Ainsworth Community Assoc mins 5 July
|Author: Ainsworth Community Association||Published: 5th August 2012 09:57|
AINSWORTH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
Held on Thursday 5th July 2012 at 7.30pm in the Unitarian Schoolroom, Knowsley Rd
Present: A Moss (Chair), G Hartley (Sec), M Varnom (Treas), A Orthe, J Bell, K Wardle, L Ashworth, Rev D Thomson, Cllr P Bury, Cllr L Lewis, Cllr S Briggs. C Peat
Other residents of Ainsworth present - Mrs J Ellis, Mrs Bleakley
1/. Apologies S Horrocks, J Lees, GE Parker, T McDonough, S Penketh
Bridleways - Mrs C Peat, (British Horse Soc. NW Bridleways Officer) attended to answer questions arising from the proposal to seek to redefine the south aspect of Ainsworth Hall Rd from footpath to bridleway. She outlined the process and asserted that the case would be considered solely on fact appertaining to the historic use. In answer to questions , she confirmed that the 3 gates across the road all had side passage for horses if closed and did not impinge on the case , nor would they be required to be removed if the application was successful to change the status to bridleway. She agreed to seek clarification should any party in future seek permanent closure but pointed out the status of the gates was the same as for the present footpath status. She added that the change in status would seek to preserve the ongoing use by horses, cycles etc and would not of itself promote significant addition use by visiting riders. Also the upkeep and any safety issues will continue as now to be the responsibility of the footpaths officer at Bury MBC. She was thanked for her helpful input
2/. Minutes The minutes of the previous meeting on 31st May had been circulated prior to this meeting, These were subject to an amendment under 7h/.in that Cllr Briggs felt unable to act as spoke person for the villagers at the Bolton MBC Planning Meeting to consider the plans. Subject to this amendment, the minutes were approved as a correct record, following a proposal by Joan Bell, seconded by David Thomson.
a/.Vice Chair person. Also Secretary Still no nominations.
b/. Broadband Cllr P Bury advised that he is trying to get involved with the BRIF and also the Bury Council meetings on broadband funding.
c/. School involvement in traffic speed:- PC Lucia Cronin advised that speed camera training has recently been completed, and she plans to involve school pupils in the Autumn. Meanwhile recent speed assessments are now being reviewed to assess the extent of concerns on traffic speed in the village.
d/.Bins left away from house curtilage by bin men Cllr P Bury advised he continues to act as a focal point for complaints about bin service but has only received 3 issues from the village in 5 months. It was asserted that concerns should be logged through Cllr Bury or the Bury MBC help line 0161 253 5353 to permit urgent investigation by supervisors. It is not the purpose of the pending talk by Glen Stewart (Head of Waste Management) to deal with these issues "on the night", on 5th August when he will describe to us the achievements of recycling..
e/. Delph Missing Gas Vent. G Schoon (Environment Services) was advised 20 weeks ago and replacement requested. Reminders sent but Cllr J Lewis to chase up ACTION JL****
f/. BradleyFold Rd repair. Following pressure from Cllr J Lewis, we are pleased to note that the footpath in lower half of Bradley fold road has been re instated, weeds cut back, and road pot holes infilled
g/.Junior Football Coaching We were encouraged by the Radcliffe Township Forum Manager to seek support from " Safer Schools", but enquiries by our Secretary were abortive. Meanwhile the School head teacher comfirmed knowledge of the scheme but did not intend to take advantage of resources over the summer holiday. Rev D Thomson is in discussion with PC Bond re a scheme for junior football training and is exploring possibilities for Ainsworth. Meanwhile we have an outstanding query with the police to explore the possibilities of local transport to bus Ainsworth youths to Radcliffe police led football sessions.
h/. Fly Tipping Ainsworth Hall Rd The debris still requires Council action to clear. Includes cannabis plant debris ACTION GHH****
4 /. Recreation Ground - Phase 2.Cllr Lewis advised that Martin Dowding tel 0161 253 6467 is the Parks Dept contact for any concerns re park upkeep in Ainsworth. It was agreed to invite him to a site visit to discuss actions needed. ACTION GHH****
Phase 3. "Village Green Concept. The Secretary has delivered letters to each property in Well St updating our progress and the scope and requesting confirmation of support. Response has been disappointingly slow and we need a doorstep campaign. Meanwhile good support was received from the wider village at the AGM consultation
6./ Road Safety Wish List 2012 update We debated aspects of our Road Safety policy document relating to Church St from Ainsworth Hall Rd to Bradley Fold Rd. Highways Dept have reviewed and confirmed that the double yellow lines on Church St south of Ainsworth Hall Rd are installed according to guidelines and in their opinion do not amount to an additional hazard to traffic emerging form Ainsworth Hall Rd. We are unlikely therefore to get a change. The removal of the turn right box into Knowsley Rd was agreed to be ineffective, but we appear unlikely to get a change, since a similar request for Camden Close was ignored when lines there were recently renewed. Finally it was greed that narrowing the footpath outside the shops to widen the road for parking was not practical because it would negate the present traffic calming weaving, be very expensive , and would not achieve additional parking
7/. Ainsworth in Bloom It was confirmed that we have 12 entries with judging week com 16 July. Rev D Thomson kindly agreed to do the judging. Arthur Lane Nurseries are providing the prizes again this year.
8/.Planning and Development Applications
a/.14 Camden Close s story rear extension and new chimney - Plans recently approved but with many concerns listed. Max Varnom will query the implications of these .(after the meeting Max confirmed that only the chimney was approved, the 2 storey extension was rejected)
b/. 28 Broomfield Close- reposition boundary fence - no concerns raised
c/. Trade Sign (non illuminated at roadside withing the Rec re Duke William It was noted that this is in accord with our suggestions, recognising the Conservation Area status. It was agreed that we would confirm support because it is felt important to encourage the viability of the pub. ACTION MV****
d/, Rear 2 story extension at old Vicarage, Ainsworth Hall Rd - mods to approved plans no concerns
e/.School - new corridor to link classrooms for information only as no planning consent needed - no concerns.
h/. Application for 15 Year Extension of extraction at Harwood Quarry Planning application submitted in Bolton in early Feb, and we await a date for the planning meeting. Cllr P Bury agreed to represent the villagers as spokesman at the planning meeting .
9/.The Delph enhancement. Wild flower seed planting now completed. Some materials for path construction now delivered and work will commence very soon. We are delighted to note receipt of 2 new benches by annonimous donation.
10/. Treasurer's Report, With expenditure on room hires at £50, funds reduced slightly to £559.83p, but £350 of this is grants for the Delph project
12/. Any Other Business a/. Following her concerns about potholes in Stonedelph Close, Linda Ashworth reported that these have been repaired by Highways
b/. G Hartley has requested Cllr Lewis to arrange a review/ repair of potholes in Knowsley Rd and this is in hand
c/. Linda Ashworth reported that her husband has constructed a scare crow depicting a banker and seeks a bowler hat and brief case for the entry to the Methodist competition on Sat 14 July.
Date of next meeting:-Thurs 2nd Aug 2012 at 7.30 pm