Minutes of the LVRA monthly meeting Monday 8th July 2019

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Minutes of the Association Meeting: 20.00 hrs. on Monday, 8 July 2019 at the Top Club

Present: Darryl Nugent (Treasurer), Karen Hawden (Chair), Richard Ball, Ann Corkin, David Corkin, John Dawson, Cllr David Foxcroft, Barbara Gerken, Lewis Pearson, Eric Walton, M. Rae, Michael Dop, Suzanne Ogden, Derrick Bartlett-Smith, .

Apologies:Cllr Alyson Barnes, Bob Nicholas, David Rhodes. Ken Iveson, Marie Hargreaves, Jean Pilling, Hilary Myers.

1.             Opening Remarks

1.1          Karen, Chaired the meeting and  welcomed all those attending the meeting.

1.2          Seven apologies had been received.

2.            Minutes of previous meeting, 11 February 2019

2.1          Minutes were taken as read..

2.2          The Minutes were approved..

3.            Matters Arising

3.1          There were no matters arising from the minutes

5            St John’s, update

5.1          Richard reported that RBC and the Church authorities are, together looking for ideas from residents and organisations as to possible uses for St John’s. 

4.            Reports
4.1          Chairman

4.1.1       There was no Chairman’s report other than Karen had received an email regarding the proposed development to the rear of the Top Club.

4.2          Secretary

4.2.1       In the absence of a Secretary, there was no Secretary’s report.

4.3          Treasurer/Chairman LVAA

4.3.1       Darryl reported funds as static at £3,990.41p.

4.3.2       There was the cost of the current Limey Leader to be taken out and the income from the advertising to be added.

4.3.3.      Darryl reported two break-ins  at the allotment on the 15th and 16th June.  Items taken were mowers and tools. Police have been informed and have added the incident to their records. Traditionally thieves return in around 3-4 week when it is expected that the stolen items have been replaced and they can take them.  Steps have been taken to avoid this happening. A few days later Darryl challenged two youths who were climbing out over the gate of the allotments. They said that they had entered to smoke a joint in private, which one of them still had. They had no items about their persons and left the site quietly in the direction of Crawshawbooth. They were about 16, one stocky with a fresh round face and the other taller with a distinctive brace on his teeth. Predictably they both wore hoodies.

4.4          Footpaths Officer

4.4.1       In Bob’s absence there was no report from the Footpaths Officer.

4.5          Social Media & Liaison Officer

4.5.1       In David’s absence there was no report from the Social Media and Liaison Officer.

5.           100 Club

5.1          In Bob’s absence no discussion on the 100 Club took place. Given the low uptake of numbers it has been shelved for the time being.

6.           Emerging Plan

6.1          Darryl reviewed the position on RBC regarding the development plan for the next 15 years.

              Inspectors have been appointed as has an Independent Programme Officer who will act as a support to the inspectors. Darryl referred to the need to inform the Inspectors of any concerns regarding the proposals. Without this, the Inspectors could assume that there were no concerns. The LVRA will co-ordinate a response to the Inspectors via the Independent Programme Officer and concerns should be sent to   karenhawden7@gmail.com.  It was agreed that we issue a flyer to every household.

6.2          Darryl again directed attention to the RBC website which held all documentation for the Plan. In particular there is a “library” of documents which have been added since the original submission. 

              Given the difficulty of negotiating the site, details can be found at :-

https://www.rossendale.gov.uk/info/210148/local_plan/10629/emerging_local_plan/2

6.3          Further details can be found on the LVRA facebook.

6.4          Members again expressed concern about the approval of the Commercial Street site, particularly how the LVRA had been unable to make a submission at the DPC Meeting. Darryl pointed out that the submission was made at the 11thhour with little time for reflection. Several members suggested that RBC could have delayed approval until after the inspectors’ visit but this was not done. Subsequent approval for 80 houses was almost inevitable. 

6.5          Darryl added that RBC were bound to provide land for 3180 new houses and this figure would be certain to influence future planning applications as it had on the Commercial Street site.

6.6          Concern was expressed about the Colebrand site from which asbestos has been removed. Local thoughts are that it has been buried on the site. Darryl reported a flatbed truck on carrying open sheets of asbestos leaving the site. It was understood that RBC had asked the owner for disposal paperwork for the material but the Association has had no report as yet.  CCllr. Foxcroft agreed to follow up the matter with the appropriate body.

7.           Any Other Business

7.1          Road Markings 

              CCllr. Foxcroft  announced  that the road markings around the crossing in Crawshawbooth had been completed.

7.2          Commercial Street 

              Derrick expressed a concern from residents of Commercial Street regarding the volume and speed of tipper lorries on the road. Speed bumps were ineffective and the speed of the lorries was excessive for this road. Drivers had been observed on their ‘phones whilst negotiating the parked vehicles. One car had sustained damage. The material carried appears to be soil but it is unknown if this is clean or contaminated material. The destination is uncertain but Derrick reported 3 such lorries doing a round trip every hour regularly.

7.3          Karen reported a similar situation with speeding cars  on Hamer Avenue and Goodshawfold Road.

7.4          CCllr. Foxcroft repored that he had again requested the installation of 20mph signs on both Commercial Street and Goodshawfold Road.

7.5          Several residents have asked officers of an update on the removal of spoil from the Glory site as was required of the developer. Although the site looks untouched since the removal of the container, CCllr. Foxcroft agreed to email Mark Bray (Enforcement) for an update.

7.6          A fire was reported near the garage colony opposite  Goodshaw  Avenue North.  A fire appliance was in attendance.

7.7          David Corkin reported that refuse was still not being collected from properties to the west of the river at Loveclough Fold

7.8.         A van was broken into near the CPA and tools were taken.  It was agreed that the latter actions and allotment intruders could indicate an increase in criminal activity in the area and they should be reported via the LVRA webpage and facebook.

8.           Next Meetings and Close

8.1          20.00 hrs. on Monday, 12 August at the Top Club.

8.2          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: 9 September; 14 October; 11 November (including AGM); 9 December.

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