Parish council raises condition of Yore Mill at Aysgarth Falls

Scaffolding on Yore Mill.

The condition of Yore Mill at Aysgarth Falls was discussed once again when Aysgarth and District Parish Council met in September.

The clerk was asked to reiterate to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority that it supported the latest planning application to convert the mill into apartments, holiday lets, a visitor centre and a retail outlet.

The council understood that there were still questions about car parking but stated: “It would appreciate if the application could be dealt with quickly as the parish council is keen to have this dangerous listed building restored and maintained as soon as possible.”

The application includes the re-instatement of the hydro-electric turbine.

Kidstones. – It was agreed that some councillors should visit the sites listed for two planning applications near Kidstones Gill Bridge in Bishopdale.

Planning permission (retrospective) had been applied for the siting of temporary accommodation on a site during the development of permanent accommodation at a farmstead; and for the creation of an access gateway, the upgrading of the track and the erection of a replacement agricultural building (part retrospective).

John Blackie. – A minute of silence was held in memory of John Blackie who died on July 13.

The councillors agreed with a Thoralby resident that a new bench in that village should have a memorial plaque on it in memory of Mr Blackie.

Aysgarth. – The clerk read an email from the maintenance manager of the county council’s highways department which stated that a length of kerb will be laid across the bend in the road past Mill Lane to ensure that surface water from the A684 is channelled to the road gully further downhill.

This, he stated, would protect the wide area from damage and also serve to deter drivers from stopping or parking their vehicles there.  The height of the kerb is to be agreed and no date has been given yet for the work to commence.

It was agreed that the highways department should be asked to fill an area outside Wensleydale Farm with quarry waste or something similar. The area is being used as a lay-by and is becoming churned up and boggy.

The councillors discussed the complaints that had been received from residents about the noise and impact upon neighbours’ amenity since Aysgarth Nook had been converted into holiday accommodation.

There was no objection to a request from a resident to plant, at their own cost, spring bulbs such as daffodils and crocuses on part of the village green.

Thoralby. – The parish council has received numerous complaints about parking on the roadside between the former chapel and the pinfold. A councillor will take photographs to show the highways department what it is like in the evenings and a representative of the highways department will be asked to visit late one day.

A resident had complained about the condition of Spickles Lane. The clerk said she was awaiting a response from the highways department.

She will also report that branches need trimming back along that lane as well as along Dyke Hollins Lane in Aysgarth and from Cubeck to the first house in Thornton Rust.

The council decided that no further action would be taken regarding the repairs to the pinfold at Thoralby.  The clerk will check on the original contacts for works in Goose Lane and at Low Green Bridge.

Bishopdale. – Richmondshire District councillor Yvonne Peacock reassured the meeting that the district council was aware of the undated notices which had been sent to several parishes, including Newbiggin in Bishopdale, about the possibility of removing BT Telephone boxes.

She said BT had not followed the appropriate protocol and the district council can and will stop the removal of working telephone boxes. The councillors agreed it was important to retain working telephone boxes in areas where there was poor or no mobile phone network coverage.

Cllr Peacock reported that she had arranged a site meeting with a representative of the highways department  to discuss the problem of water permanently covering the road near the metal bridge on the B6160 in Bishopdale.

Thornton Rust. – The co-option of a second councillor for the parish following the death of David Pointon was postponed until the October meeting.

The councillors noted that conditional planning permission had been given for the retrospective work carried out inside Manor House Farm.

They pointed out that most of the work had been done purely to restore original features in this listed building. This had included the reinstatement of the original recesses in the lounge wall and removing plaster board to reveal the original beams.

Next meeting is at Aysgarth village hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, October 10.

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  1. Thank you for the minutes silence held to mark the passing of my brother John Blackie. The family are very grateful to hear that a bench will be marked with a plaque to honour him-he would be very flattered. Do please let me know when this is in place so we can come and sit on it!!

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