Minutes 131210

Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at 7.30pm.

The public and press were invited.

Present: Cllrs Asher, Mills, Sharp and Warren. Also, the Clerk.

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.


3 To receive apologies - Cllr Fairweather and Sgt Les Moorhouse of the local police.


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

a) Sgt Moorhouse had advised that as the police were required elsewhere, none would be present at this meeting. However, he had provided a brief update as follows:

Crime remained low, with none reported in the parish since 26 October 2013. Figures showed a 61% reduction in burglaries in the Ribblebanks area, from 18 to 7 in the year to date. General theft had increased and this was the main issue at present. Sgt Moorhouse had referred to a specific operation, 'HAWK'. This was to tackle cross-border crime and staff were working additional hours in the evenings to counter it. To conclude, there had been success in catching Land Rover thieves near Grassington, and there had been three other arrests for theft near Gargrave,

b) Launch of Countrywatch - the Clerk advised that he had just received details of this scheme and information was circulated. Parish Councils were invited to nominate a member to be the local contact and this would be discussed at the next meeting. Posters had also been received and had been displayed on the village notice board.

6 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 12 November 2013

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


7 Matters Arising (information only)

i) YDNPA - Use of ram's head logo - the Council had been advised that its application had been successful.

ii) Cllr Mills - her Registration of Interests form had now been uploaded to Craven DC's website.

8 Planning

a) To consider applications received - none

b) To note any decisions received

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

Conditional approval had been given.
c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate

Three copy letters of objection to planning applications C/64/26N and C/64/26P/LB - received.


9 Finance

a) To authorise payment of accounts including the Clerk's quarterly expenses claim as per schedule. There were no accounts for payment

b) Open Spaces Society - to consider donation to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Robert Hunter, an early activist and solicitor
Resolved: No action.
c) c) LGA 1972 s137 - advice of increase in elector limit to £7.20 for year 2014/15 - noted.
d) YLCA - Chairman Briefing - Council Tax Support Grant - received.
e) Donations - to consider donations for year 2013/14 (those already approved related to 2014/15)
i) Settle Area Swimming Pool
ii) Craven Citizens Advice Bureau
iii) Royal British Legion
Resolved: That these remain as per the 2013/14 budget/precept.
f) Precept 2014/2015 - to consider budget and provisional precept. The precept had been produced to show an increase of £220 to £5460 though as the grant from central government had not yet been finalised, councils had been advised to delay finalising their submissions till January.
Resolved: That the provisional budget be received and considered again at the next scheduled meeting of the Council.

11 Winter Weather Agent Scheme

Cllr Fairweather had agreed to provide assistance in this regard but as he was absent, it was agreed to defer this matter till the next scheduled meeting.


12 Street Lights

a) To receive reports of any defects for action. Lights at the Old Reading Room and East Green
had been reported to the Clerk for action and had already been repaired.
The light on the Coach House had been off since there had been a formal complaint that it was too bright. It had now been requested that the light be restored.
Resolved: That this light be reinstated with a yellow, less powerful bulb.
Light at entrance to car park - it was reported that this was going off at 7.30pm.
Resolved: That this be adjusted to operate in time with most of the other lights.
b) To receive information on the Council's street lighting - not required.
c) To agree hours of operation of the street light opposite Hollies Cottages. This light had been restored to continuous operation following complaints from a resident. However, it was considered to be too bright.
Resolved: That the light should remain lit during the night but the bulb should be changed to a yellow, less powerful bulb.


13 Highways

a) To receive any reports for action
i) Junction of Church Lane with B6479 - yellow lines have been continued across the junction.
Resolved: That Highways be requested to arrange for these to be removed.


14 Repairs and Maintenance

a) To receive any reports for action - none

15 To respond to correspondence received - none


16 To receive items of information - circulated

Resolved: That all items of information be received.


17 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, 14 January, 2014 at 7.30pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.23pm.