Nigel Harper

01423 866199

Abba Magic at Scotton Village Hall: dance to “the best Abba Band in the land” on Saturday, November 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are already selling like hot cakes for the next Raise The Roof Concert, so don’t be disappointed – get yours now from Pear Records in Knaresborough High Street on 01423 864120; Stephen and Sylvia on 01423 862061; Richard and Sue on 01423 862079 or from Helen at Barnstones 01423 866199. Remember the FAB Beatles was a sell-out and late demand couldn’t be met. Fancy dress optional but there will be a prize for the best Abba outfit. Proceeds to the raise the roof fund will be used as third party match funding to unlock the landfill communities fund.

Harvest Lunch: this year’s harvest lunch is on Sunday, October 6 at 12pm in the village hall, following the harvest thanksgiving service in church at 11am. However, you don’t have to be a regular church-goer to enjoy the harvest lunch as everyone is welcome especially young families. If you would like to join us please contact Nigel on 01423 866199 (so we know how many to cater for). It is £5 for adults but children eat free!

Parish Council: met on September 9 when Mrs Clare Gothard was welcomed as a new councillor. Under public questions Mr Peter Richardson asked what action the council was taking to recover £700 owed to the council by a parishioner. Mr Norman Clarke, chairman, responded that the Yorkshire Local Councils’ Association and HBC were being consulted on recovery action. Mr Richardson also asked whether the northern relief road would now be taken out of the strategic plan as it had been included for 23 years and was impacting on local landowners. Mr Rob Brennan asked if a warning sign could be erected at the corner of Havikil Lane and Myre Syke as it was a blind corner where the pavement ran out which made it unsafe for pedestrians. Mr Brennan also questioned the effectiveness of the new 30mph signs as traffic leaving the village was still speeding. Coun McKenzie again raised concerns about vehicles regularly mounting the pavement on Main Street. Coun Clarke responded by suggesting a meeting should take place with NYCC to which interested villagers were invited to discuss what further measures could be taken to reduce speeding and enhance safety. Mrs Erica Ashmore suggested that the PC should write a letter of support to the new owners of the Guy Fawkes, and it is hoped that the pub will re-open in about four weeks.

Clerk’s Report: it was confirmed that the village hall clock was owned by the PC, but that the issue of maintenance would be addressed if the clock stopped. There has been no further progress on cutting back the verges on Market Flat Lane. Coun Pollock reported that if NYCC took no action on the rose bed on Havikil Park a group of residents will deal with it. The PC agenda and minutes will now be posted on the web-site together with any village news.

Planning: prior approval is not required for a replacement barn at Sunnyside Farm, Main Street and there were no objections to the erection of a new stable block at Hollytree Barn Lingerfield. The PC is to ask for a further extension in relation to the protected tree work application for Scotton Lodge to enable a site visit to take place.

HBC Report: Coun Alton reported that the whole of Harrogate will be closed to cars between 5-10pm for the Tour De France and access will only be by public transport. Big screens are to be erected including in Knaresborough. The CEO has put forward proposals for savings by reducing the numbers of high paid HB council staff.

Dog Fouling: Coun Spink raised the issue of severe dog fouling on the village green and also on Main Street down to the corner. It was agreed the HBC dog warden should be asked to patrol and that notices should be put up warning of fines.

Children’s Playground: in the light of the numbers of young children now in the village Coun McKenzie agreed to convene a working group including parents to take forward the proposal for a playground on the playing field opposite the village hall. Consultation will take place with villagers, and residents in the vicinity of the playing field.

Percy Fields: approaches have been made to four land agents recommended by HBC and a meeting with HBC arboriculturalist is to take place on September 16 to progress the tree planting scheme. Following concerns raised about potentially hazardous material under the GDR enquiries are being made of HBC to confirm what is buried there and Coun Clarke suggested a meeting takes place with the archery club to agree the best way forward with the leasing of the site. It was agreed that the fence line adjacent to Kids at Heart should be cleared and quotes obtained for site maintenance and fencing repairs.

Next Meeting: Monday, October 14 at 7pm

Church Services: for Sunday, September 22, 17th after Trinity, 9.30am Eucharist at St Thomas Church and 10am at the Methodist Church when the preacher will be Mr Green.