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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

 

 

 

Escrick Parish Council - August update

published on 1st Aug 2019

The following notice appeared in August's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council:

Highways: 
A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. Councillors debated the scheme on 1st July, including the findings of the precept increase consultation, and resolved to apply to the Secretary of State for authority to borrow the funds to finance the scheme. This is the first of a number of steps that have to happen before the scheme can go ahead, these include receiving the permission to borrow, applying for the loan itself, placing the order with North Yorkshire highway, who in turn will need to do a consultation on the scheme design. More: escrick.org/council/a19-consultation-results/ 

Skipwith Road speeding: The Parish Council has agreed to buy a portable vehicle activated speed sign which can be moved between different locations in the Parish.  It was agreed that the initial location should be Skipwith Road in the vicinity of the Carr Lane junction. A contribution to the cost of the sign and mounting post is expected from the County Councillor’s highways budget.

Planning: 
Former North Selby mine site: At the time of writing the planning authorities are still considering the application. Highways England has however placed a ’notice of non-determination’ on the application.  This means that the planning authorities cannot grant permission for the scheme until Highways Englands’ concerns which primarily relate to the impact on the A19/A64 junction have been adequately addressed.

Former Stillingfleet Mine site: We have been advised that planning officers will be recommending that the application for a waste sorting site is declined.

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 over the summer.


Get involved: 
A few people have commented recently that they feel that they don’t have visibility of issues being considered by, nor the opportunity to contribute to decisions being made by the Parish Council.  We do try to summarise all the key issues that we are working on in this monthly update, and there is a lot more information including agendas and minutes on our website (escrick.org).  Please don’t feel that you can only share your views when there’s a formal consultation. If you see a topic that is of interest to you, please just contact us.

We currently have three vacancies for Parish Councillors.  Please contact us if you might be interested or want to understand more about what is involved.

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

Escrick Parish Council - July update

published on 1st Jul 2019

The following update appears in July's edition of the Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council

Highways: 
A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation. By the time this edition of the Parish Magazine arrives through your letterbox we should know the outcome of the consultation, and the Parish Council is expected to decide at July’s meeting whether or not to apply to the Secretary of State for authority to borrow the funds required.  

Additional street lighting: As resolved at March’s meeting, two additional street lights have been installed on Main St to address concerns from residents about the dark spots. However, the Parish Council has received a complaint from some residents of Main St seeking the removal. The complainants believe that the lighting is unnecessary; inconsistent with the area’s Conservation Area status; and that the Council had not adequately consulted residents of the village on the topic. At the time of writing the complaint remains unresolved.

Hedges, bushes and other foliage: It is that time of year again when the greenery of our village is growing rapidly, and we have started to received the annual complaints about foliage obstructing pavements.  Please can residents ensure that foliage outside their property does not obstruct pavements. Can householders located at junctions be particularly mindful of any hedges that might obstruct visibility from the junction.

Planning: 
Former North Selby mine site: At the time of writing the planning authorities (City of York and Selby District) are still considering the application. There has been additional consultation on the highways impact of the proposed development.

Former Stillingfleet Mine site: We have been advised that planning officers will be recommending that the application for a waste sorting site is declined.

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 shortly.


Locality funding:
County Cllr Musgrave has a small locality budget to fund community initiatives within his ward. Eligible schemes are typically £500 - £2000 in size and of community benefit. Any local groups that have initiatives that may benefit from funding are encouraged to contact either the Parish Council or Cllr Musgrave directly.

Speeding / traffic noise:
North Yorkshire County Council have established a new scheme whereby Parish Councils can purchase portable ‘vehicle activated speed signs’ (the signs that alert when a vehicle is over the speed limit).  The signs are designed to be used on a part-time basis across a number of different locations.  The Parish Council has resolved to request a site visit from NYCC to evaluate potential locations.

The Parish Council has also been pursuing a number of avenue to encourage motorbikes to take alternative routes avoiding the village, and is to approach NYCC about potential signage on the approach to the village.
 
Parish Council meeting dates:  1st July, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact:  Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Clerk (Helen Guest), clerk@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org


Escrick Parish Council - June update

published on 31st May 2019 (updated on 22nd Jun 2019)

Escrick Parish Council - June update

May’s Parish Council meeting happened after June’s Parish Magazine went to press, so this month’s update is online only.

Council:

Eight candidates stood for election in May’s Parish Council election. As there are up to 11 vacancies, all candidates were elected uncontested. 

Cllr Nigel Bartle joins the Parish Council for the first time, and Cllrs Lilian Coulson, Sara Cunningham, Michael Luscombe, Kevin Moran, John Reader, Tudor Rees and Richard Rowson are elected for another term. Cllr Rowson was reappointed as Chair.  There remain three vacancies for any residents interested in joining the Council. Cllr Mervin Casling stood down prior to the election. 

May’s elections also saw the election of Cllr Neil Reader as the new District Councillor for Escrick ward of Selby District Council.

We look forward to working with Neil, and would like to thank Liz Casling for her numerous contributions over the past 20 years as Councillor at County, District and Parish Councils. 

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Parish Council resolved to go ahead with a public consultation regarding whether the Council should borrow the funds, and increase the precept to cover the associated repayments, to fund pedestrian crossings and traffic lights at the A19/Skipwith Road junction. Residents of the Parish should visit escrick.org/a19-consultation/ for details and to take part in the consultation.

Street lighting: The Parish Council has received a complaint from some residents of Main St seeking the removal of additional street lighting recently installed on behalf of the Parish Council. The complainants believe that the lighting is unnecessary; inconsistent with the area’s Conservation Area status; and that the Council had not adequately consulted residents of the village on the topic. In the first instance the Council is to obtain further guidance from Selby District Council as the planning authority responsible for the Conservation Area.

Planning: 

Former North Selby mine site: At the time of writing the planning authorities (City of York and Selby District) are still considering the application. There has been additional consultation on the highways impact of the proposed development.

Former Stillingfleet Mine site: We have been advised that planning officers will be recommending that the application for a waste sorting site is declined.

Parish Council meeting dates:  3rd June, 1st July, 2nd September, 7th October, 4th November, 2nd December. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. 

Contact:  Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Clerk (Helen Guest), clerk@escrick.org

Website: escrick.org  

Parish Magazine update - April 2019

published on 1st Apr 2019

The following notice appeared in April's Parish Magazine


Escrick Parish Council

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Parish Council has received details on available loans to fund a combined traffic lights/pedestrian crossing scheme. To fund the scheme over 25 years would result in annual repayments of around £8000. This would require an increase in the Parish Council precept (part of local Council tax) of around £17 per year for a band D household, rising to a maximum of £34 for band H households. The Parish Council is required to run a consultation prior to increasing the precept like this. The Parish Council has been advised that it should not run a consultation during the pre-election ‘purdah period’, therefore it is the intention to start the consultation after May’s local elections. 

 

The Parish Council has agreed to purchase two additional streetlights to address darks spots.  One for the Main St/A19/Farriers Close junction, and one on Main St between Carr Lane and the Black Bull.

 

Planning: 

Former North Selby mine site: The Parish Council has submitting a response to the application for a caravan park, supporting the principle of the scheme, but highlighting various aspects of the proposals that need amending. This includes avoiding development within the designated “Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation”; restrictions preventing permanent residence; controls of noise and light during both construction and operation; and various highways considerations.  The full response is on our website.

 

Neighbourhood Development Plan:

Stage two of the programme is now well underway, and public meetings for the five work streams will be held of the coming months.

 

Tour de Yorkshire:

The Tour de Yorkshire will come through the village (Skipwith Rd, Carr Lane, A19) on Thursday, 2nd May.  There will be approximately 1 hour road closures to allow the race to pass. At the time of writing timings haven’t been confirmed, but we will publish these on our website as soon as we are notified.

 

Historic minutes:

The Escrick Heritage project recently requested access to old Parish Council minutes. Given the public interest in the history of the village it was agreed to digitise and publish the entire history of Parish Council minutes from 1894 to the present day on the Parish Council website.

 

Parish Council meeting dates:   13th May, 3rd June, 1st July. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact:  Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Clerk (Helen Guest), clerk@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org  (April’s meeting on 1st April will be replaced by a meeting of the Finance and Admin committee) 

Parish Magazine Update - March 2019

published on 1st Mar 2019

The following update appeared in March's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council

Highways: 

A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: at the time of writing the Parish Council is still investigating loan options for the scheme, and plans a public consultation in due course.

The Council has received quotes for highways consultancy services to look at other issues, and the NDP project will take-on this area of work.

Cllr Musgrave advised that from April Parish Council’s will be able to purchase their own ‘vehicle activated speeding signs’.

 

Planning: 

Former Stillingfleet mine site: The application for a waste sorting centre has been deferred again until at least April’s committee meeting.

Former North Selby mine site: The application for a caravan/leisure park was submitted in January. The plan proposes approximately 300 static caravans, plus glamping pods and touring pitches. Whilst the Parish Council would have preferred the site to be returned to agriculture, given previous judgements this seems highly unlikely. As such, the proposals are the ‘least bad’ option that we have seen proposed for any of the former mine sites. The Parish Council has made representations suggesting that the park be limited to temporary residences; that the footprint of the proposal be reduced to avoid the ‘Sites of Importance for Nature Conservation’ (SINC) and avoid removal of wooded areas; along with requesting that various details of the application are re-checked by officers.

Former brickworks in-fill site: The site operator has applied for a variation to restoration conditions which would keep the site active for around 8 more years, and raise the level of the restoration to between 4m and 9m above the surrounding area. The Council has submitted objections on various grounds.

 

Neighbourhood Development Plan:

A public meeting was held on 20th January and got good attendance. The project is now moving into the next phase, focusing work around five themes: Transport & Movement; Housing; Community Facilities; Economic Development and Other. Workstream leads have been identified and workshops expected to be scheduled during March/April.

 

Tour de Yorkshire:

The Tour de Yorkshire will come through the village (Skipwith Rd, Carr Lane, A19) on Thursday, 2nd May.  Timings are to be confirmed by the organiser in March. There will be approximately 1 hour road closures to allow the race to pass.

 

Councillors: We are glad to welcome John Reader back to the Parish Council. We still have three vacancies – please contact us via details below if you would like to join the Parish Council.

 

Parish Council meeting dates:  Monday 4th March, 1st April, 13th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome. Contact:  Chair (Richard Rowson), chair@escrick.org; Clerk (Helen Guest), clerk@escrick.org; Website: escrick.org

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