Parish council raises concerns over future of Yore Mill at Aysgarth Falls

Yore Mill at the rear of the photo. Photo: Dr Neil Clifton.

The opportunity to save Yore Mill at Aysgarth Falls could be lost because the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) had not dealt quickly with an application to restore it, Aysgarth and District Parish councillors agreed at the meeting on June 27.

The following day the YDNPA reported that the application, which was made on February 16 this year, had been withdrawn.

The parish councillors said that the YDNPA had taken an inordinate period of time to deal with the application.

At the meeting they asked the clerk to tell the YDNPA: “The parish council is keen to have this dangerous building restored and maintained as soon as possible and there is concern that if the planning application is not dealt with quickly, the sale may fall through.”

Cllr Robert Walker pointed out that there was now a hole in the roof of mill.

“We will lose an opportunity to restore and maintain this listed building,” he warned.

Flood hazard. – Richmondshire District councillor Yvonne Peacock reported that the road by the Metal Bridge on the B6160 in Bishopdale was permanently flooded causing a hazard for drivers, including those driving the school bus.

The flooding, the councillors believed, might be due to a drain being blocked.  It was also reported that yet another large vehicle had hit Bishopdale Bridge.

Litter bins. – The clerk informed the councillors that a dog foul bin would be installed near the phone box in Thornton Rust, and one at Thoralby will be replaced hopefully by the end of the year.

Cllr Peacock said she would check on when a litter bin at Thoralby would be replaced. The clerk reported that the one at Wath Bridge near Aysgarth would be replaced before September.

She also told the councillors that the county council’s highways department would inspect Wath Bridge later this year and had stated: “The structure will be reviewed to decide if intervention is required.”

Thoralby. – Cllr John Dinsdale reported that he and Cllr Brian McGregor had inspected the collapsed wall on the drain at the pinfold and decided it was best left as the area flooded only occasionally.

The clerk said that she and Cllr Sandra Willman had arranged for the delivery of new pads and a battery for the defibrillator at Thoralby village hall at a cost of £255.60.

It was agreed that an application should be made for a Richmondshire Area Partnership Fund grant to help towards the cost of renewing the batteries  for the three community defibrillators  that the parish council is responsible for.

Local Plan. – Cllr Peacock reported that she was making good progress with arranging a meeting in October of the parish councils between Askrigg, Bainbridge  and West Witton to discuss the YDNPA’s proposals for its 2020 five-year plan. The YDNPA’s policy officer, Peter Stockton, has agreed to attend that meeting.

Village seats. – It was agreed to thank North Yorkshire County councillor John Blackie for arranging the funding for the new seats which have been installed at Aysgarth and Thoralby.

The councillors received with interest the report by Dr A M Gibson on the geophysical survey carried  out at Castle Dykes henge near Aysgarth which was recently  published by The Society of Antiquaries in London.

Council business. – The parish council considered the three nominations for the parish member vacancy on the YDNPA and there was a unanimous vote for Askrigg Parish councillor Allen Kirkbride.

At the beginning of the meeting there was a minute’s silence in memory of David Pointon who was the parish councillor for Thornton Rust until his sudden death on May 19.

The clerk reported that the internal audit had stated that the parish council’s accounts for 2018 to 2019 were in order.  The accounting statements have now been posted on the parish council’s website.

The next meeting of the parish council is at 7.30pm on Thursday September 12 at Aysgarth Institute.