Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 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 Apologies - Cllr R Fairweather and County/District Cllr R C Welch

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

i) To receive the monthly report. In the absence of the police, there was no report.
ii) To respond to consultation over proposed £4 rise in policing precept to protect officer numbers. The correspondence had been circulated and there was the opportunity for Members to respond individually - online, if they wished.
iii) North Yorkshire Police - Country Watch - to further consider parish council representation. The Clerk reminded the Council of this initiative and commented on the benefits which would be available to a member who signed up. However, it was felt that the initiative was similar to Neighbourhood Watch and as a member of the parish council took an active part in this, it was considered that no further action was necessary.

6 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Resolved: That the Minutes be approved and signed by the Chairman of the Meeting.

7 Matters Arising

i) Potholes on Dog Hill Brow - the Clerk reported that these had been repaired.

8 Planning

a) To consider applications received
C/64/42B Extension into adjacent store to form bedroom with en-suite and to extend existing porch. Sannat Hall Farm, Stainforth.
Resolved: That this application be approved.
b) To note any decisions received - none
c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate

i) YDNPA - Planning Service - Parish Forum questionnaire - circulated.
Resolved: No action on this occasion.
ii) YDNPA - Planning Service - Yorkshire Dales Local Plan - Call for suggestions of business/employment land and sites for elderly extra care accommodation - circulated. The Council did not have any suggestions to make on this occasion.
Resolved: That the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority be informed accordingly.


9 Finance

i) To authorise payment of accounts as per schedule. There were no bills received before the meeting however, the annual bill for room hire had been left at the village hall for the Council's attention. This was for £60 (as precepted for) and a cheque was thus prepared in payment.
ii) Craven DC - Parish Grant 2014/15 - to note outcome of member discussions. The correspondence had been circulated to the Council and the Clerk advised that as it had decided to keep its precept at the current level of £5240, there would be a small reduction in the Band D charge for 2014/15.

10 Winter Weather Agent Scheme

i) To consider location of two additional salt bins in Little Stainforth - nothing to report.
ii) Advice of additional funding for new schemes - received and noted, the Council not being aware of any demand at this time.

11 To complete risk assessments in respect of volunteer use of the council's motor mower

Cllr Fairweather had kindly volunteered to produce the risk assessments but as he was not present, it was decided to defer this matter till the next meeting.

12 Street Lights

a) To receive reports of any defects for action. The light outside Joe's Close, opposite the public house, was not working - Clerk to report for repair.

13 Highways

a) To receive any reports for action. Cllr Asher enquired if the drains on Goat Scar Lane, were being kept clear and Cllr Sharp said that they were being monitored.

14 Repairs and Maintenance

a) To receive any reports for action - none.

15 To respond to correspondence received

i) Craven Citizens Advice Bureau - letter of appreciation received following recent donation.
ii) Faceless Arts - 'Follow the Diversion' - requests for expression of interest to support funding bid - discussed. This would require the Council to consider a local initiative. However, though supportive, it did not feel it could assist on this occasion.
Resolved: That the organisation be informed accordingly
iii) YDNPA - Parish Initiative 2014 - this was a repeat of the offer for a representative of the YDNPA to attend a meeting of the parish council. As one had attended relatively recently, it was not felt necessary to repeat the exercise again during 2014
Resolved: That the YDNPA be advised accordingly and thanked for their consideration.
iv) Craven DC - Dragons Den 2014 - details had been received just before the last meeting, though too late for inclusion on the agenda. Posters had been displayed.

16 To receive items of information

Items had been circulated but there was an additional advice and poster from NYCC, advertising the forthcoming Local and Family History Day at the Pavilions, Harrogate, on Saturday, 15 March 2014; 10am till 4pm.

Resolved: That all items of information be received.

17 To arrange the next meeting of the Parish Council

Resolved: That the next scheduled meeting of the Parish Council be held in Stainforth Village Hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday, 11 March 2014.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.15pm.