Gilcrux Parish Council
Gilcrux Parish Council
Gilcrux Parish Council
Gilcrux Parish Council
GILCRUX PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Office, Brandraw Mount,
West Street, Aspatria, CA7 3HG
Tel: 016973 21935
A Parish Council meeting was held at the Gilcrux Village Hall, Gilcrux at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016
Present: Councillor’s William Henderson (Chair), Lisa Hignett, Katie Clarke, David Griffiths, Charlotte Astill, James Eve and Shaun McMullen
Also Present: Trevor Gear (Clerk) and Jacqueline Mounsey (Borough Councillor)
Apologies: PCSO Alex Ostle.
Minute Parishioners Open Forum
There were three parishioners present who raised the following items: -
The condition of parish land in front of Kinnaird Cottage which contained large unkempt bushes and were undermining the boundary wall.
A nearby willow tree that had been blown over and in need of removal
The increase in of Himalayan Balsam in the highway verges and other areas surrounding the village and the Council were asked to raise awareness
Declarations of Interest
L. Hignett as the council’s representative on the Advisory Funding Group registerable interest in item 6. (AFG).
Confirmation of minutes
On the proposal of D. Griffiths and seconded by S. McMullen
16/51 RESOLVED – that the Chair sign as a correct record, the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 20th July 2016.
The Clerk had obtained two estimates for the removal of the bushes at Kinnaird Cottage. One was for the whole work whilst the other was for removal of the bushes and then a further estimate for what work would be required following removal.
16/52 RESOLVED – that the later estimate be accepted.
An estimate had been received for cutting the hedge around the village hall as has happened in the last two years.
16/53 RESOLVED – The estimate be accepted
Advisory Funding Group. (AFG)
Lisa Hignett advised that the next meeting of the group was on 17th October 2016 and the closing date for applications was this Friday. There is currently over £64,000 to spend, with a total of £201,530.57 having been awarded so far. The clerk advised that he had invited Annalee Holiday to the meeting which she had accepted but there was no attendance.
16/54 RESOLVED – that Annalee Holiday be invited to the next parish council meeting
Correspondence Received since last Parish Council Meeting.
The following items of correspondence had been received
The CALC Circular for September 2016 had been circulated and there were no matters arising.
A letter had been received from St Mary’s Church PCC thanking the council for its support for the recently completed improved ramp to the Churchyard.
A letter had been received regarding the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which had been circulated.
A letter had been received from Sue Hayman MP inviting a representative of the council to a meeting with a representative from BT on 5th October 2016 at Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth to discuss Broadband in the area. The Chairman will represent the Council at the meeting.
Financial update and cheque authorities
The Clerk confirmed cheque account at £6,607.80 and deposit account at £645.34
Clerks Salary (July/August) £218.88
Expenses (Inc. Travelling, postage, stationery and newsletter delivery etc.) £78.27 £297.15 HRMC £54.18
Gilcrux Village Hall/Hall Rental (Sept.) £16.00
ISS Facility Services/Grass cutting (August) £221.70
Laurie Mansfield £150.00
ISS Facility Services/Grass cutting (Sept.) £221.70
Playsafety Ltd/ Play Equip Inspection £79.80
Outerspace Ltd/Village maintenance £690.00
Coombe and Sharpe/ Ramp £4320.00
16/55 RESOLVED – that the above accounts be paid.
The External Auditors report was read with no outstanding issues.
PB/2016/0044 Removal of BT Payphone Phone box, Gilcrux
Concerns that there no re-
2/2016/0511 New rear access door to first floor 1 The Brow, Bulgill, Gilcrux Aspatria
2/2016/0321 Application for reserved matters application 2/2016/0389 Land at The Forelands, Gilcrux
2/2016/0438 Change of Use of redundant barn to holiday let Greengill farm, Greengill, Gilcrux
2/2016/0511 Ne rear access door to first floor 1 The Brow, Bulgill, Gilcrux Aspatria
2/2016/0364 Demolition of disused barn and change of use of land to incorporate two holiday lodges. Ellen Hall, Gilcrux, Wigton
2/2016/0321 Variation of Condition 2 on 2/2016/0389 New grange Bulgill
Apologies had been received from PCSO Ostle who was not on duty. She had previously prepared a report which had been circulated.
16/56 RESOLVED – that copies of the Police Report should be displayed on the village notice boards for the information of residents
Concern had been raised in the village that since the Council has participated in the Vodafone Rural Open Sure Signal there has been no marked improvement in the Vodafone signal and that it has had an adverse effect on the signal of other providers.
16/57 RESOLVED – that Vodafone be asked to switch off the equipment for 7 days to see what effect if any that has.
Ramp access to Churchyard
The clerk informed the meeting that the ramp was now complete and that stakeholders appeared to be pleased with the improvements.
Following a recent planning application concerns were raised at the lack of affordable housing within the parish and the number of houses which were becoming holiday lets.
16/58 RESOLVED – that K Clark would respond to the consultation regarding the Draft Allerdale Housing Survey and the council will continue to monitor the situation
Seats within the Parish
It was agreed that the Council will replace all seats in the parish with additional seats being provided at Greengill and Bulgill
16/59 RESOLVED – that a small group would research what would be most suitable seat with a view to applying for funding.
The recent Play Area Safety Inspection Report was discussed. The only item requiring attention was the gate and the clerk was asked to obtain an estimate for the work.
There appears to have been no progress on this matter and the clerk will contact Highways.
Emergency Plans for Parishes
Calc had circulated a paper advising parishes that their Communities should consider make Community Emergency Plans to help minimize the impact of an emergency and help them recover more quickly. This item to be included on the next agenda for further consideration
Matters for Next Meeting.
Parish land in front of Kinnaird Cottage
Seat in the parish
Advisory Funding Group
Village Maintenance Tenders
Play Area Gate
Date of Next Meeting
16/60 RESOLVED – that the next meeting of the Parish Council will he held on Wednesday 9th November 2016 at 6.30pm at Gilcrux Village Hall
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.10pm.
Signed as a true and correct record …………………………………….………. Chair
Attendance over the Past 12 Meetings
J Eve 7/12 L Hignett 12/12
K Clarke 12/12 S McMullen 11/12
W Henderson 12/12 C Astill 10/12
D Griffiths 7/8 T Gear 12/12 (Parish Clerk)
2016 Sept Minutes