The next Meeting of Stutton cum Hazlewood Parish Council is to be held on Thursday 13 January 2022 at 7.30 pm in the Stutton Village Hall.
Parish Councillors: You are hereby summoned to the meeting of Stutton cum Hazlewood Parish Council on Thursday 13 January. If you are unable to attend please advise the clerk at least 3 days in advance of the meeting giving reasons for your absence.
Clerk: Mrs G Kitchen.
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Meetings are open to the press and public except for any item labelled as Part 2 under the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960.
Press and public may not speak when the Council is in session.
- Any elector (listener) or member of the press is entitled to attend this meeting and raise any concerns or questions they may have with the Parish Council. Any concerns and questions must be written, either by letter or e-mail, and received by the Clerk at least 3 days before the meeting.
- Listeners’ comments will be taken at agenda item 220105 with a time restriction of 15 minutes maximum.
- Listeners may also comment on the meeting at agenda item 220114. This is for information only.
- Decisions cannot be made at this meeting on items not on the agenda.
Chairman to welcome councillors and visitors to the meeting; remind visitors when comments may be made and that the public must not interrupt whilst the meeting is in progress.
To receive councillors’ apologies and reasons for absence; to resolve whether or not to accept the reasons.
220103. Declarations of interest
To receive and record any declarations of personal, prejudicial and disclosable pecuniary interests. Councillors with any prejudicial interests must leave the meeting for the relevant item(s).
220104. Minutes of previous meeting
Councillors to discuss and resolve whether or not to accept the 14 October minutes as an accurate record of the meeting.
220105. Public Forum
To receive comments on agenda items and matters of community interest from electors present. For information only; clerk to note comments; no discussion between councillors and electors.
220106. To receive reports from:
- County and District Councillors.
- Any other representatives – Police, CEF etc.
220107. RFO’s Report on current balances and payments
a) Current balances (to be dealt with at the meeting) as at 24 December 2021
Current account £9211.35
Investment account £10038.20
CIL balance £325.60
b) Payments made since last meeting
bi) Defib Warehouse (replacement batteries) £286.80 cheque no. 001033
bii) K Tillett £1225.00 cheque no. 001034
biii) G.Kitchen £60.00 cheque no. 001035
biv) HMRC £153.20 cheque no. 001036
bv) G.Kitchen (December salary) £204.25 cheque no. 001037
c) Payments to be made at this meeting.
ci) Autela Payroll £52.20 cheque no. 001038
cii) Zurich Insurance £239.92 cheque no, 001039
d) Any other invoices received since agenda preparation.
None at time of agenda preparation.
e) Council to resolve whether or not to accept report and payments; Chairman to initial bank sheets & invoices.
220108. Precept for 2022/23
To consider a recommendation from an informal meeting of councillors that the precept for 2022/23 be set at £9575.
a) Applications received: Council to discuss and resolve comments on any applications received.
No applications at time of agenda preparation.
b) Applications considered under Standing Order 25(b) since the last meeting:
NY/2021/0257/FUL Consultation on planning application for the purposes of the Part retrospective planning application for erection of a substation, switchgear container and associated electrical infrastructure on land at Jackdaw Crag Quarry, Moor Lane, Sutton, Tadcaster, LS24 9BE.
The Conditions of planning permission granted in 2016, specifically excluded permission to erect a building on the site. The council is not aware of any material change in policy since 2016 that justifies waiving this condition. The policies referred to by the Applicant to support the application are all dated pre 2016 and accordingly would have been in place at the time the planning decision was made.
- This is green belt and the buildings will have a negative impact, regardless of the fact this is a semi industrial site.
- The Applicant relies upon the perceived environmental benefit from switching from diesel generators to electricity. However, as far as the council can see there is no report evidencing the amount of reduction of carbon omissions t support this. Whilst carbon omissions may be reduced in the vicinity, carbon is still used in producing electricity. If the Applicant is relying upon environmental reasons for the proposed development, the council expected them to have evidenced the environmental impact.
- The Applicant has stated that the structure will be temporary – there is no reference to how the building, concrete bases, concrete ducting for electricity cables will be removed when the site closes. As there is no planning for these structures they will not form part of the restoration plan.
- The council is concerned that the permission would take the quarry closer to Crag Wood was previously refused The planning and environmental study shows that the cables would run along the perimeter of Crag Wood and cross it for 30m. The environmental survey says that a narrow trench would be excavated but the planning application says that this is a 4m trench, which would appear to be damaging to this area with removal of trees. The response from National Grid describes the trench as being 1 metre wide with 2m clear either side.
The council acknowledges that :
It would appear that any damage has already been done, however. Crag Wood remains a vulnerable piece of woodland that is already surrounded on 3 sides by quarry works. It is ecologically interesting: unfortunately it has little protection in law. The council is to investigate if its protection can be raised in coming months. The substation itself has been built on the floor of the quarry, in an area already destroyed, so the sustainability of the structure itself is moot. As long as the superstructure is removed, it will remain as a small concrete slab in a sea of limestone rubble.
It will lead to a reduction in carbon emissions, as the UK’s generation mix includes a large amount of renewables, and diesel is one of the most carbon-intensive ways of generating electricity. There is also the pollution produced locally, which will affect everyone in Stutton village as the exhaust gases naturally flow westwards down the rift valley towards the village. But there is already existing pollution from the 2 major roads in the area.
2021/0707/FUL Erection of new double garage next to 15 Mill Lane, Stutton – withdrawn.
2021/0907/DOC Discharge of conditions for erection of a new dwelling at Peggy Ellerton Farm – condition decision.
220110. Matters ongoing since the last meeting
- Underpass lighting
- Footpath to underpass
- Speed limits
- Mill Lane road markings
- Stutton Cross Junction
- Memorial Stone
- Website upgrade
- Telephone box
- Parish notice board
- Rural housing
- Clerk’s IT equipment
- Cutting of wildflower verge
- Planting of tree to commemorate next year’s Royal Jubilee
220111. Correspondence received
- Hedge cutting on junction of Moor Lane and Stutton Road (update)
- Renewal of public liability insurance
- Online banking and debit card
220112. Village Hall
a) Report from Cllr Heard re Village Hall matters.
b) Review of PC representative for the new VH committee.
220113. Councillors’ Forum
a} To take any urgent points of community interest and/or concern from Councillors. No decisions may be taken at this meeting on any items raised here. Clerk to make notes for future reference.
b) Items for the next agenda. To take any points from Councillors for inclusion on the next agenda.
220114. Further comments from the public
To receive any further comments on the meeting from electors present.
220115. Date, time and place of next meeting
Council to agree date, time and place of next meeting.
220116. Closure of Part 1 of the Council meeting
Members of the public and press are excluded from this part of the meeting.
220117. May 2022 elections
Signed. Gill Kitchen, Clerk to Stutton cum Hazlewood Parish Council – 06/01/22