Thursday 19 March 2015




1.       Present & Apologies Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, Richard Green & Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present.  Cllr. Maggie Stone sent apologies.  The Chairman announced that Maggie had decided not to stand for re-election and thanked her for her many years of service on the Council.

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

3.       Matters Arising
a) Parish Community Plan
Andy reported that a draft had been prepared and was to be discussed by the project group at an imminent meeting.  Thereafter it will be printed and distributed.
b) Public Rights of Way condition survey
The report of the inspection of Bridleway No. 1 had been received and the issue of the locked gateway has been resolved.
c) Malton & Norton Joint Neighbourhood Plan
No further progress has been made as there are issues to be resolved about the nature and timing of the Plan between Malton and Norton Town Councils.
d) Storage of Parish Council Documents.
These have not yet been moved back into the Village Hall pending progress on building works for improvements to the Hall kitchen.

4.       New Matters
a) Parish Council Elections – May 7th
Those Councillors willing to stand for re-election have completed nomination papers.  One other member of the Community has indicated a willingness to stand.  Nominations close on Thursday 9th April 2015.
b) Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership
Jem explained the initiative to encourage communities, businesses, agencies and authorities to consider the impact of activities on the river catchment environment.  He has completed and submitted the questionnaire and asked to be kept informed.
c) Commons Act 2006
Jem explained that the Act allows the opportunity to update the register of common land to incorporate changes since 1970.  Jem undertook to investigate whether any action is necessary in regard to the Village Green in order to protect its status.
d) Salt Bins
          NYCC have proposed limiting the number of bins/heaps to be re-filled to four.  It was agreed that the location of those proposed to be re-filled was not ideal.  Andy will request that locations proposed by the Parish Council should be maintained instead.

5.       Planning
a) Ian Brown Tyres
Jem has written supporting the application but asking that the trees along York Road be preserved.

6.       Finance
a) Budget Progress
Jem presented income/expenditure data, in period and to date and the position is satisfactory.

7.       Any Other Business
a) Transparency Code for Smaller Councils
End of year financial reporting will no longer be subject to external audit but figures will need to be made available to the community.  Jem will try to ascertain the timetable by which these changes are to take effect.
b) Leader Programme
The North York Moors, Hills and Coast bid has been successful and £2.3 million grant funding will be available.  No current projects or plans in the Parish are thought to meet the funding objectives.
c) Potholes at Low Lane End
NYCC Highways Dept. have stated that responsibility lies with the Highways Agency.  Jem will write to request that the necessary repairs are carried out.

10.     Date of Next meeting(s)
13th May at 7.00 for the Annual Meeting and 7.30 for the Parish Council meeting and, provisionally, 8th July at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

Signed:…………………………………………….(Andy Dorman, Chairman)

Date: ……………………………..

© 2015

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