THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 17th April
Minutes of meeting
Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, Myra Armstrong and Ken Peerless.
Cumbria County Council: Cllr Fairbairn
Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr Pat MacDonald
Members of the public:5
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
241/4/18 – Apologies – Cllr Ray McCreadie and Cllr Fairbairn (CCC)
242/4/18 – Declaration of interests – Cllr Bowe declared an interest in the Jubilee play area funding item.
243/4/18 – Dispensations – None
244/4/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 13th March 2018 were discussed and an additional item added that the bus stop sign had been replaced on A595 near to the Fairfield junction, the council then resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
245/4/18 – Chairs announcements – None.
246/4/18 – Dog fouling – The Allerdale Street Enforcement Officer Gary Fearon reported to the council initiatives that he had put in place to reduce dog fouling in the parish, replacing new bins, added new bins to dog walking areas and distributed leaflets. He stated that from and educational point of view he could do no more but that enforcement by means of an £80 fixed penalty notice would now be issued should anyone be caught allowing their dog to foul. He stated that the £80 fixed penalty notice would be reduced to £60 if payed within 10 days, but if not payed would result in a court appearance. Training to allow members of the public to have the power to issue fixed penalty notices could be arranged and he would get back to the council with costs for that training. The CCTV coverage at the jubilee field was discussed as to whether it could be used to monitor the field where dog fouling is a problem, members of the sports and recreation committee would get back to the council with details of the range of coverage of the cameras. An issue was raised about refuse being left at the layby on Low Road and it was agreed that a bin be sited at that location. It was suggested that at the next joint parish council meeting on the 25th April a discussion be had about the enforcement training to see whether other parishes would be interested in taking up the offer of being trained to issue fixed penalty notices for dog fouling.
247/4/18 – Public participation – Parking on Matty Lonning when events are on at the hall was raised with a request that it be discussed as an agenda item at the next council meeting. Streetlighting issues, particularly overhanging trees blocking the lighting was raised with a request that it be placed on the next agenda. The flooding issue on Shawk Crescent was now being addressed by the county council and mention was made of the successful defibrillator training session on the 9th April which had been well received.
248/4/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report
Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr MacDonald reported that there would be Allerdale Borough Council elections next year and that she would not be standing again but would offer her support should anyone be interested in applying. A question was raised about what items should be placed in the purple recycling bags and Cllr MacDonald agreed to get some clarity on this.
249/4/18 – Parish Councillor vacancy’s – Councillors discussed the application by Ewan Hall for the position of Councillor on the parish council and agreed by a majority show of hands to co-opt him onto the council from immediate effect. The chair of the council duly announcement Cllr Hall a Thursby Parish Councillor.
250/4/18 – Jubilee field play area funding – Members of the sports and recreation committee attended the meeting to outline their proposals for developing the play area on the jubilee field. They stated that a project was in place and that three tenders had been requested from three company’s specialising in play equipment. Funding bids had been submitted to several funders to supplement the
£13, 427.00 donated by Story Homes, part of the section 106 planning agreement. They agreed to circulate to the council the proposal and come back to a future council meeting to update councillors. Councillors resolved to forward a letter to the sports and recreation committee supporting them in their funding bids.
251/4/18 – Community welcome pack – A draft welcome pack has been started with the help from others in the parish, with the aim to have something to bring back to the council in June.
252/4/18 – Councillor training – Following circulation of the options for councillor training, councillors resolved to bring this back to the next meeting to allow more time to determine what additional level of training would be appropriate for councillors.
253/4/18 –. Gully’s – The map of gullies circulated showing the locations of blocked drains was now complete. The council resolved to contact Cumbria County Council to discuss a timescale for having these cleaned/replaced.
254/4/18 – Community led plan – A final draft was now complete, and this would be circulated to councillors and a hard copy available in the Parish Hall. A discussion was had as to the cost of producing a condensed version of the plan for circulation to all households, the council resolved that enquiries be made to obtain costs for the printing, and to see whether funding be available to assist with these costs.
255/4/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
223/3/18 – Grit bins filled, and Cumbria highways are to install the bus stop at the Paddocks entrance.
256/3/18 – Nominated Cllr Haig-Prothero as the representative on any working group re A596
Clerks update: –
Arrangements made United Utilities for a site visit at the water treatment works for 8.30 on Thursday 3rd May.
Arrangements made for the defibrillator training which took place on the 9th April, 7 residents attended.
Contacted the Police re speed watch notices to be displayed in the village, they will supply them.
Visit to the hall once in the last month, two residents visited to discuss the flood water on School Road from the adjacaent field, contacted Highways on their behalf. The Allerdale Street Scene Officer attended to discuss the dog fouling issue.
ISS, the contractor for the Parish council grass cutting have now been taken over by Sullivan Street Partners. This take over will be completed on the 30th April. The landscaping arm of this company will now be called Tivoli. The have assured that the contractual arrangements with ISS will transfer and continue with no change to the continuity of the service.
257/4/18 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Plan: –
Health and Wellbeing –
Environment – No further report
Housing Issues –
St Andrews View development – A sink hole has appeared in the grass verge on low road and is dangerous. The hole shows the ducting bringing the electricity cable out of Swanson’s field to St Andrews view substation also a broken roadside drain is evident which has caused the problem washing the earth away.
Entrance sign to the village has been reinstated, the damaged neighbourhood watch sign is on order will be installed when it arrives to site
New notice board for At Andrews View will be completed mid-April
Parish Hall rear lawn area – Westwoods have now started on the works to the parish hall
Properties occupied 27
Properties completed 28
Properties reserved and sold 35
Affordable homes plan:
4 for sale all occupied
13 for rent 7 occupied
Community amenities – No school report following recent return from the Easter break, the school are aware of the money to build a new classroom that will soon be available from Story Homes, subject of the section 106 planning agreement.
The Parish Hall finances have been recently audited and in a healthy state with a growing number of hirers. One applicant has been received for the caretaker/cleaner position and that interview will take place later in the month. The hall committee are about to submit their application for the Hallmark 2 award, and the AGM will take place at 7.30pm ion the 25th April.
Communications – Cllr Bowe informed the council that should anyone not be able to receive fibre broad band to provide the council with their location, and those details can be forwarded onto the broadband project team for their information.
258/4/18 – Planning applications
Received: – HOU/2018/0069 – Proposed rear first floor extension to provide bedroom – 46 Shaw Wood Road, Thursby – no council objections
2/2018/0149 – Installation of replacement illuminated and non-illuminated signs – Ship Inn
No council objections
Decision Notices: – None
259/4/18 – 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 – £65.00
• Printer ink – £27.99
• Grass cutting – £510.00
• Parish Hall room hire – £12.00
• PLG accountants – £40.00
260/4/18 – Accounts
Financial statement as at 31st March 2018 and the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2017/18 were approved by the council.
Date of next meeting – Tuesday 15th May 2017 – 7.30 Thursby Parish Hall preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting commencing at 7pm