Sunday 31 January 2016


The Council has received a notice of a further application for extension, alteration and change of use at Low Farm Cottage.  Comments have been requested by 13th February 2016.

The application can be inspected at Ryedale House or at by entering the application number.

If you have any comment please submit them directly to Ryedale District Council or contact one of your Parish Councillors.

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Friday 22 January 2016




1.         Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies
Cllrs. David Banks, Andy Dorman (Chair), Richard Green, Jessie Garnett and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present.  Rona Charles was present for Item 3e and Mr S Harrison for Item 5a.

2.         Minutes of the November meeting were approved and signed as being a true record.
3.         Matters Arising
a)  Copper beech
Andy & Jem have inspected the tree since leaf fall and are confident that they can carry out the necessary work.
b)  Superfast Broadband
A number of households have signed up with Boundless Communications but efforts to contact the company to organise the proposed meeting/demonstration have, so far, been fruitless.
c) Good Neighbours scheme
The organising group will prepare a draft booklet for volunteer helpers, including details of how the “duty” volunteer might be contacted.  It was recognised that the scheme should tap in to existing informal community help whenever appropriate rather than risking duplication.
d)  Joint Minerals & Waste Plan consultation
The methodology used, and the conclusions regarding preferred sites, are considered sound except in relation to unconventional hydrocarbons (fracking).  The section dealing with fracking was felt to be inconsistent with the major part of the draft Plan, and so lacking in detail that worthwhile comment was not possible.  Jem will reply to NYCC accordingly.
e)  Kirkham Weir & Sluice engagement group
Rona asked whether there were any particular points or concerns that she should take to the first meeting, due later in January.  The Council did not feel in a position to comment until the anticipated paper outlining options was made available.  Rona will consult with riparian owners and the community at large.
f)   Finger Post
Financial assistance for repair of the damaged signpost has been offered by the AONB.  In addition they have indicated that they will assist in refurbishment or replacement of village entry signs in the traditional style.  It was agreed that the Parish will make a contribution for both the finger post and the village signs.  Jem will write to the AONB officer, with thanks, confirming the arrangements.

4.         New Matters
a)  Grass cutting & Village Maintenance
Andy had acquired 2 quotes.  After consideration it was agreed to offer the contract to Mr Claringbould.  Jem will write to him making the offer and with further details.
b)  Changes to Supported Bus Services
Andy described the changes to be implemented from April 2016 as a result of reduced subsidy.  It was agreed that the Village was fortunate that a subsidised service is to be maintained.

5.         Planning
a)  Land at Cherry Farm
Andy invited Mr Harrison (the applicant) to present his response to the Council’s objection to the proposed development.  Mr Harrison explained his proposed modifications to accommodate the Council’s views and outlined plans for further stages of the development on the site.  It was agreed that these, in particular the toning down of the finish to the aluminium cladding, might be sufficient to overcome the Council’s objection.  A revised application will be submitted to RDC and Mr Harrison will also, informally, consult with the Parish Council at the same time.

6.         Finance
a)  Budget Progress
Jem presented income/expenditure data to date and the position is satisfactory.
b)  Budget 2016/17
Jem presented a draft and this was agreed.
c)  Precept
The balance expected to be carried forward was considered reasonable and stable so the precept will remain at £2750.
d)  Changes to the external Audit Regime
From FY17/18 there will no longer be a requirement for a routine external audit and the Audit Commission will no longer nominate that auditor.  A new Sector Led Body (SLB) will appoint an auditor, if required as a result of a challenge to the annual accounts, unless the Council chooses, by April 2016, to do so itself.  The Council will accept the auditor appointed by the SLB.

7.         Any Other Business
a)  Mud on roads
Andy will ask RDC if they will send a road sweeper to clean some very bad stretches or road from Barneygate Lane to Low Lane End.
b)  Footpath in front of manor Farm
Grass has encroached so that it is no longer of sufficient width for a child’s push-chair/buggy.  Andy will discuss with Bob Mansell to determine whether he, or the new village maintenance contractor, will cut back the edges.
c)  Blocked Drain at Barneygate Lane End
The culvert has, again, become blocked resulting in a large, persistent, puddle and a potential safety hazard.  Jem will contact Highways England to request that this is cleared.

8.         Date of Next meeting(s)
22nd March at 7.30 and, provisionally, 18th of May 2016 at 7.30.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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Monday 18 January 2016

Kirkham Weir and Sluices Options Appraisal Project

Kirkham Weir and Sluices Options Appraisal Project

The Environment Agency has established a community engagement group and Huttons Ambo Parish Council will be represented. The group’s purpose will be to agree the options to be assessed and to gather information from the local community on these. The first meeting is likely to be in late January 2016.

If you’d like to find out more or have any initial views that you’d like the group to consider, please contact:   

Rona Charles


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Sunday 17 January 2016

Two Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

Michael Sessions and Brian Waller messing about in boats on the Derwent. Is it too much to hope that the dog is called Montmorency?



 Photos thanks to Brian Waller & Michael Sessions.

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Tuesday 12 January 2016

Report on Huttons Ambo Youth Club meeting, Friday January 8th 2016.

There was another good turnout for the Huttons Ambo Youth Club on Friday, January 8th with a total of 24 children coming along.

The session started with a game of hockey which seemed to be popular and warmed everyone up. 

Vince Castleton came along to talk about hedgehogs and their habitats and how to encourage them into your garden. Vince and Jo along with other villagers have cared for more than a dozen hedgehogs with the help of The British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Vince showed the children the type of ‘accommodation’ that the hedgehogs lived in while they were staying with him. He also explained what they like to eat - not bread and milk as many people think. They prefer meaty pet food and water which can also be a lifesaver for them as they can get dehydrated.

The next youth club meeting will be a disco on Friday, February 5th with Joseph Banks as DJ.

The village show committee is looking for ideas from young people as to what type of things they would like to see in the children’s categories for the show. If there is something you would like to see can you let the youth club leaders know at the next sessions.

The youth club is open to children age 5-17 years. Subs are £2.50 a child. Email to get on the list.

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Thursday 7 January 2016


              A   Meeting   of  Huttons Ambo Parish Council will take  place  in  the  Village  Hall on Thursday,  14th January  2016 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.


1        Welcome, Councillors present, Apologies for Absence

2        Approval of Minutes

3        Matters Arising
a)   Copper beech on village green
b)   Broadband
c)   Good Neighbours scheme
d)   Minerals & Waste Plan consultation
e)   Kirkham Weir & Sluice engagement Group
f)    Fingerpost

4        New matters:
a)   Grass cutting
b)   Changes to supported bus services

5        Planning:
a)   Land at Cherry Farm

6        Finance:      
a)    Report to 31 December 2015
b)    Parish Precept
c)     Changes to the external audit regime

7        Any Other Business:

8        Date of next Meeting
Provisionally 9th March 2016 at 7.30pm

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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