Middleham to trial combined recycling bins, meeting hears

Middleham Market Place.

Middleham will participate in a pilot scheme for new combined recycling bins, the town council was informed at its last meeting.

The town council will seek clarification about the number of bins that would be made available and the frequency of emptying.

Welcome sign. – It was agreed to consider the erection of two different signs: one referring to Richard III and the other to the town’s horse racing industry.

The clerk will circulate examples of signs from other towns for the councillors to comment on and councillors Honor Byford and Liz Stocker will report back on the suggestions for the location and design.

Tour de Yorkshire. – This will pass through Middleham on Sunday May 5. The councillors were told that it was not known yet whether Richmondshire District Council would be offering funding for a community event to be held along the route of the Tour.

Cllr Simon Wheeler will check whether Middleham Sports and Community Wellbeing Association (MSCWA) intends to organise an event on May 5 and will be seeking funding.

Plantations. – The councillors accepted that the enclosed areas of the Plantations, particularly on the northern side, were not easily accessible or usable due to the lack of maintenance over the years.

A discussion took place on possible changes to the appearance of the Plantations but there was no overall consensus on how it could be managed. The matter will be reviewed again.

Footpath signs. – The council noted with disappointment that signs erected by KB Racing in accordance with the easement creating a horse track along an existing path in the woods near Spigot Lodge had been removed.

It was agreed they should be replaced with additional wording referring to the council.

Dog fouling. – County councillor Karen Sedgwick reported that a sum of £450 had been allocated to Middleham from her county council environment budget to support initiatives to reduce dog fouling. This money could be put towards anything that might help such as erecting poles for dispensing free dog pooh bags, she said.

Burial ground. – The hydrogeologist’s report concerning the trial pits had been received and Groundwater Solutions Ltd will be asked to discuss the findings with the Environment Agency (EA).

As Cllr Dominic Slay will be away it was agreed that Cllr Simon Wheeler and one other councillor would take part in a teleconference to gain a full understanding of the EA’s position. A decision whether or not to engage another firm to support the case could be taken after that discussion.

MSCWA. – Cllr Wheeler and Mr Hopper reported upon recent activity regarding the association. They said a grant had been received from the central government for grounds maintenance; that the orchard had been planted; and the church had donated daffodil bulbs.

Cllr Gregory Fortune reported on his review of available funding schemes. He said a large number were aimed at developing sports facilities and open spaces and that he would report to the council on an ongoing basis whether any schemes might benefit it.

Safer roads. – Cllr Byford reported that the initial meeting for the Middleham Safer Roads project would be hosted by Mark Johnston Racing.

The council agreed to set aside up to £500 to cover any costs arising from it convening the initial meetings for this project.

Planning. – The council pointed out that the installation of aluminium windows as proposed for a new dwelling in a garden in Leyburn Road would be contrary to the conservation area design guidance. Other than that, no objections were raised to the application.

The clerk was requested to obtain an update from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning department as to whether or not the operators of Tupgill Park had submitted a strategic plan for development on that site.

The councillors agreed to delegate power to the clerk to take decisions on behalf of the council regarding any planning applications that may require a response to be submitted to a planning authority in between the council’s formal meetings.

Next meeting. – Is in the Key Centre at 7pm on Wednesday March 27.