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  1. Flood advice for Skipton and Glusburn

     Residents and business owners in Skipton and Glusburn will be offered advice over the next few weeks on how to prepare for floods. 

    The Environment Agency is targeting properties in areas at risk of flooding along Eller Beck and Waller Beck in Skipton, as well as Eastburn Beck (Holme Beck) in Glusburn.   

    Over 1,600 properties in Skipton and around 640 in Glusburn are at risk from the local becks, while many other properties can be affected by flooding from other sources, such as surface water. As we have seen across the north of England this winter, flooding can be extremely dangerous and have devastating effects on communities.

     Graham Lindsay, Environment Agency Flood Resilience Advisor said:

     “While we continue our work to tackle flooding problems, including delivering the Skipton Flood Alleviation Scheme, we also want residents and businesses to be pro-active in thinking about the risks posed by flooding and how they can take steps to be prepared.

     “Where possible we will use our free flood warning system to alert people and keep people updated if we think flooding from the local rivers is possible. Currently, however, only about a quarter of residents and businesses in Skipton and Glusburn who are eligible for this service, have opted to register their details. There’s a real danger, therefore, that if there was a major flood affecting these communities, we would not be able to effectively warn people in advance. That’s why we are working hard to make sure people do register, understand what a flood alert or a flood warning means, and have considered what other action they can take now, in order to be prepared.”

     Staff working on behalf of the Environment Agency will be visiting properties in Skipton and Glusburn from the 9 February onwards in order to offer information and advice, including knowing the dangers of fast moving flood water, knowing how to stay safe and how to be as prepared as possible. Many of the streams and becks in Pennine areas, such as Eller Beck in Skipton and Holme Beck in Glusburn, can rise very quickly in response to heavy rainfall, particularly when the ground is saturated. It only takes around 15cm (6 inches) of fast moving water to sweep someone off their feet, and around 60cm (2 feet) to float a car, so it’s essential that people know the signs that flash flooding could occur and do not put themselves at risk.

    The Environment Agency has recently started work to improve flood defences in parts of Skipton town centre. Four sites in the town centre have been targeted for improvements as part of the £13 million scheme, and two flood storage areas are also being constructed outside the town. Staff will be available to provide further updates and to address any questions or concerns raised by local residents and business owners, at Skipton Town Hall every Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during February and March.

    To find out whether you could be at risk of flooding, to register for the free flood warning service, or for information on how to prepare for flooding, visit https://www.gov.uk/check-if-youre-at-risk-of-flooding or call Floodline 0345 988 1188.

     

  2. PLANNED ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION - 7676 West Lane, Sutton In Craven                                          

    The Closure will be in place for a period of 5 days between 15th February 2016 and 19th February 2016

    The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link View on http://roadworks.org/?tm55361

    The closure is to repair the highway above West Lodge and excavate the road to sort out a drainage problem.

  3. The Parish Council wrote to Post Office Ltd with regard to the service in Sutton-in-Craven the following response was received:

    "I am sorry that the temporary closure of the branch has inconvenienced you and that we were not able to provide any advance warning of this closure. Regrettably, following the premises no longer being available for Post Office use, we had no other option but to temporarily close this branch.

    The provision of a Post Office service to our customers in the local community is important to us, and we will continue to work hard to restore services in the area as soon as possible. In this respect, we would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running Sutton-in-Craven Post Office branch on behalf of Post Office Ltd."

    Any prospective candidates should contact the Parish Clerk who will pass on the Agency Recruitment team contact number. The team will be pleased to provide the specific details in relation to the vacancy at Sutton-in-Craven. 

  4. There are a number of options available to households to help recover from the recent flooding across the County.

    Please visit North Yorkshire County Council's website for further information:

    http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/31676/Flood-recovery-and-grants

    Recovery Grant

    The government is providing local authorities with Community Grants as part of the Communities and Business Recovery Scheme. This will be equivalent to up to £500 per household affected by flooding. It will help with recovery costs such as provision for temporary accommodation. In North Yorkshire this will mean a fixed payment of £500 for a propery that has been flooded.

    Council tax support

    The district and borough councils will also be giving council tax discounts for flooded properties. 100% discount will automatically be given for a minimum for 3 months even if you re-occupy the property within that time. If you are out of the property for a longer period, you should contact the relevant district council to apply for further support.

    Flood resilience and repair grant

    A further additional grant is available of up to £5,000 towards the cost of flood mitigation measures to protect your property against future flooding. Deadline for applications: 31/03/2016.

  5.  PCSO 3578 Jason Perkins

    Classification: NOT PROTECTIVELY MARKED

    Denise/Andrew,

    Could you please pass on my thanks to residents of Ash Grove, Sutton In Craven and to the Cowling residents who assisted North Yorkshire Police with the severe flooding on Sat 12th December. Numerous residents assisted with the collection and distribution of sandbags on Ash Grove this assistance was much appreciated by myself and PC1458 who were covering the South Craven area on the day. In Cowling the A6068 was impassable on the Colne side, I’m aware of a resident who assisted PC1458 with the road closure on the Cowling side but there were also other residents who waded through the water unblocking the grates in this area, without their assistance the road would have been closed for considerably longer. Once the flooding had been released they continued to assist with pushing flooded vehicles off the main road. Due to the conditions there wasn’t any real alternative routes for drivers and I’m sure the hundereds of vehicle delayed or rerouted will be unaware of their contributions on the day.

     Please see below part of an email sent out by Insp Crocker.

    Subject: Floods I am writing to acknowledge and thank you for your invaluable assistance during the floods on 12 December 2015. PC Adams and PCSO Perkins both speak highly of your commitment and public spirit in helping direct traffic and warn drivers and residents of the floodwater.

     Without your assistance we would have undoubtedly had to commit police resources and you allowed us to assist others whilst you took on this important task.

     We cannot police and keep people safe without assistance from the public and I am sure that many unknowingly benefited from your involvement.

     Thank you. I wish you a dry and peaceful Christmas and New Year.

     Yours sincerely

     Geoff Crocker

    Inspector

     Hopefully it won’t happen again too soon.

     PCSO 3578 Jason Perkins

    Crosshills Police Station

     

     

  6. Six months ago Sutton-in-Craven Parish Council Chairman Cllr. Stephen Morrell arranged for a representative from the Environment Agency to come out and visit us here in Sutton. Claire Brown came and was walked around the village and shown all the affected sites based on the 2004 flood event. She agreed that we had a serious need for flood prevention here in Sutton. Cllr. Morrell pointed out that a village in Northumbria had just received £300,000 worth of flood defences in 2014 to defend just 30 homes, and yet here in 2004, 52 homes were seriously flooded in Sutton. 

    In particular, over the past month, the Parish Council Clerk has emailed the Environment Agency after each and every Flood Alert. Claire Brown responded by assuring us of a visit on Monday 14th December.

    On Saturday12th December Sutton-in-Craven was within 15 minutes of the beck breaching its banks and being engulfed by floodwater.

    Roads were flooded by run-off water flowing down from the Ellers, Crag Lane and West Lane, but the 500 sandbags distributed by the firefighters and Craven District Council staff managed to keep most of the water out of homes.

    At the meeting on the 14th December attended by District and parish councillors, environmental health officers and Environment Agency officials it was agreed a long term plan was needed to prevent future flooding across South Craven, However, this could take up to three years and over £500,000.

    Recent events have shown that Sutton cannot wait three years so a short-term plan was discussed costing between £3,000 and £5,000. It involves creating a bund from sandbags alongside the beck by the village football field, which would prevent floodwater going onto Manse Way and Boundary Avenue.

    Both Sutton and Glusburn and Cross Hills parish councils are being asked to pledge £1,000 each and Craven District is being asked to provide match funding of £2,000. If agreed the Environment Agency would meet any shortfall. 

     

  7. The annual carols in the park at Sutton Park will take place on December 5th 2015 at 6.30pm.

    Sutton Community Primary, Sutton C of E and Glusburn School will take part. The event will also include switching on of the Christmas tree lights by Sutton Gala Queen.

    Afterwards hot drinks and mince pies will be served in the Jubilee Pavilion. 

    All proceeds from the event will be distributed between the three schools.

  8. Cross Hills and District Fellowship Churches are staging its annual outdoor nativity on Sunday 13th December 2015, starting at the Bay Horse pub at 4pm. It will wend its way to Sutton Park via the Kings Arms and Black Bull.

    All are welcome and encouraged to come along in biblical costume.

    Afterwards mince pies and mulled wine will served in the Craven Baptist Church, Holme Lane.