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                                         COUNCIL MEETING

                                          1st November 2005

Present – The Chairman (Councillor Heather) and Councillors Alderson, Barrett, Butcher,
Camacho, Crawford, Paul English, Polly English, Mrs Fairbank, Foster, Mrs Firth, Heseltine, Hill,
Ireton, Jaquin, Knowles-Fitton, Lis, Mason, Nicholson, Place, Quinn, Sayer, Solloway, Turner,
Welch, Whaites, Wheeler and Whitaker.

Officers – Chief Executive, Director of Community Services, Director of Corporate and Strategic
Support, Head of Democratic Services, Head of Environmental Health, Head of Financial Services,
Head of Leisure and Community Facilities, Head of Waste Management and Committee Officer.

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Hart and Hurtley.


Start: 7pm                                                                            Finish: 9.02pm


CL.266                                         MINUTES

Resolved – That the minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on 20th September 2005
           are confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman, subject to a correction
           showing Councillor Wheeler was present, although not for the whole of the meeting.


CL.267                                PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr J Harrison, representing the Skipton Congregation of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, addressed the
Council about the arrangements agreed by the Council at Minute PER.446/05-06 for disposal of an
area of its land at Little Brook, Skipton to either the Skipton Congregation or, in the event of a legal
agreement not being signed within set limits covering disposal of the existing Kingdom Hall, to a
registered social landlord (RSL). Mr Harrison explained that the Skipton Congregation and the RSL
interested in developing its existing site, were faced with a position under which it was not legally
possible to execute a deal. He drew Members’ attention to a briefing note considered by the
Performance and Resources Committee outlining a mechanism that, if adopted by the Council,
would allow the disposal of Little Brook and the existing Kingdom Hall to proceed to the benefit of
all parties concerned. He asked Council to reconsider the arrangements agreed at its last meeting
taking into account the content of the above briefing note.

In reply the Leader of the Council stated that the recommendation adopted by Council had been
correct. He understood that the Chief Executive had written to the Skipton Congregation stating
that officers had no authority to act further on this and that, once the time limit had expired, officers
would progress the disposal of the land at Little Brook to an RSL for affordable housing purposes.


CL.268                           CHAIRMAN’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Chairman reported the following:

(a) Presentation: Harrogate Voluntary Action – At this point in the meeting Council was to have
    received a presentation from Hazel McGrath of Harrogate Voluntary Action on a review of the
    voluntary sector. Unfortunately, Ms McGrath had, had to send her apologies. If possible the
    presentation would be re-arranged for a later date.

(b) Remembrance Day – Remembrance Day Services and Parades would be held as usual in
    various parts of the District. The Chairman would be attending the one in Skipton on the

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    morning of Sunday, 13th November 2005 and he hoped that as many Members as possible
    would come along to the event in Skipton or take part in their own area. The Vice-Chairman
    would attend the Remembrance in Settle.


CL.269                       LEADER’S REPORT AND QUESTION TIME

The Chairman invited the Leader of the Council to give a report on some of the topical issues
currently affecting the Council. The Leader reported as follows:

    (a) Craven Spatial Planning: Housing – In response to representations the Regional Planning
        and Infrastructure Executive had proposed revised rates for new housing development for
        the Craven District (Outside the National Park area) over the period of the Regional Spatial
        Strategy as follows:
                New Dwellings – 250 per annum in the period 2004/11
                                 200 per annum in the period 2011/16
                                 180 per annum in the period 2016/21

         The Craven Spatial Planning Sub-Committee had recently considered and accepted the
         proposed housing rates.

    (b) Members’ Strategy Session – At the Member Strategy Session on 25th November 2005,
        consideration would be given to the 2007 budget preparations. The expectation was that
        nationally there would be a low financial settlement; this would mean priority areas would
        need to be examined and some potentially difficult decisions might be required. Input from
        all Members would be important with a view to the production of a sound delivery plan
        based on the needs of the District. Members were asked to give priority to attending the
        session, which would run from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Tarn House, Stirton-with-Thorlby.

         In reply to a concern about the difficulties for Members who worked in attending daytime
         sessions, the Leader stated that all Members would, in future, be consulted over the dates
         of timing of sessions.

    (c) The Leader – With the Chairman’s consent, the Leader responded to a letter circulated by a
        local resident, Mr Peter Scott-Smith, to all Members of the Council, which he believed was
        an attack on his integrity. It was also suggested in the letter that there was a conflict
        between his role as a Councillor and his position with Hanson Aggregates; in particular the
        use of the company’s e-mail system.

         The Leader pointed out that he had always declared interests where necessary and left
         meetings when quarrying and quarrying-related activity was the subject of discussion. He
         used his company e-mail address as it was the most convenient and quickest way he could
         be reached. He doubted whether his e-mails would be of any commercial interest or benefit
         to the company. In conclusion, he accepted that Members, as local politicians, were
         expected to contend with many things, but took exception to having his integrity questioned.

         Councillors Knowles-Fitton and Mrs Firth spoke in support of the Leader. Councillor Polly
         English proposed and, it was

Resolved – That the Council expresses its full confidence in Councillor Lis as both Leader and a
           Member of this Council.


CL.270                    PORTFOLIO HOLDERS: REPORTS AND QUESTIONS

(a) Protecting and Enhancing the Environment: Councillor Place drew Members’ attention to
    copies of a position statement that had been circulated advising about the current situation with

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    recycling services and proposals for the future. Along with Councillor Heseltine, the Council’s
    representative on the York and North Yorkshire Waste Management Partnership, he expanded
    on the points made in the position statement, work being undertaken by the Partnership on
    waste collection and disposal, and the implications for not meeting targets on recycling and
    waste disposal.

    Councillors Heseltine and Place paid tribute to the Head of Waste Management and his team
    for their performance and the quality of the service they provided. The two Members responded
    to questions regarding the County’s recycling site in Settle, the use of bio-fuel and the County
    Council’s commitment to recycling.

(b) Prosperous District – Councillor Paul English:
    i. Skipton to Colne Railway – drew Members’ attention to an event on 4th November aimed at
        promoting the reinstatement of the Skipton to Colne railway line. David Curry MP and the
        Member of Parliament for Pendle would be meeting at the site of the former Thornton-in-
        Craven Station and all Members were encouraged to attend.
    ii. Kashmir Earthquake Appeal – thanked all those who had helped with and contributed to the
        local appeal in support of victims of the Kashmir Earthquake.

(c) Improving Our Ability To Deliver – Councillor Wheeler reported that the Council’s Investors in
    People (IIP) accreditation had, subject to ratification, been approved. He thanked the Head of
    Human Resources and Performance and her team for the effort put in by them in helping the
    Council to retain its IIP status.


CL.271                     GENERAL QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS

Councillor Sayer drew Members’ attention to concerns about the effect of Treasury proposals for
self-invested personal pensions and buy-to-let investment properties. He considered that they
could add to the already difficult housing situation in rural areas like Craven, particularly the need
for more affordable housing for local people. He asked the Council to show its opposition to the
proposal, as it was both contrary to its housing policy and the interests of the local community.

In response, the Leader proposed the following motion which was seconded by Councillor Sayer:
    (1) That this Council expresses strong concerns at proposals to allow the inclusion of buy-to-let
        investment property as part of a self-invested personal pension in light of the already difficult
        housing situation in rural areas like Craven and the need for more affordable housing to be
        available so that local people can continue to afford to live in the area; and
    (2) That representations are made to the relevant Government Minister, the local MP, other
        North Yorkshire MPs, the Affordable Rural Housing Commission and SPARSE supporting
        the view set out in (1) above.

An amendment to include HRH The Prince of Wales in the list in (2) above was proposed and
accepted by the Leader and Councillor Sayer.

On being put to the vote, the motion, as amended, was declared carried.

Resolved – (1) That this Council expresses strong concerns at proposals to allow the inclusion of
           buy-to-let investment property as part of a self-invested personal pension in light of the
           already difficult housing situation in rural areas like Craven and the need for more
           affordable housing to be available so that local people can continue to afford to live in
           the area.

              (2) That representations are made to HRH The Prince of Wales, the relevant
              Government Minister, the local MP, other North Yorkshire MPs, the Affordable Rural
              Housing Commission and SPARSE supporting the view set out in (1) above.


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CL.272                                        MINUTES

Minutes of Meetings of the following Committees were submitted.

(Note: Where there were Minutes for Decision, unless otherwise indicated, the motion was
proposed and seconded for each set of Minutes, except those for report only “That the
recommendation(s) in the Minutes for Decision are confirmed.”.

(a) Licensing and Appeals Sub-Committees (Report Only) of:

         (i)      1st September 2005 (Woolly Sheep, Skipton)
         (ii)     6th September 2005 (Devonshire Inn, Skipton)
         (iii)    6th September 2005 (Royal Oak, Skipton)
         (iv)     7th September 2005 (Three Horse Shoes, Ingleton)
         (v)      8th September 2005 (LMS Club, Skipton)
         (vi)     12th September 2005 (Tesco, Skipton)
         (vii)    12th September 2005 (Craven Heifer, Ingleton)
         (viii)   15th September 2005 (The Castle Inn, Skipton)
         (ix)     20th September 2005 (Rose & Crown, Skipton)
         (x)      21st September 2005 adjourned (Napiers, Skipton)
         (xi)     21st September 2005 (Sam Houstons, Skipton)
         (xii)    21st September 2005 (Gamecock Inn, Austwick)
         (xiii)   23rd September 2005 (Napiers, Skipton)
         (xiv)    27th September 2005 (Bliss, Skipton)
         (xv)     27th September 2005 (Breeze Bar, Skipton)
         (xvi)    28th September 2005 (The Byres, High Bentham)

The Chairman of the Licensing Committee again thanked officers for their work and Members for
their dedication and time in determining applications presented to the Sub-Committee. In response
to a Member’s question he stated that the net cost to this Authority of introducing and applying the
2003 legislation was estimated to be £50,000. The Licensing Committee on 16th November 2005
would receive a debriefing on the licensing position to date, and would also be asked to examine
means of monitoring and enforcing licence conditions. A report on the implications of the Gambling
Act 2005 would also be presented.

(b) Overview and Scrutiny Services Sub-Group – 13th September 2005 (No Minutes for
    Decision).

The Chairman (Councillor Barrett) outlined the scope of the housing review being carried out by the
Sub-Group. He expressed the opinion that the review presented an opportunity to assess progress
on the promises made to tenants since the transfer of the housing stock to Craven Housing and
build a stronger relationship with the Association. All Members were invited to participate in the
review.

(c) Planning Committee – 19th September 2005 (For Report Only)

(d) Performance and Resources Committee – 5th October 2005

Minute PER.451 Town End Allotments, Glusburn

Councillors Barrett, Nicholson and Wheeler declared personal interests as members of Glusburn
Parish Council.

Resolved – That the recommendation in the following minute is confirmed:
             PER.452 Council Health and Safety Policy.

(e) Standards Committee – 12th October 2005 (No Minutes for Decision)

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(f) Overview and Scrutiny Services Sub-Group – 13th October 2005 (No Minutes for Decision)

(g) Planning Committee – 17th October 2005 (For Report Only)

(h) Community Services Committee – 19th October 2005

Minute CS.264 Craven Adventure Centre
(i) Councillor Butcher drew Members’ attention to his declaration of interest in this matter.

Minute CS.265 Work of the Skipton Town Centre Manager
(ii) In response to a Member’s question, the Committee Chairman indicated that he would take up
     with the Skipton Town Centre Manager the issue of stallholders on the market obstructing and
     trading off the pavement.

Minute CS.266 Craven Economic Development Strategy
(iii) As Portfolio Holder for Building a Prosperous District, the Committee Chairman commented on
      the District’s economy and summarised the key points and aims within the Craven Economic
      Development Strategy. He thanked the Head of Economic and Community Development and
      his team for their work on the Strategy.
(iv) In responding to Members’ comments and questions, the Chairman undertook to refer the
      points raised to the Head of Economic and Community Development, in particular the need to
      recognise the opportunity for making use of the redundant stock of modern farm buildings within
      the District.

Resolved – That the recommendation in the following minute is confirmed:
             Minute CS.266 Craven Economic Development Strategy

(i) Community Services Committee – 27th October 2005

Minute CS.268 Craven Car Parking Policies
(i) The Committee Chairman stated that he understood that Councillors Place and Barrett would
     be moving an amendment to the Committee’s recommendation and he deferred to them instead
     of moving the recommendation.
(ii) The following motion was then proposed by Councillor Place and seconded by Councillor
     Barrett:
                “That this Council defers consideration of Craven’s Car Parking Policies at Minute
                CS.268/05-06 and asks Overview and Scrutiny to consider the Council’s approach to
                parking issues in the Craven District with a view to recommending policies and a
                strategy for satisfying the District’s parking needs, subject to:
                 Undertaking consultation with residents, businesses, North Yorkshire County
                    Council, public transport providers, car park users and all other relevant
                    organisations; and
                 In relation to Skipton in particular, considering overall traffic management issues
                    as part of the solution and taking account in the recommendations, where
                    feasible, of the ongoing considerations around proposals for regeneration of the
                    town i.e. Renaissance Market Town.”

(iii) During the course of the debate, the proposer and seconder accepted an amendment deleting
      the words “i.e. Renaissance Market Town”.
(iv) Councillor Crawford requested that in considering the Car Parking Policies, Overview and
      Scrutiny examine the associated VAT implications.

On being put to the vote, the motion as amended at (iii) above was declared carried.

Resolved – That this Council defers consideration of Craven’s Car Parking Policies at Minute
           CS.268/05-06 and asks Overview and Scrutiny to consider the Council’s approach to


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              parking issues in the Craven District with a view to recommending policies and a
              strategy for satisfying the District’s parking needs, subject to:
                 Undertaking consultation with residents, businesses, North Yorkshire County
                    Council, public transport providers, car park users and all other relevant
                    organisations; and
                 In relation to Skipton in particular, considering overall traffic management issues
                    as part of the solution and taking account in the recommendations, where
                    feasible, of the ongoing considerations around proposals for regeneration of the
                    town.


CL.273                               EMERGENCY PLANNING

The Head of Environmental Health submitted a report advising Members of the Council’s
responsibilities as a Category One responder under the Civil Contingencies Act, and presenting a
handbook which had been designed to assist Members at times of emergency.

Resolved – (1) That the Council’s responsibilities as a Category One Responder under the Civil
           Contingencies Act 2004 are noted.

              (2) That, subject to it being amended to reflect comments now made, the Members’
              Emergency Planning Handbook is approved.




                                                              Chairman.




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