Minutes of LVRA monthly meeting Monday 12th September 2016

David Rhodes

LVRA Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday 12 September 2016 at the Top Club
Present: Karen Hawden (Chair), David Hempsall (Secretary), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), Barbara Ashworth, Julian Ashworth, Debra Booth, Ian Booth, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, John Dawson, Michael Dop, Diane Ewart-Jones, Cllr Dorothy Farrington, Stephen Glenholmes, Richard Green, Marie Hargreaves, Michael Howard, Ken Iveson, Sandra Lawson, Kath Nicholas, Lewis Pearson, Frank Pilkington, David Pilling, Jean Pilling, Neil Prestwich, Barbara St John, Denise Smith, Barbara Walton, Eric Walton, Ann White and Chris Whiting.
Apologies: Cllr Alyson Barnes, David Rhodes (Social Media & Liaison Officer), Jim Riley and Bett Watson.

  1. Opening Remarks – Apologies – Thanks

1.1                   Karen welcomed those attending.
1.2                   Apologies were taken.

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting, 08 August 2016

2.1                   Eric proposed and Lewis seconded acceptance of the Minutes.
2.1                   The Minutes were taken as a true record, nem.con.

  1. Matters Arising             Loveclough’s Identity, update: David reported that Bob, Darryl and he had reviewed the list of addresses supplied by the Royal Mail, returning the list with appropriate amendments; that return had been acknowledged earlier in the day by the Royal Mail; it was expected that – subject to any anomalies being ironed out – the Royal Mail would proceed next to a public consultation.         Community Centre, update: David reported an exchange with Alyson Barnes which had clarified some of the misapprehensions put about by the media; as a Trustee, Denise brought the meeting up to date by say that whilst the library would close for the time being, the Community Association would carry on; a bid for an asset transfer had been lodged; fund-raising over recent years meant that the pot was not entirely empty; the next item on the association agenda would be to prepare a business plan; both Hazel Harding and Alyson Barnes were determined to keep the facilities in operation.
8                       Pet Crematorium Appeal, update: there was no news to report.
10.1                 The Glory, update: David reported that the situation was being monitored; Denise asked if DEFRA was involved as the quantities of spoil deposited on the site exceeded 20 tonnes; David reiterated that RBC was on the case.
10.2                 Land at Hamer Avenue, update: having undertaken research at the Land Registry, Bob handed to Sandra the results of his findings which identified the landowner; it was AGREED that it was not the association’s role to become involved in disputes between neighbours; Sandra thanked Bob for his work as his findings had removed the fog which had surrounded the issue for many years.

  1. Reports

4.1                   Chairman
4.1.1                Karen had received an email about the state of the Limey Water in Loveclough Fold; David said he had requested a visit from the Environment Agency a couple of years previously and had received an assurance that nothing was amiss but he would happily ask for a further inspection if residents thought it advisable; it was AGREED that Karen would await responses to the suggestion and that David would ACTION if asked.
4.1.2                On Loveclough Bridge, answering Karen, Michael D said that attempts to get householders together to address the issue had been overtaken by an application to build three houses and that one of the conditions of securing planning permission was remedying any shortcomings ibn the bridge; it was AGREED that the situation be monitored.
4.2                   Secretary
4.2.1                David reported briefly on five items: Loveclough’s Identity (cf. Item, supra), the Community Centre (cf. Item, supra), signage (cf. Item 5, infra), the Summer Event (cf. Item 6, infra) and the Limey Leader (cf. Item 7, infra).
4.2.2                David expressed his appreciation of those who supplied him with facts about ongoing developments in the area.
4.3                   Treasurer/Chairman LVAA
4.3.1                Funds stood at £4,379.322 and included £500.00 being held for Goodshaw Pride and the balance of Bob’s footpaths fund at ±£500.00.
4.3.2                The cancellation of the Fete would incur the cost of WCs and bread supplied of the order of £125.00) and so wasn’t a financial disaster; the generosity of Dave Haworth, ice-cream provider, was noted as he had instructed the Secretary to bank his site fee.
4.3.3                The LVAA season was now drawing to a close; more hard core was expected to permit an area to the north to be flagged; in spring 2017, a grant from the Duchy of Lancaster would permit the establishment of an apiary.
4.3.4                In answer to Ian, Darryl said that making an insurance claim would not be worthwhile as the excess exceeded likely loss.
4.4                   Footpaths Officer
4.4.1                Bob presented his periodic report: it is shown as Annex 1.
4.5                   Social Media & Liaison Officer
4.5.1                In David R’s absence, the Secretary read aloud his email.
4.5.2                Facebook now had 592 page followers.
4.5.3                Items which had aroused particular interest included news of the Community Centre (656 views), suspicious behaviour (4551 views), cancellation of the Fete (3672 + 37 shares); and a communication about Pasturelands/Hamer Avenue (cf. Item 10.2, supra).
4.5.4                Work on the website was ongoing.
4.5.6                Input was sought on material to be posted on the LVRA’s noticeboards.
4.6                   LVEG
4.6.1                Steve advised that the next clear-up session would commence at 10.00 hrs. on Sunday, 18 September, those interested convening at the park entrance.

  1. Loveclough signage, update

5.1                   Bob updated the meeting with progress: this is shown in full as Annex 2.

  1. Summer Event, update:

6.1                   David summarised what had happened, commending the current report in the Rossendale Free Press.
6.2                   He was still engaged in mopping up, in particular sending letters of appreciation.
6.3                   He advised that the Fete Steering Group would meet in short order to consider future plans.

  1. Limey Leader, September/October issue

7.1                   David said he was planning an 8 or 12 page edition, to be issued late September/early October.
7.2                   Two advertisements had already been secured to help underwrite the cost.
7.3                   He invited contributions.

  1. Ladies’ Night, 28 October 2016 at The Village Centre, update

8.1                   David confirmed that, as things stood, the event was still very much “on”.

  1. Any Other Business

9.1                   Defibrillator battery: Darry reported the replacement of the original battery by Dawn Taylor of First Responders; a bill was awaited.
9.2                   Darryl asked for volunteers to take on one Limey Leader delivery round, being Crawshawbooth and the length of Goodshaw Lane: Karen offered and invited a second person to share to round with her.
9.3                   Using the Community Centre: Karen’s suggestion that he centre be used for some meetings was warmly supported; ACTION by Karen who would research availability with Helen Bell.
9.4                   Crawshawbooth marker stone: John D asked (mischievously!) if Dorothy would now be applying for a retrospective licence to put in place the village marker stone; it was AGREED that the present exercise illustrated just how increasingly bureaucratic such developments had become.

  1. Next Meetings and Close

10.1                 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 10 October 2016: Top Club.
10.2                 The meeting concluded at 20.37 hrs..
Annex 1               Footpath Report
I did have a number of items to report on this month but I have not been able to obtain the information I required from Lancashire County Council or Rossendale Council ( which is a frequent and annoying occurrence) to fill out my report, so I will fall back on my good friend footpath No4.
With regard to Footpath No4, since I sent in a Notice of Intent to Dwell Developments, their reaction was to construct a solid wooden fence across the path. However they did leave a small way through at the east end – although it is difficult to access, and more so as a secondary fence was placed (to the south) some time later. A local resident enquired at the end property to ask if the owner had any objections to people using the path. The “owner” who actually turns out to be the tenant, stated “that she had no objection at all to people using the path” and said that when she moved in she was informed that a footpath ran past the property. She also indicated that she had seen a substantial number of walkers using the path.
If any members want to do a walk with a little adventure added, then please do use the path – although the Modification Order is with LCC, continued use of the path is counted as secondary evidence should the MO go to appeal.
Annex 2               Loveclough Signage Update
At last I am pleased to report that we are making good progress. The various council departments involved have given the go ahead. Bethan (the local council Conservation Officer) has no objections, the Planning Dept are off the scene, and Operations can see no issues. LCC have replied stating that they have no highway objections but required the precise location emailing to them when we decided on it. This has been done and Brenda Garside from LCC highways has inspected the site and – yes – we have the nod from them too.
We still await confirmation from RBC Operations and Conservation. Once achieved, RBC Legal will issue a licence. It would seem it is not a case of how many men does it take to place a stone – but how many departments!!!
Bob Nicholas
T: 07780 813 613 E:bobnic51@btinternet.com