Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of Stutton cum Hazlewood held on Thursday 10th May 2018 at 19:00 in the Stutton Village Hall
Acting Chairman: Cllr Mr D Birchall
Clerk: Mrs G Kitchen. 6 Wood Lane, Thorpe Willoughby, Selby, YO8 9PT
Telephone: 01757 703664. Email Clerkstuttonpc@gmail.com
Members of the Parish Council present:
Cllr D Birchall, Cllr P Spurrier, Cllr D Kent.
Clerk – G.Kitchen;
Also present: Cllr D Mackay
Members of the public – 0 present
Apologies: Cllr Heard.
APM 1801. Welcome
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.
APM 1802 – The minutes of the Annual Parish meeting on 11th May 2017 were approved and signed by the Chairman.
APM 1803 – Chairman’s report
The Chairman circulated his report. No further issues were raised.
- At the Parish Council meeting on 11 May 2017 Cllr Fawcett was elected as Chairman for the coming year.
- During the year we have had two resignations and one new Councilor join. Cllr Wrigglesworth resigned in June and was replaced by Cllr Kent and Cllr Fawcett resigned in April after questions had been asked about a possible conflict of interest in relation to a planning application.
- We also welcomed a new Parish Council Clerk in November, Mrs Gill Kitchen, who replaced Sally Loring, who had done an excellent job but sadly had to stand down due to other commitments.
- The Parish Council resolved to collect a reduced precept of £8750 (in two instalments) whilst still requiring an increase of 2% in Council Tax for 2018/19 because of the removal of a central grant.
Activities and achievements
- The Parish Council commented upon 14 planning applications. One in particular, for the reopening and landscaping of Old London Road Quarry which would lead to up to 50 return HGV movements daily along the Old London Road bridleway for six years, caused many objections from residents and from the Council.
- Management of the Village Hall has been passed to the newly formed Village Hall Committee. Stutton Playgroup vacated the Hall and terminated their contract without notice. The Committee has redecorated the Hall and provided new furniture.
- The Parish Council is supporting the work of the Village Hall Committee and has provided a condition survey, agreed to part fund the installation of a broadband link and will contribute towards the construction of a storage room.
- The Council has also supported the work of the Stutton Social Committee by contributing towards bulb planting, the firework display and the summer fete.
- The Parish Council takes responsibility for cutting grass verges near the village, a significant item of annual expenditure.
- Exciting rare wild flowers are growing on local verges near Jackdaw Crag Quarry and a management plan is in place. Action has been taken to prevent the cutting of these verges at critical times.
- The Parish Council is concerned about speeding in the village and other parts of the Parish and is pursuing the ’20’s Plenty’ speed reduction initiative.
- There is concern about speeding on Garnett Lane but as yet it has not proved possible to get any action from the Highways Authority concerning their suggestion of introducing a 40 mph speed limit.
- Action has been taken to stop the dangerous practice of the school bus making an unofficial stop at the Beech Tree Crossroads.
- Representations have been made to North Yorkshire about the infrequency of buses through Stutton village. Whilst there has been a marginal improvement there remains the frustration of the Tadcaster-Sherburn 493 service being routed along the A162 rather than through the village.
- Dog fouling continues to be an issue and the Council has ordered five new bins, which will be installed in the very near future
- Ownership of the red phone box has been transferred to the Council and Richard Champion has agreed to take the lead in undertaking its renovation.
- The title of ‘Freeman of the Parish’ has been posthumously conferred on the late Mr Ken Wright, for his support and commitment to the Parish throughout his life.
- A letter of concern has been sent by the Parish Council to Samual Smith’s Brewery about the closure of the Hare and Hounds, a focal point for the Parish, and the chaining-off of the car park.
- The Parish Council Website is being kept up to date and provides a useful information point for residents about Parish Council and other Parish organisation’s activities
APM 1804 Matters of interest from the public
There were no additional matters raised
Close: The meeting closed at 19.29.