15th January 2019


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

Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 15th January

 Minutes of meeting

Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Mike Rorke, and Ray McCreadie.

Cumbria County Council:

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald

Members of the public: One

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

399/1/19 – Apologies – Cllrs Armstrong, Hunter, Hall and Haig-Prothero

400/1/19 – Declaration of interests – None

401/1/19 – Dispensations – None

402/1/19 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 18th December 2018 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.

403/1/19 – Chairs announcements – None

404/1/19 – Public participation – A resident raised the issue of the access into Thursby from the How End junction from the A595, which she felt was badly lit, and had no reflective marker posts identifying the junction. She also identified that this junction was the only junction of the three entering the village from the A595 which was not signposted for Thursby. The council resolved to raise this with County Highways and add it to the agenda for the February meeting.

405/1/19 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report

Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr McDonald stated that she was concerned about the amount of Allerdale tax payer’s money that had ben spent on the scoping exercise for the development of a shared football/rugby stadium in Workington. An issue was raised as to whose responsibility it was to address the issue of rats in public areas and she agreed to raise that with Allerdale Borough Council.

406/1/19 – Allerdale BC budget setting – Councillors considered the documents circulated and responded to the 6 questions asked in relation to three priority areas, and the four priority programmes outlined in the document

407/1/19 – Thursby green bus shelter – Councillors considered the condition of the seat in the shelter and resolved to have the seat repaired similar to the shelter seat by the Ship Inn.

408/1/19 – Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) draw for nominations to Buckingham palace garden party – Councillors agreed to nominate Cllr Bowe’s name to go forward to the CALC draw

409/1/19 – Proposed councillor training dates – Councillors agreed a date of 28th February for this training.

410/1/19 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
392/12/18- Contacted the gardening club to enquire whether they could suggest any landscaping ideas for the stump on Church Lane.
393/12/18 – Contacted the police to enquire whether monthly reports would be supplied to the council following the ending of the police/council meetings.
394/12/18 – Contacted Allerdale BC for a breakdown of the running cost of the streetlights which could be transferred trio the council at a future date.
Clerks update
Contact made with the new bus infrastructure officer for the County Council who has prioritised the bus stop at the Paddocks and at the Crofton shelter.
One session at the hall where two members of the community attended and raised the issue of access to the village from the How End junction from A595, and the post office service from the hall.
Allerdale state that according to their records there are 27 lights in Thursby, 2 in Crofton, 2 in Evening Hill, 3 at How End and 3 in Micklethwaite that belong to A.B.C.
As far as costs are concerned, they currently pay approx. £30 per year per light for energy costs, maintenance costs are more difficult to work out as some years no maintenance will be required. They estimate that their overall budget for lighting for Allerdale works out a at further estimate of £30 per light to cover maintenance costs, that would suggest Thursby would need to allocate a budget of just over £2000 to cover the costs, following transfer of the lighting.
The police to resume providing a police report prior to each council meeting.

411/1/19 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.

Health and Wellbeing – A number of charity raising events are planned by the sports and recreation committee in the near future, and the next stage of a major funding bid has been reached for the funding for the new playground equipment for the jubilee field.

Environment – A request has been made to have an additional post box near to Stonehouse Park and this is to be followed through at a higher level at the Post Office

Housing Issues – St Andrews View
Notice board blown down – reported to Story homes work to reinstall to be carried out asap.
The fence at the top of St Andrews Close has not been re-sited as was promised by Story’s, this has been reported to Story homes.
Castle and Coast believe there may be a further 3 x 2-bed link houses available from March 2019

Community amenities –
Parish Hall – No report

Thursby school – School Travel plan completed, 4 weeks’ notice of the proposed expansion to the school commenced 11th January.

Communications – No report

Broadband issues – Connecting Cumbria report that 93% of the county now has access to fibre broadband with the majority of Thursby parish able to access it. That percentage to be increased by the end of 2020. Connecting Cumbria are also responsible for the mobile 4G coverage and are currently submitting bids to increase coverage across the county.

412/1/19 – Planning applications – None

Decisions – None

413/1/19 – Payment of accounts.
Authorisation approved for the following payments: –

• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• Clerks expenses – £110.00

414/1/19 – Financial statement as at 31st December approved by the council.

Date of the next Parish council meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 19th February 2019 Thursby Parish Hall.