Parish Council Minutes - April 2012

  • Minutes of meeting held 11th April 2012 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.00pm


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

    1 member of the public was also present.


    1. Apologies: Mr Ancell, Mrs Gallery-Strong.

    2. Declarations of interest . None

    3. Chairman's opening remarks. The Chairman commented on the recent production and distribution of the 2 nd Parish Newsletter and thanked Mrs Jackson for her considerable efforts. He also thanked Mr Gray for his major contribution to the development, finishing and printing of the Parish Plan which had also been distributed throughout the parish. He also thanked Mrs Jackson, Mr Gray, Mr Norman and Mr Ancell for providing invaluable assistance to the Jubilee Group which had resulted in better information and organisation.


    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 14th March 2012. With a minor amendment proposed by Mr Gray to Item 7b to emphasise that the signs referred to were sited at the entrances to the village and advertising commercial businesses the minutes were approved (Proposed Mr Wright, seconded Mrs Jackson)


    5. Actions arising from the minutes.


    1. Follow up costs with Mr Garner for alternative scheme for Carpark lighting. Action ongoing. Action – The Clerk

    2. Speak to Mr Shubrook ref Gosforth Hill footpath. Action – Mr Norman.

    Action ongoing.

    3. Refer Playing Field insurance issues back to the P’Fields Committee. Action ongoing – Awaiting a reply. Action - Mr Norman

    4. Contact the Dog Warden ref dog fouling in the village. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing.

    5. Arrange meeting with Mr Melville ref. traffic controls. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete - Meeting arranged for 20 th April.

    6. Produce report of Finance Committee meeting. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing.

    7. Create final version of MRWS Report response and deposit with the Partnership. Provide copies to Above Derwent, Ponsonby, Seascale, Beckermet, Drigg&Carleton, Haile & Wilton, Ennerdale & Kinniside PC’s, CALC, and Mr N Clarkson.. Also make file up for the Library. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    8. Put roadside advertising on April agenda. Check legal position with LDNPA and Highways Authority. Action – Mr McKinley, The Clerk

    Action complete - The legal position was complex and an offer was made by the Compliance Officer from LDNPA to discuss the issues with the council. A reply from Mr Melville was awaited. Item will be kept under discussion.

    9. Contact Sellafield Ld ref HGV’s in the village and future road closures. Action complete – No further closures were envisaged. Action – The Clerk

    10. Copy notes of Jubilee meeting to all members. Action – Mr Ancell

    Action complete.

    11. Discuss toilet opening/closure times with Mrs Holmes. Action – Mr Norman

    Action ongoing.

    12. Write letter of thanks to Mr Sharpe. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    13. Put Parish Plan actions on April agenda. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – See Item 7a below.

    14. Comment to CBC ref Drigg wind turbine. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – Mr Jacob said that this was one of eight in the Copeland area that the Planning Panel had to consider.


    6. Financial Matters.

    Monthly Financial Statement. The Clerk explained that by mutual agreement the Public Hall had changed the way it made donations towards the Hall electricity costs (invoices were now paid quarterly). This meant that there was no income from this source for the month. The statement was approved (Proposed Mr Norman, seconded Mr Walton).

    In relation to the Parish Plan Mr Gray asked that Mrs Griffiths be reimbursed £50 for her valuable contribution of proof-reading the final plan. He also presented an invoice for £32.88 for stationery items used in the production of the plan. These were both agreed. He asked if The Clerk could produce an Income/Expenditure sheet for the whole project.


    7. Main Business.

    a) Review of Parish Plan actions (Mr Rae). In order to keep the length of the meeting reasonable it was decided to take a number of items each month.