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 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
I joined the Parish Council in July 2018. I have lived in Husthwaite since 2015 and work in York for DEFRA where I am part of the team designing the new farm support programme which will come in once the UK leaves the EU. I have been a part of some of the village community activities of late, most notably appearing as Cheryl, one of the Ugly Sisters, in the Cinderella Panto in February 2018. I am co-hosting the Husthwaite Talent show later this year and hope to be in forthcoming am-dram productions in the village hall. I am also a member of Easingwold Choir. I am an environmental scientist and am keen to develop some new environmental and conservation initiatives in the village and surrounding area. I live with Pauline Crawford and two mad Springers: Lottie and Pip who you may have seen out and about on the footpaths. I have 3 children: a budding solicitor, an actress and a son still at school in Gloucestershire.?
Last Meeting NOVEMBER 2018
DRAFT MINUTES NOVEMBER 2018
Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), J. Don (JD), P. Fox (PF), J. Law (JL), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), District Councillor C. Patmore, Mrs J. Coulthard (Clerk).
1. Apologies: NONE
Declarations of Interest: NONE.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the last meeting were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1 Fracking in North Yorkshire: PF reported that there was still no report from the Government Inspector and it may be next summer before it is issued. PF met the Government Shale Gas Commissioner and pointed out the adverse impact that fracking would have on our parish and these points were noted. The PC asked HDC to oppose the Governments Permitted Development Plan (as NYCC and RDC have) and, as we have received no response, the clerk was asked to resend the letter asking them to act. Action: Clerk
3.2 Emergency Planning: The detailed plan by CC will be sent to the NYCC Emergency Planning Officer and a summary flyer will be distributed with the newsletter. Action: CC / CF
3.3 Battle's Over - A Nations Tribute: The village events organised jointly by the PCC, Orchard Trust, Village Hall and PC to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 on Sunday 11th November, which started with a united Benefice Service and wreath laying at St Nicholas Church and ended with a bonfire and firework display on Beacon Banks with pie and pea supper afterwards in the Village Hall, were well attended and a great success. A report on the day, written by CC, will be included in the newsletter.
3.4 MUGA Drainage: J Revely & Sons have been awarded the contract for these works and will complete the task at their earliest convenience as the project must be finished before March.
3.5 Bus Service 31X: Despite numerous communications to Transdev bus company, no positive response has been received. Workers, York College students, shoppers, the elderly and those without personal transport are very disadvantaged by the removal of this service so the clerk was asked to write once more asking for the late afternoon bus to be restored from Easingwold to Husthwaite. In addition, a request will be made to Morse bus company asking if they could run a short service from Easingwold to Husthwaite to connect with the late afternoon Transdev bus from York. Action: Clerk
3.6 Cemetery Gate & Yew Trees: CF will produce a detailed specification to send out to local tradesmen requesting tenders for the making of new metal gates to replace the existing. Farm & Land Services will also be asked to quote for tidying the Yew trees and removing sapling growth from some graves. Action: CF
3.7 25 Year Environmental Plan: JL offered a summary of DEFRA's 2018 25 Year Plan and a draft plan for Husthwaite focussing on four possible projects for the PC to consider. Cllr Patmore pointed out that we are on the edge of the AONB and advised JL to contact Paul Jackson, who could offer valuable advice. Action: JL
3.8 Village Green tree: Tree surgeons seem unwilling to give advice on the likely safety and survival of the lime tree because of insurance liability problems. Therefore, it was agreed that the clerk should contact the arboricultural expert at NYCC for advice. Action: Clerk
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings:
4.1 Husthwaite Christmas Carol Service: The PC has been asked to choose a Carol for the service on Sunday 16th December and, following the success of the recent WW1 centenary events, CF suggested ‘Come and Join the Celebration'.
4.2 Village Planters: The gardening club, on their 60th anniversary, have suggested that the PC might be willing to fund three planters to place at the entrances to the village. The PC agreed to purchase the planters on condition that the club will plant them up and maintain throughout the season. BS will liaise with Simon Eedle on the location of the planters. Action: BS
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been received:
18/02100/REM - Land to the south of Prospect Cottages, Husthwaite - Application for approval of reserved matters (access, appearance, landscaping, layout & scale) for previously approved application 14/02294/OUT outline application for development of 20 houses - The Parish Council wished to see the application REFUSED in its present form.
18/01923/FUL - Suncliffe Beacon Farm, Malton Street, Husthwaite - Extension to existing barn / hay store. The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal.
18/02221/FUL - Alpine House, High Street, Husthwaite - Single storey pitched roof extension to the rear elevation including alterations to the window above. The PC made no comments.
18/02339/FUL - The Woodyard, The Amplecarr, Husthwaite - Construction of a general purpose agricultural building. The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal.
5.2 The following planning applications have been approved:
18/01989/CAT - The Mount, Low Street, Husthwaite - Works to fell an ash tree in a conservation area.
5.3 The following application is still awaiting a decision:
18/01563/FUL - Hunters Lodge, The Nookin, Husthwaite - Single Storey extension to porch, side and rear & 2 storey extension/alterations over existing garage/pool.
5.4 A complaint has been received regarding the appearance of a refurbished outbuilding in the conservation area at Beal Cottage. It is thought that the owner is intending to use the outbuilding for running a business and, as there is only one off-street parking place at the property, this could lead to parking problems in High Street so the PC will contact HDC planning department to ask them to investigate and advise if planning permission is required.
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account:
Cheques / Monies Out
25.09.18 100953 £215.00 Clerk July - September 2018
25.09.18 100954 £50.00 Donation to Citizens Advice Bureau
11.11.18 100955 £19.25 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Wreath
11.11.18 100956 £624.00 Farm & Land Services (inc £104.00 VAT)
Cheques / Monies In
28.09.18 £3750.00 HDC Precept 2nd Instalment
Statement Balance at 15 November 2018 - £18567.99 (including £9424.88 Cemetery monies)
Balance at 20 November 2018 - £17924.74
Payments to be authorised:
C Fenwick - £189.92 - Firework Crazy Fireworks
J Coulthard - £215 - September to November 2018
NYCC - £90 - Elphin View Grit Bin
6.2 Recreation Area Account:
Cheques / Monies In
15.10.18 .21 Interest
15.11.18 .22 Interest
Statement Balance at 15 November 2018 - £1303.84
7. Pay and Conditions of Clerk: It was agreed that the conditions of the Clerk would remain unchanged but the pay would be increased by 2.5% to £1290 for the following year, the allowance of £150 for office expenses would not alter.
8. Proposed expenditure and Parish Precept for 2019/20:
The following proposed expenditure was agreed: -
Grass Cutting £1625
YLCA Membership £135
Village Projects £1500
Village Newsletter £350
Cemetery Extension £200
Petty Cash £25
CAB Donation £50
Street Furniture £1000
Recreation Area £1000
PC Elections £1000
Miscellaneous Items £200
Total Expenditure £9460
Year End Balance £2704
Expected Income £1000
Shortfall £5756 + 10% = £6332
Therefore, it was agreed to request a precept of £7500
9. Circulated Items that may be of interest to the Council: NONE
10. Reports from Council Representatives:
Easingwold & Villages Forum: The NYCC Transport Officer attended the last meeting and was questioned about the lack of buses in villages but there was no positive solution forwarded.
HDC Parish Liaison Meeting: The next meeting is now scheduled for early 2019.
Highways: Nothing to report.
Neighbourhood Watch: It was reported that Lisa Winward has been appointed the new Chief Constable for NY Police. An offer to hold a talk on Cyber Crime for interested persons has been received and, as this type of crime is more likely to affect the elderly, it was suggested that this be tagged on to a Primetime session and the PC offered to cover any costs involved.
Public Footpaths: The boards on the footpath between The Nookin and Kays Bank have still not been repaired, despite requests and reminders from the PC, and the kissing gate post adjacent to Squirrel Cottage is broken, so the Clerk will contact NYCC again. Action: Clerk
Recreation Area: A new ‘Caution - Children Playing' sign has been erected on The Amplecarr by Mr Robin Houlston.
Street Lighting: All street lights are currently working.
Village Hall: The new Village Hall Committee for 2018/19 consists of Lynn Colton (Joint Chair), Sheila Mowatt (Joint Chair / Booking Secretary), Steve Broughton (Treasurer), Simon Eedle, Annabel Kennedy, Gill Allanson, and Liz Walton. The next meeting is on Tuesday 27th November.
YLCA: CC attended the last meeting and reported that there is a new NYCC Highways Communications Officer. Apologies were made for the road closure difficulties caused by overlapping contracts on village roadworks / path resurfacing last summer. Contractors for utility works will now have to obtain permits to avoid a repeat of this. The next meeting will take place on 20th February in the Galtres Centre.
11. Report from County / District Councillor:
NYCC have been given a one-off Government grant of £7.7 million to repair potholes and a one-off Social Care grant of £6+ million for elderly and disabled people. 54% of NYCC highways are treated during snowy and icy weather from the Winter Maintenance budget of £7 million and unofficial road / advertising signs on highway verges are being removed and will only be returned if a fine is paid.
Green waste collections have now stopped for the winter but Christmas trees will be collected in January as long the homeowner has paid for the garden waste licence and the tree fits into the wheelie bin. The green bin waste is made into compost for re-sale. The redeveloped Northallerton prison site which includes an Iceland, a Lidl, a cinema and a small amount of housing has been named ‘Treadmills'.
12. Date & Time of next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 7:30pm in Husthwaite Village Hall.