Minutes 1 December 2020

Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting

This meeting was held online due to the Covid 19 pandemic


Councillors: Leo Kolassa, Sandra Baxter, Maria Bennett, Bob McCann, Michael Walsh and Michael Weild.

In Attendance: Mrs C Jenkins (Clerk) and 0 member of public

21.0 Apologies for Absence

There were apologies received from Cllr Irving.

22.0 Members Declaration of Interest

There were no interests declared.

23.0 Public Forum

The meeting was adjourned for this item

There were no members of public requesting to address the council.

The meeting was reconvened

24.0 Minutes of the Previous Meeting

The minutes of the Ordinary meeting held on 14 July 2020 were approved as a correct record and the Clerk will be arrange for them to be signed by the Chairman.

25.0 Matters of Report from Previous Meeting

The were no matters of report from the previous meeting.

26.0 Planning Applications

26.1 Liverpool Road Site

It was noted that there were many objections to the removal of the remaining section of hedgerow on Liverpool Road, adjoining the new development site area. The planning officer responsible has advised that the hedge was not deemed to be of “significant importance”, and it was included in the original approved planning application to be removed to provide the permanent access road. Following the creation of the permanent site access road and the stopping up of the temporary site access, the first section of hedgerow that was removed will be replanted with plants that are “further on” to include hawthorn, hazel, and field maple. Cllrs questioned why there is a mixture of species rather than using hawthorn only. It was agreed to write to planning to question this and to ask who will own the hedge and maintain it.

26.2 Members noted the weekly lists of planning applications as per Sefton Council’s website.

27.0 To discuss and resolve the following:

27.1 To approve a contribution of £100 to Formby Parish Council for the noise consultant fees.

Members discussed the problems of noise and vibration resulting from the Liverpool Road development during piling activity. Following several complaints received from residents, Formby Parish Council have engaged the services of a noise consultant and are in discussions with Environmental Health to try and take action to influence the choice of piling machinery and for the developers to introduce noise mitigation measures during these periods of activity. At present Formby Parish Council are awaiting a quote for undertaking a noise survey report to inform this discussion. The development site is in Little Altcar parish area and the site is bordered by both parishes.

It was resolved to approve the £100 contribution to Formby Parish Council for the noise consultant fees.

27.2 To approve a contribution of £100 to Formby Parish Council for the Village Christmas Tree and lights display.

It was resolved to approve the contribution of £100 to Formby Parish Council for the Village Christmas Tree and lights display.

27.3 To discuss the purchase of a 3-tier planter for the grass verge fronting the Liverpool Road shops and an annual contribution to Formby Parish Council for the planting and maintenance.

Members noted that Formby Parish Council have a contract for planting, maintaining, and watering of the planters and barrier baskets in the village centre, Redgate and the Library. It was noted that Sefton Highways have informed the grass verge is unadopted, so the Clerk will need to do some more investigation before ordering the planter.

It was resolved to approve an earmarked reserve of £900 for the purchase of a planter and associated installing, filling with compost, planting and maintaining and for an ongoing planting and maintenance budget allocation.

27.4 To discuss budget proposals for 2021/22

The Clerk reported that a draft budget proposal has been sent to members to review and comment on prior to the January meeting when the budget will be presented for approval and the precept determined for 2021/22.

28.0 Chairman’s Report

It was reported that the Chairman had attended the memorials in Formby and Great Altcar to lay the poppy wreaths, although this year there were no ceremonies due to the on-going pandemic.

The Chairman wished everyone good health and to stay safe during the festive season.

29.0 To Authorise Payments

It was resolved to approve the payments as listed

  1. Formby Parish Council Clerks services £500
  2. Royal British Legion poppy appeal £35.50

30.0 Date of Next Meeting

In line with the emergency legislation meetings will be held online when necessary and published on the website at www.littlealtcar-pc.gov.uk.

The next meeting will be on 5 January 2021.

Members of the press and public are cordially invited to attend