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Minutes of the Meeting held 20th April, 2023

Minutes of the Meeting held 20th April, 2023

May 19th, 2023

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on:  Thursday 20th April 2023 at the Baptist Church Hall, Preston Road, Inskip



Cllr Phil James (PJ – Chair)

Cllr Martin Delaney (MD – Vice Chair)

Cllr Carol Berry (CB)

Cllr Alan Lingard (AL)

Cllr Nick Danby (NG)


Clerk:  Susan Gilbert (SG)


Members of the Public:               




Cllr Geoff Carter, PCSO Denise Creighton



Parish Councillors; Joanne Porter (Wyre Council); Wyre Cllr Susan Catterall; Wyre Cllr Peter Cartridge; LCC Cllr. Matthew Salter


Meeting opened:            19:15

Meeting closed:               21.00



  1. Open Forum for the general public
  2. Minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday 16th March, 2023
  3. Matters arising from the last meeting
  4. Highways
  5. Planning
  6. Carrs Green
  7. Financial Matters
  8. Wyre in Bloom
  9. Any other business



Next meeting Scheduled for:  Thursday May 18th 2023 at 7pm, Inskip Baptist Church Hall.


Status:   APPROVED 

Chair:  Cllr Carol Berry

Date:   18th May, 2023




  1. Open Forum

Dean Faria, Trustee of YIPs, reported that an electrician has been working on the electricity supply at YIPs who advised that the wires connected to the carpark lights should have an RCD. Councillors debated whether the light had been fitted by LCC or locally and couldn’t be sure.  The question was asked who is responsible for the light and also for the electricity supply. Cllr Lingard suggested that we talked to the electrician but in the meantime disconnect the light.  Cllr Delaney suggested that LCC/Wyre installed the light and are paying the electricity for it.  Clerk to write to LCC to ask for advice.


Dean Faria also requested that the grass in front of YIPs be cut before the Coronation celebration.  Cllr Lingard offered to request that Sandra Byre at Wyre Council arrange the cut.  Cllr Lingard to contact Wyre and send reply to YIPs. Cllr Lingard also offered to inspect the area before the event and request the lengthsman to tidy it up if not a good standard.


Clare Nash asked that the tennis box be moved from the location where Cllr Lingard left it.   Cllr Lingard said that the box could be located wherever they chose.






  1. Minutes of Last Meeting – approved as read.


  1. Matters Arising


  • The deer signage has been delayed owing to an internal error by LCC, although work is still scheduled.
  • Create Homes have ordered a replacement bench from Commemorative Benches
  • A memorial bench for Ms Beetham has been ordered
  • LCC have not cleared the blockage under the Tank Trap, ongoing



  1. Highways
  • Woods Lane resurfacing has begun and is ongoing
  • Direction road sign at the end of Pinfold Lane been replaced by LCC.



  1. Planning
  • Application has been received for an agricultural livestock storage building at the rear of Bramblemoore, Leach Villas, Preston Road, Inskip. No objection from council.




  1. Carrs Green
  • Zurich Insurance (DAS Law) are currently writing to the owner of Carr House Farm regarding the unlawful enlargement of the track.



  1. Financial Matters
  • Clerk reported that information will be passed to Mr George Diaper to commence the annual audit after 21st April, as he out of the country until then.
  • Clerk confirmed that Precept for 2023/24 was paid by Wyre Council on 5th April, last.
  • Cllr Delaney suggested that some funds from current account be transferred into a reserve or high interest account.


Payments approved at the meeting:

S.Gilbert – Wages, chq no1355

A.Maxfield – Wages chq no1356

LALC – subscription chq 1353

Zurich Ins- annual insurance chq 1354




  1. Wyre in Bloom
  • Cllr Lingard has ordered £450 plants for this year’s Wyre In Bloom as part of the £600 grant, council agreed to pay when the invoice is received. This leaves £150 remaining for other expenses during the WIB season.


  1. Any other business.
  • A complaint has been received from residents in Derby Crescent. A car transporter is parking on the grass verge and has ruined the grass leaving a large hole beneath its wheels.  Police have been informed as the vehicle appears to be unlawful and LCC have been requested to fix the verge.  A reply has been received from LCC who have ordered verge markers and will restore the grass verges.


  • Cllr James reported he has met with John Fox to discuss renovation of the Bowling Club pavilion. As owners of the pavilion, Cllr James explained that the building is damp and to renovate the building and eliminate the damp the estimate would be in excess of £10,000. Clerk to write to Doug Birch (Inskip Bowling Club) to ascertain current situation, re submit application to Wyre for funding if appropriate and invite to next meeting.


  • Cllr James reminded council that the land that the Bowling Green, Yips and Park is built is on a long term lease from Wyre Council and requested that clerk investigate length remaining on this lease and attempt to renew if necessary.


  • PCSO Denise Creighton reported by email that a police presence is more prevalent in the village due to investigations for aggressive door to door salesmen, Tiktokers renewing their interest in an investigation and unlawful vehicles.


  • Defibrillator check: Cllr Berry is preparing to check. (26th April, 2023 – confirmed all OK)


  • Cllr James thanked all Councillors for their input and support over many years, especially Cllr Martin Delaney and Cllr Alan Lingard who would not standing for election next month, they will both be missed. Council thanked Cllr James for many years as Chairman, who works continuously for the good of the parish, and hopes that he would be able to remain in the future.