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Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd January 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubery, Cllr Claire Hamilton, County Cllr Miles Parkinson. PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager). Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and in particular Gordon Baldam who was attending for the first time.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 06/12/05. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Footpath through Meadowhead. Still to establish who owned the land before further progress.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. We wait with bated breath to see the job done before the end of the County’s financial year end.

(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) 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. [Later : Tarmac patch repairs carried out w/e 20/01/06.]

c) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Colin to follow up with Craig to see when installation of the two bins might be expected.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported a balance of 305.42 in the current account but this included the 250.00 for the litter bins. The balance in the investment account as at 6/12/06 was 3402.88. The Secretary had no significant expenses outstanding.

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

All work around Tottleworth bridge was now complete except for the disabled kissing gate at the level path towpath entrance. This was being designed specially and then Mike would get quotes.

7. Station Adoption. Concerns were expressed about the lack of action on fixing the lights. It raised doubts about the effectiveness of any future reporting we might do. Margaret agreed to email our concerns to Simon Clarke (Northern Rail).

Colin needed to follow up with Richard Watts (LCC) how the refurbishment scheme was progressing and how his bid for funding for a car park scheme was progressing. It was noted that there was a new sign outside the Parish Church. [Later : new signs were also seen being erected at the station].

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had tried to follow this up with Elwood’s Andrew Kitching but without success so far. It was noted that Elwood had entered into some sort of partnership agreement with HBC and it was hoped this might help our cause. [Later : Andrew had contacted Mike and suggested a meeting to review matters before making any further approach to Ingham & Yorke. Date to be fixed.).

9. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

PACT. No meeting since 23/11/05. It was not known how the architect’s refurbishment plans were progressing but there was concern about newspaper articles which were too biased towards young people. It needed stressing that the upgraded facility was to be used by all community groups.

RAG. The Christmas tree lighting on ‘the Green’ had gone well but David was a little disappointed that more people hadn’t taken advantage of the free potato pie supper afterwards at the Free Gardeners club.

An open meeting for this year’s Rishton Festival (12/08/06) was to be held on Wednesday 25/01/06 at the Free Gardeners club at 7.30pm.

Next PACT/RAG meeting Tuesday 17/01/06 at 6.00pm at the Centre. [Later : Postponed to Thursday 26/01/06.]

ii) Holt St recreation ground. It was understood that HBC legal section had written to the Dunkenhalgh Estate solicitors agreeing to a lease extension of 15 years without the option of a further 5 years, provided they withdrew their proposed condition of being able to withdraw from the agreement if they wanted to develop the land for other purposes. Their reply was awaited.

Colin questioned whether the 15 years would date from the time a new agreement was signed or from the expiry of the old lease last February. If the latter, we had already lost a year. Lesley said she would find out. [Later : Lesley was advised the it would date from the expiry of the old lease].

Kay Horsley from LCC’s Community Design team had approached Colin about restarting discussions to progress the detailed drawing up and costing of the proposed redevelopment scheme for the Bottom Rec as she understood signing of the new lease was imminent. After consulting the other groups involved, a date of Thursday 19/01/06 had been agreed for 10.30am at the Centre.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. No meeting since 10/11/05. Colin had established with Andrew Hayhurst (HBC Parks) however that repositioning of the ramps on the skate facility and the provision of new swings was still ‘on the agenda’ and he hoped these could be done in February.

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 had done further updating.

10. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. Mike was working again on the final report and action plan. Colin had agreed a list of potential future projects with him for inclusion.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. No report.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. No report. In an effort to get things moving again, Mike had called a meeting for Thursday 26/01/06 at Scaitcliffe House at 7.00pm.

(iv) Calendar. Copies were still available. Requests to Colin.

(v) Community Outreach Programme (COP). Efforts were on-going to try and secure the necessary match funding. There would be further feedback on how Panels could help achieve the necessary targets once Ian had talked to the other Panels.

(vi) Peta Edwards 3 year review. Following on from her questionnaire and telephone enquiries to Panel members as part of her 3 year review of the Foundation’s performance, Peta had called a meeting of Panel representatives to discuss the results further on Tuesday 17/01/06 at Scaitcliffe House at 7.00pm.

(vii) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(viii) Training Programme. The upcoming events were highlighted, the next being dead hedging and coppicing at Arden Hall on Saturday 14th January 2006.

(ix) Catherine Ackroyd. It was with considerable regret that Colin announced that Catherine was to leave the Foundation later in the month (20/01/06) for ‘pastures new’. She had been a great help to our Panel and would be missed. It was however the intention to replace her as her post was key to the COP. Those present wished her well.

11. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret reported that in the latest CVS Newsletter there were details of a grants scheme from Barclays called ‘Spaces for Sports’ which was being sponsored by the Football Foundation. This might be of interest when we were looking for grants for the Bottom Rec.

12. Working party(ies). It was agreed that a working party would meet at 9.30am on Saturday

11th February 2006 at the car park opposite ‘Harwoods’ to make a start on (and hopefully finish) clearing the path edges once again on the old railway cutting path.

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

14. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Canal rubbish. It was noted that now the reeds had died down, a lot of litter was evident at the sides of the canal, particularly around Tottleworth bridge. Colin agreed to email BW to see if their barge could do a trawl.

(iii) Norden bridge welcome sign. Wendy wondered if something could be done to tidy up the banking around the welcome sign at Norden bridge which was overgrown with nettles and brambles. It was suggested it would be an ideal site for sowing wild flowers (children’s mix?) if the ground could be prepared. Colin agreed to contact Craig Horabin to see if it was Council land and if so, whether HBC could strim/rotavate it.

(iv) Chapel St Garden hedging. David feared that a lot of the hedging plants around the Chapel St garden might be dead and questioned how best to replace them. It was suggested he first approach Park View Nurseries who planted them as they would be able to judge their condition and arrange to replace any dead ones. Colin said he would also have a look at them. [Later : Colin’s view was that it was beech hedging which because of residual dead leaves might appear to be dead but on closer examination looked quite healthy in the main. This was confirmed by David, having had a word with Park View, who had in fact replaced a number of plants not all that long ago. However Colin had found some 20 plants had been uprooted and left lying on the surface. These he had replanted in the hope that they would ‘take’ again. It was a little disappointing that the local residents had not spotted this and taken immediate action to replant.]

15. Dates of next meetings : 7/02/06

7/03/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th February 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton, David Haworth, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Beverley Moorhouse. PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting. It was encouraging to see such a good attendance.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 03/01/06. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Footpath through Meadowhead. Still to establish who owns the land before further progress.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. We were still hoping to see the job done before the end of the County’s financial year end. [Later : Miles had received an update from LCC (14/02/06) indicating that the work was ‘likely to commence in spring/early summer’.

(iii) Welcome sign Norden bridge. HBC claimed no responsibility for the land that the sign was on, nor did British Waterways. It was thought it might therefore be LCC but this had not yet been followed up. If we wanted to tidy the land round the sign, we might therefore just have to get on with it ourselves regardless.

(iv) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. In an email 09/01/06 Craig reported that HBC had decided to delegate a budget for works in each area to the area councils. He would therefore need to approach Rishton Area Council for the 7920 funding for the steps scheme. In a reply 20/01/06 Colin had pointed out that strictly speaking the step were in Great Harwood but as the repairs would benefit both townships, the cost might be shared. Lesley reported that a decision on how much each area council would get for capital works would be made on the 2nd March 2006.

b) Sports field footpath to ‘white path’. Tarmac patch repairs carried out w/e 20/01/06, ‘patch’ being the operative word (!) but as there hadn’t been a lot of rain since, it remained to be seen how effective the work was in eliminating the puddles.

c) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. In his email 09/01/06 Craig reported that he would ask for the two bins to be ordered and when delivered, they would install them as soon as possible.

5. Treasurer’s Report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report, but it was felt that there hadn’t been any significant movement.

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Having resolved cost queries elsewhere in the Scheme, funds could now be made available to proceed with a disabled kissing gate on the level access to the towpath. The design was in hand and Mike hoped to have the gate installed by end Feb/early March.

(i) Mike’s meeting with Nick Smith (BW). Mike had had an initial meeting with Nick Smith who had taken over Vaughan Jones’ community liaison type responsibilities. He had not had a chance to discuss with him the question of emergency notices at High St bridge but he had discussed towpath working arrangements. There was no need to notify BW about regular maintenance type work involving just the Panel members but if we involved such as the scouts again, we should give them 2/3 weeks notice. The question of a clean up by BW on the canal itself had been passed to Mark Overum.

It did not seem that we could expect Nick to be a regular attender at Panel meetings like Vaughan but the meeting agreed that we should invite him to the March or April meeting.

7. Station Adoption. Margaret had emailed Simon Clarke (10/01/06) expressing our concerns about the lack of action and acknowledgement following any reporting we had done, particularly in relation to the lights still not working on the Blackburn platform and also the chaotic state of the station yard. Residents of Station Close had also emailed Simon about the latter.

In response, Simon said that he was as frustrated as we were about the lights, particularly as he and the Area Stations Manager had had a meeting with the Head of Station Services before Christmas and stressed the importance of getting something done.

To date the lights were still not working. However, new signage had been installed and a new totem erected in a new location to the right of the ramp up to the platform. It was felt that while we had been listened to in not erecting it too far forward as to be obtrusive to the first house, it was now too far back and hardly more visible than before to vehicles approaching the station down Station Rd (obscured by tree branches). [Later : Colin emailed Richard Watts (LCC) suggesting it could be brought forward a little but Richard replied, ‘The totem is now where it is.’ (!)]

Colin had also asked Simon when he wanted us to start regular reporting. He replied, ‘now might be a good time to start reporting on a weekly basis’ and he would arrange for us to receive some blank report forms, [received 21/02/06].

It was suggested that some form of clock on the station could be helpful. Even more so would be a television monitor as at the main stations.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had attended a meeting between Andrew Kitching (Elwood) and Mike (31/01/06). Andrew was willing for Elwood to take the project on as the lead body as he felt they might have more success dealing with Ingham & Yorke than the Panel had. They also had within Groundwork (of which Elwood was part) resources that might be able to offer the longer term management of the new woodland that I & Y seemed to be looking for. However they didn’t want to ‘tread on the Panel’s toes’ if the Panel still wanted to lead. Colin had expressed the view that the Panel would be quite happy with this if it got the project done and we would help wherever we could, however he would need to clear this with the Panel.

The meeting agreed with this approach. Colin did warn however that Elwood faced an uncertain future as its current funding was due to run out next year and there was no guarantee of getting further funding.

Reference was made to a series of gardening programmes recently on BBC2 called ‘Christine’s Garden’. It transpired that Christine (Walkden) was born and brought up in Rishton and her parents still lived here. In one programme she was filmed revisiting Rishton and the allotment she used to have behind Norden View. As a back drop to one sequence, the landmark trees were visible and Christine pointed to them and referred to them as ‘her guardian angels’. It was suggested we write to her to see if she would be willing to lend her support to the project in some way.

9. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. At the meeting 26/01/06 in the Centre a number of residents local to the area attended to voice their concerns about juvenile nuisance and damage in School St and the Library area. PC Johanna Bourne, the new CBM (Kath Barnes was off sick), explained the nature of community policing and assured them that they were doing all they could to combat the problem. She also gave details of two weekend blitzes on the problem the following two weekends when extra police would be drafted in. The local residents seemed reasonably assured from what they heard. Johanna stressed once again the need to phone in about incidents so that the police had a full picture of what was going on.

b) Centre refurbishment. In Kath’s absence Lesley had been doing all she could to push the plans for the Centre along and she had had discussions with the Youth and Community Service who would need to be involved in any activities once the facility was open to young people. Lesley had tabled a draft plan from the architect for the proposed refurbishment which she would send to various groups for comment. In particular it would be on view in the Centre on Tuesday 31/01/06 from 2.00pm to 7.00pm and also in the Library. It was noted that there was proposed provision for a confidential interview room /office which could be used for health advice from the nurses from the Health Centre who were keen to get involved. It could also be used for other counselling and as an office for the community police.

After this consultation period the plans would be finalised, planning permission sought and tenders invited. In the meantime a start would be made on sourcing funding. The estimate was now about 200,000.

c) Festival 2006. Discussions had been held with the police about the parade route. It was being suggested that the route should be shorter and might start from Cut Wood this time. Discussions were continuing. The next Festival meeting was scheduled for Wednesday 29th March at the Free Gardeners Club.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 22nd February 2006 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

ii) Holt St recreation ground. The meeting between local interested parties and Kay Horsley of LCC’s Community Design team + Groundwork representatives and Craig Horabin (HBC Parks) had taken place 19/01/06 at the Centre. Craig was able to announce that the lease had at long last been signed, giving an extension of fifteen years dated from the expiry of the old lease in February 2005 (ie one year had already been ‘lost’). Groundwork had presented a layout drawing supposedly based on David’s original sketch, following survey work they had carried out on site. However, it did not include a skate facility, on the basis that such facilities were not as favoured by young people as they once were and would add considerably to the cost. Those present were not convinced. The position of a proposed youth shelter was also questioned. Should it be near the Holt St entrance not too far from houses, to give some feeling of security or at the top of the field near a skate facility (or some other) well out of the way. It was decided that further consultation with young people was needed on these two issues and the local reps present undertook to seek out and consult with as many groups of young people as they could. It had been agreed that the meeting should reconvene to consider the findings at the Centre on Thursday 23rd February 2006 at 10.30am.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 12/01/06 had received updates on the Holt St Rec lease and the Centre refurbishment, the first still being unresolved (at that time) and the second stalled a little due to the holidays and the subsequent absence of Kath Barnes. Lesley was going to pursue the latter in Kath’s absence. Concern was expressed about the lack of consultation on the refurbishment of the play areas in Cut Wood Park. The presentation to the Area Council was felt to be effectively a ‘fait accompli’. There was also discussion about an internet connection for Norden Youth Club so that more use might be made of the laptops bought by FRY. There was also some concern about LCC’s apparent lack of appreciation for what FRY had done because it was outside LCC’s control. Miles agreed to follow this up and also see what could be done about the internet connection.

Next meeting Wednesday 08/02/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. Mary Walker had emailed Colin on receipt of the minutes of our last meeting, to advise that they were hoping to create a new woodland walk in another quarry (thought to be Close Brow Quarry) but they were having problems with the Dunkenhalgh Estate agents over a transfer of the lease. [What’s new!!]

(v) Benches. Await quotes from installation contractors.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Paul and Colin had put together an application to the Community Learning Chest (via Hycen/CVS) for 5000 of new computer equipment and software to update the system. The application had been submitted in the name of the Panel as previous application in Paul’s name only had failed but it had been pointed out that some of the equipment, like a laptop and projector, could be used by other community groups. The existing and further potential educational value of the web site had been stressed. Unfortunately the application had failed, apparently because this was the last round of CLC funding which was oversubscribed and other applications were felt more worthy of a share. Consideration was now being given to an application to ‘Awards for All’.

Paul was to give another of his interesting historical talks on Rishton in the Library on Monday 27/02/06 at 2.00pm based on material culled from the web site.

10. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final Appraisal report was to be launched at the Centre in Rishton on Wednesday 22/02/06. at a reception with buffet from 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. The scheme to upgrade gates, styles, etc and produce a new leaflet was proving more expensive than first thought and Mike was having to apply to LCC for further funding as well as scaling it down.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. A number of events were being planned for ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ from the 6th to 19th March 2006. The main event entitled ‘The Final Push Event’ was to be held at the Hyndburn Community Resource Centre in Cannon St on Thursday 16/03/06 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm when there would be displays and guest speakers. Invitations were being widely sent out, the aim being to raise awareness among individuals and organisations and hopefully encourage more retail and catering outlets to stock and serve Fairtrade products, so that the final target numbers could be reached to enable Hyndburn to achieve Fairtrade Borough status. A planning meeting for the Fortnight was to take place at the HCRC on Tuesday 28/02/06 at 7.00pm.

It was also hoped to have a charity football match at Accrington Stanley’s ground on World Trade Day, Saturday 13th May 2006

(iv) Community Outreach Programme (COP). Awaiting further feedback on how Panels could help the Foundation achieve the necessary targets.

(v) Peta Edwards 3 year review. Fiona and Margaret had attended the meeting of Panel representatives to discuss the results on Tuesday 17/01/06 and felt that it had been quite positive.

(vi) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(vii) Replacement for Catherine. Interviews of applicants had taken place and an offer made. [Later : Donna Neely was due to start 13/03/06]

(viii) Training. The upcoming events on the Training Programme and Events Programme were highlighted. Wendy and Maria had attended the BTCV run coppicing and dead hedging day at Arden Hall and also the Equal Opportunities course and received appropriate certificates. It was noted that the Ponds Training at Arden Hall scheduled for 04/02/06 had been postponed to 11/03/06 due to the weather.

(ix) Newsletter. Items for the Spring Newsletter needed to be with Alysha in the PROSPECTS Office by 17/03/06.

11. Magazine/newsletters report. In Margaret’s absence, there was no report.

12. Working party(ies). There had been a good turnout for the working party on Saturday 11/02/06 on the old railway cutting path. With the ground frozen with frost, scraping the path edges had been hard work and limited progress was made. Some attention was diverted to clearing bramble and litter picking. Five bin bags of litter were collected. Further working parties were required but it was decided that the working parties for the towpath between High St bridge and Tottleworth bridge scheduled for the 11th, 18th and 25th March should continue as planned. (meet at 9.30pm at Tottleworth bridge.)

There was a feeling that we should be having our regular working party the weekend before the Panel meeting and not the weekend after and we needed to advertise it more, particularly in the new ‘Herald’.

13. Time booking. Mary, 2.00hrs, litter picking white path.

14. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Carol Peters Green. As she had supported us in some of our endeavours, we were being asked to support Carol in her efforts to find alternative employment following her leaving Hycen under something of a cloud. However, Paul reported that he understood she had now obtained a new job and therefore no action was necessary.

15. Dates of next meetings : 07/03/06

04/04/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th March 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Ben Steven.

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski, Cllr Claire Hamilton, Beverley Moorhouse, Barbara Sharples. PC Kath Barnes (Community Beat Manager). Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting, in particular Ben for whom this was the first meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 07/02/06. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Footpath through Meadowhead. Still to establish who owns the land before further progress. Lesley promised to try and find out.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Miles had received an update from LCC (14/02/06) indicating that the work was ‘likely to commence in spring/early summer’.

(iii) Welcome sign Norden bridge. Colin would liaise with Mike to get the PROSPECTS strimmer from the tool store and see if the banking would respond to strimming prior to some other action to tidy up/plant up the banking around the welcome sign.

(iv) Canal Clean-up. This had been referred to BW’s Mark Overum but nothing had happened so far and the canal, especially around Tottleworth bridge, was a mess. Colin to follow up.

(v) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Lesley reported that Rishton Area Council was to get an allocation of 19,300 for ‘capital’ works and nothing for ‘revenue’. [Later amended at Area Council 31/03/06 to 16,600 + 4,406 carry-over from previous year = 21,406 (capital only).]. She would see if some of this could be set aside for the steps, the estimated cost of 7920 hopefully to be shared with Great Harwood Area Council. They should take a bigger share as the steps were within their boundary and they would have a bigger allocation.

b) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Colin to progress this with Craig. [Later : Bins installed w/e 17/03/06. Hallelujah!!]

c) Entrance to Cut Wood Park. Colin had emailed Craig suggesting that as the entrance to the Park down Cut Lane had been ploughed up by contractors vehicles and the three bollards removed, this might be a good opportunity to permanently widen that entrance and put five removable bollards in place, so in future enabling ‘artics’ for the Festival to gain access. Craig had replied, ‘I will take this under advisement’, meaning ????

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported little change, with a balance 06/02/06 of 305.67 in the current account and a balance 06/12/05 of 3402.88 in the investment account.

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Mike was awaiting approval from BW before proceeding.

Colin reported that wooden cross members had been kicked out of one of the kissing gates. Colin’s son, Trevor had nailed them back, only for them to be kicked out again but the youths doing it had been warned off by a passer-by. Colin had replaced them a second time and so far they were still intact. Colin had reported the incident to the police at Great Harwood who said it would be passed on to the CBM but had had to be persuaded to formally log the incident (Log No 265, 3/3/06).

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. To be raised with Nick Smith when he attended a Panel meeting. He had been invited for March or April but thought the April one was more likely.

7. Station Adoption. Monthly report forms had now been received. We were being asked to report during the third week of each month. We had also received new adoption manuals but the reporting procedures in them were under review. The Helpdesk contract with Dalkia was being terminated and a new one with ISS Building Services was being implemented from the 1st April 2006.

A 14 foot section of fencing by the telephone box had been knocked (?) down but was beyond immediate repair due to rotten support posts. Margaret had reported this to Northern Customer Relations according to the current instructions. They didn’t want to know and referred her to Network Rail who took more interest and gave her a Log No. This had since been followed up with a letter and a coloured plan indicating which areas of the station were Northern’s responsibility and which Network Rail’s. She had been asked to mark where the fence was and return it. (As it was in a part coloured for Northern, it was likely they would deny responsibility and refer it to Northern [Later : this proved to be the case]). Colin had previously expressed concern to Richard Watts (LCC) about the state of the fence in general and he indicated that more prominence would be given to this in the refurbishment scheme.

Three 5 foot wooden posts had been erected on the platforms (2 Blackburn and 1 Accrington) and it transpired that these were for hoop litter bins. These would be emptied by ISS who were the contractors also for the weekly cleaning (and salting when required) of the station.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had emailed Andrew Kitching (Elwood) for an update but had received no response.

Colin had written to Christine Walkden to tell her about the project and our difficulties and to ask for her support. Christine had telephoned Colin apologising for a delay in replying but she had been inundated with letters, emails, etc since her television series. She was trying to respond to them all but it was taking time. She was unsure what she could do at this stage but promised her support at an appropriate time.

9. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. PC Kath Barnes was back at work part time but was not for the time being resuming her CBM duties. PC Johanna Bourne took the chair at the meeting 22/02/06 and reported on the high profile police operations over the weekends of the 27th/29th Jan and 3rd /5th Feb. These had been very successful with juveniles returned to their parents, fixed penalty notices issued, quantities of alcohol seized, licensed premises checked, one mini-moto seized, etc. As a result, juvenile nuisance had been reduced. Such operations were to be conducted on a regular basis.

A reparation scheme successfully piloted in Great Harwood was to be tried out in Rishton and suggestions of projects the juveniles could do in the way of community service (eg. litter picking) were being sought.

In Kath’s absence, Lesley was doing all she could to push on with the Centre refurbishment scheme. She had had discussions with the architect following the wide circulation of the draft plans. She had also talked to Youth and Community, one result of which was a planned visit to a youth centre in Huncoat after the next FRY meeting 8/03/06.

It was noted that it was proposed to open an Army Cadet Corps in Rishton which it was hoped would be another positive move to providing further activities for young people (girls as well as boys) in the village. It would meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Scout hut. An open meeting was to be held on Tuesday 14th March 2006.

There was a preliminary discussion about the Festival procession route. The idea this year was to start from Cut Wood and weave through the side streets to the north of Blackburn Rd to come out through St Peter’s St on to Harwood Rd. and thence to the Top Rec. Johanna would discuss this with her superiors. The next Festival open meeting had been set for Wednesday 29th March 2006 at the Free Gardener’s Club at 7.30pm.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 22nd March 2006 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

ii) Holt St recreation ground.

At the meeting with Kay Horsley (LCC) and Craig Horabin (HBC) 23/02/06, the results of consultations with various groups of young people were reported. These had confirmed that there was no great demand for a large skate facility. There was also the question of the cost of regular inspection and maintenance to keep the facility safe which HBC would not wish to incur, putting the burden for this on the local residents. Opinion was divided on the location of the proposed youth shelter, some wanting it at the top of the field and some at the bottom. Without a skate facility to link it to, it was agreed that it be put at the bottom near the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area).

As an alternative to a skate facility, it was suggested that a wide path be created around the field which could be used for skate boards and bikes as well as pedestrians and the disabled. ‘Jungle Jim’ type adventure equipment could be placed around the periphery of this path. Kay said her funding had run out and Craig undertook to have revised plans drawn up. One of the first things that would need to be done would be to engage a surveyor to draw up drainage plans before anything else was done.

Kay would look for further funding to help progress the plans. They could advise on fund raising. Craig said HBC were hoping to get funding software to speed up the fund finding process.

The next meeting was set for Thursday 23/02/06 at the Centre at 10.30am.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 8/02/06, Lesley reported on all the work she had been doing to progress the plans for the Centre refurbishment and seeking possible sources of funding. She was warmly thanked for all she was doing.

Next meeting Wednesday 08/03/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Still awaiting quotes from installation contractors.

(vi) www.rishton.net. A funding application to ‘Awards for All’ was still being considered and Colin had obtained the necessary application pack.

Paul’s historical talk in the Library 27/02/06 had been well received once again by a good audience.

10. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The launch of the final Appraisal report at the Centre on Wednesday 22/02/06 had not been particularly well attended but there had been one or two useful contacts. Copies of the report would be issued to Panel members when modifications had been made.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. A number of events had been planned for ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ from the 6th to 19th March 2006. The main event entitled ‘The Final Push Event’ was to be held at the Hyndburn Community Resource Centre in Cannon St on Thursday 16/03/06 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm when there would be displays and guest speakers.

It was also hoped to have a charity football match at Accrington Stanley’s ground on World Trade Day, Saturday 13th May 2006

(iv) Community Outreach Programme (COP). Awaiting further feedback on how Panels could help the Foundation achieve the necessary targets.

(v) Peta Edwards 3 year review. Peta’s final report was to be presented to a special Foundation Management Committee on the 19th April 2006.

(vi) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(vii) Replacement for Catherine. Donna Neely was due to start 13/03/06.

(viii) Training. Fiona circulated copies of the latest Events Programme to those who hadn’t already had them. Margaret, Wendy and Maria were helping out with the PROSPECTS stall at a Hyndburn Women’s Forum event as part of International Women’s Week at Accrington Town Hall on Saturday 11th March 2006 from 10.00am to 3.00pm

(ix) Newsletter. Items for the Spring Newsletter needed to be with Alysha in the PROSPECTS Office by 17/03/06.

11. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret reported that in the latest CVS Newsletter there were details of a Photographic Exhibition they were going to hold in Volunteers Week (first full in June). Organisations willing to be photographed doing volunteer projects were asked to declare ‘expressions of interest’. It was agreed that we should do so.

12. Working party(ies). Towpath grass clearance between High St bridge and Tottleworth bridge, Saturdays the 11th, 18th and 25th March 2006, meet at 9.30pm at Tottleworth bridge.

13. Time booking. Wendy, Bootstrap publicity course 3 hours. Margaret, Wendy and Maria International Womens event 10.00am to 3.00pm.

14. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Probation Service. It was suggested that as Mike used the Probation Service sometimes for practical work, they might be interested in towpath grass clearance. The section from Tottleworth Bridge to Norden bridge needed doing but would take the Panel ages when it might be using its energies to better effect. Colin to ask Mike.

15. Dates of next meetings : 04/04/06

02/05/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th April 2006.

1. Present : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton.

2. Apologies : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Ruth Colling, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, County Cllr Miles Parkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). Nick Smith (British Waterways).

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

3. Minutes of the Meeting 07/03/06. The minutes were amended to record that Mary had given her apologies at the end of the previous meeting and were then agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Footpath through Meadowhead. Still to establish who owns the land before further progress. Lesley trying to find out.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Programmed by LCC for ‘spring/early summer’.

(iii) Welcome sign Norden bridge. Mike had been making enquiries about ownership of the banking the welcome sign was on and had confirmation that it was not owned by BW, HBC or LCC Estates but LCC were checking Highways. Mike was pursuing other possibilities. Mike was to let Colin have the PROSPECTS strimmer to tidy up the banking pro-tem. Wendy had raised the possibility of a formal layout with seating, etc. This could be an opportunity for a student project by Myerscough College or we might try to interest Park View Nurseries.

(iv) Canal Clean-up. In response to a follow-up email to BW’s Mark Overum (31/3/06), Colin had received a reply from a Tammy Greenhalgh (Acting Customer Operations Manager) indicating that on completion of other work, it was hoped a workboat could be released soon to ‘resume debris removal and sail between Blackburn lock and Nelson removing rubbish continually throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn.

Colin had also raised with Tammy a concern of Gordon’s that a stretch of hedge on the towpath on the Church side of High St bridge was now so overgrown that bicycle passage along the towpath was being severely impeded. She promised the hedge would be scheduled into their works timetable but this might not be possible until the beginning of May.

(v) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Confirmation had been received that Great Harwood Area Council had approved half the cost of refurbishing the steps (half of 7920) provided Rishton did the same. Lesley was pursuing this with Steve Watson our Area Council Coordinator with every expectation that such an allowance could be made from the Rishton capital allocation.

b) Litter bins adjacent to dog dirt bins in Norden Valley area. Bins installed

w/e 17/03/06. Colin had submitted the final report to the funders, the Greenspaces Partnership, with photos.

c) Entrance to Cut Wood Park. The entrance had been reinstated as was, with two fixed bollards and one (central) removable. Clearly our suggestion for widening with the Festival in mind had not found favour (so far).

d) Cut Wood Park drainage and fence painting. Path drainage at the bottom Cut Lane entrance had always been a problem with frequent path flooding. This had been made worse by the contractors installing the new play equipment blocking the drains with mud. Colin had emailed Craig about this but work was already in hand to put in extra drainage. This seemed to be working.

Colin had also enquired about repainting the fences around the refurbished play areas which were quite rusty in places. Craig replied that there was no money left in the scheme for this. The matter had been raised at the Rishton Area Council meeting 30/3/06 and it was agreed to look into the possibility of allocating funds for this from the capital allocation.

e) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. Colin had also enquired about unfinished work on Harwood Rd Rec to reposition the skate ramps, fit non wrap round swings and repaint the supports. The skate ramps would be repositioned when labour became available but once again it appeared HBC Parks had run out of money for the others. The Area Council had agreed to consider funding these as well.

(vi) Volunteer Centre (CVS) Ribble Valley Photographic Exhibition. We had duly ‘expressed an interest’ in being photographed on some project for their exhibition in June.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret reported that we had just received the bill for 250 from HBC for the Norden field litter bins, which left a balance of 55.67 in the current account. (Investment account 3402.88 unchanged).

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Mike was still awaiting approval from BW before proceeding. There appeared to be a problem now with access for the towpath mowing contractors. They maintained they needed access at Tottleworth bridge which because of space, could mean abandoning the disabled kissing gate and reverting to an ‘A’ frame and lockable access gate.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. To be raised with Nick Smith when he attended a Panel meeting. He had sent apologies for the April meeting but had been advised of the date of the May one.

7. Station Adoption. Margaret, Colin and Geoff had carried out the first monthly inspection 16/3/06 and sent off the completed Northern Rail Service Quality Log report form.

Margaret had received a reply from Northern about the damaged fence saying they had reported it to their contractor.

Revised instructions (‘Station Adoptees Fault Reporting Procedure’) had now been received regarding reporting to the new Northern Helpdesk operated by ISS Building Services (0118 955 0193).

The stone ‘RISHTON’ sign had been repaired but it was felt to be a very poor job, nowhere near restoring it to pristine condition. Hopefully other work undertaken by the contractor would be to a better standard.

There was to be a meeting of the East Lancs Community Rail Partnersip (ELCRP) at the Globe in Accrington on Thursday 6th April 2006. Colin intended going and hoped to get an update on the refurbishment project from Richard Watts while there.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had emailed Andrew Kitching (Elwood) for an update again which was forthcoming this time but wasn’t encouraging. Elwood’s main priority was completing schemes under their current programme and seeking continuation funding when their present funding ran out next year. He was therefore fearful that, while our scheme was ‘in the list of potential projects’, ‘it may be one of those schemes which does not come off’. We therefore needed to be thinking of alternatives.

Christine Walkden’s slide illustrated talk at the Rishton Horticultural Society’s AGM at the Rishton Conservative Club on the 3rd April 2006 had been very interesting. She showed how the smallest of gardens or back yards could be transformed into a living oasis. Paul and Colin had had a chance to talk to her about the Landmark Trees project and once again she had promised her support in whatever way was felt to be practical.

No specific contact had been made with any of the Horticultural Society’s officers but with the Panel’s potential interest in a food growing project, it was felt that it could be useful to invite someone along to a Panel meeting to see what collaboration might be possible.

9. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. PC Johanna Bourne reported that ‘carrier operations’ (ie patrolling with the police carrier vehicle) were continuing to good effect and they were building up a list of persistent trouble makers. These could become candidates for Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC’s). It was also still intended to go ahead with reparation projects in the community for youths committing low-level nuisance.

In May the Community Officers would be going into the three primary schools to talk about anti-social behaviour.

Mini-moto owners risked immediate confiscation without prior warning if they were caught being ridden in public places.

b) Rishton Action Group. David showed the latest plans for the Bottom Rec and advised that there would be a drop-in session for young people to air there views on young people’s issues at the Centre on Friday 31/3/06 between 6.00pm and 8.00pm. [Later : There had been limited response to this but some ideas were generated].

Lesley reported that the Rishton Old People’s Welfare Committee as managing trustees of the Centre had to formally agree to the refurbishment plans before they could proceed. The visit to the Youth Project in Huncoat had proved helpful. They did however have a part-time youth worker to run the project.

PCSO Steve Charnley reported that he was looking into the possibility of helping to start a residents’ group in the Devonshire Rd area at the request of some local residents.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Thursday 27th April 2006 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(ii) Rishton Festival 2006. While it had been ‘on the cards’ for some time, it was still unhappy news to have it confirmed that HBC would be unable to assist any of the local festivals this year both financially or with support personnel. Festivals would have to raise their own funding and to this end, David had applied to ‘Awards for All’ for a grant of 5000.

(iii) Holt St recreation ground. In David’s absence there was no formal report but it was known that David was working on sourcing potential funders. He had also arranged a meeting on site with a playground construction company 23/3/06 to discuss the plans and get some idea of the cost. On the latest plan (Iss 3) the skate facility had been replaced by a wide tarmac path round the site which could be used by skaters, bikers, wheel chairs and pedestrians. Positioned round it were items of ‘Jungle Gym’ equipment. The youth shelter was positioned near the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), not far from the Holt St entrance.

It had been questioned what Rishton United were able to fund, particularly in relation to pitch drainage and changing room construction. Colin had said that he would liaise with Rishton United on this. Colin had also been in touch with John Lamb from Lancashire Wildlife Trust about looking at possibilities for the nature trail, etc. John unfortunately was tied up on other projects until June but would be happy to assist after this.

The next meeting was to be arranged when more progress had been made.

(iv) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 8/03/06, Malcolm Ward spoke about the forthcoming setting up of an Army Cadet unit in Rishton, how it would be staffed and what activities the young people would be engaged in. It was agreed that it must be a good thing if it taught YP’s new skills and occupied them usefully. Thereafter the meeting was kept short to enable the visit to Huncoat to take place. The facilities at the Youth Project and the leadership received from Sharon seemed to be well appreciated by the young people spoken to while there.

Next meeting Wednesday 26/04/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(v) Lords House Farm. No report.

(vi) Benches. Still awaiting quotes from installation contractors. It was understood some of the healthy walking group had been wondering what was happening to the scheme.

(vii) www.rishton.net. A funding application had been submitted to ‘Awards for All’ in the Panel’s name for the new equipment Paul needed to support the web site.

10. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final amended report had still to be issued to members.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. ‘The Final Push Event’ held at the Hyndburn Community Resource Centre in Cannon St on Thursday 16/03/06 had been disappointingly supported. Over 180 invitations had been sent to local food outlets and providers but the response had been poor. We were still struggling to get the final few needed to claim Fairtrade Borough status.

It was still hoped to have a charity football match at Accrington Stanley’s ground on World Trade Day, Saturday 13th May 2006

(iv) Community Outreach Programme (COP). Awaiting further feedback on how Panels could help the Foundation achieve the necessary targets.

(v) Peta Edwards 3 year review. Peta’s final report was to be presented to a special Foundation Management Committee on the 19th April 2006.

(vi) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(vii) Staff attendance at Panel meetings. Colin read out a letter dated 22/3/06 from Ian Plested the Foundation’s Development Manager regarding concern about the amount of time staff, Mike in particular, were spending attending Panel meetings (mainly evenings) and the effect this was having on their quality of life and the complications of time-off-in-lieu (toil). This had been backed up by a letter from Phil Barwood , the Foundation’s Chairman. Ian’s letter also dealt with the Panels’ admin grant from the COP and this years insurance premium (see viii and ix below).

Ian was proposing that ‘staff should only spend the minimum required time at Panel meetings. This will mean that staff will only attend meetings for the relevant agenda item, if required to attend at all. In some instances staff will only send a report to the Panel for information purposes, when appropriate.’

The meeting was sympathetic to the problem, all the more so as the input from Foundation staff was highly valued. However, it was felt that it was important for Panel members to see the staff from time to time to help them feel part of the wider organisation. Also, the staff needed to ‘get the feel’ of what was happening at Panel level and this was best achieved by not only attending Panel meetings, but by spending the whole time listening to what the members had to say and gauging what their needs were.

Colin was asked to report back to Ian that the Panel was not happy with the proposal as it was important to remember that the Foundation was set up to support the Panels and staff attendance at Panel meetings was felt to be an essential tool in achieving good communication between the two.

It was noted that out of the last 16 Panel meetings since January 2005, Mike had only attended 3, Ian 1 and Catherine 1. That was not to say of course that there was not excellent liaison on specific issues at other times either person to person, by telephone or email.

(viii) Admin cost grant. As part of the COP each Panel was to receive 250 towards its admin costs. It had been suggested that each Panel invoice the Foundation for this but Colin had contested this on the basis of past practice when the grants were issued by the Foundation and acknowledged by each Panel on receipt. This had been accepted as the correct procedure and would be acted upon.

(ix) Insurance cost. The overall premium cost to the Foundation had only increased marginally and so it had been agreed to maintain each Panel’s contribution at 175

(x) Newsletter. The Spring Newsletter had been issued by email so some members had not received one. It was agreed Colin get further copies from Foundation HQ. While it was appreciated emailing was a cost saving to the Foundation, it was an added cost to members that some might not appreciate.

(xi) Events programme. Attention was drawn to the latest Events Programme and extra copies handed out where necessary.

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

12. Working party(ies). There had been a variable response to the three Saturday mornings allocated to clearing grass and weeds from the towpath between High St and Tottleworth bridges (4,4,3) but progress had been made.

Since the previous meeting we had received a request from the Great Harwood Panel to assist with their ‘Spring Clean’ on the 1st April 2006 by doing a litter pick along Lee Lane. Colin had emailed everyone but only two were able to turn up. However 6 bins bags of rubbish were collected just from the corner of Wilpshire Rd. It was agreed that those who could, should meet on the corner of Wilpshire Rd on Wednesday 12/4/06 at 10.00am to do some more.

Also unfinished was work on the path edges and briar intrusion on the old railway cutting path but no plans were formulated for this.

The shrubbery on Harwood Rd Rec needed weeding and generally tidying up. It tended to get forgotten being out of sight of most members.

13. Time booking. Wendy 1 hour litter picking on the community garden and on the canal towpath at High St bridge. Mary, 1 hour litter picking in Cut Lane.

14. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

(ii) Probation Service. It had been suggested that as Mike used the Probation Service sometimes for practical work, they might be interested in towpath grass clearance. Colin had spoken to Mike who promised to raise it with them.

(iii) Green Partnership Awards celebration 20/05/06. As recipients of a GPA for the litter bins we had been invited to attend ‘A Celebration of Achievement’ function at County Hall, Preston on Saturday,

20th May 2006 from 10.30am to 1.00pm when we would be presented with a certificate. We could mount a display if we wished. There would be a buffet. Up to 3 members could go. A decision on whether to go and who was held over to the next meeting.

(iv) Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle - Grand Charity Walk - Sunday 25th June 2006. This was to be from the Dunkenhalgh Hotel to Thompson Park, Burnley via the Leeds and Liverpool Canal starting at about 9.30am. The aim was to be a medium for fundraising for ‘Charities and Good Causes’. Entry was 3.00 per head but all sponsor money would be retained by each organisation entering. It had been suggested that groups in Rishton might use it to raise funds for the Centre refurbishment and Holt St. It was agreed that Colin should send away for the advertised information pack.

(v) 10 year celebration. The Panel will have been in existence for ten years this year. Did we want to have some form of birthday celebration? The item was left for members to think about.

(vi) Sausage Factory. It was believed planning permission had been given for three houses to be built on the site and some initial clearing was taking place. The item was therefore closed.

(vii) Britain in Bloom. It had been suggested at the Area Council that Rishton might consider entering the competition next year and Margaret had indicated that if it went ahead, PROSPECTS would support it. But we needed more information of what was involved and it was agreed to get a spec from the Internet.

15. Dates of next meetings. 02/05/06

06/06/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 2nd May 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Claire Hamilton, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer). Ian Plested (PROSPECTS Foundation Development Manager).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 04/04/06. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. In Lesley’s absence there was no report about establishing land ownership of the land the footpath went over.

Concern was expressed about the building site once again. Children had been seen throwing building blocks in the canal and building dens with them. Safety and security were key issues. Miles said he would follow this up.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Programmed by LCC for ‘spring/early summer’. We were waiting expectantly!

(iii) Welcome sign Norden bridge. Mike had provided Colin with the PROSPECTS strimmer but he hadn’t had a chance to use it yet. There was no further progress on land ownership.

(iv) Canal clean-up and hedge cutting. The canal was still a mess and the hedge had not been cut yet. If there was no progress soon, Colin would follow this up with BW.

(v) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Lesley had confirmed to Colin that Rishton’s half of the cost of refurbishing the steps (half of 7920) had now been built into the Area Council’s capital budget. b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. It was believed painting the fence had been included in the Area Council’s capital budget. To be confirmed with Lesley.

Colin had expressed concern about the state and safety of some of the trees in the wood. Shirley Parkinson (Green Spaces Manager, HBC) had replied that Katie Morley (HBC Parks) had been given the daunting task of surveying all the trees in HBC’s parks. She hoped to do Cut Wood around July/August this year. Lottery funding bids would be submitted for the various parks as the surveys were completed. Colin had offered Panel assistance with the survey if this would help.

Green Flag management plans were in place for all the parks which included improvements needed to meet the required standards. In Cut Wood Park this included the play area (virtually complete), tree works, path improvements, naturalised planting in the wood and the area overlooking the reservoir. Getting funding for any improvements was the next stage and help from the Panel in this respect would be appreciated.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. Still waiting for HBC Parks to find labour to move the ramps. Lesley to confirm that the provision of non-wrap round swings and painting had been included in the Area Council’s capital budget.

(vi) Volunteer Centre (CVS) Ribble Valley Photographic Exhibition. A photographer had duly come and taken a multiplicity of photos of our team of volunteers litter picking on Lee Lane (we have never been photographed as much!). However we had since received notification that the Exhibition had had to be postponed from its original June dates but it was hoped to have it still, later in the year.

(vii) Use of Probation Service. Mike had had a meeting with Steve Bentley, Placement Coordinator for the Probation Service and outlined possible future projects for PROSPECTS that they might undertake, including further grass clearance on the towpath in Rishton. They were now considering what they might do.

(viii) Green Partnership Awards celebration. We had been invited to a celebration event at County Hall in Preston on Saturday, 20th May 2006 to be one of many recipients of certificates in recognition of receipt of grants from the Green Partnership, in our case for the two litter bins on Norden playing fields. Up to three people were invited. It was agreed that Colin and Margaret would go if Margaret was willing to.

(ix) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Colin had not been able to do anything in this respect. To be pursued.

(x) Britain in Bloom. It had been proposed at the last Rishton Area Council meeting that Rishton should consider entering the competition in 2007. We had promised our support. It was suggested we explore their web site and establish the criteria for the competition so that we knew just what was required.

5. Treasurer’s Report. We were grateful to receive a grant of 250 towards admin expenses from the Foundation from the Community Outreach Programme. In due course we would be receiving a bill for 175 (same as last year) for insurance covers.

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. It looked certain now that the final gateway would have to be an ‘A’ frame and lockable gate to give the mowing contractors access. Mike was still negotiating with BW.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

(iii) Towpath grass clearance – High St to Tottleworth bridges. Working parties during the month had completed this work. Some spraying with herbicide would be needed as the grass and weeds regenerated.

7. Station Adoption.

(i) Refurbishment update. Quite a lot had been done by the contractors. Seating had been repositioned, the shelters had been cleaned and painted, the fence had been repaired, the stone fronted raised flower bed had been constructed and filled with compost, three posts and hoops for litter bags had been erected and the four ‘Prosperity’ planters had been delivered and positioned (differently to plan as they looked out of place in the planned positions).

The planters now needed filling and planting up. Filling would start with chippings from the station yard for drainage, then a semi-permeable membrane, then soil from Blackburn platform banking and finally compost and plants. Getting materials from one platform to the other over the footbridge was going to be laborious but it would not set the right example if the Panel were to cross the line and would be likely to result in loss of adoption status.

It was agreed to have a working party the following Thursday evening (04/05/06) at 6.30pm to fill the planters with chippings and soil. Colin would get the membrane. A further working party would then be arranged to put in compost and plant up. Colin would get the compost and plants.

(ii) East Lancs Community Rail Partnership (ELCRP). Colin had attended the meeting at the Globe 06/04/06. It had been of general interest but there was nothing of significance to report.

(iii) Community Rail Day –Saturday, 20th May 2006. This would be the second annual event nationally of this nature. The main activities locally would be at Blackburn station from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Street Band ‘Blowjangles’ would be playing on some of the Blackburn to Colne and Blackburn to Clitheroe train services.

(iv) Rishton station vandalism. Mary reported that she and her husband had been to the station one evening to see the work that had been done and witnessed 5 youths (4M, 1F) spraying graffiti on the telephone box and the Blackburn side shelter. They had called the police who had responded in time to arrest the girl and two of the lads who were taken to Great Harwood police station and their parents called.

(Well done Mary and Nigel!).

When Margaret and Colin went to look at the damage the following day and to do their monthly inspection, the graffiti had been cleaned off. (It was believed the police had had the culprits clean it off but this remained to be confirmed).

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. There was no further progress to report. There was a feeling once again that we ought to approach Lord Petre but we should consult with ELWood before doing so.

Colin had updated Paul Holden of Great Harwood & Rishton Rotary who had raised the subject in the first place. Paul wondered if we might have more success with a scheme planting beech only (as existing trees) each one individually protected against cattle.

9. Grand Charity Walk – Sunday, 25th June 2006. Colin had sent away for the information pack. It was certainly a tempting idea to raise funds for the Panel. Decision to be made at the next Panel meeting.

10. Festival 2006. It was agreed that we should have a stall again this year but located among the other stalls and less ambitious. Colin would make up bird boxes beforehand from the kits left over from last year. He was unsure whether he would get people to make some on the day. It was suggested we buy some bird seed in bulk and sell it off in small packages.

Art activities for young people could include ‘rubbish art’ and ‘graffiti art’. Making musical instruments with cans, yoghurt pots, water bottles, rice, pasta, etc could end with a performance on the stage.

The new SAMS Scrapstore as advertised in the latest PROSPECTS News could be a good source of materials.

11. 10th Anniversary Celebration. September/October would see the 10th anniversary of the formal setting up of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel. Did we want to celebrate this in some way? There seemed to be general agreement that it would be nice to do something. Suggestions included displays in the Library and Post Office and talks to school assemblies with appropriate displays.

12. Carbon Footprint Challenge. A brief of the Foundation’s proposed competition was handed out to those present. One’s ‘Carbon Footprint’ is a representation of the effect one has on the climate in terms of the total amount of green house gasses one produces. The aim of the Challenge was to see how much teams of five participants could reduce their Carbon Footprints over a 12 month period. It was hoped to involve a range of community groups, particularly those to be targeted in the Community Outreach Programme. It was naturally hoped that Panels too would take part. There would be prizes of 1000, 500 and 250.

It was agreed we should consider this in more detail at the next meeting.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. There was nothing particular to report from the PACT meeting 27/4/06. The community policing team was down to one as PC Kath Barnes was still confined to office duties and PCSO Steve Charnley was out of action following a knee operation. However police activity was continuing, to combat juvenile nuisance and mini-moto confiscation. It was noted that the community police had been issued with push bikes to aid movement in the area.

b) Rishton Action Group. No report as Colin was unable to attend due to other commitments. It was understood that Lesley had arranged for a party from the Centre Committee to visit the youth project in Huncoat and they had been suitably impressed.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 24th May 2006 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(iii) Holt St recreation ground. In David’s absence there was no formal report. The playground construction company had visited as planned 23/3/06 and was to provide some guide costs. This would not include any drainage requirements which would have to be done with another specialist organisation. It was believed a survey for this had been carried out the day previously. David was to get a second playground construction company to quote for comparison.

Colin had contacted Rishton United who were still uncertain what funding they might be able to raise. The lease might be too short for some funders. It was believed they had two concrete section structures they had hoped to erect at St Charles and St Peter & St Paul’s school playing fields for changing facilities but these had not been approved. They were therefore considering the possibility of erecting them on the old changing room plinth on the Bottom Rec but this would probably need planning permission.

We had also been advised that the construction of a wide tarmac path round the site would probably need Dunkenhalgh approval.

The next meeting of the Bottom Rec group had been fixed for Tuesday 23/05/06 at the Free Gardeners at 7.00pm.

(iv) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 26/04/06, Lesley reported that the deeds for the Centre had been located and deposited with a solicitor. The Trustees of the Centre had met formally and agreed the plans for the refurbishment. Lesley was looking at applying for funding to the Lottery and also landfill (SITA).

Next meeting Wednesday 24/05/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(v) Lords House Farm. No report.

(vi) Benches. Because of other commitments, Paul had had little chance to progress this project.

(vii) www.rishton.net. Awaiting result of funding application to ‘Awards for All’.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. The final amended report had still to be issued to members.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. We were still struggling to get the final few retail and catering outlets needed to claim Fairtrade Borough status. For various reasons we had lost some outlets but due to Mike’s efforts one or two had been replaced and it was pleasing to note that M & S were now ‘on board’. Unfortunately Mike was getting little support and the meeting of the Fairtrade Group scheduled for 03/05/06 was having to be postponed.

(iv) Community Outreach Programme (COP). It was hoped the ‘Carbon Footprint Challenge would go a long way to meeting some of the targets in this Programme.

(v) Peta Edwards 3 year review. Peta’s final report was presented to a special Foundation Management Committee on the 19th April 2006. In general the Foundation was felt to be fulfilling its purposes but there were certain matters that needed attention, viz :

A lack of understanding amongst Foundation and Panel members of the term ‘Sustainability’.

Better marketing of the Foundation and Panels.

Funding (for the longer term).

Panel membership (low in numbers particularly under-represented groups such as younger people and ethnic minorities).

(vi) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(vii) Staff attendance at Panel meetings. Colin had made the Panel’s views known to Ian and due note had been made.

(viii) Newsletter. Colin had obtained hard copies (not email) of the Spring Newsletter and these were issued to those who required them. Copy would soon be required for the Summer edition. It had been suggested we put something in about the station but it was felt this would be better to wait until all the work had been done and the planters were in full flower (hopefully).

(ix) AGM (170/5/06) and membership. Colin encouraged those who were not members of the Foundation to consider applying so that they could attend the AGM and vote and he had the necessary form available. Also available were nomination forms for ‘Prospector of the Year’.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. In Margaret’s absence there was no report.

16. Working party(ies).

4 sessions had taken place litter picking along Lee Lane with varying numbers of helpers, totalling 26 man-hours and collecting 41 bin bags of rubbish.

Cutting back the section of bramble intrusion on the old railway cutting had been completed but no more work had been done on the path edges, although they were not too bad to be left for another year provided some selective spraying with herbicide was done on some stretches. The crocus and daffodils had made a reasonable show but the latter had suffered some vandal damage. The bluebells were yet to flower.

Nothing had been done on the Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery and this should be given serious consideration at the next meeting.

The priority for now must be the 4 planters on the station (see 7(i) above).

17. Time booking. Mary, 2 hours litter picking in Cut Lane (bottom) and 3 hours in Cut Wood Park.

Mary had also reported the vandalism on the station (see 7(iv) above) and to the telephone box at the corner of Blackburn Rd & Cut Lane (fixed). She had also reported a loose bollard at the bottom Cut Lane entrance to Cut Wood Park (fixed).

18. Any other business :

(i) Charity registration. No progress.

19. Dates of next meetings. 06/06/06

04/07/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 6th June 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Beverley Moorhouse, County Cllr Miles Parkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Ruth Colling, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 02/05/06. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. In Lesley’s absence there was no report about establishing land ownership of the land the footpath went over.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Programmed by LCC for ‘spring/early summer’. We were waiting expectantly! [Later : started w/c 12/06/06]

(iii) Norden bridge banking. Colin had strimmed the banking. He had also talked to an elderly gentleman and his daughter (? granddaughter) who visited one of the buildings there and garden behind. He claimed he owned the land to the roadside boundary wall but his daughter felt that he might only be leasing the land from the Dunkenhalgh Estate. He was quite happy for us to be tidying up the banking. We were still uncertain what to do long-term but for the moment Colin felt he could keep it trimmed with his rotary mower. It was suggested Colin might usefully talk to Shirley Parkinson, HBC’s Green Spaces Officer.

(iv) Canal clean-up and hedge cutting. The hedge had now been cut and the canal seemed a little cleaner so the BW barge had probably been through. Colin had emailed his latest contact at BW (Tammy Greenhalgh) to thank them for doing the hedge.

(v) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Nothing done as yet. Colin to follow up with Craig. b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. Fence not yet painted. Colin to follow up with Craig. Woodland survey by Katie Morley expected July/August.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. Nothing done yet. Colin to follow up with Craig.

(vi) Volunteer Centre (CVS) Ribble Valley Photographic Exhibition. CVS will notify us when rearrangements made for exhibition later in the year. Remove from agenda for now.

(vii) Use of Probation Service. Steve Bentley, Placement Coordinator for the Probation Service was looking for a link between the towpath and any associated crime that would justify using his team there.

(viii) Green Partnership Awards celebration. Colin and Margaret had attended the celebration event at County Hall in Preston on Saturday, 20th May 2006 and duly received a certificate in recognition of our receipt of a grant from the Green Partnership for the two litter bins on Norden playing fields. It had been an interesting event, particularly to see the variety of projects supported. We should certainly use them again when appropriate. Those attending were able to take free shrubs and two were taken and planted in the stone bed on the station.

(ix) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Colin still to pursue.

(x) Britain in Bloom 2007. Still to explore their web site and establish the criteria for the competition so that we knew just what was required. Mike suggested we contact Robert Rushton in HBC’s Area Council office who was coordinating Huncoat’s involvement.

5. Treasurer’s Report. 200 had been transferred from the investment account to enable the Secretary’s expenses (including plants, etc) and insurance premium to be met. The investment account now stood at 3216.87 and current account at 153.16.

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Mike had received a quote of 700 from Natural Organics who had done the other work around Tottleworth bridge. This was for an ‘A’ frame and gate and was half another quote he had had. This would now be going ahead.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

(iii) Towpath grass clearance – High St to Tottleworth bridges. Colin had sprayed the path edges with herbicide. (Also some parts of the old railway cutting path.)

7. Station Adoption.

Excellent working parties on the 4th and 9th May 2006 had seen the planters filled with layers of chippings (from the station yard), soil (from the Blackburn platform banking) and compost and planted up with a variety of bedding plants. Bulk carting of chippings and soil over the bridge had proved hard work but the end result made it worthwhile. Various members had since undertaken watering, getting their supply from a house in Shaw Brook Close backing on to Station Rd owned by a lady from the Methodist Church who was pleased to help. So far, the planters had not been significantly vandalised although some of the plants had failed naturally and had to be replaced.

The shelters had received new inners and looked very smart.

Colin had written to Network Rail (26/05/06) about the state of the ‘car park’ and the lights on the Blackburn platform that were still not working. They had replied 05/06/06 indicating that they would liaise with Northern Rail to have the matters attended to.

Colin had also been in touch with Richard Watts of LCC to see if a concrete apron could be created at the front of the stone ‘RISHTON’ sign now the working party had cleared the weeds and soil away. Richard had indicated that it should be possible and there was funding available.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had emailed Andrew Kitching of ELWood (25/5/06) about contacting Lord Petre. He had responded (3/6/06) saying he could see no harm in doing so. At the same time he said that regrettably due to other priorities he felt ELWood had to pass responsibility for the Scheme back to the Panel. They would however support us in any way they could.

It was agreed that we should write to Lord Petre seeking his help and support.

A suggestion was made that one way of raising funds for the project would be to get people to sponsor trees ‘in memoriam’.

9. Grand Charity Walk – Sunday, 25th June 2006. There was no enthusiasm to join in as a Panel but members were encouraged to support Norden YC who were believed to be taking part to raise funds for the Festival and the Centre refurbishment.

10. Festival 2006 - 12th August 2006. David was still awaiting a response from ‘Awards for All’ about funding. Gordon had visited the SAMS Scrapstore and it seemed certain we could get the materials we needed for our proposed art activities with young people. The Foundation was now a member of SAMS Scrapstore enabling it and its members to buy recycled materials at very reasonable prices. This did not prevent Panel members from starting to collect plastic pots, etc themselves and this Gordon demonstrated he was already doing.

At the next meeting we would need to decide who does what.

11. 10th Anniversary Celebration. Rather than giving a talk to schools as suggested last time, it might be a better idea to have art competitions with colouring at the younger end and collage/photography/computer generated posters at the older end (primary and up to year 7 at Norden). It might be best to arrange say a two hour slot in the timetable to do it rather than letting them get on with it in their own time. There would be prizes.

For Panel members, lunch at Harwoods one Saturday was suggested, with members walking there (to work up an appetite?!).

12. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Further information had been circulated to members together with details of the official launch at the Hyndburn Voluntary and Community Resource Centre, Cannon St, Accrington the following day (5/6/06) – World Environment Day.

There was a feeling among some members that we were probably already doing a lot to save energy, etc and that we might not be able to do much more. Others felt that whether or not we stood a chance of winning a prize, we should be ‘flying the flag’ and supporting this important initiative which was key to the Foundation meeting the grant conditions of the Community Outreach Programme.

Mike advised that Ian was proposing to come and speak to interested groups to explain more about it and it was agreed to invite him to come and talk to our September meeting.

13. Panel’s Get-together – Rishton – Friday 23/06/06. Donna was putting out the invitation to the members of all the Panels, for reply by Monday 19th. Timing would be start 6.30pm, for eats at about 7.00pm with the Panel setting up at 6.00pm. When we knew the numbers we could order beef burgers and sausages split between the two local butchers (Colin). Fiona would get rolls, etc on the Friday. Mike would ask Donna to look after the salad (lettuce from Gatty?). We would also need hot dogs, fruit juice, squash, water, disposable cups and plates, sauces, etc. Margaret would liaise with Fiona on her return from holiday on the Thursday.

Simon (Bev’s husband) had agreed to act as chef and had all the necessary bbq equipment plus a gazebo. Mike would also bring the Foundation gazebo. Fiona would contact Paul to see if he would be available to lead some walks along the towpath. It was suggested we might invite the local PCSO.

14. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. The PACT meeting 24/5/06 was attended by PC Stuart Welch and PCSO Tracey Bridges from Clayton-le-Moors as PC Kath Barnes was still confined to office duties, PC Johanna Bourne was ill and PCSO Steve Charnley was still recovering from a knee operation. However police activity was continuing, to combat juvenile nuisance and mini-moto confiscation. PC Welch showed a cutting from the Lancashire Evening Telegraph about their success in confiscating quantities of alcohol from youths who had been coming from far and wide to Cut Wood Park.

Fr Martin drew attention to vandalism at the Baptist Church and at Norden, Methodist and St Charles schools. These were agreed as priorities for patrol together with Cut Wood Park and the roads leading to it.

b) Rishton Action Group. No report.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 28th June 2006 at 6.00pm at the Centre.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. At a meeting of interested parties on the 23rd May 2006 at the Free Gardeners it had been agreed at HBC’s instigation as leaseholders that Groundwork be invited to manage the project [Subsequently a meeting with Steven Brereton of Groundwork was arranged for Tuesday 20th June 2006 at the Free Gardeners at 7.00pm].

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the meeting 25/5/06, Lesley reported that she had got grant forms from SITA but the lottery fund she proposed applying to was not yet open for applications.

There was also discussion about the implications for the youth club of having to move into the Primetime area because of changes in control of that end of the building with Hyndburn Leisure pulling out into the new Sports Barn and Norden’s involvement with the ‘extended schools’ initiative. Maureen and Laura had worked out what they felt was a workable arrangement.

Next meeting Wednesday 21/06/06 at ????? at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Because of other commitments, Paul had had little chance to progress this project. Mike suggested using Natural Organics to quote for installation. They had done a lot of the Canal Improvement Scheme work at very reasonable prices.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Awaiting result of funding application to ‘Awards for All’. Fiona had been contacted by phone while away at her mothers and Colin had been unavailable while on holiday. She had answered a number of questions relating to the application and was preparing some more detailed cost information with Paul’s help.

15. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. Mike reported that the final report was ready to go out that week.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike hoped to try and arrange a meeting of the steering group in July.

(iv) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report. [Later ; Forum meeting arranged for Thursday 20th July 2006 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House]

16. Future of Primetime. As indicated in 14 (iii) above, there were to be changes in the running of Primetime with the most likely outcome being that Norden HS would take over control of the facility. It seemed likely that the Panel would still be able to use it for meetings but not for free as at present. Now that Hyndburn Leisure staff were not based there, temporary arrangements were in place for securing the building at the end of the day.

17. Public Consultation – mental health services in Lancashire. The Panel had received a copy of a Public Consultation Document published by the Lancashire Joint Board Committee Primary Care Trust entitled ‘Working together to improve mental health services in Lancashire’. The publication included a response form which Fiona undertook to complete as she had some experience of the mental health services.

18. Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS). PALS was updating its database which we were on and were asking if we wished to remain on it. While it was felt to be a useful service, it was not really within our remit and therefore we should let our inclusion lapse.

19. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret had just received the latest CVS newsletter but had not had time to digest it. To be reported on next meeting if there was anything of particular relevance.

20. Working party(ies). It was agreed to have a working party to plant up the bed on High St bridge with summer bedding plants at 6.30pm on Thursday 8/6/06, Colin to get plants, strip bed and dig in compost beforehand. [Later : second working party Monday 12/6/06 to weed other beds at High St bridge]

Nothing had still been done on the Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery and this should be given serious consideration at the next meeting.

21. Time booking. Wendy 2hrs (6 occasions) watering planters on the station. Known that Geoff has also done some watering and he has been asked to keep a note of this for future recording.

22. Any other business : None

23. Dates of next meetings. 04/07/06

None August, unless arranged ad hoc for Festival.

05/09/06

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 4th July 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, County Cllr Miles Parkinson. Phil Barwood (Chairman : PROSPECTS Foundation).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubery, Beverley Moorhouse, Paul Wilkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and in particular Phil Barwood who was attending for the first time.

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

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. In Lesley’s absence there was no report about establishing land ownership of the land the footpath went over. It was reported however that the builder appeared to be doing something at last on the building land nearby which had been causing considerable concern.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. Stripping the old paint off down to the galvanised surface underneath had started w/c 12/06/06 and after much painstaking hard work was now complete. Miles had had information that the actual painting could be expected in August/September. There could be the option of leaving them in the galvanised state but it was agreed that painting would look smarter.

(iii) Norden bridge banking. Colin had put his rotary mower over the banking twice and litter picked and it looked quite tidy. He had not however talked to Shirley Parkinson (HBC’s Green Spaces Officer) yet about what we might do next. He still felt a wild flower meadow might be possible as the ground seemed pretty poor and stony. It might be a good idea to seek advice from Nick Martin of BTCV who led the wild flower meadow training in Haworth Park in May.

(iv) Grand Charity Walk. For various reasons none of the members of Norden YC had walked after all. However it was understood Lesley had done but in her absence there was no report. According to the Press, the event seemed to have been very successful despite damp weather.

(v) Craig Horabin’s list. In an email dated 16/6/06 Craig reported :

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. The engineers had nearly completed the drawings and specification. It would then go out to tender. It was estimated that the project might be completed in 8 weeks from now.

b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. Report with prices was to be presented to the Area Council planning meeting the following week. Outcome not known. Woodland survey by Katie Morley expected July/August.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. Report with alternatives was also to be presented to the planning meeting the following week. The existing frame could not be fitted with anti-wrap swings, so the alternatives were to paint the existing frames retaining the existing swings or get completely new frames and swings. Outcome not known.

d) Cauldron post repainting. The ten flower cauldron posts on the Esplanade had got very rusty and were spoiling the effect the flowers created. Colin had filled in the necessary form suggesting this was a job for the new Community Caretaker. He had had no response, so he had raised the matter with Craig and offered that if HBC were not going to repaint them, he would, if they supplied the paint. This Craig had done and Colin had rubbed them down and put on two coats of paint (black anti-rust). He had also done the three posts on the community garden, although these were not as bad as the Esplanade, being galvanised underneath. (The last drops of paint had been used to smarten up the community noticeboard – not a word to Craig!!)

While Colin’s effort was appreciated, it was questioned whether such work wasn’t an example of letting the Council ‘off the hook’ regarding their responsibilities.

vi) Future of Primetime. It had not been possible to get a representative to a meeting of the Primetime Community Assn on the 27th June 2006, so no new information was to hand. David said he was proposing to raise the matter at the next Rishton Area Council meeting (Tuesday 11/7/06). It was to come under the new ‘Extended Schools’ provisions and it was questioned whether LCC might subsidise the use by community groups.

(vii) Use of Probation Service. Steve Bentley, Placement Coordinator for the Probation Service was looking for a link between the towpath and any associated crime that would justify using his team there. It was proposed to raise this at the next PACT meeting

(viii) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Colin still to pursue.

(ix) Britain in Bloom 2007 (2008?). Colin had not yet explored their web site to establish the criteria for the competition nor contacted Robert Rushton in HBC’s Area Council office who was coordinating Huncoat’s involvement.

5. Treasurer’s Report. The investment account now stood at 3216.87 and current account at 153.18 (additional 2p interest!).

6. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Natural Organics were programmed to install the ‘A’ frame and gate at the level path entrance to the towpath on Friday 21/7/06. Colin had asked Mike if we could get a suite of padlocks that would cover the gates at High St bridge, Tottleworth bridge and Norden bridge with the one key. We could then consider whether a restricted number of people needing disabled or pram access might be given keys.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

7. Station Adoption.

The planters were coming along nicely thanks to watering and other attention by Wendy and Geoff. It was suggested that we plant perennials next year that would not take so much looking after. However there was some doubt as to whether this would give as colourful a display.

The letter to Network Rail seemed to have done the trick as the station yard had been cleared of old sleepers, etc. The pile of chippings had been levelled but unfortunately not moved to where the puddling was occurring (possibly because it had dried up). There was some reluctance from those present to undertake this ourselves using wheelbarrows. Colin was to take up the possibility of a tarmac surface and ‘Park ‘n Ride’ scheme with Richard Watts (LCC) again. A bike stand was a further idea.

Northern had responded (6/6/06) about the lights and promised a contractor within 7 days to fix them. When they were still not working 23/6/06, Colin had emailed requesting an update. Response 24/6/06 was that the contractor had been contacted again ‘who will be investigating and repairing the lights shortly’. At the time of the meeting, the lights were still not working.

8. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin circulated the draft of a letter to Lord Petre. This was agreed in principle with one suggested amendment from Phil. Colin would now refer it to Mike for comment and further amendment (if necessary) before being sent. Copies would be sent to Paul Holden and Andrew Kitching.

9. Festival 2006 - 12th August 2006. David was still awaiting a response from ‘Awards for All’ about funding, although he was in contact with them and pressing for an urgent decision in view of the tight timescale now to the event date. The Festival would however go ahead regardless, although it might have to be on a reduced scale. There was approx 2500 left from last year. Total cost last year was 4500. Miles reported that County Councillors were each allocated 1000 to be used at their discretion. He was proposing that 500 each should go to Clayton-le-Moors and Rishton from his allocation and he was thanked for this. He would let David have the necessary application form.

The necessary entertainments licence was being dealt with by HBC. However there were still the band, insurance, toilets and stage to pay for. What might have to be sacrificed was the percussion band to lead the procession which would be a shame. Their cost had risen from 600 to 800 but they were felt to be well worth it if funding was available. It was planned to have an open meeting at the Centre on Friday 14th July 2006 at 7.00pm by which time it was hoped a decision by AfA would have been made and all the final arrangements could be made.

Christine Hammerton was in charge of plot allocation on the field and it was agreed we should ask for a double plot near everyone else this year.

Colin would tie in with Donna about some displays of the Panel’s achievements and would make up some bird boxes for sale. It was agreed that we should go ahead with some form of ‘graffiti’ art/musical devices based on materials from SAMS Scrapstore and suitable recyclable items we could collect ourselves. The Foundation were now members of SAMS and it was agreed that Margaret would contact Donna to arrange to go to SAMS with Fiona and Ruth to see what was available.

Margaret invited Panel members to her house (20 Beech Close) on Tuesday 8th August 2006 at 2.00pm to finalise arrangements.

10. 10th Anniversary Celebration. It was decided not to go ahead with activities or presentations to the local schools but to concentrate solely on a display in the Library (permission to be sought) and a celebratory meal at ‘Harwood’s’ for members and guests. Rather than a Saturday, it was suggested that an evening would enable advantage to be taken of their ‘earlybird’ pricing. It was agreed we should aim for Thursday

28th September 2006 and Margaret would ring to make booking enquiries. There should still be enough evening light to walk there.

11. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Ian had confirmed that he would come to the September meeting (5/9/06) to explain more of what was involved and answer members’ queries.

12. Panel’s Get-together – Rishton – Friday 07/07/06. Because of a spell of wet and windy weather and an uncertain forecast, it had been decided to postpone the get-together from 26/06/06 to 07/07/06. Indications were that a similar number were likely to come on the rearranged date ie about 30. Colin had the beef burgers and sausages (from Peter Norman only) in his freezer as it had been too late to stop them. As Fiona would be unable to come on the rearranged date, Margaret offered to get the bread rolls and Colin would get the hot dog sausages, fruit juice cartons and squash. Donna was providing the salad, sauces, plates, cups and cutlery. Mike would arrange a gazebo and Simon, who was all lined up to do the bbq, would bring another. Colin would cut the grass. Paul had agreed to conduct some walks along the towpath pointing out sections of historical interest and viewing the work the Panel and Foundation had done. It was confirmed that the timing was still 6.30pm (walk) for 7.00pm (food) with Panel members and Foundation staff arriving at 6.00pm to prepare the site. All that was needed now was a fine evening.

13. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG.

a) Policing priorities. Colin had been unable to attend the meeting planned for 28/06/06 and no minutes had yet been issued, so there was no report.

b) Rishton Action Group. No report.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : ???

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. At a meeting of interested parties at the Free Gardeners 20/06/06, the scheme as currently proposed was outlined to Steven Brereton of Groundwork and a general discussion held. He was to go away and study the various aspects to come up with a detailed and costed scheme and funding proposals.

Colin had emailed (22/06/06) John Lamb (Lancashire Wildlife Trust) advising him of Groundwork’s involvement and asking when he might be able to come and discuss the nature trail, etc. There had as yet been no reply and Colin would follow this up.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 21/06/06 had been updated on the Centre refurbishment, the Bottom Rec, the Festival and the move of Norden YC into Primetime.

Next meeting Wednesday 19/07/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. It had been suggested that Paul talk to Gary Lomas of Natural Organics to see if he could quote for bench installation. Paul was following this up.

(vi) www.rishton.net. We were still awaiting the result of the funding application to ‘Awards for All’. Fiona had provided them with further details of the equipment required and the costings they had asked for and other information.

14. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. A copy of the final report had still not been received. Phil asked if the process had been beneficial to the Panel but the general feeling was that it had been disappointing, particularly in regard to new recruits. The Action Plan had had an unfortunate start in that one of the main proposals, the ‘Dreamscheme’, had been felt to be inappropriate to Rishton when it was looked at in more depth. Other aspects of the Action Plan would be reviewed when the final report was to hand and memories were refreshed as to what was in it. Phil expressed his disappointment that more had not been got out of the appraisal and this would be reviewed by the Foundation.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike hoped to try and arrange a meeting of the steering group in July.

(iv) Tree warden Scheme. A Forum meeting was being arranged for Thursday 20th July 2006 at 7.00pm at Scaitcliffe House, when the speaker would be Andrew Kitching of ELWood.

(v) Canal concerns for BW. Nick Smith had reiterated to Mike that he would like to visit all the Panels with a canal association. However, before he did so, he wanted some idea of what the Panels considered ‘to be the problems encountered when working with BW and when using the canal in general’. The Panel felt the main problem was a lack of BW interest and involvement since Vaughan Jones and his predecessors had gone. Hopefully Nick would be able to re-establish a rapport. There was still a perceived lack of investment by BW, who seemed to be happy to let others raise funds and involve themselves in improvement schemes. Otherwise things like rubbish in the canal, motorbike nuisance, stones off walls and dog fouling were ongoing problems.

(vi) PROSPECTS News. The Summer edition was out. Members should have received copies via email but Colin had some spare hard copies to distribute where necessary. It was hoped to have an article in the next edition about Rishton station.

15. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret had nothing new to report.

16. Working party(ies). It was agreed to have a working party to make a start on tidying the Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery on Wednesday morning the 26th July 2006 at 9.30am.

17. Time booking. Wendy 5hrs (10 occasions) watering planters on the station. Geoff has also done some weeding and watering but had yet to submit a tally. David tabled a record of 7hrs 10min for himself and Julie watering, weeding and replanting (post vandalism) on the flower bed on High St bridge over the period

8th to 18th June. David had reported the vandalism to the police and received a standard letter in reply.

18. Any other business :

(i) HBC Local Development Framework. Colin tabled a questionnaire being widely distributed for individuals to have their say in the forward planning for Hyndburn entitled "A Bright Future for Hyndburn – What do YOU think?". Phil urged everyone to get a copy and fill it in. It was important that everyone made their views known and PROSPECTS members in particular. Closing date : 28th July 2006. Colin would obtain copies for those not getting one by other means.

(ii) HBC REAP (Regeneration through Education Activities Project). HBC had been successful in a Stage 1 bid to the Big Lottery Enhancing Communities Fund for a project aimed at regenerating green spaces in Hyndburn. Colin read out the details contained in a letter from Shirley Parkinson, HBC Green Spaces Officer. Stage 2 (to be submitted by 12/12/06) involved more in depth detail and local consultation which we were being asked to assist with. It was agreed we should help wherever possible.

(iii) Letter of thanks, etc. A letter of thanks had been received from the Great Harwood Panel for our help in their ‘Spring Clean’ by litter picking along Lee Lane and it also looked forward to the joint Area Council venture at Tottleworth Lane steps. Details were enclosed of an LCC REMADE initiative, ‘East Lancashire Regional Park – Strategic Route Green Networks and Hidden treasures’. This could involve the old railway line between Rishton and Whitebirk. It was agreed to hold this over until the next meeting.

(iv) Recycling at St Charles School. Dorothy Casey had been in touch about more paper recycling she wanted to do at the school but she was being told that she needed to purchase a special bin if HBC were going to collect. Miles said he would take the matter up with Cllr Peter Clarke who had taken over the recycling responsibilities from Ann Scaife.

19. Dates of next meetings. None August (except (9) above).

05/09/06 03/10/06.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th September 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, County Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Ian Plested (Development Manager, PROSPECTS Foundation).

2. Apologies : Jacqueline Achaski.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and in particular Cllr Jennet Liddle who was attending for the first time.

3. Minutes of the Meeting 04/07/06. Agreed as a true record and signed.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. It was noted that building work had started on the site. Hopefully this would help tidy it up and make it safer but this would not improve the footpath, establishing ownership of which was still a problem.

(ii) Repainting High St bridge railings. The railings had been repainted in their original blue. After due representation to LCC and with assistance from Miles, they had been overpainted black which was felt to be a smarter colour and less prone to graffiti. An email of thanks had been sent to LCC’s Highways and Environmental Management section for their ready cooperation in this change of colour.

(iii) Norden bridge banking. Colin had mowed this again to keep it tidy and was also preparing a strip to experiment with sowing wildflower seeds.

(iv) Panels’ Get-together, Rishton, 07/07/06. All agreed this had gone well. It had been a good team effort with over 30 attending and the weather while not brilliant, had been dry. Paul’s guided walks along the towpath had been appreciated. Beverley’s husband, Simon, had been sent a letter of thanks for his sterling efforts as chef and Donna was thanked for organising the salad, cutlery, plates sauces and other incidentals. The location was just big enough for the number who came. There were no particular lessons to be learnt for a future occasion. A ‘thank you’ card had been received from the Great Harwood Panel which was appreciated.

(v) Festival 2006. Overall it was felt the Festival had been a great success and had brought the community together. The fine weather had obviously helped after last year’s washout. A general review would take place after the PACT meeting 07/09/06. The two main comments from the Panel were that the prize money for fancy dress in the parade was felt to be too much for young people and the prize winners should be announced as soon as the parade had reached the field. They could then go on the stage in their costumes. Any later, and most had changed into other clothes.

Our stall had been something of a disappointment in not attracting as much interest as we would have liked. Margaret was thanked for going to SAMS Scrapstore with Donna and accumulating a range of materials that it had been decided could be turned into ‘musical’ instruments by/for children. This had been supplemented by salvaged yoghurt pots, etc collected by Gordon. Margaret was thanked for hosting the final planning meeting at her house 08/08/06.

On the day, a small team worked hard converting the materials into some imaginative devices but sadly they proved of only limited interest.

Donna had provided some informative display boards about the Panel’s activities but without attracting people to the stall, they were not seen by as many as we would have liked and unfortunately did not result in any new recruits.

Colin had made up 15 bird boxes for sale but only sold one. As a result, it had been decided to keep them to be put up in various locations in the area (Bottom Rec, white path, Cut Wood, etc).

There was a suggestion that making masks might prove more of an attraction as had proved the case in the past, but they didn’t have an environmental background like recycling scrap material. It was believed the Environment Agency sold mask kits but we still had templates from previously.

Despite some disappointment, we had still had a presence at the Festival and played our part in supporting it. Fiona thanked those who had helped in any way.

We needed to follow up with Donna about individual Panel membership of SAMS, as at the moment we needed to go through Donna on the Foundation membership.

(vi) HBC Local Development Framework. The deadline for completing the questionnaire ‘A Bright Future for Hyndburn – What do YOU think?’(28/07/06) had now passed and it was hoped Panel members had completed one to record their views. Colin had not received any requests for copies of the questionnaire so assumed everyone had access to one.

(vii) HBC REAP (Regeneration through Education Activities Project). Following HBC’s successful Stage I bid to the Big Lottery Enhancing Communities Fund for a project aimed at regenerating green spaces in Hyndburn, we were now being asked to support Stage II by completing two questionnaires ; (i) a Park Users Survey, (ii) a Parks Activities Survey. Colin provided those present with copies and again urged members to complete them

(viii) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. Paul reported that work had started.

b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. The price quoted at the Area Council meeting 11/07/06 (5750) was felt to be exorbitant and it was referred back. There was no news on the woodland survey by Katie Morley expected July/August.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. There was no news on the repositioning of the ramps. With regard to the swings, it was reported at the Area Council that the existing frame could not be fitted with anti-wrap swings, so the alternatives were to paint the existing frames retaining the existing swings (270) or get completely new frames and swings (4789). The latter was strongly recommended to properly finish the refurbishment of that play area. Fence painting at (2800) was once again referred back.

d) Greenspaces Forum. Colin had represented the Panel at the latest meeting, 12/07/06. The main item for discussion had been the REAP bid and the support needed from the community.

ix) Future of Primetime. A temporary warden was in place who had opened up for the meeting although he had not been told we were coming. Otherwise there was no concrete news about future arrangements. Margaret reported that the Soroptimists were trying to get answers from the School who it seemed certain were to take control under the Extended Schools measures. Lesley said she would try to follow up with Steve Tanti.

(x) Use of Probation Service. Steve Bentley, Placement Coordinator for the Probation Service was looking for a link between the towpath and any associated crime that would justify using his team there. It was proposed to raise this at a PACT meeting when these were properly structured once again. Similarly there might be a possibility of providing projects for the police reparations scheme.

(xi) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Colin still to pursue.

(xii) Britain in Bloom 2007 (2008?). Colin had explored their web site to establish the criteria for the competition but had not yet had time to properly digest it. He had still to contact Robert Rushton in HBC’s Area Council office who had coordinating Huncoat’s involvement.

(xiii) Recycling at St Charles. Still to be followed up.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Following the receipt of the grant of 4800 from Awards for All for upgrading the web site, the current account stood at 4924.85 with the investment account unchanged at 3216.87. It was agreed that Margaret should transfer 4000 from the current a/c to the investment a/c pro-tem.

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Ian reported that so far 5 groups had signed up for the Challenge and he was expecting to increase this to 10 soon. The hope was to get 30 by February 2007 but 20 would still be good. He felt it was gathering momentum and he sincerely hoped the Panel would take part.

What was needed was 5 volunteers who would fill in the questionnaire about energy usage and lifestyle, etc that had already been circulated, as a starting point. Ian would then talk to each one individually, work out their present carbon footprint and then together draw up an action plan for future improvement.

He suggested the Panel members give it some more thought with the hope of getting 5 volunteers by the next meeting. Jennet felt she would want to volunteer.

7. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Natural Organics had installed the ‘A’ frame and gate at the level path entrance to the towpath by the bridge. They had also had a look with Mike and Colin to see what was necessary to enable a suite of padlocks to be fitted to cover the gates at High St bridge, Tottleworth bridge and Norden bridge with the one key.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

8. Station Adoption.

(i) Special train outing to Bridlington 23/07/06. 13 Panel members and guests had made the trip and by and large had enjoyed the day and the arrangements made by Northern Rail although with a few reservations. There had been a lot of time travelling and not so long in Bridlington itself, but the route taken and the accompanying Souvenir Programme had made it quite educational. A nice gesture by Northern.

(ii) Reporting correspondence. Colin had written to Peter Myers (Quality Services Manager, Northern) expressing concern that a number of faults being reported on the monthly report were not receiving attention and there was no feedback. The response was that we were using their standard report form in a way that was never intended and we should use the ‘Helpdesk’ more to report faults by phone and then be given a log number. The standard form was more for statistical analysis of their performance and a statistical report had recently been received.

Colin had listed to Peter the outstanding faults, including of course the longstanding lights, and he had promised to follow these up.

(iii) Terracotta stones. Colin and Paul had had an idea that the station might be a good place to put the terracotta stones, if a suitable location could be found and they could be securely fixed. Colin to raise this with Richard Watts, LCC.

(iv) Next planting. It was felt that the planters were still making a good show and could be left for another month. Ideas of what to plant would be discussed at the next Panel meeting. Wendy and Geoff were thanked once again for more watering. Wendy had also warned of greenfly which Colin had sprayed.

(v) Coming meetings. There was to be an East Lancs CRP stakeholders meeting at Blackburn Library 28/09/06. Colin hoped to attend but Geoff would be on holiday so any other Panel members would be welcome to go. There was also a Northern Station Adoption Scheme Regional meeting in Manchester on Monday 16th October 2006 which we ought to be represented at. To be raised again at the next Panel meeting.

9. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin’s had received a reply (14/07/06) to his letter 08/07/06) to Lord Petre in Essex. Unfortunately, he advised that his branch of the family had had no involvement with this area for 200 years, but he advised contacting Charles Petre and supplied an address in Basingstoke. Colin had written to him (02/08/06) only to receive a reply (22/08/06) from Ingham & Yorke. They advised that Dunscar Farm (on which the Landmark Trees were situated) was owned by the Trustees of R.C.Petre Will Trust of which Eric Miller (I & Y) was one of the Trustees and that in future all correspondence should be directed through him.

On the positive side they had not ‘kicked the scheme into touch’ but reiterated their position that "The Trustees are not prepared to take on any liabilities arising from the initial fencing of the site and the planting of trees. If any agreement was to be reached it would have to be on the basis that we set out in 2004."

It was difficult to know where the Panel went now but firstly it needed to revisit the scheme and the conditions and review its position from there. Colin and Margaret would also raise it with the PROSPECTS Foundation Management Committee and seek their advice. Colin would keep Paul Holden informed and see if he had any suggestions. At the end of the day, we might have to drop the idea. It was suggested we might approach the media but this might be counterproductive.

Incidentally Mary Walker at Lord’s House Farm had suggested we might make it a joint venture with them, which could be worth following up.

10. 10th Anniversary Celebration. It was believed that as a number of Panels were in a similar position to ourselves, having started at about the same time, Donna was thinking of organising a Foundation-wide celebration next year. It was agreed therefore to wait and see how this developed and for the moment just have the celebratory dinner for our own members and guests. As previously agreed, this would be on the evening of Thursday 28th September 2006. Margaret had ascertained that ‘Harwoods’ did an ‘early bird’ two course meal from 6.30pm to 9.30 pm for 9.50. It was suggested we might also try the Rialto on High St bridge which had been recommended. Names were taken of those interested and Margaret and Ruth would pursue enquiries and inform those interested of the final decision and arrangements.

11. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. It was understood that PC Stuart Welch who was currently CBM in Clayton-le-Moors was to transfer as CBM in Rishton in September to work with PC Johanna Bourne (when she was back off sick leave) and PCSO Steve Charnley, to make a full team once again. For the moment PC Welch was covering both Rishton and C-l-M.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Thurs 07/09/06, the Centre 6.00pm.. RAG would review the Festival.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Colin had received a letter dated 30/08/06 from Steve Brereton confirming his intention to contact John Lamb (LWT) about the wildlife aspects of the project. However he was currently concentrating on the funding aspects with the project possibly eligible for funding from 16 different grant schemes administered by 12 different awarding bodies. When he had completed this he would suggest to Craig Horabin that a further meeting be called of all interested parties.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 19/07/06 had been updated by Lesley on the funding position for the Centre refurbishment but had concentrated mainly on arrangements for the Festival.

Next meeting Wednesday 13/09/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Gary Lomas of Natural Organics was keen to quote for the installation of the benches but wanted to look round the locations first. Paul and Colin were to follow this up with him.

(vi) www.rishton.net. We had been awarded 4800 by Awards for All for Paul to upgrade the web site and thanks were due to Fiona for significant negotiation with them over the details of what we were proposing. Fiona invited Paul and any other members interested to her house to discuss implementation of the scheme on Thursday 21/09/06 at 7.00pm.

12. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Community Appraisal. Copies of the final report had been sent to all members. It was agreed that we should consider progress on Action Plan contained in it at future Panel meetings.

(ii) Ladybird Trail. Mike was still trying to get more funding.

(iii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Mike still hoping to arrange a meeting of the steering group in the near future.

(iv) Tree warden Scheme. The Forum meeting on the 20th July 2006 addressed by Andrew Kitching on the work of ELWood had been interesting to a degree but coloured by doubts about the future of ELWood.

(v) PROSPECTS News. Colin had submitted an article on Station Adoption for the Autumn edition.

(vi) Foundation web site update. Colin had supplied Donna with details for a Rishton page but it might need modification in due course.

(vii) Potential projects for KPMG. Following the success of an event in July at Tinker Brook when 42 members of KPMG Accountants staff from Preston built a nature trail and dipping platform in a day, Mike was looking for another project for 20/25 more of their staff for the 6th October. While nothing came immediately to mind, it was felt the Bottom Rec might eventually provide a suitable opportunity if other projects were required in future.

(viii) Permaculture course. Details were given of a permaculture course starting in October.

(ix) SAMS Open Day and workshops. SAMS were holding an Open Day on Saturday 2nd September 2006 from 11.00am to 3.30pm. Details were also available of the range of craft workshops they ran.

(x) September e-bulletin. Attention was drawn to the latest Foundation e-bulletin and the various events highlighted in it.

(xi) Extraordinary General Meeting. An EGM of the Foundation was being called for Wednesday 20th September 2006 at 6.30pm to amend the Constitution to enable more cooptees to be invited to serve on the Management Committee. Although the meeting would be short it was necessary to muster a quorum, so all Foundation members possible were encouraged to attend.

13. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret had nothing new to report.

14. Working party(ies). The working party arranged for Wednesday morning the 26th July 2006 to make a start on tidying the Harwood Rd Rec shrubbery had been able to do little more than a litter pick. The shrubbery was so overgrown that even strimming would be difficult. It was decided that it would have to be left until the winter months when the rough grass and weeds would have died down. On the positive side, in amongst all the unwanted growth, the shrubs seemed to be thriving and where there were gaps some existing shrubs might be moved to fill them.

It was agreed to have a working party on the evening of Thursday 14th September 2006 to plant up the flower bed on High St bridge starting at 6.00pm. Colin would try to strip the bed beforehand and Fiona would get plants and bulbs.

15. Time booking. Wendy 8hrs watering planters on the station.

Mary and Nigel claimed 10 hrs litter picking in various areas. It was noted that black bin bags full of rubbish often appeared near the picnic site at Tottleworth bridge. Mary owned up to their presence there! She and Nigel were thanked for their efforts. As the bags ‘disappeared’ regularly, HBC were obviously picking them up when emptying the litter and dog dirt bins.

Ruth and Steve collected cans and bottles on their walks in the area but it was difficult to quantify a time.

16. Any other business :

(i) New reporters. Colin had been contacted by Sally Henfield from the Lancashire (Evening) Telegraph. She was to be our contact in place of Ben Hewes and Colin had had a meeting with her 01/08/06 to tell her something of the Panel’s structure and activities.

It was noted also that Stephanie Turner was the new reporter for Rishton and Great Harwood for the Accrington Observer.

(ii) Adopt a River. The Ribble Catchment Conservation Trust was seeking funding for a scheme for small groups to ‘adopt’ a local stretch of river or wetland. To support its application it was looking for groups to express an interest in possibly taking part in such a scheme. Paul and Colin had met Rachael Perriman of the Trust and identified local streams that might be included. One that ran first through Lords House Farm could have particular educational value in conjunction with LHF. Interest in the scheme was expressed, but with the reservation that the Panel’s resources were becoming stretched, so unless we could attract more members, we might be limited in what we could do.

(iii) Pond Conservation. Details had been received about a ‘Community Pond Warden Scheme for Lancashire’. A Project Officer (Rebecca Cleaver) had been appointed and she would be developing the Scheme and looking to recruit and train Pond Wardens. Further information could be obtained from her through English Nature. There was no time to discuss this item to see if we had an interest but it was suggested it might be appropriate for the Bottom Rec. in due course

(iv) LOGO Labels. Colin felt that we ought to have some logo labels to attach to items such as benches, picnic tables, planters, etc to advertise the fact that they were part of a Rishton PROSPECTS Panel

project. (‘Prosperity’ items had one of their labels nailed on). Colin had obtained a quote from MW Graphics for labels 10cm x 4cm in 3mm white dibond (aluminium) in three colours @ 3.50 each for 50. (Smaller quantities would be more expensive. One colour would be cheaper as would plastic, but the latter would be more easily broken than aluminium.) It was agreed that we should order 50 in 3 colours.

(v) Hyndburn Community Network. As a member organisation of the Network we had been invited to nominate one representative to the Network’s Management Board. There were no suggestions forthcoming, but if anyone was interested they should let Colin know soon as the deadline for nominations was noon on Wednesday 20th September 2006.

(vi) Maintenance list. It was suggested that it would be useful to draw up a list of maintenance work that needed to be carried out during the year so that we could see the full extent of what we were committed to and plan ahead accordingly. Colin said he would draft something out.

17. Dates of next meetings. 03/10/06.

07/11/06 (AGM)

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 3rd October 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Mary Aubery, Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Helen Parker, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Manager)

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, County Cllr Miles Parkinson.

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting and in particular Helen who was attending for the first time.

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

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. It was noted that building work had started on the site. Hopefully this would help tidy it up and make it safer but this would not improve the footpath, establishing ownership of which was still a problem.

(ii) Norden bridge banking. Mike would check to see if any seed was left over from the wild flower bed creation project in Great Harwood so that some could be sown on the experimental strip on the banking.

(iii) HBC REAP (Regeneration through Education Activities Project). Following HBC’s successful Stage I bid to the Big Lottery Enhancing Communities Fund for a project aimed at regenerating green spaces in Hyndburn, we were now being asked to support Stage II by completing two questionnaires ; (i) a Park Users Survey, (ii) a Parks Activities Survey. These had been made available at the meeting and at the Area Council meeting and elsewhere, and it was hoped all members had filled one in to support the bid.

(iv) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. An excellent job had been completed, with the steps on both sides of the bridge being refurbished, not just the Great Harwood side as had been expected. Concern had been expressed to Craig however that the drain at the top of the steps might prove inadequate in really heavy rain leading to water flowing down the steps and eroding them once again.

b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. A revised cost for painting the fences of 1403 (v 5750 previously quoted) had been received at the Area Council meeting 26/09/06 but this was for a ‘quick fix’ only. A decision had been deferred. Colin had yet to follow up the proposed woodland survey by Katie Morley expected July/August.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. There was still no news on the repositioning of the ramps. With regard to the swings, despite a strong recommendation at the Area Council meeting 11/07/06 that completely new frames and swings be provided at a cost of 4789, no final decision had been made. A revised quote of 450 (v 2800 previously quoted) had been received at the Area Council meeting 26/09/06 for fence painting. A decision on the swings and fence had been deferred because of concerns about the safety surface being ripped up by vandals. This would need to be made good first.

v) Future of Primetime. In Lesley’s absence, there was no report on any discussions she may have had with Steve Tanti. However, David reported that his understanding was that LCC funding would cease at the end of August 2007. Until then the current arrangements would continue. The School would be taking over responsibility under the extended schools provisions but these would not cover use by community groups. The cost of running the facility currently was being quoted as 27,000, with 11,000 of this being covered by the Youth and Community Service. The rest would therefore have to be self- sustaining and there were presently 9 community groups using Primetime. Various ways of pursuing clarification were suggested.

From our point of view we might look to the Centre providing an alternative venue and we should therefore continue to support the efforts to get it refurbished.

(vi) Use of Probation Service for towpath work. Steve Bentley, Placement Coordinator for the Probation Service was looking for a link between the towpath and any associated crime that would justify using his team there. It was proposed to raise this at the next PACT meeting 18/10/06. Similarly there might be a possibility of providing projects for the police reparations scheme (community pay-back).

Other groups that were looking to get involved with our practical work were the new army cadet corps, the scouts (contact Andrew Beaghan) and Rotary (contact Peter Norman). These contacts could be very useful but it would need someone to coordinate. To be discussed further at a future meeting.

At present all activity by the canal was at a standstill at BW’s request due to a fatality to a volunteer who was cutting the grass by a lock on the Cotswold Canal with an electric mower when she fell in and was drowned/electrocuted. BW were reviewing their safety procedures for volunteer work and had issued a new safety guide leaflet. We had undertaken not to do any further canalside work until the procedures had been clarified. Our contact for this was Mike Marshall and Colin had emailed him advising that soon we would need to tidy up the flower/shrubbery beds at High St bridge. Colin was waiting for a response.

(vii) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Margaret had spoken to Mrs Sanderson (chair?) at the Area Council meeting, mainly about cooperation related to Britain in Bloom and she was proposing to follow this up further.

(viii) Britain in Bloom 2007 (2008?). Margaret had declared an interest on behalf of the Panel at the Area Council meeting but clearly there needed to be support from all sections of the community and some sort of coordinating group to take the project forward.

(ix) Recycling at St Charles. Colin was waiting to talk to Dorothy Casey to see if there had been any change in the situation (she wanted to do more paper recycling but it appeared HBC were not prepared to collect without special bins). He would also follow up with Miles to see if he had been able to raise the matter with Cllr Peter Clarke.

(x) 10th Birthday Celebration meal. This had ultimately taken place at the Auberge on Thursday 28/09/06 when a pleasant evening and excellent (‘earlybird’) meal was enjoyed by a dozen or so members and partners. The more energetic also enjoyed a walk along the canal beforehand to work up an appetite. Thanks to Margaret and Ruth for making enquiries at 2 or 3 possible venues and making the final arrangements.

(xi) Adopt a River. No further contact or information.

(xii) Pond conservation. No further contact or information.

(xiii) Logo labels. Ordered.

(xiv) Hyndburn Community Network. An email sent to various groups in Rishton had been received advising that there had been no nominations for the HCN Board from Rishton. There was still time before the HCN AGM 2/11/06 for nominations. No one from the meeting volunteered.

5. Treasurer’s Report. As agreed, Margaret had transferred 4000 of the AfA grant (4800) for upgrading the Rishton web equipment to the investment account pro-tem. Current account @ 6/9/06 stood at 1019.18 and investment account 7244.48

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Decision on whether to take part and who the five volunteers might be was held over until the next meeting.

7. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Gateways and improvement to towpath access – Tottleworth bridge. Common padlocks had now been fitted to the gates at Tottleworth bridge and Norden bridge. We were awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the gate at High St bridge and then this could also be fitted with a similar padlock.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

(iii) Information board by the aqueduct. This had been ripped out of the ground by vandals. Fortunately this had been spotted by Paul who had retrieved it from over the wall where it had been thrown (thankfully not in the canal). Mike was arranging for Natural Organics to fix it back into the ground again. Thanks to Paul.

8. Station Adoption.

(i) Reporting. Colin had now logged a number of faults with the Northern Helpdesk as instructed, so it remained to be seen whether this led to more action to correct them!

(ii) Terracotta stones. Colin had not yet raise the possibility of installing these on the station with Richard Watts, LCC.

(iii) Adopters meeting, Manchester 16/10/06. Colin was proposing to go to this but would welcome company if anyone else wanted to go. He was hoping to raise some of the reporting issues and learn something from other adopters’ experience.

(iv) Next planting. Margaret put forward ideas for replanting the planters mainly with perennials and bulbs but with provision for some annuals to ensure colour. It was agreed she proceed on this basis and the Gordon Rigg garden centre at Todmorden was suggested as likely to provide good variety. Ruth agreed to accompany her and they would make their own arrangements.

It was agreed to have a working party to strip and replant the planters on Saturday 21st October 2006 commencing at 9.30am. It was also hoped to plant some spring bulbs in the Blackburn platform banking, possibly from the 1000 we had applied for from HBC.

Colin wondered if we should have a compost bin on the station for all the plants we would strip out from time to time. Margaret said she thought her son and daughter-in-law had a spare one. If not, Mike had given Colin details of how to get a free one from LCC.

9. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had reported the latest situation to the PROSPECTS Foundation Management Committee who were disappointed at the news. They suggested that we might talk direct to Mr England the tenant farmer to see if we could get his positive backing. It was thought John Wilson of the Great Harwood Panel who used to be a local farmer, might act as a go between. However, Mike reported that he had spoken to John who did not in fact know Mr England.

There was a feeling once again that we ought to talk to the press and certainly we ought to report the position to Rishton Area Council. Colin’s feeling was that we might try approaching the Woodland Trust to see if we could get their backing. It was agreed we try this latter approach first.

10. Community Appraisal – Action Plan. The Appraisal identified 7 projects approved by the Panel which it had been agreed should be taken forward for future action. It was suggested these should be reviewed on a regular basis. These were :-

i) Youth Project (‘Dreamscheme’).

ii) Rishton station adoption.

iii) On-going canal improvements.

iv) Holt St ‘Rec’ improvements.

v) Top O’ Th’ Heights woodland management.

vi) Bench replacement project.

vii) Food growing project.

‘Dreamscheme’ had been looked into and it had been decided that it was not appropriate for Rishton. Instead we were supporting Friends of Rishton Youth’s efforts to get the Centre refurbished for wider use, including young people. And also the Bottom Rec project.

Canal improvements had largely been completed except for on-going maintenance. Further ideas would be explored as they arose.

For the rest, except food growing, these were already agenda items being reviewed at each meeting.

11. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. Next PACT/RAG meeting : Thurs 07/09/06, the Centre 6.00pm.. It was hoped then to have the full community police team present ie PC Stuart Welch, PC Johanna Bourne and PCSO Steve Charnley. After which further plans for Festival 2007 would be discussed.

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Groundwork had asked David for Panel minutes to support backing for the scheme by local community groups as an aid to their funding bids. These Colin had extracted. There was no sign yet though of a further meeting of interested groups with Groundwork and Craig Horabin.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 13/09/06 had been updated by Lesley on the funding position for the Centre refurbishment. Draft plans had been approved by the Centre Committee and had been shown to pupils at Norden. The architect would now go ahead and apply for planning permission.

Next meeting Wednesday 11/10/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

(v) Benches. Paul and Colin still to follow up installation costs with Gary Lomas of Natural Organics.

(vi) www.rishton.net. Paul and Fiona had met 21/09/06 and prepared a specification for the equipment they felt was necessary. Fiona was to type this up so that Paul could take it to Use-it Computers in the village to discuss technicalities and prices. Ultimately they had agreed that the web site should be based in the refurbished Centre.

12. PROSPECTS Foundation :

i) Ladybird Trail. Mike had been working through Alan Croasdale, the Rights of Way Officer for LCC. They were prepared to fund replacement gates and styles within the next three months. Donna was still working on the revised leaflet.

ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. A very successful event had been organised with Accrington Stanley to promote Fairtrade to their fans at their home match with Swindon 07/10/06. This had included an article in the programme and the raffling of a signed Fairtrade football and Fairtrade hamper. The bar and refreshment vans were selling Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate bars, etc

Mike was also able to report that Aldi now sold Fairtrade goods, leaving us 2 retailers and 1 catering outlet short of our target to become a Fairtrade borough.

(iv) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(v) PROSPECTS Newsletter. The Autumn edition including our article on the station adoption was now available.

(vi) PROSPECTS e-bulletin. The October edition would be out soon.

Anyone not getting either the Newsletter or e-bulletin should let Colin know.

(vii) Extraordinary General Meeting. The EGM of the Foundation 20/09/06 had only just managed a quorum but had passed a resolution increasing the cooptees from 3 to 6. This would enable a wider range of expertise to be made available through additional committee members..

(viii) Panels’ Get-together. Members were reminded that there was to be a Panels’ Get-together at ‘Prosperity’ on Thursday, 5th October 2006 at 6.30pm

13. Magazine/newsletters report. Margaret reported that the lastest CVS newsletter had included some funding ideas that might be useful for the Benches project.

14. Working party(ies). The working party on the evening of Thursday 14th September 2006 to plant up the flower bed on High St bridge had been very successful. Thanks to Fiona for getting most of the plants and Colin for stripping the bed and digging in compost beforehand.

Mary, Wendy and Maria were planning to plant bulbs that Mary had on the verge by the lay-by approaching Rishton from Blackburn on Saturday, 7th October 2006 at 10.00pm and would welcome any other assistance.

Colin still had to produce a maintenance schedule.

15. Time booking.

Fiona, Wendy, Maria dead-heading at High St bridge – hour.

Wendy dead-heading, etc at the station – 1 hour.

Mary drinks cans collecting along the canal – hour.

Fiona litter picking along the canal – hour.

Gordon extracting bottles from Hyndburn Brook – hour.

16. Any other business :

None.

17. Dates of next meetings. 07/11/06 (AGM)

05/12/06

It was noted that the January meeting would be due to fall on Tuesday the 2nd ie possibly too close to New Year. Colin to enquire about possible later dates.

Minutes of the Tenth Annual General Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th November 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan (u18, non-voting), David Haworth (Gardeners Residents Association), Julie Matindale, Helen Parker (u18, non-voting).

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone, in particular Julie for whom this was the first meeting and declared the meeting quorate.

3. Membership. All those present (18 and over) 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 another active 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 06/09/06.

Income into the Current Account for the year was 5566.18, which included 250 from the Foundation for admin expenses; a transfer of 200 from the Investment Account; a grant from the Green Partnership of 250 for the two litter bin on Norden field and a grant of 4800 from Awards for All for equipment, etc to upgrade the Rishton web site.

Expenditure was 4822.05, which included 175 for insurance; 250 for the two litter bins; Secretary’s expenses of 397 and 4000 transferred to the Investment Account pro tem. Once again the Secretary’s expenses included plants, compost, and other gardening and incidental materials used in the Panel’s projects, as well as admin expenses.

Opening balance was 180.72, closing at 924.85. A stock of bird boxes remained from the Festival but these had not been valued as it had been decided not to sell them but to put them up in various locations round the village.

The Investment Account which ended last year at 3388.88, now stood at 7244.48. Interest of 55.60 had accrued. Margaret was thanked for looking after the Panel’s funds so efficiently.

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. However the Chairman stressed that we did not want the running of the Panel to be seen as a ‘closed shop’ and would welcome any volunteer who wished to serve on the Committee.

7. Any Other Business. None.

The meeting then passed on to the agenda for the normal meeting.

Appendix

Chairman’s Report at the AGM of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel 7th November 2006

It hardly seems possible that over a year has passed since I was writing my report for the 2005 AGM. Though the time has passed quickly, and sometimes we have been frustrated at the slowness of progress, I do feel we have a lot to celebrate and congratulate ourselves on this year.

However none of this could be done without the support and work of you, the members and supporters of the Rishton Panel. We are a diverse bunch of people who work hard to improve our local environment and I believe have some laughs and fun along the way. I thank you on behalf of PROSPECTS, for your enthusiasm, hard work and friendships. I know that all our work is being recognised more and more by residents of the town. Perhaps through this we will attract more supporters. We can only hope that by our example others will follow in the good work.

At the end of last year we had a number of projects that were still outstanding and others we were actively involved with or just starting. The PROSPECTS Foundation was drawing up a new bid to the Lottery Commission for funding for a further 3 years and we were going to be celebrating our tenth birthday. The community appraisal was to be published, it was an exciting time

The Canal Improvement Project was drawing to close. The outstanding jobs have (almost) been completed and a celebratory BBQ and walk along the canal was enjoyed with all other PROSPECTS groups. It was over 6 years ago that this project was first mooted and planned. Since then Rishton canal-side has had the towpath resurfaced, cleared of weeds along the edges, new gates and access steps installed at various approaches, many bulbs planted, disabled fishing platforms built, flower beds built and planted, picnic benches, information boards and seats installed. What a fantastic achievement, and what an excellent example of the work we all joined this group to do. The environment along Rishton canal-side has been improved immensely, the local residents appreciate it and we should use it as an example of what can be done by sheer determination and hard work. However, it could not have been so successful without the leadership and support from PROSPECTS staff. Our thanks go to all of them, past and present, especially Mike Stapleford.

This time last year we were looking forward to adopting Rishton Station and beginning to work with Northern Rail and L.C.C. on improvements to the platform areas. By the end of October 2005 it was a reality and the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel were the official adopters of the station. L.C.C. planned and actioned a refurbishment scheme, though this excluded the car park. They invited suggestions, what a nice idea! As a result we managed to get 4 very large and heavy ‘Prosperity’ planters put on the platforms, 2 each side and a new flower bed built at the far end of the Blackburn platform. Members of the Panel had some very energetic evenings, filling these with soil and planting them up. What a picture they made this hot summer, though it has involved many hours watering, thanks for which go especially to Wendy and Geoff. When we went to replace the summer bedding last month with perennials and winter bedding, it was nice to hear the appreciative thoughts of travellers that day.

Whilst this has been the visible result of the station adoption, it is not the only job we have taken on. Margaret, Colin and Geoff undertake the completion of regular reports on the condition of the station and reporting of any faults. Unfortunately, despite many reports we still don’t seem to have managed to get the lighting fixed, but maybe by next year they will be!

We also hope to get some action on the car park, but it is an immense job and although we have put many wheelbarrows of chippings down it still gets very waterlogged and needs a more professional solution.

A nice result of our station adoption is that our members were invited on a special rail excursion to Bridlington, organised by Northern Rail to thank adopters all over the area for their work. I know that although it was a long day, the trip was appreciated by those members who were able to go.

The other main success story has been our successful application to the Big Lottery Fund "Awards for All" Scheme. The 4800 awarded will enable the Rishton Web site to develop further and become more stable, as we now have funding to buy new computer equipment and software. The plan is to site this in the newly refurbished ‘Centre’ when it is completed.

We were also successful in gaining a grant of 250 from LCC’s Green Partnership Award scheme for two litter bins on Norden Field.

Ongoing projects have included;

The Landmark Trees.

These have continued to be an item on our agenda this year. However, despite writing to the Petre family, we have still not managed to reach a practical and manageable agreement as to how we could ensure the trees would be maintained for the next 10 years or so. We feel that we have to put this project on hold for now, unless we can enlist the support of others to front it.

Rishton Festival 2006.

We were pleased support the Festival and enjoyed ourselves. We had a fantastic fun activity stall on the field; unfortunately few people came to make our musical instruments from recycled materials. Next year we will have to rethink.

Carbon Footprint Challenge;

Ian Plested, (PROSPECTS staff) has challenged us to submit a team of people to reduce the effect of their lifestyles on the world. Next year maybe we will see how successful we have been. It is an interesting project to be involved with at this time of climate/environmental concerns across the world.

Rishton PROSPECTS Panel 10th Birthday;

We celebrated this with a short walk along the canal and a meal at the Auberge restaurant on Thursday 28th September 2006. It was a very pleasant evening and a nice opportunity to chat in the dry, rather than in snatches of time whilst planting bulbs, digging holes or clearing paths in all weathers.

Maintenance of previous projects;

This is becoming a greater and greater job. We have continued to have regular working parties to clear litter, replant, and clear paths and generally maintain the projects we completed in previous years. Once again Colin has done much of the work during the week; it’s like having a magician in our presence. Thank you Colin.

Once again we have enjoyed working with and supporting other local groups in their work to improve Rishton, its environment and facilities.

These have included:

Working with Rishton Area Council and Craig Horabin (HBC) to get the steps at the Tottleworth Lane railway bridge improved and made safer.

Working with and liaising with our County Councillor Myles to get the main High St Bridge repainted.

Working with FRY (Friends of Rishton Youth) to improve the skate park on Harwood Rd Recreation ground, maintaining the shrubs area etc.

Working with David Haworth and the Gardeners Residents Association on the Holt St Recreation Ground and plan its development into a excellent playing field/sports type resource for the village.

Liaising with PACT/ RAG (Police and Communities Together/Rishton Action Group) and in conjunction with FRY, helping to develop the exciting scheme to refurbish the ‘Centre’ for old and young alike.

Liaising with local schools and Lords House Farm.

Supporting the PROSPECTS Foundation in its efforts to get recognition for Hyndburn to become a Fairtrade Borough, by canvassing local shops/businesses to stock/use Fairtrade products

As well as this, our members have participated in training/socials provided/organised by the PROSPECTS Foundation. We were pleased to host the July Get-Together along the canal and show off all the work there.

We are very grateful for the support and encouragement of the Foundation and its staff, without whose support we would be much less effective in our objectives. Thank you.

In conclusion, I think you will all agree it has been a busy year, with even more work planned for the forthcoming year. Thank you on behalf of everybody in Rishton, for all your hard work.

Fiona Cook

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 7th November 2006 (following the 10th AGM).

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, David Haworth, Julie Matindale, Helen Parker.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

3. Minutes of the Meeting 03/10/06. As it had not been possible to email the minutes to members before the meeting, it was agreed to leave their approval until the next meeting.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Meadowhead footpath and building site. It was decided to ‘side-line this item until building work on site was complete and review the situation then.

(ii) Norden bridge banking. Mike had provided some surplus wildflower seed mixture which Colin had sown on the experimental metre wide strip. Nothing more could be done now until Spring. However if this proved successful, the same could be done for all the banking.

(iii) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Steps at Tottleworth Lane bridge. An extra drain had now been installed at the top of the steps and during some recent heavy rain, was seen to be effectively keeping most of the water from flowing down the steps.

b) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. A decision on the painting of the fence had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02/07 (tbc).

Colin had had it confirmed that the woodland survey had not yet been done but was still ‘on the list’.

c) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. There was still no news on the repositioning of the ramps. A decision on the swings had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting.

(iv) Future of Primetime. A meeting of the Primetime Community Association had been called for 13/11/06 when LCC representatives would be present and it was hoped more would be learnt about future proposals. There seemed to be some reluctance on the part of the school to decide much at present until a new head had been appointed. This was now believed to be Bob Flood, a previous deputy head and chair of Friends of Rishton Youth. So this appointment was to be welcomed but would not take effect until February 2007. In the meantime arrangements were in hand that would safeguard our (and other group’s) use of Primetime until August 2007.

(v) Use of Probation Service for towpath work. All towpath work was on hold for now due to BW’s embargo. However Colin was still planning to raise the subject of reparation type work at the next PACT meeting.

(vi) Liaison with Rishton Horticultural Society. Margaret had made initial contact with one of their officers.

(vii) Britain in Bloom 2007 (2008?). Margaret was trying to take this forward on behalf of Rishton Area Council with the formation of some sort of coordinating group as a first stage.

(viii) Recycling at St Charles. Colin still to follow up with Dorothy Casey and Miles.

(ix) Adopt a River. No further contact or information.

(x) Pond conservation. No further contact or information.

(xi) Logo labels. 50 had been received and were shown to the meeting which was duly impressed with them. Colin had so far fixed some to the planters on the station, the picnic table and kissing gates at Tottleworth bridge and the bench by the information board between Tottleworth and High St bridges.

(xii) Hyndburn Community Network. The AGM planned for 02/11/06 had been postponed to 07/12/06 due to the death of one of the board members and most of her family in a tragic house fire.

5. Treasurer’s Report. With the recent payment for the logo labels and Secretary’s expenses, the balance in the current account now stood at 485.57. The investment account was unchanged at 7244.48 (4800.00 of this being earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade).

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. In the absence of some key members, it was decided to postpone a decision until the next meeting.

Colin reminded the meeting that the Foundation was running a ‘Waste Awareness’ workshop that coming Saturday at New Era in Accrington from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

7. Bulb planting. Colin had received the 1000 daffodil bulbs from HBC Parks. He had put 100 aside to go to the left of the ramp going up to the station platform, to complement those planted in the banking on the Blackburn platform when the planters were replanted. A number of locations for the remaining 900 were suggested, bearing in mind that HBC’s preferred locations were on the approaches to the townships. It was decided to plant them in the grass verge on the left just beyond the houses when leaving the village towards Blackburn and before the little lay-by there, where Mary and Wendy had already planted a few bulbs. This would take place on Tuesday 14th November 2006 at 10.00am.

Another favoured spot was on the banking to the left going down to the old paper mill site, by the copse of trees. This was believed to belong to farmer Threllfall and Helen would seek his permission to plant bulbs there. [Later : farmer Threllfall agreed, so a further 500 daffodil bulbs were purchased and planted there am Friday 17th November 2006.]

8. www.rishton.net Fiona had still to type up the equipment spec’ she and Paul had agreed, preparatory to Paul taking it to Use-it computers in the village to discuss technicalities and prices.

9. Benches. Colin had still to contact Natural Organics to meet himself and Paul to look at the some of the bench locations to establish installation costs.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the Gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges.

(ii) Emergency notices at High St bridge. Still to be raised with Nick Smith (BW) when the opportunity presented.

(iii) Information board by the aqueduct. This had been ripped out of the ground by vandals. Fortunately this had been spotted by Paul who had retrieved it from over the wall where it had been thrown (thankfully not in the canal). Mike was arranging for Natural Organics to fix it back into the ground again. Thanks to Paul.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Three of the six faults Colin had reported and logged had been cleared but feedback on the others was proving difficult to get, including the long standing lighting problem.

(ii) Adopters meeting, Manchester 16/10/06. Well over 100 adopters had attended the meeting which Colin had found very helpful. Many were facing similar problems to us. Of particular interest was a presentation by ISS. Colin hadn’t appreciated what a major contract and responsibility ISS had undertaken on the station cleaning and maintenance side. They admitted the early months since taking over from Dalkia had been a bit fraught, with a significant backlog of faults and they had had to undertake a major staff training exercise. However they believed they were getting things under control. Time would tell.

(iv) Next planting. Margaret, Ruth and Colin had been to Gordon Rigg’s garden centre at Todmorden 16/10/06 and brought back a selection of perennials and bulbs for the planters and some bulbs for the banking. These were successfully planted as planned 21/10/06 by a team of 7. There had since been some vandalism with plants being pulled up a number of times but it had been possible to replant most as, fortunately, they had been left lying about.

It had been decided not to get a compost bin for the station after all as with perennials, there would not be all that much to compost and there was always the danger of the bin being thrown on the line.

12. Landmark trees regeneration project. Mike had suggested we contact a Colin Riley, the local representative of the Woodland Trust to see whether they might be interested in backing us. This Colin was proposing to do.

13. Community Appraisal – Action Plan – Food Growing Project. Still to be explored, possibly with the RHS and/or local schools.

14. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. The full community policing team of PC Stuart Welch, PC Johanna Bourne and PCSO Steve Charnley had been present at the meeting 18/10/06. They had reported on ongoing investigations/initiatives, proposed firework operations and the possible use of ‘mosquitoes’ to deter youths gathering in key locations. Policing priorities were mainly to do with juvenile nuisance in Spring St, at St Charles School and around Whitehead’s and the rear of the Co-op. There was a feeling that now the team was back to full strength, they were getting a grip on various situations once again.

At the Festival meeting which followed, David said that mainly in deference to the schools, they were thinking of bringing the date forward from the 11th August to the 14th July ie one week before the schools broke up for the summer holiday. The venue would once again be Harwood Rd Rec and the parade route would probably be on the south side of the village, possibly starting from the station.

The Festival AGM was to be held on Thursday the 16th November 2006 either at the Centre or the Free Gardeners Club.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 15/11/06, the Centre 6.00pm..

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Things seemed to have gone uncomfortably quiet, although it was assumed Groundwork were still pursuing their funding researches.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. The meeting 11/10/06 had been updated on the funding position for the Centre refurbishment. The flat above the Centre was now vacant and it was wondered if this might now be incorporated into the plans in some way. There were encouraging reports about the Army Cadets who might be having to look for larger premises than the Scout hut and also about the new St Peter and St Paul’s youth club.

Concern was expressed about the future of Primetime but it was hoped more would be learnt at the meeting of the Primetime Community Association on Monday 13/11/06. (see 4 (iv) above.)

Next FRY meeting : Wednesday 08/11/06 at Norden YC at 6.00pm. This would be the AGM.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

15. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. In Mike’s absence there was no report.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Again, in Mike’s absence there was no report.

(iii) Tree warden Scheme. Nothing to report.

(iv) PROSPECTS Newsletter. Articles were now required for the Winter edition. Deadline 17/11/06. While they might not manage an article for this edition, Wendy and Maria felt they might do one with a young persons slant for a future edition. This idea was warmly welcomed.

(v) PROSPECTS e-bulletin. The October edition was now out. Anyone not getting either the Newsletter or e-bulletin should let Colin know.

(vi) Panels’ Get-togethers. Members who had been able to attend the Panels’ Get-together at ‘Prosperity’ 05/10/06 had been most impressed by the work that was done there.

The Huncoat Forum were to host a Get-together on Saturday 2nd December 2006 starting at 11.00am from the Methodist Church with a walk round the village to see what the Forum members had been doing and ending back at the Church for a light lunch.

(vii) Tree planting. The Foundation was organising a tree planting event in conjunction with ELWood at Bury meadows, Oswaldtwistle on Saturday 25th November 2006 from 10.00am to 3.30pm.

16. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report

17. Working party(ies). See Item 7. above for bulb planting.

Colin reminded members that at some time soon the beds at High St bridge would need a tidy up for winter. He had recently had to remove the lavatera in the corner of the main bed which had given such a good show in the summer, as it had virtually been killed off by youths using it to climb up the wall and breaking off branches. He had however planted a holly bush and a broom in that bed (but away from the corner) that had been given to us, ex large pots.

Colin still had to produce a maintenance schedule.

18. Time booking.

Margaret 2 hours preparing Treasurer’s report.

Wendy dead-heading on High St bridge.

19. Any other business :

(i) Tree planting. Wendy reported that also 25/11/06 the Woodland Trust was organising a tree planting event at Darwen for which she could provide details.

20. Dates of next meetings. 05/12/06

It had been noted that the January meeting would be due to fall on Tuesday the 2nd ie possibly too close to New Year. Colin had enquired about alternatives and was advised that we could have the back room at Primetime on a Thursday (the Cycling Club had the main room). Either the 4th Jan or the 11th Jan was therefore possible and it was agreed to go for the 11th Jan. Colin to book.

Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held at the Primetime Community Centre 5th December 2006.

1. Present : Fiona Cook (Chairman), Colin Cooper (Secretary), Gordon Baldam, Ruth Colling, Julie Matindale, C.Cllr Miles Parkinson, Paul Wilkinson.

2. Apologies : Cllr Lesley Jackson (Vice Chairman), Margaret Worden (Treasurer/Asst Sec), Jacqueline Achaski, Mary Aubrey, Wendy Flanagan, Maria Flanagan, Cllr Harry Grayson, David Haworth, Cllr Jennet Liddle, Beverley Moorhouse, Helen Parker. Mike Stapleford (PROSPECTS Community Projects Development Officer).

Fiona welcomed everyone to the meeting.

3. Minutes of previous meetings. The minutes of the meeting 03/10/06 held over from the previous meeting and those for the AGM and following normal meeting 07/11/06 were approved and signed as correct records.

4. Matters arising :

(i) Craig Horabin’s list.

a) Cut Wood Park fence painting and woodland management. A decision on the painting of the fence had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02/07.

Colin had had it confirmed that the woodland survey had not yet been done but was still ‘on the list’.

b) Harwood Rd Rec ramps, swings and painting. There was still no news on the repositioning of the ramps. A decision on the swings had been deferred until the next Rishton Area Council meeting.

(ii) Recycling at St Charles. Miles had followed this up with HBC and received a response from Steve Riley, Waste Services Manager to the effect that ‘the whole area of recycling from schools is currently under discussion across all districts of Lancashire’. He was ‘hopeful that LCC will give the go-ahead to all districts next year’ and if so, he ‘will be looking to expand the service where possible’.

(iii) Hyndburn Community Network. The AGM planned for 02/11/06 had been postponed to 07/12/06. As it was a 6.30pm start, Colin hoped to represent the Panel there although he had another meeting to attend at 7.30pm.

(iv) Bulb planting. The 1000 bulbs from HBC Parks had been planted 14/11/06 by a dedicated team in the pouring rain as planned, on the left hand verge on Blackburn Rd, just beyond the speed limit sign heading towards Blackburn. A further 500 bulbs had been purchased and planted on the banking on the left hand side going down Hermitage St, just before the paper mill site 17/11/06, permission having been obtained from farmer Threllfall by Helen. The weather this time was a little kinder.

5. Treasurer’s Report. Margaret had indicated to Colin that there was no change and therefore the balance in the current account remained at 485.57 and the investment account at 7244.48 (4800.00 of this being earmarked for the Rishton web site upgrade).

6. Carbon Footprint Challenge. Because of the relatively low attendance, it was decided to postpone a decision once again until the next meeting.

Gordon and Colin had attended the Foundation’s ‘Waste Awareness’ workshop 11/11/06 at New Era in Accrington and found it thought provoking.

7. www.rishton.net Fiona said she would try and type up the equipment spec’ she and Paul had agreed the following day, preparatory to Paul taking it to Use-it computers in the village to discuss technicalities and prices. Paul was currently researching historical information on various buildings in the village.

8. Benches. Paul and Colin had met Gary and Lisa Lomas of Natural Organics 23/11/06 and visited a number of the proposed bench sites around Tottleworth, as well as looking at the map of the 20+ bench sites and types to get an overall picture. N.O. were now going to quote for the installation work.

9. Future of Primetime. At the meeting of the Primetime Community Association 13/11/06, LCC representatives Pam Marchant and Pauline Burke had reaffirmed that financial support from LCC would cease 31/08/07. They had not however been able to come with projected costs but it was certain current users would have to pay/pay more and it was strongly advised that prices to user groups be levied/increased sooner rather than later as a lead-in to future charges. It was proposed to appoint a coordinator to oversee current activities pro-tem and promote the facility, as if more use could be made of it, the greater would be the spread of the cost. The School was not represented at the meeting and it was agreed the governors of the School be invited to the next meeting which was set for 12/12/06.

For the moment the Panel felt it had a duty to support Primetime even though this would be at a cost which it did not feel it should have to bear in view of its volunteer input into the village. A number of user groups might take a different view and so put the future of Primetime at risk. In this case, the Panel might try to find alternative meeting accommodation at, say, the Centre.

Miles said he would make due representations at County but savings had to be made. He believed the old Copper House School building in Station Rd was to become a Children’s Centre and there might be meeting room provision there.

10. Canal Improvement Scheme.

(i) Padlocks. We were still awaiting MW Graphics to adjust the hanging of the Gate at High St bridge before we could fit a padlock there common to those at Tottleworth and Norden bridges.

(ii) Vandalised information board by the aqueduct. Mike was arranging for Natural Organics to fix it back into the ground again although, 23/11/06 they claimed to Paul and Colin they had not yet been approached.

11. Station Adoption.

(i) Fault Reporting. Colin had now hopefully established the correct lines of communication for fault reporting and feedback. There had been a quick response to repair the floor of the shelter on the Accrington platform where 25/30 bricks in the floor had been taken up and thrown on the line. There were only evasive answers on the replacement of the third litter bin and Colin was exploring the cost to see if we might replace it ourselves.

There had been a positive response from Network Rail on the repair of the four lights on the Blackburn platform with a promise that a repair could be expected before Christmas.

(ii) Car Park. At Miles prompting, Geoff had represented the Panel at a County Council Cabinet Question Time at the Globe 23/11/06. He had asked whether anything could be done to improve the car park with a potential for a park ‘n ride scheme. Due note had been made of his request and after the meeting he had been approached by Steve Browne, LCC Director of Waste and Resources Management, who sounded encouraging that funding might be found in an environmental ‘pot’, in so far as the ultimate aim was to get people out of their cars and on to public transport, thus helping the environment. Colin was waiting to hear from Steve Browne and Miles promised to follow it up.

(iii) Vandalism. Some plants were still being pulled up but in the main they were left lying about and were therefore able to be replanted. At the PACT meeting it was confirmed that the patrols still had the station on their beat and they were contacting the Railway Police to see what more might be done, if anything.

12. Landmark trees regeneration project. Colin had emailed Colin Riley, the local representative of the Woodland Trust, as Mike had suggested, but had received a less than encouraging response. Essentially it sounded as though he had too many commitments already to take on any more. Colin was therefore proposing to contact Woodland Trust HQ to see if there might be more interest there. Mike had advised that Woodland Trust had ‘bought’ some areas of woodland in Hyndburn from HBC which they now managed and this might be another avenue worth exploring.

13. Rishton in Bloom, 2007/2008? In Margaret’s absence there was no report.

14. Community Appraisal – Action Plan – Food Growing Project. Still to be explored, possibly with the Rishton Horticultural Society and/or local schools. There was to be a training course on ‘Starting a Community Allotment’ on Saturday 09/12/06 at new Era from 10.00am to 4.00pm for anyone interested.

There was still a feeling that we had enough on without getting involved in such a project and it would be better to wait and see how other groups got on.

15. Other community groups/organisations/projects :

(i) PACT/RAG. The police reported on a number of initiatives including Operation Bright Spark (Fireworks) where they had gone into local schools warning of the dangers and also the offences. Firework patrols had operated for two weekends and several fixed penalties had been issued to juveniles found in possession of fireworks.

They had also been dealing with drugs issues, noise nuisance and egg throwing, amongst others.

In David’s absence at the Panel meeting, there was no report on the Festival meeting which followed PACT or on the Festival AGM 16/11/06.

Next PACT/RAG meeting : Wednesday 17/01/07, at the Centre 6.00pm..

(ii) Holt St recreation ground. Steve Brereton who was to coordinate the project, had left Groundwork EL and Aileen Moriarty had taken his place. She was applying for funding from Sport England, the Big Lottery (Playful Ideas) and BIFFA. An answer on her Stage I application to Sport England was overdue [Later : successful]; her Stage 1 application to the Big Lottery had been successful and she was working on Stage 2; She planned to get her application in to BIFFA by Christmas.

Colin had suggested to Craig Horabin that we ought to have a meeting of interested parties early in the New Year, preferably before the next Rishton Area Council meeting 01/02/07.

(iii) Friends of Rishton Youth. At the AGM 08/11/06, the existing Committee had been re-elected unopposed : Chair, Lesley Jackson; Secretary, Dorothy Casey; Treasurer, Christine Hammerton; Minutes Secretary, Beryl Timmins. Items discussed included the Centre, the future of Primetime, the Youth Club and the Festival.

Next FRY meeting : Wednesday 24/01/07 at Norden YC at 6.00pm.

(iv) Lords House Farm. No report.

16. PROSPECTS Foundation :

(i) Ladybird Trail. It was understood that LCC were going to fund and install all the necessary new gates and styles.

(ii) Hyndburn Fairtrade Group. Again, in Mike’s absence there was no report.

(iii) Tree Warden Scheme. Mark Cocks, HBC’s Trees Officer had left, so the future of the Tree Warden Scheme was under review pending his replacement or otherwise.

(iv) PROSPECTS Newsletter. The Winter Newsletter was available for downloading from the PROSPECTS web site.

(v) Huncoat Forum Get-together 25/11/06. The walk round the village to see what the Forum members had been doing had proved something of an eye-opener to those who did not know the village. It followed part of ‘The Huncoat Trail’, a leaflet for which had been produced (available free on request to Colin). It consisted of a 9 mile circular walk closely following the old parish boundaries of historic Huncoat from the canal in the north to Hameldon/Kings Highway/Coppice in the south. Alternatively it can be done in two 5 mile sections. The light lunch back at the Methodist Church hall afterwards had been much appreciated.

(vi) Quiz Night, 07/12/06, King St Club. A team consisting of Fiona, Gordon, Julie, Margaret & John was to uphold the reputation of the Rishton Panel at this annual PROSPECTS Foundation event.

(vii) Presentation Skills Training, 7th & 8th/12/06, Scaitcliffe House. It was believed this course was now full but if interested, check with Donna.

(viii) Community Allotment Training, 09/12/06, New Era. See 14 above.

(ix) Midweek Practical Events. For those who cannot manage weekend events, the Foundation was experimenting with a number of midweek events, the first two being :

December. Wednesday 06/12/06. Foxhill Bank Nature Reserve in conjunction with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, 11.00am to 3.00pm.

January. Wednesday 10/01/07. BARTA allotments, Woodnook. Help the Woodnook Residents Assn rejuvenate an old allotment site. 10.00am to 3.00pm.

17. Magazine/newsletters report. Nothing to report

18. Working party(ies). It was agreed that there should be a working party to tidy up the flower/shrubbery beds at High St bridge on Wednesday 20th December 2006 starting at 9.30am.

Despite 2 chasing emails to Mike Marshall at BW, Colin had had no response about recommencing working on the canalside following the embargo Mike had advised they had imposed in September 2006. Mike (Stapleford) was going to try to talk to his contact, Nick Smith, but in the absence of any response, it was proposed to go ahead. A risk assessment had been done previously for work on the High St bridge beds. Should a response be received from BW inhibiting work still, Colin would communicate this to Panel members.

19. Time booking.

Ruth and Steve 1 hour litter picking at the station.

Mary hour planting bluebells in Cut Lane.

20. Any other business :

(i) ‘Rishton Village’ signs. Mary had asked Colin to raise the possibility of some village signs like those in Clayton-le-Moors. Miles said he would look into it but it might be more appropriate to raise this at the next Rishton Area Council meeting, as the ones in Clayton had been provided by their Area Council.

21. Dates of next meetings. Thursday 11/01/07.

Tuesday 06/02/07