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Parish Council


Littlethorpe Parish Council
From left to right:
​Christopher Orme, Jackie Laugher, Christine Winterburn (Vice Chair), Annie Gray, Gerry Spoors (Chair), David Duthie (Clerk)
Parish Councillors are
Chair - Gerry Spoors 
Tel: 01765 608057
Mobile - 07867 495067
email - [email protected]

Vice Chair - Christine Winterburn
Tel: 01765 603017
Mobile - 07968 089941
email - [email protected]

Other councillors -
Annie Gray Tel: 01765 279041
Mobile - 07803 904153
email - [email protected]

Jackie Laugher Tel: 01765 607857
Mobile - 07835 843857 
email - [email protected]

​Christopher Orme
Tel: 01765 603534 
​Mobile - 07702317290
​email- [email protected]

Correspondence may be addressed to:
Parish Clerk - David Duthie
                                Pottery Lane Farm
                                Pottery Lane
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Tel: 01765 676640
​Mobile - 07736022155
email -
[email protected]

Meetings, agendas and minutes

​Dates of future meetings are as follows:-

​​Parish Council meeting - 8th July 2019 at 7.30p.m.
Parish Council meeting - 9th Sep 2019 at 7.30p.m.

Read the minutes of the parish council meeting held on Monday 13th March 2019


Read the minutes of the A.G.M. held on Monday 13th May 2019


​Read the minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 29th April 2019

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


Other News

New Stone Plaque
Thanks to Littlethorpe Parish Council, a stone plaque has been placed on the outer wall of the village pinfold explaining the significance of the boundary stone which was placed inside the pinfold in 2018.
Bulb Planting
Our parish councillors have been busy planting 250 bluebell bulbs (provided by HBC), at the entrance to the village on Littlethorpe Lane, with help from David Duthie (Parish Clerk) and Dave Laugher. After planting the bluebells, Jackie and Dave Laugher also planted dwarf daffodils by 'Jack's Bench'. Thank you to Chris Winterburn and David Duthie for the photos.
Parish Leisure Facilities
In October 2018, Harrogate Borough Council asked parish councils to come up with a list of leisure facilities within their parish. The following list has been sent to the Harrogate Borough Council survey:
  • Walking rights of way
  • 688 cycle route and triathlon course, Way of the Roses
  • Canal towpath
  • White Rose sailing on new reserve
  • Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. New nature reserve in canal field
  • Ripon canal
  • Paddle boarding and kayaking on canal
  • Ripon Motor Boat Club
  • Ripon Racecourse
  • Jet ski lake
  • Village Hall (yoga, rugby tots)
  • Mankin Lane bridlepath
  • Fishing canal / Ure Ripon piscatorial angling club
  • Play area Quarry Moor
  • SSSI Quarry Moor
  • Bird watching racecourse / quarry
  • That plane that does training loop-the-loops overhead on weekdays
  • Private allotments opposite church
  • St. Michael’s Church
  • Gardens under the national gardens scheme 
Parish Boundary Marker Stone

Ripon City Quarry, which has been operated for a number of years by Aggregate Industries Limited (AIL) has come to the end of its working life. At some point during the years of extraction of gravel, AIL unearthed a large stone which had carved on one side the letter 'T' and on the other the letter 'G'.  A local archaeologist was asked to have a look at it and he was of the opinion that the stone was a boundary stone marking the boundary of Thorpe and Givendale parishes (or townships).  The quarry does border the two parish boundaries so this was a plausible explanation. The name 'Thorpe' as a parish or township hasn't existed for maybe 300 years and is now known as Littlethorpe.
The stone was put in storage but recently, as the quarry has come to the end of its natural life, when AIL has been clearing out its stores prior to demolishing its buildings, the stone has been 'unearthed' for a second time.  AIL has kindly given the stone to Littlethorpe Parish and it has been placed in the Pinfold.
The photograph shows Adam Mathwig (Quarry Operations Manager for Aggregate Industries) in the middle, with his assistant Dave on his right, and Gerry Spoors, Chairman of Littlethorpe Parish Council, with the stone in the pinfold.

Snowdrop Update
​David Duthie sent this photo of The Triangle showing the results of the Parish Council's hard work planting snowdrop bulbs last year.
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'.
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.
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.
​​​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. 

"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 and should be sent by email to  [email protected] 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.