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Monday 11 March 2024

Location:     Beckwithshaw Village Hall

Present:         Councillors – Cllr D Spence (Chairman), Cllr A Ellis, Cllr Mr S Swires,

Cllr Mrs S Swires, Cllr J Parish, Cllr M David and Cllr Hull.

Parish Clerk – Mrs J H Galloway.

                    2 Members of the public were present.


1        Apologies                                  None


2          Declarations of Interest             None.

3        Exempt Information                   None.


4        Approval of previous minutes –


Approval of the Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting held on 12 February 2024 was proposed by Cllr Mrs S Swires, seconded by Cllr S Swires and signed by the Chairman.

5        Urgent Business –           The Defibrillator – Cllr S Swires is up to date with the

maintenance required for the defibrillators.

New defibrillator to be installed at the Squinting

Cat on 15 March 2024.

                                                  Grants – Working with Organisations – postponed, to

be followed up later.

                                                  Bench – Site management company will contact us

when they take over the site.

                                                  Notice Board – Grant form signed and sent off. Order

                                                            Notice board.

Commuted Sums – Cllr Hull to look into the commuted

sum designated for the Cricket ground on new

Housing Estate – can this be moved to existing

Beckwithshaw Cricket Field.


                                                            Newsletter    Content for a Spring Newsletter to be

drafted out by Chairman and Councillors.

                                                            Website        Changeover in progress.

6       Finances


The bank balances at 10 March 2024 were reported to the Parish


                    Business Current Account                                                         £730.60

                    Business Money Manager (Deposit Account)                        £6,579.98


New bank mandate completed.

     December quarter’s audit – Cllr Spence and Cllr Mrs S Swires completed and

approved the Internal Audit.

     Prior approval for clerk’s March salary and tax, and Clerks Expenses of £50.36 –

                         Approved by Cllr Spence and Cllr Mrs Swires.

7     North Yorkshire Councillor           Council Tax to rise by about 4.99%.

Delay till 2025 on Kex Gill opening due to

extra slippage.

8         Planning Matters                          None.

9    Local Plan                                      Still no local input being used with regard to

all the new housing developments.

10  Traffic and Highways                     List of items of concern within the Parish – details

to be checked and forwarded to Highways, list to


Problems can be reported to North Yorkshire on the following webpage:

11       Copse and Grass cutting           Footpath from Beckwithshaw to Harrogate, clean

up finally finished.

12       Correspondence                        Various posters received.


13       Councillors Questions/Comments      Be alert as there has been burglaries and

Damage done in the Jennyfields area.

There has also been person/s collecting wood

from the verge.





14      Dates and time of next meetings at 7.30pm –          Monday 8 April 2024 –

  Includes Parsh Meeting

Monday 13 May 2024 –

  Includes Annual Meeting

Please make note of new dates. All are booked in the village hall.

The meeting closed at 9.10pm

Please check the website for further information –




No. Action Responsibility
1  Defibrillator – Contact Squinting re installation  Cllr Spence
2  Defibrillator – Source Demo Cllrs
3  Commuted Sums – follow up  Cllr Hull
4  Grant form – examples  On hold


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