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Draft Minutes of the Meeting of St Bees Parish Council held on Monday 17 December 2007

at 6.30pm in the Village Hall

PRESENT: Cllr P Smith (in the Chair), N Bettinson, G Gilmour, I Hill, F Kennedy, D Millington, C Robson, J Rowlands, V Turpin and the Clerk.

 

171/07 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Apologies for absence were received from Cllr J Haile.

 

172/07 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

No declarations of interest were received in respect of any items on the agenda.

 

173/07 CHAIR’S OPENING REMARKS

The Chairman congratulated the Clerk on successfully completing the Certificate in Local Council Administration. This would enable the Council to seek Quality Council status in due course.

 

174/07 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 19 NOVEMBER 2007

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

 

175/07 MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES

(a) Crime & Anti-Social Behaviour

Details of reports to the police in November had been supplied by PC Geer. The main issue raised at the recent Neighbourhood Forum had been speeding and the Roads Policing Unit had been asked to carry out checks. It was noted that a speed check had been carried out recently but there was concern that its timing and location were inappropriate.

The promised CCTV coverage of the beach car park did not yet appear to be in place. There had been no further communication from the beach residents group. The Chairman/Cllr Gilmour would take up the offer of visiting the Distington Rural Safety Group in due course.

It was RESOLVED that the police be informed of concerns about the timing and location of speed checks and that CBC be asked to confirm the position with CCTV monitoring.

(b) White Lining – B5345

A letter had been sent to Cumbria Highways following the last meeting and they had now agreed to put white lines along the edge of the road where it was too narrow for a centre line. The work would take place in the next financial year.

(c) Street Naming

The Clerk reported on progress with two issues:-

  • Renaming of part of Station Road as Coach Road – The matter would now go to CBC Planning Panel, although CBC officers would oppose the change. The Clerk was preparing a further letter to CBC giving historical background in support of the application.
  • Naming of the section of the B5345 north of the level crossing – the matter was now in the hands of the Legal Section at CBC who had promised a response shortly.

(d) Other items from the Action List

  • Fairladies Car Park and Footpath – a response had now been received from Story Homes.

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

  • Minerals & Waste Development Framework – Cllr Bettinson reported on the revised draft of the Preferred Options Core Strategy and its relevance to the parish. At this stage it was considered that no further action was required.

 

176/07 FINANCE & ACCOUNTS

(a) Budget and Precept 2008/9

The Chairman reported on the proposed budget for 2008/9. It was noted that a number of items were to be carried over to next year as they were unlikely to be completed in the current year.

It was RESOLVED that the proposed budget for 2008/9 be approved and that the precept be set at £16935.

(b) Payments to be approved

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

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  • Cheque no 001288 United Utilities – Allotment water charges £51.97
  • Cheque no 001289 I McAndrew – web-site costs £120.00
  • Cheque no 001290 St Bees Village School – photocopying £21.00
  • Cheque no 001291 FLAG Annual subscription 2008
  • Cheque no 001292 J Donaldson – December Salary (£269.73) & postage (£2.88) £272.61
  • Cheque no 001293 J Donaldson – Broadband allowance £50.00

It was noted that cheque no 001284 (donation to Youth Centre Management Committee) had been cancelled and it was RESOLVED that a cheque for this donation be re-issued payable to St Bees Scout Group (cheque no 001287).

(c) Retirement Gift

Harold Wilson had recently retired from the Council after serving as a Parish Councillor in St Bees for 46 years. The Chairman proposed that his long service to the Council should be recognised in an appropriate way.

It was RESOLVED that the Council’s appreciation be recorded in the next edition of St Bees News and that Mr & Mrs Wilson be invited to dine out at the Council’s expense at a cost not exceeding £50.

 

177/07 CONSULTATION –‘CLOSER TO HOME’

Cllr Hill had prepared a draft response to the consultation document issued by Cumbria Primary Care Trust. A local resident had requested the opportunity to contribute his view of the proposals before the response was agreed. It was noted that the deadline for responding to the consultation had been extended to 1 February.

It was RESOLVED that Cllrs Hill and Millington meet the resident to discuss the consultation document and prepare a draft response for approval at the next meeting.

 

178/07 DONATION OF SEAT

The RSPB had now agreed in principle to the siting of the seat which is to be donated by the Koebner family. Several companies had been approached to identify a suitable seat and a quotation had been received from Streetmaster which was acceptable to the donors.

It was RESOLVED that an order be placed with Streetmaster and that arrangements be made to install the seat in the spring with all costs being met by the donors.

 

179/07 REPORT TO COPELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL

The following items were noted for report to CBC:-

  • The litter bins at Beck Edge garden, Stonehouse garden and Seamill car park are full and need to be emptied.
  • New dog litter bins are required at the Beach café and on Coach Rd and an additional bin at Beck Edge garden would be useful.

 

180/07 REPORT TO CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL

There were no items to report.

 

181/07 PLANNING

(a) New Applications

The following new applications had been received for comment:

  • 4/07/2637/0F1 Detached two bedroom dwelling for agricultural worker, Fairladies Farm, Outrigg Road, St Bees

It was RESOLVED that there was no objection to this application.

  • 4/07/2717/TPO Tree works, Khandallah House, High House Road, St Bees

It was RESOLVED that CBC be informed that the Council would not wish to see any reduction in the mature trees on the site but would be content to rely on the advice of the Landscape Officer.

  • 4/07/2732/0F1 Conservatory extension, 6 Fairladies, St Bees

It was RESOLVED that the Planning Advisory Committee consider this application.

  • 4/07/2728/0F1 Four detached dwellings, Fleatham House, St Bees

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It was RESOLVED that the Planning Advisory Committee consider this application and make recommendations for discussion at the next meeting.

(b) Applications approved

The following applications had been approved by Copeland Borough Council:

  • 4/07/2591/0F1 Wind Turbine, High Spinney, Whitehaven
  • 4/07/2623/0F1 Replacement of existing beach bungalow, The Haven, Seamill Lane

 

182/07 CORRESPONDENCE

(a) A request had been received from a local running club (The St Bees Triers) for a donation to help with start-up costs including the purchase of club kit. It was RESOLVED that a donation of £250 be made to the group.

(b) A letter had been received from St Bees PCC thanking the Council for the donation towards the costs of publishing the parish magazine. Noted.

(c) A letter had been received from Copeland Citizens Advice Bureau seeking a donation towards running costs. It was RESOLVED not to make a donation at the present time but to review the Council’s donation policy at a future meeting.

(d) Invitation received from the British Nuclear Energy Society for Parish Councillors to attend their programme of public lectures. Noted.

INFORMATION ONLY

CALC Circular December 2007/January 2008

Fieldwork December 2007

FLAG Newsletter December 2007

Highways Agency – Planned Roadworks in the North West December 2007- February 2008

CBC Christmas Refuse Arrangements

Cumbria County Council Annual Report 2006/7

 

183/07 ANY OTHER BUSINESS

(a) No response had yet been received from Network Rail to the claim for damage to the war memorial.

(b) The History Group had now reimbursed the Centenary Book Fund for the printing costs of the Sewell memoirs. The Clerk would check the minutes to establish the relationship between the Council and the History Group agreed in 2002.

 

184/07 DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING

It was RESOLVED that the next meeting take place on Monday 21 January 2008 at 7.00pm. Karl Melville of Cumbria Highways would be attending the meeting to discuss progress in finding solutions to the flooding problems.