November 2018

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Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 5th November 2018 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Dixon, B Parke, L Parke-Parr, N Troughton, County/Ward Cllr Barbour and the Clerk.


  1. Apologies were received from Cllrs Horricks, McGuirk and Ogilvie


3 Minutes of the October 2018 meeting. These were agreed subject to showing Mrs Dixon giving apologies and not being present.


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


  1. Ward/County Councillor Cllr Barbour said that CCTV cameras had shown that there were numerous fractures and displaced joints in the drainage system and a collapse around Merlin Drive which had resulted in the problems in the Churchill Eden Drive Station House. Problems which were reported a number of months ago. He said work was ongoing and that would include sinking an extra man hole to assist in future surveillance. He said that the puddle on Moresby Parks Road was now on the HIMS system. A traffic count was being undertaken on Gallows Lonning which would show the type and weight of vehicles using the lane. He said that Highways England had cut the grass around the broken lamp but no other action had been taken. Dealing with the Moresby Embankment he said he had been assured that the integrity of the viaduct was not at risk and was monitored on a regular basis. He said he hoped that residents would complete the consultation questionnaire on the Whitehaven Eastern Relief road. Mr Troughton asked that the parish council consider a draft response at the next meeting but agreed that individual responses could only add weight to the case for a new road. Ward Cllr Barbour said he would continue to pursue with the district council dog wardens the problem with out of control dogs that had been raised at previous meetings.


5b Public participation No member of the public was present.


  1. Police matters. The clerk said that a report covering September and October 2018 had been received. The September report included 5 logs concerning traffic matters including one about problems around the school at leaving time. Other issues reported were of a minor anti social behaviour nature. The October report referred to animals loose on the highway, damage to a vehicle, fly tipping and a report of dog biting a pedestrian which was still under investigation.


  1. To confirm a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance The clerk said that this was raised under the clerk’s report in the October meeting and the council had agreed in principle to donate £100.00. This was agreed.


7a Planning Applications

  1. a) Temporary Permission for car parking in association with Park and Ride scheme Whitehaven Golf Course. The clerk said that this application had been withdrawn
  2. Accounts and Budget.

The clerk referred to the half year accounts and the budget proposals paper. He said that that internal auditor had not yet signed off the accounts and he would report to the next meeting. The council considered the precept for 2019/2020 and agreed a 2% increase which raised the precept to £14560 and would allow the cost of a number of matters to be met.

9 Howgate Meeting Report

Chris said that the main item was the highway problems and that an officer from Highways England had attended the meeting. A number of issues had been raised including one matter which went back to the opening of the dual carriageway and the problems encountered after the Howgate roundabout towards Whitehaven when two lanes merged into one. Otter issues included that poor drainage down the A595 particularly at the Rosehiil junction. Mrs Troughton had reported that the number of patients allocated to the Distington medical practice had increased by 500 following the closure of the Catherine Street practice in Whitehaven. It was thought that the number of Moresby Parks residents still registered at that practice had reduced since the closure of the branch surgery in the village a number of years ago.

  1. Clerks Report
  2. a) Dog Bin at Allotments entrance . The clerk said he had completed the form required but had heard nothing more.
  3. b) Street Light Dent Road The clerk said he had tried once more to contact the Home group but without success.
  4. c) Walkmill Country Park The clerk said that he heard nothing from the property services manager at the county council.
  5. d) Rats The clerk said that he had received a note from a resident in the Back Lanes complaining about rats and said one of the neighbours was throwing food out which could only make things worse. He said he would contact the environmental health officer and copy the note to the ward councillor
  6. e) Speed Bumps The clerk said that the consultation on additional speed bumps appeared to have only been to those residents directly affected. Mr Troughton said he had responded.
  7. f) Howgate grass cutting .The contractor had asked whether he should cut the grass once more this year. The council said not and the clerk agreed to respond via Mrs Ogilvie
  8. g) Christmas Tree It was agreed to pay the cost for a Christmas tree as last year in the ground of St Mark’s chapel.
  9. h) Chairman’s allowance. The chairman left the room during the discussion of this topic.


  1. Correspondence
  2. a) Papers for the annual meeting of Cumbria Association of Local Councils had been received.
  3. b) Broxap had sent product information
  4. c) BHIB had written with advice about insurance in connection with firework displays.
  5. d) Cumbria County Council had written concerning the change to the proposed age range at schools in the county. In respect of Moresby primary school the age range will change for 4 to 11 year olds to 3 to 11 year olds.
  6. e) The Royal Mail had asked that a poster be placed on parish notice boards about Scam Mail.
  7. f) Outstanding Bills. The district council had finally sent an invoice for the resurfacing of the Play area. The clerk said he had requested the bill months ago for work which was carried out in the summer of 2017.
  8. g) Information about the Aviva community fund had been received.


10 Cheques for Payment

101334            Copeland B C                           (Play area)                               £3792.47

101335            J C Shaw                                  (Salary October)                      £200.00

101336            Parton Village Hall                  (Play Area Maintenance)        £200.00

101337            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £60.32

101338            GNAA                                       (Donation)                               £100.00

101339            Mike Dowling Contracting      (Landscape work)                    £144.00

101340            Copeland B C                           (Bins)                                       £27.97

101341            Stamper                                  (Diesel and Rent Mower)        £407.00


  1. Parish Councillors Items
  2. a) Mrs Dixon said that it had been reported that the bench beside the defibrillator was unstable.
  3. b) Mrs Dixon said she had received a complaint that the path behind the notice board on district council land was in need of improvement.
  4. c) Mrs Dixon said that she had received comments about the pot holes on the unadopted Old Pit Lane.
  5. c) Mrs Coward said that the soldier signs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War to be placed at each end Moresby Parks had not yet been delivered.
  6. d) Mr Troughton said that work needed to be undertaken to cut back branches by the sub-station given that the district council would not undertake the work. The clerk said that he would contact Works 4 You
  7. e) Mr Troughton asked if any progress had been made towards improving the general area beside the allotments. The clerk said he would arrange to meet the play are maintenance man who said he would do the work once the better weather arrived.
  8. f) Mr Lawson said that a tree at the junction with Quality Corner was a sight line problem.



The meeting closed at 8.10 pm




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