April 2018

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 9th April 2018

Moresby Rugby Club


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Dixon, Horricks, McGuirk, Ogilvie, B Parke, Troughton Ward/County Cllr Barbour, and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements: There were apologies from Cllrs L Parke-Parr and Pritchard

Two members of the public were present.


  1. Approval of the last minutes: The minutes of the March 2018 meeting were agreed


  1. Declaration of Member’s Interests: It was agreed that a declaration would be made should an item arise on the agenda.


5 Social Isolation The chairman welcomed Diane Taylor from AGE UK. Mrs Taylor said she was a community connections worker in the Distington and surroundings areas for AGE UK. Mrs Taylor gave a presentation on the problems of social isolation mainly amongst the older generation. She said that in the UK there were over 3 million older people who had no one to turn to for help. She said the aim of Age UK was to find volunteers who would befriend those in that position. She said that there were around 400 helpers between Wigton and Millom who may visit or arrange clubs or in other ways ensure that the elderly were not completely alone. She spoke of the help that AGE UK gave in arranging a home service for cleaning. The need for drivers to transport the aged to day centres and other ways volunteers could help. The chairman thanked Mrs Taylor for her presentation.


  1. Police issues. The clerk said that PCSO Dennis had sent a report for March 2018. There were four logs. Three concerned road traffic matters. The other was a search for a suspicious male claiming to need to read meters. Hollie Dennis had contacted the clerk referring to one of the traffic matters where a haulage company had been advised not to use Gallows Lonning. She also advised that the safety camera van had been in Moresby Parks on three occasions in 2018 when 19 notices had been issued In 2017 the safety camera had been on 14 occasions and 112 notices had been issued. Mr Horricks said he was attempting to arrange for the speed gun to be used in Moresby Parks.


  1. Public Participation
  2. a) A question was asked about a school crossing patrol. The county councillor said that officers from highways department were undertaking some work on this issue. A further question was asked about a broken branch on a tree on Parkfields Road. The clerk said he would obtain an estimate for the work. The problem of the untidy state of some plots and the general areas of the allotments was raised. The clerk said that he was hoping that work could be undertaken as part of the Give a Day for Copeland initiative. The clerk said that he had received a message on Face book concerning parking on Moresby Parks Road. The sender was unable to be present but a councillor was aware of the problem. The clerk said he would contact the PCSO.


6b Ward and County Councillor Ward Cllr Barbour said the council may be aware of the Boundary Commission proposal to link Moresby with the Frizington ward as a two-councillor ward. He referred to the planning application at Ulgill Farm. He said he had spoken to the Waste Service Manager at the district council about litter in the parish. On county council matters he said he had asked for Deer signs and thought given recent incidents signs would be put on the C4006 towards Red Lonning. He said more surveys around Eden Drive and that area were to be undertaken on the flooding problems. He said he would check whether the drains had been cleaned given that they were on the list for March 2018. He said that the road markings at the old railway bridge had been changed in an attempt to make joining the C4006 safer.

  1. Planning Applications
  2. a) New Garage and Kitchen/Dining extension Woodlands Low Moresby There were no objections
  3. b) School Brow Development There was no information concerning the decision letter.
  4. c) Ulgill Farm Howgate Information had been received from the district council enforcement officer that planning permission had been granted in 2008 and work had started within the specified time. It was now apparent that work was underway to complete the garage with storage facilities above.
  5. d) Replace and remove windows and doors Nuclear Decommissioning Authority building Joe McBain Avenue Moresby Parks There were no objections.
  6. e) Residential Development for 28 dwellings land north east of Rannerdale Drive The clerk said that he had asked for a site visit before the matter was discussed.


8 Clerk’s Report

  1. a) Defibrillator The clerk said that the electricity problems had been resolved and the defibrillator would be returned to the box on the 14th April 2018 It was agreed to write thanking the shop for holding the defibrillator over the winter.
  2. b) Allotments and Cumbria Exchange. The clerk said he was awaiting the signed tenancy agreement from Mr Little. Mrs Coward said she would see him. He said that he had explained the position about improving the plots in the public participation section and had heard no more.
  3. c) Path Rowntree to Moresby Parks Road. The clerk said that Mayson Bros had quoted for the work It was agreed not to seek a second quote but to go ahead.
  4. d) Bus Shelter Howgate. The clerk said he had received a note from the outgoing bus infrastructure officer indicating that the application would go before the next bus panel meeting
  5. e) Ward Boundaries Review The clerk said that Ward Cllr Barbour had reported on this matter. He added that the anomaly that part of the parish had been in a different ward had been recognised and altered. The consultation was open to submissions until the 11th June 2018.
  6. f) Dog Fouling and Seagull feeding. The clerk said he had received a note from a resident asking that a request to pick up after dogs and not feed the seagulls be included in the next newsletter.
  7. g) Precept and Council tax. The clerk said he had received the list from the district council of all parish precepts throughout Copeland. The precept for Moresby would be at (band D) £24.18 or just over £2.00 a month. This represented an increase of 36p or 3p per month and was one of the lowest precepts in the district council area. Of the 29 parishes which precepted 21 were more and 7 less than Moresby.


  1. Correspondence
  2. a) A letter of thanks for the donation had been received from Citizens Advice Copeland
  3. b) Bluefin Insurance who insure the motor mower had written to say they had been taken over by Jelf Insurance
  4. c) Product information had been received from Wickstead play equipment


10 Cheques for payment of expenditure

101294            J C Shaw                                  (Salary March 2018)               £200.00

101295            Copeland Borough Council     (Landscape work)                    £654.34.

101296            Works 4 You                            (Landscape work)                    £192.00.

101297            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £89.26


11 Parish Councillors Items (issues to be noted)

  1. a) Mrs Dixon said the wall at the end of the Back Lanes had been damaged.
  2. b) Mrs Dixon asked about the first light on the Old Pit Lane which were not working.
  3. c) Mrs Dixon said that the slabs across the district council land behind the notice board were in need of repair.
  4. d) Mrs Ogilvie said she had received a complaint about the height of the speed bumps
  5. e) Mrs Ogilvie said she would enquire as to the cost of grass cutting at Howgate.
  6. f) Mrs McGuirk said that problems with a white Alsatian dog continued. The clerk said that he would contact the enforcement officer.
  7. g) Mrs Coward said that the lights at the far end of High Moor Road were still not working. The clerk said that he understood these were Home Housing lights and he would write and copy to the ward councillor
  8. h) Mrs Coward said that problems continued with barking dogs in Dent Road
  9. i) Mr Troughton said that surface water was collecting around the footway outside the garage. The county councillor said he would take the matter up.
  10. J) Mr Horricks said the wall at the entrance to Walkmill car park was in a dangerous state.
  11. k) Mr Horricks said he would check whether the landowner had cut down the tree which had been the subject of correspondence last summer.
  12. l) Mrs Boyes said that problems with mud on the footway and road at Howgate continued. County Cllr Barbour said that he would try to discuss the matter with the farmer.
  13. m) The chairman said he had received a complaint from a resident who had reported fly tipping to the district council but had received what she considered an unsatisfactory response. The clerk said he would speak to the senior officer. Ward Cllr Barbour said he would follow the matter up.



The meeting closed at 8.40 pm. The next meeting was fixed for 14th May 2018