Parish Council Minutes - September 2009

  • Minutes of meeting held 9th September 2009 in the Supper Room Gosforth Public Hall - 7.00pm

    Present : : Messrs. Bailey, Gray, Jacob, Wright: Mrs Gallery-Strong ;

    1. . Apologies: Dr Hutson; Mr McKinley (Both on holiday), Mr Ancell, Mr Norman (Both Business); Mrs Balmer(Previous engagement).

    With the absence of Mr McKinley, Mr Wright (Vice-chairman) took the Chair.

    2. Declarations of interest . None

    3. Chairman's opening remarks. None

    4. Minutes of the previous meeting held on 12th August 2009. These were approved (Proposed Mr Bailey, seconded Mr Jacob).

    5. Actions arising from the minutes.

    1. Generate Risk Assessment procedure. Action – Mr McKinley, The Clerk Action ongoing.

    2. Provide suggestions for Listed Buildings Register. Action – Mr Norman Action ongoing.

    3. Finalise list of local businesses. Action – Dr Hutson Action complete – It was decided that further consideration should be given to the list and its use and distribution. The Clerk was asked to make this an agenda item for October.

    4. Arrange for updated Information sign. Action – Mr Wright. Action complete – sign was in production.

    5. Put padlock & Sign on Gravel Pit gate and get estimate for fencing. Action – Mr Norman. Action complete – The order for the fencing had been placed.

    6. Deal with co-option paperwork. Action – The Clerk. Action complete.

    7. Consult National Trust ref Honesty Box. Action – The Clerk Action ongoing.

    8. Copy Memorandum of Understanding and Locality Working papers to all councillors and put this item on October agenda. Action – The Clerk Action complete – Papers handed out at the meeting.

    9. Negotiate with solicitors ref Playing Field Trust. Action – The Clerk Action ongoing – The Clerk updated the meeting on the current position and said that he had written again to the solicitors asking them to clarify the position with HSBC Trust and the Charity Commission.

    10. Discuss use of the web-site for Public Hall booking with Mr Gould. Action complete – Booking plan was now available. Action – The Clerk

    11. Obtain plans of sewerage system. Action – The Clerk Action ongoing – The Clerk said he had spoken to Mr Kirkpatrick from Copeland BC Environmental Health Dept who was arranging a site meeting. Plans would be made available. At the suggestion of Mr Wright it was decided to set up a small group to follow this matter through. Messrs Wright, Norman, Bailey, Jacob and The Clerk were appointed.

    12. Discuss Play Equipment issue with Mrs Oakley. Action – Mrs Gallery-Strong. Action complete – Both ladies would attend the next meeting of the Playing Fields Committee.

    13. Check with the occupier of Middle Boonwood Farm ref footpath extension. Action – The Clerk Action complete – The Clerk reported that there had been a site meeting with LDNPA who did not appear interested in any alternative route. As a consequence of his subsequent conversation with Mrs Lawson he had written to the LDNPA asking them to reconsider their decision. The reply was not encouraging. He would bring the matter to the attention of Mr McKinley (Chairman of the LDNPA Rights of Way Committee), on his return from holiday.

    14. Respond to LDNPA ref above footpath & Bengarth Farm planning application. Action complete. Action – The Clerk

    15. Write to interested parties ref Allotments. Action – The Clerk Action ongoing – Information on the Seascale Allotment Group was still awaited.

    16. Write to Cumbria CC ref Housing requirements. Action – The Clerk Action complete.

    17. Raise grass-cutting issues on Wasdale Road with Cumbria Highways. Action complete. Action – The Clerk

    18. Attend to overgrown shrubs on the carpark. Action – Mr Gray Action complete.

    19. Discuss protruding hedge with occupant on School Hill. Action – Mr Wright. Action complete – the occupier had agreed to arrange for this to be done.

    20. Ask Cumbria Highways if suitable sign is available for lane to Winnerah. Action complete – but no reply to date. Action – The Clerk


    6. Financial Matters.

     The Clerk presented a statement of financial transactions and the status of the accounts. This was approved (Proposed Mr Bailey, seconded Mr Jacob).

    A request from the Public Hall Committee for a donation towards the running of the Table-top sale was approved. (£25.00 Proposed Mr Wright, seconded Mr Bailey). Mr Jacob declared an interest and did not vote.


    7. Main Business. a) Sewerage within the village. Dealt with under Action 5.11 above.

    8. Planning Matters. None.

    9. Correspondence.

     LDNPA Mid-Boonwood Farm footpath reply. See Action 5.13 above.

     Cumbria Police forum 6 th Oct Seascale. Noted - The Clerk would attend.

    Gosforth P/Hall – donation request. See Item 6.2 above.

    CALC AGM 23 rd September, Cleator Moor. Noted – The Clerk and Chairman would attend.

    Recycling Review magazine. Noted.

    Police Report. The Clerk said that WPC Fran Hoggarth had sent her apologies for not being able to attend and had forwarded the report for July (9 incidents – ASB 4, Crime 1, Traffic related 3, Misc 1); and August (13 incidents - (ASB 3, Crime 2 {both damage to vehicles}, Traffic related 5,Misc 3). She also said that in the near future the Police would be carrying out a check on local public houses to check whether they were complying with their licenceconditions.

    5-Rivers Group AGM agenda. The Chairman and The Clerk would attend.

    Draft LDNPA charter. To be copied to all councillors for comment.

    LDNPA meeting with PC’s agenda. The Chairman and The Clerk would attend.

    e-mailed to all councillors:

    CALC monthly circular.

    CRUG newsletter.

    Note from Copeland BC ref waste-bin collections.

    What’s On (September).

    Northern Trains – Notice of Sunday Service.


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

    11 Questions Councillors wish to raise.

     Mr Jacob – Drew attention to the uncovered drainage ditch near Gilgrass How on the Wellington – Boonwood Road which caused problems when 2 vehicles tried to pass. This would be brought to the attention of the Highways Authority.

    Mr Bailey – Said that there had been no action regarding the overgrown hedge at Ellerslie House. The Clerk would write to the occupiers.


    12 Representatives Reports.

     Mr Gray – Reported that arrangements had been made to meet the Parish Plan Monitoring Officer (VAC) as part of the ongoing process.


    13 In Camera. None


    There being no other business the meeting was closed at 8.25pm.


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