Wensleydale parish council repeats objections to chapel conversion plans

The former Methodist chapel in Aysgarth.

Aysgarth and District Parish Council has repeated its strong objections to two planning applications; the proposed conversion of the old chapel at Aysgarth and the extension of accommodation at Aysgarth Falls Hotel by constructing 15 lodges.

Aysgarth Falls Hotel. – The parish council has informed the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority: ‘The amended proposal seems to merely be a rearrangement of the proposed lodges and a change to some of the materials used.

‘We find nothing in the updated proposal that addresses the main concerns and objections, namely – loss of touring caravan and camping space when there is already a Lodge Holiday Park in the immediate vicinity; detrimental impact on the footpath, rural setting  and visual amenity; light pollution; sewerage and waste water disposal;  and the negative impact on local business economy by creating a full-service resort.’ It is also concerned about sewerage and waste water.

It pointed out that there was a shortage of local workers and the owners had had to bus in those employed to carry out renovation work at the hotel.

Aysgarth chapel. – The parish council had questioned the need for accommodation at the chapel for a caretaker to facilitate a community use as compared to the village institute which is maintained by the community.  It noted that residents have serious concerns regarding access to their properties if even more cars are regularly parked at the front and to one side of the chapel.

The councillors were surprised at the suggestion by the applicant that those attending courses could leave their cars at the Yorkshire Dales National Park carpark at Aysgarth Falls approximately half a mile from the chapel.

Car parking. –  At the meeting on June 22 the clerk reported that those living near the small green in front of Aysgarth chapel had asked if something could be done to stop vehicles being parked there.  It was agreed that some posts  recycled from the work being carried out in Thornton Rust could be used to protect the green.

It was also reported that some staying in a holiday let in Aysgarth had parked on a village green.

An Aysgarth resident told the parish council that the space in the layby opposite Hamilton’s Tea Rooms was not being used to its full capacity due to the way some people parked their vehicles. The parish council agreed to contact North Yorkshire Highways to ask if the layby could have bays marked out with white lines to maximise the use of space.

Satellite communications. – Jason Cartwright from Aysgarth gave a demonstration of the satellite communications equipment that will be used to connect parishes during an emergency.

It was agreed that Cllr Rob Cromey-Hawke and Jason would meet up to test the equipment at Thornton Rust and Aysgarth prior to distributing to the other parishes.

Church Bank. – The parish council queried whether Highways planned to come back to Church Bank in Aysgarth as, although some works had taken place, the road was still in a poor condition.

‘It’s bad, especially at the [steep] corner,’ commented North Yorkshire councillor Yvonne Peacock.

Waste bins. – Cllr Linda Cooper reported that Thoralby village was still waiting for the bin which had been ordered over a year ago, and even after the clerk had followed up on the issue.

Cllr Rob Walker told the meeting that Aysgarth could benefit from an additional bin suitable for dog waste to be situated near Aysgarth Garage.  Cllr Peacock said that funding for the bins would be available via the North Yorkshire Locality fund.

Thornton Rust . – The parish council agreed to support the planning application for a new earth banked slurry lagoon at Manor Farm as this, it believed, would reduce traffic and improve safety through the village as well as benefitting the local economy.

Thoralby. –  Cllr Cooper reported that there are two lanes which are overgrown. A Thoralby resident had kindly volunteered to cut  back the overgrowth. The parish council agreed to cover nominal costs from the Thoralby Moss bank account.

Arrangements will be made to have photographs taken of the fencing on Thoralby Moss so that the parish council can see if any needs repairing.

Next meeting. – Is in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday September 7,

Ends>Aysgarth and District Parish Council has repeated its strong objections to two planning applications: the proposed conversion of the old chapel at Aysgarth and the extension of accommodation at Aysgarth Falls Hotel by constructing 15 lodges.

Aysgarth Falls Hotel. – The parish council has informed the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority: ‘The amended proposal seems to merely be a rearrangement of the proposed lodges and a change to some of the materials used.

‘We find nothing in the updated proposal that addresses the main concerns and objections, namely – loss of touring caravan and camping space when there is already a Lodge Holiday Park in the immediate vicinity; detrimental impact on the footpath, rural setting  and visual amenity; light pollution; sewerage and waste water disposal;  and the negative impact on local business economy by creating a full-service resort.’ It is also concerned about sewerage and waste water.

It pointed out that there was a shortage of local workers and the owners had had to bus in those employed to carry out renovation work at the hotel.

Aysgarth chapel. – The parish council had questioned the need for accommodation at the chapel for a caretaker to facilitate a community use as compared to the village institute which is maintained by the community.  It noted that residents have serious concerns regarding access to their properties if even more cars are regularly parked at the front and to one side of the chapel.

The councillors were surprised at the suggestion by the applicant that those attending courses could leave their cars at the Yorkshire Dales National Park carpark at Aysgarth Falls approximately half a mile from the chapel.

Car parking. –  At the meeting on June 22 the clerk reported that those living near the small green in front of Aysgarth chapel had asked if something could be done to stop vehicles being parked there.  It was agreed that some posts  recycled from the work being carried out in Thornton Rust could be used to protect the green.

It was also reported that some staying in a holiday let in Aysgarth had parked on a village green.

An Aysgarth resident told the parish council that the space in the layby opposite Hamilton’s Tea Rooms was not being used to its full capacity due to the way some people parked their vehicles. The parish council agreed to contact North Yorkshire Highways to ask if the layby could have bays marked out with white lines to maximise the use of space.

Satellite communications. – Jason Cartwright from Aysgarth gave a demonstration of the satellite communications equipment that will be used to connect parishes during an emergency.

It was agreed that Cllr Rob Cromey-Hawke and Jason would meet up to test the equipment at Thornton Rust and Aysgarth prior to distributing to the other parishes.

Church Bank. – The parish council queried whether Highways planned to come back to Church Bank in Aysgarth as, although some works had taken place, the road was still in a poor condition.

‘It’s bad, especially at the [steep] corner,’ commented North Yorkshire councillor Yvonne Peacock.

Waste bins. – Cllr Linda Cooper reported that Thoralby village was still waiting for the bin which had been ordered over a year ago, and even after the clerk had followed up on the issue.

Cllr Rob Walker told the meeting that Aysgarth could benefit from an additional bin suitable for dog waste to be situated near Aysgarth Garage.  Cllr Peacock said that funding for the bins would be available via the North Yorkshire Locality fund.

Thornton Rust . – The parish council agreed to support the planning application for a new earth banked slurry lagoon at Manor Farm as this, it believed, would reduce traffic and improve safety through the village as well as benefitting the local economy.

Thoralby. –  Cllr Cooper reported that there are two lanes which are overgrown. A Thoralby resident had kindly volunteered to cut  back the overgrowth. The parish council agreed to cover nominal costs from the Thoralby Moss bank account.

Arrangements will be made to have photographs taken of the fencing on Thoralby Moss so that the parish council can see if any needs repairing.

Next meeting. – Is in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday September 7,