Welcome from all at the Parish Council.
PC are made up from elected volunteers who give up their own time in order to improve Husthwaite Village life.The PC are commited to enhancing all areas of the community for all members of the community.
Parish Council Meetings are held on the third Tuesday in January, March, May, July, September and November. All meetings are at 7.30 EXCEPT May and November which are 7.0pm.
Meetings will be held at Husthwaite Village Hall.
Carol Fenwick: Council Chair. I was born and raised in Husthwaite, as was my husband Rick. We live at Inglenook and have three children Lisa-Marie, Michelle and Alex. For the last 30 years I have been employed full time as a clerical supervisor and budget manager and I also do voluntary work in a local charity shop. I joined the Parish Council in May 1999 and have been Chair for a number of years. I represent the Parish Council as a trustee on the Village Hall Committee and on the Constance Elizabeth Beckwith Trust. In addition I am responsible for streetlights, recreation area inspections and risk assessments and I am a Husthwaite Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
Email Carol Fenwick Tel: 01347 868 479
Elaine Smith: Vice-Chair. I came to live in Husthwaite in 1979 the year after David and I were married. His family have farmed at Baxby for four generations, and our son has grown up here, as did David and his father before him. I first became a member of the parish council in 1992, was for 3 years in the Chair, and presently represent the Council on the Yorkshire local Councils' Association and at liaison meetings with Hambleton District Council.
We treasure our home, the farm and its surroundings, but particularly appreciate being part of a community where people support each other, and where neighbourliness still survives.
I see the imposition of urban values and greater control 'from a distance' as the greatest threats to many of the things we in Husthwaite value. It is therefore important that the Parish Council promotes the principal of 'government from the bottom up', and ensures that the views of the people we represent are heard.
Email Elaine Smith Tel: 01347 868 572
Peter Fox. I have lived in Husthwaite for almost 40 years with my wife Katie and two daughters now with their own families. I retired in 2012 as senior judge in the North East when I was co-opted on to the Parish Council which I have found to be an energetic group of very different people, active in every aspect of village life. I was happy to stand again in 2015 but am looking for a younger replacement by 2020. Over the years I have seen this village change from a behind-the-times backwater to an up-to-date vibrant community with opportunities and activities for all, yet retaining a its attractive rural character whose way of life and infrastructure I want to help maintain. My current local interest is in the prospect of 'fracking' locally and the need to ensure such development does not detract from our precious quality of life.
Email Peter Fox
Barney Smith. I was born and raised in Husthwaite and my family has been at Baxby Manor for five generations, (the sixth has now arrived!). I attended Husthwaite Primary School and went to Ampleforth College.
I love to travel and spent quite a few years travelling the world, but I always looked forward to coming home. I have Husthwaite at my heart and want to make a difference, not just for now but for future generations and my children. I live at Baxby with my two sons Felix and Rufus. I am self employed and am the owner of The Hideaway camping and glamping campsite at Baxby Manor.
Email Barney Smith Tel: 01347 869 094
I am married to Lynn, have 3 children Rob (18) Rebecca (16) and Alex (13), along with two dogs. We moved into Husthwaite July 2013, from Southampton. I work in Insurance for Aviva, as MD for the Equity Release business. As a family we like sport and like to be involved with village life. I enjoy cycling and have got a few members of the village to join me on weekend cycle (road bike) rides. I support Leeds United and along with my two boys we are season ticket holders and go to all home games. Hopefully as a member of the Parish Council I will be able to help and support the village.
I became Clerk to Husthwaite Council this year (2015) so I am still learning, but already appreciate the unseen work that Parish Councillors do on the village?s behalf.
Though a Lancastrian, I have lived in Yorkshire most of my working and family life, moving to Husthwaite with my husband Andrew in 2004.We quickly absorbed ourselves into village life, Andrew in the village hall events and hall renewal, and myself editing the Newsletter and Link magazines, and helping to run the Book Exchange.
We have a son and daughter, and 5 grandchildren, 3 of whom luckily for us live nearby. We also have a large number of Italian friends, who visit us regularly, as we do them. Such friendships are important to give a view of a wider world and different points of view.
I retired recently from tutoring in Adult Education, which together with teaching English in Further Education formed the whole of my working life. My interests include reading, design, crafts and politics.
If villagers wish to contact myself as clerk, or members of the Parish Council, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
I joined the Parish Council in July 2018. I have lived in Husthwaite since 2015 and work in York for DEFRA where I am part of the team designing the new farm support programme which will come in once the UK leaves the EU. I have been a part of some of the village community activities of late, most notably appearing as Cheryl, one of the Ugly Sisters, in the Cinderella Panto in February 2018. I am co-hosting the Husthwaite Talent show later this year and hope to be in forthcoming am-dram productions in the village hall. I am also a member of Easingwold Choir. I am an environmental scientist and am keen to develop some new environmental and conservation initiatives in the village and surrounding area. I live with Pauline Crawford and two mad Springers: Lottie and Pip who you may have seen out and about on the footpaths. I have 3 children: a budding solicitor, an actress and a son still at school in Gloucestershire.�
Last Meeting September 2018
Parish Council Meeting held on the 25th September 2018
Councillors Present: C. Fenwick (Chair), J. Don (JD), P. Fox (PF), J. Law (JL), B. Smith (BS), E. Smith (ES), District Councillor C. Patmore.
Also in Attendance: Mrs J. Coulthard (Clerk), Mr T Carter.
1. Apologies: C. Colton
Declarations of Interest: NONE.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting: The minutes of the last meeting were approved and signed as a true record.
3. Matters Arising:
3.1 Fracking in North Yorkshire: PF reported that the Government Inspector has still not furnished a report after the consultation earlier this year. In addition, the South Hambleton Shale Gas Advisory Group, on behalf of Helmsley Town Council, Easingwold Town Council and 32 members of the Easingwold & District Community Forum, oppose the recent Permitted Development Plan and Strategic Infrastructure Project initiated by the Government. Their principal objection is that fracking companies could explore, with large well- pads, areas covered by the National Park and AONB without the need for planning permission and with compulsory access. NYCC has written to the Government opposing this and Ryedale District Council has also resolved to oppose it but Hambleton District Council has yet to act. It was therefore agreed that the PC should write to HDC asking them for their support against the suggested permitted development. In the meantime, Third Energy is backtracking on drilling at Kirkby Misperton. Local MP Kevin Hollinrake spoke at a debate of interested MPs with the Minister but appeared not to oppose the Government line on fracking. He had, however, told the SHSGAG that INEOS had scaled down its fracking department. Action: PF / Clerk
3.2 Emergency Planning: Report deferred as CC was not in attendance.
3.3 Battle's Over - A Nations Tribute: An event to commemorate the end of WW1 is planned for Sunday 11th November, starting at 7pm. A bonfire will be lit on Beacon Banks and safety marshals from the PC will be in attendance. This will be followed by a supper in the Village Hall and a flyer detailing the event will be circulated nearer to the time. Action: CC / CF
3.4 MUGA Drainage: Quotes for installing a drain between the school field and the northern edge of the MUGA have been received from Mark Fairweather and J Revely & Sons. After careful consideration, the PC agreed to accept the cheapest quote from J Revely & Sons and he will be asked to complete the task at his earliest convenience. Action: CF
3.5 Bus Service 31X & 59: The clerk has written to Transdev but has not received a satisfactory response, other than that commercial considerations were involved in the withdrawal of service. Our MP Kevin Hollinrake was also contacted and he received the same reply from Transdev. The company say that NYCC has withdrawn funding from the 31X route, but this is not the case, so the clerk was requested to write again to press both our MP and Transdev to restore the previous timetable. Action: Clerk
3.6 Painting of Village Railings: This has been completed by The Hambleton Handyman and parishioners have commented favourably on the results.
4. Matters that have arisen between meetings:
4.1 Cemetery Gate & Yew Trees: It was reported that the cemetery gate is in urgent need of repair or replacement. Therefore, it was agreed that quotes will be requested for repairs to the existing gate and for new metal gates to replace the existing. Farm & Land Services will also be asked to quote for tidying the Yew trees and removing sapling growth from some graves. Action: CF / ES / Clerk
4.2 YLCA One Day Conference: No Councillor is available to attend.
4.3 Development on land to the south of Prospect Cottages: The PC met with John Saddington, a representative of the developer's agents Saddington-Taylor Ltd, and pointed out a number of serious objections to the submitted plan which they requested be passed on to their client. Although outline planning permission has already been granted for twenty dwellings, including ten (50%) affordable, details for the appearance and layout have yet to be approved.
4.4 25 Year Environmental Plan: JL reported on this plan launched by DEFRA earlier in the year. The ambitious plan is to involve people locally in both research and management of a better rural environment over the next 25 years, so that we leave the environment in a better state for future generations. Initially, research would involve ascertaining a baseline of the state of the environment at present. Things to consider going forward include air quality, water quality, agricultural management, biodiversity, local energy production, etc., though it seems resources are limited. JL will investigate ideas on how the PC can contribute locally. Action: JL
4.5 Walks around Coxwold & Husthwaite leaflet: Easingwold Tourist Office is considering a reprint of these leaflets and has asked if Coxwold and Husthwaite would be interested in purchasing copies. Coxwold PC have confirmed that they will buy some for Shandy Hall, The Fauconberg and Coxwold Tearooms but the PC decided not to purchase any as Husthwaite does not have enough outlets where leaflets could be left for tourists to pick up.
5. Planning Matters:
5.1 The following planning applications have been received:
18/01273/FUL - The Annex, Highthorne Farm, Highthorne Lane, Husthwaite - Change of use from a holiday cottage to a dwelling as per amended plans received by HDC 29 August 2018 - The Parish Council wished to see the application APPROVED.
18/01381/REM - Land at Bye Green Holdings, Low Street, Husthwaite - Application for reserved matters following outline approval reference 17/01331/OUT (for a single residential dwelling) to consider appearance, landscape, layout & scale - The Parish Council had NO OBJECTIONS to the application.
18/01418/FUL - Broom House, High Street, Husthwaite - Partial demolition of the existing converted outbuilding and the erection of an enlarged single storey structure in its place - The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal.
18/01563/FUL - Hunters Lodge, The Nookin, Husthwaite - Single Storey extension to porch, side and rear & 2 storey extension/alterations over existing garage/pool - The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal.
18/01989/CAT - The Mount, Low Street, Husthwaite - Works to fell an ash tree in a conservation area - The Parish Council had NO OBSERVATIONS on the proposal.
5.2 The following planning applications have been approved:
18/01273/FUL - The Annex, Highthorne Farm, Highthorne Lane, Husthwaite - Change of use from a holiday cottage to a dwelling and single storey front extension as per amended plans received by HDC 29 August 2018.
18/01381/REM - Land at Bye Green Holdings, Low Street, Husthwaite - Application for reserved matters following outline approval reference 17/01331/OUT (for a single residential dwelling) to consider appearance, landscape, layout & scale. The new property has been named Mill View House.
18/01418/FUL - Broom House, High Street, Husthwaite - Alterations and extensions to existing dwelling.
5.3 The following application has been refused:
18/01624/APN - Suncliffe Beacon Farm, Malton Street, Husthwaite - Proposed extension to existing barn for dry hay / feed storage and Alpaca shelter.
6. Finance Report:
6.1 Current Account:
Cheques / Monies Out
10.07.18 100949 £546.00 Farm & Land Services (inc. £91 VAT)
10.07.18 100950 £247.40 Clerk May - July 2018 (inc. TAX refund)
25.08.18 100951 £312.00 Farm & Land Services (inc. £52 VAT)
17.09.18 100952 £1880.40 The Hambleton Handyman (village railings)
Cheques / Monies In
.09.18 £1.15 NE Wayleave
Statement Balance at 15 September 2018 - £16962.24 (including £9424.88 Cemetery monies)
Balance at 25 September 2018 - £15082.99
Payments to be authorised:
J Coulthard - £215 - July to September 2018
Citizens Advice Bureau - £50 - Donation
6.2 Recreation Area Account:
Cheques / Monies In
15.06.18 .08 Interest
15.07.18 .07 Interest
15.08.18 .08 Interest
15.09.18 .15 Interest
Statement Balance at 15 September 2018 - £1303.41
7. Circulated Items that may be of interest to the Council:
7.1 Easingwold & District Community Day: Easingwold Town Council is encouraging local organisations to become involved with a Community Day in Easingwold Town centre on 11th May 2019.
7.2 Community Mapping Project: The Community Mapping Project Officer from the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner would like to meet with local representatives and organisations in the Hambleton area during October and November. CF will request details of dates and locations in the area.
8. Reports from Council Representatives:
Easingwold & Villages Forum: PF reported that the Dementia Awareness Action Plan is still ongoing. In addition the local Clinical Commissioning Group is being pressed by letter to provide weekend services at Millfield Surgery and also to disclose what their proposals are for future expansion of GP services, including the possible provision of new premises on York Road. The NYCC Transport Officer will be attending the next meeting.
HDC Parish Liaison Meeting: The next meeting is scheduled for November 2018.
Highways: The resurfacing of Kays Bank and the footpaths in High Street and Low Street have been completed and it was agreed to write a letter of appreciation to Highways at Thirsk. Following a recent inspection, 20 drains in the village were found to be blocked and these have been reported to NYCC Highways. Action: Clerk.
Neighbourhood Watch: The next meeting is on Monday 22nd October 2018.
Public Footpaths: The boards on the footpath between The Nookin and Kays Bank have still not been repaired despite requests from the PC, so the Clerk will remind NYCC. The footpath from the MUGA to The Nookin is very overgrown and the footpath from the Church to Elphin Bridge Road has been ploughed over by the farmer, so we await its reinstatement. Action: Clerk
Recreation Area: The broken Forest Traverse Post has been replaced by Playscheme free of charge. It was agreed to purchase a NO DOGS sign for the gate in an attempt to alleviate the problem of dog waste being left in the Recreation Area. Action: CF
Street Lighting: All street lights are currently working.
Village Hall: The next meeting is on Wednesday 26th September 2018.
YLCA: The next meeting is on Wednesday 17th October at 7pm in Northallerton Town Hall and, as CF is away, CC will be asked if he could attend to represent the PC. Action CF / CC
Village Green Tree: Recent inspection of the tree has highlighted a possible problem with woodworm and bleeding. PF offered to ask a local tree surgeon to inspect the tree and give his opinion on the problem. Action: PF
9. Report from County / District Councillor: A new Assistant Chief Constable of Police for North Yorkshire has been appointed. The Thirsk & Malton County Area Committee will replace the Hambleton Area Committee and local MPs will be invited to attend. NYCC Highways have new staff at Thirsk, the new point of contact being Deborah. The County Council's Executive are amending their policy on Vehicle Activated Speed Signs to allow local parishes to purchase and maintain their own, depending on accident rates. At a full meeting of HDC it was reported that Brafferton and Helperby councils are in the third and final round of consultations regarding the villages uniting and having a joint Parish Council.
10. Date & Time of next Meeting: The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th November 2018 at 7:00pm in Husthwaite Village Hall