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Minutes for March 2007

Draft Minutes of the Meeting of St Bees Parish Council held on Monday 19 March 2007

in the Village Hall, Finkle Street

PRESENT: Cllr P Smith (Chairman), N Bettinson, M Clarkson, J Haile, R Mayow, D Millington, C Robson, J Rowlands, D Sim, D Warbrick, H Wilson and the Clerk.

Also present: Mr I Shuttleworth, Volunteer Tree Warden, Mr H Upton, Adams Recreation Ground Committee , 9 members of the public and one member of the press.


Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs I Hill, M Richards and V Turpin


Councillor Clarkson declared a personal interest in the planning application for 1 Firth Drive (agenda item 45/07).


It was RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 19 February 2007 be accepted as a true record and signed by the Chairman, subject to the amendment of minute 30/07 to show the date of next meeting as 19 March 2007.


(a) Seacote Hotel Licensing Issues

A letter was presented from 4 residents of Richmond Terrace expressing concern about the behaviour of young people visiting the Seacote Hotel. The Chairman invited members of the public present to explain their concerns. They explained that there were frequent problems with rowdyism and vandalism and the police were regularly attending to deal with incidents. Residents were suffering disturbance and were very worried about the acts of vandalism. They believed that the police were to seek a review of the licence and asked the Parish Council to support the review.

It was reported that there had also been incidents of vandalism in other parts of the village and councillors emphasised that residents should report all instances of disturbance to the police to ensure they were fully aware of the scale of the problem.

It was RESOLVED that:


  • SBPC would support a review of the licence if the police were to seek this
  • discussions take place with the police/Crime Disorder Reduction Partnership to decide the best strategy for dealing with the problems
  • the owner and licensee of the Seacote Hotel be invited to the next meeting for further discussion.

(b) Fairladies Car Park and Footpath

Story Homes had confirmed that lighting would be provided to adoptable standards. Cllr Southward had provided further information on the County Council’s refusal to adopt the footpath. If it remained unadopted it would remain in the ownership of Story Homes indefinitely.

It was RESOLVED to ask Cllr Southward to continue to press for the path to be adopted.

(c) Missing Street Lights, Station Road

The Chairman had attended a meeting on site with Cllr N Clarkson and Mr D Toner of CBC. The two missing lights were to be replaced shortly.

(d) Moorclose – Proposed easement

A reply had been received from the owner’s solicitor accepting the proposed vehicle size and suggesting limits on the number of journeys allowed.

It was RESOLVED that the proposed limits on journeys be accepted and that a further disbursement of £40 be approved.

(e) Other items from the Action List


    • Overgrown Hedge, Abbey Road

Cumbria Highways had agreed to cut the hedge in April.


    • Report to CBC

It was reported that a number of items reported at the last meeting had still not been repaired, including lights at the beach car park and the metal bridge at Gutterfoot.


It was RESOLVED that CBC be asked to send a representative to the next meeting to explain the delays in responding to requests for repairs.


A copy of the proposals for tree preservation orders drawn up some time ago had been forwarded to Richard Mellor. The Chairman invited Mr Shuttleworth to put forward his suggestions for the tree warden role. Mr Shuttleworth explained his previous experience in this type of work and suggested that he could begin by adding more detail to the schedule drawn up by Cllr Sim. Possible sites for new planting were discussed and it was agreed that the commons would be the first priority area to be tackled.

It was RESOLVED that the Council agree to take part in the Tree Warden Scheme and that Mr Shuttleworth be informed of the dates of meetings with the Tree Council when these were known.


The Chairman invited Mr Upton from the Adams Recreation Ground Committee to explain the background to the proposals to develop part of the land. Mr Upton explained that the use of the facilities had declined and the Committee was facing a shortfall in revenue each year. An offer had been received for part of the land and the Committee were also considering whether they should seek outline planning consent before selling the land. Any development would be in the area of the large mound of earth behind the pavilion and the sale would bring in additional funds which could be used to expand facilities eg by creating an all-weather surface. Although this would be expensive, the proceeds of the sale would enable the Committee to bring in other grants.

The Chairman thanked Mr Upton for coming to discuss the situation but explained that the Council could not give a view at this stage on whether they would support a planning application.


The County Council has approved the claim for £998.20 for expenditure incurred in 2006/7. Applications are being sought from parishes wishing to participate in the scheme next year.

It was RESOLVED that an application be submitted to take part in the scheme in 2007/8.


The first year of the Action Plan is now completed and progress needs to be reviewed.

It was RESOLVED that lead councillors submit a report on progress to the Chairman as soon as possible.


The current agreement with CBC for the use of the Station car park ends on 31 March 2007.

It was RESOLVED to seek a continuation of the arrangement for 2007/8 at a cost of £2000.


The Chairman circulated draft copies of the annual report to be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting and requested any comments or suggestions be submitted as soon as possible.


Cllr Robson proposed that a plaque be erected close to the war memorial giving information about the memorial and pointing out that further information is available in the Priory. The estimated cost would be approximately £150.

It was RESOLVED that a plaque be ordered and that Cllrs Sim and Robson consider where it should be placed.


The family of the late Hannah Koebner has offered to donate a seat in her memory and has asked that it be sited on the Head. A site on the lower part of the Head overlooking the swimming pool was suggested, although permission would need to be sought from the landowner.

It was RESOLVED that further discussions on the siting of the seat take place with the donors.



The following items were noted for report to CBC:-


  • Several lights in the Beach car park are still in need of attention and the top of one has been damaged in the wind.
  • The metal bridge at Gutterfoot is still in a dangerous condition.
  • The dog litter bins at Seamill Lane need to be emptied more regularly.
  • A velux window in the toilet block at the Beach car park has been damaged in the recent wind.
  • The dog bins at the main beach are in need of attention.
  • Street light no 7 outside Barony House is not working


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.
  • The manhole near the junction of Finkle St and Main St appears to be sinking and the tarmac is cracking
  • There is a large pothole outside the entrance to Fleatham House
  • There are a number of potholes on the Linethwaite Rd
  • The new grit bin on the beach estate is obstructing the pavement and needs to be relocated.


(a) New Applications

(i) Ref 4/07/2140/0F1 Replacement of plot 14 with 4 apartments and provision of public car park (17 public spaces, 3 for adjacent apartments) – Fairladies, St Bees

The Chairman invited residents of Fairladies to explain their objections to this application. Those living nearby objected to the replacement of plot 14 with a plan to build 4 apartments. They believed that the apartments would not be in keeping with the other properties on this part of the development and thus would not be in line with national planning policy. The other properties are all family houses and the apartments would be larger in scale, of different appearance and on a different building line.

It was RESOLVED that CBC be informed of the following concerns and that a site visit be requested:-

  • The proposed apartments would not be in keeping with the neighbouring properties in terms of scale and appearance
  • The apartments will be on a different building line
  • The footpath appears to have steps with no provision for disabled access.

(ii) Ref 4/07/2107/0F1 Demolish plumber’s store and garage. Build new dwelling

116 Main Street, St Bees

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

(iii) Ref 4/07/2099/0F1 Erect Viewing Platform – Llanwern, Outrigg

It was RESOLVED that there was no objection to this proposal provided that it will not affect the privacy of neighbours.

(iv) Ref 4/07/2088/0F1 First floor extension, internal modifications and external chimney stack

21 Seacroft Drive, St Bees

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

(v) Ref 4/07/2118/0F1 Timber pergola and flagging – Queens Hotel, St Bees

Ref 4/07/2117/0L1 Conservation area consent for above development

It was RESOLVED that there was no objection to these applications.


(vi) Ref 4/07/2142/TPO Fell 2 trees, trim 2 trees – 8 Seacroft Drive, St Bees

It was RESOLVED that there was no objection to this work as it conforms to the Landscape Officer’s recommendations.

(vii) Ref 4/07/2149/0F1 Demolition of extension and construction of new extension to provide additional living area & store with bedroom over – Beulah Nook, St Bees

It was RESOLVED to support this application which will significantly improve a property which is currently in a poor state of repair.

(viii) Ref 4/07/2148/0F1 Two storey extension – 1 Firth Drive, St Bees

Cllr Clarkson declared an interest in this item and took no part in the discussion of this application.

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

(b) Applications approved


  • 4/06/2848/0F1 Conversion of canine treatment centre to holiday cottage, High Walton Farm
  • 4/07/2045/0F1 Conversion of disused barns to single dwelling – Plot 5, Foulyeat Cottages, Ingwell
  • 4/07/2059/0F1 Dormer window to roof – 118 Main Street, St Bees (with conditions)


(a) Travel and Subsistence Allowances for Councillors

The Parish Remuneration Panel has recommended a scheme of allowances for 2006/7 for parish councillors who travel out of the area on council business.

It was RESOLVED that the Parish Remuneration Committee’s recommendations be adopted.

(b) Payments

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


  • Cheque no 001232 J Donaldson – Clerk’s salary March 2007 £269.73+ postage £5.52 Total £275.25
  • Cheque no.001233 I McAndrew – reimbursement for renewal of domain names £40
  • Cheque no. 001234 Brockbank, Curwen,Cain and Hall – disbursement £40


(a) Letter received from St Bees Garden Society requesting a donation towards the cost of the annual show. This had been included in the agreed budget for 2007/8 and it was agreed to confirm that a donation would be made.

(b) Letter received from Cllr Williams, CBC, offering support to parishes seeking quality parish status. Noted.

(c) Letter received from CCC inviting comments on draft policies and proposals for minerals and waste management developments. Noted.

(d) Letter received from Carlisle City Council enclosing a report on the consultation event organised by District Councils on the future shape of local government. Noted.

(e) Letter received from Copeland Citizens Advice Bureau explaining their work and seeking a financial contribution. It was RESOLVED that no donation be made.

(f) Request received from Mr Hanley of Beach Rd for the Beach Rd footpath to be tarmaced to prevent gravel washing across his drive. Cllr Clarkson to review the situation.



CALC Newsletter March 2007 Open Space Spring 2007

Countryside Voice Spring 2007 Fieldwork March 2007

West Cumbria Masterplan – Executive Summary


The minutes of the meeting of the Village in Bloom Committee on 6 March 2007 were received. A number of repairs/improvements had been suggested by the Committee.


It was RESOLVED that:-


  • the donation of 50% towards the cost of the new outers be confirmed
  • the replacement of the fence along side the road at Beck Edge Garden be considered at a later date and Mr Geer be asked to repair the section close to the war memorial.
  • The state of the railings along Main Street be referred to the County Council.
  • The Clerk liaise with Village in Bloom about the other repairs requested


(a) The Clerk was arranging for a public meeting to be held in St Bees with Digital UK to discuss the digital switchover.

(b) CALC had suggested holding the roadshow event in May. It was agreed that Monday 21 May would be a suitable date. The Clerk has copies of nomination papers.

(c) CALC will be running a course entitled ‘The Effective Councillor’ in Cleator Moor on 27 June.

(d) Cllr Bettinson reported that there had been several incidents of vandalism in Priory Paddock. The police have been informed.


It was RESOLVED that the Annual Parish Meeting take place at 7.00pm on Monday 16 April 2007 to be followed by the monthly meeting at 7.40pm.