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LOWER ALLITHWAITE PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

LOWER ALLITHWAITE PARISH COUNCIL
ISSUE No 27 NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2011 

South Lakeland Local Development Framework (LDF) Land Allocations – Further Consultation
Following the large response to the public consultation earlier this year, South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) is continuing to take account of everyone’s comments in refining the selection of suitable sites for housing, employment and other uses.  In response to some issues raised in the earlier consultation, SLDC are now seeking your views between 29th July and 9th September 2011 on three additional matters:
*  Alternative sites proposed by people responding to the recent Land Allocations consultation (i.e. alternatives to those put forward by the Council as Emerging Options):
* Whether the Land Allocations document should cover a shorter period to an earlier end date, for example to 2020 instead of 2025;
* Whether sites for development should be allocated in small villages and hamlets or whether the policies in the Core Strategy or neighbourhood plans would be a more appropriate way of meeting needs in small settlements and the countryside.
SLDC would like to explain the following important points on the Further Consultation:
*   it is only concerned with the three matters listed above and not the earlier consultation;
*   you do not need to repeat any comments you have already made in the previous consultation;
*  the alternative sites have been proposed by others and not SLDC – you need not repeat your earlier views on alternative sites, if these are unchanged;
it will not be practicable to assess and consult on anymore new sites from this point:
SLDC have sought to check the accuracy of the lists and maps of alternative sites with those who proposed them.  But if corrections arise during the consultation these will be posted on the website.
SLDC will take account of responses to the earlier and also those from  this further consultation  before completing its assessment of sites.  The Council have not yet decided on its final preferred sites but intends to publish a final draft plan later this year.  You will then be able to make final, formal representations.  When the Plan has its Independent Examination, the Inspector will take account of these formal representations when considering the “soundness” of the plan.
More information, including the maps and lists of alternative sites, the consultation document and response form are available on the Council’s website.  www.southlakeland.gov.uk/landallocations and at South Lakeland House, (Kendal), Ulverston Town Hall, libraries at Arnside, Grange-over-Sands, Kendal, Kirkby Lonsdale, Milnthorpe and Ulverston and at Victoria Hall, Grange and Coronation Hall, Ulverston.
To comment, please complete a response form and email to developmentplans@southlakeland.gov.uk or write to the Development Plans Manager, South Lakeland District Council, Lowther Street, Kendal, LA9 4DL.  Please ensure that comments reach SLDC by: Friday 9th September 2011.

Open Day to view the Further Consultation – Alternative Sites
An Open Day has been arranged by the Parish Council for residents to view the maps of the alternative sites.  This will be held on Saturday, 3rd September 2011 from 10am-12 noon in Cartmel Village Hall and from 2.30pm-4.30pm in Allithwaite Community Centre.

Vacancies on the Parish Council
Following Local Elections, the Parish Council have three vacancies to fill by co-option.  All these vacancies are to represent Allithwaite Ward on the Council.  The Parish Council is non-political, has in total fifteen members, five to represent Cartmel Ward, two to represent Upper Holker Ward and eight to represent Allithwaite Ward.  The  purpose of  the Parish Council is to strive to improve the quality of life in the local area by liaison with the District and County Council and other official bodies.

Are you interested in what is happening in your Villag and the plans for the future of your area?  Would you be willing to listen and look for solutions to the local issues which can be long-running, complex and sensitive.  Meetings take place once a month on the second Thursday.  Occasionally there are extra meetings – some through the day others in the evening.
If you think you would like to represent Allithwaite Ward on the Parish Council, or would like to receive more information about the current issues being discussed at the present meetings, if you live in Allithwaite Village and think you have the skills, be accessible and approachable to members of the public, please apply – there must be someone out there who would like to help with issues facing Allithwaite and the surrounding area!!  Please apply by 8th September to the Clerk, address, email, telephone at end of Newsletter.

New Location for Cartmel’s recycling banks
Holker Estates are now responsible for the Car Park in Cartmel Park and have recently modernised the facility with a new public toilet block now open.  Unfortunately, the recycling banks could no longer remain in the Car Park and an alternative site has been identified.  Members of the Parish Council spent a lot of time trying to find an alternative location for the recycling facility in Cartmel but regrets it was unable to find a suitable local site.  For the collection of plastic, paper and cardboard the site located is at the railway station car park at Cark-in-Cartmel.  However, as a result of this the collection banks for glass and cans will no longer be available at Cark railway station.  SLDC’s Streetcare Client Officer, Rob Kitchen, said “We do appreciate the Car Park at the station at Cark-in-Cartmel is not as central as the previous location but I hope the local community will still use the banks and continue to recycle, plastic, paper and cardboard to help the environment”.

Parish Council Cottage – 1, Vicarage Lane, Allithwaite
Work has been completed on the exterior of the Cottage including the excavation and installation of a new drain, laying new concrete and removal of spoil by skip, scaffolding to gable wall to complete work to strengthen stone work and application of render and rough cast finish, full repairs to two chimney stacks fitted with new tops and the appropriate pots and cowls which have been re-rendered and dashed.  Lead aprons and new lead soakers have been fitted and roof repairs carried out.  This has made the exterior of the property watertight. The next work to be carried out is interior damp proofing of the walls and re-plastering with the addition of central heating for the first time.  The Chairman of the Parish Council, David Huggett continues to spend a considerable amount of voluntary time helping with the renovation.

HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee 2012
A letter has been received from the Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Sir James Cropper, inviting Parish Councils to involve their community and participate in the lighting of Beacons to celebrate the work undertaken by HM The Queen over the last 60 years. The beacons would be lit during the evening of a date yet to be agreed over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend of 2nd to 5th June – the preferred date being Monday, 4th June as it has already been confirmed as a special bank holiday.  The Parish Council would like to find out what level of interest there is in Lower Allithwaite Parish and ask for anyone wishing to register an interest to get in touch with the Clerk.  

Grange and Cartmel Local Area Partnership (LAP) – Broadband
Grange & Cartmel LAP have identified that Broadband Provision is a key priority for the local community and a sub group has been formed to consider and progress the issues. The sub-group along with the High Furness LAP, submitted a bid to become a national pilot scheme with Broadband (BDUK) in March 2011 in response to the announcement that Cumbria would become a pilot area for next generation access broadband.  The LAP are still waiting to hear if Grange & Cartmel have been successful in becoming a funded pilot scheme and what form that may take. 
Cumbria County Council are currently engaged in procurement negotiations with suppliers and final detailed solutions are expected by the end of September.  The County Council has an aspiration that as much of Cumbria as possible has access to superfast broadband by 2015.  This will be achieved by utilising a mix of technologies which provide the best possible service across the challenging geography.

Lower Allithwaite Community Plan
The consultation stage of the Community Plan (CP) will be continuing through into the Autumn with various community groups in both Allithwaite and Cartmel villages being asked their views.  However, don’t wait to be approached.  You can pass your thoughts to any member of the CP group (listed in the original distributed leaflet) or look us up on the internet at www.cartmelvillage.com and www.allithwaite.com
Remember, the Community Plan group is keen to learn what you would most like to see changed locally and what should stay the same.  What do you most appreciate about living (or visiting or working) in the Cartmel/Allithwaite area?  What changes or potential changes in the future give you cause for concern? What things need to be seen to?
At the conclusion of the consultation process the CP group will be drawing up a questionnaire to go to every household.  This will set out the various issues and interests that people have shared with us to find out what the community as a whole thinks are the most important.  The eventual CP will focus on the emerging priorities and present a set of actions designed to address them.

Environmental Enhancement Scheme – Allithwaite
District Councillor Mary Wilson is  sorry  for  the delay  with this scheme.  It  has  been  more difficult than expected to clear the site (triangle of grass around the signpost on Church Road).  Plans to carry out Autumn planting of bulbs and shrubs of some kind will push ahead now. There is still time for residents to have there say about what gets put in.  Contact Cllr Mary Wilson for more information.

Cumbria Green Build Festival 10th – 25th September 2011

Organised by the charity Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CafS), this festival is a two week programme of around 60 free events that raise awareness of the opportunities for all to create a more sustainable future in Cumbria through the clever use of buildings, through prudent energy use and low carbon energy generation.  The events provide a unique opportunity to visit sites which are not normally accessible to the public from improvements in private homes to large scale energy generation.  For more information visit www.cumbriagreenbuild.org.uk 

Community Websites

Look out for updates, Parish Council Minutes, events and notices etc on the websites www.cartmelvillage.com  and www.allithwaite.com

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held in Cartmel Village Hall every second Thursday of the month (except August when the meeting takes place in Allithwaite Community Centre) at 7.15pm.  Members of the public are welcome at all meetings. 

Lower Allithwaite Councillors

Chairman: David Huggett 36378.

Allithwaite Ward:   M Bird 32958, E Drinkall 34472, P Pascall 36207, A Shepherd 36943.  M E. Wilson 36673 (District Councillor). 3 Vacancies.
Cartmel Ward: C Anderson 36823, A Barker 36493, A Bramwell 36758, D Huggett 36378, M Wilson 36462.
Upper Holker Ward: H Allen  36496 (Vice Chair) P Unsworth  36507
County Councillor:
R Wilson 36673.
District Councillor: M Wilson 36673

Clerk:Mrs R Ballance, The Coach House, Flookburgh Road, Allithwaite, LA11 7RJ. Tel: 34044 e-mail clerk.lapc@virgin.net.

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ISSUE No 26 NEWSLETTER – DECEMBER 2010

South Lakeland Local Development Framework (LDF) – Adopted Plan
The South Lakeland Core Strategy has been adopted with effect from 20th October 2010.  This is available to view on line http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/services/environment-and-planning/planning/local-development-framework/core-strategy.aspx.  The District Council is also preparing a Local Development Framework (LDF) Land Allocation document.  A key purpose of which is to allocate sites to meet housing, employment and other community needs to 2025, based on the requirements in the adopted Core Strategy.  The document will also propose the protection of sites important for open space, sport and recreation.  A draft Land Allocations document setting out ‘emerging options’ will be considered by Cabinet on 8th December for approval for wide ranging public consultation with communities and stakeholders early in 2011.  Briefing sessions are scheduled to provide Parish Councils with advance notice of the proposed sites and also the emerging plans for public consultation.  Look in the Parish Council Noticeboards and on the websites for meetings which will be arranged to view the proposed sites.

Allithwaite & Cartmel – Road Safety
County Councillor Rod Wilson negotiated extra white line marking in Cartmel and the pedestrian walkway along the Causeway has been particularly successful. Road safety outside schools remains a concern for many Councillors and residents.  Cumbria County Council policy is as yet not sympathetic to getting reduced speed limits.  The Parish Council and County Councillor   Rod  Wilson    have

discussed problem areas and issues  regarding road safety in Allithwaite with the Area Engineer for Cumbria County Council.  His proposals for identified problem areas will be included in the Parish Plan and kept under regular review in an effort to promote active travel modes. A limited amount of funding has been secured which will allow some of the issues to be addressed.  This will still leave much to do – but it will be a start!   A drop-in session to view suggested safety measures on Church Road, The Square and Holme Lane has taken place.  Residents comments have been considered and amendments made.

Additional Allotments in Allithwaite
At last approval from South Lakeland District Council for additional allotments in the Parish Council field has been received.  As a result of concern expressed by residents on Church Road, that the allotments would generate extra vehicles parking in an already congested area, a condition was applied that parking places be created actually on the allotment site. This will require a new splayed access to ensure visibility is appropriate in terms of highway safety.  Already the interest expressed by residents in Allithwaite exceeds the amount of allotments available.  A second phase could be implemented to accommodate the extra requests.

Flowers for Allithwaite Village
Volunteers needed
District Councillor Mary Wilson recently had the chance to bid for environmental enhancement funding  through the Local Area  Partnership (a partnership of all the Parish and Town Councils in
the Cartmel peninsula).  In Cartmel  there is  a  group  of enthusiasts (mainly allotment holders) who have created some lovely displays notably around the playground area.  It was easy to go along to them and get ideas for developing other areas around the Village.  They will soon be getting around £700 to do this.  In Allithwaite it is harder as no such group exists.  With a similar amount of money, the plan is to develop a planted area of low flowering shrubs and bulbs in the triangle of grass where Back Orchard Road meets Church Road – this work would be done for the Parish Council by the Lengthsman.  However, if a group of enthusiasts could get together in Allithwaite the money could go further!  If anyone is interested, please get in touch with District Councillor Mary Wilson (telephone number at end of newsletter) as soon as possible. 

Dog Fouling
It is hoped that the above environmental enhancement schemes will increase the aesthetics of specific areas and minimize problematic dog fouling.  As the dark nights are now with us, a problem has been reported on the Public Footpath through Templand Farm.  However, the problem on Church Road is much improved, thankyou to everyone who is “picking-up” after their pets.  Any other problem areas or incidents please report to DC Mary Wilson or directly to SLDC (telephone numbers at end of newsletter).

Market Cross, Cartmel
Work is needed to prevent further deterioration of the Cross in the Square.  Advice obtained from English Heritage and several conservator companies has suggested that a local stonemason could carry out the work to tool the weathered stone to remove loose material so the surface of the stone will weather better.  However, SLDC Conservation Officer has advised that Listed Building Consent will be required before work can proceed.

Parish Council Cottage – 1, Vicarage Lane, Allithwaite
As reported in the last edition of the Newsletter, a considerable amount of refurbishment will have to take place before the Cottage can be let again.  A Landlord Improvement Grant has been applied for to SLDC which is being considered.  This extra expenditure does mean that as a “one-off” the Parish Council will have to apply for a considerable increase to our Precept.  This will result in a steep increase in percentage to the PC contribution of your Council Tax.  Please understand that for many years the PC part of the Council Tax has been very low as we have had the income from the rent of the Cottage – 2011-12 will require considerable extra funding.  It is hoped that residents, with this knowledge, will understand and appreciate what is being done.

Cartmel Car Park  
The early surrender of the Parish Council lease  with Cartmel Steeplechases in exchange for building a new toilet block, to be managed by them was finalised on the 30th June 2010.  All the present arrangements regarding residents permits etc and parking for the sports clubs has been included in the Deed of Surrender. Cartmel Steeplechases have agreed to continue to provide the partnership funding with South Lakeland District Council for cleaning the present Village toilets until the new block is built.  However, once again SLDC are reviewing toilet provision, which is not  statutory, and have confirmed that the expenditure on toilets throughout the District is no longer sustainable.  See below.

Cartmel Village Public Toilets

Members of the Parish Council were shocked to read in the Press, without prior notification, that Cartmel toilets were due for closure on 31st October 2010. However, this decision was called in by the Overview & Scrutiny Committee and South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) had to go through the call-in procedure.  Following this a full Council meeting plus a Cabinet meeting determined a decision which could be implemented on the future of South Lakeland Districts public convenience provision.  The updated position is that now all conveniences are open to offer whether on the retained list or not.  SLDC will consider approaches from any party regarding the future operation of any convenience up to the 31st December 2010.  Where no approaches have been made those conveniences that are not to be retained will cease to be operated by SLDC from 1st January 2011.  Where interest is expressed, all reasonable endeavours will be made to finalise negotiations for the transfer by 31st March 2011.  Lower Allithwaite Parish Council proposed at the November meeting to register an interest in the Cartmel toilets. However, once again,  keeping these toilets open will require considerable extra expense for the Parish Council from March 2011.  Discussions are continuing.

Community Websites
Funded by the Parish Council the “Community News” page on the Cartmel Traders website is now up and running.  Visit    www.cartmelvillage.com for all Parish Council Minutes and news etc. Early Bird Design Associates are responsible for designing and building the site. Work is also now completed on the Allithwaite Village website www.allithwaite.com  Armitage Online Solutions are responsible for designing and building this site.  Visit the site for information about local community clubs, events, businesses and activities together with Parish Council minutes and news.  Please let the Clerk know of any event or activity that would be of interest to the Community and would benefit from advertising on the website.

New Parish Councillor – Cartmel Ward
At  the June  2010  meeting   Chris Anderson was elected to serve Cartmel Ward on the Parish Council.

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held in Cartmel Village Hall every second Thursday of the month (except August when the meeting takes place in Allithwaite Community Centre) at 7.15pm.  Members of the public are welcome at all meetings. 

Lower Allithwaite Councillors

Chairman: David Huggett 36378.
Allithwaite Ward:  H Allen 36497 (Vice Chair), M Bird 32958, T Derbyshire 36734, E Drinkall 34472, R. Palmer 34875, P Pascall 36207, A Shepherd 36943.  M E. Wilson 36673 (District Councillor).
Cartmel Ward: C Anderson 36823, A Barker 36493, A Bramwell 36758, D Huggett 36378, M Wilson 36462.
Upper Holker Ward: E Fearon 36252, P Unsworth  36507
County Councillor:
R Wilson 36673.
Clerk:Mrs R Ballance, The Coach House, Flookburgh Road, Allithwaite, LA11 7RJ. Tel: 34044 e-mail clerk.lapc@virgin.net. Website www.allithwaite.com.

County Council Hotline 0845 6096609. SLDC Customer contact centre 0845 050 4434.

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ISSUE No 25 NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2010


Annual Parish Meeting – Thursday, 13th May 2010
The Annual Parish Meeting (not to be confused with a Parish Council Annual General Meeting) is an excellent opportunity for Parish Councils to consult their electors.  It is an ideal forum to report on the previous years work, plan for the coming year and also to listen to the views and aspirations of the electors.  Unfortunately, Lower Allithwaite Parish Meeting has never been well attended by the electors.  It has always been considered that “everyone must be satisfied”.   Trustees and Representatives of Charities and Committees are elected at this meeting and reports are received from the present representatives.  These include reports for Allithwaite Playing Fields, Holker Upper United Charities, Cartmel Village Hall, Cartmel Institute, Lambert Educational Trust, Cartmel Old Grammar School Foundation, Rebecca Galloway Charity, King George V Playing Field, Cartmel Primary School, Allithwaite School House, Cartmel Cemetery and Cartmel Car Park.

Cartmel Village Traffic and Parking
Additional white line marking has been requested and approved for problem areas in the Village.  County Highways will carry out the installation of the extra lines in due course.  A pedestrian walkway will be marked on the Causeway.  Severe problems occur here and it is hoped that the walkway will prevent parking to allow the free flow of buses and cars. A review will take place next year to assess how well the scheme has worked and whether modifications are necessary. Residents are requested to  respect these white lines and not park where a line is marked.

Cartmel Post Office
Several meetings have taken place with representatives from Post Office Ltd  organised  by
County Councillor Rod Wilson.  Options including the Post Office Essentials scheme have been investigated.  However, at the latest review meeting held in late February, it was decided that the Outreach service provided a more secure basis for the residents of Cartmel.  It was decided not to conduct a full survey of residents but to work with the Post Office to encourage people to use the existing service in place.  Please support the Outreach service open in the Spar at Cartmel on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between 9.30am – 1.00pm.  A full post office service is operated including: bill payment, car tax, foreign currency, personal banking with most major banks, mobile phone top ups, passport checking, savings and investments, all mail services.  In addition stationary requirements are catered for and you can even sell your unwanted gold and silver!  Also permanently at the Spar at Cartmel you can recycle used batteries!! Please call in and use these valuable community facilities.

Cartmel Residents’ Access Permits for Race Meetings
Cartmel Racecourse, Cumbria Highways and the Parish Council have discussed the problems experienced by residents when trying to gain access to the Village on Race Days.  A new “permit” system will be introduced in time for the May meeting which will allow residents access to the Village and also access to designated residents parking areas.  One permit will be delivered to residents and must be displayed in the vehicle when entering the Village and parking

in the designated parking areas.  Extra permits can be applied for.  All illegal parking   (in coned areas) may be issued with Parking Tickets as enforcement officers will be on duty.  It is understood that the Police will no longer manage the traffic on Race Days, this will be done by a private company who have experience of traffic management at Aintree Racecourse.  Cartmel Racecourse will deliver a leaflet with details of road traffic orders etc, and a letter of explanation together with the residents access permit.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) Local Development Framework (LDF) – Allocations of Land 
This important document sits alongside the main LDF document, the Core Strategy and deals with the specific sites that the LDF will allocate for residential, employment and other development as well as setting out which important open spaces and green gaps will be protected.  During consultation on a discussion paper and maps setting out sites under consideration back in February 2009 over 1300 responses were received and many new sites were suggested.  Work to process all the comments and assess all the (several hundred) sites suggested against sustainability criteria and the evidence base information, is taking time.  This work will feed into the production of a document setting out the preferred sites in June 2010.  The preferred sites will be those sites that represent the most preferable options in terms of social, environmental and economic sustainability.  The Council will be speaking to town and parish councils and other key stakeholders such as infrastructure providers early in the year to discuss emerging proposals and inform the final selection of preferred options for public consultation.

Additional Allotments in Allithwaite
An application has been submitted to SLDC for extra allotments at the bottom of the Parish Council field (adjacent to the present allotments and up to the boundary of the Playground).  Local concern has been expressed regarding additional parking on Church Road for allotment users.  Provision of parking within the allotment area will be investigated which will hopefully address the problem. 

Dog Fouling in Allithwaite
District Councillor Mary Wilson has reported that the most complaints she has received this year in Allithwaite have been about dog fouling.  Most people believe that the majority of dog owners are very vigilant – the mess is caused by just one or two dog owners.  This is a real problem particularly to young children.  If you do see irresponsible dog owners report them to SLDC on 08450504434 – there is a fine of £50 rising to £1000 for repeat offences!!  The dog warden has been asked to drop by so you may see him.

Road Safety
County Councillor Rod Wilson has confirmed that road safety outside schools remains a concern.  Cumbria County Council policy is at present not sympathetic to getting reduced speed limits.  Problems for cyclists and pedestrians in a number of places in Allithwaite need to be identified and work needs to be done to ameliorate some of the difficulties and to look at the wider aspects of road safety within the Village.

Parish Council Cottage – 1, Vicarage Lane, Allithwaite
Following the death of the tenant Mrs A Leviston, the cottage has become vacant.  The Leviston family have lived at the Cottage for over 70 years.  Extensive refurbishment will have to take place to bring the Cottage up to present day standards before it can be tenanted again.  The Parish Council will be investigating grant provision for funding this. 

Cartmel Car Park  
Discussions are still taking place regarding early surrender of the Parish Council lease with Cartmel Steeplechases in exchange for building a new toilet block, to be cleaned and maintained by them.  All the present arrangements regarding residents permits etc and parking for the sports clubs are included in a Deed of Surrender.  A new site for the re-cycling bins will eventually have to be found and the Parish Council are concerned that this could result in the loss of this valuable community facility.

Community Websites
Funded by the Parish Council the “Community News” page on the Cartmel Traders website is currently under construction.  Visit  www.cartmelvillage.com Early Bird Design Associates are responsible for designing and building the site.  Work is progressing with the Allithwaite community website. Armitage Online Solutions is well underway with the design work.   The sites will be easy to use for anyone involved and will showcase local community clubs, events and activities.  Contributions are invited for these sites.

 

Dangerous Quicksand

A local farmer has reported dangerous quicksand at the point of Humphrey Head.  This area is  often  used by walkers and families with children.  Sheep have already been lost in this quicksand – please be warned and avoid this dangerous area.

Farmers Market

Tony Brocklehurst, SLDC Markets Manager gave a talk to the Parish Council at the March 2010 meeting.  Mr Brocklehurst is keen to help in any way he can to set up a farmers market. It was proposed that the community should be invited to express their views on this - would you be in favour of setting up a market, once a month, possibly on a Friday, possibly in Cartmel?  Let members know your thoughts.

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Ewan Cameron there is a vacancy for a member  to represent Cartmel   Ward.  Applications  to  fill  this vacancy  should  be  sent  to The  Clerk  at  the  address below.    Please include any experiences/attributes which could  be  contributed  if elected  to  serve Lower Allithwaite Parish.

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held in Cartmel Village Hall every second Thursday of the month (except August when the meeting takes place in Allithwaite Community Centre) at 7.15pm.  Members of the public are welcome at all meetings. 

Lower Allithwaite Councillors

Chairman: David Huggett 36378. Allithwaite Ward:  H Allen 36497 (Vice Chair), M Bird 32958, T Derbyshire 36734, E Drinkall 34472, R. Palmer 34875, P Pascall 36207, A Shepherd 36943.  M E. Wilson 36673 (District Councillor). Cartmel Ward: A Barker 36493, A Bramwell 36758, D Huggett 36378, M Wilson 36462. Upper Holker Ward: E Fearon 36252, P Unsworth  36507 County Councillor: R Wilson 36673,  Clerk:Mrs R Ballance, The Coach House, Flookburgh Road, Allithwaite, LA11 7RJ. Tel: 34044 e-mail clerk.lapc@virgin.net.

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ISSUE No 24 NEWSLETTER – APRIL 2009

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) Local Development Framework (LDF) – Allocations of Land – Sites under Consideration
Thank you to everyone who attended the open meetings arranged by the Parish Council (PC) to give residents a chance to view the SLDC development plan suggested sites in Allithwaite and Cartmel and thank you to everyone who copied their response to the PC.  The areas identified have been opposed by the PC on the basis that they are not appropriate or suitable in the heritage and landscape context and confirming that the PC would put forward alternative smaller sites for consideration. A letter confirming the opposition to the SLDC suggested sites was sent to Tim Farron and he has thanked the PC for questioning the process. He has represented the views of the PC to the Government Office for the North West and has asked for a full explanation.  

The PC have also made representations  to the Secretary of State and have asked that the target figures for affordable housing numbers in rural areas be revisited.  A reply on her behalf has been received from Christopher Bamber, Senior Spatial Development Manager (Cumbria) confirming that it is not appropriate for the Secretary of State to get involved in this process at this stage, as long as they are satisfied that the process is being conducted properly (including being in accordance with the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement).


A further public open afternoon was arranged for Cartmel residents to view an alternative suggestive sites plan for Cartmel village and hamlets (similar to the Allithwaite plan group suggestive sites).
The Allithwaite Plan Group are still  working  in  Allithwaite  to complete the “built environment” part of a Parish Plan – which would be included if/when the PC produce a Parish Plan. Unfortunately, the Cumbria County Council “Community Travel Plan” referred to in the Issue No 23 Newsletter has now been shelved for the next 12 months. 

Annual Parish Meeting – Thursday, 14th May 2009
The Annual Parish Meeting (not to be confused with a Parish Council Annual General Meeting) is an excellent opportunity for Parish Councils to consult their electors.  It is an ideal forum to report on the previous years work, plan for the coming year and also to listen to the views and aspirations of the electors.  Unfortunately, Lower Allithwaite Parish Meeting has never been well attended by the electors.  It has always been considered that “everyone must be satisfied”.   Trustees and Representatives of Charities and Committees are elected at this meeting and reports are received from the present representatives.  These include reports for Allithwaite Playing Fields, Holker Upper United Charities, Cartmel Village Hall, Cartmel Institute, Lambert Educational Trust, Cartmel Old Grammar School Foundation, Rebecca Galloway Charity, King George V Playing Field, Cartmel Primary School, Allithwaite School House, Cartmel Cemetery and Cartmel Car Park.

Cartmel Village Traffic and Parking
Following a public meeting arranged by County Highways, in December 2008, considerable discussion has taken place about the responses received and what was required in the Village for a solution to the congestion and obstruction to the free flow of traffic.

The Parish Council have registered their dissatisfaction  at being  dictated  to and  having to accept a minimalist scheme which has been conceived by County Highways – a small amount of unenforceable white lines.    Members believe that this scheme will not work and have objected to the way their views have been dismissed, ignored and ridiculed.  Further signing to the Car Park will be included but the PC have asked that this should not be to direct traffic down the Causeway where considerable congestion takes place.  Residents are urged to report and if possible photograph scenes of inconsiderate parking and congestion.  Please report to the Police obstruction of the highway.  Only by repeated evidence and reporting of congestion problems can we hope to negotiate further measures to be considered.

Cartmel Post Office
Representations have been made against the closure of Cartmel Post Office.  Colin Neeley, Assistant Consultation Team Leader of Post Office Ltd has confirmed that a temporary Outreach service is not a viable  option.  The setting up of such a temporary service would take just as long as it would to set up a permanent service - they are concentrating all their efforts on establishing a permanent solution.  The option of having a Mobile service visiting Cartmel is also unfeasible according to Mr Neeley because they would need to have a Mobile service in the area that would be able to visit the village and unfortunately they do not have one.  Tim Farron MP and District Councillor Mary Wilson have launched a petition to put pressure on Post Office Ltd and they hope that everyone will sign the petition and make their voice heard for a full service of this vital facility for Cartmel.

Cartmel Car Park  
Members of the PC have proposed to enter into negotiations with Holker Estates Co Ltd to surrender their lease 7 years early.  This is on the understanding that some form of agreement can be reached  whereby Holker would commit to building a new toilet block. Duncan Peake, Chief Executive does not think the current appearance of the Car Park meets the expectations of their customers or visitors to Cartmel and hopes the agreement might provide an opportunity to improve the facility rather sooner than might otherwise be the case.  He has confirmed that whilst the issue of services and the funding of the village toilets still needs to be resolved, he was happy for the current arrangement to continue for now pending agreement on the way forward over the future management and tenure of the Car Park.

CC Highway Stewards  
Lower Allithwaite Parish now have a permanent Highway Steward.  She will carry-out work on non urgent and small scale highway maintenance, cutting of grips to clear water from highways, filling of small pot holes, cutting back overhanging vegetation, cleaning of road signs, locating gullies, clearing vegetation from footpaths, clearing blocked gullies, minor repairs to road signs, clearing culvert/drainage outfalls.  She will be working in the Parish, week beginning 4th & 11th May, 3rd & 10th August, 19th & 26th October, 14th December.  The Parish Lengthsman is also still available for small jobs in the Parish, verge strimming tidying etc.  Please let the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council know of any work/problems you have identified.  Any  problem can also be reported to the Highway Hotline 0845 6096609 which is a 24/7 service.


Bonfires
Information has been requested from the PC on the lighting of bonfires.  SLDC Environmental Health Department confirmed that smoke from bonfires can cause a nuisance and have an adverse affect on the environment and health.  The Station Manager at Kendal Fire Station confirmed “There really is no excuse for burning rubbish in the garden.  The District Council provides excellent services for householders to get rid of waste and every time the Fire Service is called out to a bonfire it diverts them from attending potentially life threatening incidents. It is very easy for a fire to spread out of control or for embers to find their way into the eaves of houses where they can smoulder for some time before catching light”.  While urging people not to have a bonfire in the first place, the Station Manager offered the following safety measures to anyone who fails to take the advice: consider every other option to get rid of waste before having a fire; never leave the fire unattended; keep children at a safe distance and pets indoors; have a hosepipe or bucket of water available; never place aerosols, gas canisters, soft furnishings, plastics or tyres on the fire, keep the fire small and add more material a little at a time, keep the fire away from buildings and fences and prevent spread to dry vegetation, never use petrol or other accelerants to start the fire.  Householders should call Cumbria Fire Service’s Control room on 01900 822 503 before lighting the fire to let them know the address, when the fire will be lit and how long it’s expected to burn for.  If a 999 call is then received fire engines do not need to be mobilised. A further call should be made when the burning is finished.

Cartmel Cemetery
It is getting very difficult for our grasscutter to cut the grass without moving an excess of objects placed on and around grave/tablet spaces.  The Cemetery regulations allow for only one permitted flower vase for each grave space or cremated remains space, preferably held in a hole in the base or plinth on the memorial /tablet stone and of metal, not glass, china or pottery. Members of the PC agree that this is a very sensitive issue but hope that the Cemetery can be kept as an area of tranquillity and peace and that superfluous items do not spoil the appearance and ambience of this spiritual place. Please could all items that are not suitable for the green recycling bin be taken home or put into the litterbin at the Lych gate entrance to the Cemetery.

Community Website
District Councillor M E Wilson would like to receive expressions of interest for developing a Community Website.  She will be arranging a meeting of those interested – please look out for notices of the preliminary meeting.

Parish Council Meetings

Meetings are held in Cartmel Village Hall every second Thursday of the month (except August when the meeting takes place in Allithwaite Community Centre) at 7.15pm.  Members of the public are welcome at all meetings.

Lower Allithwaite Councillors

Chairman: David Huggett Tel 015395 36378


Allithwaite Ward:  H Allen Tel 015395 36497, M Bird Tel 015395 32958, S Chambers Tel 015395 38921, E Drinkall Tel 015395 34472, R. Palmer Tel 015395 34875, P PascallTel 015395 36207, A Shepherd 36943.  M E Wilson 36673 (District Councillor).

Cartmel Ward: A Barker Tel 015395 36493, A Bramwel lTel 015395 36758, E Cameron Tel 015395 32319, D Huggett Tel 015395 36378, M Wilson Tel 015395 36462.


Upper Holker Ward: E Fearon Tel 015395 36252, P Unsworth Tel 015395 36507. 

District Councillor: M E Wilson Tel 015395 36673.

County Councillor: E Walsh Tel 015395 30272.

Parish Clerk: Mrs R Ballance, The Coach House, Flookburgh Road, Allithwaite, LA11 7RJ. Tel: Tel 015395 34044.