Saturday, 16 June 2018

Help wanted to monitor local footpaths


 
Help wanted to monitor local footpaths

Do you ever come across footpaths or bridleways that are difficult to use because of overgrown vegetation, obstacles, inadequate stiles or gates or other problems? Would you be willing to join a small group to monitor the Huttons Ambo paths?

The County Council doesn’t carry out routine surveys or monitoring, so volunteer support is required if we are to ensure that the rights of way network is signed and available for use. 

The Ramblers Ryedale Group would like to set up a network of Local Footpath Monitors – volunteers who would keep an eye on the state of our paths (including footpaths, bridleways and other public rights of way) in a particular parish or a group of smaller parishes.

The aim is that volunteers would walk particular routes on a regular basis, say once a year. If there were half a dozen in Huttons Ambo parish, this should be easy to achieve! I have offered to try and set up a small group to walk the rights of way in our parish (and one or two other paths close by, if there is any interest).







I have more details of what’s involved that I can send anyone who’d like to know a bit more about it and they are also available by clicking here

If you might like to help, please let me know, ideally before Friday 29 June via parishclerk@huttonsambo.com

There is an introductory meeting for potential volunteers on the evening of Monday 2 July in Pickering. You’d be welcome to join me if you’d like to.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Rona Charles 

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Monday, 4 June 2018

PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS 2017/18

CONFIRMATION OF THE DATES OF THE PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS

On behalf of the smaller authority, I confirm that the dates set for the period for the exercise of public rights are as follows:

                         
Commencing on Monday 4th June and ending on Friday 13th July

During this period all annual accounting documents are available for inspection by residents of the Parish on application to: Jem Charles, Parish Clerk.    parishclerk@huttonsambo.com

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Thursday, 31 May 2018

MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

HUTTONS AMBO PARISH COUNCIL

DRAFT MINUTES OF MEETING ON
22nd MAY 2018


1.         Election of Chairman
Cllr Andy Dorman proposed Cllr David Banks.  This was seconded by both Cllrs Simon Lealman and Richard Kershaw.  David Banks accepted and was therefore duly elected as Chairman.

2.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
David Banks (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Richard Kershaw and Simon Lealman and Clerk, Jem Charles.  He also welcomed two members of the public. 

3.         Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the March meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.

4.         Matters Arising
a)   30 mph speed limit
David reported that he still had yet to hear from NYCC Highways.  David will write again.
b)  Ineos seismic survey
Council confirmed that, as a consequence of the findings from the community consultation, it should oppose proposals for seismic surveying and possible fracking.  Jem will:
                           i.          Make the summary of responses available on the village website
                          ii.          Inform RDC and NYCC
                        iii.          Identify a forum in which the experience of collecting the views of the community can be shared with other parishes
c)  Frequency of Council meetings
Jem reported that the minimum permissible number of meetings is 4; the annual meeting which must be held in May and 4 others.  HAPC will continue to meet 6 times per annum.

5.         New Matters
            a)   NYCC Highways workshop
A workshop introducing the new Parish Portal is to be held.  Jem will attend and report.
            b)   Vacancy for new Councillor
Jem reported that he had posted notices and that, should there be no requirement for an election, the process of co-option can start on June 5th.

6.         Planning
a) New House at Musley Bank
Awaiting determination.  Jem reported that RDC do not appear averse to the proposal but require further refinement.
b) Detached outbuilding at 2 Club Cottage
A revised scheme has been proposed which the PC supports.
c) New units at Malton Enterprise Park
Comment has been submitted raising no objection.

7.         Finance
a) 2017/18 Audit
                       i.          The Annual Governance Statement for 2017/18 was approved and duly signed.
                     ii.          The Accounting Statements for 2017/18 were approved and duly signed.
b)  Budget progress
No expenditure as at 30th April.  First instalment of precept (£1400) received.

8.         Any Other Business
a)  Footpath railing
The barrier along the stretch of footpath between the Hall and Grange Farm still has not been repaired.  Jem will chase NYCC Highways.

9.         Date of Next meetings
Tuesday 24th July 2018 and, provisionally, 11th of September 2018 at 7.30pm.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council
parishclerk@huttonsambo.com


Signed:…………………………………………….(Chairman)

Date: ……………………………..



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SEISMIC SURVEY CONSULTATION

INEOS, which has the licence to explore for shale gas within and under Huttons Ambo parish, has approached local landowners for permission to access their land in order to conduct seismic surveys. The Parish Council conducted a community wide consultation in order to gauge public response and inform Council decisions.

A summary of the findings is available here

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PARISH COUNCIL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

Under the Freedom of Information Act the Parish Council is required to make available certain information.  The Council has prepared a model publication scheme which shows how these requirements will be met.  The scheme can be viewed by clicking:



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MINUTES OF ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

HUTTONS AMBO PARISH

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

22 MAY 2018


1.       Welcome     
         Andy Dorman (Acting Chairman) welcomed Councillors David Banks, Richard  Kershaw & Simon Lealman, Jem Charles (Clerk) and five members of the public.
          
2.       Chairman’s report:
a)    Mobile Post Office van: Protracted correspondence and dialogue with numerous agencies involved in supporting the service has helped bring about an upgrade in the equipment carried.  The service now appears more reliable.
b)    Community Emergency Plan: A plan setting out essential details has been drawn up and will be published on the village website soon.
c)     Freedom of Information: Data held by the Parish has been reviewed and is compliant with the new GDPR.  A model publication scheme providing guidance on how information will be made public when required.  This will be available on the village website soon.
d)    A64 junctions: Road maintenance at both Barneygate Lane End and Low Lane End continues to be in dispute between Highways England and NYCC.  The PC has been involved with trying to achieve reconciliation.  County Councillor Claire Goodrick has been assisting and some progress is being made.  Cllr. Goodrick has offered to fund re-engineering of the gulley at Barneygate Lane End from her own limited budget.
e)    War Memorial: The PC consulted a monumental mason about cleaning.  Following his advice Andy has cleaned it by gentle scrubbing and asked for feedback.
f)      Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan: The PC has tried on numerous occasions to co-operate on preparation of this new plan but the steering group has repeatedly failed to communicate.  The plan will therefore not include most of the York Road Industrial and Enterprise Parks as it lies within HA Parish.
g)    Kirkham Weir & Sluice: Rona had continued to liaise with the Environment Agency on behalf of the PC.  No final decision has been reached but the probable course of action will be the construction of an improved fish pass coupled with some lowering of the weir.
h)    Village green and other grassed areas: Mark Wilson has again provided a reliable and reasonable grass cutting service
i)       Verge cutting: The PC had requested that the bank and footpath edges along the raised section near the Village Hall be included in the revised NYCC cutting regime.  The new contractor engaged by NYCC this year is providing a better service.
j)      Potholes: The deteriorating state of the roads continues to be an issue.  A reasonable working relationship with NYCC has been established and they have responded as well as their resources permit.
k)    Road-sweeping: The PC had engaged a road-sweeping contractor with Richard Wainwright’s help.
l)      Planning applications:  The PC had published all applications on the village website and commented to Ryedale DC.  It continues to be disappointing that the Authority appears to pay little regard to local views.
m)  Ineos proposed seismic survey: A community wide consultation had been carried out to discover the general view.  The responses had been analysed and will be published on the village website.

3.       Finance
The Council’s expenditure was £2246 and income £3479 resulting in a balance carried forward of £5849.  Budgeted income of £2800 was boosted by a grant for IT equipment (£659) and a generous donation (£20).

Expenditure was less than budgeted primarily due to fewer grass cuts being necessary, and at a more modest cost (£320), no call on the contingency fund (£300) and some village maintenance being delayed (£222) or unidentified (£100).  There were also modest underspends on sundries and expenses. 


4.       Seismic survey consultation
Jem presented the analysis of the results of the consultation which was followed by general discussion.  (119 requests for views had been delivered, 45 responses received of which 40 were against the survey being undertaken.)  Full results will be published on the village website.

5.       Any other business
a)    There were no other matters raised by the community represented.
b)    David expressed the gratitude of the Council to the 2 Councillors who had resigned during the year; Jessie Garnett and Richard Green




Signed:……………………………….(Chairman, 2016/17)   Dated:………………….

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

HUTTONS AMBO COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PLAN

The Parish Council has adopted  a Community Emergency Plan to act as a source of basic information for reference in case of any type of emergency.  It can be viewed by clicking:


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Friday, 18 May 2018

ANNUAL MEETING

HUTTONS AMBO

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING


      22nd MAY 2018

Agenda

1 Welcome

2 Approval of minutes

3 Chairman’s report

4 Finance officer’s report

5 Findings from seismic survey consultation

6 Any Other Business


Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council
parishclerk@huttonsambo.com


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PARISH COUNCIL MEETING



A   Meeting   of   Huttons Ambo   Parish   Council
will take  place  in  the  Village  Hall
on Tuesday,  22nd May 2018 after the Annual Parish meeting.

Local residents are invited to attend all Parish Council Meetings.
Copies of the (unadopted) Minutes of Meetings will be posted on the Parish Notice Boards and the Village Website.

Agenda

1 Election of Chairman

2 Welcome, Councillors present, apologies for absence

3 Approval of Minutes

4 Matters Arising
        a) 30 mph speed limit
        b) Ineos seismic survey
        c) Frequency of PC meetings

5 New matters
        a) NYCC Highways Area 4 workshop
        b) Vacancy for new Councillor

6 Planning
        a) New house at Musley Bank
        b) 2 Club Cottages
        c) New units at Malton Enterprise Park

7 Finance  
        a) 2017/18 Audit
        b) Budget progress to 30th April 2018

8 Any Other Business

9 Date of next Meeting
        Provisionally 24th July 2018 at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council
parishclerk@huttonsambo.com

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Friday, 11 May 2018

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Welcomes everyone, on
 Tuesday 22nd May at 7.00pm
in the Village Hall

Please come along to discuss anything that interests or concerns you about life in
 Huttons Ambo.
This is your meeting and you decide what to discuss.  You’ll hear what the Parish Council has been doing on your behalf, and be able to influence its activities in the coming year.

It would help, but is not essential, if you would let the Clerk, Jem Charles, know in advance if there is something you would like to be discussed.


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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

PARISH COUNCIL MINUTES 27th MARCH

HUTTONS AMBO PARISH COUNCIL

DRAFT MINUTES OF MEETING ON

27th MARCH 2018


1.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs. Andy Dorman, David Banks, Richard Kershaw and Simon Lealman and Clerk, Jem Charles.  He also welcomed Cllr. Caroline Goodrick and four members of the public. 

2.         Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the January meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.

3.         Matters Arising
a) Community Emergency Plan
A revised draft prepared by Richard G. was agreed and adopted.  Jem will arrange for a link to be posted on the village website.
b) A64 road junctions
There was agreement that, should each agency (Highways England (HE) & NYCC) accept responsibility for one junction, then it was appropriate for HE to maintain Low Lane End as most traffic movements are generated by the A64 and are not local.  Cllr. Goodrick reported that she is in conversation with both and is actively pursuing a solution.  She also reported that she has allocated funds from her limited budget and has tasked NYCC Highways with restoring effective drainage at Barneygate Lane End.  Richard G. thanked her for her continued assistance in both these matters.
c) Mobile Post Office
Jem reported that the internet speed at the village green post had been checked by Openreach and found to be adequate, at least for basic household use though not for existing equipment in the van.  A new router and mobile network aerial system have been fitted which should enable the van to provide a reliable service.
Notification has been received about a reduction in the time for which the van will stop in the village on both days.  Details have been posted on the PC noticeboard.
d)  Freedom of Information – Model Publication Scheme
A revised draft prepared by Richard G. was agreed and adopted.  Jem will arrange for a link to be posted on the village website.
e) War Memorial
Andy had consulted Mr Atkinson (monumental mason) on site and been advised that the discolouration from drips off the oak tree would best be removed by gentle scrubbing without detergent or solvents.  Andy had also made a successful start on the work and will continue.
f) Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan
Jem had written to the steering group indicating that no part of the Parish will be included in the Plan, but had received no response.
g) 30mph speed limit
David had written to NYCC Highways but has yet to receive a response.
h) Mike Potter ward meeting
Richard G. reported that he had found the meeting disappointing as it developed into an anti-fracking meeting without addressing how parish councils might respond to current proposals regarding seismic surveys.

4.         New Matters
a) Ineos seismic survey
Landowners who hold more than 10 acres have been asked to grant access licences to Ineos to conduct a seismic survey.  The Council has been asked for advice concerning how the community feels about the proposed survey.  It was agreed that the Council should seek to ascertain the views of Parishioners to be able to formulate and express a Community view.  This would be of significant value to individual landowners as well as the Council in representing residents collectively.  David will draft a consultation letter, with Richard G. (and others as necessary), which will be distributed to all households by mid-April.

5.         Planning
a) New House at Musley Bank
Awaiting determination
b) Detached outbuilding at 2 Club Cottage
Council decided that a site visit was required.  Jem will contact RDC to arrange a revised comment deadline.

6.         Finance
a)  Budget progress
The report to 28th February was considered to show that the position was acceptable.  Richard G. had been in discussion with Richard Wainwright and about possible road sweeping.  It was agreed that the terms suggested by were reasonable.  Richard G. will ask for this work to be carried out at their convenience.

7.         Any Other Business
a)  Andy asked whether there was any requirement for Council meetings to be held every 2 months.  Jem will ascertain the relevant regulations, and this will be discussed at a future meeting.

8.         Date of Next meetings
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 and, provisionally, 24th of July 2018 at 7.30pm.  The Annual Parish Meeting will also be held on the 22nd of May at 7.00.


Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council
parishclerk@huttonsambo.com




Signed:…………………………………………….(Richard Green, Chairman)

Date: ……………………………..



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Saturday, 24 March 2018

CORRECTION

The Notice of the Parish Council Meeting gave the wrong date.  This has been corrected to the 27th of March.  Apologies.

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Friday, 23 March 2018

NOTICE OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING


A   Meeting   of   Huttons Ambo   Parish   Council
will take  place  in  the  Village  Hall
on Tuesday,  27th March 2018 at 7.30.

Local residents are invited to attend all Parish Council Meetings.
Copies of the (unadopted) Minutes of Meetings will be posted on the Parish Notice Boards and the Village Website.

Agenda

1        Welcome, Councillors present, apologies for absence

2          Approval of Minutes

3        Matters Arising:
a)      Community Emergency Plan
b)      A64 road junctions
c)       Mobile Post Office
d)      Freedom of Information – Model Publication Scheme
e)      War memorial
f)        Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan
g)      30mph speed limit
h)      Mike Potter ward meeting

4        New matters:
a)      Ineos seismic survey

5          Planning:
a)    New house at Musley Bank
b)    2 Club Cottages

6          Finance:      
a)    Budget progress to 28th February 2018      

7        Any Other Business

8        Date of next Meeting

          Provisionally 22nd May 2018 after the Parish Meeting


Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council


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Monday, 26 February 2018

Village Hall Booking Calendar Available Online

To help you to plan your village events you can now view the Village Hall Booking Calendar on the website, click the link at the top of the right sidebar or click on the 'Village Hall Booking Calendar' tab above or follow the link below:

Booking Calendar




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huttonsambo.com email problems solved

I'm happy to say that the email issues with huttonsambo.com appear to have been resolved at last.

If you have an @huttonsambo.com email address and you don't appear to be getting any email through it, please let me know and I'll go back to the hosting company.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

huttonsambo.com email problems

If you use a huttonsambo.com email address then you might not be receiving any email through it.

Last Wednesday the hosting company who maintains the huttonsambo.com domain 'upgraded' to a new platform. Since then all email sent via @huttonsambo.com email addresses appears to have stopped working. I've placed a support request with the hosting company but not heard anything back yet.

If you're expecting anything critical it might be worth getting in touch with the sender and ask them to use your ISP email account instead.

At this point I don't even know if the forwarded email will eventually filter through or will simply have been discarded at the hosting company's end.

Apologies for the inconvenience.

If you know someone who uses an @huttonsambo.com email address, can you please pass this on, as I can't even access the list of huttonsambo.com users at the moment.

It's a mess folks, please be patient...


Edit: 26/02/2018 this now seems to be sorted.


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Friday, 9 February 2018

MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - 30th JANUARY 2018

HUTTONS AMBO PARISH COUNCIL

DRAFT MINUTES OF MEETING ON
30th JANUARY 2018

1.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Richard Green (Chairman) welcomed Cllrs. Andy Dorman, David Banks and Simon Lealman and Clerk, Jem Charles.  He also welcomed one member of the public.

2.         Approval of Minutes
Minutes of the November meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.

3.         Co-option of new Councillor
It was unanimously agreed that Richard Kershaw should become Councillor and he was welcomed as he duly took his seat.

4.         Matters Arising
a)  Community Emergency Plan
Richard presented a draft plan based on a template provided by NYCC.  Concerns were expressed about the amount of personal data that appeared to be required particularly in light of the new General Data Protection Regulations.  There was also uncertainty regarding the intended target audience for any Plan and where copies would be kept.  Councillors will study the draft and submit suggestions to Richard G. by the 2nd of March.
b)  A64 road junctions 
County Councillor Caroline Goodrick had raised this issue with Highways Agency and NYCC Highways but a substantive response is still awaited.  Jem will write to Cllr. Goodrick on 15th February if nothing further is heard. 
c)  Mobile Post Office
Jem outlined communications with the Post Office Network Area Manager and explained that the problem appears to have been recognised and action being taken.  Jem will continue to liaise with the Post Office.
d)  Freedom of Information – Model Publication Scheme
Richard presented a draft based on the model scheme published by the Information Commissioner’s Office.  In order to shorten the length of the Huttons Ambo scheme, Richard will investigate whether information which is included in the model scheme, but which we do not hold, is required to be referenced.  As above it was felt that personal data should be kept to a minimum.  Councillors will study the draft and submit suggestions to Richard G. by the 2nd of March.
e)  War memorial
Councillors had inspected the monument, studied advice from bodies such as English Heritage and sought advice from a monumental mason.  It was considered that the condition probably did not warrant the damage caused even by gentle cleaning at present but that Andy will arrange for an inspection by the mason.
f)   Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan
            It was much regretted that the Council had only been asked to comment on a draft plan despite having agreed that it would be involved in plan preparation as a condition of any part of the parish being covered by the plan.  It was also unacceptable that only 6 weeks over Christmas had been allowed for feedback.  There was a general feeling that the preparation of the plan had been so mismanaged that the Council should not be involved and the part of the York Road Industrial Estate within the parish should not be covered by the plan.
It was agreed, however, that Jem will write to the M&NNP committee chair requesting that the Council be given sufficient time for meaningful input and that the public consultation be postponed until any agreed amendments to the plan are made.  It will be made clear that the alternative is that no part of the parish will be included in the plan.
g)  Transparency Code for Smaller Councils
Jem reported that the grant application had been approved.  Jem will purchase the equipment approved and arrange any training.

4.         New Matters
a) 30mph speed limit
It was agreed that many vehicles were driven at excessive speed, particularly along Back Lane and Buck Lane and that measures to calm traffic were desirable.  Installation of drive-over kerbs had exacerbated the problem.  David will write to NYCC Highways to explore what options might be achievable.

5.         Planning
a)  Hydramotion
Awaiting determination
b)  New House at Musley Bank
Awaiting determination
c)  Change of use of unit at Malton Enterprise Park
Jem will respond that the Council has no observations and is happy for approval to be granted.

6.         Finance
a)  Budget progress
            The report to 31st December was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.
b)  Draft budget 2018/19
It was agreed that the proposed budget was appropriate.  A number of suggestions were made for modest additional expenditure on items that residents will notice including planting native spring bulbs, road sweeping and installation of a bench beside the Public Footpath overlooking the Derwent.  Councillors will prepare costed proposals for consideration at the next meeting.
c)  Implications of new data protection regulations
David reported that, as the only relevant data held is that pertaining to the Clerk and that it is under his control, the regulations will not affect the Councils obligations.

7.         Any Other Business
a)  Richard G reported that Mike Potter, RDC Councillor, had suggested that he might hold a Ward meeting and asked for items for the agenda.  Councillors will tell Jem by 16th Feb. if they might be interested in attending, or to suggest items.

8.         Date of Next meetings
Tuesday 27th March 2018 and, provisionally, 22nd of May 2018 at 7.30pm.  The Annual Parish Meeting will also be held, provisionally, on the 22nd of May at 7.00pm.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council
parishclerk@huttonsambo.com


Signed:…………………………………………….(Richard Green, Chairman)

Date: ……………………………..



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Tuesday, 23 January 2018

NOTICE OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING



A   Meeting   of   Huttons Ambo   Parish   Council
will take  place  in  the  Village  Hall
on Tuesday,  30th January 2018 at 7.30.

Local residents are invited to attend all Parish Council Meetings.
Copies of the (unadopted) Minutes of Meetings will be posted on the Parish Notice Boards and the Village Website.

Agenda

1        Welcome, Councillors present, apologies for absence

2         Approval of Minutes

3        Co-option of new Councillor

4        Matters Arising:
a)      Community Emergency Plan
b)      A64 road junctions
c)       Mobile Post Office
d)      Freedom of Information – Model Publication Scheme
e)      War memorial
f)        Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan
g)      Transparency Code for Smaller Councils

5        New matters:
           a)      30mph speed limit for village

6          Planning:
a)    Hydramotion
b)    New house at Musley Bank
c)     Change of use of unit at Malton Enterprise Park

7        Finance:      
a)    Budget progress to 31st December 2017
b)    Implications of new data protection regulations
c)     Proposed draft budget 2018/19

9        Any Other Business

10      Date of next Meeting
          Provisionally 27th March 2018 at 7.30pm


Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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