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  • Community Payback

    Details of the work of the Community Payback Team in Hampsthwaite Hampsthwaite Parish Council was approached in December 2016 to seek our support for the Community Payback scheme. The Unpaid Work Requirement (commonly known as Community Payback) is one of the requirements that can be included in a community order. It involves service users doing compulsory work for the benefit of the community. Types of Work Undertaken Work in Hampsthwaite Volunteers Current Year Reports Contact: Unpaid Work Placement Coordinator, Interserve (Justice) The Humberside, Lincolnshire & North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company Ltd Harrogate Probation Office Harrogate Redefining the future for people and placesWebsite: www.interserve.comPhone: 07720  213674Email:
  • Information

    The Village Room began its life as a purpose-built reading room constructed in stone with a boarded roof covered in slate and with its interior beams exposed in a vaulted roof. It opened to the public in August 1890. Now the Room is a regular venue for meetings including the Parish Council, the Village Society Committee and the Wednesday Group.Hampsthwaite Village Room High Street,HG3 2ET For bookings, contact: T:  01423 770332 E: See also the History section for a brief history of
  • Village Room Events Calendar

    Details of events and meetings at Hampsthwaite Village Room.PLEASE NOTE: whilst every effort is made to ensure this calendar is kept up to date and can be used for guidance, potential Village Room users are strongly advised to confirm vacancies with the Booking Secretary before committing to a date for any new events. For bookings, contact:Booking SecretaryT:  01423 770332E: you need to visit the Village Room prior to an event, please make an appointment with the Booking Secretary to help us avoid any inconvenience to other hirers.
  • Harrogate Housing Association

    Affordable Homes to Rent and Buy for local people at Grange Park Hampsthwaite We are a small, but expanding, housing association who only operate in the Harrogate District. We offer homes for rent and on a shared ownership basis and have 1, 2 and 3 bedroomed homes on Grange Park. With a personal, local service we want to help our customers create homes near family and work.
  • Christmas Tree Festival

    St. Thomas a Becket Church, Hampsthwaite are holding a Christmas Tree Festival over the weekend of 15th – 17th December.There will be a ‘Preview Evening & Concert ’ on Friday 15th with wine and canapes being served from 6.30 p.m and with a choral performance from Voces Seraphorum from 7.00 – 7.45 p.m. – tickets can be purchased from Hampsthwaite Post Office or you can buy them on the door (£7.00).The church will be open from 10.00 – 16.00 on Saturday 16th December for you to come along and enjoy the Christmas Trees and there will be refreshments served throughout the day.
  • Hands Off Hampsthwaite Action Group

    Newsletters and Updates resulting from Action Group meetings An Action Group to oppose excessive development in Hampsthwaite was formed following the public meting at the Memorial Hall on Thursday 19th July 2017.Meetings are held on Monday evenings, 6.00pm  at Sophie's Coffee Shop unless advised otherwise. Email: URL: FaceBook:@handsoffhampsthwaitevillage Twitter:
  • Management Committee Meetings

    "The general management and control of the Trust Premises and the Arrangements for their use shall be vested in a Committee of Management (hereinafter called “the Committee”) consisting of not more than Twenty-five members (exclusive of members co-opted . . . )" and "All members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting". Extracts from Conveyance No.8791 dated 24th April 1953


    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Link to Harrogate District Draft Local Plan Additional Sites consultation 14 July - 25 August 2017 (opens in a new window)
  • Birstwith Road Site (HM9)

    Harrogate Borough Council is preparing a new Local Plan that will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035. Birstwith Road is proposed as an Additional Site HM9 and is now the subject of a consultation exercise.See:
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Meeting 10th June 2013

Parish Council mailings for meeting on 10th June 2013

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 10 June 2013
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  1. We wish to confirm that the Planning Training event on Friday, 28 June at The Cedar Court Hotel, Wakefield is now full and no further bookings can be taken.
    There will be further Planning Training in the coming months which will be emailed to everyone when dates and venues are organised.
    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

  • Harrogate & Ripon CVS Monthly E-Mailing - June 2013
  1. Find out what’s happening in our local voluntary and community sector –
    Our HARCVS publications for June are available to download on our website

  • Rural Opportunities Bulletin
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  • Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News June 2013
  1. The June issue of our popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now.
    A pdf copy can be downloaded here.
    June’s issue has stories on:
        First recipients of the government's £9.5 million funding and support
        Ban the Plan in Winsford
        Broadland top-ups
        Updates on Herefordshire and Warwickshire
        Community Infrastructure Levy

  • Weekly Email News Digest - 4 June 2013
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  • Andrew Jones MP's Health Service Survey
  1. As the first Member of Parliament for this constituency to live in it, I know just how important the National Health Service and our local hospital are. That is because I use the local NHS, am registered with a local GP and use the local hospital.
    That is why I have decided to undertake a special health survey.   

  • STOP Burglary - local event
  1. The Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership will be working within the villages of Bishop Monkton, Burton Leonard and Staveley tomorrow morning.  (Tuesday  4 June)
    Unfortunately the villages have been subject to a small number of burglaries recently and we will be providing crime prevention advice to reassure households and to encourage residents to review their security. The break-ins tend to be during the day at detached properties with ‘hot property’ being small items such as cash, jewellery and small electrical items such as cameras and phone.
    We will be delivering a small information packs to certain households in the area in conjunction with North Yorkshire Police.
    I have also attached a copy of our See It Report It leaflet which gives all the necessary contact details for reporting crime and antisocial behaviour.
    We are also actively encouraging residents to report any suspicious individuals or vehicles.
    The Harrogate district continues to be a safe place to live and by providing crime prevention advice we hope to maintain this status.
    If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss.
    Julia Stack BA (Hons)
    Community Safety & CCTV Manager
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Springfield House
    Kings Road
    North Yorkshire
    HG1 5NX

  • Video of the opening of the Nidderdale Greenway.
  1. Firstly, can I thank you all for your input into the opening celebration. We wouldn’t have had anything to celebrate if it hadn’t been for your support through thick and thin and the atmosphere created at Ripley on the day was great!
    Do have a look at the video and photos of the event at the link below:
    and take time to savour the accomplishment before moving onto the next project – which I hope you will all continue to meet to support!
    I’m afraid my funding to do these Connect2 projects has come to an end so I won’t be able to continue to attend steering group meetings but it’s great to have finished on such a high and I wish you all the best in your endeavours going forward, building on our success with phase 1,
    Claire Wright
    Senior Project Officer, Infrastructure, Yorkshire and the Humber
    Sustrans | Leeds Bridge House | Hunslet Road | Leeds | LS10 1JN
    Tel: +44 (0) 113 2450006  Fax: 0113 2456503

  •  North Yorkshire Now June 2013
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  • YLCA Training Course - Planning

  • YLCA Info Note for 31 May 2013
  1. Growth and Infrastructure Bill - effect on Village Greens

  •  Rural Vulnerability Service - Broadband
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  • Notice of forthcoming meeting of Harrogate Area Committee 6 June
  1. Attached is an e-version of a Notice, along with the agenda, for the next meeting of the Harrogate Area Committee to be held on 6 June.


  • Letter from Councillor Ken Browse, Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils (NALC): Update on meeting with Department for Communities and Local Government Minister
  1. Dear Colleagues

    I wanted to update you on my meeting with the Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP last week, where among other issues I kept up the pressure on our call for statutory guidance and transparency over council tax support funding.

    The key points of the meeting are below for your information and reference:
    ·         I reminded the Minister of his promise to exert immediate pressure on those billing authorities withholding grants as I am still concerned about problems in Swindon and Bromsgrove. It is vital you contact your county association if you are also being refused the compensating grant.
    ·         at my previous meeting with the Minister in April I continued to press for a share of business rates for parish and town councils and last week I followed this up by providing him with a range of examples of parish and town councils who are actively leading and supporting local economic development in their area. I urged the Minister to consider these examples and work with us on measures to incentivise and support further innovative activity.
    ·         we discussed the Local Audit and Accountability Bill and I expressed concerns over auditor procurement, outlined our opposition to enshrining in law the publicity code and pressed him to use the Bill to reform the rules on parish polls to protect parish and town councils from vexatious use wasting tax-payers money.
    ·         I welcomed recent progress on cheque payment reform as this will help our councils save time and money. I am confident this will be resolved in this Parliamentary session and by the Autumn you can start to give your chequebooks a rest!
    ·         although not his direct responsibility, the Minister’s Department is still considering how to change the rules to make it easier to set up parish and town councils, and what support people and communities might need. I urged the Minister for progress on this, in particular the introduction of a right of appeal and support package.

    While it was a productive meeting, we will continue to keep up the pressure on Government on all the above areas through our political and parliamentary work.

    There are a few other issues I want to update you on or draw your attention to:
    ·         I’m following the NALC/All Party Local Democracy Group  What next for localism? inquiry with real interest and a wealth of ideas have been submitted so far, on topics ranging from local government finance to councillor training to social media. I would encourage you to have your say on what’s good, bad or ugly about the Government’s localism agenda through the inquiry website.
    ·         Still on the subject of social media we've expanded how we communicate and engage with our councils and beyond, so please 'like' our Facebook page and 'follow' @NALC on Twitter
    ·         I'm really looking forward to attending and speaking at our three 'Putting Communities First' conferences this year, which kick-off in London next month. I hope to see you or there or in Sheffield or Bristol, for more information and how to book please visit the event page on our website.
    ·         Hot on the heels of January's joint event with the Local Government Association on partnership working and devolution of services, we're holding another free event on 23 July, this time on the General power of competence. More details will be available shortly, so keep an eye on and information from your county association.
    ·         Finally I wanted to share with you my delight at the news Government has agreed to extend the Sustainable Communities Act to parish and town councils. This is a real achievement and a direct result of lobbying by NALC, county associations and member councils. It's important not to overlook other lobbying successes in recent months – important benefits of your membership – so we’ve developed a short note setting out a few examples where NALC and county associations have worked on your behalf to advocate parish and town councils and bring about change. As Henry Ford once said: "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."


    Councillor Ken Browse
    National Association of Local Councils

  • FREE Seminar: Rural Youth
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  • Over 50's Forum socials June -August
  1. Hello
    I am writing to let you know that the Over 50s Forum are holding coffee mornings and afternoons in the Old Swan in Harrogate and the Dower House in Knaresborough over the summer.  If you are able to pass the information on or help publicise the gatherings we would be very grateful.  If you would like me to send a hard copy please let me know.

    Thanks very much

    Christine Boxall
    Service Co-ordinator
    Carer’s Time Off
    Harrogate Easier Living Project
    Telephone 01423 813094
    Usual working days Monday - Thursday

  • Notice of forthcoming meeting of Harrogate Area Committee 6 June
  1. Attached is an e-version of a Notice, along with the agenda, for the next meeting of the Harrogate Area Committee to be held on 6 June.
  • Weekly Email News Digest - 28 May 2013
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  • Rural Vulnerability Service - Transport
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  • Project funding - Expressions of Interest invited
  1. Please share the documents attached as appropriate to invite bids for project funding:
    Deadline for Bids is 16th June 2013.
    Projects must be completed by 31st March 2014.
    Please read the Key Points document attached before submitting a bid.

    The Partnership Plan 2013-14 is attached to inform potential applicants about our priorities.
    Please note that the Police & Crime Commissioner has a Community Fund which also offers funding for local projects.

    Thank you
    Sarah Glew
    Admin & Project Support Officer
    Community Safety Partnership
    Harrogate Borough Council
    Department of Community Services
    Springfield House
    Kings Road
    HG1 5NX
    01423 551652


  • HBC Commuted sums training
  1. A session of training will take place on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 7pm in the Council Chambers.
    Any organisation that is involved with the commuted sums can ask a representative to attend.

    If you wish to attend please write in to by Friday 7 June 2013

  • YLCA Admin - INFO NOTE FOR 17 MAY 2013
  1. Please find attached our most recent e-bulletin for information.

  • Mobile connectivity in England - Simplifying the planning process
  1. Further to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport’s September announcement of measures to improve communications infrastructure in England, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are proposing to simplify the planning process to support swifter roll out of the 4th Generation (4G) of highspeed mobile broadband technology.

    The Government proposes amendments to:
    ·         the Town and Country Planning Act to grant increased permitted development rights for quicker installation of communications infrastructure
    ·         Update the Electronic Communications Regulations with complementary changes to installing communications infrastructure
    ·         Updating and clarifying both sets of regulations to reflect technology changes and to remove ambiguity.

    The overall changes proposed by DCMS aim to address increasing demand for mobile capacity and improve the levels of internet penetration across England, particularly across rural areas.  DCMS hopes the amendments will maximize the use of existing structures and buildings, extend existing permitted development rights for mobile communications, clarify existing permitted development rights to remove ambiguity and amend some permitted development right thresholds.

    The consultation asks 12 specific questions on legislative amendments including:
    ·         increasing the threshold for antenna height from up to 4 meters to up to 6 meters on land in non-protected areas;
    ·         increasing the number of antennae allowed on buildings; amending the definition of antenna to include the “structure, mountings, fixings and brackets necessary to support the antenna”;
    ·         enabling mobile operators to install minor upgrades under permitted development rights with prior approval, among others.

    The consultation document is available here

    Member councils are free to submit their own responses direct to Government. However YLCA will be submitting a response to the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) to inform its own submission to Government ahead of the consultation deadline of 14 June 2013. Further to that we would be grateful if member councils could send their views to YLCA by 6 June.

    Yours sincerely
    Chris Pilkington
    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations

  • Minerals and Waste Joint Plan
  1. Thank you for your email in relation to the Minerals and Waste Joint plan. As requested, please find attached a copy of the consultation leaflet, letter and poster. All the consultation material is available to view and download from our consultation website

    Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.
    Michelle Saunders
    Minerals and Waste Joint Plan Team
    Planning Services
    North Yorkshire County Council
    County Hall
    DL7 8AH

  • Rural Services Network - Weekly Email News Digest - 20 May 2013
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  • Minerals and Waste Joint Plan - First Consultation
  1. North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and North York Moors National Park Authority

    Minerals and Waste Joint Plan – First Consultation Launch

    We are contacting you because you have previously shown an interest in, or the Authorities believe you may have an interest in, minerals and waste planning in the North Yorkshire area. North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and North York Moors National Park Authority have decided to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan covering all three planning authority areas. The Joint Plan will build on recent work on minerals and waste planning already carried out in some parts of the area.

    A Leaflet, Letter and Response Form are attached which provide details on the consultation. Further information, including a background paper to the consultation, is available on the website:

    The consultation period for this stage of the Joint Plan will run until Friday 28th June 2013 and all responses must be received by 5pm on that day.

    To find out more visit our Joint Plan website

  • YLCA Admin- Planning Training
  1. There are still places available on the following training, if you wish to reserve or book a place please email

    (Full day course with refreshments and lunch included)
    Friday, 28 June 2013
    Cedar Court Hotel, Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3QZ easily accessible, just off Junction 39, M1
    This session aims to help councils understand their role in and get the most from the planning system.
    There will a particular focus on
    ·         What is Planning?
    ·         The role and responsibilities of local councils in the planning system
    ·         The plan making context, in particular the new National Planning Policy Framework introduced in 2012 and
    ·         Responding to planning applications, including best practice
    This full day course will commence at 10.30am with an hour in the middle of the day for lunch and networking and will conclude at 4.00pm.
    The sessions will focus on the new National Planning Policy Framework and best practice for local councils in responding to planning applications in their area under the NPPF which was introduced in 2012.              
    The cost of a place is £115 per delegate including lunch and refreshments.

    Yorkshire Local Councils Associations
    York House
    Outgang Lane
    YO19 5UP
    Tel:  01904 436622

  • Rural Services Network - Rural Vulnerability Service - Fuel Poverty
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  • Rural Action Yorkshire - Our latest e-bulletin: Neighbourhood Planning and sustainable communities
  1. We've packed even more into this issue, as our new Information Officer is making sure our website is updated with important announcements, news, opportunities and also updates on RAY's projects. Here are the items we didn't want you to miss.
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  • Local Account - Discussion at Parish Council Meeting.
  1. Dear Colleagues,
    I am e-mailing to request if you could please circulate the following documents to your parishes. North Yorkshire County Council has a legal obligation to produce an annual Local Account which informs the public how we spend taxpayers’ money in relation to adult social care services.
    I have attached an electronic copy of the Local Account document and also a flyer which incorporates a questionnaire. I would appreciate if you could discuss these at your next parish meetings, complete a copy of the questionnaire and return to me at North Yorkshire County Council, Health and Adult Services, Room 211, County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton, DL7 8DD.  
    If you would prefer you may e-mail these back to me at
    Please can you indicate on your questionnaire which Parish you represent. As I am collecting this information to influence the writing of the next Local Account, I would appreciate your views by 28th June 2013.
    If you require any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on  01609 534299 .
    Thanking you in advance,
    Kind Regards,

    Stacey Keeling
    Project Assistant
    Project Team
    Modernisation and Change
    Health and Adult Services
    Room 211
    County Hall
    Racecourse Lane
    DL7 8DD
    Tel:  01609 534299 
    Ext: 4299
Meeting 10th June 2013
Parish Council mailings for meeting on 10th June 2013