2008-12-15


15th December, 2008

MINUTES OF ESCRICK PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON MONDAY 15th DECEMBER 2008 AT ESCRICK & DEIGHTON SOCIAL CLUB

Present:
Mr Steve Smowton (chair)
Mr Brian Forster (vice-chair)
Mr Bill Reader
Mrs Lillian Coulson
Mrs Gina Mannix
Mr Ian Reynolds
Mr John Reader
Mr Peter Skilbeck
Mrs Liz Casling (North Yorkshire County Councillor and Selby District Councillor)

APOLOGIES:
Mr Charles Forbes Adam
Mr Mike Russell
Mrs Carole Wainwright

Mr Smowton passed on his condolences to Mrs Cumberland, Clerk to the Parish Council, whose husband had recently passed away.

As a result of the Clerk being unavailable, Mr Smowton had contacted Sheena Spence at YLCA to discuss the correct procedure for the meeting. The meeting was to cover urgent business only with a parish councillor taking the minutes. Mrs Mannix agreed to do this.

MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING WERE READ. THE SECTION CONCERNING PLAYING FIELDS WAS AMENDED. THE MINUTES WERE CONFIRMED AS A TRUE RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS.

MATTERS ARISING:
POLICE REPORT

The police report had not arrived prior to the meeting.

ESCRICK PLAYING FIELD
The perimeter hedge on the A19 was due to be trimmed, and the Council thanked David Thomlinson for offering to do this.
The mole man has recently been and caught several moles at the Playing Field and the Village Green.
A swing seat needs replacing and the path accessing the playing fields is very slippery. Also Onyx are not emptying the bins regularly.
Action: GM

FLOODING
Mr Smowton accompanied by 2 councillors and 3 residents attended the quarterly flooding meeting held by John Grogan at Selby. Mr Grogan had sent our letter to SDC who agreed that Yorkshire Water were wrong and that it was a matter of public health, especially now that it affected the school.
Mrs Casling said that she had previously spoken to Mark Lumby who said that we need to log every incident when it occurs. This was also emphasised by the Yorkshire Water representative at John Grogan's meeting.
The Council have received an e-mail from Ross McLean, Mr Grogan's P.A. dated 4th December saying that Mr Grogan was hoping to force Yorkshire Water to remedy the problem by going through OFWAT. He would be back in touch with the PC as soon as he had any further news.
It was agreed that the PC would take no further action whilst Mr Grogan pursued this approach.

CLEANING STREET LIGHTS AND REPLACING BULBS
Take forward to next meeting.
The Bus Shelter light needs investigating.
There are believed to be two street lights out on Carr Lane.
Action: JR and LC to identify the lights and inform the Clerk.

PRECEPT
Currently £9000.
The councillors decided to leave this at the current level.
Action: VC to return precept letter.

ACCOUNTS are in credit as follows:
A/c No 1: £2678.93
A/c No 2: £2896.44
A/c No 3: £34.50

It was agreed to pay:
Escrick & Deighton Social Club: £10.00
Mrs V Cumberland - broadband Nov / Dec & postage: £43.50
Dean Landscapes: £805.20
Tarmac Lighting: £53.17
Society of Local Council Clerks: £30.00
Mole Control Village Green: £36.00
Mole Control Playing Fields : £76.00

PLANNING APPLICATIONS
8/10/240/PA
Change of use from business, industry and storage to children's day nursery - permission granted by SDC.
Mrs Casling said that she had written a letter of objection as she had concerns about the wooden fence that borders the A19 and the footpath on the outside of this fence. Councillors expressed their concerns about the safety of the children playing so close to such a bad piece of road. Mrs Casling will try to influence the type of fencing used if that decision has not already been made.

8/10/395/PA
erection of two storey extension to the side and single storey extension to the rear of 5 Wenlock Drive - no objection - permission granted by SDC

8/10/222/PA
erection of 2 no. semi detached and 1 no. detached dwelling and a conversion of school building into 3 dwellings and associated garages Escrick C of E Primary School Main Street- no objections

8/10/40AL/PA
erection of a leisure suite in the grounds of The Parsonage Country House Hotel Escrick - resubmission of plans with little alteration. Original concerns expressed by councillors still apply.

VILLAGE GREEN CONTAINER
Application for this was withdrawn due to its location and size.

BED AND BREAKFAST SIGN.
The Parish Council had approached Selby Enforcement Team with regard to the Bed and Breakfast sign outside Chalfonts, 25 Main Street. This group will be informing the Council of their findings in the near future.

CORRESPONDENCE
Tree Preservation Guide: Mr Forster to read and report back.

A resident on Skipwith Road had written to NYCC requesting traffic calming. A reply from Paul Shepherd was read out saying that if there was a proven excessive speeding problem and a history of personal injuries then traffic calming measures could be requested, but this wasn't felt to be the case. The road was also too narrow for cycle lanes. NYCC anticipated taking no further action at this time.
It was brought up that individuals were parking their cars on footpaths around the village. The PC are to contact the Community Support Officers to get this monitored. A note is to be placed in the parish Magazine.
Action: SS

SDC Quarterly Forum: Thursday 22nd January 2009 7pm

As the agenda was not published in advance of the meeting it was determined that Any Other Business would be reinstated for the meeting.

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

Mr Ian Reynolds requested extra street lights, two between the Post Office and the bridge on Main Street and one between the school ginnel and the bridge on Main Street.
Action: SS

Mr Steve Smowton had received kind permission from the Estate to put some old Escrick Maps onto the website.

Mr Smowton advised councillors that the date of the next meeting may alter due to the clerk being away. Councillors would be informed before Christmas if there was to be a date change.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING Monday 2nd February, 2009