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Parish Magazine update - March 2017
published on 10th Feb 2017
The following update will appear in March's Parish Magazine:
A19 safety: The Community Speed Watch Group is now active, and has undertaken several speed monitoring sessions. Initial results suggest that it is having at least a short-term impact at slowing the speed of passing vehicles. The Parish Council is very grateful to the volunteers involved. The Parish Council is still seeking a meeting with NYCC to request improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities.
Grit bins: These have been installed (and kindly filled by a local volunteer) and are available for residents to use on highways and pavements.
Pollution in the beck: The Parish Council received a complaint about potential pollution in the beck - however by the time the Parish Council was able to attend the reported pollution had gone. Pollution concerns should be reported to the Environment Agency on their 24 hour helpline - 0800 80 70 60. They can make a more timely response, and are responsible for any subsequent investigation. (For reference a list of agencies responsible for services/amenities in Escrick is available on the Parish Council website: www.escrick.org/council/common-questions/).
Business park street lighting: In response to requests from workers at the business park, the council has approached the business park to establish if it (or its tenants) would fund additional street lighting by the bus stop, which the Parish Council would subsequently adopt.
Battle's over - a nations tribute to WWI on 11th November 2018: The Parish Council has expressed an interest in taking part in this national beacon lighting event to commemorate the end of WWI.
Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May, 5th June. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.
Contact: Chair (Richard Rowson), email@example.com; Clerk (Helen Guest), firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: escrick.org
Beck potential pollution reported
published on 9th Feb 2017
The Parish Council has received a complaint about potential pollution in the beck - however by the time the Parish Council was able to attend the reported pollution had gone.
Pollution concerns should be reported to the Environment Agency on their 24 hour helpline - 0800 80 70 60.
They can make a more timely response, and are responsible for any subsequent investigation.
If you are able to take photographs of the pollution and note where it appears to originate from, this may help subsequent investigations.
For reference a more general list of agencies responsible for services/amenities in Escrick is available on the Parish Council website: www.escrick.org/council/common-questions/.>
North Yorkshire County Council’s Countryside Access Service consultation
published on 9th Feb 2017
North Yorkshire County Council’s Countryside Access Service is reviewing how it manages and maintains the county’s public rights of way network.
They are now formally consulting the public on a new proposed approach to prioritising management and maintenance of public rights of way within North Yorkshire, excluding those managed on their behalf by The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.
A set of proposal documents and a consultation questionnaire is now available on the NYCC website and will be available until 19 March 2017.
The documentation is available using the following link:
Escrick Spring Clean 2017
published on 7th Feb 2017
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March - 2pm - 4.30pm
More details: http://bit.ly/escrickgbsc>
QM Invitation - Exhibition by Paul Hobbs in St Margaret's Chapel
published on 1st Feb 2017
From Wednesday 8 - Tuesday 14 February QM will be hosting an exhibition in St Margaret's Chapel by artist,Paul Hobbs, entitled 'The Heart of Things'.
The exhibition is a mixture of painting, sculpture and installation covering all manner of social and religious issues proving to be most engaging with very broad audience (aged 7 years & up). Open for a week with the artist in attendance this is a rare opportunity to talk with an artist about his work.
We would like to extend an invitation to the local community to come and view the exhibition and meet the artist.
Exhibits include work on famine, old age, fatherhood, sexuality, our capacity for violence, suffering the Beatitudes and the Trinity as well as a collection of shoes and stories from Christians around the work.
It is envisaged that the visit would last 45 - 60 minutes and would be suitable for a group numbering up to 20 people - multiple groups may, however, be booked.
If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact Alison Ruddick (email@example.com) with a couple of dates/times when it would be convenient for your group and we will then confirm a time back to you.
If you would like further information on the artist please visit www.arthobbs.com.>
published on 26th Jan 2017
Please see attached information about the Parish Nursing scheme launched locally in June 2016.
Community Speed Watch
published on 16th Jan 2017
A community speed watch scheme has been established in Escrick, specifically targeting the A19.
This is a police sponsored scheme where the police have provided local volunteers with speed measuring equipment and training to undertake speed monitoring at pre-agreed locations.
The aim is primarily to prompt driver awareness of their speed.
Additional volunteers are welcomed to join the group - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
nb: Community Speed Watch can only take place on areas of 30mph and 40mph road, therefore is limited to the village itself - not other areas of the A19.
More information about the scheme is available from the Community Speed Watch website.
New grit bins
published on 16th Jan 2017 (updated on 7th Jan 2018)
The Parish Council has procured three additional grit bins, located at:
- Main St / Carr Lane junction (next to the benches)
- Carr Lane / The Glade junction
- Main St, by the entrance to the village hall car park
The grit is for use on public highways and pavements (please don't take it for private drives/paths).>
Parish Magazine Update - February 2017
published on 11th Jan 2017 (updated on 26th Jan 2017)
The following update will appear in February's Parish Magazine on behalf of the Parish Council:
Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Mervin Casling, Tudor Rees and Kevin Moran, who were co-opted as Councillors at December's meeting - taking us back up to a full complement of eleven Councillors.
A19 safety: The Parish Council wrote to North Yorkshire Council in November, and received a reply in mid-December. The reply states that the 40mph limit is appropriate, but offers a follow-up meeting to discuss alternative ways to improve safety, which the Parish Council will take-up. Separately, the Community Speed Watch group is now established and has received training and equipment, and should start monitoring speeds on the A19 later in January. More details at: www.escrick.org/council/A19
Survey & Budget 2017/18: We received just over 60 survey responses to the survey, of these, 78% said they would support paying an increased precept in exchange for additional facilities/amenities. Frequent themes raised in comments were street lighting, road safety, bus service provision and tidiness and presentation of the village.
The Parish Council has set its precept for 2017/18 at £19,000 - which includes an increase to add additional street-lighting, maintain Parish Council trees, a provision for general village maintenance or lengthsman, and implement audit recommendations to replenish reserves. More details, including full budget, at: www.escrick.org/council/budget2017
North Yorkshire Mineral & Waste plan: The Parish Council has provided a comprehensive response to the consultation regarding sites affecting the Escrick Parish: www.escrick.org/council/minerals-and-waste/
Grit bins: Highways have approved the proposed locations (outside Almshouses, Main St/Carr Lane junction and Carr Lane/The Glade junction), and hopefully these should be in place later in January.
Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.>
Council Tax Consultations
published on 6th Jan 2017
Selby District Council Budget Consultation
Selby District Council is inviting comments on its proposed budget. Your comments will help to guide Selby District Council decisions to ensure we deliver our services while balancing our budget.
In preparing the budget we started with the priorities you’d previously identified. More details about these priorities are set out in our Corporate Plan. Our budget invests in the key priorities for the district and the Council, such as jobs growth and housing. We’re also looking at transforming services – this means delivering them in a better way at a lower cost as well as charging for discretionary services. This way we can protect frontline services and save money.
North Yorkshire Police Budget Consultation
55% of North Yorkshire Police’s funding comes from the Government. But the remaining 45 % is raised locally and is paid for by you, through your council tax.
It is this local funding – called the ‘police precept’ – that Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, wants to hear your views on.
The deadline for comments is 11 January 2017.
The options you can choose from are:
- Freeze the precept. Meaning no more to pay locally, but harder for the police to deliver services and balance the books.
- Increase the precept by 1.99 % in order to raise just over £1.2 million for next year and subsequent years, but avoid a costly local referendum. This would mean the average household paying 8p a week more.
- Put the precept up by more than 1.99 % which could raise more money, but will mean at least £700,000 spent on a referendum on the proposals.
Tell Julia what you think and find out how much you are currently paying and what an increase of 1.99 % would mean to you at www.telljulia.com>