Minutes of a meeting of Gosforth Parish Council held on Wednesday, 20 th January 2016 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church Hall, Gosforth
Present: Cllrs C Walton (Vice Chair, In the Chair); D Gray; D Hobson; G Hutson; P Turner
Apologies: Cllrs T Norman (Chair); D Ancell; I Rae; M McKinley A Jacob; G Parker
Also present: J Murray (Clerk)
01/16 Chair’s Opening Remarks
With respect to the practice of proposing and seconding:
02/16 Declarations of Interest
Minute No 07/16: J Murray in her terms and conditions.
03/16 Minutes and Matters Arising
The meeting held the previous day was well attended (over 30) and 11 volunteers were recruited on the day and a few more were to follow. The Vice Chair would now facilitate the formation of the group and communication with CCC and then withdraw. The proposal was for a ‘link library’, confirmation having been received that the library would definitely close from 1 April 2016.
It was noted by those Councillors attending that it had been a well-run meeting by the Vice Chair.
05/16 Bus Service
It had been confirmed that the no 6 service would be withdrawn on 19 February 2016. Cllr Turner had attended a community meeting held, which had looked at various options, most of which were pay-for services. The Muncaster Microbus offered a 2-weekly service to Whitehaven.
It was questioned whether a local service might be offered by a local provider and the Clerk was asked to investigate this possibility.
06/16 Public Participation
A member of the public did attend in respect of the library situation and was satisfied with the action being taken. He did express some regret at the tree felling and whether this could not have been staggered. It was explained that there may have been a danger to people and property in letting the trees remain.
07/16 Finance Committee Report
The Council received the recommendations of the Finance Committee held on 6 th January 2016.
The Clerk withdrew
The Clerk rejoined the meeting
This represents an increase of 1.98% over the previous year, but owing to naturally occurring changes to property bands, would not see an increase to Band D property in respect of the Parish Council’s budget.
The main increase occurs through an additional contingency of £1,000 which could be called on to assist in financing the shortfall to the public hall as a result of the library closure.
It was felt that any other funding which might be required should be secured through fund raising, either through a village lottery or through community funding. (Action: Cllr D Gray)
08/16 Finance Report
09/16 Planning Updates
Kelbank Hotel; Ellerslie Terrace; Meadow Close –responses all sent.
Wheatsheaf – Photographs had been sent to Cumbria County Council in respect of concerns about access and although those issues were better understood, they continued to feel that it was an issue of unenforced parking. Photographs had been submitted directly to the appeal.
Walkmill – both residents and the Chairman felt that there comments remained robust in lights of an appeal for non-determination.
10/16 Police Reports
Received and noted for December 2015 and January 2016.
While there had been some very good silver and golden jubilee celebrations in the village, Councillors did not feel the need to organise celebrations for the Queen’s 90 th birthday.
National Grid consultation had been put back to June 2016. So far, there had been no appetite from Calc to facilitate a mid-south Copeland forum to co-ordinate a response.
12/16 Reports from Meetings
Minute Nos 04/16 and 05/16 refer. There had been no other meetings although two expected with respect to the NDA’s consultation.
13/16 Questions/Issues from Councillors
The issue of parking on the main road in the vicinity of Side Hill was raised. It was felt that there were no restrictions but it was felt it might be helpful to ask whether vehicles could be parked so that rear reflectors were facing oncoming traffic.
On parking more generally, it was felt that this continued to be a problem and that as more wardens had been recruited, that a request for a visit to Gosforth would be helpful.
The question of an electric charging unit in the car park was raised and it was agreed that this would be a point for consideration when the Parish Council took over the car park.
(Volunteer) moss cleaning of the toilet roof would happen when the weather was better.
The meeting closed at 1430h