Tuesday 24th May 2011
Mr Bryan Craig, Dalston Parish Council Chairman, reported
on the activities of the Council during 2011. He began
by introducing our new Clerk, Mrs Sue Haynes. He reminded
the audience that Sue would be working from both her
home and Forge Green and that she would be available
for public consultation between 9.30am and 12.30pm on
not mentioning specific names he thanked a number of
people and groups for all their hard work in 2011. While
he did not have the figure for the number of bags of
litter he did tell the audience that an average of 60
bags of dog poo were being picked off the Green every
reminded the audience that Cumbria in Bloom would soon
be upon us and that Sue would be co-ordinating the Dalston
entry this year as Liz Auld had moved on to be administrator
for the county Cumbria in Bloom organisation.
mentioned a number of important issues which had been
dealt with by the Parish Council, highlighting in particular
the work in the cemetery. He took a show of hands on
the question of whether the audience felt that the grass
area between the wall and the Church, an area which
traditionally had been left to grow as a conservation
area; 20 were in favour of it being cut shorter and
5 preferred to leave it longer. Further consultation
would be carried out.
Chairman referred to the on going problem of traffic
and parking. Indeed no Annual Parish Meeting would feel
complete without that issues coming to the fore. He
reported that the Parish Council plan to provide 43
car parking spaces down the Kingsway was progressing
and that the County Council Local Committee had approved
the various traffic orders necessary. He indicated that
the project was likely to cost in the region of £150,000
and that the Parish Council had been making provision
to pay the interest on a capital loan since 2006. He
indicated that the Council would want to find ways whereby
the businesses in the centre of the village might contribute
to the eventual cost.
Chairman reported that the Parish Council had awarded
£4,230 in grants to local organisation.
audience were delighted to learn that the County Council
had awarded the contract to repair the White Bridge
to Story Construction and that the work could start
as early as 1st June. The job would take about 2½
projects which the Parish Council would look at in the
coming year included the cemetary footpaths, re-painting
some of the cast iron sign posts, additional planters
for the Square and the renovation of number 1 Forge
Report - Sue
Haynes read out the finalcial report which had been
prepared by her predecessor, Andrea McCallum.
- this was given this year by Mr Stuart Kemp, the Nuclear
Issues Manager at Cumbria County Council.
He explained that of the original three proposed sites
for a new nuclear development, only the site immediately
north of Sellafield remained a possibility. Braystones
and Kirkstanton had been rejected by the County Council.
The decision whether or not to go ahead with a two reactor
site will be made in 2015 with a proposed project completion
in 2025. The current cost estimate is around £8
billion with an operating life of 60 years. It is estimated
that the construction workforce would be between 4m500
and 6,000 with 300 operating staff per reactor needed
to run the plant over its 60 year life. Cumbria County
Council expected a Health and Safety Executive decision
on the proposed Westinghouse APR 1000 and Areva EPR
designs by the end of this year.
Kemp went on to speak about the issues surrounding the
power transmission from a new plant to the grid at Harker
and Hutton. It is likely that the existing 132KV ring
would be replaced with a larger system. The National
Grid will consult locally.
Kemp then told his audience about the current proposals
around the subject of nuclear waste and described the
work of the West Cumbria Managing Radioactive Waste
Safety Partnership (Cumbria County Council, Copeland,
Allerdale and CALC). More information can be found at
the MRWS website - click
missions were outlined and these included plutonium
management, centralised fuel storage and a plan for
Mr Kemp's address, there were many questions to him
about nuclear developments in West Cumbria.
- Alan Dinning outlined the program
for teh 2011 Dalston Festival.
Chairman then asked for general questions. Two requests
were made: (1) that the Parish Council approach the
Environment Agency about the flood designation at Riverside
as insurance policies were being affected, and (2) that
a bus shelter might be considered at Nook Lane.
meeting ended with delicious refreshments provided by