Ponsonby Parish Council Minutes - April 2013

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 9 th April 2013.



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


    Mr G Crayston was also present.



    19/13Apologies: Mr R Jones, Declarations of Interest. None



    20/13Minutes of the previous meeting. The Chairman explained that the meeting which had been due to take place on 12 th March could not be held as there were insufficient members to form a quorum. The minutes were therefore those of the February 12 th 2013 meeting and were approved .



    21/13 Actions and Matters arisingfrom the Minutes.


    a) Co-option. The Chairman said that Mr G Crayston had expressed an interest in serving as a Parish Councillor following the resignation of Mr J Stanley due to ill health. Mr P Stanley proposed, seconded by Mr Rigg that Mr Crayston be co-opted. There was unanimous support, Mr Crayston signed his Declaration of Office and joined the meeting.



    b) Traffic Survey . The Clerk reported on a meeting with Mr Cosgrove and several councillors plus 4 members of the public on 3 rd April at which the results of the 2 surveys (October and December) were discussed. Salient points were:


    1) There were some 8500 vehicles per day accessing the village – a figure which surprised the Highways Authority.


    2) More than 60% of all vehicles were breaking the speed limit. One vehicle was registered at >70 mph.


    3) A significant number of vehicles which entered the village via the Fell Road turned north on the wrong side of the junction traffic island. Observation by several members had indicated that northbound traffic turning right onto the Fell Road often bypassed the same traffic island.


    4) Traffic speeds at week-ends were consistently above the speed limit.


    5) The peak time for all traffic was ~4.00pm which coincided with the main Sellafield day-workers outmuster.



    22/13 Parish Council Representation Reports



    The other main matter was a presentation from the Copeland BC Chief Executive who gave an overview of the effects of Government constraints on their budget (Reduced from ~£15M to ~£8M over a 3 year period) and the consequent provision of services. He stated quite bluntly that from the next financial year Copeland BC would only provide those services for which they had a statutory duty, discontinuing anything which was discretionary. It remains to be seen what this means in practice.



    23/13 Correspondence




    24/13 Finance




    Balance of accounts at 31 st March 2013 :- £12329.88




    25/13 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present at this time.


    26/13 Questions councillors may wish to raise.


    Mr Rigg – Drew the council’s attention to the continued failure of the street lighting by the Stanley Arms and the corresponding illumination of the 30mph signs at the northbound entrance to the village. The Clerk said he could recall this matter being discussed with Mr Cosgrove during one of several meetings so he would report the matter again.


    Mr Birks and Mr Stanley reported problems on Ponsonby Lane where floodwater had gouged out sections at the side of the road which could cause damage to vehicles particularly if they had to pull over to one side to allow an oncoming vehicle access. The Clerk said he would report this to the Highways Hotline.



    27/13 Date of next meeting . Tuesday 14 th May 2013



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