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					                     MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE
                    COLNE AND DISTRICT COMMITTEE
                      HELD AT COLNE TOWN HALL
                           ON 10th MAY, 2007

                                 PRESENT –


Councillors        Co-optees

C. A. Belshaw      Mr. R. Bucknell (Laneshawbridge Parish Council)
P. Boyle
D. Clegg
A. P. Davies
S. E. Davies
A. R. Greaves
A. M. Kerrigan
D. E. Lord
G. Roach
H. P. Thomas
V. Vaughan
D. Whalley

(Apologies for absence were received from Councillor A. P. Hurst, Graham
Wharton (Colne Town Centre Regeneration Forum), Melva Burton (Trawden
Forest Parish Council) and Rev. Tony Rindl (Colne Connected)).
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The following persons attended and spoke on the items indicated.

Mr. Walin             13/07/0008P Retention of spray booth Minute No. 8(a)
Mr. O’Connor          fume extraction flues (re-submission)
                      at North Valley Road Garage, Windsor
                      Street, Colne

Mr. R. O’Connor       13/07/0246P Construct dormer to front Minute No. 8(a)
                      (re-submission) at 28 Glen Street,
                      Colne

Mr. J. Collinson      13/07/0247P Erection of dwelling for     Minute No. 8(a)
                      agricultural worker (re-submission) at
                      Far Laithe Farm, Coal Pit Lane, Colne

Ian Robinson          Nelson Street Car Park, Colne            Minute No. 16

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1.                      APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRMAN

RESOLVED

That Councillor S. E. Davies be appointed as Chairman of the Committee for
the Municipal Year 2007/2008.

              Councillor S. E. Davies (Chairman – in the Chair)

2.                      DECLARATION OF INTEREST

Members were reminded of the requirements of the Member Code of Conduct
concerning the declaration of interests. The following person declared a
personal but non prejudicial interest in the following item:-

Councillor D. Whalley       Capital Programme – Pendle         Minute No. 12
                            Leisure Trust

Councillor P. Boyle         Basil Street Allotments            Minute No. 21

The following person declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the
following item and withdrew from the meeting:-

Councillor P. Boyle         Problem Sites – Hycrome            Minute No. 17

3.                        PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

Ingrid Corbridge presented a petition on behalf of residents in the Chatham
Street/Townley Street/Dickson Street and Montague Street area of Colne
requesting the introduction of traffic calming measures in this area.

RESOLVED

That the petition be referred to Lancashire Locals Pendle.

Ian Robinson asked if consideration could be given to identifying new
Conservation Areas and for existing ones to be extended. It was suggested
that the heritage sites be included in the South Valley Masterplan and that any
other areas of interest be referred to the Planning and Building Control
Manager.

Mr. McCollum from Ruskin Avenue, Colne expressed concern that the CCTV
camera in the area which had been erected some 18 months ago was still not
operating. The Chairman explained that the camera was managed by
Housing Pendle but connection was the responsibility of United Utilities. It
was agreed that a letter be sent to United Utilities requesting progress be
made on the connection of the camera as soon as possible.

Mr. McCollum also expressed concern that United Utilities had failed to repair
the footpaths and grass verges in the Ruskin Avenue area following the


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installation of new water pipes. It was also acknowledged that similar works in
other areas of Colne had been left in a worse condition prior to any works
being undertaken. It was agreed that a letter be sent to the County Council
requesting that they investigate the issue and that comments be reported
back to this Committee or Lancashire Locals Pendle.

4(a).                             MINUTES

RESOLVED

That the Minutes of this Committee at the meeting held on 12th April, 2007 be
approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.

4(b).                      PROGRESS REPORT

A progress report on action arising from the last meeting was submitted, for
information.

5.                 APPOINTMENT OF VICE CHAIRMAN

RESOLVED

That Councillor H. P. Thomas be appointed Vice Chairman of the Committee
for the Municipal Year 2007/2008.

6.                    APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTEES

RESOVLED

That the Co-optees be appointed for the ensuing Municipal Year from the
following organisations:

    Foulridge Parish Council (Mr. F. Allanson)
    Colne Town Centre Regeneration Forum (Mr. G. Wharton)
    Trawden Forest Parish Council (M. Burton)
    Laneshaw Bridge Parish Council (Mr. R. Bucknell)
    Colne Connected (Rev. T. Rindl)

7.                            POLICE ISSUES

Inspector Puttock reported that all crime for the month of April was up 6%,
vehicle crime was down by 20%, damage was down 16% and that there was
no increase in burglaries from dwellings. Violent crime was however up by
30% but two main offenders were now in custody.

It was also reported that a Neighbourhood Policing event was scheduled for
23rd May at the Asda store in Colne. The Drugs Unit were operating in the
town and they had recently executed 7 warrants. Quantities of drugs had
been seized at a number of locations. There had been no reported incidents
involving taxi drivers recently but the Police continued to patrol the town


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centre in taxis on a Friday night. Monthly meetings continued to be held with
the taxi trade and the Police.

The Committee acknowledged the progress made by the Police in almost
reaching its target of a 17.5% reduction in crime by 2008. The work of all
partners involved in achieving this reduction was also acknowledged.

8.                       PLANNING APPLICATIONS

(a) Applications to be determined

13/07/0008P Retention of spray booth fume extracting flues (re-
            submission) at North Valley Road Garage, Windsor Street,
            Colne for C. J. Hardie & Son Ltd.

RESOLVED

That this item be deferred for a site visit followed by a meeting with the
owners, local residents, relevant officers and members of this Committee.

REASON

To establish the level of noise being experienced by local residents.


13/07/0223P Convert building into offices, erect balcony to south and
            form car parking area at St. Ursula (Chapel of Ease), Bright
            Street, Trawden for Mr. J. Ansell

It was reported that the Applicant had withdrawn the application prior to the
meeting.


13/07/0246P Construct dormer to front (re-submission) at 28 Glen Street,
            Colne for Mr. R. O’Connor

RESOLVED

That planning permission be granted subject to the expiry of the consultation
period and subject to the following conditions and reasons:

1.   The development permitted shall be begun before the expiration of three
     years from the date of the permission.

     Reason: This condition is required to be imposed by virtue of Section
             91(1) of the Town and country Planning Act, 1990.

REASON




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Section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004 requires
that applications be determined in accordance with the development
plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The proposed
dormer is acceptable in terms of design, size, scale and siting and would
present no detrimental impact to the street scene or to neighbouring
residential amenities. The development therefore complies with the
development plan. There is a positive presumption in favour of
approving the development and there are no material reasons to object
to the application.


13/07/0247P Erection of dwelling for agricultural worker (re-submission)
            at Far Laithe Farm, Coal Pit Lane, Colne for Mr. J. Collinson

RESOLVED

That planning permission be granted subject to the expiry of the consultation
period and subject to the following conditions and reasons:

1.   Approval of the details of the scale and appearance of the building and
     the landscaping of the site (hereinafter called “the reserved matters”)
     shall be obtained from the Local Planning Authority, in writing, before any
     development is commenced.

     Reason: In order to comply with the provisions of Article 1(2) of the
             Town and country Planning (General Development Procedure)
             Order 1995.

2.   Application for approval of reserved matters shall be made to the Local
     Planning Authority before the expiration of three years from the date of
     this permission.

     Reason: To comply with the provisions of Section 91 of the Town and
             Country Planning Act, 1990.

3.   The development hereby permitted shall be begun either before the
     expiration of five years from the date of this permission, or before the
     expiration of two years from the date of approval of the last of the
     reserved matters to be approved, whichever is the later.

     Reason: To comply with the provisions of Section 92 of the Town and
             Country Planning Act, 1990.

4.   The occupation f the dwelling hereby permitted shall be limited to a
     person solely or mainly employed, or last employed, in the locality in
     agriculture as defined in Section 336(1) of the Town and Country
     Planning Act, 1990 or in forestry, or any dependants of such a person
     residing with him, or a widow or widower of such a person.




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     Reason: The site is in an area where new dwellings are not normally
             permitted except where there is an overriding need in the
             interests of agriculture or forestry.

5.   No part of the development hereby approved shall commence until the
     access onto Coal Pit Lane has been improved as to provide a visibility
     splay of 2 x 45m in each direction, which shall thereafter be retained and
     kept clear of obstruction at all times.

     Reason: In order to ensure satisfactory visibility splays are provided in
             the interests of highway safety.

REASON

Section 38 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, 2004 requires
that applications be determined in accordance with the development
plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The proposed
dwelling is acceptable in terms of siting and access and it qualifies as
an agricultural workers dwelling as an exception to the housing
moratorium under Policy 17 of the Pendle Replacement Local Plan. The
development therefore complies with the development plan. There is a
positive presumption in favour of approving the development and there
are no material reasons to object to the application.


(b) Decisions taken in accordance with the delegation scheme

The Planning Manager submitted a report giving details of applications which
had been determined in accordance with the delegation scheme.

(c) Outstanding planning applications

The Planning Manager reported details of planning applications received
which had not been determined within eight weeks.

(d) Planning appeals

The Planning Manager submitted a report relating to outstanding planning
appeals.

9.               ENFORCEMENT/UNAUTHORISED USES

(a) Outstanding enforcements

The Planning Manager submitted a report listing enforcement cases not
previously reported to the Committee or where action had not yet been
authorised.




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(b) Update on enforcement matters

The Democratic and Legal Services Manager submitted a report giving the
up-to-date position on enforcement matters.

10.                     PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

The Planning and Building Control Manager submitted, for information, details
of performance indicators in relation to the determination of planning
applications from 1st January, 2007 to 24th April, 2007.

11.               PRIMET BRIDGE CONSERVATION AREA

The Planning and Building Control Manager submitted a report which
reviewed the above Conservation Area. The review had been carried out in
accordance with Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and
Conservation Areas) Act 1990.

RESOLVED

That the review of the Primet Bridge Conservation Area appraisal be
approved.

REASON

In the interests of continuing to preserve and enhance this area of
special historical and architectural interest and landscape value.

(Councillor D. Whalley declared a personal but non prejudicial interest in the
following item).

12.                  CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2007/2008

The Engineering and Special Projects Manager submitted a report on the
Committee‟s Capital Programme for 2006/2007.

RESOLVED

(1)   That £1,000 be allocated for the refurbishment of street nameplates.

(2)   That £2,000 be allocated towards the cost of street entertainers during
      this year‟s Blues Festival.

(3)   That £4,000 be allocated towards the cost of undertaking a Business
      Plan for a new youth centre in Waterside.

(4)   That the retiring Trustee of the Waterside Youth Centre, Edgar
      Hepworth, be invited to a presentation prior to the next meeting of this
      Committee, in recognition of the work he has undertaken with young
      people over the past 30 years.


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REASONS

(1)   To allocate the Committee’s Capital Programme effectively.
(2)   To acknowledge Mr. Edgar’s contribution over the past 30 years.

13.                 FESTIVE DECORATIONS 2007/2008

The Engineering and Special Projects Manager submitted a report which
analysed the financial implications for Colne festive decorations for 2007/2008
and outlined options for new decorations and the cost implications.

RESOLVED

That this item be deferred and a meeting be arranged as soon as possible to
consider the report in more detail.

REASON

To discuss the issue in more detail.

14.            BUS SHELTERS ON BURNLEY ROAD, COLNE

Following a request made at the last meeting the Engineering and Special
Projects Manager submitted a report in relation to bus shelters on Burnley
Road, Colne (£20,000 available via Section 106 ref. IA007).

The Council was responsible for the provision of bus shelters but this was
discretionary and not a duty. With regards to funding there was a revenue
budget of £13,200 for the Colne and District Area and £10,000 via the
Council‟s Asset Management capital allocation. The County Council also
provided capital funding via its Local Transport Plan.

RESOLVED

(1)   That a Member/Officer Working Group be established to consider the
      allocation of the £20,000 available for improvement/replacement of bus
      shelters on Burnley Road, Colne.

(2)   That the Chairman, in consultation with the Engineering and Special
      Projects Manager, be granted delegated authority to allocate the £20,000
      referred to in (1) above.

(3)   That the Member/Officer Working Group also determine whether or not
      there is a need for any improvement/replacement bus shelters in the
      Colne and District area.

REASON

(1)   To ensure the Section 106 money is allocated appropriately.


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(2)   To improve the bus shelter provision in the area.

15.    TRAFFIC ISSUES AT SKIPTON OLD ROAD/LIDGETT, COLNE

This item appeared at the request of Councillor A. Davies following concerns
from local residents about the excessive speed of vehicles and highway safety
on Skipton Old Road/Lidget, Colne.

A response from the County Council in relation to these concerns stated that
there had been a limited number of reported injury accidents in the previous
five years for this area and as such it was unlikely that funding would be
available for traffic calming measures via the County Council Local Safety
Scheme Budget. A traffic count had been undertaken and indicated that
85%‟ile speeds (taken west of bent Lane) were reported as 36 mph (towards
Skipton) and 33 mph (towards Colne).

Skipton Old Road had been included within the County Council‟s suggested
Sites of Community Concern (mobile speed enforcement) but the Police had
indicated that there wasn‟t a suitable location for a mobile camera due to the
bends in the road.

RESOLVED

That this issue be referred to Lancashire Local Pendle for consideration.

REASON

In the interests of both pedestrian and vehicular safety.

16.                NELSON STREET CAR PARK, COLNE

This item appeared at the request of Councillor T. Greaves. Local residents
had expressed concern at the erection of new lighting on the car park. They
felt that the number of lighting columns erected was excessive, they were also
concerned about the intensity of the lighting and felt that they weren‟t
appropriate in a residential setting.

RESOLVED

(1)   That this Committee confirms that lighting is required on Nelson Street
      Car Park.

(2)   That the Engineering and Special Projects Manager be requested to
      submit a report to the next meeting on a revised scheme of lighting for
      the car park.

REASON

In response to concerns raised by local residents.



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(Councillor P. Boyle declared a personal and prejudicial interest in the
following item and withdrew from the meeting during discussions relating to
the former Hycrome site).

17.                            PROBLEM SITES

The Engineering and Special Projects Manager submitted a report on problem
sites in the area.

RESOLVED

(1)   That with regard to the former Hycrome site, a meeting be sought with
      the owner and his agent to discuss the issue further.

(2)   That with regard to the Old School House, Exchange Street the owners
      be invited to meet with Members to discuss their proposals for the
      premises as soon as possible.

(3)   That with regard to 2 Exchange Street, Colne a report on possible S215
      action be submitted to the next meeting.

(4)   That a report on the condition of 11 Hartley Street, Colne be submitted to
      the next meeting with a view to it being added to the Problem Sites list.

(5)   That reports on Blucher Street, Zion Joinery Works, Foulridge Wharf,
      Hollin Hall, Knotts Lane site and 2 Sutherland Street be noted.

REASON

To move progress with the former Hycrome site and the Old School
House premises.

18.              ROSEMERE, SKIPTON ROAD, FOULRIDGE

Following a request made at the last meeting the Engineering and Special
Projects Manager submitted a report on the condition of the above premises.
The building appeared to be structurally sound although the windows were in
a poor condition with paint flaking off and there was rubble in the garden.

RESOLVED

That this item be deferred pending receipt of comments from Foulridge Parish
Council.

19.                  UPDATE – KNOTTS DRIVE, COLNE

The Planning and Building Control Manager submitted a report which
provided an update on the „Gateway‟ site into Knotts Drive and the land
referred to as „the pond area‟.



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A feasibility study had been undertaken by the Parks and Recreation Manager
for the land adjacent to the substation. The owners had been asked if they
would be willing to give the land to the council for maintenance but no
response had been received.

Discussions had been held with the owners of the pond site and the report
referred to legal issues between the current owner and the previous owners in
terms of the legal responsibilities for maintaining the land. The developers
had indicated that they would be amenable to a land transfer but no progress
from the owners had been made.

RESOLVED

(1)   That a report be submitted to the next meeting setting out the options for
      the compulsory purchase of the land adjacent to the electricity sub
      station including a scheme for community use of the land. In the
      meantime a meeting be arranged with the owners of the site and
      members of this Committee to discuss the issue further.

(2)   That a report on the pond site be submitted to the next meeting and the
      owners be invited to meet with members of this Committee to discuss the
      issue further.

(3)   That a public footpath sign be erected where the footpath to the pond
      leaves Knotts Drive.

(4)   That a public footpath sign be erected at the junction of Knotts Drive and
      Knotts Mount.

REASONS

To move progress on matters that have been ongoing for some time.

20.          RAILWAY STATION AND A LINK TO BOUNDARY
                          MILL STORES

The Planning and Building Control Manager submitted a report following
receipt of a request from the County Council for payment of money towards
works undertaken to the Railway Station at Colne. £30,000 had been agreed
via a Section 106 Agreement to be given over to works for the improvement of
the Railway Station. The County Council had however carried out works for
the provision of the passenger shelters prior to any agreement with the
Council.

The draft design of the CCTV scheme and footway link between the Railway
Station and Boundary Mill Stores was being undertaken by the Engineering
and Special Projects Manager. Details of the link would be submitted to a
future meeting of this Committee.




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RESOLVED

(1)   That the progress on the design of the CCTV scheme and footway link
      be noted.

(2)   That the decision to pay towards works undertaken at the Railway
      Station be deferred pending the completion of the footpath links to
      Boundary Mill Stores.

REASON

To establish how much money is left following the footpath links works.

(Councillor P. Boyle declared a personal but non prejudicial interest in the
following item).

21.                     BASIL STREET ALLOTMENTS

The Chief Executive‟s Policy Unit Manager submitted a report on the current
and future management of the Basil Street Allotments. The project had been
managed by Pendle Productive Landscapes which was part of the Lancashire
Wildlife Trust. National Lottery funding had been secured for three years but
this had ended in March 2007. The site had been subjected to some
vandalism and concern had been expressed as to the ongoing maintenance
and management of the site.

Pendle Productive Landscapes were seeking additional funding from the
National Lottery Target: Well Being funding stream and the outcome of the bid
would be known by the end of June. The outcome of the bid would be
reported to a future meeting.

RESOLVED

That the progress made be noted.

22.     BUNKERS HILL GARAGE SITE AND ALLOTMENTS, COLNE

The Property Services Manager submitted a report which detailed the current
position regarding the proposed closure of the above garage site and
allotments. The garage structures and allotments had been neglected for
some time and the site had experienced anti-social behaviour, non-authorised
vehicular repair and vehicle dismantling activity.

The report stated that Notices had been served on the tenants of the garages,
expiring on 2nd July, 2007 and allotments, expiring on 6th April, 2008. The
report also identified a number of short to medium term uses of the land once
possession had been obtained.




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The Committee acknowledged that the preferred option was to clear the
garage site and allow the creation of smaller garden allotments with car
parking for the local community.

RESOLVED

That a public meeting be arranged to explore the options further.

REASON

To establish what level of interest there is in the creation of smaller
garden allotments.

23.                WINEWALL INGHAMITE GRAVEYARD

The Democratic and Legal Services Manager submitted a report following the
development conversion of the Chapel into three dwellings and the erection of
a block of three garages. The graveyard had been transferred to the Council
subject to it being held in trust to allow the enjoyment by the public as an open
space and to maintain the open space and the burial ground in a good and
decent state.

During the registering of the converted dwellings to the Land Registry a
number of problems had been identified. Part of the garage block had been
built on the trust land; an additional 660 square metres of the trust land had
been tarmarcademend without any authority; no rights had been passed on to
the Council to cross the land owned by the residents of the converted
property, nor had any rights been granted for the residents to use the trust
land for manoeuvring or parking of their vehicles.

RESOLVED

(1)   That in respect of the encroachment of part of the garage block on to the
      trust land, Liberata UK Limited be instructed to value the land, that the
      consent of the Chairty Commission be requested to the sale of the land
      to the occupier of the garage and that terms be negotiated for the sale.

(2)   That an alternative access to the graveyard as described in paragraph
      9(b) in the report be approved.

REASON

To resolve the current issues concerning Winewall Inghamite Graveyard.

24.                 10 GRINDLESTONE HURST, COLNE

This item appeared at the request of Councillor T. Greaves. It was reported
that the premises had been sold and therefore no further discussion ensued.




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25.               COLNE TOWN CENTRE WALKABOUT
                        PROGRESS REPORT

A progress report on actions identified during the town centre walkabout on
18th March was submitted for information.

RESOLVED

That this item be discussed further at the meeting to be arranged regarding
Festive Decorations (minute 13 refers).

26.         LANCASHIRE LOCALS – UPDATE ON DECISIONS

An extract from the Minutes of the Lancashire Locals Pendle meeting held on
28th March, 2007 was submitted for information.

27.                     COLNE MARKETS PANEL

The Minutes of a meeting of the Colne Markets Panel held on 4th April, 2007
was submitted for information.

RESOLVED

That the Capital Programme and Asset Management Working Group be
asked to consider allocating some funding towards the refurbishment of the
ladies toilets in the Market Hall at Colne.

28.                    MISCELLANEOUS MINUTES

Minutes of meetings of Colne In Bloom, Colne Neighbourhood Action Group
and Colne Connected were submitted for information.

29.                       OUTSTANDING ITEMS

Town Centre and off Street Parking (P. Atkinson)
Knotts Lane - Landscaping (N. Watson/C. Patten)
Cycle Way from South Valley to Laneshaw Bridge (P. Atkinson)
Residents Only Parking Scheme on Brown Street West, Colne (P. Atkinson)
Residents Only Parking Scheme Elm/Varley Streets, Colne (P. Atkinson)
Information Signs (P. Atkinson)
Land at Corporation Street, Colne (Libra Textiles – Brownfield Fund) D.
Morris
Landscaping Schemes in Vivary Bridge (C. Patten)
Land East of Corporation Street and Colne Railway Station (I. Stackhouse)
Re-Aligning of Junction Vivary Way/Barrowford Road, Colne (P. Atkinson)
Lighted Footpaths (ref. IA013) (S. Whalley)
Old School House, Exchange Street, Colne (A. Pomfret)
Old Destructor Yard Caravan/Garage Site, Colne (T. Brown)




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