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District Councillors

 

Gillian Ivey and David Peart were elected as Selby District Councillors for the Whitley ward on 1st May.  They are both committed to holding regular surgeries and attending Parish Council Meetings so they are able to better represent the residents of Cridling Stubbs and the other villages in this ward.

 

Amongst other responsibilities, Gillian is to be Vice-Chair of Selby District Council’s Environment Board and David will sit on the Planning Committee. They have been briefed and are fully aware of the problems we have in the area.  Indeed, they have already been on a site visit to Darrington Quarries along with the NYCC Planning Committee, NYCC’s Senior Minerals Officer Robert Smith and a village representative held on 19 May.  They hope to attend our next Parish Council meeting (June 3).

 

John Vause remains as our County Councillor for the Osgoldcross District of North Yorkshire.  This means he can continue with the work he has already carried out on our behalf.

 

Next Parish Council Meeting

 

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 3rd June at 7.00pm in Cridling Stubbs Village Hall.  Items on the Agenda include Parish Council procedures, a NYCC Police visit, and an update on the Darrington Quarries planning application.  If you have a question for the local Police Beat Officer,  PC Drummond, please, if possible, give it to a Parish Councillor at least 24 hours before the meeting.

 

Parish Council

 

Cridling Stubbs Parish Council held their first meeting on May 6.  Roger Chapman was appointed Parish Clerk and  Bryan Crossdale was elected as Chairman for the next 12 months.

 

 

Building Site Danger

 

It has been brought to the attention of the Parish Council that children are playing on the building site on Cobcroft Lane.  The owner has been asked to ensure the site is left as safe as possible.  Parents are asked to warn their children of the dangers of playing in this area.

 

Talking Newsletter

 

“The Cridling News” newsletter is now available in larger type print

or on audio tape.  This development has been well received by those villagers participating in the pilot scheme.  Please ask a Parish Councillor if you would like the Newsletter in one of these formats.

 

The Gale Common Tours

 

22 residents, adults and children, visited Gale Common recently.  In fact, one resident enjoyed Saturday’s tour so much he went again on Sunday! They spent an informative and enjoyable hour learning about this unique environment which sits on our doorstep.  The tour, ably led by site manager John Lupton, started with a short briefing in the resource centre before boarding a landrover to explore the Pulverised Fuel Ash Disposal Site known locally as “Gale Common”.

 

So just what goes on here at this 300 acre site with 5 miles of  perimeter roadway?  Briefly, the surplus ash residue from burning coal dust at both  Eggborough and Ferrybridge Power Stations is pumped here in liquid form.   It is discharged either into lagoons  where it undergoes a settlement process or is passed through a dewatering plant where the solid matter is removed  and the dirty water is treated and subsequently released back into the River Aire at Knottingley.  A very valuable byproduct collected at this site are called “cenospheres” which were described as similar to small maltesers.  These are used in a variety of manufactured products, for example, cosmetics, non-stick cook ware and in space research.

 

The variety of fauna and flora at this site is truly astonishing.  Over 120 species of birds have been logged on the site. Sheep and cattle graze on the reclaimed grass areas and sightings of deer are not uncommon although the children were disappointed not to see any deer on their visit.  There is a significant population of pipistrelle bats, sand martins, herons and  hawks. The sighting of a  buzzard, “the spectacular views including four power stations” and the volcanic-like terrain were  just some memorable features of the trip.  The visitors were told that on a very clear day the White Horse of Kilburn can be seen.  Despite being “a bit chilly at the top”, some 200 feet above  sea level in some “very slippery mud” the trips were deemed to be a big success.

 

Thank you to all those who organised and participated in this visit.  It will hopefully be possible to run another trip soon for those who want to visit the site but missed out this time around.  This will probably be in August or September.