Dates and Committes
The PC will hold an extra meeting on 9 December 2013, in order to make a decision on a planning application which has been received, for works to trees covered by Preservation Orders, at Bilton Brow Bilton in Ainsty. This extra meeting will again be held in the Music Room at Tockwith School. Access to the Music Room is from the side car park at the School.
Members of the public are always welcome to attend monthly meetings.
Councillors led by the Chairman Sam Mackouly, have organised a petition and individual letters of complaint to Integrated Passenger Transport at NYCC, about the proposed halving of the subsidised bus service which travels through Bilton in Ainsty. If the proposed reduction is approved, older residents in Bilton in Ainsty without their own transport, will be left with no means of access to shops, Doctors or Dentists and may have to consider moving home.
The Parish Council continues to actively lobby Harrogate Borough Council, to resolve the outstanding problems being caused by the unlawful activities on Tockwith Airfield and the unacceptable level of noise created by the rogue operator, which causes considerable stress and discomfort to local residents. There are still 40,000 surplus scrap tyres on the airfield which the operators were to remove. The PC continues to support Tockwith with Wilstrop PC in their efforts to ensure that Enforcement Notices agreed at the Public Enquiry are implemented in full. The Tockwith Airfield operators have scant regard for legally enforceable actions or the discomfort that they cause their neighbours.
The scheme of work to install a kitchen and toilet at St Helen’s Church has commenced with some internal works being carried out. The PCC is still waiting for a response from the Highways section at NYCC, to their request for approval to install drainage into the highway. A Grant has now been offered to the PCC from Landfill Tax funds subject to contract. The final financial details for the scheme should shortly be agreed.
The ‘emergency’ telephone system to alert first responders about a call out to a medical emergency requiring a defibrillator in either Village, has now been completed and tested.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM YOUR PC
Each year your elected Parish Councillors prepare a budget of expenditure for running the Parish Council (PC) in the following financial year. The Parish Council receives its income from local residents via the annual community charge bill sent to each property by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) and is the Parish Precept identified in the breakdown.
Many local residents will be aware that the PC acquired the land adjoining the Chequer’s Inn Bilton in Ainsty, which is now used as a car park by Punch Taverns and the lessee of the Pub and car park. For several years, Councillors have offset part of the cost of financing the PC, by using the income received for use of the car park from Punch Taverns.
The state of the finances of Punch Taverns and the viability of the Chequer’s Inn, caused Councillors some concerns in these hard pressed economic times. Councillors agreed in 2011 to take positive action to safeguard the PCs future viability. As a result, they agreed over a 5 year period to increase the precept received from HBC, by an additional £500.00 per year until the PCs budget was balanced and no longer depended on the income from the Chequers Inn car park. This increase in the precept will continue to be applied in the next financial year commencing on 6 April 2014, when the commnity charge bills are sent out.
Councillors were concerned that all local residents were aware of their actions and why it is necessary.
If any local resident would like to read a copy of the PC’s annual accounts, these can be viewed on this website. If you would prefer it, a copy of the accounts can be emailed to you direct by request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillors are always happy to answer any questions about the annual budget or annual accounts. Members of the public are always welcome to attend the monthly meetings, which are usually held on the third Monday of each month (excluding August and December). The PC holds all meetings in the music room at Tockwith Primary School, starting at 7.30 pm.