Parish Council Minutes - January 2015

  • Minutes of meeting held 14th January 2015 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm


    Present : MessrsJacob, Walton, Rae, Parker, Wright.

    1. Apologies: Dr Hutson; Messrs. Ancell, Gray, McKinley, Norman,

     In the absence of Mr Norman, Mr Walton (Vice-chairman) chaired the meeting


    2. Declarations of interest . None


    3. Chairman's opening remarks. Mr Walton asked, as this was his first meeting as Chairman, that members assist him by sticking to the agenda and not prolonging debate.


    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 10th December 2014. These were approved (ProposedMr Jacob, seconded Mr Walton).


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

    Action ongoing.

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

    Action complete – Natwest will not cover Gosforth and HSBC do not provide a mobile service.

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

    Action ongoing – Mr Jacob had spoken to Home Housing who alleged that since the original S106 Order had not been reviewed the qualification rules had been changed.

    6. Distribute Finance Committee minutes. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete.

    7. Publicise No 6 Bus Service. Action – The Clerk

    Action complete – Information on Web-site and in What’s On.

    8.Respond to CCC ref Unitary Authorities. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete – CCC had written to HMG accordingly. A reply stated that HMG were not interested in funding any change of local government and advised collaborative working by councils.

    9. Respond to CBC ref charging for waste Bins. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete – the point had been made forcibly that since many residents could exercise no control over their bins, in particular where Copeland BC had forced them to site them at lane ends, it was patently unfair for them to be responsible for any subsequent damage .

    10. Forward Photo of illegal parking to Police. Action – The Clerk.

    Action ongoing – awaiting photo from Mr Gray.


    6. Financial Matters.

    a) Monthly Financial report. This was approved (Proposed Mr Wright, seconded Mr Jacob).

    b) 2015-16 budget. Although the last Finance Committee was inquorate those present had prepared a draft budget for consideration. This was noted by those present but would be brought to the February meeting for approval. In the meantime The Clerk would provide additional explanation where necessary.


    7. Main Business.

    b) Parish Polls consultation . The Clerk outlined the general tenor of the changes which were primarily aimed at raising the bar for calling a parish poll, with the main advantages of avoiding malicious or trivial reasons for doing so and thus not holding Parish Councils hostage to substantial consequential costs, while still preserving the democratic right of the electorate to call a poll if sufficient number felt it was necessary. It was generally agreed that the proposals were sensible and that The Clerk would respond on behalf of the council accordingly.


    c) Submarine dismantling consultation. After some discussion, following a proposal by Mr Rae it was agreed to provide a response which stated that:

    “Gosforth Parish Council is constituted from members with wide and diverse backgrounds ranging from leaders of local businesses, professional engineers and retired members with many years of experience in varying fields.  This diversity of knowledge and experience allows us to take a wide ranging and pragmatic view on proposals. It is the Parish Council’s opinion that Sellafield should not become the default option for storage of nuclear waste and that no further waste should be brought on to the site unless there is a clear socio-economic benefit for the local community. The consultation documents suggest that these benefits are likely to be minimal. Until there is a clear agreement to provide benefits to the local community, the Parish Counci cannot support storage of the submarine dismantling project waste on the Sellafield site.”


    8. Representative's reports.

    a) Traffic Plans. Mr Rae outlined his discussions with Mr Cosgrove and analysis of the traffic monitoring. It was clear that the vast majority of vehicles exceeded the speed limit and he felt that the proposals put forward by Mr Cosgrove should be given a fair trial since this was limited to additional road surface marking. There was general agreement but in view of the low attendance the item would be raised again at the next meeting when suggestions for any further measures beyond road markings could be considered by the council before they were implemented.

    b) Land and Logistics (Ref Sellafield ). Because of time constraints this item was postponed until the February meeting.

    c) Public Hall. Mr Jacob said that at the last meeting of the Hall Committee he had resigned as Chairman and a new committee had been appointed. He had asked the new Secretary to pass on details to The Clerk. (See also Item 13a below). He also offered to be a Parish Council representative on the new committee.


    9. Planning Matters.

    a) Craemar – resubmission of Log Cabin (See also Item 10a below). The Clerk read out the letter from Mr Elvin (Ref. 10a below) which explained why this was the third submission of this application which had been forced on him by the landowner. The design had not changed from the original and there were only minor changes to the site layout and access. There were no objections to the development going ahead.

    b) Viking Way (Cycleway).

    c) 23 Meadowfield Grove extensions.

    The Clerk reported that both b) and c) had been approved by LDNPA.


    10. Correspondence.

    a) Letter from Mr T Elvin ref. Item 9a. Noted – See Item 9a above.

    b) Offer from Gareth Browning (Forestry Commission) to attend council meeting. Offer welcomed but would be preferable for March meeting.

    c) Note from Mr Gray requesting a piece from the Parish Council for the next edition of the newsletter. Mr Rae agreed to write a piece about the traffic plan.


    11 Police Report. Noted. Of the 11 incidents reported 7 were road traffic related, 2 thefts reported, 1 case of criminal damage to a property, and an abandoned 999 call (thought to be accidental).


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


    13 Questions Councillors wish to raise.

    a)On behalf of Mr Norman, The Clerk suggested that letters of thanks should be sent to Mr & Mrs Jacob thanking them for their past services to the Public Hall and to Mrs Gallery-Strong for her services as a councillor.

    b) Mr Rae – Noted that the Honesty Box had been again damaged and suggested that its position should be moved. He recognised that this would need to be included in the budget and it was agreed that this should be included on the next agenda.

    c) Mr Walton – Drew attention to a recent decision by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR) to extend the Sellafield site Emergency Zone from 2 Km to 6 Km. The Clerk said he would copy the associated report to all councillors and arranged a copy on the web-site.


    14 In Camera. None.




    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 9.15 pm.



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