Location:     The Village Hall, Beckwithshaw


Present:       Councillors – Cllr D Spence, Cllr A Ellis and Cllr T Muirhead


Parish Clerk – Mrs J H Galloway


Commencing at 7.30pm the Annual Meeting was held with 2 members of the public present. (Ms J Parish and Mr I Galloway)


1.       Apologies:             Cllr Mrs J Ryder Cllr M David,  and Cllr Miss V Oldham.


2.       Election of Chairman :    


Cllr D Spence was proposed by Cllr Ellis and seconded by Cllr Muirhead. 

All in favour.



3.       Election of Vice Chairman :


                    Cllr A Ellis was proposed by Cllr Spence and seconded by Cllr Muirhead.

                    All in favour. 


4.       Chairman’s Report :


Thank you all for joining us this evening.


This has been a particularly difficult year for Parish Council meetings and activities. Assuming that Central Governments Road Map for ending lockdown is achieved we have planned to recommence meetings and activities in accordance with recommended advice.


During the past year the Parish Council has successfully carried out the following activities:-


·      A grant was obtained from Knabbs Ridge Two Ridings Community Fund for the purchase of Bluetooth software to enable retrieval from the speed recognition sign. Several months’ data have been downloaded and the information stored and forwarded to N.Y.C.C. as possible evidence to support any future requests for traffic calming measures.


·      The grass area opposite the end of Shaw Green Lane and verge up to the Smiths Arms have been cut and maintained.


·      The pavement adjacent to the mini roundabout has been cleared of muddy deposits and over grown trees and bushes cut back. The footpath alongside the B6162 to Harrogate has also been cleared.


·      Traffic signs on the B6161 approach from Leathley and on the Norwood Lane approach have been upgraded.


·      N.Y.C.C. highways have undertaken repairs and improvements to Norwood lane and the main road through the Village has been repaired following repeated efforts from our Parish Clerk. 


·      Councillors are actively working with Open Reach in a concerted effort to improve Internet availability and signal strength to all Parishioners.


·      Councillors are actively working with the Western Arc group in support of efforts to ensure that the existing road infrastructure serving the proposed new developments will be improved to provide safe driving and walking conditions and hopefully mitigate the future impact of vehicle numbers passing through the Village.


·      We are working with the same group to influence the Parameters Plan currently being compiled by HBC for the Western Arc Developments. When completed this Plan will provide a blue print for the developments to be considered as a whole for the provision of Schools Play areas, surgeries, bus routes etc..


·      We have continued to review and comment on Planning Applications within the Parish.


Looking forward to this year the Parish Council are currently planning the following activities:-


·      Recommence live monthly meetings.


Questions from the Parish Electors must be submitted in writing to the Parish

Clerk 48 hours prior to the meeting.


Members of the public wishing to join these meetings please contact the Parish Clerk

for details.


·      Organising a Litter Pick, when Covid restrictions allow.


·      Let the contract for grass cutting and verge maintenance to Chevin Landscapes

at better rates than with the previous contractor.


·      Contacting the Community Pay Back Scheme to enquire if they are available

to continue their work maintaining the copse.


·      Making applications to the Calor Gas and Knabbs Ridge funds to support

Village projects.


·      Continue to work with Western Arc Group and open Reach


·      Continue to support and thank Jo Parish and her Speedwatch team for monitoring and reporting the data collected from the speed camera.


·      Reach out to the community to attract new applicants to fill vacant posts on the P.C.


·      Follow up concerns reported by parishioners.


With regret we wish to announce the retirement of Jim Gordon from his role as a Parish Councillor and thank him for all his contributions and enthusiasm for our activities.


The Parish Council thanks Mr Andy Ross for his service to the community for maintaining the Defibrillator and wish him and his family all the best in their new home. The Parish Council also thanks Mr Jon Bryant, who has stepped forward to take Andy’s place with this important role.


We would also like to extend our gratitude to Jo Parish and her newly formed Community Group for their work to date to keep our village neat and tidy.


All Residents of the Parish are invited to join in with the activities of the Parish Council. Any resident wishing to receive agendas and minutes of meetings, and newsletters digitally please email the Parish Clerk with contact details.



The Annual General Meeting closed at 7.37pm.