Parish Magazine Update - August 2021
Escrick Parish Council Update
Neighbourhood Plan: Thank you to everyone who took time to provide feedback on the pre-submission draft of Escrick’s Neighbourhood Plan (NDP). The team will now finalise the documents, before submission to Selby District Council to commence the formal adoption process.
Local Plan: Further to the consultation earlier in the year, Selby District Council are holding a consultation on additional development sites from 2 August and 13 September 2021. None of the proposed additional sites are within Escrick Parish. The consultation will be online at selby.gov.uk/localplan from 2nd August.
Bus shelter: Parish Councillors discussed the need for a southbound bus shelter (with seating) and improved street lighting on the route to the bus stops. Costs are being explored with the aim of making a decision at September’s meeting. At the time of writing, City of York Council are still pursuing the installation of bins, and seeking the inclusion of the bus stops within the City of York fares zone.
Highways: Dropped kerbs have been ordered for various junctions in the village to ease movement for wheelchair users amongst others. Plans for a 20mph zone on Carr Lane, and ‘village gateway’ on Skipwith Road are still in progress, having been delayed whilst North Yorkshire County Council change contractors. A decision of further traffic calming for Skipwith Road, through use of ‘build outs’, will be made later in the year.
Village appearance: Thank you to everyone who has made efforts with flower planting and general tidying of the village – many people have commented favourably.
Playground: We’ve been asked to warn users of the playground of the hazards of mole hills and rabbit scrapes. Work is undertaken from time to time to repair the damage, and Wheldrake Junior Football Club are undertaking improvements to the pitch ahead of next season. However, rabbit scrapes and mole hills can appear at any time, so users are asked to take care and check for trip hazards before using the facility.
Shop: A key area of feedback from previous NDP consultations was the desire of many residents for a shop in the village to replace the general store/post office that closed in 2014. The Parish Council has established a small working group, which is exploring options. This has included consulting with a community run shop in Bishop Wilton, commercial operators such as ‘Pickled at Riccall’ and liaising with land owners for potential locations.
Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations 2022: Various suggestions have been put forward as to how the village might commemorate the occasion, including events, mementos or even establishing a community garden as a lasting legacy. The Parish Council will seek to coordinate through existing groups and volunteers.
Councillors: We have two vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved.
Parish Council meeting dates: 6th September, 4th October, and 1st November (no meeting in August). All meetings at 7.30pm, please check website/noticeboard for venue. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), email@example.com, Chair (Richard Rowson), firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: escrick.org