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Welcome to the Askham Bryan website.

The aim of this website is to provide the residents of Askham Bryan with information about their community. It provides information on the activity of the Parish Council, St Nicholas' Church, village events as well as other information that should be of interest.

We also welcome your suggestions. If you think there's something further we could include. Please contact us via the 'contact us' page.

This website is funded and maintained by Askham Bryan Parish Council.

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Askham Bryan Parish Council

Meeting to be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Askham Bryan Village Hall at 7pm.


1. To receive and approve where requested apologies for absence

2. To receive any declarations of interest not already declared under the council’s code of conduct or members Register of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests and to receive and consider any applications for dispensation.

3. Public Participation

4. To approve and sign the Minutes of the extra-ordinary meeting of the Parish Council held on 3rd October 2019

5. Planning Matters
a.Planning Applications Received
i.19/02260/TCA - Park Farm, 95 Main Street - Fell Cobnut, crown reduce and thin Cherry in a Conservation Area
ii.19/02358/TCA - 109 Main Street - Fell Damson tree in a Conservation Area
iii.19/02121/FUL - OS Field 5840 To West Of Westwood Lane - Erection of agricultural storage building
iv.19/02327/FUL - Sequoia House 4 Main Street - Single storey side extension after demolition of existing garage
v.19/01769/FUL - Old School House, 3 Main Street - Erection of 1no. single storey dwelling house with associated works - revised application submitted.

b.Planning Decision Notices Received
i.57 Askham Fields Lane – approved

To consider a resolution to give the Clerk delegated authority to respond to non-contentious planning and tree works applications following advice from Parish Councillors where the deadline for comments is before the next Parish Council meeting.

6. To receive the North Yorkshire Police Crime Report

7. Ward Councillor’s Report

8. Play Area
8.1 To consider a resolution to rebrand the area from a Play Area to a Recreational Area
8.2 To consider a resolution to change the maintenance structure from one of volunteers to one of a contractor – see appendix A for estimated costs.
8.3 To consider a resolution to sell the ride-on mower
8.4 To consider a resolution to change the mound to a wildflower garden to reduce maintenance costs.
8.5 To consider a resolution that the monthly quiz night at The Nags Head in starting in January 2020 can raise funds solely for use on the Recreational Area
8.6 To consider a resolution that a Recreational Area fund-raising and management working party of interested parties lead by Cllr. Smahon and supported by Cllr. Mitchell be established with appropriate terms of reference and a budget of £500 for maintenance plus any funds raised by the working party with regular reporting to the Parish Council and approval of the Parish Council for any capital expenditure over £100.
8.7 To note the offer by City of York Council of a survey as part of their investment into play areas.

9. Report of the Natural Environment Group regarding proposals for the pond and to a proposal to accept a quote for £450 for paving and chair.

10. To consider financial issues as below
10.1 Bank Reconciliation - £32,179.33 assuming al cheques have been presented.
10.2 Approval of payment of invoices including retrospective approval of a payment of £162.60 for legal fees relating to the acquisition of the playing field plus new items; Hardwood Play Chips £178.20, Play Inspection (invoice awaited), Roger Thompson (invoice awaited). To note that land registry searches are being done by the Clerk at £6 each. To note that Cllr. Steele has registered for two webinar training courses at £15 each.

11. To consider Correspondence received by the Clerk since the last meeting and agree further action where necessary (1-10)
12. Budget for 2020/21 including Clerk’s Remuneration and recruitment of a new Clerk
12.1 Proposal to Exclude of members of the press and public.
12.2 To consider the budget for 2020/21 as follows;
Room Hire £175, Website £60, Insurance £375, Audit Fees £75, Subscription to Yorkshire Local Councils Associations £225, Stationary £100, Postage £65, Play Area Maintenance £500, Play Area capital expenditure £22,000, Training £500, Victory in Europe (VE) Day commemorations, Pond maintenance, Clerk Renumeration at five hours a week at SCP26.
Income excluding precept
Council Tax Support grant £70, Rent of land £20

12.3 Remuneration of the locum Clerk and recruitment of a new Clerk including pay scales and contracted hours.

13. Dates of meetings for 2020: 
16 January, 20 February, 19 March, 16 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October and 19 November.

Askham Bryan Allotments for Stone and Gravel Charity

Meeting to be held on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Askham Bryan Village Hall following the Parish Council meeting


1.To approve and sign the Minutes of the meeting held on 3rd October 2019

2.Financial Report.

3.Purchase of the Village Play Area

4.To approve a proposal for a budget of £300 for a Christmas lighting ceremony.

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Broadband Latest - 12 January 2019

Cabinet 28
This is now 'Live' and Taking Orders!

To check what cabinet you're connected to visit here.

To get faster broadband you will need to upgrade to a fibre service. There will be no improvement to your existing service from the new cabinet without an upgrade.

If you do choose to upgrade the changeover can take 2-3 weeks. Most ISPs (internet service providers) offer two fibre services a fast service and a faster service. The difference is the speed they give you from the cabinet. Each household will experience a loss of speed deteremined by your distance from the cabinet. The further the distance the greater the loss. This loss though tends to be fixed, therefore the faster the service the faster the speed you will receive.

Cabinet 21
This cabinet is live and taking orders. This cabinet serves the homes built on Askham Fields Lane within the last 20 years.

Cabinet 27
This cabinet is no longer going ahead. The original plan was for this cabinet to be replaced by a new all in one unit. Unfortunately, a suitable power supply could not be provided. We were advised the issue was accessing a suitable independent dedicated power supply Openreach would have full control over. One was not available at the college and bringing one in from outside was not financially viable.

The proposal is to look at providing the residents that should have been served by this cabinet by fibre to the premises. This is where a fibre node is installed at the front boundary of each property. This option is now going to be financially assessed and will need to meet financial viability criteria. Should this option be approved deployment would be in 2019. It is not clear what other options will be available until the scoping work is completed. Efforts will continue to secure a viable superfast solution for all households.


Door to Door Cold Callers

The following message has been issued by North Yorkshire Community Messaging:

Cold Calling is on the rise in and around York. Groups of people are travelling into our area, claiming to be bona fide pedlars and are showing identification to claim this. The permits they are displaying are not valid for the City Of York. They are offering high priced cleaning items. If you have elderly/ vulnerable residents within your area please inform them not to engage with these people and not to open their doors to people they do not know. If your particular area is a no cold calling zone then would suggest that you contact Trading Standards and or City of York Council to highlight this activity. For all non emergency calls in relation to the above please ring 101 and report this to the Police. (Posted 19/11/17)

Letterbox Security Warning

North Yorkshire Police have been made aware of suspicious activity in relation to post being intercepted in external letterboxes. There have been a handful of calls in the county in relation to such incidents. Police are asking residents to be vigilant and report anything suspicious on 101.

Please consider the following when using external letterboxes:

• Ensure the letterbox is secure, and cannot be accessed by anyone else. Consider the location of the letterbox carefully, is it easily seen
• Don’t leave mail uncollected for long periods
• Consider using mail collection services, especially when you are going away for a period of time.

If you suspect your mail has been stolen, contact the sender immediately and Royal Mail.

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Mobile Library - Use it or lose it!

Askham Bryan is lucky enough to benefit from the Mobile Library service. The Mobile Library provides a range of books for adults and children, including large print, audio books and language courses.

You can expect many of the same services that you would find in our other libraries, such as community information and children’s activities, for instance the Summer Reading Challenge. You can return books from other York libraries to the Mobile Library, get your York Card updated and request books.

The Mobile Library visits every fortnight on Thursday between 11.10 and 11.40 and parks near the pond, usually outside the church gates. Follow the link for the latest dates:

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News by ABmail

Would you like to be kept better informed about what's going on in Askham Bryan?; receive reminders about events, activities? Well ABmail maybe just the ticket.

The ABmail service will provide information about issues and events affecting Askham Bryan. This will aim provide updates on events taking place in the village, along with any other issues we feel maybe of interest to residents. For example:

- Village events
- Neighbourhood Watch alerts
- News on proposals that may impact our community
- Updates and news from other Village Groups
- New information made available on the village website

To get receive ABmail emails you will need to sign up to the service, which you can do on the News by ABmail page.