Minutes for October 2019

Minutes from October 2019 meeting

Parish Clerk: Mr Alan Bean
21 Doublegates Avenue, Ripon, HG4 2TP
Tel.: 01765 608512 E-mail:

Minutes taken by Mr Alan Bean
HELD ON Monday 14th October 2019 at Ramsgill Village Hall at 7.30pm

  1. PRESENT Cllr R Watson (Chairman), Cllr S Ramsden, Cllr J Graham, Cllr A Sykes, Cllr J Carter, Cllr M Wells, County Cllr S Lumley, Cllr B Harrison

  2. APOLOGIES , Cllr A Challis, Cllr D Fothergill


  4. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING Proposed Cllr J Carter, Seconded Cllr M Wells


  6. COUNCILLORS REPORTS County Councillor S Lumley reported that County Hall renovations are taking place. £15.1 million has been awarded for fibre to local government / council buildings. This is for the likes of Doctors surgeries, Schools, Hospitals etc. to enhance existing systems. A task force is now looking at 20mph limits in all estates (housing etc) across North Yorkshire. At the moment North Yorkshire is one of the safest counties in the UK. Meetings are being held, looking how the council can reduce its carbon footprint. North Yorkshire County Council is one of three county councils sharing £84 million to look at supporting families, to stop children needing to go into care. The council is the only county council to be awarded Outstanding in this area with Ofsted. Gritters have been tested ready for this coming years freezing weather. Any farmers who participate in helping, and have gritting equipment, are advised to contact NYCC for supplies ready for this winter. The cycling event had over £250 million viewers. As the area relies on a lot of tourism, it is hoped this will increase tourism in the next few years. The event was not a Harrogate Borough Council event. Central Government organised it, Harrogate Borough Council did not manage the event. The new Harrogate Borough Council offices are saving the council an estimated £1million a year over the old offices running costs. The old council offices were sold 2 years ago. That sale fell through, and it has been retendered. The applicants are now being looked at to see their plans. Ripon Pool development is having a number of issues, with gypsum being one. The Pool will be situated next to the existing Leisure Centre.

  7. TELEPHONE BOXES The Telephone boxes in Ramsgill and Lofthouse are now being threatened with removal by BT. As such the council decided to put applications in to adopt the boxes

  8. FIRE STATION Most applicants have now completed the medicals. Training is due to start in November. The aim is the fire station will be operational by Jan 2020, as there are a few items needing sorting, including the water tank on vehicle at Lofthouse, which is currently too heavy to be useable. More recruits are needed, as with those going through, we are only just up to minimum numbers.

  9. RIGHTS OF WAY Nothing to report

  10. CCTV . Nothing to report on the CCTV however 2 quads were taken but later recovered in the past 2 weeks.

  11. STREET LIGHTS Work is being carried out on the street lighting at the post office in Lofthouse. Any lights out are going to be reported to the clerk to pass on to the Council dept. by councillors

  12. RAMSGILL Nothing new to report

  13. HIGHWAYS Ramsgill bridge hedge needs cutting back, and has issues with car parking near the bridge.

  14. PLAYGROUNDS REPORT Playground reports have been received from Harrogate Borough Council. A few very minor issues listed.

  15. PARISH CARETAKER As we have a backlog of work, the council agreed to look into local contractors to clear the backlog.


    19/03926/KIOSK Ramsgill Telephone Box removal. C council neither objects or approves, however points out issues of emergency calls.

    19/03928/KIOSK Lofthouse Telephone Box removal C council neither objects or approves, however points out issues of emergency calls. The council is putting in for adoption for both boxes, (as mentioned above)

    19/0278/FUL Metcalf The council does not approve or object, although would like to point out potential issues with car parking

  17. COMMUTED SUMS Nothing to report

  18. REMEMBERANCE DAY Wreaths are going to be arranged by Cllr S Ramsden

  19. MILLENIUM MARQUEE Nothing to report

  20. PINFOLD Nothing to report

  21. WEBSITE nothing to report

  22. ACCOUNTS as listed below.


  24. CORRESPONDENCE nothing

ACCOUNTS DETAILS as per statements received up to 30/9/19

Balance of Millennium Marquee Account at 30/9/19 £ 2629.85

Balance of Business Account at 30/9/19 £ 6571.59

£ 9201.44

RECEIPT Interest 0.43p


Clerks Pay £210

  1. CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS Nothing to report

  2. NEXT MEETING 11th November 7.30pm 2019 at Lofthouse Village Hall

SIGNED BY ………………………………………………………………. Dated………………………………….