THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 19th June
Minutes of meeting
Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, Ken Peerless, Myra Armstrong, Mike Rorke and Ewan Hall.
Cumbria County Council: Cllr Fairbairn
Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald
Members of the public: Three
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
283/6/18 – Apologies – Cllrs McCreadie and Fairbairn.
284/6/18 – Declaration of interests – Cllr Hunter declared an interest in item 18
285/6/18 – Dispensations – None
286/6/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 15th May 2018 were discussed and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
287/6/18 – Chairs announcements – None.
288/6/18 – Public participation – The change of use of the garage in the village to car sales was raised with the question asked as to whether planning permission had been approved, minute 297/6/18 refers. The planning application to vary the conditions of the application for Tower View, Westhaven was questioned with specific reference to the visibility splays and the protection of a nearby tree that has a tree protection order on it, minute 300/6/18 refers. A question was raised as to the circumstances in which a property extension could be allowed without planning permission, and the condition of the footpath to Shawk Crescent regarding the state of the overgrowth were raised.
289/6/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report
Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr MacDonald reported that the system for recycling plastic waste was the same across the county with the waste either going to Hespin wodd or to a recycling plant in Cheshire.
290/6/18 – Gully’s – Councillors were informed that the contract for maintaining the gullies was now back with the County Council. The programme for the cleaning of all the gullies in the Thursby division would be September, of which there were 386 in Thursby parish. This figure may change over the next two to three years when a full review of the gullies is undertaken, and new software introduced. The Highways Steward had visited the parish and several areas were pointed out to him of either blocked or missing drains. He asked that come September if residents could be encouraged to ensure gullies were kept clear, he did say that three visits would be made to households where vehicle were blocking gullies in an attempt to have them all cleaned.
291/6/18 – Dog fouling – Councillors felt that this matter had been adequately discussed in recent meetings and were pleased with the attention being given to the Parish by the Allerdale Street Scene Officer.
292/6/18 – A596 Highways issues meeting – Thursby council was unable to be represented at the meeting but had requested a copy of the minutes of the meeting for circulation.
293/6/18 – Overhanging trees obstructing street lights – Two addresses of overhanging trees had been reported to the Street Lighting Manager, Cumbria Highways Networks and they were to visit the two addresses to request the householder cut back the trees, or Highways to cut them.
294/6/18 – Nealhouse bus shelter – Councillors discussed the recent installation of the shelter and the amount of grass growing around it, and the lack of any seat. The council resolved to enquire about the possibility of installing a bench type seat in the shelter and to monitor the grass growth.
295/6/18 – Councillor training – Councillors agreed to a date of Tuesday 24th September 2018 for a training session for all councillors to be delivered by Cumbria Association for Local Councils.
296/6/18 – Low Road layby closure – Following the matter of the closure of the lay by to CCC and the standard of the work to achieve this the response from the Network Manager, Highways Transport and Fleet was that the area would be grass seeded in the coming weeks, and that officers would keep and eye on the area and if it started to become an issue would look at alternatives.
297/6/18 – Change of use Thursby garage – Following a report to the planning department of Allerdale Borough Council a visit has yet to be made to investigate the recent change of use of the garage premises, the parish council will be kept informed.
298/6/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
271/5/18 – Contacted Allerdale lighting re the missing street light from the village- awaiting a response.
Clerks update: –
The data protection register of contacts as per the new regulations is now complete and the relevant notices have been posted on the web site and on the notice boards. The length of the grass on Matty Lonning has been reported to Highways.
299/6/18 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the
Health and Wellbeing – It was reported that the gate into the wetlands area on the jubilee field had been damaged and had been reported to the sports and recreation committee.
Environment – State of the road into the village by Stonehouse Park, the number of weeds in the village, grass cutting around the fence by The Park, and a report to the Crime Commissioner questioning why the speed watch team could not operate on Curthwaite Road were reported. The council resolved to obtain a quote to weed kill all the footpaths in the village.
Housing Issues – St Andrews View – Dust and noise from the site have been a major issue in the last month for residents adjacent to the site, Story Homes have been informed.
Meeting organised in Thursby Parish Hall 14:00 Wednesday 27th June 2018 between Story Homes and the residents of Matty Lonning who have boundaries adjacent to St Andrews View to discuss ownership and positioning of fence.
Several other issues regarding management of the site have been reported to Story Homes.
New notice board for At Andrews View in place and being used.
Number of properties occupied 28
Properties completed 29
Properties reserved and sold 37
Community amenities –
• Parish Hall- A caretaker has now been appointed from the 4th June with limited hours, the hall will be assessed for Hallmark 2 on the 11th July and are in process of drawing up a data protection policy and procedures.
• Thursby school – Headteacher will shortly make contact with the Street Scene Officer and believes it to be a good link between the school and the parish Council. School children currently sitting their SAT’s.
Communications – Previous contact with the Broadband team now lost with a need to identify another contact.
300/6/18 – Planning applications
Variation of conditions 1,7,10 and 11 of approval 2/2015/0520 relating to enlarged parking and turning area to front, boundary and surface treatments and to create vehicular access from Westhaven – Ashley Rudd, Tower View, Thursby. Councillors discussed the application and agreed to object to the application on the grounds of the absence of any visibility splays, and the failure of the proposal to protect the nearby protected tree.
Decision Notices: –
2/2018/0149 – Installation of replacement illuminated and non-illuminated signs – Ship Inn – split decision on the 25th My 2018 – The planning authority concluded that signs A, B, C, E, F, I and J are replacements signs that are considered acceptable and appropriate to their location and can be granted.
Signs D and G are considered to add unnecessary clutter to the listed building with the design, shapes and colour having a detrimental impact on the character and appearance of the listed building
301/6/18 – Payments of Accounts
The following payments were authorised by the council: –
• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• Clerks expenses – £78.50 – (533)
• ISS Grass cutting – £510.00 – (534)
• Play area inspection – £67.20 – (535)
• Data protection (direct debit) – £40.00
• PWLB (direct debit) £1,706.28
302/6/18 – Accounts
Financial statement as at 31st May 2018 was approved by the council.
Date of next meeting – Tuesday 17th July 2018 – 7.30 Thursby Parish Hall