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.
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: 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Meeting January 2018
Parish Council Meeting held on the 21st November 2017
Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), P. Fox (PF), E. Smith (ES), Jan Coulthard (Clerk), Tom Carter, Ben Duffield, Richard Duffield.
1. Apologies. P. Escreet (working), B. Smith (family commitments), Cllr C Patmore (Crayke PC meeting).
Paul Escreet has written to the PC stating that he has decided to resign as a Parish Councillor because of work commitments. The Council members regretfully accepted his decision and requested that a letter be sent thanking Paul for all his efforts. The Clerk will inform HDC of his resignation and details of the election process for a new member will be published on the village noticeboard in due course. Action: Clerk
Declarations of interest: NONE.
2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting: The minutes were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
1.1 Co-option of Parish Councillor: No expressions of interest in the casual vacancy have been received since the last meeting. Therefore another notice requesting applications from eligible persons who wish to be considered for co-option will be placed on the PC Noticeboard and in the newsletter. Action: Clerk
1.2 Enforcement of Planning Laws:
a) Sunley Woods Farm: The enforcement notice has been issued and all units should be removed from the site by 28th February 2018.
b) Bye Green Holdings hours of working: Helen Conti has informed the PC that the alleged breach of working hours conditions is still under investigation by HDC.
1.3 Fracking in North Yorkshire: An Examination in Public, by a government appointed independent inspector, of NYCC's Minerals and Waste Joint Plan, will take place starting on 27th February. Husthwaite PC has received an invitation to send a representative to the enquiry, but the PC, together with the 32 other members of the Easingwold and Villages Community Forum, support the South Hambleton Shale Gas Advisory Group's participation on their behalf. PF (who will attend the hearing along with Chris Stratton from Oulston) said that the Inspector will consider the merits of the written submissions before sending round questionnaires asking for evidence to support these submissions. PF will report back to Husthwaite PC. Action: PF
1.4 Emergency Planning: CC will circulate a draft copy of the Husthwaite Emergency Planning document for all council members to consider. He has also requested an Emergency Kit and a household emergency plan for each household from NYCC Community Resilience Team. Action: CC
1.5 Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute: CF is to contact our insurance company about cover for the planned bonfire on Beacon Bank before committing to the event. Action: CF
1.6 MUGA Surface: CF will ask Farm & Land Services to brush off the moss both before and after mossicide treatment of the MUGA surface. Action: CF
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings:
4.1 Grass Cutting Contract: Farm & Land Services have offered to extend the grass cutting contract for a further two years at a cost of £130 + VAT per cut. As this is only £2 more per cut than the current contract, and still a lot cheaper than the other quotes received two years ago, it was agreed to accept their offer and extend the contract until October 2019. Action: CF
4.2 Kendrew Green Cuttiing Regime: Keith Gittens has requested a continuation of the revised cutting regime on Kendrew Green for 2018 and offered to contact the AONB to organise two cutting dates by its volunteers during the year. This was agreed by the PC.
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been received:
Sunley Woods Farm, Coxwold Road, Husthwaite - Change of use of land and buildings to permit the siting of caravan storage in connection with the operation of UK Holiday Homes Ltd.
At the request of the PC, Mr Duffield gave a detailed explanation of the new plans submitted. The PC appreciated his efforts to move the caravan storage to a well screened area and inside an existing building which should mean that the caravans will not be clearly visible from Beacon Banks public footpath. The PC agreed that if planning permission was to be approved by HDC then it should have the following conditions attached:-
1. A restriction on delivery/collection times to ensure there are no vehicle movements during school pick up/drop off
2. A restriction on the number of vehicles attending the site at any one time, with preference that only one vehicle should be allowed through the village and should complete its delivery/collection before another is allowed to enter.
5.2 The following planning application has been approved:
Sunley Woods Farm, Coxwold Road, Husthwaite - Change of use of existing dog kennels to a commercial dog breeding business.
5.3 The following planning application is still awaiting a decision:
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.
5.4 Mr Thomas Carter has made an appeal to the Secretary of State against the decision of Hambleton District Council to refuse to grant planning permission on land at Bye Green.
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account
21.11.17 .14 100932 £210.00 J Coulthard - Sep 2017 to Nov 2017
21.11.17 100933 £50.00 Citizens Advice Bureau
21.11.17 100934 £235.00 Husthwaite Village Hall
21.11.17 100935 £963.60 Farm & Land Services (inc £160.60 VAT)
1.12.17 100936 £90.00 NYCC Grit Bin (inc £15.00 VAT)_
16.1.18 £50.00 Interment of ashes (Hilda Bowler)
Statement balance at 31 December 2017 - £16329.36 (including £9144.88 Cemetery monies).
Account balance at 16 January 2018 - £16379.36 (including £9194.88 Cemetery monies).
Payments to be authorised:
J Coulthard - £210 - November 2017 to January 2018
6.2 Recreation Area Account
Statement Balance at 15 November 2017 - £1302.59
7. Circulated Items That May Be Of Interest To The Council:
Parish Portal: The Clerk was requested to enrol Husthwaite Parish Council on the Parish Portal which will then enable councillors to report highways and street lighting problems online.
General Data Protection Regulation: A data protection officer is likely to be needed, according to government information. The officer should be in post by May, but the remit and scope of this post has yet to be decided at a district level. It may be possible that one could be appointed to work for several parish councils.
8. Reports from Council's Representatives:
Village Hall: The Village Hall Committee are in discussions with St Nicholas Church regarding starting a 100 Club as a joint venture. The chair trolley has been ordered. There is a possibility of a farm produce stall on Thursday evenings in village hall car park. Coming events include Film Club on 23rd January, Burns Night on 27th January, Pop Up Pub on 2nd February and Cinderella Pantomime 28th February to 2nd March.
Easingwold & Villages Forum: PF attended the last meeting, at which the speaker was Panda Gledhill, a youth development worker for Hambleton. She said Husthwaite was identified as an example for other villages with its youth club. The revised Easingwold and Villages Community Plan was approved with the addition of a clause to protect the local economy from problems arising from Shale Gas extraction. The next meeting is on 22nd February 2018 in Galtres Centre.
YLCA: The next meeting is on 28th February 2018 at Northallerton Town Hall.
HDC Parish Liaison Meeting: The next meeting is planned for May 2018.
Public Footpaths: The footpath from Beacon Banks to High Leys, which was reported as ploughed over by a contractor, will be restored, according to the farmer, Mr Houlston.
Highways: There have been complaints about the poor state of Highthorne Lane, and the Amplecarr to A19 road. The PC will report these to Highways, but parishioners are encouraged to write in to NYCC Highways Department themselves to reinforce the complaint.
Street Lighting: All street lights in the village are currently working.
Neighbourhood Watch: There has been a recent spate of bicycle thefts in the area. Pinching purses from bags in the Thirsk and Ripon area has also been reported. In addition a number of cars were broken into last weekend (including one in Husthwaite) and items were stolen - the police are reminding people NOT to leave valuables in vehicles.
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 20th March 2018 at 7.30p.m. in Husthwaite Village Hall.