Minutes from Muker Parish Council

Muker in Swaledale. Photo: Gullwing Photography.


Matters Arising:

Buttertubs – Reflective Strips – The replacement of reflective strips and cats eyes have been placed on a programme of works by Highways.

Debris – Buttertubs – The debris from the crash has been removed.

Cattle grids Ivelet and Buttertubs – Cllr Metcalfe stated that one of cattlegrids had been cleaned but that he believed one to still be outstanding. Clerk to contact Highways.

Muker Toilet Lights – The Clerk had contacted RDC again; due to the power being switched off the timer had been affected and the lights had been on during the night. A local resident had also contacted RDC regarding the level of light being a nuisance. Work had been carried out by RDC to re- position the lights under the eaves. Residents agreed that this was a vast improvement. Cllr Metcalfe said they were much better.

Road Sign Nateby – Highways had responded to say that it was the responsibility of Cumbria CC. Cllr Blackie suggested that the Clerk contact him for an appropriate point of contact.

Highways – Cllr Porter raised the issue of water and ice on the road at Crowtrees. He stated that he had raised the same problem last year. The gutters are full and need clearing. Clerk to contact Highways. Cllr Blackie stated that there was currently a proposal to cover the grit store at Hawes and for it to be used as an operational depot in the future.

Richmondshire D.C  – May Election – Information had been received from RDC regarding the May Elections and a meeting to be held for Clerks on 7 March. Clerk to attend the meeting.


Planning Application – Foal Ings Muker – The Application has been approved conditionally.

Planning Application Park Lodge Farm – the Application has been approved.

Planning Application – Oxnop Ghyll – An Application had been received for the erection of a two storey extension. The Parish Council had no objections.

Planning Application – Ravenseat Farm – An Application had been received for the erection of a single storey lean to extension to the north elevation. The Parish Council had no objections.

YDNP Management Plan 2019/24 had been received.


Cllr Blackie had four issues he wanted to raise with the meeting:

  1. Cllr Blackie reported that sadly he could not fight the closure of Arkengarthdale School. Next year there would be only four children at the school and by 2021 only two. He stated that the school and its staff had served the community with distinction over the years. He said that if the community had not been stymied about building affordable houses in the past this may have been avoided.
  2. Cllr Blackie informed the meeting that he was attending a meeting with the Clinical Care Group and Yorkshire Ambulance Service where he would very strongly argue against cut backs to patient transport services. He cited three examples of recent cases where patients had been refused transport. He asked that if anyone knew of any cases where patient transport was refused to contact him
  3. Cllr Blackie stated that he would also fight strongly for the Friary. All doctors in the area are dead set against losing the services that it provides.
  4. He also informed the meeting of his concerns regarding the rejection of three barn conversions at the YDNP Planning Committee Meeting on 11 December. He felt that the YDNP had gone backwards and that the idea of planning was to shape and improve the area for the good of the community living within it. Cllr Porter asked why the YDNP do not follow national guidelines. Cllr Whitehead said that it seems like the Friends of the Dales wanted the park to be a museum. Cllr Blackie said that we either have a roadside barn policy or we do not.


Princes Trust Team – Information had been received from the Stockton Riverside College Prince’s Trust Team at Richmond and Catterick. They are currently recruiting young people for the team. The team starts on the 14 January and is a 12 week programme aimed at maximising employability for young people in the area. Information can be found at: www.stockton.ac.uk

Allerton Waste Recovery Park – Cllr Whitehead read out an e-mail which had been received from the new waste treatment facility.  It uses Mechanical Treatment to extract recyclable items from general waste; Anaerobic Digestion which uses organic waste to create renewable energy and creates electricity by burning the remaining items, enough to power the equivalent of 40,000 homes. They have an onsite Visitor Centre which offers talks and tours for community groups, schools and residents. Visits are free. Contact:  www.allerton-waste-recovery-park.co.uk

Date and Time of Next Meeting:  Thursday 24 January 2018. 7.30pm