Ward Meeting Minutes - November 2019
Councillors in attendance:- Elaine Grew, Tim Haldon. Apologies received :- Ruth English, Doris Raine, Brian Grew, Paula Arkley, Claire Driver, Michael Hanley, Liz Haldon.
Previous notes / Minutes Accepted.
1. Tim Haldon gave a brief overview of meetings previously held in Garrigill. THEN, led the discussion re mobile phones and lack of phone masts in Garrigill, These talks rounded upon the difficulty in accessing internet banking , 4G,or any other service. 100%of people attending meeting thought it was a good idea to move with modern times. Action -- Tim to take this for discussion to AMPC, and next MP.
2. Phone Box removal in Garrigill. Elaine led the discussion , pointing out that this had also been a possibility in 2016 , but proof was given that this phone was a necessity for the village.(187 calls in previous month) . Further discussion ensued with everyone in agreement for keeping the phone box as a usable phone. One resident alluded to the fact he was responsible for the phone coming back into working order in 2017. Lissie Sharp said that as the Local Authority, EDC, was taking this to BT. , hence AMPC unreservedly gave a positive response to EDC re keeping this phone box. Action - Individuals could comment and Councillor Grew gave out the e mail address of whom that would be to. ( email@example.com ) Closing date 06/12. to BT.
3. Update on Ambulance- Elaine gave the update on 11 trained EMTs , who were fully committed to running the Ambulance for the people of Alston Moor. However, not all shifts with 2 crews working 12hours , 7days per week could be covered and therefore a number of volunteers would need to come forward to be trained as CFRs ( Community First Responder) . So far only 4 people have done so other than a number of those already working as EMTs. Discussion ensued and this raised a number of questions from training ,to age and health restrictions to the fact there's no mobile phone signal in the village and Crews at the moment have this latter problem. Elaine raised the possibility of a further Defibrillator in each area of the Moor that was suitable for Children as well as adults . For Garrigill , this would be situated on the Carricks Farmhouse building. ( Thankyou to Kim ) Ambulance reports are available on AMPC website. Action -- Elaine to take the queries to next Ambulance Meeting. And Defibrillators to AMPC
4. Garrigill Cemetery:- Elaine gave a brief outline as to what had led to this. Although no formal Consultation had been received from Paul Emerson at EDC Parks and Cemeteries a vote was taken on the " Removal of alternate trees in a zig zag pattern " .See full report on Village Hall website. 100% of those present agreed for the procedure. Action-- Elaine to inform Paul Emerson at EDC of these results.
5 . Road Safety. :- Elaine gave the reason behind bringing this to the meeting i.e.AMPC responding to a parent who had contacted them about the "near miss" of her daughter crossing the road in the Village by a car going very fast on 2 occasions. And wondered why there was no speed restriction.( Elaine had spoken to the lady concerned) However, now some new information had come to light from the Traffic division at CCC., which Elaine read out for the benefit of those whom had not seen the e mail on the Village Hall website . ( Government Policy that 30ml/hr speed limit should be the norm through all villages ) Full e mail can be viewed on Village Hall website. Discussion ensued. Thoughts included-- surely CCC should make the decision; / children should be taught how to cross the road safely and perhaps to include Parents in this at school , (at no time did anyone suggest drivers needed extra training !!!) ; / those driving fast are locals and no speed restriction signs will make them slow down ; was this a fair reason to discount possibility of speed restriction ? / Estate drivers drive through carefully ;/ number of 30 ml/ hr signs viewed before on the plans for the village are too many ( ranged from 28-50 said several residents ) / Tony our local PCSO gave several responses including that a Space Protection Order can only be put in place in a 30 ml/hr zone, . Action - Elaine to attend Traffic Management Meeting and raise these points. And suggest the Traffic Team Leader attend a meeting in the Village or have a Consultation with plans being available with the team leader or ,CCC make the decision to implement the reduction in the speed limit as Government Policy dictates.
6. Other items.--- Bridge End roadside overgrown branches from trees riverside need chopping back. Is there any chance the road could be widened on that corner ?. Signage- There are signs on entering Garrigill Village from The Old Schoolhouse and Tynehead but not at LowHouses Farmhouse. Actions-- Elaine take both these items to Traffic Management Meeting for actions. Date of next meeting. 2nd Wednesday in May at 7.30pm.
Report on the meeting at Garrigill Cemetery 17th October 2019
County Council Speed Limit Assessment October 2019
At the meeting of the Alston Traffic Group you asked me to send you and e-mail regarding the particulars of the assessment for a speed limit in Garrigill and its compliance with current criteria. I should also state at this point that it is Government Policy that 30mph speed limit should be the norm through all villages.
The criteria used to assess a vilge for the possible introduction of a speed limit is contained in the Department for Transport's circular no 01/13 Setting Local Speed Limits. (1/13) which we use to ensure consistency in both the assessment and use of speed restrictions in the county. For consideration of a 30mph per hour limit 1/13 sets the following criteria for defining a village..
a) The area under consideration should have no less than 20 houses fronting directly onto the road in question, where a village just falls short of this consideration should be taken of halls, churches, shops, schools etc.
b) A minimum length of 600m
c) The maximum distance between dwellings should not exceed 100m.
As can be seen from the above, Garrigill more than meets the above criteria and as such should really have a 30mph speed limit to comply with Government Policy.
I hope the above helps.
Kevin Crawley IEng FIHE
Traffic Management Team Leader - East Area
Highways, Transport & Fleet - Economy & Infrastructure Directorate
Cumbria County Council |
Ward Meeting Minutes - May 2019
Apologies - Annie McDonald , Brian Grew.
Previous Minutes read aloud by Councillor Grew.
Update on Community Energy (Tim Haldon) ---Alston Moor Community Energy ( independent of Partnership) is helping to fundraise for Solar Panels to be installed on SKSs roof. Money will also be raised through Crowd funding and other monies available in the bank. It is to be hoped that 120panels can be fitted to the roof during the next school holidays (end of May) , giving a saving of £1000 and a refund of £6-700. in the first year. Next, could be Nenthead Hydro. If this proves possible then, they would have a look at developing a Local Energy Scheme , using the electricity to sell to Co-Op Energy who in turn could then sell electricity to households at a cheaper rate than other electric companies. They will be applying for research funding from Electricity North West. Maybe even able to buy schools electric when the school is not open. Obviously a lot of work still to go. But, . Watch this space.
Ambulance update:- No longer will there be a rolling programme of training EMTs level 1 on the Moor as this position no longer exists.There are discussions being held with the Education and Training department within NWAS to see if another level of training can be developed for the Moor. Discussions held on the dynamics of shift patterns, attending training sessions. Crew members have been encouraged to discuss any problems they have with their trainers and interviews are planned individually to air any grievances. Still no housing for the ambulance but talks being held between NWAS and CCG. Ambulance Crews are not allowed to wear their uniforms unless are actively on a callout This is in accordance with NWAS Infection Control Policy. Blue Lights are only to be switched on to secure a scene by our local Ambulance Crews. It had been suggested that an introduction of Community First Responders ( CFR ) to enhance the Ambulance crew on AM would be beneficial for the residents. A Fact Finding event was held on 16th March . Training will begin once the selective process has been completed. Training will be undertaken on the Moor. New radios are being tried out and hopefully will work in Garrigill and Nenthead.
Update on Garrigill roads:- New signage and repainting of white lines ordered for areas around Garrigill . Gully cleaning requested throughout the village but there's only one machine for the whole of Cumbria , so can only be carried out once every 2years unless there's a danger of flooding to premises. Please then phone the Flood Hotline. Garrigill embankment near to the footpath by the bridge is in danger of collapse. Problem was initially photographed and reported by David Hymers with a follow up from Elaine Grew . Work to repair same will commence between July and September . The road will be closed for 3days. Pot hole repairs on going.
Open Forum :- Query about the Notice Board. Tim advised that it was sitting awaiting Richard to erect same. It was noticed that one Councillor was not in attendance and was extremely disappointed to say the least. Request that future meetings be announced on "Facebook" . Next meeting to be held 2nd Wednesday in November.