A Meeting of the above named Council convened by the Council was held in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall on Monday, 20th January 2014 at 7.00pm.
Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Waites
Cllr Bell Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Denison Cllr Harrison
Cllr Parry Cllr Robinson
District Cllrs Butler and Duff
2891. PUBLIC REPRESENTATIONS
Mrs Sheila Simms had attended a NYCC Special Area Committee Meeting held the previous week at which the bus service cuts were discussed. The Area Committee had agreed with the proposed cuts. Recent press reports had implied that the final decisions were being postponed to allow more time for consultation but in fact NYCC Executive would make their decision on the cuts on 21st January.
2892. APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Warland.
2893. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members Register of Interest – Cllr Denison expressed an interest in item 6(e) on the Agenda.
2894. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 16th December 2013 were approved as a correct record with the addition of two extra comments made by Cllr Waites when discussing the possible removal of parking spaces at the top of the square.
2895. CLERK'S REPORT
Richmondshire District Council had responded to a letter sent to them by the Town Council questioning the legality of increasing car park charges but using the extra income for other responsibilities of the District Council i.e. not car parks. The letter confirmed that any surplus income is paid into the Council's 'base budget'. District Cllr Butler informed Town Councillors that the District Council is not breaking any laws by doing this since the car parks are on private land, owned by Richmondshire District Council. The letter also informed the Town council that there are no plans to sell the pay and display car park at the present time.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire is running a survey to seek the views of North Yorkshire residents over a proposed £4 p.a. (8p per week) increase in the Police precept that would help to maintain the number of police officers on the beat. Anybody who wishes to have their say on the council tax precept should visit www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk and select 'precept' on the homepage or by calling 01423 569562.
2896. REPORTS FROM MEETINGS ATTENDED BY COUNCILLORS
Cllr Bainbridge had attended a Leyburn Town Team Meeting at which the first new cycle route leaflet produced by local cyclists had been presented. The plan is to produce five leaflets in total.
Cllrs Robinson, Bell and Walker had attended the Shawl Meeting at which the planting of a hedge in the lower west corner of Chapel Flatts had been discussed.
2897. CORRESPONDENCE & REPORTS
a. NYCC Proposed introduction of waiting restrictions: Brentwood (West end) – Councillors agreed with the proposed restrictions but asked that if they are brought in then the first set of speed humps should be removed.
b. NYCC Proposed extension of 30 mph speed limit (revised proposal)
A684 Harmby Road – Councillors agreed with the proposal but will ask Highways if it could be extended as far as the eastern boundary of Tennants. Once the new extension is completed then there will be an increase in traffic arriving at and leaving Tennants as well as an increase in pedestrians in that area.
c. Welcome to Yorkshire - An invitation was sent to Councillors to attend the Tour De France Roadshow at Leeds on 20th February to hear the latest information on the event.
d. Leyburn Band - It was agreed to become a Patron of Leyburn Band.
e. Hambleton & Richmondshire Citizens Advice Bureau - The request for a donation would be discussed as part of the precept decision.
f. Kelberdale Toilets – Councillors discussed the running costs. An application had been sent to the Valuation Office at Harrogate to make an appeal against the high business rates that are charged. Cleaning costs would not be reduced very much if the Town Council was to employ its own team of cleaners. Cllr Robinson proposed that the Council looks into the cost of installing a door with a payment box at each exterior doorway. This matter will be discussed again.
g. Andrew J Brook, The Friends of Brentwood Lodge - An invitation had been received for a Councillor to join the Group. It was agreed that this would not be considered until the public meeting had been held on 22nd January so that the Town Council could be clear about exactly what the 'Friends' group's aims were.
h. Town Council meeting dates for 2014 – It was agreed to hold the April Meeting on Tuesday, 22nd April.
2898. THORNBOROUGH HALL
The Oak Room is now available for hire on Tuesday evenings.
a. 13/00700/S106 Application for modification of agreement under Section 106 of Town and Country Planning Act in respect of deletion of Clause 3 of fourth Schedule that restricts use of development authorized by planning permission 1/78/298A/PA to the first owner only at Tennants of Yorkshire, Harmby Road Granted
b. 13/00657/Full Full planning for new stone boundary wall with black iron railings to rear of Bolton House (now House & Home), Market Place. Granted
c. 13/00682/Full Full planning for installation of medium scale 250kw solar PV array on Quarry floor at Shawl Quarry, Moor Road. Granted
d. 13/00644/Full Full planning for construction of 2 detached dwellings at land adjacent Thornborough Crescent, Richmond Road. Granted
e. 13/00689/Full Full planning for proposed anaerobic digestion plant consisting of main digester tank, two combined heat and power containers, flare stack, pump room, sub station, feed hopper and digestate separator together with ancillary hard standing at Washfold Farm, Moor Road Granted
f. 13/00735/LBC Listed Building Consent for alterations to existing second floor bedrooms and flat to form ensuite bedrooms and Manager's Flat at The Bolton Arms, Market Place.
g. 13/00772/Full Full planning for erection of single dwelling on land at 10 Quarry Hills Lane, Leyburn.
Councillors had no objections to item (f). However, with regard to item (g) Councillors felt that the latest application did not differ significantly from the previous one and reiterated their previous comments i.e. the design is unsuitable for the Conservation Area at Quarry Hills.
2900. PLAYING FIELDS
Councillors agreed to consider the replacement of the old log 'climber' using funding from the District Council Children's Play Improvement Fund. This was recommended in the recent Rospa report. The Clerks will find suitable replacements and prices for the February Meeting.
Councillors had intended to discuss the request from Mrs. C. Craddock for permission to have a cameo photo on a headstone. The Chairman pointed out that the Town Council would first of all need to remove the rule prohibiting this for this to be considered at all. Therefore the Town Council will vote on removing the existing rule or maintaining it at the February Meeting.
a. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.
b. The precept for 2014/15 was set at £35,500, a similar figure to last year. This includes the sum of £1,000 to help towards practical arrangements for the Tour de France in July 2014. A further sum towards the event can be considered from the Thornborough Hall account at a later date.
2903. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION
Cllr Robinson will remove the Christmas tree in the Market Place.
The Chairman had received an email complaining about the large amount of litter on the embankment above Woodside. The Town Council will contact the Wensleydale School about this matter and ask if they can arrange to get it cleared up.
The District Council will be asked if they can tidy up the area around the youth pod.
2904. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 17th February 2014 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.
By Order of the Council.