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Austwick Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

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PARISH OF AUSTWICK 

NOTICE

THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD IN AUSTWICK PARISH HALL ON MONDAY 3RD APRIL 2017 AT 8.00 PM

All Registered Electors of Austwick are welcome to attend and participate

AGENDA

1. To receive apologies
2. To confirm the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 7th March 2016 and matters arising
3. To receive a report from the Chairman of the Parish Council
4. To receive reports from County and District Councillors, National Park Ranger and the Police
5. To receive updates from local community organisations
6. To invite parishioners to raise any matters of general interest

Cllr Peter Goold
Chairman, Austwick Parish Council
13th March 2017

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ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

AUSTWICK

MONDAY 7TH MARCH 2016

 MINUTES

Present:
Austwick Parish Council: Cllrs Ian Smith (Chairman), Peter Goold, Kate Smith, Barbara Tibbatts; Gillian Muir (Parish Clerk); North Yorkshire County Councillor & Craven District Councillor David Ireton, Craven District Councillor & YDNPA Member Carl Lis, YDNPA Three Peaks Ranger Steve Hastie, and 7 members of the public

1. Apologies: Cllr Dewhirst, Yorkshire Housing representative Sandra Bailey, Kate Vaughan-Williams, Wesley Spensley, Elizabeth Booth

2. Minutes of the 2015 Annual Parish Meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 20th April 2015 were accepted as a true and accurate record and signed by Cllr Ian Smith, Chairman of Austwick Parish Council.

3. Report from the Chairman of the Parish Council
The Chairman thanked his fellow councillors for their work and support, Bob Evans for cleaning the bus shelter, Ben Shanks of Craven Garden Care for maintenance work around the parish, Graham Cleverly for strimming the footpath adjacent to his property and Kate Vaughan Williams who has kindly offered a section of her field to dispose of grass cuttings.
Alec Deary and co-fundraisers were thanked for organising the first Pride Picnic event which raised £1670. These funds were gifted to the parish council for the acquisition and maintenance of a community defibrillator supplied by the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group. The defibrillator is now installed outside the parish hall. A training session was recently held by Yorkshire Ambulance Service for local residents. Information leaflets will soon be circulated to households throughout Austwick.
The notice board outside the parish hall has been renovated, both dog foul bins have been repaired and saplings on the Helwith Bridge road have been treated. The council is liaising with Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) on planning and public rights of way matters, and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Highways regarding potholes.
Thanks to the support of Cllr Ireton, two 20mph advisory speed limit signs have been installed by NYCC Highways at either end of the school.
Craven District Council (CDC) has cleared Graystonber Lane lay-by of recycling bins due to fly tipping. Once the charity bin has been removed, the parish council will tidy the site and install a gate to make it more secure.

5. Reports from local community organisations
Liz Cook provided an update for the Women’s Institute. The W.I. meets once a month, presentations are given by invited speakers at meetings, walks and annual trips are also organised. Joint events are held with W.I. groups in Clapham, Horton in Ribblesdale and Low Bentham. The organisation celebrated its 90th aniversary in 2015 and 2 group members went to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party to mark the occasion.
Gwen Cleverly reported on behalf of the Street Market committee. 2015 raised a significant amount of money which was divided between the parish hall and the playing field association. A small amount was retained to cover costs for the 2016 event. The best traditions will be kept for this year’s market as well as the introduction of new initiatives. There will be a grand draw, a silent auction, pre-market sale of large furniture items as well as a fancy dress parade to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. More volunteers are needed to enable the event to run smoothly. A request was made for the parish lengthsman to cut the greens prior to market day.
Sue Sharples from the Parish Hall committee reported that a £10,000 grant was received for the installation of a new boiler and windows. There is also a new baby changing station and cooker. The committee has liaised with Alec Deary and the parish council to install the community defibrillator on the outside wall of the building.
The Vicar, Ian Greenhalgh, reported that the Church has hosted many weddings over the past year. The Parochial Church Council produces the newsletter to which many community organisations contribute. The afternoon Church Fellowship meets once a month and provides an important social outlet for those people on their own. Parish walks are organised, there is a successful choir, after school club takes place every Tuesday during term time and ‘church in the pub’ meets every 3 months in the New Inn, Clapham. A lunch is planned at the parish hall on 14th June to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. A kitchen and toilet is planned for the old bier room. A new path has been installed in the cemetery. The church is now part of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
The Chairman reported on behalf of Wes Spensley for the Playing Field Association (PFA). This year the PFA is planning to create a Multi Use Games Area, funding and planning permission is in place. Over the last 12 Months the PFA has taken down a very thick hedge, and replaced it with a 5ft. wooden fence, giving extra parking for 6 cars. A new gate into the field has been put in so that vehicles do not drive over it and a new sand pit has been installed in the play area. Grass cutting and general maintenance of the pavilion continues.

4. Reports from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Steve Hastie, the YDNPA Three Peaks Ranger reported that Crummack Bridge was replaced with a dipper ledge, footpath improvements have been carried out on the ‘The Allotment’ on Ingleborough and the Three Peaks route on Whernside. YDNPA is working with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) on a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to repair damaged footpaths on Ingleborough. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is working in partnership with YDNPA to organise a Three Peaks event to raise money for the Foundation and footpath maintenance for the Three Peaks route. On 1st August 2016, the National Park will extend by almost a quarter.

6. Parishioner concerns
Parishioners were invited to ask Cllrs Lis and Ireton and YDNPA Ranger Steve Hastie questions regarding local issues.
Cllr Lis explained that the YDNPA has submitted its Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. It includes a policy on the re-use of redundant road-side buildings to widen the range of accommodation available in the Dales. The criteria for assessing road-side barn planning applications were discussed.
In response to a query regarding the collection of plastic bottles, Cllr Lis reported that CDC is reviewing its entire recycling policy due to a dramatic loss of income received from recycled materials. A report is expected in the near future.
The resettlement of refugees in South Craven was praised. Cllr Ireton reported that North Yorkshire County and District Councils are working in partnership to support Syrian refugees. CDC is participating in a pilot scheme to resettle eighteen families in Skipton and south Craven.
The impact of the local occupancy condition was discussed with respect to the unsold housing on Pant Lane.
Potholes continue to be a problem. Parishioners were encouraged to report any potholes to NYCC Highways.
Cllr Ireton is concerned about the volume of litter on road-side verges and has raised the issue at a full council meeting.
Various grant funding sources were highlighted: as a NYCC Cllr, David Ireton has a small fund to support specific activities; Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is introducing a fund for community projects in the near future, the Sustainable Development Fund is available from YDNPA and Tesco Community Fund may also be worth exploring.
YDNPA’s funding has increased this year due to its imminent expansion; however this is against a back drop of 40% cuts since 2010.
Concern about the condition of paths and floral habitat of Oxenber and Wharfe Woods was raised. A discussion took place on how this could be monitored.

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 9.10pm.


 

PARISH of AUSTWICK


NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD IN AUSTWICK PARISH HALL ON MONDAY 7th MARCH 2016
COMMENCING AT 8.00PM


Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish.

The following business will be transacted at the Meeting:

1. To receive apologies

2. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 20TH April 2015 and matters arising

3. To receive the report from the Chairman of the Parish Council

4. To receive reports from local Councillors, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Police

5. To receive updates from local community organisations

6. To receive parishioner concerns


Cllr Ian Smith
Chairman
29TH February 2016



MINUTES OF ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

MONDAY 20TH APRIL 2015

Present:
Austwick Parish Council: Cllrs Ian Smith (Chairman), Peter Goold, Ian Shaw, Kate Smith, Barbara Tibbatts; Gillian Muir (Parish Clerk); North Yorkshire County Councillor David Ireton, Craven District Councillor & YDNPA Member Carl Lis and 4 members of the public

1. Apologies: Kate Vaughan-Williams, Pam Smith

2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 21st July 2014 were accepted as a true and accurate record and signed by Cllr Ian Smith, Chairman of Austwick Parish Council.

Cllr Ireton is looking into the installation of an advisory 20mph speed limit next to the school after a protocol change at NYCC Highways delayed its introduction.

The dog waste bins at Flascoe and Wood Lanes will be fixed by the parish council in due course.

A member of the public requested to see an online/electronic copy of the operational police model which recommends the closure of Skipton Custody Suite.

3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman, Cllr Ian Smith, introduced Carl Lis, Craven District Council (CDC) Member and CDC appointee to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA), David Ireton North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) Councillor and Craven Area Committee Chairman, and the new Parish Clerk Gillian Muir.

The Chairman thanked David Dewhirst for his excellent work as parish clerk. He has stepped down after 9 years in the role. The Chairman also thanked Cllrs Peter Goold, Ian Shaw, Kate Smith and Barbara Tibbatts for their on-going service and Bob Evans for diligently taking care of the bus stop.

The precept has increased from £3500 to £6500. It has been £3500 since 2007/8 however expenses have risen considerably in that time. NYCC is no longer carrying out 'amenity' grass cutting, only that necessary for safety reasons. Also the new Clerk is on the recommended pay scale for a local authority employee.

The parish council now covers the cost of grass cutting road side verges within Austwick as well as the village greens, the play park and the area behind the parish hall. Ben Shanks of Craven Garden Care is undertaking this work.

The traditional signpost on the village green is being restored by local Blacksmith Dave Clements. The benches at the bus shelter and at Dog Kennel Hill on Graystonber Lane have been repaired by Ken Jowett. There is a new case for the map on the parish hall wall. Also, the main notice board has been revived: the backing is now zinc plated steel sheet which will not rust. Dog waste bin lids are badly corroded and will soon be repaired at minimum expense. The sycamore saplings between Wharfe Brow and Dry Rigg have been cut back and the council is exploring the possibility of treating the trunks to stop regrowth. Wildflower seeds have been applied to the banks along Graystonber lane and should make a showing this year.

This time last year NYCC was reviewing its protocols which delayed the introduction of the 20 mph advisory speed limit outside school. The parish council has asked Cllr Ireton to follow this up. Not all potholes in the parish have been repaired and this is being monitored.

CDC has stated that they wish to close the recycling area on Graystonber Lane as it is being used for fly-tipping. Once clear, the parish council will tidy up the area and possibly gate the entrance to prevent further tipping.

4. Issues relating to local Craven District Council, North Yorkshire County Council Councillors, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Police
Cllr Lis discussed the parish council’s concerns that the consultation period for the YDNPA’s selective review of housing policy was too short. Cllr Lis will liaise with Peter Stockton, the Head of Sustainable Development about this matter.

Cllr Lis will investigate why three housing association houses have been put on sale. Any local residents interested in obtaining such housing should contact Craven or Yorkshire Housing directly.

Cllr Lis will find out the recycling statistics for North Yorkshire. CDC is hitting its target for recycling. Currently it is not possible to recycle flimsy plastic although the new site at Knaresborough has new technologies that may enable this to happen.

The newly introduced fee for disposing of hardcore/rubble was discussed and how this has already resulted in increased fly-tipping particularly of builders waste.

Financial constraints on the district council have meant that rubbish has not been collected from the A65 verges. Cllr Ireton will ask CDC to tackle this.

The YDNPA Area Ranger will be contacted to look at the path between Low Street and Graystonber lane after a member of the public slipped on it.

5. Local community organisations
No reports were given.

6. Parishioner concerns
These were received during the course of the meeting.

The meeting closed at 8.40pm. 

 


 

PARISH of AUSTWICK


NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING WILL BE HELD IN AUSTWICK PARISH HALL ON MONDAY 20TH APRIL 2015 COMMENCING AT 8.00PM


Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish.

The following business will be transacted at the Meeting:

1. To receive apologies

2. To confirm the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Tuesday 21ST July 2014 and matters arising

3. To receive the report from the Chairman of the Parish Council

4. To receive reports from local Councillors, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Police

5. To receive updates from local community organisations

6. To receive parishioner concerns


Cllr Ian Smith
Chairman
13th April 2015

 


 

The 2014 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on July 21st 2014

Attendance
Mr Ian Smith in the Chair, Ms Kate Smith, Mr Peter Goold, Mrs Barbara Tibbatts and the Parish Clerk. In addition eight members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by District & NYCC Councillor David Ireton, Craven D.C. Councillor Carl Lis – Member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Steve Hastie - Area Ranger & 3 Peaks Co-ordinator with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and PC Andrew McClerk - North Yorkshire Police.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming residents and introducing the guests.

1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 15th 2013
The minutes of the meeting held on April 15th 2013 were circulated and approved as a true record of the proceedings.
Proposed: Peter Goold
Seconded: Kate Smith

2. Matters Arising from the Minutes
The Clerk gave a brief summary, for information only, of progress with various issues arising from the 2013 Parish Meeting.
Graystonber Lane verge
Following the completion of the new surface water drain on Graystonber Lane, discussions are taking place with the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to re-seed the banking with a suitable indigenous wild flower mixture. This will be done when the bank has been cleared by volunteers of all grass and vegetation in the autumn.
Austwick Road Sign
There has still been no progress with renovating the road sign on the green outside the shop, despite contacting local blacksmiths to obtain quotes for the work. The Clerk will pursue the matter again and consider other options.
Spoil Heaps on Pant Lane
Following enforcement action by the YDNPA, the spoil heaps and builder’s materials in the paddock on Pant lane have been removed and the area tidied up.
Potholes
Communication with North Yorkshire Highways is ongoing to repair pot holes in the Parish.

3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman reported the sad loss of Robert Cooksley, who had served the Parish Council as both Clerk and Councillor for over 20 years. Sarah Spensley was initially co-opted to replace Robert, but she felt unable to continue beyond the elections in May due to pressure of work and Barbara Tibbatts was elected at the uncontested elections as a Councillor for the Parish. Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work on behalf of the Parish Council. The Chairman informed the meeting that the Parish Council had met 9 times during the year and that all Parish Council matters could be seen on the web site at www.austwickparishcouncil.org.uk .
The Austwick Community Warden, Martin Holroyd, was thanked for his work in keeping the Parish tidy, although he had been unable to work since February due to an injury to his hand, but had been temporarily replaced by Ben Shanks of Craven Garden Care. Bob Evans has taken over the responsibility of keeping the bus shelter clean from Sean Reid and was thanked for doing an excellent job.
Following a Community Governance Review by Craven District Council, there were changes to the Parish boundaries in which the part of the Parish south of the A65 was transferred to Lawkland and that part of Lawkland north of the A65, including the hamlet of Feizor, was transferred to Austwick.
Problems with the NYCC grass cutting contractors in 2013 have been resolved and the quality of work this year is much improved, although from April 2015 there will be no amenity grass cutting carried out by County Council contractors, only areas that need cutting for safety reasons.
Agreement has been reached with North Yorkshire Highways for the creation of an advisory 20mph speed limit outside Austwick School and the work will be carried out as soon as a policy has been finalised and Councillor Ireton will pursue this matter.
The drainage work on Graystonber Lane has been completed and the banking will be re-seeded in the autumn.
The local occupancy houses in Pant Head Gardens are still empty, some three years after they were built. The developers have applied twice to have the S.106 agreement relating to the local occupancy restriction lifted, including an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate, but each application has been refused. It is claimed that part of the problem is that lenders are reluctant to provide mortgages on properties with a local occupancy restriction, although attempts are now being made to rent out the houses. The spoil heaps have finally been removed following enforcement action by the National Park Authority.

Steve Hastie informed the meeting that 8263 cyclists were recorded on the new Austwick to Clapham bridleway during the year. There were comments from the floor regarding the un-sealed surface, which was not mandatory for a bridleway, but may be of particular benefit at either end, which is showing signs of wear. The matter of signage on the junction at the Austwick end was also raised, together with visibility problems at the road junction with the A65 caused by overhanging trees and vegetation.
Mr Hastie said that the National Park were currently undertaking a programme of cutting back woody vegetation on the bridleways in the parish, as this had encroached onto the right of way in recent years and he agreed, following a request from the floor, that any blackthorn would be removed from the bridleway after cutting to prevent punctures to quad and mountain bikes. Some consideration will also be given to the height of cutting to take account of the many horse riders that use the local bridleway network.

PC McClerk told the meeting that the crime figures for the Austwick area were very low, although there had been instances of sheep stealing and urged that all cases should be reported to the police. There have also been some cases of diesel theft, including from the Council Depot at Ingleton and he advised residents to lock their diesel tanks, as well as their house doors to deter petty theft and burglaries. When asked if cctv could be used more to track suspicious vehicles, PC McClerk said that the costs of running a scheme would be prohibitive.
There are currently 5 police officers at Settle and 5 at Ingleton and although 3 sergeants are going from the area, they will be replaced by 3 Safety Neighbourhood Police Officer posts in Crosshills, Settle and Ingleton.
The Skipton custody suite will close in April 2015 and all cases will be transferred to Harrogate, although agreement may be reached to transfer persons to Lancashire, but at a cost of £1000 per person. There are not expected to be any further reductions in staffing levels. In response to a question from the floor, PC McClerk said that when contact with the police did not require an immediate response, 101 was the best number to ring. This will connect the caller to Northallerton and be dealt with from there.
The meeting was told that the new Operational Police Model was available to view at local police stations, Carl Lis will investigate the possibility of seeing the document on line.

4. Any other business
Regarding the proposed 20mph restriction outside the school, the question was asked if this speed limit could be imposed on other areas in the village, in particular the main approach on Graystonber Lane. In response, it was made clear that the school restriction would only be advisory and that to impose a limit on other areas in the village would require the use of limiters such as speed humps, which would not be suitable under the circumstances and would be prohibitively expensive.
The matter of the recent proliferation of estate agent’s boards, particularly on the Cross Streets junction, was raised. The Clerk informed the meeting that both North Yorkshire Highways and the National Park Authority had been asked about this problem and that although all parties agreed that the practise was unlawful, there seemed to be little desire to actually do anything about it. The signs at Cross Streets had recently been taken down by persons unknown, but the Clerk will speak to the relevant bodies once again to see what can be done in the long term.
On the matter of recycling plastic, residents sought advice on which plastics are actually recyclable, as it is not always clearly indicated on the item. Councillor Lis said that this was a difficult issue as only some plastics can be recycled and the inclusion of any ‘contamination’ could lead to loads of material being rejected. Craven is currently unable to deal with certain grades of plastic and although Cumbria do have the necessary facilities, it is not environmentally or economically viable to transport the material to other receptor units. It was agreed that there should be some cross county cooperation on this matter.
Responding to a question from the floor, Councillor Lis said that there were no plans to start charging residents for the collection of green bins (domestic refuse), as this was a statutory duty for the local authority. The collection of garden waste was not statutory, hence the recently imposed charge for such a service, but it was not anticipated that the charge would increase next year.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.10pm.

 


 

PARISH OF AUSTWICK
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2014
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 NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held in the PARISH HALL on

Monday 21st July 2014 at 8pm

Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish 


The following business will be transacted at the meeting:-

1. Minutes of the Annual Assembly held on April 15th 2013
2. Matters arising from the minutes
3. Chairman`s Report
4. Any other business of general interest to the Parish

 Also present at the meeting will be: 

• Councillor Carl Lis (Member,YDNPA)
• Councillor David Ireton
• Steve Hastie (Area Ranger, YDNPA) 

and representatives from Austwick community organisations 

 


 

The 2013 Annual Parish meeting was held on Monday 15th April 2013 

Attendance
Mr Ian Smith in the Chair, Ms Kate Smith, Mr Ian Shaw, Mr Peter Goold, Mrs Pamela Smith  (deputising for the Parish Clerk), and ten members of the public.
The meeting was also joined by District & NYCC Councillor David Ireton, Councillor and Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, Carl Lis; Steve Hastie - Area Ranger & 3 Peaks Co-ordinator with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Dave Padley - Environment & Community Officer with the Forest of Bowland AONB, and P.C. Adrian Hayes of North Yorkshire Police.

The Chairman told the meeting that there had been 9 Parish Council meetings during the Year and thanked Austwick Councillors and the Parish Clerk for their efforts during the year. He also thanked Martin Holroyd, the Community Warden, for his work in helping to keep the Parish tidy and well maintained and Sean Reid for cleaning the bus shelter. Steve Hastie was thanked for his continued support for the Parish and his work which led to the recent completion of the Austwick to Clapham Bridle/Cycleway. The Parish Precept remained unchanged again this year at £3,500, and there was no rise in Council Tax, which represented extremely good value for parishioners.

Planning matters have once again featured highly on the Council’s agenda.  Planning Permission for Tommy Bank Barn to be converted to a Bunk Barn was finally approved on Appeal, but discussions are still on-going with regard to the production of an acceptable management plan by the applicant and the formal discharge of numerous conditions imposed by the Planning Inspector as part of the granting of permission. The Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council has had lengthy discussions with the YDNPA regarding the spoil heaps and builder’s rubble in Pant Lane, adjacent to the new development at Pant Head Gardens. The original deadline for clearance was 18th January, but as this and other deadlines have not been met the National Park planning enforcement officer is in the process of taking legal action against the developers to get the site tidied up.

When asked if the granting of Planning Permission for the Pant Head Gardens site had been an ‘unmitigated disaster’ in view of the fact that none of the houses has yet been sold, Councillor Lis replied that at the time planning permission was granted there was evidence that a need for local housing existed and while he had not seen a list of prospective buyers, he did not agree that the granting of Planning Permission was a mistake. There followed a general discussion concerning the need for local housing, realistic pricing and the possibility of relaxing the rules on restricted covenants under the 106 agreement regarding local occupancy in the National Park, but he confirmed that it was not the Authority’s view that there should be a relaxation of the rules governing the granting of planning permission in such cases.

Dave Padley told the meeting that the Forest of Bowland was recently put forward as a Model of Best Practice at a recent conference attended by international speakers. Some 90% of all businesses in the Bowland area work together to maintain standards of cleaning and ground management, which helps to promote green and sustainable tourism as well giving The Forest of Bowland a feeling of corporate identity. Mr Padley added that owing to the continuing difficult financial situation, the support for Parish maintenance work through the Community Warden Scheme in Lawkland and Austwick cannot be guaranteed at the same level as at present, although it is hoped that there will be some funding from The Forest of Bowland in 2013. There is a varied and interesting programme of events during this year’s Bowland Festival and details can be found at www.forestofbowland.com The Forest authority is working hard with local businesses to promote sustainable tourism and a Management Plan Review for the AONB covering the next 5 years is pending.

Steve Hastie was pleased to announce that the 3 Peaks Project has been extended for another year and following the departure of Ian Middleton, recruitment for a replacement 3 Peaks Ranger is under way. The YDNPA won European funding for improvement to the track between Penyghent and Birkwith towards Ribblehead and the 2013 3 Peaks Fell Race was the first major event to use the link. The Austwick to Clapham Bridleway is complete, apart from the need for some additional signage and Steve thanked the Parish Council for its patience and support throughout the construction period. When asked who would be responsible for the upkeep of the Austwick and Clapham Bridleway in view of evidence that the path had been used by motorised farm buggies, Steve Hastie said that maintenance is the YDNPA’s responsibility and that sensors have been incorporated in the construction of the Bridleway which will monitor usage.

Councillor Carl Lis told the meeting that local government is continuing to experience the adverse effects of central government budget cuts and as a result, priorities have needed reappraising. However, rights of way, farm conservation and biodiversity, together with web-services and upgrading broadband in rural areas remain high on the agenda and it is hoped that volunteer hours can be maintained if not increased. The 2013 -18 YDNPA 5 year Management Plan is now complete, with input from Parish Councils, Farming groups, DEFRA and English Heritage.

Looking further ahead, the YDNPA Local Plan will define long term Planning and Development objectives for the National Park and is expected to take up to 2 years to complete. A draft plan is expected later this year and local groups and Parish Councils will be asked to contribute to the final document. Parish Forums have been held since last autumn and it is hoped that there will be one in this area soon. The proposed extension of the National Park Boundaries will be discussed at a Public Enquiry in June, although initial discussions indicate that there is little support for any change.

PC Adrian Hayes told the meeting that overall crime figures for North Yorkshire are down by 9% in the year 2012-13, which equates to 3,500 fewer incidents. There were a total of 10 crimes in the Austwick area: 3 thefts of sheep, 2 domestic assaults, 2 thefts of plant machinery, damage at the Bowling Club, theft of a bike at Newfield, and camping equipment at Dalesbridge was damaged when rocks were thrown over the boundary wall. The latest Police Plan from The Police and Crime Commissioner can be accessed via a link on the North Yorkshire Police website. Financial input to the district has decreased, retiring officers have not been replaced and there are now 5 officers at Settle and 5 at Ingleton, giving cover of 1 officer per shift at each Station. Following a question from the floor regarding specific figures for road ‘incidents’ around the A65 junctions with Austwick, especially at Cross Streets, P.C. Hayes said that road accident figures were kept by the Highways Dept. and were accessible via a national database, however he personally felt that there had been a reduction in serious accidents in recent years. Speed Camera Vans have been used on the by-passes at Settle and Clapham and North Yorkshire Police do have speed monitoring equipment, but its use is limited because Police officers are required to stop vehicles exceeding the limit and therefore it can only be used on stretches of road where it is safe for vehicles to be pulled over.

Councillor Lis was asked whether the District Council were going to stop the Garden Refuse Collection Service, to which he replied that recycling priorities had changed because there was a budget shortfall of £565,000, the collection of garden waste is not a statutory duty and Brown Bins are only used by 53% of the electorate. Councillor Ireton added that the Clapham Nursery can no longer accept garden waste as the composting machinery isn’t working and needs considerable investment. The cost of garden waste collection will therefore increase if material has to be taken further afield.

In response to a question about whether there would be another day of village involvement in tidying the verges on Graystonber Lane to encourage the growth of wild flowers, the Chairman was not able to confirm definite plans, but thought it likely that such an event would be organised in the autumn.

On other Parish matters, the standard of grass cutting in the village this year has been disappointing, but discussions have taken place with North Yorkshire Highways and the contractors responsible and the situation has improved recently. The quality of the work will be monitored at the start of next season to avoid similar problems recurring.

 


 

 

PARISH OF AUSTWICK ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2013

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held in the PARISH HALL
on Monday 15th April 2013 at 8pm

Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish

The following business will be transacted at the meeting:-

1. Minutes of the Annual Assembly held on April 16th 2012

2. Matters arising from the minutes

3. Chairman`s Report

4. Any other business of general interest to the Parish

Also present at the meeting will be:

• Councillor Carl Lis (Chairman, YDNPA)
• Councillor David Ireton
• Steve Hastie (Area Ranger, YDNPA)
• Dave Padley (Countryside Officer, Forest of Bowland AONB)

and representatives from Austwick community organisations


The 2012 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on April 16th 2012

Attendance
Mr Ian Smith in the Chair, Mr Robert Cooksley, Ms Kate Smith, Mr Ian Shaw, Mr Peter Goold and the Parish Clerk.
In addition thirteen members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by District & NYCC Councillor David Ireton, Ann Brooks - Secretary of State Appointee to the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Steve Hastie - Area Ranger & 3 Peaks Co-ordinator with the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Dave Padley - Environment & Community Officer with the Forest of Bowland AONB, and PC Mark Hill of North Yorkshire Police.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming residents and introducing the guests.

1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 4th 2011
The minutes of the meeting held on April 4th 2011 were circulated and approved as a true record of the proceedings following the amendment of the word ‘definite’ to ‘definitive’ on the first line of item 4 – Any Other Business.
Proposed:  Robert Cooksley
Seconded: Kate Smith

2. Matters Arising from the Minutes
The Clerk gave a brief summary, for information only, of progress with various issues arising from the 2011 Parish Meeting.
Austwick - Clapham Bridleway Link
Work has now started on the bridleway, which will be open some time during May or June 2012.
Graystonber Lane verge
Work carried out by Steve Hastie and his team last spring to repair the damaged verge and re-grade the grass bank has been very successful and cars are now generally parking on the road, rather than on the grass.
Austwick Road Sign
There has been no progress with renovating the road sign on the green outside the shop, despite assurances that the work would be done. The Clerk will pursue the matter again and consider other options.
Cross Streets National Park Sign
The damaged stone work has been repaired by the National Park.
White Stone Lane
The blocked drain on White Stone lane which had previously caused flooding and erosion has been cleared and the problem rectified.

3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council had met 11 times since the last Parish Meeting, but that attendance by registered electors was low, although all Parish Council matters could be seen on the web site at www.austwickparishcouncil.org.uk Parish Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Austwick and Lawkland Community Warden, Martin Holroyd, continued to do an excellent job in the Parish and Sean Reid was thanked for keeping the bus shelter clean and tidy.
The Parish Precept remained unchanged again this year at £3500 and represented very good value for money for parishioners. Work has finally started on the Austwick to Clapham bridleway link and the village telephone box has been re-painted.
The National Park Housing Development Plan has been a big issue this year with the site on Pant Lane being selected by the Housing Working Group for a 50:50 spilt of local needs and affordable housing, although the exact percentage may now vary according to the current economic circumstances. Austwick Parish Council have been closely involved in the consultation process for the Housing Development Plan after concerns were expressed by Councillors over the ambiguous wording of paragraphs which could have been interpreted as permitting the introduction of open market in conjunction with affordable housing in the new sites allocated for affordable and local needs housing. These concerns have been taken into account by the Planning Inspector and the relevant sections amended accordingly to give a clearer interpretation of Housing Development Plan policy, although there were still some doubts about the adoption by the National Park of the term ‘local market housing’ in place of ‘local needs housing’. It is not known what impact the new National Planning Policy Framework, in which there will be a presumption in favour of sustainable development, will have on future National Park planning policy. The Chairman concluded his comments on planning matters by pointing out that there were currently at least 12 houses for sale or rent in the village, not including the five in course of construction.
Following a series of accidents at the Cross Streets Junction a questionnaire was produced asking for details from residents who may have had accidents or ‘near misses’ at this site. The Parish Council has, for many years, campaigned for a reduction in the speed limit on this section of the A65, as well as a safety lane for traffic turning right into Austwick. The information, together with a reiteration of Councillor’s concerns was sent to Chris Craven at North Yorkshire Highways who responded by saying that as the site did not feature on the county’s accident injury statistics no further work would be carried out.
 
Steve Hastie, Area Ranger & 3 Peaks Co-ordinator for the YDNPA, commended North Yorkshire County Council for funding the new bridleway in difficult financial times. The National Park is supervising the works and although there were initial problems with drainage on the site, work should be completed in the early summer. The surface will be aggregate, and fencing together with a screen hedge, will separate the path from the road. The new route will be signed as a bridleway but will also be part of the Way of the Roses Cycle Route.
The 3 Peaks project has been extended for a further 2 years, and the scheme is looking for a large local sponsor.

Dave Padley, Environment & Community Project Officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB, told the meeting that funding would once again be provided towards the local Community Warden Scheme in 2012.
Some initial work with Natural England to establish a higher level stewardship scheme on Austwick Common has come to nothing due to problems with a land owner, but it was hoped to carry out some  work on a lower level stewardship project, possibly upgrading to higher level in the future.
A new circular Tramper route from the Dalesbridge Centre will be launched in the summer which has seen a high level of interest from disabled visitors and local accommodation providers.

Ann Brooks, Secretary of State Appointee to the YDNPA, said that she had been a member of the Authority for 8 years and sits on the Planning and Finance committees. She also has worked with the Housing Working Group, looking at the allocation of sites for affordable housing in the Park and thanked the Parish Council for their involvement in the consultation process for the Housing Development Plan.

David Ireton, District and NYCC Councillor, said that the continued support of the Parish Council for the Austwick to Clapham bridleway had ultimately led to the retention of the money for the project.

4.  Any other business
Kathleen Morphet expressed concern about the bridleway emerging at the road junction and the lack of visibility at this point. Steve Hastie responded by saying that the hedge would be cut back to below the height of the wall and the area will be well signposted.

Kate Smith asked about a recent report in the Yorkshire Dales Review which said that ladder stiles on rights of way are being changed to gates. Steve Hastie confirmed that the change to gates or step stiles, subject to the agreement of land owners, is a priority where possible. Ann Brooks commented that the National Park are not obliged to maintain rights of way as there is no funding from the county, but that they are still a high priority.

Ann Dyson asked what could be done to repair pot holes in the Parish, which could be a danger to cyclists. The Chairman responded that there were regular requests from the Parish Council for holes to be repaired, but that Highways finances were limited. David Ireton asked for a summary of the problem and said he would pursue the matter.

Sally Edwards thanked the Parish Council for their work on behalf of the Parish, in particular the recent Pant Lane developments. There was, however, still a problem with mud and dust on Pant Lane in addition to water running out of the field entrance and down the lane. The paddock is now very unsightly, with large spoil heaps and machinery scattered about. Mrs Edwards said that none of the houses have been sold and asked what happened to the long list of prospective buyers that were supposedly keen to live in the new development? The area around the Calor gas tanks is also in need of landscaping to lessen their visual impact. The Clerk will refer to the conditions of approval for the development and report back.

Kathleen Morphet asked if, in the absence of a regular library service in the village, there was any way to improve the current position? David Ireton responded by saying that books could be delivered to some people, but that lack of funding already meant that libraries at Bentham and Ingleton were partly run by volunteers.

PC Mark Hill reported that Austwick was a low crime area and although there were pressures to reduce police numbers, this was unlikely to happen in the immediate future because the current force covers such a large geographical area. The old station at Settle is being sold and a new one built, which together with Ingleton will provide a 24/7 cover for the area.  It was also noted that Skipton Court was busier than ever, with 1000 plus offenders a year being dealt with. The Parish Council were thanked for their support for the retention of the Court at Skipton, instead of it being moved to Harrogate.
Robert Cooksley asked what the duties of a Community Support Officer were and PC Hill responded that they did not have the same authority or powers of arrest as police officers. There is just 1 PCSO in Settle.

In response to a question from Kate Smith about future changes in National Park policy, Ann Brooks responded by saying that there would be a review of the Core Strategy next, but that this was not as big an issue as the current Housing Development Plan.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 8.55pm.

 


 

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held in the PARISH HALL on

 Monday 16th April 2012 at 8pm
_____________________________________________________________

 
Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish

 The following business will be transacted at the meeting:-

1. Minutes of the Annual Assembly held on April 4th 2011
2. Matters arising from the minutes
3. Chairman`s Report
4. Any other business of general interest to the Parish

 Also present at the meeting will be:

• Councillor Carl Lis (Chairman, YDNPA)
• Councillor David Ireton
• Steve Hastie (Area Ranger, YDNPA)
• Dave Padley (Countryside Officer, Forest of Bowland AONB)
• Monika Beckwith (North Yorkshire Police)

  and representatives from Austwick community organisations

 


 

The 2011 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on April 4th 2011

                                 
Attendance
Mr Ian Smith in the Chair, Mr Robert Cooksley, Ms Kate Smith, Mr Ian Shaw, Mr Peter Goold and the Parish Clerk.
In addition eleven members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by District & NYCC Councillor David Ireton, David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the YDNPA, Steve Hastie,  Area Ranger with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Dave Padley, Countryside Officer with the Forest of Bowland AONB.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming residents and introducing the guests.

1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 19th 2010
The minutes of the meeting held on April 19th 2010 were read out by the Clerk and approved as a true record of the proceedings. 
Proposed:  Kate Smith
Seconded: Robert Cooksley

2. Matters Arising from the Minutes
The Clerk gave a brief summary, for information only, of progress with various issues arising from the 2010 Parish Meeting.

Austwick-Clapham Bridleway Link
In September of last year the Parish Council received notice of an application from North Yorkshire County Council for the creation of a bridleway parallel to the A65 between Austwick and Clapham as agreement had been reached with all the land owners affected by the proposal. To date there has been no further information on this and the Clerk was unable to confirm whether or not the original funding of £70k for the project was still available. Councillor Ireton informed the meeting that the funding was still ear marked for the project.

Yorkshire Dales National Park Housing Development Plan
It was reported at last year’s Annual Parish Meeting that the National Park’s call for housing sites for affordable and local needs housing included 2 potential sites in Austwick and the site off Pant Lane has been allocated by Housing Working Group for a mixed local needs development of up to 8 houses. Consultation is now finished and the Plan is being published in preparation for formal submission to the Secretary of State.

Graystonber Lane verge
The Clerk reported that there were still problems with the grass verge on Graystonber Lane due to cars parking on the grass and damaging the surface, particularly after wet weather. The Parish Council have pursued several avenues in recent months to try and prevent this happening in the future and Steve Hastie and his team from the National Park have agreed to dig out the worst affected area at the Wood Lane end of the verge and replace it with ritter blocks and stone from Dry Rigg quarry and when the weather warms up the middle section of the verge will once again be re-seeded. Having discussed the matter with James Ferguson from the YWT it is also proposed to put up some signs explaining about the roadside verges project and asking drivers not to park on the grass.

Austwick Road Sign
Over the last 12 months efforts have been made to renovate the old road sign on the green outside the shop. The Parish Council are keen to preserve the original sign rather than replace it with a modern one and David Clements, a blacksmith from Settle, has agreed to dismantle the sign and re-build it in the style of the original West Riding road sign.

3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council had met 9 times since the last Parish Meeting, but that attendance by registered electors was low, although all Parish Council matters could be seen on the web site at www.austwickparishcouncil.org.uk Parish Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Austwick and Lawkland Community Warden, Martin Holroyd, continued to do an excellent job in the Parish and Andrew Lodge was thanked for keeping the bus shelter clean and tidy.
The Parish Precept remained unchanged again this year at £3500 and represented very good value for money for parishioners. The election of Parish Councillors in Austwick was uncontested, thus saving some £800 in election costs and Peter Goold was co-opted on the Parish Council.
Peter Stockton, Strategic Planning Officer at the YDNPA came to an open meeting in July  to explain the National Park’s Housing Development Plan and to discuss the proposals for the site on Pant Lane that had been selected as part of the National Park’s call for sites for affordable and local occupancy housing. The Parish Council has responded to each of the consultation documents leading to the production of the final Development Plan this March. Final representations will now be made before the plan is put before the Secretary of State.
A letter of support for the retention of Skipton Magistrates’ Court was also sent by the Parish Council, lending support to this ultimately successful campaign.

Dave Padley, Countryside Officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB, told the meeting that the area was undergoing a period of unprecedented change both financially and in staffing terms. The current team of 9 people will be reduced to 5 and Don McKay, who has been with the Forest of Bowland for 30 years, retires in April and will be replaced by part time internal appointees. Martin Charlesworth and Sue McDonald have taken voluntary redundancy.
Mr Padley said that the funding for the Community Warden scheme had been secured for 2010-11and that Martin Holroyd was carrying out a lot of work on rights of way in the forest. The forest commons land, including Clapham and Austwick commons, was coming into the higher level stewardship scheme which was vital for the continuation of landscape and environmental work.
Festival Bowland was continuing in 2011 with many guided walks and workshops being run to promote the area.

Steve Hastie, Area Ranger for the YDNPA, said that the National Park would have to implement cuts of 30% over the next 4 years. A considerable amount of restructuring was coming out of the draft budget and it was a  challenging time for all concerned.
The Friends of the 3 Peaks was still growing with an income of £22k, 267 ordinary and 74 corporate members, many of whom attended a meeting held at The Traddock in November to promote the 3 Peaks brand and to look at the new Far Moor bridge across the Ribble.
Mr Hastie told the meeting that two of the commons on Ingleborough were also in the higher level stewardship scheme as well.

David Butterworth, Chief Executive of the YDNPA, said that there were now very severe pressures on finance and resources in the National Park, with cuts of £2m in a  budget of £5.5m, or some 32%. Out of a  total staff of 120, 34 people would lose their jobs through a  combination of redundancy, voluntary redundancy and enforced retirements. The National Park was cutting funding and grants to first sector charities such as the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust and Mr Butterworth stressed how important it was to realise the effect that small reductions in funding would have on small rural communities.
The National Park Authority would now be a smaller organisation with fewer departments and changes in governance meant that the number of members was also being debated.
Natural England will probably recommend the extension of the National Park boundary towards the Lake District, but more money will be needed by the Park if this happens.
It is anticipated that national census data for the National Park will pick out trends in population growth within its boundaries and provide evidence that will be vital in deciding on future policies.

Councillor David Ireton expressed his disappointment that Chrys Mellor from the NYCC Libraries Service had not attended the Parish Meeting as promised. The consultation period for the review of Library Services in the county had now closed and the results would be presented to the executive in May. Councillor Ireton said that NYCC had had a  windfall of £416k for rural transport capital projects and that an additional £6.6m additional funding had been received from Central Government for road repairs.

4.  Any other business
Responding to a question from Kate Smith concerning devolving of definite map work in the National Park back to NYCC as part of the proposed budget cuts, Mr Butterworth said that between 1974 and 1997 the YDNPA was actually a committee within NYCC. The National Park became independent in 1997 and took over responsibility for the maintenance of Rights of Way, an essential element in the structure and economy of the region, but without any additional funding. Recently NYCC has given £50k towards the Rights of Way network, but this will now cease. Mr Butterworth explained that there are essentially two elements involved in this matter, the Rights of Way and the Definitive Map. The Definitive Map is a legal element and the decision had been taken to hand it back to NYCC, but the Park were keen to retain the maintenance of the Rights of Way network because it was felt that NYCC would not give this important area the same priority.

Sue Goold asked when the National Park sign at Cross Streets would be repaired and Steve Hastie agreed to look into the matter as a matter of urgency.

Robert Cooksley raised the matter of flooding on White Stone Lane after periods of rain and Steve Hastie said that plans were in place to clear the blocked drain causing the problem and to pipe the water across the field to reduce the surface run-off that was causing flooding within the field as well.

Rick Smith told the meeting that the decision on the extension of the National Park boundaries would be made in September 2011 when Natural England would take the proposal to the Secretary of State, who would then decide on the matter or defer. It was important that Government was seen to support the new boundaries to strengthen its ‘green credentials’, but at the end of the day financial constraints could influence the final decision.
Peter Goold raised the matter of local needs housing within the Parish. He explained that 2 years ago planning consent had been granted for 5 local occupancy houses in the grounds of Pant Head House and although the Parish Council had objected strongly to the development, it had been approved, despite the fact that the evidence of local need was not of the highest quality. The National Park Housing Development Plan was now nearing completion and still the local occupancy data was not convincing. The same points keep coming up on this issue and although Parish Councils are not consulted on the validity of local occupancy data, surely they would be the best body to consult in regard to this matter?
Responding, Mr Butterworth said that he accepted the argument and that there was a movement towards the involvement of Parish Councils in the development of their areas and the whole planning process. There is a prescription within the Localism Bill towards development and decision making by Parish Councils. There was a concern that the new county wide survey will not accurately pick up those most in need of local occupancy housing.
Peter Goold concluded by saying that we need to start a dialogue between Parish Councils and the National Park as soon as possible in order to formulate a coherent and practical plan of action.
David Ireton said that it was important to identify need before houses were built, not after. The starting point should be to establish need on an immediately local basis, then expand outwards into the rest of the National Park.
Ian Smith pointed out that the Parish Council had always accepted the need for affordable housing in the village, but told the meeting that houses for sale in Austwick were currently running in double figures, a point that was reinforced by Kathleen Morphet, who said that she had not seen so many houses for sale in the village in 53 years. There was also a problem in that affordable housing residents in rural communities like Austwick also needed transport to get to work in nearby towns.
David Butterworth responded by saying that policy decisions made in the 1980’s to sell off council houses effectively removed thousands of ‘first rung’ homes from the market and current plans are only scratching the surface of the problem. Providing homes for young families is the key issue, not expensive homes that few people can afford, although the problem of providing such affordable housing is that developers are reluctant to take on such schemes.


There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.08pm.

 


 

 

PARISH OF AUSTWICK
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING 2011
_______________________________________

NOTICE IS GIVEN that the ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held in the PARISH HALL on

Monday 4th April 2011 at 8pm

_____________________________________________________________


Persons entitled to attend are those who are registered as Local Government Electors for the Parish


The following business will be transacted at the meeting:-


1. Minutes of the Annual Assembly held on April 19th 2010
2. Matters arising from the minutes
3. Chairman`s Report
4. Any other business of general interest to the Parish

Also present at the meeting will be:

• Councillor Carl Lis (Chairman, YDNPA)
• Councillor David Ireton
• Chrys Mellor (General Manager for Libraries, NYCC)
• Steve Hastie (Area Ranger, YDNPA)
• Dave Padley (Countryside Officer, Forest of Bowland AONB)

          and representatives from Austwick community organisations


The 2010 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on April 19th 2010                                                            

Attendance
Mr Ian Smith in the Chair, Mr Robert Cooksley, Ms Kate Smith, Mr Ian Shaw and the Parish Clerk.
Twenty three members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by District Councillors David Ireton and Carl Lis (Chairman of the YDNPA),   Steve Hastie,  Area Ranger with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Dave Padley, Countryside Officer with the Forest of Bowland AONB.

The Chairman opened the meeting by welcoming residents and introducing the guests.

1. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 27th 2009
The minutes of the meeting held on April 27th 2009 were read out by the Clerk and approved as a true record of the proceedings.    
Proposed:  Robert Cooksley
Seconded: Pam Smith

2. Matters Arising from the Minutes
The Chairman gave a brief summary, for information only, of progress with various issues arising from the 2009 Parish Meeting.
The Pinfold Project is now complete, a permeable membrane has been laid to discourage the growth of ground elder and Austwick school will plant more shrubs during the summer.
Concern was expressed by the Chairman that North Yorkshire County Council were considering the withdrawal of £70k worth of funding for the proposed Austwick – Clapham bridleway link which was also going to be part of the Way of the Roses cycle route. Councillor Ireton commented that he had objected in the strongest terms to the matter, stressing how important the route was for the safety of walkers, cyclists and horse riders who would otherwise have to negotiate a dangerous section of the A65.
The previously vandalised bench at Flascoe Bridge has now been replaced by a stone and timber one and the Community warden will continue to maintain the area.
The planning application for 5 local needs houses in the grounds of Pant Head House was approved by the National Park Authority in May 2009, but the S.106 agreement has only just been signed. Condition 3 of the approval states that the grass verges in Pant Lane must be restored to their original condition on completion of the building works. Responding to a question from the floor, it can be confirmed that the approved plans are C/04/148E.
Following the National Park’s call for housing sites for affordable and local needs housing, two sites in Austwick were put forward and the land at Pant Lane is still under consideration by the Housing Working Group along with 37 other sites within the National Park. Public consultations will be taking place for 10 weeks between May and July 2010 and Councillor Lis said that after the consultation period was completed the National Park would decide how to take the matter forward. Responding to questions from the floor, the Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council had not yet had the opportunity of taking part in consultations, and if it was considered to be helpful to canvass local opinion when the form of the consultation became clear, then a public meeting would be arranged for this purpose.
The verge near to Austwick Bridge on Graystonber Lane has been reseeded following recent damage by contractors vehicles whilst repairing the bridge. The area has had to be cordoned off to stop vehicles parking on the new seeds, which raised the issue of parking in this area. There has been a significant increase in the number of vehicles using the verge to park on in the last 12 months, partly due to the ease of access to the Pennine Bridleway down Wood Lane, the lack of space for vehicles in the centre of the village and the fact that  National Park guided walk information suggests that visitors park there. The Parish Council have approached both North Yorkshire Highways and the Pennine Bridleway officer at the National Park in the past to try and get a permeable, hard wearing surface laid down so that vehicles can park on the verge without causing damage in the winter months or after prolonged rain, but with no success. Discussions are taking place once again and it is hoped to arranged a site meeting with Mr Ken Martin from NYCC to consider further options.
It was suggested that parking could be prevented altogether by putting down boulders, but this would cause problems for the grass cutting contractors and the option of using the lay-by where the recycling bins are has been looked at in the past but considered unsuitable.
 

3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council had met 9 times since the last Parish Meeting, but that attendance by registered electors was low, although all Parish Council matters could be seen on the web site at www.austwickparishcouncil.org.uk Parish Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Austwick and Lawkland Community Warden, Martin Holroyd, continued to do an excellent job in the Parishes and Andrew Lodge kept the bus shelter clean and tidy.
The Parish Precept remained unchanged again this year at £3500 and represented very good value for money for parishioners. The election of Parish Councillors in Austwick is uncontested this year, thus saving some £800 in election costs.
Planning and related issues have been at the forefront again this year, one such matter being the snack bar at Harden Bridge. Despite the fact that planning permission has been refused by the National Park and an eviction order has been served against the owner, the business is still trading on the site and in fact is now up for sale, including the land it stands on, which is a lay-by secured by a recently erected steel barrier. Kate Smith suggested that English Heritage should be informed because the barrier has been secured to Harden Bridge, which is  a scheduled monument. Both Mr Lis and Mr Ireton agreed that enforcement in matters such as this is a very slow process, but that the National Park Authority had to remain within the law, a fact that the owner of the snack bar was well aware of and from which he would try to gain maximum advantage. Kathleen Morphet said that the owner was squatting on the land and if the enforcement process took too long he would claim adverse possession. The planning application had been refused partly due to concerns by the police over large vehicles parking on the side of the A65, a matter which had still not been resolved.
The Clerk will write to the National Park enforcement team suggesting that English Heritage are included in negotiations over this matter.
The Chairman concluded his report by raising the subject of the recently published consultation document proposing extensions to the boundaries of the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Councillor Lis commented that Natural England were currently considering whether certain areas between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales National Parks were worthy of designation as National Park or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The YDNPA did not want to see any boundary changes that would affect democratic representation and that the much publicised dropping of ‘Yorkshire’ from the name was a matter that could only be considered by the Secretary of State, not Natural England.

Dave Padley, Countryside Officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB, told the meeting that the administrative centre for the forest was now in new offices at Dunsop Bridge and that the Natural England Bowland team were also working there. The Sustainable Tourism Charter was currently being assessed and should run for another 5 years. The Bowland Festival has now been redesignated as ‘Festival Bowland’ and rather than being just summer events, will change to a 12 month programme, with full details available at www.forestofbowland.com.  Sport England have invested heavily in new mountain biking routes in Gisburn Forest which are proving very popular and may lead to further developments in the infrastructure of that area.
Mr Padley concluded by saying that he hoped that the Austwick & Lawkland Community Scheme would continue to receive funding as in previous years from Lancs CC in 2010.

Steve Hastie, Area Ranger for the YDNPA, brought the meeting up to date with the 3 Peaks Project. The Friends of the 3 Peaks was launched in August 2009 at Ribblehead and currently had 135 members including 45 businesses. Merchandise was also available with all proceeds going back in to 3 Peaks funds. First year income was about £10k as well as donations in kind such as materials for footpath repairs and so on. An agreement has been reached with Yeomans Outdoors  to put the 3 Peaks logo on some of their clothing items such as waterproof jackets and fleeces.
Sue Goold asked about the damaged National Park sign at Cross Streets, which was still in need of repair and Mr Hastie agreed to get the work finished.

4.  Any other business
The matter of pot holes on Parish roads was raised. This problem has been reported by the Clerk to the NYCC Highways Supervisor on several occasions, but still nothing has been done. The Clerk will take photographs of the worst cases and report them again.
Bob Halstead said that the new arrangements for collecting paper in the blue bags was not working well. The recycling bin for paper is constantly full because residents are not able to store waste paper in the blue bags prior to collection. Councillor Lis agreed that the system needed looking at again and said that ultimately Craven DC would like to have all domestic waste in just the blue bins. Additional blue bags are available from Ingleton Community Centre. The comment was made that waste paper could be taken to the collection point at Settle Swimming Pool.
Michael Southworth asked if all recyclable waste was actually recycled, or did some of it  go to land fill? Councillor Lis said yes, it was, unless it was contaminated. This led to a general discussion about contamination of recycled materials and touched on some of the conflicting opinions regarding what was permitted and what was not, such as types of plastic.
Peter Goold raised the matter of Pant Head Barn, saying that it was two and a half years since work was stopped on the barn because the original planning consent was not complied with. Both Mr Goold and the Parish Council have tried to find out what is happening with regard to this matter, without success. There was general agreement that the whole of the Pant Head site was a disgrace and that it was extremely regrettable that the National Park had not done more to prevent this happening. Michael Southworth stated that Parish Councils should have more say in what is happening at a local level because they know what is needed. Councillor Lis agreed to pursue the matter.
In terms of assessing local needs, Councillor Ireton said that the policy that allows anyone within the National Park to live in Austwick, makes no sense and that when green fields are being turned into buildings we must  establish the true level of local need.
Sally Edwards asked why the call for housing sites was declaring a 50:50 mix of local needs and affordable, when it all should be affordable? Councillor Lis responded by saying that the Housing Working Group consultation will decide what the final mix will be, but if green field sites are taken up for housing then the type of housing should be determined before work commenced. Molly Preston said that it did not make any sense to say that someone in Ingleton or Settle who lived just outside the National Park did not qualify to live in Austwick, but that a person in say, Richmond, could. Councillor Ireton was of the opinion that the latest housing needs survey did not give a true picture of what is needed in Austwick and that it was vital that Parish Councils were included in the process from the start.
There was then a general discussion about the validity of names for local needs housing being produced by developers, which even if accurate, was seen as being nonsensical because there was an obvious commercial interest in producing as many names as possible. Kate Smith observed that if local authorities were empowered to build affordable housing then the argument would not exist. Some authorities are looking to build ‘council houses’ again, but not many can afford it at the moment. Councillor Ireton was concerned about elderly residents who lived in large family houses and wanted to move to a smaller property within their own communities, but could find no suitable housing, thereby blocking  the sale of homes for new families with children to support local schools.
Molly Preston informed the meeting that over the Easter weekend both Slaindale and Thwaite Lane had been gated off, making it difficult for visitors to walk over the cross roads and that the walls on Flascoe Lane were in need of repair where sections have fallen down into the bridleway.
Councillor Ireton asked what the community wanted him to put forward as a priority issue for the police and although there were no serious issues, Ian Greenhalgh reported a recent incident where someone was cold calling on elderly residents. The police were informed and the man was apprehended immediately.
Councillor Lis announced that there was no more Grass Roots money left.


There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.50pm.


 

 
 
The 2009 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on April 27th 2009  
 
 
1. Attendance
All members of the Parish Council were in attendance, with Mr Ian Smith in the Chair.
Thirty three members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by Councillors Carl Lis and David Ireton, Steve Hastie, Ranger with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and PC Monika Nagy, Neighbourhood Officer with the North Yorkshire Police.
 
2. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 15th 2008
The minutes of the meeting held on April 15th 2008 were read out by the Clerk and approved as a true record of the proceedings.
Proposed: Michael Southworth
Seconded: Sally Edwards
 
3. Matters Arising from the Minutes
The Clerk gave a brief summary, for information only, of progress with various issues arising from the 2008 Parish Meeting.
The Pinfold Project was now almost complete, although ground elder continues to be a problem. Discussions are taking place with the Primary School regarding the planting of shrubs in the area.
The Harden Bridge snack bar has been served with an enforcement order by Craven District Council and the situation will be monitored.
The proposed A65 bridleway link between Austwick and Clapham is still on the drawing board and the National Park are hopeful of securing funding in the near future.
Responding to questions from the floor, the Clerk confirmed that the area around the clapper bridge at Flascoe would be tidied up and that the damaged bench will be replaced with a more robust version and that plans to construct a second crossing of Austwick Beck at that point have been abandoned.
A tree preservation order for the large cherry tree in the grounds of Pant Head House was discussed with Phill Hibbs, the TPO Officer for the YDNPA and the Clerk will pursue the matter once again.
 
4. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman opened his report by thanking everyone for attending and introduced the guests to the meeting.
The Parish Council had met 9 times since the last Parish Meeting and attendance by registered electors continued to be good. Parish Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work on behalf of the Parish Council.
The Parish Precept remained unchanged again this year and represented very good value for money for parishioners.
Following the recently distributed questionnaire asking residents about current issues in the Parish, a revised Parish Plan was nearing completion and would shortly be distributed to every household in the Parish.
The community warden, Martin Holroyd, had again given good service to the Parish and Andrew Lodge has continued to keep the bus shelter clean and tidy.
The Pinfold Project is virtually finished and Austwick Primary school will soon be planting shrubs and seedlings.
The Chairman said that one planning application had dominated the scene during the year, namely the application to build 5 local occupancy houses in the grounds of Pant Head House. The Chairman, the Clerk and Peter Goold attended the National Park Planning Committee meeting on April 14th 2009 to present objections to the proposals. Any decision was deferred pending a site visit scheduled for April 28th and the application will be considered again at the next National Park Planning Committee Meeting on May 12th.
The making of the ASDA Christmas advert in the village during October had caused little disruption and the donation of £15000 by ASDA to the Parish for community projects was welcomed. The monies have been divided equally between the Parish Church, Primary School, Playing Fields and Parish Hall.
 
5. Any other business
Michael Southworth asked if the Parish Council had a strategy for the development of the land at Pant Head House because something would eventually be done with the site and perhaps the Council should be more pro-active. The Chairman responded bysaying that the Parish Council have already stated that any development should be for genuine local need or affordable housing. The Parish Council have vigorously objected to the proposal for 5 houses on the adjoining site,but as this is private land itwill beup to the developer to produce a plan for the remaining area that will be acceptable to both the Parish Council and the National Park.
Peter Goold said that residents had given clear indication as to what the main problems were and it was hoped that the developer would heed these.
Carl Lis said that the Austwick representatives at the recent Planning Committee spoke very well, but that it was important that residents had the opportunity to express their concerns at the scheduled site meeting.
Alec Rigby asked if any progress had been made in accurately determining local need, and if these properties were built and could not be sold because of a lack of local need, would they eventually filter through to the open market? Mr Rigby likened the policy of asking developers to determine local need as being akin to ‘putting a fox in charge of the chickens’.
Mary Creaser was of the opinion that local need houses in Austwick are far from being affordable. The only house in the first Pant Lane development that was local needs was reduced, but was still only just affordable for the family in question. Carl Lis observed that there were other local needs houses currently on the drawing board in Austwick and Kathleen Morphet pointed out that not all the names on the local needs lists could be relied upon, a fact that was supported by many of those present.
Sally Edwards said that the remaining houses on the first Pant Lane development were not occupied by local people, but were simply weekend homes.
In discussions around local need and affordable housing, there seemed to be some confusion as to which authority was responsible for the separate issues. The Chairman declared that Craven District Council was responsible for affordable housing and the National Park was responsible for planning applications relating to local need.
Michael Southworth asked if an enforcement order had been placed on the developer requiring the replacement of the grass verges on Pant Lane. Despite regular correspondence with both the National Park and the developer warning of their imminent removal and then requesting their replacement, no enforcement action was taken.
In drawing the open forum to a close, the Chairman asked Steve Hastie and WPC Monika Nagy if they had anything to report to the meeting.
Mr Hastie brought residents up to date with the 3 Peaks Project, a proposal for managing the 3 Peaks Area sustainably by finding additional resources and funding streams to help with maintenance and promotion. Public information meetings will be held in Settle and Ingleton on May 11th and 14th respectively.
WPC Nagy told the meeting that there were now 6 officers covering the Ingleton area and that meant that more time could be spent out on patrol. Rev. Ian Greenhalgh raised the issue of the dog at Pant Head House which had attacked two local dogs and whose owner was due in court again at the end of May to face charges of owning a dangerous dog. There was considerable concern because residents were reluctant to walk along Pant Lane because of this animal. WPC Nagy urged residents to report any incidents to the police immediately.
Alec Rigby raised the matter of the damage done by cars parking on the grass verge near the bridge on Graystonber Lane. The Clerk is already in discussions with the National Park and NYCC Highways about this.
Bob Halstead said that Feizor Beck was in a very poor state and seemed to be polluted, possibly with effluent. The Clerk will contact the Environment Agency immediately. Mr Halstead also said how efficient the grass cutting contractors were this year and the Clerk will pass this on to Andrew Mellor, the area supervisor.
Sue Goold asked about the recently repaired National Park sign at Cross Streets, saying that it appeared to be unfinished. Steve Hastie will investigate the matter.
Alec Rigby informed residents that a road closure notice had been obtained for the Austwick Street Market this year.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.12pm.


 
 
The 2008 Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Parish Hall at 8.00pm on April 15th 2008

1. Attendance
All members of the Parish Council were in attendance, with Mr Ian Smith in the Chair.
Thirty two members of the public attended.
The meeting was also joined by Mr Steve Hastie, Ranger with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and PC Monika Nagy, Neighbourhood Officer with the North Yorkshire Police.
 
2. Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on April 23rd 2007
The minutes of the meeting held on April 23rd 2007 were read out by the Clerk and approved as a true record of the proceedings.
Proposed: Catherine Vaughan-Williams
Seconded: Molly Preston
 
3. Chairman’s Report
The Chairman opened his report by thanking everyone for attending and introduced Steve Hastie and Monika Nagy to the meeting.
The Parish Council had met 10 times since the last Parish Meeting and attendance by registered electors had increased dramatically at the last few meetings. Parish Councillors were thanked for their support during the year and the Clerk was thanked for his work, having been busy dealing with issues in the Parish.
Andrew Lodge, who has taken over responsibility for cleaning the bus shelter was commended for doing such a thorough job and Martin Holroyd, the Community Warden has again given the Parish good service during the year and his efforts have been supported by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and the Forest of Bowland. He has also been involved in recent work on the Pinfold, behind the village bus shelter, a project that has been funded by the North Yorkshire Aggregates Grants Scheme. These monies are awarded in compensation for adverse effects of quarrying activity on the local environment. Austwick school are very keen to become involved in the scheme at the Pinfold, using it as an educational resource by planting wild flowers and fitting bird boxes.
In regard to planning matters, the Chairman told the meeting that the Parish Council had considered 21 planning applications during the last year, of which 11 were approved, 1 was withdrawn, 3 were refused ( Sandford Barn, Wharfe; Oxenber, Townhead Lane; Pant Head House, Pant Lane ) and 6 have yet to be decided upon.
The application that has generated the greatest level of interest and concern is that relating to the proposal to build 5 local occupancy houses in the garden of Pant Head House. The Parish Council had asked that the application should be decided by the National Park planning committee in the public interest rather than the delegated powers of the planning officer. This request was granted and the Chairman (Ian Smith), Mr Peter Goold and the Clerk (David Dewhirst), in the company of other Austwick residents attended the committee meeting at Bainbridge on May 8th. Mr Goold and the Clerk addressed the committee to highlight local concerns over the proposed development, which was subsequently refused by 10 votes to 2. During the course of the deliberations by the planning committee there seemed to be some difference of opinion within the committee as to the best way to determine and realistically clarify local needs requirement for any proposed development.
Concerning highways, the meeting was told that liaison between the Clerk and Stuart Cracknell, the North Yorkshire area supervisor, had got results, but that it was necessary to keep up pressure to ensure that all necessary works were done within a reasonable time scale.
Councillors have had a meeting with representatives of the Highways Agency and Amey Mouchel at the Cross Streets junction to try and persuade them of the need for double white lines and a 40mph limit along this dangerous stretch of road.
Following the recent government review of the Post Office network it was very pleasing that the efficiency of the Austwick Post Office, together with vigorous lobbying from local residents and the Parish Council, had resulted in the business being retained as part of the network.
The January edition of the Parish Newsletter contained a questionnaire relating to the Parish Plan and the proposal to apply for conservation area status for Austwick and the surrounding area. The key areas of concern to residents were identified as:
Planning control, future development & loss of green space 25
Traffic speed, parking & highways in general 15
Footpaths & verges 5
Housing for young families 5
Affordable housing 4
Support for school & shop 4
Improved bus routes & times 4
Dog fouling 4
A65 junctions 4
Wheelie bins 3
On the subject of Conservation Area status, a total of 61 responses were received in favour of the proposal, with 2 against. It was hoped to have a representative of the National Park present at the meeting to discuss the pros and cons of conservation areas, but he could not attend. It is planned that a public meeting will be held in the near future to look at the matter and agree on a way forward for the proposal.
In conclusion, a busy year for the Parish Council and Austwick Councillors will continue to represent the interests of residents to the best of their ability.
Before opening the meeting to questions from the floor, the Chairman asked Monika Nagy and Steve Hastie to briefly outline their current areas of responsibility.
WPC Nagy explained that she is part of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, with responsibility for Austwick and that she would be patrolling the area on a regular basis. She can be contacted via the 0845 6060247 police number, or through the Clerk who has e-mail and mobile numbers available. There were questions from the floor concerning the new snack bar on the A65 at Harden Bridge and the general issue of unlawful behaviour by individuals in the village. WPC Nagy said that the police were currently looking into the matter of the snack bar from a traffic safety point of view and that any unlawful activity should be reported to her, with details of the persons involved.
Steve Hastie told the meeting that a bid had been made to an opportunities fund to seek finance for the proposed A65 bridleway link between Austwick and Clapham, but that the route may be cost prohibitive if funding could not be secured. A site visit had been made to consider the building of an additional wooden bridge over the beck on Flascoe Lane. Once land owner agreement has been obtained, funding for the project would be sought. He pointed out that the National Park could provide labour for construction of the bridge but could not be responsible for on-going maintenance because a crossing already existed in the form of the clapper bridge. There was a general discussion around the addition of a hand rail to the existing bridge, but this was generally considered to be inappropriate for the type of structure.
With regard to stiles and gates, Mr Hastie said that the maintenance programme now flags up problems based on urgency. The maintenance team were responsible for some 1350 items, of which 70 were in need of attention. Ladder stiles were not currently being replaced by the National Park Authority because of problems people have in negotiating them, but if land owners insist on ladder stiles then only limited funding is available.
 
4. Any other business
Mrs Sally Edwards drew the attention of the meeting to the recent Settle Transport Strategy document which showed proposals for a bridleway from Cross Streets to the B6480 road to Clapham. Mr Hastie said that the National Park had tried to get the shorter link including in the strategy document and that the Parish Council should pursue the matter. It was generally agreed that a link as proposed in the strategy was unnecessary.
Mr Alec Rigby told the meeting that the money donated by Barbara Hanforth had now been spent on a notice board for the parish hall and banners for the street market. He also said that owing to a new protocol for road closure applications, the cost had risen from £50 to approximately £200.
Mr Ernest Booth asked how much the Pinfold Project had cost and did the Parish Council consider that the expense was worthwhile. Mr Ian Shaw responded by saying that the cost was £1800, of which 75% was reclaimable under the North Yorkshire Aggregates Grants Scheme. Without the grant this work could not have been carried out and that a previously unsightly piece of land would now be greatly improved. Mr Shaw also said that Austwick school were very enthusiastic about using the area for nature studies, planting wild flowers and so on.
Mrs Sally Edwards asked whether there had been any progress on having the verges on Pant Lane replaced. The Chairman responded by saying that the developers had been written to on several occasions, as had the National Park, but unfortunately the verges did not seem to have a very high priority. Mr David Creaser asked who is responsible for ensuring that the law is enforced in cases such as this and also asked if the developers needed permission to erect large advertising signs. The Clerk replied that the National Park enforcement officer was responsible and that permission was almost certainly required for the sign. However, the temporary nature of the item made enforcement difficult. The general point was made that since the removal of the verges had widened Pant Lane, cars were parking in it, making it very difficult for other vehicles to get by. A recent archaeological report related to the application for 5 houses at Pant Head had observed that excessive traffic in the lane could damage the unusually high dry stone walls that bounded it. Mrs Edwards also asked if a tree preservation order could be applied for on the cherry tree in the grounds of Pant Head House. It was agreed to pursue this matter. M r Bryan Braithwaite-Exley asked if a letter could be sent from the Annual Parish Meeting asking for Harden Ward at Castleberg Hospital to be kept open. This will be done.
Mr Jon Beavan, from the Dalesbridge Centre, asked if the Parish Council could do anything about the new snack bar on the A65 at Harden Bridge. The Clerk informed the meeting that discussions had already taken place with Craven District Council but that there were conflicting views on exactly who was responsible for the land on which the van stood. Mr Beavan was concerned about the adverse impact that such a business could have, both visually and economically, on his own enterprise, in addition to the issue of road traffic safety.
Mr Bob Halstead asked about the pot holes around the village, which were marked up last autumn but were still not filled in. The Chairman confirmed that NYCC highways had been advised of the deteriorating situation and that damage to vehicles as a result of their inaction became their responsibility. The Clerk will contact them again.
Mrs Kathleen Morphet raised the issue of the water leaking out of the verge from around a telegraph pole below the Old School House on Townhead Lane. The Chairman confirmed that the matter had been raised with both BT and NY highways department.  The Clerk added that this had been investigated in some depth by highways with coloured dyes to try and determine where the flow came from. After these investigations it was thought that the water was probably from a spring above the road level. NY highways will be urged to channel the water to prevent it spreading right across the road as this presents a potential hazard in freezing winter weather.
 
There being no further business the meeting was closed at 9.05pm.
 
 

 


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