THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 16th January
Minutes of meeting
Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Ray McCreadie, Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, Tom Girdwood and Ken Peerless.
Cumbria County Council:
Allerdale Borough Councillor:
Members of the public: One
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
168/1/18 – Apologies – Cllrs Armstrong, Fairbairn (CCC) and MacDonald (ABC)
169/1/18 – Declaration of interests – None
170/1/18 – Dispensations – None
171/1/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 19th December 2017 were discussed and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
172/1/18 – Chairs announcements – The chair announced the resignation of Cllr John Robson and thanked him for service as a Thursby Parish Councillor, and announced the vacancy for a councillor.
173/1/18 – Public participation: – The issue of grit bins was raised with a request for additional bins on Greenwood Close and near the bus shelter by the village green. The council was informed the road sweeper had been in the village and that work on the dropped kerbs had started. A question was asked as to why the layby on Low Road was being closed with an explanation being given that it was not an official layby, and that with its drainage problems it was felt that its closure would improve the appearance of the area. The condition of the footpaths on Matty Lonning was raised, and the council was thanked for the recent work on the Thursby bus shelter.
The council resolved to report the state of the footpaths on Matty Lonning to CCC.
174/1/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – Cllr Fairbairn offered his apologies but forwarded an update re the closure of the lay by on low Road, stating that he was still awaiting confirmation of a closure date.
Allerdale Borough Council– No report
175/1/18 – Budget 2018/19 – The council resolved to accept the budget as discussed keeping it within the £25,000 expenditure limit.
176/1/18 – Grit bins – A discussion was had as to whether additional grit bins were required, and the council resolved to purchase an additional 4 bins to be located on Greenwood Close, Thursby village, Curthwaite Road end and Shaw Wood Road.
177/1/18 – Notice Boards – The council resolved to purchase new panels for the Thursby notice board.
178/1/18 – Allerdale Local Plan Part 2 – The additional sites for potential building development in Thursby were discussed and the council resolved to raise issues regarding access onto the A596,595 roads with increased traffic, pressure on local facilities, increased pressure on the sewage works, lack of conformity with the Allerdale Local Plan, potential for flooding, lack of footpaths and access to private land.
179/1/18 – Crofton Junction A596 bus shelter /Nealhouse bus shelter – The clerk informed the council that the demolished bus shelter near to the Crofton Junction had been reported to the insurance company, and a response was still awaited. The Nealhouse bus shelter now had a concrete floor, and an estimate for the fitting of a seat in the shelter, and the removal of the old shelter was discussed, with councillors resolving to have the old shelter removed, and a seat fitted in the new one. Councillors also resolved to have guttering fitted to the bus shelter in Thursby.
180/1/18 – Matty Beck sewage discharge – A discharge over the Christmas period was reported to the Environment Agency who attended, and a report of that visit is still awaited, a request has been made for someone from United Utilities to attend a council meeting to discuss recent discharges from the works, with a proposal that councillors would agree to a site visit with United Utilities if that could be arranged.
181/1/18 – Police and Crime Commissioner survey – Councillors resolved to complete the survey individually.
182/1/18 – A595 safety audit outcomes – details of the report still awaited from the Assistant Director Cumbria County Council Highways.
183/1/18 – Low Road lay-by closure plans – Cllr Fairbairn’s report shows no decision by the County Council for any closure date.
184/1/18 – Formation of council teams – this item was deferred to the Community Led Plan update.
185/1/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
Minute reference 156/12/17 – Forwarded an article for inclusion in the next Throstle re public interest in a further session of defibrillator training.
Clerks update: – Contacted Allerdale BC and requested that Thursby be added to the rota for the road sweeper. Contacted highways re pot hole on Low Road and to refill grit bins.
186/1/18 – Progress reports for information: –
Community led plan – The recent copy of the plan circulated to councillors was discussed with amendments being made as appropriate. The 5 key themes of the plan were discussed, and the following councillors agreed to take a lead as below: –
Health and Well Being – Cllr Bowe
Housing – Cllr McCreadie
Environment – Cllrs Hunter, Armstrong and Haig-Prothero
Community Amenities – Cllrs Peerless, Haig-Prothero and Girdwood.
Communications – Cllrs McCreadie and Bowe
St Andrews view development –
Re-routing of the new footpath / Lighting at the top of Matty Lonning. New street sign (Matty Lonning) in place together with the new grit bin, pedestrian protection will be complete in January. The entrance sign to the village is to be reinstated (new one) along with the furniture (planters) for the flower beds in early spring. The street lighting will be on the side of the site into the village prior to the site entrance entering the village from the A595 is currently being installed. New notice board for St Andrew’s View site. Delivery is in January, no firm date fitting.
Site working times are being breached on several occasions, the road sweeper has been working after the agreed site finishing time to the annoyance of the people in the houses adjacent to Matty Lonning. Story Homes have confirmed (1) that the site manager has spoken to the road sweeping contractor again to reiterate why the site operational hours are there, and the importance of them (2) any more breaches and the contract with them will be terminated. Vehicles using Matty Lonning & the Village as a short cut to the A595 – Police have been informed will monitor the situation. Dust issues. Blue mesh and the silica covering is still in-situ and functioning. Story Homes are continuing to spray the site on dry days. Removal of Electricity poles. Overhead power lines have now been removed from the development together with one pole at the rear of the Parish Hall. Story Homes have done some levelling will be completed in the spring.
Housing Stock Scorecard – updated early December
Properties occupied – 15
Properties completed – 17
Properties reserved & sold – 33, four of which are “Discount for Sale”
Affordable housing units:
Discounted properties – 4 discounted for sale properties have been reserved / sold.
Rental properties – 13 properties (a) nine 2 bed, 3 persons houses (b) four 3 bed, 5 persons houses.
CCHA received a total of 38 applicants, out of that total, only 5 or 6 of those 38 applicants possessed what appeared to be a local connection to Thursby and surrounding parishes.
On that basis they have since sent out forms asking for further information from the shortlisted applicants,
These letters were sent out on Friday 12th January, with a deadline for applicants to return them to us by 19th January.
Once CCHA have this information they can verify the shortlisted applicants’ local connection and then arrange viewings at the properties after the hand-over from Story Homes on 26/1/2018 and 23/2/2018 for the first 4 properties.
Those applicants who are successful, i.e. they can prove their local connection, possess a housing need, meet the property criteria, affordability check, and we are happy to proceed with, they will look to signing tenancy agreements after the hand-over process and viewings have been completed.
CCHA are confident that most of the shortlisted applicants have the local connection and that they can progress their applications to the next stage, however; CCHA have the option to re-advertise the properties again on 25/1/2018 via Cumbria Choice Based Lettings if necessary.
Thursby Parish Hall – The committee met on the 10th January and met the volunteer who has agreed to be the Arts Out West co-ordinator, the committee is still working towards the Hallmark 2 accreditation.
Thursby School – No report
Broadband – The Vodaphone broadband signal is poor with Cllr Bowe agreeing to take this up with the company.
Sports and Recreation – The committee met on the 15th January and have agreed a programme of fund raising events in the coming months.
187/1/18 – Planning applications
Received: – None
Decision Notices: – None
188/1/18 – Payments of Accounts
The following payments were authorised by the council: –
189/1/18 – Accounts
The financial statement as at 31st December 2017 was agreed and signed by the council chair.
Date of next meeting – Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 7.30 Thursby Parish Hall