NEWS

09 Jan 2020

In order to try and keep everyone informed on the up to date position of issues with which Kirkby Malzeard Laverton and Dallowgill Parish Council are currently involved, we have created this NEWS page. Please also refer to the MINUTES page for background information on the items covered by our Meetings.

GRANTS FOR LOCAL ORGANISATIONS 2019-20

MECHANICS INSTITUTE VILLAGE HALL
ALLOCATED £1,750 as a contribution towards improvement work comprising the replacement of the front entrance doors.
 
HIGHSIDE PLAYING FIELD ASSOCIATION
ALLOCATED £1750 as a contribution towards the provision of additional storage facilities, roof repair and replacement of mower blades.
 
KIRKBY MALZEARD PRE-SCHOOL
ALLOCATED £750 as a contribution towards re-decoration and provision of new curtains in the classrooms.
 
KIRKBY IN BLOOM
ALLOCATED £750 as a contribution towards assisting with the creation of wild flower areas, provision of village tubs and troughs, enhancement of area around bus shelter, weed spraying to pavements and public liability insurance.
 
YOUTH CLUB
ALLOCATED £500 as a contribution towards improving the range of equipment available and funding appropriate external outings.

FRIENDS OF KIRKBY SCHOOL
ALLOCATED £500 as a contribution towards the purchase and installation of a cooker and fridge to assist with fund-raising activities.
 
75% of the funding will be issued immediately with the balance paid in Q3 2020. This deferral of part of the grant has been made in order to provide the Council with additional reserve funds in case any unforeseen expenditure becomes necessary on behalf of the community as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. We have so far created a ‘community helper scheme’ to provide support for residents although up to now only minimal expense has resulted from this.
We are currently maintaining reserves of only £5000-£6000 (in order to have avoided higher precept increases in the past) and an additional £1500 might prove useful.
It is reasonable to assume that if coronavirus related expenditure is incurred that we shall be able to claim this back through Government grants at some point, but there may well be delays with any such process and it is therefore felt useful for this additional sum to be available now. If it is not possible for any organisation to continue to function as a result of this six-month delay to this tranche of the grant we have asked them to advise us accordingly.


IVY BANK CAMPSITE, GALPHAY ROAD, KIRKBY MALZEARD


This campsite, on the edge of the village has recently successfully applied, through Freedom Camping Club, for a new exemption certificate which enables them to have 5 all year caravan pitches and a further 50 mixed use pitches (being pitches for caravans used on specified events or for tents) instead of the previous 5 caravan and 10 tent pitches. The Parish Council were not consulted on this but the matter has been discussed at our meeting in January - see Minutes for further information. At the present time the campsite, and other local sites are closed as part of the general lockdown.

ST PETER'S CHURCH, DALLOWGILL

A decision has now been made by the Church Commissioners to allow this disused Church to be converted into a Children's day nursery following the general consultation which took place at the end of last year.

PHONE KIOSKS

BT have made the decision to remove the payphones from the Kiosks in both Kirkby Malzeard and Laverton as they were no longer needed. Neither phone had been used at all during the previous 12 months and there are now adequate mobile signals available through various providers folowing the upgrade to the local mast.
The Council have decided to 'adopt' the kiosks as they are a long standing item of street furniture within the villages and are generally popular features. The kiosk in Kirkby Malzeard will be used as a 'book swap' facility and a defibrillator is to be installed in Laverton through Community Heartbeat Trust. 


DRUGS AWARENESS MEETING

The Council organised a Drugs Awareness meeting in December at which two PCSO's provided advice to Councillors and residents on the issues facing the community on this increasingly serious problem. Whilst it is not as great an issue here as it is in Harrogate or Ripon there have been incidents, particularly around the Playing Field, suggesting that illegal drug use is happening.

To summarise the advice given:

Teenagers should be educated on the dangers of drug use and in particular that occasional use of 'soft' drugs can often lead to regular use of other 'hard' drugs and can ruin lives. There are various websites including those listed below which can help but your Doctors will also be happy to give advice if parents/carers have specific concerns about their children.

Anyone seeing anything suspicious in the village should report it to the Police on 101 (which can be done anonymously) even if it seems trivial as it helps them build up a larger picture of drugs activity.

talktofrank.com

youngminds.org.uk/find-help/looking-after-yourself/drugs-and-alcohol

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT, LAVERTON ROAD, KIRKBY MALZEARD

Consent has been granted subject to various conditions. Please use this link to access the case on the Planning Department website: http://uniformonline.harrogate.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OWY57YHYMMW00 

The Council will continue to monitor this important application and we are still awaiting a Reserved Matters application. NYCC Highways have promised a full public consultation will be held on their proposed one-way system to Long Swales Lane and Church Bank/Street which formed a condition of the outline consent.

BUS SHELTER NEAR KIRKBY STORES

As it appears that the shelter is nornally used by children waiting for the School bus, the Council was obliged to retain this rather than remove it and will, as soon as practical, undertake essential repairs principally to the window frame. We have redecorated the shelter internally and it is hoped that some funding has been made available to Kirkby in Bloom to aprove its appearence An internal notice board has also been installed to replace the former noticeboard at Kirkby Stores.

FOOTPATH - ARROWFIELD, MAIN STREET, KIRKBY MALZEARD

The Parish Council applied for a Definitive Map Modification Order in May 2018 in respect of the footpath running through the garden of the above property, which links Main Street and Back Lane North. North Yorkshire County Council made an Order to add the footpath to the Map in August 2019 following which there was a period during any Objections could be made which closed at the end of September 2019. As objections were made a Public Hearing will now be held later in 2020 to determine the outcome.

 
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