Dalton with Newton Town Council

Minutes of the meeting held Monday 19th August 2019

In the Town Hall, Station Road, Dalton in Furness at 7pm


Present         Councillor N Perie, C Fox, A Fox, A Thurlow, S Ronson, W Maddox, R Crossley and B Parrington

Apologies There were no apologies for absence


  1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting It was agreed that the minutes of the previous meeting were a true record and the chairman authorised to sign
  2. Declarations of Interest   Councillor Maddox and Councillor Ronson declared an interest in any matters relating to Barrow Borough Council. Councillors Thurlow and Perie declared an interest in any matters related to Dalton Community Association. Councillor Maddox also declared an interest in planning application number B21/2019/0410 7 Garden Lea.
  3. Police

There was no attendance from the Police and no crime figures had been sent.

  1. Reports from District/County Councillors

There were no reports.

  1. Matters Arising
  • Flagpoles – Councillors Craig and Alison Fox had inspected the flagpoles after the service by ‘flying colours’ and reported that the halyards had been replaced and a new mechanism for securing had been installed, overall the work carried out was good.
  • Shop Front Scheme – The Town clerk reported that there had been 9 applicants which was an increase in the previous round of applications in 2017. Each of the applicants fitted the criteria and had been approved for grants up to £150. Emails confirming the grants had been sent out on 8 August and claims for payment had to be submitted by 31st
  • Dalton in Bloom – As the competition had been reintroduced quite late in the season there had only been 5 applicants, Councillor Perie had judged the entries and awarded places. It was suggested that rather than a presentation evening the winners would be awarded a £10 gift card for a local garden centre. Following discussion it was agreed that 5 gift cards would be purchased from Charnleys Home and Garden.
  • Play Area Rusland Drive – Councillor Fox reported that he had carried out the annual inspection of the play area and the play equipment was in good condition however there was a problem with the fence which needed immediate repair. Four or five posts required replacing and large nails which were protruding on the rear of the fence needed removing and replacing with something more appropriate. Weeds were also growing through the safety surfacing and needed addressing as soon as possible before the surfacing was lifted. The Town Clerk had instructed our contractor to spray the weeds and this had already been done.  A quote had been obtained for the repairs to the fence and had come in at £500 plus vat. Councillors agreed that a second quote should be obtained for comparison. The Town Clerk had contacted the Borough Council to clarify the responsibility for the fence, the Estates Department will get back to the Town council asap. The fence was not in immediate danger of collapse however it was agreed to erect hazard tape to prevent children climbing on it.
  • Rural Projects Committee – Councillor Maddox reported that the time of the meeting had been changed to 6pm which may open attendance at the meeting to more councillors. Following discussion it was agreed that Councillor Nick Perie and Craig Fox will be the DTC representatives.
  • Ale Taster – Councillor Maddox gave a verbal report on the interview of the new Ale Taster by herself and Councillor Perie. Mr Geoff Steele had been appointed as the Ale Taster for the 2019/2020 year.
  • Hollygate Road – Councillor Ronson reported that he had received complaints from members of the public about the overgrown banking at Hollygate Road. There is no pavement at that point and pedestrians are forced into the carriageway to avoid nettles and overgrown vegetation. Councillor Ronson has approached highways who informed him that it was the landowners responsibility.  It was agreed that the Town Council would write to the landowner with a request for the land to be cut back.
  • Contact with the Media – Councillors were reminded that if they were asked for a comment in their capacity as a Town Councillor that they would contact the Chairman or Town Clerk before making an official comment.
  1. Correspondence
  • Royal British Legion – Invitation to Councillors for the Remembrance service at Rusland Church on 3rd November 2019
  1. Highways

Councillor Maddox reported that she had received two complaints about highways issues relating to speeding vehicles on Abbey Road heading towards                      Dalton and the two 20mph speed limit signs had been damaged and the one remaining sign was unreadable.

Councillor Maddox also reported that she had received a complaint about the poor state and unsightly appearance on one property on Market Street and               would be taking the matter up with the Borough Council Planning enforcement officer to ascertain if there was any action that could be taken.


  1. WW2 Commemorative Events Councillors Crossley and Thurlow gave a verbal report on the planned events to commemorate the start of WW2. On the 3rd September there would be a short remembrance service and sounding of the last post at 7pm at the war memorial in Station Road.

On 7th September at Dalton Community Centre from 11 – 3pm the local archives department will be attendance with records and memorabilia and in the evening of the 7th there is an evening of music from the 40’s with Dalton Town Band, pie and peas will be served and a raffle with proceeds to the RBL and Help for Heroes will take place. Fancy Dress will be optional. Councillor Crossley thanked Councillors Craig and Alison Fox for designing the themed poster.  Councillor Perie also thanked Councillors Thurlow, Crossley and C Fox for their organisation and also the Community Church.


  1. Finance
  • Cumbria Clock Company
  • Flying Colours
  • P Wilson
  • Viking Direct
  • JRB Enterprise
  • Crooklands Home and Garden
  • Stollers

The invoices were approved for payment

  • The Regular Payments made throughout the year were listed for the 2019-2020 year and reported to councillors. The payments were agreed and approved for payment. These are attached as an appendix to these minutes.
  1. Reports Councillor Ronson gave a verbal reports on his discussions with the Parking Manager to try and arrange increased visits from parking enforcement officers to Dalton and also the installation of electric charging points in the town.
  2. Planning


B21/2019/0549         Paddock View, Woodbine Lane, Newton

Proposed single storey granny flat in place of existing garage with adjoining store attached to existing house. Provision of car parking area.

The Town Council have no objections


B18/2019/0552         Land at Paddock View, Woodbine Lane, Newton

Agricultural building for the storing of large bales of hay, tractor/machinery and a lambing and shearing pen.

The Town Council have no objections


B21/2019/0410         7 Garden Lea, Dalton

Erection of a garage extension

The Town Council have no objections


B21/2019/0541         10 Myrtle Tce, Dalton

Single Storey rear and side extension to include store facility, WC, Utility and Kitchen extension.

The Town council have no objections


B18/2019/0512         Billincote Farm, Newton Road, Dalton

Roof over yard and existing buildings.

The Town Council have no objections


The Meeting Closed 8.18pm