Our Village Pub is back: the Guy Fawkes restaurant will open on November 1, but the good news is that Peter and Martin opened the bar yesterday for the village as they would rather have a gradual build up. Not surprising, as Peter and Martin have been working flat out to get the place ready and recently put in 58 hours over three days before the carpets went down. The interior is looking warm and comfortable with décor and furniture to compliment the wood panelling - very much the traditional Dales pub. There are also references to Guy Fawkes and Scotton history on the walls. On offer will be Black Sheep supported by a range of real ales from Knaresborough and Starbeck, Aspalls Cider and a lovely Czech lager, plus good value wines. I’m not a lager drinker but I was treated to a sample pint and it is very tasty with a rounded malty flavour. Martin is already taking Christmas and New Year restaurant bookings, so if you are interested I would ring soon on 01423 868400. On November 5 there will be mulled wine and a special casserole on offer, not wishing to detract from the cricket club’s burgers and bar at the fireworks display. Peter and Martin still have a few gaps to fill for part-time/casual bar and waiting staff, so if you are interested contact them on the number above.
Abba Magic: come and dance to “the first and best” Abba tribute band in the land on November 16 in the village hall from 7.30pm. Over a hundred tickets already sold with less than a month to go, so don’t leave it to the last minute and be disappointed. Tickets from Pear Records, Knaresborough High Street 01423 864120; Stephen and Sylvia on 01423 862061; Richard and Sue on 01423 862079 or Helen at Barnstones, 01423 866199. There will be a licensed bar with retro prizes for the best male and female Abba outfits. Proceeds to the Raise the Roof Fund will be used as third party match funding to unlock the Landfill Communities Fund.
Parish Council: on October 14, in response to concern raised by David Smith about the overgrown privet hedge on Havikil Lane Coun Gothard said she would speak to the householder. Mr Smith also raised the issue of the broken footpath surface on Havikil Lane. There followed a lengthy discussion with the community police officer about speeding and cars mounting the pavement on Main Street. The PC is to seek advice from NYCC on the range of options and whether the PC could fund any further measures. It was confirmed that the Northern Relief Road is still an extant plan, but as neither NYCC nor HBC can fund it, it has been referred to the Dept of Transport. (Property owners need have no fear – we are unlikely to see it in our lifetime).
Clerk’s Report: as there has been no progress in cutting back the verges on Market Flat Lane (after two years requests to NYCC) it was proposed that the PC seek permission to have this work carried out. The Harrogate Branch of the YLCA have confirmed there will be a Community Chest for councils to make bids against to the celebrate the Tour de France next year. As reported last week, the dog wardens are to patrol the village both in uniform and under cover, and residents are encouraged to report any offenders on 01423 500600. The wardens have issued 150 fixed penalty notices across the district.
Planning: there were no objections to a proposed two storey rear extension at 2 Main Street.
External Auditors Report: will be displayed on the village hall notice board until October 28. The PC agreed to donate £150 towards the village bonfire.
Standing Orders and Financial Regulations: the clerk and councillors are to meet to go through the regulations so that the new council understands their accountabilities and the conduct of PC meetings. All councillors are also to receive copies of the Good Councillors Guide. Coun Pollock proposed that the council should adopt a programme of work to guide expenditure after consulting with parishioners about their ideas for the village and priorities.
Children’s Playground: NYCC have asked for a proposal and as NYCC will not sell the land the PC is to ask if they would grant a long-term lease.
Former GDR: as landlord HBC have indicated that the PC needs to address drainage, boundary fencing and conduct a tree survey before considering any new sub-lease. HBC are to asked whether the site can be levelled by in-fill to the highest point (to avoid any disturbance), for any future prospective future use.
Percy Fields: the clerk is present proposals to the next meeting for appointing a Land Agent. Following a site meeting with HBC arboriculturist, the PCC is to present proposals to HBC for a tree planting scheme. As more new trees will be planted than were felled it is hoped this will draw a line under this matter. Quotations for new rabbit fencing were considered.
Next Meeting: of the PC will be Monday, November 11.
Church Services: Sunday, October 27. Last Sunday after Trinity (Bible Sunday). 9.30am Eucharist at St Thomas, and 10am at the Methodist Church.