THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 20th November
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: One
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
364/11/18 – Apologies – None
365/11/18 – Declaration of interests – Cllr Hunter declared an interest in agenda item 12
366/11/18 – Dispensations – None
367/11/18 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 16th October 2018 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
368/11/18 – Chairs announcements – The chair outlined to the council the importance of being clear about the purpose of a council meeting.
369/11/18 – Public/ Press exclusion – Councillors resolved to exclude the press and public from item number 22 on the agenda.
370/11/18 – Public participation – The continued traffic disruption at the road works near the Nealhouse junction on the A595 was raised, together with speed issues and parking around Thursby school.
371/11/18 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report
Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr McDonald stated that she had submitted her comments on the proposal to reduce the speed limits in Thursby village, and to the proposed classroom extension the Thursby school. She also stated that she had contacted highways regarding the road works on the A595 at the Nealhouse junction. A question was raised as to the boundaries of Thursby village having been changed to include the potential future housing development areas in the village, and that the jubilee filed was now outside the village boundary. Cllr McDonald stated that settlement boundaries are now more flexible under the current planning laws.
The council resolved to enquire with Allerdale planning department about the settlement boundary for Thursby
372/11/18 – Budget setting 2019/20 – Councillors approved the budget headings for the next financial year, and agreed by a majority vote to an increase on the precept of £1,500 to help continue to provide facilities in the parish. This is the first annual increase on the parish council’s element of the precept since 2010.
373/11/18 – CALC Training – Councillors agreed to request some dates in February from CALC for further councillors training.
374/11/18 – 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 were concerned that difference in height between the base of the shelter and the footpath was a safety hazard. Councillors resolved to obtain estimates to have this remedied.
375/11/18 – Park fence – Councillors discussed the three quotes to have the fence painted and resolved to accept the lowest quote.
376/11/18 -Allerdale speed review – Following discussion by the council it was resolved to submit to Cumbria Highways the Parish Councils objections on the proposals to increase the speed limit on Curthwaite Road, and to the proposed changes on Low Road.
377/11/18 – Classroom extension – The proposed classroom extension was discussed by the council who were in support of the application but resolved to submit their concerns regarding the potential increased traffic to the area, and with the likelihood of further housing development, to ask whether consideration should be given to another access road to the school, or a change of site.
378/11/18 – Allerdale Local Plan – Councillors had submitted their response to the final draft of the plan on the 16th November deadline, objecting to the proposals to build any further large-scale developments as outlined in the plan.
379/11/18 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
Actions from previous meeting: –
352/10/18 – Reported overhanging trees blocking street lights.
355/10/18 – Reported condition of the roads entering the village and the potholes as outlined at the meeting.
The light in the kiosk housing the defibrillator is now working having been replaced. The problem with the power to the kiosk was the RCD had tripped, presumably as a result of the bad weather or the work on the BT system at Cardewlees. Throughout the time the power supply to the cabinet was cut it did not affect the defibrillator which has its own power supply and remained fully functioning at all time.
A complaint of dog mess on the jubilee field has been received which has been passed on to the Allerdale Street Enforcement Team.
The blocked slit drains in front of the garage in the village have been reported to the Highways team who have agreed to clean them out.
380/11/18 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.
CLP – An A3 size pamphlet has been produced outlining the priorities of the plan which can be produced for 40p per copy. Councillors resolved to make an order for 500 copies to be printed.
Health and Wellbeing – Nothing to report
Environment – A new drain is being installed in Shawk Crescent, flood water is becoming an issue in Westhaven with further gully’s still needing cleaned out, and the centre spar in the bench seat at How End is broken.
Housing Issues – St Andrews View update
Properties occupied 46 including rented and discounted for sale
Properties completed 47
Properties reserved and sold 56
Affordable homes plan:
• 4 for sale – All occupied
• 13 for rent – 10 occupied
Community amenities –
Parish Hall – The hall committee last met on the 19th November. Several new hall bookings have been received and the general finances are good and the recent meal on remembrance Sunday was well received. The Action with Communities in Cumbria (ACT) Autumn Winter 2018 Gazette edition contains a very good article about the hall’s achievement of the Hallmark 2 award. http://www.cumbriaaction.org.uk/Resources-Publications/ACT-Gazette
Thursby school – The school is still awaiting news on any decision on the progress on the classroom extension application. The headmistress has written to the parents of all pupils about speeding near the school, and parking responsibly and the school is looking at fencing off part of the car park to make a secure area. The dog warden has attended the school and arrangements are in hand to work with pupils to design ways in which they can reduce litter and dog fouling.
Communications – Mobile phone signals still an issue in the village with some residents not able to in stall smart meters due to no mobile signal.
Broadband issues – No report
381/11/18 – Planning applications – None
Decisions – 2/2018/0465 – Roof over muck midden How End Farm – full plans approved 15th November 2018
382/10/18 – Payment of accounts.
Authorisation approved for the following payments: –
• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• Tivoli grass cutting – £1020.00 – 557
• Tivoli weed spraying – £336.00 – 557
• Graeme Proud (wall repair The Park) – £400 – 558
• CHBT 999 facility – £52.00 – 559
• Clerks expenses – £92.00 – 560
382/10/18 – Financial statement as at 31st October approved by the council.
Date of the next Parish council meeting 7.30pm Tuesday 18th December 2018 Thursby Parish Hall.