THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL

 Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

 Draft Minutes of Thursby Parish Council meeting Tuesday 16th December 2014

 Council Members: Wendy Bowe (Chair), Ken Peerless, Margaret Howard, Peter Hunter

Cumbria County Councillor: Duncan Fairbairn

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Patricia MacDonald

Members of the public: None

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 120/12/14 – Apologies: Apologies received from Councillor Pattinson

 121/12/14 – Declaration of interests: The chair declared an interest in the sports and recreation and the community plan.

 122/12/14 – Dispensations: No dispensations

 123/12/14 – Minutes of previous meeting: The chair signed as correct minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 25th November 2014 as a true record.

 124/12/14 – Chairs announcements: No announcements.

 125/12/14 – Public Participation: No items raised.

 126/12/14 – Reports from:-

Cumbria County Council: – Cllr Fairbairn informed the council that residents should continue to submit their views to the County Council on their current budget consultation, with there being a better chance of influencing their decision making the more people register their views. The County Council budget has already been cut substantially with a reduction of full time equivalent staff from 10,000 likely to fall below 5,000. The Council is continuing to provide services that are its statutory responsibility but with children’s services currently overspent by 4.6m there will not be much flexibility. There is currently no solution to the issue of the number of timber Lorries on the A596 with little alternative to transporting timber from Kielder to Iggesunds other than by road.       

 Allerdale Borough Council:-Cllr MacDonald informed the council that Allerdale BC is currently setting its budget for the forthcoming year, a recent satisfaction survey sent out to Allerdale residents resulted in only 1500 being returned which is not statistically relevant. The draft council plan is very strategic and Allerdale are still keen to receive comments. There is currently a budget deficit and it is likely that further staff reductions will have to be made and a reduction on some services like public toilets, but providing better facilities in those services that remain.

 Cumbria Police: – PCSO Kier Irving introduced herself to the council and stated that there have been 15 incidents reported to the Police for the area of Thursby from the last meeting on the 25th November to present meeting 16th December.

  • On the 26th November there was a two vehicle road traffic collision on the main roundabout at Thursby A595. Two vehicles were recovered from the scene and highways attended to clear an oil spillage which was on the road. No persons were injured.
  • Between the dates of 14th and 15th December in the area of School road, Shawk crescent and The Paddocks, Thursby a number of property’s including a garage was broken into by breaking the padlock’s off and stealing a generator from within, another garage was broken into but no items were taken and an insecure property was entered and items were stolen from within. Enquiries are ongoing with officers and PCSO’S.
  • On the 14th of December on the A596 Thursby three vehicles were involved in a road traffic collision and one vehicle was recovered from the area and no persons were injured.

 127/12/14 –Bus shelter seat in Thursby Village: – Three tenders had been received detailing costs to install a seat in the bus shelter, the council agreed to offer the contract to Graeme Dixon.

Action: – Clerk to contact Mr Dixon to discuss tender and offer the work

 128/12/14 – Grounds Maintenance Contract: – Seven tenders for the contract to provide grass cutting services to the council had been received; each one was deliberated on by councillors and all resolved to offer the contract to ISS Facility Services on a three year contract.

Action: – Clerk to contact ISS and inform them of the council’s decision and draw up the contract, and to obtain copies of their public liability insurance.

 129/12/14 – The Jubilee proposals for the village Green: The proposals by the jubilee group and cost outlined for the installation of the ‘Welcome to Thursby’ stone on the village green was discussed by councillors. The council agreed to take responsibility for the project now that the County Council Highways Engineer had raised no issues, the council also agreed to fund the shortfall in costs likely to be in the range of £200   

Action: - Clerk to contact the jubilee committee and discuss arrangements for the work to go ahead and the funding arrangements.

 130/12/14 – Asset register: Councillors discussed the draft asset register and inputted relevant data.

Action: – Clerk to update register and circulate to councillors.

 131/12/14 – On- going maters:

Clerks report – The issue of ownership of the verge on Church Lane adjacent to the church and the trees thereon is still not resolved with enquiries being made with Allerdale Borough Council to establish ownership. An outline of course available for councillors and clerks next year was read out and offered to councillors.

Thursby Community Plan- The group has not met since the last council meeting but thecommunity planquestionnaire will be sent out to parish organisations, and they will be invited to a meeting to contribute to it. The Sports and recreation committee said they would be happy to send a representative to attend a meeting to help formulate the questions.

Thursby Parish Hall- The committee met last week, future events are still being planned, work to install a preventative shelter at the fire door has been agreed with work likely to start in the spring and tenders for painting the hall will be advertised in the Throstle in the February edition.

Sports and Recreation – Another fundraising event has been planned for Burns night, no update on the grants application.

Thursby School – No report

Broadband – No report

Neighbourhood Forum- No Forum meeting since the last council meeting.

Street lighting- Allerdale has a fund to replace any street lighting removed and not replaced, a faulty light has been reported at How End but information suggests that this is being replaced together with the pole. 

Dog waste dispenser- No report

School Road/Shawk Crescent update- A further meeting is to take place on the 19th January with copies of the County Councils proposals having been delivered to all houses affected.

 132/12/14 – 2014-2015 National Salary award: – Details of the recently announced pay award for council employees discussed with new pay scales for clerks to take place from 1st January 2015, a one off payment of £100 pro-rata for clerks recommended to be paid in December, equates to £27 for a clerk on 10 hours per week.

Action: – Agreed by the council, clerk to inform payroll

 133/12/14 – Planning Applications Received: –

2/2013/0227 – Carthwath Farm Wind Energy Ltd – Proposed wind farm comprising three wind turbines up to 115 m tip height – re-consultation on noise monitoring and mitigation.

Councillor’s resolved to object on the grounds of noise and the impact on dwelling houses within 800 metres.

2/2014/0856 – Demolition of existing dwelling and new build dwelling house with solar panel at Dorran Mount, A596 Bank End, Thursby, no objections by the council but agreed that a comment should be made as to the lack of sufficient off road parking places allocated within the application.

2/2014/0861 – Drumleaning Farm. Drumleaning – Proposed erection of a wind turbine and associated work. Councillors resolved to object to the application on the grounds of saturation, within sight of a grade 1 listed building (Aikton Church), noise mitigation, visual amenity and within 800 metres of a number of dwellings.

Action: - Clerk to follow up on notifying Allerdale planning dept. of councillor’s comments on the above three planning applications.

 Planning Decision Notices

  • 2/2014/0419 – Reathwaite Farm – An appeal has been made against the proposed siting of 1x30m high wind turbine which was refused by Allerdale BC on the 14th October 2014, noted by councillors.

 134/12/14 – Payments of Accounts

The following payments were agreed by the council:

  • Public Works Loan Board – £1798.47
  • Cumberland News advert (Grass cutting tender) – £81.80
  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £315.27
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £78.60
  • Clerks expenses – £75.05
  • NALC (Local Councils Explained reference book) – £54.99

 135/12/14 – Accounts audit:

The financial statement as at 30th November 2014 was agreed by the council and signed by the chair.

 Date of next meeting has been confirmed as Tuesday 20th January 2015 at Thursby Parish Hall at 7.30pm