Parish Council - 2017

PARISH COUNCIL – Meeting on 7th September


The Chair provided all with an update on the upcoming repair work to the bridge, advising that the parish council’s preference was for the bridge to be closed for the period of the works, presumed to be 4 – 6 weeks at the time. The Chair advised that despite this preference the County Council had decided on keeping the bridge open, using two way traffic lights. The traffic lights to run all day, with a 3 metre carriageway open to traffic. It had been advised that the works were to start on 25th September and to be completed by 15th December 2017. The Chair commented that the chosen course of action would cause significant traffic jams in the village. The Chair commented that he was disappointed with this outcome and the way in which this matter had been dealt with as it appeared that NYCC had taken no note of the requests
preferences as put forward by the parish council at recent meetings.

The clerk advised that he had submitted a grant application to RDC for further flood related works. The Chair advised that Broadacres had offered £300.00 towards flood related works. The Chair advised that he was in discussion with Skelton Estates concerning a further funding contribution towards flood related works.

Cllr Rostron advised that he had been successful with funding of £19,000 from Yorwaste for play park funding. It was advised that 10% to be self-funded for which Cllr Rostron advised various activities to be held such as car boot sales.


Cllr Rostron advised that NYCC had confirmed that they would carry out repairs to the footbridge, with plywood in the short term, to be replaced by like for like sleepers in the longer term.


The clerk advised that the defibrillator had been purchased and that a contractor had been asked to install this outside the village hall.

Cllr Thompson advised that he had put forward a motion to allow wider and easier access to the “Speed Matrix Boards” for parish councils.and

Meeting - Tuesday, January 17th

The parish council have secured significant funding over the last three years to carry out a number of projects on the river bank to help deal with the flooding problems that have plagued the village.....it is felt that the works carried out to date have certainly helped.....more recently further funding has been secured ( from the District Council and Skelton Estates) to carry out more de-silting work in the river.


The parish council have secured significant funding to improve the play park and are continuing to source more funding to continue these improvements. The council were pleased to advise that they had recently secured funding of £470.00 from NYCC towards the Helen Wilkinson memorial.


The council are continuing in their efforts to try and deal with the speeding concerns in the village and along with a number of volunteers carried out a "speed watch" exercise before Christmas. It is hoped that once the roadworks have been completed that another exercise will be organised.


It was advised that planning permission had now been granted for the affordable housing scheme with work set to start early 2017.


The district council had been approached to inspect and replenish the sand bags within the village.


The parish council agreed to fund another grit bin to be located at Millgate.


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Tributes have been paid to long-serving North Yorkshire county councillor Michael Heseltine who died on Friday, December 30th aged 78 after an illness. 

The Conservative councillor from Scorton served as a county councillor for almost 40 years.

He was first elected in 1977 to one of two old Richmond Rural seats after standing four years earlier but narrowly losing, before the seat became Richmondshire North.

Tributes have been paid to long-serving North Yorkshire county councillor Michael Heseltine who died on Friday aged 78 after an illness.

The Conservative councillor from Scorton served as a county councillor for almost 40 years.

He was first elected in 1977 to one of two old Richmond Rural seats after standing four years earlier but narrowly losing, before the seat became Richmondshire North.

Before his retirement he taught at Scorton Grammar School.

North Yorkshire County Council leader Carl Les described Cllr Heseltine as the “epitome of public service”.

He added: “Perhaps it was his background as a teacher, always wanting his students to experience new things, and to help them with understanding.

“He served his communities most diligently, taking up issues and causes for them.

It is particularly poignant that the dualling of the A66, a project he championed for years, has finally been announced this year. He was a very senior councillor at NYCC, probably the longest serving, and we were going to miss him next year as he had decided it was time to pass the baton on to somebody new.

“We will miss him all the more now. He was a good friend to many of us, especially new members. North Yorkshire will be the poorer for his passing.”

Mr Heseltine was a long-serving member of Richmondshire District Council, where he twice served as chairman.

Current leader Yvonne Peacock said the councillor always took time to help new members.

“He was a great mentor when I first became a councillor and helped me hugely. 

“We became good friends and remained so when he left the authority. He was an extremely good community councillor.”

Cllr Peacock said he was unable to canvas at the last election due to illness but still managed to increase his majority.

“That tells you a lot about the man and the respect voters had for him,” she added.

His friend, Richmondshire councillor Cllr Ian Threlfall, added: “He served his community impeccably and will be greatly missed.”

Before his retirement he taught a