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Parish Magazine update - July 2020

published on 25th Jul 2020

Escrick Parish Council update July 2020

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

Covid 19: 

At July’s meeting the Parish Council discussed whether to reopen the playground. It was agreed to reopen the playground with restrictions in line with Government guidance, and to keep the situation under review.

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Chair of the Parish Council and County Councillor met with officers from North Yorkshire County Council highways team. The County Council confirmed that they had changed their position, and that for the scheme to go ahead the Parish Council would need to fund the full life cost of the scheme, not just the initial implementation. Also the PC would need to fund a further more detailed feasibility study. Officers undertook to investigate if there was any flexibility in this position. Disappointingly, it looks like despite the local support expressed in the consultation, that the scheme is unlikely to go ahead. The Parish Council and County Councillor are looking at other avenues that may offer opportunities to address the issue, such as a the Selby District Local Plan, and the Parish Council will revisit the topic in October.

Skipwith Road speeding:  The Vehicle Activated Sign has been turned to face north for southbound traffic. Initial statistics have shown a similar issue with southbound speeding, and it was resolved to seek support from North Yorkshire County Council highways team on potential speed mitigation measures for the area.

Overgrown hedges outside the Parsonage: North Yorkshire County Council confirmed they are progressing through the steps required to take action.

Motorbike noise: It was noted there had been several complaints about motorbike noise, and that police had stepped up their presence in the area.

Bus stop:

It was agreed that the Council would ask North Yorkshire County Council to ask Arriva to stop using the unmarked bus stop locations outside the church, as this caused traffic congestion and a hazard to road users. It was suggested they stop in the lay-bys just north of the Sang Thai instead.

Planning:

It was agreed that the Parish Council would make further verbal representations at the City of York Council meeting on 8th July considering the application for a caravan/leisure park at the former North Selby Mine, focusing on ensuring that approval conditions are well defined, and that improvement to pedestrian/cycle access are strengthened.

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site was due to go to NYCC planning committee in July, but appears to have been delayed again.  The application for clay extraction west of Escrick business park is due to be heard in July.

Maintenance:

Requests for help with an ‘appearance and environment’ working party have had an enthusiastic response, and a small group of residents have made great progress at tidying the area around the fountain, and planting new plants. A wildflower border along Carr Lane is being considered as a potential next initiative.

Parish Council meeting dates:  7th September, 5th October, 2nd November . 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 - 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

 

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

Parish Magazine Update - April 2020

published on 1st Apr 2020

The following update appeared in April's magazine

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Parish Council has chased NYCC for an update, but at the time of writing had not received a reply.

 

The Parish Council considered options for further deployment locations of the VAS sign, and agreed that the next location to be trialled is Skipwith Road southbound. This will involve installing an additional mounting on the existing post, so that the sign can be alternated between northbound and southbound directions.

 

Planning:

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site is due to go to NYCC planning committee at the end of March. At the time of writing there is no significant update on the other major schemes in/around the Parish.

 

The Parish Council has made a response to Selby District Council’s consultation on their new local plan, which is available on the Parish Council website.

 

The Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) team has put forward proposals for how to approach the ‘site selection’ stage of the NDP project. However, the Parish Council deferred making a decision on the approach until site submissions have been received later in the month. Cllr Bartle has volunteered to take-over the chair of the NDP project, when Cllr Rees stands down in April.

 

Resilience:

The Parish Council received a presentation from              Riccall and District Resilience Group explaining the work that they had done locally – preparing for situations such as floods, severe weather, power cuts, etc. The PC had agreed to review whether establishing something similar for Escrick.

 

Parish Council meeting dates:   6th April, 4th May and 1st June. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

 


Parish Magazine Update - March 2020

published on 1st Mar 2020

The following update appeared in March's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: NYCC have acknowledged our request for a meeting to discuss the issues that they have recently raised, but at the time of writing the request is still outstanding.

 

Pavements:  A further representation was made at February’s meeting that obstruction of pavements continues to be an issue in parts of the village. It was resolved to report the hedgerows concerned to NYCC requesting enforcement action. Bins and ‘pavement parking’ blocking pavements also continue to be an issue, and further guidance has been requested from SDC’s parking enforcement team.

 

Dropped kerbs: The Parish Council has submitted a request to NYCC for dropped kerbs to be installed at various locations in the village, with the priority areas being Carr Lane at the entrance of The Glade, and across the Carr Lane / Skipwith Road junction.  NYCC has a rolling programme of improving accessibility of pavements (e.g. for wheelchair users), and these requests will be added to the list of requests for 2021.

 

Planning:

At the time of writing there was no significant update on the large planning applications in/around the Parish. We will provide updates on our website if we receive further updates regarding the former mine sites, quarry or tip site.

 

NDP:

The site selection phase of the NDP is now underway, and land-owners with potential sites for development have been requested to put these forward for consideration. In parallel the evaluation criteria for the site selection process is being developed by the NDP team.

 

Parish Councillors:

At February’s meeting Terry Chambers and Ian Reynolds were both co-opted onto the Parish Council.

We currently have two further vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact us (details below) if you may be interested in joining the Council and contributing to the local community.

 

Parish Council meeting dates:  2nd March, 6th April, and 4th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

Parish Magazine Update - February 2020

published on 11th Jan 2020

The following update appears in February's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Chair and County Councillor will be meeting with senior highways officers to discuss next steps on this initiative. There have been a number of notable changes since the public consultation. Adversely NYCC have raised the bar on their criteria for adopting the scheme. Conversely, changes in the national political context may mean that other sources of funding for the scheme (such as central Government grants) are more likely than had been previously assumed. We are working with our District and County Councillors to better understand options available and likelihood of success before confirming our focus. We remain keen to ensure that the issues associated with the A19 are addressed.

  

Vehicle activated speed sign for Skipwith Road:  The sign was installed in mid-December. Anecdotal feedback from residents living near to the sign is that they have noticed an immediate reduction in speeding past their properties. The sign contains a data logger which captures a count of vehicles and multiple speed measurements of all passing vehicles. Data for December shows that more than half of vehicles monitored by the sign are exceeding 30mph, and nearly a quarter of vehicles are exceeding the “+10% + 2mph” threshold at which speeding tickets are normally issued. The sign is portable and can be moved to other approved locations around the village. The Parish Council have agreed in principle to trialling other locations in due course. 

 

No through road for vehicles sign on the footpath between Carrs Meadow and Main St should have been installed by the time this update is published. This is to address an issue where delivery drivers are mistakenly trying to use this as an exit route, and having to reverse back along the footpath when they reach the bollards.

 

Main St bridge damage: The bridge over the beck was hit and damaged by a lorry in August. The highways authority have confirmed that the bridge is safe, and that repairs are being scheduled for later in the year. The delay to undertaking the repairs is in part due to the requirement to erect scaffolding over the beck.

 

Sharing roads and pavements: The Parish Council has received several concerns regarding inconsiderate parking in the village. Residents are requested not to park on pavements, nor to park where it blocks dropped kerbs for crossing at junctions.  In addition to the general inconvenience, we have several wheelchair users in the village, along with numerous pushchair users, and blocking pavements and dropped kerbs makes their mobility around the village particularly difficult.  Similarly residents are requested to take care when putting out bins and recycling crates that these do not obstruct the pavements. Finally residents are requested to show consideration when parking that they do not block access along the road, and/or access to driveways.

 

Maintenance:

The Parish Council procured some additional pavement sweeping in December to supplement that done by the District Council. This included the pavements north of the Skipwith Road/A19 junction, the footpath between Carrs Meadow and Main St, and footpath leading to the playground. The arrangements in place allow the Council to call-off additional work when required.  

 

Planning:

At the time of writing there was no significant update on the large planning applications in/around the Parish. We will provide updates on our website if we receive further updates regarding the former mine sites, quarry or tip site.

 

Parish Councillors:

We currently have four vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact us (details below) if you may be interested in joining the Council and contributing to the local community.

 

Parish Council meeting dates:  3rd February, 2nd March, and 6th April. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

 


Parish Magazine Update - January 2020

published on 28th Dec 2019

The following notice appears in January's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: At the time of writing there is no further progress to report and we are continuing to work with our County Councillor to progress.

Maintenance issues: A representative of North Yorkshire County Council highways department attended December’s Parish Council meeting to discuss a number of reoccurring issues:

  • Surface water flooding and blocked drains: The drains reported as blocked have been cleared, and a collapsed drain on Carr Lane has been scheduled for repair. The highways officer advised that there is no budget available to improve any underlying issues.
  • Missing/worn parking restriction markings in vicinity of the primary school: The highways officer explained that these are low priority, and their sub-contractor had until March 2020 to complete the work. Parish Councillors expressed their disappointment that it could be 18 months from when this was raised to the missing lines being repainted, but were unable to get the work brought forward.
  • Overgrown hedges/vegetation: The highways authority have agreed to write to two of the landowners where complaints of hedges obscuring visibility/access have been raised. The officer explained that there is a warning process, but if the landowners didn’t respond then NYCC would cut back the vegetation and pass the cost on to the landowner concerned.
  • Moss on pavements: The Parish Council has been directed to take this up with the District Council.

No vehicles sign for the footpath between Carrs Meadow and Main St: The highways authority has confirmed that the Parish Council can go ahead and put up signage to discourage delivery drivers attempting to use this as a shortcut.

Vehicle activated speed sign for Skipwith Road:  This has been ordered. The mounting post has been installed, and the sign itself should be installed soon.

Maintenance:

The Parish Council has agreed to procure some additional pavement sweeping to supplement that done by the District Council.

Precept:

The Parish Council has decided to keep its Precept (Council tax) unchanged at £19,000 for the year Apr 2020 – Mar 2021.

Parish Councillors:

We currently have four vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact us (details below) if you may be interested in joining the Council and contributing to the local community.

Parish Council meeting dates:   6th January (Admin and Finance meeting only), 3rd February, 2nd March. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

Parish Magazine update - December 2019

published on 1st Dec 2019

The following notice appeared in December's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: At the time of writing we are still waiting for the final proposal from North Yorkshire County Council, which is required to support our application for authority to borrow the funds for the scheme. Our County Councillor is supporting us to progress this.

Maintenance issues: There are a number of reoccurring maintenance issues including blocked drains, pavement conditions and overhanging vegetation which the Parish Council has requested the support of the County Councillor in escalating these with the Highways Authority.

Parish Councillors:

Cllr Michael Luscombe has stood down from the Parish Council. We thank Michael for his service over the past 6½ years, and his continued commitment to various other roles in the village.

We currently have four vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact us (details below) if you may be interested in joining the Council and contributing to the local community.

Planning:  

Application for clay extraction west of business park:  The Parish Council has submitted concerns about the impact on highways (forecast ~ 100 additional HGV entries/exits per day), the loss of agricultural land and disruption from noise/dust. The Council is also seeking robust assurances that unlike other sites in the district that timely restoration will be enforced

Parish Council meeting dates:   2nd December, 6th January, 3rd February. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 


Parish Magazine update - November 2019

published on 11th Oct 2019

The following update will be published in November's Parish Magazine.

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: At the time of writing we are waiting for the final proposal from North Yorkshire County Council, which is required to support our application for authority to borrow the funds for the scheme. This has taken longer than expected, but we continue to chase this along.

Vehicle activated speed sign: We have received a £1000 grant from North Yorkshire County Council towards the cost of a vehicle activated speed sign (approximately a third of the total cost). The sign will initially be located on Skipwith Road in the vicinity of the bridge, alternating between a southbound and northbound orientation. We can consider installing further mounting posts elsewhere in the village in future.

  

Street sweeping and tidying:

The Parish Council has a small budget to pay someone to undertake seasonal street sweeping on key pavements and footpaths in the village, and locations such as the bus shelter. If you may interested in this work, please contact Kevin Moran: Cllr.Moran@escrick.org

 

New Clerk:

We welcome Sally Look as the new Parish Council Clerk, following the resignation of the previous clerk for personal reasons in the summer.

 

Planning: 

Caravan / leisure park at former North Selby mine site: The proposed site has been reduced in scale, mitigating several of the concerns previously raised by the Parish Council. The Parish Council will continue to push for further mitigations to improve the quality of the proposals

 

Clay extraction west of business park: A planning application has been submitted for the phased ‘quarrying’ of clay from a 150 acre site north and west of the business park, over a period of 20 – 30 years from 2023. The Parish Council has raised concerns about the impact on highways (forecast ~ 100 additional HGV entries/exits per day), the loss of agricultural land and disruption from noise/dust. The Council is also seeking robust assurances that unlike other sites in the district that timely restoration will be enforced

 

Parish Council meeting dates:   4th November, 2nd December, 6th January. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look), clerk@escrick.org,   Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

Parish Magazine update - October 2019

published on 27th Sep 2019

The following update appears in October 2019's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: We have submitted the application for authority to borrow funds and are awaiting feedback. We are aware that people are keen to know when the scheme will be implemented, but at this stage of the process it is unclear when this will be, but it will be months rather than weeks. There are a number of procedural steps we need to go through to get authority to borrow, apply for a loan, and contract with North Yorkshire County Council for the work.

We are aware that some people regard the scheme as unnecessary and would prefer different options to be pursued. To recap the key points outlined in the public consultation, this is the only option that the highways authority considers to be implementable that addresses the concerns raised.   

Vehicle activated speed sign:

The County Councillor has made available £1,000 grant towards the cost of a vehicle activated speed sign for Skipwith Road.

 

Neighbourhood Development Plan:

The project is now moving forward to schedule public consultation on the core themes.  We will hold a public meeting on “Transport and Movement” and “Community and Amenities” at the village hall on Sunday 20th October. Please check website and noticeboard for timings nearer the time.  www.escrick.org/ndp

 

Planning: 

Former North Selby mine site: At the time of writing the planning authorities are still considering the application. Highways England has lifted its ’notice of non-determination’ on the application, being satisfied that the impact on the A19/A64 junction is acceptable. We understand that the size of the proposal has been reduced by approx. 20%, albeit this has not been formally confirmed.

Former Stillingfleet Mine site:  At the time of writing there is no further update on the application for a waste sorting centre.

Escrick brickworks tip variation: At the time of writing there is no further update on the application to extend the volume of waste to be deposited at the site.

Clay extraction west of business park: A planning application for clay extraction is expected soon.

Parish Council meeting dates:   7th October, 4th November, 2nd December. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact:  Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

 

 

 

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