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Constable Burton And Finghall Parish Council Village Report March 2021



  1. Introduction
    1. To all members of our community this short letter replaces, for the time being, any meeting of the Parish Council due to Government regulations in response to the covid-19 pandemic. As soon as regulations allow we will hold a public meeting, but this will not be convened until everyone’s safety, with respect to the pandemic, can be assured.
    2. Over the past 12 months we, your Parish Councillors, have continued to act on your behalf.
  2. Specific Items
    1. Play Area Swings in Constable Burton. 
      1. During the past 12 months the play area has been closed and then reopened in response to the pandemic. The area is now open with cautionary signs concerning covid-19 precautions.
      2. The play area facilities are inspected twice a year by David Lodge to ensure their serviceability and safety. With the ‘adult’ seats having been replaced the equipment was found to have no faults in February 2021.
    2. Dog Fouling. 
      1. A sign has been purchased, by the Parish Council, to remind dog owners to keep dogs away from the Children’s Play Area in Constable Burton in the interests of hygiene.
      2. Two more signs will soon be displayed within Constable Burton to remind dog owners to clean-up after their pets.
      3. Bins. Bins on the Village Green in Constable Burton are emptied twice a week.
    3. Street Lighting. One street lamp, RDC 3, by the Village Green in Constable Burton was repaired in February 2021.
    4. Richmond County Council Assets. Dog waste bins and gravel bins are due to be accounted for by RCC.
    5. Deputy Chair to the Parish Council.
      1. After many years of service Mr Keith Loadman has announced his resignation from the Parish Council and from his position as Deputy Chair. An enormous thank you goes to Keith for the dedication and work he has carried out for the benefit of our community. We know that he, and his wife Judi, will continue in their support of our community.
      2. We are pleased that Mr Barry Snarr of Mill Lane, Constable Burton, has put his name forward to stand as Deputy Chair. 
      3. Both resignation and appointment will be formalised at the next meeting of the Parish Council.
  3. Conclusion
    1.  This has certainly been a very testing year and under trying circumstances your Parish Council has continued to work with your interests at heart. If you have any ‘burning’ issue that cannot wait until we are able to meet in person, do not hesitate to contact your local Parish Councillor.
Hilly Dobson
Parish Councillor 
Tel: 01677 450460Keith Loadman
Deputy Chair to the
Parish Council
19th March 2021


Planning – Application Summary 20/00853/FULL

Planning – Application Summary 20/00853/FULL

Full Planning Permission for Erection of Single Storey Timber Framed Chalet for Holiday Let as Amended by Revised Drawings received 11.03.21 (the Amendments include a Repositioning of the Chalet to the West a redesign to Reduce Height and to Reflect the Appearance of a Stable Block, Additional Landscaping to the North and South and Confirmation that the Hot Tub would be Electrically Heated and not Wood Fired at :Land at Chapel Lane Finghall Leyburn North Yorkshire


Minutes – Constable Burton And Finghall Parish Council (virtual) Meeting 19th February 2021



A Telephone Conference Call Ordinary Meeting was held on the 19 February 2021 at 7.30pm

Member Present – Cllr I Hainsworth – Chairman Cllr. H Smith Vice Chairman – Cllr.H. Dobson

Cllr. R Terry Cllr. K Loadman Cll.D Irwin and Joan Hainsworth the Parish Clerk.

There were no apologies or declarations of interest.

Minutes of the last Meeting were read and approved Proposed Cllr. H. Dobson and seconded Cllr. D Irwin.

Matters arising – The Chairman advised that the Clerk had agreed to stay until the Covid Crisis was resolved as a hand over would be difficult at this time.

Finghall – Costing for the Murder Stone Plaque was discussed. The Plaque would cost £185.00 plus vat and Fitting would be £155.00 plus vat. The Chairman advised that a grant of £300 had been received from the Lower Wensleydale Partnership and further grant of £185.00 had been received from the Richmond Area Partnership Funding. The Chairman agreed to look into the allocation of the funding and felt that some of this would have to be returned. The cost and fitting of the Plaque was approved. Proposed Cllr. Dobson and seconded Cllr. Irwin.

Constable Burton – Street Lights had been repaired.

Finghall – The Highways had inspected the drains on Finghall Bank, the top two in particular and at the time of the inspection the Parish Council were informed that all drainage was working.

Following concerns that the sign for the Meadows at the bottom of Finghall Bank was causing extra traffic through the village the Clerk contacted Highways and asked for the sign to be removed.

Highways informed that the contractor had been notified and the sign would be removed.

The Parish Council had been asked to supply information regarding Sports Facilities in the Parishes The Clerk had informed that we had no access to Sports facilities in any of our villages.

Matters Arising

Cllr. Terry advised that numerous pot holes had appeared in Barden that required attention Cllr.Terry would report back if the Clerk needed to inform Highways.

Cllr. Irwin asked if it would be possible to request some kerbing at Hauxwell due to the fact that heavy machinery was churning up verges. He would contact the Clerk with a plan and grid references in due course. Finghall village was experiencing similar problems a lot of verge damage from tractors etc. The Clerk had received complaints about people parking cars on verges destroying the village environment.

Cllr. Irwin also requested a follow up on the street lighting situation at Hauxwell to ascertain how near the village was in the present programme to having an upgrade. The Clerk agreed to contact Street Lighting

The Clerk asked the Chairman’s permission to speak about Planning.

The Clerk made the point that it should be brought to the attention off Parishioners that no Planning Application was decided by one Councillor only. Decisions were made after consultation, taking into account any comments made by villagers affected by Planning Applications, but that the decisions could only be made on strict Planning regulations and not on a personal level.

Planning Applications were published in the D and S Times and Councillors received a copy of all Planning Applications from the Clerk. Anyone with any comments could contact the Clerk on 01677 451896 and she would put them in touch with the relevant Councillors.

The Clerk wished to make this statement as her property had been the subject of untrue observations made in letters to the Planning Department regarding holiday makers walking through her property, pollution and noise these comments being made in connection with a recent Planning Application and she did not want this to reflect on the Parish Council in any way.

Covid 19 – the Parish Council have had no reason to comment on any issues regarding Covid.


The Clerk asked permission to pay the following expenses:

Clerks Salary for three months from November £250.
Zurich Insurance £167.44
SLCC £45

Expenses were approved Proposed Cllr, Smith Seconded Cllr. Irwin.

Date of Next Meeting 19 May 2021 (subject to review)

Meeting 1closed 20.10hrs