March 7th 2023 Meeting Minutes
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD IN DARWEN TOWN HALL, ON TUESDAY, MARCH
Present: Couns K. Connor, J. Hamer, J. East, D. Smith, N. Slater, L.Salton, S.
Brookfield, B. Taylor.
1.Welcome and introduction:..
Couns Browne, Davies and Entwistle.
3.Declaration of interests :
4 Minutes of the last meeting:
These were agreed.
4.2 Floral planters
Coun East organised for the broken planters to be removed and he is costing the new and
extra ones needed.
5. Public Forum
6 Mayor’s update
Coun Brookfield had visited St Cuthberts and St Edwards Primary Schools and they had
confirmed they are to hold events for the King’s Coronation.
7. Deputy leader’s report
Coun Connor to organise the purchase of new flags. He gave an update on the Darwen
Deal and there was concern that some businesses and the parks groups are not being
kept informed of plans.
The town crier will be needed for The King’s Coronation.
Coun Connor asked for authorisation for payment for the King’s Coronation celebrations
(£4,400) and for a contribution to the health centre for insurance and publicity (£128.74).
This was agreed. Coun Connor is to look at the possible purchase of extra planters to
mark the coronation.The organisation of the King’s Coronation event is going well.
Information re the scooter rally was circulated and a grant of £2,000 to be paid.
Blackburn with Darwen Brass Band have an event for the King’s Coronation planned.
More details to follow. It was agreed to see if BWD will lend the old Darwen council trophy
for the annual brass band competition. Couns Taylor and Connor are to see if any
memorabilia connected with the town, can be returned or loaned to the town to allow the
public to see.
Coun Smith gave details of planning decisions and said an appeal for an electronic
advertising board had been lost. Also problems with parking on Borough Road.
Coun East gave details of the work to be done on restoring the heritage items in the town.
Coun Taylor said this must be done in conjunction with the borough.
£332.92 – proceeds of the Mayor’s concert.
£790 for R Hay for salary and expenses.
£112.71 – R Hay pension
£540 – Find Me A Business, website renewal.
£450 – Website admin.
£4,400 – Laura Johnston for King’s Coronation event.
£2,000 – Scooter rally grant.
£5,000 – Darwen Live extra funding for 2022.
10. Any other business
Coun East gave details of a meeting with the Ribble Trust to discuss looking to develop the
River Darwen to conserve and restore from Cranberry Moss water shed to Ewood.
11 Part 2 – press and public excluded
12 Date of next meeting
Tuesday, April 4th, Darwen Town Hall, 7 p.m. Agenda items to be with the clerk by March