Notes from the meetings

Meeting held on 18 January 2018

Paul Harris, our local Police Community Liaison Officer, attended the meeting. He reported a low level of rural crime – apart from the recent theft of a charity box from the Farmer’s Arms. There continues to be some local poaching of deer but this is now being monitored by ‘Countryside Watch’ which is based in Kendal.

News from Lowick Green Management Committee is that they have produced a newsletter which has been widely distributed. There is a fund raising event at Water Yeat Village Hall on 3 February. Councillor Mitchell wondered whether, because the Green is a community resource, the Parish Council should be prepared to offer further funding to help their projects, apart from the contribution towards grass cutting.

Councillors discussed some ideas that may form part of the Parish Plan:

  • an emergency planning exercise
  • flood protection at critical points
  • footpaths and verges
  • supporting the community at each end of the age spectrum (the elderly – isolation and the young – play facilities)
  • a Parish Council newsletter.

It is hoped that residents will ‘feed into’ these suggestions with further ideas at a community event to be organised so that the Parish Plan can be ‘kick-started’.

The Council agreed to precept SLDC for a total of £3000. This is an increased sum, primarily to cover the costs of the Lengthsman, Archie Workman. Mr Workman has made a start in clearing drains and improved the appearance of the bus shelter at Lowick Bridge but has been hampered in his work by the poor weather.

It was noted that the litter bin that the Council installed in the layby outside the old school has gone missing. If anyone has any information, perhaps this can be passed on to one of your councillors – before holiday makers start to use it as a dumping ground again!

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 15 March at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall. All are welcome.

Meeting held on 16 November 2017

Archie Workman, Lengthsman for Colton, Blawith and Allithwaite came to the meeting and spoke about his work within these parishes and what he could offer to Lowick, in terms of clearing drains, strimming verges at junctions and dangerous bends, tidying passing places and cleaning road signs – among other tasks, using his own initiative. Councillors are pleased that Archie is willing to work in Lowick parish, on the minor roads (not main roads) and have agreed a contract for ten hours a month for the next twelve months. I am sure residents will notice the impact of his work, in time. Councillors believe that it will be money well spent because neither SLDC nor Highways have the resources/manpower to tackle these small, but essential jobs.

The Parish Council is aware that the Lowick Community Hall committee will be holding an event in February to celebrate its tenth birthday. This could be an opportunity to engage the public about the parish plan, so Councillors will be ‘brainstorming’ ahead of this event to put some ideas out to the community.

The Parish Council has agreed a response drafted by Councillor Ingham about the proposed development at Kirkby Moor Wind Farm and this, along with a recommendation that the planning application be rejected, will be sent to SLDC. Councillor Mitchell will be attending the planning board meeting on 5 December.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 18 January at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall.

Meeting held on 12 October 2017

This meeting had been adjourned from September because the council was not quorate. One of the tasks was to co-opt another councillor. This is Les Ingham, who lives at Bridgefield Cottage. His contact details are on the website.

Under public participation, there were presentations about the proposed extension of the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm by Innology Renewables. There is significant local opposition to this planning application and the Parish Council will be submitting its objections to SLDC in November.

The Council has had advice on setting up a website so that it can be compliant with the expectations of the government Transparency Code. The daughter of  local residents has given her time and expertise to develop this website. The Parish Council is very grateful for her help. This extended website can be accessed by visiting lowickpc.wordpress.com. The original website with Lowick Community Hall is retained.  Remember too that there is also a Facebook page set up by Councillor Edmondson.

There was further discussion about the services of a lengthsman and Archie Workman, who works within Colton and Blawith, has offered his services to Lowick. It is hoped he will attend the next meeting so that his help can be utilised in the parish to keep the roadside verges, footpaths and gullies clear. There may be some money from District Councillor, Anne Hall. There is a suggestion that this could be used to put flower boxes at Lowick Bridge, either side of the crossroads. This might be part of an attempt to reduce the speed that road users travel at this junction.

The Parish Council missed the opportunity to canvas public opinion at Lowick Show about a revised Parish Plan. There are still hopes to gain ideas about what parishioners want for Lowick and this is will be re-visited during next year.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 16 November at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall.

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