Apr 02


Burneside Parish Meeting

Burneside Parish Council
(with Strickland Roger & Strickland Ketel)
Annual Parish Meeting
Tuesday 15 April 2014
The Bryce Institute
7.00- 9.00pm
chance to Ask Councillors about
YOUR concerns
hear what has been happening
in the Clubs & Groups
Around Burneside
To Include ….
Police Report
Neighbourhood Plan News
News from the Cumbria Housing Trust
Reports from…
Highways & Traffic Group
Rail Users Group
Flood Action….
and more

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Feb 05


Church Newsletter


Burneside Church & Community

MARCH 2014

Some readers will remember or be familiar with the words that precede the Intercessions

in the Book of Common Prayer’s Communion Service. For those who are not they go like this:

The reason I mention them is because it seems that the Bishops of the Church of England

have been rather militant of late. Beginning with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby,

who spoke out against the Payday Loan companies last year and put his backing behind Credit

Unions which he hoped would make such companies redundant. More recently 27 Bishops along

with other faith leaders have signed an open letter to David Cameron denouncing the

coalition’s Welfare Reforms claiming that the brutal cuts are causing a national crisis. The

tone of the letter is hard-hitting as the following extract reveals:

Such outspoken comments have rattle Mr. Cameron according to one leading Newspaper.

I appreciate that some people believe that religion and politics should be kept separate,

however, this might be wishful thinking on the part of politicians who find comments made by

faith leaders rather embarrassing. The Bible doesn’t know anything about such a division,

religion being seen as the conscience of a nation. In the Old testaments the prophets spoke

out repeated against corruption and injustice. In the New Testament, Jesus was also quick to

condemn abuses of power and hypocrisy whenever he came across them and in letter to the

early church written by James, one of Jesus’ disciples we read:


Religious faith is not an insurance policy for the after-life; it is something from which

actions should proceed, actions which demonstrate God’s love for the world. Our faith leaders

are being true to their convictions, rooted in the Bible and the tradition which state that it is

our duty to care for the poor and needy, the disadvantage, the stranger, orphan and widow.

How we treat such people reveals an awful lot about the kind of society our Government is

shaping – the Bishops aren’t happy with what they see and have had the courage to say

something about it and in my view should be applauded for their actions. Whether their words

will bear any fruit, well we will have to wait and see.


Nigel Davies




The Women’s World Day of Prayer is a Christian movement

involving women from all parts of the world taking place in the same

prayer service on the same day.

The Women’s World Day of Prayer service is held on the first

Friday of March each year. All are welcome to attend – men, women and children. The

selected country and its people becomes the focus of the world’s prayers on the day

itself. The first service of the day takes place on the Island of Samoa as dawn breaks.

The world is then circled in prayer for 36 hours and the service is celebrated in over

170 countries until the last one of this special day takes place on American Samoa.

At a church near you on March 7th, women and men will gather to celebrate using

a programme of worship offered this year by the women of Egypt. The local service will

be held at , Windermere Road, Kendal, from 2.00

p.m. Pupils from St. Thomas CofE primary school will take part together with

representatives from a number of Christian churches in the area and will be joined by

guest speaker the Ven. Penny Driver, Archdeacon of Westmorland and Furness.

The theme of this year’s service is ‘Streams in the Desert’ at which we will reflect

on the Christian role of being a ‘stream in the desert’ for those who experience

spiritual ‘drought’.

One of the oldest civilisations in the world, Egypt has long been home to Coptic

Christians. Since the uprising in 2011 there has been conflict between religious

groupings and therefore we pray with the women of Egypt for peace.

All are welcome to attend, men, women and people of all ages and from all

churches in the local area, as well as those who not affiliated to any particular church.

Burneside Church & Community



Parents will be familiar with two words that strike terror into their

hearts when utter by their children – “I’m bored!” Usually this comment signals

one of two responses, the first being an explosion of frustration voiced in these


“How can you be bored when you’ve got so many things to amuse you?!”

Followed by:

“I wish I had time to be bored!” or “We were never bored when we were young!”

The second an attempt by the parents is to find something for their

off-spring to do to appease them, either at home or by going out somewhere.

Boredom is most definitely a ‘boo’ word in common parlance.

Others take a different view. Dr Esther Priyadharshini, a senior

lecturer in education at the University of East Anglia, has studied boredom

and says it can be seen in a positive light. “We can’t avoid boredom – it’s an

inevitable human emotion. We have to accept it as legitimate and find ways it

can be harnessed. We all need downtime, away from the constant

bombardment of stimulation. There’s no need to be in a frenzy of activity at

all times,” she says, adding “We all need vacant time to mull things over.”

Another psychologist Dr. John Eastwood asserts: ” Boredom isn’t a

nice feeling, so we have an urge to eradicate it,” but this can be

counterproductive sometimes it, “drives people to destructive behaviours such

as gambling, overeating, alcohol and drug abuse.”

Often the church is accused of being dull and boring and in response to

this acquisition has tried to make going to church more stimulating. Services

have been modified, so that they are Family Friendly. Choruses have replaced

traditional hymns, with the organ being replaced by a music group. There is

Messy Church too, where families come together in the week to join in a variety

of activities together often ending in a shared meal. In all these and many

more ways the church has sort to push boredom away.

Yet there is also a tradition in the church of silence and quiet

contemplation which I am sure some would see as ‘very boring’. However in the

Bible, when people are in such a situation that is exactly when they encounter

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At the afternoon event held in the

summer, many people said they would like

to have a local lunch club similar to the

ones Age UK South Lakeland hold in other

areas across the South Lakes. The Carus

Green Golf Club was suggested as a

venue and I am happy to say we have now

managed to set this up with the golf club.

The monthly lunch club will include a main

course (two choices) and a desert (two

choices) followed by tea or coffee for

£10.50. It will be held the 3rd Monday of

each month, starting on Monday 17th

February, 2014 and to book a place

please contact Pat Borland, Burneside

Village Agent, Age UK South Lakeland on

01539 728180.

God, not in a frenzy of activity but in the stillness away from constant stimuli.

Being still, having time to mull things over, and allowing our brains to idle is -

surprisingly – crucial for our well-being. It may appear that nothing is going on

and yet those who cultivate the discipline, this habit of quiet contemplation,

find that it may well draw them closer to God. So if Dr. Priyadharshini is to

be believed, being bored in church might not be a bad thing!


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Staveley Choral, in partnership with the drama department from Kendal College, will

be performing a theatrical /operatic production of Handel’s at 7. 30 p.m.

on the 5th April 2014 at The Lakes School, Windermere.

As everybody knows, is the dramatic story and commentary of Christ’s

life, death and resurrection. However, our performance aims to bring the drama of

Handel’s music to life by incorporating Staveley Choral, four operatic soloists and

actors with dramatic lighting, stage sets and technical support from Kendal College.

This unique operatic interpretation of will make you feel as if you are

walking into a rock concert with dramatic lighting and spectacular stage sets!

The performance will be directed by Hilary Pezet, Head of Drama at Kendal College

and the Musical Director will be Philip Burton Conductor of Staveley Choral.

Ticket prices: Adults £12 (to include and glass of wine)

Under 18s £6.

Ticket outlets: Staveley Chemist

Thomson, Hayton, Winkley, Estate Agents, Windermere

Hutton’s Chocolate Shop, Bowness

Members of the choir.

The next Parish Council meeting will be at The

when along with other matters the Council will discuss setting up an Advisory group of

Residents to discuss and act on Traffic Problems in the Parish.

Parish Council

Parish Council 14 January 2014

Chairman’s Notes

We welcome two new Parish Councillors: who is a leading member of the group

involved in the Neighbourhood Plan for Burneside and who takes a keen

interest in the management of traffic through the Parish, especially with regard to Hollins Lane.

had little of direct concern to Burneside, but residents were asked to keep a

lookout for any suspicious activity and to call 101 if there were any doubts. Mrs K. Robinson

had mentioned some recent problems at The Plantation area between Bowston and Burneside

and the PCSO agreed to give it attention.

included support for the Under 10’s when a request from Mr

R. Airey for equipment to help in coaching junior cricketers was granted.

request for help towards maintenance costs was approved, as was an application from the Bryce

St Strummers (ukulele Group) for a sound system, and continued support for the Youth Club

by assisting with their room costs. had supplied an information

board which was to be set up on the Millennium Green. The Council agreed to meet the costs

of this installation. The meeting went on to consider the setting of for the coming

year. There were many, and increasing, calls upon the budget for improving the life of the

parish: items such as , at the shop and Bonningate,

improvements on the approach road, and planning generally. To meet these demands

it was estimated that an increase in the region of 18% would be needed, ( which in actual money

terms isn’t much as the Parish Precept is so low to start with) but it was felt that we should try

to keep more in line with the announced rate of inflation which is somewhere between 2% and

5% depending which body you ask. A further complication this year is that the

has not yet announced its plans for capping Parish rates which leaves us with a bit

of a puzzle. A final decision is expected towards the end of February.

included news that the (ie: Kendal &

Burneside area) was now to meet only every six months. This had been poorly attended by

Kendal representatives in the past. The group reported that

a delegation to the Kendal Town Council (KTC)Planning sub-committee had received a very

negative reception. It became clear that in 2013 there had been a move by KTC to bring parts

of the Burneside Parish area into Kendal. This move was unknown to us at the time as there had

been no official communication. As it happened this claim was rejected.

In there were requests for specified pot-holes to be filled in, some footway

re-surfacing, and for improved signage. Reference was also made to the planned removal of one

from the Kendal Fire Station. This would be discussed more fully in the February

meeting, along with changes suggested at prompted by the latest

Health Service Review.

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Jan 12


KTC Councillors apologise !




Several Kendal Town Councillors have now written letters of apology for the appalling way that some of their colleagues treated our representatives at their meeting.

The matter is now subject to an official complaint to the Standards Committee and to Kendal Mayor.


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Jan 10


Kendal Town Council

Kendal Town Council Meeting 6th January 2014


Representatives of the Burneside Neighbourhood Planning Process attended the meeting as above as part of our initial engagement process to open a dialogue with KTC regarding the effects on the Hallgarth Community with regard to the ensuing development  at RN169M and RN299.


Those attending were Mr. Alan Thompson representing BPC,  Mr. Rob Boden  District Councillor for the Hallgarth area and Mr. Chris Holland District Councillor for Burneside Parish.


From our perspective the meeting was an abject failure because the representatives were given no opportunity to develop their presentations.


Representations and explanations regarding the Neighbourhood Plans were dismissed and unheard out of hand by Kendal Town Councillors.


Every attempt invite Kendal Town Council to join Burneside in partnership in taking the Plan forward was derided with statements from Councillors declaring that they were not about to be dictated to by Burneside.


Burneside PC has been working steadily for some eighteen months developing it’s strategy overall and in particular with regard to joint consultation with Kendal Town Council.

It remains our wish to develop our Plan along with Kendal.


In fact we have developed a good working relationship with representatives of Hallgarth  including their District Councillor.


Engagement with Kendal Town Council was attempted at the earliest opportunity consistant with our published Workpack, well ahead of consultation with our own Community which starts in April.  In fact, consultation with Kendal is second only to our Plan Partner and Stakeholder James Cropper Plc.


There is no doubt that Kendal Town Council are confusing the NP with their own agenda of boundary changes, some thing that we in Burneside have not been concerned with.


It seems that Kendal Town Council, arguably due to their policy to extend their boundaries to the north, have lost sight of the fact that the development in question is in the Parish of Burneside.


Burneside Parish Council have sat in meetings with Kendal Town Councillors at Local Area Partnership Meetings. Never did they mention boundary changes nor did they comment when our NP was discussed.


There is an acceptable argument that the effect of the development impinges on those residents bordering the development but that argument works both ways thereby affecting both existing and future residents in our Parish.


It has been suggested that we in Burneside actively encouraged the development at Lane Foot in direct opposition to those objecting to the development, this is not the case.  Burneside has consulted with SLDC throughout the land allocation process and taken a neutral stance.


There has never been any inclination to dictate policy to Kendal Town Council, and as referred to earlier, we would welcome an opportunity to help the Councillors to understand the precepts of Neighbourhood Planning.


More specifically we are disappointed not to have had this opportunity in the first instance, and frustrated by the Council’s proposed objection to our designation.


We have attempted to engage with our Neighbour’s official body and been rejected without consultation .


Despite the rejection from Kendal Town Council we are enjoying cooperation with representatives of the Hallgarth Community who have chosen the Burneside NP as the

preferred authority to work with to achieve mutual agreement.


There are no grounds for objection as the land concerned has been within the Parish of Burneside  for many years and therefore it is quite properly placed within our Application and that Burneside Parish Council has acted properly with regard to it’s responsibilities to it’s neighbour.

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Sep 28


The Burneside Neighbourhood Plan




‘Paving the way for the success of our draft Neighbourhood Plan’


Neighbourhood Plan

Members of the NP Advisory Group reported that they were proceeding as normal despite the negotiations with SLDC which were stalled due to unacceptable delays from SLDC Planning department in resolving the difficulties with our Application for Designation of our NP.

The group reported that they had a dialogue with a member of the SLDC Planning team who were asking for a meeting but could not reserve a date nor could he confirm the Department’s position regarding Recommendation despite the question being raised some three weeks earlier.

The group confirmed that they had pressed for a resolution for some 10 weeks without a positive step forwards despite the formal complaint which had been initiated some weeks ago and was now raised to level 2 of the SLDC procedure.

The Council members stated their frustration and disappointment in the delays from SLDC planners and proposed and passed a motion to elevate our complaint to level three. The clerk was instructed to write to the SLDC, without delay, confirming our continued suspension of our application due to the usuitability of the SLDC Council to hear our application due to bias and the lack of transparency. He was also charged with formally raising our complaint to level three.

Council members confirmed their full support and appreciation of the ongoing comittment of the Advisory Group.

Our Project Plan  – from October 2013 onwards



Burneside Parish Council has recognised that we would benefit strongly from having a Neighbourhood Plan.

Before making this important decision, the project team consulted with our local authorities and other agencies that work with communities on the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans.

Our parish council has given this plan priority and allocated resources to guide the plan through the eight steps (see below).

A project group, comprising our parish council, the Vision Group and other local people, are working together to achieve our vision.

The project group has recognised that in order to achieve our objective of producing an inclusive neighbourhood plan, we need to have in place a robust project plan. This plan must deliver our vision. We have, so far, identified four key objectives. These are seen as the foundation for a neighbourhood plan that is crucial to the sustainability and well-being of our community within the boundary of Strickland Roger and Strickland Ketel i.e. the Parish of Burneside.

Our Project Plan is the mechanism whereby, through effective communication and consultation with our community and stakeholders, we can deliver a plan that is both inspiring and sustainable.



‘Our Vision, both now and in the future, is to develop a safe, prosperous and sustainable environment, where we can all live happy, healthy and crime-free lives, within a spectacular landscape; based on our heritage, shared values and unique character as a community’

THE  NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN OBJECTIVES (these are the four key priority areas that have been identified, so far, as being the basis for consultation and communication, in preparation of our neighbourhood plan)

  • Planning and Development: To develop a vibrant and prosperous neighbourhood by encouraging appropriate sustainable development that  supports quality jobs, businesses, shops, services and facilities;  whilst ensuring that any development meets the needs of local people, protects the environment, enhances landscape and contributes to the quality of our lives.
  • Traffic and Transport: To resolve long-standing traffic and transport issues, to create a safer and healthier environment for all. To enhance existing public transport links and to create new and sustainable routes for pedestrians, as well as other ‘green’ transport initiatives.
  • Services and Facilities: To enhance our local services and facilities and develop new environmental projects that contribute to a self-sufficient neighbourhood where there is less reliance on travel to other service areas;
  • Recreation and Leisure: To resolve issues in relation to our existing, traditional sports and leisure facilities. To create new opportunities that are both innovative and inclusive, to promote the health and well-being for all, including a renewed sense of ‘community’ and participation.


To produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Burneside parish that is based on our Vision. This plan will be based on the aspirations and opinions of our community. Evidence will be gathered that will be representative of our community. This is to ensure that we have an appropriate, sustainable planning and development approach in our parish that is close in partnership with our local government and other agencies.


  • ⎫ To develop a closer sense of community in our parish, through effective consultation and communication with everyone, to ascertain what we want for the future of our community;
  • ⎫ To identify and prioritise the key issues, under the four main objective headings;
  • ⎫ To develop, examine and gather evidence in relation to the key issues;
  • ⎫ To work closely with the support agencies and our local government partners, to effectively consider our options, in order to address the key issues identified;
  • ⎫ To produce a draft neighbourhood plan that reflects the key issues and is based on firm evidence and engagement;
  • ⎫ The draft Neighbourhood Plan will be an inspirational and sustainable plan that will pass examination by an external adjudicator; and
  • ⎫ To produce a Neighbourhood Plan that will ultimately pass a local referendum.


The BURNESIDE eight step approach to our project planning:

  1. 1. Getting started.
  2. 2. Identifying the issues.
  3. 3. Develop a vision and objective.
  4. 4. Generate options (consultation and communication).
  5. 5. Draft our Neighbourhood Plan.
  6. 6. Consultation and Submission.
  7. 7. Independent examination.
  8. 8. REFERENDUM to adopt the Plan.

Step One

The Neighbourhood Plan process has been set in motion. We have moved to:

Step Two

The Project Team has already identified the four key priority areas (shown above) that form our Neighbourhood Plan objectives. These form the basis for community consultation and engagement.

Step Three

We have a vision and have develop the objectives from the four key priority areas.

Step Four

This is probably most important stage of our project. This is where we commence both informal and formal consultation with our community, partners and stakeholders. This will be achieved by working in partnership with those agencies that have experience and expertise in community engagement. However, the project team will be integral to the consultation process. In essence, everybody will be part of the project team, to one degree or another.



We plan to engage with our community in a variety of ways:

  • ⎫ Initial publicity. This includes local newsletters, our community website, and our Facebook page.
  • ⎫ Leaflet. This will be widely circulated to as many individuals, clubs and organisations as possible, preferably through a face to face introduction. Everyone will be invited to register their interest and volunteer their help.
  • ⎫ The Project Team and local volunteers will meet with our partners, stakeholders, local businesses and organisations.
  • ⎫ A series of workshops, surgeries, drop in sessions and informal discussions will be organised so everyone has the opportunity to be heard. All these ‘events’ will have a clear structure and organisation and will be led by a variety of people, both internally and externally sourced.

Step Five

We will examine the results of this consultation and consider the options and issues put forward. These will form the basis of our draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Step Six

We will consult widely on the draft Neighbourhood Plan, particularly with our partners in local government and other agencies.

The results of this process will be circulated to the local community with opportunities to respond further to the issues identified.

Step Seven

Our draft Neighbourhood Plan will then go for independent, external examination.

Step Eight

If successful our Neighbourhood will go to a local referendum. A 50% Yes vote will result in the Plan being adopted as a legal document. This will provide our vision for the future and will influence and inform future planning and development, in the four key priority areas.


At each stage and throughout the project, the project team, in partnership with others will continually monitor and review progress, together with close consideration of the issues raised through community engagement and consultation.

We will enlist the skills of professional advisors, who are experienced in the production of neighbourhood plans. We will also work closely with our partners, particularly local government, who will provide us with a wider perspective and advice on planning and development issues.

We will ask members of our community to assess the effectiveness of consult consultation, as well as ensuring that the project team is developing a draft neighbourhood plan that is truly reflective of local opinion.


The project team has already spent at least twelve months considering the need for a neighbourhood for our community. More recently the team has been preparing the groundwork for developing the plan, hence the production of this project plan.

The project team envisage that the community engagement process, which has already commenced in part, will take at least eight months to complete. This will allow for full consultation, within our community, as well as our partners and stakeholders.

A full programme of community engagement ‘events’ will be produced in the form of a communication plan, which is separate to the project plan.

COMPLETION DATE: End of May 2014

The production of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan, together with further consultation with all involved, will last for a minimum of three months. However, the project team are allowing for a four month process to complete the Draft.

COMPLETION DATE: End of September 2014

There will be no timescale set for the independent examination, the community referendum and eventual adoption of the plan, as this is out of our control to some extent.



It is recognised that a plan on this scale will produce issues that will require a great deal of community cooperation and understanding. The project will demand a great deal of us all.

The Project Team is determined that this plan allows our community to grow and develop, along with the plan itself. This is an opportunity for us all to gain a much greater sense of community and a shared vision for our future. We have been empowered through the Localism Act to become much more involved in local planning and development. This is our opportunity to influence how we want to live, work and play.

To achieve this will require us all to compromise on certain issues, whilst always being respectful of each other and our views. In fact, this principle will guide and influence all community engagement.

The risks and constraints so far identified are:

  • • Capacity of the project team to fulfil its terms of reference.
  • • Lack of community involvement or apathy.
  • • Consensus amongst our community.
  • • Lack of adequate funding internally and externally.
  • • Lack of expertise throughout the entire process or for elements of it.
  • • Failure to draft an effective plan.
  • • Unsuccessful external examination.
  • • A successful No vote at the referendum.


We have already reached the end of Step Three. We are now at the crucial and most important stage of our project. This is where the community will be involved from now until the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan. Even then there will be much work to do to achieve our vision. This is our blueprint for the future.

There has been a great deal of work put into this project by members of our community. Now the onus is on everybody to contribute.

The Project Team is tasked with guiding this plan to fruition. The team will provide an audit trail for the entire project, which will be available for public scrutiny. The team will endeavour, to the best of its ability, to effectively communicate listen and respond to everybody. The team will also learn and develop as they progress the plan, mainly by using the services of community monitors and external Friends of the Burneside Neighbourhood Plan. The team will encourage positive, critical responses throughout.

We have the strong support of our partners. We have sound professional help and advice from various agencies throughout the process. We also have both the financial and human resources to achieve the success of our plan.

We are endeavouring the lead the way in South Lakeland and be exemplars of Neighbourhood Planning.

Wish us all luck!


Update March 2014


Due to interference from Kendal Town Council the Plan is continuing as a Community Led Plan whilst we await the decision of the Ombudsman regarding Kendal Town Council’s aggressive attempt to block our plan.


by Tony Hill

24 September 2013

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