17th July 2018


Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Email: thursbypc@gmail.com
Tel No 07795484126

Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 17th July

Draft Minutes of meeting

Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, Ken Peerless, Myra Armstrong, Mike Rorke, Ray McCreadie and Ewan Hall.

Cumbria County Council: Cllr Fairbairn

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald

Members of the public: 3

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

303/7/18 – Apologies – Cllr Fairbairn

304/7/18 – Declaration of interests – None

305/7/18 – Dispensations – None

306/7/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meeting of the 19th June 2018 were discussed and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.

307/7/18 – Chairs announcements – None.

308/7/18 – Public participation – The question of overnight parking in contravention of the 2-hour parking restriction at Low Whinnow lay by on the A596 was raised. Comment was raised as to the good job the grass cutting looked with other areas now having the grass cut and collected. A question was raised about the council building into next year’s finances a maintenance budget to look at other areas of the village that could be improved upon. The council resolved to have the Low Whinnow lay by on the September agenda.

309/7/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report.

Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr MacDonald reported that the recent diversion through Nealhouse had raised several complaints from residents about the amount of traffic through the village, Cllr McDonald to follow this up with highways officers from both Carlisle District and Allerdale BC. She stated that like Eden District Council Allerdale were still looking to transfer all footway lighting to local town and parish councils but consultation with parishes would take place before this was to happen.

310/7/18 – Flooding issues School Road/Curthwaite Road – Following complaints from several residents on this matter it appeared that the problem was being caused by surface water running from the adjacaent field, the council resolved to contact Cumbria Highways for a solution.

311/7/18 – Home Group boundaries – A discussion was had about several areas surrounding the Home Group estate where land ownership was not clear. The council resolved to enquire with Home Group and CCC to see if a definitive map of the area could be obtained.

312/7/18 – Park fence – The condition of the rendering on the wall around the fence was discussed with the council resolving to obtain a quote to have it repaired.

313/7/18 – Weed killing – Councillors discussed the quote of £280 plus VAT to weed kill public footpaths in the village and resolved to extend the area of coverage, and to delay agreeing the work until the current dry weather breaks.

314/7/18 – Bus stop signage – Following complaints to the County Council regarding missing or damaged bus shelters, Cumbria Highways Transport Services are to carry out an audit of the area to identify where replacement bus stops are required and replace as necessary.

315/7/18 – Change of use for Thursby garage – Following a visit from the planning department of Allerdale Borough Council they believe that no breach of planning control has occurred at the site, with no materiel change having been made to the planning approval already in existence.

316/7/18 – Footway lighting – No record can be found of the lamp removal from near the village green, with an assumption having been made by ABC that it must have been an Electricity North West pole that was removed some years ago. With Allerdale Borough Council proposing the transfer of footway lighting to parish councils at a future date it is unlikely that this lamp will be returned.

317/7/18 – Thursby sign, Evening Hill – The sign entering the village on Evening Hill is in a poor state and unlike other entrances to the village does not include a 30mph sign, the council resolved to have the sign replaced and to include a 30mph notice.

318/7/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda

Actions from previous meeting: – – 290/6/18 Gully cleaning article to be published in the Throstle requesting residents refrain from parking over gullies during September.

292/6/18 A596 Highways meeting 15th June – minutes of the meeting circulated
293/6/18 Overhanging trees – Cumbria highways have requested the householder at one address cut the overhanging trees and have agreed to have a highways team cut the other as it was a bigger job.

319/7/18 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.
CLP – A final draft of the plan and details of circulation will be presented at the September meeting of the parish council.

Health and Wellbeing – At a recent meeting with the police the results of the speed indicating device installed on Curthwaite Road between 26th May and 1st June by the police, revealed that the device had been triggered 1766 times by vehicles exceeding the 30mph speed limit, with the average speed recorded of 35.2 mph. This information has been passed into the Cumbria Road Safety partnership for their information.
The next meeting of the joint parish councils/Police meeting will be the 21st September.

Environment – Algae in Matty Beck had been reported to the Environment Agency who had attended and sprayed the area and are to return to cut the bank and adjacaent hedgerow.

Housing Issues – St Andrews View – A meeting was organised in Thursby Parish Hall on Wednesday 27th June 2018 between Story Homes and the residents of Matty Lonning who have boundaries adjacent to St Andrews to resolve several issues.
Properties occupied 36
Properties completed 37
Properties reserved and sold 47
Community amenities –
• Parish Hall- The committee met on the 16th July and reported that their recent submission of evidence to achieve the Hallmark 2 award was looking hopeful, and should they achieve it they would be the first hall in the county to do so.

• Thursby school – A working party has been formed to look at the extension to the school following payment by Story Homes to the County Council of the £223,000, a condition of the planning agreement for St Andrews View. The school are to hold an open event on the 10th September at 4pm for residents to look at the proposed plans. Work is scheduled to start on the extension in May 2019 with a finish date by the end of the summer. The school are to erect new dog fouling signs on the sports field, have asked parents to adopt a sensible parking policy when attending the school and are to provide an update on school activity in the Throstle.

Communications – Connecting Cumbria have now installed broadband cabinets in High and Low Whinnow, more information could be shared on the Facebook page and the
mobile phone coverage is still poor. The welcome pack for new residents to the parish is still being worked on.

320/7/18 – Planning applications

Received: HOU/2018/0151 – Replacement General Purpose shed. Fairfield, Thursby – the council resolved to object to this application on the grounds that it will have an overbearing and overpowering impact on nearby residents, the lack of information as to whether it will be used for private use or business use, and the increased drainage problem due to the size of the building.

2/2018/0318 – Prior aproval application for change of use from a beauty salon into a dwelling – 19 School Road, Thursby – the council resolved to object to this application on the grounds that should it becime a standalone premises parking would be an issue in an area where parking is currently limited.

2/2018/08301 – reserved matters application East Park Farm, Crofton Thursby – councillors resolved to support this application with a comment that it should remain and agricultural dwelling.

321/7/18 – Payments of Accounts
The following payments were authorised by the council: –
• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• ISS Grass cutting – £510.00 – (536)
• Clerks expenses – £65.00 – (537)
• CHBT defibrillator support costs – £126.00 – (538)

322/7/18 – Accounts
Financial statement as at 30th June 2018 was approved by the council.

Date of next meeting – Tuesday 18th September 2018 – 7.30 Thursby Parish Hall