Parish Council Minutes - April 2015

  • Minutes of meeting held 8th April 2015 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.30pm


    Present : Dr Hutson; Messrs. Gray, Jacob, McKinley, Walton,


    1. Apologies: Mr Norman, Mr Rae,


    2. Declarations of interest . None


    3. Chairman's opening remarks. Mr Walton (Vice-chairman) took the chair in the absence of Mr Norman.


    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 11th March 2014. These were approved; Proposed Mr Gray, seconded Mr Jacob)


    5. Actions arising from the minutes.

    1. Respond to LDNPA ref planning applications. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete.

    2. Arrange meeting with council solicitor ref Carpark transfer. Action – The Clerk.

    Action ongoing.

    3. Assess financial risks to PC should management involvement with the Pavilion become necessary.

    Action ongoing – Next Finance Committee meeting. Action – The Finance Committee.

    4. Speak to Mr Clague ref Annual Parish meeting attendance. Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete.

    5. Copy Sheltered Housing survey form to all members Action – The Clerk.

    Action complete.

    6 . Forward comments on Woodland Plan to NDA. Action – The Clerk

    Action ongoing.

    7. Arrange meeting of Carpark Group. Action – The Clerk.

    Action discontinued – the meeting would be arranged after the May meeting.



    6. Financial Matters.

    a) Monthly Financial report. This was approved, Proposed Mr Jacob, seconded Dr Hutson).

    b) Annual Return. The Clerk said that he had received the relevant audit papers and would endeavour to have the Annual Audit completed for the May meeting.


    7. Main Business.

    a) CCC Recycling Scheme. Mr Walton outlined the principles of the scheme and it was consequently noted with no further action at this time.


     8. Representative's reports.

      Mr Walton – Referred to the situation at Seascale where 50% of the carpark space was to be rented to a Sellafield-based contractor. It was considered that a similar arrangement would not be suitable for Gosforth due to the size difference in available space.

    Mr Gray – Said that the latest meeting of the Cycleway group had been postponed so an update on progress was not available. He also referred to the Sheltered Housing survey which had not widely been distributed. The date for submission had been extended by one month, there were forms in the Library and the WI were involved in getting responses.

    Dr Hutson – Referred to the Stakeholders’ meeting where the new management model for Sellafield was described and working parties have been set up to undertake detailed scrutiny of various aspects of the proposals. Potential benefits for the local communities wree discussed, including road improvements. Representatives, including Gosforth, continue to push for more of these benefits for the parishes close to site.


    9. Planning Matters

    a) 7/2015/4030, Lakeland Habit, Installation of cash machine. (Retrospective)

    b) 7/2015/4031, Lakeland Habit, Illuminated Sign (for cash machine ). ( Retrospective)

    There were no objections to the above but the council did not approve of retrospective applications.

    c) 7/2015/4021, 4 Gosforth Gate, extension . No objections.


    The Clerk reported that :

    d) 7/2015/4009 Side Hill, Extension – Had been Approved.

    e) 7/2015/4008, Mill Farm, Building Cover – Had been Approved.

    f) 7/2015/4011, Hall Bolton Farmhouse, Removal of Agricultural Tenancy – Had been Approved.

    g) 7/2011/4038, Roundstone, Outline for 3 cottages – Had been Approved with conditions.

    h) 7/2014/4113, Craemar, New Log Cabin – Had been Approved with conditions.


    10 Correspondence.

    BT – Buy a telephone box. BT were offering the red telephone boxes for £1. This would result in the telephone being removed. It was decided that retention of the telephones was more important due to the poor mobile phone coverage.

      FLAG – Magazine Put on circulation.

      Sellafield beach monitoring programme . Noted

    Pensions Regulator – Info. The Clerk reminded the council that under the current HMRC rules all eligible employees must be entered into a workplace pension scheme and make contributions into it. The scheme comes into full effect from 1 st April 2017. Failure to comply could attract a fine or prosecution of the council (not The Clerk). This did not apply to the current Clerk due to age limitation, but would apply in future to any employed Clerk below age 65. He had therefore registered the Parish Council details with HMRC as a precautionary measure.


    11 Police Report. Noted. Police had responded to a domestic dispute, a concern for someone’s welfare, and 3 sudden/unexpected deaths within the parish and also 4 road related matters within the period.


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


    13 Questions Councillors wish to raise.

    Dr Hutson – Raised the question of contractor vehicles inconsiderately parking on Wasdale Road. Parishioners should be advised to report such occurancies to the police using the non-emergency 101 number.

    Mr McKinley – Questioned whether the Parish Council was aware of the National Grid plans for the upgrade of the Grid. Mr Walton replied that when this matter had come up for discussion the council had decided not to respond to the consultation – Ref minutes of October 2014. It was agreed to put this item for discussion on the May agenda.


    14 In Camera. None.


    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 8.30 pm.





    ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 8 th April 2015.



    Present: Dr Hutson; Messrs. Gray, Jacob, McKinley, Walton.

    No members of the public attended.

    Mr Walton (Vice-chairman) took the chair.


    Managing assets – toilets, grass cutting etc . A significant reduction in both grants and services from Copeland BC had put financial pressure on the Parish Council to maintain the toilets and have grassed areas cut more regularly. In some cases direct action had been taken e.g. D Ancell – strimming on Hardingill.


    Tethera magazine , covering the parishes of Gosforth, Seascale and Drigg & Carleton was launched – Parish Councillors had contributed articles and assisted with delivery.


    Cycleway project - This had been progressed to the planning stage and Mr Gray and Mr Rae continued to attend meetings and monitor progress.


    Local buses – An alternative service to replace Stagecoach following withdrawal of Cumbria CC subsidy had been negotiated, Thanks were due to the efforts of Mrs Cornall who spent considerable time in gathering data to support the case.


    Flooding – The council continued to assist Cumbria CC with its flood investigations & holding it to account. Cumbria CC had secured money from Government to carry forward further investigation of preventative measures.


    Bank closure – The Parish Council had spent considerable time in trying to persuade HSBC to maintain a Banking service (including removal of the cash machine) in the village, to no avail. This was very frustrating when it was learnt shortly after that Natwest intended to follow suit with the Seascale branch. The situation has been somewhat eased by the recent installation of a cash machine in the Village Store.


    Traffic issues – The Parish Council know this is important to parishioners. A programme of speed monitoring had been undertaken which revealed that >90% of all drivers ignored the 20mph speed limit. Discussions were in progress with County Highways to introduce improvement measures for pedestrians. At the request of the Parish Council County Highways had refreshed some of the road markings which had clarified some of the road priorities.


    Car park – The council had received numerous complaints about the misuse of the carpark by Sellafield-based contractors, a practice which was spreading throughout the village. Discussions had been held with Sellafield (and NDA) representatives who at least recognised the problem and were actively considering the whole issue of site access. The council were still pursuing the transfer from Copeland BC of the carpark to Parish Council ownership.


    Consultations – On the storage of decommissioned Submarine reactors the council decided that since there was no local benefit which would accrue it would object to any proposal to increase the storage burden at Sellafield. The Copeland land allocation consultation didn’t even mention Gosforth which does nothing to aid collaborative working.


    Working with others – The council has maintained a presence at mid-Copeland group meetings, and regular meetings have been held with Sellafield Ltd. A dialogue has now been established with NDA.




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