Minutes of the Meeting of Stainforth Parish Council held in the Village Hall, Stainforth on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 at 7.30pm.
Cllrs Fairweather (Deputy Chairman) Newhouse and Warren. Also Mr John Roberts, Member, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Mr P F Leng,Clerk, Pc Harry Carpenter of the local police and one parishioner.
In the absence of Cllr Maudsley, Cllr Fairweather was elected Chairman of this meeting and his Declaration of Acceptance of Office was received.
Cllr Fairweather welcomed Mr John Roberts of the YDNPA.
During parishioner participation, the following matters were raised:
Grass cutting of the Green comment that it was cut quickly on the heels of just having been cut by the parishioner noted.
Stainforth beck missing stepping stone washed away to be reported to responsible authority (YDNPA).
Blocked drain outside Bargh Cottage to be reported to Highways.
Ladies Walk trees on edge of river cleared by parishioner noted with thanks.
St Peter's Church flying of flag reported that on occasions when it would be expected that a flag be flown, none was hoisted to be discussed with Vicar.
Grass to front of Church enquiry as to responsibility for maintenance not certain.
Broken grate outside Rose Cottage, opposite School House to be reported to Highways.
1 Apologies Cllrs Maudsley (Chairman) & Sharp. Also, from County/District Cllr R C Welch.
2 Declarations of Interest
Cllr Warren item 7a - planning application C/64/41A personal and prejudicial neighbour.
3 Police Report
Pc Carpenter reported that there had been two burglaries in the district. Also, that Settle Police Station was likely to be finished in the New Year and that a new Inspector would be appointed in due course.
4 Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA)
a) To receive a presentation from Mr John Roberts, Member, YDNPA, on matters of mutual interest.
Cllr Fairweather introduced Mr John Roberts (JR) who explained his duties as a Member of the YDNPA. He referred to the local quarries, particularly the recent agreement to allow an extension in the period allowed for extraction at Dry Rigg and Arcow quarries. However, this was conditional on the establishment of a rail link to transfer local transportation from road to rail, quarry management being asked to look at this as soon as possible. Electricity supply Swarth Moor consideration being given to placing the cables underground, it being the policy of the YDNPA to work in partnership with utility companies. Planning irregular siting of caravan at Garth Nook enforcement action being considered. JR said that parish council comments on applications are taken seriously and are acted upon as appropriate as part of the determination process.
Referring to a building in Sedbergh, JR said that this was being assigned for community use. He also referred to the slimming-down of staffing at the Authority and boundary changes as a result of the re-designation exercise affecting the Lake District NP and the YDNP. Lastly, JR said that the Localism Act had passed into law and would be effective from 1 April 2012. The PC would be receiving guidance in due course.
5 To approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Resolved: That the Minutes be approved and signed by the Chairman as a true and correct record.
6 Matters Arising (information only)
i) Dog Hill Brow double yellow lines to be reinstated in 2012.
ii) Light at Church gate now replaced and working.
a) To consider applications received
C/64/41A Erection of first floor rear extension. Bridge Cottage, Stainforth
C/64/73C Amended plans for conversion of existing agricultural buildings to relocate caravan site reception/shop and games room and provision of new café - restaurant, toilets, offices and store room. Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan and Camping Park, Little Stainforth .
Resolved: That this application be approved.
b) To note any decisions received
C/64/126/LDC Certificate of Lawful Use or Development alterations Bridge Bungalow, Stainforth
YDNPA advised that the proposed development to alter the existing rear elevation kitchen entrance door and window was lawful.
c) To receive any planning correspondence and to decide on action as appropriate - none
a) To authorise payment of accounts as per schedule.
There were no bills due for payment this month other than the usual monthly direct debit for street light electricity and the schedule was signed by the Chairman of the meeting.
b) To consider donations to Craven Citizens Advice Bureau and the Royal British Legion
Resolved: That donations be made as follows:
Craven CAB - £50.00
Royal British Legion - £25.00
c) Open Spaces Society New threats to green spaces appeal for funds
- no action.
d) Precept 2012 2013 to consider the Council's budget and to set the Precept 2012 2013.
A budget had been circulated and was discussed. Projected figures: expenditure: £5465 (£5350); income: £225 (£220), thus calling for a Precept of £5240 (£5130), an increase of £110 (2.14%).
Resolved that the Precept be approved.
e) Craven DC budget consultation document
9 Street Lights
a) To receive reports of defects for action and any other relevant information
a) To receive any reports for action two items as discussed in parishioner participation
11 Repairs and Maintenance
a) To receive any reports for action
i) Missing stepping stone as reported during parishioner participation see above.
12 To respond to correspondence received
i) HM the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - invite from Chairman, Craven DC to participate in commemorating this event by lighting a beacon received.
Resolved: That Craven DC be thanked for their approach but no action be taken regarding the lighting of a beacon.
ii) Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust Craven Dales Landscape Partnership invite to submit details of suitable projects for inclusion in bid to Heritage Lottery Fund discussed.
Resolved: That this be circulated and included on the agenda for the next meeting.
iii) NYCC Highways and Transportation survey received.
iv) Localism update received.
13 To receive items of information
i) Craven DC Street Cleansing Review update received and circulated.
14 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, 10 January 2012 at 7.30pm.
There being no further business, the meeting was closed at 9.03pm.