September 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 4th September 2017

Moresby Rugby Club


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, Coward, Dixon, Horricks, Kelly, McGuirk, Ogilvie, Parke, Troughton, Ward/County Cllr Barbour, and the Clerk.


2 Apologies and Announcements: There were apologies from Cllr Pritchard. Two members of the public were present.


  1. Approval of the last minutes: The minutes of the July 2016 meeting were agreed subject to an amendment. In section 7 last sentence insert “exchanged e-mails” for “spoken”


  1. Declaration of Member’s Interests: It was agreed that a declaration would be made should an item arise on the agenda.


5 Police issues The clerk said that PCSO Dennis had given her apologies. Mr Kelly asked whether other parish councils were in the same position in that they rarely saw an officer at meetings and reports were not provided. The clerk said that was the case but he was aware that the CALC county chairman was taking the matter up at a meeting with senior officers from Cumbria police later in the week. It was noted that the SID was in place for 7 days but had been placed beside one of the speed bumps when traffic did in any event slow to a crawl. Mr Horricks said he had no further response about use of the speed gun. So far as crime was concerned the clerk said the website to which councils were now directed only gave details for June 2017 when there had been 5 incidents reported one of which was a house burglary in Low Moresby. The others were of anti social behaviour within the parish. Mrs Boyes said that there had been a cattle trailer stolen since the date of the report.


  1. Public Participation
  2. a) A member of the public spoke about the continuing problems at Howgate where vehicles continued to use a bridleway and were not closing gates. The clerk said that he had asked the public rights of way officer at the county council if a barrier allowing horses and pedestrians to pass could be erected He said he had not received a response. County Cllr Barbour said he would pursue the matter. Information as to land ownership was given and it was suggested that the county council legal department should be contacted as a way forward as they appeared to be the land owners of a substantial amount of land at both ends of the bridleway.


6b Ward and County Councillors Ward Cllr Barbour said that the review of the wards in the borough was continuing but full council were not in agreement about the submission that had been proposed and it would now appear that the political parties would make separate submissions as would the elected mayor.

He said that as the county councillor he had met the area engineer for the Copeland area and discussed a number of issues. He said tha gully cleaning in Howgate had taken place. The question of the escape lane at the foot of Rectory Brow was to be subject of an independent assessment. The proposed one way system on Moresby Parks to prevent traffic emerging by the old railway bridge was still under consideration and that maintenance and repair of some of the footpaths beside the roads was planned. He said that Station House had been flooded once more and he had asked for officers to remedy the long standing problems He said he believed that the failure so far may be linked to the S106 agreement in relation to the School Brow development. He said that a Traffic regulation order review in the area was still open to requests.


7 Christmas tree It was agreed to support this venture and the clerk said he would contact the vicar as the land to be used would be at the Methodist church. It was suggested that Lowther Forestry should be approached but Mrs McGuirk said she would first speak to Bennett’s garden centre at Distington. It was suggested that the electrical supplies firm on the commercial park might be able to give advice.


  1. Audit Report

The clerk said that the opinion of the external auditor had now been received and his report contained one minor comment. His certificate that no matters have come to their attention giving cause for concern that the relevant legislation and regulatory requirements have not been met was noted. The annual return was approved and accepted and it was noted that it had been published on the parish council website.


9 Howgate Group Meeting The clerk said that the four parishes met at Lowca on the 5th July 2017 when Jonathan Reade from Highways England spoke about the progress made on plans for a diversion off the existing A595 and how that might eventually link up with a Whitehaven Eastern Relief Road. Provisional plans had been made for a drop-in organised in much the same way as the one held in October 2016. The date was to be 26th October 2017 subject to final agreement. The group had discussed the ward boundaries review and were agreed that the anomaly of part of Moresby parish still in the Bransty ward should be rectified. The next meeting was planned for Moresby on the 4th October 2017


10 Planning Applications       There were no applications. The clerk said that he had spoken to the planning officer about the outstanding decision letter on the School Brow development. He was told that the wording of the S106 agreement was almost complete and he expected a letter to be sent within the next 14 days


11 Public Meetings The clerk said that the defibrillator awareness meeting was to be held on the 6th September 2017 and the Connecting Cumbria Broadband meeting had been fixed for the 11th September 2017 both at the rugby club and he hoped for a good attendance at both meetings He thanked tha councillors who had distributed the flyers.

  1. Clerk’s report
  2. a) Field behind Methodist Chapel. The clerk said he had been approached by a resident whose back garden overlooked the field An oversized bush was obscuring had ascertained that the field was owned by a farmer in Muncaster and the clerk said he would ask the parish clerks in that area if they could supply an address.
  3. b) St Michaels RC Church The clerk said that he had asked the enforcement officer at the district council if he could see whether action could be taken given that the land appeared to have been abandoned.
  4. c) Play Area The clerk said that the whole play area had been recovered with wood chippings
  5. d) Footway beside Golf Course The clerk said that he had been contacted by a resident whose child had been scratched by brambles from the golf course. He said he would pursue the matter with the golf club but in fact the lady had done so herself and had a promise that the problem would be rectified The clerk said he had heard nothing more but the brambles still appeared to be growing.
  6. e) Walkmill Board walk. The work to improve the board walk had been undertaken and the vegetation had been cut back.
  7. f) The clerk said that the allotment last used by Mr Quinn has still vacant.
  8. Correspondence
  9. a) The Pensions Regulator had written to acknowledge that the council had completed a declaration of compliance.
  10. b) A O N insurance had written to say that they were withdrawing from local councils insurance and would not offer renewal terms at the next renewal date.


12 Cheques to be approved for payment  

101254            BDO LLP                                  (Audit fee)                               £120.00

101255            Ink Design Print Cumbria        (Newsletter)                            £180.00

101256            J C Shaw                                  (Salary July/August2017)        £400.00

101257            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               £55.75

101158            Inland Revenue                       (Tax)                                        £150.00

101259            Lloyd Ltd                                  (Mower)                                  £210.00


13 Parish Councillor’s Items

  1. a) Mrs Boyes said that youngsters were causing problems in the fields down at Howgate.
  2. b) Mr Kelly asked about the position with the Post Office It was noted that on one occasion the van had not turned up and on two occasions they had run out of money Both the county councillor and the clerk said they would pursue the matter.
  3. c) Mr Kelly said he had received complaints about excessive speeding on Eagles way.
  4. d) Mrs McGuirk said that the caravan on land adjacent to Walkmill Close was now an eyesore and needed to be reported.
  5. e) Mrs McGuirk said that no action had been taken on issues concerning the path way from Dent Road to Highmoor Road. The clerk said that he would contact the district council again.
  6. f) Mrs McGuirk said that the fence which the lengthsman mended at the end of Dent Road needed repairing again.
  7. g) Mrs Coward said no action had been taken in respect of the path behind Dent Road She declared an interest.
  8. h) Mrs Ogilvie said that the Howgate road sign need to be replaced.
  9. i) Mrs Ogilvie asked that the grass through Howgate be cut once more
  10. j) Mrs Dixon said that the zip wire was in need of repair.
  11. k) Mrs Dixon said that complaints had been made about seagulls in Moresby Parks. The clerk said that the district council had issued leaflets asking residents not to feed them and he would try to obtain copies.
  12. l) Mrs Dixon said that she had items for Moresby Matters
  13. m) The chairman said he had received complaints about overhanging trees alongside the footway beyond the Steel Brow junction and about the overhanging branches on land beside the substation.


The meeting closed at 8.50 pm.


The next meeting was fixed for the 2nd October 2017