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Parish Magazine update - January 2019

published on 31st Dec 2018

The following update appeared in January's Parish Magazine:

Highways: 

The Parish Council has now received a design and quotation for the installation of traffic lights at the A19 / Skipwith Road junction. This includes pedestrian crossings across both the A19 and Skipwith Road. NYCC has explored potential grant funding, and the NPIF funding announced in the Budget – but has not been able to find any funding for the scheme. The option of using Selby District Council ‘CIL’ funding has also been explored but the scheme does not meet eligibility criteria.  Simplistically the Parish Council now has a choice of whether to fund the scheme itself through a long-term loan and get on with it; or to continue to look for other sources of funding, but with no certainty as to if/when these will be found. To inform this decision, the Parish Council agreed to get details of possible loan options. If a loan is feasible, it is proposed that this choice be put to a public consultation in 2019.
The Parish Council has asked two highways consultancies to provide proposals for the review of other highways concerns in the Parish. The intention is to provide impartial expert advice on those issues where residents disagree with conclusions reached by the highways authority (NYCC). This includes issues such as speed limits, parking restrictions, speed mitigation measures, and the request for a pedestrian refuge island for business park workers.
The police camera van continues to be deployed regularly in Escrick.  Since the start of the year, 28 deployments on Skipwith Road have caught 274 motorists; 4 deployments to the A19 outside the Sang Thai have caught no speeding motorists, and 3 deployments on the A19 south of Escrick have caught 32 motorists.

Neighbourhood Development Plan

The NDP team will be holding a public meeting at Escrick Village Hall on Sunday 20th January at 3pm to report back on findings from the survey undertaken in the summer, and advise on next steps.  All welcome.

Planning: 

Former Stillingfleet mine site: The application for a waste sorting centre was due to be heard in November, but had to be delayed following objections raised by Samuel Smith’s brewery in support of local residents. The earliest this can go to planning committee is in January. The Parish Council strongly opposes the development, and in conjunction with Stillingfleet PC has supported local residents with their objections.
Clay extraction west of A19:  A public exhibition was held on 17th November, which largely reiterated information already known. The Parish Council used the opportunity to reiterate concerns on the traffic impact from the proposed development.

Precept:

The Parish Council resolved to keep its precept unaltered for 2019/20. The bulk of expenditure covers insurance, grass cutting, street lighting, governance/administration – with a discretionary provision for two additional street lights, and for the highways consultants noted above. Full details of budget are on our website www.escrick.org/council/budget...

Councillor Retirement: 

Our longest serving Councillor, Brian Forster, has stood down after 28 years on the Council.  We’re very grateful for Brian’s diligent contribution over the years, and hope we will still get his contribution as a member of the public.

Vacancies: 

The Parish Council has four vacancies for Parish Councillors – please contact us via details below if you would like to join the Parish Council.

Parish Council meeting dates: 

Monday 7th Jan, 4th Feb, 4th March, 1st April. 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 notice - Nov 2018

published on 6th Oct 2018 (updated on 7th Oct 2018)

The following update has been provided for publication in November's Parish magazine

Escrick Parish Council

Highways: 

At October’s meeting, the Parish Council has agreed two key actions with regard to highways:

  1. The PC has requested that North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) provide costings for a design/feasibility study for traffic lights at the Skipwith Road/A19 junction. If the feasibility study is affordable, the PC will look to include the design / feasibility study within its 2019/20 budget. Once costs for implementation of the scheme are known, the PC will consult with residents as to whether there is local appetite for the PC to fund this – or whether to continue to wait until NYCC or grant funding is available, or indeed pursue different options.
  2. The PC will explore the feasibility of, and potential sources, of grant funding to appoint a highways consultancy to review the variety of other highways concerns in the Parish. This will provide an independent expert opinion on those areas where local residents disagree with the conclusions reached by NYCC.

Other highways matters: 

  • The PC received a request to remove the bus stop markings at the disused bus stop on Main St to ease parking congestion. NYCC have clarified that these ‘bus stop’ markings are advisory only, and cannot be enforced. The cost of removing the markings is prohibitive, but traffic wardens have been briefed accordingly.
  • A request to discuss problems associated with primary school parking has been deferred to November’s meeting, as the requestor was unable to attend October’s meeting.

Planning: 

Former Stillingfleet mine site: At the time of writing there has been no further updates regarding the planning application for a waste sorting centre at the former Stillingfleet Mine site – the earliest this can go to planning committee is in November. The Parish Council strongly opposes the development, and in conjunction with Stillingfleet PC has supported local residents with their objections.

Former North Selby mine site: Several Councillors attended the public exhibition by Harworth’s planning consultants. Key points include: plans are for approx 300 plots, consisting of a mix of touring and static caravans; Harworths are looking for a development partner to either buy the site, or develop on their behalf; the site would contain basic amenities such as office and small shop, but is not a ‘Centre Parcs’ style leisure park; they plan to submit planning application in November, and would expect 3 – 6 months for approval. www.escrick.org/-/430

Neighbourhood Development Plan:  The NDP team have received over 100 survey responses, and will work through these with the external consultants. The current expectations is that findings will be reported back via a public meeting in December. www.escrick.org/ndp

Fireworks:

The Parish Council received a strongly worded complaint about a recent fireworks display in the village, citing the distress caused to pets and individuals. The Parish Council resolved to establish an early warning service for fireworks displays, on a voluntary basis. Details online at www.escrick.org/village/fireworks/

Vacancies: The Parish Council has two vacancies for Parish Councillors – please contact us via details below if you would like to join the Parish Council.

Parish Council meeting dates:  Monday 5th Nov, 3rd Dec, 7th Jan. 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 - Oct 2018

published on 30th Sep 2018

The following updated was published in October's Parish Magazine...

Escrick Parish Council

Neighbourhood Watch:  Escrick has not had an active Neighbourhood Watch scheme for several years. North Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is looking to revitalise its role in the county. If anyone is interested in re-establishing a scheme in Escrick, please contact us (details below) and we will pass on their details.

Autumn clean: Last year we coordinated an ‘Autumn clean’ in the village as a community event for volunteers to sweep up leaves from public areas after leaf-fall.  If anyone is willing to coordinate a similar event this year, please contact us.

Highways: North Yorkshire County Council highways have advised that the requested changes to the speed limit on the approach to the village from Mill Hill into Skipwith Road are unjustified. The Parish Council has received several additional concerns about speed, noise, size and volume of traffic over the summer months – each of which has been passed to North Yorkshire County Council as the highways authority for Escrick.

The Parish Council plans to explore the possibility of appointing a highways consultancy to get an independent expert opinion on the full list of highways concerns regularly raised by residents for this and other locations within the village.  We are also exploring the feasibility of getting an additional vehicle activated speed sign, for use on Skipwith Road.

The police camera van continues to be regularly deployed to its designated site on Skipwith Road, and has now caught 207 speeding motorists from 24 visits since the start of the year.

Planning: At the time of writing the planning application for a waste sorting centre at the former Stillingfleet Mine site had been delayed from September’s planning committee meeting. The Parish Council strongly opposes the development, and in conjunction with Stillingfleet PC has supported local residents with their objections.

The Parish Council plans to respond with objections to a national Government consultation that proposes allow shale gas exploration using ‘permitted development rights’ (i.e. avoiding the need for local planning permission). Removing the requirement for planning permission could see any number of exploratory sites established, regardless of their local impact or suitability of the location.

Maintenance: A new picnic table has been procured and installed at the playground. This was funded using S106 ‘recreational open space’ funding paid from local housing development. The village green association are continuing their programme of maintenance work to the pond and village green benches.

Two new street lights have been installed on Carr Lane as part of the continued programme of addressing the darkest spots in the village.  

After over a year of requests, City of York Council have finally crown-lifted the large tree on the A19 just north of the Skipwith Road junction, improving visibility at the junction and removing the pavement obstruction. 

The Parish Council has received several complaints about overgrown hedges. Where these are obstructing footpaths and overhanging verges the Parish Council has requested the residents to address the concerns, and if necessary can refer the complaints to North Yorkshire highways to take enforcement action under section 154 of the Highways Act. As a guideline trees/hedges should be no lower than 7ft 6 above a footpath, and 17ft above the roadway, and must not obstruct streetlights or road signs. The owner of the tree/hedge is responsible for maintenance.

The Parish Council cannot resolve disputes between neighbours regarding boundary hedges – these should be referred to the District Council.

Vacancies: The Parish Council has two vacancies for Parish Councillors – please contact us via details below if you would like to join the Parish Council.

Parish Council meeting dates:  Monday 1st Oct, 5th Nov, 3rd Dec, 7th Jan. 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 - July 2018

published on 1st Jul 2018

The following notice appeared in July's Parish Magazine

The Parish Council welcomes Darren Calvert to the Parish Council who was co-opted onto the Council at June’s meeting.  Darren is a long-term resident of Escrick and keen to make a difference for the benefit of Escrick residents, particularly older residents. There are two further vacancies for others interested.

Stillingfleet Mine Waste Sorting Centre planning application - the application was due to be heard at July’s planning committee, but has been put on hold at the request of the applicant. The earliest that the application could now go to committee is in September. 

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)
Work is underway on the NDP.  If you would like more information, or would like to discuss becoming a volunteer, please see escrick.org/ndpcontact Cllr Tudor Rees by email at ndp@escrick.org. or  on 07718801619 .

Highways safety concerns
The chair met with highways to discuss concerns regarding the A19 outside the business park. Highways officers explained that the accident record for the location does not meet criteria set by NYCC Councillors to justify a safety audit of the site, therefore no further action would be taken. The Parish Council will make a further representation with more specific accident details.  
Speed monitoring data for Skipwith Road (near Wheldrake lane) has been obtained, and County Cllr Musgrave has met with highways officers to understand if a reduced speed limit could be implemented between Mill Hill and the village. Officers are reviewing options.
NYCC highways have agreed to take action regarding the overhanging trees, bushes and ivy outside the Parsonage.
A speed camera van has been deployed twice on the A19 near the telephone exchange in May. No speeding motorists were recorded.
A speed camera van has been deployed on Skipwith Road (near Wenlock Drive) 16 times since the start of the year, and caught 145 speeding motorists (deployments have included weekdays and weekends, and a variety of times of day).
The PC has received various complaints about noisy motorbikes which it has raised with NYP.
The PC will discuss options for procuring a vehicle activated speed sign at September’s meeting.

Parish Council meeting dates:  No meeting in August, future meetings: 3rd Sept, 1st Oct, 5th Nov, 3rd Dec. 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 - June 2018

published on 29th May 2018

The following notice appeared in June's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council

The May meeting took place after the magazine went to press, so a summary will appear in next month’s magazine. Meanwhile a brief update on local issues:

Stillingfleet Mine Waste Sorting Centre planning application - The Parish Council (and neighbouring Parish Councils) have been working with a group of residents to oppose this proposed application. Determination has been postponed from May’s Planning and Regulatory Affairs Committee whilst NYCC consider recent representations. We will provide further updates via our website and Facebook if the situation changes.

Neighbourhood Development Plan
As part of the Parish Council’s desire to influence, guide and shape District and County planning for the village and its environs, we are about to start a new project: to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Escrick Parish, which will form part of the statutory planning decision making process once complete. This will review housing, business and commercial development, and the infrastructure needs of the Parish for the next 10 years period.  We are one of five areas within Selby DC starting such a Plan.

Building our Plan will be community driven, and we will be asking for views and opinions through a series of events and questionnaires over the coming year.  To build and deliver our Plan, we need additional volunteers from the Parish to work alongside a small team of Parish Councillors and consultants throughout the process.  As part of the new project Working Group, volunteers will help determine issues to be addressed, gather information, post flyers, help set up events, and communicate to the wider community on progress and outcomes.

We will be holding a public meeting to explain more about the process and discuss how to get involved at 3pm on Sunday 10th June in Escrick Village Hall - all welcome to attend.
We will also post more information and documentation on our NDP webpage escrick.org/ndp 

If you would like more information, or would like to discuss becoming a volunteer, please contact Cllr Tudor Rees by email at ndp@escrick.org. or  on 07718801619 .

Parish Council vacancies
We have two vacancies for Parish Councillors at present. If you live in the Parish and would like to help shape the role of the Parish Council please do consider joining. The role takes 2 - 3 hours per month (more if you wish). If you might be interested or would like to learn more, please contact the Chair or any Councillor (contact details below)

Pavements and verges
We continue to get complaints about pavements and verges. In particular, please can residents keep hedgerows/bushes/trees trimmed so that these don’t encroach upon the footpaths. Also, please can residents refrain from parking on pavements and verges.  We have at least two wheelchair users in the village, and even partially blocking the pavement makes their movement around the village difficult (and similar for parents with prams and pushchairs). Parking on verges continue to cause damage to the verges themselves, and we have had a further instance of a water pipe being cracked by a vehicle driving over the verge above it. (The water pipes in parts of Escrick are quite shallow beneath the verges).

Parish Council meeting dates:  Future meetings:  4th June, 2nd July, (No meeting in August). 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 - May 2018

published on 16th Apr 2018 (updated on 10th May 2018)

The following appeared in May's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council:

A19: The PC has discussed various concerns relating to the A19 with District and County Councillors. Parish Councillors expressed their frustration that there appeared to be a lack of a joined up approach between highways planning and planning permission for new developments.

Speed mitigation measures: It was noted that during the first 10 weeks of 2018, the police camera van caught 51 speeding vehicles on Skipwith Road, The PC is considering other measures within its control, such as vehicle activated speed signs, or ‘village gates’. NYCC are currently consulting on their policy for vehicle activated signs. The PC will decide next steps in September once the NYCC consultation has concluded.

Stillingfleet Mine site redevelopment:  North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) decision on planning permission for a waste sorting facility at the former Stillingfleet Mine site had been deferred until May.

Neighbourhood Plan consultants: The Parish Council has applied for a grant to cover the costs of developing a Neighbourhood Plan.

Litter bin for A19 lay-by: The PC will provide a litter bin in the lay-by north of the business park.

Beacons of Light: The Village Green Association will be organising a beacon lighting on the village green to commemorate 100 years since the end of WWI on the evening of 11th November.

Street lighting: The PC will procure two additional street lights for Carr Lane to address the remaining dark areas on Carr Lane.

Parish Council meeting dates:  Future meetings: Monday 14th May (both the Annual Parish Meeting, and Annual Meeting of the Parish Council), 4th June, 2nd 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

 


Parish Magazine update - March 2018

published on 1st Mar 2018

The following appeared in March's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council update

Maintenance working group - The Parish Council has established a small working group to help resolve maintenance issues in public areas - either by reporting to the responsible body, or arranging to have the work undertaken if the Parish Council is responsible. 

The Parish Council would welcome hearing from anyone interested in being contracted to undertake ad-hoc work (e.g. sweeping of footpaths, trimming bushes, etc). Please contact the chair (details below). The work is likely to generally consist of ad-hoc jobs of an hour or two in nature.

Tree & pond - Tree pruning is being undertaken on behalf of the Parish Council on The Glade, Main St and the playing fields during February and early March. The pond is being relined, and access to the surrounding area is prohibited until the work is complete.

Hedges & pavements - We continue to get complaints about hedges encroaching and overhanging pavements. Please can we politely remind residents that it is their responsibility to keep hedges trimmed and clear of pavements - and consider if pruning might be in order before the nesting season starts in earnest. 

Spring clean - No spring clean is planned for 2018 due to limited turn-out at recent events. 

Grit bins - The Parish Council considered a request for additional grit bins, and decided not to increase the number of grit bins. The existing bins cover areas of high footfall to public amenities such as the school and village hall. Councillors were concerned about creating a precedence of providing grit bins for all parts of the Parish which could be costly.   

Street lighting - An additional light has been installed on the A19 by the business park to assist bus-stop users. At the time of writing this is awaiting Northern Powergrid to finish the supply connection. Thank you to the local residents for trimming of the adjacent tree/bushes to allow the light to be more effective.

Minerals and waste - The Council continues to monitor the situation with regard to the proposed waste sorting plant at Stillingfleet, and proposed quarry west of the A19. At the time of writing there has been no significant change on either proposal.

Vacancies - We currently have two vacancies for Parish Councillors.  This is a good opportunity to represent residents and have your input into where the Parish Council focuses its efforts and how it spends its budget. If you might be interested, and would like to learn more about the role, you’re welcome to chat to existing Councillors or the Chair (details below).  

Parish Council meeting dates: No ordinary meeting in March - a brief Finance & Admin meeting will be held instead. Future ordinary meetings: Monday 9th April, 14th May, 4th June, 2nd 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

 


Parish Magazine update - February 2018

published on 1st Feb 2018

The following appeared in February's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council update

Pavements - The Parish Council has made representations to both North Yorkshire County Council (responsible for maintenance) and Selby District Council (responsible for street cleaning) about the condition of pavements in the village. NYCC has evaluated the feedback, and where appropriate repairs have been carried out or scheduled. SDC are currently considering options for addressing the issues raised.

Grit bins - A reminder that there are four grit bins in Escrick. These are for community spirited residents to use to spread grit on pavements/junctions in icy weather. The Parish Council provides the grit, but doesn’t provide a grit spreading service. Please do feel free to grab an old plant pot and spread grit on the pavement, or problematic patches of road. The grit is not for use on private paths and driveways - you can buy grit from DIY stores. More details see www.escrick.org/council/gritting/

Dog fouling - A reminder that Selby District Council can levy fines of up to £1000 on those responsible for dog fouling. If you know who is responsible please report incidents promptly and directly. See www.selby.gov.uk/dog-fouling for more details.

Beacon of lights commemoration: Escrick is considering taking park in the Beacons of Light Tribute on 11th November to mark 100 years of remembrance. This is likely to consist of a brief gathering and lighting of a beacon. We would like to gauge the level of interest in attending, please let any Parish Councillor know if you would be interested in attending. More details: www.escrick.org/~/385

Street lighting - An additional light has been ordered for the A19 by the business park to assist bus-stop users. This is due to be installed in late January/early February.

Oak trees - As many residents have noticed, it was sadly necessary for NYCC to remove the two oak trees on Wenlock Drive. We recognise that these old trees were far older that Wenlock Drive itself, but unfortunately both were in bad condition, suffering honey fungus and hollowing of the trunk and roots. This had resulted in at least two instances where substantial branches fell, damaging a car and putting pedestrians at risk. The tree surgeon removing the trees confirmed that the diagnosis was correct, and the hollow trunks were very evident. NYCC will remove the stumps and reinstate the grass verge in its place.

Defibrillator volunteer - The village has a public access defibrillator located on the front wall of the club. This is for anyone to use in the case of a cardiac emergency. We are looking for a volunteer to undertake the weekly check of the defibrillator (very easy, it involves little more than checking that the ‘ok’ icon is illuminated).  It would be convenient for someone that regularly attends playgroup or the tea-shop to do on their way past. Please contact the chair if you are willing to help. www.escrick.org/council/defibrillator/

Neighbourhood Development Plan - the Parish Council is about to appoint a project manager/consultant to assist with the development of the NHDP, which is expected to take around 24 months. The role will be funded by grant funding.

Vacancy - We currently have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  This is a good opportunity to represent residents and have your input into where the Parish Council focuses its efforts and how it spends its budget. If you might be interested, and would like to learn more about the role, you’re welcome to chat to existing Councillors or the Chair (details below).

Parish Council meeting dates: Monday 5th February, 5th March, 9th April, 14th 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

 

Parish Magazine update - January 2018

published on 1st Jan 2018

The following appeared in January's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Parish Council

Parish Councillor vacancy: We still have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor - if you are interested, or would like to learn more about the role, please contact the Chair or Clerk (details below).

Village maintenance: Thank you to everyone who helped with the ‘Autumn Clean’ event in mid-November, your help was really appreciated. The Parish Council is also working with Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council to get several issues relating to pavements resolved. One area where residents could help, would be in ensuring that bushes/hedges do not overhang nor obstruct the pavements.

Budget/Precept: The Parish Council agreed to keep the precept for 2018/19 unchanged from 2017/18 levels. Details www.escrick.org/council/budget2018

Parish Council meeting dates: Monday 8th January, 5th February, 5th March. 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 - November 2017

published on 1st Nov 2017

The following appeared in November's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council

Parish Councillor vacancy: We still have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor - if you are interested, or would like to learn more about the role, please contact the Chair or Clerk (details below).

Quarry proposal: The Parish Council accepted an invite to visit Plasmor’s existing quarry at Hemingbrough to understand more about their plans for the proposed site west of the A19. The visit was helpful to understand the plans, but key concerns regarding traffic, and the risk of the site being used for landfill, remain. Plasmor advise that an application for planning permission is likely to be submitted in late in 2018, albeit some Councillors believe it may be sooner.

Grass cutting: The PC are seeking suppliers to undertake grass cutting of the village green, playing fields and verges - any potential suppliers are requested to contact chair@escrick.org for an information pack.

Local plans: Both York and Selby councils are consulting on their local plans. The latest version of the York plan has limited impact upon Escrick (having removed sites previously included adjacent to the village). The Selby plan includes potential housing sites in Escrick, but these may not be required due to a surplus of suitable sites. The planning working group will develop a response to the Selby consultation.

Carr Lane parking: Following complaints about dangerous parking on Carr Lane associated with school pick-up/drop-off, the police have confirmed that they will take enforcement action (fines of up to £1000, and 3 penalty points). They have written to all parents at the school and have been undertaking a mix of uniformed and plain-clothed visits.

Drains/sewage: Yorkshire water advise that fat blockages and a failed pumped were the cause of recent sewage leaks. They advise that the problem has been resolved and that they will be undertaking regular inspections to try to prevent a reoccurrence.

Village maintenance: The PC is coordinating an “Autumn Clean” on Saturday 11th November in the afternoon. See separate notice.

Parish Council meeting dates: Monday 6th November, 4th December, 8th January, 5th February. 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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