Members present:

Peter Hook, Ian Jackson, John F Kay, Michael Price, Gillian Price,
Iain S Gerrard, Nick Andrews, Shaun Clancy, Carl Clancy, Ann Stott & Janet Emnsley.

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

2. Apologies for absence: Julian Farnell & Angie Walker

3. Submissions for Any Other Business:Barker's Wood; Subscriptions; LCT Website; Visit to York

4. Matters arising from previous minutes: The minutes were agreed with no matters arising

5. Treasurers Report - John F Kay
Littleborough Civic Trust funds: £2081.34
Canalside: £1779.82
Membership fees for 2018 are now due (Peter Hook to put a reminder in the newsletter).
Some fees have been received directly into the Littleborough Civic Trust account. Five members paid at the meeting.

6. North West Association of Civic Trusts and Societies (NWACTS)
Membership is now due at £25 per annum. Peter Hook to send members information for consideration to join. Decision to be made at next meeting. John F Kay informed the group that our Civic Voice membership was due. All agreed to continue with this membership.

7. Mr. Buchan visit to Littleborough
A Mr Buchan has contacted Ian Jackson, indicating he would like to visit Littleborough. He apparently travels around the UK visiting villages and wishes to see Littleborough. Janet Emsley has volunteered to be his guide. Ian Jackson to contact him regarding dates etc.

8. Conservation Area Group
This group has met with Sue Oakley from RMBC for advice. They will produce a plan of the Co-Op housing area around Bare Hill Street and submit it for inclusion in the Conservation Area. There should also be no problem incorporating Hare Hill Park.

9. City of Trees/Woodland Trust - Peter Hook
The City of Trees are unable to come to a meeting to discuss the M62 corridor proposals of extensive planting.
We have not had a reply from Woodland Trust as yet.
The Flood Resilience Group will put this item on their agenda to discuss, to see if the National Flood Forum/Environment Agency could become involved in where the trees may be planted to help ease the flood risk in Littleborough and surrounding areas.

10. Planning Applications - All

Peter Hook requested that all members be more vigilant/actively involved in monitoring the RMBC planning section of its website.

11. Littleborough Canalside Development Group - John F Kay
The required planning application for the café boat is now completed and John F Kay will submit to the planning department at RMBC.
The building at Schofield Street is apparently full, therefore, unless the current tenant/RMBC take action, there is no room for the boat to be housed there during refurbishment.
A proposal was put forward to possibly use the old carriage house on the site next to Hare Hill House. Canalside Development Group will discuss this option at their next meeting.

12. Flood Resilience Group update
There are a number of questions that the group would like answering so the NFF representative is arranging a multi-agency meeting to discuss the issues raised. The group will report back when this meeting has taken place.

13. Local Signage Group
A ‘Tourist Trail’ map has already been completed. Once this is in place the group will look at the signage on the approaches to Littleborough.

14. News/Events
Angie Walker has put together an action list for ‘Rock in the Park'. It was suggested that a sub-group be formed to take this project forward as it will need stringent co-ordination.
Ann Stott will enquire as to rules and regulations as to alcohol in the park.

15. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly scheme
No more entries received. Photographs and descriptions under each category will be put on the website for perusal by members and a decision will be taken at the next meeting as to the award winners.

16. Civic Voice Workshop - Engaging with young people
There is a workshop in Manchester on 1st May that members are invited to Peter Hook, Michael Prive and Gillian Price will attend.

17. Any Other Business

Next Meeting 13th March 2018 at 7.00pm at Hare Hill House.

Ian Jackson
Littleborough Civic Trust