Hoff Ward Annual General Meeting – 2 March 2016


Meeting held on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at 7.30pm in the New Inn, Hoff

Present: Councillors Jonathan Wignall and David Dent, 2 members of the public and the parish clerk Barbara Colbear.

Apologies: Councillor June Codd.

  1. Election of Chair. Jonathan Wignall was elected being proposed by David Dent and seconded by Arron Lightowler.
  2. Matters Arising from the minutes:
    1. Extension to Yorkshire Dales. Most of Drybeck will be included as from 1st August 2016 and a drop-in session for information is to be held on 3rd March 2016 at Asby Village Hall. There is also a meeting to discuss available funding for projects, needs of residents and development possibilities etc. David Dent would attend this meeting at Westmorland Hotel on 12th April as the representative of Drybeck.
    2. Crash barriers at Hoff have been installed.
    3. Footpaths towards Rutter. Whilst the embankments have been re-instated during Summer 2015, the severe floods in December had washed the work away. Cumbria County Council had re-inspected the work and will organise further re-instatement as soon as possible (towards Bandley Bridge the log steps need re-aligning).
    4. Finger post at Haybanks in Drybeck. Cumbria County Council are keen to have this re-painted to keep the heritage, but current finances will not allow.
    5. Temporary closure of B6260 and U3252 for drainage works in Hoff. All checks re utility services in the road are now complete and the roads are to be closed from 29th February for 4 weeks from 8am to 5pm with through traffic 5pm to 8am by traffic light control.
    6. Untidy state of Wearisome. Some rubble had been cleared away but more had since been deposited, though it was noted a skip had been put there this week. The owner had been granted until 30th April 2016 to board up the windows, repair the damaged wall and roof of the garage/store.
    7. Untidy state/instability/vermin problem at Hoff. Eden District Council have been monitoring this area over the past 10/11 months and deem there to be no enforceable problems and are closing the case.
  3. Planning Applications. Have included a roof over silage clamp at Rutter Farm, proposed slurry lagoon at Town Head Farm, Drybeck and conversion of barns at White House Farm, Hoff into 3 dwellings. The first was approved and the two others are still awaiting a decision.
  4. Correspondence:
    1. Clean for the Queen. Eden District Council were asking for volunteers to clean their patch by litter-picking the area in preparation for the Queen’s 90th
    2. Commemorative coins for the Queen’s 90th birthday are available to but at £1.99 each with a minimum order of 50.
  5. Parish Projects. None suggested.
  6. Any other matters to report:
    1. Pot holes along the Drybeck road from Hoff need reporting for repair.
    2. Gullies throughout need cleaning, especially the one just round the corner from Townhead Farm and the one on the corner at Brooklyn in Drybeck.
    3. Walking from Hoff to Appleby along the B6260 is dangerous as there is no footpath. The availability of E.U. money is to be ascertained for the provision of a possible footway.

There being no further business the meeting was closed at 8.27pm.