Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting Monday 13th August 2018

David Rhodes


Minutes of the Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 13 August 2018 at the Top Club

Present: Karen Hawden (Chair); Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), Cllr Alyson Barnes , Barbara Ashworth, Julian Ashworth, Richard Ball, Derrick Bartlett-Smith, Mark Booth, Ian Cardy, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, Barbara Gerken, Stephen Glenholmes, Peter Holt, Michael Howard, Lewis Pearson, Eric Walton, Ann White, Frank Pilkington, Ken Iveson, Marie Hargreaves, Jean Pilling, David Pilling, Ian Booth, D. Cairns.

Apologies: David Hempsall, David Rhodes, Chris Whiting, Barbara Walton,

1.        Opening Remarks – Apologies – Thanks

1.1 Apologies were taken.

2.        Minutes of previous Meeting, 9 July 2018

2.1 Bob proposed and Richard seconded acceptance of the Minutes.

2.2 The Minutes were taken as a true record, nem. con..

3.        Matters Arising

3.1 Local Plan

Darryl provided an overview of the Local Plan for housing in Loveclough involving almost 200 houses.

Alyson confirmed that the main areas were to the rear of Broad Ing Terrace and land surrounding Swinshaw Hall. Government had, last week provided updated guidelines for land allocation with a heirarchy of 1. Brownfield, 2. Countryside, 3.Green Belt. There is little suitable brownfield land in Rossendale due to flood risk and other factors so countryside, being in abundance is the next option. Edenfield has been identified for large scale development (500 houses) and Loveclough, with its abundance of countryside has been identified as viable. Alyson pointed out that the Broad Ing application was submitted to RBC very late and public consultation was not possible at that time. Government Inspectors will see all of RBC’s proposals together with any comments/objections from the public.

On another issue, Alyson added that the gypsy and traveller site required by law was to be located at Futures Park.

3.2 LVRA 10 years Celebrations

Bob suggested that to decide on the format and timing for 10 years of LVRA celebrations, a small group should be formed to take this forward

3.3 St John’s

Alyson has written to the Church Commissioners regarding progress on St John’s Crawshawbooth.

Historic England is to be involved in this and other churches in the Valley. She also suggested that the LVRA write to both parties for an update and to urge some action before it becomes too late to save the St John building.

3.4 Traffic

Karen reported that members of the local community were still reporting incidents of speeding traffic both on the A682 and along several side roads. The speed of some vehicles along Hamer Avenue towards the estate was particularly concerning. Barbara G was concerned about cars parking on the kerbs in Crawshawbooth, preventing use by pedestrians. Alyson had previously discussed with LCC the provision of bollards but they would interfere with pedestrian movement given the narrowness of the pavements. There has been/will be more activity from Parkwise both in Crawshawbooth and at the A682 junction with Goodshawfold Road.

Alyson also mentioned the Police offer of speed camera training. She is prepared to approach the Office in charge to ask if the Police are prepared to visit us and train a group of residents and asked for volunteers. (names to Alyson please). Derrick mentioned that he had seen a small group of people in Crawshawbooth with what appeared to be hand –held speed check guns.

4.        Reports
4.1      Chairman

4.1.1 Karen reported that the contents of her report had been dealt with in 3. Matters Arisingabove.

4.2      Secretary

4.2.1 In his absence, David has submitted a brief report as Annex 1.

4.3      Treasurer/Chairman LVAA

4.3.1 Darryl reported funds standing at £4,575.49 with a cheque for a donation from a member due to be paid.

4.3.2 Apart from the car-park extension no further work has been done on the site.

4.4      Footpaths Officer

4.4.1 Bob’s report is included as Annex 2

4.5      Social Media & Liaison Officer

4.5.1 As David R had been delayed in Manchester, there was no Social Media and Liaison Officer report.

4.6 LVEG

4.6.1 Steve advertised a litter-pick at the park on the following Sunday – 19 August – commencing 10.00 hrs.

5. History Talk

5.1.1 Bob announced that he had been invited to repeat his History Talk at the Friends’ Meeting House at 1.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

5.1.2 Bob also expressed a willingness to repeat the talk locally if there was enough interest. A show of hands indicated that this was the case.

6. Any Other Business

6.1 Derrick asked, if access to the bus stop at The Glory could be dealt with. Alyson said that she would ask RBC to look into the issue.

6.1.1 Richard mentioned a committee had been formed with a view to raising capital to save the swimming pool at Haslingden.

6.1.2 A manhole cover on the sports pitch had been dislodged, possibly by quad action, and presented a hazard. Alyson said that RBC would investigate and rectify.

6.1.3 Lewis expressed concern that an ancient stone wall near to Swinshaw Hall had been reconstructed in a modern fashion. Alyson said that although the wall would probably be in private ownership, RBC would be asked to take a look.

6.1.4 The library in Crawshawbooth was now opened again primarily as a children’s library. Opening hours are 3-5pm each day. Volunteers are welcome. Also a book exchange is in operation for all ages.

9. Next Meetings and Close

9.1 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 10 September August 2018 at the Top Club.

9.2 The meeting will be preceded at 19.30hrs with a presentation by Adrian |Smith (RBC Planning), when he will outline the plans for development in the area over the next 15 yeas, He will also take questions and comments.

The usual pattern of utilising the 2ndMonday of each month will continue, so that meetings in 2018 are expected to be held as follows: 8 October, 12 November (including AGM) and 10 December.

9.3 The meeting concluded at 20.41 hrs.

Annex 1 Secretary’s Report

I have just four items on which to report.
First, I have made a lot of enquiries to establish what the state of thinking on the Local Plan is. LVRA officers will be meeting shortly to consider distributing a leaflet on the Local Plan to encourage as many as possible to attend the presentation on 10 September at 19.30 hrs. when Adrian Smith will outline the planners’ current thinking. The association will go into its usual mode at 20.00 hrs. to consider what should be the collective response.
Secondly, I contacted Cllr Foxcroft about the issue of 20 mph signs. He was on holiday at the time but said he would investigate on his return.
Thirdly, Marian Bent contacted me to point out the appearance of mock-camouflage curtains at the erstwhile premises of Kawasaki Rossendale at 801 Burnley Road. I have no further information on this as yet.
Fourthly, Michael Dop asked me to establish whose responsibility it is to maintain utility access covers of the sort installed by electricity, gas and water companies. The answer – categorically – is that it is the householder’s responsibility to ensure repairs to any defective covers.

David Hempsall

Annex 2 Footpaths Officer
Last month’s Environmental clean-up concentrated on the wall running between the Old School House and the road to Broading Farm. It was quite frankly a mess and had been for some time with the area around the bus stop having a healthy covering of nettles. LVEGs normal time table of 2 hours for doing the work went out the window with in total over 2 weeks 8 hours spent on this project with at the most just 3 people on site at any one time.
The wall itself has 178 top flags (I counted them!) of which 83 are loose and a section of the wall which was in a state of near collapse has now been repaired. This bank (on the East side of Burnley Road) sits squarely in the centre of old Loveclough, and along with the bank on the West side (above the Top Club) both are a disgrace. This of course is a fine advertisement for the village.
With regard to the land adjacent to the Top Club this is now in private ownership. However it may be worth pursuing the owners to see if some arrangement for tidying up the land can be made.
One positive outcome is that the work carried out has been appreciated by a good number of people commenting on what a difference it has made, even when the job was in progress. Hopefully the overgrowth can now be contained in the future and perhaps other ideas put forward to make the centre of the village more attractive.
Also this month the LVRA has received £250.00 from Lancashire County Council with regard to the work I carry out on the footpaths which is a welcome addition to the LVRA’s funds.
Bob Nicholas
History talk: The Quakers have asked if I will repeat my talk on the history of the Limey Valley at their Heritage open day on Saturday 8thof September at 1pm. The talk takes about 1 hour and anyone interested is most welcome to attend.
Bob Nicholas