Minutes October 2023

Minutes from October 2023 meeting

Parish Clerk: Mr Alan Bean
21 Doublegates Avenue, Ripon, HG4 2TP
Tel.: 07419 583881 E-mail:

Minutes taken by Mr Alan Bean
HELD ON Monday 9th October 2023 at Middlesmoor Village Hall 7.30pm

  1. PRESENT Cllr S. Ramsden Cllr D. Fothergill, Cllr R Harker, Cllr. A Challis, Cllr J Carter, Cllr A Sykes, Cllr M Wells, Cllr D Verity, County Cllr A Murday and Clerk Mr Alan Bean, Aidan Hinsbury from Corner Stone and Michael Grayson from NYCC and 5 members of the public

  2. APOLOGIES Cllr J Graham,

  3. MINUTES OF LAST MEETING Proposed Cllr M Wells, Seconded Cllr D. Fothergill

  4. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST .Cllr S Ramsden declared interest and left room regarding the Phone mast.

  5. PHONE MAST Member of the company behind the construction of the proposed mast along with a Member of NYCC, came to explain and discuss its potential for the area. He explained how the initial construct would involve tracks placed on the land to protect it, but after initial construction, these would be removed. He also explained it was government who stated where masts were needed to be positioned, and how if this mast was mounted, a second mast would be considered to cover remains weak spots. It was also explained these would be 4G masts, as 5G is only needed where high usage is expected, 5G increases capacity, and in this area speed wouldn’t be an issue. This mast would cover 95% of the area to some extent, and a proposed second at a later date, would increase that further. It was also mentioned that the planned disconnection of landlines in the next year would leave people with limited options without this mast. Cllr S Ramsden and the member of Cornerstone and NYC left while the planning was discussed further. It was suggested on the this discussion, the area would suffer without this mast. As listed on the planning section, the council decided to support the application.

  6. LOFTHOUSE SCHOOL Cllr Murday explained that now there has been a formal request to close the school, on the numbers of puplis being zero, Annabel Wilkinson will be due to hold a meeting on this on 7th November. This will be for her to decide if the application should move to the next stage, which includes a meeting, probably in November to December time. This is where the federation and Parents can put forward their views. It was questioned as there are no parents, if the ex parents will be able to put their views across. The answer was unclear on this, but Cllr Murday thought it might be possible. This meeting will usually be held locally, possibly Lofthouse Memorial Hall. After Christmas the 10 members of NYC executive will review the report and hold a public meeting where anyone can address the meeting, usually for a maximum of 3 minutes. At the end of this they will decided if they will halt or proceed with the closure. A further 4 weeks will allow for any other evidence that needs to be considered, leading to a final consultation where the final decision will be made. It was also agreed to make a donation to NASS who has been helping the council and school in this period, The donations is £20. The council agreed

  7. MATTERS ARISING A cheque to Ian Lawrence was rejected because his name was misspelt. A new cheque is to be issued today for him. The council agreed.

  8. COUNCILLORS REPORTS Cllr A Challis reported on the defibrillator situation, and the council discussed a suggestion for locals to raise funds towards work and servicing on the local defibrillators. It was understood although the council had contributed to their instalation, there is going to be an ongoing cost as these get used and normal ageing of the seals etc.

  9. FIRE STATION Nothing new to report

  10. STREET LIGHTS Nothing new to report

  11. VILLAGE ISSUES nothing to report


  13. HIGHWAYS There was a recent issue where due to bad signage or poor SatNav notifications, a lorry became stuck in Wath for 3 ½ hrs. It was suggested that better signage to warn of this to be arranged. Cllr Murday stated he would look into what could be done, signage wise. Ash Dieback is becoming an issue near roads. It was also mentioned how dangerous it is for walking on the road near the reservoir. A sign maybe useful to guide people in the right direction.

  14. PLAYGROUNDS Lofthouse playing fields need hedges cutting. It was agreed to arrange for this work to be done, when someone was available.

  15. PARISH CARETAKER It was noted that the caretaker may not be available at the moment due to ill health. If this is the case, alternatives maybe needed until he is better.


ZC23/02902/PNT56 Installation of 20m slimline lattice tower Follow on meeting – The council supports the application.

ZC23/03406/FUL Change of location for installation of small package treatment plant – The council supports the application.

  1. COMMUTED SUMS nothing to report

  2. MILLENIUM MARQUEE in storage for the winter.

  3. PINFOLD nothing to report

  4. WEBSITE nothing to report


  6. ACCOUNTS as listed below

ACCOUNTS DETAILS as per statements received up to 30/09/23

Balance of Millennium Marquee Account at 30/09/23 £ 2785.06

Held Donation £ 3500.00

Total in Millennium Account £ 6285.06

Balance of Business Account at 30/09/23 £ 16424.51

TOTAL £ 22709.57

Interest received on bank accounts £ 9.89



Clerks Pay £192.72

NASS donation £20.00

Lawrence reissue £313.20


  1. CONFIDENTIAL ITEMS Nothing to report

  2. NEXT MEETING will be held at Ramsgill village Hall on 13th November 2023 7.30pm

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