September 2018

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Moresby Parish Council

held on the 3rd September 2018 at 7.00 pm.


  1. Attendance: Chairman Cllr Lawson, Cllrs Boyes, McGuirk, Ogilvie, B Parke, N Troughton, and the Clerk.


2 Apologies were received from Cllrs Coward, Parke-Parr and Horricks and County/Ward Cllr Barbour.


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


  1. Declaration of Interests

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


  1. Autism. The chairman welcomed County Cllr Hawkins to the meeting. Cllr Hawkins explained that through the scrutiny process at the county council a decision had been taken to create the role of member champion for people with autism. He said that with a member of his family being autistic he was pleased to take up the role in Copeland. He said that there had been a sustained improvement in social awareness of autism which made it easier for families with autistic children than in the past. In terms of services there is ample evidence of excellent practice from special schools to dentists to family support groups. It was clear that from contributions of the assistant director for early learning and partnerships that there is strong leadership in place in terms of understanding autism, commitment to improving services and addressing commissioning issues in relation to transition from children’s services to adult services. In terms of challenges there was concern about the size of the waiting list for diagnosis. Whilst acknowledging that this is a national problem the performance in Cumbria with 350 people waiting a diagnosis had to be improved. There were concerns about the consistency of the educational and health offer, the post diagnosis pathway and whether specialist services were ill equipped to address autism. Cllr Hawkins explained the problems people with autism share. The three main difficulties were social communication, social interaction and social imagination and he gave examples. Cllr Hawkins spoke about his own family and the particular problems encountered and the mechanism adopted to overcome the problems. Councillors asked about a number of issues and made suggestions as to how the message could be communicated more widely. The chairman thanked Cllr Hawkins for his presentation.


  1. Police matters The clerk said that there was no report from the PCSO but the police UK website showed five logs for the parish including two serious assaults.



  1. Ward/County Councillor The clerk said that Cllr Barbour had sent a note as follows. County highways have noted the issues around Gallows Lonning and have said they will determine what is feasible at addressing the issues. Exploratory surveys are due to commence in relation to flooding issues affecting Churchill Drive and Station House. It is expected that there will be a public consultation in November detailing the route for the temporary diversion around the Moresby embankment. Highways England are looking at drainage and flooding issues on the A595 around the Rectory Brow junction. Mrs Boyes said that wagons were continuing to use Gallows Lonning


7b Public participation A member of the public asked about the allotments and the chairman said that brush cutter had been purchased by the parish council to clear the public areas of the allotment. He said that he had agreed to retain one of his two plots and had been approached by a resident of Moresby Parks who wished to take the second plot. A second member of the public raised a number of issues. He said a new street light on Parkfields Road was not yet working, there were overhanging trees on Merlin drive obstructing the pavement, there were overhanging trees on the footpath to Rowntree Crescent, the climbing frames at the play area were in need of restoration, there was rubbish on Harras Moor, no information had been provided about the request for a school crossing and he was unhappy with the way the meeting was managed.


8 Howgate Meeting The clerk said the next meeting would be at Lowca and he would try to get Highways England to attend


  1. To consider a donation to the school for landscape improvements. The clerk said this matter had been raised by Mr Parke and Mrs McGuirk at the July meeting following a visit to the school. It was agreed in principle to make a donation subject to further and better particulars from the head teacher.


10 Planning Applications

  1. a) Change of use at Canada Farm from agricultural building to two dwellings. The clerk said this referred to a barn to be converted to two dwellings on the same footprint with no change to the entrance to the farm property for the highway. There was no objection.
  2. b) Temporary Permission for car parking in association with Park and Ride scheme Whitehaven Golf Course. The clerk said that this was an application outside the parish boundary but the travel implications did mean tha the council should have sight of the application.


  1. Clerks Report
  2. a) Allotments The clerk said that he would follow up the information given during public participation.
  3. b) Play Area The clerk aid that some minor repairs had been carried out at the play area and he would now arrange for a full inspection and report
  4. c) Walkmill Country Park The clerk said that he had heard nothing since the last meeting and would remind the county council officer.
  5. d) Grass Cutting The clerk said that following an initial cut by the contractor who attends to the grass at Howgate a resident in the area had agreed to cut the grass on a regular basis.
  6. e) Ward Boundaries The clerk said that the boundary commission final report was now published and they had reversed their original proposal to link Moresby Ward to Frizington Ward. The report said that Moresby would be a single councillor ward with the same boundaries as the parish.
  7. f) Wall Back Lanes/Rowntree Crescent Path The clerk said that both jobs had been completed.
  8. g) Bus Shelter Howgate The clerk said that he had received a response for the county council indicating that a report to be written would approve the proposal.
  9. h) School Bus The clerk said that he was not aware of any progress on the school bus request.
  10. i) Play area Signs. The clerk said he regretted that he had not yet taken this matter forward.


  1. Correspondence
  2. a) Cumbria Association of Local Councils had written to say that under a new formula the subscription the council pays would be reduced.
  3. b) Both Creative Play and Hags had sent product information.


13 Cheques for Payment

101318            Ink Design Cumbria                (Newsletter)                            £182.00

101319            Alan Lawson                            (Motor Mower)                       £268.15

101320            Mayson Bros.                          (Landscape Work)                   £1938.00

101321            Copeland Borough Council     (Bins)                                       £27.97

101322            Mike Dowling Contracting      (Landscape work)                    £360.00

101323            J C Shaw                                  (Salary July/August)                £400.00

101324            Copeland B C                           (Play Area)                              £38.81

101325            Parton Village Hall                  (Play Area Maintenance)        £200.00

101326            J C Shaw                                  (Expenses)                               80.52


  1. Parish Councillors Items
  2. a) Mr Troughton asked if daffodils could be planted by the planters. Mrs McGuirk said that she had attended to the matter.
  3. b) Mrs Boyes said that the damaged lamppost towards the Howgate roundabout was still a problem for the contractor cutting the grass.
  4. c) Mrs McGuirk said that the dog warden needed to continue to patrol because the white Alsatian was continuing to wander unattended each evening.
  5. d) Mrs McGuirk said complaints continued to be received about the seagulls.
  6. e) Mr Parke said that a handrail had been broken on the permissive path through the Walkmill country park and that disabled requirements were lacking to follow the path
  7. f) Mr Parke thanked those who had attended on the litter picking morning.
  8. g) Mr Parke said that there had been fly tipping down Steel Brow.
  9. h) Mr Parke said that a pothole outside 111 Moresby Parks was getting bigger.


The meeting closed at 8.35 pm




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