NEWS

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.

PUBLIC EXHIBITION - SEPTEMBER 9

The Parish Council is holding an exhibition between 10am and 12 noon on Saturday September 9 at the Mechanics Institute in Kirkby Malzeard to enable residents to view information on two significant topics 

1) A proposal to increase the Parish precept element of the Council Tax to provide additional grant funding to local organisations such as the Highside Playing Fields, the Mechanics Institute, Kirkby in Bloom etc

2) Proposals to develop a site on Laverton Road, Kirkby Malzeard for up to 45 houses.

Representatives from the Parish Council, local organisations and Vernon & Co (who are representing the land-owners of the proposed site) will be present to provide further information. Tea/coffee available.

DRAFT LOCAL PLAN

There is currently another consultative stage taking place and responses can be made to Harrogate Council until August 25. One of the recent alterations to the plan does affect proposed housing provision in Kirkby Malzeard - further details are available on the Local Plan page of this website.

HAZARDOUS HOUSEHOLD WASTE DISPOSAL

Harrogate Council are currently consulting on how best to do this so if you are interested in providing your views click here for further information - deadline is October 25 : Hazardous Household Waste consultation_A4 Poster.pdf

ENDURO EVENT AT LAVERTON

A number of residents contacted the Parish Council following the event on June 17-18 with complaints about how the event had been organised. The issues were subsequently discussed with the sports governing body (Auto Cycle Union), and the organisers Edge Offroad. The Parish Council have now written to Edge Offroad asking that various requirements are met if any future event is held within the Parish. A copy of the letter can be viewed here:Edge offroad letter 3.8.17.pdf


THE FORMER HENRY JENKINS PUBLIC HOUSE

The recent ACV application made by the Save the Henry Jenkins Group was successful which has prevented the change of use to an Estate Office from proceeding. The owner has however asked Harrogate Council to review their decision and has also given notice of his intention to dispose of the property. A moratorium period of six weeks applies (commencing July 5) during which time the STHJ group will have to make a written request that they wish to bid for the property. If they do so the moratorium period is extended to 6 months and before the end of that time they have to make a bid. The owner is not allowed to sell to anyone else during that period but he does not have to accept the bid and after the end of the six months he is then able to sell to anyone else at any price. We shall provide further updates as soon as they are available.

COMMUNITY LED HOUSING

A meeting concerning 'Community Led Housing' was held on Wednesday May 10 and was attended by Jane Fulford - Together Housing Group, Graham Brookfield the Affordable Housing Development Officer of HBC and Sarah Close - Rural Housing Enabler at HBC together with a number of local residents. Mike Hurford, vice-chair of the Parish Council outlined the concept of Community Led Housing and gave a presentation entitled '25 steps to a successful Community Led Housing scheme'. Following input from the speakers we now have some idea as to what such a scheme involves and it was agreed that the community should pursue the idea further. 

On July 7 Mike met with Harrogate Council and some progress has been made. Firstly it does seem possible that an area of land at the Northern end of The Green, in Kirkby Malzeard, being the section of grass directly adjoining Back Lane, owned by HBC, may be available for low cost housing, having now been added to their development site list. The next step would be to form a Community Land Trust from local residents to manage the project and once further information is available as to exactly how this needs to be created, a public meeting will be held to ascertain levels of support for the venture and to obtain volunteers who wish to be involved. Funding will be needed but it is understood that grants are available including those for initial investigations and feasibility.

Please contact Mike if you are interested in the idea of Community Led housing so that he can keep you fully informed. His contact details are on the Councillor page of this website.

NORTH YORKSHIRE YOUTH

The Parish Council is happy to support this current initiative aimed at helping young people within the community. The following is an extract from an email received from Vicki Lever who is the main contact for anyone interested, which explains the scheme in more detail.

I am writing to introduce myself as the Youth Development Worker for North Yorkshire Youth in the area of Harrogate District.  North Yorkshire Youth is a charity which supports young people across North Yorkshire and more details can be found at our website:http://www.nyy.org.uk/

As part of my role I help to set up and sustain voluntary youth projects and I am currently looking to find out a bit more about Kirkby Malzeard and the services that are available to young people.  With this in mind, I am keen to ensure that I support any existing provision across my area and also help to develop any new voluntary youth projects as appropriate.  I currently support 15 youth clubs across the district including Masham Youth Club and Ripon Youth Café.
 
I am writing to you as I am aware that parish councils and council members are very active in their community and I would like to know if you think there is any scope to for me to develop or support any voluntary youth provision in your parish.  Our projects offer a lot to young people but also to volunteers who work with young people, due to the training opportunities that we provide.

  

BROADBAND

The Parish Council contacted SuperFast NorthYorkshire in January 2017 in order to obtain an up to date picture of the roll out of fibre Broadband within the Parish and this is an extract of the reply received:

I have checked our maps (which are available on our website http://www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com/) and Kirkby Malzeard and Laverton's telephone cabinets have now been upgraded to fibre. All you need to do is contact your service provider and ask for an upgrade to fibre. 

Dallowgill has not yet been included in SFNY’s roll out plan. However, SFNY have recently secured additional funding which we expect will be used to extend superfast broadband coverage to further premises across North Yorkshire, this is known as Phase 3. This will be awarded in the Spring of 2017 and run until the end of 2019. If there are any specific premises that are unable to order fibre please let me know and I will investigate on their behalf (I would need telephone number and full address).

If you are in an area where fibre broadband is said to be available and you are unable to obtain it, please let us know and we will follow it up with SFNY.

There is also a subsidy available in some instances if your download speed is less than 2mbps - for further information click this link;http://basicbroadbandchecker.culture.gov.uk/

MOBILE SIGNAL

OFCOM have a useful checker which enables you to find out which provider best serves your property - this is the link: http://checker.ofcom.org.uk/mobile-coverage/ The Parish Council are still making enquiries to ascertain if the service in the area can be improved. If you have any input on this topic please let us know.

Planning consent (17/02370/FUL) was granted in August for a new mast to be erected in place of the existing one on Kirkby Moor Road, which should improve the signal in the area.






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