Community UPDATE: Harrogate District

The following update for 31st Match 2020 has been distributed by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) with regard to the support available during the coronavirus pandemic.


What extra help do you need?

The Harrogate district community has been outstanding over the last week and many have come together to set up schemes to assist their local residents.

We are aware that your parish/locality may need additional support and we would like to know how best we can help you. Please complete This questionnaire and press submit. We can’t make any promises but we will do our best to help in whatever way we can. We are working with partners and some of the information you provide will be shared to ensure those who need help get help.

We appreciate the situation is changing rapidly and we are trying to establish targeted help as quickly as possible across the Harrogate district. We therefore intend to send out this questionnaire on a regular basis to enable you to keep us updated.

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Garden Waste Collections Update

Due to operational reasons relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) are not able to collect garden waste over the next two weeks (Monday 30 March to Friday 10 April).

Garden waste collections will resume the weeks commencing 13 April* and 20 April.

* Please note garden waste collections will be one day later than normal the week of 13 April due to the Easter Monday bank holiday. You can check your collection day at here.

If you have additional garden waste on your next collection please put this out next to your bin or sack in a suitable sack (preferably not tied).

HBC currently need to prioritise their resources on vital household waste and recycling collections. These have increased as everyone is following the government guidance to stay at home.

Please help by following this garden waste guidance until collections resume:

  • do not put garden waste in your household waste bin,
  • waste produced from mowing lawns and general weeding can be left to compost down in your garden waste bin/ bag,
  • reduce the amount of garden waste you produce by avoiding large garden renovations such as tree works,
  • consider postponing hedge work until later in the year (advice recommends this isn’t done until early autumn),
  • if you have space start a temporary compost heap to store garden waste until your next collection.

Don’t forget that household waste and recycling centres are currently closed. New garden waste subscriptions are also suspended until further notice.

Staveley Nature Reserve Restrictions

The round hide overlooking the West Lagoon

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust (YWT) has taken the decision to close or restrict access to all nature reserves and visitor centres for the rest of March and all of April 2020 in line with the latest government announcement about Coronavirus . This is in order to play their part in minimising social contact in the community, while also endeavouring to ensure minimal disturbance to wild places and wildlife – especially as the important time approaches for breeding and flowering. Further information on the decision is available from the YWT Chief Executive here .

Within the Staveley Nature Reserve this means:

  • there is restricted access, rather than full closure as this is not practicable,
  • all pedestrian gates not on a public right of way are locked,
  • all public right of ways remain open,
  • the round hide on the west lagoon is closed and locked, all other hides remain open,
  • the car park gate on Minskip Road is closed and locked, to deter entry,
  • the gate to the track by All Saint’s Church remains accessible with a RADAR key,
  • further up the track, the gate where the track enters the reserve is closed but not locked.

The restrictions will be reviewed at the end of April 2020. Some YWT staff and volunteers will be regularly visiting the reserve to carry out essential tasks, such as livestock checks*, public safety works, or dealing with emergency or security issues.

* This work has been deemed essential due to the The Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000 No. 1870) Schedule 1, paragraph 2, which requires that: – Animals kept in systems other than husbandry systems in which their welfare depends on frequent human attention shall be inspected at intervals sufficient to avoid any suffering.

You can see a map of the public footpaths through the reserve and a map of the permissive paths on our Public Rights of Way page.

Copgrove Housing Development – New Application

Site Plan

Another planning application has been submitted to Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) by Yorvik Homes for the erection of 5 dwellings, open space and associated infrastructure on land comprising the field at 434582 463336, Copgrove. Details of the application are available here and on our Planning Applications page.

The standard consultation expiry date for comments on the application is Friday 17th April 2020.

Note that the following information has been received from the HBC case officer with regard to the standard consultation expiry date:

“The office is closed and we are working from home. Fundamentally, in the case of this application no progress will be made on it until some normality returns which will allow a site notice to be posted and at which point the Parish Council equally should be able to meet. Alternatively the applicant will be asked if they wish the application to be cancelled and the fee returned.”

April 2020 Link Magazine Digital Edition

The Link magazine which serves the communities of Arkendale, Copgrove, Farnham, Ferrensby, Scotton and Staveley cannot be printed during the current Coronavirus restrictions. The magazine will continue to be available in digital form until further notice.

A copy of the April 2020 issue is now available in Portable Document Format (PDF) which can be read and downloaded by selecting the cover page above. If your web browser has a built in or plug-in PDF reader you will be able to read the magazine online. If not, you will be asked to download it, where it will be available for you to read on your own device using a local PDF reader.

If you have a neighbour who is a subscriber but has no internet access, you may wish to consider printing part or all of the magazine for them.

Self Isolating

We are contacting every household in order to set up a buddy scheme for the village. It is likely that some households will be required to “self isolate’ in the weeks ahead. The government has indicated that each household should be treated as a unit, i.e. when one occupant needs to isolate it is more effective if all occupants do the same.

To make this challenging compliance more manageable, in Staveley we could work together and have a plan to help anyone who might need assistance.

To prepare for this scheme, please could you email or telephone me stating your home address, a telephone number and/or email, and confirm whether you are likely to be in:

  • The ‘at risk group’ and want to be part of the buddy scheme to receive assistance,
  • Willing to help with the scheme by being a buddy, or
  • Have made your own arrangements and do not require a buddy at this stage.

We all know one thing about this situation and that is that it is changing hourly, if we have a clear communication link to every household in the community then hopefully we will be best placed to adapt as the goalposts move. In addition to the allocation of buddies there will be a central contact phone number and email so that when anyone’s situation changes plans can be amended.

CONTACT DETAILS
email: helen.north@staveleyandcopgrovepc.org.uk
or telephone 01423 340 650.
Helen North

All Saint’s Church, Staveley is also offering Pastoral Support and assistance in doing shopping (and hopefully collecting prescriptions if we can arrange that with the Surgery). Revd Claire has issued the leaflet below.

All Saint's Church leaflet about coronavirus help.

The Church will be looking to find volunteers to do shopping which would be complimentary to the Parish Council initiative and the intention is to pool volunteers to deal with demand and have a coordinated response.

Adoption of Harrogate District Local Plan 2014 – 2035

The Harrogate District Local Plan 2014 – 2035 was adopted by Harrogate Borough Council on the 4th March 2020. The Plan sets out the broad spatial planning policy framework and vision for Harrogate District as well as the necessary allocations and infrastructure to support this growth. The Plan will be used to make decisions on future planning applications.

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Great British Spring Clean

This event has been postponed until September 2020

This year’s Great British Spring Clean event will include a litter pick in Copgrove. The group is meeting at the postbox at the corner of St Mongah’s Lane by the Church at 10 am on Sunday 3rd May 2020. Please come along and lend a hand if you can. The event has full public liability insurance. Contact us if you require any further information.