PARISH OF STAINFORTH (North Yorkshire)
Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held in Stainforth Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Cllrs Maudsley (Chairman), Fairweather, Pedley & Sharp. Also the Clerk and two parishioners.
Cllr Chris Maudsley, Chairman, extended a warm welcome to the Meeting.
1 Apologies –
Cllr Newhouse, County/District Cllr R C Welch and Pc Carpenter
2 Police Report –
none in the absence of the police
3 Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday, 20 April 2010
The minutes were circulated before commencement of this meeting and following approval, were signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record.
4 Matters Arising - none
5 Chairman’s Report
Cllr Chris Maudsley, Chairman, remarked that it had been a fairly quite year.
The annual precept had been reduced. There had been several enforcement issues in respect of which, unfortunately, the Council’s efforts had come to nought. Most of the Council’s minutes had now been placed in the archives at County Hall after having been copied to CD ROM and made available on the village website. The Chairman paid tribute to those involved.
Mr John Asher thanked the Council for their work during the year.
6 Cllr Richard Welch’s report on County and District Council matters
Cllr Welch was absent at a Craven DC meeting but he had provided a report which was read by the Clerk. This comprised three sections summarising Cllr Welch’s involvement as a County Councillor, District Councillor and Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. In addition, there are eight parish councils in his County Division and he tries to attend parishes by rotation.
In common with the rest of the country, budgets have been drastically reduced and services curtailed as a result. The care home at Greenfoot is to be replaced with a new build and there are a number of very large planning applications in prospect. Changes are afoot locally with the town halls at both Settle and Skipton being offered for sale or lease. Changes will follow if the ‘Localism Bill’ is made law and this will affect parish councils.
Regarding the National Park, 25% of the staff have left and there has been a re-organisation of the management structure. Consultation on changes to the boundaries of the Lake District NP and the Yorkshire Dales NP is continuing. Planning staff are to be given greater powers to deal with applications under delegation and more meetings may be held on the same day than hitherto. The Housing Working Group has identified forty sites within the Park which may accommodate possibly 237 houses, 50% to rent and 50% for sale at ‘affordable’ prices.
7 Clerk’s Report
The Clerk reported that the Council had held 12 meetings during the past year and again thanked the Council for their forbearance during his recent illness. He also expressed appreciation to Cllr Pedley for acting as Clerk (unpaid) during his absence.
Finance – balances at the end of the financial year, 31.3.11 had increased by £798 from £5260 to £6058. This was because the provision for a possible parish election was not required. Donations had been made to Craven CAB - £50; Settle Swimming Pool - £50 and Stainforth Community Action Group - £25. The Precept for 2011/2012 had been fixed at the reduced figure of £5130 and allotment rents maintained at £14 per plot. A new notice board had been provided in the village of Stainforth.
PC minutes – the Clerk thanked Cllr Pedley, Mrs Carole Beattie and Mr Michael Simpson for all their work in connection with the archiving of the minutes and transcription to CR ROM and publication on the village website.
Street lights – maintenance had continued as required.
8 Parishioner Concerns – none
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 7.55pm.