Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in the Village Hall, Stainforth on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 at 7.30pm. The public and press were invited.
Present: Cllrs Maudsley (Chairman), Fairweather (Deputy Chairman), Asher and Sharp. Also, the Clerk and Pc Harry Carpenter.
The Chairman, Cllr Chris Maudsley, welcomed Cllr Jean Asher to the Council following her recent co-option. Cllr Asher’s Declaration of Acceptance of Office was received.
During parishioner participation, Cllr Maudsley advised that there would be a fireworks display at Little Stainforth on Saturday, 27 October 2012. The event would start at 6pm, the fireworks being at 9pm.
1 Apologies – Cllr Warren
2 Disclosures of Interest and to update the Register of Interests
Cllr Fairweather – item 6b – personal – neighbour
3 Police Report
There had been a ‘sneak in’ burglary at a local property. Pc Carpenter again advised that because of the deteriorating condition of the double yellow lines on parts of Dog Hill, parking restrictions were sometimes unenforceable. He enquired when it was likely that the lines would be re-instated. The Clerk undertook to contact Highways again in this respect.
4 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Resolved: That the Minutes be approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record.
5 Matters Arising - none
a) To consider applications received - none
b) To note any decisions received
EC/64/13C – lngle Byre – decision re non-compliance with approved details – case closed as breach rectified. However, it was reported that part of the property was still being used as a holiday cottage despite that upon sub-division, a Section 106 agreement had been completed which limited use to local occupancy.
Resolved: That this be reported to the planning authority.
c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate
YDNPA – advice of a Planning Forum to be held at Grassington Town Hall on – 19 November 2012 – received.
a) To authorise payment of accounts including reimbursement of the Clerk’s expenses for the period 1 July to 30 September 2012, as per schedule. This was the only bill received and was in the sum of £97.28, the Clerk’s usual quarterly remuneration already having been paid under the direct debit authority.
Resolved: That the Clerk’s expenses be paid.
b) Appointment of External Auditor from 2012/13 and revised scale of audit fees. The Audit Commission had advised that Littlejohn LLP had been appointed as external auditor for the next five years and the revised scale of fees was noted.
c) Open Spaces Society - request for support for legal fund – received – no action.
d) HSBC Bank plc – advice of changes to banking services and charges – this was unlikely to affect the Council and was received.
8 Craven District Council
i) Review of car park strategy – to consider response to consultation – received, no comment.
ii) Budget 2012/13 – to respond to consultation – received, no comment.
iii) Community Planning Workshop – Settle Victoria Hall – 7 November 2012. Cllr Maudsley said he would attend as this could be helpful in developing support for the local Scouts in their desire to extend their premises at the Drill Hall, Settle.
iv) Parishes Liaison Group – invite to send one representative to meeting at Skipton on 24.10.12 – received.
9 Localism Act 2011 – Code of Conduct
a) To consider a Report by the Strategic Manager, Legal & Democratic Services, Craven District Council and to amend the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct in light of the advice contained therein. The Council had not yet had the opportunity to digest the information received.
Resolved: That the information be circulated and included on the agenda for the next meeting of the Parish Council.
10 Street Lights
a) To receive reports of defects for action and any other relevant information – none.
Lighting was discussed in general, the lights having recently been switched back on for the winter season. It was felt that energy could be saved if those lights presently controlled by photocells, could be changed to time clocks.
Resolved: That the matter be discussed with the Council’s contractor and a quotation obtained.
a) To receive any reports for action
i) Dog Hill – re-instatement of yellow lines urgently required – request to be passed to Highways.
ii ‘Give Way’ signs at Brookhouse - collapsed into ditch, and opposite ‘The Barn’ in Main Street, knocked over – both to be reported to Highways.
b) NYCC – Civil Parking Enforcement – to respond to consultation – items as listed are correct.
12 Repairs and Maintenance
a) To receive any reports for action
i) Stepping stones – still not repaired and considered dangerous. Members were worried at the possibility of an accident.
Resolved: That the YDNPA be contacted again in an effort to get repairs undertaken as soon as possible.
13 To respond to correspondence received
i) Electricity North West – consultation on investing in local electricity network over next 10 years.
Resolved: That the consultation be circulated to members and included on the next agenda,
ii) Settle Area Swimming Pool - advice of improvements recently undertaken – received.
14 To receive items of information
i) Girl Guiding Camp – 2013 – the Clerk had been advised of proposals to hold a large camp in the vicinity.
ii) Police & Crime Commissioner Election -15 November 2012 – flyers received and displayed.
15 To arrange the next meeting of the Parish Council Resolved: That the next meeting of the Parish Council be held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 at 7.30pm.
Cllr Maudsley The Chairman, Cllr Chris Maudsley, had advised that he wished to resign from the Parish Council. He had been a member for at least 15 years and felt it was time for change. However, following discussion, he said that he would continue until the Annual Meeting of the Council in May, 2013, thus giving time to consider his replacement as Chairman and to find a new member of the Council. Members were appreciative of all Cllr Maudsley had done for the Council and were grateful for the breathing space he had given to enable a successor to be found.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.45pm.