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Parish Council Extra Meeting Minutes – Jan’18

Parish Council Extra Meeting Minutes – Jan’18

January 19th, 2018

Minutes of the Extraordinary Parish Council Meeting held on:  8th January 2018

Cllr Phil James (PJ – Chair)
Cllr Carol Berry (CB)
Cllr Alan Lingard (AL)
Clerk:  Mike Ainsworth (MA)

Members of the Public: Thirteen members of the public were in attendance

Apologies:  Cllr Martin Delaney (MD); Cllr Geoff Carter (GC); Wyre Cllr Susan Catterall

cc:  Parish Councillors; Joanne Porter (Wyre Council); Wyre Cllr Susan Catterall; Wyre Cllr Sue Pimbley; Maureen Nield (In Focus)

Meeting opened: 20:05
Meeting closed: 21:25


  1. Open Forum for the general public
  2. Roseacre Wood – Cuadrilla revised transport route strategy
  3. Any other business

Chair: Cllr. Phil James
Date: 18th January 2018


  1. Open Forum – Mrs. Dianne Hogarth and Mr. Tom Hastey provided updates with respect to the campaign against the latest Cuadrilla transport route strategy that is to be submitted to the Planning Appeal when it is re-opened in April. The Cuadrilla proposal is to route up to 50 six-axle 44 tonne articulated heavy goods vehicles in convoy along 3 specified routes to their Roseacre Wood site. One of the routes proceeds along the B5269 from Thistleton, through Elswick and Inskip, and then along Higham Side Road.
  1. Roseacre Wood – Cuadrilla revised transport route strategy

2.1.    Cllr. Phil James reported that a meeting had been held last week attended by representatives of the following Town and Parish Councils: Greenhalgh and Thistleton; Elswick; Treales, Roseacre, and Wharles; Inskip-with-Sowerby; Newton with Clifton; Kirkham; Wesham with Medlar. The meeting had been convened by County Councillor Liz Oudes. It was proposed at this meeting that the Parish and Town Councils pools their resources and present a joint case along with Roseacre Awareness Group (RAG) at the re-opened Planning Appeal in opposition to the proposed Cuadrilla transport route strategy. The unanimous support for this initiative by all member of the pubic in attendance at this Extraordinary Parish Council meeting was demonstrated through a show of hands – and Parish Councillors agreed that Inskip-with-Sowerby should join with other Parish and Town Councils to oppose the transport plan.

Action 1.18/1 – MA to confirm that Inskip-with-Sowerby Parish Council agrees to pool resources and form a common front to fight the proposed Cuadrilla transport route strategy

2.2.    An estimate for the cost of fighting the Cuadrilla transport proposal at the Planning Appeal had been prepared based on the costs incurred in the previous Appeal and a contribution of £2,000 is now being sought from Parish Councils. The Parish Council agreed to approve this expenditure in principal and that funds could be budgeted without increasing the Parish Precept.

Carried forward Action 11.17/6 – MA to submit Precept by 12th January 2018

2.3.    The Parish Clerk reported that Inskip-with-Sowerby Parish Council had been granted Rule 6 status allowing it to be represented at the re-opened Appeal. In order to maintain this status the Parish Council needs to submit a Statement of Case (SoC) by 25th January detailing full particulars of the case we intend to put forward. As the plan is to offer a joint case at the Appeal the Clerk has drafted a short SoC, drawing on a previous SoC prepared by RAG.

Action 1.18/2 – MA to circulate draft Statement of Case for review by Parish Councillors, other members of the coalition of Parish and Town Councils, and Mr. Tom Hastey

  1. Any other business – members of the public raised concerns that a member of the Parish Council appeared not to be pulling their weight on the Council and asked what action would be taken to address this matter. Councillors advised that the available sanctions were limited by statute but suggested that members of the public could express their concerns directly to any Councillor if they had concerns with their conduct in public office. The Parish Clerk confirmed that Parish Council elections are next due in 2019.