Moresby Parish Council
To Parish Councillors, the Ward Councillor and the County Councillor
The next meeting of the Moresby Parish Council will be held on Monday 2nd November 2020 at 7.00 pm. This will be a Virtual Meeting on the Zoom platform
- Apologies and Announcements
- Approval and signing of the minutes of the October 2020 meeting
- Declaration of Interests
5a) Ward /County Councillor (issues to mention)
(b) Public participation
- Police Issues
- Half Year Accounts and Budget
8) Clerks Report
- a) Allotments
- b) Play Area
- c) Flooding
- d) Walkmill Asset transfer update
- e) Path beside Golf course
- Planning Matters
- a) Emmaus House
- b) Unit 2 Joe McBain Avenue
- Correspondence (to note)
- Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts (note to follow)
12 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)
J C Shaw Parish Clerk 26th October 2020
Minutes of the Meeting of the
Moresby Parish Council
held on the 2nd November 2020
Note: The meeting was held remotely on the Zoom platform.
Members of the public were advised and able to join the meeting.
- Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton Cllrs Boyes, Casson, Connery, Coward, Lawson, Ogilvie, County Cllr Barbour and the Clerk.
2 Apologies and Announcements There were apologies from Cllrs Horricks and Ward Cllr Minshaw.
3 Minutes of the October 2020 meeting of the parish council. These were agreed.
- Declaration of Interests
It was agreed to accept declaration of interests if and when they arose.
5a. Ward and County Councillors
Ward Cllr Minshaw sent a written report. He said
Copeland Local Plan. Reminder that the local plan for Copeland public consultation period ends on November 15th. (Note It has been extended by 14 days)
Flooding High Moor Road. Recent heavy rainfall flooding from the adjacent field onto properties on High Moor Road. Both Copeland and Cumbria county council appear to be reluctant to take responsibility fro this at the moment. Copeland were prompt at delivering sandbags when requested last week which is good but the issue itself needs resolved so they are not necessary again.
Local government reorganisation. A recent briefing by the Mayor of Copeland indicated that the preferred option of the CBC executive is for a unitary authority including Allerdale, Copeland and Carlisle (and possibly Eden) with the rest of the county forming another unitary authority with an overarching Mayor above the two. This proposal has not been presented to council for approval and discussions are expected to try to resolve this issue. It has to be sent to government by November the 9th and it is not open to public submission nor is the eventual proposed reorganisation likely to go to a local referendum either we believe.
Non- Copeland council issues:-
Half term Children’s meals. As a result of the non-funding of meal vouchers for needy children and families over the half term the “Moresby Parks, Friends & Neighbours.” Facebook group stepped up and provided for many families over the week. Congratulations to all involved. They intend to offer assistance again over the Christmas period- please look them up if you can help in any way. https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=moresby%20parks%20friends%20%26%20neighbours.
Borderlands broadband. I have been asked to bring this to the councils notice. The scheme offers a grant towards achieving fast broadband access for rural areas where residents and/or businesses can club together to enable this. This may be something the parish council may wish to promote, or at least be aware of.
County Cllr Barbour in relation to the epidemic said that the figures for Copeland were below the national figure but with the advent of a second lock down later in the week the county council were requesting that all the guidance and regulations be followed. He said that he had made enquiries as to the status of the Old Pit Lane and was advised that the thoroughfare was classed as footway and not a highway. The county council department who were responsible was Open Spaces and not Highways and therefore there was no obligation to bring the path up to adoptable standards. He suggested that Copeland Community Fund should be approached given that they had given grant aid to the Rugby Club and it could be classed as community centre. Mark Casson said he and colleagues had filled in many of the really bad pot holes but more work would be necessary in the long term. Alan Lawson said that there were footway lights on the path.
5b Public Participation No members of the public joined the meeting.
- Police Issues The clerk said the comment about speeding on Eagles Way had not been referred to the police but he would do so without delay. He said that he continued to forward the police circulars.
- Half Year Accounts, Budget and Precept The clerk referred to the half year accounts which he said were still subject to audit by the internal auditor. It was agreed that they would be bought back following audit but meanwhile consideration was given to the budget paper for 2021/2022 and it was agreed to request a precept for the year of £15000.00 which was an increase of 1%.
- Clerk’s Report
- a) Allotments The clerk said he had arranged for the garage to be emptied further to the decision at the last meeting. He had not checked but would do in the week.(post meeting note The garage has been cleared but the plots and the hut are still full of rubbish). Mrs Ogilvie said she would send the name of a person who would like to be considered for any plot that became vacant.
- b) Play Area The clerk said that he had not been at the play area recently but would visit in the week and remind the district council about the request for a new bin.
- c) Drainage The clerk said he had not had a response to the letter about the path to Rowntree Crescent and would speak to the officer at the district council again. The flooding at High House Road was discussed. Both the district councillor and the county councillor were aware of the issues and had spoken to officers in their respective authority. It was understood that action to clear the beck behind the houses was being undertaken. Gillian Connery said that there had been a problem of obtaining sandbags but they had been delivered after a delay.
- d) Emmaus House Path The clerk said the work had been undertaken but a particularly heavy rainstorm had shown that water from the surrounding area still ran over the path. Mark Casson said he and other residents were to try to dig a channel to divert water.
- f) Walkmill Asset Transfer The clerk said that a paper was being written for the county council cabinet to consider. It would not be a transfer of the freehold but a 99 year lease. The chairman said that the matter would be considered by the sub group when a paper was received.
- h) Footpath beside Golf Course The clerk said there appeared to be no progress on this issue.
- i) Empty House Moresby Parks The clerk said he would ask the empty homes officer fro a note of the present position.
- j) Footway Lights It was agreed to ask for the exact location of the six lights which were subject to a request by the district council for a contribution towards the maintenance and electricity costs. It was agreed that were the lights sited where the council believed to be the position they would accept the extra two lights.
- k) Land beside the Old Pit Lane The clerk said he had contacted the Home group concerning the access issue over their land but had not received a reply.
- l) Howgate Hotel The clerk said he had written as requested to the manager at the Howgate Hotel.
- m) Website The clerk said that he had obtained a quotation to bring the website up to the required standard as specified by the regulations. It was agreed that the matter be placed on the next agenda and meanwhile papers would be circulated.
9 Planning Applications The clerk said that he had forwarded two applications a) Commercial park building extension and b) Emmaus House kitchen extension. There were no objections to these applications.
10 Correspondence None
- Cheques to be approved for payment
101457 J C Shaw Expenses £28.79
101458 J C Shaw Salary October £200.00
101459 Community Heartbeat Trust Defibrillator Annual Support £151.20
- Parish Councillors Matters
- a) Mr Casson said that no action had been taken about the pothole opposite 113 Moresby Parks although he believed it had been entered on HIMS.
- b) Mrs Coward said that whilst work had been carried out on the footpaths at Solway Road and dropped kerbs installed as part of the programme no other pavements had been touched. She said she understood that in March 2019 the local committee of the county council had agreed that all the pavements in Moresby Parks which required attention were to be dealt with.
- c) Mrs Ogilvie said that Heavy Duty Vehicles continued to use the back road through Howgate when the dual carriageway A595 was more appropriate. She asked that the county council be approached to set up a traffic county.
- d) Mrs Ogilvie asked whether Bennett Bros had undertaken the winter planting. It was thought that they had.
- e) Mrs Ogilvie said that the surface water was not getting away at Howgate because the culverts needed to be cleared.
- f) Mrs Ogilvie said that the weight restriction on Gallows Lonning was being ignored. The clerk said he would contact the police.
- g) Mrs Coward asked whether a Christmas tree would be sited at the Methodist Chapel She said that she appreciated that there could be no switching on ceremony but residents could fix their own decorations to the tree. The clerk said he would contact the vicar.
The meeting closed at 9.00pm and it was noted that the next meeting would be held on the 7th December 2020 and would be a remote meeting on the Zoom platform.