March 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 2nd March 2020

at 7.00 pm at The Rugby Club Moresby Parks




  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements


3 To agree the minutes of the February 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) Reflector Posts Moresby Parks Road
  4. c) Old Pit Lane
  5. d) Allotments
  6. e) Bank Mandate


  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 23rd February 2020





















Meeting Minutes



Minutes of the Meeting of the Moresby Parish Council

held on the 2nd March 2020 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chair Cllr Troughton, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Horricks, Ogilvie, Ward Cllr Minshaw, County Cllr Barbour and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements There were apologies from Cllrs Casson, Connery Dixon, Lawson, B Parke, and Parke-Parr. Two members of the public were present.


3 Minutes of the February 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. Ward/County Councillor Ward Cllr Minshaw said the fly tipping at Gallows Lonning had been cleared and a tree on Moresby Parks Road that had been uprooted by the storms had been cleared. He said that there had been some flooding at Low Moresby but that had been dealt with. He said he had reported the three hot spots for dog fouling and the district council would now pay particular attention to these areas. County Cllr Barbour said that the floods due to the storms had taken up considerable time and he agreed to look at High Moor Road where a garden had been reported to the clerk but not it seems to the county council. He said that he had not been able to ascertain whether the Walkmill asset transfer was to be on the cabinet agenda for March 2020

5b. Public participation There were two issues from the last meeting. There had been no progress with the bus route but a further enquiry would be made and the Chairman in relation to Superfast broadband said there was a fibre connection to the box but not from the box to the individual dwellings. A member of the public referred to two areas where pot holes were particularly bad. He said he had not reported them on the Highways Information Management System (HIMS) because he was unaware of its existence. The chairman explained the system and how it could be accessed on the county council website. A member of the public raised the problem of flooding on the footpath between Moresby Parks Road and Rowntree Crescent Ward Cllr Minshaw said he would report the problem.


  1. Police matters. The clerk said that he still had not received a reply to his enquiry about the circulation of monthly reports. Mrs Boyes said there had been a number of road accidents on the dual carriageway.


7 Planning Applications There were none. The chairman said he had received a message from an action group in Whitehaven asking if the Moresby parish council would support the groups objections to an application 4/19/2233/001 for further housing around Bay Vista. The chairman said our parish should be concerned about the traffic issues especially on Victoria Road. The county councillor said this was a problem and he would be making representations. It was agreed that an objection should be made. Ward Cllr Minshaw took no part in the discussion as a member off the district council planning panel.



  1. Clerks Report
  2. a) Walkmill Country Park. The clerk said that the agenda for the county council cabinet meeting to be held on the 19th March 2020 had not yet been published. He said the last sub committee meeting had discussed whether an organisation called Wheels for All could make use of the country park once the footpaths had been brought up to adoptable standards. The clerk said he now had a contact. The chairman said he was meeting doctors at the Distington surgery to discuss the concept of Green Gym.
  3. b) Reflector Posts The clerk said that the county council had installed reflector posts at one of the new traffic management bumps on the road towards Swallow Hill and that would stop vehicles leaving the road to avoid the bump. The question was asked whether posts were needed at the other two bumps. The clerk said he would contact the Highways area manager to discuss the matter.
  4. c) Old Pit Lane The clerk said that the county council were looking at ownership of the Old Pit Lane and he would report at the next meeting.
  5. d) Allotments The clerk said there were a number of issues
  6. i) Mr Benn had died in recent days and it was agreed that his two allotments and the garage he rented should be advertised on the Facebook page subject to ii) below
  7. ii) A request had been received to use what the resident thought was a vacant plot. The clerk said that this may not be the case and it may be the plot Miss Jones had recently taken. The clerk said he would look at the allotment plots at the weekend and it may be that the resident could be offered one of Mr Benn’s plots.

iii) Mr Holliday’s garage could be re-let if it was now empty.

  1. iv) The clerk said some letters had been sent to existing tenants advising them that the rent was unchanged and payment should be made by the end of March 2020 but other letters for the newer tenants had to be sent out.
  2. v) The clerk said he had asked the contractor who cut the grass at Howgate for a quote to clear the common land and unused plots at the allotments. The parish council agreed to accept the quote of £500
  3. e) Grass cutting Playing Field The clerk said that a second quote was requested at the last meeting and it was agreed to accept the Mike Dowling quote of £90 per cut ex Vat
  4. f) Lap Top The chairman said he had received a message from Parton PC indicating they did not now wish to pursue their claim for recompense for the original cost of the lap top.
  5. g) Bank Mandate The clerk said that finally the bank had accepted the new mandate.


9 Correspondence

  1. a) Information about the Evolis radar speed sign had been received. It was agreed to contact the county council area engineer.
  2. b) HSBC had sent general information about business banking.
  3. c) Copeland Age and Advice Service had asked that an item be placed in the parish newsletter about their work supporting the elderly in the parish. The chairman said that we could aim to produce a newsletter shortly after Easter



  1. Cheques for Payment

101428            J C Shaw                      (Expenses)                                           £22.01

101429            J C Shaw                      (Net salary February 2020)                 £200.00

101430            MPPFA                         (Donation)                                           £20.00


11 Parish Councillors Matters

  1. a) Mrs Boyes said that the pavement at Howgate was covered with mud from an adjoining field. The county councillor said he would register it on HMIS as an obstruction.
  2. b) Mrs Ogilvie said that there had been a traffic count on the B5306 at Howgate but the results had not yet been provided.
  3. c) Mrs Ogilvie asked if the district council were taking action on the request for a street sign relating to School Brow Close. The ward councillor said he would take it up.
  4. d) Mr Horricks said he had been approached about a mirror at the junction immediately before the old railway line bridge. The county councillor said that it was not policy to erect mirrors on the highway as it could distract drivers.
  5. e) Mr Horricks asked about public transport. The clerk said he would again contact the officer at the county council and would include an item about rural wheels in the newsletter


The meeting closed at 8.15 pm



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