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Minutes for April 2007

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of St Bees Parish Council held on Monday 16 April 2007

in the Village Hall

PRESENT: Cllr P Smith (Chairman), I Hill, R Mayow, D Millington, C Robson, J Rowlands, D Sim, V Turpin, H Wilson and the Clerk.

Also present: Dr & Mrs Markandoo, Mr T Milburn

51/07 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs N Bettinson, M Clarkson, J Haile and D Warbrick

52/07 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

There were no declarations of interest in items on the agenda.

53/07 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 19 MARCH 2007

It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 March 2007 be accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman.

54/07 SEACOTE HOTEL

The Chairman welcomed Dr & Mrs Markandoo and Mr Milburn to the meeting and invited Dr Markandoo to respond to the concerns expressed by local residents at the last meeting. Dr Markandoo pointed out that only one resident had contacted him directly to raise a complaint about the behaviour of some young people and he had been unaware of wider concerns until a report appeared in the local press. He also explained the background to a recent incident when he had closed down an event because a number of those attending were under 18. He stressed that he and his wife were keen to work with the police and local residents to address the concerns. He outlined several measures which he was putting in place:-

     

  • Joining the Pubwatch Exclusion Scheme
  • SIA training for staff
  • No longer holding raves, gigs and pop concerts

He believed that these measures would prevent any further problems and gave an assurance that it was his intention to create a family friendly environment.

Mr Milburn explained that he was no longer involved with the running of the business. He had operated the business with no police involvement for 25 years and believed that the employment of a bar manager who knew all the local families was key to preventing problems.

The Chairman thanked everyone for their attendance and for their positive approach to resolving the problems. He believed the proposals for change being put forward by the licensees were encouraging.

It was RESOLVED that a letter be sent to the Licensing Panel setting out the concerns put forward by residents and the proposals outlined by the licensees.

55/07 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

(a) CBC – Outstanding Repairs

A response had been received from CBC about the outstanding repairs. There were no funds available to repair the launching ramp but discussions were taking place with the RNLI who might be able to help. A specialist inspection of the metal bridge at Gutterfoot was planned before a decision on repairs was made. Contractors had made several visits to repair lights at the beach car park and one light was awaiting a new top.

It was RESOLVED that the issue of lighting repairs be taken up with CBC as it appeared other car park lights were still in need of repair.

(b) Donation of seat

The donor had agreed to the suggested site and had asked SBPC to proceed to seek approval from the landowners and to obtain estimates for supply and installation of a seat.

(c) Other items from the Action List

       

    • Overgrown Hedge, Abbey Road

It was noted that the hedge had still not been cut.

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    • Moorclose – Easement

A draft easement had been prepared on the basis of the terms agreed at the last meeting and would now be sent to the solicitor acting for the owners of Moorclose.

56/07 REPAIRS TO PLAY AREA EQUIPMENT

A quotation had been received from CBC for repair work. The quotation included removing the cradle swings but did not include a price for providing new swings. A price for installing new swings was being sought as well as clarification of the work proposed on the area around the slide.

It was RESOLVED that the repairs/replacement be approved at a cost not exceeding £2000.

57/07 RISK MANAGEMENT

The risk management policy requires an annual inspection of assets. A further inspection of seats was now due.

It was RESOLVED that Cllr Millington carry out an inspection and provide a report.

58/07 PARISH PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

A report on progress with implementation of the Action Plan was tabled. Some reallocation of work would be required as two lead Councillors were not seeking re-election.

It was RESOLVED that this be included in the agenda for next meeting.

59/07 CONSULTATION ON STRATEGY FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

Comments were sought on the review of West Cumbria Strategic Partnership’s strategy document.

It was RESOLVED that Cllr Millington collate comments from Councillors and pass these to the Clerk for transmission to CBC.

60/07 DIGITAL SWITCHOVER

A public meeting had been arranged for Tuesday 24 April at 7.00pm in the Village School when a representative of Digital UK would be present to explain the process and answer questions. The Clerk would advertise the event as widely as possible.

61/07 CALC ROADSHOW

Arrangements had been made for the event to take place on Monday 25 June at 7.00pm in the Village Hall. The costs of room hire and refreshments would be met by CALC.

62/07 REPORT TO COPELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL

The following items were noted for report to CBC:-

     

  • The outlet from the drain at Gutterfoot is again in need of repair
  • More litter bins are required at the main beach

63/07 REPORT TO CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

The following items were noted for report to CCC:-

     

  • The sign to the caravan park has still not been replaced.
  • The Rottington sign has not yet been replaced.

64/07 PLANNING

(a) New Applications

  • Ref 4/07/2170/0F1 Two storey extension, Lingmell, Abbey Road

It was RESOLVED that there was no objection to this proposed development.

(b) Planning Panel Site Visit

It was noted that CBC Planning Panel would be carrying out a site visit to Beulah Nook on Wed 18 April and a representative from SBPC was invited to attend.

It was RESOLVED that Cllr Robson attend on behalf of the Council.

(c) Approvals

The following applications had been approved by CBC:-

     

  • 4/07/2088/0F1 First floor extension, internal modifications and external chimney stack, 21 Seacroft Drive, St Bees

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  • 4/07/2118/0F1 Timber pergola and flagging – Queens Hotel, St Bees
  • 4/06/2734/0F1 Outline permission for replacement of chalet with permanent dwelling, Linethwaite Hall
  • 4/07/2007/0L1 Conservation area consent to partially demolish vacant farm buildings, Fleatham Farm
  • 4/07/2069/0F1Revised road layout for approved developments adjacent to High House Farm (with conditions)
  • 4/07/2099/0F1 Erection of Viewing Platform, Llanwern, Outrigg (retrospective)

65/07 FINANCE

Payments

It was RESOLVED that the following accounts be approved for payment:-

     

  • Cheque no 001236 J Donaldson – Clerk’s salary April 2007 £269.73
  • Cheque no.001237 I CALC– subscription for 2007/8 £226.50
  • Cheque no. 001238 J Geer – fence repair, Beck Edge Garden £300
  • Cheque no. 001239 St Bees Enterprises – photocopying £15.33
  • Cheque no. 001240 G P Smith – travel to training/ consultation events £189.56
  • Cheque no. 001241 First Image Signs Ltd – repairs to sign £237.35

66/07 CORRESPONDENCE

(a) Letter received from Open Spaces Society explaining their campaign ‘Saving commons from clutter’. Noted

(b) Letter received from Cumbria Constabulary inviting a representative to attend a stakeholder event on 26 April at Rheged. It was agreed not to send a representative.

(c) Dates received from CCC for future Neighbourhood Forum meetings:-

Tuesday 5 June – Egremont Parish Hall

Tuesday 4 September – St Bees Village Hall (tbc)

Tuesday 27 November – venue to be announced

Tuesday 26 February – venue to be announced

INFORMATION ONLY

CALC Newsletter April 2007

Friends of the Lake District – Annual Report 2006

FLAG Newsletter April 2007

Cumbria Highways Newsletter Spring 2007

67/07 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

(a) It was reported that there had been a recent problem with raw sewage getting into Pow Beck. It was agreed that United Utilities be asked to explain why this has happened and what is being done to prevent a recurrence.

(b) There had been 12 nominations for Parish Council seats in the St Bees Ward and 1 in the Ingwell Ward. All the candidates had been elected without the need for a poll. There had been no nominations for the Rottington Ward and the seat could be filled by co-option. The Chairman expressed his thanks to Cllrs Richards and Warbrick, who had decided not to seek re-election, for their contribution to the work of the Council.

(c) It was reported that residents on Main Street had been disturbed by noise from an event at the Oddfellows. Cllr Turpin agreed to follow this up.

68/07 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING

It was RESOLVED that the Annual Parish Council Meeting take place on Monday 14 May 2007 at 7.00pm.