A meeting of Bellerby Parish Council was held on Monday
13th September 2004 at 8.00pm in the Memorial Hall
Cllrs Bannon, Ball, Rycroft and Welsh were present together
with the clerk and 3 members of the public. Another member of the public
joined the meeting at 8.45pm.
1. Apologies for absence
Cllr Wheatley and Dist Cllr Morton had sent their apologies.
2. To approve the minutes of the last meeting held on 19th July
These were proposed by Cllr Bannon as an accurate record
of the meeting. Cllr Ball seconded the proposal and all other Cllrs were
3. Matters arising from the last minutes
The clerk had passed details of dog bins and prices to Cllr
Welsh. Unfortunately current funds will not stretch to purchasing dog bins,
so this will have to wait until next year. The clerk will take account of
the monies needing when working out the budget for 2004/05 which will be discussed
at the next meeting.
The signs warning of children playing in the area of Moor
Road had been bought and displayed by Mrs Hall, who is to be reimbursed for
The clerk had received a reply from RDC regarding refurbishing
the litter bins. Amanda Dyson of RDC had said that all bins were in the process
of being renewed and the job should be done in the next few months. Cllrs
asked the clerk to contact Ms Dyson again and ask for lids on the bins, as
birds appear to be emptying them.
A reply had been received from Traffic Management at NYCC
regarding the SLOW marking on the road and the request for double yellow lines.
Ian Beighton said that next time he was in the area he would look for a suitable
site for another SLOW sign on the road. His letter also explained that because
of a waiting list for double yellow lines, it would be at least 6 months before
legal consultation could take place and therefore it could be a year before
the lines were in situ. In the interim, Cllrs asked the clerk to request
of Mr Beighton a single white line in the affected area. Single white lines
have previously been successful in the village.
Mike Woodford had replied regarding the flooding problems
and reported that all work that could be done was now done. He promised to
fit bars near Myrtle House to prevent children crawling through the drainage
The clerk had spoken to Helen Shepherd regarding the footpath
at Friar Ings. Unfortunately it had been too wet when Paul Pearson wanted
to do the work and will now have to wait until the spring for dry weather.
Ms Shepherd confirmed that stepping-stones would be provided.
John Thistlethwaite had not provided an estimate for a new
notice board. As the notice board had recently started falling to pieces
the clerk had brought along some brochures for Cllrs to look at. Cllr Bannon
proposed and Cllr Rycroft seconded that an aluminium frame notice board from
FILCRIS should be purchased. It should be a black background with gold lettering.
The clerk will request a proforma invoice from FILCRIS before the next meeting
so that a cheque may be drawn and the notice board ordered. The total cost
will be £438.42 plus VAT.
PC Huw Williams had responded to the clerk’s e-mail regarding
the flashing matrix board by contacting Cllr Rycroft. In a telephone call
between the two, PC Williams said that it was easier to attend with a speed
gun, as the area didn’t have many matrix boards. The clerk was asked to contact
PC Williams and ask him to attend the village between 8.00am and 9.00am one
weekday morning. It was felt that the best place for him to stand would be
near the 30mph limit sign on the road into the village from Leyburn.
4. Financial report and authority to pay – to include notification of Parish
Clerks’ hourly rate increases with effect from 1st April 2004 and
1st April 2005
The clerk reported that the Local Councils’ Association
had increased Parish Clerks’ hourly rates to £7.58/hour with effect from 1st
April 2004 and £7.80/hour with effect from 1st April 2005.
The balance in the Treasurer Account stood at £1190.37 as
at 22nd August 2004, although £990.00 was expected soon from NYCC,
this being the grant for recent footpath work.
Christianne Hall £47.89 Repayment
for children playing signs
Mazars £58.75 External
Mac Plant Hire £399.51 4 grass cuts
S K Weatherald £186.96 Clerk’s wage
for July and August 2004 (this
amount includes backdated pay to 1st April)
5. Vital Villages update
A report from Cllr Ball is attached. In addition to the
report dog fouling was discussed. As the Parish Council cannot afford dog
bins at the moment, the clerk was asked to contact RDC and request some signs
pointing out that it is an offence to let a dog foul. The problem of parking
near the Memorial Hall was discussed. Cllr Rycroft proposed and Cllr Bannon
seconded that the grass verge opposite the hall be removed to ease the parking
problem. Cllr Ball is to take this matter up with the Vital Villages group.
6. Feedback from any other meetings attended by Councillors
There had been no meetings to report on.
7. Site for a recycling centre to be decided on
No site had yet been identified in the village. Cllr Bannon
proposed and Cllr Rycroft seconded that the Vital Villages group pursue this
subject in conjunction with Parish Councillors.
8. Care of village seats and flower tubs
Cllr Ball had previously offered to repair the Coronation
seat in the spring with the materials being paid for by the Parish Council.
The Chairman thanked Cllr Ball for this offer and also the offer of repairing
another by Fred Wilde at the previous meeting. The repair of 2 seats was
now accounted for, but another 5 still need looking at. The cost of repairing
these will need to taken into account when setting next year’s precept. The
care of all the flower tubs has now been organised.
9. Street lighting review for 2004/05 and 2005/06
Margaret had already completed the forms. Cllrs were satisfied
that they should be forwarded to RDC without any alterations. It was thought
that, in the future, a light on Moor Road might be considered.
A letter had been received from the Community Safety Co-ordinator
at Richmondshire District Council asking for a copy of the Village Plan, specifically
the part of it that mentions crime and disorder. This is to help with the
2004 Audit and Consultation for Crime and Disorder and Drugs. Once the Village
Plan is completed, Cllr Ball will let the clerk have a copy to forward to
An invitation to an Open Meeting with the Chief Constable
at Thornborough Hall, Leyburn on 25th November 2004 at 7.30pm had
been received. Cllrs didn’t feel that Bellerby had any particular problems,
apart from speeding that has already been brought to the attention of PC Huw
Williams, and therefore no Cllr will be attending the meeting.
The Publication of Proposed Changes to Draft Revised Regional
Planning Guidance for Yorkshire and the Humber (RPG12) had been received from
the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber.
NYCC had sent a letter asking if Cllrs could display on
the notice board a poster informing residents that they could renew their
wedding vows at local registry offices. Cllrs decided not to display the
An invitation to Richmondshire Citizens Advice Bureau’s
Annual General Meeting had been received. No Cllr wished to attend and the
clerk is to send apologies.
A letter had been received from RDC regarding Richmond District
Council Land and Asset Management Review. RDC wanted to know if they’re was
any land within the Parish that Cllrs thought may belong to RDC that RDC may
not be aware of. Cllrs couldn’t think of any.
A member of the public gave a report on fire hydrants in
the village. In summary; in recent years a lot has changed within the fire
service and officers do not physically check the hydrants any more. Some
markers showing where the hydrants are in the village have been obscured,
but this shouldn’t be a problem as fire crews carry laptop computers with
them showing the position of fire hydrants. If there are any problems with
individual hydrants, it is up to members of the public to report this to Yorkshire
Water. A copy of all correspondence relating to this matter is to be given
to the clerk to keep with the Parish files.
11. Planning matters
Permission had been GRANTED to Mr Colin Tindall of The Old
School to prune 5 trees.
Listed building consent had been GRANTED to Mr and Mrs Gray
of Boar House to replace 3 windows and 1 door, and to insert a roof light
and create an opening for an additional window.
An application had been received for full planning permission
for Alteration to Existing Access, Daisy Lodge, St John’s View. Cllr Bannon
proposed and Cllr Rycroft seconded that Cllrs recommend refusal as this is
an inappropriate new access, because vehicles regularly parked in the area
would restrict the view up and down St John’s View and therefore this could
pose a serious safety issue. All Cllrs were in agreement. Cllrs asked the
clerk to contact District Cllr Wendy Morton and ask that she refer the application
to the planning committee. It was noted that point 8 on the planning application
was incorrect and that a cul de sac is indeed a public highway.
12. Date of the next meeting
This was set as 8th November 2004 at 8.00pm in
the Memorial Hall.