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 email@example.com
Last Meeting March 2018
Parish Council Meeting held on the 20th March 2018
Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), C. Colton (CC), P. Fox (PF), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), Jan Coulthard (Clerk), Cllr C Patmore, Mr T Carter.
1. Apologies: NONE
Declarations of interest: NONE.
2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting: The minutes were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1 Co-option of Parish Councillors: Hambleton District Council has informed us that they have received insufficient requests from eligible electors for an election to fill the most recent casual vacancy. Therefore the PC has now been authorised to co-opt a duly qualified person and, as no expressions of interest have been received since the last meeting, it was agreed to place another notice requesting applications from eligible persons who wish to be considered for co-option on the PC Noticeboard and in the newsletter. Action: Clerk
3.2 Enforcement of Planning Laws:
a) Sunley Woods Farm: HDC have granted an extension to the enforcement notice because of the recent bad weather but all units should be removed from the site by 9th April 2018.
b) Bye Green Holdings hours of working: Helen Conti has informed the PC that, due to lack of evidence, the investigation into alleged breach of working hours conditions has been closed.
c) A complaint has been received from the primary school about vehicles manoeuvering near to the school gates at opening and closing times. The concerns have been passed to the planning department and the clerk was requested to write to the school suggesting that parents park further away from the school entrance, away from bend in the road, to prevent possible accidents. Action: Clerk
3.3 Fracking in North Yorkshire: There has been a public examination by a government appointed inspector of NYCC's Minerals and Waste Joint Plan. PF attended, as a member of the South Hambleton Shale Gas Advisory Group, who prepared detailed evidence for the enquiry. PF and Cllr Caroline Patmore, who also attended, were dismayed that the prospect of real industrialisation of the countryside received less attention than was warranted. PF felt the inquiry was biased towards the industry, with objectors' evidence and views virtually ignored. In particular, concerns about industrial traffic access, proximity of drilling rigs to houses and other property, buffer zones for the AONB, number of well pads allowed and the restoration of drilling sites after the industry departed, were ignored or decided in favour of the industry. PF is to contact MP Kevin Hollinrake about the lack of insurance by Ineos in case of pollution after drilling, the matter apparently being left to the Health and Safety bodies and thus the public purse. PF and his group may make a formal complaint about the neglect of evidence given by other than the industry, and the lack of coverage of specific important aspects of concern (e.g. effects on tourism), the whole meeting being a general and cursory examination. The next meeting with the inspector which PF will attend would be a "wash up" session on Friday 23rd March, but it was not expected to cover concerns in more depth. A report from the Inspector will be published later this year. PF believes that industrial scale fracking, if it occurs, would be a real threat to North Yorkshire. Action: PF
3.4 Emergency Planning: CC has prepared an Emergency Plan, draft copies of which will be sent to other PC members. Every house will get a copy of the NYCC Household Emergency Plan with their Husthwaite Newsletter and persons who would like to receive a visit or assistance during periods of severe weather will be asked to contact the PC. Action: CC and Clerk
3.5 Battle's Over - A Nation's Tribute: Came & Company have confirmed that they will not charge an additional premium for any WW1 Beacons as long as a detailed risk assessment is completed before the event and certain conditions are considered. The Village Hall Committee have agreed to host a free supper (funded by the PC) for villagers after the bonfire.
3.6 MUGA Surface: Farm & Land Services have completed the mossicide treatment of the MUGA surface and swept off the excess moss. The PC has received a quote for £1400 + VAT from Mark Fairweather to put a drain in the grass area to the north of the MUGA to stop water flowing out of the school field onto the the court. It was agreed to attempt to obtain funding from the HDC Make a Difference Fund to help defray the cost to the PC. Action: CF
3.7 Parish Portal: The Clerk has registered Husthwaite Parish Council on the Parish Portal and councillors will now report highways and street lighting problems online.
3.8 General Data Protection Regulation:The clerk will attend YLCA training on Data Protection when more places become available. Members will receive a simplified version of the 60+ page NALC document to familiarise themselves with what is needed to ensure data is protected and an audit of PC practices is required before May 2018. Action: CF & Clerk
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings:
4.1 Bus Services 31X and 59: Following the cessation of bus services by Stephensons, service 31X has been taken over by Coastliner and service 59 by NYCC.
4.2 Asset of Community Value: The Asset of Community Value registration for the Plum & Partridge has now expired and it was agreed to complete a new nomination form for the property. Action: CF
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been approved:
Sunley Woods Farm, Coxwold Road, Husthwaite - Change of use of land and one building to permit the siting of caravan storage (including restrictions on delivery / collection times and numbers of vehicles attending the site at any one time).
The Garage, Low Street, Husthwaite - Outline application (considering appearance, access, layout and scale) for the demolition of buildings and the construction of 3 dwellings as amended by details received by HDC on 25th May 2017.
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account
1.12.17 .14 100937 £210.00 J Coulthard - Nov 2017 to Jan 2018
Statement balance at 15 February 2018 - £16169.36 (including £9194.88 Cemetery monies).
Payments to be authorised:
J Coulthard - £210 - January 2018 to March 2018
J Coulthard - £120 - Expenses
YLCA - £45 - GDPR Training
YLCA - £131 - Membership 2018/19
Play Inspection Company - £78 - Recreation Area Annual Inspection
6.2 Recreation Area Account
15.12.17 .06 December Interest
15.01.18 .08 January Interest
15.02.18 .08 February Interest
Statement Balance at 15 February 2018 - £1302.81
7. Circulated Items That May Be Of Interest To The Council:
Speed Indicators & Maintenance Survey: NYCC are considering buying electronic Speed Survey equipment in bulk, to be rented by parish councils. Although this was considered a good idea, the PC decided not to pursue this in Husthwaite.
8. Reports from Council's Representatives:
Easingwold & Villages Forum: PF attended the last meeting, at which Dementia was a topic. Help with Dementia is available in the Easingwold area and this will be advertised through 5 Roadshows in April and leaflets which are now available. Hambleton Community Safety Hub regretted the loss of yet another bank in Easingwold - HSBC. The Area Partnership Satisfaction Survey will provide feedback to the Forum from local Parish Councils.
HDC Parish Liaison Meeting: The next meeting is on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 7pm at Stone Cross. CC and CF will attend.
Highways: Comments and complaints about the state of the roads can be reported on the NYCC website. Refuse collectors have complained they cannot drive up Woolpots Lane because of the road condition and Highthorne Lane road surface is still in an appalling state. Cllr Patmore will contact NYCC Highways about these issues. Action: Cllr Patmore
Neighbourhood Watch: Nothing to report
Public Footpaths: Nothing to report
Recreation Area: The manhole cover in the recreation area is broken and it was agreed to accept a quote from M Fairweather to fit a new one at a cost of £60 + VAT. Action: CF
Street Lighting: All street lights in the village are currently working.
Village Hall: The chair trolley is now in use and makes the chairs much easier to move. The new 100 club will be launched after Easter. Coming events include Film Club on 22nd March, Pop Up Pub on 6th April, Comedy Evening on 11th April and Dawn Chorus Walk on 29th April. The Village Hall Committee have enquired if a directional sign can be erected at the Village Green giving directions to the hall and ES volunteered to investigate costs. Action: ES
YLCA: The last meeting on 28th February was cancelled due to bad weather.
9. Reports from County/District Councillor Caroline Patmore: Northalleton Magistrates Court may close, making the nearest alternatives York or Darlington. There is a public consultation about this. No results from the Public Consultation about the Fire and Police Services merger have been made public as yet by the Police Commissioner. Wykeland Group have been selected to redevelop the former site of Northallerton Prison.
10.Date and Time of Next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 7.00p.m. in Husthwaite Village Hall.