Residents voice fears over new homes in Chatburn

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Fellowship - The monthly meeting of Chatburn Women’s Fellowship took place in the Methodist Church when Mrs Doris Giles led devotions.

Guest speaker was Mrs Joan Davies, of Whalley, who spoke on “Memory Boxes” showing objects from the Second World War and the memories they evoked. The meeting closed with refreshsments.

At the next meeting on March 16th at 2-30 p.m. the speaker will be the Rev. Katy Thomas.

Parish council - A meeting of Chatburn Parish Council was held in the village hall, when Mr Ronald Jackson answered residents’ questions concerning his planning application to build 10 homes on land at the top of Old Road. These were mainly concerns about traffic congestion and parking. The council’s response is available on Ribble Valley Borough Council website.

It was reported there has been vandalism on the playground causing damage to the fort and slide which have now been repaired. Two people have been interviewed in connection with this. The police have given assurance weekend patrols will continue and the playground will be monitored.

It was agreed to ask James Russell, RVBC, to arrange for the dog wardens to be present in the village for a fixed period to advise dog owners of their responsibilities and monitor the playing field where there has been severe fouling problems. The increased presence of a dog warden had been successful in previous years.

It was agreed to enter the 2011 Best-Kept Village Competition as the 2010 Village Appraisal had indicated residents were in favour of this.

The date of the next meeting was arranged for Monday, March 21st, at 7-30 p.m.