Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting Monday 9th September 2019

David Rhodes

Minutes of the Association Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 9 September 2019 at the Top Club

Present:  Karen Hawden ( Chairperson ), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), David Rhodes (Social Media and Liaison Officer), Richard Ball ( Secretary ), Bob Nicholas ( Footpaths officer ), David Cairns, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, John Dawson, Cllr David Foxcroft, Barbara Gerken, Lewis Pearson, Ian Booth, Frank Pilkington, Steve Glenholmes,  Derrick Bartlett-Smith, R. Fulton, J. Jones, R. Jones, Jim Riley, Ann White, Michael Howard, Peter Dunn, Trish Rhodes, Pip Fitzpatrick,
Apologies: Eric Walters, Cllr. Dorothy Farrington, Barbara Gerken, Cllr Alyson Barnes.

  1. Opening Remarks

1.1          Karen, Chaired the meeting and welcomed all those attending the meeting.
1.2          Four apologies had been received.

  1. Minutes of previous meeting, August 2019

2.1          Ian proposed and Lewis seconded acceptance of the Minutes.
2.2          The Minutes were approved.

  1. Matters Arising

3.1           With regard to the proposed Loveclough development the committee were awaiting a date to
articulate a response, the written report having been already submitted.
3.2          CCllr Foxcroft reported that there had been some progress on the Colebrand situation a survey has
been conducted and the council are awaiting drawings.
3.3.         Re. The Glory spoil removal, CCllr Foxcroft there has been a meeting and Mr Ainsworth is working with the council. It was felt that progress has been made.
3.4.        The Chair introduced the new Secretary to the meeting.

  1. Reports
    4.1          Chairman

4.1.1       Karen’s report was contained was that the month had largely been dealing with reaction to the proposed Loveclough development.
4.2           Secretary
4.2.1       The Secretary made his introduction to the meeting and as a newly appointed member there was nothing as yet to report.
4.3           Treasurer/Chairman LVAA
4.3.1       Darryl reported funds as £4,166.49p.
4.3.2       LVAA Allotments. Darryl reported that progress had been made to the area for the community building which has now been flagged.
4.4           Footpaths Officer
4.4.1       Bob’s report can be found under Annex 1.
4.5          Social Media & Liaison Officer
4.5.1       David reported that there was nothing to report on Social Media other than we had 784 followers on Facebook and 137 on twitter.

  1. Leaflet Drop – Emerging Plan

5.1          The closing date for written response has now passed, see section 3.

  1. Emerging Plan – Planning Inspectors’ visit – preparation

6.1           The LVRA will make a collective response to the Inspectors’ “Matters, Issues and Questions” and
will incorporate any concerns made by residents before the deadline.
7              Local planning application
Roger Fulton spoke to the meeting outlining his intention to build a single dwelling on land next to the vicarage in Goodshawfold. Roger mentioned his wish to build an eco-house and to limit the impact on the community. Roger submitted his plans on the 26th of August. Members responded with concerns that it is outside the urban boundary, stylistic concerns and that it may set a precedent in the conservation area.

  1. AOB

8.1           Derrick reiterated a need to be better informed of proposed development across the area. Cllr
Foxcroft agreed to follow this up and emphasised that the use of social media could make this much
8.2          Peter Dunn from the Church Conservation Trust spoke with the meeting and highlighted his role as
community engagement officer. Peter will be working with the community and other groups to try
and save three of Rossendale’s highest listed churches. St John’s is the primary focus in our area.
8.3          Lewis mentioned that a shrub near the providence Methodist chapel is in urgent need of trimming.
8.4         Lewis further highlighted that the overgrown trees in Crawshawbooth village centre are endangering
the roof of the redundant public toilet.
8.5        The meeting closed at 20.55hrs.
Next Meetings and Close
8.1          20.00 hrs. on Monday, 14 October 2019 at the Top Club.
8.2          Thereafter the now usual pattern of utilising the 2nd Monday of each month will continue, so that subsequent meetings in 2019 are expected to be held as follows: 9 September; 14 October; 11 November (including AGM); 9 December.
Annex 1
Footpath Report September
In a quiet moment I sometimes wonder about Goodshawfold! On the outside it is a quaint quiet hamlet nestling in the folds of the valley. And the village is at the centre of a hub containing some 9 footpaths and 5 feeder paths for the pleasure of the residents (and anyone else) to enjoy should they wish. Yet in recent times it has thrown up quite a number of footpath issues compared to other areas.
I am not producing a list but I am sure members will all be aware of the Colebrand debacle over footpath No 102. And more recently I dealt with an issue over the rather unique footpath No 333 at Spring Terrace. Now however our local cardboard manufacturing company has got in on the act, digging up the lower end of footpath No 111 where it joins footpath No 101 and it is not a pretty sight. My sources inform me “that it is to make alterations to the building to allow new machinery to be installed”.
I initially contacted Lancashire County Council about the situation and forwarded the email to our two councillors. At the outset I only received a brief reply from LCC. But today I received a lengthy email about the situation which in a nut shell stated “The work is being carried out under permitted development and the path will be stoned up where it has been disturbed”.  In layman’s speak this means the footpath will be made good.
However I do feel that a hand rail should be placed on the top of some of the concrete blocks to make the path safe and comply with health and safety (although this may be in the plans). What raised the original concerns about this path is that no notices from the local council or LCC about the footpath closure or redirection are on site, making it appear that the work in progress has not been sanctioned by anyone.
However the state of affairs is being monitored locally and no doubt this situation will find its way into a future report so watch this space.
Bob Nicholas