Minutes 131001

Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 1 October 2013 at 7.30pm. The public and press were invited and parishioner participation was at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllrs Asher, Fairweather (from item 6), Sharp and Warren. Also the Clerk, Sgt Les Moorhouse of the local police, Mrs C A Rayner (CAR), Senior Environmental Officer, Craven DC; Mr Alan Hulme (AH), Head of Ranger Services, and Ms Catriona Kilner (CA), Area Ranger, Malhamdale & Lower Ribblesdale, both of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, together with four parishioners.


1 To elect a Chairman - Cllr Sharp was elected Chairman of the Meeting.


2 To receive the Chairman's Declaration of Acceptance of Office

Cllr Sharp's Declaration of Acceptance of Office was received.

During parishioner participation, the following matters were raised:
i) Changes to local bus services - the PC had forwarded its comments and advice of changes was awaited.
ii) Street lights - their future operation was discussed.
iii) Proprietorship of land fronting the parish church - not the concern of the parish council.


3 To receive apologies - none


4 Code of Conduct - Localism Act 2011 - to record any Councillor's Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPI) in relation to items on this agenda

a) Councillors are to declare any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests (DPI) that they may have in items appearing on this Agenda (S 30 (3)), Appendices A & B - none

b) To receive, consider, decide and record Members' requests for DPI dispensations (S 31) in connection with items on this Agenda - none

c) Register of Interests - to receive from Members any DPI/Register of Members' Interests or updated Register of Members' Interests (S29 (1)) for transmission to the Monitoring Officer, Craven DC - none


5 Police Report

Sgt Moorhouse advised that though local crime remained at a low level, a stone trough had been stolen from a house in the village and two quad bikes had also been stolen. As elsewhere in the district, much of the crime perpetrated locally is undertaken by thieves from elsewhere.


6 Stainforth Foss

a) To discuss the condition of the area surrounding Stainforth Foss and to consider action as appropriate. This matter had been raised at the previous meeting and Sgt Moorhouse referred to the few times that the police had actually been called to attend the site. He said that though privately owned, the area concerned was served by a footpath giving the public a right of way over the land. Litter had been a problem; there had been drinking in the vicinity and when disorderly behaviour had ensued, then the police would take action if called upon to do so. The local land owner had provided litter bins which had been thrown in the river and not replaced. The police had provided warning signs but there were none advising that the land was private property hence the public were unaware of this. Nearby parking was discussed and Sgt Moorhouse referred to the recent changes in enforcement though the police still intervene if there is obstruction. Dog Hill borders the land and it was suggested that arrangements be made for the road to be swept more often. There had not been any issues with rowdyism during the last year and Sgt Moorhouse said the police would support the land owner and the parish council in managing the area. Mrs Rayner said that the district council can issue fixed penalty notices to cover littering offences and also provide suitable signage. Mr Hulme emphasised the importance of ensuring that the road was swept and early advice provided when there was likely to be problems. To conclude, it was felt that all parties should work together. Cllr Sharp, Chairman of the meeting, thanked the representatives for attending whereupon they retired from the meeting.

Resolved: That contact be made with the landowner and arrangements made for a meeting with him and interested parties to agree joint action as appropriate.


7 To co-opt a new member to fill the Casual Vacancy

Mrs Vivienne M Mills, a local parishioner, had expressed a willingness to be co-opted on to the parish council.

Resolved: That Mrs Mills be co-opted with immediate effect and her Declaration of Acceptance of Office be received.


8 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Resolved: The minutes be confirmed as a true and correct record and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.


9 Matters Arising - none


10 Planning

a) To consider applications received

C/64/120A Erection of agricultural worker's dwelling and agricultural building, Garth Nook Farm, Stainforth.

Resolved: No comment.

b) To note any decisions received - none

c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate - none


11 Finance

a) To authorise payment of accounts including the Clerk's quarterly expenses claim as per schedule.
Resolved: That the accounts be approved, including the Clerk's claim for expenses.

b) Annual Audit for year ended 31 March 2013 - to receive the report of the External Auditor. No matters had referred to the Council for attention and the necessary completion notice had been exhibited. HMRC - end of year payroll procedure - the Clerk informed the council of recent correspondence.
Resolved: That the report of the External Auditor be received.

c) 2013/2014 National Salary Award for parish clerks - to receive information and to consider
implementation with effect from 1 April 2013. The recommendation was that a 1% increase be awarded backdated to 1 April 2013.
Resolved: That this be approved and arrears paid with the Clerk's next quarterly pay.

d) Allotment - plot 2 - to receive update and to consider request that the plot be divided in two. The Council was reminded that a tenant of another allotment had expressed interest in swapping his plot for a larger one should one become available hence it was suggested that rather than split plot No 2, tenants of plots 2 and 3 should swap.
Resolved: That this course of action be approved.

e) Good Councillor's Guide - 4th edition - to consider purchase. No action - the Clerk reminded members that a copy had already been e-mailed to them and he himself had a copy of the latest edition.

12 Winter Weather Agent Scheme - use of salt spreader

a) Use by volunteers - to undertake risk assessment - to follow.

b) Winter Weather Agent Scheme - to consider location of two additional salt bins in Little Stainforth -
advice still awaited.


13 Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - Yorkshire Dales Local Plan 2015- 203

a) To consider response to Options Consultation. There was comment that the proposals could encourage the adoption of inappropriate designs for property and were being challenged by Craven Heritage Trust and the CPRE.
Resolved: That Local Plan 2015 - 2030 should not facilitate adoption of inappropriate designs, cause an adverse impact on the local environment nor on the rural landscape.


14 Street Lights

a) To receive reports of defects for action and any other relevant information. No repairs required.

b) 'Village Lighting' - to discuss letter received. This had been circulated. The PC had no intention of
removing lights from various locations in the village, indeed the converse; hence the undertaking of
recent improvements.
Resolved: That the correspondent be informed accordingly.

c) To discuss operation of the street light opposite Hollies Cottages. A complaint had been received
regarding the operation of this light. This had been corrected by the contractor.


15 Highways

a) To receive any reports for action - none


16 Repairs and Maintenance

a) To receive any reports for action - none

17 To respond to correspondence received

i) Craven District Council - offer of Officers to attend parish council meetings - noted.
ii) Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) - offer of use of ram's head logo
Resolved: That this offer be accepted.
iii) YDNPA - future of rural GP Surgeries - dialogue with relevant Government departments -
iv) Police & Crime Commissioner - recruitment of Special Constables - noted.
v) NYCC - proposed reductions to bus service subsidy - consultation - circulated.
vi) Craven DC - advice of next Parishes Liaison Group Meeting - 30 October 2013.
vii) Healthwatch North Yorkshire - new Local Consumer Champion - circulated.
viii) Dales LEADER - invite to 'Firm Friends' Event - 8 October 2013 - received.
ix) Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) - invite to Networking Event - 12 October 2013 - received.
x) Craven DC - Craven's Tour de France Cultural Festival Workshop - received.
xi) Yorkshire Local Councils Associations - Agenda of Craven Branch Meeting to be held at the
Victoria Hall, Settle, on Saturday, 26 October 2013 at 2.00pm - received.

Resolved: That all items of correspondence be received.

18 To receive items of information - all circulated

Resolved: That all items of information be received.


19 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, 12 November, 2013 at 7.30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.56pm.