December 2018

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 3rd December 2018 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, McGuirk, Ogilvie, B Parke, L Parke-Parr, N Troughton, and the Clerk.


  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs Horricks, Coward and Ward /County Cllr Barbour. 31 members of the public were present.


3 Minutes of the November 2018 meeting. These were agreed subject to Section 9 remove “otter” replace with “other” and at 11(d) insert “and remove other braches”


  1. Declaration of Interests

It was agreed to accept declaration of interests if and when they arose.


  1. Ward/County Councillor Cllr Barbour had given his apologies but provided a note in which he referred to the proposal to change the traffic regulations on Gallows Lonning and the lamp post at Howgate. It was agreed that the parish council should write in support of the proposed weight restriction. It was further noted that although the county council were unsure that the disputed lamp post was one for which they as opposed to Highway England had responsibility, they were replacing it now. Cllr Barbour also said he had been contacted by residents concerning the county council proposal to sell the land at Walkmill Country Park and that he was in contact with the appropriate officer.


5b Public participation A large number of residents spoke against the proposal by the county council to sell Walkmill Country Park. It was said that it was only by chance that the information had become known and that the county council would have gone ahead without any views being requested from local people. It was said that it was a very well used area with both local residents and others from further afield taking advantage of the restored area. Residents said that if the land fell into private hands there would be only the one right of way through the land and the permissive paths and the right to roam would be lost. A resident said he believed that when the matter was discussed both by the parish council and the Keekle opencast liaison committee in the 1960’s the land was to be given to the community as compensation for the disturbance caused by the opencast operation. Residents said that the date of sale on the 23rd January 2019 should be stopped and more time be given to allow further arguments to be mounted. It was further said that the county council should make over to the parish council some if not all proceeds of sale in order that the paths be maintained. The clerk responded and said that he had spoken to the officer at the county council. The proposal now was that the land is designated open access and the present permissive paths would become rights of way. He had said that full council had determined which properties and land was surplus to requirements and that the matter was in the public domain although it was to be accepted that few if any would be aware of the position. He said that the parish council had proposed that the cost of replacing some board walk be shared between the county council and the parish council but when that suggestion was turned down it became clear that the land would be placed for sale but no official notification had been provided to the parish council. The chairman thanked those who had attended and said that the parish council were now aware of the strong feelings of many people on this issue. A resident raised an issue concerning the state of the footpaths on and around Eden Drive and said they were particularly bad in front of 25 to 28


  1. Police matters. The clerk said that a report covering November 2018 had not yet been received and he would make enquiries. There were no issues to report to the police


  1. Christmas tree switch on. The clerk said that he had made arrangements with the vicar that the tree lights would be switched on at 6.00 pm on Monday the 17th December 2019 and he hoped that as many parish councillors as possible would be present.


7a Planning Applications None


8 Walkmill Country Park The clerk said that councillors had heard what had been said during the public participation session and it was agreed that these views should be transmitted to the county council and that the old minute books of the parish council should be examined to see what was said at the time.


  1. Eastern Relief Road It had been agreed at the last meeting that the parish council as a body should respond to the consultation. Following a discussion, it was agreed that the clerk should draft a response to be circulated and agreed before the deadline of the 19th December 2019


10 Clerks report

  1. a) Dog Bin by Allotments The clerk said that the district council were considering which bin would be suitable and would write further.
  2. b) Street Light Dent Road Home group had reported that there was no electricity to this light and the tenant knew of the position.
  3. c) Play Area Sign The clerk said he had reminded First Image who were to complete the job.
  4. d) Accounts The clerk aid that the internal auditor had now signed off the half year accounts.
  5. e) Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warmth Fund It was agreed to donate £100.00 to the fund.
  6. f) Howgate Bus stop The clerk said that Cumbria County council had agreed that a bus stop could be erected at Howgate and it was agreed that he and Mrs Ogilvie would meet a supplier before the end of the year on site.
  7. g) Back Lanes Litter The clerk said he had contacted the Environmental Health officer at the district council following more complaints. It was believed that action had been taken.
  8. h) School Brow Dog Fouling The clerk said that the head teacher had written concerning excessive dog fouling on School Brow. It was agreed that more transfers on the pavement would be sought and the dog warden advised of the problem.
  9. i) Moresby Parks Road seat and overgrown trees. The clerk said that he had met staff from Works 4 You and he believed the work had been carried out.
  10. j) Round Close to Moresby Parks footpath. The clerk said he had received a letter from a young man complaining about the state of the footpath. It was agreed to write thanking the author of the letter for bringing the matter to the attention of the parish council and asking the district council to take action.
  11. Correspondence

All matters had been dealt with earlier


10 Cheques for Payment

101342            Copeland B C                           (Grass Cutting)                        £392.26

101343            Alan Lawson                            (Chairman’s Expenses)            £250.00

101344            J C Shaw                                  (Salary November)                  £200.00

101345            Inland Revenue                       (Tax)                                        £150.00

101346            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £47.51

101347            Cumbria Com F                       (Donation winter warmth)     £100.00

101348            Lloyds                                      (Mower)                                  £427.93


  1. Parish Councillors Items
  2. a) Mrs Ogilvie asked that the countryside officer be again approached to ask for clarification about the bridleway at Howgate. She said that a number of needles used for injecting drugs ad been found at the underpass.
  3. b) Mrs Ogilvie said she had been approached about street lighting problems on Manesty Rise. She agreed to obtain the post numbers.
  4. c) Mrs McGuirk said that residents were complaining about inappropriate parking which was causing obstruction at the Eyrie on Moresby Parks Road
  5. d) Mrs McGuirk asked if consideration could be given to erecting a plaque at the site of Moresby pit
  6. e) The chairman asked if enquiries could be made from the highways about to need to repair the damage to the wall at the old railway line bridge.


The meeting closed at 8.35 pm. The next meeting to take place on the 7th January 2019

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