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Blog #43  »  Annual Report from County Cllr H Swiers    (31 March, 2016)

The parish council has received the following annual report from Cllr H Swiers to be given out at the forthcoming parish council meeting:

 

TO MEMBERS OF PARISH COUNCILS IN ESK VALLEY DIVISION

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

I thought it maybe helpful for you to update you on some issues with which the County Council is currently dealing.

 

Locality Budget

 

Each County Councillor has been allocated £5000 to help community projects in their Division.  In the period just ended Egton toilets, WHISH, the Heather Hopper, Sleights Village Hall, Goathland Village Hall and the Esk Valley Theatre have had successful applications.  I am anxious to hear of any such schemes which the Parish Councils believe may benefit.  Especially as the second allocation is due to be made from June 1st for the new financial year.

 

Eskdale School

 

The future of Eskdale School is an issue concerning many families in the Esk Valley and Whitby area and I have received a number of e-mails and letters from constituents expressing their views; in addition I have spoken to many people including the Heads of the feeder schools in Esk Valley and the Heads of Eskdale and Caedmon Schools.  These will be taken on board when a special meeting of the Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee meet in Whitby on Friday 15th April.  It is important that our children are given the best possible education opportunity in this highly competitive world.

 

Fracking

 

Parish Councillors may be aware that Ryedale District Council's planning committee has recommended the County Council's planning committee to reject the proposal by Third Energy to carry out fracking in the area around Kirby Misperton.  There are many concerns regarding fracking and I am following the debate.  NYCC's planning committee is expected to make a decision shortly.

 

Highways

 

The County Council has been awarded the sum of £24million to help progress its road improvement programme, especially pot hole repairs.  Naturally I am anxious to hear of any defects in Esk Valley roads to enable me to work with County Highways office at Whitby to have them rectified.

 

Dementia

 

The County Council is working in partnership with NHS clinical commissioning groups in the county to study the impact of dementia both on patients and their families because this is a matter which is of great concern to NYCC, especially as the county has a large elderly population, which is expected to rise significantly in the next few years.

 

Devolution

 

The governments proposals to devolve powers and funding to the regions has been a major issue for senior members and officers at county hall.  Some of the country, notably South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottingham and the north east local authorities have made significant progress in putting a case.  We hope North Yorkshire's suggested region will also progress because the aim is to improve the economy and influence local authorities, which will cascade down to such levels as north Yorkshire which in turn will  help the economy of areas such as Esk Valley. 

 

Credit Union

 

A credit union has opened at Whitby library, which is being ran by South Yorkshire credit union, recognised as the best credit union in Britain.  It is providing a range of accessible, affordable and quality services to the community in the library.  The financial services available include savings, current accounts, loans, budget accounts and children's savings accounts.

 

Askam Bryan College

 

As a long serving governor of the college I am delighted that significant investment it is putting into its facilities, which will undoubtedly benefit the whole of the farming industry in north Yorkshire, because of the expertise it is able to offer in its wide ranging courses. 

 

Community Awards

 

The county council has launched its second annual community awards initiative to find the counties unsung hero's;  the many volunteers who helped to deliver the services their communities need.  Last year there were 114 applications from a wide range of community groups, organisations and individuals and I hope we can put forward schemes from the Esk Valley where there has traditionally been a splendid community and self help ethos.  The award categories are best community project, best community group, volunteer of the year and the young people's volunteering award.  Nomination forms can be completed online at

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