Road closure information

Yorkshire Water

will be starting a scheme to replace a clean water pipe along the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road between its junctions with Penhowe Lane and Low Lane to Ruffin Lane. The current pipe is in need of replacement and has been prone to leaking. We need to complete this essential work now to ensure we can continue to supply high-quality drinking water to local customers.

On Monday 16th November 2020 our capital partners Morrison Utility Services and Andrew Hughes Utility Service will start work to lay the new water pipe. The pipe will be laid using a mixture of open trench excavation and directional drilling techniques which we expect will take until mid-January 2021 to complete. Our normal working hours will be Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.30pm. On occasions we may need to work a little later and on a weekend. (N.B. Just been informed of a delay to the start of this work. I will post any further information as it is relaid to me. Ed.)

No work will be carried out over the Christmas and New Year period.

To carry out this scheme safely we’ll need to work in the highway and, for safety reasons, will require a junction closure and traffic management.

We understand that these works will be inconvenient which is why we’ve liaised closely with North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department regarding every aspect of this essential scheme.

Phases of work and notice of road closure:

The start and finish locations of each phase are approximate and may be subject to change due to ground conditions and other unexpected problems that are encountered as the scheme progresses. Approximate start and completion dates for each section of road will be:

First phase and notice of junction closure of Low Lane and Penhowe Lane at Four Lane Ends

The first phase of the scheme will start on Monday 16 November on Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road at its junctions with Penhowe Lane and Low Lane.

To ensure the safety of road users and the site team it will be necessary to close Low Lane and Penhowe Lane’s access on to the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road to through traffic as we complete our work at this junction. These junction closures will be in operation 24 hours a day and we expect the work to take approximately 2 weeks to complete at this location.

Two-way traffic lights will also be in operation during this period for traffic travelling north and south on the Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road.

Vehicular traffic travelling between Westow and Burythorpe will need to use Ruffin Lane whilst this junction closure is in place.

Second phase:

The second phase of the scheme will commence on approximately 30 November and will take until the end of the scheme to complete. This part of the scheme will see the works proceed in short sections along Four Lane Ends to Eddlethorpe road towards Ruffin Lane.

During this phase, to ensure the safety of the site team and road users, it will be necessary to have two-way traffic lights in operation 24 hours a day. These will move as our work progresses.

If a customer’s property is within our working area we’ll do our best to maintain access to their driveway during the work however, there may be occasions when we’ll need to temporarily restrict access while we lay the new pipe past their property. If we need to do this our site team will contact and liaise with them in advance.

As we’re laying a new pipe, we’re not expecting to affect anyone’s water supply. If this becomes necessary, we’ll notify them of the dates and times in advance if they will be affected.

We’re writing to customers in the area to notify them of these works and to let them know we won’t need access into their premises and to always be aware of bogus callers and before letting anyone in please make sure they ask to see their identification.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank everyone in advance for their patience.

Please be assured we’ll do everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum and complete the work as quickly as possible.

If you’ve any questions about this work please contact either me, Mark, on 07790 617933 or our customer experience team on 0344 848 1099 (Monday to Thursday 8am to 5.30pm and 8am to 5pm on Friday) and quote reference.

Agenda for 11th November 2020 meeting






 11th November 2019





1. Agreement of Minutes (All)

2. Action Log (All)

3. Clerks Update (AF)
                Dates for 2021 meetings

4. Budget & Finance (JS)
                2021 Precept

5. Planning Applications (HC)

6. Benches in Village (All)

7. Footpath (Firby)/Public Highway Firby (All)

8. AOB

              Review of the use of AOB in the future





Public Participation at Parish Council meetings

Public Participation at Parish Council Meetings

The following may offer some guidance to members of the public on how a Council meeting works and when members of the public can participate. The guidance is based on that provided by the National Association of Local Councils and is similar to that provided by Parish Councils nationwide.

The role of the Parish Council

Parish councils are a local authority that makes all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community – most commonly planning matters, crime prevention, managing open spaces and working to deliver better services. Parish Councillors are unpaid volunteers who give their time and service freely to assist the local community. Westow Parish Council is made up of 9 Councillors (one of whom is elected as Chairperson) and the Clerk.

Meetings of the Parish Council (PC) are not public meetings but members of the public have a statutory right to attend meetings of the council as observers. They have no legal right to speak unless the PC Chairperson authorises them to do so. However, as part of its community engagement, Westow PC now sets out a time during the meeting agenda for public participation when members of the public are invited to speak.

Are residents allowed to speak or contribute?

A public participation session takes place following a temporary adjournment of the meeting. It is an opportunity for members of the public to:

(a) make representations,

(b) answer questions or

(c) give evidence relating to the business to be transacted.

Such sessions form part of the PC meeting in law and shall be duly minuted.

Procedure for a member of the public to speak at Parish Council meetings

Members of the PC are always willing to discuss topics put forward by the public. The following points are intended to help make the best use of the public participation session.

  •  If at all possible please make a call or send an email prior to the meeting to the Clerk to let them know you wish to speak or raise an issue at a forthcoming PC meeting. This is because the Clerk can bring along to the meeting, or research before the meeting, information which may help Councillors with the query.
  • Our agenda is prepared about a week before each council meeting so you will need to inform the Clerk about 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. Although this might seem a long time in advance, the PC is required by law to publicise its agenda at least 3 clear days before each meeting. (The date for the next meeting is given at the end of the Minutes of the previous meeting which can be found on the Westow PC website and are also posted on the Westow village noticeboard.)
  • When the meeting reaches the agenda item of ‘public participation’, the Chairperson will suspend the meeting and members of the public will be allowed to speak. At this point Parish Councillors should not interrupt or debate issues with the public, but sometimes, if it is counter-productive not to, they may respond.
  • The time for the public participation session is limited to 10 minutes. Please study the agenda carefully so that when the opportunity arises you can make the best use of your time. If more than one member of the public wishes to speak on the same topic then they should nominate one person to speak on their behalf. This will avoid duplication and make the best use of the public participation period. Ideally someone should try and speak for no more than 3 minutes especially if there are others waiting to speak.
  • The Chairperson has the right to say that any question or statement is inappropriate and will not be accepted.
  • Neither Parish Councillors nor the Clerk should be put under pressure to respond immediately to comments made during the public participation session. Members of the public do not have a right to force items onto the agenda nor to insist on how matters are recorded in the minutes.
  • When all the members of the public who wish to speak have done so the Chairperson will resume the PC meeting. A decision binding in law (this is particularly relevant to financial decisions) cannot be made unless a specific item is included on the agenda. Thus, after the public participation session the PC will consider the   items raised and decide:

a) if the issue raised is on the current meeting agenda then it will be discussed under the appropriate item

b) if it is a matter which can be referred by the Clerk to another authority, or;

c) if the item is not on the agenda, and may need a PC decision or expenditure, it would need to go onto a   future agenda.

  • After the public participation session, members of the public are welcome to stay for the remainder of the PC meeting as observers, but will not be able to join in discussion unless invited to do so by the Chairperson.

What about ‘bad behaviour’ at a Parish Council meeting

All persons present will act respectfully towards every other person present and will not act in a manner that demeans, insults, threatens or intimidates him or her. All statements, questions and responses must be related to the facts of the matter and not personal in nature. Members of the public disturbing a PC meeting will be asked by the Chairperson to desist in any behaviour considered to be disrupting the meeting. If the behaviour continues the PC can resolve, without discussion, that the person(s) withdraw from the meeting.

September 2020

Remembrance Day 2020

Marking Remembrance Day during the pandemic

Remembrance Day 2020 is likely to be very different to past years, but we shouldn’t allow coronavirus to prevent us recognising and celebrating our veterans. That’s why Community First Yorkshire are offering gift boxes to older ex-servicemen and women in North Yorkshire. Funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, boxes will include a collection of Yorkshire-themed items, including biscuits and teabags, as well as commemorative items from the Royal British Legion’s Poppyshop.

The packs are free of charge and will be delivered in early November, arriving in time for Remembrance Sunday. (Packs are suitable for both men and women.)

To be eligible for a pack, veterans must:

  • be aged 65 or over;
  • have served in HM Armed Forces (including National Service) or have seen active service as part of the Merchant Navy;
  • live in one of the North Yorkshire districts (i.e. Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough or Selby).

If you meet the above criteria, or you know an older veteran who does, please see more information on, email  or call us on 01904 704177.

There are 150 boxes available and they will be distributed on a first come first serve basis, while stocks last, max 1 per household. Deadline for applications is 18 October 2020.

Many thanks

Claire Hetherington

Marketing & Communications Officer




Photo request


We like to use photographs of the Yorkshire area in our annual review.
If you have some good photos of features of your parish, please send
them to us in j.peg format, telling us the name of the parish and
details of what is in the photo. Please send these to:

Consultation: Tackling Loneliness


The draft Loneliness Strategy for North Yorkshire is now available for consultation.

Councils and parish meetings are invited to review and feedback on this strategic framework for preventing and tackling loneliness in North Yorkshire.  They are also invited to forward the details of this consultation to voluntary groups, charities and other organisations in their parish.

This is a county-wide framework which has been developed as part of The Loneliness Campaign, a project funded through the National Lottery Community Fund, North Yorkshire County Council and Defra to help support and inspire more local action to ‘turbo charge’ the county’s response to tackling loneliness.

The framework can be viewed and commented on by clicking the links below:

TLC County-Wide Strategic Framework Consultation

The consultation for this strategy is open until midnight on Sunday 1 December 2019.

If you have any questions about The Loneliness Campaign or experience any problems accessing the survey please email


Swift boxes

If anyone would like a nesting box for swifts there are two available. They need to be assembled (which is quite straightforward) and advice is available. Just email