D-DAY BEACON THIS EVENING

Today (6th June) is the 80th anniversary of D-Day and there will be beacons lit throughout the country tonight in commemoration of this event. Silverdale will have its beacon at the Jubilee Monument, aka Pepper Pot, and will be lit at 9.15pm. People are welcome to join us but please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a torch! If you are unable to join us then perhaps spend a few moments thinking about those brave men and women who participated on that day, in particular our own local resident John Eden who sadly passed away recently.

POTENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH HAZARD

 

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that some areas of Silverdale are being used for ‘wild camping’ which is resulting in rubbish and human waste being abandoned on site.

Many Recreational Vehicles (RVS) and camper vans have toilet facilities built in, but some visitors to the area are adapting their vehicles for overnight stays and do not have these facilities.

This situation could raise a serious Public Health issue and the parish council would like residents to be alert and send any reports to the Parish Council of such activity, with photographs, so that it can provide evidence to the affected landowners.

Please send information and photographs to Liz Unsworth: Email – liz.unsworth@silverdale-pc-lancs.gov.uk

Parish Jottings, April 2024 — Cllr John Bennett

Public toilet refurbishment update: The consultation period for the planning application has now expired. We understand that a planning decision could be received by the end of April. We are continuing to discuss with Lancaster City Council the situation regarding the communal wastewater system, to which the toilets are connected.

Highway maintenance: County Councillor Williamson has now put forward the condition of Nineteen Acre Lane, Yealand, for consideration under the Deterioration Fund. In addition, we have now asked for the condition of Storrs Lane from Yealand to the RSPB also to be considered.

Silverdale Shore car parking: The Parish Council has decided to oppose the retrospective application for a pole-mounted light, camera and associated cabinet due to material inaccuracies and omissions in the application. We consider that the 5m pole is too obtrusive and is an urban structure, unsuitable for this rural setting. Councillors also agreed to follow up on the deposition of rocks on the shore and to check that this matter has been raised officially as a concern with Lancaster City Council Planning Department.

Defibrillators: Two defibrillators which are no longer being used by the First Responders have now been installed in the Woodlands Hotel and at the Village Institute. We are also looking to find a suitable location for a third defibrillator in the area at the top of Stankelt Road / The Green.

Green Energy for Heating initiative: We have agreed to participate in a beta project with Electricity North West to explore supplying a cluster of homes from a communal ground source heat pump system. The location is yet to be confirmed.

Next meeting: The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Tuesday 7 May 2024 at 7pm at the Village Institute. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Defibrillators at Village Institute and Woodlands

Thanks to Cllr Tony Houghton, we now have defibrillators located at the Village Institute and the Woodlands as well as the existing ones at the Gaskell Hall, Lindeth Road, Methodist Church, and Silverdale Hotel (see full list here).

Cllr Houghton showed how to use the defibrillators at the Parish Council Assembly on 21 March 2024. He said the defibrillators at the Silverdale Hotel, Woodlands, and Village Institute are kept safe in their private premises and only available when those premises are open. The ones at the Gaskell Hall, Methodist Church and Lindeth Road are public access defibrillators (PADs), located in locked cabinets but available 24/7 by calling 999. The British Heart Foundation explains:

If someone is in cardiac arrest, call 999 and start CPR. If you’re on your own, do not interrupt CPR to go and find a defibrillator. If it’s possible, send someone else to find one. When you call 999, the operator can tell you if there’s a PAD nearby. Anyone can use a defibrillator. You do not need training. Once you turn it on, it will give clear step-by-step voice instructions.

The CPR that should be given ideally needs some training, and Cllr Houghton said this can be arranged for Silverdale residents through the North West Ambulance Service if enough people want to take part.

PEPPERPOT BEACON TO REMEMBER D-DAY

A Beacon located on Castlebarrow in Eaves Wood, adjacent to The Queen Victoria Jubilee Monument (the Pepperpot), will be lit at 9.15 pm on Thursday, the 6th of June 2024 to remember the bravery and sacrifice of the 210,000 Allied casualties of Operation Overlord (D-Day) in securing the peace and freedom our country has enjoyed since the end of the Second World War.

 

The International 80th Anniversary D-Day Beacon will be lit in Normandy at 8.15pm (British Summer Time), at the British Normandy Memorial overlooking Gold Beach, with the other Beacons located on Utah, Omaha, Juno and Sword beaches being lit at 8.30pm BST, followed by the Principal United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man Beacon at Portsmouth, England at 9.15pm BST. As the Beacons are lit, all communities in France and the UK are being asked to stop what they are doing and pay tribute to those who lost their lives.

If you would like to attend the Beacon lighting, please remember to carry torches, wear sturdy boots, and bring waterproofs and walking sticks if needed. The terrain is not suitable for those with mobility issues and will be slippy if wet.

Explaining the Parish Precept

At the January meeting of the Silverdale Parish Council, the council decided the budget for the next year and within that the precept. This is the amount that the parish council asks for in Council Tax.  Here is an explanation of how we arrived at Silverdale’s precept.

For the coming year the precept for Silverdale is £76, an increase of £7k over the last year. This equates to a 27 per cent increase and amounts to an extra £27 per month on a Band F property.

So why is the precept going up again like in recent years? Apart from the obvious elements of increase in wages, both clerks and our contractors, higher energy bills and insurance there are three other factors that contribute.

Firstly, the council recognises that equipment in the playground needs constant maintenance and will eventually require complete replacement of some elements. To that end we have been accruing funds into our reserves to help this replacement – in the 2024/25 year this figure will be £12k.

Secondly, regular perusers of the Parish Magazine will be aware that in recent years there has been a lot of work on the trees on council land; Bankwell, Woodwell, Burton Well, Scroggs, St Johns Ave and at the Children’s Playground. We have implemented a woodland management scheme which was starting to make a difference, then three years ago ash ‘dieback’ hit our woodlands, resulting in a lot of tree felling, which will continue for some time yet. Some diseased trees can be left, but as many of ours are close to roads or footpaths the council must ensure that safety is paramount.

The third element is the village public toilets. The parish council has been successful in obtaining a £50k grant towards replacing the present block on Bank House Lane. This grant will not cover all the costs but a large proportion of them. Additionally, the parish council is in the process of purchasing the site from Lancaster City Council and, once that happens, the council grant for the toilets will cease and the parish council will become solely responsible.  We have set aside £12k for this.

We hope this goes someway to explaining to the village community how their local council tax is being spent.  We can’t answer for the City or County taxes though!

 

Annual Parish Assembly – Gaskell Hall, Thursday 21st March

The 2024 Silverdale Parish Council Annual Parish Assembly will be held in The Gaskell Hall on Thursday, 21st March. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.15pm start. Light refreshments will be available.

The guest speaker this year is Susanna Dart, Climate Change Policy Officer for Lancaster City Council. Other speakers include Councillor Tony Houghton, who will explain the location and use of defibrillators in the village. Reports will be given by Alan Greenwell, Lancaster City Councillor, Philippa Williamson, Lancashire County Councillor, Sergeant Brown, Lancshire Police, and Terry Bond, Chair of Silverdale Parish Council will give an overview of the parish council’s work over the past year.

Only persons registered as local government electors for the Parish will be entitled to vote at the meeting, but the meeting will be open to the public during the proceedings unless the Parish Meeting, by resolution, directs otherwise.

New regulations for wastewater treatment

Government regulations controlling septic tanks and all other types of private wastewater treatment systems have changed recently. Known as the “General Binding Rules”, the regulations specify how these systems must be installed, used, and maintained. Since these regulations apply to every property in Silverdale, the Parish Council, with help from residents, is preparing information, and a presentation will be given at the Gaskell Hall in the near future to update residents about the changes and the new responsibilities these regulations impose on homeowners. For more information and access to a full guide, go to: https://www.gov.uk/permits-you-need-for-septic-tanks

Warning about obstructive parking

Concerns have been raised by the public about obstructive parking around the village. It is obvious that if vehicles park on pavements, pedestrians, wheelchair users and families with buggies are forced into the road, causing very dangerous situations. Please do not park on the pavement or close to junctions or bends as it restricts other drivers’ line of sight.