Meeting held on 21 March 2019

The Council is still awaiting a response from CCC Highways about the possibility of having solar signs on the A5092 to remind motorists of the 40mph speed limit. Although this is merely a request for information it seems difficult to get any feedback.

As part of the Parish Plan, the Council has delivered a second newsletter to all households. Again this was collated by Councillor Edmondson and if anyone has an issue to raise appertaining to the parish and of interest to residents, please contact Councillor Edmondson – or any councillor.

Mr Ellwood, Chairman of Lowick Green Management Committee has not received any negative comments about improving the parking area outside Cosy Cottage/Green View and outside Hopefield Cottages so plans to go ahead with this.

Some residents have been affected by the action of Vodafone to stop using the mast near Lowick Old School. Councillors feel very strongly that the phone company should ensure that our rural area is adequately served with a satisfactory signal for all. As well as advising affected residents to contact Vodafone directly, it will be sending a letter outlining concerns and the needs of our area.

Flooding on the A5092 was raised by a local resident and Councillor Sanderson commented that he had heard that one gully was so badly blocked that the road may have to be dug up to repair it. Gully sucking has taken place along the A5092.

The Public Enquiry about Kirkby Moor took place in January and the Planning Inspector’s decision should be published in May.

Councillors discussed an issue relating to an unofficial residential development just over the parish boundary with Blawith and agreed to raise this with the Lake District Special Planning Board.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on 16 May at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall. This is the date for AGM and Annual Parish Assembly. All are welcome.

Meeting held on 19 January 2019

Councillors considered a letter sent by a local resident about traffic issues: namely the possibility of having solar signs on the A5092 to remind motorists of the 40mph speed limit and improved signing at the Coniston road junction to try and prevent motorists – cars, caravans and coaches – using the narrow road along Lowick Green. The idea of solar signs is a positive one but the Parish Council will have to consult with CCC Highways on this, as well as sign improvements. This would not be the first time but little has happened so far …… It seems to be related to cost and priorities ……

As part of the Parish Plan, the Council has delivered a newsletter to all households. This was collated by Councillor Edmondson, with contributions from various sources. It has been well received – if anyone has an issue to raise appertaining to the parish and of interest to residents, please contact Councillor Edmondson – or any councillor.

Mr Ellwood, Chairman of Lowick Green Management Committee explained that he was hoping to improve the parking area outside Cosy Cottage/Green View and asked for views about improving the roadside parking outside Hopefield Cottages to avoid the need for residents to park on the grass, which easily gets damaged.

The Public Enquiry about Kirkby Moor will take place in January and Lowick Parish Council is supporting the Kirkby Moor Protectors. Councillors Mitchell and Sanderson will give evidence at the Enquiry. The result will be eagerly awaited.

Councillors agreed to request a precept of £3000 from South Lakeland District Council to cover costs and any projects.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on 21 March at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall. All are welcome.

Meeting held on 15 November 2018

Planning

Following a submission by a local resident in respect of planning application 7/2018/5560 and with additional information from the LDSPB, the Parish Council amended its original objection to the planning proposal and will inform the LDSPB accordingly. It had no objections to the proposal for an agricultural workers cottage at Everard Lodge.

Highways

County Councillor Matt Brereton has made enquiries with CCC Highways about the SatNav sign on the A5084, whose location has resulted in HGVs turning down the narrow road to Lane End in error. He will press for it to be re-located to the other side of the road. This is supported by Councillors.

X12 bus service

Parish Councillors agreed to make a donation of £200 to help fund the X12 bus service which provides an important community link for people using public transport in the Crake Valley.

Southern Boundary Partnership

Councillor Sanderson is involved in meetings with the Southern Boundary Partnership which is exploring the possible extension of the southern boundary of the National Park. The minutes of these meeting are on the Parish Council website for residents who have a specific interest in this project.

Parish Plan

At a meeting in October, Councillors made some progress in developing a plan. A questionnaire is being developed covering a variety of topics which will be circulated to all residents for their comments. Councillor Edmondson is compiling a newsletter to be delivered to all addresses in the parish.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 17 January at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall.

Meeting held on 20 September 2018

The last Parish Council meeting was held on 20 September.

Richard Ellwood, Chairman of Lowick Green Management Committee, attended the meeting to give some feedback following the Tour of Britain and the associated event held on Lowick Green. This was very successful, raising £435 for the Green committee.

There has been no progress with CCC Highways about traffic issues in the parish but District Councillor Ann Hall thought that County Councillor Matt Brereton might be able to support Lowick in their endeavors to make changes/improvements.

The Parish Council has agreed to support the group ‘Kirkby Moor Protectors’ in its work  to oppose the appeal by the developers against the decision taken last December to refuse planning permission to extend the life of the wind turbines. This will allow Lowick to become a member of the Party which will enable it to play an active role in the new  appeal by the developers taking place at a public enquiry in January 2019.

Councillor Sanderson is involved in initial meetings which will explore the possible extension of the southern boundary of the National Park. This is particularly relevant for Lowick as the parish is divided by the current national park boundary. These are exploratory meetings but there is a public roadshow proposed for early next year.

Parish Plan

Thank you to all who visited the stall at Lowick Show and, in particular, made written comments about what they would like to see the Parish Council to achieve over the next few years. Councillors are aware that Lowick is not a neat, compact parish and that it needs to make the public more aware of what is going on.

One suggestion has been a regular newsletter distributed to households. Further discussion by Councillors is planned at a meeting in October. New or further ideas can be shared with any of your parish councillors. There is a Facebook page too.

Next meeting

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

Meeting held on 17 May 2018

Litter pick update

Please note that the proposed litter pick suggested for Friday 6 July has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

The last Parish Council meeting was held on 17 May. This was the date for the Annual General Meeting. Councillor Longmire was re-elected as Chairman and Councillor Edmondson as Vice-Chair. Your other Councillors continue to be B. Mitchell, G. Sanderson and L. Ingham.

Richard Ellwood, Chairman of Lowick Green Management Committee attended the meeting to clarify the work being proposed for The Green. He hopes to get a grant to undertake some drainage work and, hopefully, Young Farmers may help with cutting down some trees by the wall along the A5092. Grass cutting is a significant item in the budget but the majority local residents want this to continue.

Councillors have notified CCC Highways about traffic issues but are awaiting a response about a site visit. Apparently, County Councillor Matt Brereton has been attending local PC meetings and, on the advice of Anne Hall, Lowick’s issues will be forwarded to him for his support.

The Parish Council intends to take part in a litter pick organised by the LDNP on 6 July. It is hoped that this will be supported by members of the community. The meeting place will be The Green and the time advertised nearer the day.

Councillor Mitchell gave an update on the Kirkby Moor Wind Farm. It appears that SLDC say they have no grounds to enforce the reinstatement of the area to what it was: only the blades and turbines will be removed. Councillors feel strongly that this is unacceptable and will be following it up.

Councillors considered the paperwork associated with the Annual Audit and approved the accounts. These will be sent to the External Auditor and are available for the public to peruse from 11 June. Thank you to Mr Ian Curry who acted as our Internal Auditor.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 19 July at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall.

Meeting held on 19 March 2018

The last Parish Council meeting was held on 19 March. It had to be delayed from the 15 March because the council was not quorate.

Richard Ellwood, Chairman of Lowick Green Management Committee raised some items which councillors considered. There are funding difficulties and Councillor Longmire wondered whether the Young Farmers might help with some of the environmental management tasks. He will make enquiries and report back.

Councillors discussed some highways issues and it is felt that a site visit with an officer from Highways would be the best way to highlight these. One problem is the satnav sign just past the old school which has been misinterpreted by drivers who try to negotiate the narrow road and inevitably get stuck at the farm. Other problems have been HGVs running off the A5092 and there is still no sign at the Coniston junction.

There have been complaints about an impromptu sign advertising the sale of eggs on the A5092 just coming into Lowick parish. It is unlikely that Highways have given permission for this and Councillor Longmire will make enquiries with the person concerned.

Following a complaint by a resident about the drains on the fell road, the Lengthsman gave this a priority and his work has made a significant improvement to the run off.

The Clerk was asked to send a letter of thanks to a local farmer who cleared away the brash created after Councillor Mitchell had trimmed the hedge along the footpath between Lowick Green and the Farmer’s Arms. His help is greatly appreciated.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 17 May at 7.30pm in Lowick Community Hall. This is the date for the AGM and the Annual Parish Assembly. All are welcome.