A Meeting of the above named Council convened by the Council was held in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall on Monday, 15th December 2014.
Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Parry Cllr Harrison
Cllr Harper Cllr Sanderson
Cllr Pace Cllr Borman
District Cllr Butler
3045. PUBLIC REPRESENTATIONS
There were no Public Representations.
3046. APOLOGIES were received from District Cllr Duff.
3047. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members' Register of Interest – There were no interests to declare.
3048. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 17th November 2014 – Councillors approved the minutes of the meeting as a correct record with an amendment requested by Cllr Parry to the 'reports from meetings' section.
3049. CLERK'S REPORT
Richmondshire District Council had informed the Town Council that they would continue to cut all their areas of grass in Leyburn during the next financial year.
The District Council has adopted the Richmondshire Local Plan Core Strategy 2012 – 2028. The document is available at local community offices and the District Council website.
Richmondshire District Council has produced a draft Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan for Quarry Hills and is seeking comments from the Town Council by 19th January 2015. The document is available on the District Council's website.
NYCC Highways had responded to a request for improvements to the Leyburn to Middleham Road to make the narrow section safer. Unfortunately their funding only covers management of the highway and not improvements such as widening. The mini roundabout in the town centre will be repainted and they have asked the site manager to ensure that the road outside the building site on Harmby Road is kept clean. Cllr Borman requested that the Middleham Road safety matter is put on the next agenda in order to discuss other methods of making it safer.
3050. REPORTS FROM MEETINGS ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS
Cllr Bainbridge had attended a meeting of the Town Team. The COF grant they are seeking will not cover consultation and research services and therefore will be used for new signage for the town.
Cllr Parry had attended the Library Consultation event at Leyburn Library. Cllr Parry felt that it was unfair the all the small libraries will be expected to be run entirely by volunteers whilst larger libraries will continue to be fully staffed. If all libraries used some volunteers then paid staff could be spread throughout all branches. This comment will be included in the letter to be sent to the Library Service.
3051. CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS
a. Councillors discussed the removal of the requirement for a seconder for proposals at meetings (item requested by Cllr Borman). However, there was no seconder to the motion and therefore the motion was not carried.
b. Leathley's House & Home – Councillors discussed Mr Leathley's second request to rent a strip of land on the Market Place in front of his new shop to display goods for sale. It was agreed that a site meeting would be arranged for one Friday when the market stalls are nearby in order and to see how this would fit in with those and to obtain more information about the type of goods, size of display units etc.
c. Councillors agreed to send a letter of support to Sustrans re. their request to alter a cycle route to come through Leyburn (item requested by Cllr Bainbridge).
d. HM Courts & Tribunals Service - Consultation on proposed merger of the Local Justices Areas in North Yorkshire – There were differing views expressed about this. Some Councillors felt that there were benefits in improved management and training for the bench being carried out centrally. Some Councillors were concerned that if any local courts were closed then witnesses as well as offenders would have to travel further to attend court.
e. Richmondshire District Council – Councillors discussed the proposed street names for new housing development at Maythorne Farm. Most were considered inappropriate and it was agreed that 'Maythorne Meadows' was probably the most suitable.
f. Staff salaries – These were discussed in closed session at the end of the meeting.
a. 14/00729/Full Full planning for erection of 1.8 m high fence around all the perimeter of Garden (retrospective), Stonecliffe, 5 Quarry Hills Lane. Granted
b. 14/00772/Full Full planning for proposed sun lounge and detached garage at
10 St Matthew's Close. Granted
c. 14/00821/Full Full planning to convert part of existing garage to form dog grooming salon; installation of side door and window at 4 Hawthorn Close.
d. 14/00855/Full Full planning for extension to form sun lounge and installation of two first floor balconies, replacing existing windows with patio doors at Oaklodge, 2 Jenkins Garth.
e. 14/00918/Full Full planning for alterations and extension to side and rear at
With regard to item (c) Councillors were concerned about possible problems to neighbours such as noise from the dogs and customers' cars.
Councillors had no objections to items (d) and (e).
a. Councillors received a letter of resignation from the Market Superintendent,
Mrs Margaret Taylor, who has worked for the Town Council since 1987. When Mrs Taylor finishes just after the new year the job will be carried out on a temporary basis by Mr Will Dinsdale. The job will be advertised in January.
b. Market charges 2015 – Councillors agreed not to raise these for the next financial year. It was also agreed that the Market Rules would be reviewed during 2015.
3054. PLAYING FIELDS
The Rospa reports had now been received for both playgrounds. These will be discussed at a future meeting.
Councillors reviewed the cemetery charges for 2015 and it was agreed that these should not be increased for the next financial year. During 2015 Councillors will discuss the possibility of introducing an internment fee in the future.
a. The precept will be set at the January Meeting.
b. Councillors approved the accounts as attached. However, Cllr Borman wished it to be minuted that he did not approve the accounts since he does not understand them.
3057. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION
Cllr Borman would like the Council to discuss signage for Leyburn on the A1. He was aware of the high cost of a brown sign (at least £100,000) and therefore the name could be added to the sign indicating Bedale at the roundabout adjacent to the motorway. Cllr Sanderson informed the Meeting that the Yorkshire Dales National Park is currently negotiating a new sign for the A1 with the Highways Agency. The Lower Wensleydale Area Partnership will support any bid for signposting as best as they can and will ask the Town Council for a letter of support at the appropriate time.
Cllr Sanderson had received several critical comments about the town's Christmas tree. The Clerk had ordered a much larger tree and next year will ensure that one of the correct size is delivered.
Cllr Parry asked if Councillors' addresses could be put on the Town Council website.
Cllr Harrison commented on the poor standard of driving that occurs regularly in the morning when drivers carry out u-turns at the Dale Grove roundabout when dropping off children at the school.
Cllr Begley reported that the subsidence on Harmby Road near Hudspeths Carpets has still not been repaired.
The Clerk informed Councillors that the end of Love Lane has now been resurfaced. This is being paid for by District Council funding originally intended for the lane adjacent to Thomas the Bakers shop (which is now in private ownership).
3058. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 19th January 2015 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.
By Order of the Council.
The meeting was re-convened after item 3058 with the press and public excluded in accordance with the Local Government Act 1972 para 12 Schedule 12A part 1 in order to discuss staff salaries.