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.