Minutes of meeting held 11th October 2016 at Hare Hill House, Littleborough

Members present:

Peter Hook, Ian Jackson, John Kay, Michael Price, Gillian Price, Councillor Ann Stott, Carl Clancy, Clive Jones & Vivienne Ashworth (Littleborough Neighbourhood Forum).

1. The meeting opened with the Chairman Peter Hook welcoming everyone.

2. Apologies for Absence were received from: Iain S. Gerrard, Shaun Clancy, Nick Andrews & Angie Walker

3. The previous minutes of 13 September were agreed, with no matters arising.

4. Treasurer's Report - John Kay.

John Kay informed the meeting that the Littleborough Civic Trust has four new members who have paid a total of £20. Interest from Yorkshire Bank ~ £1.89. Total balance of £2087.98

5. Constitution - Nick Andrews.

Nick Andres had sent out Constitution and Charity Commission Application to members for perusal prior to the meeting.

Clive Jones asked for his name to be removed from Trustee list.

Agreed Membership Fee of £10 (from 1st January) to be included in document with amendments to be made by Nick Andrews and documents to be submitted for ratification.

6. Planning Applications - Peter Hook

Barkers Wood – contact has been made with the solicitor involved and executors of Mrs Barker’s estate will try to establish if Littleborough Civic Trustt can become custodians - ongoing. In the Guide Book of Barkers Wood there is a section that states Littleborough Civic Trust has ownership of the wood. Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council are restoring the part of the road that had already been altered by previous developers.

Local residents are forming a group to be known as Friends of Barkers Wood

Proofing’s site - Change of design submitted, no progress on toxicity survey

7. Walkers are Welcome - Peter Hook

The group will begin to re-walk the routes identified by the documents given to Littleborough Civic Trust by John Street with a view to updating the information; essentially to determine if the routes are still in existence/accessible.

8. Littleborough Canalside Development Group - Iain Jackson/John Kay

John Kay gave an update on the feasibility of a 'Butty Boat'. It would require the necessary licences to operate and structural work would be required to bring it up to standard.

Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council have issued a licence to an individual to collect monies for a Canalside Cafe. Littlebrough Civic Trust has severed all connections with this project.

9. Flood Group Update

Greater Manchester Resilience, a group consisting of Local Authorities and emergency services have arranged a meeting this month to update interested parties on available equipment and training opportunities. Four members will attend the meeting.

10. Extraordinary General Meeting

This meeting is to go ahead as planned on 29th November 2016, 7 pm at Hare Hill House.

11. Membership Update

A downloadable application form to be put on the LCT website.

Various options for payment were discussed i.e. standing order, direct debit, cash, PayPal, with a mailshot for renewal to be sent to all members mid-November. Fees payable 1st January 2017.

12. Littleborough Neighbourhood Forum

The Forum is in a weak state with lack of membership. Discussion took place as to it becoming a sub-group of Littleborough Civic Trust. A Public Meeting had been planned for 5th November. This is to be cancelled and a meeting held with interested parties to discuss the way forward.

13. Any Other Business.

Ian Jackson proposed formulating an ‘action plan’ for items decided upon at Committee meetings. To be circulated.

The meeting closed on schedule with the date of the next meeting being announced as at 7pm at Hare Hill House on the 8th November 2016.

Ian Jackson
Littleborough Civic Trust