Aysgarth Parish Council recognised for conservation work

Kennel Field Trust secretary Deborah Millward and chairman Cllr John Dinsdale with the trophy received from the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

Aysgarth and District Parish Council

The parish council has agreed to support a proposed Festival of Remembrance at Aysgarth church in November 2018 to celebrate the centenary of the end of World War 1.

The parish council was informed at its December meeting that the event from November 9 to November 11 may include a flower festival, a commemorative exhibition and a concert.

Thornton Rust. – The council agreed with the chairman, Cllr John Dinsdale, that all those who had assisted with improving the area of the Outgang around West Beck this year should be thanked.

He reported that the benches were now in place beside the beck and had been paid for thanks to a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainability Fund. The official presentation of the grant will take place in April 2018, he said.

He had previously informed the council that the village’s Kennel Field Trust had been highly commended in the conservation, heritage and environment category at the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s 20th year anniversary award ceremony.  For this the Trust had received a glass trophy and £4,000 which, Cllr Dinsdale said, would help considerable towards ongoing conservation work at the Kennel Field.

Thoralby. – The council supported the new application for a large slurry store to serve Town Head Farm. The councillors felt that the new site behind Heening Hall solved all the problems concerning any impact upon the landscape or the village.

It was noted that the Basic Farm Payment for Thoralby Moss and Thornton Mire had been received.

Aysgarth. – Cllr Robert Walker reported that the solar-powered light near Aysgarth surgery was very dim. He said he would replace the bulb.

It was agreed to support the planning application for the creation of 10 hardstandings for caravans, the erection of retaining walls, associated groundworks and a new toilet cum washroom block behind Aysgarth Falls Hotel.

Clerk’s resignation. – Gillian Harrison gave notice that she will resign as clerk on March 31 2018. The parish council will now start looking for a new clerk.

Next meeting. – Is in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday, January  18.  The items for discussion will include whether the parish council meetings should be held bi-monthly instead of monthly.