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Monthly News Update – November 2018

Lengthsman: September saw Archie at Penny bridge Junction, Tottlebank, Colton and Oxen Park. Drains were cleared at Oxen Park and Penny Bridge. Two benches were varnished, and the verges cut back at Colton and at Tottlebank verges and trees were cut back. As the winter approaches if you are aware of any drains that are blocked please do let us know so that Archie can clear them ready for any heavy rain and dare we say it snow.
Litter: The parish council wants to help keep the area litter free and looking beautiful for us all to enjoy. We are aware that there are problems in certain areas and we need your help. We would like to find out who’s interested in any of the following;
• An ‘adopt a road’ scheme where residents look after small sections of their local roads to keep them clean.
• Organised litter picks at set times in set locations.
• Having access to equipment (litter pickers, bin bags, etc) for ad hoc litter picks.
Let either Cllr Brown marion@bestpath.co.uk or Cllr Jarvis grahamjarvis@hotmail.com know if you want to help.
Assets of Community Value (ACV’s): The council is keen to protect the assets we have within the parish even if they are not owned by us. One way of doing this is by applying for an asset of community value to be placed on specific property or land. This means that the property or land will be subject to additional protection from development. We are currently applying for certain woodlands to fall under this protection, we already have one approved and two more applied for.
Change in contact details: Please note that the email address for the parish council has changed. If you wish to contact us use clerk@coltonparishcouncil.org.uk

Monthly News Update – October 2018

Lengthsman: September saw Archie at Penny bridge Junction, Tottlebank, Colton and Oxen Park.
Councillors meet with Tim Farron MP: Cllr Brown and Cllr Jarvis have recently met with Tim Farron MP our local member of parliament. They were able to discuss amongst other items the recent LDNPA Local Plan review and issues regarding housing for local people within our parish.
Bouth Village Green: The hot weather (which seems so long ago now) got the better of the playground on Bouth Village Green. The heat lifted some of the safety matting around the children’s play equipment. This could have been a costly repair, but thanks to the work of 3 generous committee volunteers the repair costs have been kept to materials only. A big thank you goes to David, Paul & John.
Planning applications: Anyone who wishes to check on planning applications can do so on the LDNPA planning portal (www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/planning). Applications can then be searched by parish and date.
Septic Tank Regulations:  For those of you on septic tanks you may or may not be aware that there are new regulations coming into force in 2020 regarding the discharge of septic tanks into watercourses due to the associated pollution that is being caused. There is lots of information online to guide you through the changes.

Monthly News Update – September 2018

Lengthsman: Archie has been working around Rusland strimming, clearing drain covers and cutting back brambles. He has also been busy at Tottlebank removing the small trees and bushes that have started to grow at the side of the road. As usual if anyone has any requests for work for Archie or spots an issue with the verges and drains then do let the Clerk know. Specific highways issues still need to be reported on Cumbria County Councils Highways website.
Councillors meet with Tim Farron MP: Cllr Brown and Cllr Jarvis have recently met with Tim Farron MP our local member of parliament. They were able to discuss amongst other items the recent LDNPA Local Plan review and issues regarding housing for local people within our parish.

Monthly News Update – August 2018

Lengthsman: As the weather cooled down so Archie managed to get out around the parish strimming. He was able to catch-up on many verges around Bouth. Tottle Bank crossroads and The Syke, Rusland have also been cut. Windy Hall to The Syke and Windy Hall to Leight Hall have had narrow verges widened.  As usual if anyone has any requests for work for Archie or spots an issue with the verges and drains then do let the Clerk know. Specific highways issues still need to be reported on Cumbria County Councils Highways website.
Colton Council Grants funds: Any organisation or community groups out there that need funding should consider applying for a Parish Council grant. Ask the Clerk for an application form and return by mid-September so that councillors can consider all the applications at their meeting on 17th September.
Bouth Village Green: The hot weather has got the better of the playground on Bouth Village Green. The heat has lifted some of the safety matting around the children’s play equipment. This could have been a costly repair, but thanks to the work of 3 generous committee volunteers the repair costs have been kept to materials only. A big thank you goes to David, Paul & John.
Planning applications: Anyone who wishes to check on planning applications can do so on the LDNPA planning portal (www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/planning). Applications can then be searched by parish and date.

Monthly News Update – July 2018

Lengthsman: This month Archie has found time to give the phone box at Nibthwaite a bit of a freshen up. It’s been cleaned inside and out, vegetation has been cut back and the door hinges oiled. Nice work Archie, thanks. Strimming has been the other main Lengthsman work this month with verges being cut at Oxen Park, Chive of Cheese Triangle, Bouth junction and Toll Bar road but there have been days when it really has just been too hot to be out there.                    Colton Council Grants funds: A reminder to local organisations, charities and community groups that they can apply for funds from Colton Parish Council to support them in their work. The grant could be for the total amount of a project or part funding towards something bigger; it could be full funding for curtains in the village hall or perhaps a contribution to a community buildings new roof. Equipment to set up a new social or learning group or even help with transport for a club away day. Get your thinking caps on and then ask for an application form from coltonpc@btinternet.com                                                                                                                                                          Living Lakes – Your Local Plan review: The Lake District National Park Authority local plan review consultation is now closed. Colton Parish council submitted a very robust response to this on behalf of the local community. This response can be viewed online on the Parish Councils website home page. The council would like to thank all those who gave feedback to the council on their response it is reassuring to know that the working group represented your views. Councillor Vacancies: The council is still in a position of having two councillor vacancies. If you are considering this voluntary role then do get in touch with the clerk. Full training and support will be offered to anyone that is interested in taking up this vital and varied position within the community.

Monthly News Update – June 2018

Lengthsman: It seems that Archie has been busy with strimming, strimming and yet more strimming over the last few weeks. In particular he has been busy at Colton, Rusland Triangle, Lyn Bridge, Lowick Bridge, Newby Bridge, Colton Beck Bridge and The Syke Rusland. Road signs were also cleaned at Rusland Triangle, Lyn Bridge and The Syke.   Colton Council Grants funds: Local organisations, charities and community groups are again being offered the chance to secure grant funding from the Parish Council. Colton PC allocates an amount of its funds each year to help the community. The grant could be for the total amount of a project or part funding towards something bigger; it could be full funding for curtains in the village hall or perhaps a contribution to a community buildings new roof. Equipment to set up a new social or learning group or even help with transport for a club away day. Get your thinking caps on and then ask for an application form from coltonpc@btinternet.com                                                                                     Community Plan: Having taken a back seat recently the Community Plan is once again at the front of our Councillors work. Cllr Dean gave an update on his topic area; housing at the recent council meeting.                                                 Living Lakes – Your Local Plan review: The Lake District National Park Authority has recently opened a consultation on their Local Plan. By the time you read this there is every chance the consultation will have closed (29th June). Colton Council will submit their own response to the various policy proposals and hope that residents have done the same. Keep track of the developments  www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/planning/local-plan-review .

Monthly News Update – May 2018

Lengthsman: Over the last month Archie has been busy with the following tasks; cutting back trees and branches at Penny Bridge, strimming and clearing drains at Tottlebank crossroads, digging out drains and cutting back verges at Tottlebank farm and digging out a ditch at HillTop to stop water flowing out onto the road.                                Community Plan: With various changes of councillors over the last 12 months there has been a lot of work done within the council to get the new councillors up to speed with the various council processes. This has meant that the Colton Community Plan has had to take a little bit of a back seat. The council now feels equipped to start work on actions identified within the plan. Each councillor has a specific area of the plan that they are working on and hopefully over the coming months I will be able to update you on the progress made.                                                                                Highways: Through meeting with district and county council staff work has been actioned at Rusland to alleviate flooding across the roads at the triangle around the old vicarage. The verge edges were cleared, and drains uncovered to hopefully allow surface water to flow into them rather than across the road. Whilst this may not completely solve the problem it will definitely improve things.

Monthly News Update – April 2018

Lengthsman: Archie has been busy as usual. A summary of his work is as follows; Penny Bridge work completed. Drainage cleared at Ickenthwiate. Rusland Triangle drains cleared. Wall repaired at Tottlebank crossroads (this has since been knocked down again). Drains cleared at Lakeside. Bouth to A590 litter pick created 3 bin bags full of an assortment of rubbish. Mapping work on drains continues.
Litter: There seems to be an increasing amount of litter in the parish. There are of course hotspots, and these are our rural roads that are closest to the A590. All councillors agree that there needs to be a concerted effort to tackle not only the litter, but the business establishments supplying the packaging. It is hoped that litter picks can be organised in the parish so watch this space for dates or do get in touch if you would like to help organise or be involved.
New look website: The council decided recently that it was time to give the website a new and more modern look. We have been struggling with the dated back office systems for the old site and this pushed us into swapping for a new package. Hopefully we have kept all the right bits of information so do take a look and let us know if something is missing. www.coltonparishcouncil.org.uk
Our next parish meeting is The Annual Parish Open Meeting & the Annual Colton Parish Council Meeting are to be held on Monday 14th May, 7pm at Bouth Village Hall. All are welcome to attend, there is the chance to hear the Chairman’s report which reflects the work of the council over the past 12 months.

Monthly News Update – March 2018

Lengthsman: Another hectic month for the Lengthsman, making maximum use of the hours that the parish allocates to this role. Lakeside has had drains uncovered, unblocked and verges cut back to try and ease flooding on the road. Lowick Bridge has had potholes temporarily filled in and logged on the Highways Hotline for a more permanent repair. Penny Bridge has had some attention to trees and verges. Ickenthwaite got blocked drains cleared. Rusland Vicarage Triangle not only had the drains cleared but had a visit from Cumbria County Council staff to plan a way forward to reduce road flooding in this area.
Highways Hotline: This is a reminder to you all that you can log any issues you have with regards highways via the online system. Go to www.cumbria.gov.uk and ‘Report a highway fault’, whilst the system is a great way of alerting Cumbria County Council to issues that we have within the parish it needs to be noted that when an issue it closed/completed it doesn’t mean the issue is no longer there it means that Cumbria County Council have logged the fault and have a timetabled plan to attend to it.
Councillor vacancy: The council is still looking for a volunteer from the Finsthwaite and Lakeside area to become a councillor for this ward. We are particularly keen to have someone from this area to represent the views of local people both at council meetings and within the wider community. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this role then do get in touch for an informal chat.
GDPR: It is hard not to have heard about GDPR; or as most of us are referring to it as the new Data Protection laws as we keep being reminded about how organisations need to be ready for the changes. Parish councils are no different. The Clerk and one of the councillors recently attend a training course to help get the council ready to be compliant. It must be said that in principle the changes are easy to understand and that with the use of the Information Commissioner’s Office website www.ico.org.uk any organisation handling data can be compliant.

Monthly News Update – February 2018

Braodband: Mike the councils Broadband champion has been working hard over the months to better the connection we all have with our internet speeds. This is where we are at now; Superfast Broadband is available in Newby Bridge, Finsthwaite, Bouth and Spark Bridge. Oxen Park to follow shortly. Areas of poor connectivity remaining; Colton, Nibthwaite and parts of Rusland. People need to swap to Superfast when available as the more people that do the more money is ploughed back into the scheme, a changeover won’t happen automatically. Costs are becoming prohibitive as remaining properties become more remote and there is currently no option for a community to provide top up funds. Mike will submit a restructured application for Satterthwaite exchange (Rusland area) this time he will need to exclude hard to reach properties in the hope that easier properties might then be successful. Remote nodes (on poles) could be an option here. There is hope for even the hardest to reach properties as the Government have decided there will be a legal right to 10mb/s though this may not be until 2020 at earliest.
Lengthsman: I am yet again starting the lengthsman’s update with it was another busy month, this time Archie has been hard at work around Finsthwaite unblocking drains that were causing flooded and icy roads. The Lengthsman now has SLOW signs encouraging cars to slow down whilst he is at work. Whilst out in Finsthwaite Archie has been able to complete a map of Finsthwaite drains which will be useful for both the Parish Council and Cumbria County Council. The Hay Bridge sign in Bouth has been repainted and looks very smart. The area around the bench at Colton Church has been strimmed and tidied; though it has perhaps been too wet and cold for anyone to appreciate this just yet. All Oxen Park signs have been cleaned, chevrons re-positioned and signpost to Bouth realigned. Great tidying up, thanks Archie.
Charitable donation: Each year the Council allocates an amount of money to support worthy causes which have a direct impact on the people living in and visiting our parish. This year the councillors decided to donate £150 of funds to the Hawkshead & Satterthwaite First Responders. This team covers a wide area and are the people we see when there is a medical emergency before an ambulance has arrived. We are fortunate to have 3 of the 4 team members living in the parish, however there is always a plea from them for more volunteers to help with this essential community resource. The donation is going to be used to help fund the defibrillators out in the community and buy signs to make people aware of them.
Councillor vacancy: The council has for a few months now been looking to recruit a new Councillor from the Finsthwaite and Lakeside area of the parish. It is a volunteer role that is vital to represent the views of the community and work to better the lives of people living across the whole parish. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this role then do get in touch for an informal chat.

Monthly News Update – January 2018

Lengthsman: After a busy month in November with flooding Archie had a quieter time in December. He has cleared around the bench at Colton church, so it is now a pleasant place to sit and rest. Road signs at both Oxen Park and Hay Bridge have had some TLC. The Hay Bridge one is looking particularly splendid now, thanks Archie. Work has also been done to help with the mapping of all the drains within the parish, not an easy task; 36 recorded this month just in Finsthwaite. Of course, looking for the drains has now revealed 6 that need unblocking which will be scheduled over the coming weeks.
Planning Applications: There seems to be more planning application being submitted to the Lake District National Park Authority than usual at the moment. These do take up a Councillors time but are a part of the role where the council can really be used to represent the views of those living in the parish. It is worth remembering that there are several documents the councillors refer to when making their decisions; these are LDNPA policy and the Colton Parish Council Community Plan. It is through these that the decisions can be unbiased and in support of the wider community.
Illegal off-road vehicles: The Council has been made aware of increasing damage to Bethecar Moor through the use of off-road vehicles. Whilst the vehicles can legally use a Byway or Green Lane as they are sometimes known the damage is being done when the vehicles deviate from the Byway, possible because of obstructions or better routes. If anyone is concerned about vehicles damaging Bethecar Moor, then reports can be made to the police using 101.
Rural crime Initiative: A decision has been made by Colton Parish Council to withdraw from the Rural Crime Initiative that it was jointly involved with. The reasoning was broadly due to the additional workload it would have placed on the council at a time of a reduced number of councillors to drive such a project forward. This does not mean that the parish council is not still keen to tackle rural crime, it just means there are certain aspects they will no longer be involved in.

Monthly News update – December 2017

Police and Crime Commissioner’s survey regarding Council Tax for policing: You may have heard in the local news that Peter McCall, the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cumbria wishes to raise the amount residents pay through their council tax to cover policing in our communities. He is asking if residents will pay an additional 1.92% next year. If you would like to comment on the consultation, then please follow this link https://cumbria-pcc.gov.uk/finance-governance/budget-finance/budgets/
Forestry work at Grizedale: Over the coming months there will be winter woodland thinning taking place within Grizedale forest. The main route for haulage vehicles who are extracting the wood is via the Grizedale to Colton Road. Please be aware that there is going to be an increase in traffic along this road, but the hauliers have been requested to respect the communities who live and travel along these narrow country lanes.
Lengthsman: Another busy month for Archie out clearing flood water and unblocking drains. Lin Bridge – Cleared flooded drain, cut back vegetation and swept road, Finsthwaite – Cleared 4 blocked drains, cut back vegetation, dug out blocked drain chamber, Colton-Oxen Park Road – Cleared 12 drains after hedge trimming works, Rusland – Cleared flood water, unblocked drains and swept the road, Thwaite Head – Dug out drains, cut back damaged verges, Rusland Triangle – Dug out and rodded 5 drains after flooding. As always please do remember to log any highways incidents through Cumbria County Councils hotline 0300 303 2992 (answer phone service evenings, weekends and public holidays) or visit www.cumbria.gov.uk
Community Transport: A number of community transport schemes operate in Colton mainly through the efforts of volunteers and Cumbria CC.
1. The Voluntary Car Scheme – organized by Cumbria CC and run by local coordinator (Marguerite Calvert 01229 885498). Pre-book via the coordinator, costs 45p per mile for a door to door service. Drivers are paid 45p per mile, more volunteer drivers are always being sought.
2. Rural Wheels – administered by Cumbria CC (contact 0845 6023786). Users purchase a £5 smartcard to register which comes with £5 credit. The service uses local taxis, must be undertaken between 8.30am and 6pm and is limited to 2 return door to door trips per week to the nearest town. Costs 45p per mile (or 25p for shared journeys).
3. The Community Minibus scheme provides accessible and affordable transport for community groups, either self-drive or with a volunteer driver. www.cumbriact.org.uk or Linda Howarth on 01539 727001.
4. The Royal Voluntary Service (contact 0845 608 0122) which provides help particularly to the elderly to get to hospital and GP appointments, but also shops and town trips.
5. NHS Patient Transport – If you are unable to use public transport due to a medical reason, you may be eligible for transport to hospital appointments or after discharge from hospital.  Ask your GP surgery for more information.