Councillors, their roles and how to contact them
Mrs Geraldine Birks: geraldinebirks “at” gmail.com
Mr Robert Crow (Vice Chair): crowbugpo “at” gmail.com
Mrs Fiona Goodhart: fionaghart “at” aol.com
Lady Halifax: halifax “at” garrowby.plus.com
Mr Stephen Huffington: Stephenhuffington “at” gmail.com, 07932173322
Mr Tom Julian: tjulian”at”halifaxestates.co.uk
Mr Howard Paul: andyhowardpaul “at” aol.com
Dr David Pearson (Chair): david.pearson “at” hyms.ac.uk
Dr Katherine Robinson: kr_messages “at” hotmail.com
The Council’s Clerk
Mr David Lord: dlord “at” halifaxestates.co.uk, 01759 368219
What the Council does
Bugthorpe and Kirkby Underdale is a small parish council of nine councillors serving fewer than 250 residents. The councillors are volunteers who live within the parish. They make the decisions of the Council and the paid Clerk handles all the administration and finances. The Council sets a precept which forms approximately 2-3% of your council tax bill. It spends that to help maintain or improve the village environment and to support community activities. Because many of the councillors are co-opted (i.e. they don’t stand for election because there is only one person seeking to fill each vacancy), the Council doesn’t have a General Power of Competence. This means it can only spend the money where specific legislation allows it to do so. For example, it pays to clean the Bugthorpe bus shelter, it contributes to the church clock maintenance funds and churchyard maintenance in Bugthorpe and Kirkby Underdale, and it contributes to the Kirby Underdale Village Hall and Bugthorpe War Memorial Institute. The Council owns and maintains the street lights in Bugthorpe. In extreme winter weather, it funds gritting of roads which aren’t included in East Riding’s gritting route. In recent years the Council has arranged for litter bins to be provided in the A166 lay-bys bordering the parish.
On behalf of the Council, the Clerk liaises with East Riding of Yorkshire Council about matters affecting the parish. These include pot holes that need repairing and repairs or improvements for the attention of East Riding’s Village Task Force.
The Council comments on all planning applications within the parish and on applications in neighbouring parishes which could impact Bugthorpe and Kirby Underdale residents. The Council’s comments are considered by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, which decides whether to accept or reject each application.
The Council has the power to issue fixed penalty notices for litter, graffiti, fly-posting and breaches of dog control orders (including dog fouling). In practice, dog fouling is the main complaint and the Council tries to identify offenders and request that they clean up for the benefit of other residents.
The Council exists to serve the parish residents so if there is anything you would like to discuss, please contact The Clerk or a councillor.