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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 - Febrary 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

 

 

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

Parish Magazine update - November 2020

published on 30th Oct 2020

The following update appears in November 2020's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council update 

Highways: 

A19:  There has been no further response from North Yorkshire County Council regarding the proposed traffic light scheme. Therefore the Parish Council has reluctantly accepted that there is no realistic prospect of the scheme being progressed at present. The Parish Council will contact City of York Council / Deighton Parish Council to explore the possibility of a pedestrian crossing just to the north of the Church as an alternative.

Skipwith Road speeding:  Following the concerns sent in July, the ‘95 Alive’ Road Safety Partnership has directed the Council to the County Council highways team to discuss measures that can be implemented to address the speeding concerns. The Council has contacted the highways team, and is awaiting their response.

Watermain burst:  It was noted that there had been yet another burst and roadworks on the A19 outside the Parsonage, with associated disruption. The Council has written to Yorkshire Water raising concerns with the frequency of leaks and repairs in this area, and requesting a long-term solution.

VAS sign: The vehicle activated sign is currently out of action, due to an electrical fault. It is due to be repaired during October under warranty.

Planning:

The Council has agreed to undertake a review of Tree Preservation Orders in the village.

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site has not yet be heard by committee.

It is understood that The Parsonage will be applying for retrospective planning permission for the conversion of part of their lawns to car parking.

Maintenance:

On Main St, the bus shelter woodwork has been repainted, and illumination installed for the Jubilee fountain.

One of the street lights at Hollicarrs Close has been knocked over. The Parish Council is arranging for a replacement to be installed.

Work on the village green fence is due to be completed during October.

The Council is chasing up with North Yorkshire highways regarding the repairs to Main St bridge, which was hit by a lorry in August 2019.

General:

The Council is waiting to hear when Arriva will start to use the bus stop laybys instead of stopping by the Lychgate. It was agreed that the Parish Council would explore the feasibility of getting a bus shelter installed at the layby.

Parish Council meeting dates:  2nd November, 6th December, 4th January. 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 - October 2020

published on 1st Oct 2020

The following update appeared in October's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council update September 2020

Covid 19: 

At September’s meeting the Parish Council reviewed arrangements, and agreed to keep these unaltered. The Council will continue to meet via video calls, and the playground will remain open with restrictions and an enhanced cleaning regime.  Plans may change as the pandemic evolves and residents are encouraged to check the Council’s website for updates.

Highways: 

Skipwith Road speeding:  The Council has submitted a request to the ’95 alive’ road safety partnership requesting that they review the speeding issues on Skipwith Road. After some delay they have acknowledged the request, but are not in a position to progress at the moment due to staff shortages.

The vehicle activated sign is currently out of action, due to an electrical fault. It is due to be repaired during September under warranty.

Planning:

The application for clay extraction west of the A19 / business park was approved by North Yorkshire County Council in late July.

The application for a leisure/caravan park on the former North Selby Mine site was approved by City of York Council in August.

The application for increased in-fill at the former brickworks quarry west of the business park was approved by North Yorkshire County Council in early September.

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site has not yet be heard by committee.

Maintenance:

The bus shelter woodwork is due to be repainted during September.

An order has been placed for an electrical supply to the fountain area, to allow the monument to be illuminated in due course.

Work on the village green fence has been delayed due to availability of contractors.

Parish Council meeting dates:  5th October, 2nd November, 6th December. 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 - 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

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