Parish Council Update – November 2013

The Osmotherley Area Parish Councils November meeting heard from the Police that this is Car Safety Week and that they are holding surgeries across the area to highlight problems. They have also started Operation Bright where they visit homes which are not showing any lights at night and are advising householders of the benefits this could bring to them. Earlier in the week there had been a site meeting attended by Councillors T Swales and N Ward along with Highways Officers to assess how any improvements if any could be made along the A684. All of the recent accidents and blockages have been the result of driver error and none have been caused by motorists entering or exiting any of the many access points and as such it is not feasible to recommend any further signage or restrictions, if this were implemented it would then have to affect every mile of every road within the County.

Prior to the meeting a discussion had been held to consider the budget for the coming year and based on the figures presented it was recommended and approved that the  Precept remain the same as for the previous 2 years. Additional expenditure could be either covered from reserves or better still from successful funding applications. The recent improvements to a long run of cobbles on North End was as a result of such an application which resulted in £5,000 being sourced from the National Parks LEADER fund with a match fund contribution of £1,000 from Parish reserves.

Although Highways have repaired some roads much remains to be carried out with flooding being a major concern again. They will be asked again to prevent water standing of the road from Jeator Houses to the Fox and Hounds as well as involving them in discussions aimed at preventing water draining down North End. The entrance to the Churchyard near the Fish Shop is congested and measures will need to be put in place to improve this access point.

With the onset of frosty mornings there is a plea to ask motorists not to leave engines running for long periods particularly at an early hour of the morning, this is causing unnecessary disturbance to their neighbours and could be avoided.

Residents concerned about the recent resignations from the Village Hall Committee met recently and were able to reform with a new Chair, Vice chair and Secretary. This will enable them to progress new ideas and to continue the good work of the former Summer Games team by forming a sub committee to carry on this valuable fund raising effort.

Len Cragg – Clerk to the Parish Council
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 For a third year Stokesley Army Cadet Force are giving their enthusiastic support to the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal.

In recent years the Osmotherley Legion Branch has been responsible for the distribution and sale of poppies in Stokesley, and for the past three cadets of the town’s Army Cadet Detachment have given their wholehearted and enthusiastic support to this appeal. Armed with collecting tins, poppies and boundless enthusiasm, whatever the weather, the Cadets exhibit a highly visible profile selling poppies during the street collection.

In 2011 they raised a little under £1,000 which was exceeded the following year with a total of £1,986.51p, a target they are determined to at least meet if not exceed.

Osmotherley branch chairman, Colonel David Black, cannot speak too highly of the efforts of the Cadets. “Once again the cadets of Stokesley detachment are playing a key role in our local Poppy Appeal and I am confident that they will have enormous success. A formal affiliation now exists between Osmotherley Branch of the Royal British Legion and Stokesley Detachment, Army Cadet Force. People frequently complain about modern  youth, but what these Army Cadets achieve shows that the boys and girls are first class and exceptionally caring. This effort is a wonderful example of two generations working together for a very good cause which we sincerely hope will once again enjoy the support of the generous Stokesley people. ”

Further details: David Black 01609 883193

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Parish Council Update – October

When Osmotherley Area Parish Council met they heard that the AGM of the Village Hall was not particularly well attended and that new Members would be most welcome to carry on the good work of those whose efforts have resulted in many recent improvements to fabric and fittings of the building. An EGM is to be held and one way forward could also be to appoint a Keyholder to act as a caretaker whose role could be to ensure that the premises are locked at night and that cleaning and other activities are performed in a timely manner.

Subsequent to the recent fatal accident on the A684 at Winton there is a groundswell of opinion that safety measures must be put in place. The PC would be willing to support any such moves which could reduce any dangers and give assistance to the road users. Although most accidents are just that it must be stressed that any increase in signage could be counter productive and distract users from watching and reading the road. It was suggested that a site meeting be held to ensure that those responsible for safety improvements are made aware of the difficulties experienced by residents who are also regular users.

The external door to the Disabled Toilet has been recently replaced, further renewal of some of the cobbles is now being considered but much depends on a grant application to the National Park being successful. A recent safety inspection of the Children’s Playarea has recommended that some minor repairs are carried out to some items of equipment and this will be done in the next few months.

It was reported that there are a few houses which have remained empty for well over a year, this information has been passed to the Housing Enabler for further consideration.  The Moorsbus is to be withdrawn by the National Park as a cost saving measure to them and although some residents would like to see it replaced, there is already an alternative in that the Community Bus can be booked for similar outings or indeed by a variety of users.

Len Cragg, 23rd October 

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Parish Council Update – September

The September meeting of the Parish Council heard that the many Highway concerns are slowly being attended to but unfortunately those of an urgent nature do not receive the attention required. Chester Lane has had some potholes filled but not to a very high standard and the Thimbleby road as well as the Bog Hole ford will be tackled during the later weeks of September when road closures will come into effect. Many gulleys are blocked, grass is growing through them, water is cascading down streets and still we wait for work to be carried out. These gulleys are normally only emptied every 6 months which is deemed by residents across the patch as well as by P C Members to be totally insufficient yet Highways steadfastly refuse to ramp up the intervals. A resident of Ellerbeck has kindly offered to draft a letter for residents to sign and send to Highways to press for works which need completing to be carried-out.

Congestion is an increasing problem and in turn this has led to bollards being demolished by vehicles attempting to find a way through between parked vehicles. Everyone is encouraged to ring 101 when roads are impeded by inconsiderate motorists. Likewise ring 101 to attract the Police to poaching and similar acts of criminal damage over open fields. Kirby Sigston has seen an increase where field gates are now being deliberately broken down so these persons can get in and out quickly.

The Defibrillator will be installed in October and a training session has been arranged for the morning of Saturday 19th when all are welcome to see what can be done to help save life. The PC have already received some donations toward this vital bit of kit, any further donations will be most welcome, please give to any Member of the PC or to the Clerk, all these contacts can be found in the Messenger.

The demand for a car park is growing but it will not be possible to find a solution to this problem until such time that a suitable piece of land becomes available, does anyone know where this land is?

Len Cragg

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Parish Council Update – May 2013

Recently there have been thefts of both a Landrover from in the village as well as  of other farm equipment from the area. Because of this the Police intend to step up patrols to try to combat this and they will also be able to tackle any antisocial activity at the Codbeck reservoir area.

Highways are still being asked to complete the various sections of white lining in the village as well as repairs to setts and kerbs across a wide area. This includes both the whole length of West End/Clack lane and around the Cross. Recently a tyre on the Community Mini bus had to be replaced after the driver had to ride over the kerbs because vehicles were illegally parked in the centre of the village, this matter has also been passed to the Police for action. For the benefit of doubt no parking permits are permitted in the village and any person displaying one is likely to be taken to task by the Police.

The Play Area has been given an overhaul, the hedges cut back and some items of equipment repaired, this site  is almost 20 years old and has stood up well to its use. Other maintenance issues included repairs to the banking on the footpath from Colgate Lane to Osmotherley Mill which was carried out by the NPA Rangers.

Planning applications included a sympathetic project to repair much of The Flags on West End but comment was made that the proposed gates should also incorporate sufficient space within the property to allow vehicles to be turned rather than them being reversed onto the road. Reference was also made to the use of materials to comply with the Conservation Area and the VDS.

Highways and HDC are looking to save funds and are proposing to reduce street lighting overnight, this will be discussed further when the plans showing which lights are to be put out are available. In future all meetings will be held in The Supper Room, with the exception of one in June each year at Kirby Sigston.

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Osmotherley Rangers Football Club gain promotion to Division 2

Congratulations to Osmotherley Rangers Football Club  who have had their best season yet this year, with season figures of :  played 24,  won 12, draw 6, lost 6.

This gave a grand points total of 42 points and ensured  promotion from Hambleton Football Combination Div 3 to Div 2.

The team would like to thank the many supporters who braved all weathers coming along and watching and supporting. ONWARDS n UPWARDS for season 2013/14.

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An Osmotherley resident joined the Royal Air Force in 1942 and after qualifying as a bomber pilot flew five operational missions before the end of the war. After a very lengthy delay, he is now to receive the Bomber Command clasp.

Ken BakerKen Baker, a spritely eighty-nine year old considers his good health is due to having a personal trainer. Not human, but a Staffordshire terrier cross who adopted Ken at the Blue Cross Centre, and exercises him twice a day. Northamptonshire born Ken, a widower, spent his working life in agriculture, working in many parts of the Country prior to retirement and settling in Osmotherley, close to his daughter and her family.

As a member of the Air Training Corps, when he attained the age of eighteen in September 1942, Ken volunteered to join the RAF. With a hundred other young men he was selected to attend a six month course at Durham University; the mornings spent in academic study, the afternoons in basic RAF drill and procedures. In May 1943 Ken embarked for Canada on RMS Queen Mary with Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and a few hundred RAF personnel. One very clear memory he has, is after a full night on guard duty with a fellow trainee, the two, in a rather crumpled state, were forced to attend a parade early the following morning for the great man to inspect. Amidst the ranks of highly polished airmen Churchill paused before the two and chatted encouragingly to them.

In April 1944, now trained as a Pilot, Ken returned to England to undertake conversion to heavy aircraft and qualified to fly Lancaster bombers. In February1945, as part of 106 Squadron RAF, Ken flew the first of four operational raids into Germany. His fifth raid was to Tonsberg in Norway, which was to be the final operational European raid in World War II by Bomber Command. Ken spent the remainder of his service until demobilisation in 1946 as a flying instructor. He was then fortunate to obtain a place at Newcastle University and after attaining a degree, commenced a long career in agricultural research and development. Since settling into Osmotherley Ken has joined the lively village branch of the Royal British Legion and is rapidly becoming one of the stalwarts of this active and progressive group.

Branch membership is strong but ‘new blood’ is always made welcome. Membership is open to anyone and not only ex-service personnel. Branch Chairman David Black in his annual report stated “Recent wars indulged in enthusiastically by our political leaders from the safety of their offices have left a legacy of hundreds of young people horrifically wounded. These youngsters will require support for the rest of their lives, not necessarily available from a grateful government. The Legion, and our sister service charities, will have to step in and meet these costs. This is why the Osmotherley Branch must do all we can to maintain membership to keep up the good work of supporting the ex-service community. We must always look to the future to enable us to continue this work in the years to come. We do need younger folk to join us”.

The Branch has a policy of including Fun into Fundraising and one enjoyable mainstay is the monthly bingo session in the Queen Catherine Hotel in Osmotherley, thanks in no small way to the continued support of the Pub’s management.

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Parish Council Update – April 2013

The Play Area equipment was installed about 20 years ago and now a major overhaul and refurbishment is being carried out to the climbing frames in particular and at the same time it was decided that the hedges needed to be severely cut back to let in more light to help prevent the timber items becoming slippery when covered in algae and lichens.

The new housing build at Westfields is nearing completion and an open afternoon is to be held on Thursday 2nd May before the chosen occupiers are permitted to move in. It is hoped that all road and other ancillary works will also be complete by then to give the project a finished look, and then the traffic lights can also be removed.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service gave a presentation a month ago and since then some of the funding to purchase a Defibrillator has been secured so Members decided that the go ahead be given to siting one within the village where it can be easily accessed if and when needed.

Planning issues around the access to various properties continue to cause headaches and is has been reported that a works to a property on South End have made a gap in a hedge. This has been forwarded for whatever enforcement action the National Park consider is necessary, as has the construction of a ménage off Colgate Lane. The same enforcement team are also considering what action they need to take regarding the deteriorating condition of a property, currently held up by scaffolding, on South End.

Road maintenance is still a problem and Highways will repair potholes if they are deemed deep enough to warrant it. Recently some on the West Harlsey road have been considered to need this intervention and this work will be carried out at a date somewhere in the future. The damaged setts around the Cross have also been reported as needing repair sooner rather than later.

Len Cragg.

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Parish Council Update – March 2013

Osmotherley Area Parish Council welcomed two Officers of the Yorkshire Ambulance Service who gave a presentation about Defribulators and how the use of this equipment can save the life of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. This piece of kit needs to kept in a heated cabinet but could be on an external wall with a power supply and is accessed by dialling 999. Time saves lives and should a call be made the caller would also have back up by Ambulance but the use of this important kit is foolproof and simple to use. Further research will be done to see if sufficient funding can be found to enable one to be installed in the village.

A recent safety report indicated that some repairs are needed to the Play Area equipment and following a series of quotations the work has been given to Andrew Wastell of Hutton Rudby who will tackle the repairs as soon as conditions allow. The hedges are also to be cut back as soon as possible.

Highways continue to struggle to keep on top of emergency repairs to potholes, damaged verges and such like and because of this reports have also been put onto the fixmystreet website to make the concerns more public. The continuing high volume of heavy goods vehicles is exacerbating the problem and pressure will continue to be put to Highways to tackle the essential work needed to prevent the roads becoming even more unsafe. Repairs are also needed to some footpaths and the National Park Rangers are involved with this work.

“Thompsons Shop” will soon be coming onto the market but before that can happen assurances were needed that it should remain as a retail shop and Members passed a resolution to this effect adding in the need to adhere to planning consents where necessary. At the recent National Park planning meeting approval was given to allow the access off Back Lane to various properties on South End subject to conditions.

Len Cragg – Clerk to the Parish Council

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Parish Council Update – February 2013

When Osmotherley Area Parish Council met they heard at first hand that dog fouling is again escalating with owners deliberately flouting access to land as well as failing to clear up after their dogs. This is frequently seen in the fields off Cuddy Lane and it was suggested that photographic evidence will be the best way forward. New bye laws have been adopted by Yorkshire Water and make reference to the fact that owners should also clear up in the area of the Codbeck reservoir.

High volumes of Heavy Goods vehicles in and around Thimbleby are causing considerable damage to the roads and Highways have been asked to intervene to either control these vehicle movements or to construct sufficient passing places to prevent erosion of the verges. A planning application has been recieved to demolish the leaking dam at Upper Oakdale and if this goes ahead further heavy traffic will be forced onto narrow and unsuitable roads and tracks. There is both a safety issue here before the dam gives way but also for the large numbers of walkers using the many footpaths and other users as well as residents as work progresses.

The Police report indicates that there have not been any crimes reported to them but all must remain vigilant and not become complacent. The Jubilee Bulb planting has been completed with the prospect of a good show later this year and for years to come, although squirrels have been feasting of those planted in Thimbleby. A disabled access has now been constructed at St Peters Church and a formal opening is being arranged for April.

Len Cragg – Clerk to the Parish Council

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