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
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
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
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 JULY 2017
Parish Council Meeting held on the 11th July 2017
Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), P. Fox (PF), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), J. Coulthard (Clerk) M. Graham.
1. Apologies: A. Gambles (Working), P.Escreet (Working), Cllr C Patmore (Crayke PC meeting).
Alison Gambles has written to the PC stating that she has decided to resign as a Parish Councillor because of work commitments. The Council members regretfully accepted her decision and requested that a letter be sent thanking Alison for all her work, particularly on the Parish Plan. The Clerk will inform HDC of her 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 Meetings: Both were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1 Parish Plan Actions Review: Husthwaite Primary School has asked to postpone the Parish Council visit until next school year.
3.2 Enforcement of Planning Laws:
a) Sunley Woods Farm: It was noted that hedges and trees had been planted around the site but HDC planning have confirmed that this does not comply with the planning requirements. In addition extra units have been stored on site since the planning refusal. As the 6 month period for an appeal by the applicant has now expired, HDC planning are in the process of preparing an enforcement notice for the council solicitors. Compliance will be monitored by the PC. Action: PF
b) There is no report from Cllr Patmore on Bye Green Holdings hours of working.Action: CP
3.3 Kendrew Green: Keith Gittens has been monitoring the flora and fauna on the green and writes that the grass is in better condition for wildlife than last year after removal of the cuttings. He informed us that yellow rattle is now growing there and the White Letter Hairstreak Butterfly has been seen recently with other butterflies. Keith will look into the necessity of getting a tree preservation order on the Wych Elms.
3.4 Fracking in North Yorkshire: CC attended the Easingwold and Villages Forum AGM at which it was unanimously agreed to representation by the South Hambleton Shale Gas Advisory Group on matters concerning fracking in our area. PF, who is a member of this group, commented that they now had authorisation by 33 Parish Councils / Meetings and Helmsley Town Council to represent them at the examination in public with a Government Inspector later in the year, when the review guidelines have been agreed.
In the Conservative Manifesto, planning matters on fracking were to be taken back under central government control but this may now not happen. For the time being NYCC will control these decisions, so the Advisory Group will try to persuade NYCC as well as the Inspector about the concerns of local people. Ineos have announced that they propose to apply to drill an exploratory fracking well in the Wigginton area, which would be the closest to Husthwaite yet. Action: PF
3.5 Emergency Planning: CC and JC attended an Emergency Planning meeting in Malton, which was very useful. CC suggested that the PC should meet with the Village Hall Committee to discuss the Emergency Plan and it was agreed this should take place immediately before the next PC meeting at 7pm on 19th September. Action: CC
3.6 Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute: CF still to check suitability of the field for the beacon. Action: CF
3.7 MUGA Surface: A quote for cleaning has been requested from Soft Surfaces. CF also to contact Farm & Land Services to ask if they have a cheaper solution for removing moss. Action: CF
3.8 Village Green Tree: The deadwooding of the lime tree on the Village Green has been completed by Farm & Land Services.
3.9 Young Children's Play Area Swings: Playscheme have confirmed that the rules regarding swings have been revised and it is now possible to have a senior swing adjacent to a baby swing. They have quoted £272 + VAT to replace one of the seats on our swing frame with a cradle swing (using our existing chains). The PC agreed to the cost and CF will request that Playscheme fit the baby swing at their earliest oportunity. Action: CF
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings:
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been received:
The Garage, Low Street, Husthwaite - Outline application (considering appearance, access, layout and scale) for the demolition of existing buildings and construction of 3 dwellings as amended by details received by HDC on 25th May 2017. (The Parish Council noted that although two of the proposed dwellings were behind the development limits, their proposed footprint would not exceed that which is already in existence. In addition it was considered that by replacing the derelict buildings with this residential courtyard development there would be a positive visual improvement to the streetscape so the application was APPROVED)
The Vicarage, High Street, Husthwaite - Works to Oak and two Sycamores in a conservation area. (The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal)
Land at Bye Green, Low Street, Husthwaite - Outline planning application, including access, with all other matters reserved for a single residential dwelling. (The Parish Council wished to see the application REFUSED as the proposed site is located in open countryside, well behind the development limit and would be contrary to HDC policies CP4, DP8, DP9 and DP10. In addition it was noted that comments in the design and access statement contradicted the conditions attached to a previous planning decision)
5.2 The following planning applications have been approved:
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account
23.05.17 .14 100923 £206.00 J Coulthard - Mar 2017 to May 2017
23.05.17 100924 £4.00 HMRC Tax - Jan 2017 to Mar 2017
23.05.17 100925 £300.00 Husthwaite Newsletter
23.05.17 100926 £897.18 Came & Company Insurance
26.05.17 £452.75 HMRC VAT Refund
Statement balance at 30 June 2017 - £15269.26 (including £9114.88 Cemetery monies).
Payments to be authorised:
J. Coulthard - £210 - May 2017 to July 2017
Farm & Land Services - £556.80 (inc. 92.80 VAT)
6.2 Recreation Area Account
Statement Balance at 15 May 2017 - £1302.35
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: PF will look at the Trust Deed to assess possible problems regarding the registration of the Village Hall as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Action: PF
Easingwold & Villages Forum: The AGM was attended by CC. The next meeting is on 24th August.
YLCA: ES did not attend the last meeting. CF will attend the next meeting in Easingwold.
Public Footpaths: BS is to report to the Footpaths Officer that the public footpath from Bell Lane to Thormanby has been made impassable because of the potato crop. Action: BS
Highways: Once again a large pothole, which fills with water continually - even in dry weather, has appeared adjacent to the bus stop in High Street. CF will report this to Highways again. Action: CF
Street Lighting: All street lights not working were reported to Hambleton District Council last week.
Neighbourhood Watch: Untaxed vehicles parked on the village streets have been reported to the Police and DVLA. PF is to investigate reports of a business street-trading in cars from the public highway in the village and report to the appropriate authority. Action: PF and CF
MUGA: Estimates have been obtained for the siting of composting toilets at the Recreation Area but so far the expense seems prohibitive. There may also be problems with cleaning and monitoring them.
There continue to be concerns about dog owners leaving dog poo in plastic bags around the site where children play and in the Recreation Area bins. Villagers are requested to report any incidents seen and dog owners are asked to dispose of their bags properly.
CF is to ask the Police to monitor the Recreation Area on summer evenings to stop anyone fouling there (this has been reported) or meeting for drug use etc. Action: CF
CF to obtain quotes for draining the area to the north of the MUGA to prevent water from the school land affecting the MUGA surface. Action: CF
Cemetery: The green recycling bin for flower waste has contained paper and other rubbish recently, and will be removed by the PC in due course. The cemetery bins should be used properly in the same way as for domestic use and visitors should use the black bin for all waste from now on.
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 19th September 2017 at 7.00p.m. in Husthwaite Village Hall.