Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting (held via Zoom) Monday 8th March 2021


Minutes of the Meeting held on remotely on  Monday, 8th March  2021 at 8.00pm

Present:  Karen Hawden (Chairperson), D. Nugent ( Treasurer ), ( Secretary vacant position), Bob Nicholas (Footpaths officer), D. Rhodes ( Social Media officer ), Cllr Alyson Barnes, Megan Eastwood ( LCC ).

  1. Opening Remarks

Apologies – Richard Ball

  • Officers Reports

2.1    Chairperson Karen reported a query from GM, resident regarding the TRANCHE 2 and the extension of the date for comments.  Alyson reported that the Inspector is going through a process but does not feel this will make any difference to the outcome.  BG, another resident expressed some concerns about the Colebrand Site, Alyson reported that this is being monitored by RBC.

       2.2    Secretary There was discussion re: the resignation of the Secretary and how to go about filling this vacancy.  The post will be advertised but it was felt that approaching one or two interested residents would be beneficial.

                 All agreed that Richard has done a fantastic job as Secretary and extend our sincere thanks to him.

       2.3    Treasurer/Chairman LVAA:                 

                 Darryl reported no changes to funds and the Allotments are still quiet.

       2.4    Footpaths Officer:

See Appendix for Bob’s report

      2.5     Social Media & Liaison Officer:

                There was some discussion regarding the speed of traffic and how to address this.  Alyson reported            that changes in Policing in the area, would be addressing this and rural crime in the near future.  

David will now wait before addressing this on Social Media.

  • Matters Arising

Building in the area was discussed at length.  There are a number, of concerns regarding building around Swinshaw Hall. One of the concerns being flooding, there is already a significant amount of water that runs down from this land onto the main road and behind existing houses.  The concern is that prospective builders will not be able to mitigate this issue and the problem will worsen.  This will impact on current residents as well as on local wildlife. One company has already looked at this land and declared it unviable for building.  There are also concerns about the access onto Burnley road when another site will also have access onto Burnley road from the west, almost opposite.  There is unease locally that Loveclough is becoming over developed and there is a lack of infrastructure.

There was also discussion regarding the use of ZOOM for meetings now and in the future when face to face meetings are again, a reality.  This would give residents an opportunity to attend meetings when they are unable to make a face to face meeting.  David to poll this idea on Social Media to identify if this would be something residents would be interested in as this would indue a cost.

      3.1     Community Woodland

3.2      Proposed Cycle Path

There are no updates at this time.

4.     Local planning applications.

              As discussed

  • St John’s Church

Some outdoor repairs have been made mainly to the culvert.

  •    Folly Clough Bridge

No updates at this time, other than the self seeded trees have been removed.

  • Limey Leader
  • Any other business

Application for a house at the site of Pauls Farm,  This will be followed up with a letter to the Council regarding the shape and concept of this application as it does not appear to fit with the character of the area which is a conservation area.

  • 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, meetings will continue to follow the usual format of: the 8th of February 2021, the 8th of March 2021 and the 12th of April 2021. These will be held remotely until further notice.  

             Should you wish to join our meeting or if you have any community concerns that need discussing  please email our chairperson  Karen at kazzhawden@yahoo.co.uk

        10. Close of the Meeting

Karen closed the Meeting at 21.00 hrs

Appendix a


This month’s report starts with some positive news. On the 17th of February I received confirmation from Lancashire County Council that the Modification Order I had placed on the path at the side of St Marys Church at Goodshaw has been approved by the Council’s Regulatory Committee.

There is still some work to do by LCC and the path still needs an official number but these are small details yet to be worked out. When the Covid-19 situation eases I will strim out the path and do any other remedial work needed (volunteers to help out welcome). 

Also this month I had one of the fastest turn rounds of a Public Right Of Way report that I have ever sent to LCC!  A pedestrian field gate on Gibb Hill Lane (FP24) had died from overuse. Within a fortnight of submitting the report I found the gate fixed with a substantial job being done. I did not get confirmation that LCC had completed this work but they did inspect it. It would seem that with a previous gate being fixed on this path (see last month’s report) it is the path of the moment!  

With more people than ever roaming our hills during lockdown it has taken its toll on some of the older stiles in the area. I have reported these to LCC but due to their remote locations it may be some time before they are fixed – unless the land owner does it first.  

Bob Nicholas

Footpaths Officer 

E: bobnic51@btinternet.com