Draft Minutes of The Annual Residents Meeting 12th May 2022

BAINBRIDGE PARISH COUNCIL

DRAFT MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL RESIDENTS MEETING

HELD AT SYCAMORE HALL, BAINBRIDGE
ON THURSDAY 12th MAY 2022

Present:

Cllr James Peacock (Chair)                                 Cllr Thomas Tennant

Cllr Darren Percival                                             Cllr Miriam Cloughton

Cllr Brian Brown                                                   Mrs Karen Prudden (Clerk)

No members of the public were present.

  1. Minutes of the Last Annual Meeting

Minutes of the meeting held on 18th May 2021 had been issued to Councillors. Cllr Percival proposed that they be adopted as a correct record of proceedings. This was seconded by Cllr Tennant and agreed by all. The Minutes were duly signed by the Chair.

  1. Chairman’s Review of the Year

Cllr Peacock presented his review of the year 2021/22 which had once again been a quiet year with the Covid-19 pandemic being an ongoing factor. It is to be hoped that the next year will be busier with HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations taking place shortly and Covid restrictions now eased.

During the year, Cllr Derek Kettlewell had stepped down as a Parish Councillor after serving for fifteen years. Cllr Peacock expressed thanks to Mr Kettlewell for his work during that time and for representing Raydaleside on the Parish Council. Cllr Cloughton passed on Mr Kettlewell’s grateful thanks for the letter he had received from the Parish Council upon his retirement.

At the end of 2021, new play equipment was installed at Bainbridge Play Park, thanks to grant funding from Richmondshire District Council. New swing seats were fitted to the existing frames and a new Team Swing was installed. These have all been very well-used with the Team Swing being particularly popular, and disability-friendly. The zip wire has been out of action for some time as repairs are required but the Parish Council intend to deal with these in the coming year. New goalposts were purchased as part of the grant-funded project and these are extremely well-used by both local children and visitors. Indeed, the Play Park is a huge asset to the village and the wider community and is used regularly.

Thanks were expressed to Cllr Brian Brown for his continued efforts in cutting the grass on Bainbridge Village Green. He has been helped by Mr Paul Metcalfe and Mr Matthew Metcalfe in this not inconsiderable task, who were also thanked for their time and efforts. Cllr Peacock has arranged for Tim Prudden to undertake strimming as needed with help from himself.

Also during the last year, a project to improve the post and chain fencing on Bainbridge Village Green was completed with funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Sustainable Development Fund. Several rotten posts were replaced and all the posts, and the chains, were re-painted by Mr Dave Alderson. This project was match-funded with donations from the Parish Council, The Lords Trustees of the Manor of Bainbridge and the Millennium Fund.

The Parish Council maintains good links with Bainbridge Primary School which is benefiting from good pupil numbers. The school is part of the BAWB Federation (with Askrigg and West Burton Schools) and appears to be thriving. It is hoped that new housing can be confirmed for the community which will allow young families to move into, or continue living, in the community, sustaining pupil numbers at the local schools.

Cllr Peacock expressed thanks to Mr John Banks for his work in cutting the grass in Bainbridge Cemetery which he does throughout the growing season. Mr Tim Prudden undertakes ad hoc tidying and cutting-back in the Cemetery and ensures that rubbish is removed. During the year, Mr Dave Alderson re-painted the metal railings, vastly improving the appearance of the Cemetery entrance. Thanks were also expressed to Mrs Karen Prudden for undertaking the role of Superintendent of the Cemetery, liaising with families and funeral directors in respect of interments and memorials in the Cemetery. It was pleasing that to mark Remembrance Day in 2021, the ‘TAPAS’ group from Askrigg marched to the Cemetery for a brief period of remembrance and the bugle was played by Mr Nick Temple-Heald.

A Christmas tree was purchased for Bainbridge Village Green in December 2021 and thanks were expressed to Graham, the new owner of The Old School House, for allowing the lights to be fed from his electricity supply. The Bainbridge Lights Committee once again put on a fantastic display of Christmas lights over the festive period, with the new lights for the tree outside the Manor House being particularly effective. Thanks were expressed to the committee – Louise Alder, Alice Richards, Les Bartle, and others – for their hard work which was very much appreciated both by the local community and visitors over the festive period. Fundraising events have been held to raise money to maintain and replace the lights for future years.

Bainbridge Village Green has been used during the year for events including the Bainbridge Motor Club MotorFest and the Annual Dales Tour, which has been good to see, and allowed people to meet up outdoors. Unfortunately, the Beamish Car Rally did not attend due to Covid but it is hoped they will return to the village in future years.

Sycamore Hall continues to be a big part of our community with its facilities being used for events for both residents and the community.

Everyone is looking forward to the celebrations for HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which will be organised by a small committee and take place over the special Bank Holiday weekend (2nd to 5th June).

Cllr Peacock expressed his thanks to his fellow councillors for their support during the past year and to the Clerk for her efforts.

  1. Arrangements for the Annual Traveller Visit

The date for the Appleby Horse Fair this year has been moved to ensure that it does not clash with the Jubilee celebrations in Appleby. However, for our community this means that the travellers could well be present in the parish at the time of the planned Jubilee events, rather than having passed through. Members of North Yorkshire Police were invited to attend a recent meeting of the Parish Council, along with members of the Lords Trustees of the Manor of Bainbridge to discuss how best to handle the anticipated visit and the Jubilee events.

It has been decided to erect the marquee and the bunting etc for the Jubilee celebrations on 25th May in the hope that this gives advance warning of the forthcoming events taking place, preventing use of the village green by the travellers. North Yorkshire Police have agreed to engage with the traveller community to explain that events are taking place in Bainbridge and that the village green will be the focus of these. They would have preferred to offer an alternative site to park up outside of Bainbridge, but no local landowners were willing to do this for fear of setting a precedent. However, Cllr Peacock reported that he has since learned that Mr Collinson, landlord at The Rose & Crown, has offered his fields behind the pub which run down to the River Ure. Whilst this offer is no doubt appreciated by the Police, it is expected that it will not be popular with Yorebridge House Hotel. It is believed that the pub will be closed for the duration of the travellers passing through, although this is not confirmed. Councillors were in agreement that they would prefer to see the travellers moved through the village rather than encouraged to stop anywhere, particularly in light of the planned Jubilee celebrations. Cllr Peacock expressed concern that the Parish Council had expended a lot of energy on this subject and had really exhausted all options to resolve concerns of residents regarding this annual visit. It was, however, agreed that the Clerk would contact North Yorkshire Police for an update on the situation.

  1. Matters Arising from the Minutes of the 2021 Meeting and any Other Issues of Concern to Residents

None had been expressed prior to the meeting and no-one was present to put forward any concerns.

  1. Date of the Next Annual Meeting

The next annual meeting is due to take place in May 2023 with details advised nearer the time.