THURSBY PARISH COUNCIL
Clerk: Jeff Downham,
Tel No 07795484126
Thursby Parish Annual Council meeting
Thursday 16th May
Minutes of meeting
Council Members: Cllrs Wendy Bowe (Chair), Mike Rorke, Myra Armstrong, Peter Hunter, Chris Haig-Prothero, Ewan Hall, and Helen Barlow.
Cumbria County Council: Cllr Mike Johnson
Allerdale Borough Councillor: Cllr Alan Hedworth
Members of the public: 3
Parish Clerk: Jeff Downham
19/5/19 – To elect a chairman of the council – Cllr Wendy Bowe was proposed and seconded and voted unanimously to be elected as chair for the next 12 months
20/5/19 – To receive the chairman’s declaration of acceptance of office – Cllr Bowe signed the declaration of office
21/5/19 – To appoint a vice-chairman of the council – Cllr Armstrong was proposed and seconded and voted unanimously to be elected as vice chair for the next 12 months
22/5/19 – Apologies – Cllr Ray McCreadie
23/5/19 – Declaration of interests – None
24/5/19 – Dispensations – None
25/5/19 – Minutes of previous meeting – The minutes of the meetings of the 16th April 2019 were discussed, and the council resolved to sign them as being a true record of the meeting.
26/5/19 – Chairs announcements – The chair outlined the arrangements for the CALC summer conference on the 22nd June.
27/5/19 – Public participation – A suggestion was made as to where to position the old seat from the Thursby bus shelter, when the new one is fitted, to the end of the public footpath leading to Shawk Crescent, the council resolved to delay this matter until the new bus shelter seat was fitted. The issue of rats in Matty beck was raised, together with condition of the trees along the footpath, and a plea was made from the owners of Torkin Wood at Crofton that this is area is private property.
28/5/19 – Reports from: –
Cumbria County Council – Cllr Mike Johnson introduced himself to the council as the new County Councillor for the ward and outlined his previous experience to the council. The following matters were raised with him which he agreed to pursue on behalf of the parish council: –
• Issues with the drains in Thursby village
• The state of the footpaths on Stonehouse Park
• The lack of adequate signage at the How End junction on the A595 and the reluctance of the County Council to erect reflective marker posts at this junction.
• The increased use of Matty Lonning as “rat run” for vehicular traffic.
Allerdale Borough Council – Cllr Alan Hedworth introduced himself as the new Allerdale Councillor for the area, a role he stated he now shares with Cllr Vaughan Hodson. He informed the council that following the recent elections the makeup of Allerdale BC had now changed, with the Conservatives and Independents making up the largest number of councillors, a working agreement between the two groups was the likely way forward to form an administration. The issue of rats in Matty beck was raised with him, together with the recent planning application to develop the Glebe Field, he agreed to pursue both these issues.
29/5/19 – How End Junction A595 – This issue had been discussed with Cllr Mike Johnson who agreed to pursue the matter as at minute reference 28/5/19
30/5/19 – Planted areas on the green – The council discussed whether these areas could be enhanced by edging the areas to make strimming the area easier for the grass cutters – The council resolved to contact the gardening club and to contact Tivoli, the grounds maintenance contractors for their views.
31/5/19 – Parking at the school – The council were in receipt of an email from the school regarding what arrangements would be in hand for parking once the building works for the classroom extension commence later in the month. The council resolved to suggest to the school that additional parking could be achieved by using the entrance to the jubilee field to access school land to create temporary parking, Cllr Armstrong to contact the school.
32/5/19 – Maintenance parish assets – The council resolved to agree a programme to have the dirty street signs cleaned and seating areas washed, and an estimate obtained for the repainting of seating areas and bus shelters as required.
33/5/19 – Risk Assessment and Insurance – A review of the current levels of insurance cover and a risk assessment was undertaken. No new risks were identified but it was noted that the additional assets of the Thursby village old telephone kiosk housing the defibrillator were now included on the fixtures and fittings list.
34/5/19 – Councillors team structure – The council resolved to defer this to the next meeting.
35/5/19 – Thursby green bus shelter upgrade – Following discussions with the bus infrastructure officer of Cumbria County Council any improvements to the shelter cannot extend beyond the existing structure, the council resolved to obtain further estimates to have the roof repaired.
36/5/19 – 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 April.
37/5/19 – Progress reports for information reflecting the priorities of the Community Led Plan.
• Health and Wellbeing – The work on the new playground on the jubilee field was about to start with an expected completion date by the end of June.
• Environment –
Highways issues – A new bus stop is to be situated at the entrance to the Paddocks and should be in place in by the end of May.
Dog fouling / litter – Councillors resolved to invite someone from Allerdale BC to discuss the new arrangements for dealing with dog fouling and litter.
• Housing Issues – St Andrews View: –
Properties occupied 61 including rented and discounted for sale
Properties completed 63
Properties reserved and sold 68 including rented and discounted for sale.
• Community amenities –
Parish Hall – No report
Thursby school –. On the 14th June the school is having a “Big Pick Up” day involving the police, Allerdale BC and the grounds maintenance contractors to help educate the children about keeping the area clean and tidy.
Communications – Following several contacts made with EE the company have now boosted the signal for their customers in the area.
38/5/19 – Planning applications: – Received: – 2/2018/0142 – Variations of conditions 1,7,10and 11 of 2/2015/0520 – Tower View, Thursby – Councillors resolved to object to this application on the grounds that any additional parking at this location would impact on the access by emergency service vehicles, and the refuse collection, and risk damage to the roots of the nearby protected tree, the council felt that there was already ample parking at the front of the property.
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 variation – Full plans approved
39/5/19 – 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 – £105.54
• Microsoft Office 365 – £59.99
• Printer Ink – £74.10
• Zurich Insurance – £487.53
• Tivoli – £510.00
• PLG Accountants – £50.00
The council resolved to approve the financial statement as at 30th April 2019 and signed the accounts and accompanying bank statement.
Date of the next Parish Council meeting will be at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 18th June 2019 Thursby Parish Hall,