THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Council meeting
Tuesday 16th April
Minutes of meeting
Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Mike Rorke, Myra Armstrong, Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero and Helen Barlow.
Cumbria County Council: Vacant
Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr MacDonald
Members of the public: One
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
1/4/19 – Apologies – Cllrs Ewan Hall and Ray McCreadie
2/4/19 – Declaration of interests – It was resolved that Cllr Bowe declared an interest in any matter relating to the sports and recreation facility.
3/4/19 – Dispensations – None
4/4/19 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 16th March 2019 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
5/4/19 – Chairs announcements – None
6/4/19 – Public participation – The issue of the How End junction into Thursby from the A595 was raised and the inadequate signing at the junction. As the matter had already been raised with Cumbria Highways who were reluctant to make any changes at this junction, it was resolved to raise this with the new ward County Councillor following on from the forthcoming election in May, and a suggestion made by the councillor that residents voice their own concerns at this junction through individual letters to Highways.
7/4/19 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – No report
Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr McDonald stated that there had been some confusion with the refuse collections following on from the introduction of the new collection system on 1st April. She also stated that she had called in the planning application on the Glebe field, Thursby and would inform the council of the date of the Allerdale planning committee where the application would be heard.
8/4/19 – Parked vehicles at the garage, Thursby – Councillors discussed the increase in parking at the garage in Thursby and the fact the owner was parking vehicles on the village green and placing advertising signs on the green. The council resolved to write a letter to the owners of the garage requesting that they refrain from using the green in this way and asking if they could park vehicles outside their premises mindful of the impact on local residents.
9/4/19 – Thursby green bus shelter – Following contact with the Bus Infrastructure Officer for Cumbria Highways, it was resolved that the matter be put on hold until a site visit hade been arranged to discuss the proposal to amend the shelter to make it weather proof for users.
10/4/19 – Tree stump- Church Lane – Following suggestions made by the Thursby Gardening Club councillors resolved to ask the gardening club if they could do some planting around the stump to landscape the area as outlined in their letter.
11/4/19 – Maintenance parish assets – Councillors discussed the councils’ assets and each member of the council resolved to walk the parish and identify what work needed to be done to tidy up the area.
12/4/19 – Allerdale Street Scene Officers– Councillors discussed the response from Allerdale Borough Council regarding concern expressed by the council to the reduction in street scene officers, and resolved to invite a representative from Allerdale BC to a council meeting to re- assure the council that a service would still be provided to deter dog fouling and littering in the parish.
13/4/19 – Councillors team structure – Councillors resolved to defer this item to another meeting where all councillors were present.
14/4/19 – 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 March.
15/4/19 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.
• Health and Wellbeing – The new play equipment for the jubilee filed is expected to be in place by the May half term.
• Environment – The continued flooding on Shak Crescent and Matty Lonning has been reported to Cumbria Highways. A new larger post box has now been installed by the green to accommodate the increase in residents in the village.
• Housing Issues – St Andrews View: –
Properties occupied – 59 including rented and discounted for sale
Properties completed – 60
Properties reserved & sold – 66 including rented and discounted for sale
Affordable homes plan:
4 for sale all occupied
13 for rent all occupied
• Community amenities –
Parish Hall – The parish hall committee met on the 15th April and have just completed a maintenance check on the hall with no major issues.
Work is continuing on the celebrations to mark 10 years since the opening of the hall and the new chairs are expected in May.
Thursby school –. No report
Communications – Following on from a complaint made to the MP Sue Hayman about the poor mobile phone signals and smart meter problems, a report has been received from the Culture and Media Secretary of State which has now been circulated to councillors.
Broadband issues – Nothing to report
16/4/19 – Planning applications: –
Mr Ashley Rudd – Tower View, Thursby
Variation of conditions 1,7,10 and 11 of approval 2/2015/0520 relating to enlarged parking and turning area to front, boundary and surface treatments and to create vehicular access from Westhaven.
The flowing observations made: –
Increased traffic at a very narrow bottleneck on Westhaven. Concern for damage to roots of a protected tree
Mr & Mrs McCreadie – 10 Matty Lonning, Thursby
Proposed side extension with steps and new roof to front porch and garage (Resubmission of HOU/2018/0256) with variations
No Council objections
Decisions: – None
17/4/19 – 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 – £88.35
• CALC training – £170.00
• CALC subscription – £240.76
• Sports and Recreation grant – £2,000.00
• PLG Accountants – £40
The council resolved to approve the financial statement as at 31st March 2019 and signed the accounts and accompanying bank statement. The Annual Return was discussed by the council and it was resolved that the Chair would endorse the relevant sections of the document as being correct.
Date of the next Parish Council meeting will be the Annual Parish meeting at 7pm, followed by the Annual Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm – Thursday 16th May 2019 Thursby Parish Hall, this date is a week earlier than previously published to comply with the law regarding council elections.