Members present:

Peter Hook, Ian Jackson, John F. Kay, Michael Price, Gillian Price, Iain S Gerrard & Nick Andrews.

1. The meeting opened at 7.00 pm with Chairman Peter Hook welcoming everyone

2. Apologies for absence: Shaun Clancy, Julian Farnell, Ann Stott, Angie Walker & Carl Clancy.

3. Submissions for Any Other Business:Nick Andrews re submission of Constitution to Charities Commission

4. Matters arising from previous minutes:

• Peter Hook has spoken to Sue Oakley re planning application for Rake Inn Littleborough. Sue will advise on materials etc. to be used if planning is approved.
• Ian Jackson has had no feedback from Lancashire Wildlife Trust re bat survey at Proofings despite contacting them on two occasions.
• Removal of old signage – LEAF has been approached regarding removal but two signs are still visible in the Hollingworth Lake area.
• Gillian Price raised the issue of members being charged £2.00 to attend the meeting with Tony Lloyd and suggested this should not be charged, any costs from the event being funded from Littleborough Civic Trust monies to try to encourage as many members to attend. This was agreed. Should any members of the public wish to attend they can apply for membership of the Littleborough Civic Trust but this would not guarantee them entry to the meeting, they would have to have their membership approved first.

5. Treasurers Report - John F Kay

Littleborough Civic Trust: £2456.34
Canalside Development Group: £1779.82

Nick Andrews presented John F. Kay with an invoice for services provided by Hare Hill House.

6. Planning ApplicationsAll

• There is to be a public meeting on Saturday 16th September to discuss the proposal by the Vicar of St. Barnabas Church to change the covenant covering a piece of land at Ealees which was left for the use of children of Littleborough. After much discussion, it was agreed that at this stage Littleborough Civic Trust should not get formally involved but Ian Jackson will attend the meeting as a representative of the Littleborough Civic Trust to glean further information as to the actual proposals for the land.
• Peter Hook has been approached by Bernice as to Littleborough Civic Trust's thoughts on updating/re-designing the notice board on Station Approach. Members agreed this could be a good idea to help promote the work of Littleborough Civic Trust and Peter Hook was asked to gather further information.
• Lancashire Wildlife Trust informed Ian Jackson that there are local groups who may want to get involved in the Bat Survey for the site. He is awaiting contact details. See point 2 at Item 4 above.

7. Littleborough Canalside Development Group - John F. Kay

The group has received a letter of ‘approval in principle’ for the mooring of the Café Boat. Planning consent can now be applied for and this will be discussed at their next meeting on the 19th. September. It is intended to issue a press release for information to the general public

8. News/Events

Members were asked to put forward suggestions to Iain S. Gerrard/Angie Walker as to what exactly they should be putting on the website.

9. Flood Resilience Group update - Michael Price

The group did not meet in September due to holidays but are due to meet on the 2nd October 2017.

10. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly scheme

Ian Jackson proposed that this should be a standing item on the agenda and that members could become involved in putting forward suggestions in any with a vote at the end of the year to decide on whom/what should get an award.

There is still unrest regarding the yellow and black signage on the listed railway arch and the advertising hoarding at the same location. Iain S. Gerrard stated that his last attempts for Rockdale Metropolitan Borough Council Planning Department to rectify it came to nothing.

Peter Hook will contact Civic Voice and Historic England to see if we are able to do something about the arches.

11. Littleborough Civic Trust visit to Chester - John F. Kay

John F. Kay stated that some tickets had been sold but acknowledged that there was still time for more uptake

12. Any Other Business

• The application for Littleborough Civic Trust to have charitable status has been submitted. We await approval which could take up to 40 working days.

• Ian Jackson informed the meeting that he has received a letter of thanks from Mr. Wroe for Littleborough Civic Trust's support in his planning application.

Next meeting 10th October 2017. At 7.00pm at Hare Hill House.

Ian Jackson
Littleborough Civic Trust