December 15th 2015


Clerk: Jeff Downham,


Tel No 07795484126

Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 15th December 2015


 Minutes of meeting

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

Cumbria County Council: Duncan Fairbairn

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Pat MacDonald

Members of the public: None

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 130/12/15 – Apologies – None

 131/12/15 – Declaration of interests – Cllrs Bowe and Pattinson on sports and recreation.

 132/12/15 – Dispensations – None

 133/12/15 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 17th November 2015 were agreed as being correct and signed by the chair.

 134/12/15 – Chairs announcements – The next meeting of the Allerdale District Association meeting of CALC will be on the Thursday 7th January 2016 at Allerdale, the agenda will be circulated nearer the date.

 135/12/15 – Public Participation: – Nothing

 136/12/15 –

Reports from: –

Cumbria County Council – Cllr Fairbairn informed the council that flooding was occurring on the A596 near the Knox wood entrance and that he was going to contact CCC to get the gully’s cleaned, it was pointed out to him that similar flooding problems were being experienced at the end of Curthwaite Road and School Road, he agreed to address these also. He outlined the scale of the works currently being undertaken by the County Council following the recent flooding event.

 Allerdale Borough Council – Nothing to report

 Cumbria Police – Below is an overview of the incidents reported to the police since the last parish council meeting: –

On the 27th November 2015 the Police received a report of a public order offence that occurred at Thursby. An Officer attended the incident, gave advice to the offender and the incident was resulted through community resolution in way of the offender apologising to the victim.

On the 5th December 2015 a one-vehicle damage only Road Traffic Collision occurred at Thursby. During the incident a vehicle collided with a lamp post. There were no injuries sustained by the driver.

137/12/15 – Additional defibrillator for Thursby Parish – Following on from the November meeting the clerk reported that the three telephone kiosks in the parish had shown that there had been either little or no calls made from those phones in the last 12 months, and no emergency calls had been made from any of them. An application had been made to the British Heart Foundation for funding to purchase a defibrillator and that application was still pending.

The council resolved to bring the matter back to the meeting once a decision on the funding application was known.

 138/12/15 – Allerdale Budget Survey 2016/17 – Survey completed by the council

 139/12/15 – Dog waste bag provision – Councillors discussed whether there was the need for a further dog waste bag dispenser now that the Post Office had closed where dog bags had been dispensed.

The council decided not to purchase an additional waste dispenser but to monitor the situation.

 140/12/15 – Audit process – Following the closure of the Audit Commission changes were being made to how small councils were being audited. A proposal was being made by the Nationals Association of Local Councils (NALC) who were working with the Department for Communities and Local Government to appoint auditors for local councils, councils could opt out and arrange their own audit arrangement if they write to NALC by 31st January 2016.

The council resolved to make further enquiries as to the arrangements should the council wish to opt out.

 141/12/15 –Annual Play inspection – Allerdale Borough Council are offering to carry out the annual play inspection next year for the same cost of this year.

The council resolved to contact ABC and defer the inspection until the works on the play area had been completed.

 142/12/15 – Closure of Thursby Post Office – Following the closure of the Post Office arrangements are now in hand to open a Post Office service from the village hall. Prior to this service opening in February the Post Office are carrying out a 6-week period of consultation on the proposed changes on the following areas: –

  • How suitable do you think the new location and premises are?
  • Comments on proposed days and opening hours.
  • Ease of getting there.
  • Accessibility of premises inside and out.
  • Concerns about the location.
  • If so any suggestions as to how to improve it.
  • Are there any local or community issues that could be affected by this move?
  • Is there anything you like about the proposed change?

Comments can be forwarded to or on 03457 22 33 44 or online at quoting reference 21941099

143/12/15 – Overgrown bushes on Stonehouse Park – Councillors commented on the response from residents of Stonehouse Park to the request to cut back overgrown shrubs/trees from paths. This had been done promptly and the council were grateful for this. It was further commented that other areas of the parish had similar problems and residents were encouraged to cut back their overgrown shrubs if they were obstructing pathways.

144/12/15 – Damage to the Paddocks fence – The recent storms had damaged a section of the fencing on the Paddocks, estimates for this to be repaired were discussed.

The council resolved to award the work to Alan Doswell.

 145/12/15 – Community Pan – Cllr Bowe was still analysing the results from the recent survey.

 146/12/15 – Other reports: –

Clerks report –

Thankyou letters have been sent to those involved in the recent cutting of The Park hedge.

A letter has been sent to the chair of school governors regarding the finalising of the recent drainage works on the school field.

A further supply of dog bags has been ordered.

Contact has been made with Home re garages on Shawk Crescent, the matter is with their maintenance unit which is currently being chased up.

Arrangements made with Allerdale for the movement of waste bin adjacent to the post office – bin now moved to a location near to the school entrance.

Enquires with Home re ownership of piece of land on Shawk Crescent, Home now accept it is theirs and will commence cutting it again

Missing streetlight at How End, Allerdale lighting department have visited the location and accept that there are four poles with only three with attached lights, which corresponds with their inventory for lighting at this location. I have visited the complainant and updated him on this.

Reported light out on Shawk Crescent and damage to lighting column on the roundabout.

 Thursby Parish Hall- The Parish Hall Committee met recently, the porch is not yet finished however the recent heavy rains resulted in no leakages.

 Broadband – A recent report highlights that 85% of the county is now covered with superfast broadband, with a take up of around 20%. Further cabinets in Allerdale are due to go live but no information as to when those areas of the parish currently not in receipt of increased broadband coverage, will receive it.

 Neighbourhood Forum- No meeting

 Thursby School – No recent meeting held. The school governors have extended an invite to Parish Councillors to attend future governor’s meetings.

The council resolved to write the chair of the governors to find the dates of future meetings.

 Sports and Recreation – No report

 147/12/15 – Planning applications-

2/2015/0706 – Demolition of dwelling and conversion of existing barn to dwelling with new extension at Glen Holme, Thursby – no council objections.

 Planning Decision Notices: –

2/2015/0415 – Full plans approved for agricultural workers dwelling East Park Farm, Crofton.

 148/12/15 – Payments of Accounts

The council agreed the following payments: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £331.00
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £82.80
  • Clerks expenses – £78.50 – 417
  • JRB – £130.20 – 418

 149/12/15 – Accounts audit:

The financial statement 30th November 2015 was agreed and signed by the council chair.

 Date of next meeting – It has been agreed that the next meeting will take place at 7.30pm Tues 19th  January 2016 in Thursby Parish Hall




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