May Newsletter

The following tenders have been awarded in the last quarter:
Cleaning of the public toilets – Mr Paul Williams (from 1st April)
Grass cutting (St. John’s Avenue and Woodwell) – Mr Neil Pharaoh, Envirocare (from 18th May)
Parish Contractor and playground maintenance – Mr Michael Knight (from 18th May)
Maintenance of the website – Mr Steve Lamb (from 1st June)

Annual Parish Assembly
At the Assembly in March we had reports from Geographic Police Inspector Vickers, Ms Diane Baxter, Lancaster District Manager for Libraries, Mr Alan Ferguson of the National Trust and County and District Councillor Sarah Fishwick. The Chairman gave the annual report of the Council’s work and Mr Paul Calland made a presentation on the work of the Bay Search and Rescue Service.

Public Toilets
At our meeting in May we reviewed the expenditure to the public toilets – the total expenditure for 2010/11 was £6,778 (of which £5,913 had been received from Lancaster City Council, who paid £4,450 towards running costs, covered the cost of the electrical works and refunded part of the rates). Improvements had been carried out to the toilets during the year and it is anticipated that the expenditure won’t be as high this year, although there is an ongoing problem with the drains – we are liaising with Lancaster City Council, British Telecom and other users to try and resolve this.

Bicentenary Celebrations
Silverdale is 200 years old this year and the celebrations continue! The next event, ‘Beating the Bounds’, will take place on 21st May. Meet at 9.30am at Jenny Brown’s Point. Why not join the public party on this historic walk around the boundary of Silverdale village? Wear suitable clothing, bring a packed lunch and drinks. Return to Gaskell Hall at approx. 4pm for refreshments. Phone 701977 for more info.

New Members
Last but, certainly, not least! We welcome 4 new Members onto the Council – Harriet Bradfield, Keith Palmer, Nigel Ribbons and Angela Woods join Councillors Terry Bond, Tony Houghton, Shirley Mason and Paul Williams who were elected unopposed on 5th May. Councillor Keith Palmer was also elected unopposed on 5th May whereas Councillors Bradfield, Ribbons and Woods were co-opted at our meeting on 9th May.

We would like to say a big thank you to Arthur Graves, Eve Holden, Anne McNaughton and John Taylor who retired from the Council this month – they made an invaluable contribution and we are very grateful for all their hard work.

Please find contact details below for our Councillors:
Chairman Terry Bond 01524 702693
Vice Chairman Tony Houghton 01524 701416
Harriet Bradfield harriet.bradfield@hotmail.co.uk
Shirley Mason 01524 701162
Keith Palmer 01524 702039/ 07969658547
Nigel Ribbons 07710044053
Paul Williams 01524 701513
Angela Woods 01524 701968
The Clerk, Denise Challenor, can be contacted on: 01524-761824, or clerk@silverdale-pc-lancs.gov.uk