January 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 4th January 2021 at 7.00 pm. This will be a Virtual Meeting on the Zoom platform




  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements


  1. Approval and signing of the minutes of the December 2020 meeting


  1. Declaration of Interests


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

(b) Public participation


  1. Police Issues


  1. Planning Matters
  2. i) Decision School Brow development


8) Clerks Report

  1. a) Allotments
  2. b) Play Area
  3. c) Flooding
  4. d) Walkmill Asset transfer update
  5. e) Newsletter


  1. Correspondence (to note)


  1. Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts (note to follow)


12 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)




J C Shaw Parish Clerk 27th December 2020





















Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 4th January 2021 at 7.00 pm.

Note: The meeting was held remotely on the Zoom platform.

Members of the public were advised and able to join the meeting.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton, Cllrs Boyes, Casson, Connery, Coward, Lawson, Ogilvie, B Parke, Ward Cllr MInshaw and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements There were apologies from Cllrs Parke-Parr, Dixon, Horricks and County Cllr Barbour.


3 Minutes of the December 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 No member of the public joined the meeting.


5b. Ward/County Councillor.

Ward Cllr Minshaw said that there may be a refuse collection problem with Covid related issues but so far, they had not affected the parish. He said if a collection was missed it would be the following day. He said that a Covid testing centre had been built at the car park behind the sports centre. The clerk said that the county councillor had not contacted him


  1. Police The clerk said that he had circulated most recent newsletters on both criminal matters and the Covid 19 pandemic. He said that Neil Horricks had asked that the police be advised of irresponsible behaviour in the use of a quad bike around Walkmill Close.


7 Planning      a) Solway Road. Ground floor extension There were no objections.  

  1. b) School Brow development. The clerk said the decision letter had been circulated and posted on the council website


8.Clerks Report

  1. a) Allotments The clerk said that he had not yet been able to find the solicitor who dealt with the late Mr Benn’s estate and would report to the next meeting. Mrs Coward asked about the garage adjoining the plots. He said he would send the rent payment requests in the next couple of weeks and contact those residents who said they would take plots but appeared not to have made any progress.
  2. b) Play Area The clerk said he had reminded the district council officer that the replacement bin that had been ordered had not yet be sited. He said he had not cleared the litter since before Christmas but would try to get up in the next few days. He had not yet had the opportunity to meet the Open Spaces officer. The chairman said that the fence towards the rugby clubhouse was in need of repair.
  3. c) Drainage The clerk said he would again contact the principal authorities about the footpath between Rowntree and Moresby Parks road.
  4. d) Walkmill Asset Transfer It was noted that the county council cabinet had agreed to transfer the Walkmill Country Park to the parish council. It was agreed to arrange a meeting of the subcommittee. The clerk said he had been contacted by a scout’s group at Hensingham who would like to be involved in the improvement plan.
  5. e) Newsletter The clerk said he would ask for a paragraph from both the head teacher and the vicar and would welcome contributions from councillors He would have an edition ready for the next meeting.
  6. Correspondence
  7. i) Copeland borough council had sent their quotation to cut the play area field and treat the Japanese Knotweed. It was agreed to defer a response and seek other quotes.
  8. ii) Seaton Groundworks had written offering to quote for drainage or other groundwork.


  1. Cheques for Payment

101466            J C Shaw                                  Salary December                    £200.00

101467            J C Shaw                                  Expenses                                 £32.99


11 Parish Councillors Matters

  1. a) Mrs Coward said that the street lights towards Commercial Park from the old railway Line bridge were still not operating.
  2. b) Mr Horricks in a note asked that the grit bins on Moresby Parks be filled. Mrs Coward said that the bin at the junction of Dent Road and High Moor Road was broken beyond repair. The clerk said that there was a posting about the grit bins on Facebook and he would contact the county council
  3. c) Mr Lawson commented on the state of the pavements in Moresby Parks. He understood that a number were on the list for improvement but only work on Solway Road had been undertaken.
  4. d) Mr Casson asked whether any progress had been made with the empty house opposite Solway Road.
  5. c) Mrs Ogilvie said that there were mole hills on land by the Howgate roundabout. Mr Casson said he would contact a colleague who may be able to deal with the issue.
  6. d) Mrs Ogilvie said that action had been taken on the drainage problems at Howgate.
  7. e) Mrs Ogilvie asked that a traffic count be again undertaken on the B5300 with particular reference to the HGV movements.


The meeting closed at 8.05 pm



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