published on 11th Oct 2021
A number of residents have raised questions about sewage leakage which the MP's offices has taken up with Yorkshire Water. This update has just been received from Yorkshire Water via the MP's office.
Yorkshire water have met to discuss the network in Escrick. There are a number of actions that they have either completed or will be progressing over the coming weeks:
published on 30th Sep 2021 (updated on 3rd Oct 2021)
Escrick Parish Council Update
Bus shelter: By the time this is published, bins should have been installed at the new bus stops. Parish Councillors also agreed to fund a southbound bus shelter (with perch bench) and improved street lighting on the route to the bus stops. City of York Council are still pursuing 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, but have been delayed due to NYCC facing supply chain issues. Plans for a 20mph zone on Carr Lane, and ‘village gateway’ on Skipwith Road are still in progress. We have now received the design for the ‘village gateway’.
Maintenance: The Council has agreed to remove one of the birch trees from the Coronation Monument. This is due to its deteriorating condition and based on arborist advice. The yew will also be pruned to establish a more appropriate sized hedge, albeit it might look a bit bare whilst it regrows.
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: 4th October, 1st November, and 6th December . All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick and Deighton Club. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), firstname.lastname@example.org, Chair (Richard Rowson), email@example.com; Website: escrick.org
published on 24th Sep 2021
There have been various calls in recent days for more action regarding road safety in and around the village.
This note is to summarise responsibilities and recent initiatives:
Road safety is primarily the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council (as the highways authority) and the police.
The County Council determine speed limits, and physical measures such as speed humps and chicanes. The police are responsible for enforcement of speed limits, vehicle safety, etc.
Whilst the Parish Council can seek to raise awareness and lobby, and in some cases provide funding to other authorities, it does not have powers to set speed limits, ban lorries, install speed humps, etc.
Road safety is a key issue for the Parish Council, and an area where a lot of effort has been expended.
What happened to the traffic lights that were promised for the A19?
The Parish Council has been pushing to make the A19 through the village safer for pedestrians, and vehicles exiting Skipwith Road and other side roads.
Highways’ standards limit the options available, but in 2019 the County Council agreed that it would be feasible and desirable to install a traffic light controlled junction at Skipwith Road.
However, they would need the Parish Council to fund the installation cost of the scheme.
The Parish Council consulted residents, and there was overwhelming support for the Parish Council to borrow the money and fund this.
Unfortunately, the County Council then changed their mind, and wanted not only the installation cost of the scheme funding, but the full life cost and risk on any overspend, which took the scheme beyond what the Parish Council could feasibly borrow.
The Parish Council pushed back on this position unsuccessfully, but after much effort concluded there was no realistic prospect of this scheme going ahead, and efforts were better focused on other initiatives. The Parish Council has subsequently approached City of York Council about installing a pedestrian crossing near the new bus stops.
See the dedicated A19 improvements page on the Parish Council website for a more detailed history.
What is being done about speeding in the Parish?
At the request of the Parish Council and others, speed monitoring has been undertaken at various locations in the Parish. Results have found evidence of speeding problem on Skipwith Rd but did not find evidence of a significant problem along Carr Lane, nor on the A19 through the village.
Skipwith Road and the A19 are now designated sites for the police camera van. Statistics regarding the number of deployments and offences caught are on the Parish Council website.
A community speedwatch scheme was established in 2017, focused on the A19. This had to be discontinued when this was made into a police camera van location (as the police do not allow the same locations to have both camera vans and community schemes).
In 2019 the Parish Council purchased a vehicle activated speed sign for Skipwith Road. Speed stats for the sign can be found on the Parish Council website. This is alternated between periods facing north and south.
The speed sign includes a speed logger for every passing vehicle, and the data from this logger has been used to justify the need for a 'village gateway' at the southern entrance to the village on Skipwith Road. Installation is expected in 2021.
For 2021/2022 the Parish Council has made budget provision for installation of 'build-outs' on Skipwith Road (similar to Cawood), if these are deemed to be an appropriate solution. There are mixed views from residents regarding the desirability and effectiveness of these.
The Parish Council has requested that Carr Lane be included in North Yorkshire County Council's scheme for 20mph zones near schools. The request is pending review by NYCC.
Specific speeding concerns can be reported on the North Yorkshire police website.
Why are large lorries allowed to ignore the 7.5T limit on Skipwith Road?
There is a 7.5T environmental weight limit on Skipwith road, but environmental weight limits do not apply to vehicles accessing premises within the 7.5T restriction area (which runs down to North Duffield).
The Parish Council raised concerns with North Yorkshire police that some vehicles may be using the route as a cut-through, not for access. The Police undertook spot checks in late 2020 and all vehicles stopped were found to have a legitimate reason to be within the 7.5T restriction area.
The size of some agricultural vehicles is excessive and dangerous
Central Government are responsible for setting standards for vehicle design and maximum sizes. The MP is elected to represent local interests with central Government policy.
What can be done about inconsiderate and dangerous parking?
Responsibility for parking enforcement depends upon the circumstances:
Responsibility for considering requests for new parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines, resides with the Highways Authority at North Yorkshire County Council.
Parking on pavements is a more complex area, and in practice enforcement is difficult. Central Government are looking at legislative changes in this area.
More detail is on the Parish Council website.
published on 19th Sep 2021
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) & Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report
The Escrick Neighbourhood Development Plan is at Pre-Submission Draft stage (Regulation 14 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended)) and in preparation of the submission of the Plan to the Council a screening report to determine whether the contents of the draft Escrick Neighbourhood Development Plan requires a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).
In line with the SEA requirements the Council has undertaken a six week consultation from 8 June 2021 to 21 July 2021 with the relevant consultation bodies (Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England). The Screening Report and responses from the consultation bodies are available to view below:
published on 17th Sep 2021
'One Night - Two Plays!
Mr and Mrs Hudd are celebrating their wedding anniversary at a friend's house. Friends and family are invited along to share the caviar and to toast this odd-ball couple with champagne. However a creaking floorboard, a leaking pipe and the odd behaviour of the party members makes the day most memorable - for all the wrong reasons.
LOCKDOWN is a new addition to the popular Little Grimley series, which follows the antics of a hapless Amateur Dramatic Society desperate for audiences. In a time of lockdown,the Chairman Gordon calls an emergency meeting, complete with social distancing, to discuss his idea for their next production when restrictions ease.
Thursday 28th, Friday 29th, Saturday 30th October 2021 at 7.30pm
The Village Hall, Escrick
Tickets available from:
Monday Players Members
Further details on the production are available on our website: http://www.mondayplayers.com/
published on 31st Aug 2021 (updated on 3rd Oct 2021)
There was no update in September 2021's magazine
published on 30th Aug 2021
September's Parish Magazine has been published online:https://issuu.com/poppy.green309/docs/escrick_parish_magazine_-_september_2021
published on 27th Aug 2021
From Escrick Park Estate:
As you may be aware, Escrick Park Estate is bringing forward proposals for a carefully masterplanned new settlement for North Yorkshire, known as Heronby.
When we launched the proposals earlier this year Covid restrictions meant it was not possible to hold a public event. We are, however, now preparing to host a consultation event at which you will be able to view the latest on our proposals, have an opportunity to speak to members of the project team, and provide us with your feedback and ideas.
I am pleased to let you know that we are now able to release tickets for the public to attend the event at the Escrick & Deighton Club, Escrick, on Thursday, 16th September and Friday, 17th September.
Bookings are available between 09.30 and 19.00 on the Thursday and 09.30 and 15.00 on the Friday.
We are asking people to book to help ensure a steady flow of visitors and sufficient space to view the exhibition.
Tickets can be booked via the website www.heronby.co.uk.
We look forward to seeing you in September.
published on 15th Aug 2021
Carrs Meadow will be closed to vehicles from 10:00am - 13:00pm on Sunday 22nd August for the Escrick 10k charity run.
published on 1st Aug 2021
The August edition of the Escrick Parish Magazine has been published online!