Parish Council Minutes - November 2015

  • Minutes of meeting held 11th November 2015 in the Supper Room, Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm


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

     Also present was Mr A Millard who had asked the Chairman if he could address the meeting.


    1. Apologies: Mr Turner

    2. Declarations of interest . None

    3. Chairman's opening remarks. The Chairman introduce Mr Millard who was representing JB Wrigley Estates. Mr Millard said that the Estate, who owned the woodland adjacent to the south of the carpark, has obtained a felling licence to remove the trees, which they intend to do fairly soon when the weather is suitable. The work is expected to take about 2 - 3 weeks. The area is to be replanted after felling and clearing with more suitable species ie. not Sycamores. Suitable arrangements will be made to bollard off any area required and to ensure any carpark user’s safety. All felling, by an approved licensed contractor, will take place into the woodland with space being progressively created to enable those trees which border the carpark to be felled into the woodland area and not towards the carpark. All residents likely to be affected have been informed of the forthcoming work. He asked the Parish Council if removal of the timber could be made via the carpark. As this only required temporary loss of 2 parking spaces the council agreed to the request. He also informed the Parish Council that one of the trees in the top corner of the carpark nearest to the woodland is in poor condition and should be removed. He suggested that this could be done at the same time as felling of the woodland and would do this as a goodwill gesture, at no cost.

    The council gratefully accepted the offer but since the carpark is still owned by Copeland BC, The Clerk was asked to contact Mr Davis to obtain the necessary permission.

    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 21 st October 2015. These were approved (Proposed Mr Walton, seconded Mr Norman)


    5. Actions arising from the minutes.

    1. Arrange meeting with planning LDNPA officer. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing.

    2. Copy Financial Report to all members. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    3. Obtain financial information ref Pavilion from Rugby Club. Action – Mr Parker

    Action ongoing – a meeting of the Playing Fields Committee had been arranged.

    4. Obtain information on Library lease arrangement from public Hall. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing – this was being progressed by Dr Hutson.

    5. Arrange Public meeting with CCC ref Library. Action – Dr Hutson

    Action complete – see Item 8b below.

    6. Arrange advertising for new Clerk. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    7. Send letter to Planning Inspector ref National Grid . Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

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

    Action complete.

    9. Inform Mr Gray of NUGEN grants. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.


     6. Financial matters

    a) Monthly Financial report. As copies had not reached members (which would be forwarded later) The Clerk itemised the various transactions for the period. The report was approved (Proposed Mr Ancell, seconded Mr Walton).

    b) Update on 2016-17 budget considerations. The Chairman said that he had hoped to be able to move forward on the budget requirements but the absence of financial information regarding the Pavilion and the ongoing discussions with Cumbria CC on the Library future prevented action at this time. It was agreed to put the item on the December agenda.


    7. Main Business.

    a) National Grid (NG) update. The Chairman summarised the present position which effectively meant that NG were wanting to proceed with an overland (Pylon) route. Part of the problem was that Moorside appeared to be saying that an under-sea route was not acceptable. Mr McKinley said that the National Park favoured an under-sea route and had asked Moorside to justify their objections.


    8. Representatives Reports

    a) Meeting with Sellafield Ltd. The Clerk said that an update had been gven on the new Sellafield Emergency Control arrangements by Cumbria CC Emergency Planning Officer. Household leaflets were to be distributed to all properties within the 6 Km zone. One consequence of the conditions attached to the new zone was that any development which involved an increase in numbers of a ‘Vulnerable Group’ would need to be taken into account as part of the planning process. The development of the NUGEN site would require a re-assesssment of the emergency arrangements and possibly an increase in size of the zone. (It was also reported that NUGEN are now actively considering Millom as a staff location centre).

    The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) gave a resume of their powers and operations. In line with most other security based organisations they appear to have realised that the support of the public and the intelligence which results, is an essential component in combating terrorism. It was commented by parish representatives that the dialogue has to be 2-way and to date CNC had not been very consistent in keeping the local public informed eg. about training exercises involving firearms. As a first step contact details would be provided to enable CNC to be contacted directly.

    The Sellafield Travel Plan was intended as an agenda item but the Lead Officer concerned could not be present. However arrangements had been made for a presentation to be given by Sellafield Ltd at the next 3-tier meeting on November 26 th at Egremont Market Hall (6.30 pm). It became clear during discussion that the Sellafield Travel Plan would not deliver any real improvements to the local travel infrastructure as the responsibility for that is said to lie with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – the first time there has been any mention of this body in this context.


    b) Dr Hutson - Reporting on the Library, said that the basic position is that CCC want(need) to save money on Libraries . Hence they want to reduce(eliminate) staff costs and reduce(eliminate) premises costs.

    If we wish to retain a library, as we own the building, continuing to run it with volunteer staff is a possible option. However we would lose at least most of the rent, circa £1400/year which is a major contribution to the running costs of the Public Hall. I am informed that about 2 years ago CCC signed a 5 year lease. to date Jakki Barratt can't find it. I have asked Suzanne  Cooper to try to find it. It may be useful to ascertain the current position on payments from Cumbria CC to the Public Hall, but at best this can only delay things.

    There may be pressure to combine a Library with Seascale. I would strongly oppose this; we own our premises and we are more  central for valleys etc. Rather than have to go to Seaacale a better option  for Gosforth residents would be a mobile library service. Cumbria CC may suggest other options.

    Referring to the Sellafield Stakeholders Group he said that progress on the development of the NDA Strategy would be delayed until the results of HMG Annual Spending Review had been published.


    9. Planning Matters. None.


    10 Correspondence. The Clerk read out a letter from Frizington Station firefighters whose station was under threat of closure. They were asking for support in their campaign to maintain the service. A key point in their submission was that the powers that be assess the activity of the station only on the number of call-outs in the local area (Frizington). They point out that most of their call-outs are to provide additional support in other areas – in common with most other retained fire stations, but this does not count. It was agreed to support the request.


    11 Police Report. There were 7 incidents reported in the period, 4 of which were associated with Mountain Rescue. The others included 1 RTA, 1 Security alert which was passed on to CNC, and 1 report of lamping near Fell View.


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


    13 Questions Councillors wish to raise.

    Mr Wa lton – Commented on the condition of the Public Hall and asked whether an assessment of the structure was required. It was agreed that the initial responsibility for this was that of the Public Hall Committee. If they felt that any necessary refurbishment was beyond their financial resources then various funding streams were available, including the Parish Council, though this route would require adequate budget provision.

    Mr Ancell – Commented on the potential loss of services at West Cumberland Hospital.

    Mr Walton – Said that any responses to the Cumbria CC consultation on Health Care must be returned by Friday 13 th November.


    14 In Camera. None.


    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 8.45 pm.


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