Ponsonby Parish Council Minutes - December 2014

  • Minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held at 7.00pm in Calderbridge Village Hall on 9 th December 2014.



    Present: Mr R Stewart, Mr R Jones, Mr R Munro, DA Polhill (Clerk)




    83/14 Apologies : Mr D Birks, Mr A Rigg, Declarations of Interest. None.


    84/14 Acceptance of the last meeting minutes (11 th November 2014 ). These were approved.


    85/14 Matters arising from previous meeting .









    86/14 Parish Council Representation


    a) 3-Tier meeting. Main item was a presentation from Sellafield Ltd on the Travel Plan. The site plan was being re-assessed (see item 85/14 c above) and that portion of it associated with the move of personnel to Albion Square, although not complete, was deemed to be working reasonably well.


    b) Neighbourhood forum. The Clerk reported on the meeting. Main items were presentations from the Cumbria Police & Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable – probably ~ 300 police posts would be lost as a result of HMG funding cuts; and an outline of the facilities and operational arrangements for the new hospital. A critical factor was the recruitment of sufficiently qualified personnel.


    c) Village Hall – Mr Jones reported that Copeland BC had as requested carried out work on the Hall shrubbery though spraying would be curtailed until the Spring. He expected an invoice shortly and suggested that funding for similar work may need to be included within the 2015-16 budget.


    87/14 Correspondence






    88/14 Finance a) Payments requested:


    HMRC for PAYE £10.60 Cheque No 100468


    b) Clerk’s salary and expenses. (12/11/2014 – 9/12/2014) £121.34 Cheque No 100469.


    c) The Clerk tabled a paper outlining the new settlement agreed by HMG for civil servants. Clark’s salaries would increase by 2.2 % from 1 st January 2015 together with a one-off payment of £100 due in December 2014.


    Balance of accounts at 20 th November 2014 :- £15270.09


    Note: A discrepancy between the balance indicated on the agenda and that recorded in the minutes was resolved by The Clerk after the meeting – the minutes are correct.


    d) 2015-16 budget. The Chairman said that he and The Clerk would prepare a draft budget for the January meeting.



    89/14 Public Participation. There were no members of the public present.



    90/14 Questions councillors may wish to raise.


    Mr Jones - referred to the management plan for Calder Woodlands which had been forwarded for comment. It was agreed that the plan was sensible and would be environmentally enhancing, and the council would respond accordingly.


    Mr Stewart – Had been approached by a resident about the provision of a flower tub on the land opposite the Stanley Arms. This was agreed in principle but further details of who would care for it needed to be determined.


    91/14 Date of next meeting . Tuesday 13 th January 2015







    Chairman: Mr Ranald.M.R Stewart, CA Clerk: Mr DA Polhill

    8, Pelham Drive, Combe End

    Calderbridge, Drigg

    Seascale, Cumbria, Holmrook, Cumbria,

    CA20 1DB. CA19 1XG.

    Tel: 01946 841717 Tel: 01946 724327

    Email: d.polhill@btinternet.com



    Mrs H Morrison

    Head of Planning

    Copeland Borough Council




    Ref Planning Application No 4/14/2105/01F,

    Wind Turbines, Church House Farm, Ponsonby




    Dear Mrs Morrison

    The Parish Council (PC) refers to its letter of objection to the above proposal of 27 th April 2014, the subsequent meeting with yourself and Mr Groves, and the site visit on 11 th June of the members of the Borough Council Planning Committee.



    The Developer - Airvolution, has on request forwarded hard copies of the addendum to Chapter 15 - Safety, a letter to Copeland BC of the 15 th October, and a response from Crestwood Environmental Ltd regarding the LDNPA’s objection on landscape and visual grounds. The Developer advised that these documents were also submitted to Copeland BC to enable the council to consult with the statutory authorities. Can you please advise who the relevant statutory authorities are? Presumably Parish Councils are not as Ponsonby PC has not been contacted. The Parish Council has however advised residents that these documents can be viewed at Calderbridge Village Hall, together with the initial submission. It is unclear whether further comments are invited; perhaps you could kindly advise us, together with any proposed time-scales.



    The Minister for Communities and Local Government is reported to have extended powers now to block unpopular proposals for wind turbines and take the final say away from planning inspectors. In view of the poll undertaken by the Parish Council among its residents and the overwhelming result in objections to the planning application, together with the large number of individual objections, the Parish Council submits its request that this application is treated as a most unwelcome proposal.



    The statements in the addendum to Chapter 15 under ‘Potential Effects’ are vigorously contested, based upon the statistical analysis of worldwide turbine accidents over the last 10 years – ref. Caithness Windfarm Information Forum. This forum provides data on accidents broken down into categories: Fatal, Injury, Health, Blade Failure, Fire, Structural, Ice Throw, Transport, Environmental (incl. bird deaths), and Other, which suggests the impacts presented by the Developer are underestimates of those which will occur. We are therefore seriously concerned about the potential impact of broken blade fragments on populated areas of our parish. In addition we have very serious concerns in relation to Church House Farm turbines and their impact on the Sellafield site, for the reasons outlined below:










    Finally we do not agree with the attempts by the Developer to refute the objections to the proposals by the LDNPA. For example it was obvious at the planning committee site visit, that there are large areas of our parish from which the Sellafield site is not visible but which would be marred and dominated by the visual appearance of the proposed turbines, to the extent that they will prevent our parishioners from enjoying their parish surroundings and amenities, and the views into the National Park from a number of directions. We also disagree with the assertion by the Developer that several key issues can be resolved after planning permission is granted. The Parish Council once more has to reiterate the unacceptable proposal that the issues we have raised both here and previously eg. Safety impacts, Transport implications, Clashes with the National Grid replacement process, Deleterious impacts on the National Park, etc are dealt with after planning consent is given.


    It is requested that the Parish Council’s initial letter of objection, together with this additional response is attached to the Planning Dept’s documentation which is distributed to members of the planning committee prior to the public hearing.




    Yours sincerely




    DA Polhill


    Clerk – on behalf of Ponsonby Parish Council.


    Date: 1 st December 2014

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