Too many chapels “going down housing route” Bainbridge parish council is told

Under the hammer: Bainbridge Methodist Chapel built in 1836.

By Betsy Everett

At the latest meeting of Bainbridge parish council, Yvonne Peacock reported that the last service had been held in Bainbridge Methodist Chapel in July. She had since heard that ‘word on the ground’ was that the chapel was earmarked for housing and expressed concern that the ‘Methodist hierarchy’ were going down this route too fast as community money had been invested in the building over the years and it was a vital space. It had been used by the national park authority, the schools and the craft group for events and meetings. She suggested that if a planning application was submitted for housing, members should register their objections.

She was also concerned about the lack of parking for housing when there were already problems parking outside the school. Mrs Peacock suggested that although she had an interest as a longstanding member of the congregation, the parish council should write to the Methodists to say that now the chapel had closed another community facility had been lost, Hawes chapel and the Manse having been sold. Members agreed to write and express their concern and noted that if a planning application reached them they would recommend caveats in respect of the possible sale of the building for housing.

Meanwhile a member of Marsett Chapel, Mr Sowerby, had met the clerk, Gillian Harrison, to express concerns about the possibility of a defibrillator being fixed to the wall of the chapel when the future of the building was uncertain. Consequently the clerk had not applied for a grant as there was currently no suitable alternative. The clerk would thank Guy Walker for his offer to mount the defibrillator on the side of his cottage in Marsett, but councillors agreed that they should wait until a public building became available before proceeding.
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Photo shoot . – There had been no money received from the photoshoot in the village. The clerk would contact other people who had dealings with the firm to see if they had received any money.

Broadband. – It was noted that superfast broadband was only available along one side of Raydale.

Repairs. – The hole by the Quaker cottages had been repaired by the Lords of the Manor. Darren Percival had met with Ken and Anita Woof and looked at the stones along the roadside near Marsett and they agreed they could represent a hazard if a vehicle was forced off the road. The highways inspector would look at this on his next visit. Councillor Thomas Tennant reported that there is a streetlight not working near Beeboles and Meadowsweet in Worton and Councillor Derek Kettlewell reported the long-running saga of the replacement of a lighting pole in Stalling Busk. This had involved numerous men travelling long distances on several occasions with no resolution. Karen Prudden reported a similar situation with the replacement of the streetlight behind the Old School House in Bainbridge. Mrs Peacock said she would take this up at the next meeting of Richmondshire District Council. Resident David Ballinger said the highways department were partially resurfacing Blean Lane from the start at the A684 to the Stake Road but Mr Kettlewell reported that the stretch from Carr End to Marsett was in desperate need of attention: regular traffic transporting wood had caused some of the damage.

Cemetery. – An application had been made for burial of ashes in a casket by a bench overlooking Semerwater. Karen Prudden, cemetery superintendent, had sought advice from funeral director Richard Sanderson who had said interment would need to be at the discretion of the land owner, believed to be the district council. The clerk would make enquiries. The cemetery sub-committee would meet before the next parish council meeting to agree the way forward for extending the cemetery and to agree how much money needs ring- fencing for the project.

The hydro. – Peter Metcalfe said he was inundated with people calling into the

garage to enquire about the hydro and this was proving a problem. He suggested a viewing platform be built on the land between the road bridge and the garage with an information board. The parish council would submit an application to the Sustainable Development and Area Partnership Funds to proceed with this project. The total cost was estimated to be around £4,000.

Village shop. – Karen Prudden said the future of the village store within Sycamore Hall could “hang in the balance” if it was not supported by the local community as well as visitors. Residents of Sycamore Hall valued it and enjoyed the independence of being able to do their own shopping. However, the community needed to use the shop, too, to ensure its future sustainability. Members acknowledged the problem: the village had not had its own shop for several years and people had got into the habit of shopping elsewhere. It was suggested that more signs directing people would help and members agreed with the clerk that a link would be included on the parish council website.

Armistice Day – There will be a short Service of Remembrance at 10.45am on Saturday, November 11, to mark Armistice Day. This service would be taken by the Revd Dave Clark.