Coastal Path and Beckermet
The Coastal Path consultation
is now advising that the route will closely follow the railway line north of
Sellafield through our parish. This will eliminate the long diversion
which has been in place for some years. The PC has written to say that we
At last week’s meeting, the
council discussed the ideas being developed by the County regarding roads
through our village. They think that funds will be available next
financial year, so hope to have a formal consultation in the Spring, but an
informal one early in the new year to collect villagers’ thoughts.
Essentially, it will depend on 3 questions
- Do you think there should
be a gateway at each village entry point? This would include a more
visible sign, road markings and a rumble strip? (No narrowing of the
- Do you think there should
be speed ‘cushions’ in the village? Height can be between 37 and 75
mm. So, height, location and design are to be discussed.
- Do you think that the
village should be a 20-mph zone? This would require a speed limiting
feature every 100 metres, so the village would need about 12 artificial
There is now no suggestion of
roads being made one-way.
Parish Council Meeting update.
The PC has received a letter
showing an intent to erect a 12 metre mast on Mill Lane, next to our WW1
soldier memorial figure; in order to link with smart meters at Beckermet and
Last night’s council meeting
decided to object to this location.
We also agreed to write to
the planning department at Copeland BC with comments about the proposal for
houses off Hunter Rise.
Following a consultation with
residents, it was decided that most of the bushes on the green at Station
Crescent could be removed, but leaving the mature trees.
The plans for the National
Coastal Path through our parish were due to go to consultation on June 12, but
this has been delayed again.
The PC understands that North
West Coast connections are due to publish their ideas for the path near
Sellafield and near Nethertown on 12 June. Presumably, there will be a
period of consultation for comments.
Council Meeting issues
At the Parish
Council meeting on May15, two unusual items came up. We understand that
Council now has suggestions for road changes in Beckermet, and we are trying to
find out when they can be viewed. Also, it has been suggested that the
open area on Station Crescent be grassed over, so residents surrounding the
Green have now been asked for their views.
Parish Council Meeting update.
At last night’s Parish
Council, it was confirmed that there is a Public Space Protection Order in
place for School Green. This means that dogs must not be taken onto the
grass on the south side of the river.
The ceiling of the Reading
Room is in a state of dis-repair, and we were pleased to make a grant to enable
it to be put right.
We have some volunteers, but
are still looking for people to
- Join the parish
council. There are 12 seats, and as only 8 people were willing to
stand, there will be no election- other people can be co-opted at any
- Join a team to operate a
speed gun to help deter traffic.
- Be trained in use of a
If you are able to help,
please let us know.
2nd May Local Elections: Statutory Notices
Statement of Persons Nominated for the position of Mayor of Copeland
Statement of Persons Nominated for the position of Beckermet Ward Councillor
Notice of uncontested election for Beckermet with Thornhill Parish Council
Year is coming to an end, and the Parish Council has consciously used up some
of its reserves, because we have supported a number of good projects.
These include a
contribution to the cost of extending the Football Club changeroom at Thornhill,
purchase of a defibrillator for Thornhill, support to the Beckermet Nursery,
and purchase of items to mark the centenary of the Great War. We expect
to help with the cost of repairs to the Beckermet Reading Room ceiling shortly.
Council is looking to set up a group of people capable of using a speed gun to
check traffic through the village. If you are willing to join the group,
please let the clerk know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning Application for
28 houses in Beckermet
Council has received a copy of an application to build 28 houses. Access
would be from Hunter Rise, and the development would fill up the land as far as
Fleming Drive. We hear that people on Fleming Drive have not received
The Parish Council is currently collecting views so as to respond to the
Planning Authority, so please let us know. The closing date is Feb 7.
Reading Room ‘Surgery’.
Reading Room hosted a ‘surgery’ for Trudy Harrison, our MP, on January 5.
separate tables for her, County Councillors, Borough Councillors and Parish
Councillors. A number of residents were able to speak privately and
directly to our MP, and got some quality time. Other councillors were
able to update each other on current things of importance. The main
general topic of the day was progress in producing a plan for the village, to
see where it is aiming to be.
Mill Lane Playing Field - Dog Ban:
We have received a number of pleas from Beckermet residents asking
us to reconsider our decision to ban dogs from the above. We therefore
discussed the issue again at the November meeting, noting that the main concern
for these residents is the lack of safe places/pavements to walk dogs in the
village; particularly when children accompany the dogs. As previously
noted, we know that a small minority of dog owners are responsible for the dog
muck left behind in the field, but it remains a serious concern because of the
potential harm to children playing there. However, in light of the pleas
received we have decided to postpone the ban while we monitor the
situation. Several members of the PC have volunteered to check the field
as often as practicable to see whether muck is still being left behind.
If the field remains clear of muck, we will not have to impose the ban. We will
not be clearing up any muck; we will simply be monitoring the situation. Please
be prepared for the fact that we will have no choice but to ban dogs, even
though the majority of owners do clear up, if muck continues to be left on the
field. We will revisit the issue during a meeting in the early spring.
As a final point, please be aware that Copeland Borough Council are in the process of
reviewing Public Space Protection Orders which includes dog bans etc. Mill
Field Play Area is likely to be included in this, so we will inform you all if
and when a decision is made.
In the meantime, we would be grateful if you could bring this notice to the
attention of anybody you feel might not otherwise see it.
Beckermet with Thornhill Parish Council
Thornhill Football Club changing rooms extension
Thornhill village run two senior football teams - Thornhill
Football Club (TFC) who have represented the village for many years, and a
relatively new team - Thornhill Social Football Club (TSFC).
With the formation of the additional team (TSFC) it soon
became apparent that the limited storage space within the changing rooms
building (owned by the Parish Council) was going to be a problem, in that all
the necessary equipment associated with match fixtures was not going to fit in
the available space. This resulted in managers / players resorting to storing
equipment in their own garages / homes, and then having to cart the said items
to the field on match days.
Initially TSFC floated ideas of a an ISO Freight container
or wooden shed for storage purposes within the confines of the playing field.
However it was thought such structures would perhaps not be in keeping with the
In early 2017 a meeting was arranged between the football
teams and some Thornhill based Parish Councillors. A former resident of
Thornhill, Martin Hogg of MH architectural design, was also invited. The
purpose of the meeting was to try and decide what, in conjunction with the
Parish Council, the football teams would like in terms of storage space. It
was suggested that perhaps a purpose built modest extension to the existing
changing rooms would be ideal.
Martin, a qualified architect agreed to produce some
initial drawings for comment. These were subsequently agreed with some minor
amendments, and the proposal was put to the Council. The Council agreed in
principle to the idea, and asked the football teams to develop the plans along
with a Councillor.
Anyway to cut a long story short, Planning Permission and
Building control approval were obtained, then some local reputable builders were
asked to quote for the works. Quotes were obtained and a grant application was
lodged with Copeland Community Fund (CCF).
The grant application was successful and we have just heard news from our building contractor that they are planning to start the extension this week.
Grants and Donations from the Parish Council
On a fairly regular basis, the Council awards grants or
donations where we think that an event or project helps the well-being of our
We are pleased to record that we have just given £1400 to
the Beckermet nursery; towards the cost of essential work in its kitchen.
We have also given £375 towards the cost of a ‘fun day’ in
We have pledged to spend a substantial amount of money on a
project to extend the changeroom at the Thornhill football clubs, and £1000 on
items to commemorate the centenary of the First World War armistice.
The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick 6th July
The Parish Council has been informed of this event. If
you would like to take part, then please follow the links below:
from Friends of the Lake District.
Fire Hazards – Chinese Lanterns
Following recent fires within and close to our Parish, we
would like to remind you of some of the hazards surrounding the popular Chinese
Lantern. Please follow this link for further
Reay's Bus service 20 and 21
The Parish Council has been advised of changes to Reay's services in the Whitehaven area from the 28th May.
From that week the whole of the Saturday service will be withdrawn.
The Monday to Friday timetable on these routes is unchanged.
A Saturday service will continue to be provided to Frizington via Cleator Moor, and to Thornhill via Egremont and Bigrigg on the Stagecoach service 31/31H and 30/X30, which also continue to operate on Monday to Friday, and the 30 also on Sunday.
Black Beck & River Ehen
The Parish Council has been advised that the banks of the River Ehen and Black Beck need to be protected to avoid erosion, particularly by cattle.
Consequently the Authorities will be accessing them to fence off the rivers.
Consultations regarding the work are currently under way and being carried out by the West Cumbria Rivers Trust and G L Hearn (agents for the Moorside Development).
There may be some disturbance in the village.
We have been told that the relevant landowners have been consulted and the rights of way looked at.
Parish Council Precept
The Parish Council has not asked for any increase in the precept for the year commencing 1st April 2018, and it is basically the same as last year.
To most households in Thornhill this represents about 31p per week paid towards the Parish Council activities.
Because of Council Tax banding, most households in Beckermet will pay a little more and this will probably equate to about 34p per week.
A reminder to parishioners of some of the things the Parish Council do:
Represent the Parish Views (as best they can) on various issues and consultations; Ensure the grass is cut at various locations throughout the Parish during the growing season;
Maintain and where possible improve play equipment in the three playgrounds at Beckermet and Thornhill; Maintain a large playing area at Thornhill; Consider grant applications from organisations within the Parish.
Some improvements made last year include the Construction of a car parking area at the Playing Field off Wodow Road, Thornhill.
This was a direct result of concerns and complaints made to the Parish Council about irresponsible parking on football match days, near the aged persons bungalows at the entrance to the Playing field.
Picnic tables have also been provided at the School Green Play area, Beckermet, along with a new bench seat.
Some work is still required to install plinths for the tables and bench, but this work should be completed shortly. Picnic tables have also been provided in the play area at The Crescent, Thornhill.
There are vacancies for Parish Councillors – please come along to one of our meetings if you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor. Its your opportunity to put something back into the Parish.