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 November 2016
Parish Council Meeting held on the 15th November 2016
Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), P. Fox (PF), A. Gambles (AG), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), J. Coulthard (Clerk).
Apologies: P. Escreet (working). Declarations of interest: NONE.
Minutes of the Previous Meetings: Approved and signed as a true record.
Parish Plan Actions Review: PC councillors have visited the OVC and Youth Club to talk about the work of the PC and receive ideas about future projects. The Youth Club suggested a bike trail and it was agreed to check out possible sites, costs and funding.
Lights and a toilet at the MUGA were suggested. Problems of the cost of toilet maintenance and monitoring were brought up, but ES suggested a composting toilet might be the answer and agreed to investigate cost and viability.
The OVC recommended more lighting on the Nookin. CF pointed out there are already 6 lights on the Nookin (until midnight), working, and they are as frequently spaced as anywhere in the village.
CF and BS are to visit the school as the next part of the Parish Plan.
Enforcement of Planning Laws: Bye Green Holdings have withdrawn their latest planning application. Re planning enforcement on the existing developments: the PC will await the consultation stage and respond accordingly. The Sunley Woods 2nd planning application is in and a decision is awaited from the planning authority.
Commons Act 2006 Registered Land - Kendrew Green: The future ownership of Kendrew Green (at present owned by NYCC) is still under review. The PC will ask Councillor Patmore about the progress of our request at NYCC.
Fracking in North Yorkshire: At a public meeting in Galtres Centre in Easingwold, those attending heard from pro and anti-fracking speakers.
Also,PF reported that The Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Group have published this month a document suggesting how the fracking companies might ameliorate some of the effects on the communities if fracking takes place. The plan suggested that access for shale gas traffic should be from A or B roads, directly or indirectly. As this affects minor roads, the local Shale Gas Advisory Group attended by PF have included in their draft critique of the plan that these words be reconsidered. PF suggested that one recommendation he would endorse was that, instead of 400mtrs from any development, the fracking well should be 500 mtrs from any isolated property, or 1.5 km from any group development, or further depending on elevation. This critique will eventually go to NYCC and all local PCs. Husthwaite PC are to send in their endorsement by 21st December.
Kendrew Green Grass Cutting & Trees: As there has been no decision on the
ownership of Kendrew Green, discussions regarding the grass cutting regime and works to the Wych Elm tree will be put on hold until next year.
Emergency Planning: Work is continuing on this.
Local Plan - Call for Sites: Meetings for the local PCs and the public will take place on 22nd November in Easingwold, to view proposals for future commercial and housing developments in Easingwold and surrounding villages up to 2035. Husthwaite Councillors will attend, and it is hoped numbers of Husthwaite villagers will also go.
As a "service village" Husthwaite will be expected to take a share of the new building of houses, and we must put forward our preferred option from what has been presented. Although the PC thinking is that both possible options are not ideally suited to housing, the PC will opt for Area E071002.
Bier House Guttering: John Heighton will replace the guttering on the Bier House in the near future.
Parish Council Noticeboard: This is being restored by Andrew Coulthard, who has obtained original drawings by Wilf Hutchinson, and oak from his son Trevor to complete the task. Hopefully this should take a month now the old noticeboard wood has dried out thoroughly.
Ducting work on Kays Bank: CF has written to the landowner explaining that the PC has no influence over NYCC Highways to repair the damage to his land, and that he should take the matter further himself with them if he wishes.
Highways Maintenance: The clerk wrote on Sept. 22nd to NYCC Highways about the failure to repair parts of the Coxwold-Husthwaite Road and Amplecarr-A19, but there has been no response.
Cemetery Gatepost: The gatepost has been repaired by Mike Barker at no cost to the village.
Parish Liaison Meeting: As there was no items of specific interest on the agenda, it was agreed not to send a representative from the Parish Council.
Planning Matters: Details of all planning matters can be seen on the Parish Council section of the village website
Finance Report: This can be seen in full on the Parish Council website Reports from Council's Representatives:
Village Hall: The new Village Hall Committee for 2016/17 consists of Stephen Barker (Joint Chair), Jeremy Walker (Joint Chair), Angela Sibley (Treasurer), Lynn Colton, Sheila Mowatt (Bookings Secretary), Annabel Kennedy, Sandie Davison and Rebecca Colton (Secretary). (The Minutes of the 2016 AGM are available in the Husthwaite Newsletter Pg 24-25)
Easingwold & Villages Forum: PF reported items from the 27th October AGM which he attended. The present chair continues in office after being unopposed in the vote A new constitution was passed. Their next meeting is on 9th December.
Street Lighting: All street lights are working.
Neighbourhood Watch: Thefts of horse boxes and equestrian equipment are on the increase and doorstep sellers have been seen in the area. Please report all incidents to the local police on 101.
Date and Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.