June 21st 2016



Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

Tel No 07795484126

 Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 21st June


 Minutes of meeting

 Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter (Vice Chair) Ken Peerless, David Pattinson.

 Cumbria County Council: Duncan Fairbairn

 Allerdale Borough Councillor: Pat MacDonald

 Members of the public: Six

 Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 241/6/16 – Apologies – Cllr Howard

 242/6/16 – Declaration of interests – Cllrs Bowe and Pattinson declared an interest in the sports and recreation. .

 243/6/16 – Dispensations – Cllr Pattinson in the Storey amendment

 244/6/16 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 17th May 2016 were agreed as being correct and signed by the chair.

245/6/16 – Chairs announcements – Allerdale CALC three tier meeting on the 30th June at Bothel Village hall.

A memorial concert to commemorate 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme to take place at St Marys Church, Maryport on the 2nd July at 7pm, all parish councils are invited to attend.

The Chair thanked the Gala committee for their work for this year’s Gala and acknowledged the fact that the clerk had now completed 2 years’ service with the council. 

 246/6/16 – Public Participation – Members of the public raised the issue of the proposed planning development on Matty Lonning and to the recent amendments, and to the proposal of a right of way exiting the site across land owned by the Parish Council. It was agreed that these matter be best dealt with at agenda item 14.

247/6/16 –

Reports from: –

Cumbria Police – Please see below the incidents of public interest:

On the 5th and 10th June 2016 there was a report of a vehicle and tow wagons which had broken down near to the area of the Thursby round about; the vehicles were causing an obstruction causing traffic problems. Police attended the scene and the vehicles were uplifted shortly after by recovery.

Cumbria County Council – Cllr Fairbairn informed the council that the recent improvements to the A595 had been welcomed despite the inconvenience of the road closures to carry out the works. He did say that he had a list of outstanding items reported to him on the A595 but due to non-specific locations it was proving difficult to carry out these repairs, he raised the importance of giving clearer locations when reporting problems as this was a Connect road.

Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr MacDonald stated that the overflowing dog waste bin at the entrance to the jubilee field had now been emptied. She informed the council that should anyone wish to speak at a development panel meeting they would need to give 5 days’ notice and forward to the panel any presentations they intended to make.

 248/6/16 – Speeding drivers on Shawk Crescent/School Road – this had been reported to the council by residents on the estate and was occurring at both drop off and pick up times at the school as well as other times of the day, a request had been made for vehicle registration numbers and the police had been informed.

It was resolved to send a letter to the school asking them if they could make parents aware of the complaint.

The question of speeding tractors and other vehicles using Matty Lonning was also raised and it was resolved to send a letter to local farms and to put an open letter in the Throstle reminding drivers of the restrictions on this road.

249/6/16 – Broadband coverage – A letter had been received from Sue Hayman MP asking for an update as to the percentage of broadband coverage in parishes across Allerdale, the council resolved to respond to the letter informing her that 30% of Thursby parish had still to receive broadband coverage and that those areas in receipt of it were currently only receiving 8mb.

250/6/16 – Community Plan update – Analysis of the questionnaires has not yet been carried out, councillors resolved to agree a date to complete this at the July meeting.

 251/6/16 – Parish Signage – Following guidance from the planning department at Allerdale BC councillors resolved to come back to the July meeting with ideas of what signage would better direct people to the relevant locations in the parish.  

 252/6/16 – Weed killing – Following complaints of areas of Thursby village becoming overgrown with weeds, and an estimate from the grass cutting contractors ISS to carry out this weed killing, councillors resolved to give ISS the go ahead to carry out this work.

253/6/16 – Other reports: –

Clerks report –

Sent letter to resident on Stonehouse Park thanking him for the grass cutting on the estate.

Contacted highways re their weed killing policy.

Contacted Connect roads re signage at Micklethwaite corner following a complaint from a resident that the sign is restricting visibility to tractor drivers.

Circulated Freedom of Information data on accident stats in Thursby Parish.

Circulated email from Thursby School requesting any views from councillors regarding development of the school over the next three years.

Contacted resident regarding grass cutting on Fairfield Road and why the parish council could not cut the grass outside their house.

Forwarded play inspection report to sports and recreation committee who have added it to the agenda of their next meeting.

Posted on the notice boards the notice advertising the opportunity of inspecting the end of year accounts between 13th June and the 22nd July

Contacted Allerdale regarding road sweeping in the village

Thursby Parish Hall – The parish hall committee last met on the 8th June and identified that the energy efficiency report was still awaited which has to be publicised, the monthly accounts showed a slight deficit which was due to a high energy bill. The insurance company had requested an updated valuation of the hall as should a claim arise and the hall be undervalued trustees may be liable for the difference.

 Broadband – No further report

Neighbourhood Forum – Neighbourhood Forum meetings no longer take place but grants are still available through the community development team.

 Thursby School –  No report

 254/6/2016 – Planning-

2/2016/0070Story planning application amendment – Councillors agreed to hold a meeting on the 28th June to discuss the latest amendment to this application. A discussion was then had around the proposal to have a pedestrian exit from the estate across parish council land at the parish hall, councillors resolved that they would object to this proposal on the grounds of safety and security of the site.

 Planning Decision Notices: –

2/2016/0197 – Front extension to property at 69 Stonehouse Park – full plans approved 8/6/16

      2/2016/0254 –

    Side extension to provide annex accommodation for disabled needs
    Westering Curthwaite Road, Thursby Carlisle – Full plans approved 14.6.16



255/6/16 – Payments of Accounts

The council agreed the following payments: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £331.00
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £82.80
  • Clerks expenses – £104.15 – 435
  • ISS – £468.46 – 436
  • Internet domain – £16.78 – 437
  • Able War memorials – £570 – 438

256/6/16 – Parish maintenance – Councillors agreed to come up with a date at the July meeting for a parish walkabout to identify any issues that may require further attention.

257/5/16 – Accounts

The financial statement as at 31st May 2016 was agreed and signed by the council chair.

The clerk’s completion of 2 years’ service was discussed and it was resolved that the hourly rate be increased to scale point 20 in line with the Society of Local Council Clerks national pay scales.

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




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