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Parish Magazine update - October 2017

published on 1st Oct 2017

The following note appeared in October's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council

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

A19 safety:  Cllr Musgrave (County Councillor) reported that he had had several meetings with highways, and that the preferred solution would be to install traffic lights at the Skipwith Rd/A19 junction - the key issue is finding funding for the scheme. 

Quarry proposal: The Parish Council have accepted an invite for a site visit to Plasmor to understand more about their plans for the proposed site west of the A19.

Village maintenance: A dog waste bin has been installed on the footpath by the beck on Skipwith Road. Following the success of the “Spring Clean” earlier in the year, the PC will coordinate an “Autumn Clean” on Saturday 11th November in the afternoon. Hold the date, more details next month - many volunteers welcomed!

Parish Council meeting dates: (No August meeting) Monday 2nd October, 6th November, 4th 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 - September 2017

published on 1st Sep 2017 (updated on 7th Oct 2017)

The following update will appear in September's Parish Magazine

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

A19 safety:  Cllr Musgrave (County Councillor) reported that he had had several meetings with highways, and that the preferred solution would be to install traffic lights at the Skipwith Rd/A19 junction - the key issue is finding funding for the scheme. 

Quarry proposal: The Parish Council have accepted an invite for a site visit to Plasmor to understand more about their plans for the proposed site west of the A19.

Village maintenance: A dog waste bin has been installed on the footpath by the beck on Skipwith Road. Following the success of the “Spring Clean” earlier in the year, the PC will coordinate an “Autumn Clean” on Saturday 11th November in the afternoon. Hold the date, more details next month - many volunteers welcomed!


Parish Magazine update - August 2017

published on 1st Aug 2017 (updated on 7th Oct 2017)

The following update will appear in August's Parish Magazine

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

A19 safety:  NYCC have surveyed the location to evaluate installation of a puffin crossing, but advise that there is insufficient distance from the junction.  The County Councillor is exploring options with the highways team and will report back to us. 

Pavements: Residents are reminded to try to keep pavements clear for pedestrians, wheelchairs users and parents with pushchairs. In particular please avoid parking on pavements, please try to keep hedges trimmed, and please place bins/recycling crates to minimise obstruction.

Excavation of clay: The Parish Council would like to make residents aware of a recent planning application to expand clay mining west of the A19, and build a new access road to the B1222. The Parish Council will be objecting to the proposal ( http://escrick.org/~/340 )

Street lighting: The Parish Council has ordered an additional light for each of Main St and Carr Lane to address dark spots reported by residents. Plans for a streetlight on the A19 by the business park are being reviewed, as the business park and its tenants were unwilling to cover the cost of installing a light at this location. One of the street lamps on Skipwith Road will be temporarily out of service to allow for changes to the electricity supply.

Village maintenance: The Parish Council agreed to put on hold plans to recruit a “lengthsman", as recent voluntary initiatives have been quite successful. The Parish Council has agreed to procure a dog waste bin for the footpath alongside the beck, which the Escrick Estate have kindly offered to empty. Plans for tree maintenance will be brought to September’s meeting. The Parish Council expresses its gratitude to the group of residents that have kindly taken on the planting and maintaining of flowers by the village signs.

Neighbourhood development plan: Preparatory work is ongoing, and work is expected to begin in earnest on this in the Autumn.


Parish Magazine Update - June 2017

published on 5th May 2017

The following update will appear in June's Parish Magazine:

A19 safety: A site meeting has been held with NYCC to discuss options for improving the pedestrian crossing on the A19. NYCC agreed to investigate the feasibility of crossing improvements.

Neighbourhood Development Plan: The planning working group has started evaluating the feasibility of putting together a Neighbourhood Development Plan. Following a positive meeting with Appleton Roebuck (who have recently developed a plan), the next step is to investigate funding options.

Councillor vacancy: After nearly seven years on the council, Councillor Lamont has stood down, creating a vacancy for a Parish Councillor. Anyone interested should contact the Clerk or the Chair in the first instance (details below).

Parish Magazine Update - May 2017

published on 7th Apr 2017

The following update will appear in May's Parish Magazine:

A19 safety: The A19 in Escrick has now been designated as a police safety camera van location. This means that police camera vans will be located on the A19 in Escrick from time to time to catch speeding and other offences. As a result of this, the Community Speed Watch group has had to stand down, as the police do not allow CSW and camera vans to operate on the same section of road. The Parish Council is very grateful for the volunteers that have given their time to CSW during its short period of operation. Separately, a site meeting is scheduled with NYCC to discuss options for improving the pedestrian crossing on the A19.

Annual meetings: The ‘Annual Meeting of the Parish Council’ and the ‘Annual Parish Meeting’ will take place on Monday 8th May at 7.30pm at the Club. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Fountain area: Now the weather has improved, work has been scheduled to repaint the posts and replace the chains around the fountain area.

Parish Magazine update - April 2017

published on 9th Mar 2017

The following update will appear in April's Parish Magazine:

Escrick Spring Clean: The Parish Council is very grateful to all the volunteers who took part in the ‘Escrick Spring Clean’ on Saturday/Sunday 4th/5th March. Many areas were given a thorough tidy-up, more than filling two 660 litre commercial bins with leaves, moss and other waste. Areas covered include the bus shelter War Memorial, Coronation memorial benches, Jubilee fountain area, Carr Lane footpaths and area around Main St junction, The Glade, A19 pavements & crossing islands, footpath between A19/Skipwith Road, footpaths leading to the playground, and the under 5s area of the playground. We are also very grateful to the support of Selby District Council who provided bins, bags, and litter pickers free of charge - and to Cllrs Morley Jones and Councell for organising. We hope to have a repeat event in autumn after leaf fall.

Escrick sign planter: We have a small flower planter in front of the ‘Escrick’ village sign on the A19 (near the garage). The volunteers who have kindly maintained this in recent times have now stood down, and we are looking for one or more new volunteers to take over the planting and occasional watering of flowers in this area. If you are interested, please contact chair@escrick.org.

Dogs on Village Green: A complaint was received by the Parish Council regarding dogs being allowed to run freely on the Village Green - this is not allowed. The notices that were on the Green have been either damaged /removed and will be replaced. You can take your dogs across the Green on a lead to get to Gassey Wood, but please clean up after your dogs.

Business park street lighting: We are working with Escrick Business Park to explore the possibility of street lighting by the bus stops in this area.

Stillingfleet Mine redevelopment: Although outside the Parish, Escrick Parish Council will be objecting to the proposal to redevelop the site as a waste transfer station - with associated HGV traffic.

Parish Magazine update - March 2017

published on 10th Feb 2017

The following update will appear in March's Parish Magazine:

A19 safety: The Community Speed Watch Group is now active, and has undertaken several speed monitoring sessions. Initial results suggest that it is having at least a short-term impact at slowing the speed of passing vehicles. The Parish Council is very grateful to the volunteers involved. The Parish Council is still seeking a meeting with NYCC to request improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities.

Grit bins: These have been installed (and kindly filled by a local volunteer) and are available for residents to use on highways and pavements.

Pollution in the beck: The Parish Council received a complaint about potential pollution in the beck - however by the time the Parish Council was able to attend the reported pollution had gone. Pollution concerns should be reported to the Environment Agency on their 24 hour helpline - 0800 80 70 60. They can make a more timely response, and are responsible for any subsequent investigation. (For reference a list of agencies responsible for services/amenities in Escrick is available on the Parish Council website: www.escrick.org/council/common-questions/).

Business park street lighting: In response to requests from workers at the business park, the council has approached the business park to establish if it (or its tenants) would fund additional street lighting by the bus stop, which the Parish Council would subsequently adopt.

Battle's over - a nations tribute to WWI on 11th November 2018: The Parish Council has expressed an interest in taking part in this national beacon lighting event to commemorate the end of WWI.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May, 5th June. 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 2017

published on 11th Jan 2017 (updated on 26th Jan 2017)

The following update will appear in February's Parish Magazine on behalf of the Parish Council:

Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Mervin Casling, Tudor Rees and Kevin Moran, who were co-opted as Councillors at December's meeting - taking us back up to a full complement of eleven Councillors.

A19 safety: The Parish Council wrote to North Yorkshire Council in November, and received a reply in mid-December. The reply states that the 40mph limit is appropriate, but offers a follow-up meeting to discuss alternative ways to improve safety, which the Parish Council will take-up. Separately, the Community Speed Watch group is now established and has received training and equipment, and should start monitoring speeds on the A19 later in January. More details at: www.escrick.org/council/A19

Survey & Budget 2017/18: We received just over 60 survey responses to the survey, of these, 78% said they would support paying an increased precept in exchange for additional facilities/amenities. Frequent themes raised in comments were street lighting, road safety, bus service provision and tidiness and presentation of the village.

The Parish Council has set its precept for 2017/18 at £19,000 - which includes an increase to add additional street-lighting, maintain Parish Council trees, a provision for general village maintenance or lengthsman, and implement audit recommendations to replenish reserves. More details, including full budget, at: www.escrick.org/council/budget2017

North Yorkshire Mineral & Waste plan: The Parish Council has provided a comprehensive response to the consultation regarding sites affecting the Escrick Parish: www.escrick.org/council/minerals-and-waste/

Grit bins: Highways have approved the proposed locations (outside Almshouses, Main St/Carr Lane junction and Carr Lane/The Glade junction), and hopefully these should be in place later in January.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Parish Magazine Update - December 2016

published on 9th Nov 2016

Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Rebecca Councell, who was co-opted as a Councillor at November’s meeting.

We still have a number of vacancies for Councillors - if you are interested or want to learn more about it please contact us (details below).

A19 safety: At the time of writing, 11 people have expressed an interest in Community Speedwatch, and a meeting is to be arranged. The Parish Council has agreed to send a further letter to NYCC requesting a reduction in the speed limit.

Budget 2017/18: The Parish Council will circulate surveys during November to seek views from residents to inform its budgeting process for 2017/18.

Trees: The Parish Council has received professional opinions regarding trees on public land, following concerns raised by some residents. None of the trees reported were found to be dangerous, but some works have been suggested. Due to the level of cost these will be considered as part of 2017/18 budget process next month.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 6th March. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Parish Magazine Update - November 2016

published on 9th Oct 2016

Parish Council Vacancies: We have a number of vacancies for Parish Councillors at the moment. The Escrick Parish Council is the first tier of local government, representing residents of Escrick Parish. Parish Councillors are volunteers that help shape the actions of the Council - making decisions on how to spend the Council precept budget within the Parish, representing local interests, and overseeing various local amenities. The role requires a few hours per month of time, including attending the monthly Parish Council meeting. It’s a great way to get involved in a wide range of local issues and shape the local community.

If you are interested or simply want to learn more about it please contact either the Chair (Richard Rowson, chair@escrick.org) or the Clerk (Helen Guest, clerk@escrick.org). More details about the role of the Parish Council can be found on our website, www.escrick.org.

A19 safety: In response to recent concerns of speeding on the A19, we have the opportunity to establish a Community Speedwatch Initiative. This is where volunteers (with the support of the Police) monitor speeds of vehicles using speed detection devices. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit are referred to the Police with the aim of educating drivers to reduce their speeds. We are seeking volunteers, including someone to take a lead role in coordinating this activity locally. If you are interested please contact chair@escrick.org.

Street lights: The Council has ordered modifications to two streetlights affected by trees, so that the lamp is further away from nearby tree branches. The Council has obtained pricing for some additional lighting, details are to be include in a planned consultation which is to be circulated on the Council budget for 2017.

Grit bins: North Yorks County Council has notified the Parish Council that Carr Lane will no longer be gritted. The Parish Council has agreed to procure three grit bins for key locations to partially mitigate the change in NYCC policy.

Village Sign Planters: We have a small flower bed in front of the Escrick village sign on the A19 (outside the garage). These bedding plants have been maintained by a couple of local volunteers, to whom we are very grateful. We are looking for new volunteers for 2017 to take over this role and keep these plants tidy and water them as necessary. If you may be interested please contact chair@escrick.org.

Defibrillator & CPR training: We recently held a successful CPR training event in the village.

Please remember that there is now a public access defibrillator installed on the front wall of the Escrick & Deighton Club - available for anyone to use on someone suffering cardiac arrest. No training is necessary to use the defibrillator which gives audible instructions (http://escrick.org/village/defibrillator).

We also have a full CPR training kit and training DVDs. These are available for local groups to borrow - please contact the chair if you are interested: chair@escrick.org.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 7th November, 5th December, 9th January, 6th February, 6th March. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

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