Parish Council Notes – November 2010

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 4th October 2010 and will be published in the Parish Magazine in November 2010.

LDF: Building in the village.
We had an interesting initial meeting about the LDF housing plans for Burton Leonard.  You should have received your consultation paper and questionnaire by now; if you haven’t please call 01423 556666 or further information can be found at http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/immediacy-6695.

The current proposal is to develop on the sites of the Hymas yard and the adjoining Hawbers Farm and the field running down to the corner.  This site has been earmarked for 44 new houses, about a 20% increase in the size of the village and probably 90+ extra cars.  In addition to 44 new houses, Harrogate are proposing that 1 Ha of land (about 2.5 acres) be used for employment.  They will not specify what this means, so we have no idea if we will be looking at offices, industrial units or warehouse etc.

What we do know is that any such usage will result in a substantial increase in traffic and noise in the village.  Several people have suggested that the relocation of the Hymas haulage business would be good because it could remove the HGVs from the village roads.   The Parish Council cannot agree that this would be beneficial to the village.  We already know how much extra speeding traffic comes through the village to access the Jubilee Mills site at Copgrove.  The Hymas traffic is mainly early morning and then evening and the business owners are always concerned that their drivers show care when in the village; Industrial units or offices would see an increase in traffic throughout the day probably without any similar concern for the safety of pedestrians.

The Parish Council opposes both the scale of the proposed development and the industrial component.  We are currently preparing responses in which we will reiterate our view that small scale housing on multiple sites would be a better solution.   We are also intending to raise a petition to oppose the development.

The next public meeting will be held on Wednesday 3rd November in St Leonard’s Hall at 7.30pm.  Anyone who wishes to become involved or assist can contact any member of the Parish Council.

Please submit your comments using the consultation questionnaire which can downloaded from the above website, complete it and email to ldf@harrogate.gov.uk or post to the LDF FREEPOST address (shown on the questionnaire).  It is really important that your comments are sent by 26th November which is the end of the consultation period.

High Green Maintenance
This issue is still ongoing and unfortunately we have not yet reached a resolution.

Community Resilience Plan
A committee has been formed to put a plan together in case of an emergency in our village.  We thank all those who have expressed an interest in helping with this process and welcome anyone else who wishes to be involved, please contact Avril Clarke or Becky Coates.  Watch out for our flyer which will be delivered to you soon! 

Parking
Could we please remind villagers to park considerately to others in the village? 

Missing Animals
We have had several reportings of animals going missing in the village; therefore please ensure that you continue to closely supervise your animals.  If you are missing an animal please contact the police immediately.  It would also be helpful to let us know confidentially so that we can keep track of the extent of the problem. 

Broadband
If you would like high speed broadband please submit your vote on the following website:  http://www.racetoinfinity.bt.com/.  The more votes that are counted, (we need 75% of our exchange users to register), then BT may engage with our community to see what they can do in our area.  Please spread the word!

Harrogate Rural Safety Scheme – Mill lane parking bay project
We have been notified that the works on Mill Lane are currently on hold, no new start date has been given.  We will advise of further information when received. 

Dog fouling
We have received several reports of people allowing their dogs to foul around the village and also that they have thrown bags of dog mess into the hedges and verges.    The Parish Council would like to identify these people in order to pass their details on to the Dog Wardens and Environmental Health for prosecution.  The Dog Warden can be contacted on 01423 556633. 

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 1st November 2010 at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to raise their concerns and observe the business of the meeting.

The Chairman is Mark Snowdon
The Clerk is Rebecca Coates, 3 Burnett Close, 677963, clerk@burtonleonard.org.uk
www.burtonleonard.org.uk

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