Parking wardens visit Hawes on Mondays but not weekends, meeting hears

Bikers in Hawes. Photo: Wayne Hutchinson.

A footpath between Hawes and Appersett cannot be created because the route was likely to become flooded, councillors were told at the annual meeting of Hawes and High Abbotside Parish Council on May 22.

It was reported that due to the lie of the land it would not be possible to put a footpath along the verge as the fields adjoining the road flood after heavy rain and any new path  would become unusable.

Parking. –  It was noted that the parking wardens had been out ticketing in Hawes on a  Monday morning now that the summer regulations have come into force. However, there were none around at the weekend when a lot of traffic was double parked and motorbikes were using the marked walking area to drive along.

Bank ATM. – The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s (YDNP) planning department had informed the parish council that the plans for converting the former Barclays Bank at Hawes showed that the ATM would be retained. The YDNPA would seek further clarification from the applicant.

The YDNPA also stated that there would be legal agreements for the apartments created during the conversion to ensure they would be for local occupancy only.

Affordable homes. – The parish council will again inform the YDNPA that there is a high demand for affordable homes in the area and this should be the prioritised when making planning decisions.

This will be emphasised in the parish council’s responses regarding applications to convert a garage into a holiday let at Burtersett and a former hair salon in Hawes for either a holiday let or local occupancy.

The parish council had no objection to the use of the cottage beside Cocketts Hotel being changed from retail to being additional rooms and accommodation for the hotel but will ask that visitors do not park on the private access road.

Nor did it object to a redundant agricultural building along Beggarmans Road, Gayle, being converted but will inform the YDNPA that the access onto the road was narrow and so any cars parked there could create problems. The parish council stated that motorists drive fast along that road and there has been an accident there recently.

It was agreed the parish council should write again to the YDNPA about its concerns regarding the proposed conversion of the former Methodist chapel in Hawes to create two local occupancy dwellings, as the Authority had not responded to its previous letter.

Highways. – It was noted that the tarmac at the junction by Café Curva had been marked in blue and so hopefully repair work will be carried out.

Besides following up on previously reported highways issues North Yorkshire councillor Yvonne Peacock said she would check on the repair work to be carried out on the road between Snaizeholme Road End and Lanaker Lane.

The parish council had been informed that an area had been cordoned off ready for the repair work but this was on a fairly narrow road where a motorbike accident had occurred recently.

Waste bins. – A resident had informed the parish council that the recycling bins in Hawes car park were overflowing and were an eyesore. North Yorkshire Council will be contacted again about this.

The parish council felt that an additional dog waste bin near Gayle Mill between the park and the cemetery might be helpful, but it wasn’t clear where this could be situated.  It was resolved that Cllr Jill McMullon would visit the area to see if a potential site for a waste bin could be identified.

It was agreed to ask the parking wardens to be in the town over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Residents’ meeting. – At the annual residents’ meeting Cllr McMullon reported that the new cemetery was now in use and thanked those who had helped to make that possible. She said the Cllr Marion Lloyd was in charge of arrangements.

Cllr McMullon especially thanked the volunteers who did such amazing job of maintaining the playground and those who organised Hawes in Bloom.

Parish council. – Cllr McMullon was re-elected as chairman, and Cllr Peter Metcalfe as vice-chairman.


  1. We need the parking warden visiting on random days, not just bank holidays or weekends,

  2. We need warden everywhere because u responsible drivers don’t care how they block a road, speed and park on pavements which is illegal.
    Our Councils just say they have no money even though our Council tax goes up.

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