The following is a summary of the main points discussed at the Parish Council meeting held on the 10th December 2019

A local resident Jim Tunstill attended the meeting to discuss the pond and surrounding area. With his help, improvement works on the pond took place last year and this has attracted new wildlife to the area. He has kindly volunteered to undertake further works and this will be in liaison with the Parish Council with advice sought from environmental officers at Pendle Council.

Councillor Cronshaw talked about potential funding streams and improvement options for the pond, play areas and playing field, including accessibility.

Unfortunately, Lancashire County Council will not authorise traffic mirrors which were requested by residents on Well Head Road and Haddings Lane.

Another successful application has been made to the Woodland Trust for 420 new trees to be planted around Sparable Wood. It is hoped to get the school and volunteers involved again on a specific day next year to plant all the trees.

Following a visit to a climate change meeting at Pendle Borough Council, Councillor Murrell talked about how the Parish Council may play its part in trying to improve the environment at a local level.

Two new complaints have been raised in connection with Spenbrook Mill. The first relates to HGVs travelling through Sabden Fold and causing damage to verges. The second is in relation to the construction of a detached house at the mill and the proximity of this and the scaffolding to the highway. The Parish Council will raise the issues with Pendle Council and the developer.

A funding application is to be submitted for two new defibrillators.

It has been agreed to purchase a sit on mower to reduce the Parish Councils future grass cutting maintenance liability.

The Parish Council would like to wish all residents a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.