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Parish Magazine Update - October 2021

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), clerk@escrick.org, Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Parish Magazine Update - September 2021

published on 31st Aug 2021 (updated on 3rd Oct 2021)

There was no update in September 2021's magazine

Parish Magazine Update - August 2021

published on 31st Jul 2021 (updated on 3rd Oct 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), clerk@escrick.org, Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Parish Magazine Update - July 2021

published on 30th Jun 2021

The following update appearing in July 2021 Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update 

Neighbourhood Plan:

The Neighbourhood Plan working group are seeking residents’ views on the pre-submission draft of Escrick’s Neighbourhood Plan (NDP).

As the culmination of nearly 4 years work by the team and external consultants, the NDP sets out the planning vision for our local community through to 2035.  It is the most local part of the planning hierarchy. When adopted, the NDP forms statutory guidance to District and County planning officers when making local planning decisions.  It sits alongside Selby District Council's 'Local Plan' and National Government planning policy and targets.

See www.escrick.org/ndp (responses by 18th July 2021)

Conservation Area:

Selby District Council Planning Policy Team is running a public consultation on its Draft Conservation Area Appraisals for the parish. The draft appraisals identify the features which make a positive or negative contribution to the special character of the conservation area. The document also provides recommendations for future enhancement. 

The consultation runs for 6 weeks from Friday 18th June to Friday 30th July. See www.selby.gov.uk/conservation-area-appraisal-consultation-2

‘Pull a stalk whilst you walk’

Himalayan Balsam is an invasive species that has established itself in Gassy Woods.  It needs active management to prevent it spreading further, and eclipsing other species.

If you are able to help by pulling up, even with just a little whilst walking in the woods, it would be greatly appreciated. See posters in the woods for details.

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:  5th July, 6th September, and 4th October (no meeting in August). All meetings at 7.30pm, please check website/noticeboard for venue. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

Parish Magazine Update - June 2021

published on 1st Jun 2021

The following update appears in June 2021 Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update 

 

Bus stop: The provision of bins has been agreed by City of York Council.

Planning: The District Council has advised that they expect to do a further round of consultation on the local plan in the late summer/early Autumn. This is expected to include some additional sites put forward since the consultation in March, and may include an emerging preference on the new settlement proposals.

Highways: The Parish Council has received another complaint about parking associated with the primary school. It was agreed to pass this to the primary school for now, but when Covid restriction have ended to explore whether there are more proactive steps that can be taken.

Shop: The desire for a Post Office and/or shop in the village was a key theme from the Neighbourhood Plan surveys. Cllr Hawes has agreed to develop proposals as how the Parish Council might support this ambition, including looking at community shop schemes operated in other villages.

Maintenance: Cllr Chambers has painted the wooden posts at the Jubilee memorial, and replanted the planters in front of the village signs. The bushes overhanging the coronation memorial are to be trimmed back to allow the area to be tidied.  

Council: The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council was held on 4th May. The annual governance and account statements were approved. Cllr Rowson and Cllr Reader agreed to continue as Chair and Vice-Chair for a further year to allow others to prepare to take-on these roles.

Parish Council meeting dates:   Councillors agreed to cancel June’s meeting. Assuming no major changes to easing of Covid restrictions the Council will return to physical meetings from July. Future meeting dates: 5th July, 6th September and 4th October. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org


Parish Magazine update - May 2021

published on 1st May 2021

The following update appears in May 2021 Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update 

 

Bus stop:

The passenger transport team at City of York Council are still pursuing the installation of bins, road markings, and getting the stops added to the ‘All York’ travel ticket zone.

A decision on additional lighting has been put on hold until next winter.

Planning:

The Neighbourhood Plan working group are finalising documentation for informal public consultation, which will hopefully commence during May.

Highways:

North Yorkshire County Council has confirmed that their schedule of work for 2021/22 includes the ‘village gateway’ on Skipwith Road, and dropped kerbs for accessibility at various junctions in the village.

The request for double yellow lines on Skipwith Road north of Dower Chase is still pending, as is the request for a 20mph zone on Carr Lane in the vicinity of the primary school.

The bridge on Main St has been repointed, and a bid for funding has been submitted to fully repair the leaning parapet.

Councillors: We welcome Glen Hopkinson onto the Council, who was co-opted at April’s meeting. We still have two vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved.

Parish Council meeting dates:   May’s meeting has been rescheduled to 4th May.  From 6th May the Council is no longer legally allowed to hold online meetings, as this would require Government to amend Primary Legislation. Councillors will agree at May’s meeting how the Council will continue to operate, as not all Councillors are comfortable to return to physical meetings. If meetings do go ahead, the planned dates are 7th June and 5th July. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 


Parish Magazine update - April 2021

published on 1st Apr 2021

the following update appears in April 2021's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update 

Bus stop:

Options for lighting at the bus stops are still being explored. Rubbish bins have been requested, but City of York Council have advised that this is outside the area covered by their service.

Planning:

Selby District Council consulted on its new ‘local plan’ during February / March.  The Parish Council received various representations from residents and other members of the public, primarily about the potential new settlement of Heronby proposed to the south west of the village. Please see the Parish Council website for more details: https://www.escrick.org/council/selby-local-plan-2021/

North Yorkshire County Council have now rejected the planning application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet Mine site.

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:  12th April, 10th May and 7th June. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Parish Magazine update - March 2021

published on 28th Feb 2021

The following update appears in March 2021 Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update

Highways: 

The police undertook spot checks on vehicles travelling on Skipwith Road through the village. They found that all vehicles were either under the 7.5T limit, or had a legitimate exemption to be using the road.

Bus stop:

A bus shelter has been installed for the York-bound bus stop. Councillors reviewed options from City of York Council for lighting the stops. The Parish Council agreed in principle to provide funding for City of York Council to install lighting, but asked City of York Council to propose lighting appropriate for the setting in a rural conservation area with consideration to the impact on nearby properties.

Playing Field:

The Parish Council has agreed to allow Wheldrake Junior Football Club (which many of the children in the village attend) to use the playing field for Saturday morning sessions. Guidance on parking has been provided, and this will initially be every other week for one season to gauge feedback.

Planning:

Selby District Council is consulting on its new ‘local plan’ until 12th March.  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.  Several sites have been submitted for consideration within Escrick Parish. Please see the Parish Council website for more details: https://www.escrick.org/council/selby-local-plan-2021/

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: 1st March, 12th April and 10th May. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Parish Magazine update - February 2021

published on 27th Jan 2021

The following update appears in February's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council Update

Highways: 

Skipwith Road speeding: The County Council has confirmed that it will proceed with the design for a village gateway at the entrance to the village from the south.

Lorries passing through the village:  The police have advised it is not feasible to stop and check vehicles for compliance with the weight restrictions through the village. The majority of Councillors felt this wasn’t a satisfactory answer, and have asked the police to reconsider their position.

Accident damage to verge:  The County Council has confirmed it will repair the verge, kerbstones and hydrant damaged in the accident in early December, but cannot confirm timescales for the work.

Bus stop:

The Parish Council has agreed to co-fund a bus shelter with City of York Council, which has been ordered. A quote for a streetlight is being prepared with the intention of having a light to cover both bus stops.

Planning:

Selby District Council is expected to start a consultation on 29th January 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.  Several sites have been submitted for consideration within Escrick Parish. Please see the Parish Council website for more details once the consultation has been published: https://www.escrick.org/council/selby-local-plan-2020/

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:   1st February, 1st March and 12th April. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

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

 

 

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