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Parish Council Meeting held on the 19th of January 2016

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Parish Council meeting held at 7.30pm on Tuesday 19th of January in Husthwaite Village Hall.  Present were Carol Fenwick, Peter Fox, Alison Gambles, Craig Colton, Paul Escreet, Barney Smith, and Jan Coulthard (Clerk).

Apologies from Elaine Smith and Caroline Patmore.

PARISH PLAN ACTIONS
Paul has completed updating the Parish Plan Actions into electronic form and this will be uploaded on to the village website.

RELOCATION OF CEMETERY BENCH
This will be carried out in the Spring.

ENFORCEMENT OF PLANNING LAWS
The PC have received a comprehensive letter from Mark Harbottle, Head of Planning, of which the long and short of it is that an enforcement notice has been issued to the landowner.

KENDREW GREEN
The PC has provided the required information and is awaiting a response from the Commons Registration Officer.

BUS SERVICE REVIEW
NY County Council have advised us that, following the recent review of supported local bus services, the Helmsley to York service (31X) will continue to operate Monday to Saturday with a revised timetable. The only noticeable amendment is the withdrawal of the last bus from Helmsley to York but it was acknowledged that the new timetable is a great improvement to the three days a week service originally offered.
FRACKING
The PC has written to NYCC in support of a document entitled 'Gas and Oil Production North Yorkshire - How it could be made to work for Local Communities' written by Chris Stratton, this document can be viewed on the village website.
The PC intend to raise this subject at the next Easingwold and Villages Forum meeting in the hope that other local villages will join a working group to discuss the policy surrounding Fracking with NYCC and ensure a plan is established. The PC feels that many people do not realise the consequences of fracking in our area and that it is probable that fracking WILL be pushed through government.

GRASS CUTTING TENDERS
The PC requested five quotes and received four. Following close examination of the tenders it was agreed to offer the contract to Farm and Land Services Ltd. (£2098+VAT per year for all grass cutting, strimming and spraying) who it was considered offered the best value for money. Thank you to all who quoted.

RECREATION AREA ACCESS ROAD TREES
This will be addressed in the Spring.

TRANSPARENCY CODE
Barney has now taken over responsibility for updating the Parish Council section of the village website and has uploaded all recent minutes. Other documents the PC feel should be displayed will also be uploaded as required.

HAMBLETON LOCAL PLAN
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ONE; THIS IS TO DO WITH MORE HOUSING IN HUSTHWAITE! ON TOP OF THE 20 ALREADY PROPOSED!!
You MUST have your say on this, Hambleton District Council are asking for your views! If you don't respond then you can't whinge when Husthwaite is allocated more new houses!
Please visit the website or see more details within the February 2016 Newsletter.
The choices (in short) are, do you want further housing;
1 in just the principle towns?
2 in a central transport corridor
3 within the five market towns
4 in the five towns AND villages (includes Husthwaite)
5 in a brand new settlement
PLEASE PLEASE visit the village website for more info and to fill out the questionnaire BEFORE THE 19th FEBRUARY. www.husthwaitevillage.com
YOU CAN VIEW THE PCs RESPONSES on the website, or speak with Jan Coulthard or Peter Fox for more information.
In a nutshell the PCs preferences are;
More small affordable homes to buy
Meet our own housing needs thus encouraging people to stay, not encouraging people to move into the area from cities.
Collections of smaller communities are important.
Bring building in Thirsk and Northallerton into line with that in Easingwold.

THE ORCHARD INN
The PC have concerns regarding this registered community asset. Rumours are that Skelwith have sold the pub as a going concern to Richard Jackson of Yorkshire Ventures. The PC will write to Mr Jackson asking him to confirm or dismiss this.

SPEEDING TRAFFIC
A letter has been received from a Low Street resident expressing concern regarding speeding traffic. The PC have already had a speed survey carried out and it was found that the average speed of traffic travelling along Low St was 23mph. For this reason the PC are unable to pursue this matter with any local bodies. It was brought to the PCs attention that 20mph signs have been erected in one village however these signs are erected in private gardens and private householders can display such signs on their own property. The law prohibits any such sign on any "street furniture" or on the highways. 

EMERGENCY PLANNING
In the past the PC have placed a piece in the village newsletter asking if anyone feels that they may experience problems in extreme cold weather to please get in touch with the PC. We can help.

OTHER MATTERS.
The Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations. The PC will discuss this with the Village Hall Committee.
There has been a rise of 4x4 thefts, please be vigilant. 4x4s are on the crooks radars at present! They are stripping and dumping the vehicles within hours of taking them!
Also, if you are sick of nuisance calls then next time you are asked to fill out any form which asks for your contact details, enter the following telephone number instead of your own; 0333 8888 8888. The company hosting this is called TruCall. It works!

NEXT MEETING
Tuesday 8th March 7.30pm Husthwaite Village Hall.

Barney Smith