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Minutes of meeting held 24th August 2023

Minutes of meeting held 24th August 2023

September 22nd, 2023

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on:  Thursday 24th August 2023 at Carrs Green Common, Inskip



Cllr Carol Berry (CB) Chair

Cllr Geoff Carter (GC)

Cllr Nick Danby (ND)

Cllr Dean Faria (DF)

Cllr Phil James (PJ) 

Clerk:  Susan Gilbert (SG)


Members of the Public:               




Cllr Samantha Readyhough

Cllr Peter Cartridge



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


Meeting opened:            19:00

Meeting closed:               20.15



  1. Informal reception
  2. Open Forum
  3. Minutes of the last meeting held on Thursday
  4. Matters arising from the last meeting
  5. Community Event
  6. Highways
  7. Planning
  8. Carrs Green
  9. Wyre in Bloom
  10. Defib check confirmation
  11. Parish council admin
  12. AOB


Next meeting Scheduled for:  21st September 2023

Status:  APPROVED 

Chair: Cllr Carol Berry

Date: 21st September, 2023 


  1. Informal reception

As the meeting took place on Carrs Green, refreshments were not available. 10 members of the public attending.  It was explained that as the meeting was being held outdoors on the common the formal agenda below would be discussed at a minimum and the September meeting would cover any outstanding matters not covered by this meeting.


  1. Open Forum
  • Flooding issue was raised by members of the public. Cllr James and Cllr Berry explained that this was a complex matter involving all the dykes, culverts and watercourses covering the Catforth and Inskip area, all which needed attention to allow water to flow freely.   As these watercourses had become more and more impacted with vegetation, debris, stones etc it was no longer within the capability of landowners to do this work as they did not have the specialist equipment necessary. Historically this work had been carried out by the Rivers Authority latterly the Environment Agency but in recent years had not been carried out due to lack of funding and blockages have been allowed to build up. The culvert from the Tank Trap beneath Woods Lane is the responsibility of LCC and is blocked.  It was decided that council write to all responsible authorities, LCC, EA, Wyre and copy in our MP Ben Wallace to arrange a site meeting with council and residents to conduct a full investigation of the situation to try to resolve this level of flooding recurring.
  • Cllr Berry requested that Will Scott take on the responsibility of keeping the walkways on the common clear when they became overgrown and to do this outside of the bird nesting season. He agreed to this.   In addition, the public footpath near Carr House Farm needed to be cleared of vegetation and, after inspection with Mr Dearnaley and Cllr Danby he also agreed to do this. Cllr Berry requested that Mr Scott provide a quotation for both of these tasks.


  1. Minutes of the Last Meeting 
  • Approved as read
  1. Matters arising from the last meeting
  • A response from Ben Wallace MP and MOD has been received explaining that the increased operations at HMS Inskip are for security reasons and that there is no risk of increased frequency or radiation. 
  1. Community Event
  • A meeting is planned to discuss the details in early September for the event taking place on 27th September at YIPs. 
  1. Highways
  • No discussion
  1. Planning
  • No discussion
  1. Carrs Green
  • See above in Open Forum


  1. Wyre in Bloom
  • The WIB presentation will take place on 19th October in Bolton. Mr Lingard offered to attend.


  1. Defib check confirmation
  •      Checked and all OK


  1. Parish council admin


  • The 95 day Liquidity Manager account has been opened with a signing authority in place for any three of six authorized signatories.


Cheques presented for signature:

Chq 1376 – Newsletter printing

Chq 1377 – Printer Ink

Chq 1378 – Wyre Councill rent for Manor Road

Chq 1379 – YIPs payment for storage

Chq 1380 – Lengthsman Expenses

Chq 1381 – Clerks Wages 

  1. AOB 
  • A resident raised the issued (by email) that many hedges were overgrowing the pavements and making it difficult for pedestrians. In particular Preston Road leading down to the Derby Arms, the area surrounding Laytus Hall Farm, Manor Road, South Drive and Nelson Gardens.  Council have written or spoken to all the residents and landowners in these areas (and others previously) and hope the situation will be resolved in the near future.  Wyre Council have attended to the overhanging bushes around YIPs.