BRIERCLIFFE: Allotments rents to be increased

Briercliffe Parish Council held its February meeting at the community centre in Jubilee Street.

Present were Coun. Anne Kelly (chairman) and Couns Royle, Lishman, Frost, Thomas, Meeks, Bailey and Prince. Also present were clerk Stephen Walker and John and Michael Greenwood (allotments and groundworks). Apologies were received from Coun. Kinnear and County Coun. Brindle. There was no police report. Representatives of the bowling club attended to seek parish council support for funding improvements at the green and the clerk gave details about a plan to set up a fund for which organisations could bid for grants. Questions were also asked about the running of the parish council’s allotments.

DOUGLAS ROAD – The council discussed the extensions to gardens behind homes in Douglas Road and the terms of a tenancy agreement circulated to interested residents. The council agreed to buy out, for a nominal sum, Burnley Council’s interest in this property. A resident asked about leasing part of the land, which was not going to be let to residents, and this will be discussed by the Allotments’ Committee.

PLANNING – Coun. Thomas, chairman of the Planning Committee, told members about an application for Bosdane Farm in Shay Lane where the applicant wants to build a house. The parish council has been contacted by a number of residents who expressed concerns about the development. The clerk is to write to the borough council saying members shared these concerns.

RECREATION GROUND – The parish council has expressed an interest in The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, which means funding might be available for improvements to playing fields and children’s playgrounds.

GARAGES – Work has started on garages at the bus turning circle off Burnley Road, Harle Syke. Foundations have been laid and construction work will begin soon. If you would like to rent a garage, contact Roger Frost on 435863.

ALLOTMENTS – The Allotments’ Committee met last week and members were asked to look at the condition of some of the paths, land below the recreation ground, improvements to rights of way on the allotments and signs which are to be erected on the allotments. The condition of some of the allotment pens was raised. The Allotments’ Committee regretted its decision to recommend to the council rents be raised for all properties managed by the committee. Rents would not increase until 2012/3 but tenants would still not be paying as much as allotment and garage tenants of other providers. The parish council provided the allotments for the community and wanted to make improvements with the income received. The council agreed to the recommendation to increase the rents and tenants would be informed.

TAI CHI – Tai chi courses are run at the community centre in Jubilee Street on Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Several places are still available. The courses are run by Briercliffe-based East Lancashire into Employment and cost £4 a session. The first lesson is a taster and is free. There is no need to book.