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

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Parish Council Notes – January 2014

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 2nd December together with information since the meeting and will be published in the Parish Magazine in January 2014.

Planning
The following planning notification has been received and it will be available to view at the next Parish Council meeting:

6.68.180.COU Change of use of field to campsite and log cabin to be used as communal facilities at Log Cabin, Woodlands Farm, Burton Leonard HG3 3SX.
You can also find the details on the HBC website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk.

LDF Development
We have received notification that the District Sites & Policies Document (DPD) previously known as Local Development Framework (LDF) has been submitted to the Secretary of State for independent examination on 29th November 2013.  A public enquiry is likely to take place in Spring 2014.  If you require further info please email the Planning Policy team at planningpolicy@harrogate.gov.uk or phone 01423 556586.

Bulbs
We have again received a huge bag of daffodil bulbs from the HBC planting scheme.  A massive thank you to Walter, Chris, Paul, John, Derek and Harriet for planting the bulbs on the low green where it has been recently re-seeded after the new drains have been installed.  We will look forward to seeing them in Spring!

Next meeting
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 6th January at 7:30pm, members of the public are invited to 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 – August 2013

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 1st July together with information since the meeting and will be published in the Parish Magazine in August 2013.

Development – Flats House
On behalf of the village the Chairman would like to thank Mark Snowdon and all the Councillors & Clerk for their effort and time given up for the various meetings and drop in sessions for the development proposals at Flats House.  Also for their support in helping villagers fill in their forms. We now await the outcome.

Low Green Drainage Project
Thanks once again to everyone who supported the petition we had 82 signatures in total.  Also the website poll showed support of 67 votes (1 against); we will find out if the grant application of approx. £6000 was successful later this month.

Free Community Trees
The Woodland Trust is offering 4000 free tree packs to communities this autumn.  Applications must be submitted before 13 September 2013 for the chance to receive a free tree pack to plant by village volunteers in November 2013.   Please share your thoughts and vote in our poll above.

Wheely Bins
Wheely bins seem to be being left out unnecessarily and for long periods of time, please could everyone try to leave them out on the pavement for a shorter time possible? 

Harvest Warning
As we head towards the harvesting season, please be advised that lamping activity will start after fields are harvested.  When possible please keep your pets indoors in the evenings to avoid any disappearances.

Thank you to the farmer and Mountgarret Estates for replacing some of the unsightly barbed wire with very smart gates/fences – the vista and safety is very much improved. 

Highways
Although flooding is obviously not a current problem, we are pleased to let you know that Highways have scheduled some drainage works from the capital programme with a good pot of expenditure for the flooding area along Station Lane outside of the village near ‘gravel pits’.  Work is due to commence approximately March 2014.

Low Green Trees
The Purple Leaf Plum tree will soon be removed due to disease and deadwood within it.  We do not take the decision to remove trees lightly and it is always after sound professional advice and conservation notice consent.  We are hoping to replace it with a couple of new trees in the near future.

Dog Mess
Please keep all dogs on a lead within the village to stop dogs wandering onto driveways and leaving a mess, please be responsible for your dog and considerate to others.

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

Development at Flats House – 40 houses

The public consultation is currently open and now is your chance to have your say and make your comments known.  Do you need help filling in the form?  If so, help is at hand at one of our drop in sessions on the following dates:

Sunday 9th June between 9 – 10.30am – St Leonard’s Hall
Monday 10th June at 7.30pm – The Village Hall
Saturday 15th June between 9 – 10.30 am – St Leonard’s Hall

Forms will be available at each session (or can be downloaded from  www.burtonleonard.org.uk or  www.harrogate.gov.uk/LPConsult) and we hope that this will give everyone the chance to find out more information, share ideas and complete these important but complicated forms – this is your opportunity to raise any concerns you may have, the more individual responses that are received, the better.

A summary of possible responses is available at https://burtonleonard.org.uk/the-parish-council/development/ldf-sites-consultation-mayjune-2013/

 
Response forms must be received by HBC by 4.30pm on Friday 21st June 2013.

LDF Public Consultation – Flats House

Harrogate Borough Council invite you to make representations on the ‘soundness’ of the proposed plan from

Friday 10th May until Friday 21st June 2013 

Representations should be submitted on the response form which can be printed only from this PDF:

DS-P-LP_SP-RepForm

This form includes guidance notes and information about what you can make comments on.

Further information is at (follow links to the Sites & Policies Development Plan Document):

http://www.harrogate.gov.uk/LPConsult

The Parish Council are holding a special meeting to discuss these proposals and how to respond on:

Monday 20th May – St Leonard’s Hall – 7.30pm

Completed forms should be returned to:

Planning Policy Team, Department of Development Services, Harrogate Borough Council, Knapping Mount, West Grove Road, Harrogate  HG1 2AE
or by email to planningpolicy@harrogate.gov.uk

This is your last chance to submit representations on this proposed development which must be received by

4.30pm on Friday 21st June 2013

Parish Council Notes – May 2013

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 8th April together with information since the meeting and will be published in the Parish Magazine in May 2013.

Local Development Framework (LDF)
There is still no new information to report about the LDF proposal.  However the consultation is due to start from 10th May.  Therefore NOW is the time to respond and HAVE YOUR SAY.

Name: RL3032a – Land at Flatts House (North), Burton Leonard

Proposed use: Housing – Market and Affordable Capacity: 40 dwellings Gross Area: 1.49 Ha (3.68 acres) Public Consultation:  10 May to 21st June 2013

Harrogate Borough Council Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk

Contact: 01423 556585

Before the Sites and Policies DPD is submitted to the Secretary of State for an Independent Examination it will be subject to a final stage of public consultation (Publication Consultation) from 10 May to 21 June 2013.
This will be the next and final opportunity to comment upon the proposed plan.

HBC have said they will contact us directly at the start of the consultation with information about how to respond which they haven’t done yet so a quick response WILL be required!

Any new information will be posted on the notice boards, website and magazine. 

Annual Litter Pick
We will be holding a litter pick on Saturday 11th May at 10am meeting on the low green.  It is noticeable how much litter there is around the village and we really need your help.  Bags and equipment will be provided.  The more volunteers the lighter the work, so please please come along to help clean up our village. 

New waste collection
Some people have raised their concerns about the new wheelie bin waste collection service which will start shortly.  These have been forwarded to the District Councillor.  Please let us know if you have any particular difficulties or concerns and we will try to address them.

Dogs
The Parish Council would like to re-iterate to people of the importance of keeping dogs on a lead and in close control.  Please keep in mind other people, children & dogs and be cautious within the village.

There are a huge amount of dog bags which are being left in the hedgerow and around the village.  Please stop, dog waste should be collected and taken to the bins provided.

Next meeting
The Open and Annual meetings of the Parish Council will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 13th May 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 2013

These notes are highlights from the minutes of the Parish Council Meeting on 4th March together with information since the meeting and will be published in the Parish Magazine in April 2013.

Local Development Framework (LDF)

We have not received any new information about the proposed development since we sent our newsletter out in January.  However just to confirm the current details as follows:

Name: RL3032a – Land at Flatts House (North), Burton Leonard

Proposed use: Housing – Market and Affordable

Capacity: 40 dwellings

Gross Area: 1.49 Ha (3.68 acres)

Public Consultation:

10 May to 21st June 2013

Harrogate Borough Council Website: http://www.harrogate.gov.uk

Contact: 01423 556585

Before the Sites and Policies DPD is submitted to the Secretary of State for an Independent Examination it will be subject to a final stage of public consultation (Publication Consultation) from 10 May to 21 June 2013. This will be the next and final opportunity to comment upon the proposed plan. HBC have said they will contact us directly at the start of the consultation with information about how to respond & a quick response may be required!

Any new information will be posted on the notice boards, website and magazine.

Annual Litter Pick

We will be holding a litter pick on DATE TO BE CONFIRMED at 10am meeting on the low green and we welcome as much help as possible.  Bags and equipment will be provided.  The more volunteers the lighter the work, so please please come along to help clean up our village.

Superfast Broadband

The Parish Council met with a representative from Superfast Broadband North Yorkshire to discuss the fibre optic broadband which is now available in the village.  Please see separate notes.

Pot Holes

The pot hole at the top of Station Lane has been reported to Highways and we await their response for maintenance.  Pot holes on Straight Lane have also be photographed and reported again to Highways.  If you have any concerns you can report highways issues online at: www.northyorks.gov.uk – Transport & Streets section – then ‘Report a pot hole’ is in the ‘Top Tasks’ list, the more reports submitted, the quicker the response!

Next meeting
The next meeting will be held in St Leonard’s Hall on Monday 8th April 2013 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.