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North Yorkshire Council media summary w/c November 6, 2023

Martin Feekins, Senior Press and Publications Officer at North Yorkshire Council, has provided Councillors and Officers with a comprehensive summary of press articles during the week commencing Monday 6th November 2023 – presumably to fore-arm them against public backlash against the Council for some of its incomprehensible actions.

It is difficult to believe that many Councillors will avail themsleves of this wonderful opportunity.


MONDAY 6th November 2023

Yorkshire Post

Monday

  • P9 – An 11-bed town centre house of multi occupancy (HMO) has been approved, despite concerns that the property could have been converted into family homes. North Yorkshire Council has approved the conversion of a vacant shop unit and its upper floors into an 11-bed HMO. The application for the four-storey building at 20/20A Victoria Road, in Scarborough, was submitted by West Park Property Developments Ltd.

Saturday

  • P1 – The region’s official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire owed more than £3m to creditors at the time of its collapse – 75 per cent more than originally estimated, liquidators have revealed. A ‘Statement of Affairs’ document published on Companies House in April 2022 revealed at that stage that Welcome to Yorkshire had £2.1m of identified debts to 67 different creditors include £1.3m to North Yorkshire County Council in regard to the North Yorkshire Pension Fund it administers.
  • P5 – Plans to construct a 35m (114ft) communications tower near Masham to boost 4G coverage in rural areas has been recommended for refusal ahead of a meeting next week. Councillors on Skipton & Ripon’s planning committee will meet on Tuesday to consider an application from mobile infrastructure provider Cornerstone to build the tower in Ox Close Plantation, Healey.

Harrogate Informer

Yorkshire Live

Darlington and Stockton Times

Stray Ferret

Craven Herald

BBC York and North Yorkshire

The Scarborough News


TUESDAY 7th November 2023

Yorkshire Post

  • P7 – A plan to build more fast food restaurants and another petrol station beside a motorway junction believed to be among the North’s most congested has been recommended for approval with no measures to mitigate the development’s impact on the interchange. While calls are mounting for a moratorium on a string of development proposals at the A1(M) and A66 Scotch Corner junction, North Yorkshire councillors will hear highways bosses are confident that the interchange has sufficient capacity to accommodate the development.
  • P8 – North Yorkshire Council says it wants to improve waiting times for autism assessments after being told by parents that delays of more than three months are harming the mental health of children. The council is set to ask the public for views on its draft autism strategy for 2024-2027 that has an aim of helping autistic children, young people and adults to live full, happy, and healthy lives.
  • P9 – Harrogate BID (Business Improvement District) says it is backing North Yorkshire Council’s plans for a vastly reduced Harrogate Station Gateway scheme. The original plans included a single-lane Station Parade to build cycle lanes, part-pedestrianising James Street and overhauling Station Square. However, Coun Keane Duncan, Conservative executive member for transport at North Yorkshire Council, issued a press statement last week that said the scheme’s most controversial aspects, such as the proposals for Station Parade and James Street, would need to be dropped for it to move forward.

 

Your Harrogate

Darlington and Stockton Times

Craven Herald

BBC York and North Yorkshire

  • A pitch and putt golf course in a landmark Harrogate park could be replaced with a “pump track” for bikes. The track at the Grade II-listed Valley Gardens would be a circular loop with slopes and bumps for BMX riders and others, North Yorkshire council said. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67334915
  • A housing developer will pay more than £1m towards local schools after North Yorkshire Council gave final approval for a 162-home estate. The Persimmon Homes development on Kingsley Drive in Harrogate was previously approved subject to a section 106 agreement being agreed. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67311956

The Scarborough News

Stray Ferret

Gazette and Herald

York Press

Selby Times

  • P4 – Plans for a new residential development in a North Yorkshire village have been submitted to NYC for review. Regional housebuilder Banks Homes is looking to develop a site to the east of Gateforth Lane in Hambleton.
  • P8 – Parents and carers in the Selby area have been urged to keep young people safe from a vape version of the potentially harmful drug known as spice. Quotes public health consultant Gill Kelly.
  • P14 – NYC’s network of libraries has received a prestigious award for providing a safe space for sanctuary seekers and refugees. From press release.

WEDNESDAY 8th November 2023

Yorkshire Post

  • P2 – North Yorkshire Council has approved plans by Harrogate Racquets Club to resurface its tennis courts and install new LED floodlights.

 

BBC York and North Yorkshire

  • A consultation will open later this month on plans for a new council strategy to help people with autism. North Yorkshire Council said its draft All-Age Autism Strategy had been developed with input from those with the condition. (Cllr Michael Harrison quoted). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67347637
  • A leisure centre is planning to build 14 holiday homes on the site of a former school. The owners of Hunmanby Hall near Filey are seeking permission for the redevelopment of “unused buildings”. The proposal would see a sports hall replaced with eight two-bedroom terraced cottages while an adjoining gym would be converted into six one-bedroom holiday homes. North Yorkshire Council is considering the planning application. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67348825
  • A pitch and putt golf course in a landmark Harrogate park could be replaced with a “pump track” for bikes. The track at the Grade II-listed Valley Gardens would be a circular loop with slopes and bumps for BMX riders and others, North Yorkshire council said. There had been a “significant drop” in people using the nine-hole pitch and putt course over the last decade, according to the authority. A six-week consultation into the proposal was now under way, it added. (Karl Battersby quoted). https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67334915#

Harrogate Advertiser

Craven Herald

Your Harrogate

Richmondshire Today / Hambleton Today

  • The leadership of a council which has repeatedly been challenged over its stance towards open democracy has rejected criticism after staging a meeting of its top committee 55 miles from its headquarters to showcase its decision-making in action which no members of the public attended. North Yorkshire Council’s executive meeting at Selby Civic Centre lasted less than ten minutes before the Tory-led authority’s leader Councillor Carl Les closed proceedings to the public to discuss the confidential terms of a deal to sell land in Richmond. https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/criticism-after-no-one-attends-councils-democracy-in-action-meeting/

Northern Echo

  • A plan to build more fast food restaurants and another petrol station beside a motorway junction believed to be among the North’s most congested has been recommended for approval with no measures to mitigate the development’s impact on the interchange. While calls are mounting for a moratorium on a string of development proposals at the A1(M) and A66 Scotch Corner junction, North Yorkshire councillors will hear highways bosses are confident the interchange has sufficient capacity to accommodate the development. https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/23905145.scotch-corner-development-proposal-wins-planners-support/

Ryedale Gazette and Herald

  • P2 – Residents and businesses in parts of Norton woke up to water and raw sewage starting to flood roads and their properties on Saturday morning. The team from NYC established that the pumps on both sides of County Bridge had been deliberately switched off.
  • P15 – The first stage of a five-year process to develop a new local plan for North Yorkshire is under way. From press release, quotes Cllr Derek Bastiman.
  • P20 – A landlords’ forum takes place in Ryedale next month. The NYC initiative aims to give private landlords, estate agents, estate landlords and people involved with private sector housing a forum to gather information on changing legislation.

York Press/Ryedale Gazette and Herald

Harrogate Informer


THURSDAY 9th November 2023

Yorkshire Post

  • P9 – Leaders of North Yorkshire Council, already under fire for their stance towards open democracy, have rejected criticism of a meeting of their executive held 55 miles from the authority’s headquarters which no members of the public attended. North Yorkshire Council’s executive meeting at Selby Civic Centre lasted less than ten minutes before the Tory-led authority’s leader Coun Carl Les closed proceedings to the public to discuss the confidential terms of a deal to sell four hectares of land at Gatherley Road, Brompton on Swale.
  • P9 – Councillors unanimously approved plans for a 114ft (35m) communications mast near Masham to boost 4G coverage in rural areas. Mobile infrastructure provider Cornerstone submitted plans to North Yorkshire Council to build the tower in Ox Close Plantation, Healey, where a report said existing 4G coverage is “spasmodic”.

BBC York and North Yorkshire

  • A newly refurbished library had its windows broken days after a government minister came to inspect the work. More than £450,000 was spent on renovations to the Grade II listed Scarborough Library. On Sunday night, a number of windows were smashed “causing thousands of pounds in repairs”, North Yorkshire Council said. Police said an 18-year-old man from the local area had been arrested and released under investigation. Arts minister Lord Parkinson had visited the library on Vernon Road last Friday to see the results of renovation work. The council’s libraries manager Hazel Smith said the community had rallied round to help clean the broken glass from the children’s section. (Hazel Smith quoted) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67361655
  • A consultation is to be held on the fate of a small primary school, that currently has no pupils, which is threatened with closure in the Yorkshire Dales. Pupil numbers at Fountains Earth Church of England Primary School in Lofthouse, Nidderdale, had steadily dwindled, North Yorkshire Council said.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67349749

Craven Herald

  • Housing plans for Gargrave old mill will go before councillors Housing plans for Gargrave old mill will go before councillors | Craven Herald
  • A £7.8 million reconfiguration of Skipton Railway Station has finally been given the go-ahead with a proviso that disruption to businesses and residents through night-time working be kept to a minimum. The Skipton and Ripon Area Constituency planning committee had earlier met on October 23 to determine the plans for the ‘Skipton Gateway’ project, but voted for a deferment when a late amendment threw a spanner in the works over working hours. Northern, which manages the station, said no work could take place on the huge scheme during the day and requested construction hours be between 6pm and 3am Monday to Friday and from 8am to1am on Saturdays. No working at all on Sundays and bank holidays. Multi-million pound ‘Skipton Gateway’ rail station plan passed | Craven Herald

Hambleton Today

This is the Coast

The Scarborough News

  • P9 – The former leader of Scarborough Council has supported calls for an investigation into Alpamare’s developer. Steve Siddons, who was leader of Scarborough Council from 2019-2023, is backing calls for an investigation into a £9m loan of public money that was given to Benchmark Leisure by the now-defunct council.
  • P15 – The installation of new floodlights and hanging signs at The Newcastle Packet pub has been approved by the council. North Yorkshire Council has approved the installation of a range of lights, signs, amenity boards, and floodlights at The Newcastle Packet at 13 Sandside in Scarborough.
  • P25 – The demolition of a former hotel in Scarborough which suffered major fire and storm damage has begun. North Yorkshire Council has appointed a contractor to demolish the Marine Residence Hotel on Belmont Road, with work scheduled to be completed by Christmas. In the early hours of Sunday, July 16, a fire broke out inside the privately-owned vacant property, leading to the building being deemed unsafe.
  • Plan proposes 14 new holiday homes and demolition of sports building at Hunmanby Hall https://www.thescarboroughnews.co.uk/news/politics/council/plan-proposes-14-new-holiday-homes-and-demolition-of-sports-building-at-hunmanby-hall-4401556

Stray Ferret

Harrogate Advertiser

  • P8 – Plans have been submitted to NYC to convert the former Kings Club in Harrogate into 14 apartments.
  • P26 – Ripon MP Julian Smith and NYC’s transport lead Keane Duncan have met to discuss lowering the speed limit on a section of the A61.

Whitby Gazette

  • P10 – NYC has said it will take seriously any breaches of market regulations in Whitby.

FRIDAY 10th November 2023

Yorkshire Post

  • P7 – A proposal for a large housing estate beside a village has been unanimously rejected by councillors amid claims the development was not needed and would permanently reduce the amount of top-quality farmland to produce food. North Yorkshire Council’s Selby and Ainsty constituency planning committee spent little time debating Caddick Land’s proposal for 190 homes off Station Road, at Carlton, near Goole, after hearing it would not comply with the Local Plan blueprint for scale and distribution of housing in the area.
  • P8 – More than 70 people from dozens of charities and organisations have gathered in Scarborough to discuss improving support for children and young people in the area. People from more than 30 different public sector and charity groups met at The Street community centre in Scarborough on Wednesday, November 8, for a wide-ranging discussion on how to improve the support given to children and young people in Scarborough. The attendees included staff from different council services, NHS, police and community support officers, local librarians, and charity workers.
  • P9 – The director of a pioneering renewable energy scheme is urging North Yorkshire Council to help unblock a decade-long delay facing green power schemes aiming to produce electricity for the grid. North Yorkshire councillor Steve Mason, who is also behind a project to turn Third Energy’s highly controversial Kirby Misperton fracking site into a geothermal energy extraction facility, has lodged a motion for the unitary authority to produce a roadmap to increase electricity grid generation and import capacity across the county.
  • Yorkshire Post is accessible free via the library service. Info at https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/download-e-books-e-magazines-and-digital-audiobooks

This is the Coast

Richmondshire Today

  • Councillors have approved plans to erect a 35m-tall communications mast near Masham to boost 4G coverage in rural areas. Mobile infrastructure provider Cornerstone submitted plans to North Yorkshire Council to build the tower in Ox Close Plantation, Healey, where a report said existing 4G coverage is “spasmodic”. https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/4g-phone-mast-approved-at-healey/

Darlington and Stockton Times

  • P3 – Secondary legislation was laid in Parliament on Tuesday which is central to implementing the new devolution deal in York and North Yorkshire. Quotes Cllr Carl Les.
  • P5 – Councillors have approved plans to erect a 35m communications mast near Masham to boost 4G coverage in rural areas.
  • P16 – NYC says it wants to improve waiting times for autism assessments after being told by parents that delays of more than three months are harming the mental health of children.
  • A controversial planning application to build a petrol station and fast food restaurants at Scotch Corner has been given approval. Residents of nearby Middleton Tyas described the redevelopment as needing more strategic planning and asked for a hold on all plans pending a review.  The North Yorkshire planning committee approved the proposal unanimously subject to a bus shelter being added to the proposal.  https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/23912909.controversial-petrol-station-scotch-corner-approved/ (also in Northern Echo)
  • A proposal for a large housing estate beside a village has been unanimously rejected by elected community representatives amid claims the development was not needed, would spoil the landscape and permanently reduce the amount of top-quality farmland to produce food. North Yorkshire Council’s Selby and Ainsty constituency planning committee spent little time debating Caddick Land’s proposal for 190 homes off Station Road, at Carlton, near Goole, after hearing would not comply with the Local Plan blueprint for scale and distribution of housing in the area. https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/23913314.north-yorkshire-food-security-listed-reason-refuse-estate/
  • Secondary legislation was laid in Parliament on Tuesday which is central to implementing the new devolution deal in York and North Yorkshire. If approved by Parliament, it provides for the establishment of the York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority (YNYCA) and a directly elected mayor for the region, with a vote scheduled for May 2, 2024. https://www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/news/23911688.north-yorkshire-devolution-deal-makes-progress-parliament/

BBC York and North Yorkshire

  • An application to construct a 115ft-tall (35m) mobile phone mast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the Yorkshire Dales has been approved. Mobile provider Cornerstone plan to build the tower in Ox Close Plantation, Healey, near Masham, where a report said existing 4G coverage was “spasmodic”. A council planning officer had said the tower’s height was “excessive”. (Cllr Robert Heseltine quoted) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-67349742

Craven Herald

Stray Ferret

Gazette and Herald


Martin Feekins

Senior Press and Publications Officer

North Yorkshire Council

Telephone: 07970 280681

Email: martin.feekins@northyorks.gov.uk

Web: www.northyorks.gov.uk


 

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