Chairman’s Report 2018/2019
It is very satisfying to look back at a year of many achievements in Escrick, and apologies if I fail to capture them all here.
Key areas of focus for the Parish Council have included:
Outside of the Parish Council it is great to see the contributions from the various other voluntary groups around the Parish. In particular:
Parish Cllrs Mervin Casling and Brian Forster both stood down during the year – the latter after over 25 years’ service to the Parish Council. Their contributions will be missed.
We welcomed John Reader back to the team, and will welcome Nigel Bartle at May’s meeting. We still have three Parish Councillor vacancies.
We look forward to working with Neil Reader as our new District Councillor for Escrick ward.
As Neil takes on this role, I would like to both personally and on behalf of the Parish Council thank Liz Casling for her numerous contributions over the past 20 years, which conclude over half a century of Liz and her father David, serving the residents of Escrick as Parish, District and County Councillors.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan will continue to be a key area of focus, as it start to build upon the research phase to capture and document policy statements for the future development of the Parish.
The consultation on whether to borrow funds to proceed with the A19/Skipwith Road traffic lights and pedestrian crossing gives residents the opportunity to decide whether to do something tangible about this long running issue of concern.
The programme of additional streetlighting draws to a close, with two additional lights ordered for Main St.
The Council will continue to represent residents to other authorities on issues such as highways and planning.
Notable ongoing planning issues for the Parish Council to represent upon include the ongoing application for the waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet Mine; the caravan/leisure park at the former North Selby mine; the pending application for clay extraction west of the A19; and an application to increase the volume of waste being tipped west of the business park.