Minutes from February 2016 meeting
UPPER NIDDERDALE PARISH COUNCIL
Parish Clerk: MRS. SYBIL WHITING
17 GROSVENOR PARK, BOROUGHBRIDGE ROAD, RIPON, HG4 1UF
Tel.: 01765 698565 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
HELD ON MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY 2016
IN LOFTHOUSE MEMORIAL HALL
Cllr. S. Ramsden (Chairman); Cllr. D. Fothergill; Cllr. J. Carter; Cllr. J. Graham .Cllr C. Lamb; Cllr M.
Beecroft; Cllr A. Challis; Cllr. J..Fort (NYCC), Cllr. S. Lumley (HBC) and Mrs S. Whiting (Parish
2 APOLOGIES Cllr J. Harker; Cllr B. Harrison.
3. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST FOR AGENDA – None
4. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING – The minutes of the meeting held on Monday 14 December
2015, were proposed for signing by Cllr J. Graham and seconded by Cllr M. Beecroft. Cllr Ramsden,
Chairman signed the minutes as a true and accurate copy and was agreed by all Councillors present.
5. MATTERS ARISING
(a) Issues at Ramsgill – Cllr Ramsden has now got this situation in hand and will report back to the
(b) Defibrillator – The Parish Clerk gave Councillors a copy of the breakdown of the monies for the
defibrillator, a cheque was received for £1,270.00 from the Fund raising Group and Parish Clerk
will order another defibrillator to be located in Middlesmoor on the outside of the village hall, the
Electrician has been approved and is ready to carry out the wiring up for the defibrillator. Proposed by
Cllr A. Challis, seconded by Cllr M Beecroft all Councillors agreed.
(c) Ramsgill Memorial – Cllr Lamb reported that there was some wear of the names on the Memorial.
Parish Clerk to send information off to Miss Brogan Higginbotham, War Memorials Online Officer,
with a copy of correspondence to go to Mark Coston Project Surveyor, HBC. Cllr Ramsden on behalf
of all the Councillors thanked Cllr Lamb for carrying out this assessment.
(d) TRANSPARENCY CODE – Parish Clerk introduced Mr Alan Bean who came along to give a
presentation on the requirements needed to have the necessary documentation and equipment in
place which is mandatory, as stated in the Transparency Code needed for the Parish Council, through
the funding provided by the Government. All these requirement are mandatory. A Sub-Committee
was set up of Cllr S Ramsden (Chairman) Cllr A. Challis. Cllr C. Lamb who will arrange meetings to
monitor the new Web Page and report back to the Parish Council accordingly. It was proposed by Cllr
Challis, seconded by Cllr Beecroft and approved. by all Councillors present to put forward the
application for funding. Cllr Lamb will make enquiries through HBC to ask if UNPC can purchase a
Laptop and Scanner through them from the Transparency Code money.
(e) NEW PENSION REQUIREMENT FOR STAFF EMPLOYED BY PARISH COUNCIL – The Parish
Clerk outlined the mandatory requirements needed to have the necessary requirements in place. This
work should be carried out by a Parish Councillor, no one offered to do this and the Parish Clerk was
left to carry out this mandatory work.
(f) NEW AUDIT REGULATIONS – The Parish Clerk outlined these requirements. The Annual Audit
will be carried out by Little John this financial year, 2015/16 as in previous years. We need a new
local auditor who must be someone able to carry out the financial audit as laid out in our regulations,
also they must be proficient to checking our regulation and documentation which is now a standard
requirement. Parish Clerk keeps the necessary documents ready for Councillors to verify at the April
2016 meting before going to the local auditor.
6. COUNCILLORS REPORTS
Cllr Fort reported that the A59 AT Blubber Houses should be reopening in about two weeks. However
this is now a priority with NYCC to consider building a new road over the top of Kex Hill This all
depends on the EC budget, as more resources are also needed for flooding. The NYCC have increased
the Council Tax by 1.99%, which is 0.08p per week.
Cllr Lumley spoke about the Tour De Yorkshire, which is coming through this area on 29 April 2016
people can bid along the route (contact Councillor Lumley) for more information The HBC will be
meeting next week to ratify the budget, and HBC to become more self sufficient. The toilets at
Middlesmoor and Glasshouses will not be closed, the toilets at Pateley Bridge will be renovated.
Recycling has increased to 40% from 8% .
Cllr Fothergill said that there have been some bookings for the Millennium Marquee, John Whitaker,
23 July 2016 at no charge. Bell Festival one day in August 2016, Carl Dearcy 2 April 2016 and
Lofthouse Cricket Club in August 2016. Parish Clerk to put the Millennium Marquee on the next
agenda. Cllr Fothergill reported that after the last Tour De Yorkshire there were a number of display
signs put up for the event and not removed for sometime after the event.
Jan Harrison has given up her voluntary role of reporting for this area in the Nidderdale Herald. Parish
Clerk to sent a letter of thanks from the Parish Council. Cllr Lamb will let the Parish Clerk know who
the new reporter is for this area for the Nidderdale Herald.
PINFOLD – Both Pinfold’s at Middlesmoor and Ramsgill are in good order. Parish Clerk to put
Pinfold back on the next agenda
Cllr Lamb reported that there is often flooding onto the road at Ramsgill, Parish Clerk to ask Highways
for a free standing”flip” board to put out to alert people. Corn Close is still is waiting to have the
gullies cleaned out, Parish Clerk to chase up with Highways.
8. PLAYGROUNDS – Cllr Carter and Cllr Beecroft gave their inspection sheets to the Parish Clerk for filing. The
gate at Lofthouse needs re-hanging. There is nothing needs to be done at Wath. Parish Clerk to type up some
new inspection sheets.
9 PARISH CARETAKER –Cllr Carter to ask Caretaker to re-hand the gate at the Lofthouse play area
(a) HBC PLANNING PERMISSION GRANTED SUBJECT TO CONDITIONS. DCPEFULZ 6.17.29.D.FUL 15/03943/FUL Erection of agricultural building. For Mr M. Thorpe, Fountains House, Bouthwaite, Harrogate HG3 5RR – Noted and filed
Balance of Community Account at 31/01/16 5742.67
Balance of Business Account at 31/12/15 2021.23
PC Funds 6627.87
MM Fund 1136.03
There are no outstanding cheques to clear through the bank, there is £6627.87 available for the Parish Council use.
R.CHURCH HEDGE CUTTING £60.00
J. BENSON, CARETAKER INV 17 &17b £466.56
J. CARTER PRESENT FOR CARETAKER £9.39
£100.00 has been transferred from the MM account (admin charge) in to the Parish Council Account. Proposed by Cllr J. Graham, seconded by Cllr D. Fothergill and approved by all Councillors present.
(a) HBC – ELECTION APPLICATION FORMS FOR COUNCILLORS – Cllr Beecroft is not standing for
Council again. All other Councillors will bring their nomination papers back completed, to the March 2016
meeting for verification, and add their electoral roll number.
(b) YLCA – HARROGATE BRANCH MEETING – MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2016 AT 7.30PM IN CRESENT
GARDENS – No one able to attend
(c) NYCC – FRACKING INVESTIGATION( – Noted and filed.
(d) HBC – COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT GRANT – WILL BE £34.00 – noted and filed
(e) SLCC – TRAINING FOR PARISH CLERK £30.00 PLUS PETROL (agreed by other PC to share the costs). – Approved
(f) HBC – DEBBIE ROWE – WASTE AND RECYCLING MANAGER – Information noted, and is on going
(g) LETTER TO THE NIDDERDALE HERALD –
(h) UPPER NIDDERDALE LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP – MINUTES OF MEETING 10 NOVEMBER 20156–
MEETING DATES FOR 2016 – Noted and filed
THE FOLLOWING CAN BE VIEWED VIA EMAIL
THE HEALTH WATCH NORTH YORKSHIRE email@example.com
NYCC – SURVEY ON IMPROVING SERVICES firstname.lastname@example.org
TOUR DE YORKSHIRE – LOOKING FOR PREVIOUS KNOWLEDGE – Sara.Close@harrogate.gov.uk
PETER DALAS NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – email@example.com
LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOUNDRY COMMISSION – www.lgbce.org.uk
YLCA – WHITE ROSE MONTHLY INFORMATION – Admin@Yorkshirelca.gov.uk
HBC – DEBBIE ROWE – WASTE & RECYCLING MANAGER – firstname.lastname@example.org
LANDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP BOARD – email@example.com
HARROGATE DISTRICT STRATEGIC HOUSING AND ECONOMIC LAND AVAILABILITY ASSESSMENT: INITIAL SITES LIST 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org
13 .ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION OR INFORMATION ONLY – None
14 ITEMS FOR THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING – None
15. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO ADDRESS THE COUNCIL WITH QUESTIONS OR
COMMENTS. – None
16. CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS – None
17. DATE OF NEXT MEETING:- MONDAY 14 MARCH 2016, AT 7.30 PM, VILLAGE HALL, MIDDLESMOOR, VILLAGE HALL.
18. CLOSE OF MEETING:- 10.15pm
SIGNED BY CLLR. S. RAMSDEN CHAIRMAN DATED 15 MARCH 2016