Moresby Parish Council
To Parish Councillors, the Ward Councillor and the County Councillor
The next meeting of the Moresby Parish Council will be held on Monday 6th September 2021 at 7.00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Moresby Rugby Union Clubhouse
- Apologies and Announcements
- Approval and signing of the minutes of the July 2021 meeting
- Declaration of Interests
5a) Ward /County Councillor (issues to mention)
(b) Public participation
- Police Issues
- Planning Matters
- a) School Brow development
- b) St Michaels Chapel Development
8 Walkmill sub-committee report
10) Play Area litter picking and inspection
11) Motor Mower. Cutting and weeding of verges
12) Trees and other landscape work
- Correspondence (to note)
- Cheques to be approved in payment of accounts (note to follow)
15 Parish Councillors Matters (issues to be noted)
J C Shaw Parish Clerk 29th August 2021
Minutes of the Meeting of the
Moresby Parish Council
held on the 6th September 2021 at 7.00 pm.
At the Rugby Clubhouse Moresby Parks
- Attendance: Chairman Cllr Troughton, Cllrs Casson, Connery, Coward, Dixon, Lawson, Ogilvie, B Parke, L Parke, Ward Cllr Minshaw and the Clerk.
Eight members of the public was present
2 Apologies and Announcements There was an apology from Cllr Horricks.
3 Minutes of the July 2021 meeting of the parish council. These were agreed
- Declaration of Interests
It was agreed to accept declaration of interests if and when they arose.
- Public participation
5a. Ward/County Councillor.
There was no report from County Cllr Barbour
Ward Cllr Minshaw said that save for briefings all borough council meetings were now face to face. He said that the local plan consultation dates had now been moved to 15th October 2021 because certain changes had been made which did not affect the Moresby ward. He said that as a member of the planning committee he would provide what new information he had on the School Brow development but would not take part in any debate. He said that the planning applications to be discussed by the parish council were limited to drainage and the site B layout given that outline planning permission had been given for the whole of the development. He said that affordable housing under the present legislation amounted to 14% of the total development. He said that there was nothing to report on Local Government Re-organisation save that a petition was on a website asking that the sponsoring minister changes his proposal to government.
5b Members of the public
A number of members of the public contributed to a debate on the School Brow development but the chairman had to remind them that the original decision could not be reopened through the present applications and some arguments put forward referring to the nature of the village and the excellent views did just that. The clerk said that the council had been given an extension to express views and the letter he sent to the council which would be limited to material planning considerations would be posted on the council website. On a second topic a question was asked about the play area and about the path from Rowntree Crescent to Moresby Parks Road.
- Police The clerk said that he had circulated most recent newsletters. It was noted that there had been some thefts in Moresby Parks but it was not known whether they had been reported to the police. It was agreed to ask that a PCSO attend a future meeting.
7 Planning The clerk said there were three applications to consider. The ward councillor left the room whilst the council considered the School Brow applications. The chairman declared an interest in the School Brow applications because sewage pipes from his property were routed to a septic tank on the site under discussion. He asked for dispensation to speak which the parish council granted. A full and frank discussion took place on the merits of the applications and the clerk said he would circulate the letter that he would send to the planning officer as a result of the debate. There were no adverse comments on the St Michael’s development.
- Walkmill. The clerk said that he had circulated a draft Memorandum of Understanding between the parish council and the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and asked that the chairman and the clerk be given authority to sign a clean copy. Mrs Ogilvie asked for an explanation for paragraph 7.1 where she thought the County Council were responsible for maintenance. The chair said that the county council were responsible for all Rights of Way and keeping them at adoptable standards but not otherwise. Authority was given. The chairman said that it was hoped that a full lottery bid would go to Heritage December meeting. The clerk said a subcommittee meeting would be arranged within the next four weeks meanwhile he would contact Geoff Fewkes about a report they believed he was preparing.
- Allotments The clerk said following discussions with the solicitor acting for the estate of the late Norman Benn a payment to cover the parish council’s costs in clearing the site and garage had been made to the council. He said that he had again written to a tenant who had not paid rent for the year 21/22 and he was contacting a prospective tenant for the one remaining plot.
- Play Area litter picking and inspection The clerk said that two reports had been received following inspections of the play area. There was minor work required on some units but the main task was to look at the surface bark. He said he had passed the reports to the chairman who would report to the next meeting.
- Motor Mower Cutting and weeding of verges. The clerk said that an agreement had been reached with the company who undertook the grass cutting work at Howgate to cut the verges at Moresby Parks twice more before the end of the growing season. It was agreed that during the winter months the council should reach a decision on how use can be made of the councils own mower. Mrs Coward said her husband was making use of the strimmer and submitted invoices for the costs incurred.
- Trees and other landscape work Mr Parke said he had spoken to the contractor who cut the grass and kept the area on Roundtree Close where concern had been expressed about the poor state of two trees tidy. He had been given to understand that work would be undertaken.
- a) Banking Arrangements The clerk said that HSBC had written to say that there would be a standing charge of £8 each month for November. The council agreed that effort should be made to move the account to a bank that would not charge.
- b) National Minimum Wage H M Revenue and Customs had written reminding councils of the minimum wage legislation.
- c) Elan City had sent their brochure on speed cameras.
- Cheques for Payment
101497 Information Commissioner Annual Fee £40.00
101498 J and R Bennett Plants £144.00
101499 Playsafety Ltd Inspection and Report £103.20
101500 J C Shaw Salary July/Aug 2021 £400.00
101501 J C Shaw (Expenses) £155.21
101502 Mike Dowling Contracting (Grass Cutting Howgate) x 2 £288.00
- Parish Councillors Matters
- a) The chairman brought to the meeting the war memorial which was formerly in the Methodist chapel at Moresby Parks. It was agreed that the Rugby Club would be approached to see whether the club would hang it in the building.
- b) Mr Lawson asked whether any footpaths in the parish were on the county council list for improvement
- c) Mr Lawson asked that No dogs signs be displayed on all entrances to the playing field
- d) Mrs Dixon said that there had been complaints concerning householders leaving waste out on the Back Lanes. The clerk said following an e-mail from a resident he had contacted the district council about this issue.
- e) Mrs Ogilvie declared a none financial interest and was allowed to continue. She said that the B5306 was being used as a test centre route for heavy duty vehicles and a stop for theory issues was being made in Howgate causing both noise and obstruction problems She asked whether the county highways would designate another stopping place.
- f) Mrs Coward raised the issue of a new wall around Emmaus House
g0 Mrs Coward asked whether a sign at the end of Dent Road could be erected indicating that it was a turning area.
- h) Mrs Ogilvie asked if the county council could be reminded that a traffic count had been promised on the back road through Howgate
The meeting closed at 9.00 pm