Minutes of meeting held 12th August 2015 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm
Present : Dr Hutson; Messrs. Gray, Jacob, McKinley, Norman (Chairman), Parker, Walton. 1 member of the public was also in attendance.
1. Apologies: Mr Rae
2. Declarations of interest . None
3. Chairman's opening remarks. None.
4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 8th July 2015. These were approved (proposed Dr Hutson, seconded Mr Jacob.
5. Actions arising from the minutes.
1. Put piece on web-site and What’s On ref transport issues. Action – The Clerk
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. Respond to EA consultation ref LLWR. Action – The Clerk
4. Arrange meeting of Nuclear Group ref DECC consultation. Action – The Clerk
Action complete – Meeting had been held and a draft response was being considered before presentation to the council.
5. Respond to LDNPA ref Planning applications. Action – The Clerk
6. Respond to CCC consultation on speed limits Action – The Clerk
7. Contact Mr Davies ref footpath at Denton Park. Action – The Clerk
Action complete – area had now been tidied up.
6. Financial Matters.
a) Monthly Financial report. This was approved (Proposed Mr Jacob, seconded Mr Walton).
7. Main Business.
a) Wheatsheaf planning issues. Mr McKinley reported that the application to convert the Wheatsheaf into 3 dwellings had been refused by the LDNPA Planning committee, contrary to a recommendation to approve by the planning officers. (The Parish Council had objected to the application mainly because of concerns about the lack of parking space provided and the assumption by both the developer and the planning officers that the lack of space could be compensated for by use of what were described ‘free public carparks’. In his response the Clerk had highlighted that one of the carparks was not public (the Playing Field) and the one described as public was provided for the benefit of residents and visitors to support local businesses and not as a parking area for the convenience of developers). He drew attention to the comments by the Highways Authority which had confined its remarks to saying that the number of parking spaces provided fell short of the number required in the guidelines, and said nothing regarding the existing parking congestion and safety issues (Both were major issues addressed as part of the Traffic Plan with Cumbria Hoghways), which would be exacerbated by the linear parking at the development and the consequent reversing of vehicles virtually onto the roundabout junction at the Square. It was agreed that 1) a letter should be sent to LDNPA to emphasise the present parking problems, the use and misuse of the public carpark and the attempts being made to introduce a Traffic Plan. (Mr Gray agreed to arrange for suitable photographs of the area to be taken to support the letter); 2) another letter should be sent to Mr Melville drawing attention to the inadequate response by Cumbria Highways in its response to the planning application, the lack of progress on implementation of the Traffic Plan, and also the safety issues caused by the damage to the lighting column on the Eskdale Road. It was also thought that a meeting with the Western Distinct Area Team would be useful and appropriate arrangements would be made. The Chairman said that as a consequence of this debate the council had to be much more specific in its responses to future planning applications and the planning checklist may need reviewing.
8. Representatives Reports
a) Mid-Copeland Group. Mr Gray reported on a well-attended meeting which included:
1. A presentation on the activities of a small group dedicated to the welfare of local Red Squirrels. This was thought worthy of wider publicity and consideration would be given to arranging a public meeting later in the year, which could be sponsored by the Parish Council.
2. Information on Government grants for coastal initiatives. Coincident with this was the generation of a brochure to promote the area as an attractive place to live, work or set up business. This was at the draft stage.
3. The condition of the existing electricity supply to those parishes south of Seascale (mentioned in July minutes). The issue had been taken forward by both CALC and the mid-Copeland group and a meeting had now been arranged with National Grid and Electricity Northwest to highlight the problems and to try and get both parties to address them.
4. The change of approach by Cumbria CC in that Neighbourhood Fora would no longer distribute grants for local projects/groups and for which the emphasis would change to serving longer-term projects.
5. Cumbria CC were again reviewing the provision of Library services and meetings would be held with relevant groups eg. Friends of Gosforth Library.
6. The provision of notice boards at various beaches giving information on the local environment and wildlife. Members who had seen those at Ravenglass and Drigg commented on the high quality of the information and presentation.
7. Archeological exploration at Ravenglass which had increased the knowledge and extent of Roman occupation. It was commented that although there was much publicity about the project there was in fact no local information to assist any visitor who may be interested.
8. Drigg & Carleton PC were reviewing their Local Plan and were being supported by LLWR.
b) Abbeyfield (Bradbury House). Mr Norman reported on a meeting to which he had been invited to discuss progress on the potential development of the Glebe Field. Bodies such as Cumbria CC, LDNPA, Copeland BC, and Abbeyfield Society HQ had all sent representatives. Potential plans were for a series of 2 bedroom bungalows and two dementia-friendly units, and consideration was being given to re-siting the present day room to free up more space in the present Bradbury House. The Friends of Bradbury House could provide funding to take the project to the planning stage but further funding would be needed, particularly to purchase the land from the Church Commissioners. It was considered to be a very positive meeting as all interested parties would gain benefit and progress would be eagerly awaited.
c) Playing Field Committee. Mr Par er said that there were no outstanding issues and it appeared that recent problems which caused a nuisance to a neighbour had been ameliorated.
With the permission of the Chairman, Mr Hosfield drew attention to the state of the cricket netting which he considered a safety issue. Mr Parker said he would follow this up.
9. Planning Matters.
a) 7/2015/4071, Row Head, Change of conditions. No objection.
b) 7/2015/4066, Scot Hall, Extension (Requires demolition of existing conservatory). No objection.
c) The Clerk reported that 7/2015/4060, Old Hallsteads, Greenhouse had been approved.
a) CALC newsletter. Sent to all members.
11 Police Report. Members considered that the style and content of the latest version of the report gave much more useful information than previously. There were 3 traffic collisions, 2 cases of erratic/inconsiderate driving, 3 other incidents involving vehicles (Lost load from a farm trailer, Diesel spill, and the effects of industrial action by Sellafield staff), a burst water main on the Wasdale Road, and sheep straying on to the A595 near Ponsonby. In addition there were 10 Mountain Rescue call-outs.
12 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present at this point.
13 Questions Councillors wish to raise.
Dr Hutson – Said that disturbance in the Denton Park area was being caused by howling dogs although he had not been able to identify the source location. He was advised that this was a statutory nuisance and should be dealt with via the Copeland BC Environmental office
Mr Gray – Drew attention to the overgrown hedge at 76 Meadowfield which prevented full use of the footpath and a similar situation on Whitecroft. It was agreed that the relevant landowners would be contacted.
Mr Walton – Commented on the damaged lighting column on the Eskdale Road. Copeland BC had refused to replace or repair but doubt was cast on whether this was Street or Footway lighting. (See note in Item 7a above, to contact Mr Melville). Mr Gray asked for consideration to be given for regular patrols of all street/footway lighting.
Mr Norman – Drew attention to the fingerpost sign at the Square from which the direction signs had been removed. This matter would be raised with Mr Melville.
Mr Parker – Said that parking on footpaths on Meadowfield was an ongoing issue. The Clerk said that it was a highway offence if the parked vehicles obstructed the use of the pavement and he would raise the issue with the local PCSO.
14 In Camera. None.
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 9.15 pm.