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.

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.