The Community Plan was launched at the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 28th May 2019.
Please find below the plan and also the action plan. If you want to get involved and help with any of the projects then please contact the Clerk via email for further information.
This is your plan and the Parish Council will not be able to achieve it, without the community's help.
All willing volunteers will be gratefully received.....
Update on the Community Plan
I’m sure you are all wondering what has happened since we launched the Community Plan. Well I can assure you that we have been very busy with all the suggestions and initiatives you suggested. The Plan was reviewed in May 2020 and the updated plan can be found below
Connecting our Communities
Enforcement of speed limits
We are working with Ghyll Scaur Quarry to gain funding for mobile speed devices along with CCC to agree the best options for deployment of the devices.
We have a group of volunteers who undertake litter picking in targeted areas within Millom Without. Organised litter picks are currently on hold due to Covid-19 restrictions but if you want to undertake one on your own, we would be pleased to hear from you. A litter bin has been installed by CBC in the layby on the A595 below Furnace Woods. We are looking to purchase other litter bins.
Connecting communities with path/cycleways
A lot of time and effort is being spent on finding the best routes, considering finance, contacting and talking to the ‘powers that be’ whose permission and help we need to proceed. These include Highways networkofficers, senior countryside officers, Natural England and others. A positive site visit was held in January with the Cumbria Countryside Officer on the two options identified for cycleways between The Hill and The Green. Site visits and meetings have taken place to look at the feasability of the use of Middle Cut or Aggie's Lonnin. Once received funding applications will be submitted.
Fancy a walk please find below a link to a walk around Arnaby
Connectivity -mobile and broadband
Nick Gamble is currently working on this. He was part of the initial steering group and very kindly offered to take this one
Child Friendly Spaces
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Spaces for young children
The decision has been made to go with Komplan and a planning application has been submitted to Copeland BC. Funding has been secured from CGP Trust Fund, Ghyll Scaur Quarry Fund and Millom without Parish Council reserves to fund the project. See the file below
Working with Thwaites School
We now have two members of the parish council on the board of governors, this should help with information and communication
Revision of the Copeland Local Plan is underway and will incorporate what was a separate housing strategy. Copeland have commissioned a consulting agency to conduct a housing survey on their behalf and a questionnaire was sent out randomly to residents in the borough for their views. This will form a plan for affordable housing.
CBC Empty Homes Officer has been working to follow the process for bringing the four empty homes identified within the Parish back into beneficial use. In February 2020 the details of a contract for legal works by a local firm using the Enforced Sales procedures are to be finalised and presented to CBC Executive. The has to take account of costings for work undertaken by Copeland should the property not proceed to sale and the owner agrees to undertake work or pay fines/fees. The intention is for the contract to be in place from April 2020 to all this work to progress. The onset of Crovid-19 has delayed this process, but will resume as things get back to normal.
We have a dedicated councillor working on this.
We have a dedicated councillor working on this. We are looking to support the improvement both shelters and make major improvements. Monies have been allocated to refurbish the shelters. We are just waiting for restrictions to be lifted during the current pandemic to enable work to commence/
In December 2019 views on waste "blackspots" were sought from residents and several replies were received.At present the cost to the Parish Council of installing and emptying bins is awaited form CBC before location of bins can be progressed.
Drains and sewerage
We have a dedicated councillor working on this and a recent update was published in the February 2020 issue of Out and About
Scoop Value will bring their van around the Green area but there must be an agreement that people will use it. If you are interested in this please let Scoop Value know.
The Parish Council is monitoring developments of the English Coastal Path and in February 2020 will provide a representation to the ongoing proposal for the section from Silecroft to Silverdale. The PC has also been involved with the "standing stone" project and work is ongoing to locate one of these stones in The Green. Further ways in which to highlight the attractions of the parish will be progressed when there is more information on this work