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Coastal Area Parish Forum

The next meeting of the Coastal Area Parish Forum is on Thursday, 21 April 2022 at 7pm - venue to be confirmed

Access: tbc

Draft notes of meeting held on 25 October 2021 at Loftus Town Hall

1.   Public Question Time

Query from a resident at Cowbar regarding the Coastal Plan for Staithes if Loftus Town Council had been consulted – this has been out to consultation and the report is awaited from Scarborough Borough Council.

The same Cowbar resident is concerned about erosion on the coast. Also concern regarding the installation of the radio mast as the contractors have created a track and large lorries are using it where there should be a weight limit. The Convenor indicated the Authority would make enquiries and contact the Cowbar resident (contact details supplied separately).

Action:Enquiries regarding the installation of the radio aerial, vehicle damage/access and associated works and reported back to Cowbar resident.

Bilsdale Mast – query from Hinderwell PC asking if the Authority is assisting Arqiva to ensure that any masts would receive favourable permissions. The Chief Executive confirmed that we are working with Arqiva expediently to achieve the outcomes required in the erection of temporary masts and considering the planning application for the permanent mast and with Natural England (who consider environmental impacts).

Due to the lack of TV signal, would the Authority consider assisting residents of listed buildings by allowing permission to install satellite dishes. The Authority will do what it can to assist in each situation.

2.  North Yorkshire Rural Commission – Martin Booth gave a presentation on the outcome of the Rural Commission report. The full report is available on the website North Yorkshire Rural Commission | North Yorkshire County Council North Yorkshire County Council are keen to action the recommendations of the report and a Task Group is being set up.

3.  Future of the North York Moors – Tom Hind, Chief Executive, referenced the importance of Parish Forums to discuss issues from Parishes.  There are challenges and changes in all National Parks:

*Farming is integral to the landscape. Profound changes in agricultural support in the form of Environmental Land Management schemes but details still to emerge, likely to be less generous than previous payments. National Park is looking how to help during the transition period.
*Climate Change affects us all so collectively need to look at decarbonising housing (many in the National Park are old, stone built properties), upgrade of energy grid, soil management, carbon sequestration action through tree planting/woodland, improve habitats, water quality and biodiversity.
*Post pandemic recovery phase economic and health and well-being. Balance of tourism that both residents and visitors benefit.
*The new Management Plan will have a collective vision for nature and economy with ambitions, objectives and outcomes for the next 10 years. The Plan will be out for consultation and everyone is encouraged to comment. It is a short, easy to read, 20 page document.

4.  Update on National Park Authority Business – Bob Marley, Parish Member, updated the Forum on:

*Welcome back to face to face meetings and thanks to the speakers
*Staff have continued working throughout the pandemic. Some staff were furloughed. The offices are now fully open on a blended 50/50 work from home/office basis. Work has continued on rights of way and conservation.
*35-40% increase in planning applications and the Planning Team have managed despite staff shortages. This is a nationwide issue.
*Visitor pressure has resulted in litter and bad behaviour.
*Parish Planning Training event on 21 October was well attended with another to be held next year.
*3 year budget settlement expected shortly likely to be modest due to public funds being stretched. The Authority also seeks funding from external sources for projects for example in education and conservation work.
*External funding for conservation work and for young people.
*Climate change officer appointed jointly with Scarborough Borough Council.
*Farming in Protected Landscapes – grants are available to apply for now, full details on the website Farming in Protected Landscapes ( contact Dave Arnott or Rebecca Thompson

5.  Suggestions for new items to discuss at future meetings

*Update on the Rural Commission report
*Potash Update
*Suggestion that a map be created to identify suitable green energy sites
Any further suggestions please email

6.  Any other business – none discussed

7.  Dates and times of next meetings: 21 April  2022 at 7.00 pm;  June/July 2022 – Joint Parish Forum (date and venue tbc);  7 November 2022 at 7.00 pm

Please contact Judith Seaton if you have any queries on 01439 772586 or email .

The following parishes make up the Coastal Area Parish Forum.

Broxa cum Troutsdale
Darncombe cum Langdale End
East and West Barnby*
Fylingdales Moor
Harwood Dale
Hawsker cum Stainsacre
Mickleby Group (includes *)
Newby and Scalby
Newholm cum Dunsley
Skelton and Brotton
Suffield cum Everley