July 2022

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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 July 2022 at 7.00 pm. At the Rugby clubhouse Moresby Parks
1. Attendance
2. Apologies and Announcements
3. Approval and signing of the minutes of the June 2022 meeting
Amendments proposed a) To add to item 10a “It was agreed that the drainage pond be back filled”
Note: This amendment would be in direct contradiction to the decision taken at the previous meeting and therefore contravene schedule 12 Local Government Act 1972 as amended
b) Item 5b Add after “Residents suggested there were other ways to drain the land and a petition was handed to the council”
4. Declaration of Interests
5a) Ward /County Councillor/Shadow Authority councillor (issues to mention)
(b) Public participation
7. Police Issues
8. Planning Matters
No new planning applications but further consideration of pending applications
9 Walkmill sub-committee report
10) Clerks Report
a) Allotments
i) Drainage issues request for item to be adjourned to a later meeting pending discussions with planning authority.
ii) Plots where no payment made by tenants in current year
b) Bins
11. Correspondence (to note)
12. Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts (note to follow)
13 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)
J C Shaw Parish Clerk 26th June 2022

Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 4thJuly 2022


  1. Attendance: Chair Cllr Troughton Cllrs Casson, Connery, Coward, Lawson, Ogilvie, Parker,

Thornley I, and the Clerk. Eight members of the public joined the meeting.


2 Apologies There were apologies from Cllrs Boyes, Parke and K Thornley and from Ward Cllr Minshaw


3 Minutes of the June 2022 meeting of the parish council. These were agreed subject to the following amendments: Item 10a after “make the area safer.” Add “and the two options were a) draining towards the existing beck b) fill with shilies or attenuation crates and return the land to a flatter profile’

Item10a after “residents suggested there were other ways to drain the land” Add “and a petition was handed to the council”


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


5 Public Participation

  1. a) Principal Authority Councillors

i)Ward Cllr Minshaw gave his apologies, and his written report is below


Fly tipping.

I have reported various occurrences of fly tipping recently including a newly laid Fridge Freezer by the Low Moresby turnoff on the Distington Road.

Please report anything you see as soon as possible to CBC or to myself and I’ll do it.


Garden waste/brown bins pick up.

There was some problems last cycle with bins not being collected due to access difficulties (Churchill Drive). After discussion with waste officers, they have said that if anyone wants to move their bins to a more accessible location they can- however this should only be done with the agreement of the residents of the new pick-up area, the bins should be put out as late as possible and taken back in as soon as possible after collection and naturally only if the new location does not cause access issues. I presume this advice also would apply to normal waste bins as well.


School visit.

I accompanied members of the Parish council on their recent school visit, and it was a great success. it was very good to see the improvements in the school recently.


CBC full council Wednesday 6th July.

2pm at the Copeland Centre. This meeting is open for the public and will include discussion of the proposed Gypsy/Roma/Traveller site at Sneckyeat amongst other things= full agenda is on CBC website.


Ongoing issues.

Fly tipped door on the terrace’s backs. CBC waste officers assure me they are going to remove it shortly.

Similarly, the work for the repair of the bollards on the railway bridge out of the village has been placed with the work teams by Cumbria highways so should be done “shortly”.


Not councillor news but appropriate.

Moresby and Hensingham wellbeing walks are now fortnightly over the summer period- St Bees remains weekly. Please see us on Facebook for the details.


  1. ii) Shadow authority councillor for Cumberland

Cllr G Troughton did not attend but provided the following report:

The Executive has now met informally on a frequent basis and has had one formal meeting.

All councillors are undertaking an intensive series of Zoom briefings; the aim is to cover all the work that the new authority will take over from the existing borough and county councils. Staff from borough and county have worked together to provide these. Most have been in conjunction with the Westmorland and Furness shadow authority councillors.

The Overview and Scrutiny Committee has met and planned its draft schedule for the year ahead. There have been extra training sessions for scrutiny members facilitated by external trainers.

The Labour Group met to for a half day to begin to scope out the Cumberland Council Plan for 2023 onwards.

Just a reminder that parish councillors and members of the public should continue to approach the existing Borough and County Councillors with any issues, as they do now..

All Council meeting agendas and minutes, plus information about committees and members can be found at www.cumberland.gov.uk

I can be contacted on gillian.troughton@cumberland.gov.uk or 07840 844453.


iii) There was no report from the county councillor


b Members of the public

Residents raised issues concerning the work that was being undertaken on the allotments. The chair thanked residents for their comments which were noted and would be considered under the appropriate item on the agenda. A resident complained about anti-social behaviour on the playing field. Complaints were raised that the footpath beside the golf course was becoming overgrown with brambles. The clerk said that he had taken up the issue raised at the last meeting concerning the number of tyres at the garage.


6 Police issues

The clerk said that the monthly report had been circulated


7 Planning matters

  1. a) Partial removal of existing garage and erection of two-story extension Everslea Howgate. There were no objections
  2. b) Application to modify design of surface water retention basin at land to the northwest of The Mount. There were no objections
  3. c) School Brow development. The clerk said he had made a further submission in respect of drainage issues and the exit from the land, and it was noted that none of the three outstanding applications where the parish council had a particular interest was in the list for the next planning meeting at Copeland B C.


8 Walkmill subcommittee Report

The chairman said there had been a subcommittee meeting on the 14th June 2022 and a draft note had been produced. The meeting had concentrated on the build-up to the open day which was to be held on the 17th July 2022. It was agreed that a consultation event would also be held at the rugby club during the week leading up to the 17th July 2022. The position concerning the permissive path outside the asset transfer land which followed the old railway line through the Keekle valley was raised and it was agreed that it was outside the remit of the sub committee


9 Clerks Report

  1. a) Allotments
  2. i) Drainage issues

Mr I Thorley declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item

The clerk said that the parish council had been served with a planning contravention notice in relation to the excavation work that had been undertaken on the allotment land. The parish council had responded as was required and a further communication had been received from the planning officer at the borough council. The planning officer had deemed the work that had been undertaken constituted an engineering operation which would require planning permission. The planning officer had offered three options a) to submit a planning application b) to return the land to its former state and c) before a) and b) to arrange a site visit to discuss the issue. It was agreed that a site visit was the preferred option at this stage. The clerk said he would arrange a date and time with the planning officer. All parish councillors would be advised of the date and invited to attend

  1. ii) Plots where no payment made

The clerk said that there were four plots which were in the name of tenants where no payment had been received for the year commencing 1st April 2022. He was contacting each one at there last known address. If there was no response then plots would be offered to names on the waiting list.

  1. b) Bins

The clerk said he still had not received a response to his request for information on how far down the Old Pit Lane CBC would empty a new bin together with the costs involved but would continue to pursue the matter.

  1. c) MPPFA bank account The clerk said that the credit balance had now been transferred to the parish council account. He thanked Mrs Coward for the work she had undertaken during the time that HSBC had been particularly unhelpful.
  2. d) Planters The clerk said that the planters had been filled by Mr Bennett and a discussion was held as to who watered the planters in dry weather. It was not clear who watered the plants in Low Moresby or Scilly Banks in previous years and further volunteers were required


10 Correspondence

  1. a) HSBC Whitehaven closure. The bank had written offering a debit card which could only be used for payments into the account. It was agreed to obtain the card and reconsider methods of payment other than by cheque.


11Cheques to be approved for payment

101535              N Troughton                                 (Postage Stamps)                                      £77.76

101536              J C Shaw                                         (Net Salary June)                                       £200.00

101536              J C Shaw                                         (Mileage)                                                     £5.40

101537              J and R Bennett                           (Plants)                                                         £158.40


12 Parish Council Matters

  1. a) Mr Casson asked about the cutting of the grass verges in the parish It was agreed that the volunteer would cut wherever possible, and this was supplemented by county council officers. The clerk said he would arrange for the borough council to cut back the brambles on the path beside the golf club.
  2. b) Mrs Coward asked whether there were vacancies on the parish council and the total number of councillors. The clerk said that there were no vacancies with a full complement of 11
  3. c) Mrs Coward asked about the fence surrounding Mr Maddox’s plot.
  4. d) Mrs Coward asked whether there was a map of the Walkmill land. The chair said that one would be available at the exhibition
  5. e) Mr Lawson complained about the state of the pavements in Moresby Parks It was agreed that this was a matter to take up with the new authority councillor.


The clerk said that the next meeting was planned for the 5th September2022



The meeting closed at 8.45pm