Association Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 10 December 2018 at the Top Club
Present: Bob Nicholas (Footpaths Officer), Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), David Rhodes (Social Media & Liaison officer); Richard Ball, Cllr Alyson Barnes, Derrick Bartlett-Smith, Ian Booth, Ian Cardy, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, John Dawson, Michael Dop, Marie Hargreaves, Ken Iveson, Lewis Pearson, David Pilling, Jean Pilling, Eric Walton, Bett Watson and Chris Whiting.
Apologies: Karen Hawden (Chair), David Hempsall (Secretary),Steve Glenholmes, Dave Hughes, Frank Pilkington and, Jim Riley.
1. Opening Remarks – Apologies – Thanks
1.1 In Karen’s absence Bob opened the meeting.
1.2 Attendees confirmed their receipt of the Agenda and Minutes.
1.3 Apologies were taken.
2. Minutes of previous Meeting: 12 November 2018
2.1 Lewis proposed and Eric seconded acceptance of the Minutes.
2.2 These were AGREEDnem. con.
3. Matters Arising
3.1 Draft Local Plan – Minutes of 10 September 2018: open discussion
3.1.3 Alyson reminded member of the hierarchy for selecting land viz Brownfield, Greenfield, Green Belt. New government guidance emphasised a preference for building on brown- as opposed to greenfield sites.
3.1.5 Alyson pointed out that when she agreed with the Secretary that consultation with residents had been inadequate, she was referring to the site to the south of Commercial Street and not to the Borough in general. Borough barristers have indicated that the lack of consultation with residents at this stage could be redressed at the final consultation for the whole plan in 2019. Darryl pointed out that this contradicted the requirement to follow Schedules 17 and 18 before proceeding with Schedule 19.
4.4.4 Alyson reported that Historic England in association with the Churches Trust and Manchester Dioceses have decided to reinstate a Churches Officer who will concentrate on the future of St John’s Crawshawbooth. Officer should be in post early 2019.
5.4 Derrick said that he has sent a letter of thanks to the Scouts for their assistance on Remembrance Day. The mother of the Scout-bugler has thanked us for this.
Karen reported in her absence – copy attached in Annex 1.
David reported in his absence – copy attached in Annex 2.
4.3 Treasurer/Chairman LVAA
Darryl reported that funds at bank stood at £4,425.49.
4.4 Footpaths Officer
4.4.1 Bob’s Report is shown as Annex 3.
4.5 Social Media & Liaison Officer
David R had nothing to add other than reference to followers and hits on the website and Facebook page.
5. Local Plan – Commercial Street Site: application by PWA on behalf of Hollins Strategic Land.
5.1 Derrick opened discussion pointing out the application was full of flaws, inaccuracies and gross errors. Alyson encouraged everyone to submit letters of objection and although such inaccuracies were unlikely to affect the final decision, they should be included. Derrick listed some of these errors as school (not OK); advantage to local towns (no pubs, few shops); no reference made to other similar applications which have been refused, etc.
5.2 Alyson said that 30% affordable houses were to be included in this application should it proceed. There was to be a revised definition of “affordable” which was to be incorporated in the Council’s new affordability policy. She also had met with the Head of Crawshawbooth Primary who expressed willingness to expand the school to a two-form entry. Whether this would embrace all the extra children was debatable. Alyson also has a meeting planned with the developer’s agent and would report back.
5.4 Darryl suggested that this application was submitted now to pre-empt any decision by the Building Inspectorate to refuse to uphold the proposals in 2019.
5.5 A debate on the viability of this and other local developments in which the following comments were made:
Bob referred to travel and the impact on local communities.
Alyson referred to peripheral developments and have Edenfield as an example where commuter traffic could travel towards Manchester along the M66 without congesting the valley. Loveclough, on the northern periphery could only benefit from the limited volume of traffic among for the M65.
Ian asked where the infrastructure was best in Rossendale. Alyson pointed out that there has been an historic under-investment in the Borough infrastructure, giving the M66 congestion and flooding hotspots as examples.
Ian expressed grave concern about the likely problems caused by increased traffic on the A682. Alyson said that only greater investment in the infrastructure would alleviate this.
Ian referred to parking congestion in Crawshawbooth. Alyson indicated that she would inform Park Wise to give a greater presence. A debate on village parking has been conducted and reached no conclusion.
6. Glory Bus Stop
6.1 Alyson reported that the bus stop was now back to its original status. It is due to be upgraded in due course with some seating.
7. Any Other Business
7.1 Alyson has reported the broken manhole cover on the sports pitch. She has, as yet, had no response so will chase it up.
7.2 There is to be a meeting of the Folly Clough Bridge Group. RBC has access to a small amount of funds and will investigate ways to spend it wisely.
7.3 Disc Parking is to be reintroduced valley-wide in the New Year.
7.4 There is to be a full Council meeting before Christmas to discuss Phase 2 of Rawtenstall Centre Project. A spa and apartments may be included.
7.5 Rossendale is to be featured in Lancashire Life soon.
7.6 Ian asked if the grit bins could be filled before the snow arrived. Ken had asked David Foxcroft for one on Goodshaw Lane but LCC wold not commit to one.
7.7 Eric said that the drains on Goodshaw Lane were blocked with sludge and Alyson said she would report this to LCC for action.
8. Next Meetings and Close
7.1 The next meeting is to be held at 20.00hrs on 14 January 2019 at the Top Club
7.2 Thereafter the now usual pattern of utilising the 2ndMonday of each month will continue, so that subsequent meetings in 2019 are expected to be held as follows: 11 February; 11 March; 8 April; 13 May; 10 June; 8 July; 12 August; 9 September; 14 October; 11 November (including AGM); 9 December.
7.3 The meeting closed at 20.59hrs.
Annex 1 Chair’s Report
Details of acaraccidenton5th November resultedinacar being writtenoff opposite Abbeycroft. lt appears
thatacarwasdriven on thewrongsideofthetrafficisland near toour welcometoGoodshawsignand crashedintoaresident’sparkedcar.Thisisafrequentoccurrence,whichIhavewitnessedat anumberof
islands on BurnleyRoad,particularlytheoneatthe top ofCommercial Streetas theyspeedtowardsBurnley.
Iknowthatpeoplearenothappy aboutthe 20mphsignsthataremissingfromsomestreetsandwonderwhatimpact morehousingwillhave. HamerAvenuehasbeenturnedfromanavenueto a road,assome driversdon‘teven takeintoaccount the give waysigns/lines.
Peopleare nowwonderingwhathousingwillbecomingourwayandwhatwecan doaboutit.They arealsowonderingwhatSchoolstheywillattend,asCrawshawboothwill beunabletotake theamountofchildrenthatwould be movingintotheareaifall housesmentioned arebuilt.GiventhatchildrenlivingNorthoftheSchoolhavein thepast, been givenpriorityplaces,whatare theimplicationsforchildrenthatresideinCrawshawbooth?
Iwould liketowisheveryone a veryHappyChristmas& PeacefulNewYear.Seeyou all in January2019
Annex 2 Secretary’s Report
First,theLimeyLeaderwenttopressaspertimeschedule.It‘sa12pageissuewhichdealswithissuesofthemoment – somythankstoAlysonand Davidfortheirinputs–andanumberoffeaturearticles.I‘mgratefultoBobfor two contributionswhichilluminetheissue.I wouldalsoencourageanyonewhowishestocontribute:puttingtogethertheLimeyLeaderishardworkandespeciallysowhengeneratingmaterialisdowntoasmallbandofregulars.
Secondly,LVRAreceivednotificationofanapplicationfromPWAonbehalfof itsclients–HollinsStrategicLand—toerect80dwellingsontheCommercialStreetsiteasidentifiedundertheLocal Plan.Officersmetandhavesubmittedarobustresponsetowhatwill bethefirstofmanysuchapplications.
Following the previous meeting of the association LVRA is proceeding on its agreedtrack:challengingthespecificsofanyproposals– especiallyasregardinfrastructure–andchallengingtheprocedureswhich– accordingtomy readingoftherelevantregulations– by–passRegulations17and18togettoRegulation19,thatunderwhichthecouncilseeksinputfromresidents,butinputwhichisseverelyrestrictedunderthethreeapplicablecriteria.GiventhattheassociationhastwojudgmentsbythePlanningInspectorateinitsfavour,officershaveagreedtorespondasisappropriatetoHollinsandtosubsequentsuchapplications,suggestingthatapplicantsmightreasonablydeferuntilthePlanningInspector‘sjudgement,expectedinMarch2019,isrevealed.
Annex 3 Footpaths Officer’s Report
My report to the meeting is in fact very short. At this time of year I usually take stock and decide which projects to concentrate on in 2019. One thing that I will try to curtail is the amount of work I seemed to amass last year. But with 2025 and the cut off for modification orders looming over the horizon some projects will be given priority whatever the work load.
And so to round up – although we have a large cloud hanging over the LVRA and the community with the situation with the unwanted housing I would like to wish all members and their families – all the best for the festive season and beyond.