Parish Council Notes – October 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 1st September 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the October edition of the Parish Magazine.

New Clerk
We are pleased to announce the recruitment of our new clerk Sybil Whiting, from Ripon, who will officially start her role on 1st October. She has lots of experience from working with Grewelthorpe Parish Council and we warmly welcome her to our Parish Council.
Becky will continue to be the contact for the village website, so please email her directly if you would like to provide updates, information or photos to be posted on it.

Dementia Forward, who are based in Ripon, are looking in to the possibility of purchasing the old Methodist Chapel to use as an office and ‘drop-in’ place for people with dementia and their family carers. Before they do they would like to hear the views of the village about this proposed usage. Jill Quinn the C.E.O of Dementia Forward will be attending the next Parish Council meeting on 29th September in St Leonards Hall, to outline their plans and answer any questions. If you read this post meeting and have questions please contact the Clerk.

Christmas Tree
We would like to hear whether or not you would like to have a Christmas Tree on the green? The Parish Council will need to research the feasibility of having one (insurance, costs, health & safety, electricity, storage of lights etc) but in the meantime we would like to know if there is enough interest from the village. We have set up a poll on the website – please register your interest online (or to the clerk by post).

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 29th September 2014 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com

Christmas Tree Wanted?

We would like to hear from you if you are keen to have a Christmas Tree on the green in Burton Leonard?

The Parish Council will need to look into the feasibility of having one (insurance, costs, health & safety, electricity source, storage of lights etc) but in the meantime please register your interest in our poll.  Please feel free to leave any comments.

Thank you

Parish Council Notes – August 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 7th July 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the August edition of the Parish Magazine.

Vacancy
The Parish Council invites applications for the post of Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. The Parish Council usually meet 11-14 times a year and the Clerk is responsible for preparing agendas, taking minutes of meetings, dealing with correspondence, following up actions agreed by the councillors and acting as Responsible Financial Officer to the Council which include keeping the accounts, monitoring the budget and assisting in its preparation.

The Clerk is required to work from home and have access to a computer with an internet connection. Contracted hours are five per week paid on a nationally agreed scale starting at £9.009 per hour. Experience would be useful but not essential. Applicants should be willing to undertake agreed training where appropriate.

Applications for this role or requests for further information should be sent to the Clerk: Mrs Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, Burton Leonard, Harrogate HG3 3TX or telephone 01765 677963 or email becks_coates@hotmail.com.

Deadline:  Applications & interest to be submitted by Friday 29th August 2014.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all the councillors, (especially Marie and previously Mark) and villagers for their support for over 6 years in what has been an interesting, diverse, rewarding and often challenging role within the community. Thank you!

Waste & Countryside Services
From 4th August a charge will be made for the disposal of hardcore, rubble and plasterboard delivered to household waste recycling centres in North Yorkshire. From this date they will also be opening up these entries to businesses at a charge. There is a notification poster on the notice board.

Later Life Annual Challenge
This organisation has asked if we can publish the following info on website/magazine about their annual challenge – there are no entrants from Yorkshire so far!!
‘Have you done something new since you retired? Started a new hobby or interest, joined a club or planned an event or trip? The Laterlife Challenge is looking for entries from the over 60s to demonstrate how people are making the most of their retirement years. There are some great prizes and also the knowledge that your story may help inspire others who are finding their senior years lonely or difficult. Chief judge is Blue Peter’s Valerie Singleton. Find out more by visiting: http://www.laterlife.com/challenge’

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 1st September 2014 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com

Parish Council Notes – July 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 2nd June 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the July edition of the Parish Magazine.

Planning

The following planning notification has been received and it will be available to view at the next Parish Council meeting: 6.68.182.FUL Erection of replacement dwelling and detached garages and formation of hard standing (site area 0.097ha) at Field House, Mill Lane, Burton Leonard. The plans are available to view at http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/planning.

Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Depart on 5-6 July 2014
Timetables for both days of the Yorkshire Tour can be found on the website.

The A61 section Ripon to Harrogate is due to be closed from approx. 9am until 6pm.

For information: road closures and temporary traffic management will be used on some roads leading to the race route to ensure the safe movement of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to spectator points along the route. Full details of all the closures, including indicative timings, are on NYCC’s website: www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour .

You can also contact customer.services@northyorks.gov.uk or call 0845 2411307.

With thousands of visitors set to flock to our area, North Yorkshire Police is urging people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity on 101.

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 7th July 2014 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com
http://www.burtonleonard.org.uk

 

Parish Council Notes – June 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 12th May 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the June edition of the Parish Magazine.

CHAIRMANS REPORT FOR OPEN MEETING OF BURTON LEONARD PARISH COUNCIL
12TH MAY 2014

I would like to start by thanking my fellow councillors for all their hard work and support over the last year and also Becky, our clerk, for all that she does.

Some of the issues we have had to deal with over the past year are as follows;

HIGHWAYS
The flooding at ‘gravel pits’ has now been resolved and we are grateful to Highways for the work they have done, it seems to have eliminated the problem.

Pot Holes have been an on-going issue over the year and it does seem to take a long time for anything to be done about them, however as Station Lane was closed today we are hopeful that they have been dealt with.

SCHOOL ACCESS
I’m sorry to say that the issue over the access road to the school has still not been resolved, however the school now has a new Headmistress and it is hoped that in the coming year we will be able to agree a solution with the school.

LITTER PICK
The annual village litter pick took place on Saturday 22nd March and it was good to see so many helpers, the most we’ve ever had so our thanks go to everyone who helped and to Paul & Becky for organising it.

PERMISSIVE FOOTPATH
We were able to finalise the permissive footpath with Mountgarret Estates and the new map was published in the parish magazine and in the newsletter, thanks to Becky for all her efforts in achieving this.

LOW GREEN
What a difference a year has made, the Low Green is looking wonderful! Upon obtaining a grant from WREN we were able to instruct Lister Plant Hire & Excavations to lay new drainage works on the green and although it will take about a year for everything to settle, it appears to be coping well with all the rain! A number of villagers have put a lot of work in to this project and the Parish Council is very grateful to them for giving their time and expertise to the project and also to Councillor Chris Whapples who lead the sub-committee.

We have also been able to plant 2 new trees on the Green to replace ones that had been removed, a Field Maple & a White Beam, this was achieved with the help of the school children, who chose which variety should be planted and they also assisted Mark Roberts with the planting. Our thanks to Mark for all his help and also his contribution of £73 to the cost of the trees which he raised by raffling a basket of produce at the flower show. The stumps of the old trees have now been removed as well.
The Green Triangle, opposite the Low Green, has also suffered severe damage this winter, on the side adjacent to the junction with Copgrove Road. This has been caused by large vehicles driving on to it, so we are looking in to the possibility of installing ‘Grass Crete’ along that side as a permanent measure to protect the green.

LDF
We held a number of meetings and drop-in sessions last May & June to help villagers respond to the Local Development Framework. At the moment the latest information we have on the process is that the Inspector appointed to examine it has written to Harrogate Borough Council expressing a number of concerns he has with it. HBC have now asked for a postponement of the hearing until the 14th May when they will make a decision on whether or not to withdraw the plan. What effect this will have on any proposed developments we don’t know, but we will keep everyone informed as much as we can.

PARKING ISSUES
The Council is aware of a number of parking issues which have been reported to us, we have consulted with our local PCSO on this matter and are in the process of putting together a leaflet for every household explaining the legal position and what action to take. The Council asks all villagers to park responsibly and carefully and to be considerate to other road users and neighbours.

And finally, I would like to thank residents who have offered their help to the Parish council over the past year, it is very much appreciated by the Parish Council and to those who attend the meetings, it’s always nice to have an audience!

Harrogate Sites & Policies Formerly LDF – Flats House Development
Since examination hearings have been postponed we are still waiting for the new and forthcoming details which should be posted on the Harrogate website at the following address:
http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/plan/Pages/LP-Programme-Officer.aspx

Dog Mess
Plastic bags with dog mess are continually being left in hedgerows and there is often mess left on pavements, even during Mayfest there were faeces left on the main pavement on Station Lane. The main reason for dog fouling laws is because dog faeces is unhygienic and a health hazard. Dog fouling is unsightly, unpleasant and can lead to toxocariasis which can cause serious injury and even blindness. Please ensure that you clean up after your dog and put the waste in the bins provided. Incidents can be reported to the Dog Warden on 01423 556633.

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com
http://www.burtonleonard.org.uk

Parish Council Notes – May 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 14th April 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the May edition of the Parish Magazine.

Low green trees
Two new trees have been planted on the low green; a White Beam (Sorbus Aria) and a Field Maple (Acer Campestre). We would like to thank Mark Roberts for all his help and also a big thank you to all the children who helped choose and plant the trees. Thank you also to the Burton Leonard Flower Show who donated £73 pounds towards the cost of these trees.

Harrogate Sites & Policies Formerly LDF – Flats House Development
Examination hearings have been postponed next week and new and forthcoming details should be posted on the Harrogate website at the following address:
http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/plan/Pages/LP-Programme-Officer.aspx
The Parish Council hope to make representation at the re-scheduled meetings for the General and the Site specific sessions. If you have requested to be invited to any of the hearings you will have been contacted directly.

Street Parking
We have recently met with local police officers to discuss the parking issues around the village of which we have received many complaints. We urge villagers to park considerately and safely without causing obstruction to pedestrians, driveways and through traffic. Any parking offences should be reported directly to the police by dialling 101 and you should obtain a reference number for the issue reported.

Next meeting
The Open and Annual Meetings of the Parish Council will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 12th May 2014 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com

Parish Council Notes – April 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 3rd March 2014 together with information since the meeting, they will be published in the April edition of the Parish Magazine.

Low Green Trees
Two new trees are due to be planted on the low green, thank you to the school children for their help deciding which trees they like best and their involvement in the planting ceremony!  The new trees are White Beam (Sorbus Aria) and Field Maple (Acer Campestre), we look forward to seeing them in situ, thank you to everyone involved.

Litter pick
The annual village litter pick on Saturday 22nd M arch was a fantastic success – we would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came to help.  It was a great turnout and the village now looks amazing! 

Dog Mess
It is disappointing that although so many people are willing to help pick up litter, there is still a huge problem of dog walkers allowing their dogs to foul the pavements and people who leave bags of dog mess in the hedges.  Please please help keep our village clean by picking up after your dog and using the bins provided.

Street Parking
We have had a number of complaints from villagers about unsafe parking in the village.  Some vehicles parked on Station Lane are blocking the view of people’s drives.  Please be considerate to your neighbours and other road users and park sensibly without causing obstruction to pedestrians & driveways.  If you feel it is unsafe to park your car on the road without mounting the pavement please do not park there and where possible use your own driveways and garages.

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 14th April 2014 (new date) at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to listen to the chairman’s report, raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Marie Barker

The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, becks_coates@hotmail.com

http://www.burtonleonard.org.uk