DRAFT Minutes of Remote Zoom Parish Council Meeting held on Weds 5 May 2021 after the 7 p.m. Annual Meeting

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1.Open Forum.
No local residents attended for an Open Forum

2. Apologies for Absence: N Lamb (NL)
Participating: Philip Marwood (PM) [Chairman], Alan Mitchell [Vice Chairman], Pauline Durant (PD) [RFO], Sue Blagden (SB), John Harrison (JH), Ruth Russell (RR), Peter Smith (PS), Stewart Walker (SW), Bruce Skinner (BS) [Clerk]
Members of the Public: None

3. Minutes of Previous Meetings:
Members who had attended the meeting unanimously RESOLVED to accept ‘as read’ the minutes of the 10 March Parish Council Meeting
– Members who had attended the meeting unanimously RESOLVED to accept ‘as read’ the minutes of the 31 March Planning EO Meeting.

Chairman agreed to these minutes being signed digitally.

4. Matters Discussed:
a) Finance:
    i)   Barclays Bank account –Closure by Barclays is still awaited
    ii)  Precept/Budget – The proposed Precept was confirmed as £4420. The Budget which supported the Precept proposal at the November 2020 meeting is appended.
    iii) Expenditure versus Budget – No highlights to report

b) Road Safety:
    i)   Community Speed Watch (CSW) –The current 5 person team has had two Speed Watch sessions, which will result in letters being issued to miscreants. We have the equipment until end May and hope to hold one more session. More volunteers would be welcomed.
    ii)  Speed & Traffic Calming and Parking – SW is awaiting a response from NYCC regarding his request for ideas for traffic calming, e.g. chicanes and an increase in the height of speed bumps, and to his request for a traffic monitoring survey.
    iii) SB has been advised by NYCC to register the issue of quarry trucks passing through the village as a Complaint.
Meanwhile, members unanimously endorsed SB’s proposal to work jointly with Scagglethorpe Parish Council to seek remedies for the HGV traffic problem.

iv) The faded 30 mph road sign on Back Lane has been replaced

 c) Village Estate Management:    

i)  ECOSC: Members have been copied with the Notes from the 1 April ECOSC meeting. Each of the ECOSC subject items now has an identified list of responsible members.
    ii) Commemorative tree: [At the meeting, this item was discussed out of sequence as the first item on the agenda.]
After considerable discussion, it was agreed that the scope and nature of the ‘project’ needed to be re-assessed, possibly with a change of sponsorship(s).

d) Roads, Pavements, Etc.:
     i)  Cockgarth footbridge replacementNo update on plans for installing the replacement bridge
     ii) ‘Passing Place’ signs on Settrington High Street: NYCC have advised that, other than monitoring the situation, they are reluctant to replace the signs, partly because there is a thrust towards reducing rural signage clutter    
     iii)Overgrowing grass on Town Street pavement: NYCC have advised that the bid to do this in the 2021/22 financial year was rejected, but that it will remain on the list for consideration for 2022/23.

     iv) Fords signage – A ‘FORD’ warning sign has been installed on New Road.
     v)  Street Name signs – AM reported that this initiative, to request RDC or NYCC to install them, is still ‘work in progress’.
     vi)  Winter damage to verges and roads: Horse Course Lane drain has been unblocked. Meanwhile, RR reported that the matter of Settrington House lawn draining ‘off plot’ has been referred to NYCC Highways.
     vii) Yorkshire Water damage to Beckside verge – PS suggested that as, with the passage of time, the damage done at the time has recovered itself to the extent that the situation is no worse than its surroundings, no further action is required. Members endorsed this view.

e) Miscellaneous: 

      i)  Village Design Statement: It was unanimously agreed that the ambiguous ‘Town Green’ status of Chapel Garth should be clarified in a note appended to the VDS extract which is presented in the Village Welcome & Information Pack on the website.

     ii) NEW – Ancient footpaths: It was unanimously agreed that the PC should support its PROW monitor, Paul Clifford’s, involvement in initiating action re ancient footpaths’ reinstatement.
     iii) NEW – Collapsed garden walls: Birdsall Estate’s Clerk of Works has advised that the work is due to begin in 4 weeks.

5. Representation reports:

John Harrison Neighbourhood Watch
Alan Mitchell Malton & Norton Neighbourhood Plan
YLCA Branch Representative
Philip Marwood YLCA Branch Representative
Sue Blagden Quarry Liaison
Ruth Russell RDC & Parish Liaison Meeting

Nothing to report

6. Planning:
No issues current

7. AOB

There being no further business the meeting closed at 9.02 p.m.

Date of next Meeting: Wednesday 14 July 2021