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