David Cockett was co-opted as a parish councillor at the February meeting of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council.
The chairman, Cllr Jill McMullon explained that of the two who formally applied following the advertisement for a replacement councillor for Mike Watts who has left the area one subsequently withdrew. Cllr Cockett was unanimously elected.
Bus service. – Ruth Annison told the councillors that she was contacting all the parish councils and the councils of the four market towns along the route of Dalesbus 856 seeking financial support to secure the future of the service.
She explained that the Sunday and Bank Holiday service between Northallerton and Hawes was currently being subsidised by LNER. The cost is expected to rise to £250 a day and she asked if the council could provide some financial support for what she described as a valuable service.
“One of the most joyful things I have seen is a group of elderly ladies waiting for the bus to go to Northallerton for a rare treat,” she said.
Cllr McMullon suggested the council needed more time to investigate the matter further and it was agreed it should be on the agenda of the meeting in March.
Waterworks. – Cllr McMullon read an email she had received from Yorkshire Water about the progress of the work in Hawes.
This stated that a new main will be installed at the junction of Gayle Lane and Town Head, and a new pipe laid from the car park opposite the surgery to Hawes Pizza. The latter will require traffic lights which will be operator controlled between 7am and 7pm to help avoid congestion.
During that part of the work it will, she reported, be necessary to liaise with North Yorkshire Highways which has repairs to complete in that area. Even though this may delay Yorkshire Water’s work, she had been assured that the project was still on schedule and would be completed in time for re-surfacing work to take place in the spring.
She said Yorkshire Water had expressed its gratitude at the patience demonstrated by residents and business owners during this difficult time.
Queen’s Jubilee. – The councillors were informed that the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee would take place over a long Bank Holiday weekend June 2 to 5. Beacons will be lit on June 2 and there will be a ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ on June 5.
It was decided to check with local groups to find out if any celebrations are planned in Hawes in order for the parish council to consider whether to support them.
The clerk reported that the new WhatsOn service run by the Richmond Information Centre will allow free listings for local events. She can provide details.
Sedbusk green. – Cllr McMullon reported that she had received a letter from a resident of Sedbusk describing the damage to the village green caused by contractors visiting an empty and semi-derelict property. The resident believed that the owner of that property did not have right of access over the green.
The council was told that, as the land was not registered as village green, it could do little. It was also noted that this was the only access to the property. Cllr McMullon said she would speak to the owner of the property.
Market Hall.- An invitation had been received for a councillor to join the Hawes Market Hall trustees to represent the views of the parish council. Cllr Yurek Waluda offered to take on that role.
There were no updates on highways issues because North Yorkshire County councillor Yvonne Peacock was unable to attend.
Adverts. – Cllr McMullon confirmed she had spoken to some of the businesses which had A boards on the pavement in the town. She said she was disappointed that the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority would not pursue enforcement. She had pointed out the dangers that the boards did present to pedestrians.
Play area. – Robin Peters had advised that he would be happy to undertake an inspection of the play equipment and provide a report to the parish council.
The chairman and the clerk will order the new play equipment as soon as possible in order to meet the terms of the grant funding.
Next meeting. – Will be in Gayle Institute at 7pm on Monday March 28.