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Minutes 160th meeting Tuesday 21st August 2018

Littleborough Canalside Development Group

Minutes of the 160th meeting held Tuesday 21st August 2018 at Hare Hill House Starting at 7.30pm

Present:  Julian Farnell, Barry Horner, Brian Holden, Ian Jackson, John F Kay,

Apologies Cllr Ann Stott,

Minutes of the meeting on 17th July 2018 had been circulated and were approved

Littleborough Civic Trust

  1. The Flooding Group have identified funds which might be used to improve flood prevention in Littleborough.
  2. Julian Farnell had invited John Lawn to attend future meetings as he may wish to become involved.
  3. The funds now held on behalf of LCDG amounted to £1,317.82

Canal & River Trust

Anyone wishing to join the Tow Path Task Force should contact Ian Jackson on

Only three boats took part in the Canal Rally meeting at Warland Summit on Thursday 19th July 2018.  It was thought that the risk of water shortage may have put people off.

Café Boat Scheme

  1. Covered workspace

John Lawn and Julian Farnell moved the boat from the Rochdale Canal Society yard to John Lawn’s business premises on Sunday 15th July 2018. It will shortly be inside the workshop

They are optimistic that the engine will run.

The next job was to cut a hatch in the floor so that the condition of all the hull can be checked

The boat will be stripped out and sand blasted by “A1 Blasting” a firm in Milnrow.

It will then be painted with primer.

It is the intention to obtain a report on the hull, probably from Guy Holding of Portland Basin Marina. He would be asked to advise of safety aspects as to how the boat should be fitted out

  1. Operating Fees
    1. We will shortly open further discussions with the C & RT to agree the amount of any mooring fees and operating fees which will be payable


  1. We will then be able to set out an accurate budget for the project. The target for starting to trade is now spring 2019


  1. John Kay has obtained an extension of time with C & RT and the next report will not need to be filed until 1st February 2019.


  1. Volunteers
    1. We will now wish to recruit a team of about six volunteers to run the catering side of the project
    2. They will need to achieve certificates in basic hygiene which it may be possible to do online
    3. Julian Farnell confirmed that his mother was still interested in being involved

Any other Business

Date of Next Meetings   Tuesday 18th September, Tuesday 16th October and Tuesday 20th November  2018 at Hare Hill House

Contact Information

Littleborough Canalside Development Group

Bent House Cottage
Halifax Road
OL15 0JB

Tel: 01706 376775

Meeting times

Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday each month starting at 7.30pm

The group is now meeting at 

Hare Hill House, Hare Hill Park Littleborough OL15 9HF