13th March 2018



Clerk: Jeff Downham,

Email: thursbypc@gmail.com

Tel No 07795484126

 Thursby Parish Council meeting

Tuesday 13th March



Draft Minutes of meeting

 Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Ray McCreadie, Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, and Ken Peerless.

 Cumbria County Council: Cllr Fairbairn

 Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr Pat MacDonald

 Members of the public:4

 Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

 223/3/18 – Apologies – Cllrs Armstrong and Fairbairn (CCC)

224/3/18 – Declaration of interests – None

 225/3/18 – Dispensations – None

 226/3/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 20th February 2018 were discussed and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.

 227/3/18 – Chairs announcements – The chair announced that Cllrs Girdwood and Pattinson had stepped down from their roles resulting in three vacancies on the council. The council thanked them both for their contributions as parish councillors.

 228/3/18 – Public participation: – An issue was raised regarding an anonymous letter that had been posted to an address on the Paddocks, accusing a disabled resident of allowing social care vehicles to park inconsiderately on the street in front of their house.

The allocated parking spaces outside the school, which were designed for parents attending the school with their children as drop off points, or residents parking, appear to be being used as parking spaces for school staff. A question was raised as to whether any additional parking spaces would be available when the new classroom is built.

The flooding from the field onto School Road had been reported at the recent meeting with then local MP, following which contact had been made with the resident by Cumbria County Council.

Some time ago it had been agreed that a bus stop would be installed at the end of the Paddocks, but no progress has been made on that, and a suggestion was made as to whether contact details could be placed on the grit bins regarding refilling them. A question was raised as to whether the parish council had increased its share of the precept for the coming financial year with the answer being no.

The council resolved to raise the parking issues at the school with the Headmistress, and to contact Cumbria Highways re the grit bins and Paddocks bus stop.

 229/3/18 – Reports from: –

Cumbria County Council – No report

 Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr MacDonald reported that she had contacted the street scene officer for the area and had raised the dog fouling issue with him, he had informed her that he was to do a leaflet drop in the area pointing out the penalties of allowing dogs to foul the streets. The release of the money from Story Homes to purchase additional play equipment for the village was now with Allerdale BC (conditions of the planning agreement for St Andrews view development) who were making plans to forward that to the sports and recreation committee. The Allerdale budget was approved at a recent council meeting and Allerdale councillors had received a pay award.

 230/3/18 – Parking on the Paddocks estate – Following the discussion on this matter at the public participation section, the parish council were unanimous in their condemnation of the actions of the resident who had sent the anonymous letter complaining about the parking of medical vehicles for a disabled resident, with a suggestion being made that Cumbria Highways may be able to help with an allocated disabled parking space.

 231/3/18 – Dog fouling – Councillors discussed an increase in the amount of dog fouling in the village and were encouraged by the attention given to the parish by Allerdale’s street scene officer, and his actions in trying to resolve this.

 232/3/18 – A595 Safety Study report – Councillors discussed the content of the report and agreed that by not including the Thursby roundabout in the survey, an opportunity had been missed to recommend safety improvements, and all agreed it was disappointing report.

233/3/18 – Matty Lonning restricted entry flyer – Councillors discussed producing a welcome pack for new residents to the parish, to include relevant information for new residents, including the restricted access to Matty Lonning.

The council resolved to allow Cllr McCreadie to draft something for the next meeting.

 234/3/18 – Councillors training – Further training for councillors was discussed and it was resolved to ask CALC if a training session could be tailored to suit councillors needs, and to consider opening this up to surrounding parishes. 

 235/3/18 – Rt. Hon Sue Hayman MP letter re A595 – Councillors discussed the letter from Sue Hayman regarding holding a joint meeting with councils along the route of the A596 and resolved to reply that Cllr Haig-Prothero would represent Thursby Parish Council at any such meeting.

236/3/18 – New Data Protection Regulations – The clerk outlined the principles of the new legislation circulated to councillors, which will take effect on the 25th May. The implications of how this will affect small councils are still being debated with further guidance expected before the deadline date.

 237/3/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda

Actions from previous meeting: –

 196/2/18 – Pot holes Low Road and the Paddocks sign reported to CCC (again)

 198/2/18 – Feedback from the Community Governance review forwarded to ABC

203/2/18 – Contacted Cumbria Highways re the street lighting to the St Andrews View estate and they stated that the new streetlighting to the estate, and other alterations to the highway, were subject to section 278 of the Highways Act. This allows for changes to the highway when subject to planning approval, and for which the costs fall to the developer. The streetlighting has not been adopted by the County Council but may do so in any future review of streetlighting in the area.

Clerks update: – Arrangements have been made re the defibrillator training which will go ahead at 7pm on Monday 9th April in the Parish Hall.

Updated the current account signatures in line with what was agreed at the last meeting.

Requested grit bins filled (twice)

Responded to 74 emails including one from a resident on Westhaven complaining about the use of Matty Lonning as a shortcut from the new estate, and one from a resident on School Road regarding parking near the school.

One enquiry from a resident enquiring about the vacant councillor positions.

208/2/18 –  Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Plan: –

Cllr Bowe outlined to the council that a final draft of the community plan was now complete incorporating the below 5 key priorities, these priority headings would form the basis of reporting back to the council on progress of the actions in the plan. Each themed priority now had a team leader, and a list of team members, with each team leader to ensure that their teams were updated as to their role in the delivery of the plan. Places were still available should residents wish to be involved in any of the teams. The plan was now undergoing its final proof read before a decision as to how best to circulate to the parish.

 Health and Wellbeing – The sports and reiteration committee are talking to young people in the parish regarding to the additional play equipment.

 Environment – No report

 Housing Issues –

St Andrews View development – Still a few vehicles using Matty Lonning & the Village as a short cut to the A595 – Police have been informed and are monitoring the situation.

Notice board – installation planned for 19th March

Village sign has been reinstated, neighbourhood watch sign to be replaced on 19th March

Replacement of planters – Westwood’s had got the wrong planters, too small but are replacing them

Parish Hall rear lawn area – Westwood’s waiting for drier weather

Housing Stock Scorecard – updated end February

    • Properties occupied – 22
    • Properties completed – 27
    • Properties reserved and sold – 33 four of which are “Discount for Sale”

Community amenities – The hall committee met recently and have now advertised the position of caretaker.

 Communications – A Facebook page has been set up for information relating to the community led plan, link below.


 238/3/18 –  Planning applications

 Received: – HOU/2018/0047 – Conversion of existing detached bungalow to detached dwellinghouse, 45 Stonehouse Park, Thursby, Carlisle. – no objections but the council would like to rasie the issue of increased parking at that location, and why no renewable energy sources as part of the application.

 Decision Notices: – HOU/2018/0010 – Demolition of existing conservatory & proposed two extensions and alterations – Somerfield House, Bank End, Thursby.


239/3/18 – Payments of Accounts

The following payments were authorised by the council: –

  • Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £359.10
  • PAYE – (Standing Order) – £89.80
  • Clerks expenses – £55.97


240/3/18 – Accounts

The financial statement as at 28th February 2018 was agreed and signed by the council chair.


Date of next meeting – Tuesday 17th April 2018 –  7.30 Thursby Parish Hall




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