Minutes of the LVRA Annual General Meeting 11th November 2019

David Rhodes

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held at the Top Club on Monday, 11th of November 2019

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, , Barbara Gerken, Ian Booth, Cllr Alyson Barnes, Steve Glenholmes,  Derrick Bartlett-Smith, J. Jones, R. Jones, , Dave Pilling, K. Iverson, M. Hargreaves, Ian Cardy, Peter Holt, Ian Derbyshire, Frances Badrock, Marian Bent, L Pearson, John Dawson, J. Riley.

Apologies: R. Fulton, E. Fulton, M. Greenwood, Colin Broadbent.

1.         Opening of the Annual General Meeting

1.1       Karen welcomed all those attending and opened the meeting.

2.         Election of Meeting Chair

2.1       Karen chaired the meeting and welcomed all those attending the meeting.

2.2       The proposal was AGREEDnem. con..

3.         Minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting held on 20 November 2018

3.1       Ian proposed and Barbara seconded acceptance of the Minutes.

3.2       The proposal was AGREED, nem. con..

4.         Matters arising

4.1       There were no matters arising.

5.         Presentation of the annual reports

5.1       Chair

5.1.1       Karen’s reported that she had largely been dealing with the increase in development proposals. Karen also mentioned that there were still issues due to cars speeding on Burnley Road. Karen mentioned that there had been two recent accidents in the locality. One incident was on the zebra crossing in Crawshawbooth. Alison agreed to continue to pursue the matter of road safety on Burnley road. 

5.1.2      Barbara suggested extending the 30mph zone. Ian mentioned that the 20mph zone around the school was only advisory and could it not e made permanent. Derrick asked about moving the signage and if the yellow cameras are still functional. Alison said the cameras are now defunct.

                 Alison will ask for 8-10 signs to be distributed along Burnley road.

5.2       Secretary

5.1       Richard B’s report is shown in full as Annex 1.

5.3       Treasurer

5.3.1     Darryl reported funds as £4,021.49p. Darryl reported that a large part of his efforts were dealing with the development proposals. Darryl reported a successful meeting with the inspectors Tony Blackburn earlier in the year. Darryl called for more social events and fundraisers in the next year.

5.4       Footpaths Officer

5.4.1     Bob’s report is shown in full as Annex 2.

5.5       Social Media & Liaison Officer

5.5.1     David reported that the website was now hosting recent planning applications to keep the public better informed. There are now 791 followers on Facebook and 137 on twitter.

6.         Election of Officers for 2017-2018

6.1       The Secretary reported that whereas current officers had all indicated their willingness to serve for a further period of 12 months, no additional nominations had been received.

6.2       All officers were re-elected, Alison proposed and Lewis seconded this was AGREEDnem. con..

6.3       Officers for 2019/2020 will, therefore, be: Karen Hawden (Chair), Richard Ball (Secretary), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), and David Rhodes (Liaison and Social Media Officer).

7.         Any other business

7.1       Future meetings: dates and location

It was AGREED the now usual pattern of utilising the 2nd Monday of each month should continue, so that meetings in 2019/20 would be on Monday, 9th of December 2019 at the Top Club and subsequent meetings would be as follows: 13th January 2020, 10th of February 2020.

7.1.2     The meeting AGREED that the Top Club remained the preferred venue.

8.         Close of the Meeting

8.1       Karen closed the Annual General Meeting at 21.16 hrs.

Annex 1            Secretary

Secretary Report to AGM.

My report is quite a short one as this is a relatively new position. I agreed several months ago to take over from David and to be the interim secretary. I am still really just settling into the role and I know that I have a very tough act to follow. However my passion for our community and the beautiful countryside around remains strong and it is my intention to continue into 2020.

I am aware that it is becoming increasingly difficult to protect the land from rushed and poorly thought out overdevelopment with the government’s high demands for quick housing. However my concerns remain for the future of our children and for the planet in general.  It is with an increasing backdrop of laws that favour the developer that there has never been a more important time to speak up and act for what is correct.

I am not against development if it follows that planning laws and it engages and enhances our community in some way. Development is necessary but when the residents are not consulted there is clearly a big problem.

The Lvra has had many successes in the past and I hope that with a committed and hardworking team we can continue to create a community to be proud of.

Thank you,


Annex 2            Footpaths Officer

Footpath Officer’s Report to AGM 2019

This year in contrast to last has been very quiet but does seem to be one of mixed fortunes. Firstly, it was a good point I have had fewer outside distractions from my remit and my footpath activities ticked along reasonably smoothly. Then of course along comes the bad bit just as I was about to start some serious footpath clearance work my strimmer and tools were removed from the allotment site by various unscrupulous persons.

However what I could not do in actual physical work I have made up for sorting out quite a number of footpath problems that have come my way. Also some time ago I sent in the Modification Order on St Mary’s path believing it to be straight forward! Of course it turns out to be anything but. At this stage I’m not going into detail but it has a faint whiff of the situation that presented itself in Loveclough Fold with the infamous FP No4 (swapping one path for another). At least this one is not in a river! 

The footpath situation in my patch actual stays relatively stable. I do get people contacting me with complaints and in most cases I can report back that I have already reported the problem. One thing in my favour is that I now have a number of useful contacts at Lancashire County Council which means I can get most queries answered quite quickly. 

Some of the problems I deal with are quite quirky and at times the world of footpaths appears slightly mad (especially some of the laws). However most of the work is routine, dealing with lack of signposting and broken or old stiles and blocked footpaths. One thing that came to light this year is that Lancashire County Council’s preferred method of dealing with signposting is to do them in blocks taking one area at a time rather than just dealing with a signpost here or there. This method also throws up any other problems with the paths in a given area. 

Of course finance comes into it and the method used is to make sure the most used paths are looked after first. It is an economic reality that some paths may never be reopened or receive any attention, principally because there are so many of them but so few are actually used.  

And finally with regard to finance I have in fact withdrawn nothing from the Footpath fund this year. The loss of my equipment being reimbursed by the allotment insurance and the fund now stands at £792.94. This money although part of the LVRA general account is ring fenced for the footpaths and I have plans to use substantial amounts of this money in the future.      

Bob Nicholas