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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 18 DECEMBER 2003
7.30PM 5 CALICOWOOD AVENUE

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Parkinson, Shaw,
Whiteley, District Councillors Brown and Crosby, two members of the public and the Clerk (Holden).

87 ) APOLOGIES

District Councillor O’Neill

88 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

89 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS’ REPORTS

Councillor Brown spoke on behalf of the District Councillors. The meeting with Inspector Pidd and local shopkeepers and representatives had been productive and subsequently some videoing of anti social behaviour had taken place to identify ringleaders. The Cleaner Greener initiative required to know where 8 trees could be planted in the Parish, the work being carried out between the 19th and 30th January. Suggested sites were Miles Lane Gathurst Lane corner, the triangle of land opposite and in the Memorial Park adjacent to St Bernadette’s School.
Parking on Dixon Avenue footway had been investigated but the resident had now left.
There would be security patrols in the village.

90 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 27 November be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Shaw. Agreed.

91 ) MATTERS ARISING

Eastern Parishes Transport Forum
Details of the next meeting were provided to Councillor Lister.

Insurance Claim
The Clerk had responded to the Insurers regarding the claim for injury sustained by a resident allegedly tripping over a piece of raised concrete near the Muffin Man shop on Gathurst Lane. The concrete patch had hitherto formed the base of a vandalised litter bin. Further correspondence was awaited.

Age Concern
Letter received from Age Concern outlining their service provided within Shevington and the benefits residents were deriving. The request was for the continuance of financial aid and the Council had budgeted in anticipation of continued support. On this basis the Clerk was prepared to accept a Resolution rather than defer the request to the next Council Meeting.

Councillor J Maloney declared an interest as an executive member of Age Concern and took no part in the debate or vote. Recorded.

'That the Parish Council provides a grant of £450 to Age Concern to support their much appreciated service provided to the residents of Shevington.'

Proposed Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Agreed.

To co-opt a Councillor
An approach to a potential candidate had been declined and it was agreed that the matter be discussed again at the January Parish Council Meeting to determine when the vacancy would be placed on the Agenda.

Transformer
Mr Dickinson advised that he had purchased the replacement transformer required to service one of the sets of Christmas tree lights. The cost had been £40. Noted

Dog fouling
This issue could be tackled under the Cleaner Greener initiative.

Parish Council Websites
Councillor Whiteley advised that there were about 200 hits a month. The fees paid for the existing sites had been investigated and it would appear that the Council had been overcharged and a refund would be made. The Clerk advised that the test site remained available for Councillors to visit and the matter of the potential revamp would be a January Meeting Agenda item.

92 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor J Maloney advised that the WMBC Rights of Way Officer had left the post and a Meeting with the successor would take place early in the New Year. This would facilitate the works planned to be undertaken by Groundwork Wigan.

93 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Community Association
The Clerk provided a brief summary of the last Meeting which had formed a sub committee to lead the building project. There were to be bi-lateral meetings between the Recreation Ground Trustees and the Youth Club ; the Youth Club and the Association of Boys and Girls Clubs; to determine their positions on the various legal and charitable status matters that required determination if there was to be commitment to the Scheme. The Association would focus attention on plans for the Association into the future with a diary of planned events and seek to raise the awareness profile by local publicity.

Standards Committee
Councillor Whiteley reported that there had been a mock Standards Committee hearing which the Ethical standards Officer had organised as a training event. The Committee now had powers to suspend a Councillor for misconduct for up to three months.

94 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None.

95 ) BUDGET PLANNING FOR 2004/5

The Clerk provided Members with an updated Budget Plan for 2004/5 which included proposals for expenditure made at the 4th December Policy Committee Meeting. The implications of the expenditure and requirements for Reserves were then discussed in detail and a copy of the Plan is attached to these Minutes. The normal procedure would be for the recommendation for the Precept to be placed to a Finance and General Purposes Committee immediately prior to the next Council Meeting. In the event Members were also satisfied that the proposals as presented required no further interim debate at the next Committee Meeting planned for 8 January. A proposition was put forward that the following proposal stand adjourned to the Meeting of the Finance and General Purpose committee

'That the Finance and General Purpose Committee recommends to the Parish Council that the Budget for 2004/5 be £66,798 and that the Precept on the WMBC be in the sum of £55,000 (fifty five thousand pounds).'

Proposed Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. Agreed.

96 ) DONATION WIGAN HISTORY SHOP

'That the Parish Council donates £100 to Wigan History Shop in support of the continued publication of the excellent magazine 'Past Forward'.'

Proposed Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous.

97 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£15.05

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance

£75.00

Ainscough Ltd

Materials

£6.53

Elvedon Farms Ltd

3 Christmas Trees

£962.09

Open Spaces Society

Membership

£27.50

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2211.45

WMBC

Allotment Lease

£72.50

Bewley’s

Materials

£67.57

 

Total:

£4140.58


Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date:

Capital Res.

£25348.87

Business Res

£34537.13

Current

£500.00

TOTAL

£60386.00


'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney Unanimous

98 ) CLERKS REPORT

All planning applications requiring Members’ attention had been brought to their notice.

99 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 22 January
The Parish Council Meeting Diary would be available for the Meeting

District Councillor Brown on behalf of the Ward Councillors wished all Members Happy Christmas and New Year.

The Chairman wished all District Councillors and Parish council Members and their families a Happy Christmas and New Year.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.40.


 

MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2003
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden) and three members of the public.


74 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Parkinson, Shaw, District Councillor Brown

75 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

'That the Meeting be suspended in accord with Standing Orders'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded J Maloney. Unanimous

Mr Paul McManus a local resident and businessman was invited to address the Council on the matter of BT Broadband, high speed access to the Internet with greater capacity to download files and access to other real time services. The situation in the Shevington area, indeed anyone served from the Appley Bridge exchange 01257 prefix, was that BT required 500 potential subscribers before upgrading the exchange. At present there are 164 potential subscribers. Broadband exists already from the competitor TeleWest, believed to have around 1400 cable subscribers. More information can be found on the website www.broadband4appleybridge.co.uk relating to registering for the service without commitment, but a BT line must be available. Mr McMAnus believed there was a general lack of awareness, lack of Local Authority momentum in support and had set about publicising BT's requirements. Mr McManus was thanked for his information and was provided with leads that would assist his campaign. For its part the Parish Council would provide a link to the website from its own web pages.

76 ) TO CO-OPT A COUNCILLOR

The Clerk advised that there were three potential candidates for the vacancy but the lateness of the approaches had not given candidates time to prepare for the nomination.

'That the co-option to fill the casual vacancy be deferred to the January Parish Council Meeting to give potential candidates time to prepare for their nomination.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney Unanimous

77 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS' REPORTS

None.

Councillor Sudworth advised that a Township Meeting had prevented Councillor Brown's attendance and whilst this could be a regular meeting arrangement Councillor Crosby would attend the Council Meetings if there was a clash.

78 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING


'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 23 October be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

79 ) MATTERS ARISING


Bowling Green Electricity
The Clerk had written to Kevin Green of the 1st Shevington (Wigan) Scout Group with proposals to pick up an electrical supply from within the headquarters building adjacent to the bowling green.

DEFRA
Letter received from the Countryside Agency advising of a DEFRA review of 'rural delivery arrangements' but explaining that the current grant for the Village Plan would be unaffected.

Licensing Act 2003
Letter received from WMBC Environmental Health and Consumer Protection Department offering an opportunity to participate in a consultation process regarding the newly introduced Licensing Act. Agreed that the Council should participate given its involvement in the Risk Management Group and local initiatives to combat under age drinking and anti- social behaviour. A meeting would be held in the NewYear.

Dog Fouling
The Clerk read the response to the local resident who had complained about dog fouling and the untidy state of the footpath to the rear of the Oval. The response outlined the Council's approach to the problem by providing doggie bins and the regular cleansing carried out.

Christmas Trees
The three trees had been erected and one remained to be lit. One transformer was not working properly and should be replaced. Given the likely change in power provision requirements into the future Mr Dickinson was authorised to source a transformer capable of being geared down from 110 to 24 volts.

Open Spaces Society
Letter received from the Society seeking a donation to preserve village greens.
'That a donation of £25 be made to the Open Spaces Society in support of their campaign to preserve village greens.'
Proposed. Councillor J Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

Remembrance Sunday
Whilst Councillor attendance at the Service had been low the public attendance had been about average and the Council's pa system again proved its worth in the proceedings.

Footpaths, Groundwork Wigan
Councillor J Maloney advised that discussions had determined that Mr. Edmundson had been replaced by a new manager, a job share, Alison Whitehead and Jean Gidman and contact to discuss the Council's schemes was awaited.

Path between Back Lane and Woodnook Road The problems reported at the last Council Meeting had been alleviated by Mr Dickinson who had cleared the pathway of debris.

Web Site

Councillor Whiteley declared a personal interest in the matter but was requested by the Chairman to advise Members of her investigations in making the site simpler to manipulate and maintain.

Councillor Whiteley reported that a mock up of the Council's 'new look' could be viewed on http://www.bigfootbikes.com/paul/shev/. She had undertaken tests and found the site easier to use and in her opinion it looked more professional. Members were invited to view. If the Council were to proceed costs would be £200 for 20 hours of development work.

The Clerk advised that in view of the relationship of Councillor Whiteley to the potential contractor the interest had been properly declared. On the face of things the work cost was reasonable for a job of this type and below any figure that the Council would normally place to tender. Councillors were invited to test the new site and the matter would be placed as an agenda item for the January Meeting at which Councillor Whiteley would be asked to withdraw.

80 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS


Village Plan
Councillor J Maloney advised that he would be ready to present proposals for the Council's consideration at the January F&GP Meeting. Having considered the options he would be recommending distribution of the questionnaire by Royal Mail rather than the Reporter.

Anti-social behaviour
Councillor J Maloney reported on a Meeting between Wigan Police, Inspector Pidd, local business people, District Councillors and interested residents. The debate had been around anti-social behaviour and the cost of abusive behaviour and vandalism. The Meeting had been productive and the outcome will be action to support the application for Anti- Social Behaviour Orders against ringleaders

Public disturbances
Councillor Sudworth advised of public disturbances on the Council Estate which had led to Police attendance and as a result WMBC Housing had been asked to take an active interest in curbing the altercations.

81 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES


Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley advised that a new Youth Leader, in fact a job share, had been appointed and the partnership would commence with starts in January and May. The two assistant Leaders were working well and there had been no problems with the senior club to date.

Standards Board.
Councillor Whiteley advised that there was nothing to report and a short inconclusive debate followed on the value or otherwise of the central body, the Standards Board for England.

Community Association
The Clerk reported on a disappointing Community Association public Meeting that had not evidenced progress on matters that would be the drivers for the proposed building scheme. A matter had however been raised that required the Council's attention and the Clerk having advised Members of the confidential nature was requested to progress the matter with the Charity commissioners.

82 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None.

Almond Brook Road, Wainhomes housing development
The appeal by the Company against the refusal to grant Planning Permission for a housing development had been upheld and the demolition of one property and building property behind would go ahead.

83 ) BUDGET 2004/2005

The Clerk advised Members of the Budget timetable and sought initial areas of potential expenditure with a view to having more thought of by the time of the next F&GP Meeting on 4 December. Items put forward without discussion were; Risk Management, boundary signage, transformers, bowling green mower, railings to the Memorial Park.

84 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Post, Mileage,

£16.00

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman's Allowance

£75.00

WMBC

Allotment Lease

£72.50

HLB AV Audit

Audit fee

£411.25

D M Priest Ltd

Web site fee,

£111.63

Jacquard Weaving

Badges for walk

£51.98

Recreation Grd Trustees

Car Park Lease Rent

£50.00

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2135.53

Open Spaces Society

Donation

£25.00

Total

£3651.78

Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date

Capital Res.

£25348.87

Business Res

£36769.27

Current

£500.00

TOTAL

£62618.14


'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney Unanimous

85 ) CLERKS REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members' attention had been brought to their notice.

86 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 18 December.
Policy Committee 4 December
There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.25pm

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 23 OCTOBER 2003
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden) and one member of the public.

63 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors V Maloney, Parkinson, Shaw, District Councillors Brown and Crosby.

64 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

65 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 25 September be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

66 ) MATTERS ARISING

Insurance Claim
The Clerk advised that a claim had been received from Solicitors acting for a member of the public who alleges a fall and personal injury. The fall, some time ago, was allegedly caused by tripping over a raised concrete lump previously securing a removed damaged litter bin outside a shop premises in the row of shops in Gathurst Lane. The claim has previously been submitted to WMBC and the local shop before becoming known to the Parish Council. The raised concrete was removed some time ago but without knowledge of the incident. The claim is precise in stating the fall was over the raised concrete but the uneven pavement to the shop, since repaired, will be pointed out to the Insurers.

Audit
The Audit had been completed with no matters raised for attention.

'‘That the Parish Council approves the Annual Return and accepts the report of the Auditors.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

Parish Plan
Letter received from Community Futures to the effect that a professional photographer was available to provide quality images for Parish Plans. This would be a little premature for the Council’s own Plan proposals.

Xmas tree delivery
Mr Dickinson would make arrangements for the delivery and placing of the three trees on order. Trees would be 20ft Norway spruce, delivered and positioned for £818 plus VAT.

Standish Aspull and Shevington Township Meeting
Details of the next Meeting Agenda had been provided by the Township Manager but the event clashed with this evenings Parish Council Meeting..

Remembrance Sunday
Arrangements were in hand for the service of Remembrance on Sunday 9th November.

Rural Transport Partnership
The Council would receive a grant of £1620 in respect of work undertaken at Gathurst station. This did not however cover weekly maintenance costs.

Crooke Hall Inn
Notice received of a change of licence into the name of Keona Humphreys, the Protection Order being applied for 17th October becoming effective as a Full Transfer 9 December. Noted.

Eastern Parish Meeting
The next Meeting would be held on 11November, Councillors Lister and Sudworth would attend.

Dog Fouling
Letter received from a local resident seeking information on prosecutions for dog fouling in the Shevington area and in particular on the footpath behind The Oval. The Clerk would respond that to the best of knowledge that there had been none and the Parish Council’s own measures in dealing with the problem.

Casual Vacancy
Councillor Whiteley indicated that she had discussed co-option with a local resident whose name was known to Councillors and that she had received a positive response. The Clerk advised that the name would be put forward under an Agenda item for the November Parish Council Meeting. The resident who had written regarding the dog fouling had also indicated an interest in serving as a Councillor and the Clerk would forward an insight into the Parish Council’s powers.

Bowling Green electricity supply
Two estimates had been received from the five local contractors approached. The Clerk was instructed to write to one of the firms seeking a meeting to discuss the proposals in greater detail.

Groundwork Footpath works
The management review of the internal structure of Groundwork Wigan had now been completed and it was hoped that the delays in undertaking scheduled works could now be overcome. Councillor J Maloney would report on progress.

Gathurst Station Improvements
An approach to the Deanery High School for community involvement in the design of the notice board for the front of the Library had been made but had resulted in a decline to assist. Other approaches would be undertaken.

67 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Sudworth advised that a local resident had complained of weeds at Gathurst Station but this was not in the area maintained by the Parish Council.

Councillor Sudworth and Councillor Lister had viewed the allotments and had been disappointed at their findings of the general untidiness, including that of the Allotment Society shed frontage. Agreed that the matter be placed on a future Policy Committee agenda before plot rents becomes due.

Councillor Sudworth had discussed with WMBC Cleansing the need for additional capacity at the Bottle Bank over the Christmas period given the poor performance of the contractors in emptying the bins in previous years that had led to much untidiness and broken glass on the car park.

Mr Dickinson had reported that some surfacing repair was needed to the tarmac on the path between Back Lane and Woodnook Road. Noted.

Councillor J Maloney was looking to discuss proposals further at the next Finance and General Purposes committee Meeting on 15th November and in the interim was seeking a comparison of distribution capability between Royal Mail and the Wigan Reporter. A reply paid envelope would be used for responses.

Councillor Parkinson complained of poor pavements on the Council Estates and would take up the issue with District councillors and Wigan and Leigh Homes.

68 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

School Governors
Shevington Vale
Councillor J Maloney requested the Clerk to confirm to the Governors of his continuing appointment until 2006.

Millbrook School
Councillor Whiteley advised that the Governors were discussing fencing for the School grounds and were seeking to divide the entrance to segregate car and pedestrian traffic.

Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley advised of the appointment of an Assistant Youth Worker and interviewing for a Youth Leader would begin shortly. The Senior Youth Club had reopened.

Standards Committee
No recent Meeting.

Community Association
The next Public Meeting would be held Miles Lane School on 28th October and the main item of discussion would be the proposed scheme for the Recreation Ground.

69 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A/03/59654 Detached dwelling in garden Wilton Ave
Application deemed as infill. Noted.

70 ) FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS

St Anne’s Churchyard Fund

'That the Parish Council contributes the sum of £550 to the upkeep of the St Anne’s Parish Churchyard.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Parkinson. Unanimous

Royal British Legion

'That the Parish Council donates the sum of £110 to the royal British Legion Poppy Appeal'

Proposed Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous

Standish Church Lads Brigade

'That the Parish Council donates the sum of £50 to the Standish church Lads Brigade in recognition of the provision of buglers for the Remembrance Service.'

Proposed. Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

71 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Post, Mileage, Stationery

£117.48

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance

£75.00

St Anne's Churchyard Fd

Donation

£550.00

Royal British Legion.

Donation

£110.00

Standish CLB

Donation

£50.00

Recreation Grd Trustees

Car Park Lease Rent

£50.00

Ainscough's

Materials

£66.89

Plus Publishing

Publication

£60.00

Kiwi Nurseries

Plants

£56.65

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2135.53

D M Priest Ltd

Web site fee,

£129.25

Total

£4103.69



Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date:

Capital Res.

£25348.87

Business Res

£37998.29

Current

£2310.10

TOTAL

£63,972.42



'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous
72 ) CLERKS REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members' attention had been brought to their notice. An invitation had been received to the over 50’s Forum to be held in Standish on 13th November

Councillor Whiteley sought leave of the Chairman to raise a matter regarding the Website. An offer of professional assistance in maintaining the web pages had been made. The offer had been made by a family acquaintance and as such an Interest would be declared if the matter was to be discussed as an Agenda item. Councillor Whiteley was advised to provide further information and an example for Council discussion. At which time the Council would determine whether it was appropriate to seek a competitive quotation for comparison.

73 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 27 November.
Policy Committee 13 November.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.25pm


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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2003
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Shaw, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden) and two members of the public .

53 ) APOLOGIES

Councillor Parkinson. District Councillor Brown.

54 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

55 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 21 August be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Agreed.

56 ) MATTERS ARISING

North West Army Cadet Force Trust Fund
Letter of thanks received from the Fund acknowledging the Parish Council donation for climbing harnesses.

LAPTC
Notice received of the AGM to be held 8 November. Councillor Lister would attend.

Bowling Green electrical supply
Only two estimates had been received and would be discussed at the next Policy Committee Meeting.

Village Plan
Initial element of Grant of £2288 had been received.

Groundwork Wigan
The reimbursement of the payments for the seats in the Memorial Garden had been received in the sum of £2534.56.

Gathurst Station
The Grant from the Rural Transport Group had been agreed and re-imbursement of £1600 would be received for the work carried out improving Gathurst Station.

Township Meeting
Councillor Lister attended and there had been input to proposals. Policing areas had been aligned to the Townships.

Christmas Lights to shop frontages
Letter received from WMBC Engineers which lacked enthusiasm for such a scheme and the inference was that if the Parish Council is to give this further thought it would not be in place for this Christmas. Policy committee to discuss.

CVS
A request had been made to receive Parish Council Meeting Minutes for an information Library. Agreed.

Footpath Works
Councillor J Maloney advised that Groundwork Wigan were awaiting the appointment of a new Development Officer and this had led to delays in commencement of the work proposed on Parish paths.

Footpaths complaint
Letter received from a local resident, specifically regarding the path behind the Oval from Gathurst Lane. This path is regularly cleansed by the Parish Council but local residents continue to dump over the fences and local dog owners fail to clean up dog fouling. To be discussed at next Policy Committee Meeting.

Internal Audit
Councillor J Maloney advised Members that the Internal Audit had been well conducted by Simon Richards in his presence and that the appropriate certification had been provided for the external Auditors. The Clerk was complimented on the presentation of the audit trail.

Appley Bridge
A WMBC submission had been made to the Boundary Commission following a periodic review of Metropolitan Boundaries that Appley Bridge in West Lancashire should form part of Wigan.

57 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

August Bank Holiday Walk
Councillor J Maloney advised that the walk had been well attended by 37 participants and that refreshment sales had provided for a donation of £30 for St Anne's Organ Fund.

Gathurst Station Improvements
Councillor J Maloney had attended a meeting with Carolyn Young and Alan McNicol of the Community Transport Forum to discuss the potential of grants from the Transport Improvement Fund for information signage at the Station and outside the Library. There would be a site meeting to discuss the signage and its possible illumination with a target for it being in place by the year end. Discussions centred on future grant possibilities and maintenance costs.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court Open Day
Councillor J Maloney thanked the Council for the use of the PA System. There had been over 1000 attendees at a very successful event

58 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

School Governors
St Bernadettes
Councillor Whiteley advised of the recreation area expansion at a cost of £6000 of which £3000 would be funded. The Parish Council would be approached for financial support.

Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley and Councillor Lister commented on the AGM and the good news that funding of £70k was available for a full time Youth Leader. Substantial grant aid was also available to the Club and good support was being received from the Youth Services through Alan Donkin. 'Mission Statements' were to be re-iterated.

Community Association
A Public Meeting of the Association had been held on the 23 September at which progress and the way forward had been discussed. The Scheme would now be taken forward by the Management Committee. Standing Orders for the future conduct of Meetings had been approved.

59 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A/03/59482 Jordan's Chip Shop
Application for a two storey extension to the rear of the premises on Gathurst Lane and use of flat for offices. Noted.

A/03/59346/LA Shevington High School
Application for demolition of the obsolete prefabricated classrooms and the building of four new classrooms. Noted.

60 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Post, Mileage

£10.13

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance

£75.00

Ainscough Ltd.

Materials

£31.71

United Utilities

Water Rates, half year

£69.32

Plus Publishing

Publication

£60.00

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2123.41

Bewley's

Materials,

£32.83

Total

£3105.29



Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date:

Capital Res.

£25263.70

Business Res

£38209.42

Current

£500.00

TOTAL

£63,972.42



'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous

61 ) CLERKS REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members' attention had been brought to their notice. A NALC Code of Policy had been received. Councillor Lister would review. School Governance Constitution (England) Regulations 2003 came into force on 1 September and with effect from 31 August 2006 Minor Authorities lose the right to nominate Governors. Local Government Act 1972 General Disposal Consent 2003 allows for the disposal of assets at 'less than best consideration'.

62 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 23 October.
Policy Committee 2 October.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 8.50pm

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 21 AUGUST 2003
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;

Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Parkinson, Whiteley the Clerk (Holden) and two members of the public.

39 ) APOLOGIES

Councillor Shaw.

Councillor J Maloney sought leave from the Chairman and called upon members to stand in silence in memory of the late Mrs Joan Sudworth.

40 ) DECLARATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE OF OFFICE

Councillors Parkinson and Whiteley duly gave and signed their Declarations of Acceptance of Office

41 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

42 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 26 June be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Agreed.

43 ) MATTERS ARISING

Donation to Shevington Allotments and Horticultural Society

In the absence of a Parish Council Meeting in July a request for a donation to the Annual Horticultural Show. The Clerk had approached the Vice Chairman to determine an amount and a donation of £50, in line with previous years, had been made.

'That a donation of £50 to Shevington Allotments and Horticultural Society Show be confirmed by the Council.

Proposed Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

The North West Army Cadet Force Trust Fund

A motion stood adjourned from the last Parish Council Meeting.

'That the Parish Council donates the sum of £250 to the North West Army Cadet Fund for the purchase of climbing harnesses.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

Township Meeting

Letter received from the Township Manager that the next meeting would be held 8 September at Haigh Hall at 7pm. Councillor Parkinson would attend from the Community Association, with Councillor Sudworth and Councillor Lister representing the Parish Council.

Christmas Lights to shop frontages

Letter received from WMBC Department of Engineering Services advising that the Traffic and Transportation group would assess the Parish Council's proposals for Christmas trees and lights to be attached to shop frontages in Gathurst Lane.

Village Plan Grant

Letter received from the Countryside Commission advising that a Grant of £4575 had been approved representing 75% of the £6100 expenditure proposed. The initial advance payment of £2288 would be paid within 10 days.

Internal Audit

A meeting had been arranged for 8 September between the Clerk, Councillor J Maloney and Mr Simon Richards to undertake an internal audit of the Parish Council Accounts in accord with the requirements for an Internal Auditor appointment. The Audit by HLB Audit had been deferred to allow for this late appointment of an Internal Auditor.

Councillor Allowances

The NALC had published the Local Authorities (Members' Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003. The Clerk summarised the effect of the legislation as follows; Sections of the LGA 1972 had been rescinded from effect from 1 December with the effect that allowances for travel and attendance could now be made within the Parish as distinct to the previously available ability to pay for attendance for approved duties outside the Parish. The Chairman's Allowance could continue. To implement the new arrangements there would be a need to set a remuneration body with the WMBC, but there would be no need to if allowances were not to be a feature. Mileage allowances, as long as they were re-imbursements and not a round sum can continue to be paid, a practice which the Parish Council follows for re-imbursement for attendance on Councillor business outside the Parish boundary. The Clerk would be unaffected by the changes. General discussion followed.

'That the Parish Council notes the changes in Councillors' Allowances legislation and the Council's existing practice of not paying attendance allowance will continue and members will continue to claim only NALC recommended re-imbursement for mileage for duties carried out on behalf of the Council outside the Parish boundary.'

Proposed. Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

Christmas Trees

Quotation received for Christmas tree supply by Elveden the Parish Council's supplier of trees for several years past, for 3, 6.1metre Norway spruce, supplied , delivered and erected for £818.80 plus VAT.

'That the Parish Council accepts the quotation to supply three Christmas trees from Elveden in the sum of £880.'

Proposed Councillor V Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Ball. Unanimous.

Transfer of Justices Off Licence

Notice received of the intended transfer of Licence for the shop premises known as Wilde's, Shevington Lane. The licence would be held by Mrs Sandra Singleton. Noted.

Memorial Park Trees

Letter received from C P Grimshaw, Tree Surgeon providing, after many months delay, an estimate for a survey and assessment of approximately 100 trees within the Memorial Park. The issue facing the Council was that another tree surgeon was currently undertaking a similar survey. As no urgent physical work had been undertaken as a consequence of the expected recommendations of the second surgeon it was agreed that the Council would await the second estimate before proceeding. Councillor J Maloney would provide the address for the Clerk to follow up.

Bowling Green electricity supply

Five requests for estimate submissions had been sent out to local contractors. There had been one response to date and arrangements had been made for a site visit.

Car park entrance

Mr Dickinson had undertaken temporary repairs to the car park entrance tarmac.

Planning Application A/02/57324 Gathurst Lane

The application which had included proposals for three storey houses fronting Gathurst Lane had been modified so that the houses would be reduced to two storey and that other houses on the development would have the third storey incorporated within the roof space. The building line had also been moved back slightly. The much visually improved Application had been approved by WMBC.

Footpath Works

Councillor J Maloney advised that work had not started on the planned footpath improvements but he was due to contact Groundwork Wigan and would provide an update. Footpaths complaint

Letter received from a resident of Gathurst Lane complaining regarding fly tipping on Vicarage Lane, dog fouling on the path to the rear of the Oval as well as rubbish being thrown over fences by local residents. The fly tipping was reported by the Parish Council to the Police on the night it occurred and the registration number of the vehicle was provided. No action was forthcoming. The Oval footpath is cleared weekly but this does not deter residents and there is a dog bin. The cleansing does not take in the end of the path adjacent to the golf course. The underlying point of the letter, similar to a previous one received from the same person is reasonably accurate, but its tone was again somewhat derogatory. The matter requires some further discussion regarding an approach to residents and to a Gathurst Lane dog owner in particular who has been written to in the past regarding failure to clear up dog fouling August Bank Holiday Footpath Walk

The walk had been arranged for 10am from the Parish Rooms and local posters were in place.

44 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor J Maloney and councillor Lister had met with Alan McNichol and Carolyn Young regarding notice boards for Gathurst Station and outside the Library. Train and bus information together with local information could be displayed on both platforms and on the one outside the library could be double sided, albeit Planning Permission would be required. A design brief would be discussed with St John Rigby School in an effort to secure a community involvement. Potentially the Library board could bear the Parish Council crest and be illuminated. The information could include local map, routefinder for buses with simple timetables, local amenities for recreation and services such as chemists, local telephone numbers for contacting organisations and a general 'welcome'. The cost would be borne by the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund and another meeting was planned for 22 September. The subject of Appley Bridge station was raised but there would need to be more local debate.

45 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley advised of that the Community Association proposals for the Youth club had been discussed at the last meting. The next meeting would be the AGM to be held on 12 September at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church. Alan Donkin of Lancashire Association of Youth Clubs would speak on the Youth Programme.

Standards Committee

Councillor Whiteley advised that training programmes had been held regarding incidents involving potential Councillor misconduct.

Community Association

The clerk reported that the last meeting of the Committee had discussed progress of the building and drainage scheme and the potential for funding. Also there had been clarification of some of the issues surrounding the legal framework acceptable to all the charitable bodies involved. The next meeting of the Association would be held 24 September 7.30 pm Miles Lane School.

School Governors.
Shevington Vale

Councillor J Maloney that the Inspection Report had been published and that an action plan was in place for development needs.

Millbrook School

Councillor Whiteley reported that a new fence is to be erected around the School.

46 ) QUALITY PARISH COUNCIL STATUS

At first reading the Parish Council would fail to meet some of the standards for publicising the Balance Sheet and in producing the Annual Report required for delivery to every household. It was not such that they could not be achieved as the base information was readily available and was presently provided to those who attended the Annual Meeting of the Parish and to anyone who requested the information as a right under Audit procedures. There was discussion how the household delivery could be achieved and the WMBC publication Borough Life was suggested.

In general Councillors believed that the Quality Standard was achievable and desirable and that the tests against the standards should appear on the Policy Committee Agenda over a period so that they could be adequately discussed and action put in place to back them up before applying for certification.

47 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

A/03/59161 Village Day Nursery (Crooke School) extension Proposed extension could lead to increased car journeys and the access into Crooke was poor, compounded by increased use of the Marina and the lack of a footway.

'That the Parish Council objects to the proposed extension on the grounds of poor access and pedestrian safety considerations.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Parkinson. Unanimous.

48 ) APPOINTMENT OF INTERNAL AUDITOR

As advised earlier in the Meeting Councillor J Maloney and the Clerk were to meet with Mr Simon Richards to undertake an Internal Audit for the year 2002/3 and to seek Mr Richards agreement to being appointed for the present financial year.

49 ) TO ACCEPT THE ACCOUNTS AND SIGN AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR YEAR ENDED 31/3/03

The Clerk presented the finalised Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2003, (a copy of which is attached to these Minutes). The Clerk then sought agreement from those present to each itemised requirement of the Audit. Before completion of the certification process the Clerk and Councillor J Maloney would seek certification by the Internal Auditor. If the Internal Auditor could not Sign off of the Council's accounts or procedures within the set timescales then the Accounts would be sent for Audit without complying with the appointment of the Internal Auditor

'That the Accounts for the financial year ended 31 March 2003 be approved and the Audit requirement certification be signed leaving the section regarding the Internal Audit incomplete pending the Internal Audit on 9 September, Councillor J Maloney being authorised to ensure completion or not of the Internal Auditor's certification.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Parkinson. Unanimous.

50 ) ACCOUNTS

July

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Telephone, Post, Mileage, Stationery

£88.96

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance

£75.00

H Dickinson

Best Kept Allotment Prize

£25.00

Shev. Hort. Allot Soc

Judges fee reimbursement

£30.00

Shev. Hort. Allot Soc

Show Donation

£50.00

Bewley's

Materials

£41.74

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2126.97



August

M Holden

Salary

£400.00

M Holden

Post, Mileage

£9.93

Inland Revenue

Tax and NI

£302.89

A J Sudworth

Chairman’s Allowance

£75.00

Ainscough Ltd.

Materials

£121.61

Bewley's

Materials,

£21.59

G&S Dickinson

Bowling Green, normal hours and materials

£2431.26

Army Cadet Force Trust

Donation

£ 250.00

Total (July & Aug)

£6572.84



Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date

Capital Res.

£25263.70</TD<>

Business Res

£40153.60

Current

£2039.84

TOTAL

£67457.14


‘That the Accounts for July be confirmed and those for August approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.’

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous

51 ) CLERKS REPORT

All Planning applications requiring Members' attention had been drawn to their attention.
Notice received from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding the New Ethical Framework Regulations.
Notice received from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister regarding World Environment Day 4/6/2004.
NALC update received regarding the cycle of Local Government Elections.
NALC update received regarding Indemnities to Relevant Officers
NALC update received regarding the Minimum Age for Voting review
DEFRA Regulations received relating to Access Land under Part 1 of the Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000
Councillor J Maloney authorised to use the Council's PA system for the Wigan & Leigh Magistrates Court Open day

52 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Parish Council 25 September
Finance and General Purposes Committee 4 September
There being no further business the Meeting closed at 9.40.

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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2002
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and three members of the public.

414 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, Parkinson, J Sudworth, District Councillor Brown.

415 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Mr Norman Edmundson representing the football clubs in Shevington, particularly the junior teams of the Youth Club outlined proposals to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with a football competition on the Recreation ground on 1st June when 16 teams of 8 to 9 year olds would compete. There would be commemorative medals for all and trophies for the winners. Councillor Ball advised that a source of funding could be the Wigan Metro Ward Councillors who have £2000 at their discretion to fund Jubilee events. Mr Edmundson advised that there would be a charge for each competing team but nonetheless he would be looking for about an additional £300 of funding. The expenditure would be needed for another set of goal posts which would benefit the Youth Club after the event. The Chairman of the Parish Council would be asked to present the prizes.

The meeting returned to session. A brief discussion followed and in view of the limited nature of the required funding the Clerk allowed a proposition for expenditure to be put.

'That the Parish Council provides to Shevington Youth Club the sum of £150 towards the funding of expenditure for goal posts to enable a junior football competition to celebrate the Queens Jubilee.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

416 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS' REPORTS

None received.

417 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 24 January be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

418 ) MATTERS ARISING

Register of Interests
The Clerk had forwarded all the Declarations to the Wigan Council Solicitor and compiled a Register from the completed documents with the exception of Mr C Horridge who declaration had been received today. Councillor J Maloney wished to advise that he had been appointed to the Leader's Forum of Wigan Council, primarily stemming from his already declared interests in Age Concern. Noted

Wigan Council Standards Committee
Letter received from the Chief Executive Wigan Council that Councillor Whiteley had been appointed as Shevington Parish Council representative.

Adoption of Model Codes of Conduct
Having adopted the Model Code at the last Meeting the issue was now one of interpretation of the many issues arising from practical implementation and two sets of guidance notes had been received, one from Wigan Council and the other from NALC. The Clerk would interpret and circulate guidelines. Noted

Vandalism
Letter received from a local resident drawing attention to the evidence of vandalism in Shevington with a series of photographs. Whilst not entirely in tune with the flippant tone of letter the underlying facts were not in dispute. Noted.

VAT on Memorial Garden expenditure.
The Clerk had exchanged correspondence with Wigan Groundwork regarding the treatment of VAT in the Parish Council's accounts and it would appear that the VAT on the whole project would be refundable.

Memorial Garden Planning Application
Copy of Planning Application for the entrance gateway to the Memorial Garden submitted on behalf of the Parish Council received from Groundwork Wigan.

Gathurst Golf Club Planning Application A/01/54919
Confirmation received from WMBC Planning that the application for buildings and car parking had been approved. The Parish Council had withdrawn objections to the proposals.

266/268 Miles Lane Planning Application
Plans for 13 detached dwellings and 16 self contained flats had been refused by Wigan MBC Planning Committee. The Parish Council had objected to the proposals.

Buckingham Palace Garden Party
Invitation to submit the Chairman as the nominated representative for the ballot for attendance at the Garden Party to be held 16 July received from LAPTC

Periodic Electoral Review
Whilst not directly affecting the Parish Council on this occasion the Council was invited by the Chief Executive to meet with the Commission at a meeting to be held on 20 March. Councillors A Sudworth and J Maloney would attend.

CPRE Annual Meeting and Planning Presentation
To be held Saturday 16 March. Agreed Councillor Lister would attend at a cost of £5.

NALC National Conference
Due to be held 16 June.

Community Rail Partnership
Councillor A Sudworth had met with the landlord of the Station Hotel to explain the Parish Council, 'Adopt a Station' proposals and the participation was welcomed.

Memorial Park Tree Survey
Councillor A Sudworth had met with the contractor who would submit a report and provide an estimate for work required.

Memorial Park flooding
Mr G Dickinson had reported substantial flooding which had been averted by pumping away surplus water. The drains had been in good working order it was just the sheer volume of water following days of rain and the pump used was of limited capability. Without vote it was agreed that Mr Dickinson acquire a pump from Messrs Ainscough's so that future pumping would not be delayed.

419 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor Ball commented on the letter presented earlier and requested the Council to take more direct action in combating alcohol fuelled vandalism. He proposed involving the Police through the Risk Management Group and councillor J Maloney would take this up with Pat Shatlock at the next opportunity. Further consideration would be given to involving the Positive Action Team who have the power to contact parents as a preventative measure.

Councillor Sudworth advised that following his discussions with the tree surgeon he had contacted Groundwork Wigan regarding tree roots that may be damaged as a result of the design proposals.

The Chairman allowed a general discussion regarding the Parish Council car park and those who parked for prolonged stays. It was suggested that a supply of leaflets should be printed for attaching to windscreens of persistent offenders. It was recognised that signs emphasising that it was a short term stay car park would be needed, indeed it would promote the Parish Council's ownership. It was agreed to refer the matter to the Policy Committee.

420 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Recreation Ground Trustees
Councillor A Sudworth reported on a meeting of the Chairman and Secretary of the Trustees and the Developer with a view to having the roadway to the Recreation ground and the flats completed. The Developer had agreed to improve the roadway and to replace the fence and hedge to the Methodist Church boundary. The matter of the residual soil in the corner of the Recreation Ground was not raised and it was agreed that when the Council had earth moving equipment on site for the Memorial Park works it would be removed

Community Association
Councillor Lister reported on the 19 February meeting the first monthly meeting since the restructure of the Association. A new Secretary had been appointed, Pam Statham. The financial implications for the drainage of the Recreation ground had been discussed. There would be a small amount of money available for Jubilee celebrations. The financial affairs of the Association had not been audited before hand over to the new Treasurer as anticipated. The next meeting on 13 march would include a visit from the Township Manager

Wigan Council Standards Committee
Councillor Whiteley advised that she had attended the training day and was now the parish council's representative.

School Governors
St Bernadette's
Councillor Whiteley advised that there had not been a meeting but feedback from the School indicated that the children had enjoyed working with the Community Artist in the designs for the Memorial Garden

Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley reported on another meeting with Mr Hilton a view to reviewing the situation of the closed Senior club. The Club will remain closed.

421 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None received

422 ) RECREATION GROUND TRUSTEES. GROUND DRAINAGE CONTRIBUTION

Councillor A Sudworth had been approached following a meeting of the Community Association where it had been suggested that the costs of field drainage should be split three ways, the Trustees, the Community Association and the Parish Council with perhaps a contribution from the Brighter Borough funding. There had been no formal approach by any party for Parish Council funding and at this time a request would not accord with the Parish council's budgeted expenditure for 2002/3. The cost was anticipated at around £18,000 in total, the implied contribution from the Parish Council being around £6,000.

The Recreation Ground Trustees had discussed the proposals but had not committed to expenditure. A number of questions were raised as to the future maintenance of the Recreation Ground and the impact of drainage on the Churchyard and indeed on any extension to the graveyard in future. There remained uncertainty regarding grant availability and if this expenditure was undertaken outwith a grant funded scheme the expense incurred would probably not count as a contribution.

Following the discussion the Chairman allowed a Resolution to be put.

'That the Parish Council wants to support a sustainable plan for the Shevington Recreation Ground but the sums already mentioned as contributory funds for initial drainage work there are beyond the current resources of the Parish Council. The Council believes that there is a need to rethink the whole of the planning process in the context of a Parish Plan within a community Plan developed in conjunction with the Parish Council, the Borough Council, the appropriate voluntary bodies, the Recreation Ground Trustees and the Township Manager.'

Proposed. Councillor J Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

423 ) FINANCIAL AID APPLICATIONS

Shevington O'60's
A proposition had been put at the last Parish Council Meeting
'That the Parish Council provides Financial Aid to Shevington Over 60's Club in the sum of £400.'
Proposed. Councillor Ball Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. Unanimous.

Appley Bridge Youth Club
A letter including an indicative request for funding of £500 had been discussed at the last Parish Council Meeting and the Clerk had been instructed to obtain a breakdown of proposed expenditure. An inventory of proposed purchases totalling £769 had been received. 'That the Parish Council provides financial aid to Appley Bridge Youth Club in the sum of £500 to meet the costs of a CD Player, CDs, Playstation 2 with accessories and games, TV and video.'
Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

424 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden Salary £ 373.31
M Holden Post, mileage, stationery £ 74.58
Inland Revenue Tax and NI £ 280.10
A Sudworth Chairman's Allowance £ 70.00
Shevington O'60's Financial Aid £ 400.00
Appley Bridge Youth Clb Financial Aid £ 500.00
Shevington Youth Club Financial Aid £ 150.00
CPRE AGM subscription £ 5.00
G & S Dickinson Bowling Green, Normal hours and materials £1962.55
Total £3815.54
Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date
Capital Res. £ 44170.50
Business Res £ 16,995.93
Current £ 500.00
TOTAL £ 61666.43

'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Lister. Unanimous

425 ) CLERK'S REPORT

All Planning Applications requiring Members attention had been brought to their notice.

426 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 28 March

Policy Committee 7 March

The Clerk requested that the Policy Committee meeting of 4 April be deferred to 11 April. Agreed.

There being no further business the chairman closed the Meeting at 9.35pm


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MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HELD THURSDAY 24 JANUARY 2002
7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY

Present;
Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, Parkinson, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and three members of the public.

402 ) APOLOGIES

Councillors, V Maloney J Sudworth,

403 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Mr G Arstall of Shevington Over 60's Club provided members with accounts showing the Clubs financial situation and sought Financial Aid to support the Club's objectives. Following discussion it was agreed that the matter be placed on the next Parish Council Meeting Agenda and the following Resolution was put forward.

'That the Parish Council provides Financial Aid to Shevington Over 60's Club in the sum of £400.'

Proposed. Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor Parkinson.

404 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLOR'S REPORTS

None received.

405 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting of 13 December be approved as a true and correct record.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. Agreed.

406 ) MATTERS ARISING

Appley Bridge Community Association Letter received from the Secretary outlining the Club's present services following the withdrawal of Youth Workers at which time some of the equipment that the Club had access to was also withdrawn. The purpose of the letter was to seek Parish Council support for replacement equipment and for a grant assistance in the order of £500. Members were favourably disposed to the request and the request would be discussed at the next Parish Council Meeting and in the interim the Clerk would seek information as to the costs of the equipment needed. Quality Parish and Town Councils
Two items were presently under discussion, The Government's Green and White Papers concerning the future of Local Government and Financing for Local Government. The Clerk would circulate the detail of the Finance proposals ahead of the next Policy Committee Meeting.

LAPTC Special Meeting
A Special meeting of the LAPTC was called for 12 January to determine the Budget for 2002/3.

Community Rail Partnership
Letter received from the Partnership Project Director advising that from the 2 June 2002 the trains would stop at Gathurst Station on Sundays. In addition the Parish Council's interest in Adopting the station had been agreed in principle by First North Western and a meeting would be arranged to determine how best a grant allocation could be achieved. Councillor A Sudworth advised that he and Councillor Lister together with Mr and Mrs G Dickinson had visited the station to determine the potential for such as baskets, planters and to see the recent improvements following the cutting back of trees and installation of new lights

Memorial Park Trees
Councillor Sudworth had approached the local contractor identified as suitable for a tree survey but having agreed a follow up nothing had since been heard. Councillor A Sudworth would continue with enquiries.

War Memorial Garden Project
Councillor J Maloney had been advised that initial drawings for the gateway had been undertaken with the children from St Bernadette's School.

Vose's Farm Footpath entrance
The entrance to the path at Vose's Farm had been badly churned as work progressed on the driveway to the farmhouse.

Houghton's Lane Footpath
A stile had appeared near the Houghton's Lane exit from the footpath and the matter would be taken up with the WMBC Rights of Way Officer.

407 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor A Sudworth reported on a meeting he had attended with the Clerk and District Councillors at the invitation of the Gathurst Golf Club Committee. The matter under discussion had been the Planning Application for the expansion of the car park and the building of a storage shed for equipment. The meeting was in effect an attempt to establish better relationships with local neighbours and concessions were made by reducing the car parking proposals and resiting the storage.
Councillor Ball advised that the Risk Management Committee had agreed to a covert survey being undertaken in the village to observe vandalism at first hand.

Councillor A Sudworth reported that a local Randall's Corner resident had complained that newly installed waste bins by WMBC had not been cemented in and thus available as missiles for local vandals.

408 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club

Councillor Whiteley had met with Maurice Hilton to hear his views on the retention of the senior club and there would be a further meeting with Youth Service representatives. Meanwhile the senior club remains closed and there will be a concentration on younger members. A proposal to have the building demolished and rebuilt is to be investigated.

School Governors
Millbrook
Councillor Whiteley had attended a curriculum meeting at which the difficulties in implementing policy in respect of computing had been discussed.

Community Association
Councillor Lister reported on a meeting to revitalise the Community Association and at which she had been elected Vice Chairman. Attended by about 30 people a new Treasurer and Secretary had been appointed and the next meeting would be 19 February.

Recreation Ground Trustees
Councillor A Sudworth advised that Trustees were to meet on Saturday the 26th with the Developers who had built the flats with a view to discussing the upgrade to the roadway to the Recreation Ground and in respect of the demolished fence to the Methodist Church. The matters had been in dispute for several years and were the subject of potential litigation.

409 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

Gathurst Colf Club
The Parish Council objections to the scheme proposals had for the most part been satisfied in the discussions with the Golf Club Committee and in the submission of revised proposals to the WMBC Planning Committee.

' That the Parish Council withdraws objections to the proposals to the Planning Application for the extension of the car park and the building of a storage shed at Gathurst Golf Club.'

Proposed. Councillor Maloney. Seconded Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

410 ) CODE OF CONDUCT.

'That Councillors and Co-opted Members of Shevington Parish Council adopt the Code of Conduct as prescribed within The Parish Councils (Model Code of Conduct) Order 2001.'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous.

Councillors present then affirmed their personal obligations by signing a Declaration of Office and agreed that co-opted Members should complete the Declaration at Meetings ahead of the final date for acceptance, 27 February 2002. Councillor A J Sudworth provided a further Declaration of Acceptance of Office as Chairman.

Members then discussed completion of the Registration of Interests and their obligation to complete the required information in time for the Clerk to collate and send to the WMBC Solicitor and to the Standards Board for England.

411 ) FINANCE AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE RESOLUTION RE RATE PRECEPT

'The Finance and General Purposes Committee proposes Budget expenditure of £57,755 and recommends that the Parish Council Precept for 2002/2003 be £45,000 (Forty five thousand pounds).'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Parkinson. Unanimous.

412 ) ACCOUNTS

M Holden Salary £ 373.31
M Holden Post, mileage, telephone £ 57.39
Inland Revenue Tax and NI £ 280.10
A Sudworth Chairman's Allowance £ 70.00
WMBC Pendulum swing £2500.00
WMBC Library Rent £ 40.00
CPRE Membership fee £ 25.00
Plus Publishing Local Councils Update subscription £ 60.00
G & S Dickinson Bowling Green, Normal hours and materials £1623.43
Total £4656.02
Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date
Capital Res. £ 44170.50
Business Res £ 20664.78
Current £ 500.00
TOTAL £ 65335.28 

'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. Unanimous

412 ) CLERK'S REPOR

T All Planning Applications requiring Members attention had been brought to their notice. Vital Villages information on grant availability for Transport and Community Services received and provided to Councillor J Maloney.
Policy Document received from Race Relations Board
Planning Update received from CPRE

413 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 28 February
Policy Committee 7 February
There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.30 pm.


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SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF SHEVINGTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD THURSDAY 13 DECEMBER 2001

7.30PM SHEVINGTON LIBRARY Present;

Councillors. A J Sudworth (Chairman), Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Parkinson, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and three members of the public.

389 ) APOLOGIES


Councillors, , J Sudworth,

390 ) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

Mr Horridge sought information regarding the Parish Council insurance as to any liabilities covered in respect of the Allotments, allotment holders or the Shevington Horticultural and Allotment Society. The Clerk advised that the Council was covered for Public Liability in respect of its own liability to allotment holders or members of the public. Any liability arising between plotholders or Society members undertaking society business was a personal matter for individuals or a corporate matter for the Society if it held appropriate liability insurance.

391 ) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS REPORTS

None
392 ) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING

Councillor Whiteley sought to correct the Web site address of the Council as it appeared under Matters Arising in that the correct narrative is www shevingtonpc.gov.uk . The minutes were corrected.
'That the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held 22 November as amended be accepted as a true and correct record.'
Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

393 ) MATTERS ARISING

Shevington Luncheon Club

Members had agreed in principle to support the Club financially at the November Meeting.

'That the Parish Council provides financial aid to Shevington Luncheon Club in the sum of £100 (one hundred pounds).'
Proposed. Councillor ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous.
Web site
The Clerk read the letter sent to Mr Paul Carroll thanking him for his assistance in setting up the Parish Council website.

Periodic Electoral Review
Notice received that WMBC was to undertake a review of electoral arrangements within the Borough.
Transport needs survey
Questionnaire received from Community Rail Partnership and Lancashire County Council regarding transport issues within the area. The Clerk would complete.
Tree Survey
No response had been received from the one invitation to undertake a tree survey in the Memorial Park. The Chairman undertook to contact the remaining two recommended specialists.

394 ) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS

Councillor J Maloney reported on the Meeting with Groundwork in respect of the War Memorial refurbishment and the requirement for the first instalment payment of the Parish Council to Hanson £2487.90. The matter of VAT would be taken up between the Clerk and Paul Bartell, Finance Officer.

Phase 1 would tackle drainage, pathway, gateway and foundations, looking to start end of January and two further financial contributions were being sought from Wren Landfill Management Trust and Barclays. The Planning Application had been submitted and a cabin would be installed on site but materials would be delivered in a 'just in time' fashion. Groundwork and Hanson were satisfied with the continued maintenance commitment by the Parish Council.

Councillor A Sudworth reported that once again the bulbs on the Christmas trees were being stolen from the village centre tree and the one at Booth's, albeit of no use to the vandals. They had been replaced. The lights at Crooke kept shorting out and had been replaced.

Councillor A Sudworth advised of an issue with locking windows in some Council houses and had reported the matter to the Borough Housing Department.

395 ) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Millbrook School

Councillor Whiteley had attended the Nativity Play, well enacted by the children.

Shevington Vale

Councillor J Maloney advised that Ian Doherty would act as clerk to future meetings of the Governors.

Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley reported on matters of bad behaviour which had led to the withdrawal of Youth Services leaders. Chairs had been broken, evidence of drinking, and food throwing at a cooking session. A brawl had been the final straw and intimidated staff had withdrawn their services. The withdrawal was not well received by the Management Committee and a smaller group would investigate the problems.
One suggestion was neutral ground in the form of a 'pod', a containerised unit with seating that could be sited as occasion determined.
Suggestions for a restructure and refurbishment of the Club whilst welcomed would be questioned on the lines of demolition and a fresh start.

LAPTC AGM
Councillor Lister had not been able to attend. The Association was advertising for a Secretary.

396 ) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None received.
The Clerk read the letter of objection to the proposals for the extension of car parking and new outbuildings proposed for Gathurst Golf Club. Approved.
The Clerk read the letter sent to WMBC Planning Officer as a result of the Parish Council decision to object to the development at the November Meeting. Approved.
397 ) POLICY COMMITTEE RESOLUTION; EXPENDITURE ON FOOTPATHS

'That the Parish Council expends the sum of £4031.88 on refurbishment of footpaths via Groundwork Wigan based upon matching support being received to offset the total cost of £8062.65'

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. Unanimous

398 ) BUDGET

The Clerk requested that the matter be deferred to the next policy Committee meeting. Unanimous
399 ) ACCOUNTS

Jacquard Weaving Badges £ 123.59
M Holden Salary £ 374.31
M Holden Post, mileage £ 11.34
Inland Revenue Tax and NI £ 280.10
A Sudworth Chairman's Allowance £ 70.00
WMBC Leisure Library rent £ 50.00
Christmas Trees Direct Xmas trees and erection £ 879.02
WMBC Allotment rent £ 72.50
Soc of Local Council Clks Subscription £ 63.00 Shevington Luncheon Cb Financial Aid £ 100.00
Kiwi Nurseries Plants £ 27.50
G & S Dickinson Bowling Green, Normal hours and materials £2387.91
I Whiteley Web site address reimbursement £ 25.00
Total £4464.27
Parish Council Statement Balances prior to meeting date
Capital Res. £ 43920.51
Business Res £ 23957.46
Current £ 500.00
TOTAL £ 68401.47

'That the Accounts be approved and cheques signed in payment, due note given to Statements exhibited.
Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Unanimous
400 ) CLERK'S REPORT

All planning Applications requiring members attention had been brought to their notice.
Diary of events received from Wordon Hall
Jubillee Toolkit received from the Queens Jubilee.
Special General Meeting of LAPTC to be held 12 January

401 ) DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Parish Council 24 January
Policy Committee 10 January

There being no further business the Chairman wished members Compliments of the Season and closed the meeting at 9.10pm.


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POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING
SHEVINGTON LIBRARY
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2001 7.30 PM

Present;
Councillor A J Sudworth ( Chairman ), Councillors, Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Whiteley. Mr G Dickinson, Mr. C Horridge, The Clerk ( Holden ) and one member of the public.

APOLOGIES

Councillors, Parkinson, J Sudworth.

MINUTES OF LAST MEETINGS

'That the Minutes of the Policy Committee Meeting of the 4 October be approves as true and correct records.'

Proposed. Councillor J Maloney. Seconded. Councillor Whiteley. Agreed.

MATTERS ARISING

Fallow Allotment Plot Maintenance.
Mr Dickinson advised that £50 would cover the cost of maintaining a dormant plot over winter whilst waiting an incoming tenant. There is however only one vacant. Matter left in abeyance. Councillor A Sudworth advised that some asbestos was to be seen on some plots and enquired as to the hazard they represent. Councillor Ball agreed to seek Environmental Health guidance.

Car Park
The minor hole at the entrance had been filled in.

Access to WMBC tipping
The Clerk reported that he had completed the application to WMBC for free tipping of collected rubbish.

Crooke Village Seats.
Clerk has still to provide Councillor A Sudworth with a suitable survey for obtaining local views.

Web site.
Councillor Whitely advised that the pages are progressing and expects to have the site available for end of November.

Casual Vacancy
No local news article had been seen yet. Councillor A Sudworth to chase.

Lancashire Ladies Bowling
The team sought use of the Green for 27 April, 11 May and July 13. Agreed that the fee should be £20 per match.

Visit to WMBC Chief Executive
Councillor J Maloney would provide Minutes for the next Policy Committee. Valued as a meeting by both sides. Letter of thanks to be sent to Mr Jones.

Age Concern
Councillor J Maloney advised that information would be received regarding the outreach service of Age Concern.

BOWLING GREEN FEES.

Councillor Whiteley had been in contact with the English Bowling Association whose response had been helpful but really addressed a Club rather than a public bowling green. Nonetheless they confirmed the view that tea making facilities were a good idea and 'come and try it days' had proved successful. Councillor Whiteley broadened the discussion to include use of the Web Site for publicity, an inter schools competition, local flyers, the supply of electricity. On this latter point the cost and the potential for grants would be explored by Councillor J Maloney. For the future consideration could be given to family membership and possibly explore with the Scouts some joint ventures in attracting people to come and try out the game. Specifically on the issue of Fees for 2002 it was agreed without vote that the Clerk prepare a Resolution to appear on the next Parish Council Agenda to the effect that for any team use fees remain as now, £55 and that fees for all users should be £11 which in effect is a reduction for people living outside the Parish and a 50p increase for Parish residents. In the coming months the provision of a Policy Document would be appropriate so as to give a clear steer to levels of maintenance, usage, publicity and any future development or alternate use proposals.

BUDGET 2001.

The Clerk had prepared an initial working sheet giving indications of spend to end of October and a forecast to the year end Mar 2002. Members were invited to indicated which schemes they would wish to see carried over in the event of schemes not coming to fulfilment this year. The Clerk would then make provision for them and update the working sheet for the next Parish Council Meeting. Members were invited to consider what areas of expenditure would be appropriate and one suggestion was support for Age Concern in a local bureau.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

None

WAR MEMORIAL

Councillor J Maloney had met with Mr & Mrs Dickinson, the Landscape architect from Groundwork, and Chris Dyson to consider the design implications for the planned memorial refurbishment. The design incorporated a perimeter path, planting and year round interest. The architect wished to work with the local schools in some of the fine design to be incorporated in the proposed archway, motifs, plaques and trade and occupation depictions. Seats to the area would be upgraded, some trees removed, wildflower seeds planted, drainage improved and some gaps to the perimeter hedge filled. To support the application for further grants it was proposed that photographs and a video would be made of the 11 November Remembrance Service. The next step was to talk with the Planning Department and cover aspects of impact on the Conservation Area.

COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP

Brief discussion took place regarding aspects of 'adopt a station' and some of the issues would be taken forward by Councillor A Sudworth.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Thursday 6 December

There being no further business the Chairman closed the Meeting at 9.35pm


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Shevington Parish Council Meeting
Thursday 25th October 2001
Shevington Library 7.30pm

 

Present:
Councillors. A.J.Sudworth (Chairman). Ball, Lister, J Maloney, V Maloney, Parkinson, Whiteley, the Clerk (Holden), and two members of the public.

363) APOLOGIES
Councillors, J Sudworth, District Councillor Brown

364) MATTERS INTRODUCED BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

None

365) DISTRICT COUNCILLORS' REPORTS Councillor Brown in a written report advised; GM Police and the WMBC had targeted 25 known motorcyclist culprits known to ride off road; Trading Standards were promoting an awareness of counterfeit goods; Quality Protects programme undertaken by the Children's Service in respect of adoption and mental health; new Standish crossing has no 'bleeps' but for blind people there is a revolving disk under the push button which indicates a clear road. Information about the crossing is to be promoted in the local talking book and through the Access Centre; WMBC Housing Matters Newsletter and Engineering Express were enclosed.
366) MINUTES OF LAST MEETING
That the Minutes of the Parish Council meeting of 27 September t be approved as a true and correct record.
Proposed. Councillor Lister. Seconded. Councillor J Maloney. ~Agreed.

367) MATTERS ARISING

WMBC Gateway Signs
Supportive acknowledgement received from Director of Engineering Services suggesting a meeting with Councillors regarding the Parish Council proposals for boundary signage.

Disabled Allotments
Letter of thanks sent to Mr C Ainscough of Briar Homes for the gift of railway sleepers for the construction or allotments for disabled persons.

NALC, training strategy for Parish and Town Councils
Circular received detailing a two million pound investment in accredited training for Clerks and Councillors to ensure that core competency levels for Quality Parish Council status are achieved. Detail will shortly be available on www.nalc.gov.uk

LAPTC
Annual General Meeting to be held 10 November. Councillor Lister to attend.


Insurance Claim
The Cornhill Insurance was taking forward settlement of the injury claim claimed by an elderly gentleman who had tripped on a paving within the Memorial Park.

Fir Tree Farm
Planning Application A/01/53478 to extend fishing ponds, provide additional parking and various other matters had been approved be WMBC.

Local Government Act- Standards Committee - Parish Council Representatives.
Following a meeting between th~ Chief Executive and 1--I sigh Parish Councillors~ copious documents had been sent to the Clerk detailing the requirement for the Parish Councils to submit two names far membership of the Standards Committee. Councillors Whiteley's name had been submitted and in the event that Haigh did not provide a name Councillor A Sudworth's name would be put forward. There was no urgency in this matter.

Tree survey, Memorial Park
The request for a survey of trees within the Memorial Park had been declined by WMBC on grounds of Public Liability Insurance preventing a consultancy role for trees not owned by WMBC. Three professional Contractors names had been provided, one of whom resided within the Parish and it was agreed that the Clerk would make an approach in respect of a Tree Survey and in respect of future tree management.

Request for permit to tip non hazardous waste arising from non commercial activity
The Chairman had discussed the tipping of rubbish from around the Parish at the Amberswood Tip and agreed with the recycling officer that this public service should not warrant a charge being levied. An exemption claim form had been provided which the Clerk would submit.

Minute 355.
Councillor Sudworth advised that following the report of bad neighbourliness and the subsequent notice given by WMBC Housing Officer to behave the offender had conformed with the request for orderly behaviour. In respect of the van which had been reported as damaging the grass and possibly the footpath in the Memorial Park and the assurance that it would not happen again - it had again today!

Web Site
The www.shevingtonpc.gov.uk registration had been undertaken at a cost of £129.25, the account for which would presented later in the Meeting

368) REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS
War Memorial refurbishment
Councillor J Maloney confirmed the grant of £24,800 from Hanson Trust for a Community Garden of Remembrance. The timetable required the grant to be spent by end March 2002. A meeting would be held with the Groundwork landscape artist within a week and a check on planning issues would follow. Drawings would then be provided to the Parish Council. Discussion then took place on such matters as paving, mosaic crest, informal planting, bridging the drainage and vandalism protection.
Further enquiries were also being made of the War memorials Trust whose requirements for grant assistance, -having a Registered Memorial and sited within a Conservation Area were met by the Parish Council. Groundwork were investigating

Twin Ward Risk Management
Councillor J Maloney reported that Pat Shatlock would be providing the costings for the changes to the Youth Club frontage. Payment for two extra youth workers will be progressed. Parish Council contribution to these proposals remained unspent with the current year Budget.

369) REPORTS FROM REPRESENTATIVES

Youth Club
Councillor Whiteley advised that the Club was now providing for a third age group. Maurice Hilton had requested that the Risk Management proposals for the frontage be implemented. An architect was to be commissioned to redesign the Club building.

School Governors
St Bemadette's
Councillor Whiteley advised that the AGM would take place shortly

Millbrook
Councillor Whiteley advised on the appointment of Gabrielle Gray as Headteacher. At the AGM consideration was being given to having a paid Clerk to the Governors.

Miles lane
Councillor Parkinson advised that the AGM had been held and similarly the Governors were considering a paid Clerk. It was thought that the old school building was not in fact listed or on a Conservation list and enquiries were to be made to be made. A T-Health and Safety visit was to be undertaken.

Vale
Councillor J Maloney advised that the AGM had been held but he had been unable to attend. Tom Frost had been appointed as a Governor.

West Lancashire Community Rail Partnership
Councillor Lister, accompanied by Councillor A Sudworth had attended the last meeting which had been addressed by Neil Buxton of the Community Rail Partnerships Association. Other information included the LCC/Countryside Agency/West Lancashire CRP 'Adopt a Station' scheme to improve the local environment for which there was local funding of one thousand pound available. New bus and rail link leaflets had been printed and more information would be provided within stations and again a sign indicating 'Gathurst for Shevington' had been mentioned. The Group was now working on the lack of Sunday Service, including Gathurst and enquiries were being made as to how much it would cost to stop trains. Travel Grants to LCC students were also discussed. Councillor Parkinson left at this time. 9.05.p.m.

370) PLANNING APPLICATIONS

The Planning Application file held in the Library was perused for applications

A/01/54887. Shop to ground floor 5 Broad o'th' Lane, conversion to flat. Agreed no objection.

A/01/54919 Gathurst Golf Club Extension to car park, shed and earth mound. This application had raised considerable local opposition and following discussion the Clerk was requested to write to WMBC Planning Officer requesting a site visit. The Parish Council had concerns regarding light pollution, late night disturbance to local householders, the style of the shed not being in keeping with other buildings in the immediate area and for protection of trees on the site. There was evidence to suggest that overspill parking was taking place in the Surgery car park and Houghton's Lane.

371) PROPOSED MEETING WITH WMBC CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Meeting had been arranged for the afternoon of 29 October at 2.p.m.
372) REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Arrangements were in hand for the Memorial Service on II November and Mr Dickinson would arrange for boards to be laid on the grassed area.

373) DONATIONS
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Standish St Wilfred's Church Lads Brigade

That a donation of eighty pounds be made to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and a donation of thirty pounds to the Standish St Wilfred's Church Lad's Brigade.

Proposed. Councillor Ball. Seconded. Councillor V Maloney. Unanimous

375) CLERK'S REPORT

All Planning applications requiring Members attention had been brought to their notice. Vital Villages and Countryside Agency Transport Grants information passed to Councillor J Maloney. CPRE had advised that there were proceeding with Incorporation. The Audit Commission had issued a booklet on their approach to Local Council Audit

. 376) DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Parish Council 22 November
Policy Committee 1 November

Agreed that the December Meeting would be brought forward to 13 December. There being no further business the chairman closed the meeting at 9.45.p.m.

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