CLERK: Mrs G Taylor. Correspondence to 2 Leconfield, Seamer, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5PP. Tel. 01642 711250.


Minutes of the meeting held 17 November, 2020

Public notice of the meeting has been given in accordance with Schedule 12, paragraph 10 (2) of the Local
Government Act 1972.
The latest police report for Seamer had been circulated electronically by the Chairman.
District Councillor Bridget Fortune
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions and no venue being available to host the meeting, business was conducted either
by personal contact or by email.
Open Forum
For the reasons noted above, no Open Forum was possible.
The minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 15 September, 2020 were confirmed as a true record.
Scott Brothers; Graham’s Engineers, Stokesley Road, Seamer. TS9 5LW: Demolition of existing industrial building and the erection of two dwellings, together with the conversion of existing smithy into a dwelling, all with associated landscaping and external works. Objection
Seamer Parish Council: Repair to footpath in front of numbers 4,6,8 and 12 Hilton Road. TS9 5LU. Reduce footpath width by 15cm to allow widening of road by the same amount. No Objection
Cook, Springwell Nurseries, Stainton Road. TS9 5NA. Revised application for outline planning permission with all matters reserved for the creation of 12 residential dwellings. Objection
Akhbar, Stokesley Used Car Sales, Tame Bridge. TS9 5LQ. Construction of dwelling house and associated vehicle parking (on vacant land to west of Lipperbruch). No Objection
Lowes; 1, Holme Lane, Seamer: Construction of new self-build dwelling along with extension and alteration of existing building. No objection to extension but concerns raised about self-build.
Woodall; Application for outline planning permission with some matters reserved (considering access) for the construction of four detached bungalows on land opposite Mulberry House on Hilton Road.
a) Village maintenance – relevant updates and future developments:
i)Tree maintenance on Village Green and Leconfield. The lower branches on the Horse Chestnut on the Green and the laurel on Leconfield have now been attended to by Stephen Johnson, tree surgeon.
ii) Archive storage issues. Further to discussion at the September meeting, the Chairman contacted Hambleton District Council Planning Department who agreed that the paper planning applications and associated paperwork could be destroyed as HDC have a full record of these on their system. Other paperwork, such as minutes of meetings and correspondence are still to be addressed.
iii) Silver Jubilee Bench, Tame Bridge. Philip Wood will be removing the bench and refurbishing this over the winter. 
b) Community Speed Watch update/VAS scheme. The joint application with Crathorne and Potto submitted for a grant from the fund promoted by the Police Commissioner, with a view to part-funding of the VAS scheme was successful, with a grant of £3,000 received. A meeting to further discuss and make arrangements for purchase and fitting of the new equipment will take place in the new year. The Community Speed Watch results since the last report in September: 16 Speed Watches: 3685 cars, 248 above limit (6.7%). Speeds exceeding the limit are generally
above 40mph. This was noted as being of concern.
c) Seamer Parish Community Fund. Various items are outstanding for payment (e.g. traffic island, gateway signs etc). No new items for consideration
d) Village Hall Committee. No report or updates have been received.
e) Hillfield Close. The Parish Council continues to monitor the site on a regular basis, in conjunction with Hambleton District Council. We are pleased to note that a bin store has now been constructed in the entrance way and the CCTV is also now operational. Regular checks by Horton Housing appear to be underway.
f) Bank Top and Top Village Green. Letters have been delivered by hand to residents living on Bank Top and around the Top Green, formally giving them prescriptive easement. Relevant extract from letters regarding parking read
as follows: Village Greens: …As such, the Parish Council will continue to grant access (‘prescriptive easement’) via current defined routeways on the Village Green to enable residents’ vehicular access to their property, and to park their own vehicle on the trackway outside their property. The Parish Council has resolved not to grant permission for additional vehicles (except emergency services and agricultural vehicles accessing farmland behind the properties) to cross Village Greens or to be parked on the defined trackways for more than a temporary period (of
no longer than 7 days). The Parish Council respectfully requests that no vehicles, irrespective of ownership, park on the grassed areas of the Village Green.
Common Land: …As such, the Parish Council will continue to grant access (‘prescriptive easement’) via current defined routeways on Common Land to enable residents’ vehicular access to their property, and to park their own vehicle on Common Land outside their property. The Parish Council has resolved not to grant permission for additional vehicles (except emergency services) to cross Common Land or to be parked on Common Land for more than a temporary period (of no longer than 7 days). Where appropriate, the Parish Council will protect Common Land boundaries to prevent damage.
Residents have been asked (in writing) to store their letter with the deeds of their property and to ensure that the letter is passed onto future residents should they leave or rent out their property.
We expect a decision from the Planning Committee on 15.1.2021 as to whether the works on Bank Top can go ahead.
g) ‘MAD’ fund update. The Clerk was asked to provide an update to HDC regarding progress on the ‘Wildflower Haven’ project, for which a grant of £1,000 was awarded. Work is expected to begin as soon as possible in the new year to prepare the ground and to take the project forward to create 3 areas of wildflower habitats within the parish and to purchase and plant trees to enhance these areas.
h) Financial Matters. i) Precept 2021/2022: It was proposed that the Precept is increased by £750. Increases in subscriptions, insurance and grass cutting mean that this is an urgent necessity. This will be the first increase since 2018/19. ii) Seamer Parish Council have been subjected to a Limited Assurance Review for the financial year 2020/2021. It was carried out by the external auditor, PKF Littlejohn. The Parish Council have had to pay for this review as during this financial year, the income & expenditure were slightly in excess of £25,000. This took the
Parish Council into the next category of audit. It is pleasing to note that the Parish Council emerged with no issues or causes for concern.
White Rose weekly updates NALC Chief Executive’s bulletin HDC regular updates Community First rural news YLCA advice NYCC Chief Executive weekly bulletin HDC response to the proposal for a Unitary Authority Ryedale District Council: letter to inform the Parish Council of their views on the proposed Unitary Authority for the North of Yorkshire PKF Littlejohn: Limited Assurance Review HDC: MAD grant update request
P W Wood £780 (grass cutting September/October) NYCC £356.43 (traffic bollard replacement)
NYCC £270 (salt bin replenishment) PKF Littlejohn £240 (Audit)
Anglian Water Business £7.83 (pond) HDC £142 (Planning application fee)
S Burton (village gardener) £34 (compost) Parish Clerk £150 (expenses)
Community Fund
S Burton (village gardener) £150 (labour)
January 19th, 2021 March 16th, 2021
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