MINUTES OF THE MONTHLY MEETING OF OXENHOPE PARISH COUNCIL HELD ON
THURSDAY 12 JANUARY 2006 IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE, OXENHOPE,
COMMENCING AT 7.30PM
Present: Cllr Chris Brown (Chairman)
Cllr Reg Hindley
Cllr Derek Allen
Cllr Jeremy Mackrell
Cllr Tony Maw
Cllr Val Smith
In attendance: Mrs Elaine Pearson, Clerk to the Parish Council
David Trick, Bradford Council Traffic Engineer
Miran Rahman, Keighley News Reporter
No members of the public
153/06. Apologies consented to
Cllr Pauline Bedford (sickness)
Cllr Neal Cameron (work commitments)
154/06. Disclosures of Interest
Cllr Derek Allen, an allotment holder, declared a personal interest in any general discussions
relating to allotments and a prejudicial interest regarding the annual increase of allotment
155/06. Minutes of meeting held during December 2005
The minutes of the Parish Council meetings held on 8th December were proposed as a
correct record by Cllr Allen and signed by the Chairman.
Minute 141/05 Page 994 – Parish Council Notice Boards. The Clerk, on behalf of Cllr
Cameron, confirmed that a revised estimate had been obtained to install the
polycarbonate sheets and to replace the locks. As this amounted to £96.71, and under
the adopted financial standing order 3.4, ‘The Clerk with the consent of the Chairman or
Vice may incur expenditure on behalf of the Council which is necessary to carry out any
repair replacement or other work which is of such extreme urgency that it must be done at
once, whether or not there is any budgetary provision for the expenditure, subject to a limit of
£200.’, the Clerk confirmed that the polycarbonate sheets and the new locks had now been
fitted to the notice boards.
Minute 145/05 Page 995 - Boundary Wall on Hill House Lane. Following Cllr Allen’s
investigation of the wall and his conclusion that it may collapse at any time, it was agreed
that the Clerk report the wall to Bradford Council in order that a Dangerous Structures
Notice is served on the owner(s).
Minute 148/05 (a) Page 996 – Marsh Common. Following the Clerk obtaining copies of
the deeds from Yorkshire Archives, Cllr Mackrell confirmed that he had hand delivered a
copy to the PC’s solicitors. The Clerk confirmed that she had written to the Lord of the
Manor and enclosed a copy.
156/06. Reports from Invited Guests
a) Glen Miller, Flood Management Project. Not present.
b) David Trick, Bradford Council Traffic Engineer. It was reported that the public
consultation re the proposed traffic calming measures on Denholme Road had
prompted a total of 31 responses, of which none objected to the scheme in
principle. As the allocated amount of £15,000 for these measures has to be
spent by 31 March 2006, Mr Trick summarised the responses received in order
to receive feedback so that suitable amendments to the measures could be
investigated before work commences. In conclusion it was agreed that Mr Trick
would investigate further build outs, relocation of the proposed footway with
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perhaps further footways, speed activated signs and the possible reduction of
road signs due to the location being in the Leeming Conservation Area.
c) District Councillors. None present.
The PC supported the amendments being made.
158/06. Emerging Issues
It was agreed that the Clerk report the following Emerging Issues to Jeff Bennett, Keighley
The continual flow of water down footpath 196
Water pouring across Hebden Bridge Road close to the Bay Horse Public House
To avoid the parking of cars on the pavement outside the row of houses, opposite
Manorlands on Keighley Road, that the centre line on Keighley Road be moved to
allow a designated parking area to be marked on the highway.
159/06. Public question time
No members of public present.
160/06. Planning Applications
a) The following applications were discussed:
05/08960/OUT – Two detached dwellings to adjoining land at Whinknowle, Hebden Bridge
Road. The PC objected as the area is designated as Village Green Space in the
Oxenhope Village Design Statement and fully agreed with the comments made by
Stephen Bateman, Conservation Team ‘Simple refusal. The impact on the character of
this part of the conservation area would be spoilt…….’ Furthermore, it was noted that
Whinknowle was a key unlisted building and reference was made to pages 45-50 of the
draft Oxenhope Assessment of Conservation Areas.
05/09120/FUL – 11 additional car parking spaces at Manorlands, Keighley Road. The PC
raised no objections in principle, however, a recent change in practice in delivering care
had already increased vehicle movements to Manorlands and receipt of this application
was an opportune time for Bradford Council Highways Department to ensure efforts are
made to improve the vehicular access and exit of Manorlands on Keighley Road.
05/09291/FUL – New detached garage, rear extension and new patio at 89 Denholme
Road. The PC welcomed the improvements and has no objections.
b) To note the following decisions:
Grant of planning permission – 05/08452/FUL – Retrospective application for single storey
extension on south east side of Lower Heights Barn, Height Lane was noted.
Withdrawal of planning application 05/07116/FUL – Detached garage, rear extension and
patio at 89 Denholme Road was noted.
161/06. Reports from Parish Councillors
a) Cllr Pauline Bedford re Allotments. On behalf of Cllr Bedford the Clerk reported that
four names are on the waiting list for allotment plots and that the Allotment Holders
AGM had been arranged to take place on Monday 23 January at 7:30 p.m. at the
Methodist Church. Cllr Allen reported that following the digging of exploratory
triangles it had been revealed that one of the two drainage channels was ineffective
and that it was likely due to a section of the culvert being blocked by a tree. As a
verbal estimate of £600 had been put forward by Ian Mitchell to resolve the situation,
a cheaper alternative was put forward by Cllr Allen. This involved bypassing the
culvert and inputting another drainage channel from the existing upper channel to the
lower one. It was agreed that the PC should pursue the cheaper option and Cllr Allen
was requested to obtain a revised quote for the work.
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b) Cllr Derek Allen re Worth Valley Police & Community Contact Point meeting held on
15th December. Cllr Allen’s previously circulated report was noted. As concern was
raised as to the amounts of money received by Oakworth, Riddlesden and East
Morton under Bradford Council’s Urban Villages Project, it was agreed that the Clerk
formally write to the district council stating that a significantly smaller amount would
be required to implement the planning consent for an Oxenhope Contact Point. Cllr
Mackrell reported that having received the documentation to become a Speed Watch
Volunteer he had not completed the documentation as he had noted that the age limit
for volunteers was 70.
c) Cllr Val Smith re Board of School Governors. It was reported that a temporary
Deputy Head had been appointed. Cllr Brown requested that as the SATS for 11
year olds was not very good that the matter should be raised with the School
Governors. Cllr Smith agreed to take this matter forward and to report the poor state
of repair of the steps leading from the school playground to the Recreation Ground to
d) Cllr Reg Hindley re Rights of Way. It was reported that recent conversations with Mr
& Mrs Pullan as regarding resolving the flowing water problems on footpath 196 and
also with Mr Kitchen as regards the Leeming bridleway had confirmed that both
issues were far from being concluded. Bradford Council is to issue a ROW
improvements map which will highlight reported problems. Regrettably though it will
not indicate a time scale as to when the improvements will be made. Reported
removal of trees at Cragg Royd will be investigated by Cllr Hindley.
e) Cllr Allen re the Parish Plan Steering Committee. A summarised verbal report was
given of the committees meeting held on 11 th January.
a) Letter dated 7th December received from Christopher Wilcock Administrator,
Manorlands Hospice, in response to the PC’s letter dated 5 th December was
b) Letter received from Cllr Anne Hawkesworth re the Beacon Assessment Visit was
c) White Rose Updates issues numbered 6/05 & 7/05 were noted.
d) E-mail dated 5th January received from Salman Mather, Head of Democratic
Services, re change of Oxenhope boundary was noted.
e) CPRE invitation to attend an event on 24th January at Lister Mills in Bradford. Cllr
Brown volunteered to respond & attend.
163/06. Financial Matters
a) To authorise the signing of orders for payment
Walker Office Products 100628 Stationery £15.60
Elaine Pearson 100629 Expenses £89.63
SLCC 100630 Annual subscription £84.00
Yorkshire Water 100631 Water rates £8.45
Elaine Pearson s/o Fee £434.62
That the orders for payment be signed was proposed by Cllr Brown, all in favour.
b) To note bank balances
Treasurers Account: £1,629.76
Base Rate Tracker Account: £16,871.17
That the accounts for the last month be noted was proposed by Cllr Mackrell, all in
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c) To consider a £1 rent increase to be applied to each of the 13 allotment plots
That a £1 rent increase be applied to each of the 13 allotment plots was proposed by Cllr
Brown, all in favour.
d) To consider part sponsorship of a police vehicle from Keighley Police
It was moved that no action be taken.
e) To allow public consultation on the finalised 2006/07 Budget paper
As no members of the public were present, the Clerk was requested to advise Bradford
Council of the precept as agreed by members at the December PC meeting.
f) To approve the Clerk’s revised contract of employment and job description
Cllr Brown agreed to write formally to the Clerk seeking her acceptance of the revised
contract of employment and job description on Monday 16 January.
164/06. Councillors February Surgery
Cllrs Allen & Maw volunteered to attend the surgery on 9th February 2006 from 7:00 – 7:30
165/06. Minor items and items for the next agenda
a) Concern was raised as to the mud and damage to verges on Blackmoor Road
and to what appeared to be excessive daily trips made by lorries to the tip
located off Blackmoor Road. The Clerk was requested to confirm the terms and
conditions of the planning consent and to report any breached terms to Robin
Longbottom, Planning Enforcement Officer and to Highways.
b) As a request had been made by a resident at Marsh Top for a bus shelter on
Marsh Lane, the Clerk was requested to forward the request to Metro.
c) The recent removal of a boundary wall at Shaw Top Farm would appear not to
be on a temporary basis as it was noted that hard core had been laid that the
owners are now parking vehicles on it. The Clerk agreed to report the matter to
Robin Longbottom, Planning Enforcement Officer.
d) It was reported that the field opposite the church had been cleared of the JCB
and the caravan. As the wall on Hebden Bridge Road had still to be reinstated
it was agreed that the matter would be monitored and reviewed in one months
e) A copy of an e-mail received from The Countryside Agency as regards the
launch of the Reaching Communities programme by the Big Lottery Fund was
given by Cllr Mackrell to the Clerk.
f) As the recently published booklet of food outlets in Yorkshire did not include
any references to Oxenhope outlets, it was agreed to bring this booklet to
parishioners attention in the next edition of Outreach.
g) Reference was made to the White Rose Update issue number 6/05 section 636
regarding the Big Lottery Fund and that it will make £50 million available over
three years through the Community Buildings Programme to projects across
England. This reference along with details of further funding sources as
highlighted on the Defra web-site were passed to Cllr Maw.
166/06. To note date, time and venue of the next parish council meeting
Monthly meeting at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 9th February 2006 at Oxenhope
The Chairman closed the meeting at 9.24 p.m.
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