THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL

Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

                                                                                                Draft Minutes of Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 17th February 2015

 

Council Members: Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter (Vice Chair) Ken Peerless, David Pattinson and Margaret Howard

Apologies Cumbria County Council: Duncan Fairbairn

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Patricia MacDonald

Members of the public: One

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 155/2/15 – Declaration of interests: None

 156/2/15 – Dispensations: No dispensations

 157/2/15 – Minutes of previous meeting: The chair signed as correct minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on the 20th January 2015 as a true record.

 158/2/15 – Chairs announcements:

  • Invest in the A596 is an online petition for relevant communities to record their comments, the link is:-

            www.change.org/p/department-for-transport-invest-in-the-a595          

  • The Cumbria Parent carer Forum is holding an event at the Lakes College, Lillyhall on Tuesday 26th February 10 – 2pm promoting a range of disability services in Cumbria.
  • Sebergham Parish Council has resolved to object to a planning application for a wind turbine at Round Hill Farm, Welton, anyone wishing to submit comments on this application 2/2015/0026 can do so through the planning department at Allerdale BC.

 159/2/15 – Public Participation: Two items were raised on behalf of members of the public:-

  • The state of the footpath beside the garage in Thursby Village, this has been reported Highways.
  • The style on the footpath at Yew tree has been reported as being difficult to cross, councillors commented that this has been reported in the past and whilst it was acknowledged that the style can be difficult to negotiate, it has been judged to be in accordance with the law regarding footpath access.

     

    160/2/15 – Reports from:-

    Cumbria County Council: – In Councillor Fairbairn’s absence a report was read, submitted by him in which he reported that the light at West Park, Crofton had been sold off by the council when the land was sold and road was sold off in 2014, with the road never having been adopted the responsibility for that light was now with the new owner of the land.

     Allerdale Borough Council: – Cllr MacDonald informed the council that the footway lighting sub group, which had met for the last year had put a proposal to the community’s scrutiny committee to have a single authority take responsibility for all street lighting in the Borough. This proposal was not adopted but a further proposal was put forward at the meeting that rural parishes should maintain their own lighting. The next stage of the process is that the matter will be taken to the Executive group meeting at 9am on the 11th March at Allerdale House and Cllr Macdonald suggested that should anyone want to raise a question with them about street lighting in rural parishes, they should request that a question be tabled at that meeting. Cllr MacDonald informed the council that the Allerdale councillor with the portfolio for lighting was Cllr Heaslip.

    Action – Clerk to contact Cllr Heaslip and request from him an outline of what this proposal would mean to Thursby Parish.

     Cumbria Police: - There have been 11 incidents reported to the Police for the area of Thursby since the last meeting. Below is an overview of some of the incidents reported.

  • On the 20th January Police received a report about the theft of a solar powered ornament from a garden in the area of Stonehouse Park. Enquiries were conducted to identify those responsible.
  • On the 23rd January Officers attended a 5 x vehicle road traffic collision on the A596. There were no injuries but 3 of the vehicles still at scene were damaged.
  • On the 4th February Police received a report of a number of cows loose on the A595. The area was checked and there was no trace of the cows. Police would advise farmers to check their land for any escape routes that may cause issues.
  • On the 9th February Police had a report that some garages had possibly been broken into in the area of Shawk Crescent. It was believed to be third hand information and no crime was detected at the time.

161/2/15 – Grounds Maintenance Contract: – The draft contract has now been signed with the first cuts by ISS, the new contractors to start third week of March.

 162/2/15 – The Jubilee proposals for the village Green: The transfer of funds from the Jubilee Group and Thursby gardening club to the Parish Council has now been completed with work on the stone expected to be completed by the end of March.

 163/2/15 – Asset register: The council resolved to accept the updated asset register.

 164/2/15 – Responsibility for tree cutting/verge maintenance Matty Lonning: Cumbria County Council Highways have agreed that the area of land adjacent to the church boundary wall belongs to the highways and as such they will cut back the overhanging trees. 

 165/2/15 – Damage to the Paddocks play area fencing: The council resolved that Cllr Hunter would carry out necessary repairs to the fence.

 166/2/15 – Road side Gully cleaning: It was identified that the following gully’s required cleaning:-

  • Outside 11 Shawk Crescent
  • The end of School Road
  • The manhole at the top of School Road
  • Curthwaite Road
  • The entrance to Carrol House on Curthwaite Road
  • The second layby toward How End.

    Action – Clerk to contact Highways to report the above locations.

     167/2/15 – Stonehouse Park – tree roots lifting paving and no street light at bus stop: The area where the paving is being lifted was identified as being at the right hand side of the estate on the piece of land separating the two car parking areas. It was acknowledged that this was private land but that it should be reported to Highways. The bus shelter near the entrance to the estate councillors resolved to enquire as to the cost of installing an additional light.

    Action – Clerk to contact highways re the broken footpath surface and enquire with Electricity North West re an additional street light at the bus shelter.

     168/2/15 – On- going maters:

    Clerks report – Update on actions from last meeting – Re the bus shelter outside the Ship Inn, contacted Graeme Dixon who quoted £140 to widen the entrance to the shelter and was given the go ahead to do the work; in line with councillor’s agreement should the tender be no more that £140. Comments received from Mike Rorke thanking the council for its prompt action in addressing this matter. Contacted the Environment Agency regarding the blocked grid on Matty Beck who have now sent someone out to clear it. Northwest Coast Connections map of proposed routes of power lines displayed in the Parish Hall. Allerdale’s consultation on its draft plan and site allocations feedback submitted in line with councillors comments. Regarding the noise levels of the turbine at How End Farm, according to the original planning application any complaint in relation to a breach of the daytime or night time noise levels requires that complaint to be in writing, Allerdale Planning department have confirmed that should they receive a complaint they will take it up with the wind turbine operator. Contacted Highways engineer regarding the removed drain from the green in Thursby and requested it be replaced. Contact has been made with Allerdale BC re the precept and in order to keep the precept at £22,235, in line with last years, and in accordance with what was agreed by the council at the extraordinary meeting on the 18th November, there will be a slight increase on Thursby’s band D property by 0.29%, and an increase in the councils precept of 1.5%. This is due to the reduction of the CTRS grant by £317.70.

    Correspondence – A letter has been received from the Citizens Advice Allerdale requesting financial support, this can be retained in line with the grants policy until the November meeting.

    Thursby Community Plan- The chair is working on a draft questionnaire which will be circulated for comments before a further meeting of the group is arranged.

    Thursby Parish Hall- The committee met last week where improvements to the facilities were discussed and it was agreed to purchase new table clothes cutlery etc. The porch should be completed in the next 6 weeks and a new programme for the year had been drawn up. Tenders were still being sought to re-paint the hall.

     Sports and Recreation – The Burns night supper had gone well and proved to be another good fundraiser. The Football Foundation grant fund application had now been submitted which had been a four stage process and the committee had put a lot of hard work into submitting it.

    Broadband – No report

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

    Street lighting- Two streetlights had been removed at some time in the past at How End, and by the green in Thursby, opposite Whitegates.

    Action – Clerk to contact Allerdale to enquire if they could be replaced.

    Dog waste dispenser- A further 5 boxes dog waste bags have been ordered.

     169/2/15 – 2/2014/0292 – Notice of appeal to erection of a wind Turbine at Water Flosh, Aikton.

     2/2015/0023 – Installation of summer house at Roanoke, Evening Hill, Thursby

    Councillors ratified the comments forwarded to Allerdale Planning Dept. Planning on the 13th February

     Applications Received – None

     Planning Decision Notices

    2/2014/0872 – James Wilson, Evening Hill Farm, extension to portal frame building. Full plans approved 30.1.15

     2/2014/0856 – Dorran Mount, demolition of existing dwelling and new build dwelling with solar panels.

    Full plans approved 28.1.15

     170/2/15 – Payments of Accounts

    The following payments were agreed by the council:-

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £319.27
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £79.80
  • Clerks expenses – £118.10
  • Graeme Dixon- Joiner – £435
  • JRB Enterprise Ltd – £129.60

 171/2/15 – Accounts audit:

The financial statement as at 31st January 2015 was agreed by the council and signed by the chair.

Public Works Loan Board Repayment, should the loan either be paid off early, or lump sums paid off the existing balance, the penalty clauses attached to this would not make such actions cost effective to the council.

 Date of next meeting has been confirmed as Tuesday 24th March 2015 at Thursby Parish Hall at 7.30pm