Members used the April meeting of the Parish Council to concentrate on a number of matters relating to the appointment of a new Parish Clerk and the formation of a new Parish Council following the May 2015 local election. Members were informed that nine local candidates had submitted their nomination papers by the deadline date. As there were eight seats to fill, a formally contested local election would now take place.
A number of other important matters were addressed at the meeting. The final Financial Monitoring Statement of the previous financial year was reviewed which indicated that a small budget underspending was anticipated. It was reported that the planning application for the erection of a community centre for transport and administration at Wood View, Embsay, had recently been refused by Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Several village maintenance and road safety matters were addressed including recent vandalism to a goal post at the Recreation Ground, the active involvement of the Neighbourhood Watch initiative in addressing the problem of local dog litter and the possible future involvement of the villages in a community speed watch scheme, now being trialled in other parts of Yorkshire.
As this was the final meeting of the current Parish Council prior to the May elections, the Chairman expressed her appreciation for the outstanding service given to the local community by the five outgoing members of the Parish Council and the Parish Clerk.
Embsay with Eastby Parish Council has raised a formal objection to a recent Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration, Wood View, Embsay. The objection is based on the comments and views of the Parish Council’s independent planning consultant who is commissioned to provide guidance on major planning matters.
There were concerns that the proposal will have a materially harmful impact on the character and amenity value of the area which has been designated an “Important Open Space,” inappropriate design and materials, unacceptable access to the development by a significant number of additional vehicles on a relatively narrow residential cul-de-sac and increased noise and disturbance for the residents of Wood View.
Consideration of the application and the formal objection was heard by a large number of local residents who had attended the March meeting of the Parish Council to raise their own concerns and objections to the proposed development. These were incorporated into the formal Parish Council submission to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
“Members fully recognise the invaluable work being undertaken by Skipton and Craven District Action for Disability on behalf of our local community and fully appreciates its wish to have a new purpose build facility,” states Cllr Gill Quinn, Chairman of the Council. “But, the Parish Council has a legal obligation to evaluate all planning applications on essentially relevant and material planning considerations and the nature of an application is not a material consideration.”
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Matters relating to the formation of a new Parish Council following the May 2015 local election continue to occupy the attention of members of Embsay with Eastby Parish Council. At the March meeting of the Parish Council, members were informed that there may now be a sufficient number of candidates to avoid an inquorate Parish Council, although the precise number is unknown. Continuing members of the Parish Council and/or potential candidate councillors are being encouraged to take an active and involved role in various important transitional activities leading up to the May election.
Members considered a report from the Chairman of the Council on action taken since the last meeting to recruit and appoint a new Parish Clerk to fill a future vacancy created by the retirement of the current Clerk at the end of April. Four candidates were interviewed on 10 March by a special appointment panel and an appointment made, subject to references. The interviews were held in early March to ensure there is a transitional overlap involving the outgoing and incoming clerks.
A number of other important matters were addressed at the meeting. Members considered a Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration at Wood View, Embsay. A number of concerns were raised by a large number of local residents who attended the meeting. Members registered a formal objection to the application and expressed concerns about the loss of an important open space within a Conservation Area, inappropriate design and materials used, unacceptable road traffic access and increased noise and disturbances to local residents. It was agreed that the concerns of local residents should be incorporated into the final submission to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority together with the professional views of the Parish Council’s planning consultant.
Fundraising activities to help finance the installation of a generic memorial plaque at the Embsay War Memorial are continuing. Several village maintenance and road safety matters were considered including East Lane traffic survey data (recently compiled by North Yorkshire County Council), heavy traffic on Brackenley Lane, approval of a competitive quotation for this year’s grass cutting contract and increasing dog litter along West Lane.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be held on 9 April 2015, 7:30 PM, Embsay Village Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting and register any complaints or concerns etc. during the Public Participation portion of the meeting.
Embsay with Eastby Parish Council will be considering a major planning application for the erection of a charity community centre for transport and administration, Wood View, Embsay, at the next meeting of the Parish Council to be held on 12 March 2015, 7:30 PM, Supper Room, Embsay Village Hall.
The application will be considered in the early portion of the agenda and local residents are invited to attend the meeting and express their views and concerns about the proposal. The application can be viewed on the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning portal website (application reference C/26/86D).
Local residents are strongly encouraged to put forward their own independent comments and views concerning this applications to Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the local planning authority for this application. Guidance for responding to planning applications can be obtained through a local residents’ action group, Keep Embsay Green, by visiting their website at http://www.keepembsayrural.co.uk. Advice is also available by visiting the Campaign to Protect Rural England website and downloading their excellent publication, How to Respond to Planning Applications. Hardcopies of this publication will be available at the Parish Council meeting.
Residents of Embsay and Eastby who are interested in becoming a locally elected councillor in the May 2015 local elections, are being reminded they can obtain Nominations Packs from Craven District Council’s Electoral Services as from 2 March 2015, by phone on 01756 706224 or by e-mail at: elections.cravendc.gov.uk. Nominations Packs are also available from the Parish Clerk at 01282 850 851 (or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline for the delivery of nominations papers is 4 PM on Thursday, 9 April 2015.
The CDC Electoral Services is also encouraging prospective candidates to attend a briefing on Tuesday, 24 March 2015, 3 PM, Belle Vue Suite, 1 Belle Vue Square, Skipton to obtain important information about the election process.
According to Cllr Gill Quinn, Chairman of the Council, “political party affiliation is not required as the Parish Council is non political and councillors sit as independent members of the council. Most local residents are qualified to stand for their local council and must follow a formal but simple procedure.
I would also like to urge any local resident who has put forward their nomination to get in touch with me or the Parish Clerk so that dialogue can take place and their involvement in the transitional process between the old and the new Parish Council is facilitated. This is to help them gain a further understanding and appreciation of the current issues, activities and problems which need addressing, and undertake any relevant and appropriate action which may be required by the new Council, ” states Cllr Quinn.
“It is the view of the present Parish Council, with five experienced but outgoing members, that were future problems or difficulties to arise, they would likely be due to a lack of communication and dialogue between potential councillor candidates and or newly elected members and the outgoing Parish Council, prior to the May elections.”
For further information, contact Councillor Gill Quinn on 01756 700746 or by e-mail at email@example.com or Robert Kandt on 01282 850851 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.