A Meeting of the above named Council convened by the Council was held in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall on Monday, 16th June 2014.
Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Parry Cllr Harrison
2966. PUBLIC REPRESENTATIONS – There were no public representations.
Presentations were made by District Councillor John Blackie and Tony Clark, Managing Director of Richmondshire District Council. District Cllr Blackie spoke of the Local Development Plan, now under consultation, new rules for the allocation of social housing, the new special care facility to be built on Harmby Road, the Playground Improvement Fund from which Leyburn has benefited twice already and the new District Council premises at Richmond.. Mr Clark informed the Council that Richmondshire had received 46% less government grant funding in the five years up to 2015. The service provision will reduce in the future with previously free services being charged for, some not running at all e.g. some leisure services, an increasing number of volunteers required and less employees in the future. The District Council is taking back the shared services from Hambleton District Council but at no cost to the Council. Town Councillors questioned how the new retail park at the Garrison will benefit Leyburn and the hope was that this will stop some shoppers leaving the Richmondshire area to travel to Darlington and Teeside. Councillor Blackie would look into the delay in the work to build the extra care facility and promised that tenants of Thornborough Hall flats could remain in their flats in the future. Councillors criticised the fact that the 40% requirement for affordable housing in future developments is subject to a financial viability study and can be reduced if the developer feels that they cannot afford to supply that percentage. Cllr Walker thanked District Councillor Blackie and Mr Clark for attending the meeting.
2967. APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Bell.
2968. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members' Register of Interest – There were no Declarations of Interest.
2969. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 19th May 2014 were approved as a correct record.
2970. CLERK'S REPORT
The Leyburn Community Litter Pick would take place on Sunday, 22nd June from 10.00 – 12.00, meeting at the Wensleydale School.
The Town Council had been successful in its Richmondshire Play Improvement Fund grant application for funding towards a new roundabout for the small playground on Wensleydale Avenue.
NYCC had informed the Town Council that as from 2015 they will not cut any grass verges apart from those which need cutting for safety reasons.
NYCC Highways had informed the Town Council that Brentwood would be closed from its junction at the Sandpiper to just beyond the junction with Quarry Hills on Friday, 20th June for one day.
Richmondshire District Council had opened a new round of funding under the Richmondshire Area Partnership fund. Maximum grants of £500 are available and must demonstrate local need or community benefit. The closing date is 3rd October 2014.
2971. REPORTS FROM MEETINGS ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS
Cllr Bainbridge had attended the Town Team Meeting. Twelve old bikes for the TDF roadside decorations had been donated and had been sprayed yellow by Metcalfe Farms. Bunting would soon be put up in town. Some sections of Richmond Road between the Dale Grove roundabout and the School had a lot of weeds and it was hoped that residents living nearby would pull these up so that the town looks tidy for the TDF weekend. This request applied to other areas in town. The Town Team asked for permission to spray very large letters to spell 'Leyburn' on the playing field so that these can by seen by the TDF helicopters filming the race. Permission was granted.
Cllrs Robinson and Bainbridge had both attended a TDF meeting held at Tennants where the legacy of the TDC was discussed. In future years a 'Tour de Yorkshire' bike race will be held.
Cllr Parry and the Clerk had attended the YLCA Richmondshire Branch Meeting at which Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, had spoken.
Cllr Parry had attended the Clinical Commissioning Group Meeting held at Northallerton. There is now a transport link between the Friarage Hospital and James Cook Hospital.
2972. CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS
a. Clerks & Councils Direct – May 2014
b. YLCA Richmondshire Branch – Minutes from 20/2/14 & Agenda for 5/6/14
c. An election for three Town Councillors will be held on 24th July 2014. Nomination packs were made available from 13th June 2014, there are some at the Town Council Office. All nominations must be received by noon on Friday, 27th June 2014.
d. Election on 24th July – Councillors agreed to order poll cards at a cost of £840. This is in addition to the £3,000 election fee that the Town Council must pay.
e. Leathley's House & Home - Councillors discussed the request to rent a strip of land on the Market Place in front of the new shop to display the goods currently outside the Town Hall i.e. coal, logs, brushes etc. It was agreed not to grant permission since it was felt that this would create a 'corridor' effect along the pavement there and would not benefit the nearby market stalls on Fridays.
f. Leyburn Town Team - Councillors discussed the request for permission to locate cycle racks in the town. Various locations were suggested but Councillors would check three of them for suitability before the next meeting.
g. It was agreed to provide a dog bin for the lower end of Quarry Hills Lane.
h. Leyburn Bowling Club - Councillors granted permission to hold a car boot sale on 10th August 2014 at Craken House Field, Harmby Road.
2973. THORNBOROUGH HALL
The next meeting would be held on Monday, 18th August at 6.30 p.m. before the Town Council Meeting.
a. 14/00205/Full Full planning for erection of building to provide Motor Vehicle Servicing and Repair Garage, incorporating MOT Testing Station and for general purpose agricultural use. Granted
b. 14/00136/VAR Application under Section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act to retain development as built without complying with Conditions 2,3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 12 of Planning permission ref. 1/78/430D/Full St Matthews Works, Railway Street. Granted
c. 14/00268/Full Full planning for two storey extension, renewal of windows, conversion of outbuildings and single storey lean-to extension, High Side, Harmby Granted
d. 14/00156/FULL Full planning permission for erection of portal frame building to extend existing stone working machinery building. Granted
e. 14/00378/Full Full planning to replace front entrance door at Rose Cottage, 6 Quarry Hills Lane.
f. 14/00317/Full Full planning for erection of 47 dwellings and associated garages and hardstanding areas, formation of access roads to Dale Grove and Wensleydale Avenue (following demolition of extension of No. 17) emergency vehicle link and planting of tree belt at land at Maythorne Farm.
g. 14/00300/Full Full planning for provision of gate and gateposts to replace existing at 16 Brentwood.
h. 14/00433/FULL Full planning permission for installation of Biomass Boiler System at Biker Wenwaste Ltd, Moor Road, Leyburn.
With reference to item (f), Councillors were concerned that the primary school and the doctors surgery are already working at full capacity, as is the Leyburn water treatment plant. There was also concern that the surface water will also end up in the main sewers to add to the problem.
With reference to item (h), it was felt that some tree planting should be incorporated in the scheme to hide the new buildings since they are six feet higher than existing buildings.
2975. TOUR DE FRANCE
The District Council will have extra staff in Leyburn all day on 5th July to keep bins empty and to clean the toilets.
a. Public inspection of the Town Council annual accounts is by appointment from 16th June to 14th July 2014.
b. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.
c. Councillors approved the Town Council's Annual Return.
d. Councillors approved the Leyburn Town Council Financial Regulations.
2977. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION
Cllr Parry was concerned that the previous month's minutes may have given the impression that the Town Council was pleased with the new bus service timetable but this was not the case.
The pathway leading to Dale Grove from Richmond Road is very overgrown again, NYCC will be reminded once more.
Cllr Robinson was very impressed with the new, fresh look of the Black Swan in the Market Place. With regard to the possible development of houses near to Yarker Bank, he wondered who actually owns the road leading to Yarker Bank itself.
A Leyburn ratepayer had written to the Darlington and Stockton Times and commented that the three Town Councillors who recently resigned had resigned 'on principle'. The Councillors in question had commented that this was not at all the case and they wondered what 'principle' the author of the letter was referring to.
The door of the market store needs painting. This will be arranged.
2978. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 21st July 2014 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.
By Order of the Council.