February 2020

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Meeting Agenda

Moresby Parish Council


To Parish Councillors and the Ward /County Councillor


Dear Councillor


The next meeting of the Moresby Parish Council will be held on Monday 3rd February 2020

at 7.00 pm at The Rugby Club Moresby Parks




  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements


3 To agree the minutes of the January 2020 meeting


4 Declaration of interests


5 (a) Ward /County Councillors (issues to mention)

(b) Public participation



6 Police report


  1. Planning Matters

None to date



  1. Clerks Items
  2. a) Walkmill Country Park
  3. b) Copeland Local Plan
  4. c) Footway Lighting (Map attached)
  5. d) Old Pit Lane
  6. e) Prospect charity
  7. f) Allotments


  1. Correspondence (to note)


  1. Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts


11 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)




J C Shaw Parish Clerk 26th January 2020




















Meeting Minutes



Minutes of the Meeting of the Moresby Parish Council

held on the 3rd February 2020 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chair Cllr J Ogilvie, Cllrs Boyes, Casson, Connery, Coward, Lawson, B Parke, Ward Cllr Minshaw, County Cllr Barbour and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements There were apologies from Cllrs Troughton, Parke-Parr and Horricks. Four members of the public were present.


3 Minutes of the January 2020 meeting of the parish council. These were agreed


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


  1. Public participation A member of the public asked whether the parish council would approach the county council about the reinstatement of a bus service to and from Moresby Parks. He said that service 31 which passes through Hillcrest could easily be extended even if only once a day to Moresby Parks The clerk said he would raise the issue with the appropriate officer. A member of the public expressed concern about power cuts in Moresby Parks. The question of superfast fibre connections was raised. The chair said the matter would be passed to Cllr Troughton who was the broadband champion for the parish council. An existing allotment plot holder said he had shared his plot with a friend over the last twelve months and would now be content if the tenancy was passed over. The issue of cars parking at the junction of the Square and Moresby Parks Road and so obstructing sight lines was mentioned. The county councillor said he was aware of the problem but it was unlikely that the highways authority would agree to double yellow lines.


5b. Ward/County Councillor Ward Cllr Minshaw said he had reports of rats around the allotments and he had spoken to officers at the district council. He advised the council about the efforts being made at Copeland B C to eradicate dog fouling. Following a discussion two areas in Moresby Parks were identified as being particularly bad and the ward councillor said he would inform the officers at CBC. Finally, he said he had been told that the speed camera at Howgate was malfunctioning but tickets were not being issued. County Cllr Barbour said that the consultation over the weight restriction at Gallows Lonning had not resulted in objections and the traffic order was likely to be in place next month March) He said that he had entered on the HIMS system matters raised at the December 2019 meeting. County Cllr Barbour asked whether the tapes to measure speeding on Eagles Way had been put down as an exercise was imminent. He advised the parish council that pavement improvements were in the list for the financial year 2020/2021.



  1. Police matters. The clerk said that he had circulated the December 2019 police report but had not received any further information and would enquire.


7 Planning Applications There were none.


  1. Clerks Report
  2. a) Walkmill Country Park. County Cllr Barbour said that the Community Asset Transfer application had been considered by the Copeland local committee and was supported. The matter would now be considered by the County Council Cabinet.
  3. b) Copeland Local Plan The clerk said that officers from the planning department at the borough council would attend a Howgate meeting at the next stage when more details would be available.
  4. c) Footway Lighting The clerk said a map and schedule of the lights that the borough council wished to transfer had been circulated. He said 9 of the lights were on Moresby Parks Road outside the Commercial Park where Highway lights were already in place He said there was a number of lights in Low Moresby where the cost of maintenance and electricity was already met by the parish council and so the eventual outcome may not be as bad as was earlier envisaged. However, the Cumbria Association (CALC) was in discussion with the borough council and their advice was that parishes should not seek to negotiate at this stage.
  5. d) Old Pit Lane. The clerk said he had made enquiries and had been given Land Registry number which he would pass to the county council in an effort to establish ownership.
  6. e) Prospect Charity The chairman had investigated further and was not now convinced that the village had been created 150 years ago. He thought the it may be another 7 years before that milestone was reached and, in these circumstances, did not consider it appropriate to make any grant application.
  7. f) Allotments The clerk said he believed that Miss Jones who had attended the last two parish council meetings had with the help of an existing allotment plot tenant located an empty plot. He would contact her. Mr and Mrs Hadfield who had been tenants for a number of years had asked that although they were leaving the village, they be allowed to retain the plot. The parish council agreed but would review the position in March 2021 if there had been applications from residents of the parish.
  8. g) Parks and Open Space Grounds Maintenance. The district council tender for cutting the play area land and treating the Japanese Knotweed had been received. It was agreed to advise the district council to continue with the Japanese Knotweed treatment but that another quote would be sought before considering whether to accept the district council proposal.


9 Correspondence None


  1. Cheques for Payment

101425            J and R Bennett           (Christmas Tree)                                 £120.00

101426            J C Shaw                      (Net salary January 2020)                   £200.00

101427            J C Shaw                      (Expenses)                                           £54.31


11 Parish Councillors Matters

  1. a) Gillian Connery said that there had been fly tipping on Gallows Lonning at the Rosehill end. Ward Cllr Minshaw said he would report the issue.
  2. b) Mrs Coward said that highway lights on Moresby Parks Road were out County Cllrs Barbour said he would check.
  3. c) Mr Casson asked whether any action had been taken about the empty house opposite the end of Solway road. The clerk said he had reported the matter but would now ask for an update.
  4. d) Mr Parke said work was being undertaken by engineers at the end of Rowntree Drive in connection with the flooding issues. County Cllr Barbour said he would ask for information as to the current position.
  5. e) Mr Lawson asked if action could be taken to stop motorists using the verges to avoid the speed bump when leaving Moresby Parks towards Swallow Hill. The county councillor said he had spoken to the area engineer but would take the matter up once more.


The meeting closed at 8.05 pm



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