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Monday 20 November 2023

Location:     Beckwithshaw Village Hall

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

Parish, Cllr Mrs S Swires, Cllr M David and Cllr N 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 9 October 2023 was proposed by Cllr David, seconded by Cllr Mrs S Swires and signed by the Chairman.

5        Urgent Business –           The Defibrillator – for the Squinting Cat to be collected

ready for installation. The instructions for the regular maintenance to be obtained for use by the replacement/custodians of the Smiths Arms and Squinting Cat defibrillators.

                                                  Grants – Working with Organisations – grants and form to

be discussed at next meeting.

                                                  Bench – siting of, on Otley Road.          Awaiting delivery of

bench and then to contact the site management.

                                                  Notice Board – Grant application refused. Apply to Knabb’s

Ridge – from Feb for upto £700 and Cllr

Hull’s NY grants in April.

Commuted Sums – Approx £41,000 to be spent before

                                                                      2031 (Cricket Field, Otley Road)

                                                                      Can any of this amount be diverted to the

current Beckwithshaw Cricket Club? Cllr

Parish to report to next meeting.

Hedges                  Hedges again overgrown, await a

“walkthrough of village”

                                                             Newsletter             Send out in Spring.

6       Finances


– The bank balances at 20 November 2023 were reported to the Parish


                    Business Current Account                                                      £1,612.15

                    Business Money Manager (Deposit Account)                        £8,530.68


Clerk to investigate the possibility of a ‘Debit Card’ for some payments. – Clerk to check with Bank as to whether the new mandate has been implemented.     

     NJC pay award approved – increase of £260  pa to Clerk’s Salary.

     Prior Approval needed to pay Clerk’s Dec Quarter Salary (and Tax) plus back pay.

                         Approved by Cllr Mrs S Swires and seconded by Cllr Parish.

Precept/Budget 2024/25

Following a discussion the Precept Calculation Request 2024/2025 of £7,720.00 was

proposed by Cllr Spence, seconded Cllr David and agreed by all.

7        North Yorkshire Councillor In future Parish Councils may be asked to bear the

costs of Bye Elections. Cllr Hull to enquire about costs.

                    Some more areas have been allocated recycling

bins to replace existing bags, our area has not been included.

8       Planning Matters


          ZC23/030061/FUL                                           Granted Subject to Conditions

                Single storey rear lounge extension and two storey side extension containing utility

                room and storage at The Mistal, Higher Shaw Farm, Beckwithshaw (Mr R Hiley)



Erection of ground mounted solar array in field adjacent to house at Beckfield Grange, Shaw Lane, Beckwithshaw (Mr M Cheek)

                    The Parish Council has no objections




Change of use of one agricultural building to commercial flexible use at Central House Farm (JH and J Ryder)



Placing of a TPO at Bradbury House, Moor Park.

9        Local Plan   Consultations still ongoing.

10       Traffic and Highways      Arrange for leaves and debris to cleared near roundabout.

                                                  Figures gathered from the permanent traffic monitoring

                                                            Installation have been received.

                                                  Trees overhanging restricting a 40mph sign. Investigate

                                                            In spring when leaves back on trees.



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



11       Copse and Grass cutting          None.

12       Correspondence                        None.          



13       Councillors Questions/Comments      Forward defibrillator maintenance details to

Cllr Mr S Swires.



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

Monday 12 February 2024

Monday 11 March 2024

Monday 8 April 2024

Monday 13 May 2024

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

The meeting closed at 9.30pm

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 Parish
4  Grant form – examples  Cllr Parish


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