September 20th



Clerk: Jeff Downham,


Tel No 07795484126

Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 20th September



Minutes of meeting

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

 Cumbria County Council: Duncan Fairbairn

 Allerdale Borough Councillor: Pat MacDonald

 Members of the public: 4

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 277/9/16 – Apologies – Cllr Howard

 278/9/16 – Declaration of interests – Cllrs Bowe and Pattinson declared an interest in the sports and recreation, Cllr Pattinson in the Story Development and Cllr Peerless in item 8.

279/9/16 – Dispensations – None

280/9/16 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 19th July 2016 were agreed as being correct and signed by the chair.

 281/9/16 – Chairs announcements – None

282/9/16 – Public Participation – The Story development was raised with reference to the highways report and the fact that a letter had been forwarded to Cumbria Highways outlining a number of concerns from residents regarding the planning application. The recently announced traffic safety survey from Thursby roundabout to Newby West roundabout was discussed with concerns expressed by residents as to why this had not been extended to the Low Road junction on the A595. Residents had also prepared a list of concerns they wished to be raised with Story Homes regarding the development, the clerk informed the meeting that a representative from Story’s was willing to meet with the council and invited community representatives to discuss these concerns once the construction method statement had been submitted. 

Concern was expressed by a resident about children playing football on the green and their ball going into resident’s gardens. Damage was being caused by youngsters retrieving their ball from gardens and there were occasions where residents felt intimidated. A representative from the sports and recreation group stated that the jubilee field would be ready for use by the 31st October.

Councillors resolved to speak to the children if seen and to ask the PCSO to visit the area at evenings. 

Wigton Rotary club have 5000 crocus bulbs to plant in villages surrounding Wigton and have suggested planting some in Thursby, councillors suggested planting them near the entrance to Thursby signs entering the village.

 283/9/16 –

Reports from: –

Cumbria Police

There has been 6 incident/s reported to the Police for the area of Thursby since the last meeting on the 19th July 2016.

  • On the 24th July, 4th September 2016 there was a report of a two vehicles and their manner of driving in the area of Thursby. Observations were passed to officers in the area and there were no sightings of the vehicle.
  • On the 29th August there was a report of a fail to stop road traffic collision in the area of Thursby. Officers are still ongoing with their enquiries.
  • On the 29th August there was a report of a one vehicle road traffic collision in the area of the A595 Thursby roundabout whereby a vehicle has collided with a hedge. Police, ambulance and recovery attended the scene. One person was arrested for driving over the prescribed limit.

Cumbria County Council – Cllr Fairbairn reported that the County Council were looking at business rates to help fund the council and that some libraries were having to reduce their hours due to staff shortages. He stated that two boundary changes were currently being looked at that would affect Thursby, and that Wigton Hospital was currently carrying out a review of its services and would welcome feedback from local residents through Evelyn Dugdale, Friends of Wigton Hospital. Cllr Fairbairn also raised the A595 traffic safety survey.

 Allerdale Borough CouncilCllr MacDonald stated that she was disappointed at the outcome of the Story planning application and that she would be attending full Allerdale Council meeting on the 21st September. She made mention of the A595 traffic survey encouraging residents to provide feedback to the consultants AECOM Ltd, contact for feedback form.

 284/9/16 – Grant applications – Councillors considered the following grants applications and resolved to support the following: –

Thursby Throstle.                             £420 to support publication of Throstle.

Thursby Gents coffee morning.     £250 to match fund hall hire costs.

First responders.                              £200 to assist purchase of new kit bag.

Sports and Recreation.                   £500 to cover insurance costs of field/ facilities.

Thursby gardening club.                 £50 to purchase plants and planters.

St Andrews PCC                              £375 to help fund grounds maintenance.

Crofton Social Club.                        Donation requested – £150

Great north Air Ambulance.           Donation requested – £50

 The council resolved to agree the grants to the above organisations to the amount’s listed.

 285/9/16 Condition of notice boards – The dirty condition of the three parish notice boards was raised with Cllr Hunter agreeing that he would give them a clean.

 286/8/16 – Community Plan update – Cllr Bowe updated the council on progress to date and the council resolved to hold a meeting on the 11th October and to invite those who attended the initial meeting of the community plan group.

  287/9/16 – Overhanging branches obstructing footpaths (Greenwood Close and the path from the centre of the village to the housing estate) – Home Group have acknowledged that the land from which these trees and shrubs overhang from is theirs, and have agreed to cut them back with one tree requiring permission from Allerdale BC which would take 6 weeks.

  288/9/16 – British Heart Foundation bid for defibrillator – Councillors considered the options for installing the defibrillator in the telephone box in Thursby village, together with the associated costs of a cabinet, general maintenance and insurance cover. A second option of handing over the defibrillator purchased from the BHF at the reduced cost of £400, to the Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT). For an annual cost of £126 the CHT will take on all responsibility for the defibrillator, purchase cost of the cabinet and the ongoing maintenance and insurance costs.

The council resolved to take up the second option and to set up the agreement with CHT.

 289/9/16 – Dropped kerb at bus stop in village – Dropped kerbs would need to be installed by a contractor from the CCC framework. The Parish Council would have to procure the work themselves and the contractor would apply for a permit to carry out the works. Cllr Fairbairn commented that County Council Safety Officer could visit the village and give his assessment.

The council resolved to allow Cllr Fairbairn to contact the safety officer and request he visit locations identified for his assessment, Cllr Hunter to identify specific locations.   

  290/9/16 – Annual audit report – Councillors acknowledged and accepted the findings of the annual auditor’s report.

 291/9/16 – Dog bag dispenser review – Councillors reviewed the decision on whether to continue to purchase dog bags for the dispenser and resolved to extend the period of not filling the dispenser for a further 3 months. Councillors commented that the savings from not supplying the dog dispenser would pay for the defibrillator for Thursby village.

 292/9/16 – Other reports: –

 Clerks Report for items not on agenda September 2016: –

Letter from MP – Invite to attend a meeting with Andy Swindell, BT Director and Sue Hayman MP 2.30pm 5th October Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth re broadband coverage.

Cattle warning signs and grass cutting at Methodist church – reported to highways

Enquiry regarding removal of post box School Road – Post Office monitored the use of the post box following closure of the post office and considered it did not warrant retaining it or siting it somewhere else.

Enquiry re movement of Evening Hill street sign – following a complaint about the removal of this sign to a location further down Evening Hill contacted Allerdale who say that the sign was moved by Property Services following an issue with the emergency services not being able to find a property in the cul-de-sac, they have agreed to put another sign in the same location as the one that was moved.

Road surface Brook Close – following a complaint about the road surface at this location to highways, this has now been re- surfaced. 

Road sweeper – requested the road sweeper re sweep the village following on from the weed killing in July. – carried out 7th Sept

Report to highways access to water meter adjacent to the Methodist church – reported to highways (again)

Report of pot hole A595 North East side of the bypass as you go from Thursby roundabout to Carlisle, just after the four yellow lines on the highway – reported to highways

Road sign not illuminated entrance to Matty Lonning – reported to highways

Contacted Allerdale re extension at rear of 3 Westhaven – this being an application not going more than 4 meters from the house (rear application) only requiring those directly affected to be notified, no requirement on ABC planners to notify parish council.

Garages on School Road – contacted Home group yet again to report the condition of the derelict garages.

Anonymous letter – an anonymous letter was received from a member of the public the content of which was quite anti the council.

Parish Councillors agreed that should members of the public have genuine complaints that they wish the council to address they should contact a member of the council or the parish clerk with details of how they can be contacted.

Thursby Parish Hall – The hall is still awaiting its NALC certificate, forthcoming events reviewed.

 Broadband – A broadband cabinet has now been installed in Crofton but is not yet active.

Thursby School – nothing to report as schools had only recently returned.

 293/9/2016 – Planning: –

 2/2016/0432 – Listed building consent for construction of sun room The Old Vicarage, Church lane. (Retrospective application) – no objections. (believed to be withdrawn)

 2/2016/0391 – Erection of a slurry tower How End Farm, How End, Thursby (Retrospective application) – approved

2/2016/0514 – Single story rear extension 5 The Paddocks, Thursby (Retrospective application) – approved

 2/2016/0561 – retrospective application for erection of decking and boundary fence  

53 The Paddocks – no objections

 2/2016/0567 – Replacement of UPVC windows with original timber frames- Ship Inn

No council objections

 PB/2016/0002 – Removal of public payphone Micklethwaite.

Councillors resolved that they had no objections to the removal of this payphone.

 Planning Decision Notices: – None

293/9/16 –  Story development (St Andrews View) – Councillors are asked to consider: – Dundraw Lane, Brisco Avenue, Crofton Place and Whinnow Close as street names for the new estate.

Councillors resolved that Brisco Lane, Crofton Place and Whinnow Close were to near the names of nearby communities and would cause confusion.

 Requirements of the 106 agreement – Councillors resolved to enquire with Allerdale planners how the money identified through the 106 agreement would be accessed.

Other issues associated with the development – Councillors resolved to support the local residents group in endorsing the letters to CCC regarding highways issues associated with the Story development, and the request to the developer to meet with the community to discuss the list of issues highlighted by this application. They also resolved to request that the A595 safety assessment be extended to cover the Low Road junction.


294/9/16 – Payments of Accounts

The council agreed the following payments: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £331.00
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £82.80
  • Clerks expenses – £199.00 – 442
  • ISS – July and August payments plus weed killing – £1,278.92 – 443
  • BDO annual return – £240.00 – 444
  • Milestones restoration – £100.00 – 445
  • British Heart Foundation – £400.00 – 446

 295/9/16 – Accounts

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

 Date of next meeting – It has been agreed that the next meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th October 2016 Thursby Parish Hall 7.30pm

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