Wensleydale village war memorial to be awarded listed status, parish council hears

Aysgarth. Photo: Pip Pointon.

Aysgarth War Memorial has been awarded listed building status by Historic England, Aysgarth and District Parish Council was informed at its meeting on January 16.

Flood warnings. – Cllr Peacock reported that there was a plan to apply to the Ministry of Transport’s Safer Roads Fund for Vehicle Activated Signage (VAS) on the A684 at Throstle Nest near Aysgarth to warn of any flooding.

“The present road signs are often put up after a flood and then left there for weeks and so nobody takes any notice of them,” she said.

Highways. – The problems reported by councillors included a branch hanging precariously over the road  between Aysgarth and Thornton Rust;  a broken culvert  stone flag at Thornton Rust; and that at Thoralby there were some  blocked gutters and drains and often significant flooding along Spickles Lane. The clerk will report these to the county council’s highways department.

It was agreed that more ‘Pick it Up’ signs should be obtained to try and stop dog fouling near the seats on the village green near the Pinfold in Thoralby.

Aysgarth. – Cllr Peter Windle reported that he had received an email from an Aysgarth resident regarding their concerns over the erection of posts and chains to fence off an area in front of the Mill Cottages at Aysgarth Falls as this was preventing public access. The clerk said she had contacted the YDNPA about this.

Although the councillors made no official comment about an application to convert the existing two bedroom live/work unit near Yore Mill into a three bedroom holiday let they noted that it had never been sold since it was converted into a live/work unit.

Bishopdale. – Cllr John Dinsdale told the meeting that he had been approached by local gamekeepers who wanted gates to be installed at the Kidstones end of the Stake Road to deter criminal activity.

The council agreed to write to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) in support of the request made by the gamekeepers.

North Yorkshire County councillor Yvonne Peacock said she would follow up with the YDNPA about the parish council’s concerns over planning issues involving Howesyke Farm.

Parish meetings. – It was agreed that Thornton Rust Parish Meeting would be held in the village institute and 7.30pm on Monday March 16. The Aysgarth Township Parish Meeting will be in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Monday March 23.

Next meeting. – The date of the next parish council meeting was changed from Thursday February 20 to Thursday February 27, also at 7.30pm.