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Minutes: Ordinary Meeting of Constable Burton and Finghall Parish Council – 17th August 2021


Parish Clerk – Joan Hainsworth Tel. No. 01677 451896

An Ordinary Meeting was held on the 17th August 2021 at 7.30pm at the Methodist Chapel Finghall.

Apologies – Cllr. B Snarr.

There were no Declarations of Interest

Members present – Chairman Cllr. I Hainsworth Vice Chairman Cllr. H. Smith Cllr. H Dobson Cllr. D. Irwin and the Parish Clerk

Minutes of the Last Meeting were read and approved – Proposed Cllr. Irwin seconded Cllr. Dobson.

Matters Arising – The Murder Stone Plaque was still in abeyance.   The Clerk advised that she was still awaiting a reply to a memo sent to Cllr. Sedgwick on the 21 May requesting help with Highways.  The Parish Council cannot afford to pay for traffic lights which costed out at over £300 when the Stone was repaired. Help had also been requested re posts for the bulb area.

The fencing at the bottom of  Finghall Lane which had been falling into the road had been repaired.

The problem with large container lorries turning into Constable Burton following instructions from Sat Navs had improved. Highways felt the present signage was adequate and no further signs were needed.

Local Plan – the Clerk informed the Meeting that a Finghall resident had sent an e mail to the Constable Councillor asking if she knew about the Local Plan as affecting Green Spaces in Finghall and advising that the deadline was Friday the 23 July 

 A further e mail was sent by the same resident suggesting other nearby Parishes should be consulted.  The Clerk felt that this was an extremely unkind thing to do Councillors agreed.  Cllr. Hainsworth and Cllr. Smith work hard for the Parish Council and for Finghall  Cllr. Hainsworth for the past 30 years and Cllr. Smith over the last few years and to ignore them in this way was not very nice. Both Councillors are always available to speak to face to face as is the Parish Clerk.

 The Green Spaces referred to in the e mails is land at the rear of the houses on the North Side of the village and are privately owned.  The Local Plan has been in evidence for many years and the Parish Council past and present have always felt that these areas should not be the subject of interference.

Cllr. Hainsworth has had telephone conversations with Richmondshire District Council and following consultation two areas have been recommended for inclusion in the Local Plan one in Finghall and the Village Green at Constable Burton has been reaffirmed. 

Copies of previous Local Plans were set out for viewing at the Parish Council Meeting. One Plan dated from 1999- 2006 which had some rather nice sketches in the second from 2012 to 2028 needless to say no one attended the Meeting toview these.

Grants – Quotations for Grants for further Play Equipment and Picnic Tables at Constable Burton had been applied for and these had been forwarded to the relevant bodies.

The Playground had been inspected yet again by Richmondshire District Council.

Street Lighting – The Clerk informed the Meeting that she had been advised that funding up to £45000 had been made available enough for 30 new street lights to be installed in towns and villages.   Following consultation with villagers only one new street light had been requested for Finghall in the vicinity of the Chapel. Otherwise, residents were quite happy with the present situation

Community Ownership Fund – The Clerk had been advised that funding was available to help communities to take over assets and amenities at risk of closure.  The fund covers many aspects within the community ie Pubs Post Offices etc. There are several rounds of bidding before any decisions are made. Councillors felt that at the present time the Parishes had no such problem.

Highways – Constable Burton Village sign had been damaged and needed replacing the Clerk had consulted with Richmond District Council and requested this to be replaced. A Street Licence may be required.   Cllr. Dobson would measure the damaged sign and inform the Clerk.  The Clerk informed the Meeting that the layby opposite Akebar Camp gate was being used as a passing place when vehicles are turning right into the camp, should the vehicle turning right allow the vehicle leaving the camp gate right of way there would likely be an accident.  The Clerk had actually witnessed this manoeuvre.  Highways would be informed,

Any Other Business

Cllr. Dobson requested Chevron Signs and a sign advising Race Horses be installed on the road leading to Sunhill Stables it was felt that some of the bends were quite severe.

Platinum Jubilee – Joan and Ian Hainsworth offered to make their gardens available for the Platinum Jubilee as all Jubilee and other celebrations within the village had been held in their garden.  If anyone wished to form a group to organise any celebrations the Parish Council were happy to co-ordinate.

The Clerk stressed that all Councillors are available to meet face to face with anyone in all villages who felt there was a problem or required information.  E mails do not make for good community relations.

Expenses – The Clerk asked permission to pay the following

Clerk Salary –       £250.

Cllr. Irwin proposed and Cllr. Smith seconded the payment.

Meeting closed – 21.20

Date of Next Meeting – it was decided that the Council could organise the next Meeting for the 16 November 2021 in view of the present Covid rules.   This would be held at the Reading Room.

Agenda: Ordinary Meeting of Constable Burton and Finghall Parish Council – Tuesday 17th August 2021 at 7.30pm


An Ordinary Meeting of Constable Burton and Finghall Parish Council will be held at the Methodist Chapel Finghall on Tuesday 17 August 2021 at 7.30pm


  1. Apologies
  2. Declaration of Interest
  3. Minutes of Last Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Local Plan
  6. Grants – Lower Wenseydale Partnership and Richmond District Council (Play Equipment)
  7. Playground Inspection
  8. Street Lighting
  9. Community Ownership Fund
  10. Highways – Hedges Verges Pot Holes Constabe Burton Village ~Sign
  11. Any Other Business
  12. Expenses
  13. Date of Next Meeting

Minutes: Annual General Meeting of Constable Burton and Fingal Parish Council – 18th May 2021


The Annual General Meeting of Constable Burton and Fingal Parish Council was held at 7.30 on the 18 May 2021 at the Reading Room Constable Burton.

Apologies – Cllr. Terry

Declaration of Interests – nil

Election of Chairman – Cllr. Hainswoth was re-elected Proposed – Cllr. Dobson seconded Cllr.Irwin

Vice Chairman – Cllr. Smith was re-elected – Proposed Cllr. Dobson seconded Cllr. Irwin

New Councillor – Barry Snarr was elected as the new Councillor for Constable Burton and all Forms of Acceptance and Declaration of Interest Forms were duly signed and would be forwarded to Democratic Services. The Post had been advertised to comply with procedure.

Minutes of the last virtual meeting were read and approved – Proposed Cllr. Irwin seconded Cllr. Dobson

The Chairman advised the Meeting that the Aga Form for the Audit had been completed and signed off by an Independent Auditor. The Dates for Public Display had been set (Item 3A).

Village Report Finghall – no one attended the Conference Call despite the time and date being advertised.

Village Report – Constable Burton – The Beech Tree Memorial project was on the agenda

The total cost of the project was £4.546. The carver was Lukas Beben . The Plaque records 15 names of those who lost their lives in the service of our Country

Reading Room – The Reading Room has raised £858. from Hirings. Further funding will be required for repairs and Renovations.

Trees within the Community which had been a cause for concern have been pruned.

Pandemic – It was felt that the whole community had pulled together in very difficult times and everyone was thanked for their efforts.

A full in depth report for Constable Burton is on the website.

Village Report Hauxwell – no attendance

Barden – no attendance.

Councillors were advised that all Village Reports had to be produced for the Annual General Meeting.

Retirement – A Small Celebration had been organised to present Councillor and Mrs. Loadman with gifts. Unfortunately Councillor Loadman did not attend the Meeting and this had to be abandoned

The Chairman thanked Cllr Loadman in his absence, Councillor Loadman had done an outstanding job in his Service to the Community right across the Richmondshire Area and would be sadly missed.

Date and Venue of the next Annual General Meeting to be advised.

Meeting closed 20.00



LBC – for Replacement Windows as revised by drawings ref: elevation drawings Rev. B

and section details Rev D received 26.3.21 20/00369/FULL

Variation of Condition lC attached to Planning Permission 20/00702/Full to Change the Frames to UPVC 21/00192/VAR Village Hall Constable Burton


Full Planning Permission for Hardstanding (Retrospective) and Proposed Stable Building plus Storage for Feed 20/00890/FULL

Granted – Listed Building Consent to Render East and West Elevations with Traditional Lime Render Repoint South Elevation Repoint Porch Extension on North Elevation Replace Central External Door to South Elevation with Replica Door Removal External French Doors to South East Corner Remove Unsightly Bricks to Return Opening to its Original Size then Install New French Door. The Manor House Finghall 20/00482/BC

Listed Building Consent for Refurbishment of the Existing Three Storey Cottage including Extension/Conversion of the Former Schoolroom Laundry and Stables to Provide a Four Bedroom H20010ouse and Erection of Triple Car Port with Stores for use of the Manor House and installation of fuel tank as amended by drawings received 28 January 2021 and further revised drawings received 28 January 2021and further revised drawings received 10.2.2021 The Manor House Finghall 20/00454/LBC

LBC for Works to Existing Building – Manor House Finghall 20/00131/LBC

Full Planning Permission for Holiday Accommodation for 1 Bedroom Log Cabin at Hutton Ghyll Hutton Hang Leyburn DL8 5RW 21/00151/FULL

Full Planning Permission for Change of Use of Exiting Building to Create Annex Accommodation at Akebar Farm Patrick Brompton DL8 5LY 21/00561/FULL

Full Planning Permission to Increase the Area of Curtilage to the New Dwelling at Plot 3 and for alterations to the layout of the new dwelling at Plot 3 Previously Approved Reference 17/00790/OUT and 20/00537/A0RM and Provide Two Accesses off the Highway to Improve Traffic Safety – Application ref 21/00619/NMA is no longer an Active Application. The proposed amendments to the Dwelling at Plot 3 on the side adjacent to Casanya Croft Blewhouse Lane Finghall previously included in 21/00619/NMA are now included as an amendment to application ref 21/000599/FULL. The relevant plans setting out the proposed amendments for the dwelling at Plot 3 are now available to view on Public Access as part of this re consultation on planning app ref 21/00559/FULL. The additional plans are L020010 303B Proposed Front and Rear Elevations Sht1 June 2021 LO20010 304B Proposed Side Elevations Sht2 June 2021 LO20010 301B Proposed Ground and Lower Ground Floor Plans June 2021 LO20010 302B Proposed First Floor Plan and Roof Plan June 2021. The following Plan has been updated LO20010A 002 Proposed Site Plan June 2021 (the annotations have been updated) at Plot 3 Land Adjacent Casanya Croft Blewhouse Lane Finghall North Yorkshire – AMENDED PROPOSAL 21/00559/FULL

Constable Burton Reading Room Update – As at 5th May 2021


AS at 5th May 2021

With the Government’s lifting of covid-19 restrictions it is highly likely, but not yet confirmed, that the Reading Room will be able to re-open with effect from 17 th May 2021, or thereabouts.

There will no doubt be restrictions connected with this.


Repairs to the Reading Room’s toilet block are now complete.

Double Glazing. We are still awaiting planning approval from RDC.

Reading Room Committee Meeting

It is proposed that the Reading Room Committee will meet onMonday 24 th May 2021 at 6:30pm. The meeting will again be restricted to committee members only. This being the 8th Extraordinary meeting of the ,pandemic, it is to be hoped it may be the last so named. An agenda will be published in due course.

Future Events

No Frills BBQ. It is proposed to hold a ‘No Frills BBQ’ on the Village Green on Saturday 12 th June, the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday Parade. Yet to be discussed by the committee but please pencil the date into your diaries.

Summer Fair. As previously published the Summer Fair will take place on Sunday 29 th August. Details are yet to be discussed by the Reading Room Committee but will be published as soon as is possible. Duck ticket sales have already started and it is highly likely that the races will be wet!

Halloween. This spooky event will no doubt be held on the 31 st October.
Other Events. Suggestions for other events are needed from the community.

Constable Volunteer Support Group

The shopping roster will conclude on Friday 14th May after 60 weeks!

‘Thank you’ seems little enough for what has been a truly tremendous effort.

While the roster has reached its ‘use by date’ the group will continue to exist to assist members of the community as and when required.

New Members. If you wish to join the group please contact Hilly Dobson. The only current requirement is that you have the WhatsApp for ease of rapid communication.


After an extremely difficult 18 months it is hoped that this and previous updates have helped to keep you all informed as to what has been happening and to what we are planning for the immediate future. Please let me have any comments or suggestions that might benefit our community.

Stay safe!
Yours ever,


Major (Retd) George F Tomlin MBE
Chair, The Reading Room Committee
Constable Burton

Telephone: 01677 450194
Mobile: +447773031874

5th May 2021