meeting.

(vii) Acorn Residents Assn. The meeting about the future of the Assn 19/05/05 was reported as being inconclusive and a further attempt to rejuvenate things was believed to be being planned for September.

(viii) Chapel St Community Garden opening, 07/05/05. ‘The Ladybird Garden’ in memory of Cllr June Butler had been officially opened by one of her daughters, Alyson, in a simple ceremony attended by local residents and others from the village community.

(ix) Canal Clean-up. The joint operation between BW, HBC Environmental Health and Eaves Brook to clean up the canal and banking around Tottleworth bridge 12/05/05 was believed to have been partially successful with a number of resident ‘dumpers’ being identified and the industrial units warned. The BW barge operation on the water was almost totally inadequate due to late arrival, poor equipment and wrong time of year with reed and weed growth making it difficult to extract debris.

(xi) BW 48 Hour Mooring sign. MW Graphics had produced (at no charge) a large adhesive backed ‘Welcome’ sticker which Colin had affixed to some spare space on BW’s new 48 hr mooring sign. This replaced the ‘Welcome’ on the old sign which BW had replaced without reference to the Panel who had paid for it originally with a grant from the Rishton Area Council.

(x) 48 Hour Mooring information board. The three replacement polycarbonate sheets for those smashed in the information board had been received from MW Graphics and one had been fitted by Colin to side containing the Panel’s information panel. A complete replacement information panel was required from BW for one side and Colin had requested one from BW. When this was received, he would fit it and the other two polycarbonate sheets.

(xii) Community notice board. Also received from MW Graphics was a replacement sheet of polycarbonate for that vandalised in the Community Garden notice board. This had been fitted by Colin and his son, Trevor.

(xiii) High St bridge railings. It had been established that the railing were the responsibility of HBC, any repainting would therefore have to be followed up with them.

4a. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that she had now received accumulated bank statements from Jacqui and had made arrangements with the bank for them to be sent to herself in future. The balance in the current account was £290.95 and in the investment account £3500 + interest. Colin had raised the subject as we kept ‘nibbling’ away at the funds for plants, compost, bin bags, etc and at some stage we would need to think about some fund raising effort(s) to replenish them.

5. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollard padlocks High St bridge. Colin had had a response (03/06/05) from BW from Jane Thomson – Customer Operations Manager, to his email to Fiona Welch (27/04/05). She advised that emergency vehicle operators would cut through the padlocks if necessary to get access to the canal towpath. There was an freephone number for the public to use (0800-479-9947) in an emergency. Colin had responded by asking how the public were to know this if a plaque/notice of some sort was not displayed at the site. As yet he had had no further response.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge had been planted up with a selection of bedding plants at a cost of about £40.00, which included two large bags of compost which had been dug in.

(iii) Fishing platform. Having finalised the location and construction details, Mike had now applied for planning permission from HBC and approval from BW. It was hoped that construction could take place in August

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. It was believed that the loose information board had been attended to by MW Graphics but the bowed seating still had to be corrected by ‘Prosperity’.

(v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. The information board was on order with MW Graphics but Mike was still sorting out art work queries. It then required BW approval.

(vi) Towpath access and gateway designs - Tottleworth bridge. Now the design had been agreed, Mike would be applying for planning permission and BW approval. Again, it was hoped an August completion could be achieved.

Mike had obtained details from LCC’s Environment Directorate of a kissing gate for the disabled access path on to the towpath that would inhibit motor bikes but allow disabled scooters. This had BW approval and had been used on the Lancaster canal.

Details of this gate had been passed on to PC Kath Barnes who was working on a scheme to inhibit motor cycle access to the ‘white path’ and sports field. It was hoped funding would come via Mark Skellorn who was now working for the Community Safety Partnership and an initial meeting to discuss the proposals had taken place at Great Harwood police station the previous day at which the Panel had been represented.

Mike was getting a quote for repairs to the fencing along the towpath between Tottleworth bridge and Norden. We could then consider how to fund the work if HBC couldn’t.

(vii) Gateway – Norden bridge. A copy of the finalised design for the gates from MW Graphics was shown to the meeting and warmly approved.

Beverley was proposing that all the students at Norden HS who had submitted artwork should receive a certificate and there should be special prizes for those whose artwork had been significantly incorporated into the finished design. This was agreed and Beverley said she would design an appropriate certificate. At some later stage it was anticipated that we would organise an official opening of the gates with photographs, to which the students would be invited.

6. Community Appraisal. Mike was still working on the final Appraisal Report. The meeting arranged by Ian Plested and Colin with representatives of Norden YC, Youth & Community Service, Police, Friends of Rishton Youth, Gardeners Residents Assn, etc to hear a presentation by Kate King of ‘Dreamscheme’ at Primetime on Wed 25/05/05 at 3.15pm had taken place as planned.

As originator of the Scheme with her husband on a deprived and troubled housing estate in Sheffield, Kate was able to give a vivid account of the Scheme’s early years and its development since with all its highs and lows. The essence of the Scheme was : work – points – trips, Voluntary work by young people in the community being rewarded with points (at a rate per hour) which could then be ‘cashed’ in (at a rate per point) to pay for taking part in organised trips to places, events or activities of interest. She corrected most forcefully a misapprehension gained from Kandy Consultancy that the points could be converted to goods such as sports equipment, etc. Such items could be readily sold and the money used for alcohol or drugs.

There were now some 40 such schemes in operation around the country and it seemed clear that in each case there was a core of individuals dedicated to making each one work. Kate and her husband had now left Sheffield and were concentrating on administering ‘Dreamscheme’ and all its associated training courses, etc. It was perhaps significant that on their leaving Sheffield, the scheme they had started there had collapsed as no one could be found with the dedication to take it on.

It was left for those present to report back to their groups and give it further consideration. First reaction was that we might have difficulty finding people dedicated to running it and the wandering young people we were aiming at were probably not sufficiently deprived to find the scheme fired their imagination and enthusiasm. However a pilot scheme might be possible with the existing youth club. If we registered with ‘Dreamscheme’ appropriate training would be required at a not inconsiderable cost.

7. Application for Charity Registration. No progress.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had followed up his initial contact with Victoria Woods of ELWood who felt from the copies of correspondence he had sent her, that we had adopted the wrong approach with Mr Miller of Ingham and Yorke by being too aggressive and confrontational. She was still happy to pursue the scheme on our behalf and was going to try to set up a meeting with Mr Millar to discuss various schemes, including ours, with him. They were also planning a reception for landowners, agents, etc at the Spread Eagle in Sawley on the 11th August 2005 as an aid to ‘building bridges’ for future projects.

She wasn’t against our writing to Lord Petre but suggested a more positiove line of approach than moaning about the poor cooperation we got from I & Y.

9. Rishton station. Three places (one free and two at the ‘bursary’ rate of £58.75 each) had been booked for Paul, Geoff and Colin to attend the ACoRP conference on ‘Station Adoption’ in Manchester on the 23rd June 2005.

A meeting had still to be arranged with LCC to discuss their plans for improvements at Rishton Station and where we might fit in.

10. Benches. In Paul’s absence there was no report. It was reported that some members of the ‘healthy hearts’ walking group who had helped Paul with his plans, had been asking how the project was progressing.

11. Holt St recreation ground. There had been no further progress since the meeting of interested groups with LCC’s Community Design Scheme and Groundwork EL 16/05/05 when it was agreed that Craig Horabin would submit the draft plans to HBC’s Cabinet to get agreement in principle. However it had not been possible to include it on the agenda 16/05/05 and it was now hoped to raise it at the next Cabinet 20/07/05.

12. Rishton Festival (13/08/05). David reported that after much hard work he had succeeded in getting a number of bands on board so, together with more than 30 stalls and other things falling into place, he was much happier about things. There would be no motorised floats because the insurance was prohibitive but it was hoped groups and individuals would dress up to make a lively procession.

It was agreed that we should make this a major item on our July meeting agenda and in the meantime think what we might do.

The next Open Meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 15th June at 7.30pm in the Scout Hut.

13. Ladybird Trail. Mike was still negotiating with some landowners for permission to put up new stiles and gates. The new leaflet was with the printers.

14. Friends of Rishton Youth. New swings were still required for the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility and refurbished children’s playground and the position of the ramps was causing a problem as lack of run-off space was inhibiting their use.

The shrubbery that Norden YC had helped to plant was still in desperate need of attention having got considerably overgrown. It was agreed that if HBC Parks could provide a wagon to take away what was cleared out and also someone to trim the old hedge, then we should have a working party on Saturday 25/06/05 starting at 9.00am. Colin to arrange and confirm.

A survey had been carried out of the Centre in School St and it was estimated that £80K - £100K would be needed to upgrade it into an acceptable facility for all sections of the community, including the young people. Lesley was following this up

Next meeting 13/06/05 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

15. PACT/RAG. At the meeting 24/05/05 it was agreed that with the light evenings and school holidays coming up, one of the priorities for the coming months should be the schools. There had already been some problems at Norden HS. There were also juvenile problems in Spring St and the ever present motorcycle nuisance, although reports of the latter had decreased.

Next meeting : 29/06/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre. [Later changed to 30/06/05]

16. Lords House Farm. Mary was still trying to recruit a satisfactory replacement for Gemma/Rebecca. Colin had visited the quarry and found the boardwalk handrail damaged in a number of places and graffiti on the picnic table. He had left things as they were in case the police were to be involved. When contacted, Mary advised that she was aware of the damage and had informed the police.

17. Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. At the meeting 23/06/05, plans were made to follow up possible leads to recruit more outlets to achieve the aim of reaching the necessary targets over the summer.

Next meeting : 18/08/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

18. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) AGM 180/5/05. Phil Barwood and John Wells were re-elected as Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively and Cath Holmes was declared ‘Prospector of the Year’ in recognition of her invaluable work with the Clayton with Altham Panel and with Prosperity.

(ii) Big Green Day, 04/06/05. With a marquee on Broadway in Accrington, far more people had shown an interest than last year in the Town Hall. Apart from PROSPECTS and Prosperity, a number of other environmental organisations had taken part so it was felt that it had been a great success in raising environmental awareness. It remained to be seen whether any of the Panels gained any new recruits.

(iii) Panels’ Get-together. The next one in the form of a BBQ was to be hosted by the Oswaldtwistle Panel at the Tinker Brook tree nursery on Friday 24/06/05 from 6.30 to 8.30pm.

19. Tree Warden Scheme. No report.

20. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

21. www.rishton.net. No report

22. Working party(ies). See 14 above

23. Time booking. Mary litter picking on the old railway from Cut Lane, 2 hours. Colin and Margaret assisting at the Big Green Day.

24. Any other business :

i) Craig Horabin list. Colin had emailed Craig for an update on his list of items needing attention : footpath spraying, Tottleworth Lane step repairs, replacement seat in railway cutting, litter bins on sports field, footpath repairs and resurfacing, approach road to Tottleworth bridge. He had as yet had no response.

ii) Local Development Framework. The Panel had been approached by HBC to see if it wished to be involved in this new forward planning system. It was agreed we did but time did not allow for detailed consideration of the associated questionnaire. Colin to take appropriate action.

25. Dates of next meetings : 05/07/05

02/08/05 (brief meeting to finalise arrangements for the Festival)

06/09/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th July 2005.

1. Present : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, Geoff Smale. Ian Plested (PROSPECTS Development Manager)

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Cllr Ann Scaife, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager)

In Fiona’s absence, Lesley took the Chair and welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular, Ian, for whom this was the first attendance at a Rishton Panel meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 07/06/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. No report in Fiona’s absence.

(ii) Towpath. No further work had been possible on clearing grass/weed growth off the tarmac back to the path edges and with the growing season at its height, more progress might now have to wait until winter. Regrowth of dandelions, etc through the tarmac might warrant herbicide treatment. David suggested that where shrubs, etc were growing through the fence and partially blocking the footpath, we approach Styropack to have them trim them back.

(iii) Wooden animals on the Community Garden. The missing tortoise table had been recovered by the police and the £20 reward happily received by the informant. Colin was to collect the table from the police and bolt it back in place, repair the Shetland pony, stain and teak oil treat all the animals and lay new bark chippings.

(iv) Light on Community Garden. Cllr Scaife had reported to Colin that LCC had agreed to adopt the light into its scheme like the rest of Hyndburn’s street lighting. However, they would only do so at their cost (and the cost of any future maintenance) if it was a standard fitting (ie not Victorian). This had been agreed and Cllr Scaife was thanked for achieving this result so far.

(v) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. The double bin design had been approved by HBC and had been ordered on ‘Prosperity’. Mike would stand the cost out of the Canal Improvement Scheme.

(vi) Footpath through Meadowhead. Mike had reported that a Peter Mason had been appointed by HBC dedicated to footpaths. His name had been passed to Ruth to follow up. Ruth was also awaiting the outcome of the footpath exercise initiated at the last Rishton Area Council meeting.

(vii) 48 Hour Mooring information board. Colin had replaced a second polycarbonate sheet but was waiting a replacement information panel from BW before doing the third side.

(viii) High St bridge railings. Mary had asked for the repainting of the railings to be put on the next Rishton Area Council meeting agenda (12/07/05)

(ix) Craig Horabin’s list. Craig had responded by letter dated 12/06/05 as follows :

a) Herbicide spray old railway cutting. Now on HBC spraying contract, to be done ‘over the next few weeks.’ Not yet done. [Later : Done!]

b) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Council’s engineers to carry out investigation and report back. No report yet.

c) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. HBC Parks development section instructed to carry out necessary repairs. Nothing done yet.

d) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Agreed in principle that litter bins could be installed next to dog dirt bins for ease of emptying but agreement to be reach on who stands the initial capital cost. Ongoing.

e) Double litter bin on towpath at High St bridge. See 4(v) above

emailed items not covered in Craig’s letter :

f) Resurfacing severely pot-holed roadway leading from Spring St to/over Tottleworth canal bridge. No comment so far and not yet followed up.

g) Vandalised bench at entrance to old railway cutting path. Vandalised bench removed and replacement located by HBC but not yet installed. [Later : Replacement recycled plastic bench installed (checked by CC 11/07/05)]

(x) Local Development Framework. Colin had not yet responded on the Panel’s behalf.

(xi) Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery. With help from HBC (Parks) a successful working party had taken place on Saturday 25/06/05. However due to the overgrown state of the shrubbery, it had only been possible to clear about half of it. It was agreed that we should try and organise a second working party to finish the job (hopefully!) the following Saturday (09/07/05). Colin to liaise with HBC (Parks) and coordinate members. [Later : 09/07/05 not possible for HBC (Parks), so working party took place 23/07/05 and successfully completed the job ready for the official opening of the refurbished playground at the Festival]

5. Treasurer’s Report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report.

6. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards ; High St bridge. Colin had had no further response from BW’s Jane Thomson (Customer Operations Manager) regarding a wall plaque with emergency numbers on. He had however received a BW ‘events pack’ (with risk assessment template). This only seemed appropriate to major events on the canal and not to our ad hoc working parties and individual activities on the flower beds, etc. It talked for instance about giving at least three months notice! It was agreed that Colin should contact BW requesting a more workable arrangement.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge was beginning to make a nice show and the shrubbery was looking more established. The rose bed was doing well but the climber while making a lot of growth, was showing little flower.

(iii) Fishing platform. There were a number of platforms to be installed other than Rishton’s and Mike still hoped they could all be installed in August.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. ‘Bendy’ bench still to be attended to by ‘Prosperity’.

(v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. All queries on the information board had been sorted out and it was up to MW Graphics now to produce and install it.

(vi) Towpath access and gateways - Tottleworth bridge. Mike hoped to put the scheme out to tender soon with an August completion in mind.

A further meeting had been held (01/07/05) by the police on gateway restrictions on the ‘white path’ and action agreed which it was planned would tie in with the gateways in our scheme. It would not be possible to prevent motor cycle access completely because of the need to retain access for other users (disabled, horses, etc) but it was hoped making access more difficult would inhibit illegal use. It was being stressed all the time that we must report all sightings of illegal vehicles to the police so that they could build up a log of incidents. This was essential as evidence that a problem did exist and what size it was.

Mike had been stopped getting a quote for repairs to the fencing along the towpath between Tottleworth bridge and Norden. The police felt that it would soon be vandalised again and some other way of plugging this gap needed to be found.

(vii) Gateway – Norden bridge. The gates were on order with MW Graphics and once again an August completion was being planned, with official opening some time later when the school summer holidays were over.

Beverley had designed and produced a suitable certificate (copy shown to the meeting) which had been presented to all the students at Norden HS who had submitted artwork. She was in the process of identifying those whose artwork had been significantly incorporated into the finished design so that they could be additionally rewarded with prizes of artwork materials.

Colin suggested that more educational value might be obtained from the exercise if the artist and MW Graphics gave talks to the pupils on how they set about their aspects of the project. A visit to the manufacturers might also be of value.

7. Application for Charity Registration. No progress. It was hoped to do something during the summer break.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. In Colin’s latest contact with Victoria Woods of ELWood, she admitted she was having difficulty getting Mr Miller to respond to a number of telephoned requests for a meeting!!!! However they were expecting Mr Miller and Mr Charles Ingham to come to the reception for landowners, agents, etc at the Spread Eagle in Sawley on the 11th August 2005. She was still going to try to get a meeting before this.

9. Rishton station. Geoff and Colin had attended the ACoRP conference on ‘Station Adoption’ in Manchester on the 23rd June 2005 which had proved interesting and informative. The conference had seen the launch of ACoRP’s Station Adoption ‘Toolkit’ which was a handbook for those wishing to join a station adoption scheme. Adoption could be at two levels. Level 1 involves inspecting the station weekly to a supplied check list and reporting accordingly. Level 2 involves Level 1 plus other activities to enhance the station. After due discussion, it was agreed that the Panel should apply to adopt Rishton station at Level 2. It was also agreed that the Panel should apply for membership of ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) at a fee of £25 + vat per annum. Colin to arrange both.

A meeting with Richard Watts (LCC Chief Assistant – Public Transport Policy) and Simon Clarke (Station Manager, Northern Rail) had been arranged for Friday 19th August 2005 at 10.10am on Rishton station to ‘kick start’ our involvement.

It was hoped to make an announcement about the adoption at the Rishton Area Council meeting 12/07/05 and invite others who might be interested to declare themselves.

10. Rishton Festival (13/08/05). David reported that plans for the Festival were progressing well with some 40 stalls now signed up; people reportedly working hard on costumes for the procession; procession route agreed with the police who were being very helpful; arrangements for the stage and bands well in hand; the ‘R’ Factor talent competition in pubs and clubs going well and so on. The next open meeting was set for 03/08/05 at 7.30pm in the Scout Hut.

. Ideas for the Panel’s stall were discussed and it was agreed that we should look into display boards of the Panel’s activities; bird boxes; masks for the children; Fairtrade; planting plants and bulbs in the bed near the entrance to the children’s play area. David advised that Christine Hammerton was arranging the location of stalls around the field and Colin would ask if we could put our stall near the flower bed. He would also talk to HBC (Parks) about rotavating the bed which had become very overgrown.

It was agreed that the Panel should meet at Primetime on 02/08/05 at 7.00pm for a short meeting to finalise our plans. It was likely that Catherine Ackroyd from the Foundation would join us at this meeting to see what she could do to help with the displays but she was also going round all the Panels to see what more she could do to help the Panels generally by way of publicity and other support.

11. Other community groups/organisations/projects.

(i) PACT/RAG. At the meeting 30/06/05 it was agreed that the police should continue their watch on the schools as their main priority during the school holidays and juvenile nuisance in general. Kath had given an update on the gate proposals for the ‘white path’ to inhibit motorcycles (see 6 (vi) above).

Thanks to Clive Hart and Eaves Brook, a surveyor had listed what needed to be done to bring the Centre to an acceptable condition to be used for youth work and a rough cost of £80k to £100k had been estimated. What was needed now was an architect to draw up detailed plans and costings. Here again, Eaves Brook might be able to help. It was hoped the Old People’s Welfare Committee might agree to make some contribution to costs. Their AGM was due Monday 08/08/05 at 2.00pm at the Centre.

David had given an update on the Festival plans and it had been agreed that the next meeting should be on Wednesday 03/08/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. It was hoped to get an encouraging report on the lease situation at the Rishton Area Council meeting 12/07/05. It was also hoped to get agreement to the scheme in principle at HBC’s next Cabinet meeting 20/07/05.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 13/06/05 it was reported that new swings were still required for the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility and refurbished children’s playground. Lesley had met Andrew Hayhurst (HBC) on site to discuss repositioning the skate ramps to give more room. It was hoped something could be done about both these items in time for the official opening at the Festival.

For the associated shrubbery see 4 (xi) above.

David had updated everyone on the Festival arrangements and also the latest position on refurbishing the Centre for youth work.

Next meeting Wednesday 13/07/05 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. It was noted that there was new signage at the corner of Lee Lane and Wilpshire Rd and also on Wilpshire Rd opposite the entrance to LHF, indicating that there was parking at LHF for those wishing to walk up to Star Delph quarry.

(v) Benches. In Paul’s absence there was no report.

(vi) www.rishton.net. No report. It was believed Paul had been having computer and telephone problems but that the former had been resolved and the Rishton website was back on line.

12. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final report, action plan and launch were still with Mike. Reaction to ‘Dreamscheme’ had been lukewarm to say the least and it seemed unlikely that we would follow it up. It was felt to be more appropriate to deprived housing estates (Huncoat?) rather than a more affluent, widely dispersed area like Rishton. However a formal response had not yet been received from Youth and Community.

We could be better concentrating on supporting the Centre refurbishment and station adoption.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still negotiating with some landowners for permission to put up new stiles and gates. He was hoping to use the Probation Service/BTCV to carry out the work. The new leaflet was with Mike & Gill Studios for artwork.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Still working at trying to reach the targets for retail and catering outlets. Slow progresss was being made. Next meeting : 18/08/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

(iv) Time booking quarterly summary. The summary to the end of June was now due and Colin was working on it.

(v) Panels’ Get-together. Everyone who attended had enjoyed the BBQ hosted by the Oswaldtwistle Panel at the Tinker Brook tree nursery on Friday 24/06/05. For those who hadn’t been before or recently, it gave a chance to look round at the good work that was going on there.

13. Tree Warden Scheme. No report. HBC’s Trees Officer, Mark Cocks, was very busy administering the new high hedges legislation.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

15. Working party(ies). See 4 (xi) above.

At the next meeting we needed to talk about plans for bulb planting.

16. Time booking. Mary litter picking Cut Wood, 1 hour. Bev preparing certificates and presenting them in school assemblies, 4.75 hours.

17. Any other business : None

18. Dates of next meetings : 02/08/05 (brief meeting to finalise arrangements for the Festival)

06/09/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd August 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), David Haworth. Catherine Ackroyd (PROSPECTS Publicity and Administration Officer)

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Ruth Colling, Beverley Moorhouse.

Fiona’s welcomed everyone and reminded them that the sole purpose of the meeting was to finalise plans for the Festival. However she particularly welcomed Catherine and invited her, as the meeting progressed, to fulfil her aim of sounding out those present on how she might provide more help to the Panel or PROSPECTS in general than she was already doing. This was part of a survey she was engaged in with all the Panels.

3. Rishton Festival – 13th August 2005. Agreed :

(i) Stall location to be on the playground fence to the west of the entrance gate ie as near the flower bed as possible. To be confirmed by Colin with Christine Hammerton at the open meeting the following evening. [Confirmed.]

(ii) Colin to order 30 sets of bird box parts from Gem (Gawthorpe Environment Movement) @ £3.25 per set. Colin to assemble boxes on the day and sell for £5.00 each. Colin to provide work bench and necessary tools with a view to getting people to assemble/part assemble their own boxes if desired.

(iii) Colin to confirm with Bev that she will do masks. Fiona will provide coloured card if so and felt tips. Colin will look at stored materials nb mask templates, ex Canal Celebration with Bev and extract useable items. Bev to buy any additional materials she needs. Masks to be a free children’s activity.

(iv) Fiona to scout round garden centres, etc to find suitable plants and bulbs. Set up for Margaret to run on the day as ‘plant a plant or sponsor a bulb for Rishton‘ @ 20p each or 6 for £1. More bulbs to be purchased than could be planted in flower bed on the day, the rest to be planted elsewhere in Rishton. Margaret to ask for suggestions as to where people would like to see bulbs planted round the village.

(v) Colin to purchase Fairtrade small orange juice cartons and chocolates selection via Mike and as advised by him what sold best at ‘lark in the park’ last year. Colin to go to ‘Supplymasters’ in Bolton to collect Fairtrade items ordered.

(vi) To ‘house’ these activities at least two gazebos would be required. In addition to our own, Catherine offered the PROSPECTS one. Colin to liaise with Mike to collect from PROSPECTS tool store in C-L-M (at same time as collecting petrol generator for scouts to use to blow up bouncy castle). [Later Bev offered to bring a folding gazebo of her own in addition]

(vii) Colin to arrange to borrow four folding tables from Rishton Methodist Church. Individuals to provide own camping chairs as required.

(viii) Catherine to liaise with Colin to produce two x 3 panel display boards with photos of Panel activities and details of Panel history and achievements, plans for the future, appeals for more members, appeal for more shrubs, etc.

(ix) The two big Rishton Panel banners to be hung on the fence.

(x) Colin to liaise with HBC (Parks) to get flower bed rotavated (and check whether swings would be in place and ramps repositioned).

(xi) Fiona, Margaret and Colin to meet on the Rec Wednesday evening 10/08/05 to review progress and finalise plans, particularly as Fiona would not be able to be present on Festival day due to urgent family requirements elsewhere. [Agreed purchase 6 boxes of pansies @ £3.98 per box of 30 and 9 bags of daffodil/narcissi bulbs @ £9 for 3 bags with 75 bulbs per bag]

(xii) Colin to try and recruit more helpers. Assistance to set up on the day required from 9.30/10.00am. (All vehicles to be off site by 11.30am when the procession was due to start from Holt St.)

Catherine was thanked for her invaluable help and it was hoped that she had gained something from the meeting to help her with her survey.

4. Date of next meeting : 06/09/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th September 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Ruth Colling, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Beverley Moorhouse, Cllr Ann Scaife, Geoff Smale. PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager)

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular County Cllr Miles Parkinson, for whom this was the first attendance at a Rishton Panel meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meetings 05/0705 and 02/08/05. Agreed true records and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Sale of HBC land/loss of greenspace. This no longer seemed of great concern based on experience since the matter was first raised and it was agreed to delete it from the agenda.

(ii) Towpath. Regrowth of dandelions, etc through the tarmac warranted herbicide treatment. Colin to do. Fiona recommended salt for dandelions. At David’s suggestion Colin had approached Styropack and they had readily agreed to get their gardening contractor (Park View) to trim back shrubs, etc that were growing through the fence from their side and partially blocking the towpath. This had been done. Colin to thank Styropack. Further work to finish off clearing weeds, etc back to path edges on the Tottleworth to High St bridges stretch still required.

(iii) Wooden animals on the Community Garden. The recovered tortoise table had been bolted back in position and the Shetland pony had had its nose replaced. All the animals had been restained and teak oil treated and new bark chippings had been laid. So the area was looking quite smart again, although the animals had already been the target of graffiti artists, but no permanent damage had been done. This had been reported to the police.

(iv) Light on Community Garden. The light was working again but with a standard light fitting in place of the previous Victorian style lantern. Cllr Scaife was thanked for her part in achieving this.

(v) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. The double bin had been made by ‘Prosperity’ and was awaiting installation by HBC.

(vi) Footpath through Meadowhead. No report in Ruth’s absence.

(vii) 48 Hour Mooring information board. Having got tired of waiting for BW to provide a replacement information panel, Mike had provided one out of a vandalised information board at Church (sadly). This had been installed together with protective polycarbonate sheet to complete the refurbishment of the information board at the 48 hour mooring.

(viii) High St bridge railings. The repainting of the railings had been raised as planned at the Rishton Area Council meeting 12/07/05 and had been duly noted for future consideration

(ix) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Herbicide spray old railway cutting. Done by HBC.

b) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Council’s engineers had carried out an investigation and drawn up a repair scheme which they had costed at £7920. The question now was where would the money come from to effect the repairs.

c) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. HBC Parks development section instructed to carry out necessary repairs. Still nothing done yet.

d) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Agreed in principle that two litter bins could be installed next to dog dirt bins for ease of emptying on a trial basis but agreement to be reached on who stands the initial capital cost. Ongoing. Suggested we apply to Rishton Area Council. Colin to get costs from Craig and submit application

e) Double litter bin on towpath at High St bridge. See 4(v) above

Emailed items not covered in Craig’s letter :

f) Resurfacing severely pot-holed roadway leading from Spring St to/over Tottleworth canal bridge. No comment so far and still not yet followed up.

g) Vandalised bench at entrance to old railway cutting path. Replacement in recycled plastic now installed. (‘Prosperity’ bench, spare ex Great Harwood Railway Cutting scheme, also installed near Tottleworth Lane bridge on the path thanks to Mike.)

(x) Local Development Framework. Colin had still not yet responded on the Panel’s behalf, but none-the-less he had received further communication re a draft ‘Statement of Community Involvement’.

(xi) Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery. With help from HBC (Parks) the second working party 23/07/05 had successfully completed the tidying up of the shrubbery in time for the Festival. HBC (Parks) had also rotavated and prepared the flower bed by the entrance to the play area from Norfolk St, ready for the planting exercise on Festival Day. Due acknowledgement of HBC (Parks), and their Gordon Mason, in particular was made and thanks recorded.

5. Rishton Festival review. Overall it was felt that, despite the wet weather, it had been a very successful first Festival. It had achieved its aim of getting the community together and a lot of hard work had been put in by numerous groups and individuals. Clearly lessons could be learnt for the future and a debriefing meeting would be held to record these. Doubtless it would have been an even greater success if the sun had smiled on us.

From the Panel point of view, their efforts had been severely affected by the weather. All the preparations planned at the meeting on the 8th August had been made. Significant expenditure had been incurred on pansy plants and daffodil/narcissi bulbs, bird box kits, Fairtrade drinks and chocolate and mask making materials but very little had been recouped in sales because of few ‘customers’. Catherine had produced excellent displays but again few had passed by to appreciate them. As well as the weather, the location which was away from all the other stalls to be near the flower bed, may not have helped. We had ended up planting most of the pansies and some bulbs ourselves. There were plenty of bulbs left over to be planted later elsewhere. The bird box kits were not ‘lost’ and would come in on other occasions, as would the mask making materials. Mike had taken the Fairtrade items to hopefully sell at ‘Lark in the Park’. Colin would arrange to put a selection of the display material in the community noticeboard on Parker St. Those who had stoically erected, manned and dismantled the stall on the day and made the preparations were warmly thanked.

6. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret would prepare a detailed report for the AGM. She had now arranged for the bank statements to come to her rather than Jacqui. It had been necessary to transfer £200 from the Investment to the Current Account to meet the Festival and other expenditure.

7. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards ; High St bridge. Colin had still had no further response from BW’s Jane Thomson (Customer Operations Manager) regarding a wall plaque with emergency numbers on. He had also requested a more workable arrangement for our activities on the towpath than that outlined in their ‘events pack’. BW had acknowledged this but not yet followed it up.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The bed on the bridge was looking superbe and being much admired. The shrubbery was filling out but there was still room for more. The climber on the rose bed was now in flower but the growth had proved too heavy for the supporting wires. It would be difficult to do anything about this until winter, when it could be pruned and a fourth stronger wire put up. The original bed was now almost too full and would need a fair bit of tidying up and cutting back in winter. The cross canal bed had been the dumping ground for ‘freebie’ newspapers and advertising leaflets. Colin would get over and tidy this in due course.

It was agreed to have a working party the following Saturday (10/09/05) at 9.30am to do some tidying on these beds but also on the community garden.

Colin felt that the time was coming when some maintenance schedules could be drawn up for all our projects and provision made to systematically carry out the work needed. He would draw something up.

(iii) Fishing platform. Mike reported that ‘Natural Organics’ were installing the platforms in Church and Oswaldtwistle and Rishton was next. The platform was made, ready for installation.

(iv) Viewing point – aqueduct. ‘Bendy’ bench still to be attended to by ‘Prosperity’. It was questioned whether this was necessary as the bench was functionally sound even though it sagged in the middle. It was agreed not to press the matter.

(v) Viewing point - Tottleworth bridge. The information board ‘Mills to Hills’ had been installed and looked well. It had al;ready attracted graffiti but this was being cleaned off when it was spotted.

(vi) Towpath access and gateways - Tottleworth bridge. The work was now scheduled for October.

Work on the police gateway restrictions on the ‘white path’ were stalled due to the HBC contact leaving and not yet being replaced.

(vii) Gateway – Norden bridge. The gates were almost ready to install.

Beverley had identified those pupils at Norden HS whose artwork had been significantly incorporated into the finished design and they had been rewarded with prizes of artwork materials.

8. Application for Charity Registration. No progress. Hopes of doing something during the summer break had gone by the board as there had been no summer break because of preparations for the Festival.

9. Landmark trees regeneration project. It was understood that Victoria Woods of ELWood had at last succeeded in having a meeting with Mr Miller of Ingham & Yorke, but the outcome was not known as she had now left ELWood and their Andrew Kitching was awaiting a retrospective report from her about the meeting. The reception for landowners, agents, etc at the Spread Eagle in Sawley on the 11th August 2005 had apparently gone well but whether it had helped our cause was also unknown.

10. Rishton station. Application to become members of Northern Rail’s Station Adoption Scheme had been made but no formal acknowledgement had yet been received. Application for membership of ACoRP (Association of Community Rail Partnerships) had also been made and we had been accepted.

An announcement about the adoption had been made at the Rishton Area Council meeting 12/07/05, as a result of which two ladies whose houses backed on to the station in Station Close had expressed an interest in getting involved.

The meeting with Richard Watts (LCC Chief Assistant – Public Transport Policy) and Simon Clarke (Station Manager, Northern Rail) had taken place 19/08/05 with 6 Panel members present and three local residents. Northern Rail’s plans for improving the station facilities were discussed together with what the Panel might do. The local residents expressed a number of concerns about youths gathering in the shelters, throwing cans/bottles/stones into their gardens, lorry parking, etc. It was suggested this be taken up with the Community Beat Manager. Some were also concerned about rampant trees and vegetation in no-mans-land affecting their gardens. The station yard needed tidying up and unwanted items removed and it was felt that whatever the Panel did to improve the look of the station, it could never look smart until the yard was resurfaced. It was appreciated however that this would be costly but could be part of a park-and-ride scheme.

It was left for the Panel members and locals present to have a further meeting to finalise their ideas on what they would like to do/see done. This was held 25/08/05 at the Methodist Church. An emailed response was sent to Richard Watts 05/09/05 [Later : and a follow-up letter with a marked up plan and costings for ‘Prosperity’ planters 14/09/05]

11. Other community groups/organisations/projects.

(i) PACT/RAG. At the meeting 03/08/05 it was agreed that the police should continue their watch on the schools as their main priority during the school holidays and juvenile nuisance in general. Kath had given details of the ‘Football Frenzy’ football coaching scheme they were running for 9 – 11 year olds, which was proving popular. Some final details for the Festival were discussed.

The outcome of the Old People’s Welfare AGM on Monday 08/08/05 at 2.00pm at the Centre was awaited regarding their support for use of the Centre by young people. An architect was still needed to draw up detailed plans and costings to upgrade the building

Next meeting 13/09/05 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. There was no progress to report on the signing of the lease at the Rishton Area Council meeting 12/07/05 however, it was encouraging to report that HBC’s Cabinet had agreed to the scheme in principle at its meeting 20/07/05.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. It had not been possible to reposition the ramps on the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility in time for the Festival but two more swings had been brought in to make the set up to four. In the event, due to the weather and confusion, the Mayor had not officially opened the refurbished playground and skate facility at the Festival. It was hoped now that the repositioning of the ramps could be done in October when labour was available ex grass cutting. Replacing the swings with new non-wrap round ones and painting the frame was more of a problem as there was no money left. Lesley was going to follow this up with Andrew Hayhurst (HBC).

Next meeting Wednesday 07/09/05 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. It was noted with sadness that LHF was in dispute with a neighbouring farmer over the access road that led to LHF which went over his land and close to his house. He claimed that too many cars going to LHF went down the road dangerously fast. He had therefore put in severe speed bumps which were inhibiting some cars going down and could ultimately affect LHFs operation.

(v) Benches. Paul reported he was picking this up again with ‘Prosperity’ to establish installation costs with one of their installation contractors.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Paul confirmed that after many traumas, the Rishton website was back on line.

12. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final report, action plan and launch were still with Mike but other matters were currently of higher priority.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike reported that there was not a lot of progress, again due to other priorities on his time, but the leaflet preparation was on-going.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike reported that some progress was being made to reach the targets for retail and catering outlets but it was a hard slog.

. Next meeting : 08/09/05 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House.

(iv) Panels’ Get-together. The Church Panel were to host the next Get-together at Elmfield Hall, Gatty Park on Sunday 18/09/05 from 2.00 to 4.00pm, when there would be a chance to learn more about their local food growing project based on the old Council green houses there.

(v) VE/VJ Celebratory Party. This was being organised by the Hyndburn Women’s Forum on Saturday 15/10/05 at Accrington Town Hall from 2.00 to 6.00pm. They were looking for old photos of parents/grandparents shortly after WW2 for display.

(vi) Autumn Newsletter. Catherine was looking for material for this and Colin had submitted brief details of the station adoption scheme and suggested something be put in about the Rishton Festival.

(vii) Calendar Photo Competition. Fliers and posters were available advertising a Foundation competition for 5 to 11 year olds. Photos were to be ‘of nature in Hyndburn’s towns and countryside’. 12 winning entries would be incorporated into a Foundation 2006 calendar. Closing date 31/10/05. Colin was hoping to interest Norden YC and Bev was going to ‘push’ it at Norden HS.

(viii) Visit to ‘Offshoots’ in Burnley. Great Harwood Panel were hoping to develop a food growing/allotment project and a visit had been arranged for Friday 09/09/05 at 11.00am to ‘Offshoots’ in Townley Park to look at a similar scheme there. Everyone welcome.

13. Tree Warden Scheme. HBC’s Trees Officer, Mark Cocks, was trying to get PROSPECTS more involved in the scheme and they were jointly trying to arrange another meeting of those interested.

14. Magazine/newsletters report. The latest CVS newsletter indicated that after a troubled time personnel-wise, new staff appointments were being made in HyCEN that it was hoped would take it forward once again.

15. Working party(ies). See 6 (ii) above.

16. Time booking. Mary litter picking white path, 2 hours ; Wendy weeding community garden, 1 hour ; litter picking Harwood Rd Rec on behalf of the Festival, 4 person-hours.

17. Any other business :

(i) ‘Walk for Life’ This was being organised by Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club at Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve on Sunday 18/09/05 at 10.30am. Sponsorship was encouraged for a cause of ones choice but the aims also were to encourage people to be more active and enjoy the Nature Reserve.

(ii) Sausage Factory. It was understood that after a dormant period, a revised planning application had now been submitted for three houses (was 6) on the site.

(iii) National Cycle Route 6 in Hyndburn (‘The Hyndburn Greenway’). Miles brought details of proposals passed by LCC to create three links of cycleway in Hyndburn to complete Route 6 in Hyndburn. These involved : a causeway across the lodge behind HBC offices ; a link in Church ; and a new path from Church Kirk to the canal south of Rishton.

18. Dates of next meetings : 04/10/05 (AGM) and 01/11/05

Minutes of the Ninth Annual General Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th October 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Assistant Secretary), Mary Aubrey, Ruth Colling, Cllr Claire Hamilton, David Haworth (Gardeners Residents Association), Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Cllr Ann Scaife, Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone and declared the meeting quorate.

3. Membership. All those present were recognised as bona fide members of the Panel and therefore eligible to vote.

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. Margaret presented the Financial Statement for the year to 4/10/05.

Income into the Current Account for the year was £485, which included £250 from the Foundation for admin expenses, a transfer of £200 from the Investment Account and a small input from the Rishton Festival.

Expenditure was £949, which included £175 for insurance, £147 for ACoRP Membership and seminar,

£98 for bird box kits and £530 Secretary’s expenses. The latter included £237 for plants and other garden materials, £57 postage (which will reduce with the advent of email), £43 for telephone, £52 for repairs to wooden animals on the community garden and associated bark chippings.

Opening balance was £645 and closed at £181. Once again it was noted that we were eating further into our reserves, mainly to maintain the various projects we had done and we needed to consider some fundraising to support this ongoing work. The money invested in the bird box kits for the Festival, few of which had been sold, would eventually be recouped with some profit.

The Investment Account which ended last year at £3518 now stood at £3389.

Margaret was thanked for taking on the Treasurer’s role so effectively and for sorting out the complications of the transfer from Jacqui with the bank.

6. Election of Officers and Representatives.

There were no resignations and the existing officers and representatives were willing to stand again. There being no other nominations, the following were proposed, seconded and unanimously re-elected :

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

It was pointed out that up to 8 members could be elected to the Executive Committee including the Officers above. Nominations were invited but none were forthcoming, so it was agreed to leave matters as they stood.

7. Any Other Business.

PROSPECTS Foundation. Colin was pleased to announce that the Foundation had been awarded a grant of £229,330 from the Big Lottery Fund for its proposed ‘Community Outreach Programme’ starting in February 2007 and running for three years. It was however still subject to achieving £76,000 in match and ‘in-kind’ funding. It would safeguard the three staff posts occupied currently by Ian, Mike and Catherine which was good news, but to meet the targets set within the COP some changes of working arrangements with the Panels were likely to be necessary.

Normal Meeting

8. Minutes of the Meeting 06/09/05. Agreed a true record and signed.

9. Matters arising :

(i) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. Craig Horabin (HBC) had promised that the bin would be in place by Saturday 15/10/05 when the canal walk was to take place. [Later : installed 14/10/05]

(ii) Footpath through Meadowhead. Ruth reported that there was no discernable progress. The Councillors present promised to follow this up with the Area Council staff on a H & S basis.

(iii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Miles had raised this at County level and been promised that the ‘painting should be programmed for this financial year’. The timing was however subject to the weather and any British Waterways requirements.

(iv) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Colin had discussed this with Craig and agreed that in view of the cost (£7920) the best course would be to try and include it in next years HBC capital budget with an emphasis on the H & S aspect.

b) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. HBC Parks development section had been instructed to carry out necessary repairs. Nothing had been done yet and Craig had promised to chase it up.

c) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden sports field area. Craig had agreed in principle that two litter bins could be installed next to dog dirt bins for ease of emptying on a trial basis but there was no funding. Colin had applied to Rishton Area Council for £250 (2 x £150 as quoted). Response awaited.

Emailed items not covered in Craig’s letter :

f) Resurfacing severely pot-holed roadway leading from Spring St to/over Tottleworth canal bridge. No comment so far and still not yet followed up. [Later : roadway levelled and resurfaced with ash(?). Not known whether this is finished surface but for now it is better than before although it might not last.]

(v) Festival Fairtrade leftovers. Mike had taken the left over drinks and chocolate bars to use at ‘Lark in the Park’, etc. It was believed he had been successful in disposing of most if not all, and there was therefore unlikely to be any cost to the Panel (nor profit!!).

10. Canal Improvement Project. :

(i) Bollards ; High St bridge. Colin had still had no further response from BW’s Jane Thomson (Customer Operations Manager) regarding a wall plaque with emergency numbers on. He had also requested a more workable arrangement for our activities on the towpath than that outlined in their ‘events pack’. BW had acknowledged this but not yet followed it up. Colin to follow up with BW.

(ii) Flowerbeds, High St bridge. The working party 10/09/05 had been defeated by wet weather only two members turning up. Some cutting back of the budlia encroaching on the path on the community garden had however been achieved.

It was agreed to have a working party to tidy up the various beds round High St bridge in preparation for the canal walk on Saturday 8/10/05 starting at 9.00am.

For winter planting of the bed on the bridge, wall flowers were suggested in addition to the usual pansies, polyanthus, etc.

(iii) Fishing platform. This had been created but there was some finishing off to be done.

(iv) Towpath access and gateways - Tottleworth bridge. The work was now scheduled for October.

(vii) Gateway – Norden bridge. The gates had been installed and were declared superb. They were to be officially opened by Thomas Moore and Chelsea Smith at 12.00 noon on Saturday the 15th October 2005 prior to the start of the canal walk from Norden bridge at 12.30 pm. Thomas and Chelsea were the Norden HS pupils whose artwork had been most significantly incorporated into the finished design. Beverley had obtained the necessary permissions from their parents. Some ribbon and scissors would be required.

11. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had not followed this up further with ELWood.

12. Rishton station. Our application to become members of Northern Rail’s Station Adoption Scheme had now been formally acknowledged. The next stage should be a safety briefing for all members by Simon Clarke, Northern Rail’s Station Manager (Lancashire). It was suggested that this be part of our next Panel meeting (1/11/05) to get as good an attendance as possible. Unfortunately this clashed with a Council meeting. It was therefore agreed to move to Wednesday 2/11/05 and as Primetime was not available, Colin would try to book the meeting room at the Methodist Church. This would also enable Geoff to attend as he had Boys Brigade there on a Wednesday and could break off for the briefing. Colin was to invite the ladies from Station Close.

Miles reported that LCC had approved an expenditure of £30,000 in the current financial year for improvements to Rishton Station including some of those suggested by the Panel. It did not include improvements to the station yard and Miles was pursuing this separately.

It was noted that the latest plans included litter bins on the platforms and it was questioned who would be responsible for emptying them. Colin to enquire.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects.

(i) PACT/RAG. PC Barnes had reported on the successful drugs raid in Spring St and the time-consuming follow-up. They were also pursuing particular juvenile nuisance problems in that area.

The ‘Football Frenzy’ training sessions on the Top Rec throughout the school holiday had been a great success with over 40 young people taking part and culminated in Rishton winning the cup competition between teams from similar training schemes elsewhere in Hyndburn. The cup had been proudly displayed at the meeting.

Also discussed were juvenile nuisance problems around Pine Close, the ever present motor cycle nuisance, delays to the scheme for gates to inhibit motor cycle movement in illegal areas, neighbourhood management schemes and the Remembrance Sunday parade.

An architect was still needed to draw up detailed plans and costings to upgrade the Centre for more community use especially by young people. The Old Peoples Welfare had offered £10,000 towards any refurbishment.

Mention was made of the new local free paper, the ‘Herald’.

Next meeting 20/10/05 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Lesley reported that HBC were proposing to take legal action if there was no response from Ingham and Yorke’s solicitors by the end of the week.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The next meeting was due the following evening. The meeting after that would be the AGM 10/11/05 at the Centre at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Paul now had details of three Prosperity installation contractors and was getting quotes from them.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Nothing to report.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final report, action plan and launch were still with Mike but other matters were currently of higher priority.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike reported that there was not a lot of progress, again due to other priorities on his time, but the leaflet preparation was on-going.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. The meeting 8/9/05 had had to be cancelled as too few were able to attend and a new date had not yet been fixed.

(iv) Panels’ Get-together. The Get-together at Elmfield Hall, Gatty Park on Sunday 18/09/05 from 2.00 to 4.00pm hosted by the Church Panel had proved very interesting when more was learnt about their local food growing project based on the old Council green houses there. It was going to be a big task to get them up and running again.

(v) VE/VJ Celebratory Party. This was being organised by the Hyndburn Women’s Forum on Saturday 15/10/05 at Accrington Town Hall from 2.00 to 6.00pm. They were looking for old photos of parents/grandparents shortly after WW2 for display.

(vi) Autumn Newsletter. This was now available and contained an article about our station adoption. Anyone who hadn’t received a copy should contact Colin.

(vii) Calendar Photo Competition. Members were reminded that the closing date was 31/10/05. Norden YC were known to be planning to enter and had gone up to Lords House Farm in the rain on one occasion to take photos there. Beverley was reminding pupils at Norden HS.

(viii) Visit to ‘Offshoots’ in Burnley. No report.

15. Working party(ies). Apart from the one planned for the following weekend (see 10 (ii) above), it was agreed to hold another 22/10/05 to plant bulbs along the old railway cutting path, meeting at Tottleworth bridge car park at 9.30am. It was agreed that the planting of bulbs around ‘Welcome to Rishton’ sign could be done mid-week by those able to do so. They to make their own arrangements.

16. Time booking. Mary litter picking towpath, 1 hour ; Margaret preparing accounts for AGM and liaison with bank over statements transfer, 4 hours ; Beverley contacting parents and preparations for official gates opening,

2 hours.

17. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Tree Warden Scheme. The Foundation was now liaising with the HBC Trees Officer in an effort to get things moving once again and also with a view to resurrecting the successful ‘Trees for Hyndburn’ project. To this end, a meeting of the Tree Forum was being arranged for 20/10/05 at Cannon St Community Centre at 7.00pm.

(iii) Display in community noticeboard. The Rishton PROSPECTS display from the Festival had been remounted in the community noticeboard on the community garden and was being favourably commented upon.

18. Dates of next meetings : 02/11/05

06/12/05

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at Rishton Methodist Church 2nd November 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubrey, Steve Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, Geoff Smale, Paul Wilkinson.

Station Close Residents : Diane Clarke, Jack Norris, Lynne Norris, Pat Peake.

Ted Ainsworth (Great Harwood and Rishton Rotary)

Simon Clarke (Station Manager (Lancashire), Northern Rail.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Ruth Colling, Cllr Claire Hamilton, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Cllr Ann Scaife. Michelle Wignall (Station Close Resident) Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager). Barbara Sharples (Hyndburn Community Network (HyCEN))

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular Simon Clarke, Ted Ainsworth and the residents from Station Close. She explained that the main purpose of the meeting was to receive a safety briefing from Simon that was an essential requirement of Northern Rail’s Station Adoption Scheme before any members were allowed to do any work on the station. Simon would also be able to deal with any general questions about the Scheme and the proposed refurbishments on the station.

3. Minutes of the AGM and Meeting 4/10/05. Agreed true records and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Litter bin at the bottom of the High St bridge slipway. The double bin made by ‘Prosperity Recycling Ltd’ out of recycled plastic had now been installed by HBC.

(ii) Footpath through Meadowhead. No report in Ruth’s absence.

(iii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Cllr Parkinson had obtained information from LCC that the repainting of the railings was included in this financial year’s programme but timing was dependent on the weather.

(iv) Emergency notices, High St bridge. Colin still to follow up with BW.

(v) Towpath working arrangements with BW. Colin still to follow up.

(vi) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Council’s engineers had carried out an investigation and drawn up a repair scheme which they had costed at £7920. Craig had suggested that unless the Panel could obtain funding, the best course of action was to try and get the scheme included in HBC’s capital works programme for the next financial year. This Colin had requested him to do.

b) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. Nothing had yet been done and the state of the path was dire. Colin to chase Craig again. [Later : Colin chased Craig by email 14/11/05 suggesting that if the path could not be readily re-tarmaced, at least some hardcore filling as a temporary measure should not be too expensive. Craig replied 23/11/05 that Highways would definitely carry out some repairs.]

c) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Colin had applied for a Rishton Area Council grant of £250, the advised cost of two litter bins. Ann Roberts, the HBC Area Council Grants Administrator had written suggesting that first we try for a grant under the Green Partnership Awards Environmental Grants scheme. If this was not successful, then the matter would be put to the Rishton Area Council 1/12/05. Colin had submitted an application to the Green Partnership 23/10/05 and was awaiting their response.

d) Resurfacing severely pot-holed roadway leading from Spring St to/over Tottleworth canal bridge. The roadway had been levelled and holes filled in but it was still not known whether this was a temporary surface prior to more permanent surfacing or whether this was ‘it’.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that there were no major changes since the AGM report.

6. Station Adoption. Simon proceeded to advise those present about the necessary safety aspects to be aware of when working on the station, using the ‘Northern Station Adoption Scheme Guidebook’ as a basis. Copies of this would be made available to all those present.

Orange bibs would be made available for those working on the station which would give them some rail identity compared to the Panel’s own yellow bibs.

He would also arrange for copies of the checklist for the regular station inspections to be provided. The Panel would then decide who best might carry out these inspections.

It was confirmed that LCC had approved an expenditure of £30000 on improvements which would include platform and shelter cleaning, new screening under the shelter canopies, new signage, repainting where necessary, tree trimming, etc. It would also include the refurbishment of the stone ‘Rishton’ sign, rebuilding of the raised flowerbed at the Blackburn end of the Blackburn platform, and the provision of four recycled plastic flower boxes from Prosperity Recycling Ltd. The Panel would be responsible for the flowerbed and flower boxes.

It did not include any work to improve the station yard/car park. However, LCC were currently bidding for additional funding from the SRB East Lancashire Regional Park initiative. If this was successful, then it would be used to develop a ‘small scheme’ to improve the car park area.

The next stage would be a meeting on the station with LCC’s contractor for the work, Grove Design and Build, to discuss some of these aspects in more detail. [Later : Meeting fixed for 24/11/05 at 4.00pm]

Discussion ensued on various aspects, particularly who to contact for what. Simon suggested that one person be the recipient of reports of items needing attention and Margaret offered to fulfil this role.

It was noted that there was to be a meeting sponsored by the East Lancs Community Rail Partnership at Scaitcliffe House on Monday 28/11/05 for local council officers and representatives of community organisations to explain what the ELCRP was trying to achieve and how they might help.

7. Canal Improvement Scheme.

Canal walk 15/10/05. The walk along the towpath to view all the work that had been completed as part of the Canal Improvement programme in Rishton, Oswaldtwistle, Church and Clayton-le-Moors had been a great success with some 40 to 50 people taking part.

The walk had started at Norden bridge where Thomas Moore and Chelsea Smith from Norden HS had cut a ribbon to officially open the new stainless steel ornamental gates that they had played a key part in designing.

Moving on to Tottleworth bridge the walk passed the new (completed) disabled fishing platform and passed the site of the new picnic area and improvements to the towpath access points at the bridge. The work in this area was due to take place in late October/November.

Beyond Tottleworth bridge was the new ‘Mills to Hills’ viewing point. Apart from more graffiti which had been cleaned off, the metal frame of the information board had been battered with a stone or hammer. Fortunately the information panel and covering polycarbonate sheet were intact and Colin had put sealant round the frame to keep the rain out. It was debatable whether to have a new frame made and risk it being damaged again or leave it as it was in the hope that once damaged, there might be less temptation to damage it further.

At High St bridge, the new double litter bin seemed to be working well. The working party the previous Saturday (8/10/05) had done an excellent job tidying up the flower/shrubbery beds. At the 48hour mooring all three polycarbonate covering sheets in the information board had been replaced and one new information panel inserted.

Finally, near the aqueduct over the motorway was another viewing point with information board and ‘bendy’ bench to be admired.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Victoria Woods of ELWood had contacted Colin and seemed hopeful from her meeting with Mr Miller of Ingham and Yorke that progress could be made with the landmark trees project given the right approach and possibly as a pilot for a bigger programme of projects they might wish to undertake with the Dunkenhalgh estate. A later conversation with ELWood’s Andrew Kitching had been less encouraging but not without hope. Certainly nothing would be done in the current planting season.

9. Other community groups/organisations/projects.

(i) PACT/RAG. At the meeting 20/10/05 reports were given about tackling juvenile nuisance, particularly in the Spring St area, and classroom liaison at Norden HS.

Motor cycle nuisance was still high on the agenda and it was hoped the recruitment of a replacement for David Page by HBC might lead to further progress on the scheme for inhibiting gates on the white path, etc. There were however still too few reports of sightings coming in to the police to build up a case of necessity. More reports were to be encouraged.

The ‘Crime and Grime’ initiative that had been so successful elsewhere in Hyndburn, was coming to Rishton in January.

An architect funded by a Rishton Area Council grant was to start work on detailed plans and costings for the refurbishment of the Centre on School St so that it was fit for use by young and old alike.

Next meeting Wednesday 23/11/05 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. It was understood that the Dunkenhalgh solicitors had submitted a lease only offering an extension of 14 years without reference to the option for a further 6 years that had been agreed verbally. This had been returned to them. They had then submitted a document offering the extra 6 years but inserting a clause that they could withdraw at any time if they wished to develop the land for any other purpose. This was totally unacceptable and they had been informed accordingly.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. There was no further news on the repositioning of the ramps on the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility.

With the bulk of funds having been spent on the three lap tops + associated software (£2350) and on the FRY share of the skate facility (£12000), only £177 remained ‘in the kitty’.

The next major project was likely to be the refurbishment of the Centre with other community groups, to make it usable by young people. Beyond this would be the Bottom Rec development, again with other groups.

Next meeting Thursday 10/11/05 at Norden YC at 6.00pm which would be the AGM.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Paul still getting quotes from installation contractors.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Paul was to give an illustrated talk on the history of Rishton around the time of WW II in the library at 2.00pm on Tuesday 22/11/05.

10. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final report, action plan and launch were still with Mike but other matters were currently of higher priority.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. No report.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. No report. (no meetings)

(iv) Panels’ Get-together, Elmfield Hall, Gatty Park, Sunday 18/09/05. No report.

(v) VE/VJ Celebratory Party, Accrington Town hall, Saturday 15/10/05. No report.

(vi) Calendar Photo Competition. Closing date 31/10/05. It was understood that there were some entries from Norden HS and Norden YC and Maria confirmed that she had put in an entry. Judging was due 7/11/05 and all entrants would be advised of the results by post prior to a prize giving event at Cannon St Community Centre on Monday 5th December at 5.30pm.

(vii) Hyndburn bicycle recycling scheme. Furniture Matters, a furniture recycling scheme based in Lancaster were carrying out a feasibility study into a possible bicycle recycling scheme in Hyndburn. 10 questionnaires had been circulated to Panel members who were urged to return them to Colin asap if they had not brought them to the meeting.

(viii) Support guidance to PROSPECTS Panels. Following the success by the PROSPECTS Foundation in obtaining £229,330 grant funding from the Big Lottery for its proposed ‘Community Outreach Programme’, some changes were likely to be required in working arrangements between the Foundation’s three staff and the Panels and the type of support the Panels would have to give if the targets in the COP were to be achieved. Ian Plested, the Foundation’s Development Manager had produced some guidance notes which had been circulated to Panel members.

It was suggested that to understand the implications better and to give time for questions and answers, it would be helpful if Ian could be invited to the next Panel meeting. Colin agreed to try and arrange this.

(ix) Events Programme 2005/2006. The latest Foundation Events Programme had been issued. Spare copies were available to anyone who had not already had one.

(x) Training Programme Autumn/Winter 2005/2006. This had also been issued by the Foundation and again, spare copies were available. Members were urged to make the most of these free training opportunities.

(xi) Winter Newsletter. Catherine was looking for material for the next PROSPECTS Newsletter.

11. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report.

12. Working party(ies). Mike had provided the Panel with 2000+ daffodil bulbs and the Panel had 500+ bulbs left over from the Festival. Colin had also purchased some crocus bulbs. Working parties had been held on Saturdays 22/10/05 and 29/10/05 to plant all these along the old railway cutting path. Subsequently Mike had provided 700+ daffodil bulbs to be planted around the Rishton signs on the approach roads. It was agreed Colin should call an ad hoc team together to plant these midweek. [Later : done 30/11/05].

Also requiring planting up for winter was the flower bed on High St bridge. Colin had bought wallflowers, primroses, pansies, tulips and crocus. A working party to plant these was arranged for Wednesday 9/11/05 at 10.30am.

13. Time booking. Mary litter picking towpath, 1hour ; Wendy weeding and planting community garden, 1 hour ; Beverley marketing photo competition at Norden HS, 1 hour.

14. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Tree Warden Scheme. At the Tree Forum meeting 20/10/05 John Lamb from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust had given a very interesting illustrated talk on ‘Hyndburn’s Trees and Woodlands’.

Allied to National Tree Week, 23/11/05 to 4/12/05, the Foundation was sponsoring a ‘Winter Tree Identification’ Day at Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve, Oswaldtwistle as part of its Training Programme, Saturday 26/11/05 and tree planting at the Millennium Baby Wood on Saturday 3/12/05. Panel members were encouraged to support both if they could.

(iii) Community Chest Grants. The deadline for the next round of these was 25/11/05. It was hoped there would be one more round in the New Year before the scheme ceased. What might replace them was uncertain but it seemed likely that grants in future would be more difficult to come by.

15. Dates of next meetings : 6/12/05

3/01/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th December 2005.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse. Ian Plested (PROSPECTS Foundation Development Manager)

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, County Cllr Miles Parkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited them to share in her good fortune in winning the questionnaire draw at the PROSPECTS Quiz Night, part of the proceeds of which she had converted into festive drinks and mince pies which were much appreciated by those present

3. Minutes of the Meeting 2/11/05. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Footpath through Meadowhead. Ruth had heard nothing further. Claire reported that she had looked into the matter without any great success. While it appeared it was a public right of way, it was over private land and was not a public footpath nor a Council responsibility. It was necessary therefore to establish who owned the land and the matter was left for further investigation.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. This was due to be carried out by LCC in this financial year with the timing dependent on the weather and liaison with British Waterways.

(iii) Emergency notices, High St bridge. Colin still to follow up with BW.

(iv) Towpath working arrangements with BW. Colin still to follow up.

(v) Bulb planting by Rishton signs. This had been done by five signs 30/11/05 by Margaret, Paul and Colin with bulbs supplied by Mike. [Later : Two more signs were discovered and planted up by Colin with additional bulbs from Mike.]

(vi) Planting flower bed on High St bridge. This had been done 9/11/05 by Margaret, Wendy and Colin with wallflowers, primroses, pansies, tulips and crocus

(vii) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Waiting to see if the £7920 required to carry out the proposed refurbishment scheme can be agreed for next years Council capital works budget.

b) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. Nothing had yet been done and the state of the path was dire. Craig reported 23/11/05 that Highways would definitely carry out some repairs.

c) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. An advance indication obtained by Ann Roberts, the HBC Area Council Grants Administrator was that the Green Partnership was prepared to offer a grant of £125 ie half the amount applied for. The Rishton Area Council had therefore agreed to fund the other £125 at its meeting 1/12/05. [Later : The Green Partnership confirmed that it was in fact prepared to offer the full £250 and a cheque had been received for the amount. Colin had emailed Craig 16/12/05 to this effect and asked him to put the necessary work in hand to install the two bins, one near the entrance to the ‘white path’ and one near the sports field car park (close to existing dog dirt bins)]

5. Treasurer’s Report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report.

6. PROSPECTS Foundation Community Outreach Programme. Fiona welcomed Ian who had come along partly at the Panel’s request following concerns about the implications of his recently issued ‘Guidelines for PROPSPECTS Foundation project support’ and partly at his request to explain more about the new ‘Community Outreach Programme’.

Ian explained that the current 3 year ‘Development Programme’, which among other things enabled the employment of the three members of staff who provided support to the Panels, would come to an end on the 18th February 2006. This programme was geared mainly to helping and strengthening the Panels.

The Foundation had been successful in gaining funding of £229,330 from the Big Lottery Fund for what was being called the ‘Community Outreach Programme’ to follow on from the Development Programme, provided we could secure £76,500 of match funding. So far about £44,000 had been secured, leaving £32,000 still to be found. While there was every confidence of achieving this, failure to obtain it would result in the funding being put at risk. This was more stringent than the Development Programme. The COP also had targets that we would have to prove that we had achieved eg ‘New volunteers involved with PROSPECTS – 120’ (over the three years).

Funding for the COP could not have been achieved using the same criteria as the Development Programme and so the emphasis had to be more outward looking to target new groups of people to work with and in particular disadvantaged and under-represented groups, eg. the young, the old and ethnic minorities. In summary, the ‘Aim’ was ‘To assist people from communities who experience long term disadvantage and social exclusion to develop projects that meet their needs, based upon the principles of Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness.’

This would clearly involve the staff in a lot of effort to break new ground (some new initiatives were already being undertaken) but to succeed they would also need help from the Panels. Ian would be going round talking to the other Panels in the New Year and discussions would be on-going as to how best the Panels could help achieve the targets set. The Foundation Management Committee had already had a Planning session on this, 8/11/05.

The New Year would see the launch of a new Lottery initiative called ‘Community Places’ for which ‘expressions of interest’ would be required by the 10th January. Ian would be looking for new project ideas for any bid we made.

Those present thanked ‘the staff’ for all the support they gave which was much appreciated and agreed that they would do all they could to help with the COP.

7. Three year review of The PROSPECTS Foundation. Reference was made to the questionnaire that Peta Edwards had sent to some Panel members relating to the review she was carrying out on behalf of the Foundation. Most found it difficult to complete and some found it incomprehensible as it was based on ‘The Sustainability Action Plan’ of which they had little or no knowledge or failed to see the relevance to the Panels. Ian said that the same sort of comments were coming from other Panels and he would be discussing this with Peta who was not solely responsible for the way the questionnaire was structured. There was some concern as well about enquiries Peta was also making by telephone which were proving equally difficult to understand/answer.

8. Station Adoption. Margaret, Geoff, Paul and Colin had met 24/11/05 on Rishton station with Simon Clarke (Northern Rail), Gary Seed (sbs architects) and Gary Hood (Grove Design and Build, contractor to LCC) and discussed details of flowerbeds, planters, ‘Rishton’ sign, etc. Gary H was to draw up costings and a programme of work to start in the New Year but was clearly concerned that it wasn’t the best time of year for some of the work.

Colin needed to follow up with Richard Watts how his bid for funding for a car park scheme was progressing.

Colin had attended the meeting sponsored by the East Lancs Community Rail Partnership at Scaitcliffe House on Monday 28/11/05 for local council officers and representatives of community organisations to explain what the ELCRP was trying to achieve. It had not been particularly well attended but some useful ideas were generated and understandings enhanced.

9. Canal Improvement Scheme.

Work was in hand on the improvements to the access, gateways and picnic area at Tottleworth bridge which it was hoped to finish by Christmas, except for the disabled kissing gate on the level pathway.

Unfortunately the police had ‘lost’ the funding they were hoping to get to put in other gateways to inhibit motor cycles on the ‘white path’ and sports field. Lack of logged police reports to substantiate the claimed nuisance was said to be the problem.

10. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had tried to follow this up with ELWood’s Andrew Kitching but without success so far.

11. Other community groups/organisations/projects.

(i) PACT/RAG.

PACT. At the meeting 23/11/05 reports were given about various police activities in the area. Clamping down on alcohol sales to juveniles was proving difficult and would be targeted in ‘Crime and Grime’ week in January 2006.

Nigel Watson was to be replaced by Johanna Bourne as CBM with Kath Barnes.

While David Page had been replaced by Shirley Parkinson at HBC, the news on the scheme for gateways to inhibit motor cycles on the white path was disappointing. The funding had been ‘lost’ due to lack of evidence of need.

An architect funded by a Rishton Area Council grant had started work on detailed plans and costings for the refurbishment of the Centre on School St so that it was fit for use by young and old alike.

Following the success of the football coaching scheme last summer holidays, it was to be extended next summer to include cricket as well. Names of volunteers were needed to help run the schemes. They would be sent on coaching courses first.

RAG. David Haworth announced that the date for the second Rishton Festival had now been set for Saturday 12th August 2006. As the Bottom Rec was unlikely to be ready in time and there were access problems for large vehicles on to Cut Wood Park, it had been decided to hold it again on Harwood Rd Rec. This had the added advantage of experience from the first one. The concerns of the residents in that area following the first Festival would be addressed where possible. Because of new Public Entertainments Licence requirements, it was more essential than ever to hold the event on Council owned land. It was hoped to get the same band for the procession that had proved so popular but the route might have to be modified and there was a possibility anyway of starting from Cut Wood Park. As some of the bands had not been very good or their music appropriate, it was planned to have more local talent on stage by expanding the talent contest and involving the schools more. More volunteers were needed to help with the planning and David would be interested in receiving any likely names.

Next PACT/RAG meeting Tuesday 17/01/06 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. It was understood that progress was being made in agreeing acceptable terms for the lease extension between the solicitors for HBC and the Dunkenhalgh Estate.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the AGM 10/11/05, the present officers were re-elected viz : Chairman – Lesley Jackson ; Secretary – Dorothy Casey ; Treasurer – Christine Hammerton ; Minutes Secretary – Beryl Timmins. The year had seen the establishment of the Harwood Rd Rec skate facility and refurbishment of the play park (although repositioning of some skate ramps and new swings and painting still remained to be done). Three laptops had also been purchased for Norden YC. The Treasurer’s report showing a closing balance of £177.37 was approved. Future attention would be directed to the refurbishment of the Centre for use by young people and the redevelopment of the Bottom Rec with facilities for the youth of the village. The group was also looking for new ideas and new members.

Next meeting Thursday 12/01/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Paul still getting quotes from installation contractors.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Paul’s illustrated talk on the history of Rishton around the time of WW II in the Library on Tuesday 22/11/05 had been very well received by what was said to be a record attendance for a Rishton Library event. (The tea and mince pies were also well received!!).

12. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. Mike was working again on the final report and action plan. A list of potential future projects that he had culled from discussions with Panel members was circulated to those present. Any additions or modifications should be advised to Colin asap.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. No report.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. No report. (no meetings)

(iv) Calendar Photo Competition. Maria was congratulated on winning the Age 11 category with a photo of autumn colour in Cut Wood Park. This was incorporated as the picture for September in the resulting calendar, copies of which were available free of charge from Catherine at the Foundation office. A photo of a section of the Norden gateway had also been used as a minor illustration for November. It did not appear that any entrants from Norden School or Youth Club had won an award.

(v) Events Programme 2005/2006. (Attention was drawn once again to

(x) Training Programme Autumn/Winter 2005/2006. (these Foundation documents and activities.

13. Magazine/newsletters report. No report in Margaret’s absence.

14. Working party(ies). None required for now.

15. Time booking. None other than working parties (recorded separately).

16. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Tree Warden Scheme. Colin, Wendy and Maria had had an interesting time at the ‘Winter Tree Identification’ Day at Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve, Oswaldtwistle, Saturday 26/11/05. A small team from various Panels had successfully replaced some dead saplings and planted fresh areas at the Millennium Baby Wood on Saturday 3/12/05. Both activities had been arranged as part of National Tree Week (23/11 to 4/12)

17. Dates of next meetings : 3/01/06

7/02/06