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       West Street, Aspatria, CA7 3HG

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A Parish Council meeting was held at the Gilcrux Village Hall, Gilcrux at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016

Present: Councillor’s Katie Clarke (Chair), Lisa Hignett, David Griffiths, Charlotte Astill and Shaun McMullen

Also, Present: Trevor Gear (Clerk), Alan Clark (County Councillor) and Jacqueline Mounsey (Borough Councillor)

Apologies: William Henderson and PCSO Alex Ostle.

Minute Parishioners Open Forum

There were no parishioners present but councillors raised the following item on their behalf: -

Several unofficial dog fouling signs had been erected in the village which were not considered appropriate. A few official signs had been obtained and will be erected

Declarations of Interest  

L. Hignett as the council’s representative on the Advisory Funding Group (AFG) declared registerable interest in item 6.

Confirmation of minutes

On the proposal of D. Griffiths and seconded by L. Hignett

16/61 RESOLVED – that the Chair sign as a correct record, the minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 28th September 2016.

Matters Arising

The removal of the bushes at Kinnaird Cottage was now complete and the contractor will advise of an estimate for the leveling and seeding work in spring.


Advisory Funding Group. (AFG)

Annalee Holiday from the Cumbria Community Foundation who administers the grant panel on behalf of RES explained the amount awarded to date was £261,000.00. She explained the criteria for a grant and that the fund was topped up annually by £32,000.00.

The next meeting of the panel is on 22nd May 2017 with the closing date at the beginning of May. She agreed to prepare an article for the next parish newsletter the closing date being 15trh February 2017. She was thanked for her attendance and left the meeting.  

Correspondence Received since last Parish Council Meeting.

The following items of correspondence had been received

The CALC Circular for October 2016 had been circulated and there were no matters arising.

An e-mail had been received advising about the dates and locations for the Healthwatch Cumbria Team where people can share their views on the proposed changes to healthcare provision. The nearest being Maryport Co-Op Saturday 12th November 2016 between 10am – 12 noon

An e-mail from National Grid North West Connections project had been received giving details of a meeting for Parish Councils to be held 6 - 8.30pm on 16th November at Hundith Hill Hotel Cockermouth.  Katie Clark is to represent the Council. There is also to be a public event between 2pm – 8pm on 22nd November 2016 in the Rugby Club at Aspatria.

Financial update and cheque authorities

The Clerk confirmed cheque account at £6,245.42 and deposit account at £645.34

 Clerks Salary (Sept/October)                       £218.88

 Expenses (Inc. Travelling, postage, stationery and newsletter delivery etc.)   £72.78           £291.66 HRMC                         £54.72

Gilcrux Village Hall/Hall Rental (Nov.)                                                                                      £16.00

Cockermouth & Dist. Garden Serv. Ltd.                                £390.00

16/62     RESOLVED that the above accounts be paid.  

 A draft budget for 2017/18 had been circulated by the clerk which was discussed and accepted. The Council then based on the budget then set the Precept for 2017/18.

             16/63  RESOLVED – That the Precept of 2017/18 be £8,600.00

Planning Applications


2/2016/0511 Demolish Barn and replace with two timber Holiday Homes, Ellen Hall, Gilcrux:    Support the  application

2/2016/0653 Application for reserved matters application 2/2016/0446   Land at The Forelands, Gilcrux        No Objections


2/2016/0438 Change of Use of redundant barn to holiday let  Greengill farm, Greengill, Gilcrux     Approved


Appeals - None


Police Matters

Apologies had been received from PCSO Ostle who was not on duty. She had previously prepared a report which had been circulated. This contained details of how to access the crime figures through the Cumbria Police Website. Members were concerned that the information was out of date (August) and was not specific as it used generic terms

for the classifications of incidents and did not mention low level anti-social behavior. It also meant that the report could not be displayed on the noticeboards

16/64 RESOLVED – that the clerk write to the Police expressing the council’s dissatisfaction with the new system


Vodafone Signal

  Further enquires had been made by Jim Gordon and it was confirmed that it was not possible for the Vodafone signal to interfere with other providers and several residents had been in contact with the clerk expressing satisfaction with the current arrangements.   

              16/65 RESOLVED – that residents with complaints about mobile signal should be advised to contact their own providers.


Wind Turbine

  A complaint had been received about interference with television signal when the turbines were in motion. Members were not aware of any other ongoing problems and this appears to be an isolated incident, if it were to persist the complainant should contact RES


 Seats within the Parish

 The group provided a few examples of seats that would meet the requirements of the parish. Members selected the lakeside seat at a cost of £424.00 plus VAT each. The clerk would also obtain estimates for fixing the seats.

16/66  RESOLVED – that the clerk would look at sources of funding (including Alan Clark’s personal allowance) and make the appropriate applications.

Play Park

 Estimates for the work to the gate were proving difficult to obtain but the clerk would pursue the matter further


Speed Sensors

There appears to have been no progress on this matter and the clerk will contact Highways again.

Emergency Plans for Parishes

The Council will look at collating information about those in the event of an emergency (flood/Power cut) that would require assistance. The clerk to prepare an item for the next newsletter.

Electoral Review of Allerdale Borough Council

The council received an update on the review which had decided to reduce the number of councillors from 55 to 48 but it was not known at this stage where the ward boundaries would be drawn.

Parish Maintenance Contract

Members considered the parish maintenance program and asked for a requirement to report back on other maintenance to be included.

16.67 RESOLVED – that subject to the amendment that the contract be put out to tender and a report on possible contractors be considered at the next meeting

Matters for Next Meeting.

   Parish land in front of Kinnaird Cottage

   Seats in the parish

   Parish Maintenance Tenders

   Play Area Gate

 Parish Spring Clean

Date of Next Meeting

             16/60  RESOLVEDthat the next meeting of the Parish Council will he held on Wednesday 18th January 2017 at 6.30pm at Gilcrux Village Hall


There being no further business, the meeting closed at 7.55pm.

Signed as a true and correct record …………………………………….………. Chair

Date ……………………...............

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     8/9   

T Gear            12/12 (Parish Clerk)

2016 Nov Minutes