June newsletter

War Memorial
Mr Rod Ireland put forward a case for including Mr Tyson Edmondson’s name on the War Memorial (he is already listed on the memorial in St. John’s church) and we have now planted a tree in Mr Edmondson’s memory.

Dog Waste Bags
We have fitted some new dispensers for dog waste bags and filled them with supplies of corn starch bags which are biodegradable

We have had the roof panels to the tower structure in the playground replaced as the original panels were rotten and unsafe.

Public Toilets
Unfortunately, as a part of their cutbacks, Lancaster City Council made a last minute announcement that they would be reducing their contribution to the running costs of the public toilets. We obtained two quotations to carry out an electrical inspection of the toilets and have instructed Mr Mulholland to carry out the work.

Annual Meeting
At our annual meeting last month Councillor Bond was re-elected as Chairman and Councillor Bennett was elected as Vice-Chairman.

Community Emergency Plans
Mr Mark Bartlett, Civil Contingencies Officer, from Lancaster City Council attended our meeting this month and spoke about the Community Emergency Plans and local resilience measures. We will form a plan and may put in a bid for funding for equipment to the Community Foundation.

Speed Indicator Device (SpID)
We have asked PC Barr to reapply for funding for a SpID on our behalf.

Heritage Asset Register
Not all of the nominations that we put forward to Lancaster City Council have been included on their register. We have made the following nominations: Burton Well Scroggs, County Wall (a medieval wall between Silverdale and Arnside), the Royal Hotel, Challan Hall, the Railway Station and Waiting Room, Silverdale Institute and the Spite Wall, separating 21 and 23 Stankelt Road.

Bus Service
There have been communication problems with some old timetables displayed still at the bus stops – we will ask for these to be removed and replaced with the new timetable. The Silverdale trains timetable has been revised and has created some anomalies, e.g. the 9.32 has been moved to 10.02 from July and the 15.17 train will no longer be stopping at Silverdale, therefore making the bus connection useless. We will write to FLAG about this. We are about to carry out a survey of the use of the bus and fares collected and hope to have the information ready to report to our July meeting.

Silverdale Library
Lancashire County Council propose to close Silverdale, Carnforth and Bolton-le-Sands libraries as part of their budget cuts; this means that Morecambe, Lancaster, Milnthorpe or Kendal library will be the nearest; their consultation period regarding the proposed cuts ends on 7th August (the consultation document is available online). We will discuss the proposed closure of the library further at our July meeting. The County Council will make their final decisions on 8th September.