The Parish Council have met formally six times during the year and less formally on many other occasions to meet parishioners, review planning applications and liaise with other organisations such as the Police, Lake District National Park Authority and the National Trust.
During the year there have been some changes in the PC in terms of Councillors following resignations and then co-option onto the PC of new Councillors from amongst parishioners who have volunteered to give up their time. The PC is now five strong plus of course the Clerk and the names of the current Councillors are displayed on the four noticeboards in the Parish. Councillors can be contacted via the Clerk if required.
During the year the Parish Council has replaced the broken bench in Barber Green with a more solid and hopefully longer lasting one. The new bench has been placed on a solid concrete foundation and bolted down to ensure its safety and security.
The PC has also funded the provision of a Public Access Defibrillator at Newby Bridge Filling Station in association with The Community Heartbeat Trust (a charity recommend by the North West Ambulance Service). It is hoped to hold a training and awareness session for any interested parishioners in 2019 and the proposed date will be advertised on the Parish noticeboards.
The PC employed Lengthsman has also been busy throughout the year clearing verges and cutting back grass and weeds, especially around the triangle area of Staveley-in-Cartmel. Through the year PC has proactively contacted Cumbria County Council’s Highways Department on several occasions to alert them to blocked drains and culverts causing flooding problems.
The dates for all the PC meetings planned in the New Year are now advertised on the noticeboards at Ayside, Barber Green, Staveley-in-Cartmel and Newby Bridge. The first meeting of 2019 will be held at 6.30pm on 18th February in Staveley-in-Cartmel Parish Hall and as ever the public and press are welcome to attend.