Welcome from all at the Parish Council.

PC are made up from elected volunteers who give up their own time in order to improve Husthwaite Village life.The PC are commited to enhancing all areas of the community for all members of the community.

Parish Council Meetings are held on the third Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are at 7.30 EXCEPT May and November which are 7.0pm.
Meetings will be held at Husthwaite Village Hall.

Your Councillors

carol fenwick

Carol Fenwick: Council Chair. I was born and raised in Husthwaite, as was my husband Rick. We live at Inglenook and have three children Lisa-Marie, Michelle and Alex. For the last 30 years I have been employed full time as a clerical supervisor and budget manager and I also do voluntary work in a local charity shop. I joined the Parish Council in May 1999 and have been Chair for a number of years. I represent the Parish Council as a trustee on the Village Hall Committee and on the Constance Elizabeth Beckwith Trust. In addition I am responsible for streetlights, recreation area inspections and risk assessments and I am a Husthwaite Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
Email Carol Fenwick Tel: 01347 868 479

elaine smith

Elaine Smith: Vice-Chair. I came to live in Husthwaite in 1979 the year after David and I were married. His family have farmed at Baxby for four generations, and our son has grown up here, as did David and his father before him. I first became a member of the parish council in 1992, was for 3 years in the Chair, and presently represent the Council on the Yorkshire local Councils' Association and at liaison meetings with Hambleton District Council.
We treasure our home, the farm and its surroundings, but particularly appreciate being part of a community where people support each other, and where neighbourliness still survives.
I see the imposition of urban values and greater control 'from a distance' as the greatest threats to many of the things we in Husthwaite value. It is therefore important that the Parish Council promotes the principal of 'government from the bottom up', and ensures that the views of the people we represent are heard.
Email Elaine Smith Tel: 01347 868 572


Peter Fox. I have lived in Husthwaite for almost 40 years with my wife Katie and two daughters now with their own families. I retired in 2012 as senior judge in the North East when I was co-opted on to the Parish Council which I have found to be an energetic group of very different people, active in every aspect of village life. I was happy to stand again in 2015 but am looking for a younger replacement by 2020. Over the years I have seen this village change from a behind-the-times backwater to an up-to-date vibrant community with opportunities and activities for all, yet retaining a its attractive rural character whose way of life and infrastructure I want to help maintain. My current local interest is in the prospect of 'fracking' locally and the need to ensure such development does not detract from our precious quality of life.
Email Peter Fox

Barney Smith. I was born and raised in Husthwaite and my family has been at Baxby Manor for five generations, (the sixth has now arrived!). I attended Husthwaite Primary School and went to Ampleforth College.
I love to travel and spent quite a few years travelling the world, but I always looked forward to coming home. I have Husthwaite at my heart and want to make a difference, not just for now but for future generations and my children. I live at Baxby with my wife Holly and our two sons Felix and Rufus. I am self employed and am the owner of The Hideaway camping and glamping campsite at Baxby Manor.
Email Barney Smith Tel: 01347 869 094


Paul Escreet
Hi, for those who don't know me I'm Paul. I moved to Husthwaite six years ago with my partner Mel, at the time we were just 'passing through' but we both fell in love with Husthwaite and the community so we have been here ever since. The biggest thing that I like about Husthwaite is the people, especially those who have a passion for the village, its amenities and local activities. You don't have to go far to discover someone working on something to benefit the village, whether it be a website, newsletter, drama, cider making, the recreation area or a new village hall.
In the autumn of 2012, when I was asked if I was interested in joining the Parish Council I saw it as an opportunity to do my bit towards the upkeep of this fantastic village. My background is as a manager in a telecoms company, the issues I have been involved in at the Parish Council have so far been very different to what I am used to. I like straight talk and always feel motivated to get to the bottom of an issue, I also like the feeling of a good job well done so hope I have plenty to offer residents of the parish
Email Paul Escreet Tel: 01347 868 874


Alison Gambles
Hi, I am Alison Gambles, I'm 48 and have been married to Mark for 28 years. We have 2 children, Nichola 21 and Christopher 18.
I work for North Yorkshire County Council as a carer and have a second job at Ampleforth Abbey caring for the older Monks in the infirmary. I have lived in the village for 10 years and decided to join the Parish Council because I wanted to get more involved in village life, now that I haven't got so many jobs!
I really enjoy being involved with the 'Parish Plan' and listening to other peoples ideas and opinions.
I love being taken for a walk around this fantastic village by my 2 lovely (but naughty) black labs!
Email Alison Gambles Tel: 01347 869 004

Craig Colton

I am married to Lynn, have 3 children Rob (18) Rebecca (16) and Alex (13), along with two dogs.  We moved into Husthwaite July 2013, from Southampton.  I work in Insurance for Aviva, as MD for the Equity Release business.  As a family we like sport and like to be involved with village life.  I enjoy cycling and have got a few members of the village to join me on weekend cycle (road bike) rides.  I support Leeds United and along with my two boys we are season ticket holders and go to all home games.  Hopefully as a member of the Parish Council I will be able to help and support the village.


Jan Coulthard
I became Clerk to Husthwaite Council this year (2015) so I am still learning, but already appreciate the unseen work that Parish Councillors do on the village�s behalf.
Though a Lancastrian, I have lived in Yorkshire most of my working and family life, moving to Husthwaite with my husband Andrew in 2004.We quickly absorbed ourselves into village life, Andrew in the village hall events and hall renewal, and myself editing the Newsletter and Link magazines, and helping to run the Book Exchange.
We have a son and daughter, and 5 grandchildren, 3 of whom luckily for us live nearby. We also have a large number of Italian friends, who visit us regularly, as we do them. Such friendships are important to give a view of a wider world and different points of view.
I retired recently from tutoring in Adult Education, which together with teaching English in Further Education formed the whole of my working life. My interests include reading, design, crafts and politics.
If villagers wish to contact myself as clerk, or members of the Parish Council, our email is husthwaitepc@hotmail.co.uk

Last Meeting September 2017

Parish Council Meeting held on the 19th September 2017

Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), P. Escreet (PE), P. Fox (PF), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), J. Coulthard (Clerk), Lynn Colton, Stephen Barker, Jeremy Walker, Sandy Davison.
1. Apologies. Cllr C Patmore (Crayke PC meeting).
Declarations of interest: NONE.
2. Minutes of the Previous Meetings: The minutes were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1 Co-option of Parish Councillor: Hambleton District Council has informed us that they have received insufficient requests from eligible electors for an election to fill the casual vacancy. Therefore the PC has now been authorised to co-opt a duly qualified person and it was agreed that we should place a notice on the PC noticeboard and in the newsletter requesting expressions of interest from eligible persons who wish to be considered for co-option. Action: Clerk
3.2 Enforcement of Planning Laws:
a) Sunley Woods Farm: PF reported that the enforcement order had not yet been enacted by HDC following the refusal of planning permission. The number of units has increased and there has been no response from the planning authority to e-mails sent by the PC. PF will continue to monitor. Action: PF
b) Bye Green Holdings hours of working: According to HDC, the alleged breach of working hours conditions is ongoing.Action: CP
3.3 Fracking in North Yorkshire: PF reported that NYCC has given permission for 3rd Energy to continue drilling at the Kirby Misperton site in Ryedale, which has now started despite significant protest. Locally the South Hambleton Shale Gas Advisory Group has put forward a detailed and useful paper to NYCC during the latest consultation period, pointing out that the issues they had raised earlier had not been addressed. However they supported NYCC's proposed amendment to its Minerals and Waste Joint Plan in so far as it would require regard to be had to District Councils' Local Plans. HDC is currently preparing its Local Plan and it was resolved to write to the relevant officer supporting SHSGAG's proposal that the Landscape Character Assessment which HDC commissioned recently and which highlights the particular sensitivity of our area should be included in the Local Plan. PF undertook to draft a letter for the Clerk. The Examination in Public of NYCC's final draft Minerals and Waste Joint Plan by a Government appointed Inspector is not now expected until next year. Action: PF & Clerk
3.4 Emergency Planning: Members of the village hall committee attended the PC meeting to discuss a joint approach to Emergency Planning in Husthwaite. Blue light services will obviously respond to major incidents but, for utilities loss, bad weather or epidemics, NYCC have advised villages to produce an Emergency Plan. The information within will be distributed to villagers and NYCC to let them know who to contact if needed. CC will produce a draft based on the discussion and information contained in the Community Emergency Plan document obtained from NYCC. Action: CC
3.5 Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute: CF still to contact Richard Duffield regarding the field for the beacon. Action: CF
3.6 MUGA Surface: A quote of £65 + VAT from Farm & Land Services to treat the MUGA surface with mossicide and sweep with a stiff brush afterwards was accepted and they will be asked to undertake the job at their earliest convenience. Action: CF
3.7 Young Children's Play Area Swings: The cradle swing has been ordered and Playscheme will install it when it arrives. Action: CF
3.8 Village Hall Trust Deed and CIO: PF and Sheila Mowatt discussed the pros and cons of the Village Hall registering as a CIO and decided that no application will be made.
3.9 Untaxed Vehicles / Street Trading:The local police confirmed that they had contacted the owner of the untaxed vehicles parked on the street in Husthwaite and they have now been moved. PF found out that street trading without a licence is an offence occurring fines and that Trading Standards would be prepared to act if necessary. After a letter to the alleged street trader from the PC, it appears the offending vehicles have been removed from the highway. The PC will continue to monitor the situation and if trading reoccurs Trading Standards will be informed.
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings: None
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been received:
Bruaich, The Nookin, Husthwaite - Works to trees in a conservation area. (The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal)
OS Field 8972, Bell Lane, Husthwaite - Proposed change of use to glamping site and proposed low level tree house. (The Parish Council supported this modest and discreet addition to the Hideaway business which will enhance the local community and support the local economy)
Wilton Croft, Low Street, Husthwaite - Works to fell a tree in a conservation area. (The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal)
5.2 The following planning applications have been approved:
The Vicarage, High Street, Husthwaite - Application to fell one sycamore tree plus carry out works to one oak tree and one sycamore tree in a conservation area
5.3 The following planning applications are still under consideration:
The Garage, Low Street, Husthwaite - Outline application (considering appearance, access, layout and scale) for the demolition of buildings and construction of 3 dwellings as amended by details received by HDC on 25th May 2017.
Land at Bye Green, Low Street, Husthwaite - Outline planning application, including access, with all other matters reserved for a single residential dwelling.
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account
Cheques/Monies out
11.07.17 .14 100927 £210.00 J Coulthard - May 2017 to Jul 2017
11.07.17 100928 £556.80 Farm & Land Services (inc £92.80 VAT)
Cheques/Monies in
14.8.17 £30.00 Interment of ashes (Atkinson)
21.8.17 £150.00 Bier House Rent (August 2017 - January 2018)
18.9.17 £1.15 Northern Electric Wayleave
Statement balance at 15 August 2017 - £14532.46 (including £9144.88 Cemetery monies).
Account balance at 19th September 2017 - £14683.61
Payments to be authorised:
J. Coulthard - £210 - July 2017 to September 2017
6.2 Recreation Area Account
Cheques/Monies in
15.6.17 .04 Interest
15.7.17 .04 Interest
15.8.17 .04 Interest
Statement Balance at 15 August 2017 - £1302.47
6.3 PKF Littlejohn have completed their review of the Annual Return for Husthwaite Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2017 and, as there was no extra work to be undertaken, there is no payment due . The External Auditor Report and Notice of Conclusion of Audit has been placed on the Village Noticeboard and on the Parish Council section of Husthwaite website
7. Circulated Items That May Be Of Interest To The Council:
There were no items of interest in the circulated documents.
8. Reports from Council's Representatives:
Village Hall: CF reported that the village hall had requested a PC donation towards display boards (£150), a chair trolley (£150) and surround sound (£500). At the AGM on Oct 30th, the village hall committee will be looking to fill several posts, including that of Stephen Barker, who is leaving the committee after 40 years service.
Easingwold & Villages Forum: PF reported that the new chair is Mr Peter Nottage, who is instigating a Community Plan update. Husthwaite PC reiterated their original points, except complaints about broadband since this has improved. Parking problems in Easingwold continue to increase as people leave cars in the town centre all day when using public transport. With the increase in housing, this will only get worse and, because of financial restrictions, there are no plans to alleviate this. Easingwold Lions gave a presentation at the meeting about the provision of defibrillators.
YLCA: CF will attend the next meeting on 25th October.
Public Footpaths: BS has reported the footpath from the MUGA to the Nookin which is blocked by overgrown hedges and undergrowth. This could be tackled as part of the October cutting regime.
Highways: The pothole adjacent to the bus shelter is still full of water that seems to be originating from a leak in High Street. Yorkshire Water opened an inspection hole in the pavement but this has now been filled in. Passengers waiting at the bus stop continue to get splashed by passing vehicles and the hole continues to deepen. CF will contact Yorkshire Water and Highways again. Action: CF
Street Lighting: CF has reported light number 2 in Low Street as not working.
Neighbourhood Watch: Thefts of tools from vehicles have been reported in Easingwold and neighbouring villages.
9. Reports from County/District Councillor Caroline Patmore:
As Cllr C Patmore was not in attendance, no reports were given.
10.Date and Time of Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7.00p.m. in Husthwaite Village Hall.


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Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return 2017
Annual Governance Statement 2017
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