Newsletter Oct 2020 from Ward Councillor Stathers
NORTH DALTON BROADBAND CAMPAIGN
North Dalton's campaign to get this is active now, via OpenReach. Full details are on the North Dalton website at https://www.northdalton.org/?p=1135. The short version is that every household and business in the area qualifies for a voucher (£1500 for households, £3000 for businesses) which they can pledge to Openreach. If enough people do so, the cost of installing fibre to every household in the village is covered. So we need to spread the word and encourage people to sign up. The catch? Pledgers have to agree that, if the project goes through, they will take out a fibre broadband contract (with any ISP) within a year after. There is no reason why this should be more expensive than current broadband. To make it work, we need to spread the word and get people to sign up in the next month or two.
NORTH DALTON PARISH COUNCIL
What we did in 2020
Despite the Covid restrictions for most of the year, 2020 was a year of progress on several counts.
The street lights through the village were bought and installed by the parish council nearly 40 years ago and have served us well. But age started to have its toll and several of the lantern tops actually blew off, while others showed serious damage.
We worked in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who exchanged the old lanterns with refurbished ones, complete with energy-saving LED lamps. They look as good as new, and should give years of service while cutting our electricity bill.
The parish council added to the money collected by donations, and we purchased a defibrillator for the village. It is to be sited at the village hall, on a trial basis, where there is a handy electric supply.
There has been a lot of concern about the speed and amount of traffic through the village, and the increasing number of heavy vehicles. A particular issue is at the bend at the pond-side path (a popular crossing-point) and the stretch of road at the pond-side, where children are at risk when crossing, and many ducks have been killed.
Meetings were held during the year with our Ward Councillors, who in turn raised our concerns with ERYC Highways Dept. and the police. Various options and potential restrictions, including speed monitoring, weight limits, extra signage and contacting individual haulage firms, are all being progressed in 2021. For a start, ERYC are going to create a 40mph zone before the double-bend at the east end of the village.
We raised the problem of flooding along Huggate Road and lack of proper drainage. This has a knock-on effect on flooding elsewhere.
We got ERYC to do a survey and the result was a big new drainage scheme, completed in the Autumn.
DOG WASTE AND SIGNS
Especially with lockdown, certain paths have become popular with dog-walkers, and unfortunately waste became an increasing problem during the year. To counter this, we’ve put up two signs and purchased a waste bin - near the village hall - which is serviced for us by ERYC. It has become very well used!
AND FOR 2021?
As well as the on-going issues mentioned before, we’ve already turned our attention to other things for the new year. For instance, we are hoping to restore a salt bin to use on icy footpaths (where someone has already broken a wrist), and we are assisting a resident to provide a new bench for Well Crescent.
We spend time and effort on local things which enhance life in our village, and which are often not the concern of the higher authorities.
If anything like that occurs to you, be sure to contact us.