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

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

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

Meeting 1closed 20.10hrs

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