19th March 2019


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

Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 19th March

Draft Minutes of meeting

Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Mike Rorke, Myra Armstrong, Peter Hunter, Ewan Hall and Chris Haigh-Prothero.

Cumbria County Council: Vacant

Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald

Members of the public: Four

Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham

434/3/19 – Apologies – Cllrs Helen Barlow and Ray McCreadie.

435/3/19 – Declaration of interests – It was resolved that Cllr Bowe declared an interest in any matter relating to the sports and recreation facility.

436/3/19 – Dispensations – None

437/3/19 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 19th February 2019 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.

438/3/19 – Chairs announcements – The next meeting of the Allerdale CALC three tier meeting will take place at Allerdale House at 7pm on Tuesday 26th March.

439/3/19 – Public participation – Members of the public raised issues regarding the planning application for the Glebe Field on Church Lane

440/3/19 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report

Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr McDonald stated that at the recent full council meeting of Allerdale Borough Council it was agreed that the council tax would increase by £5 for a band D property, and that all footway lighting will be passed over to town and Parish councils at some stage in the future. Concern was expressed about the reduction in street scene officers across Allerdale to two, whilst surrounding districts were increasing spending on anti-social issues.

441/3/19 – Cumbria County Council Working together programme – Councillors discussed the proposal for having a dedicated working together officer from the County Council, working with each parish council to address local issues, and resolved to await further details as to how this would be implemented.

442/3/19 – Thursby green bus shelter – Councillors discussed an option to upgrade the bus shelter to make it weatherproof for users and resolved to contact the Highways Bus Infrastructure Officer to discuss the proposal.

443/3/19 – Grants application form – Councillors discussed a revised process for grant applications and resolved to implement this for the next financial years grants applications.

444/3/19 – Allerdale Council elections – the timetable for the run up to the council elections on the 2nd May was discussed by the council and all councillors resolved to submit their applications in line with this timetable.

445/3/19 – Councillors training – Councillors discussed the recent training delivered by Cumbria Association of Local Councils and resolved to arrange a further training session for module 2 of the councillors training package, and to look at creating a shared spreadsheet for documenting council meetings actions.

446/3/19 – Councillors team structure – Councillors resolved to have this item put back to a later date to allow missing councillors an opportunity to be involved.

447/3/19 – Clerks report on actions not covered on the agenda
The clerk outlined to the council an update on actions from the previous meetings and a report of his activities since the council last met in February: –
Actions from previous meeting: –
420/2/19 – Litter on Low Road layby, and the poor quality of the road surface from the roundabout through the village reported to Allerdale BC and Cumbria Highways. Overhanging trees on Curthwaite Road also reported to Highways.
425/2/19 – Contacted Highways re the addition of reflective marker posts and Thursby added to the direction sign at the How End junction on the A595, response circulated to councillors on the 5th March.
430/2/19 – The following areas of either potholes, poor road surface or drainage issues were highlighted at a recent Thursby Parish Council meeting: –
• Pot hole at the junction of Westhaven and Matty Lonning.
• Poor pavement surfaces in Westhaven.
• Large potholes Matty Lonning by the Church.
• Pot holes Church Terrace to Matty Lonning.
• Pot hole Matty Lonning outside Carras House.
• Pot holes from Chestnut House to Matty Lonning junction.
• Pot holes on Low Road.
• Slit drain by the bus shelter at the Ship Inn.
• Gully by the post box in the village blocked.
• Two gulley’s on Evening Hill blocked outside the Orchard and the next one down towards the village.
448/3/19 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.

Health and Wellbeing – Nothing to report

Environment – Nothing to report

Housing Issues – St Andrews View: –
Properties occupied – 52 including rented and discounted for sale
Properties completed – 51
Properties reserved and sold – 65 including rented and discounted for sale
Affordable homes plan:
• 4 for sale – All occupied
• 13 for rent – 13 occupied

Community amenities –
• Parish Hall – A the recent meeting of the parish hall committee it was reported that new chairs had been ordered and a buyer secured for the old ones. An attempt was being made to introduce more eco products in to the hall, and arrangements were being discussed to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the hall.
• Thursby school –. The school had recently held an event to celebrate world book day which proved successful and had organised fundraising events in aid of Comic Relief.

Communications – Mobile phone reception continues to be an issue with a report having been made by the council to Sue Hayman MP who had responded to say that she will pursue this.

Broadband issues – The broadband hub group had met recently and reported that 97% of the county could now access improved broadband speeds.

449/3/19 – Planning applications: –
OUT/2019/0002 – Planning application for residential development Church Lane, Thursby – Following a lengthy discussion the parish council resolved to object to the application on several areas relating to access, potential for flooding, sewage capacity, visual amenity, highways safety and traffic issues

HOU/2019/0046 – Single storey ground floor extension The Coach House, Evening Hill, Thursby – councillors resolved to support this application.

Decisions: –
HOU/2019/0012 – 55 Thornby Road, Micklethwaite – removal of existing conservatory and erection of new sun room and utility room – Full plans approved.

450/3/19 – Payment of accounts.
The council resolved to authorise approval for the following payments: –
• Clerk’s salary – (Standing Order) – £378.80
• PAYE – (Standing Order) – £94.80
• Clerks expenses – £90.41

451/3/19. Accounts
The council resolved to approve the financial statement as at 28th February 2019 and signed the accounts and accompanying bank statement.

Date of the next Parish council meeting – 7.30pm Tuesday 16th April 2019 Thursby Parish Hall.