Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 at 7.30pm.

The public and press were invited.

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

1 To elect a Chairman

Cllr Sharp was elected Chairman of this meeting

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

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

3 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 Policing

a) To receive the monthly report. Sgt Les Moorhouse of Settle police had reported that though there had been no crime in the parish of Stainforth during the last month, the police had attended two incidents, a cyclist who had come off his bike on Goat lane and a walker who had collapsed. There had been no reported issues at the Foss, the police having been paying passing attention there. The Tour de France was without incident locally, there being only one related crime in the whole of Craven (theft of a hand bag from a tent in Kilnsey), all weekend, which was very pleasing. Crime in other areas of rural Craven remains low too.

b) Rural crime - advice just received to the effect that the government has confirmed a two-year funding package for a newly created National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) operating across England and Wales. Funding of almost £40,000 was announced by the Home Office on Monday 28 July 2014. It
would be used to provide information and support for rural communities by encouraging direct interaction between businesses, organisations and the police. The concept for a rural crime network was developed by the Rural Services Network, working alongside most of those PCCs serving rural communities. NRCN chairman and Yorkshire PCC Julia Mulligan had said "once fully operational the network will help enable a better response to the problems of rural crime and anti-social behaviour."

6 To receive the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday, 3 June 2014

The Minutes had been circulated.

Resolved: That they be received.

7 To approve the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Resolved: That the Minutes be approved and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting as a true and correct record.

8 Matters Arising

i) Taitlands - variation of Premises Licence - a hearing was held on 7 July 2014. The outcome is unknown - enquiries to be made.

ii) Craven Heifer public house - kitchen vent - despite reference to the planning authority and a recent chaser, the metal vents had still not painted as required. Further enquiry to be made.

iii) Local bus service - Horton in Ribblesdale to Tosside - received.

9 Planning

a) To consider applications received

b) To note any decisions received

C/64/26Q/LB Internal and external works as amendment to previous consent under reference

C/64/26H/LB granted 30 April 2010. Taitlands, Stainforth. Permission granted.

c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate

EC/64/28A - Unauthorised siting of marquee and removal of trees. Taitlands, Stainforth. Notice of
Appeal Against Unauthorised Building Operations Enforcement - received.

10 Finance

i) To authorise payment of accounts as per schedule, including the Clerk's expenses claim for the quarter 1 April - 30 June 2014

Resolved: That payment of the accounts be approved. These consisted of Mr J N Barker's bill for work on street lights and the Clerk's expenses.

11 To complete risk assessments in respect of volunteer use of the council's motor mower - deferred to next scheduled meeting.

12 Settle & District Aid in Sickness Fund

a) To consider nomination of a representative following recent advertisement. Despite advertising the post, unfortunately, nobody had come forward. Cllr Asher sought leave to enquire of Mrs Maureen Durkin if she would be interested.

Resolved: That this course of action be approved, the Clerk to be informed of the outcome.

13 Superfast Broadband (Cllr Sharp)

Having become aware of the provision of a high speed broadband service in Horton, Cllr Sharp and the Clerk had enquired of the current state of play regarding the provision of a similar service in the parish of Stainforth, to be informed that the parish may be served from the Settle exchange by cabinet three which is in Langcliffe. This cabinet is due to be upgraded for fibre by the end of this year. However, as the last part of the fibre journey is over copper wires, then the distance from the cabinet to Stainforth can be no further than 1.2kms, whereas it is approx 2.10kms and Little Stainforth 3.17kms from the cabinet, thus deemed too far from the cabinet to benefit from fibre. However, a further £8m funding had been made available which will be spent by BT to enable more communities with fibre. The outcome of this will depend on the result of a trial that BT are undertaking into a new technology which has the potential to reach further into more rural communities (or those that may be too far away from enabled cabinets). If as hoped, this will be successful, then it is likely to be towards the end of this year/start of next, before there is a plan for exactly which communities will benefit. This will ultimately be decided on the basis of maximising the coverage with the funding available.

Resolved: That

1) the PC requests to be kept informed of progress;

2) the PC should urge local business and other interested parties to write in support of a campaign for better broadband, noting the interest of various sections of the community and supporting their efforts where possible.

Cllr Asher referred to the recent issue or the Rural Services Network News Digest which reported that mobile phone carrier Vodafone had launched a national programme for rural communities to apply for better coverage in "not-spot areas". Vodafone has invited communities to work with their local MP to apply for Vodafone's Open Sure Signal technology and its 3G mobile coverage for their area. Up to 100 rural communities will be connected to the service. Vodafone's trial of the Rural Open Sure Signal led to 12 rural communities having the technology rolled out in their areas. As well as enabling Vodafone 3G voice services, the signal also provides communities with web access on mobile devices - giving apparent hope to those without landline broadband. Applications for the Rural Open Sure Signal programme close on 14 October 2014 with the first communities to be connected by the end of the year.

Resolved: That the Council seeks support of the local MP in this regard.

14 NYCC - Settle Area Freight Quality Partnership

a) To receive minutes of the meeting held on 2 April 2014 - received.

b) To nominate a representative from the parish council - no nomination

15 Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority - parish representation

a) To receive details of nominees and to vote for one of them - circulated.

Resolved: That Cllr Neil Heseltine be nominated.

16 Street Lights

a) To receive reports of any defects for action - none

17 Highways

a) To receive any reports for action - none

b) NYCC - changes to grass cutting with effect from April 2015. None would be undertaken on the highway except where public safety required it.

18 Repairs and Maintenance

a) To receive any reports for action - none

19 To respond to correspondence received

i) NYCC - Commons Act 2006 - raising awareness of the implementation of Part 1 of the Commons Act 2006.

ii) Craven DC - Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations in Craven District - to consider response - none.

iii) Craven DC - Craven Community Champion Awards 2014 - to receive information and to any nomination.

iv) Craven DC - Craven and the First World war project 'Lights Out' - circulated.

v) Rural Services Network - request for parish views on rural housing - circulated.

vi) NYCC - Charges for hardcore, rubble and plasterboard waste - circulated and notices displayed.

vii) Mr Richard Summersgill - application for an allotment - acknowledged and added to waiting list.

viii) Litter and dog fouling at Stainforth Foss - letter of complaint received and discussed, it being remarked that this had been an ongoing problem for many years.

Resolved: That the complainant be advised that the residents of Stainforth have for some considerable time, been aware of problems at the Foss and are doing their best to deal with them.

20 To receive items of information

All items had been circulated.

Resolved: That they be received.

21 To arrange the next meeting of the Parish Council

Resolved: That this be held in Stainforth Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 9 September 2014.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.45pm.