Ponsonby Parish Council Minutes - February 2015

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 10 th February 2015

     

    Present: Mr R Stewart (Chairman), Mr A Rigg, Mr R Jones, DA Polhill (Clerk)

     

     

    10/15.Apologies: Mr D Birks, Mr R Munro, Declarations of Interest. None.

     

    11/15.Minutes of the previous meeting. These were approved.

     

    12/15. Actions and Matters arisingfrom the Minutes.

     

     

     

     

    13/15. Parish Council Representation Reports

     

     

     

    1.  Chris Shaw had attended the BGS meeting in Manchester where the ground rules for setting selection criteria for areas of 'suitable ' geology for a GDF were being developed. The meeting was poorly attended. He sensed that more and more emphasis was being placed on the engineering barriers as a means of including areas where the geology was/would be questionable. There was a reluctance by BGS and DECC to hold similar meetings in Cumbria, but the impression was that Cumbria would still not be excluded. Voluntarism still held pride of place so watch this space.

     

    2. The planning application for the extension of LLWR at Drigg has been withdrawn - no reasons given, but this now means that the update discussions on community benefits which had kicked off between Cumbria CC and DECC/LLWR (no involvement from Copeland BC or Drigg PC) have been suspended.

     

    3. Cumbria CC has approached CALC about holding meetings with PC's with a view to closer working. This is a bit of a surprise since traditionally PC's are the last people the County Council want to deal with and in the past have actively excluded them from eg. Area Committees.

     

    4. Many moons ago Copeland BC promised a planning seminar on wind farms but held off due to an appeal against its decision to turn down an application (at Weddicar). That has long since been resolved but for whatever reason CBC has dragged its feet. It is now felt that a more suitable seminar would be to include the planning aspects of all renewable energy sources rather than just wind farms. We await further confirmation from CBC.

     

     

     

     

    14/15. Correspondence

     

     

     

     

    15/15. Finance

     

     

    £75.78 to Mr Polhill for Clerk’s services – (Cheque No 100476)

    were approved.

     

    b) Budget 2015-16 . The draft budget was tabled and agreed, the precept being set at £3928.

     

     

    16/15. Public Participation. There were no members of the public present.

     

     

    17/15. Questions councillors may wish to raise.

     

    Mr Jones - Said that he had received a complaint that the bridge footpath near Pelham House was dangerous in icy weather. A check would be made to ensure that when salting of the road was undertaken the footbridge was included.

     

    Mr Rigg – Said that the repairs to the pothole on the A595 southbound bridge entrance had failed and that a manhole near to Abbey Flats on the Fell Road had sunk considerably. He said he would report both issues to the Highways Hotline.

     

     

    18/15. Date of next meeting . Tuesday 10 th March 2015

     


    PONSONBY PARISH COUNCIL

    2015-16 Budget doc. Feb 2015

     

     

     

    Agreed Budget to 31/03/15

     

     

    Proposed Budget 2015-16

     

     

    Comments

    INCOME

     

     

     

     

    Precept

     

    3882

     

     

    3928

     

    1.2 % increase

    Bank Interest

     

    5

     

     

    5

     

    Grant re Conc. Expenditure

     

    100

     

     

    0

     

    Vat Refund

     

    350

     

     

    544

     

    £544 to date

    Copeland BC Grant

     

    83

     

     

    143

     

    Council Tax rebate

    Community Fund (Est)

     

    0

     

     

    0

     

    Total Income

     

    4420

     

     

    4620

     

     

     

     

     

     

    EXPENDITURE

     

     

     

     

    Grass Cutting

     

    2300

     

     

    2300

     

    No increase in rates for 2015

    Subscriptions CALC

     

    65

     

     

    65

     

    CALC & other Training Courses

     

    100

     

     

    0

     

    General Admin

     

    0

     

     

    150

     

    PAYE Services

    Copeland BC Election Expenses

     

    0

     

     

    0

     

    Elections May 2015 To be met from reserves

    Village Hall

     

    0

     

     

    0

     

    Shrubbery Work To be met from reserves

    Audit Commission/ Internal audit

     

    55

     

     

    55

     

    Insurance

     

    700

     

     

    700

     

    Clerk Salary

     

    1000

     

     

    1050

     

    Includes PAYE 2.2% incr 2015

    Village Hall Meeting Room

     

    200

     

     

    200

     

    Contingencies

     

    0

     

     

    100

     

     

    Village Plan

     

     

    0

     

     

     

    0

     

    Total Expenditure

     

    4420

     

     

    4620

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Projected additional spending (updated) to 31/3/2015 = £210 (Total £5301)

     

    Projected Bank Balance at 31/3/2015 = £12270

     

    Note: This budget was approved at the council meeting on 10 th February 2015.

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