Parish Council Minutes - December 2014

  • Minutes of meeting held 10th December 2014 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm


    Present : Dr Hutson; Messrs. Gray, Jacob, McKinley, Norman (Chairman), Walton,


    1. Apologies: Messrs Rae, Wright, Parker


    2. Declarations of interest . None


    3. Chairman's opening remarks. The Chairman said that he had received a letter of resignation from Mrs Gallery-Strong who due to work and study commitments felt she could not carry on, although she would continue with the Playing Field committee for the time being. Proposed by Mr McKinley, seconded by Dr Hutson, Mr Walton agreed to serve as Vice-chairman. He would automatically become a member of the Finance Committee.


    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th November 2014. Subject to an amendment to Item 7c that ‘Copeland House’ should read ‘The Old Post Office’ these were approved (Proposed Mr Walton, seconded Mr Gray).


    5. Actions arising from the minutes.


    1. Arrange meeting with council solicitor ref Carpark transfer. Action – The Clerk.

    Action ongoing.

    2. Assess financial risks to PC should management involvement with the Pavilion become necessary.

    Action ongoing – Next Finance Committee meeting. Action – The Finance Committee.

    3. Check insurance details ref painting of toilets and place order if satisfactory. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – The Clerk had received assurance that public liability insurance was in place and had therefore asked Ms Kelleher to go ahead with painting the inside areas.

    4 Find out from Copeland BC which streetlights are at risk. Action – Mr Jacob.

    Action ongoing.

    5 Write to Mr Hobson ref available funding for War Memorial. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – Se Item 8a below.

    6. Enquire from Natwest for plans for extension of mobile banking service. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing – awaiting a decision from Natwest.

    7 Feed back to The Clerk or Chairman any proposals for inclusion in PC 2015-16 budget.

    Action complete All members.

    8 Put Traffic Plan on next agenda. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete – Due to Mr Rae’s absence this item was transferred to the January meeting.

    9 Put CCC Budget proposals on next agenda. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete.

    10 Publicise details of access to Parish Magazine. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete – Now on the web-site and in What’s On.

    11 Respond to LDNPA ref Planning applications. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete

     12 Clarify with Mr Millard the extent of the tree felling behind Denton Rise. Action – Mr Norman.

    Action complete – Area east of the carpark (behind Denton Rise) is to be clear-felled.

    13 Clarify qualification criteria ref Hallbeck Place. Action – Mr Jacob.

    Action ongoing.


    6. Financial matters


    a) Monthly Financial report. The Clerk explained the details of the recent Government pay settlement with the Civil Service and how that applied to Clerks. The statement was then accepted (Proposed Mr McKinley, seconded Mr Gray).


    b) Finance Committee meeting – Minutes. The Clerk would send these out.


    c) Date for budget meeting. This was set for 7 th January 2015.


     7. Main Business.


    a) Local Bus Service (Mrs Cornall to make presentation). Mrs Cornall described how a small group of users had negotiated directly with the service provider regarding the to No 6 Bus Service. Reay's have appreciated that having to use four separate buses for passengers to travel to Whitehaven and return was difficult even with Reay’s drivers doing everything to help passengers. The number of passengers was dropping, so to try to keep the route active there is from 2nd February 2015 going to be an additional service provided. This will be a through Bus to Whitehaven (therefore no change of bus required at Egremont) leaving  Seascale at 9.50 am, Gosforth 9.57 am, through to Calderbridge, Beckermet etc. and on to Tesco – arriving at 10.54am. The return journey will leave Tesco at 13.45 pm on the same route back reaching Seascale at 14.46 pm. If this Bus is not supported with the number of passengers who travelled on the bus before Reay’s took over, the No 6 service may well be lost, or at best reduced to 1 or 2 per week. Mrs Cornall said that the group had worked hard over the last year to keep a bus service running but can do no more. She asked if the council could publicise the issue, saying it is really up to all concerned who wish to keep some form of bus service, to use the No 6 service and hence prove a need to retain it. It was agreed that information should be put in What’s On and the web-site and notices displayed on Notice Boards.

    Mr McKinley thought that the council ought to have a Plan B in the event that future budget cuts and circumstances caused further loss of services and in particular that more use could be made of the railway. It was pointed out that bus passes were not transferable to Rail. The Muncaster Microbus also provided a service, and the Rural Wheels service was now operable locally which could be used to linkup with the railway.


    b) CCC Budget proposals. Noted - the council felt that there was not enough information to reply as it only talked about percentages of cuts, and not on where the exact costs would occur or by how much. There was unanimous support for the County Council to keep any budget increase below 2%.Tagged on to the budget proposals was a suggestion by the County Council for the issue of Unitary Authorities to be reconsidered as a means of improving governance in Cumbria. There was considerable support for this in principle and The Clerk was asked to respond accordingly.


    c) Copeland BC budget proposals. The council disagreed with the proposal to charge for damaged bins when the Copeland BC policy was such that in many cases residents were forced to put bins in places eg. at lane ends, where they were not under their control. It was noted that support for rural areas was less (budget surplus but PC’s being cut again), The Clerk was asked to respond.


    8. Representative's reports.

    a) Meeting with Des Hobson ref War Memorial (The Clerk). The Clerk tabled a paper of his discussons with Mr Hobson with suggestions for future consideration, some of which involved minor repairs/ maintenance and others eg. provision of a suitable plaque would need to be included in budget discussions.

    b) 3-tier meeting. The Chairman reported that the only item of substance was a delegation from Sellafield Ltd who, at the request of the meeting, updated them on the Sellafield Travel Plan which had been ongoing for a considerable time. The only part of this which had progressed was associated with the transfer of site personnel to Albion Square and which was still not complete although it was considered by those involved to have been reasonably successful. The whole matter of access to the Sellafield site was now being assessed internally.

    c) Meeting with NDA 18 th December. The Clerk referred to an earlier meeting with Sellafield Ltd which was mainly concerned with site access; In particular the opinion of the parishes was sought on proposals to use the Seascale – Calder road for construction traffic for a large project to the south of the site. The parish representatives expressed their objection, highlighting all the well-documented existing problems which would need to be dealt with before they could even consider the proposal. They again emphasised that much more use should be made of the railway links for the delivery of construction materials (and personnel). On the general matter of access to the main site and the problems caused to local residents and businesses, as noted above this was being assessed internally and the parishes were promised that they would be shown a draft of the outcome before it went to Board members for consideration. Referring to a recent event when the whole of the A595 north and south was gridlocked for some 2 hours the Chairman said this was one of the issues which would be raised in the forthcoming meeting with NDA, together with local land and building issues, since they were the site owners and were ultimately responsible for its effects on local communities. Mr Gray said that if the cycleway was discussed we should be aware that NDA had donated land and development was critical due to funding shortfalls. All councillors were invited to attend if they wished.

    d) Site Stakeholders Group . Dr Hutson tabled the press release from the recent Environmental & safety Group meeting which gave details of discharges and their consequent effects. A copy would be put on the web-site.

    e) Broadband . Mr Gray said that the latest information was that Seascale, Beckermet, Ravenglass and Eskdale would be connected in January and that Gosforth and Holmrook would follow in March.


    9. Planning Matters. None.


    10. Public Participation. None.


    11. Police Report. This had been circulated. There had been 10 events in the period, 7 of which were road related (2 bad driving; 2 RTA’s; 2 inappropriate parking; 1 cows on road). There were also 1 Mountain Rescue; 1 Theft; and 1 Airgun handed in as part of the present amnesty.


    12 Correspondence.


    CCC Broadband consultation. Noted.

    Flag magazine. Put on circulation.

    CALC Circular. Sent to all councillors.


    12 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present at this point.


    13 Questions Councillors wish to raise.

    Mr Gray – Said that parking on Whitecroft was a recurring problem andtabled a photograph of a parked car blocking the pavement – a criminal offence. This would be forwarded to the police for action.

    Mr Walton – Referred to a recently issued consutation on the dismantling of nuclear submarines and questioned whether the council should reply. Dr Hutson said that he was going to attend an associated workshop and would report back. A decision could then be made.

    Dr Hutson – said that he had been contacted by Electricity North West about the lopping of trees affecting power lines at the rear of the substation. He had referred them to Copeland BC who own the land.

    Note: Since the meeting, as there was prevarication from Copeland BC, direct contact with Electricity North West has been made to go ahead and trim the trees.


    14 In Camera. None.


    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 9.00 pm.



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