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Horton-in-Ribblesdale Community News
3:50pm Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
Monthly whist: The monthly whist drive was held in the Golden Lion. All the winners were ladies, thus the gents’ victors were made up of subs. Winners were: ladies – E Jackson, M Wellock, A Humphrey and J Welch; gents (all subs) – B Garnett, M Wright, J Mercer and V Jones. The next whist drive will be on Tuesday, October 8, at 7.30pm in the Golden Lion.
Parish council: Councillors discussed the continued problems caused by the new maintenance unit at Horton station. Members were told a Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority planning enforcement officer will visit the site to determine whether the lights triggered by passing trains constitute a breach of planning control. The village’s visitor and traffic management plan will now be passed to a task group to take forward through consultation with residents. This group will comprise community representatives, parish councillors and officers from the three statutory organisations most concerned with the recommendations in the plan. Comments made to the planning officer by councillors supporting the development of a bunkroom to the rear of the Golden Lion were ratified and it was noted planning approval had been granted for the development of an agricultural barn at Rowe End Farm and an extension to the Fold at Selside. The accounts for 2012-2013 had been approved by the external auditor and a notice setting out electors’ rights is on the website and council notice boards. It was noted the council had commenced grass cutting of verges in Cragghill road and the splay junctions to the south of the village. Tree pruning along the main road between Studfold and Horton would be carried out once a safety plan had been agreed by North Yorkshire County Council Highways. Councillors noted with regret the lack of community interest in the development of Beecroft Cottages and agreed no further action would be taken on this scheme. It was reported that thanks to a donation and the work of fundraisers, sufficient money was available to carry out repairs to the church tower and to purchase and hang additional bells. Further funds were required to open up the church for wider community use and fundraising events are planned, including a weekend programme at the harvest festival on the first Sunday in October. Thanks to a donation from the county council, repairs had been carried out to the roof of the school. A minibus had also been acquired by the school consortium. This would be used to extend the range of services provided, including an after school club so working parents would have childcare provision at the end of the working day. The clerk has given notice that he will retire in April. A replacement will be recruited and anyone interested is invited to contact the clerk for a job pack. The next parish council meeting will be on Monday, October 14, at 7.30pm in the village hall