Monthly News Update March 2019
There was a full agenda for the Parish Council meeting of the 18th March 2019, including the usual items such as planning, finance and correspondence.
The following community issues were discussed:
- Mobile Phone Reception: two issues were discussed, firstly the Crake Valley where concerns have been raised by members of the Parish who are experiencing poor signals. This apparently is due to Vodafone’s plans to de-commission the Lowick Common mast and the implementation of a temporary solution. It was agreed that the Parish Council would write to Vodaphone expressing concerns about the impact of the loss of signal on vulnerable people on the Parish, on businesses and generally on people’s ability to work and live in the Valley (update – this mast has been switched back on). Secondly the issue of the EE Mast at Hulleter was discussed, planning permission was approved for this in 2016 however, this does not appear to be functioning yet, although residents and the local emergency services require the service as a matter of urgency. Again it was agreed that the Parish Council would write to EE in relation to commissioning the mast (update – no plans by EE to mobilise).
- Community Plan: The Parish Council is in the process of updating its plan and aims to complete this within the next few months. As part of the process some community consultation is being planned to enable local voices to be heard. Please feel free to offer your ideas of how you would like to be involved by contacting the Parish Clerk.
- Playground Update: Working with the Bouth Village Green Committee the Parish Council is looking to make some safety improvements to the playground this summer. We have asked for some quotes for the work to be undertaken and have been exploring grant funding opportunities. Again, if you are interested in being involved or finding out more please do not hesitate to get in touch.
- Great British Spring Clean: The Parish Council will be joining this national campaign organised by the Keep Britain Tidy Campaign. We will be running a pilot litter pick on Friday 26th April starting at Bouth Village Hall at 10.30. This will only be an hour or so your time and we will be offering tea, coffee and biscuits by way or reward at the end as well as asking for your views on whether this is something we could usefully repeat in other areas of the Parish. We will provide litter pick tools, gloves and reflective vests and arrange for the disposal of the litter collected. We hope you will join us on the day and help keep our parish beautiful! Just turn up at the Bouth Village all at 10.30 to join in, all welcome, families, pushchairs, young, old (young at heart) and visitors.
- Rusland Horizons Phase 2: A verbal report was received from Rick Emslie on the plans to carry forward work started by the Rusland Horizons project, on a smaller and hopefully sustainable level, embedded in the community. For more information contact Rick@emslieanalytics.co.uk .
- Highways: Archie Workman the Parish Lengthman continues to work hard in the Parish and has recently been working at Rusland Triangle, Thwaite Head and Hulleter Sheepwash to clear blocked drains. If you require assistance from Archie on drains in the Parish, please contact the Parish Clerk on the email address at the end of this article. The Parish has also been working with our County Councillor Matt Brereton to raise concerns regarding the new signs at Fearing Brow directing visitors to Grizedale Forrest via a difficult route in terms of road safety and we are continuing to pursue this issue. The Clerk and Councillors have been busy reporting trees down and pot holes as a result of the recent storms. Don’t forget anyone can do this easily and quickly on https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/highways-pavements/reporting-problem-on-highway/wdm/default.asp
- Finance: The Parish Council has received a small grant from Cllr Anne Hall towards the playground improvements at Bouth and from Cllr Tracey Coward towards the new litter picking equipment. The Parish Council received a letter of thanks from the Great North Air Ambulance for a donation made toward the charity from our community grants scheme this year.
- To next meeting will be the Annual Parish meeting and the Annual Parish Council Meeting to be held on Monday 13th May 2019 in Bouth Village Hall, starting at 7pm. All welcome, tea, coffee and biscuits provided.