Parish Council Minutes - February 17

Minutes of the Threlkeld Parish Council Meeting held at Threlkeld Village Hall, on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 7.30pm
Present:  Cllr Donald Angus chaired the meeting with Cllr Roger Bragg, Cllr Dot Benson, Cllr Madeleine Singleton, Cllr John Pickering, Cllr Les Dalzell, Cllr Tom Wentworth-Waites (CCC) and Cllr Richard Sealby (EDC) attended
Members of Public

2 members of the public
2016 / 200 – Apologies

  • Cllr Carolyn Cripps, Cllr Mick Le’Huray

2016 / 201 - Minutes

  • The minutes of the Council meeting held on 24 January 2017 was agreed for signing and initialling as a true record (Circulated prior to meeting).

2016 / 202 - Declarations of Interest

  • None

2016 / 203 - Exclusion of Press & Public (Public Bodies Admission to Meetings Act 1960)

  • Not applicable to any agenda items.   

2016 / 204 - Democratic Half Hour / Public Question Time

  • Barbara Lowesmith attended the meeting to discuss the posters displayed within the village.  Please see the statement attached.  TPC agreed to review in April.   
  • Fergus McMorrow attended the meeting to answer any questions relating to the planning application.   

2016 / 205 - Eden District Council & Cumbria County Council Representation   

  • Cllr Richard Sealby discussed:
    • New Chairman at EDC
    • Council Tax rise of 1.9%
  • Cllr Tom Wentworth-Waites discussed
    • CCC budget plans
    • The extra parking to the west end of the village and no parking signs are to be completed in the near future.  

2016 / 206 – Threlkeld Water Pumping Station

  • It was agreed that the parish council have not objections to the work at the pumping station near to Dickney, although request that the land is restored.   

2016 / 207 – Footway Lighting

  • The updates from EDC were noted.   
  • It was agreed that the only way forwards was for the PC to look at replacing some of the streetlights.  The Clerk to collate suggestions for discussion at the next meeting.  Request for suggestions to be placed in the Beneath Blencathra.   

2016 / 208 – Garden Waste Skip

  • It was agreed to sign the Garden Waste Skip agreement, along with the comments regarding the skip stopping in October, not November and a replacement not being left when the full skip is removed.   

2016 / 209 – Monies available to the Parish Council

  • War Memorial – No tenders received.  To look at other contractors who may be interested.  
  • Dickney Car Park – to review after the works by United Utilities
  • As previously discussed
  • To be placed on the next agenda for update and further discussion.   

2016 / 210 - Finance  
210.1 - The Bank Reconciliation for February 2017 was approved for signing by the Chairman

Date Description Expenditure Income
28-01-17 Heart Internet £15.59   
24-01-17 J Pickering  £15.17  
21-02-17 Threlkeld Village Hall £14.00  
21-02-17 Mckanes £84.54  
21-02-17 R Kelly Wages £201.90  
21-02-17 R Kelly Expenses  £96.00  
30-01-17 BACs - Airey   £40.00
26-01-17 Deposit    £337.00

2016 / 211 - Highways

  • The Highways Spokesman sent his apologies and sent the following update:
    • Parking at Town Cross – CCC have no funding available
    • Road sweeping – Clerk to contact EDC to request Station Road and further up Blease Road is swept.   

2016 / 212 - Planning Applications  

  • 7/2016/3009 West Dene, Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4RT    No objections

2016 / 213 - Correspondence

  • All correspondence circulated prior to the meeting – noted.  

2016 / 214 – Flag Flying Dates

  • None
  • Positive comments from parishioners regarding the flag being flown.   

2016 / 215 - Reps. Reports

  • Cllr Madeline Singleton met with Stephen hill regarding a bin at the Sewerage Works, this will be sited on a temporary basis, and usage will be monitored.  If it is not used enough, it will be removed.   

2016 / 216 - Matters to be placed on the next agenda

  • As above
  • Parking on Blease Road  

2016 / 217 - Date of the next meeting

  • The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st March 2017, at 7.30pm
  • The meeting was closed at 20.35

2016 / 204 - Democratic Half Hour / Public Question Time

Barbara Lowesmith statement from the TAA concerning Posters in the Village

Threlkeld Activities Association (TAA) organises and runs a wide range of events in the village hall. This includes about 18 music, drama and film nights plus some talks and village walks in the Summer. Plus the TAA has put on First Aid courses, Computer courses and financially supported Pilates and Keep-Fit classes. These events are aimed at benefitting the local community and provide a range of interesting things to do within the village, thereby helping to promote Threlkeld as a vibrant and active place to live and visit.

Most of the events take place within the village hall and hence the TAA makes a significant contribution to the village hall income stream for hall hire. In 2016, the TAA contributed about £1400 to the village hall for hire. In addition, overall the TAA made a profit on its events and made a donation of £1350 to the village hall. This money helps maintain the village hall.

The success of these events depends upon getting good attendance, which in turn depends upon successful advertising. Over the last few years, audience size has generally increased and we have had several sell-out events. The TAA advertises every month in Beneath Blencathra and also many events are advertised in the Keswick Reminder. Press releases are made on the regular basis to Kesmail, Times & Star and other papers. Internet websites and email-shots also form part of the strategy. However, an important part of the advertising is the production of posters which are distributed within the village and elsewhere in Keswick, Penrith and surrounding area.

We regularly survey attendees of events to determine where they came from and how they knew about the event. In 2016, on average 30% of attendees were from Threlkeld, 52% from elsewhere in North Cumbria and 17% were holidaymakers. ‘Having seen a poster’ is the most cited reason for knowing about an event, so posters are very important to us. In 2016, on average, 19% of attendees saw a poster, and for some events it was up to 43%.

The posters are colourful and well-designed and printed professionally by a laser printer, meaning that the ink is waterproof and does not run when wet. In addition, all posters put up out-of-doors are trimmed and laminated, making them 100% waterproof so they do not get tatty when wet. If you have seen a poster on which the ink has run or it is tatty, then it was NOT a poster put up by the TAA. I have received many compliments about the posters and some have said it makes it look like something is happening in Threlkeld, which surely is a good thing?

We already use 2 noticeboards provided by the PC, but restricting posters to just these noticeboards would be wholly inadequate. Currently up to 17 posters have been put up on telegraph posts, bus stops and gateposts etc for each event. We are always careful to remove them as soon as possible after events.

Nevertheless, following the comments from the Parish Council, we have reviewed our poster strategy and decided to reduce the number to a maximum of 11. In particular, we have significantly reduced the number of telegraph poles used to just 3, in areas where there is no sensible alternative.

So in conclusion, I hope that the Parish Council can acknowledge the benefit of the TAA events to village life in Threlkeld. The TAA considers the use of well-designed and waterproof posters as essential to the promotion of these events. We have reduced the number and we always ensure they are taken down quickly, so we consider that we deploy posters up in a responsible manner. I hope that this meets the concerns raised by the Parish Council.