By Betsy Everett
Pavement parking in Askrigg could lead to more double yellow lines on the village streets after a review was promised at a meeting of Askrigg and Low Abbotside parish council.
Chairman, Councillor Bruce Fawcett, said concerns had been brought to him by a resident about the number of cars parked on footpaths causing problems for people with disabilities and those using pushchairs.
Members agreed to a consultation, proposed by Councillor Martyn Alderson and seconded by Councillor Greta Kirkbride, on the use of double yellow lines through the village and up Moor Road.
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A member of the public said that at the last meeting worries had been expressed about the future of the Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton (BAWB) federation of primary schools. Members were told that since then there had been changes to the funding process under which North Yorkshire County Council would receive extra money. The council would make a decision in the new year about how that money would be allocated.
Councillor Allen Kirkbride said kerb stones on Moor Road had been reset and work on cutting the hedges from Breconbar to Sedbusk and to repairing loose and broken flags in Askrigg would be completed in December. Members expressed concern at an invoice for £180 for the replenishment of two grit bins which they felt was excessive. Richmondshire district councillor, Yvonne Peacock, said she would look into the matter.
New applications for planning permission included ten camping pods, a parking area and facilities block at Pippy Oak Barn; conversion of an existing industrial building into separate units at Uredale Mill; and the erection of an agricultural building for storage and livestock on land at Horrabank Farm, Newbiggin. Members agreed the latter building should be positioned nearer to existing ones.
The owner of Askrigg Collectibles in Market Square had raised with the chairman the question of a contribution from the council towards electricity costs for the area of the unit used as a parish office.
The clerk to the parish council, Karen Lynch, would raise with Councillor John Blackie the issue of parish councils being able to purchase their own speed matrix.
The planned clean-up of the cemetery had not happened but members would arrange a suitable time to do it in the new year.
A request for funding for the Great North Air Ambulance was declined as the village makes regular donations towards the service through charity events.
A resident of Moor Road expressed his frustration at not being able to get a light reinstated following removal of a damaged electricity pole. The clerk said she had reported the issue to both the county and district councils and Councillor Peacock agreed to follow this up with Mrs Lynch.
Next meeting. – The next meeting of the parish council will take place on Thursday, January 18, at 7.30pm, in the village hall.