Location:     The Village Hall, Beckwithshaw


Present:       Councillors – Cllr D Spence (Chairman), Cllr A Ellis, Cllr Ms J Parish, Cllr Mrs S Swires and Cllr S Lumley.


Parish Clerk – Mrs J H Galloway


Commencing at 7.30pm the Open Meeting was held and 1 member of the public was present.



1.                 Apologies:             Cllr M David and Cllr Miss V Oldham.



2.                 Minutes of the last Open Meeting:     


The minutes of the last Open Meeting on 13 April 2021 were incorporated into the immediately following Parish Meeting (18 May 2021).


3.                 Chairman’s Report:



Thank you for attending our Open Meeting and a warm welcome to you all.


I would like to start by thanking my fellow councillors and the Parish Clerk for their continuing support and hard work over the past year. I would like to welcome Jo Parish and Sally Swires our newest councillors both of whom are already very active in P.C. activities. During the past year Jane Ryder and Tom Muirhead, two of our longest serving Councillors, have retired and I would like to thank them both for their dedicated support.


It is with sadness that I have to report the passing of Jim Gordon who over the years has been an enthusiastic supporter of the P.C.. He will be missed by all of us.


Thank you also to Rachel McEwan for leading a training evening to demonstrate how to use the defibrillator and to Jon Bryant for managing the defibrillator.


During the past year the P.C. has carried out the following activities:-

·       The grassed area  at the end of Shaw Green lane  and the verge up to the Smiths Arms have been cut and maintained.

·       We have held two litter picks – thank you to everyone who joined in.

·       Planted a tree on the grass area at the end of Shaw Green Lane to commemorate the Queens Platinum Jubilee – thanks to Steve McEwan for his help. We have also planted daffodil bulbs in the same area.

·       We have contacted the Chief Executive of N.Y.C.C. to resolve an issue with the new fence erected by the School between the Copse and the School.

·       With help of Rachel McEwan we have held a defibrillator training evening. Rachel has also volunteered to be our defibrillator co-ordinator for our local Emergency Plan.

·       We are working with HBC and other agencies to get the overgrown hedges and trees adjacent to South View and Snuffys Wood cut back. During the recent storms we had to call out the Emergency Services to deal with a broken branch on one of the trees.

·       We have worked actively with the Western Arc group in support of efforts to ensure that the ‘Parameters Plan’ recently published by HBC for the housing developments in our Parish are designed in a cohesive and structured way. We have called for the houses to be constructed to meet the governments zero emissions target and to be future proofed in terms of insulation and reduced energy use.

·       We are working with the same group to influence the Infrastructure Delivery Plan, expected to be published by HBC in the summer, to mitigate the expected off site traffic implications.

·       Cllr Parish is working hard to obtain a 20 M.P.H. speed limit through the Village. Jo is our representative on the 20’s Plenty initiative. This is a group of like-minded Parishes and other Groups working together to reduce speed limits through Villages like ours.

·       Cllr Ellis has worked with Open Reach and has had a positive impact on the improvement of Internet availability and signal strength to all our Parishioners.

·       We have reported pot holes, broken road signs and localised drainage issues to N.Y.C.C.  through the Parish Portal.

·       We have reported issues in connection with the temporary roadworks on Otley Road to the Harlow Grange developers who have made safe some of the temporary street lighting pits and have assured us that the temporary pedestrian crossing will be removed and permanent works completed by the end of May – we will monitor progress.

·       We have continued to review Planning Applications within the Parish.


Looking forward to the year 22/23 we are currently planning the following activities:-

·       Monitor changes and explore possibilities to extend opportunities to run our local affairs following the changed to a single unitary Council.

·       Carry out refurbishing/planting works in the Copse.

·       Purchase flower boxes to support the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

·       Organise litter picks.

·       Continue to support the 20’s Plenty campaign.

·       Continue to work with the Western Arc Group.

·       Follow up concerns reported by Parishioners.


All residents of the Parish are invited to join in the activities of the P.C. and to attend our monthly meetings.



4.       Comments/Questions from the floor:            None.







The Open Meeting closed at 7.40pm