CLERK: Mr. G McGill. Correspondence to 4 Leconfield, Seamer, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5PP.

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Minutes of the Meeting held at Seamer Memorial Hall on Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Public notice of the meeting has not been given in accordance with Schedule 12, paragraph 10 (2) of the Local Government Act 1972, but Councillors requested that the meeting take place nevertheless. This was due to an oversight by the new Parish Clerk who apologised and advised that he had been particularly busy at work and that if anyone else wished to undertake the Clerk job instead, this would be considered by Councillors.
Councillor Philip Taylor, Councillor James Bainbridge.
District Councillor Bridget Fortune, County Councillor Bryn Griffiths, Councillors Mark Murphy (Acting Chairman), Maureen Marshall, Paul Chapman, Parish Clerk Glenn McGill. Three members of the community were also in attendance.
The minutes of the meeting held at Seamer Memorial Hall on Tuesday 16 September 2021 were confirmed as a true record.
Open Forum
The matter of planning application 21/01847/MRC -variation of condition attached to application Ref No. 76/0609/FUL at Tanton Road – O.S. Field 0005 Tanton Raod, Seamer, for Construction of an Agricultural Storage Building on Land and Buildings at Tanton Farm was raised, following a previous response by the Parish Council on 14/09/21. The application had not yet been determined, but concern was raised about reports of smell. A member of the public advised that there had been digestate spreading which likely accounted for this.
The matter of the new North Yorkshire County Council would be discussed at future meetings as a bespoke agenda item, but meanwhile, Councillor Griffiths would circulate the latest information. Action: It was agreed that this matter would be be the subject of future regular agenda items.
The matter of flooding at Tame Bridge was reportedly getting worse annually. Action: Councillor Paul Chapman to follow this up with the Environment Agency, who had let the previous request for action slip, in view of blockages in the River Tame.
The light next to the highway at the Travellers site was particularly bright and a danger to motorists. Action: County Councillor Bryn Griffiths would ask County Highways to investigate.
Ann Thomas has applied for a sum of £120 for childrens workshop events on 4th December and a cheque was issued following formal grant by Councillors at the meeting, who thanked Ann for her efforts.
(Hand): 21/02277/FUL – Application to replace existing wooden Church gates with metal gates, using existing stone gate posts. St Martins Church Hilton Road Seamer. Councillor Murphy responded to the Council before the consultation deadline of 19th November.
(Nicols): 21/01847/MRC – Variation of conditions attached to application Ref No. 76/0609/FUL – O.S. Field 0005
(PT) – Tanton Road, Seamer for Construction of an Agricultural Storage Building on land and buildings at Tanton Farm Seamer (response made 14/09/21). OBJECTION
(Zachary Keightley-Smith) Ref: 21/02397/FUL – Application for construction of a 2 storey rear extension at Pheasant House Seamer, TS9 5LL – Approved. Councillor Murphy responded to the the Council prior to the deadline of 5th November.
(Foster) Ref: 21/02072/FUL – Application for the approval of the construction of 2 storey side extension, 2 storey extension with a Portico to the front elevation and single storey extension to the rear at Lipperbruch, Tame Bridge. Approved 10th November.
a) Pig Farm VOC Application – outlined above and noted that a robust response had been sent to the Council highlighting Parish Council concerns and objections, yet no decision had been made by the Council.
b) Village maintenance –i) Litter – it was noted that litter around the village and in verges thrown from passing cars was sometimes a problem, but that it was difficult to tackle. All that might be possible would be for it to be reported to the County Council in circumstances where the problem was significant enough. County Councillor Bryn Griffiths would contact County Highways in such circumstances. ii) Highway Maintenance – A member of the public reported that the pavements in Seamer were in poor condition. Action: It was agreed that Councillor Murphy and Parish Clerk Glenn McGill would conduct an audit and report findings back to the next meeting.
c) Village Pond – Gill Burton had previously given a quote which was accepted, at a cost of £200 and the Parish Clerk had received a message from Gill to explain she would contact Councillor James Bainbridge for help to clear debris, sort and split lillies, treat the water with a winter treatment, followed by a repeat treatment in Spring 2022.
d) Village Hall – Councillor Mark Murphy mentioned that as well as the roof repair, the boiler had been serviced and no issues had been reported since. Numbers for the forthcoming quiz were down slightly, but still good. There will be no carol service this year as jo Batey is away, but the childrens light parade would take place in the village on 12th December. An exterior light needed replacement. Action: Councillor Mark Murphy. There had also been successful charity events for cystic fibrosis/MacMillan/Royal British Legion.
e) VAS Update – This was being attended to by Councillor Philip Taylor, who distributed relevant correspondence after the meeting. A brief discussion took place about the signs and the fact they had to be moved periodically (every six weeks) due to highway legislation. Questions were raised about a permanent sign, but monies for this from NYCC would be difficult to secure. Action: County Councillor Bryn Griffiths to investigate and report findings to the next meeting.
f) Community Speed Watch – A report had been provided by Phil Hyman to the Parish Council Clerk detailing the watches x40, checking 9,100 vehicles and reporting 870 for speeding, an average of c. 10%, with one vehicle recorded at 69 mph reported to the police, yet no prosecution could be made. The team comprises 9 villagers. At the meeting, it was reported that the only place Speedwatch could be undertaken was at the top of the hill despite queries for it to take place in other locations in the village.
g) Seamer Parish Council Membership: – Jayne Kendall was in attendance as a member of the public and she had expressed an interest in becoming a Parish Councillor. This following an advert in ‘The Grapevine’ and formal notices. Action: The Parish Clerk was requested to investigate and pursue the formal process with Hambleton District Council so that Jayne Kendall could become a Parish Councillor.
h) Bank Account and Finance – Action: This was being applied for with Councillor Maureen Marshall and Glenn McGill (Parish Clerk) to become signatories. It would be sorted before the next meeting.
i) Seamer Parish Community Fund: – A discussion took place about the dearth of bus services and associated funding, but this couldn’t logically be funded by the community fund. An idea was to ask for volunteer drivers to help residents in need, but Covid is still a problem at present. County Councillor Bryn Griffiths mentioned an Uber trial in the County at present. A number was also available for those who might wish to book the Community Care bus service. Action: Councillor Mark Murphy and Parish Clerk Glenn McGill would investigate potential for a safe
route for pedestrians/cyclist over Seamer Hill and report to the next meeting.
j) Police Report: – A report was provided by The Police and there were three crimes of which one was drugs related and the other tow not deemed relevant.
k) Tree Planting: – Vic Brown had been invited and he provided an interesting report about his tree planting initiative on sites around the Parish. 150 trees had been planted on Councillor James Bainbridge’s land. Action: Vic would contact other farmer in Parish to ascertain interest in further sites as well as smaller potential areas in various locations in the Parish and advise the next meeting.
d) Seamer Parish Community Fund: It was suggested that the Pond treatment (£200) might be funded by the Community Fund. It was uncertain at this stage who would make the application.
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No new income reported during the period.
P Wood £400 (grass cutting and strimming in September & October).
S Burton Community Gardner £322.84.
A Thomas £120 Childrens Events.
Note that cheques were written as banking details need to be amended.
FORTHCOMING MEETING DATES Next meeting is on January 18th, 2022 March 15th, 2022; May17th, 2022
(also Parish APM); July 19th, 2022.
(All meetings have a 7pm start time)

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