Minutes 110308

Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in the Village Hall, Stainforth on Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at 7.30pm. The public and press were invited and Parishioner Participation was at 7.30pm.

Present:

Cllrs Maudsley (Chairman), Newhouse and Pedley. Also the Clerk and two parishioners.

During parishioner participation, Mrs Carole Beattie enlarged upon her letter regarding the future care and maintenance of the greens in Stainforth and Little Stainforth. In conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Environmental Group is taking part in a parish wildlife project in order to improve the quality and quantity of wildlife. Maps were provided showing the areas involved, one near the Cottage and Well at Little Stainforth and another near Winders House and the Stepping Stones in Stainforth. There is also a bit of grass verge near the Pinfold. Agreement will be required from a local farmer and from the YDNPA, the latter as regards the varieties of plants to be obtained.

1 Apologies

Cllrs Fairweather and Sharp. Also from Pc Carpenter

2 Declarations of Interest

none

3 Police Report

none in the absence of the police

4 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 February 2011

The Minutes had been circulated prior to the meeting.

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

5 Matters Arising - none

i) Request for dog bin – no news despite further enquiry – to be chased again.

ii) Street lighting – maintenance – no further news from NYCC – to be chased again

iii) Road works – now undertaken below the Riddings and the blocked drain on Dog Hill Brow.

iv) Repair of bench – further enquiry to be made by Chairman

6 Planning

a) To consider applications received - none

b) To note any decisions received - none

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

i) Land adjacent to Holly House, Stainforth – update.
The Council had been advised that the kerbs would be delivered within the next week and that resources would be available to commence on site by 14 March 2011. However, though the kerbs had now been obtained, on the day of this meeting, the parish council was informed that work could not commence because of obstruction and Highways was taking legal advice.

ii) Craven DC –
Consultation of new protocol for pre-application advice – received.

7 Finance

a) To authorise payment of accounts including Clerk’s quarterly remuneration and expenses as per schedule

Resolved: That the payments be approved.

b) Allotment rents – to undertake annual review.

Resolved: That they be unchanged at £14 for the next financial year.

c) HMRC – to discuss requirement to register as an employer.

The Council had been informed that from 6 April 2011, it would be a legal requirement for the parish council to register as an employer.

The Clerk had circulated the information.

Resolved: That the parish council should so register.

d) Craven CAB –

the Clerk reported that the council did not seem to have received the annual request for a donation, the sum of £50 being included in the Precept. In order to make the donation in the current financial year, it was agreed that a cheque for £50 be sent, payment being formally approved at the next meeting.

8 To arrange the Annual Parish Meeting

Resolved: That the Annual Parish Meeting be held in Stainforth Village Hall on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 at 7.30pm and that Cllr Richard Welch and Pc Harry Carpenter be invited.

9 To consider a request from the Environmental Group to vary management of sections of the west Green in Stainforth and the Village Green in Little Stainforth to enhance the wild flowers and wildlife

This had been discussed during parishioner participation.

Resolved: That this be approved.

Continued/

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10 YDNPA – to respond to consultation draft on Guide to Sustainable Energy Production in the Yorkshire Dales National Park –

received.

11 To discuss the provision of broadband internet access in the village

This item had been included at the request of Cllr Sharp and the provision of broadband locally was discussed. The Council felt there was little they could do and suggested that Internet Service

Providers be contacted concerning problems, the Council being supportive of any action to increase the speed of internet access locally.

12 NYCC – to discuss the Parish Charter -

received and circulated

13 Street Lights

a) To receive reports of defects for action and any other relevant information.

No defects reported.

14 Highways

a) To receive any reports for action

i) Village sign on main road at entrance to village from Settle direction – needs straightening.

ii) Pot holes in Main Street.

15 Repairs and Maintenance

a) To receive any reports for action -

none

b) Repair of bench – bottom of Goosker –

joiner to be contacted.

16 To respond to correspondence received

i) North Yorkshire Reward Grant Fund – received.

ii) YLCA – Training & Development Programme 2011 – received.

iii) The Dales Integrated Transport Alliance (DITA) – request for support received from DITA for proposed application for funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This was felt to be a worthy cause and the Clerk undertook to send a letter of support in principle.

17 To receive items of information

LASRUG newsletter, remainder circulated. Cllr Maudsley reported that he had been contacted by a parishioner who had commented on the irregular parking of motor homes on Helwith Bridge car park – to be included on next agenda.

18 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, 19 April 2011, immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting but not before 7.45pm.

There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 8.30pm.

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