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Appearance and environment...

published on 8th Jun 2020 (updated on 9th Jun 2020)

Is anyone interested forming a small working party to help improve the appearance of our village, and/or try a few environmental initiatives?

The Parish Council often gets suggestions that there is more the village could do, such as flower beds, a wildflower verge, illuminating the Jubilee monument, bat boxes, maybe even an Escrick in Bloom event. We're lucky that the Village Green Association do excellent work maintaining our village green and pond, but there are other locations in the village that we could also improve.

The Council discussed this at June's meeting, and agreed to consider funding requests to help a group get started, but envisage the activity being volunteer lead.

The planters by the village signs have been refreshed, and we've moved on to the flower beds behind the Jubilee memorial. 

If you might like to be involved, please let me know, whether it's helping planting, watering, donating plants, or other ideas. It's early days, so we haven't got a firm plan or approach yet. (Specifically, if anyone has any plants to donate for behind the Jubilee memorial, can you let me know in the few days)

Richard - chair@escrick.org 

Parish Magazine Update - June 2020

published on 6th Jun 2020 (updated on 24th Jul 2020)

Parish Magazine Update - June 2020

As the Parish Magazine is not being published at the moment, this month’s update is online only.

Highways: 

The Chair and County Councillor plan to meet officials later this month to try to find a way forward on the A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme.

The Skipwith Road speed sign will be turned later in the month to run a trial period on southbound traffic.

Issues with the missing H bar marking at the Main St crossing, and overgrown foliage outside the Parsonage remain outstanding, and will be escalated with the highways authority.

Residents are reminded to ensure that foliage from their property does not obstruct pavements or exacerbate moss build-up (taking care not to disturb any nesting birds).

Council members:

Ian Reynolds has stood down as a Councillor. We thank Ian for his brief return to the Council. We have two vacancies at present.

Planning:

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site, and the application for clay extraction west of Escrick Business Park are both due to go to NYCC planning committee in July. 

The application for increased infill activity at the former brickworks quarry west of the business park has been resubmitted. Residents that commented on the previous application are encouraged to resubmit their comments using the new application reference, as comments against the previous application are not automatically carried across.

At the time of writing there is no significant update on the caravan park application on the former North Selby Mine site.

See our significant planning applications page for more details on the above applications.

The Neighbourhood Plan working group provided an update on their plans, in part adapting their plans to reflect the new work at District Council level on a new Local Plan for Selby District, new grant availability, and changes to working logistics due to Covid restrictions, further details can be found on the NDP section of our website.

Maintenance:

The Parish Council agreed plans to replace the low level fence along the village green on Carrs Meadow. The Village Green Association (VGA) will cover the majority of the costs and coordinate the work. The Parish Council agreed to contribute £500 in lieu of the income that the VGA would normally have been received from the 10k and ‘Dinner on the Green’. The County Councillor also kindly committed £1,000 from his locality grant budget. 

Cllr Chambers has tended to the planters by the village signs, building new frames and planting new plants.

Cllr Rowson has varnished the Parish Council noticeboard, treated the Jubilee Monument with a memorial cleaner to reduce moss/lichen build-up, and cleared the overgrown buses behind the monument to allow replanting of suitable plants in the wall.

Various hedge trimming has taken place as agreed at May’s meeting.

The Village Green Association has undertaken work including laying a pipe to facilitate easier top-up of the pond from the beck, and repairing tyre tracks caused by an unauthorised vehicle over Christmas.

The Council noted the concerns reiterated by a resident regarding the build-up of moss and detritus on Wenlock Drive and the ongoing issue with bushes obstructing the footpath and exacerbating the moss/detritus build-up.  As path sweeping is a District Council responsibility, the Parish Council agreed to request additional sweeping from Selby District Council, and write to the residents responsible for overgrown bushes. The District Council will also be asked to sweep in/around the traffic islands at the A19 junctions.

The Council discussed establishing a working group to try to catalyse and progress appearance and environment initiatives. The Council felt that this was best lead as a voluntary activity at arm’s length from the Council, but that it would in principle be receptive to providing some funding where appropriate. A budget of up to £100 was allocated for plants in the wall behind the Jubilee Monument.

Parish Council meeting dates:  6th July, 7th September and 5th October. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

Help rid Gassy Woods of Himalayan Balsam

published on 2nd Jun 2020

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The Escrick Park Estate would appreciate any help residents can offer in controlling the Himalayan Balsam in Gassy Woods.  Normally they would arrange annual clearance of this invasive species, but this isn't feasible this year due to COVID restrictions. If you are able to help with just a little whilst walking in the woods, it would be greatly appreciated.


North Yorkshire - Buy Local

published on 31st May 2020

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Parish Magazine Update - May 2020

published on 17th May 2020

As the Parish Magazine is not being published at the moment, this month’s update is online only.

Covid 19: In general, the Parish Council is continuing to operate. Legislation was introduced in April to allow Parish Councils to meet ‘virtually’ via video conferencing, and May’s meeting was held this way. The Council intends to continue to meet ‘virtually’ for the foreseeable future. 

At the time of writing, the playground is closed in line with national regulations, albeit the playing field remains open for recreation. The Council has liaised with its grass cutting contractors, and as they have working practices to work in line with social distancing, grass cutting has been maintained to the usual schedule. The Council is reviewing the impact upon work on the Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

The Council expressed its thanks to the Escrick Park Estate for keeping its permissive paths open for residents.

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: There has been no further update from the County Council. As the next step was due to be a site meeting with officers, this is impacted by the pandemic.

Plans to re-orientate the VAS sign for southbound traffic are on hold pending the easing of the lockdown. In the meantime the impact of lockdown on traffic has been monitored, which has seen roughly a 2mph increase in average speed.

Issues with the missing H bar marking at the Main St crossing, and overgrown foliage remain outstanding, and will be re-raised with the highways authority.

Residents are reminded to ensure that foliage from their property does not obstruct pavements or exacerbate moss build-up (taking care not to disturb any nesting birds).

Council members:

The Council welcomes Stuart Hawes who was co-opted as a new Parish Councillor at May’s meeting. We have one remaining vacancy.

Planning:

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site was due to go to NYCC planning committee in May, but appears to have been delayed again. 

The application for increased infill activity at the former brickworks quarry west of the business park has been resubmitted.

At the time of writing there is no significant update on the clay extraction or caravan park applications.

Maintenance:

The Parish Council has agreed a programme of maintenance for the year. This includes: painting the bus shelter woodwork; addressing concerns about the bus shelter electrics; tidying the area around the Jubilee fountain and treating the fountain with a monument treatment to reduce moss build-up (albeit plans to add lighting and flowers will be reviewed when the impact of Covid-19 on the Council’s budget is better understood); the village green fence along Carrs Meadow will be replaced by the Village Green Association (the Council will look at ways to find contributions to the cost of this, in lieu of the income that would have been received from the 10k and ‘Dinner on the Green’). Cllr Chambers has volunteered to attend to the planters in front of the village signs, and the Council expresses its thanks to the volunteers who have tended to these for the past few years.  Additional pavement sweeping was considered, but Councillors retained the position that this should only be undertaken in areas of no residential frontage and elsewhere residents should be encouraged to take responsibility for the pavements outside their own homes.

Parish Council meeting dates: 1st June, 6th July, and 7th September. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Hedge trimming

published on 13th May 2020

The Parish Council’s contractors will be doing some minor pruning of some hedges around Carr Lane / Skipwith Road junction this week.

We are aware that some confusion exists around the legality and probity of cutting hedges during the bird nesting season, and this note is intended to clarify the position.

It is an offence under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981 to intentionally damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird while it is in use or being built. As such, it is generally recommended to avoid cutting hedges where feasible during the peak nesting season of March – August.  However, it is not illegal to trim hedges during this time, providing reasonable steps are taken to check that a birds nest will not be damaged or destroyed.  The work being undertaken is not a deep cut into the body of the hedge, simply removing the thin new growth extending into the pavement. As such the contractors can ensure that they are not cutting back into any active nests.

The Highways Act 1980, section 154, creates a legal obligation for the owner or occupier of a property to ensure that the 'public highway' adjacent to their property is not obstructed by vegetation from their property. A 'public highway' means any verge, footway, carriageway, bridleway or footpath that is maintained at public expense and over which the public has a right of way. The pavements where the work is being undertaken are relatively narrow, and it is considered necessary to keep on top of the new growth so that the pavement is not obstructed.

This approach was agreed by the Parish Council at its meeting on 4th May.  If residents disagree with this approach, can we kindly ask that you do not confront the contractors, but direct your concerns to the Parish Council itself via the contact details on its website.

Escrick 10k 2020 cancelled

published on 24th Apr 2020

Cancellation of 2020 event: 

It’s with regret that we have decided to cancel the Escrick 10k 2020.

Normally by now we’d be walking the course, choosing medals and mementos, thinking about how many sausages to order for the barbecue, and encouraging runners to sign-up.

None of us know what restrictions will be in place by August, but it seems likely that social distancing will still be in place, which makes it impossible to think about squeezing 700 runners through the start line, and impractical to get the volunteers together to do all the preparation.

For those who have already signed up online, you will be contacted by our booking provider, BookItZone. We’ll roll over your registration to 2021, or if you prefer you can have a refund.

We are sorry that we can’t welcome you this year, but we’ll be back on Sunday August 22nd 2021.

10k Organising Committee

Fly tipping and dog fouling

published on 20th Apr 2020

Concerns have been raised across the district about increased fly tipping and dog fouling in recent weeks. If you are aware of instances of either, please report them via

https://www.selby.gov.uk/report-dog-fouling-incident

or

https://www.selby.gov.uk/report-fly-tipping-or-fly-posting

COVID-19 update from the Chief Executive of Selby District Council

published on 18th Apr 2020

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Bulletin Special - 17 April v.final.pdf

The Bulletin includes an update on the financial considerations we’re now dealing with as part of the response effort.  But in particular this week I want to highlight two aspects of our work that really demonstrate how different parts of the council are working together to deliver for our community.

Firstly, our work to support those most vulnerable to the virus.  We’ve been working with county council colleagues to identify people who need to be ‘shielded’ from the virus.  There’s direct help in place for those who need particular support.  This week we’ve also been offering an additional layer of help for those in this shielded group, but who’ve told us they have support in place.  We want to check they’re doing okay and have everything they need.   A group of staff drawn from across the organisation has been making phone calls to people in this group.   By the end of today, this dedicated team will have phoned around 450 people in our area.

In terms of business support, we’re continuing to push out government grants to eligible businesses.  As of today, we’ve distributed nearly £12m of funding to our business community, through over 1,000 applications.  This has been a real dedicated team effort involving lots of different teams.  My thanks to them all.

You can also help us to support local independent retailers who’re allowed to continue to trade at the moment.  The County Council has launched a new ‘Buy Local’ website, with the aim of listing local services still operating.  Not many Selby district businesses are represented.  To be included the business must register.  Please pass on details to any businesses in your area who may benefit from this exposure.  The website can be reached here: www.buylocal.northyorks.gov.uk.  

Alongside the Bulletin update, don’t forget that you can see a list of the latest decisions made via the website – click here for more details.

Thank you . Keep Safe. 

Janet Waggott

Chief Executive

Parish Council meetings during COVID-19

published on 5th Apr 2020

Parish Councils are normally required by law to meet in person, and to allow the public to physically attend and observe meetings.

"The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020" came into force on 4th April, and has several important impacts:

  • Meetings can now be held by video conference
  • Annual meetings normally required to be held by law around May each year are postponed

These regulations came into force too late to allow April's meeting to be arranged as a video conference (as by law we are still required to give 3 clear days notice of the meeting). Therefore, April's meeting is cancelled. However, it is our intention that May's meeting will go ahead as planned via video conference. Details of how members of the public can observe the meeting will be published nearer the time.

We will use May's meeting, amongst other things, to decide the impact upon other Parish Council initiatives.

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