DALSTON & CUMMERSDALE NEIGHBOURHOOD FORUM
Caldew School, 6th Form Common Room, Dalston
Monday 23 June, 2008 7pm
1. Welcome & Introductions
Councillor John Collier welcomed everyone to the forum and introduced
Carlisle City Councillors Trevor Allison and Nicola Clarke, also Judith
Gardner, Neighbourhood Development Officer, Cumbria County Council.
Apologies were received from Jennie Wilkinson, Reverend Jill H and
Councillor Steve Tweddie.
3. Notes from the last meeting and matters arising
The notes from the last meeting were agreed.
Cummersdale Road- the actions are still being pursued and a report will be
ready for the next forum. The grants for highway repairs have been cut, and
the scanner is not working properly, visual inspections will be taking place.
There are still a lot of pot holes on Peter Lane that have not yet been filled in.
The work at Moorhouse Is expected to start in September as the money has
now been allocated.
A thank you letter was read from ST Cuthbert without.
Phone Box Consultation
The forum agreed that the public phone boxes are an important service and
should not be removed, especially for those who do not own mobiles or
private land lines. The forum feels that the public phones should be left.
Dalston and Cummersdale Neighbourhood Forum agreed to support Carlisle
City Council’s decision on the phone box consultation.
4. Police and Local Issues
PC Colin gave an update on the issues affecting the Caldew area.
An operation was run in relation to speeding in the area, in particular HGVs.
All the HGVs that pass through the town are legit and are going to the local
Police presence recently on legitimate Dalston Green, 4 vehicles have been
stopped as they were doing in excess of 40mph, all four received a speeding
There has been a speeding tickets issued in the Burgh by Sands area, mainly
in the West End area according to the information gathered from the traffic
unit. Monkhill has now been included in the problem solving campaign. The
next problem solving area is Durdar & St Cuthbert Without, where traffic and
speeding issues have been identified as needing attention.
The crime figures for the last quarter have reduced, resulting in the local
policing team meeting their targets.
£250 has been secured to maintain the youth club in the Burgh by Sands
area which has proven very successful and is well attended.
The office at St Micheals School is now up and running and will have IT
facilities by 2 July 2008.
The speeding at Moorhouse, can you have a look?
I will pass the concern on and will go and check the area but there are
legalities on what equipment can be used in the area.
There is a regular white van that is a problem on the road at aprox 7am.
Is there anything you can do about it?
The best thing to do is to take the car registration number down and log a call
into the police.
There is an amount of dumped rubbish at Stone Hill, Husket Hill
It has been noted and if you see anyone dumping rubbish, take down the
registration plate number and log a call into the station.
5. Energy Efficiency
Presentation by Andrew Reed, Project Manager, Cumbria Energy Efficiency
Andrew Reed from Cumbria Energy Efficiency Advice Centre gave a
presentation on how to save on your fuel bills including insulating your home
and help reducing your carbon footprint.
Andrew reported you could have your energy supplied by any company you
wish! For independent advice contact:
Simply Switch 0800 781 1212
Uswitch 0845 601 2856
For Information contact Cumbria EEAC
6. Burgh by Sands Village Green Group
Presentation by Roe Baker, Our Green Space Project Officer.
The group has received lottery funding, which is for restoring village greens,
the project is designed to turn the waste land at Burgh into a communal green
and is set to start in January. The team will be working with local schools to
promote the use of the green and care for its future.
Tim Bradbury from Burgh by Sands has been working on the project and is
part of the volunteer group which is open for anyone to become part of the
project. Tim Bradbury told the meeting that there has been a year long
consultation, which has included the community Council Parishe’s in the plans
for restoring the village green. The plans have kept everyone’s best interests
in mind, with drainage and safety issues included. There have been several
meetings in the village hall as well as various notices being placed around the
village, through the consultations around £2000 of funding was raised from
small local pledges. The overall maintenance costs of the project without the
development plan will last around 3 years.
I have a concern about the large machines being left on the green, how
will you make the area safe?
Safety factors have been taken into account and the area will be kept secure.
The village green is not common land, have any alternative sites been
There have been many public consultations, everyone in the area has been
written to about the meetings, there have also been notices displayed in the
village hall and parish magazines all views have been listed and ideas taken
7. Neighbourhood Forum Grant Applications
The following grants were agreed
GENERAL BUDGET £9975.75
Cummersdale Parish Council Towards benches 600.00
Ratlingate Scout Camp Towards Interpretation boards 500.00
Carlisle City Football Club Towards pitch costs and transport 354.00
Beaumont Parish Council Towards 2 signposts 250.00
Dalston Recreation Towards a shower area 600.00
Solway Autumn Festival Towards a Festival 400.00
Orton Parish Council Towards a strimmer 400.00
St Michaels Church Towards replacements parts to the organ 1000.00
YOUTH GENERAL BUDGET £1726.18
Harraby Netball Club Towards a coaching programme
St Michaels Primary School Towards cycle storage shed
Burgh by Sands Youth Club Towards a trip to the Lake District
8. Dates of next meeting
20 October 2008, Stoneraise Primary School, 7pm
26 January 2009, venue to be confirmed, 7pm
16 March 2009, venue to be confirmed, 7pm