Location:     The Village Hall, Beckwithshaw


Present:       Councillors – Cllr D Spence (Chairman), Cllr A Ellis, Cllr T Muirhead, Cllr M David and Cllr S Lumley.


Parish Clerk – Mrs J H Galloway


Commencing at 7.45pm the Open Meeting was held, PCSO Lucy Walker and 10 member of the public were present.



1.                 Apologies:             Cllr Mrs J Ryder and Cllr Miss V Oldham.



2.                 Minutes of the last Open Meeting:     


The minutes of the last Open Meeting on 10 April 2018 were incorporated into the immediately following Parish Meeting (8 May 2018). Minutes available on Website.


3.                 Chairman’s Report:



Thank you for attending our annual open meeting and a warm welcome to you all.

I would like to thank my fellow Councillors and previous Chairman, Mark Nicholson, for all the hard work they have put in over the last year. I would like to propose a special vote of thanks to our hard working and knowledgeable Parish Clerk Mrs Jean Galloway who has been very helpful to me in my first few months as Chair of the Parish Council.

During the course of the last twelve months we have dedicated a lot of time and effort to reduce speeding through the village. I must express the gratitude of the Parish Council to Jo Parish and her Speedwatch Team who have consistently braved the weather to aim speed guns at passing motorists, not all, of whom were pleased with the presence of Jo and her Team. Jo reported on the 10th of April that after presenting the latest set of Speedcheck results the 95 Alive Traffic Panel has taken the decision to stand down the Beckwithshaw Speedwatch Group and use vehicles with enforcement cameras instead. This is an excellent result as it demonstrates an acknowledgement by the Authorities that speeds through the village are unacceptably high. Well done to Jo and her team who I am sure will be monitoring police activities and outcomes.

We have been informed by Stan Lumley, our County Councillor, that NYCC are in the process of issuing a new protocol on Speed Signs and hopefully in the next 12 months we will see the installation of an automated traffic speed sign.

Thanks must also go to Councillor Lora Barovic and District Councillor Victoria Oldham for the provision of the two speed reduction signs erected at either end of the village.

We have dealt with many complaints regarding Pot Holes but thanks to the impending bike races many of these issues have been resolved though we will continue to be vigilant.

We have also attempted to deal with school buses parked at Beckwith Head and are in correspondence with Councillor Phil Ireland who is currently working to find a solution. We were made aware of increased use of Shaw lane by construction traffic and have worked with the Police to monitor and hopefully reduce the problem.

Planning issues continue to be a major part of our duties. This workload has and we think will continue to increase with the ongoing Planning Applications around Whinney Lane, Lady Lane and Windmill Farm. We have made objections to all schemes. We have worked and contributed to the Western Arc Co-operation Group who made representations to the recent Government Planning Inspectors review of HBC’s proposed Local Plan. This work helped to persuade the Inspector to remove a number of rural sites from HBC’s list of preferred options but unfortunately had no impact on Sites surrounding Beckwithshaw.

Broadband – Councillors Andrew Ellis and Tom Muirhead and now supported by Councillor Marcus David continue their work to improve this service in the Shaw Lane area and thanks go to them for their efforts.

We carry out an annual inspection of P.C. property and have a contractor in place to maintain the grassed area opposite Shaw Lane whilst relying on volunteers to maintain the Copse and a big thank you to all who have contributed. We have undertaken litter picks in both Spring and Autumn and would like to thank all those who have helped with this task.






4.       Comments/Questions from the floor:


a)       Problems at the mini roundabout, mainly caused by drivers not obeying the rules of the road. 


b)       Buses parked on Beckwith Head Road, the PC is in contact with Harrogate Borough

          Council about relocating these buses, which are causing an obstruction and on their journey’s causing erosion of the road edges.

          c)       Speeding on various of our nearby roads.


          d)       Flashing Speed signs, the PC is awaiting the NYCC protocol re signs.


          e)       School -        concern about the pollution outside school, Pannal and Burn Bridge

                                        PC looking into congestion.

                               -        concern about speed, need for a 20mph limit?


          f)        Grass cutting and cleaning signs ready for the Tour de Yorkshire.


          g)       Concern was expressed that some of the potholes are not being repaired properly.


          h)       The PCSO Lucy Walker reported that car theft from homes was on the increase and           asked that people be vigilant.      


          i)        White Lining is needed on Norwood Lane.



Some of the above are already under investigation by the Parish Council and the PC will try to address the other concerns.



The Open Meeting closed at 8.45pm