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Parish Magazine Update - January 2021

published on 31st Dec 2020

The following notice appears in the January 2021 Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council Update 

Highways: 

Skipwith Road speeding: A site meeting was held with a highways representative from North Yorkshire County Council. Several potential speed mitigation measures were discussed, the two most feasible being (a) the construction of a ‘village gateway’ (fences either side of the road, with a narrowing painted on the road), and/or (b) a ‘build-out’ (like at Cawood, where the road is briefly narrowed to one lane). NYCC may have funding for the village gateway, but the Parish Council would need to fund a build out. The Council agreed to initially implement a ‘village gateway’ and to make budget provision for a build-out, if the gateway wasn’t effective alone.

20mph school zones: The County Council has amended its criteria for 20mph zones around schools.  The Parish Council confirmed it supported a 20mph zone on Carr Lane in principle, subject to consultation on signage to avoid sign clutter.

Dangerous/inconsiderate parking: The Parish Council has received several reports of dangerous and inconsiderate parking in the village, but also concerns that traffic warden/police action is not very neighbourly given the ongoing pandemic. The Parish Council felt that given the public safety implications, residents should nonetheless report dangerous parking to the police via 101 or the safer neighbourhoods team.

Lorries passing through the village:  Concerns were raised that lorries are passing through the village despite the 7.5T environmental weight restriction. It was explained that the 7.5T restriction does not apply to vehicles accessing sites within the restriction area, and that there was a lot of agricultural activity within the area, and the food processing plant near Thorganby, that may account for at least some of the traffic.  It was agree to request that the police undertake spot checks to ascertain if there is a problem with lorries using the route unlawfully.

A19: The Parish Council is awaiting further discussion with City of York Council about a pedestrian crossing.

Bus stop:

The 415 is now using the bus laybys outside the SangThai.  The Parish Council is working with City of York Council to get options for a bus shelter and lighting as a priority, and has agreed in principle to contribute to the cost of these.

Budget:

The Council has set its budget for 2020/21, increasing the precept from £19,000 to £20,000 per annum. The increase broadly reflects the increase in non-discretionary costs since the last increase 4 years ago.  This will allow for around £6,000 of maintenance and discretionary spending.  The key items budgeted for being a contribution to the cost of a bus shelter and lighting for the bus stops on the A19 and a contribution to costs of speed calming on Skipwith Road. See https://www.escrick.org/council/budget-2021 for more details.

Planning:

Selby District Council is expected to start a consultation early in the new year on its new ‘local plan’.  This is a plan that sets out a vision and framework for future growth of Selby district, identifying where new housing, employment and other development could take place. 

In early 2020 the District Council consulted on the issues and options, and in the summer land-owners were invited to submit any land to be considered for development. This allows the District Council to identify potential sites, before evaluating which of these potential sites are preferred. This takes into account a wide range of factors, from access to employment and services, through to flood plain and designations such as green belt. It also considers what infrastructure investments are required to support the proposed sites. For housing, national Government sets targets for the number of houses to be built, and the district council is required to produce a Local Plan that identifies sufficient sites to accommodate these.

In early 2021 the District Council will carry out a public consultation on the preferred sites. Several sites have been submitted for consideration within Escrick Parish. The Parish Council will endeavour to make residents aware and represent residents’ views when the consultation is published. More details on our website: https://www.escrick.org/council/selby-local-plan-2020/

In parallel with the Local Plan, the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group is making good progress on the Neighbourhood Plan for Escrick Parish. This will complement the Local Plan providing more local context, policies and design guidelines. 

Playground:

The Council was made aware that the police were investigating reported breaches of social distancing legislation at the playground. As a result, a temporary ‘3pm until dusk’ closure was introduced during November. This has now been lifted. The Council has worked hard to keep the facility open for residents, and it is important that our rules and national legislation are complied with to achieve this.

Vacancies: We  have three vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved.

Parish Council meeting dates:    4th January, 1st February, and 1st March. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

 

January 2021 Parish Magazine

published on 31st Dec 2020

The January 2021 edition of the Escrick Parish Magazine has been published online! 

Here is the link: https://issuu.com/poppy.green309/docs/escrick_parish_magazine_january_2021

Grass cutting contract 2021

published on 11th Dec 2020

Escrick Parish Council is seeking quotes from parties interested in providing grass cutting and related services.

This includes the village green, playground/playing fields, and most verges within the village. Additionally a small number of hedgerows are also included.

'Requests for proposal' setting out the details of the services required, and information required alongside the quote, can be obtained from the clerk - clerk@escrick.org.   Responses should be submitted no later than 4th January 2021. The services will start from April 2021.


Playground update - 8th December 2020

published on 8th Dec 2020

I’m pleased to announce that the Parish Council has agreed that the playground will revert to previous opening times from prior to lockdown – i.e. the playground will now close at dusk rather than 3pm.

Please can I ask for help complying with our rules, and the wider COVID regulations, to reduce the risk of having to reintroduce closures.

In particular, there is a limit of 20 people (adults and children) on the site, and each piece of equipment should only be used by one household at a time.

National legislation limits mixing in outdoor settings to 6 people (adults and children), and states that school bubbles do not apply outside of school.

Extract from National Guidance

You can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) outdoors, in a group of no more than 6. This limit of 6 includes children of any age. ‘Outdoors’ means in a private garden or other outdoor space (link).

Escrick Playground COVID rules:

Our rules are based on the government COVID guidelines to playground operators, and are part of our way of demonstrating that we have mitigations in place to minimise the spread of COVID as required under Health and Safety legislation:

  • A maximum of 20 people on site (adults and children combined)
  • Each piece of equipment is only to be used by one household or bubble at a time
  • Please clean points of contact on equipment before using (bring your own sanitising wipes or similar)
  • Thoroughly wash hands before and after attending
  • Do not use the site if you are required to self-isolate
  • Consider your family risk profile when deciding if it is appropriate to use the facility
  • No eating on site

No green bin collection - 8th Dec 2020

published on 7th Dec 2020

from Selby District Council:

Unfortunately due to a number of Amey operatives being required to self-isolate we have we have had to stand down a green waste round once again tomorrow.  This means that green waste collection will not take place in Appleton Roebuck, Colton, Escrick and Thorganby.

Previously we had agreed that if we were unable to undertake any collections that we would ensure collections would be carried out in two weeks time but unfortunately this coincides with the Christmas suspension meaning the next scheduled collection for these areas is now Tuesday 4th January.  We are unable to roll collections over to the next day as we already expect the have to stand down a round each day for the rest of the week so would be unable to catch up.  This approach also ensures that we can cover all refuse collections this week which is the priority service.  Unfortunately we won’t be able to take side waste next time as we can’t take green waste in bags.  Residents will either need to take their extras to the HWRC’s or hang on to it for next time although tonnages are much lower at this time of year.

Selby District Council budget consultation

published on 5th Dec 2020

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Selby District Council is proposing to freeze Council Tax as it sets out its budget priorities for the next financial year focusing on supporting communities to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping vital services going.

The Council has launched a six-week consultation on its financial proposals. A key element of the draft budget plans for April 2021 to March 2022 is delivering the priorities set out in the Council Plan which include supporting town centres and delivering new homes.

 Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane explained: 

“We are living in difficult times as the world battles Coronavirus, your vital public services continue. And despite the potential changes in local government across North Yorkshire we must continue to plan for the future.  
“We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of our residents and their families and we want to help ease the burden where we can. So we are proposing to freeze the average Council Tax charge for Selby district next year. This means the charge for a Band D property would stay at £183.22.
“Our on-going response to the pandemic and our plans for investment mean that all of our efforts are going to be focussed on service delivery. We still have savings to make but we plan to use reserves in the short term and reassess what’s needed when the Government’s funding review has been concluded,” Cllr Crane added.
“Despite the financial challenges we face, we’re in good shape as we take a long-term view of our money and make sure we plan well ahead.”

Click here to take part in the consultation and find out more about the draft budget plans.  You can submit comments until 15 January. In February 2021 District Councillors will consider the budget proposals at a meeting which will be broadcast online. 

December's Parish Magazine

published on 30th Nov 2020

December's Parish Magazine is available to view online here:

December's Parish Magazine

Parish Magazine update - December 2020

published on 28th Nov 2020

The following update appears in December 2020's Parish Magazine:

Highways: 

A19: The Parish Council has contacted City of York Council & Deighton Parish Council to explore the possibility of a pedestrian crossing just to the north of the Church, and is awaiting further discussion.

Skipwith Road speeding: The Council has contacted the highways team, and is awaiting a site meeting. The vehicle activated sign has been repaired under warranty.

Planning:

The Council has been made aware that the District Council will no longer write to residents with notification of planning applications in the vicinity of their property. The Parish Council has asked the District Council to review this decision. Residents can sign-up to receive email alerts of planning applications in their postcode online: https://public.selby.gov.uk/online-applications/.

Two Councillors attended a briefing from Selby District Council (SDC) regarding the new local plan that they are developing. Landowners have submitted potential sites for SDC to consider, this includes several sites around Escrick Village and one on Cawood Road. Significantly more land has been put forward across the district than is expected to be required, so not all sites will be progressed. There will be a public consultation on sites in the new year. A map of land submitted for consideration is on SDC’s website: https://bit.ly/35ahlz1

Maintenance:

The village green association have completed the majority of the work to replace the fence along Carrs Meadow.

Playground:

The Council reviewed the latest COVID legislation and guidance, and agreed that the playground would remain open with continuation of the measures and restrictions agreed in July. This decision will be kept under review and residents are encouraged to check website/signage for any changes.

Bus stop:

The 415 bus will use the bus stop laybys outside the Sangthai from 23rd November. This is due to concerns with the safety of the stops at the Lychgate. The Parish Council is liaising with City of York Council to try to improve amenities at the laybys. A bus shelter has been requested for the northbound stop, and lighting options are being investigated.

Suppliers:

From time to time the Council requires ad hoc services such as tree works, hedge trimming, painting and path sweeping. If you would like to be considered for such work when needs arise, please contact the clerk (clerk@escrick.org) with details of the services you are interested in providing. The grass cutting contract will be tendered in December. If you would like to receive the invitation to tender when published, please contact the Clerk.

Vacancies:

Cllr Moran has advised he will be standing down after December’s meeting. The Council is grateful for his varied input over the past 4 years. We now have three vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved.

Parish Council meeting dates:  7th December, 4th January, 1st February. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Road white line painting

published on 24th Nov 2020 (updated on 26th Nov 2020)

North Yorkshire Highways will be repainting white lines on various roads in/around the village this week.

Stop/Go boards will be used as necessary, and disruption is expected to be limited.

UPDATED: The work has been rescheduled to 8th-11th December

https://one.network/?119687039

A19 roadworks - Sat 21st and Sun 22nd November

published on 20th Nov 2020

Four sets of roadworks are planned for the A19 in Escrick this weekend (21st/22nd November). Some of these will include temporary traffic lights.  They cover the stretch from Skipwith Road to abeam the playground.

The roadworks are by Yorkshire Water to dig test holes to identify if the ground conditions are suitable for horizontal directional drilling (a technique by which new pipes are laid without excavating).

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