May 2014

New Road - A59 Junction

It was good to see so many people at the Annual Parish Meeting . One clear priority arising from the meeting is to address everyone's concern about the safety of the junction where New Road meets the A59.

We are all aware of the increasing size and number of vehicles using the junction to reach the Hessay Industrial Estate and general speed of traffic on the A59. Our local City Councillor Chris Steward will present our case within the CYC, and ask that the junction be improved by widening New Road between the A59 and the level crossing.

Chris Steward asked that residents send him personal accounts of incidents at the junction to support his presentation. His email address is:

Traffic Safety Survey

On a similar note Julia Mulligan, the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, wants our views on road safety. Being the issue which is raised most frequently with her, and often by local City, Town or Parish Councils, she was particularly keen to ensure you complete the short survey. Questions range from the appetite for a Community Speedwatch initiative, to the capacity of North Yorkshire Police to enforce road safety.

You can see more about the survey, and fill it in, here. The survey will be open for two weeks (from 17th May).
You can also email your thoughts back to


The following statement , from the City of York Council, was shared at the Annual Parish meeting:

'Steve Dann confirmed that the City of York Council would be combining with the West Yorkshire authorities to implement phase 2 of the government funded rural programme. Whilst there might not be sufficient resource to cover the whole of rural York as part of phase 2, the Council was cautiously optimistic that as part of phase 2 the major villages not receiving superfast under phase 1 NYNET programme would benefit under phase 2. The new approach of working with West Yorkshire authorities would not focus on a single “one size fits all” approach which was what happened under phase 1, but for the solution to be honed to specific communities. So it is anticipated that there will be different solutions in different locations depending on which provides the best answer and provides value for money. So one village might have a wi fi/ wireless solution, another a Cabinet approach and another possibly fibre to the home. The joint West Yorkshire/ York plan for phase 2 should emerge around August. '

The Parish Council remains committed to campaigning for fibre to the cabinet (FTTC) as is already available in Rufforth and Long Marston.

Le Tour Village Party

The organising committee are encouraging residents to get involved in the village party on the 6th July, and join them for a Hog Roast, other refreshments, games, children's entertainment, and live transmission of the rest of the race.

Please apply for your tickets using the form delivered around the village, or available on the website, before the 15th June.

The committee will be grateful for donations of cakes and baked goods for the tea tent, and volunteers to help setting up on Friday ... and clearing up on Monday. More information, other specific requests for help, and details of who to contact are on the website and the village notice board.

Parish Council Annual General Meeting

Mark Barratt and Roger Hildreth were respectively elected Chairman and Vice-chairman, for a further year. The Parish Clerk, James Mackman, has a new address and telephone number, which can be found on the website and the parish notice board.

Dates & Events

Community Conversations - all residents welcome - Thursday 29th May 6-8pm
Copmanthorpe Methodist Church, 26 Main Street YO23 3SU
For more information click here

The Parish Council will meet next on Wednesday 2nd July 2014 at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel Schoolroom

Le Tour Village Party - Sunday 6th July