October 2021

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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 4th October 2021 at 7.00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Moresby Rugby Union Clubhouse



  1. Attendance


  1. Apologies and Announcements


  1. Approval and signing of the minutes of the September 2021 meeting


  1. Declaration of Interests


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

(b) Public participation


  1. Police Issues


  1. Planning Matters
  2. a) School Brow development

8 Walkmill sub-committee report

9.) Allotments

10) Play Area litter picking and inspection

11) Motor Mower. Cutting and weeding of verges

12) Trees and other landscape work

13 War memorial


  1. Correspondence (to note)


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


15 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)


J C Shaw Parish Clerk 25th September 2021




























Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Meeting of the

 Moresby Parish Council

held on the 4th October 2021 at 7.00 pm.

At Moresby Parks RU Clubhouse


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Ogilvie, B Parke, Ward Cllr Minshaw and the Clerk. Two members of the public were present

2 Apologies and Announcements

Apologies were received from Cllrs Casson (Isolating) Connery (Sick) Dixon (Sick) Lawson (Overseas) L Parke (Isolating), and Horricks (Work)

3 Minutes of the September 2021 meeting

They were accepted as a true record.


  1. Declaration of Interests

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

5a Ward and County Councillors

There was no report from the county councillor

The ward councillor said that the consultation on the local plan ran until the mid-October following changes to the first plan issued. He said the amendments did not affect the ward. He said no date had been fixed to hear the School Brow planning applications. He said there had been a lot of fly tipping in the parish and he had reported many incidents. He encouraged parish councillors to report anything they saw to wasteofficers@copeland.gov.uk. He said that from early November Hobans would run a bus from Monday to Thursday from Moresby Parks to Whitehaven. He said that Hobans will expand the service if it is used. The fare would be £2.50 for a return ticket. It would be a 29-seater vehicle and the hope was that it would at least half filled.

5b Public participation

A resident said that the hand rail on the bridge on the by-lane to Tivoli was broken. The chair explained how the county council HIMS system worked. The resident said that the hedge he mentioned at the last meeting had been cut. The resident asked if grass cutting through Moresby Parks had finished for the season. The chair said that was the case.

6 Police Issues

The clerk said he would continue to circulate the police newsletter. It was noted that there had been more than one serious incident on the A595 with the new road being closed on one occasion and serious and lengthy delays on the north/west carriageway on a second occasion. The clerk said he would ask that PCSO to attend a meeting.

7 Planning applications

The clerk said that there were no new applications and as reported by the ward councilor no date had been fixed for the School Brow applications. He said he had circulated the council’s response to the applications and posted it on the website.

  1. Walkmill subcommittee

The clerk said he had heard no more from either Gough’s solicitors or the county council and he would write further. He said that until he heard something he would not organize a further meeting.

9 Allotments.

The clerk said that all allotments were now taken and he would produce a plan for the next meeting.

  1. Play area

The clerk said he understood that the borough council staff were now litter picking and inspecting the units. The chair said that he had read the annual report prepared by ROSPA. It was agreed that work that was required should be referred to the district council an quotations requested

11 Motor Mower

The clerk said that Alan Lawson had spoken to a resident who retires next spring and would like to take on grass cutting duties Alan had said he would walk the route and introduce him Mr Stamper.

It was agreed that Mike Dowling should be asked to undertake the first cut of 2022 as a one off.

12 Trees and other landscape work

Mr Parke said that the trees on Parkfields Road remained in a poor state.  The chair said as mentioned in public participation that the hedge on the path from Rowntree to Moresby Parks Road had been cut back. Mrs. Coward referred to the photograph that had been circulated of the outlet pipe from the Commercial Park. The clerk said he would make enquiries in the first instance from the appropriate Copeland B C officer

13 War Memorial

The clerk said that he would contact Mark Casson who was to enquire whether the Rugby club would allow the board to be hung in the bar at the rugby clubhouse. The clerk said that the Parton PC chair had said that the war memorial at Parton which contained some Moresby residents who had died in the two world wars was erected in 1921 and a special service was planned for 14th November 2021 and that Moresby councilors and friends were welcome to attend.

14 Correspondence

  1. a) Great North Air Ambulance had written asking for a donation. It was agreed that the matter be an agenda item for the November meeting with a view to donating £100.00
  2. b) The clerk referred to a letter received from a resident complaining about the speed bumps. There followed a full discussion and it was agreed that the resident be told that given that the parish council had petitioned for extra speed bumps they could not now ask for them to be removed.
  3. Cheques to be approved for payment

101503                  J C Shaw                                               Salary September                            £200.00

101504                  Copeland B C                                      (Grass Cutting)                                  £335.14

101505                  Inland Revenue                                (Tax)                                                      £150.00

101506                  J C Shaw                                               Expenses                                             £68.81

101507                  LCN com Ltd                                       Domain Name                                   £26

101508                  Mike Dowling                                     Grass Cutting                                     £144.00.


16 Parish Councillors matters

The clerk said there were items which he wished to mention

  1. a) The chair of the Mary Jackson fund had asked for a second representative from Moresby parish council. He was reminded that Mr Ogilvie had agreed at the annual meeting to take that role.
  2. b) A decision had to be taken as to whether to hold parish council elections in 2022 (a year early) when the cost would be shared with a unitary council election or to continue with the present cycle which would be 2023 but the full cost would fall on the parishes. The council said it favoured 2022.
  3. c) The clerk said he had spoken to the clerk at Lowca parish council who had investigated the bank charges at various clearing banks. He said that HSBC charges were on a par as other banks and it was agreed the accounts should remain at least for the present with HSBC. It was however agreed to close the Moresby Parks Playing Fields Association and fold it into the parish council’s account.
  4. d) The clerk referred to the bus service mentioned by the ward councillor.
  5. e) The chair said that a new battery was required for the defibrillator and when he had contacted the supplier they wanted to charge. He said the thought the maintenance contract covered new batteries.

The clerk said he would look out the papers.

  1. f) Mrs Ogilvie said that the problems she had mentioned at the last meeting with HGV driver testing continued. The clerk said he would contact the county council once more.
  2. g) Mrs Ogilvie said that if another newsletter was planned the Cold and Cosy item should be repeated.
  3. h) Mrs Coward raised issues concerning the Walkmill park paths. The chair said there was a sub committee planned and the issues would be discussed


The meeting closed at 8.07