Parish Council

Organisation

Littlethorpe Parish Council
Parish Councillors are
Chair - Gerry Spoors 
Tel: 01765 608057
Mobile - 07867 495067
email - gerryspoors@yahoo.co.uk

Vice Chair - Christine Winterburn
Tel: 01765 603017
Mobile - 07968 089941
email - c.winterburn@sky.com

Other councillors -
Annie Gray Tel: 01765 279041
Mobile - 07803 904153
email - anniegray@hotmail.com

Jackie Laugher Tel: 01765 607857
Mobile - 07835 843857 
email - jackiel@goldenfry.co.uk

​Christopher Orme
Tel: 01765 603534 
​Mobile - 07702317290
​email- christopher.orme@btinternet.com

Correspondence may be addressed to:
Parish Clerk - David Duthie
                                Pottery Lane Farm
                                Pottery Lane
                                Littlethorpe
                                Ripon
​                                HG4 3LS
Tel: 01765 676640
​Mobile - 07736022155
email -
From left to right:
 
​Christopher Orme, Christine Winterburn (Vice Chair), Annie Gray, Gerry Spoors (Chair), David Duthie (Clerk), Jackie Laugher
 
clerk.littlethorpe.pc@gmail.com

Meetings, agendas and minutes

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                        Dates of future meetings are as follows:-​​​​
​Parish Council Meetings - Monday 15th January 2018 at 7.30p.m
​Monday 12th March 2018 at 7.30p.m.

​Read the agenda for the meeting to be held on Monday 15th January 2018

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​Read the final minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on Monday 13th November 2017
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​Read the final minutes of the A.G.M. held on Monday 22nd May 2017
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​Read the final minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 24th April 2017​​

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Transparency Requirements
Documentation submitted by Littlethorpe Parish Council for transparency requirements, including past minutes, can be viewed at:

​​​https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/downloads/download/129littlethorpe_parish_council_documents

Other News

Housing Development
Your chance to comment on a proposed development of 150 homes off Knaresborough Road before 21 December 2017.
​Details of the planning application may be found at:
​http://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OZKNY8HYN2100
Comments by email  planningconsultation@ harrogate.gov.uk or by post to Planning and Development, PO Box 787, Harrogate HG1 9RW

Littlethorpe Parish Council have objected to the development on the grounds of:
1. Access

Access to A61 currently very difficult for two openings to Bellwood Hall and Bellwood Farm. 600 additional journeys per day, plus second and third car journeys, plus internet shopping and service deliveries would cause unacceptable congestion and danger at the A61 junction.

2. Separation of Ripon and Littlethorpe
A development South and East of the A61 Ripon bypass should be part of the Littlethorpe community. This isolated development as proposed would vastly increase the number of houses in Littlethorpe without them being part of the community, or even have direct access to Littlethorpe. This developement would also be separated from Ripon by the bypass.


3. Quarry Moor is a Site of Special Scientific Interest. A huge residential development together with the A61 road would enclose it on three sides abolishing the current corridor of open country side adjacent to it in two directions East and West.

Planning application details:
Reference: 17/05090/EIAMAJ
Application Received: 17 Nov 2017
Address: Land Comprising Field At 431401 469281 Knaresborough Road Littlethorpe North Yorkshire
Proposal: Outline application for 150 dwellings with access considered, with associated infrastructure works and open space.
Status: Pending Consideration

​Application No: 6.44.175.EIAMAJ 17/05090/EIAMAJ
Bulb Planting
​Members of the parish council, along with the clerk, gathered at 'The Triangle', Little Crossing to plant snowdrop bulbs which had been supplied by Harrogate Borough Council. The bulbs were planted in 'The Triangle' and around 'Jack's Bench'.

Waste & Recycling Collection Service: Schedule of Collection Xmas 2017 to August 2018

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Community Support

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​Polling District Review

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External Audit Sign Off

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​Latest Finance Spreadsheet

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​Updated Local Plan Timescale and Additional Sites Consultation
​Read the letter from Harrogate Borough Council below.
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Reply to Ripon City Council re Railway Reinstatement

Dear Mrs Benson

Thank you for your email of 6th June.


It seems that there is a complete misunderstanding on the part of Ripon City Council as to the opinion of Littlethorpe Parish Council on this matter.  For the avoidance of doubt Littlethorpe Parish Council does not, and indeed never has, supported the reinstatement of the rail link: consequently there is no preferred route. Indeed, Littlethorpe Parish Council has maintained this opposition to the reinstatement of the railway on the historical or an alternative route for some 30 years.

 
Our main points of opposition are as follows:

  • As stated, Littlethorpe Parish Council has no preferred route as it does not see the need at all for railway reinstatement. The Parish Council's major concern is to protect the interests of Littlethorpe residents. It is totally unfair that even the move to have ANOTHER feasibility study creates uncertainty and even distress for those residents. Why should Littlethorpe residents be subject to the threat of the proposed railway reinstatement overriding the peace and tranquillity which they opted for in choosing to live in a quiet and residential area. Even though Ripon City Council must realise that there is practically no chance of any funding for such a project, they continue to plough ahead, spending public money on this vanity project.
  • Nonetheless, Littlethorpe Parish Council does maintain that any specification should include the requirement for any consultants appointed to consult with those parish councils affected, which are not confined to Littlethorpe, in order for these local views to be made public. The other affected parish councils would seem to be Bishop Monkton and Killinghall. South Stainley-with-Cayton only has a parish meeting, not a council.
  • Will the specification address the question of how any reinstated railway is intended to cross the Ripon Canal in order to get to the putative station at the end of Rotary Way? Boroughbridge Road and its roundabout junction with the Ripon Bypass were constructed at an elevated level in order to allow boats to pass under the road and thus to reach the restored canal basin. This means that any reinstated railway would have to cross the Ripon Canal and Boroughbridge Road at a much higher level than the original railway in order to give sufficient height for lorry traffic to pass underneath. The area in question is now intensively developed with housing and industry: constructing such an elevated railway would inevitably cause immense upheaval to both. This is not a minor engineering problem and any specification should therefore address this matter specifically.

I trust that this email clarifies Littlethorpe Parish Council's position regarding the proposed railway reinstatement. Should you require any further clarification on any of these points please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards
Keith Pettitt
Clerk to Littlethorpe Parish Council
Tel:01765 677703 (079432 11041)
clerk.littlethorpe.pc@gmail.com

​Finances Spreadsheet FY 18
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Grand Opening
​Parish Councillors and villagers welcomed Adam Mathwig (Quarry Manager for Aggregate Industries) who officially opened the refurbished Triangle and Jack's bench.  Gerry Spoors, the newly appointed Chair of the parish council, had installed the new plaque for the occasion and also provided bubbly for a toast.
Reports
​Download the Reports FY 16-17 (Internal Audit)
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Notice of Public Rights
​Read the Notice of Public Rights 2017
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Internal Auditor's Report
​Download this report for 2016 - 2017
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​Asset Register
​Download the asset register for 2017
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Expenditure 2016 - 2017
​Download the spreadsheet for the Parish Council expenditure for 2016 - 2017
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​Quarry Moor Bins
Two bins have been installed at Quarry Moor children's play area,  a project co-ordinated by the Alderman Spence Management Commitee and Littlethorpe Parish Council and funded by Aggregate Industries. The bins were installed by Bob Cowell Maintenance replacing broken provision on site. One bin was placed by the entrance and exit to the play area and the second adjacent to the picnic tables.  Annie Gray, who is the Littlethorpe Parish Council's representative on the Alderman Spence Management Committee, was there to see the work completed and Daniel and Kate Gray went along to lend a helping hand.
Traffic in Littlethorpe
As many local residents can testify, Littlethorpe is marked by many narrow lanes and sharp bends and car drivers frequently encounter large vehicles on these roads. Apart from causing obstruction to motorists, roadside verges are frequently ploughed-up by such vehicles. The vehicles are generally of two types – lorries and school buses.
 
Lorries: Concerned by the number of lorries using narrow lanes, the Parish Council approached both North Yorkshire County Council Trading Standards and North Yorkshire Police on this issue. Both have the power to enforce weight limits (which are posted on roads leading into Littlethorpe) – but not the responsibility so they can choose what to do within their resources. NYCC Trading Standards view is that enforcement of weight limits in Littlethorpe is impractical due to the nature, size of the area and the multiple entrances and exits. The matter can, however, be taken up by residents directly with the companies concerned provided that details of the vehicle, the time of day and particular company concerned can be established.
 
School buses: These are operated by contractors for NYCC and they have been advised by the County Council not to undertake any reversing manoeuvres when children are on board unless it is absolutely necessary. The safety of the schoolchildren is the paramount concern. If reversing is unavoidable then the driver has to obtain assistance with guiding the vehicle backwards where possible. Any such reversing manoeuvre will only be attempted provided that the bus driver is satisfied that it is safe to do so. In general, children are not allowed to disembark the bus unless it is at an allocated drop off or collection stop. The only time that children would otherwise be allowed to disembark would be if there was an emergency and it was absolutely necessary for them to do so.  

Cyclists: There will naturally be an increase in bicycle traffic therefore drivers should be aware of the increasing frequency of bicycles and also the number of groups of cyclists using more of the road. We want all road users and pedestrians to be safe on our roads.
Letter to the Ripon Gazette re the Railway Reinstatement

Your headline “£18,000 study into railway for Ripon” (January 12) reintroduces the old chestnut of Ripon railway reinstatement. In both 2013 and 2014 the Gazette gave high prominence to letters and articles from the then Mr Adrian Morgan on this topic, despite the previous and current requirement that such pieces should be no more than 350 words. It is hoped, therefore, in the interests of fairness and balance, that the Gazette will give equal space for an alternative viewpoint.
 
Exactly what is it that the £18,000 is now intended to buy when some £80,000 (equivalent to £114,000 at today’s prices) was already spent on a similar and more comprehensive study in 2004? The rationale for such expenditure on the part of Ripon City Council would seem to be the fact that North Yorkshire County Council refused to fund such a further study in 2014 and 2015. Presumably Ripon City Council possesses superior knowledge to that of the professional transport planners at County Hall. Ripon residents should consider whether committing such use of their Council Tax monies on this vanity project rather than on alternatives is actually a wise and judicious move.
 
The draft Ripon City Plan (which appears to have been drawn up in isolation from the work on the draft Harrogate Local Plan) says that such a feasibility study would be undertaken “in conjunction with other communities that would also benefit from this”. Councillor Stuart Martin has gone on record in the Gazette report as saying that “Taking this step shows leadership in the wider area”.  Given that the major impact in the wider area will be in Littlethorpe parish (presumably one of the “other communities”) there has been absolutely no history of engagement at all between Ripon City Council and Littlethorpe Parish Council on this matter over the 30 years that this issue has consistently been raised, despite repeated claims that this would take place, so what price such “leadership”? Has Ripon City Council spoken with forked tongue?  Can the City Council now give a guarantee that it will consult with Littlethorpe and the other affected parishes as part of this exercise?
 
Councillor Morgan, who is the current Mayor of Ripon, went on record in 2012 as saying that an estimated footfall of 1,100 travellers per day could not cover the necessary capital and interest costs needed to construct the line which at that time he estimated as £38-46 million, despite the fact that the 2004 JMP study had estimated costs of some £40-53 million for re-opening the Ripon-Harrogate section and £50-60 million for the full Harrogate-Ripon-Northallerton link. These sums did not include land acquisition costs from the many landowners along the route, nor did it include legal fees or the building of a new station and car park. To these original 2004 figures should now be added the impact of inflation over the intervening 13 years. Using the Bank of England’s economic inflation calculator this pushes the figures up to £52-63 million for the Ripon-Harrogate route and £55-73 million for the Harrogate-Ripon-Northallerton route. Exactly where on the money tree do the Mayor and City Council envisage such sums as coming from? There seems to be a major gap between Ripon City Council’s aspirations and hard economic reality.
 
Councillor Morgan is also chairman of the Leeds Northern Railway Reinstatement Group although he has never responded to a previous challenge (Gazette, 11th February, 2016) as to how large or representative this body actually is and how transparent its activities are. Presumably all Ripon City Councillors are signed-up members? 
 
The Ripon to Harrogate journey is served by a perfectly adequate bus route featuring state-of-the-art buses, launched in 2003 and with major upgrades in 2010 and 2016, involving, at peak times, four buses an hour. The 2004 JMP report estimated that two trains per hour might operate on the Ripon-Harrogate line. Even with the use of a senior citizen or student railcard the costs of rail travel are likely to exceed that of bus travel or fuel costs associated with a private car.
 
Councillor Morgan also indicated in 2012 that “there would have to be compulsory purchase of certain properties built on the line since closure” He is presumably making reference to both Littlethorpe and Wormald Green, where houses, business enterprises, equestrian activities and garden extensions are all located on the old line. Is Councillor Morgan really happy to play fast and loose with the homes and businesses of the people concerned, not least in relation to the effects of planning blight on homes and businesses along the old and any new route, together with resultant increased noise levels and the potential for vandalism and theft? He can be assured that there will be strong resistance from the families and businesses concerned.
 
Littlethorpe Parish Council is a positive and forward-thinking body which is always focused on gaining benefits and support for local residents, but in the current economic climate and with UK Government tardiness in funding high-cost railway projects outside South-East England (e.g. Crossrail), the financing of this study would be better spent on other local projects than on propping-up an implausible proposal.
 
John Edmonstone
Chairman, Littlethorpe Parish Council
​​​Harrogate District Local Plan
Harrogate Borough Council have now produced their draft District Local Plan. 
 
The following areas have been designated in the draft Plan as being “developable” for housing in Littlethorpe:
 
• Within 5 years: Grange Farm site, Littlethorpe Road – 6 houses
 
• Within 6 to 10 years: Orchard Lane to Littlethorpe Lane – 56 houses
                                  Railway View – 21 houses
                                  Little Crossing – 5 houses
 
This is a total of a further 88 properties within Littlethorpe village itself. Additionally, the proposed development at West Lane, which abuts Ripon but falls within Littlethorpe parish and for which a planning application is currently outstanding, has the following numbers of houses as “deliverable” in the draft Plan:
 
• Within 5 years: 60 houses
 
• Within 6 to 10 years: 150 houses
 
• Within 11 to 15 years: 150 houses
 
• Within 16-20 years: 70 houses
 
Therefore, on this site alone there would ultimately be a further 430 properties. 

HBC Garden Waste Collection Service
The new system will come into operation from June, 2017 and the cost for the first year (June-December) will be £23.40 per bin. In 2018 this will increase to £39 per bin from mid-March to early December. Payment will be by subscription, in advance, and customers will be encouraged to pay online, although other options will be available. Residents will be able to share a bin, but one person will need to sign-up and pay. Those who sign-up will be issued with seasonal identity tags which will be fixed to the bin. Collection days are likely to change from March, 2018 and everyone will be notified of this. The day that green garden waste is collected is unlikely to be the same day that household waste is collected.​​
​Concerns​​
"The Parish Council is aware of concerns regarding the field use at Little Crossing and access to the old dismantled railway line. For clarification, the situation is as follows:

·         Field: The land is owned by the Hield Trust and has been for over 20 years. After several historical complaints about the maintenance of it (damage to fences, overgrown, etc) the Trust recently decided to improve it and have now let the field to a village resident to keep horses in. At no time has there been an established right of way across this land, despite it being used informally by dog walkers for some years, without the Trust’s knowledge. Around 2010 the Trust sought and obtained a Section 31 Statutory Declaration to prevent the creation of a public right of way across this land. With this Section 31 designation in place the land cannot be used to establish a new right of way. Existing local rights of way include the footpath from Orchard Lane to Littlethorpe Lane and Mankin Lane, the latter being a public bridleway.

·         Railway Line: Public rights of way do not include dismantled railway lines. North Yorkshire County Council’s maps of rights of way in this area quite specifically do not include the railway track. While NYCC seeks to preserve the route, given the possibility of reinstatement of the line from Harrogate to Ripon and Northallerton (something unlikely to happen in most people’s lifetime), the land itself belongs to local landowners and therefore anyone accessing it without permission is trespassing."
Road Safety: Speeding in Littlethorpe
The Parish Council is aware that many residents are concerned with the speed of vehicles driving through Littlethorpe, where the speed limit is mostly 30 mph. North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Police share such concerns and the aim is to avoid and reduce casualties and to improve the safety and quality of life of local residents.
 
There is in place a Speed Management Protocol which shows how complaints about speeding, either by individuals or local authorities, are assessed and responded to. There is a single point of contact for the public – the North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau (NYPTB). Before a complaint regarding speeding can be taken forward, a Speed Concern Report form needs to be completed and sent to the NYPTB. The form can be downloaded at www.roadwise.co.uk/using-the-road/speed-concerns and should be sent by email to  speedconcerns@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or by post to North Yorkshire Police Traffic Bureau, PO Box 809, YORK, YO31 6DG.
 
Following-up of complaints can take up to 2 months and enforcement is based upon national and local guidelines, so action is only considered as follows:
 
30 mph limit – Action considered at 35 mph
40 mph limit – Action considered at 46 mph
50 mph limit – Action considered at 57 mph
60 mph limit – Action considered at 68 mph.