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 Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held in the People’s Centre, School Street, Rishton on the 7th January 2020

1. Present:

 Ruth Colling (Chair), Margaret Worden (Secretary/Treasurer), Colin Cooper (Project Coordinator/Asst Secretary), Cllr. Jeff Scales, Cllr Michael Miller, Beverley Moorhouse, Mike Stapleford, Prospects Foundation, Ursula Hurst (Artdaze).

2. Apologies:

 Paul Wilkinson

3. Minutes of the meetings held on 1st October 2019.

Agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising:

5. Treasurer’s Report.

 The current account stands at £6498.67 (£6597.70) and the investment account at £1192.79 (£1191.99).

6. Project Update :

a) Station Food Growing. Mike Stapleford reported that Roger Plum and his Green Team will be happy to help with a clean-up at the food growing area. Colin has been down to assess the situation as sometime ago Network Rail had been in and lopped branches off many of the trees, these unfortunately have been left scattered haphazardly. It was agreed to arrange a working party in the spring.

b) Canal. Mike reported that The Canal & River Trust/Prospects Foundation Volunteer Task Force have organised further working parties on the 22nd January on the canal by the steps which lead to the bridge and path to Cut Wood Park. On the 4th March by the Café by the herb planter and on the 18th March by the picnic site. The Task Force continues to have good support.

7. Station Art Project. Everything has now been OK’d by Northern Rail. There will be a group of figures placed and fixed on the Rishton Sign on each platform. The map and posters will be attached to the fencing on the Accrington platform and the long silhouette is to be attached to the metal railings on the Blackburn platform. However, we need to remind Community Rail Lancashire that they had agreed to cut back some of the tree branches in front of the silhouette and also strip the grass in front. Ellison Printers of Rishton have guaranteed the cut out figures etc. to be done on diebond or laminated onto diebond will be guaranteed for three years. Ursula is worried about them fading and as such contacted a company called Signed Express to give a price for printing them on vinyl. So Ursula is awaiting further quotes before giving the go ahead. Posters advertising Rishton and Prospects will be placed in all stations along the route and especially in Blackpool. As the work must be completed by the 31st March we will have to ensure that all parties involved in printing etc. are aware of this deadline.

We intend to have a grand opening at Easter before the school holidays so that children from the three schools originally involved in the artwork can hopefully attend. We will finalise our plans further at our March meeting. (No meeting in February).

8. Foundation.

Mike reported that Network Rail is replacing the rail bridge over the canal between Rishton Church and Oswaldtwistle stations. The work will take places between 15-23 February.
There is no movement on Star Delph.

9. Green Spaces Forum.

 The AGM will be held on the 22nd January 2020. Colin reported that as is the case with many volunteer organisation they are struggling for members.

10. Time Booking.

 Colin will be working on bringing the time booking the last couple of over months up to date.

11. Working Parties.

 None until the weather improves.

Next Meeting

 3rd March 2020

Meeting closed 8.30 pm.

February - No Meeting

 Minutes of the Meeting of the Rishton PROSPECTS Panel held in the People’s Centre, School Street, Rishton on the 9th March 2020

1. Present:

Ruth Colling (Chair), Margaret Worden (Secretary/Treasurer), Colin Cooper (Project Coordinator/Asst Secretary), Cllr. Jeff Scales, Cllr Michael Miller, Mike Stapleford, Prospects Foundation.

2. Apologies:

Beverley Moorhouse, Ursula Hurst (Artdaze)

3. Minutes of the meetings held on 7th January 2019.

Agreed and signed.

4. Matters arising:

5. Treasurer’s Report.

The current account stands at £6498.67 (£6498.67) and the investment account at £1193.18 (£1192.79).

6. Project Update :

a) Station Food Growing. The area is a mess at the moment as some time ago Network Rail had been in and lopped branches off many of the trees and unfortunately left them scattered haphazardly covering many of the raised beds. However, because in the past money and effort was put into this area we all felt that it would be worth clearing and resurrecting the raised beds which we can then offer to local residents particularly those living in terraced houses without gardens. Mike Stapleford offered to approach the BT volunteer group, who liaise with the Foundation on volunteering projects, to see if they could help with the clean-up. Mike, Colin, Ruth and Margaret are meeting at the station on Tuesday 10th March to assess the situation with a view to organising a working party.

b) Canal. Mike reported that The Canal & River Trust/Prospects Foundation Volunteer Task Force had arranged a well-being walk for Wednesday 3rd March meet 10.00 am at the Library. The Task Force have also arranged a working party for the 18th March, meet by the picnic site bridge 108 (Spring Street). The Task Force numbers had dwindled somewhat however numbers are again on the rise. The Cycling Team are inviting all cyclists and walkers to join them at the Canal View Café, Bridge 108A Rishton on Monday 30th March between 10.00 and 13.00 to promote sustainable travel through “Connecting East Lancashire”.

7. Station Art Project.

Everything will be printed and ready for delivery on the 11th March. Ursula feels that once the huge prints arrive in the CRL (Community Rail Partnership) office at Accrington Station, they will want to finalise arrangements for them to be erected on site at the station pretty quickly. The Posters will be printed separately and Ursula will let us know when these are completed. The Panel felt that we need to ask the question do we need a working party to chop the vegetation down on the Blackburn Platform or will the workmen who install the artwork carry this out. We still have a supply of wildflower seeds which can be scattered once the vegetation is removed.

We had intended to have a grand opening at Easter before the school holidays so that children from the three schools originally involved in the artwork can hopefully attend. However, because of little time and differing school holidays, we have pencilled in Saturday the 2nd May to hold a short Station Celebration between 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm. Suggestions are to invite the Mayor, Great Harwood Town Cryer and representatives from all the schools, as well as Guides, Brownies etc. We will ask Richard Watts, Community Rail Partnership to attend as well as representatives of Network Rail. We need to check train timetables and to arrange a Risk Assessment. We need to check that Ursula is available on that date and also to invite Fiona (past Chair of Rishton Prospects) and her husband Andrew. [Later: Ursula confirmed she would be ok].

8. Foundation.

Mike reported that funding had been awarded for the recruitment of a three day post of Outdoor Learning to address the results of climate change and to help counteract it locally. The Foundation AGM will be held on the 27th May at the People’s Centre, School Street, Rishton.

9. Piggy Park.

A very successful clean-up day was held on Saturday 7th March. There are lots of new members with all the raised beds being taken and names on a waiting list. Some members met at the Cricket Club on the 4th March when planting was discussed and advice and ideas shared. Julie Livesey has been in and done some remedial work on the willow tunnel. Jeff would love to find funding to carry out some more sculpture artwork.

10. Green Spaces Forum.

The AGM will be held on the 18th March 2020. Colin reported that as is the case with many volunteer organisation they are struggling for members.

11. Time Booking.

Colin will be working on bringing the time booking over the last couple of months up to date.

12. Working Parties.

One or two pencilled in but nothing definite as yet.

13. AOB.

Ruth requested that the land on the corner of High Street and Commercial Street (Commercial and School Street?) be put on the Agenda for the next meeting.

There was no reply from the potential new recruit from Margaret’s invitation letter.

Local Plan. Jeff had replied to the consultation.

Colin will reply to Richard Watts email regarding the annual action plan for East Lancs & Clitheroe line.

Next Meeting TBA

Meeting closed 8.45 pm.