16th October 2018


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

Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 16th October

Draft Minutes of meeting

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

Cumbria County Council:

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald

Members of the public: 0

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

346/10/18 – Apologies – Cllrs Chris Haig-Prothero and Pat MacDonald

347/10/18 – Declaration of interests – None

348/10/18 – Dispensations – None

349/10/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 18th September and 1st October 2018 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being true records of the meetings.

350/10/18 – Chairs announcements – Cllr Bowe announced the news of the death of Cumbria County Councillor Duncan Fairbairn. The chair wished to place on record the council’s appreciation for the support and guidance over many years that Cllr Fairbairn had given Thursby Parish Council. Through his guidance many issues had been resolved benefitting the community and his loss would be felt within the Thursby Parish area. Councillors sent their sincere condolences to his family.

351/9/18 – Public/ Press exclusion – Councillors resolved to exclude the press and public from item number 18 on the agenda.

352/10/18 – Public participation – Concern was raised as to length of time that some areas of the village had been without a mains telephone line and broadband, following the recent damage to the telephone system. Overhanging trees on Greenwood Garth were raised together with overhanging trees obstructing the street lights on Matty Lonning and Low Road. The council resolved to report the overhanging trees blocking the streetlights to Cumbria Highways.

353/10/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report

Allerdale Borough Council – No report

354/10/18 – Budget setting 2019/20 – Councillors agreed the budget headings for the next financial year with the formal budget to be approved at the November meeting.

355/10/18 – Road conditions entering Thursby – Councillors expressed concern at the state of the road entering the village from the roundabout and the stretch from Stonehouse Park to Curthwaite road junction, and the number of potholes on Low Road and outside no 1 The Park. The council resolved to report the matters to Cumbria Highways.

356/10/18 – Nealhouse bus shelter – The base of the bus shelter is crumbling at the front edge and is now raised slightly making it difficult to access the shelter. Councillors resolved to investigate the matter and bring back to the next meeting.

357/10/18 – Home Group land ownership – Maps of the areas owned by Home group and those of Cumbria County Council were discussed. Discussion was had regarding the ownership of the land between Matty Beck and Greenwood close. Councillors resolved to use these maps in any future dispute over responsibility for areas needing repairs.

358/10/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
327/9/18 – Contacted the Parish Hall, Allerdale BC and CCC re the Pizza van operating from the Parish Hall car park, no breaches of any regulations taking place.
332/9/18 – Asset register amended.
333/9/18 – Further contact made with CCC highways re the layby parking enforcement.
Clerks update: – Letters of thanks received from the sports and recreation committee, Thursby mothers and toddlers’ group, and the bell ringers for grants approved by the council. A letter had been received informing the council of the consultation on the additional school classroom being added to Thursby School.
359/10/18 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.

CLP – Discussion was had around the costs of publishing the plan with an estimate of the printing of a colour copy being £1.40. Councillors resolved to look at changing the format to reduce printing costs.

Health and Wellbeing – Sign posting to the Jubilee field was still being raised as an issue, enquiries as to how this could be resolved are continuing.

Environment – The recent drain cleaning carried out in the village had been successful with the county council having been able to access most of the drains. Two new drains are to be installed on Shawk Crescent, an area known for flooding.
A joint meeting had recently taken place with the police with no matters of interest to report.

Housing Issues – St Andrews View –
Concern expressed by several residents regarding the erection of the boundary fence without initial discussions regarding the line of the fence.

Properties occupied, 39 including rented and discounted for sale
Properties completed 41
Properties reserved and sold 49 including rented and discounted for sale
Affordable homes plan:
• 4 for sale – All occupied
• 13 for rent – 10 occupied
Commentary from Castles & Coasts, they believe there may be a further 3 x 2-bed link houses available from March 2019.

Community amenities –
• Parish Hall – The hall committee had met on the 15th October and the Hallmark 2 accreditation had now been presented to the hall.

• Thursby school – Cllr Mike Rorke volunteered to be the liaison between the school and the council following Cllr Peerless stepping down from the council at the end of the year

• Communications – Nothing further to report

• Broadband issues – Nothing further to report

360/10/18 – Planning applications
Received: 2/2018/0465 – John Swainson – provision of roof over erxisting muck midden – How End Farm, Thursby – no council objections

Decisions – 2/2018/0331 – 2/2018/0363 – 2/2018/0360 – 2/2018/0356 multiple applicatuions by John Hewson, Parton Hall farm, Parton for erection of agricultural sheds, upgrading existing mud tracks to compacted stone tracks, replace damaged concrete yard with new concrete – full plans approved.

361/10/18 – Payment of accounts.
Authorisation approved for the following payments: –

• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• ISS Grass cutting – £510.00
• Clerks expenses – £105.49
• Parish Hall room hire – £10.00
Grants. Donations: –
• Thursby Throstle – £470
• Thursby gardening club – £50.00
• St Andrews PCC – £400.00
• Crofton Social club – 170.00
• Great North Air Ambulance – £55.00
• Citizens Advice – £55.00
• Thursby mothers and toddlers – £400.00
• St Andrews Church bell ringers – £550
• Royal British Legion wreath – £50.00
• Sports and recreation committee – £2,000.

362/10/18 – Financial statement as at 30th September approved by the council.

363/10/18 – Councillors code of conduct – All councillors agreed to sign the councillors code of conduct for recording purposes

Date of the next Parish council meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 20th November 2018 Thursby Parish Hall.