Parish Council Notes – November 2011

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 4th October together with information since the meeting and will be published in the Parish Magazine in November.

High Green Yew Trees
Recommendations have been put forward that might be agreed to through a planning notification to enhance the health & life of the trees.  The following options were discussed.  Option 1 – take out 6 out of 10 trees to allow remaining trees to stay healthy.  Option 2 – Crown lift those 6 trees instead to improve visibility.  Option 3 – No action.  Option 4 – treat as a hedge (no planning restrictions).  Within the guidelines that we have been given cllrs are here to action what the villagers want and are keen to find the best solution. 

Generally there was a positive feeling in the meeting that we should move forward with this and ensure that effective management of the trees should happen to preserve and enhance the trees.  Suggestion to remove the weakest trees under the sycamore tree and crown lift the rest.  Although this was suggested that it would be aesthetically unpleasing.  Further discussions are to take place with Paul Casey at HBC and a final proposal to be put together, the importance of having his support was discussed as he is part of the planning process.   

Review of parliamentary constituencies
Consultation on the proposals is taking place until 5 December 2011.  Details of public hearings to be held in each region can be found on this website, together with further information. 

Queen’s Jubilee
If you are intending to organise an event for the Queen’s Jubilee could you give proposed details to the clerk to ensure that any activities are co-ordinated.

Home delivery library service
 If you are unable to access the local library in Ripon, you may be able to make use of the home delivery library service which is run by volunteers.  It provides free home delivery of books, audio books, music on CD, DVDs, large print books, children’s books and information. If you, or someone you know, want to use this service, it’s very easy to join. Just phone or e-mail Ripon Library using the details below.  They’ll visit you to ask about your reading interests and then choose books especially to suit you. You can still request your favourite books and authors and it’s all free! Telephone: 0845 034 9524  E-mail: 
Also books are available to purchase from the village shop.

North Yorkshire Waste Action Group (NYWAG)
Planning notices will now be posted and the scheme advertised in the local media. NYWAG and the Parish Councils’ Group, which together have led opposition to the scheme, will be going over the application with a fine toothcomb over the next couple of weeks before developing a detailed ‘case against’. You can see the plans here:  Please refer to their website for further information at

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 14th November 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,