Parish Council Notes – September 2011

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 1st August and will be published in the Parish Magazine in September. 

Planning
6.68.136.A.FUL Erection of single storey extension at 8 West Terrace, Scarah Lane.  This application will be discussed at the next parish council meeting.  You are very welcome to attend the meeting, listen to the discussions and the plans will be available for inspection.  You can also access the plans if you visit www.harrogate.gov.uk.
Information about Village Greens
‘Village greens are vested in and managed by the parish council for the benefit of the inhabitants.  A parish council must not allow a village green which it owns to be encroached upon or to be misused.’  (Taken from the Parish Councillors Guide by Paul Clayden – 19th Edition)

School signs
‘Burton Leonard is largely free of the clutter of signs and street furniture that disfigure other places.  However, the design and appearance of street furniture and advertisements in the village needs careful consideration in order to maintain the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.’ (Taken from the HBC Burton Leonard Conservation Area Character Appraisal February 2010)

Taking into account the above statement and that the Parish Council has a duty of care to protect the greens; The Parish Council sort to enquire if previously acceptable signs (which were less intrusive than the 2.1m sign Highways proposed) which were discussed at a meeting with Highways last November could be considered.  Highways rejected all the suggestions put forward and it is understood that Highways are to contact BT to ascertain where their cables are under the green, as this will have an impact on the sighting of any sign.  We await their update.  At no time has the Parish Council sort to block the erection of a sign. 

School access
Issues regarding the school access over village green are ongoing.  The Parish Council are instructing YLCA legal advisers to help come to a mutual agreement with the school and to get the problem sorted once and for all. 

Graffiti
The police were notified of the recent graffiti around the village and we are grateful to North Yorkshire Cleansing department who got rid of it very quickly. 

County Council Waste & Quarrying in North Yorkshire
A consultation is currently in progress and consultation documents can be viewed at your local library, district council main offices or on the following website www.northyorks.gov.uk/mwdf .  Please call 0845 8727374 or email mwdf@northyorks.gov.uk for further details.  A poster has been placed on the notice board.

Community Chest
Harrogate Borough Council Community Chest grant aid scheme is open for applications from community and voluntary groups until 23rd September 2011.  Grants of between £500 and £3000 are available and application forms and guidance notes are available to download from www.harrogate.gov.uk/voluntary

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 5th September 2011 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

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