An event should be held during the summer to celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions, it was agreed at the last meeting of Middleham Town Council.
As the Spring Bank Holiday Sports Day had been cancelled it was hoped a replacement event appealing to all ages might be held during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Business sponsorship will be sought.
Spring clean. – The council decided that Middleham would take part in the Great British Spring Clean between May 28 and June 13 in coordination with Middleham Primary School. It was agreed that The Busks particularly needed attention.
Playing field. – It was reported that Middleham Sports and Community Wellbeing Association was making arrangements for the resumption of sporting activities as lockdown restrictions were eased.
A proposal to construct a petanque court will be submitted to the council soon.
The council agreed that a risk assessment should be undertaken that would inform the choice of material and dimensions for a suitable boundary structure between the skate park and the children’s play area.
Lighting. – As Richmondshire District Council would not improve the poor lighting at the east end of Park Lane the council decided to meet the one-off cost of £2,000 of having a new lamp installed from the reserves set aside for replacing heritage lighting. The new light will then be maintained by the district council.
The offer from the church tower restoration team to repaint the Jubilee lamp post was appreciated and it was agreed that black gloss paint should be used.
Land management. – A quotation was accepted for clearing the drains on council-owned land in the west end so as to avoid possible flooding of adjacent homes.
Approval was given for the legal agreement drafted by the clerk which, subject to excluding the Moors, could be used to allow metal detecting on council land.
Stables waste. – Residents and councillors had recently observed an increase in stables waste falling from vehicles leaving trainers’ yards and what appeared to be uncleared domestic waste within some yards. It was agreed that the council should communicate directly with specific haulier and trainers.
Future meetings. – As the council had been informed that the regulations for holding virtual meetings would lapse on May 6 and it would not be safe to convene physical meetings until June 21, the next meeting will be held on June 23.
The council agreed that some aspects of virtual meetings were beneficial and that the ability to hold “hybrid” meetings with remote attendance would be advantageous. It was, therefore, agreed to contribute to a government consultation seeking views on a possible legal change which would permit this.