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.

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;

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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,