Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting (held via Skype) Monday 8th June 2020


Minutes of the  Skype Meeting held on Monday, 8th June 2020 at 8.00pm

Present:  Karen Hawden ( Chairperson ), David Rhodes (Social Media and Liaison Officer), Richard Ball ( Secretary ), Bob Nicholas ( Footpaths officer ), Darryl Nugent ( Treasurer )

  1. Opening Remarks

1.1          Karen chaired the meeting and welcomed all those attending the meeting. It was recognised that the meeting was conducted in an unfamiliar format at therefore was somewhat shorter that formal meetings. It was decided to focus on the key points mentioned below: 

2.             Matters Arising

2.1          Community Woodland. There has been no news during the “lockdown period” of the proposed community woodland. 

It has come to the attention of the LVRA that the woodland near Riley’s in Dunnockshaw may also have changed ownership recently. We are awaiting more details to confirm this situation.

2.1.2       The traffic problems with Burnley Road were again discussed. Two yellow community concern signs have been added in recent weeks. Whilst these were a step in the right direction it was still felt by the committee that these were insufficient to quell the onset of a high volume of traffic some of which are driving dangerously. 

              It was suggested by Darryl that some form of traffic survey or voluntary policing of the road might be the next step. A possible ay forward could be that residents report speeders to the LVRA who will compile the data forward to Lancashire police.

 Dave. R reiterated that councils will be further under financial strain after the “lockdown”. We had not heard any news regarding the possible reinstating of the speed camera.

2.1.3.      Community Support C19 We discussed if there was any way in which we could help in our community people during lockdown. It was noted that the village centre and others had done a tremendous job and that we felt it was mostly well covered in our area. We decided to keep a watching brief on the situation and that we would be willing to support the village centre should a situation arise whereby they needed help.

              It was suggested by Dave. R. that the local council should now be well aware of vulnerable residents in the community and that we could potentially liaise with them to target our support.

3.            Local planning applications.

3.1          There has been one application which has caused concern from residents that of Mr N.Holt who lives close to Commercial street. His current proposal is to build 4 dwellings in his back garden. This falls outside the urban boundary and would not be in keeping with the area. On such grounds it was decided that we must object to this proposal.

It was asked by Richard if we had any news on the large proposed development in the area behind the Top Club and as yet no news had yet been provided.

4.           St John’s Church

There should be some work done on the culvert and some emergency repairs on the Church in the coming weeks. Peter Dunn of the Church conservation Trust had been in contact and had mentioned there would be a need for volunteers to help clear the plants and tidy the grounds around the church. No dates have yet been provided but we welcome volunteers. Please email Karen or any officer if you are interested in volunteering.

5.         Any other business

5.1       Dave.R. mentioned that the hosting of the website was up for renewal and costing over £120 pounds per annum. Dave further mentioned that we could get better value for money by using other products. It was proposed that we should change hosts and thus save money. Darryl agreed to discuss the matter with the allotment committee who use the same hosting and then to look at a more economically viable option.

            Richard had contacted Mr Wilson regarding the Crawshawbooth clock but proceedings had been put on hold at present.

6.         Future meetings: dates and location

 It was AGREED the now usual pattern of utilising the 2nd Monday of each month at 8.00pm should continue, so that meetings on Skype will continue to follow the usual format of: 13th July, 10th August, 14TH September, 12th October and 9th of November ( AGM ).

6.1       If you have any concerns that need discussing at our next Skype meeting please email our chairman Karen at kazzhawden#@yahoo.co.uk 

7.         Close of the Meeting

7.1       Karen closed the Meeting at 21.12 hrs.