Current Parish News

Parish Council Meeting
The next Parish Council meeting will be held at the Village Institute at 7.30pm on Monday, 21st May 2018. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE. This will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council and the first item on the Agenda will be the election of Chairman for 2018/19. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

Art Exhibition
The Tuesday Art Group will be holding an exhibition at the Village Institute on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May. Details on the Village Events page.

Pavilion Bookings
Please note that the Parish Council & CPFA will be reviewing booking procedures for the pavilion. Current bookings will be honoured but no further bookings will be taken until the review has taken place.

Freehoders' Wood - Estovers
Logs are now available at the bottom gate of Freeholders Wood. Please be considerate of the amount you take in order to ensure that everyone benefits. PLEASE NOTE - THIS WOOD IS FOR CARPERBY PARISH RESIDENTS ONLY. If you see, or hear of, anyone else taking wood please report it to one of the parish councillors or directly to a National Park Ranger.

Annual Residents’ Meeting
The Annual Residents’ Meeting was held on Monday, 19th March 2018. The minutes of the ARM 2017 were read and approved and the meeting received the annual report of the Needham Garth Trustees from Councillor Brampton. The Trustees met four times during 2017 and there was an income of £1760.28p. All of this was distributed, plus an extra 0.72p from last year’s surplus, making a total of £1761. A small balance of £1.64p remains. Councillor Brampton asked that residents should inform the trustees of any cases of need in the parish. Contact can be made with Councillor Brampton, as Treasurer or via the Chairman, Mr. Roger Dinsdale, or the other Trustees who are Mr. Martin Beckett and Mrs Janice Peacock.

The annual auction of Parish Lands was once more in the hands of NYCC Councillor John Blackie and this source of Parish revenue was successfully secured for another year.

Councillor Blackie then reported on various items of interest to local residents. The Boundary Commission report on the RDC wards accepted the reduction in the number of councillors to 24. However, the RDC plan for new ward boundaries was rejected and Councillor Blackie’s submission was accepted as the most appropriate redistribution of wards, with one slight amendment. This means that Upper Dales councillors are able to speak exclusively on matters within their area. The Commission’s recommendations are awaiting finalisation, but Carperby will remain firmly within an expanded Castle Bolton ward.

There are still concerns about The Friarage and Darlington Memorial Hospitals.  The consultation process is still ongoing but the closing of the mental health wards at the Friarage seems likely and patients may have to go to Middlesbrough, Bishop Auckland or to a facility in Darlington, which has yet to open. Immediate care provisions are also under threat and anaesthetists may be lost from the Friarage. A similar threat hangs over Darlington Memorial.  Additionally, the midwife-led paediatric service at the Friarage is unlikely to survive without an upturn in the number of births.

The Upper Dales Community Land Trust in Hawes is currently working with Arkengarthdale Parish Council, where a local housing need has been identified. It is hoped that a number of houses will be built, for rental only. The right to buy does not apply to such properties and it is hoped that further development can take place in Hawes and other areas of the dale.

Councillor Blackie also mentioned the success of the community owned petrol station in Hawes, the current options surrounding the three primary schools in the dale and the failure of the initiative to raise the level of Council Tax on second homes.

He concluded by thanking the winter gritting teams from the Highways Department. On behalf of the residents, Councillor Brampton thanked Mr. Blackie for all his hard work.

Village Items – A number of items were raised by village residents.  They were as follows:

·        A discussion took place about the village mower and any future plans to replace it. Councillor Oliver had prepared some calculations that gave an approximate depreciation of the current mower and the cost of replacing it. The meeting felt that a replacement mower would be the best option, perhaps before the end of 2021, but more accurate costings should be obtained.

·    A question was raised about access to the village defibrillator. Councillor Brampton explained that in the case of an incident happening where the defibrillator might be needed it is essential to call the ambulance service first so the need can be assessed. They will give the caller instructions on how to access the machine and use it. The box can be unlocked with the code C147. Please contact Councillor Brampton on 663561 if you require more details.

·      The issue of re-walling some of the Bull Lands was raised. Drainage has now been dug out in preparation for walling to commence.

·       The meeting was informed that Enforcement Officers at YDNPA were aware of the alleged unauthorised changes to the property at Manor Grange Farm. The situation is under review.

Commemoration of  the 1918 Armistice
The Parish Council will be supporting local events commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War in November. A £400 NYCC grant has been obtained from Councillor Blackie to create a brazier that will be situated above Hargill, allowing a beacon to be lit on behalf of the parish. Councillor Oliver is negotiating with Bolton Estate regarding the placement of the beacon.

Parish Forums
The next meeting of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Parish Forum will take place at West Burton Village Hall on Monday 23rd April. The Forums offer an opportunity for better liaison and joint working between the Authority and those Parish Councils and Parish Meetings that sit within the National Park boundary. If you would like an item to be added to the agenda please contact the Parish Clerk on 663847 or Councillor Sheldon on 663808.  The Authority website has details of the work of the forums across the YDNPA, and can be found at

Revised Rubbish Collection Dates

Normal Day         May Day 2018          Revised Date

                                                Tuesday 8th May            Recycling            Wednesday 9th May

                                                    Normal Day     May Bank Hol. 2018    Revised Date

                                                Tuesday 29th May     Household Waste     Wednesday 30th May

For further information contact

Village Green Areas
Councillor Amsden, on behalf of the Parish Council, would like to thank those residents who cut the verges outside their own properties. The work is much appreciated.

A gentle reminder - Please avoid parking, or partially parking, on the village green areas and please take extra care not drive over or across them. Thank you.

Upper Dales Area Partnership
If you have any issues you wish to raise at this forum please contact Councillor Amsden or Councillor Sheldon. Information on NYCC matters can be obtained by contacting Councillor John Blackie at 01969 667123 or email him at:

Local Road Closures

The County Council continues to undertake highway maintenance work and a map that illustrates road closures, and also highlights the alternative routes for diverted traffic, can be viewed on-line by following this link:

Wheels2Work Scheme

If you have problems travelling to work, training or education  the Wheels 2 Work scheme may have the answer. Wheels 2 Work is a not for profit charity that has a fleet of mopeds for loan. Since its launch in 2001 hundreds of local people have benefitted from the scheme. Successful candidates receive a moped, safety equipment, insurance, tax and bike servicing for a small weekly contribution. To be eligible for the scheme you must live in North Yorkshire, be 16 or over, have no suitable transport to travel to work, training or education and hold a provisional licence. For more information and to apply online, visit or telephone Andy Reddick 01609 780458 Ext 209. 

Ambulance Service Community First Responders - REMINDER
The First Responders are still looking to recruit additional volunteers to the team.
This does not require a great deal of time and can easily be arranged around your work/family/social commitments. However, there is a requirement to complete a local training programme in order to qualify. Responders currently cover weekday nights and all day at weekends and bank holidays. Even a small commitment would be helpful to them. If you are interested in joining or simply wish to know more about the service they provide, please contact David Brampton on 663561.

Street Lighting

The County Council are proposing changes to street lighting. According to their information, the changes will not affect the lamp posts that we have in the village, but there will be changes to the type of lamp that is installed. More information can be found at

Parish Salt Bins
A reminder that the two Parish Council salt bins for the village are situated on Hargill and on the north side of the main village green. There is an additional RDC bin in Needham Garth. The salt is to be used on the untreated roads in bad weather conditions. Please do not use the salt for private drives.

Parish Council Facebook Page
There is a new Parish Council Facebook page that can be found here. If you are a Facebook user, send a Friend request and we will add you to the page.


One of the issues to emerge from the recent Parish Plan Event in January was the continuing problem of dog waste in the village. The main problem seems to stem from visitors and it was felt that the location of the dog waste bins could be better advertised. IF YOU OWN A HOLIDAY LET IN THE VILLAGE OR USE YOUR SECOND HOME FOR FRIENDS AND VISITORS, PLEASE PRINT & DISPLAY THE ATTACHED MAP. More copies of the map are available from Councillor Sheldon at The Quarter House.

Upper Dales Health Watch

Follow this link for news.

Freeholders Wood -  YDNPA coppicing plan can be viewed by clicking here. If you wish to speak to Geoff Garrett on matters relating to Freeholders Wood please contact him on 01756 751648    

A reminder that NHS dental provision in the area has been awarded to ADB (Alpha). They have bases in Hawes, Leyburn and Bedale. Residents can register with them by calling 01969 623999.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the local branch of Daleswatch should contact Councillor Brampton via the Parish Council e-mail address at