Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 10 th June 2014.
Present: Mr R Stewart, Mr D Birks, Mr G Crayston, Mr A Rigg, Mr R Jones, DA Polhill (Clerk)
47/14 Apologies : Mr Munro Declarations of Interest None.
48/14 Acceptance of the last meeting minutes (13 th May 2014). These were approved with 2 text amendments. Under ’Questions’ Mr Jones said that the drain was on Mr Clarkson’s land (not garden), and Mr Birks said that he words ‘on line’ should be added for clarification regarding the keeping of records.
49/14 Matters arising from previous meeting .
- Traffic Plan. The Clerk said that he had discussed this with Mr Clarkson who had met Mr Melville. Publishing of the A595 survey report had been delayed which itself had been the cause of no response on the original traffic plan. The feeling of the meeting was that the successive delays and lack of response were unacceptable and a meeting should be sought with Mr Melville, and the County & District councillors.
- Wind Turbines . There was a site visit by the Copeland BC Planning Panel arranged for 11 th June which Mr Stewart and Mr Jones would be joining. The response by LDNPA had now been received which essentially opposed the development. Mr Jones had prepared a note for the WC Site Stakeholders Group identifying areas of concern which the Parish Council had in relation to the safety and security effects of the development on the Sellafield site; this was an agenda item for the next meeting on 16 th June. The Clerk said that Mr Melville had confirmed that no approach had been made by the developer to the County Council regarding a traffic plan for the delivery and installation of turbine components, the developer taking the view that this need only be done after planning permission was granted.
- Playing Field Grass-cutting. Following contact with Mr Davis ( Copeland BC) this matter had been resolved.
50/14 Parish Council Representation
- Cold Fell Action Group The next meeting was to take place on 28 th June. Mr Stewart had offered to stand in for Mr Jones. It was agreed to make a donation of £50 to the Group.
- CALC Copeland Exec meeting. The Clerk and Mr Stewart had attended. Issues such as the future of the local X6 bus service, the County Council Copeland Area Plan, progress on National Grid, Moorside and the Sellafield Travel Plan proposals were highlighted for further information and discussion.
- LDNPA Parish Forum. The Clerk had attended and listened to yet another presentation by United Utilities on its proposals to join Haweswater and Thirlmere in order to provide sufficient water to West Cumbria when extraction from Ennerdale is prohibited. The audience was astounded to hear that without this link one of the effects of not being able to extract water from Ennerdale, if there was a consecutive period of 8 days without rain, was that UU’s drought emergency plans kicked in. Questions were asked about the necessity to spend ~£300M to save a few freshwater mussels. As is often the case the European Union is being blamed. There had been a change to the rules on membership of the LDNPA, the nett result being that the numbers have been reduced from 22 to 20; however the Parish Councils’ representation was increased from 4 to 5.
- Planning application – Change of use from Public House (Golden Fleece) to domestic dwelling. There were no objections.
- Police Report – There were no incidents recorded in Ponsonby. The Clerk said that Gosforth PC was dissatisfied with the current Police Reports as they were considered to be of little use and was in dialogue with the area Inspector with a view to improving the information provided. He would report on any progress.
- Police & Crime Commissioner .. Notice that a Victim Support Service had been set up.
52/14 Finance a) Payments requested:
Clerk’s salary and expenses. (14/5/2014 – 10/6/2014) £95.21 Cheque No 100451.
Solway Recycling £300.00 for a new seat Cheque no 100450
HMRC for PAYE £19.20 Cheque No 100452
b) Annual Audit. The Clerk said that the Auditor had posed 2 questions regarding the Annual Return to which he had responded following discussion with Mr Stewart. The first concerned the increase in staff costs which were mainly caused by an increased number of meetings on Flooding and Wind Turbines and the second question again drew attention to the high level of reserves. These had deliberately been retained as the downstream costs for the Parish Plan were unknown. The council had also benefited from the lower than anticipated costs of repairing/maintaining the council assets.
Balance of accounts at 20 th May 2014 :- £16443.67
53/14 Public participation – Open session for members of the public to ask questions. There were no members of the public present.
54/14 Questions councillors wish to raise.
Mr Rigg – Asked if any progress had been made regarding painting the telephone box. The Clerk said that to date he could not find anyone in BT to respond to his request; he would try again.
Mr Jones – Said that work on the shrubbery around the Village Hall, which had been contracted to Copeland BC, could not be done until the bird nesting season was over. He would contact them at the appropriate time.
55/14 Date of next meeting. 8 th July 2014