– Minutes – 7th September 2021

A Parish Council meeting was held in the Village Hall, West Burton on Tuesday, 7 September 2021.

Present: Miss Jane Ritchie, Ms Beth Daley, Mr Rowland Dent, Mr Andrew Landau and Mrs Sally Sahin, Councillors, and Mrs Susan Ryding, Clerk

  1. Apologies

There were no apologies, all the members being present.

  1. Declarations of interest

There were no declarations of interest.

  1. Minutes

The minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 13 July 2021, having been circulated to all Members, were confirmed as a true copy, and duly signed by the Chairman.

  1. Clerk’s Report

The Clerk reported on the following matters:

  • Keep Clear signs
  • Dredging of the Beck
  • Planning application R/54/65D/LB for Flanders Hall
  • Donation boxes
  • Loose drain cover
  • Council finances
  1. Arrangements for Bonfire Night

The Clerk reported that she had investigated a number of firms which could provide fireworks, and had passed the information on to Mr Peter Wheeler. He had kindly agreed to undertake the organisation of Bonfire Night once again. The Council noted this information and considered whether the event should be held on Friday, 5 November or Saturday, 6 November.

RESOLVED: That the event should be held on Saturday, 6 November, but that the Clerk should pass on to Mr Wheeler a request for no rockets as these were considered to be dangerous.

  1. Planning application R/54/43C for a roof over the cattle collection yard at Howraine Farm, West Burton

The Council consider this planning application.

RESOLVED: That the Council has no objection to make to this application.

  1. Dog fouling in West Burton

Councillors considered correspondence received from a resident of the Parish regarding an increase in the incidence of dog fouling in the Village. The Chairman pointed out that this was an on-going problem, probably caused mainly by the greater number of visitors to the Parish following the end of lockdown. Measures including extra dog waste bins were discussed.

RESOLVED: That an extra dog waste bin was unlikely to improve the situation, but that the Clerk should include an item in the next Newsletter pointing out that ordinary public bins could be used for dog waste.

  1. Road safety improvements

The Council considered correspondence received from a resident of the Parish containing suggestion for improving road safety, including a 20 mph limit throughout the Village, and a roundabout at the junction of the Eshington Road and the B6160. The Chairman and the Clerk confirmed that the 20 mph restriction had been considered by the Highways Department some years ago and that the conclusion was that there was insufficient traffic to warrant any change in the 30 mph limit. Also, a traffic survey done at the time, found that traffic did not succeed about 20 mph in any case. With regard to the roundabout, Councillors felt that it was unlikely that the Highways Department would approve this measure, given the small amount of traffic using the two roads. However, suggestions such as a ‘SLOW’ sign on the road, or some other warning sign were discussed.

RESOLVED: That the Clerk should ask the Highways Department for their opinion on a warning sign to slow the traffic on the B6160 down before the junction, and on moving the 30 mph sign over to the other side of the bridge. This would necessitate an extra sign on the Eshington road. The Clerk was also tasked with asking the Parish Caretaker to ensure that the vegetation near the bridge is cut back from time to time to help with visibility at the junction.

  1. Community Projects sponsored by the Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership

Councillors considered proposals by the Richmondshire Climate Action Partnership that Parish Councils should be encouraged to plant up to thirty trees in publicly accessible places next winter. The Chairman pointed out that it would be impossible to plant trees on the Village Green, given the amount of drains, water pipes and electric cables under the surface. Other areas were considered, but no publicly accessible place was deemed suitable.

RESOLVED: That the Clerk should respond that the Parish Council would not be able to join in with this project, but suggest that the owners of the forestry off the North Walden Road should be contacted to see if they would like to be involved.

  1. Website management

The Clerk reported on conversations she had had with Mr Martin Dimmock regarding the management of the Parish Website, which he had kindly designed. As a result of these discussions, Mr Dimmock had submitted an invoice for £100.00, being the website maintenance fee for the two years from 21 August, 2020 to 21 August 2022. Councillors considered a suggestion that a member of the Council should have access to the website as a back-up in case Mr Dimmock should be unable to manage it for any reason.

RESOLVED: That the maintenance fees should be approved and that a cheque for £100.00 should be signed. Councillor Beth Daley kindly agreed to be the Council’s back-up person.

  1. Invoices

A cheques for the following invoice was signed.

  • J W Alderson & Son – £80.00 (VAT £13.34)
  1. Notice of meetings and reports of meeting attended

Councillors noted the dates of future meetings, including a meeting of the Fund-raising Group scheduled for 28 September.

  1. Items for the next agenda

RESOLVED: That in addition to any matters mentioned above, the following item should be included on the agenda for the next meeting

  • The plinths at the entrances to West Burton

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.10 pm

Date of the next meeting, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

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