Fearby, Healey and District Parish Council
email: fearbypc@gmail.com
Clerk: Alan Greensit 01677 424221

Minutes from the Parish Council Meeting held on 24 September 2020, at 7.30pm in Fearby Village Hall

Present: Chair – B Gregg, Vice Chair - G Verity

Cllrs:- J Marsden: S Searle; M Hope; J Brearley;  K Marshall;

Cllrs:- N Simms

App:- C Stead

1 member of the public also attended

The meeting approved Jonathan Hayman as councillor for Colsterdale and he was duly co opted onto the council and documents signed.


The minutes of the previous meeting were declared a true record and signed by the Chair


Matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting

The clerk updated the council with the problems on Knowle Lane with the gate being put across a public highway. This has been investigated by Highways and it was confirmed that the gate was on a public highway. The highways department are looking into this. The original complainant has been informed but as it is not a council matter no more action will be taken by the council.

Healey speeding issues, the original complainant has been issued the complaint forms and they have completed them and issued to the Speed Management Protocol team, they are still awaiting a response.



West Summersides planning has been granted.

Gouthwaite House 6.7.34 20/02637/FUL. The chairman declared an interest in this as it was his next door neighbour. The chairman supplied plans which were passed round the councillors and discussed. Concerns arose as to the extension of the domestic curtilage to create the swimming pool. Other concerns were that there seems to have been some work done which did not seem to have planning permission. It was agreed to object to the current plans because of the extension to the domestic curtilage and to ask the planners to look into other possible planning issues.

Fearby Village Hall 6.7.49.A.FUL 20/02922/FUL. The chairman declared an interest in this as he was on the village hall committee. This plan was for replacement of wooden windows to upvc on a building of interest. The council were unanimously in agreement that this should go ahead from an ecological aspect as well as efficiency for the public building.

The clerk informed the council that the application to remove the telephone boxes from Ilton, Ellingstring, Healey Kell Bank and Healey had been sent to the Secretary of State with our objections.

Mellwood House 6.2.29.H.FUL 20/03258/FUL The clerk had copies of the plans on the laptop and showed them to the councillors individually. As this did not seem to increase the size of the property and was some distance for the road there was no objections.

Lobley Cottage, Ilton 6.8.22.D.FUL 20/03172/FUL The clerk again had the plan on the laptop. Although this was a substantial extension it seems to be in keeping with the area and therefore no objections were made to the application.

Hill House Fearby 6.7.19.E 20/02417/FUL The council discussed this application and the plans were shown on the laptop. These were very similar to ones granted some time ago and the clerk was asked to check this out, this was so but the planning period had lapsed and therefore duplicate ones were submitted. The council had no objection as it had been passed previously by Harrogate so this would be in its favour this time.

Two other planning applications had been received but not added to the agenda so could not be discussed however, the clerk took advise in responding to these. One was for Fearby Top Fearby for conversion of outbuildings which the council had no objection and the other was for Photo Voltiac Panels on the roof of an annexe for North End Ilton. Again, the council was in favour of this.



The monthly accounts were presented and were approved and signed by the chair.

The clerk presented his expenses which included the purchase of a printer. These were agreed and signed off by the chairman.

The AGAR was also presented to the council and was ratified and signed. The fixed assets were discussed as no depreciation has been applied so the clerk was asked to set up a register of fixed assets from 2013 and apply an annual depreciation and bring it to the next council meeting.

Highways –

No new issues have been raised

Other Business.  

The council wanted to make known its appreciation of volunteers in the parishes who have gone above and beyond in looking after neighbours and the vulnerable in the villages during the recent lockdown and subsequent restrictions.

Regarding the mole traps disappearing from the village green, Mr Burke, a member of the public who is responsible for the traps, explained that the traps had been disappearing over the summer. One of the councillors thought that some children had been responsible but have been spoken to by their parents so Mr Burke will wait until next year to see if any more traps went missing. Some of the traps had been destroyed by the grass cutting however, the grass cutting committee were willing to replace these.

Kell Bank School Closure. There are some councillors on the board of governors who clarified that the situation is not the closure of Kell Bank but a discussion as to the future of the school. The clerk apologised for the details posted on the agenda’s as this was incorrect. Councillor Brearley, who is one of the governors, explained that the numbers were very low and had 6 pupils, there was no sign of more pupils being added. The parents and staff have worked very hard to attract more without success. Councillor Searle said she had been a parent at the school for 17 years and this was a very sad time. 5 pupils had been removed from the school last year which exacerbated the situation.  Councillor Brearley requested that the council be represented at the consultation meeting which was to be held in November. The chairman said he would attend as he is one of many generations educated at the school.

The clerk read the police report which included illegal camping in the village hall car park, this was private land so the police had no authority to do anything. Councillor Verity raised the question about caravan parking next to the gas house in Masham, Councillor Simms informed the council that Masham Council had that in hand as the land did not seem to have an owner they were applying for registration as public land so enforcement can be made on illegal camping. 

AOB for next meeting

Councillor Searle raised the point that the benches in Fearby were looking very tired and scruffy. Councillor Gregg will look into possible refurbishment before next summer.


The meeting closed at 9.35pm


The next meeting will be held on 26th  November at 7.30 in Fearby Village Hall


Minutes from the Annual Parish Council Meeting held on 30 July 2020, at 7.30pm in Fearby Village Hall Car Park as this was a socially distanced meeting due to Covid 19 restriction.

Present: Chair – B Gregg, Vice Chair - G Verity

Cllrs:- S Searle; C Stead J Brearley; K Marshall

Cllr M Atkinson

Apologies : J Marsden: M Hope:

1 members of the public attended

Election of Chairman

Cllr B Gregg stepped down and handed the meeting to the Cllr Verity. Cllr Gregg stated he had been chair for some time and wanted another to take the post to spread the load. He was willing to stand for another year but wanted it noted he wanted to step down. No other nominations were received and therefore the council unanimously agreed to elect Cllr Gregg as chair again.

Election of Vice Chair.

No other nominations were received and the council unanimously agreed to elect Cllr Verity as vice chair.

Approval of the previous minutes.

The minutes of the last annual council meeting were approved last July and therefore the minutes of the meeting in January were distributed, read and verified. They were signed by the chair.

Matters arising from the minutes.

There were no matters arising from the minutes. 


West Summersides This was an application to cover an existing yard to be used as an agricultural building only. The council had no objections to this and the clerk will notify planning.

BT phone boxes in Ellingstring, Ilton, Healey Kell bank and Healey. The council discussed this at length but came to the conclusion that the phone boxes were vital as mobile phone signal was very poor in all the areas of the boxes. The clerk was requested to advise planning and send a letter explaining the reason why the council rejected the application. This will include the need for the boxes in the emergency plan for the parishes.






Bank statements from February to July were passed to the councillors and verified. They were then signed by the chairman.

Clerks expenses were verified which was for travel only.


Locked gates at Druids  Cllr Gregg had received a letter from a concerned resident that the gates leading to Druids temple were locked and people were forced to park in the Swinton Bivouac car park which was chargeable. They thought that this road was a public road as it had recently been resurfaced by the council. Cllr Stead lives next door to the Bivouacs and said that as lockdown was easing more people were visiting the area and the road to Druids regularly had cars parked at both sides including her driveway. Druids car park is on private land but it was unsure where the road became private so was unclear if the gate was on the private land. Cllr Gregg stated that the council was not in a position to take any action however we can write to highways to clarify where the public road ends and the private road begins so he can advise the person who contacted him. The clerk will write to highways and report back.

Vehicle speed in Healey  Cllr Marshall has received a complaint regarding vehicle speed in Healey. These are mainly motorcycles who apparently come from Ellingstring and then turn down the village. As the road dips they gather speed which continues down the village which has a 30 mph speed restriction. It was agreed to write to highways and ask if there is anything they, or the police, can do about this. The clerk will write and report back.

It was also mentioned that many vehicles were turning at the bottom of Fearby as they were going to Churchill Shooting range, however, the sign was only on the cross roads and not before. Cllr Verity will contact Churchill and advise them to apply to move the sign away from the cross roads further down Masham Road.

Other Business

The clerk advised that he was scanning old documents from the large filing cabinet which belongs to the council. This had 15 years of documents which were taking up room. The printer which was used for scanning has ceased to work and it was too expensive to repair. The council gave permission for a new one to be purchased but no budget was set as the clerk was trusted to get a good deal as long as he advised the councillors before purchase.

The clerk also brought up the issue of the old laptop which was no longer required. The council advised that this should be wiped and given to a charity. The clerk will investigate this and advise the councillors accordingly before any action taken.

Cllr Gregg advised about the ongoing situation with Masham Fire Station. He declared an interest as his son is a retained fire fighter there. After the discussions last year regarding this, the situation has got worse. The volunteers which initially signed up were all rejected due to fitness levels and no effort was made by the fire authority to pursue volunteers from the interested businesses in the town. The fire appliance has had very few call outs and it was thought the action was a way of saying that the station was not viable any more. This was a concern and the council needed to know the current situation.

Cllr Marshall also brought up that Kell Bank school had very few numbers and was in danger of closing. He thought the council should be aware of this.


Cllr Gregg suggested that for the next meeting we should discuss the Emergency Plan and look at anything that we may have learnt from the present situation especially on behalf of the vulnerable. He asked the councillors to think about this and he and Cllr Brearley will look at the plan again and bring it to the meeting.



Councillors required for Colsterdale and Ilton.

The member of the public who attended the meeting was interested in becoming a councillor. He lives just outside the parish boundary of Colsterdale and has previously been in the army. The council asked him various questions and then voted in favour of beginning the procedure to co opt him onto the council. The clerk will send for the document and took the details of the gentleman.

The chairman closed the meeting at 9.05pm and thanked all for coming at this unusual time.

The next council meeting will be on 24th September 2020 at 7.30 in Fearby Village Hall as the hall will be opening by then. 



                                                                     Fearby, Healey and District Parish Council

                                                             www.fearbyhealeydistrict-pc.orgemail: fearbypc@gmail.com

                                                            Clerk:  Alan Greensit 01677 424221

                            Minutes from the Parish Council Meeting held on 23 January 2020, at 7.30pm in Fearby Village Hall

                           Present: Chair – B Gregg, Vice Chair - G VerityCllrs:- J Marsden: S Searle; M Hope; C Stead

                           Cllr N Simms

                           Apologies : J Brearley; K Marshall;   2 members of the public attended

                          Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. 

                          No response had been received from the letter issued to Julia Mulligan, Police, Fire and

                             Crime Commissioner sent by the council after the last meeting. The chairman attended

                         meeting at Masham regarding the fire appliance change and the result was that Masham and

                          district were encouraged to recruit retained firefighters to avoid the change in appliance to a TRV.                                      Clarification was made of the criteria

                          to be a retained firefighter to help with recruitment.PlanningInformation regarding the completed                                       applications and refusal were passed

                          to the councillors.


                          Burton View application was discussed, the members of the public were asked to advised the council of the details as they were the

                          applicants. The application was discussed and the matter was resolved in favour of the application.


                         Finance The bank statement were passed to the councillors and verified. They were then signed by the chairman.Expenses were verified.

                         The new laptop was paid by the clerk so he will be reimbursed. The hall hire plus the clerks mileage expenses were also verified.


                          Highways Notice had been received that Tarmac were undertaking some resurfacing on Havernook Lane so this will be monitored by the

                          local councillors. No response has been received regarding Gollinglith Foot potholes. Notice Board in Colsterdale The chairman advised

                         that Swinton Estate had donated a notice board to be used by the council and he said he would erect it as soon as possible.2


                         Matters for the next meeting Councillor Marshall has received a complaint regarding traffic at Rosebud Preserves. This matter has been

                         discussed at length previously and councillor Marshall had discussed it with neighbours who think the situation had improved. It was

                         agreed not to revisit this at this time and any queries should refer to the previous minutes.Councillor Marsden brought up the idea of a

                         Christmas tree for the village. It was agreed to ask some of the residents their opinion and bring it to the next meeting.


                         The chairman then closed the meeting at 9.50.The next council meeting will be on 26th March 2020 at 7.30 in Fearby Village Hall

Fearby, Healey and District Parish Council


email: fearbypc@gmail.com

Clerk:Alan Greensit 01677 424221

Current Meeting Minutes
Minutes from the Parish Council Meeting held on 28 November 2019, at 7.30pm in Fearby Village Hall 
Present: Chair – B Gregg, Vice Chair - G Verity 
Cllrs:- J Marsden: S Searle; M Hope; C Stead 
Cllr N Simms 
Apologies : J Brearley; K Marshall;  
21 member of the public also attended 
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Jon Foster and Group Manager Phil Whild also attended by invitation. 
The minutes of the previous meeting were declared a true record and signed by the Chair 

Matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting 

Due to the public interest in the changes to the Fire Appliance at Masham the chairman decided to cover this matter first. Mr Foster explained that sometimes the fire appliance at Masham was unavailable. Changes to employment meant it more difficult to get retained firefighters during the day. The current Class B appliance requires at least 4 firefighters before it can be deployed. The proposal was to change this appliance to a Tactical Response Vehicle (TRV) which only requires 3 operators. The TRV will be used as the current appliance but as it only requires 3 firefighters it may be available more than the current appliance. In the last 6 months the Masham appliance was unavailable for 45% of the time. As long as there are 3 qualified operators the TRV can be applied. The TRV carries 1400 litres of water instead of the current 1800 litres. It also carries foam to tackle vehicle fires which the current vehicle does not have. The TRV is better equipped in quality but not as much variation. Mr Foster stressed this is not a permanent situation and will be reviewed. The chairman opened the questions to the public. 
 First questioner stated that the TRV was not equipped sufficiently for rural areas and the variety of incidents experiences by the current crew, it only had a 9 metre ladder instead of a 13 metre on the current appliance, this is required to get onto a roof for a chimney fire which is a regular danger in a rural area, The TRV also only has 2 breathing apparatus instead of the current 4. Mr Whild responded by stating that  with a crew of 3 the TRV can be deployed to lower risk and medium risk fires, the ladder situation is being reviewed and as only 3 operators only one breathing apparatus can be deployed as it requires an incident manager and a protection officer at the scene.  
Another questioner stated that there are only 4 TRV’s in the Harrogate area which is only 20% of North Yorkshire. They were very concerned about the rural nature of the area for such a small appliance. The response was that 60% of the population has 3 TRV’s. Ripon has a full time crew so 100% attendance rate and Leyburn has a better attendance rate and both can support the Masham appliance.  

Councillor Searle queried the light portable pump on the TRV. Mr Whild advised that this requires 4 and possibly 5 operators to be deployed and would only be used when sufficient operators were available. The water on board would initially stall the incident until support was available.   
Public question: If Masham was fully staffed 100% of the time would this situation change? Answer was yes as this is only a temporary measure and will be reviewed in approximately 12 months. 
The chairman stated he had seen the new TRV and was very impressed with it but speaking to local firefighters they are not happy as it cannot tackle larger fires including chimney fires as many properties in the area still had coal fires. Response was that there was a greater risk in the roads in a rural area and the TRV is better equipped to deal with these. 
Question from the public, What increase in availability will postpone the TRV being places at Masham? Response was that 100% availability would ensure a better service, this means giving recruitment a higher profile, pay may improve uptake and may need to be reviewed but that is a national problem.  Firefighters were adamant that pay is never an issue as they do it primarily for the safety of the community. 
A councillor from Masham as a member of the public had a list of serious risks based on the location of Masham, being so rural, as the nearest appliances were 25 mins away. She said that Masham firefighters were unhappy with the proposed action as safety was being compromised so as a community we should support the people who were actually on the front line. 
Councillor Stead asked what can the TRV do that the current appliance cannot do? The response was that it had a shorter hose and shorter ladder but could operate with less crew and be deployed more often although there are staff concerns about equipment. 
Question from the public, how long does it take to train a new recruit? The answer was about 6 months depending on availability for training but specific training on equipment took up to 2 years on the job. 
Question asked was is this a proposal or a decision made. Answer was still a proposal but it is the best way forward, finance is still a constraint, costs will be more with the TRV as it will have more call outs. 
Question was if the TRV cannot deal with the incident then it is and increased cost as another appliance will have to be deployed? Answer was this is standard procedure as it is with the current appliance. 
The chairman call a halt to the proceedings as he wanted the members of Masham Fire crew who were there to have their say. Firefighters Keith Ward and Val Grainger then addressed the meeting. They know that recruitment is a problem but Masham is better than many local stations such as Bedale who are currently without a driver and are close to Northallerton which has a full time crew, would it not be better to deploy the TRV there. Response was they will look into it.  If the TRV ladder needs 3 people to deploy it then there is no one to supervise therefore another appliance will be required, they quoted and incident in Fearby at the Black Swan 5 years ago when they tackled a serious blaze and were able to contain it with the current appliance but the TRV would not have been good enough as the hose was not long enough. Could not 3 firefighters turn out on the current vehicle to certain smaller incidents. Response was no as it was not safe. Currently the Masham appliance can take 6 firefighters if they were available and therefore this was advantageous in a rural area. A trainee or NVQ cannot work on a TRV but can support on the current vehicle. The limitation of the TRV are not acceptable in a rural area due to the shorter hose and shorter ladder. Firefighters are dedicated to protecting property and people and the TRV will 

make this more difficult. The response was that the fire service is committed to recruiting and developing staff, they are dynamically reviewing the service and need to increase recruitment so staffing can increase to keep the Class B appliance at Masham. TRV’s are used in many rural areas in Cornwall, Wales and Scotland as they are thought to improving the situation therefore it cannot be a backward step. 
The chairman called a halt to the discussion asked everyone to thank the  Deputy Chief Fire officer and Group manager for coming and putting the case forward. 
Many of the public left at this time. 
Telephone boxes. The clerk advised that the objections raised were supported by Harrogate Council and passed to the ombudsman. 
Potholes. The clerk advised that highways were aware of some of the problems but agreed to send the documents to them as they were not aware of all the problems. Councillor stead said she will help the clerk resend the documents. The member of the public advised there was another bad pothole in Colsterdale which the clerk will report. 
Response to the TRV was discussed which the chairman declare an interest as his son was a firefighter. Councillor Verity advised we do not live in an ideal world so we should try and recruit more or go with the TRV. A petition had been raised but had to be stopped as it was becoming political. Councillor Marsden advised that Masham appliance came to an incident recently and a second had to come so not cheaper to deploy as first one had it under control. Councillor Gregg advised that the TRV is bad to drive according to a Harrogate Firefighter, as it is too heavy. Councillor Verity said that the public were unhappy with the TRV and so were the firefighters and therefore the council should support them as Masham is a growing community. Everyone was in favour so the chairman will liaise with the clerk and put together a letter to Julia Mulligan. 

Nothing was outstanding 

Finance – The monthly accounts were presented and were approved and signed by the chair. 
Bank payments. The clerk advised that things had moved on and he should be able to access the bank account shortly 
Setting precept for 2020/2021. After a short discussion it was agreed to increase the precept by £300 from £2600 to £2900 due to increasing costs of travel for the clerk and extra expenses, other general costs are increasing. The council also discussed the current laptop which is running slowly. It was strongly agreed to ask the clerk to purchase a new laptop to a budget of £500. This would be financed from residual funds and possibly some from the savings account. 

Kell Bank School fence. The chairman had been approached by a governor of the school to help with the cost of a fence to increase the height of the wall. No official request had been made and the council were reluctant to make any decision regarding this until further information was received. The chairman will advise the govenors. 

The bank statements were signed and dated as a true record. The dates for next year were agreed as 23rd January, 26th March, 28th May, 30 July, 24th September, 26th November. 

Highways –  
As above 
A.O.B. – for discussion at the next meeting 
A member of the public advised that the notice post in Colsterdale had been removed as it was part of the post box and a metal one placed there. 
The meeting closed at 10.15 The next meeting will be held on 23rd January 2020 at 7.30 in Fearby Village Hall  


Minutes from the Parish Council Meeting held on 26 September 2019, at 7.30pm in Fearby Village Hall

Present: Chair – B Gregg, Vice Chair - G Verity

Cllrs:- J Marsden: S Searle; M Hope; J Brearley; C Stead; K Marshall;

Cllrs:- N Simms

7 member of the public also attended


The minutes of the previous meeting were declared a true record and signed by the Chair


Matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting

Fearby Cross to Swinton, Mossra Lane. The response by highways states a safety inspection had been made and the damage does not meet the criteria for repair. Councillor Verity stated this was unacceptable as the potholes were a safety issue and a cyclist had recently had an accident due to the state of the road. The clerk was asked to write to highways requesting what the criteria was. Councillor Searle suggested posting photos of the damage which Councillor Marshall agreed to take and forward to the clerk. It was also suggested that it be posted on the “fix my street.com” website. Clerk to do this.


Planning had been received to remove the telephone boxes from Ilton and Ellingstring. It was unanimously agreed that this would be rejected on the grounds that there is very poor to no mobile phone receptions in both places and the telephone box is the first resort in an emergency. It was also agreed that should any further planning request for removal of telephone boxes be received the same reply would be issued as the same criteria would exist.

A planning application was received for a two storey extension to Springwood Farm Healey. Councillor Marshall explained the application to the council as it just involved the demolition of a single storey extension. There were a number of objections from the members of the public so the chairman asked them to explain their grievances. One member of the public advised that it would look over their patio however this would not be the case as the windows were to the rear and not to the side. Another member of the public advised that the cellar in the property was a party wall with theirs. There was no party agreement in place and this was not taken into account in the plans. Excavation of the extension was also an issued as it would encroach on adjoining property. Other objections by the public were drainage and access. After a long discussion in which Councillor Simms advised on planning laws, the chairman suggested a site visit by him and other councillors as no consensus could be met. The chairman will report to the clerk on their response. 

Finance – The monthly accounts were presented and were approved and signed by the chair.

Highways –

A response by highways to the blocked drain in Ellingstring states they will undertake a repair within 90 days.

An email was received stating a street light was off in Healey. Further information was requested so an accurate report could be issued.

A.O.B. – The chairman advised the council that the fire appliance in Masham is to be changed to a Tactical Response Vehicle. This only requires 3 fire crew unlike the 5 required for the current appliance. Masham had problems during the day to raise plenty of officers to send out its current appliance but will be able to send this out quicker. This will not be able to tackle large house fires as it has no ladders or breathing equipment. However, it could deal with Road Traffic Accidents and small incidents. The chairman thought the council should be aware of the changes.

Councillor Marsden advised that there may be a candidate for the vacant seat for Colsterdale. As the prospective candidate has not moved in yet the clerk was asked to enquire how long they had to be resident before they became eligible.

Speeding traffic. Nothing was reported however the chairman asked the members of the public if they would consider a community speed watch initiative.

The meeting closed at 9pm

The next meeting will be held on 28th  November at 7.30 in Fea








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