October 2018

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Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 1st October 2018 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Dixon, Horricks, McGuirk, Ogilvie, B Parke, L Parke-Parr, N Troughton, and the Clerk.


2 Apologies were received from County/Ward Cllr Barbour. The clerk said that he had received a letter of resignation from Mrs Pritchard She said that work commitments had now increased to the extent that she felt unable to continue as a councillor. The clerks said that given the proximity of the parish elections no request would be made to the borough council to fill the vacancy. The clerk said that he had spoken to the elections officer at the borough council concerning Mrs McGuirk and it was confirmed that she could continue as a councillor until the next parish council elections


3 Minutes of the September 2018 meeting. These were agreed.


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


  1. Ward/County Councillor The clerk said that Cllr Barbour had sent a note as follows. Station house/Churchill Drive Flooding New exploratory manhole has been sunk and work is ongoing. Some blockages have been identified and cleared and more identified to do.

 Gallows Lonning Still being looked into for feasibility options

Moresby Embankment Local committee members met with highways England at the end of August for a progress update Unfortunately there wasn’t a great deal to update us on with regard to embankment issues. Members expressed concern on lack of progress and local area highway officers expressed concern on lack of contingency plan for traffic diversion should the situation arise that the embankment is rendered unstable. Contingency plan has now been received A letter from the local committee members has been lodged with HE expressing concern on lack of progress on options to move forward

I note issues mentioned in last PC Minutes Item 14 Parish Councillor items

Damaged lamppost T Howgate has been removed What remains is the base element of the lamppost containing the electrical element which is tilted and currently covered with a traffic cone This should not pose much of a problem on the continuing issue regards grass cutting (note your email to KC 30/9/18).

Will inform Copeland on the continuing issue of roaming dogs(s)

Pot hole outside 111MP Has been logged onto HIMS system

Let me know if you require me to case up Bob Muscat for country park issues I’m not sure what you have done so far


Mr Troughton said the large puddle outside the garage had not been mentioned.



7b Public participation No member of the public was present when this item was reached.

The clerk said that the allotments were raised at the last meeting and he would approach the play area maintenance man to ask whether he would undertake some work.

  1. Police matters. The clerk said that a report covering July and August had been received. This included eight road traffic incidents, a civil dispute, criminal damage and the removal of an uninsured vehicle. The PCSO had said in relation to a report of a serious assault on Police UK that the local report would not cover this type of incident.  The main reasons being data protection and safeguarding. There were no issues to report back.


7 Planning Applications

  1. a) Temporary Permission for car parking in association with Park and Ride scheme Whitehaven Golf Course. The clerk said that a copy of the application had now been received. He had spoken to a Sellafield Ltd officer at a recent meeting who said that the application had not been at the instigation of the company and in view of comments from Cumbria Highways it was unlikely that it would receive their support.
  2. b) Creation of a surface storage area Whitehaven Commercial Park. There was no objection
  3. c) Outline application dwelling adjacent to Woodland Low Moresby. The clerk said that the development was outside the settlement boundaries in the current local plan and given the history of the councils opposition to the extension of the boundaries and their opposition to further developments in Low Moresby where no local amenities exist. The council should consider their position It was agreed to make these points and to highlight the traffic issues in the area.

d Replacement of windows and door Moresby Social Club There was no objection

  1. e) Change of use of garage Manesty Rise There was no objection
  2. f) Phase 3 land to North East of Rannerdale Drive The clerk said that he had received to decision letter which permitted the development but subject to stringent conditions concerning highways matters, flood risk and environmental matters


  1. Clerks Report
  2. a) West Cumbria Bus Users AGM. The clerk said that this was to take place on the 9th October 2018 at the Lakes College when a speaker from Transport for the North was to speak about transport issues generally
  3. b) Play Area The clerk said that the sign had been ordered
  4. c) Walkmill Country Park The clerk said that he had received a note from the countryside access officer indicating that the county council were aiming to sell the land without undertaking any work. He said he had written to the property services officer advising him that the parish council offer still stood and that before the sale they still had a duty of care and the rail and board walk still had not been repaired.
  5. d) Donation Request Great North Air Ambulance The clerk said that in the past £100 had been donated This amount was agreed.
  6. e) Dog Fouling. The clerk said that he had received a note from a resident on the Back Lanes who also was a tenant of an allotment plot. He raised the problem of dog fouling in the area. It was agreed to ask the district council to site a bin in the car park adjoining the allotments

f). School Skip The clerk said he contacted the head teacher following the last meeting and suggested that the parish council contribute to the landscape work being undertaken by meeting the cost of a skip. The headteacher had responded in a positive manner and it was agreed that the clerk take the matter forward.

  1. g) Fallen Tree Moresby Parks Road The clerk said that the district council had removed the trunk and had billed the parish council.
  2. h) Damaged post Howgate. The clerk referred to the note in the county councillors report He said he had also contacted Cumbria Highways who said they were in dispute with Highways England. The clerk said he would report the matter to the Health and Safety Executive.


  1. Correspondence
  2. a) HM Revenue and Customs had written concerning a new system to claim a VAT refund
  3. b) Glasdon had sent product information


10 Cheques for Payment

101328            J C Shaw                                  (Salary September)                 £200.00

101329            Copeland B C                           (Landscape work)                    £79.50

101330            Mike Dowling Contracting      (Landscape work)                    £144.00

101332            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £41.35

101333            MPPFA                                     (Donation)                               £20.00


  1. Parish Councillors Items
  2. a) Mrs Ogilvie said that she was aware of concerns at the junction of Parkfields Road and Moresby Parks Road about the sight lines. The clerk said he and the county councillor would take the matter up once more.
  3. b) Mrs McGuirk said she continued to receive complaints about unused food being thrown out onto the Back Lanes and the vermin that it attracted.
  4. c) Mrs Coward said that the parking problem had worsened since the park and ride buses for Sellafield were stopping outside the shop.
  5. d) Mrs Coward said that the Home group had still not fixed the street light on High Moor Road.
  6. e) Mrs Parke said that the trees by the side of the sub station were causing problems for pedestrians
  7. f) Mrs Boyes said that the official opening of the chemistry laboratory for the National College for Nuclear was taking place later in the week.
  8. g) Mr Lawson referred to the possible work on the soakaways on the playing field. He said that at present the rugby club could not contribute to the cost.


The meeting closed at 8.15 pm




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