Minutes of the LVRA Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 14 May 2018 at the Top Club
Present:, Karen Hawden (Chair), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer); Steve Glenhomes, Eric Walton, Cllr Alyson Barnes, J.A.Pilling, J D.Pilling, M.Hargreaves, K.Iveson, Lewis Pearson, Ann White, Michael Howard, Jim Riley.
1. Opening Remarks – Apologies – Thanks
1.1 Apologies were received from David Hempsall (Secretary), David Rhodes (Liaison and Social Media Officer); David Corkin, Ann Corkin, Barbara Walton, Dorothy Farrington, Ian Booth, Frank Pilkington.
2. Minutes of previous Meeting, 9 April 2018
2.1 Eric Walton proposed and Lewis Pearson seconded acceptance of the Minutes.
2.2 The Minutes were taken as a true record.
3. Matters Arising
3.1 Karen reported that there was no let-up in speeding along the A682. Alyson reported that a camera will be reinstalled in the GATSO at the top of Goodshawfold Road at some time in the future. Date TBA.
Lancashire Constabulary are keen to involve local volunteer groups using the mobile speed check guns. These are available for use by community groups such as LVRA following the necessary training which would be provided by the Police. Those wishing to receive training should express an interest with the LVRA or Cllr Barnes.
Following remarks regarding traffic in the Ofsted report for Crawshawbooth Primary School, Chair will write to LCC regarding the installation of a permanent “Smiley Face” type speed warning nearby. Alyson also said she would inform County Hall of the situation. The traffic issue has become more important since the Lolipop control of the school crossing had ceased.
4.1 Chairman– Karen said that all items she had for discussion had been covered in Item 3
4.2.1 In David’s absence, there was no Secretary’s report.
4.3 Treasurer/Chairman LVAA
4.3.1 Darryl reported no change in the LVRA finances.
4.3.2 The growing season was now under way despite a unsettled start to spring.
4.3.3. Work to improve the car-park and to lay the base for a community building at the allotment site is due to begin subject to better weather.
4.4 Footpaths Officer– Bob’s report is shown in full as Annex 1
4.5 Social Media & Liaison Officer– in David’s absence, no report was forthcoming.
4.6 LVEG– Steve announce that the work on the park was now complete. The markings on the tennis courts etc were due to be completed with immediate effect. Some weeds had appeared in the recent tarmac and steps are being taken deal with them. The stream which runs under the courts and drains onto the main road which tended to flood during wet weather has had the streambed relaid to alleviate the problem.
Steve also announced a litter pick and park improvement day will take place on Sunday 20 May at 10.00am. Volunteers welcome.
5. CAST Update
5.1 See Annex 2
6. St John’s Update
In the absence of Richard there was no undate
7. Traffic Issues
Enforcements have been issued for illegal parking at the A682/Goodshawfold Road junction which continues despite new markings etc.
The parked caravan close to the junction continues to cause problems. RBC cannot act since the caravan is legally parked. There is the possibility that the owner could be approached to seek a solution. The new parking restrictions on the A682 have resulted in parked vehicles moving to the top of Goodshawfold, often double parked, and causing congestion at this point.
8. Any Other Business
Alyson reported that the marker stone near the Loveclough boundary was impressive and wondered if a similar one could be installed at the entrance to Crawshawbooth. Alyson agreed to solicit the views of local businesses and residents and Darryl agreed to approach Park Royal and Bob Killelea regarding the supply and installation of a similar stone.
Lewis expressed concern about users of quad bikes having dogs perched on the rear, having seen one dog thrown off into the road. Karen suggested that if anyone saw a similar event, they should report it both to the Police and RSPCA.
9. Next Meetings and Close
9.1 Next Meeting 20.00hrs. Monday, 11 June 2018 at the Top Club.
Thereafter the now usual pattern of utilising the 2ndMonday of each month at 20.00hrs will continue, so that meetings in 2018 are expected to be held as follows: 9 July, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November (including AGM) and 10 December.
9.2 The meeting closed at 20.45 hrs.
Annex 1 Footpath Officer’s Report
With the never ending winter ending and a great deal of my time being taken up with the CAST project which I will mention later, I did not get chance to make a start on my schedule footpath work till late. And then of course someone throws a spanner in the works, namely a resident of Loveclough Place, who decided that dismantling a footpath boundary wall on Footpath No 94 was OK!
The situation was reported to Lancashire County Council and the LVRA have been asked if we could possibly rebuild the wall under the Public Right Of Way scheme.
With the date for submissions on Footpath No 4 / 384 (Loveclough Fold) having passed on the 23rdMarch and receiving an ominous silence from LCC, I contacted them and received the following information “unfortunately some of the lease holders had been missed when the first notices went out. Notices have now been sent out on the 16thApril so they have till the 28thMay to submit any objections”. As yet none have been received. So the saga goes on and I will report back whenever.
Annex 2 CAST Update
In writing this report I have decided to start with an overview of the present situation with CAST. During April CAST held three events locally, the first and the third were administrative events. The first was to supply information to anyone who may be interested about the project. And the third was a workshop so that assets could be registered and additional information supplied.
One thing I found was that getting information out of CAST was slow and it seemed at the time frustrating that CAST did not seem proactive in advertising the events in the area. However I later discovered that both June Worsley the Chair and Ian Taylor the Secretary had both been ill for some time and had not been able to promote the events. To help out I supplied over 50 posters to shops, businesses, etc, and advertised the events on Facebook and as members know I have aired this subject at every meeting like forever. The amount of interest shown was as expected low with just eight people turning up for the first event and none for the third. But Ian commented that more interest had been shown in this area than any other!
With regard to the second event which was my history talk at the Friends Meeting House: Fortunately I started writing early as the history of the Limey Valley cannot be put on the front and back of an envelope. My work on the talk was disrupted by being ill for four weeks, but in the end was completed on the Thursday before the talk was given.
The research, drafting and final writing took some 131 hours to produce a 19 page speech containing 10,836 words. The event attracted 15 people with one member from the LVRA attending and one from the LVAA. My talk did have two positive outcomes. CAST have paid me £150.00 for my efforts (which I have donated to the LVRA) and I have been given an offer of possibly publishing a book based on my talk and research.
CAST work in this area is not finished and more information will be available on the LVRA Facebook site. With regard to CAST it is up to groups and individuals to get involved with the project and nominate what they think is important to help to preserve anything within the community for the future.
If anyone requires more information I can be contacted on