COW LANE CULVERT – ROAD CLOSURE NOTIFICATION


This is to inform you that the North Yorkshire County Council will undertaking essential
maintenance at Cow Lane Culvert.


The culvert is located:
Location of Bridge – Cow Lane, Middleton Tyas,
Richmondshire, North Yorkshire,
Post Code – DL10 6RW

The works are currently programmed to commence on 14/03/2022 and last for 2 weeks. The existing culvert is in a poor state of repair and is in need of essential maintenance.
Advance warning signage advising of the works will be erected on site shortly, which will also include
diversion signage. Please see enclosed plan showing the diversion route for the closure.
Access to private properties will be maintained, however the will be no access across the structure.
Pedestrian access cannot be maintained across the structure once works commence.
Operatives working on site will be observing all Government guidelines on safe social distancing.
The work is part of an extensive programme and as a consequence it is possible that some adjustment
to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances
such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise. This work may
restrict vehicular access to properties directly affected but our contractors will try to assist where
possible, during the working day. Please be advised there may be extended periods when access
will just not be possible due to the nature of the works and physical constraints of the site.

OFFICIAL
To ensure the safe delivery of these works we request your assistance in the following ways:
• Please contact the Customer Resolution Centre on 01609 780780 to identify any special access
needs you may have during the work period
• Please co-operate and comply with any instructions issued by the traffic management operatives
and take extra care whilst within the works area.
May I draw your attention to the County Councils Corporate Privacy Policy by using the following link
https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/privacy-notices. When submitting a response, we will record personal
information including your name and address.
For further information, including diversion information and to sign up for alerts please go to;
http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/article/30550/Public-notices
I would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disruption that these works may cause and
would again request your cooperation to help ensure an efficiently and safely executed project.
Yours faithfully
Customer Resolution Centre

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Update on power cuts in Melsonby

Meeting with PowerGrid on 11th February 2022 in Melsonby.

Peter Griffen and Cllr Judith Stansfield, Melsonby Parish Council Chair met with Mike Hammond and his colleague from PowerGrid on Friday 11th February 2022 to talk about the regular short power cuts that we have in Melsonby. It was a very interesting and instructive meeting and they have provided printed handouts to support their talk.

PowerGrid do not generate power but provide a historically complicated pattern of supply lines that feed 2000 households in our area. The controlling sub-station is near Newton Aycliffe and power is delivered to us by a mixture of overhead and underground cables, which are partly High Voltage (HV) that is converted to Low Voltage (LV) to go into our houses. Melsonby is at the end of this power line from Newton Aycliffe and any faults on this line will result in a power outage in Melsonby. The overhead parts of the network can trip out if hit by a goose, a big branch or very high winds, to protect the integrity of the network. There are automatic devices that can sometimes restart the flow, or a controller in Newton Aycliffe or Newcastle can redirect more serious outages remotely, or if there is a serious issue, send engineers out to fix it – eg the felled poles in Aldbrough during the last two storms. There are also some manual switches, e.g. on the poles near Harelands, that an engineer can manually switch to isolate a specific problem and that will let many people be reconnected relatively quickly.

In 2021 Melsonby had 18 separate interruptions, which is well above average:

Transient issues – at least 4 occasions

Overhead repairs – at least 3 occasions

Underground cable faults – at least 4 occasions

3rd Party interference – at least 2 occasions (e.g., farm machinery)

Bird strikes – at least 2 occasions

The present system is very complicated, but is being updated – the new substation on the Green in Melsonby has the latest state of the art equipment, but is still a hostage to fortune to faults on all of the links back to Newton Aycliffe.

PowerGrid are working on the problems with intermediate and long-term actions:

Intermediate Actions

  1. GM automation to be installed at the local substation within Melsonby, to improve restoration times during a HV fault
  2. Replacement of Overhead Circuit Breaker supplying Melsonby to provide better visibility when faults occur. This will let the control centre see accurate fault activity live, so they can switch on the network again without having to drive there, in some scenarios
  3. Continuing to inspect network to identify remedial actions
  4. Complete any necessary remedial works during foot patrols

And now for the GOOD news!

The long-term action includes the construction of a £1.2m reinforcement scheme (with funds approved and allocated) to install a new Primary Substation at Scotch Corner to improve local resilience – this has already started with the installation of a new powerline on the Skeeby Rd.

This will allow them to split the existing HV network to enable villages like Melsonby to be fed from the planned new primary substation.

This is obviously a lot shorter distance than from Newton Aycliffe, so we shall not be affected so much by outages to the North of us.

The funding of the new substation is related to the new Retail Park at Scotch Corner, so Powergrid can ride the cost of the improvements to us on that development. Work has already started on the road at Skeeby and it is expected the new features for us will be in place in 2023.

Judith Stansfield and Peter Griffen

Dated: 11th February 2022.

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MELSONBY PARISH COUNCIL Councillor Vacancy

A vacancy exists on the Parish Council, due to a recent resignation, which is to be filled by co-option. The term of office will run until May 2023.

If you would like to serve as a Councillor please apply, in writing or by email, to the Clerk (details below), providing brief background details and stating why you would like to join the Council by Friday the 11th March 2022.
To qualify, a person must be a British subject, aged over 18 years old and an elector, must have resided over a year in the Melsonby Parish boundary or occupy as owner or tenant any land or premises therein, or have their principal or only place of work there, and must not be disqualified from holding office as a Councillor.

Jenny Pears

Clerk to Melsonby Parish Council

Email: melsonbyp8@gmail.com

Telephone: 07585 837716

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Crime Bulletin – January 2022

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BILSDALE MAST PROJECT RESTORE

Since the Bilsdale Mast fire, we have been working closely with Arqiva to bring back TV services.
If you, or someone you know, is still struggling please contact Arqiva’s free phone line: 0800 121 4828

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Skeeby Solar Farm – Public Webinar on 14th December 21 at 6pm

Project: 21/00931/FULL | Full Planning Permission for Proposed Solar Farm and Ancillary Development | Land South East Of A6108 Darlington Road Richmond North Yorkshire DL10 7ED

Subject: Public Webinar

NOTICE FOR CIRCULATION

Dear Sir, Madam 

We have had several requests to do a public consultation to update anyone interested in our current solar application. 

While we appreciate not ideal, we have been advised the preference from many due to the risk of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and for the ease of travel, Pre-Christmas is to do this online. 

The meeting will last no more than 1 hour with an initial 20-minutes overview of the proposal followed by any Q&A from attendees. 

Register in advance for this webinar:

Date: Tuesday 14th December 18:00 (GMT)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r9wPuneCQ7iKj0vLdJ9OSQ

The meeting will be recorded and made available online for anyone who is unable to attend.

We welcome you to pass the above link to anyone interested in attending; this will be advertised via local papers and distributed to our mailing list. https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/presentation-announced-on-30m-solar-farm-plans/

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I hope you can attend.

James Ritchie

Email: james.ritchie@harmonyenergy.co.uk

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Christmas Eve Festival at St James Church

There will be a festive celebration of Christmas music in the church on Christmas Eve, at 6pm, compered by  Martin Vickerman.

You can join in singing and there will be contributions from the Priestley family and the Melsonby Choir

All are welcome, but as it will be popular, you will need to get there early to get a seat!

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MELSONBY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP PUBLIC MEETING on 30th November 2021 at 6pm.

**Melsonby Environmental Group. Public meeting at 6pm** Everyone is very welcome.

PUBLIC MEETING 6pm ON TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER AT ST JAMES THE GREAT CHURCH, MELSONBYINSTALLATION OF GREEN ENERGY SYSTEMS FREE OF ‘UPFRONT’ COSTS.

The company Prescription for Warmth are inviting residents to a public meeting (at St James the Great church on Tuesday 30th November at 6pm) to learn about ‘green’ energy systems such as Solar Power and Air Source Heat Pumps. The presentation is suitable whether you are considering switching to save money and help the environment or just want to learn more about what is available. The presentation will cover the systems, the grants that are available and explain how a system can be installed without any upfront installation costs. The installation can be undertaken irrespective of the heating system that they replace.There is no charge for entry and the presentation starts at 6pm.

Please note that Melsonby Environmental Group is advertising this opportunity to learn more about the available green energy systems but is not endorsing any particular system or scheme of installation.

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MELSONBY LIBRARY – Volunteers required

Melsonby Library
For several years before Covid put a stop to it, Melsonby had a small library in the church, with books, including some for children, provided by North Yorkshire County Council Library Service and changed every 3 months.
Ian and Jean Simpson serviced this arrangement excellently, but do not wish to carry on, so we now need a couple or two or three friends to take over, if we are to continue this service.  It would be an ideal volunteering role for newly retired people looking for something interesting and worthwhile to take on.
The users did not need a library ticket, just to sign in a book the titles they had taken.  It was not used by many people, but now the church is used more widely, perhaps the clientele would increase? People could pick up books on Friday mornings  when visiting the PO or coffee morning, or it could be any other time during daylight hours when the church is open.
If you could be interested, please contact the Parish Clerk, Jenny Pears by email: melsonbyp8@gmail.com or telephone: 07585837716.

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ROAD RESURFACING NOTICE – SILVER STREET, BARTON

This letter is to inform you that Hanson Contracting on behalf of North Yorkshire County Council will be undertaking resurfacing of the carriageway of Silver Street, Barton. The works include replacement of the full width of the road surface from the 30mph limit on the west of the village to St Cuthbert’s Green.

Please note that during the construction of the scheme it will be necessary to close Silver Street in both directions to enable the surfacing work to be carried out safely. A signed diversion route will be in place.  These works are currently programmed to commence on Monday 22nd November 2021 and are expected to last for 3 weeks.

The works will be carried out between 0800 and 1800, Monday to Friday and the road closure will be in place between these times only.  This may inevitably delay vehicular travel but we will endeavour to minimise the duration of the road closure where possible. 

Please note, this work is part of an extensive programme and therefore it is possible that some adjustment to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise.   

We request your assistance in the following ways: –

  • Please contact the Contract Manager on 07970 036603, or the Council Customer Service Centre, 01609 780780, to advise of any special access needs you may require during the work period;
  • Cooperate and comply with any instructions issued by site staff and the Traffic Safety & Control Officer and take extra care whilst near the works area.                                                            

For further information, including diversion information and to sign up for alerts, please go to;

https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-road-closures-and-diversions

May I draw your attention to the County Councils Corporate Privacy Policy by using the following link https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/privacy-notices. When submitting a response, we will record personal information including your name and address.

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