December 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 4th December 2017

Moresby Rugby Club


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


2 Apologies and Announcements: There was an apology from Cllr Horricks. One member of the public was present.


  1. Approval of the last minutes: The minutes of the November 2017 meeting were agreed subject to the deletion of Mrs Coward and the insertion of Mrs McGuirk at item 14 (f)

3a To co-opt a parish councillor. The elections officer at the district council had indicated that no request for an election had been received and the council were able to co-opt a councillor. The clerk said that Mr Parke had put his name forward and the council agreed to co-opt him to the council. Mr Parke signed a declaration of acceptance of office.

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


5 Police issues. The clerk said that there was no apology or report from PCSO Hollie Dennis. He said that the information on were the September figures. There were 3 logs. These were a burglary on Churchill Drive, an assault on Winston Close, and an assault on Solway Road. Mrs Boyes said that ducks had been stolen at Howgate. It was agreed that a request be made to the PCSO for information concerning the neighbour dispute at Howgate.


  1. Public Participation
  2. a) A member of the public asked about progress towards a crossing patrol at the junction of School Brow and Moresby Parks Road The clerk said he had heard nothing more from the headteacher. A request was made to rope off an area surrounding trees at the junction of Rowntree Crescent and Parkfields Road to safeguard pedestrians.

6b Ward and County Councillors Ward Cllr Barbour said that the boundary commission had endorsed the mayors view that the district council be reduced to 33 councillors and that a consultation on Ward boundaries to allow for that number was now underway. He said that the elected mayor had taken a recruitment decision that was outside his authority. It was expected that the IT problem would not be resolved until March 2018. He said that action was being taken to remove the derelict caravan on land in Moresby Parks. Turning to county council matters he said that he would take up the issue of trees at Rowntree Crescent. He said he had raised the issue of pavements in the parish. Officers said that problem was widespread and that the highways team were investigating especially those pavements where moss was prevalent. He said that the community pay back team had undertaken work at Cleator Moor on moss. The clerk said he would contact the clerk at Cleator Moor. He said that the pot holes at School Brow were still on the better highways list of work to do. He said that the Howgate sign was on order It was noted that the new lights on Dent Road and Solway Road were still not operational. He had passed the request that some local and destination signs be cleaned had been passed to officers. He had spoken to officers about a “Beware Deer’s” sign. He agreed to speak to the area engineer about the amount of HGV traffic using Gallows Lonning which many pedestrians used. Finally, he said that he was discussing the flooding problem at Station House with both the county council and the district council.


  1. Christmas tree. The clerk said that it was planned to light the tree on Wednesday the 6th December 2017 at 5.30 pm and a post on Facebook had been made. Mrs Boyes said she would speak to the firm at the Commercial Park who may make a donation.


  1. Howgate Meeting The clerk said that the meeting with Highway England had taken place on the 22nd November 2017 although the paper about the Whitehaven relief road was not available. Highways England had outlined their provisional plans which would be a temporary road from the Howgate roundabout behind the houses on the A595 to a new roundabout above the parish hall and then back to the A595 around the Criffel Road junction where traffic controlled signals would be installed. Rectory Brow would be closed from the parish hall roundabout to the old A595 junction Highways England were to provide a timescale at a later date but aimed to complete the work in two years.


9 Budget and Precept. The clerk referred to the papers circulated with the agenda.  He said that the papers amended the budget paper circulated at the last meeting by including a provisional costing for bus shelter at Howgate. He said that the second paper brought the income and expenditure for the current year to the end of November. The papers were noted.


  1. Newsletter The clerk said that a newsletter was ready for circulation and councillors agreed to distribute on a list previously circulated. The clerk said he would post an electronic copy on the website.


11 Planning Applications       There were no applications and no further information about the School Brow application


12 Clerks Report

  1. a) Defibrillator Community Heartbeat had now accepted that the power to the telephone box was not deficient and engineers would attend to make good the problem Meanwhile CCT had suggested that the unit be re-sited in the shop if they were willing to accept it on a temporary basis. Mrs McGuirk said she would ask.
  2. b) Boundary Commission review of Copeland ward boundaries and councillor numbers. The clerk said that a consultation would continue until mid-February and proposed that the council respond on the narrow point that all the parish residents should be included in a single ward and not as at present split between Moresby and Bransty. This was agreed.
  3. c) Empty Homes. The clerk said he had spoken to the Empty Homes Officer about the house mentioned at the last meeting who said that she would visit the premises and take the matter forward
  4. d) Local Plan Options and Issues The clerk said that he had responded to the consultation in the terms agreed at the last meeting.



  1. Correspondence
  2. a) The school council had written thanking the parish council for the fireworks donation
  3. b) HSBC had written about a change to general terms and conditions. None were specific to the council’s account.
  4. c) The Cumbria Community Foundation had asked for a donation to its winter warmth fund It was agreed to donate £50.00
  5. d) Action for communities in Cumbria had written thanking the council for becoming a supporter



14 Cheques to be approved for payment  

101272            J and R Bennett                       (Christmas Tree)                     £132.00

101273            Gt. North Air Ambulance        (Donation)                               £100.00

101274            Copeland B C                           (litter bin collection)               £29.17

101275            J C Shaw                                  (Salary November)                  £200.00

101276            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £43.80

101277            Parton V H                               (Play Area)                              £200.00

101278            CCF Winter Warmth Fund       (Donation)                               £50.00

101279            Moresby Rugby Club               (Children’s Christmas Party)   £150.00

101280            Alan Lawson                            (Chairman’s Expenses)            £200.00


15 Parish Councillor’s Items

  1. a) Mrs Boyes asked about an issue at Lowca Village Hall The clerk said this item was not really appropriate business but he would contact the clerk at Lowca parish council.
  2. b) Mrs Ogilvie said that she had been approached by a resident about parking problems at School Brow. The clerk said that the county councillor was aware of the issue.
  3. c) Mrs Coward asked if action could be taken to resolve the matter of the vacant allotment
  4. d) Mrs McGuirk said that the road sweeper was needed in the Back Lanes. The ward councillor said he would speak to the officer at the district council.
  5. e) Mrs McGuirk mentioned the street lights around Dent Road and High Moor road
  6. f) Mrs Dixon asked if the parish council would contribute to the children’s party organised by the Rugby Club for the children of the village. It was agreed to donate £150.00 subject to confirmation at the January 2018 meeting.
  7. g) Mr Parke asked if action could be taken to improve the surface of the footpath between Rowntree Crescent and Moresby Parks Road The county councillor said he would speak to the county council officer.
  8. h) Mr Parke said that there was a large pothole at the junction of Rowntree Crescent and Parkfields Road.
  9. i) Mr Lawson said that overhanging trees on the footpath beyond the Steele Brow junction with Moresby Parks Road were causing concern to pedestrians. The county councillor said he would speak to officers at both the district council and the county council


The meeting closed at 8.25 pm The January meeting is to be held on the 8th January 2018