Thursday 24 November 2016



1. Welcome, Councillors present & Apologies

Richard Green (Chairman) and Cllrs. Andy Dorman, Jessie Garnett, and Simon Lealman, and Clerk, Jem Charles were present along with one member of the public.  Apologies had been received from Cllr. David Banks

2. Minutes of the July PC meeting

These were approved and signed as being a true record

3. Matters Arising

a) Broadband flier
David had reported that he’d held off drafting a flier because of current developments in a possible wireless service from Beeline.
b) Back Lane gulleys & soakaways
The work promised has yet to be carried out though the contractor has, apparently, been instructed.  Richard will write to James Malcolm at Highways, North Yorkshire to try to ascertain when it might be completed so that consideration can be given to the possibility of some interim work by volunteers.
c) Pavement edges in Low Hutton
Simon and Andy had completed the section from the ‘phone box to The Redings.  Simon suggested that another section would benefit from similar attention.  Simon will undertake this if other(s) volunteer to assist.
d) Condition of pavement surfaces
These have been inspected by NYCC but no feedback has been received.  Jem will write to ascertain whether any work is planned.
e) Potholes in Low Lane
Simon has assessed these and concluded that, at that time, they did not quite meet the criteria for emergency repair.  A watching brief will be kept on these, and other, potholes so that NYCC can be alerted to any that require, and qualify for, attention.
f) Road names
No further work has been carried out on possible rationalisation.

4. New Matters

a) Beeline broadband
Richard presented a detailed summary of the work that has been carried out by the Council in terms of meetings, correspondence and discussions with providers.  He outlined the current position with phase III of the Superfast North Yorkshire project and the other, wireless, options that may become available, as well as the consideration of a community funded option which was not felt realistic.  He also explained how efforts had been made to keep the community informed through articles in the Village Bulletin and the Howardian and the preparation of minutes of meetings which have been published on notice boards and the village website.
He concluded by saying that there was very little further that the Council could reasonably do and suggested that individuals who were dissatisfied with the broadband they have might liaise one with another to put together a co-ordinated case.
It was agreed that the David and Richard will now go ahead and draft the flier noted above.
b) Low Hutton phonebox
It had been reported in the press that BT are proposing to close and remove this phonebox, along with many others nationally, and had entered into consultation.  The Council had received no notification.  Jem will contact BT to find out the position.
c) Minerals & Waste Joint Plan
A further consultation on the adoption of this Plan is underway but the terms are restricted to legal matters.  The Council did not consider further representation appropriate.

5. Planning

a) Cherry Farm
b) Hydramotion
Awaiting determination.

7. Finance

a) Budget progress
The report to 31st October was considered to show that the position was satisfactory.
b) Parish Precept for 2017/18
Income from the precept and associated grants has remained at the current level since 2013/14.   It was agreed that an increase of 1.8% should be made, equivalent to an annual increase since 2013/14 of 0.5%, to take the precept from £2750 to £2800.

8. Any Other Business

a) Bus service 181
A revised timetable has been introduced and copies posted in bus shelters. 

9. Date of Next meeting(s)

Tuesday17th January at 7.30 at Dalton House and, provisionally, 14th of March 2017 at 7.30.  Venue to be announced depending on availability of the Village Hall once the refurbishment plan has been put into place.

Jem Charles, Clerk to the Parish Council

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

Date: ……………………………..

© 2016

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