NEWSLETTER May 2022.
            The Parish Council wishes to remind everyone that their meetings are open to all residents and that there is opportunity to have your say at these meetings.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Trevor Greenwood was re-appointed Chairman of the Parish Council and Brian Mattock appointed Vice Chairman.

CO-OPTED MEMBER:


Mike Graham was co-opted onto the Parish Council. There remains one vacancy.

POLICE :


The Parish Council was concerned that the police had not attended its meetings since July 2021 and there had been no communication during that time. Concern was expressed about the problems with drug taking at Hoghton Bottoms. Sergeant Harrison from Chorley Police was aware of the problem. The Clerk will approach the Police and Crime Commissioner regarding the lack of policing and whether any officer had been appointed to cover for the secondment of the existing officer.

PHONE APP:


The County Council has introduced an app (Love Clean Streets) to report Highway Faults.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND CONCERNS:


An issue was raised about Chorley Council spending money on planting perennial mats on a number of grass verges then cutting back all the wild flowers.These verges were a magnet for bees, insects and good cover for bank voles. Cutting back them also encouraged parking by visitors at weekend.

The grass cutting contract is a County Council contract not a Chorley contract and they mow in April or May in order to get the contracted 4 cuts in per year. Unless issues like this are addressed what happens on the ground will negate the wildflower planting strategy.

Chorley Council will be asked to refrain from cutting wild flowers on verges where perennial mats have been provided.The County Council will be asked to carry out three cuts per year instead of four.

Environmental Issues and Concerns will be added to the Highways and Footpaths as a standard item on future Agendas.

QUAKER BROOK LANE/THE STRAITS - TRAFFIC:


The Cabinet at the County Council agreed the painting of yellow lines at Quaker Brook Lane, highway safety signing and increased police patrols. They did not agree to a mini roundabout but did say they would review the situation in six months. The yellow lines have been installed.

FOOTPATHS :


The County Council have given notice of a proposed diversion and closure of the footpath from Hey Barn to the housing development at Methuen Drive in South Ribble. The footpath in Brindle Lodge is overgrown and needed cutting back this would be reported to the Countryside Service.

STATION ROAD:


The County Council has been asked to expedite the cutting back of the hedge and pavement.

GIB LANE/CHAPEL LANE:


Some spraying of the footways had been carried out.

ROAD SIGN HOGHTON LANE:


The Traffic Management Team have agreed to re locate the deer sign on Hoghton Lane but it is still in the wrong position.

ROAD SIGNS


The street name plate near the bus shelter opposite the Boars Head (Preston side) is completely obscured by the vegetation and could possibly be damaged. The street sign at the entrance to Chapel Lane is missing .

Chorley Council is investigating.

BOUNDARY SIGNS:


Hoghton parish boundary signs are required to define Parish boundaries. The Northern Parishes Area Committee is considering this.

STREET AND HIGHWAY SIGNAGE CLEANING:


As part of Chorley Neighbourhood Working a commitment has been secured for street and highway signage cleaning. Chorley Council has been asked to include the signs at Valley Road and Chapel Lane.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS:


(A) DECISIONS:


The following decisions have been made since the last meeting.

1. Part two storey/part single storey rear extension (following demolition of existing two storey extension and conservatory) and elevational alterations 103 Chapel Lane. (App no 22/00134/FULHH) - Refused.

2. Part single storey/part two storey side/rear extension Bank House 4 Bolton Road (App no 22/00264/FULHH). Granted.

3. Application to discharge condition 4 (materials) attached to listed building of existing Methodist Chapel into a dwelling, including a first floor rear extension Pearson House Chapel Lane (App no 22/00176/DIS) - Granted.

4. .Application to discharge conditions nos. 5 (materials) and 6 (archaeological investigation scheme) of planning permission ref:20/00716/FUL (Conversion of existing Methodist Chapel into one dwelling, including a first floor rear extension)Pearson House Chapel Lane.(App no: 22/00318/DIS) - Granted

5. Section 73 application to vary condition 3 (approved plans)attached to planning permission 21/00965/FUL ( Erection of five dwellings and garages) in order to include dormers to all plots, estate access gates, amend materials/frontages for all plots ,re[position roof lights to all plots and amend rear gable surrounds of plots 1 - 4 Straits Farm The Straits. (App no 22/00294/FUL. - Granted.

6. Minor non-material amendment to planning permission ref: 21/01325/FULHH (single storey side/rear extension) involving the erection of a single storey side extension Wayside Quaker Brook Lane (App no 22/00448/MNMA) - Declined.

7. Two storey side extension 1 Bell Villas Gib Lane. (App no 22/00297/FULHH). Granted.

(B) . APPLICATIONS:


The following applications have been received since the last meeting of the Parish Council.

Erection of 3 dwellings following demolition of existing derelict buildings and conversion of existing shippon to a dwelling including widening of existing access Barracks Farm 1 Chapel Lane . (App no 22/00451/FUL).

Application to discharge conditions 4 (drainage strategy) 5 (materials schedule) 6 (boundary treatment plan) 14 (site access and off highway works) and 16 (traffic management plan) attached to planning permission 21/01054/FUL (erection of dwellinghouse) Straits Farm The Straits (App no 22/00552/DIS).

NOTICE BOARD:


The notice board at Viaduct Road is to be repaired.

BENCHES


Some of the benches require attention. The one at Hoghton Bottoms needs repairing and the one at the entrance to Chapel Lane replaced.

CHORLEY STREETSCENE STRATEGY 2022 - 2025:


Chorley Council’s revised Streetscene Strategy has been published. The following comments have been made:-

1. Reference was made twice refer to working with Parish Councils but do not describe how.In the ‘High Level Timetable’ there was no mention of Parish Councils. How would working with Parish Councils happen?

2.Will Chorley also consul key local experts such as Chorley and District Natural History Society) who record flora and fauna in the area.

3. On rubbish bins there had been a request for a bin under the Viaduct beyond the end of Viaduct Road.This was refused by Chorley on the grounds it was “too far and too heavy to carry a waste bag”. Instead a dustbin was retrieved from the river and was emptied by a resident incidentally there is a rubbish bin across the river at the end of Valley Road that is a similar distance than that requested at the Viaduct. How does this fit into a future strategy?

DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday 4th July 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in Holy Trinity Church Hall Blackburn Old Road.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.

A COPY OF THE FULL MINUTES OFTHE MEETING CAN BE VIEWED ON THE PARISH COUNCIL`S WEBSITE - www.hoghtonpc.info

TONY HARKNESS CLERK. MAY 2022.