Ponsonby Parish Council Minutes - October 2013

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 8 th October 2013.



    Present: Mr R Stewart, Mr D Birks, Mr P Stanley, Mr A Rigg, Mr R Jones, DA Polhill (Clerk)




    65/13Apologies: Mr R Munro, Mr G Crayston Declarations of Interest. None.


    The Chairman introduced PC Stewart Burgess from Cumbria Police who was part of a ?? strong unit based on the Sellafield site. PC Burgess then outlined the role the unit had in local policing which included close liaison with CNC and giving support to the local Community Police Officer as well as being able to react to incidents in this part of the County. A general discussion followed at which members drew attention to several of the traffic problems which affected Calderbridge.


    66/13Minutes of the previous meeting. These were approved.


    67/13 Actions and Matters arisingfrom the Minutes.




    Note: Since the meeting a request for use of the Hall for a public presentation/meeting has been received, which is likely to be relevant to Wind Turbines.




    68/13 Parish Council Representation Reports.


    a) Community Plan. Mr Jones tabled a draft paper which he intended to distribute to various village organisations to sound out initial support for the development of a plan. The idea was to try and get a group of interested parties to formulate some options and then engage further with the community.


    b) Cumbria Trust. The Clerk reported on a meeting to which he had been invited, the objective being to form a body of interested individuals and organisations with two main aims:- to strenuously oppose the current HMG proposals for a new siting process for a radioactive waste facility (GDF) and to campaign vigorously that Cumbria, having twice rejected being host to a facility, should be excluded from any future search. The group were anxious to engage with Parish Councils but The Clerk advised that while individual councillors could join the group Parish Councils could not, due to their constitutional position.


    c) Village Hall. Mr Jones said that the hall had suffered a fire in the switchroom which fortunately had been confined to a switchboard (thought to be due to faulty manufacture). There had been some disruption due to the consequence of availability of electrical power but things were now back to normal. Repairs had cost ~ £3000 which had been met by the hall insurance.



    69/13 Correspondence


    A letter had been received from Mrs Jenkinson regarding the scrap metal skip which used to be sited at the wood yard. Since the change of ownership of the wood yard this was no longer available. It was thought that the skip provided a valuable village service and attempts would be made to get it reinstated, preferably within the village. Sites near to Pelham House and the farm off Nursery Road were suggested.



    70/13 Finance

    Payments of:





    Balance of accounts at 20 th September 2013: £15246.60


    71/13 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present.


    72/13 Questions councillors may wish to raise.


    Mr Rigg – Said that vehicles going south over the bridge disturbed a loose drain cover, the noise from which was a nuisance at night. It had been reported to Highways and someone had visited the site but no effective action had been taken. The Clerk was asked to follow up.


    Mr Stewart – Drew attention to the state of the access road to Pelham Drive. This would be reported to Cumbria Highways.



    74/13 Date of next meeting . Tuesday 12 th November 2013

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