THORNTON ACTION GROUP

Wyre Together Best Community Group 2010

Minutes of the meeting held on 6th January 2016 at Thornton Methodist Church


1.APOLOGIES: I Horner

 

2.WELCOME: Teresa Wilson was welcomed to the meeting

 

3.COUNCILLORS IN ATTENDANCE: There were no councillors present

 

4.MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING: The minutes were proposed as correct by P Ryan and seconded by P Gore.


5.MATTERS ARISING:


5.1 Open Fields/Poolfoot

P Jenkins reported on the coverage of the development of Poolfoot which had appeared in the Blackpool Gazette and which confirms that the fences at Poolfoot football pitches will be removed by the end of February.


5.2 Xmas Lights

The lights at the Little Theatre appeared to be OK for the duration of the switch on although one or two blips occurred with the ones at Thornton centre. It was agreed that next year we would try to have some coloured lights. Traders have been thanked for their donations but the list will be double checked to make sure that everyone has been thanked.


5.3 Flood Forum

P Jenkins reported that he was trying to locate the electricity substations in Thornton in order to ensure that they were all flood protected. P Tarrant indicated that they had been protected some years ago and that Electricity North West should have a list of the site locations.

Flooding was reported on Lawsons Rd, Stanah Rd, Lambs Rd and New Rd during the recent downpours.

P Gore reported that following liaison with J Ferguson that Branksome Field was being pumped out over two days (7th & 8th Jan).

Following discussion on the effects of flooding on housing development in Thornton it was agreed that P Jenkins would write to Paul Long with regard to the fact that quoted statistics for the prediction of flooding are no longer appropriate.


5.4 Boundaries Report

TAG's response to the Boundaries Commission can be seen on the website.


5.5 AGC Proposed Incinerator

It is understood that the Incinerator is for the destruction of AGC waste products only.


5.6 Lambs Rd

TAG now understands that, following the appeal by the developer, there could be a Public Enquiry into the refusal by Wyre Council Planning Committee of the proposed houses at Lambs Rd rather than a Public Hearing. Following discussion it was agreed that H Phillips would contact SOS to see if they could confirm this and also to discuss the way forward with the enquiry.


6. SHAPING YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD

J Phillips reported on a meeting with J Ferguson, Wyre Officer, when parks and open spaces were discussed. This included:-


7. PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

A Jenkins reported that discreet checks related to speeding cars in identified areas would hopefully take place very soon. This would enable residents to report trouble spots to the police. She would also re contact Sgt. D Whittaker re getting together with a group of members to discuss identified issues.


8. WASTE COLLECTIONS

Wyre Council is proposing a subscription service for the collection of green waste which apparently is not a statutory service. This is a consequence of LCC cuts and the reduced contribution to waste. It is understood that the cost will be £30 per year for 1 green bin with a reduction for each subsequent bin. There will be 22 collections per year. A consultation takes place until 12th January with results being presented to the cabinet on 21st January.


9. BUS SERVICES

LCC is currently carrying out a consultation with regards to the reductions to bus services as part of the financial decisions to be made as part of the savings which need to be made in Lancashire. To take part in the consultation on this and other issues, members should visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/haveyoursay or ring 01524 585599. The consultation finishes on 27th March 2016.

Following discussion it was agreed that members would be asked to pass on any comments to the secretary with regard to how cuts to bus services will affect them.


10. A.O.B.

B Whelan was given approval to pay the annual subscription for the website.

A Bond reported that volunteers were needed at Thornton Parish Church to tidy up the churchyard.

J Phillips told members that Wyre and Fylde Community Network would be holding a welcome event on Friday, 19th Feb at Trinity Hospice from 10.00am – 12.00pm.


DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Wednesday – 24th February 2016, 7.15pm at Thornton Methodist Church.