Most residents of any parish up and down the country have not got a clue how their community has its services provided or how their local rates are spent—until—something unexpected happens. That is to say, for example, when a new building is constructed or a phone mast or wind turbine is erected… or the grass is not cut.
Of course these events are not surprises to your councillors. They are sent information, discuss it and make their opinions known. All in their own time and unpaid.
Bradley parish councillors are a hard working bunch of people who freely do the job because they care for our community. We have a wide range of skills amongst ourselves, and where we haven’t got the knowledge we know where to get it, and not just by Googling.
At long last the neighbourhood plan is coming to fruition. Because we must produce a legally binding document that carries its own weight, it is a painstaking process. Every policy and every comment on every policy has had to be justified. Every piece of evidence has to be justified and documented. Not only have we consulted with yourselves, we have had to approach numerous statutory bodies ranging from the Environment Agency, via the Coal Authority to such as the Canals and Rivers Trust.
And before it gets its final seal of approval at a referendum, Craven Council have to be satisfied to incorporate it into their Local Plan. And you know how long and costly that has been.
At time of writing we have a working draft of the final version which will be presented to the village within the year. You will have the opportunity to vote on it then.
In addition to our monthly council meetings, planning group has also met on average at least once a week. We are grateful to Cllr. Derek Booth for having the perspicacity and drive to urge us along; and Cllr. Veronicka Dancer and Malcolm Taylor for their persistence and skill in assembling and reassembling masses of written materials into a readable script. Cllr Andrew Slade has a very firm view on making sure that those green bits of village stay green.
Cllr. Steve Wood has taken on the task of making sure that the village and parish council websites are kept up to date. We are grateful for his IT skills. The neighbourhood plan will be posted on those websites when it is ready.
Some of the ongoing matters occupying the council through the year have been:
Flood prevention. NYCC published a detailed report on the causes of the Boxing Day floods of 2015.
Unfortunately the report was lacking in detail about future mitigation, mostly due to a lack of any available funding.
Playing fields. A survey has been made of the poor drainage on the fields. It is possible to make remediation. Again we are fortunate that Cllr. Sam Berry is able to use his specialised knowledge to assess the problems. We are looking, in conjunction with the sports clubs, to seek funding to carry out the works.
Village Hall carpark. We have a long term plan to tarmac the whole surface. A detailed survey has been made. We have started by laying fresh stone to level off the worst of the potholes. This will be followed by new curbing and a final top layer. Cllr. William Barron’s advice has been invaluable in selecting the right approach.
Grass cutting. We know that the cutting is not perfect, and since our contractors significantly raised their price for this year, we will keep a close watch on the quality.
Failing street lamps, blocked gulleys, hedge cutting, and road safety have also kept us busy.
As always we are very grateful to our local councillors, Patrick Mulligan and Pat Fairbank. We congratulate Patrick on being re-elected to NYCC, but are very sorry to see Pat retire. She has had a tireless interest in the village affairs. If anything needed sorting out, we could always rely on Pat to get to the bottom of the matter by sheer doggedness and persistence. Her support will be sorely missed.
At the Bradley Show in September we were pleased to welcome Jean Tompkins to unveil a plaque on a bench in memory of our parish clerk, Mike. His was a hard act to follow, but I am so glad to say that his successor, Mags, is a perfect treasure. Unfortunately, we have to share her with two other parishes, but nevertheless we think we have a good deal. Her diligence, attention to details and organisation are outstanding. The slightest problem or issue is always attended to promptly. Thank you.
I started by saying that Bradley has a hard working group of caring parish councillors. I have to say, though, that despite appearances to the contrary, we are not going to be here forever. All communities have to change and grow a little just to stay fresh; just like we are trying to accommodate and plan for change in our neighbourhood plan. We always welcome residents to our meetings. We hope we can encourage more people to join our debates, and to take on the responsibilities for the decisions that make Bradley the place where you have chosen to live.
In the consultation for Bradley Neighbourhood Plan, Bradley residents told the Parish Council that pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle road safety in and around Bradley was of paramount importance. You told us you were particularly concerned about the Ings Lane / A629 junction for both pedestrians and vehicles, the lack of footpaths on the Skipton Road over the Heath, and your wish for more 20 mph speed limits in the village centre.
We have been in discussions with Highways at NYCC and have been told that road/ signage improvements are provided based on budget availability and evidence of serious accidents and casualties. Fortunately, there have been very few in and around Bradley to date.
We have now asked for a meeting on in Bradley with the Head of Highways and would like to provide him with specific examples of concerns, incidents that have not been reported or near-misses to indicate the risk that a serious accident could occur at any time.
If you have a road safety concern or had a near miss within or around the village, please forward brief details to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org indicating if you wish your name to be included or not.
If you would like to attend the meeting and or roadside site visit with NYCC Highways, please send your name and contact details to email@example.com
Cllr Veronicka Dancer
on behalf of Bradley Parish Council
Crimes reported in Bradley from 1st January 2017 to 15th May 2017.
January. Theft from motor vehicle. Crag Lane
February. Dwelling house burglary. Crag Lane. Occupants away at time.
February. Theft of wildlife camera. Crag lane
It is helpful if you ring 101 or report on the Police website when a crime has occurred, so an accurate picture can always be made of trends and occurrences in our area.
Recently there has been a‘spike’ in theft from unattended motor vehicles. These have mainly happened overnight in hours of darkness. A common theme is that owners are reporting ‘no sign of forced entry’, which indicates that vehicles are being left unlocked by owners. A recent call from our colleagues in West Yorkshire shows they are suffering a similar jump in auto crime, and they have information that a gang are operating 4 handed just prowling the streets and merely trying car door handles until they find one unlocked, then making a quick untidy search for anything of value.
Quad bikes are still a hot target for criminals, who will recce the area during daylight hours for suitable property to be stolen. Anyone seeing vehicles ‘where they shouldn’t be’ are asked to ring details in with preferably make, model, colour and registration number.
Old Land Rovers are still being targeted for parts. Recently one has had a wheel stolen and another had the headlights removed.
Bogus fish sellers are touring villages. Some may be legitimate, but also some are a front for offenders to have a peek around properties during daylight hours. If you feel it is suspicious, ring it in and let the police find out who they are.
As summer is approaching and the weather gets warmer (hopefully), residents are asked to ensure accessible windows are not left open when property is unoccupied, or when they retire for the night.
The two problems which the public can do something about is 1. Many houses were insecure and the thieves would use next doors ladders to get in to upstairs windows. 2. The issue of the older Euro-cylinder locks. Many homeowners have still not changed their locks to upgrade to the snap safe style. We caught 3 males in a car in the Bay Horse pub car park only a few days ago with the kit to snap the older locks. We are currently in negotiations with a local window company to stock and sell the new British Standard Snap safe lock.
The new camera safety vans – love or hate them – are here. We hope they will have a significant impact on driver behaviour and reduce collisions on the A629. They come in 3 different sizes. Transit, Car derived van and motorcycle. This means that they can do smaller sites like minor roads or in town. They are surveying sites at the moment to increase locations but they are also looking at where they can catch burglars too as the vans have Automatic Number Plate Recognition on them.
If anyone wants to have more information about what is happening in their location please subscribe to our community messaging system. https://www.northyorkshirecommunitymessaging.org/
I am sure you will agree that Bradley is still a relatively safe place to live, but I ask that everyone plays their part in reporting suspicious activity and ensuring their property is secure.
Inspector Geoff Crocker
Neighbourhood PC Andy Bell
From the Craven Herald 16th May 2017
A PLANNED development of four new homes off Matthew Lane, Bradley, has been given the go ahead by Craven planners. Despite an appeal by Bradley Parish Council to defer the application for discussions with the landowner, Craven District Council’s Planning Committee approved the scheme.
Cllr Derek Booth, of the parish council’s neighbourhood plan group, urged a deferral because he said the council was close to finishing its neighbourhood plan and although not against the planned homes in principle, wanted more time to talk to the landowner. The meeting also heard from an objector who claimed there was a great need for recreational space in Bradley and thought the new houses were not needed.
But, Luke Binns, for agents, David Hill, said it was a low density development of four detached homes on spacious plots. And he added the discussions with Bradley Parish Council would continue, but were considered separate to the planning application.
Cllr Chris Harbron said there was a need for family homes and pointed out the parish council was not against the principle of development. And Cllr John Dawson agreed it was important for villages to have family homes to protect their schools. Planning manager, Neville Watson, advised councillors against deferring the application until the completion of the Bradley Neighbourhood Plan, and that it had to be determined on its own merits.
The committee approved the scheme for for four detached, open market homes with off street parking. Two of the homes will be three bedroom, and two four bedroom. Access will be off Matthew Lane.
A Digital Camera has been found on the playing fields at the weekend.
If you think this belongs to you please ring 101
The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16th May 2017 at 7pm, followed by the Annual Parish Council Meeting at 7.30pm.
All welcome to one or both meetings.