December 2021

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Meeting Agenda

Moresby Parish Council


To Parish Councillors, the Ward Councillor and the County Councillor


Dear Councillor


The next meeting of the Moresby Parish Council will be held on Monday 6th December 2021 at 7.00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Moresby Rugby Union Clubhouse



  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements

Resignation of Mrs J Dixon

  1. Approval and signing of the minutes of the November 2021 meeting


  1. Declaration of Interests


5 Moresby Village School (The head teacher)


5b) Ward /County Councillor (issues to mention)

(c) Public participation


  1. Police Issues


  1. Planning Matters
  2. a) School Brow development


8 Walkmill sub-committee report

To give authority to signing of lease


9.) Allotments

10 Christmas tree

11) Donations

  1. a) Moresby Parks R U Fireworks
  2. b) Covid 19 group children’s gifts


  1. War Memorial


  1. Correspondence (to note)


  1. Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts


15 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)


J C Shaw Parish Clerk 28th November 2021




























Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

                                        Moresby Parish Council

held on the 6th December 2021 at 7.00 pm.

At Moresby Parks RU Clubhouse


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton, Cllrs Casson, Connery, Lawson, B Parke, and the Clerk. Four members of the public were present


2 Apologies and Announcements

Apologies were received from Cllrs Coward, Horricks, Ogilvie and Ward Cllr Minshaw


Mrs Dixon had submitted her resignation and the clerk said he had contacted the district council and both vacancies had been advertised. No request for an election had been made and it was now open to the parish council to co-opt. He said the vacancies could be advertised on the website or by word of mouth. He said one application had been received and it was agreed that word of mouth would suffice. The clerk asked that letters of application be received by 31st December 2021.

The clerk asked that the donation request from Cumbria Community Foundation for the Winter Warmth fund be added to item 11


3 Minutes of the November 2021 meeting

They were accepted as a true record.


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


  1. Moresby Village School

The chair welcomed the head teacher Ross Peacock to the meeting.

He said it was over two years since he had been able to speak at a council meeting. He said there were 123 pupils on the school role as against 66 when he became head teacher. He said that the roof of the original building has been replaced with a contribution of £10k from the school coffers He said that work on a redesigned office was almost complete an he would welcome a visit from councillors to look at the improvements. Work was to commence in the spring to drain re-seed and level the playing field to form a football field. He expressed regret that both the fireworks display and the Christmas Fair had to be cancelled. He said that it was an opportunity for parents, pupils and staff to mix and it was a useful fund raiser. The children’s disco and the parties would take place as usual. Mr Peacock spoke about the school council and hoped that councillors would arrange a visit to meet them and discuss village and school matters with them. He said the MP was to visit in the new year. He spoke about the school involvement with the Walkmill Woodland project and he was invited to join the next virtual meeting of the walkmill subcommittee. The School Brow development was raised. Mr Peacock said he and the chair of the school governors had met the planning officer with particular concern about the S106 agreement. He was asked about the school catchment area and said that there was no reason to believe that children from the village would be excluded

at any point because of numbers. Finally, Mr Peacock spoke about the last two years and how hard it had been with pandemic restrictions but he believed both pupils and staff had worked to the highest standard.


5b Ward and County Councillors

There was no report from the county councillor.

The ward councillor had given his apologies but his report follows:


“Council business.

The new local plan is slowly working its way through the system and should be discussed and passed at tomorrows full council.



Still no indication on when/if the two school brow developments will appear before the planning panel.


Issues from last meeting.

Several highways’ issues have been submitted onto CCC’s system.

No apparent progress to report regarding either the reflector bollard on the rail bridge to the south of the village or the loose fencing on the Tivoli Road rail bridge. However, the pavement adjacent to #13 Solway Road does appear to have been fixed.


Keekle woods footpath.

Several people have contacted me regarding the apparent restriction on public access to the public footpath to the west side of the woods.

I have contacted Cumbria CC’s countryside access officers who assure me that a/ this is a public footpath and cannot be closed and b/ they will be speaking to the landowner about their misleading signage that caused the issue and the recent positioning of rocks to restrict parking at the entrance. These are too close and do not allow buggy/pram or wheelchair access. If I get more information, I will pass it on.


Village Christmas appeal

.I would like to congratulate all those volunteers who are collecting for Christmas hampers, I am sure more donations would be welcome and can be left in the village store.


5c. Public participation

It was agreed that most of the issues that were to be raised had been during the headteachers item. Mention was made of Keekle valley public meeting.


6 Police Issues

The clerk said he would continue to circulate the police newsletter. He said he had written to the PCSO about his attendance at a parish council meeting but the reply indicated that whilst he would attend for a particular matter he could not attend on a regular basis. It was agreed to contact the PCSO about the obstruction on the pavement opposite the terrace houses.


7 Planning applications.

The clerk said that there had been no applications since the last meeting and the note concerning the School Brow development minuted in the November 2021 meeting still applied


  1. Walkmill subcommittee

The chair said that the subcommittee had met since the last meeting and had agreed the Lottery Heritage application It had subsequently been submitted. He said a draft lease had been received.   It was proposed and seconded that the chair, the clerk and Cllr Parke be given authority to sign the lease and asset transfer when they and the solicitor were satisfied it was in order.


9 Allotments.

The clerk circulated a plan of the allotment site. He said he had contacted Kyle Thornley about his plans for his plot

  1. Christmas tree

The chair said he had not been able to contact Jason and Kerry at the shop but would continue to try It was agreed to ask Bennett’s to place a tree in the garden of the shop if permission was granted.


11) Donation Requests

  1. a) Moresby RU Club firework display

The clerk said that a request for £150 had been agreed in principle at the last meeting and it was confirmed

  1. b) Covid 19 Village appeal

It was agreed to donate £200.00 to the appeal

  1. c) Cumbria Community Foundation Winter Warmth Appeal

It was agreed to donate £100.00 to the appeal


11 War Memorial

The clerk said that he had attended the Whitehaven Cricket Club remembrance service on behalf of the parish council. He said he had attended the service at Parton at the war memorial where a number of Moresby servicemen were commemorated. It was noted that the rugby club had not formally agreed to the erection of the memorial board but it believed that it would be placed in the entrance passageway.


13 Correspondence

  1. a) Great North air Ambulance had written thanking the council for the donation
  2. b) HSBC had written indicating the Playing Fields Association account had been closed. The clerk said he would take action to transfer the credit balance to the parish council account.


  1. Cheques to be approved for payment

101514                  J C Shaw                                               Salary                                                    £200.00

101515                  Inland Revenue                                Tax                                                         £150.00

101516                  Mike Dowling                                     Grass Cutting                                     £144.00

101517                  Cumbria Community Foundation Donation                                           £100.00

101518                  J C Shaw                                               Expenses                                             £101.90

101519                  Covid 19 group (A Lawson)          Donation                                             £200.00


  1. Parish Councillors matters
  2. a) Mr Lawson referred to the continuing absence of the county councillor at parish council meetings.
  3. b) Mr Casson asked about funding for jobs in the parish. He was advised to detail the jobs and the matter would be placed on the agenda for future meetings.
  4. c) Mrs Connery said that the footway light on the lane to the rugby club was out She was advised to place it on the HIMS section of the county council website



The meeting closed at 8.30