November 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 6th November 2017

Moresby Rugby Club


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, McGuirk, Ogilvie, Troughton Ward/County Cllr Barbour, and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements: There were apologies from Cllrs Horricks, Parke and Pritchard. Five members of the public were present. The clerk said that the prescribed period for calling an election to fill the vacancy on the council ended on the 9th November 2017 and if there was no request the parish council could co-opt at the December 2017 meeting.


  1. Approval of the last minutes: The minutes of the October 2017 meeting were agreed.


  1. Declaration of Member’s Interests: It was agreed that a declaration would be made should an item arise on the agenda.


5 Police issues. The clerk said that there was no apology or report from PCSO Hollie Dennis. He said that the information on were the August figures. There were 4 logs, three were anti-social behaviour and 1 theft. It was noted that there had been a road accident on Moresby Parks Road. It was noted that haulage wagons were using Gallows Lonning where pedestrians often walked.


  1. Public Participation
  2. a) A member of the public expressed concern about the moss on the pavements in the village. Damaged trees on the corner of Parkfields Road were said the cause difficulties for pedestrians. The clerk said he had asked about the speed indication device at High Harrington and had been advised that the local county councillor had paid for installation from her councillor capital fund (post meeting at a cost of £2600) Concern was again expressed about parking on School Brow at school leaving times. The escape lane at the foot of Rectory Brow was again raised. The county councillor said that consultant had not reported to county council

6b Ward and County Councillors Ward Cllr Barbour said that the cyber-attack at the district council was still causing problems. He said that the district council had been accepted onto a trial where business rates were retained by the council. He said that between £400k to £500k would be retained. He noted that the budget consultation was underway. He said that he would hold a surgery in the rugby club on the 16th December 2017 when the Copeland M P would attend.  The councillor turned to county council items He said that serious flooding in Millom had meant that resources had been directed to the problem However he planned to meet the local area engineer in the next two weeks to deal with a number of issues


  1. Christmas tree The clerk said he had contacted the vicar who had said he was still seeking an electrician It was agreed that the parish council would meet the reasonable costs of the electrician and he would tell the vicar that Bennetts would was to purchase a tree and would liaise over the siting It was noted that Whitehaven Bodyworks on the Commercial Park were anxious to make a donation to the costs.


  1. Traffic and Highways The clerk said that the meeting provisionally fixed for the 22nd November 2017 may not take place given that a report on the Whitehaven Major Traffic Scheme may not be available. He said he would speak to Highways England in the next week. It was noted that the pothole outside the school had still not been attended to and the road surface at Quality Corner was in need of repair.


9 Budget and Precept. The clerk referred to the papers circulated with the agenda.  He said that the internal auditor had signed off the half year accounts Whilst it was agreed to a precept demand of £14280 for 2018/2019 which was an increase of 2% it was decided to consider the matter further with an amended paper at the December meeting. It was agreed that should the council decide to proceed with a bus shelter at Howgate a funding request from the Fairfield fund would be sought.


9a Newsletter It as agreed to produce and circulate a newsletter before Christmas. The clerk asked for any contribution to be sent to him in the next seven days. He said he would contact the vicar and the school requesting information about their Christmas events


10 Planning Applications       There were no applications. The clerk said that he had again spoken to the planning officer about the School Brow application. It appeared that whilst the district council were ready to issue a decision letter final agreement about car parking space for the school which would be included as S 106 clause had not been reached.  The clerk said that he had still to hear about the St Michael’s church plot.


11 Clerks Report

  1. a) Defibrillator He said that there were problems about power to the cabinet. John Kelly had reported the matter but it had not been rectified with the result that the unit did not work properly He said he was dealing with the Community Heartbeat Trust over the matter.
  2. b) Allotment The clerk said that another request had been made for the allotment It was agreed that the chairman and the clerk would meet and discuss the empty plot.
  3. c) School Brow and other landscape work. The clerk said that the vegetation at the top of School Brow had been removed He said that a request for the three items had been made together but he could not say whether the other jobs had been completed. Mrs McGuirk said she would check.
  4. d) Bus Shelter. This matter was stood over.
  5. e) Empty Homes. It was agreed that the clerk would speak to the Empty Homes Officer at the district council about a particular house in Moresby Parks.
  6. f) Local Plan Options and Issues It was noted that no specific sites were shown in this consultation It was agreed that settlement boundaries should be retained and that whilst wind energy was a form of energy that was needed it was clear that the area around the Moresby parish had enough wind turbines already. It was agreed that further efforts needed to be made to ensure that the Whitehaven Commercial Park was used to capacity.
  7. g) School Firework Display The donation of £200 towards the display was confirmed.
  8. h) St Michaels RC Church The clerk said that he had not heard from the district council enforcement officer about this issue.



  1. Correspondence
  2. a) Great North Air Ambulance had written seeking a donation It was agreed to send £100.00 to the charity.
  3. b) Wickstead had sent a product information leaflet
  4. c) The papers for the CALC Annual General Meeting had been received
  5. d) The county council had written about the vacancy for the Voluntary Social Car Scheme co-ordinator
  6. e) Cardio Cabinet had written enquiring whether a defibrillator was required in the parish



13 Cheques to be approved for payment  

101265            Moresby Parks Primary School (Donation)                             £200.00

101266            J C Shaw                                  (Salary October2017)              £200.00

101268            Copeland Borough Council     (Landscape)                             £380.83

101269            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £79.23

101270            Stamper                                  (Mower garaging and fuel)     £445.00

101271            J and R Bennett                       (Plants)                                    £61.20


14 Parish Councillor’s Items

  1. a) Mr Troughton referred to the district council budget consultation. He said that the document was deficient. There were no figures in the paper. It was not clear what the extra £0.5 million for I.T. would mean. The clerk said he would respond.
  2. b) Mrs Ogilvie asked if progress had been made in re-erecting the village sign
  3. c) Mrs McGuirk said that a jeep had been left outside Mr Holliday’s garage and the owner had left the village.
  4. d) Mrs Coward said that a number of directional signs were in need of cleaning. The clerk said that this was job undertaken by the lengthsman and he was not certain whether the county council staff would undertake such work.
  5. e) Mrs Coward said that signs warning motorists of the presence of deer on the roads around the parish. The county councillor said he would take the matter up with officers.
  6. f) Mrs Coward asked whether any action could be taken to remove the disused caravan on district council land.
  7. g) Mrs McGuirk asked when the new street lights were to be working.
  8. h) Mr Lawson said that water was running off the play area and damaging the rugby club’s car park.



The meeting closed at 8.30 pm.


The next meeting was fixed for the 4th December 2017