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  1. Did you serve in HM Forces or complete National Service?

    Are you 65 years old or over?

    Do you live in North Yorkshire?

    There is free and practical help available for past members of the armed forces over 65.

    Telephone: 01904 704 177 or email:

    Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire is led by Community First Yorkshire, registered charity no.515538, and based in York.

  2. Dear Sir/Madam,
    Monday 19th June – Monday 31st July 2017
    Consultation on the third pre-publication draft of the Craven Local Plan (June 2017) is due to commence on Monday 19th June, for 6 weeks.  During this informal public consultation Craven District Council will be seeking feedback from town and parish councils, residents, businesses, local groups and other agencies on the latest draft of the Local Plan.
    You will be aware that the Council consulted with the public on the first pre-publication draft of the Local Plan from September to November 2014 and the second pre-publication draft Local Plan from April to May 2016.  The feedback gathered during these consultations, together with extensive updates to the evidence base that underpins the draft Local Plan, has helped shape the current draft of the Local Plan.
    Public consultation on the third and final informal draft of the Craven Local Plan will run for a six week period from 19th June – 31st July 2017.  During this time the Council are seeking views from town/parish councils, residents, businesses and organisations on draft local plan strategy, policies, designations and preferred housing, employment and mixed use site allocations in the area covered by the plan.  This current period of public consultation on the draft Local Plan is a chance for interested individuals and groups to help further improve the plan before the plan is formally published and submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government via the Planning Inspectorate for formal examination later this year.
    During this final period of informal consultation we want to hear from you about:

    • What needs changing in the draft plan?  
    • Why does it need to be changed?  
    • How it needs to be changed - your suggestions.

    The Council is seeking comments on the following pre-publication draft Local Plan consultation documents:

    • Pre-publication draft Craven Local Plan
    • Local Plan Appendix A to draft policy INF3: Sport, Open Space and Built Sport Facilities
    • Local Plan Appendix B to draft policy INF6: Education Provision
    • Local Plan Appendix C to draft policy SP12: Infrastructure, Strategy and Development Delivery (Infrastructure Delivery Plan)
    • Draft policies and inset maps
    • Background documents to the pre-publication draft Craven Local Plan

     The draft Local Plan and associated background documents can be viewed from Monday 19th June 2017 online at .  A hard copy of the draft Local Plan will be available to view at Craven District Council Offices, Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ.  Copies of the draft plan can also be viewed in libraries at Skipton, Gargrave, Cross Hills, Embsay, Settle, Bentham and Ingleton; and via the mobile library service. 
    The planning policy team is hosting an open-door drop-in event at the council offices on Monday 3rd July 2017, between 2pm and 6pm to discuss any aspect of the Local Plan. The team is also offering individual pre-arranged appointments at the council offices throughout the consultation period. Please contact on 01756 706472 or by emailing to arrange an appointment at the Council Offices in Skipton.
    To give feedback, please use the Feedback Form which is available online at .  Hard copies can be collected from the Craven District Council Offices and libraries.  Completed feedback forms can be sent to or posted to the Council using the address above. The closing date for comments is Monday 31st July 2017 at midnight.
    Yours sincerely,
    Planning Policy Team



  3. Election of a County Councillor for South Craven Electoral Division on Thursday 4 May 2017.

    BARRETT, Philip Melvin           Independent                      1350 Votes

    FOSTER, Richard William        Conservative  Party              433 Votes

    KEIRLE, Vincent David            Labour Party                        190 Votes

    Vacant Seats: 1     Electorate: 5888     Ballot Papers Issued: 1975   Turnout 33.54%

    PHILIP MELVIN BARRETT is duly elected.

  4. YORKSHIRE Ambulance Service (YAS) is looking for volunteers to join the Community First Responder scheme.

    Community First Responders are volunteers who provide immediate lifesaving care to members of their local communities in an emergency medical situation, such as heart attack, breathing difficulties or a collapse, in the vital minutes before the ambulance arrives.

    They are trained in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), which delivers a controlled electric shock to restart the heart. First Responders also carry portable oxygen.

    Full training is given to successful applicants who need to be over 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence, with no more than three penalty points. Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks on candidates

    Anyone interested in finding out more should contact Chrissy on 07769 684961 or email Alternatively, visit

  5. Inclusive Play Equipment – Sutton Park

    A need has been identified for play equipment accessible to everyone. 

    There has been an increase in the number of people in the area using the park with different abilities including those with physical impairments as well as wheelchair users. 

    Although the park does have some inclusive play equipment including a spinner and swing a need was identified for a roundabout which can be easily accessible and encourage children of all abilities to play together. 

    The Spinmee roundabout supplied by HAGS SMP has been especially designed following consultation with specialists who work with disabled children and their families. Developed with an optimised design to make the roundabout inclusive for users of different abilities.

    Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council wish to thank everyone who helped fund the project including Yorventure who granted £8,000 from Yorwaste through the Land Communities Fund, Cllr. Stephen Place and Cllr. Stephen Morrell £1,250 through the Craven District Council Ward Members Scheme and the Parish Council £1,677.

    The Park is the focal point of our village and is well used by residents and that of neighbouring parishes and visitors from further afield. The provision of play spaces that are more accessible for users of different abilities encourages a stronger community drawing together all ages, parents, carers and children, socially creating a greater sense of wellbeing.


  6. North Yorkshire County Council’s Countryside Access Service is reviewing how it manages and maintains the county’s public rights of way network. 

    NYCC are now formally consulting the public on a new proposed approach to prioritising management and maintenance of public rights of way within North Yorkshire, excluding those managed on our behalf by The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. 

    A set of proposal documents and a consultation questionnaire is now available on the NYCC website and will be available until 19 March 2017.  

    The documentation is available using the following link:

  7. Vacancy on Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council

    Applications are sought from qualified persons who are interested in being considered for co-option to fill a vacancy.

    To be qualified to stand for co-option persons must be a Commonwealth citizen, or citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a citizen of another Member State of the European Community, and be aged 18 years or over.

    To qualify for co-option as a Parish Councillor applicants must:-

    • Be a local government elector for the parish, or
    • Be an occupier (owner or tenant) of land or premisies in the parish for the previous twelve months, or
    • Have their place of work in the parish for the previous twelve months, or
    • Have resided within 4.8 kilometres (3 miles) of the parish boundary for the previous twelve months.

    Please send a brief synopsis about yourself, reason for wishing to be a councillor, previous community/council work, other skills that you can bring to the council career, interests, etc.

    To reach the Clerk,

    Mrs D Emmott

    9 North Avenue


    BD20 7NN


    28th April 2017

  8. Are you signed up for flood warnings?

     As you may be aware, the Environment Agency provides a free flood warning service to properties at risk from Eastburn Beck. Over 260 properties in Glusburn and Cross Hills area are already signed up – but we would like everyone eligible to do so. 

    By registering you will receive an advanced warning of potential flooding in your area so you can take steps to protect yourself and your property. You can receive the warning as a phone call to your house; place of work or mobile, or as a text message or e-mail. 

    Please note that this service warns of flooding from rivers such as the Aire, and Eastburn Beck, but not of flooding from other sources such as sewers or local drainage. 

    With the Environment Agency, North Yorkshire County Council and Craven District Council, we are exploring ways to reduce the risk of flooding happening, but we can’t eliminate this risk altogether. Therefore you should still consider ways to be prepared yourselves. You can prepare for flooding by making a flood plan. The plan will help find ways to reduce the impact of flooding to your home or business. The flood plan typically contains a:

    • checklist of things to do before, during and after a flood
    • utilities section to include the contact details for your utility companies
    • section for useful contacts, such as family and friends

    For more information about flooding, and how to make a flood plan, and to register for flood warnings, call our Floodline service on 0345 988 1188 or visit

     The EA is currently carrying out a programme of tree works and maintenance in the Upper Aire Catchment. This work aims to reduce in-channel obstructions and blockages that would otherwise present a flood risk to properties, businesses and farmland. The work is due to start on Eastburn (Glusburn) Beck, from Glusburn Bridge to where it joins the River Aire, in early March. 

    If you do see any blockages or other problems on the local becks which could increase the immediate risk of flooding to properties (e.g. during or before forecast heavy rainfall), please report these to our Incident Hotline, 0800 80 70 60.



  9. Application Number: 66/2016/17442

    Proposal: Outline Application With Some Matters Reserved For the Erection of Circa 32 No. Dwellings With Means of Access From Holme Lane and Associated Works.

    Location: Land To The West of Holme Lane, Sutton-in-Craven

    The proposal will be considered at the next Planning Committee on 13 February 2017. The meeting will commence at 1.35pm in the Belle Vue Suite, Craven District Council, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD231FJ

    The application is now subject to an appeal for non-determination as a deemed refusal and is not before members for formal determination.

    As a previous application on the site was determined by Members it is presented to the Committee seeking a resolution on how the application would have been determined, the decision that would have been recommended is one of refusal (based on the Inspector’s previous refusal) and the Committee will be asked to confirm whether this would have been their decision.

    The appeal will be decided by a Planning Inspectorate this could be in form of written representations or a hearing.