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  1. Temp Road Closure - Ellers Road, Sutton in Craven 23rd-27th April for carriageway and drainage works

     See below link to road closure information:

    PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - 16237 Ellers Road, Sutton in Craven                                           

    The Closure will be in place for a period of 5 days between 23rd April 2018 and 27th April 2018

    The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link

  2. The next scheduled elections in Craven are due to take place on Thursday 3rd May 2018.

    In total, nine seats on Craven District Council are up for election, as well as all out elections in twenty two parishes*. Elections are scheduled for 3rd May in the following areas:


    District WardParish/Town Council
    Aire Valley with Lothersdale

    Bradleys Both (7 seats)

    Cononley (7 seats)

    Farnhill (7 seats)

    Lothersdale (5 seats)


    Bentham (11 Seats)

    Burton-in-Lonsdale (7 seats)

    Gargrave and Malhamdale

    Coniston Cold (5 seats)

    Gargrave (9 seats)

    Kirkby Malhamdale (9 seats)

    Glusburn Glusburn and Cross Hills (10 seats)
    Hellifield and Long Preston

    Hellifield (7 seats)

    Long Preston (7 seats)

    Ingleton and Clapham

    Austwick (5 seats)

    Clapham-cum-Newby (6 seats)

    Ingleton (10 seats)

    Thornton-in-Lonsdale (5 seats)


    Giggleswick (9 seats)

    Horton-in-Ribblesdale (7 seats)

    Stainforth (5 seats)

    Settle and Ribblebanks

    Langcliffe (7 seats)

    Ribblebanks (5 seats)

    Settle (11 seats)

  3. The fourth edition of the race has been expanded from three to four stages and will take place between 3-6 May 2018. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 169 villages, towns and cities along the way:

    Stage four on the 6th May 2018 will see the riders come through Sutton-in-Craven.

    Starting in Halifax, the riders first head north into undulating terrain, first tackling the Hebden Bridge climb, then on to Goose Eye, Barden Moor and Park Rash.

    After visiting Middleham, the race turns south and tackled the climbs of Greenhow Hill and Otley Chevin. The stage then finishes in Leeds, in the same spot that the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ kicked off.

    To help ensure the safety of the race and provide maximum opportunities for spectators to watch the race we encourage as many people as possible to leave their cars at home.

    For those who need to drive they should plan ahead, know the route they can take and where they can park responsibly to walk or cycle to their chosen spot to watch the race. 

    To ensure the safety of the race, spectators and residents, parking on the race route is prohibited.

    Spectators are advised to avoid standing on sections of the route that are narrow, have no verge or have walls with a drop behind them.  They should keep to footpaths and protect dry stone walls by not climbing, standing or sitting on them. The use of drones for photography is strictly prohibited. 

    Dogs should be kept on a short lead and the race route kept clear until the last riders and the end of race vehicle have passed.

    The majority of the route will be operating under rolling road closures, which will typically last up to one hour; however, there are some locations on the route which will be subject to longer closures. These closures are to ensure the safety of riders, support teams and spectators, staff and volunteers. Access for emergency services will be maintained at all times and we aim to return everything to normal as soon as possible on the day of the race. An end of race vehicle will follow the race, once this has passed rolling road closures are lifted.  Fixed road closures at starts, finishes and key climbs will remain in place until it is deemed safe to reopen the road. 

     Road closure information and race timings are available at and Alternatively the County Council Customer Service Centre on 01609 780780 can be contacted for more information


  4. 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 premises 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 note that under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 a person is disqualified from being elected as a Local Councillor or being a member of a Local Council if he/she:

    • Holds any paid office or employment of the local council (other than the office of Chairman) or a joint committee on which the Council is represented; or
    • Is a person who has been adjudged bankrupt or as made a composition or arrangement with his/her creditors (but see below); or
    • Has within five years before the day of election, or since his/her election, been convicted in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man of any offence and has been sentenced to imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for not less than three months without the option of a fine; or
    • Is otherwise disqualified under Part iii of the representation of the People Act 1983 for corrupt or illegal practices.

    This disqualification for bankruptcy ceases in the following circumstances:-

    • If the bankruptcy is annulled on the grounds that either the person ought not to have been adjudged bankrupt or that his/her debts have been fully discharged;
    • If the person is discharged with a certificate that the bankruptcy was caused by misfortune without misconduct on his/her part;
    • If the person is discharged without such a certificate.

    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 the reach the Clerk,

    Mrs D Emmott,

    9 North Avenue, Sutton-in-Craven BD20 7NN

    By:  30th April 2018


  5. An effective response to emergencies depends upon robust preparation. An informed and prepared community is a safer community!

    Emergency services will always have to prioritise those in greatest need during an emergency, especially where life is in danger. Communities may therefore need to rely on their own resources to minimise the impact of an emergency, before the emergency services arrive. Emergencies can take many forms, from small house fires through to widespread loss of electricity or flooding.

    Many communities already help each other in times of need, but experience shows that those who are prepared cope better during an emergency. Communities with local knowledge, enthusiasm and information are a great asset and a Community Emergency Plan can help.

    As such Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council has taken the steps to become more prepared and has produced a plan in order to coordinate a local response to emergencies similar to the recent flooding that hit the village.

    We are working closely with North Yorkshire County Council Emergency Planning, Craven District Council, Environment Agency and Local Blue Light Services to ensure a coordinated response is achieved.

    The simple Community Emergency Plan is designed to identify:

    • A coordination/meeting point.
    • Short-term safe refuge places for people displaced from their homes.
    • Emergency volunteers.
    • Useful emergency equipment (including Sandbags)
    • Vulnerable people in the community and support them.
    • Useful emergency contacts.

    During an emergency, the Sutton-in-Craven CEP will be activated with the team utilising local volunteers and resources whilst liaising with/working with emergency responders to support those at risk and vulnerable.

    If you would like to be involved in the Community Emergency Team or register as a volunteer, please contact [email protected] or call Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council on 01535 633972. 

    During non-emergency times we will continue to monitor issues within our community which may result in incidents occurring and work with partners to try and alleviate such issues.

    We all have a part to play and being prepared for the unexpected can help reduce the impact an event has on us individually and as a community.

    Take some time to visit here you can find lots of tips & information to prepare you, your family and your business for emergencies and to be kept informed during localised events.

    Important Note: This scheme is not intended to replace the response that would normally be provided by the emergency services and local authority. If there is an immediate threat to life always call the emergency services first.

  6. Dog fouling is a major concern to members of the public and like other villages Sutton-in-Craven has seen a marked increase of dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs.

    It is a problem that gets more complaints than anything else.

    The amount of dog fouling on the footpaths in the village is a hazard, particularly for children travelling to school. The signs are everywhere, the parent quickly steering their child to one side or wheeling their push chair on the nearest piece of grass, the gentleman wiping his shoe on the grass verge, dog bags left hanging on trees or under bushes.

    Wet Ings Lane is an example of a route to school and is rife with dog fouling.

    Few things irritate and upset people more than abandoned deposits of dog fouling.

    You own a dog, it eats, it poos, you clean it up. There’s no such thing as the Dog Poo Fairy!

    Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a legal duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place unless you are exempt owing to visual impairment or other disability.

    Craven District Council provide FREE dog bags – paid by the parish levy. Many local shops stock them. Various locations throughout the village have been provided with bins.

    Owners need be more responsible. It is not acceptable for dogs to foul in public places and leave it, nor is acceptable to collect their dog’s foul in a bag and leave it or throw into the adjoining fields.

    To the minority of bad owners clean up after your dogs. Failing to do so is anti-social and can spread diseases.

    Discussions are being held to address the matter with the District Council – the solutions are much more difficult to locate.

    We urge residents to be help tackle this problem by reporting irresponsible dog owners to the Dog Warden at Craven District Council.

    If you witness an irresponsible dog owner, who fails to clean up after their dog has fouled, make a note of the date, time and location of the incident, along with a description of the dog and the owner and report it to the Dog Warden along with their address if known.

    Dog owners generally tend to take their dogs for routine walks along the same routes.

    It is a criminal offence not to clean up after a dog in your control. Offenders will be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £50. Failure to pay may lead to a prosecution with a fine of up to £1,000, a criminal record and court costs.

  7. It is with deep sadness I announce the death of one of our Councillors Barbara Ann Smith. Barbara was an ambassador for our village.

    Barbara took great pride in her role as parish councillor. All of us at Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council send our thoughts to her family. We will miss her greatly.

    Barbara lived in the village for over 43 years, worked as a nurse at Bradford Royal Infirmary for most of her career. She took a keen interest in village life, the welfare of Older people and the disabled.

    Barbara was elected on to the Parish Council June 1995, she became chairman 1996-1999.

    She has dedicated over 22 years being a Parish Councillor for Sutton-in-Craven. She gave 110 per cent to her role and was always there to give advice and offer a hand.

    Barbara was part of the Sutton Park Restoration Committee and played a major role in obtaining funding for the restoration of the park 2002/2003 and overseeing it.

    She attended and represented many committees and organisations including the Patient and Carer Panel, Airedale Hospital, The Community Centre (previously the Senior Citizens Centre), South Craven Elderly Initiative Group which received a Queen's Jubilee award, South Craven Over 50's Forum which celebrated its 20th anniversay in 2015. Barbara was the secretary and involved in the group since 1994.

    Barbara worked hard, was widely respected. She's been a great advocate for the village and she will be greatly missed.

  8. Venue: Ingleborough Community Centre, Main Street, Ingleton, LA6 3HG

    Date: Thursday 8 February 2018 at 10.00am


    1. Minutes of the meeting of the Committee on 9 November 2017

    2. Any Declarations of Interest

    3. Public Questions or Statements

    4. North Yorkshire Police - Update regarding policing in Craven

    5. Craven Mental Health Plan 

    6. Annual Road Casualty Report

    7. Stronger Communities Progress Report

    8. Kidwick Level crossing - Roundabout gridlocking

    9. Highways Update

    10. Future Meetings - Report of the Assistant Chief Exectutive (Legal and Democratic Services).

    (a) Work Programme 

    (b) Next Meeting - 31 May 2018

    11. Other business which the Chairman agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances.