Minutes of LVRA monthly meeting held @ The Top Club on Monday 11th October 2021


Minutes of the Meeting held at the Top Club 

Monday, 11th October 2021 at 8.00pm

Present: Karen Hawden (Chair), David Rhodes,

 Ken Iveson, Marie Hargreaves, Lewis Pearson,

 Ann White, Mike Howard,

Ken Ainsworth.

1. Opening Remarks

Apologies –,Bob Nicholas (Footpaths officer), Darryl Nugent, ( Treasurer LVVA) Cllr. D. Foxcroft, Cllr. Sean Serridge. Jim Riley,. Cllr Alyson Barnes. Mr Mrs Pilling & Margaret Rae.

Previous minutes were accepted.

2. Officers Reports

2.1 Chair

There have been no real queries or comments other than concerns regarding the new site – Foothills and how this will impact on current residents.  Traffic will be an ongoing issue as lorries and machinery will be in use in the area, there was discussion on how the public and residents close to the site will be able to report any concerns about the building and what comes with it can be directed to Rossendale Borough Council if there any issues regarding this development.

2.2 Social Media Officer

There was nothing to report from the Social Medial Officer.

2.3 Treasurer/Chairman LVAA            

Fund currently stand at £2993.75. Since we have no regular income we need to focus on ways to generate funds.

The end of the growing season is in sight on the allotments and other than that there was nothing to report.

2.4 Footpaths Officer

There was nothing to report from the Footpaths Officer. Bob will hope to attend the AGM and give a full update at this meeting.

3. Matters Arising

3.1 Funding for the LVRA

We need to develop ideas on fundraising for the Association.

The LVRA calendar was discussed and although a 2022 edition was not viable, thought was given to preparing for a 2023 edition. It was agreed that this can be discussed further at the AGM as more people will hopefully be present.

3.2 Traffic Safety on the A682

It is down to residents to report any accidents they witness to the Police however minor. This can be done on-line when date, time and location are the only items required. No need for registration numbers etc. THIS WILL ENSURE THAT ALL ACIDENTS ARE RECORDED BY THE POLICE. It is down to residents to provide this data if we are to reduce accidents.  This will continue to be the case.

3.3 LVRA Calendar

The possibility of a 2023 calendar was discussed at length under3.1 above.  Any photos can be sent to the email at the end of these  minutes.

3.4 Traffic on Goodshawfold Road

There has been comments regarding a dropped kerb at the new development.  This can be followed up but this will no doubt be an issue for LCC and the Highways department.

3.5 Dog waste on Goodshaw Lane

AB will request two more waste bins to allow dog walkers to dispose of the waste responsibly. KA suggested cutting back the verge overhangs might make passage for walkers and dog owners alike easier.  Carried over from last meeting- Alyson was not present to feed back on this issue.

3.6 Colebrand Site

It is down to residents to report any issues, concerns will need to be addressed in appropriate ways so that the correct procedures are followed for action to be taken.

Details and response form for planning at the site can be found at:


4. Recent Planning Applications and Appeals or Matter of Interest

4.1 Swinshaw Hall

Little has changed since the last meeting. No further information was offered at the meeting but the situation will be monitored.

4.2 Rossendale Plan

Modifications to the proposed plan have now been published and can be viewed on RBC website.

4.3 Goodshawfold Road Development

The development is nearing completion and although considered inappropriate by the vast majority of local residents, it is here to stay. We would implore RBC planners to apply more vigilance when considering other developments in similar settings.

5. Any Other business

Swinshaw lane was discussed as there are reports of hawthorn hanging over walking areas and could be a hazard.  KA reported that he cuts back the hawthorn but can only do this  bi-annually and is due to be carried out in the next few months. The weeds also need to be managed at the side of the lane as these cut down the width of the lane.

LP reported that there is a blocked drain just outside the Providence Church and another one was reported between Hill Street and York Street.

There was some discussion about a blocked pathway between Hamelden Road and Goodshaw lane which can be followed up as not everyone was present at this meeting. 

5.1 St John’s

There were no updates on St John’s

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, meetings will follow the usual format of: 11th October etc. These meeting will be held at the TOP Club subject to confirmation from the Club.

It was noted that the AGM will be held prior to the 8th November meeting. Any nominations for Chair, Secretary (currently vacant), Treasurer, Footpaths Officer and Social Media Officer should be forwarded to the Chair at Karen at kazzhawden@yahoo.co.uk

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

Close of the Meeting

Meeting closed at 21.15hrs