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15th January 2020
There will be a Meeting of the Bentham Town Council on Mon day 20 th January 7 . 30pm in the
Lower Town Hall . The public and press are invited to attend.
The press and public may not speak when the Council is in session, but they may make points
during the ‘comments & concerns’ item on the agenda .
Background papers are available for viewing by appointment before the meeting. They will be
circulated to Councillors in the days before the meeting.
Christine Downey
Clerk to the Council

COUNCIL AGENDA

207. To receive Apologies from members unable to attend
208. To receive & record any member’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in relation to items on the
agenda and to receive and decide members requests for DPI dispensation
209. To receive Comment & Concerns : Public participation – to hear matters raised by members of
the public or Cllrs with an interest (that are allowed to speak) either on agenda items or for
future consultation (NB for non-agenda items Members of the Council are not permitted to
respond, except to ask questions for the purposes of clarification)
210. Planning
210.1 To consider and comment upon New Planning Applications
210.1.1 2019/21248/HH Replacement timber window frames, doors and conservatory
with UPVC. Replacement garage door. At 56 Robin Lane, High Bentham, LA2 7AG.
210.1.2 2019/21262/HH Part garage conversion and first storey extension at Withens,
Low Bentham Road, High Bentham, LA2 7BN.
210.1.3 2019/21267/VAR Application for variation of condition no’s 1 (Approved Plans),
10 (Tree Protection Measures), 11 (Soft Landscaping) on previous consent referenced
2019/20534/VAR granted 25 June 2019. At Former High Bentham CP School, Main
Street, High Bentham, Lancaster.
210.1.4 2019/21288/FUL Removal of timber fencing and replacement with Beech
hedgerow and dry-stone wall to southern end of eastern site boundary, (Revision
following refusal of previous application 2019/21070/LBC) at Scaleber Farm, Back Lane,
Low Bentham, LA2 8NZ.
210.2 To receive Planning Decisions
210.2.1
Granted: - 2019/21164/FUL Replacement windows and doors at 7-13, 15-21,
23-29 Banks Way, High Bentham, LA2 7JH.210.2.2
Refused: - 2019/2170/OUT Outline application with all matters reserved for
development of two detached dwellings in land to rear of Greenfoot. At Jubilee
Cross, Greenfoot Lane, Low Bentham, LA2 7EQ
210.2.3
Withdrawn: - none
210.3 To receive Correspondence on Planning Issues – Item on the agenda at the next
Planning Committee on 21 st January 2020. 2019/21006/HH Retrospective application
for retention of rear porch including amendment to roof. At 2 Ashfield Cottages, Main
Street, High Bentham, Lancaster, LA2 7HZ.
211. Items for next meeting and minor items only
212. Date of next meeting

Christine Downey,
Clerk to the Council
15 th January 2020
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BTC
BENTHAM TOWN COUNCIL
Town Clerk:
Christine Downey
Bentham Town Hall
Station Road
High Bentham
Lancaster LA2 7LH
Tel/Fax: 015242 62587
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7th January 2020
The Precept Meeting of the Bentham Town Council will be held on Monday 13 th January 2020 in the Lower
Town Hall at 7.00pm.
The public and press are invited to attend.
The press and public may not speak when the Council is in session, but they may make points during the
‘comments & concerns’ item on the agenda
Christine Downey, Town Clerk

AGENDA
198.
To Receive Apologies from members unable to attend
199. To Receive & Record any member’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in relation to items on the agenda
and to receive and decide members requests for DPI dispensations

200. To Receive Comment & Concerns
Public participation – to hear matters raised by members of the public or Cllrs with a prejudicial interest
either on agenda items or for future consultation (NB for non-agenda items Members of the Council are not
permitted to respond, except to ask questions for the purposes of clarification)

201. To consider the Projected Assessment for 2020/2021, based on accounts for 2019/2020 to end of
December, and make any necessary changes

202. To consider any potential Special Projects
202.1.
Engrave explanation on PHPF sign
202.2.
Replace 14 benches in the parish
202.3.
Update heritage footpath and make signs more noticeable
202.4.
More bins
202.5.
Pressure wash the front of the town hall to clean it up
202.6.
One Day’s work at cemetery to dig out identification stones
202.7.
Any other special projects

203. To consider and decide upon Grant Applications
204. To consider minor items
205. To agree the Precept for 2020/2021 and sign the request for payment
206. To adopt the Budget for2020/2021

Christine Downey
Clerk to the Council
BTCThere will be a Meeting of the Bentham Town Council on Monday 6 th January at 7.30pm in the
Lower Town Hall. The public and press are invited to attend.
The press and public may not speak when the Council is in session, but they may make points  during the ‘comments & concerns’ item on the agenda.
Background papers are available for viewing by appointment before the meeting. They will be  circulated to Councillors in the days before the meeting.
Christine Downey
Clerk to the Council

COUNCIL AGENDA
176. To receive Apologies from members unable to attend
177. To receive & record any member’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in relation to items on the  agenda and to receive and decide members requests for DPI dispensation.
178. To receive Comment & Concerns : Public participation – to hear matters raised by members of the public or Cllrs with an interest (that are allowed to speak) either on agenda items or for future consultation (NB for non-agenda items Members of the Council are not permitted to  respond, except to ask questions for the purposes of clarification)
179. To Confirm the Minutes of the previous meetings on 2 nd December 2019 and 16 th December 2019
180. To receive the Clerks Report (for information only)
181. To receive the Police Report & allow members to ask questions for information - If any
182. To receive Reports from CCllr & DCllrs (for information only) - If any
183. Planning
183.1 To consider and comment upon New Planning Applications
183.1.1 2019/21256/ADV Installation of 3 no. illuminated signs, 1 no. non-illuminated
sign and fascia sign at United Co Operatives Late Shop, Main Street, High Bentham,
Lancaster, LA2 7HE.
183.1.2 219/21279/COU Change of use from retail area to additional residential area and  external alterations. (Resubmission of 2019/21033/FUL, withdrawn 18 November 2019)  at Black Bicycle, 8 Station Road, High Bentham, Lancaster, LA2 7LF.183.2 To receive Planning Decision - If any (see Clerks Report)
183.3 To receive Correspondence on Planning Issues - If any (see Clerks Report)
184. Highways Matters
184.1 To discuss the road safety issue at St Johns Church and Cedar House School and agree  a way forward
184.2 To consider and note Highway Matters for information - If any (Councillors can
comment on any minor Highways issues currently causing concern.
185. To Consider the Register of Interests and agree updates from Members where necessary
186. To note the draft minutes of Open Spaces Committee meeting 9 th December 2019

187. To receive an update on the Philip Harvey Playing Field
188. To agree updated Cemetery Rules & Regulations
189. To discuss the Town Hall clock and agree a way forward
190. To discuss the position re Community Youth Building and agree a way forward
190.1 Repairs to make fit for purpose while long term position is under review
   190.1.1  Cooker Electrics
   190.1.2  Full electrical service
   190.1.3  Ceiling & plastering repairs in kitchen and top room
   190.1.4  Damp treatment or dehumidifiers
   190.1.5  Caging on lighting and projector in middle room / caging on glitter ball in
                 middle room, or removal
   190.1.6  Porch lighting
   190.1.7  Replacement windows and front door
   190.2 Long term position
   191. To agree the Accounts for Payments
   192. To consider receiving grant money for the gravel for work on the Low Bentham              footpath in the Bentham Town Council bank account
   193. To discuss matters relating to Climate Emergency and agree a way forward
194. To receive items of correspondence – Annual report from Low Bentham WI
195. To Receive Reports from Councillors who represent the Council on other bodies            (for  information only) - If any
196. Items for next meeting and minor items only
197. Date of next meeting
Christine Downey.  Clerk to the Council.

BTC


There will be a Meeting of the Bentham Town Council on Monday 2
nd
December at 7.30pm in the Lower Town Hall. The public and press are invited to attend.

The press and public may not speak when the Council is in session, but they may make points during the ‘comments & concerns’ item on the agenda.

Background papers are available for viewing by appointment before the meeting. They will be circulated to Councillors in the days before the meeting.

Christine Downey

Clerk to the Council

COUNCIL AGENDA

  1. To receive Apologies from members unable to attend

  2. To receive & record any member’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in relation to items on the agenda and to receive and decide members requests for DPI dispensation

  3. To receive Comment & Concerns : Public participation – to hear matters raised by members of the public or Cllrs with an interest (that are allowed to speak) either on agenda items or for future consultation (NB for non-agenda items Members of the Council are not permitted to respond, except to ask questions for the purposes of clarification)

  4. To Confirm the Minutes of the previous meetings on 4th November 2019

  5. To receive the Clerks Report (for information only)

  6. To receive the Police Report & allow members to ask questions for information - If any

  7. To receive Reports from CCllr & DCllrs (for information only) - If any

  8. Planning

    1. To consider and comment upon New Planning Applications

      1. 2019/2164/FUL Replacement windows and doors at 7-13, 15-21, 23-19 Banks Way, High Bentham, Lancaster, LA2 7JH.

      2. SNN/00536 A Street Naming and Numbering application has been received from Adam Carr Builders Ltd for the site at Gill Head Farm, Robin Lane, High Bentham, Lancaster.

    1. To receive Planning Decision - If any (see Clerks Report)

    2. To receive Correspondence on Planning Issues - If any (see Clerks Report)

    3. To devise a way of responding to planning applications that require a response prior to the next full council meeting.

  1. Highways Matters

    1. To consider suggestions received by email from Mat MacEley-Young regarding double yellow lines on brow of Robins Lane, and the disabled bay on Main Street.

    2. To consider the email from DCllr Brockbank regarding Road Safety at St Johns Church and Cedar House School and agree a way forward

    3. To consider writing to the residents of Butterbergh re fence repair

    4. To consider and comment upon Consultation on proposals to make off-street parking places amendment orders

    5. To consider and note Highway Matters for information - If any (Councillors can comment on any minor Highways issues currently causing concern.

  2. To discuss procedures for Voting at Meetings

  3. To discuss the amendments to the NALC Model Financial Regulations

  4. To discuss, and try to find ways of making the Council more friendly and less distant from its electorate

  5. To note the draft minutes of Marketing Committee meeting 11th November 2019

  6. To agree the Accounts for Payments

  7. To discuss the Annual Inspection Report on Philip Harvey Playing Field and agree a way forward

  8. To discuss the position regarding Litter Bins and agree a way forward

  9. To discuss Woodland Trust Tree Charter Day and free trees and agree a way forward

  10. To receive an update on Defibrillator Programme

  11. To discuss the position regarding Bentham Christmas Lights and agree a way forward

  12. To discuss the possible hiring out of tables

  13. To discuss position re boiler at Community Youth Building and agree a way forward

  14. To receive an update on matters relating to Climate Emergency

  15. To consider items of Correspondence

    1. Letter of 08/11/19 from NYCC re Urban Highway Grass Cutting arrangements 2020/2021

    2. Letter of 08/11/19 from Bentham Bonfire Committee

  16. To Receive Reports from Councillors who represent the Council on other bodies (for information only) - If any

  17. Items for next meeting and Minor Items only

  18. Date of next meeting

Christine Downey

Christine Downey

Clerk to the Council 27th November 2019

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There will be a meeting of Bentham Town Council Marketing Committee on Monday the 11th of November at 7:30 in the Lower Town Hall.
The Agenda is available for downloading Click Here

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Unless otherwise stated, Bentham Town Council meets on the first Monday of each month in the Lower Town Hall at 7:30pm.

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