October 2020

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Meeting Agenda

Moresby Parish Council


To Parish Councillors, the Ward Councillor and the County Councillor


Dear Councillor


The next meeting of the Moresby Parish Council will be held on Monday 5th October 2020 at 7.00 pm. This will be a Virtual Meeting on the Zoom platform




  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements


  1. Approval and signing of the minutes of the September 2020 meeting


  1. Declaration of Interests


5a) Ward /County Councillor (issues to mention)

(b) Public participation


  1. Police Issues


  1. Newsletter


8) Clerks Report

  1. a) Allotments
  2. b) Play Area
  3. c) Drainage (see email from resident to you 27th September 2020)
  4. d) Emmaus House path
  5. e) Post Office (See our letter to MP)
  6. f) Walkmill Asset transfer update
  7. g) Old Pit Lane ownership
  8. h) Path beside Golf course


  1. Planning Matters

Applications Manesty Rise     conservatory


  1. Correspondence (to note)


  1. Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts (note to follow)


12 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)




J C Shaw Parish Clerk 27th September 2020


















Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 5th October 2020

Note: The meeting was held remotely on the Zoom platform.


Members of the public were advised and able to join the meeting.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton Cllrs Boyes, Casson, Connery, Coward, Dixon, Lawson, B Parke, L Parke-Parr, Ward Cllr Minshaw and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements There were apologies from Cllrs Horricks and Ogilvie and from County Cllr Barbour.


3 Minutes of the September 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.


5a. Ward and County Councillors

Ward Cllr Minshaw said he had received a full copy of the Copeland Plan preferred options paper and he would be considering it further. There was no further information concerning the empty house following a meeting with the district council officer. He referred to the fly tipping on the road towards Distington and it was believed that the trailer that had been abandoned had contained the rubbish He had contacted the Member of Parliament about the post office but was no further forward. There was no report from County Cllr Barbour.



5b Public Participation No members of the public joined the meeting.



  1. Police Issues The clerk said that the safety camera vans had not been operating but he understood were to return to their locations shortly. The PCSO said he had seen the effectiveness of the speed bumps whilst patrolling. The clerk said the police newsletters were circulated when they arrived.



  1. Newsletter The clerk said that he had distributed the bundles to councillors for onward delivery He had some left if required. The chair said he hoped another edition could be published before Christmas and it would be an opportune time to look at the councillor’s delivery list.


  1. Clerk’s Report
  2. a) Allotments The clerk said he had again looked at the garage and plots formerly tenanted by Mr Benn and had two quotations One was simply to hire a skip for 10 days and the second was for skip hire and labour to clear the garage and if space to clear, if only partially, the plots. It was agreed to accept the labour and skip hire quote.


  1. b) Play Area The clerk said that he had tidied the play area on a couple occasions since the last meeting and had taken the nets down for storage over the winter. He had not yet spoken to the open spaces team at the district council about unit inspections.
  2. c) Drainage The clerk said he had sent the letter from a resident about the path to Rowntree Close on to David Bechelli at the district council and would ask about progress. Mark Casson said that there was a problem with the drains in Moresby Parks because that pipes were simply too narrow and the surface water drain beside the shop overflowed whenever there was substantial rain no matter how often they were cleared.
  3. d) Emmaus House Path The clerk said the work had been undertaken but a particularly heavy rainstorm had shown that water from the surrounding are still ran over the path.
  4. e) Old Post Office The clerk said he had an acknowledgement from the Member of Parliament which said she was speaking to the post office management.
  5. f) Walkmill Asset Transfer The clerk said it did not appear that the matter had been considered by the county council
  6. g) Old Pit Lane Ownership The clerk said he had been told that the land was in the ownership of the county council and he would ask Cllr Barbour to make enquiries. It was considered that the pot holes made the lane really dangerous.
  7. h) Footpath beside Golf Course The clerk said he had spoken to the open spaces officer at the district council who had advised the enforcement officer be contacted He said he had done that. Mark Casson said that he had spoken to the Golf Club people and understood that they would, as a one off, cut back the encroaching brambles.
  8. i) Empty House Moresby Parks The clerk said the ward councillor had mentioned the matter in his report.
  9. j) Footway Lights The clerk said that a second letter had been received from the district council which asked for the parish council to contribute to costs of six lights and not 21 as previously stated. Because the council already paid for 4 it was a net increase of two. The matter would be discussed at the November meeting.



9 Planning Applications The clerk said the single planning matter was an application in respect of a new conservatory on Manesty Rise There was no objection raised. The chair said that it appeared that there was an application for an extension on the industrial state. The clerk said it had not yet been received.


10 Correspondence None




  1. Cheques to be approved for payment

101451                  Mike Dowling                                    Grass Cutting                                     £252.00.

101452                  J C Shaw                                               Salary September                            £200.00

101453                  Ink Design Print Cumbria Ltd      Newsletter                                         £188.00

101454                  Anthony Jackson                              Emmaus House Path                      £2160.00

101455                  J C Shaw                                               Expenses                                             £82.29

101456                  MPPFA                                                 Donation                                             £20.00



  1. Parish Councillors Matters
  2. a) Mrs Parke said complaints had been received about speeding on Eagles way.
  3. b) Mr Parke said that the work was needed on a very wet patch on the Walkmill path about 100 yards from the picnic table. The clerk said he would raise the matter with the county council officer.
  4. c) Mr Parke said that a wheel and tyre had been left on Moresby Parks beside the electricity sub-station. The ward councillor said he would deal with the matter.
  5. d) M/s Connery raised the issue of flooding at the Steel Brow junction and beyond. The clerk said he would speak to the county councillor but the parish and county council division boundary ended at the junction.
  6. e) Mrs Coward asked for advice to provide to residents concerning the Leylandia problem she had raised at previous meetings. The clerk said that the district council open spaces officer had power to reduce the height if the householder refused and charge.



The meeting closed at 8.41 and it was noted that the next meeting would be held on the 2nd November 2020 and would be a remote meeting on the Zoom platform.






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