Dear RDC Web
Rydedale District Council has recently grouped the Farndale West Parish Meeting and Farndale East Parish Council into one new entity – FARNDALE PARISH COUNCIL (FPC).
This Grouping Order was made effective by Anthony Winship on 23 May 2018.
Our new Parish Council will need to comply with the Transparency Code, and make MoM, forms, letters and accounts available to our residents and to local government.
As no precept has ever been levied for the provision of such a website, I am writing to you as Chair of the newly formed FPC to ask if we can use the RDC platform to host our site, as I can see other Parishes are currently doing.
I shall be very soon setting off on a very long expedition (walking to Rome from Farndale), and so I would very much appreciate your earliest response.
As promised at the Parish Council Meeting, I have trawled the internet looking for papers on health risks from microwave masts. I have kept an open mind with a view to getting a clear view.
I think I have read through synopses on about 30 journals, papers and newspaper articles. Some have – to say the least – dubious medical or even professional substance. Some are clearly biased against the mobile phone companies (especially the case in the French and Spanish papers). However, there are some very well documented papers comparing cancer/leukemia/pregnancy risks for groups living close to high power microwave sources and those living far from them.
The best synopsis that I have seen and as far as I can make out, as unbiased a review as I can find, is in The Guardian. It compares studies made by various bodies which I feel are reputable, (e.g. the British Medical Journal).
It makes for interesting reading. I shall not lead you by telling you my opinion, but let you make up your own mind. I hope this helps.
Here is the link.
Dear Val, Janet and Kevin
I would like to raise once again an issue which re-surfaced this morning in Farndale. It was discussed at our inaugural FPC meeting on Tuesday. Fly-tipping.
A lot of waste has been fly-tipped overnight on the roadside by Woodstock. It will have to be specially cleared by RDC. Another burden on the already beleaguered council funds.
I know there are people who invite builders to let them have their waste – for a fee – and will dispose of it for them – no questions asked. If – as I have seen – the waste contains building materials and especially asbestos – then the HWRC’s such as that at Wombleton – will not take it. They will not allow a trailer or van onto the site but they charge the builders sometimes exorbitant fees. There is clearly an incentive for the less scrupulous to get rid of their waste in the dead of night, in quiet areas, of which our National Park has many.
NYCC outsourced the HWRC’s some years ago, and overnight they became less accommodating to people and especially those with trailers and with building waste. A minimum charge was levied against even a single piece of plasterboard in my case. The new regime of ‘Yorwaste’ is more helpful, but the sites still close earlier than they used to, and they still restrict access and levy charges. The small business which needs to maintain competitiveness is in fact incentivised to go elsewhere to dispose of the waste by fly-tipping. They will rarely be found and prosecuted, so I believe the incentive should work in the opposite manner. Sorted waste can have a value. Perhaps someone could look into the value of waste material and make a cost-benefit analysis of the costs of clearing fly-tipping with the sale of the waste, and perhaps even pay people for disposal. Such schemes are already at work in California. People are paid to take their waste to the sites. Some ‘dechetteries’ in France work similar schemes.
We simply want a cleaner countryside.
Please – will you take this up in District Council; in County Council and inThe House?
As you may know, the two parishes of Farndale East and Farndale West have now come under a Grouping Order from Ryedale District Council as of 23 May 2018.
We held the first meeting of the new Parish Council on Tuesday 29 May 2018. We have ten Councillors to cover Farndale. It was a lively meeting, and in the AoB section, which is for residents to speak, we received comments on a number of issues from gritting and road edge degeneration to Emergency Services Network Mast (planning application) and fly-tipping.
Dave Mead was elected Parish Clerk, Ken Wilson as Vice-Chair and myself as Chair. This arrangement will exist until May 2019 when local government elections will take place. At that time, anyone within the Parish boundaries – or within three miles of the boundary – for the previous 12 months – will be eligible to stand for election to the Parish Council.
The next meeting will be on 25 September 2018 , so that the Fandale Show will have as much support as it can get throughout August.
All issues raised by the residents there present have been now been addressed to the Bank, District and Council departments and to our MP – as appropriate.
The Councillors are
Ken Wilson Vice Chair
Dave Mead Parish Clerk
Shelley Nelson Secretary
Stuart Nelson Chair
We do not as yet have our own website, but a specific area on a Cloud website will be used to allow everyone to see the Council documents (MoM, accounts, Planning, Correspondence) until such time as our own website is up and running.
In a first effort to ensure our compliance with the Transparency Code, these MoM are being sent out to all residents, for whom we have an email address. In some cases, we have no email address for some households. If you can pass on the email address of anyone you know who has not received the MoM, we would very much appreciate your fhelp so that we can communicate to as many as possible in the dale.
If you do NOT wish to receive emails from FPC, please let us know as soon as possible.
The Parish Council exists to be the first level of government and to serve the residents of the dale. We are already well supported in Ryedale; in NYCC and in Westminster, and I encourage everyone to be proactive so that we really can do as much as possible for our community. I echo the words of the late, great Harold Dobson who used to say ‘Farndale – Greatest of all of Yorkshire’s great dales”