20th June 2017



Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

Tel No 07795484126

Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 20th June


  Minutes of meeting

 Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter (Vice Chair) Myra Armstrong, Tom Girdwood, Chris Haig-Prothero, Ray McCreadie, Ken Peerless and John Robson

 Cumbria County Council: Cllr Duncan Fairbairn

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr Pat McDonald

Members of the public: One

 Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

41/6/17 – Apologies – Cllr David Pattinson

 42/6/17 – Declaration of interests – None

 43/6/17 – Dispensations – None

 44/6/17 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 16th May 2017 were discussed and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.

 45/6/17 – Chairs announcements – None

46/6/17 – Public participation: – The wood lorries on the A596 were discussed and Cllr Haig-Prothero reported that following the letter from the parish council, to Aspatria Town Council, supporting their drive for a safety study to be completed, a small working group was to be set up of affected councils which Cllr Haig-Prothero will sit on. Several issues of minor vandalism had been noticed in the parish including on the recently installed jubilee field fencing. A question was raised about the right of way through the sports field, the recent standard of grass cutting on the green, the overgrown shrubs/flowers at the Welcome to Thursby sign, and the state of the grass on Matty Lonning verges. The council was thanked for the recent work on the footpath across the green and to Cllr Hunter for his work cleaning up the dog mess in the village.

The council resolved to put the vandalism, and the right of way across the jubilee field as agenda items at the next meeting, to contact highways re the overgrown verges on Matty Lonning, contact the grass cutting contractors re the cutting of the green and contact the gardening club re the overgrown Welcome the Thursby sign shrubs.

 47/6/17 – Reports from: –

Cumbria County Council – Cllr Fairbairn informed the council that it had been agreed that the County Council administration would be a Labour/Lib Dem coalition. The issue of the lay-bys on Low Road was in the hands of the relevant department of the CC with a view to closing off the farthest lay bye.

 Allerdale Borough Council– Cllr MacDonald reported that she had pursued the issue of purple bags for Crofton residents and requested the addresses of any households still not getting them, and had spoken to Story Homes regarding the noise and dust generated at the St Andrews View site.

 48/6/17 – Community speed watch – Councillors considered the information regarding the setting up of a community speed watch scheme and resolved to contact the police to request a place on a future training session for at least 6 volunteers from the parish.

 49/6/17 – Low Whinnow Lay-by – Cllr Fairbairn informed the council that it was still in the hands of the Highways engineer to come up with any possible solutions to the abuse of the parking restrictions. Following the circulation of a letter from the County Council on the proposal to remove the exception to the two-hour parking restriction for catering vendors, the council voted in favour of supporting this by a majority show of hands.

50/6/17 –  Thursby village signs – Following on from the action raised to contact the supplier of the village signs, the supplier agreed they will re-do the lettering on the signs to the largest lettering that the signs will allow.

Councillors resolved to enquire whether it would be possible to have the new lettering on the larger directional arms and the council to stand the additional cost.

 51/6/17 – Superfast broadband digital inclusion event – Councillors agreed that this could be a useful event and those that could make it would attend a meeting on the 21st June to discuss the format.

52/6/17 – Nealhouse bus shelter – Following on from the site visit with the county council bus infrastructure officer, a location for the siting of the shelter had been agreed but approval was still awaited from Connect Roads before the shelter could be ordered.

53/6/17 – Trees and vegetation, Matty beck – The issue of the overhanging trees on the cut through alongside the beck was discussed.

The council resolved to get a tree surgeon to look at the trees to see if they are a risk hazard to the public, and if so provide a quote for making them safe.

 54/6/17 – Communication – Various methods of communication were discussed by the council, with the meeting of councillors arranged for the 27th agreed as being the appropriate time to agree what is the best approach.

55/6/17 –  Other reports: –

Clerks report: – Actions from previous meeting: –

  • Contacted the Throstle with an article re speeding through the village.
  • Contacted Connect roads regarding the state of the roundabout following the recent street lighting works, the area will be put back to what it was when the works are completed.
  • Contacted Highways regarding the purchase of defibrillator signs for Thursby village, the signs are now complete and awaiting fixing to village signs.
  • Prepared and sent a letter of support to Aspatria Town Council regarding the A596 lorry movements.

Clerks update: –

Contacted highways re overhanging branches on Matty Lonning and Curthwaite Road, road surface outside the Paddocks and road surface Curthwaite Road.

Contacted the police re speeding traffic through Thursby village during road closure.

Completed and submitted the VAT reclaim for 2016/17

Liaised with Karen Little, Home Group re a map of the areas of the estate owned by them.

Received two messages thanking the council for the recent works on the green.

A scheme for assisting residents with setting up a household emergency plan was circulated.

56/6/17 – Progress reports for information: –

Community led plan – A final meeting is yet to take place to agree the priorities for the plan, it is hoped that this can be done before the end of July.

St Andrews view developmentIt is anticipated that the first private occupation will be from the 30th of June. Key issues causing concern: –


  •  Dust Issues – Concerns raised on behalf of the residents adjacent to the St Andrews View site.
    • With the dry weather experienced during April, May and June several issues have been reported regarding dust emanating from the site.  Story Homes have erected some Heras fencing which has been treated with Silica spray to stop the dust getting to the houses adjacent to the site.
    • Story Homes has advised that the level of the Heras fencing cannot be raised.
    • This solution does not appear to be working to inhibit the dust, it is hoped that a meeting with the Story Site Director and Matty Lonning residents adjacent to the St Andrews site can be arranged, to discuss this ongoing issue.


Affordable Housing – Story have now appointed a registered provider (RP) to manage the affordable homes on the St Andrew View site. Contact details listed below:

Two Castles Housing Association, 3 Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3 8SY

email:  mailbox@twocastles.org.uk

Fax:  01228 597822

Re-routing of the new footpath at the top of Matty Lonning 

    • Allerdale have now approved the route of the path from St Andrews View to Matty Lonning – which is basically the same as originally planned.
    • However, the Story Site Director has promised that no further work will be carried out until a review has taken place with the affected resident.

Site Working Times

    • It has been noted that the site working times has been extended on a number of Saturdays.
    • Story Homes have been requested to complete Saturday work by agreed finishing time of 13:00.


Vehicles using Matty Lonning and the Village as a short cut to the A595 – Story have erected two “no left turn signs” at the two site exits forcing traffic to turn right onto low road & use the Low Road junction with the A595.  Situation had stabilised; however, a couple of issues have been raised in the last three weeks:


Lay bye near to the site entrance to St Andrews View development is in a poor state of repair – Story confirmed that “they have reviewed the situation and are satisfied


Damaged verges adjacent are still in a poor state – Story have been requested to make good.


Thursby Parish Hall – Two meetings have taken place since the last council meeting, the hall has just been awarded the Hallmark stage 1 award and is to go for stage 2. The committee wanted to thank the parish council for the recent signage to the hall and to raise the issue that new committee members would be welcome.


Thursby School – Concerns had been raised by the school about the increase of vandalism around the school and these had been reported to the police. They had also commented on the recently installed fencing on the jubilee field and the gate access into the school changing area, and expressed their thanks to the sports and recreation committee.


57/6/17 –  Planning applications Received: – None

Decision notices – 2/2017/0169 – Application for consent to display a directional sign advertisement, Old Stable Block, Crofton Hall. Full plans approved.


58/6/17 – Payments of Accounts

The following payments were authorised by the council: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £346.27
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £86.60
  • Clerks expenses – £100.52
  • Cumberland Paving and Fencing – £975
  • ISS – £468.46
  • Mally Douglas – £3,120.00
  • Zurich Insurance – £439.34
  • Hire of Parish Hall for CLP meetings – £81.00



59/6/17 – Accounts

The financial statement as at 31st May 2017 was agreed and signed by the council chair.

60/6/17 – Councillors reports – Councillors reported that the issues with tractors on Curthwaite road had improved and expressed thanks to Cllr Hunter regarding his work with the Speed Indicator device.

Date of next meeting – Tuesday 18th July 2017 –  7.30 Thursby Parish Hall

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