Parish Council Minutes - July 2013

  • Minutes of meeting held 10th July 2013 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm


    Present : Dr Hutson; Messrs. Gray, McKinley (Chairman), Norman, Parker, Rae: Mrs Gallery-Strong.

    One member of the public was also in attendance.


    1. Apologies: Messrs Ancell, Jacob, Walton, Wright.


    2. Declarations of interest . None


    3. Chairman's opening remarks. None.


    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th June 2013. These were approved (Proposed Mr Norman, seconded Mr Gray).


    5. Actions arising from the minutes.


    1. Produce list of local businesses. Action ongoing. Action – Dr Hutson, Mr Norman, Mr Ancell.

    2. Discuss with the Carpark Group the provision of a new Tourism Board. Action ongoing. Action - Mr Wright

    3. Discuss carpark land ownership issues with Mrs Unsworth.

    Action – Mr Norman Action ongoing – It was decided that the Chairman and Clerk should discuss the matter again with Mr Boyce.

    4. Draft ideas for public communication. Action – Mr Walton

    Action ongoing

    5. Produce discussion paper on Unitary Authority governance. Action – Mr McKinley, The Clerk.

    Action discontinued – The Chairman said that recent statements by Copeland District Council suggested that the time was not opportune.

    6. Put Police information on web-site and What’s On. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    7. Progress Flooding report. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – With the assistance of Mr Clarkson copies of the relevant reports would be made available.

    8. Produce list of non-payers for Newsletter advertising. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – Action with Chairman.

    9. Put copies of ‘Call for Evidence in Library and on web-site. Action complete Action – The Clerk

    10. Contact Education Dept ref footpath by School field. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    11. Respond to LDNPA and Copeland BC ref planning applications for 79 and 81A Meadowfield, Row Head, Bolton Head Farm, Bolton Head Park and Charolais. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    12. Put ‘Protocol for Planning on next agenda. Action complete Action – The Clerk

    13. Empty Honesty Box. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    14. Put Newsletter on next agenda. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    15. Progress street marking with Mr Cosgrove. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – Reassurance given that this would be completed.

    16. Put Dog Exclusion Zone notices on Playing Field. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    17. Question Sellafield ref access to Newton Manor for Brownies. Action complete – It appeared that there was a misunderstanding by Sellafield staff. Action – The Clerk


    6. Financial Matters. Monthly Financial report.

    This was approved (Proposed Mr Norman, seconded Mrs Gallery-Strong.


    7. Main Business

    a) Local bus service changes (Dr Hutson). The Clerk said that he had spoken directly with the responsible County Council officer (Mark Hodgkiss) who confirmed that the proposed changes to the service were only minor and most of the rumours baseless. Mr Hodgkiss had provided his contact details {tel 01228 226 433, e-mail:}, as well as a proposed schedule and this information would be put in the Library, on the web-site and in What’s On.

    b) LDNPA Tour 23 rd July. Noted. Any members wishing to join the tour should contact Clive Wickham at LDNPA.

    c) Newsletter (Mr Gray). Mr Gray referred to the meeting of the Working Group on 2 nd July at which the conclusion reached was that the only option was to merge with Seascale. The Chairman said in response that he felt that better use should be made of resources within the village. He proposed that production of the next issue should be suspended pending a) recovering monies owed for previous advertising and b) defining the requirements and purpose of the newsletter. A decision should then be taken. This was agreed.

    d) Streetlights & Grass-cutting (Dr Hutson). Dr Hutsonhad identified several streetlights which were at risk. He said that Copeland BC had cut the grass near Denton Park on 1 st July and had created an awful mess. He and Mr Jacob had persuaded the Parks Dept to revisit and cut it again. It is next due for cutting in October. It was considered that as this area was one of the main drop-off points for the School it should be mowed more frequently. The Clerk was asked to discuss this suggestion with Mr Davies.

    Note: Part of the problem is an area of wet land and since the meeting United Utilities have confirmed that this is not due to either a burst water main or a leak from sewerage; the most likely reason being a collapsed old field drain. Copeland BC have been informed.


    8. Representative's reports.


    Mr Gray – Said that roll-out of Broadband continues although details are not readily available.


    Dr Hutson – Said that the Friends of Gosforth Library would be meeting on 21 st July and that the changes to the opening hours would go ahead in September.


    Mrs Gallery-Strong – a) Said that the School Headmaster was retiring with a replacement Head in post in September.


    b) Said that she was arranging to secure funding for another Playing Field Open Day.

    9. Planning Matters.


    a) Planning protocol. At the Chairman’s suggestion, due to time constraints, it was agreed to carry this item over to the next meeting.


    b) The Clerk reported that previous applications for an extension to 81A Meadowfield and chages to Westlakes Hotel means of escape had been approved; that for 76 Meadowfield had been withdrawn.


    c) Bolton Head Farm – Change of entrance driveway. No objection.



    10 Correspondence.


    a) Emergency Planning – A meeting would be held of the combined mid- and south- Copeland Groups on 11th July to cover Flooding, Road Closures, Power outages.


    b) Hawkshead medical practice - had sent a letter highlighting recent proposals by the Health Secretary to change funding of GP practices which would have a detrimental effect on all rural medical facilities. It was agreed to support Hawkshead in its opposition and to write accordingly to the Seascale Paractice Manager.


    11 Public Participation. Mr Hosfield asked about the footpaths from Lowcray to the Bleng Forest, to Hallsenna via Drigg Cross and from the village to the Red Admiral. The Clerk said that no public right of way had evr existed from Lowcray (Mr Norman who at one time was the owner of Lowcray confirmed this). The right of way past Drigg Cross had never been legally established but this issue was being dealt with via a working party from the mid –Copeland Group. In regard to the footpath to the Red Admiral the Parish Council had recently been given a plan with a series of options which initially they needed to discuss with the land-owners.



    12 Questions Councillors wish to raise.


    Mr Gray – Reported that there was a faulty stile near to the Holy Well. He also asked aout registration of the Gravel Pit land. The Clerk said that the leasing arrangement was still in place and the rental was being paid annually. The qualifying process required by the Land Agency was running its course.


    13 In Camera. None.


    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 9.27pm.

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