November 21, 2017

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner and Jonathan Mortimer, the independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel, are today asking for victims of crime to come forward to help scrutinise the use of police cautions and other non-court penalties.

The Panel was set up last year in response to public concern about the use of Out of Court Disposals in North Yorkshire. The Panel has identified that its objectives are to ensure that such penalties are used appropriately, consistently across the county and to make recommendations to North Yorkshire Police.

The Panel already has an independent chairman, as well as representatives from various criminal justice partners such as Magistrates, but members of the public are now being encouraged to sit on the Panel.

Jonathan Mortimer, independent Chairman of the Out of Court Disposal Panel said: “Victim representation is vital since we must engender victim trust and satisfaction in the varying methods of criminal justice disposal and give victims a voice”.

Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: “I want victims’ needs to be at the heard of everything we do. Having members of the public and victims of crime on the Panel will also increase transparency and understanding. I would ask members of the public who are interested in holding the police to account and have the relevant experience, to send us an email and apply.”

If you would like to put your name forward please email info@northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk with your experience and why you think you are the right person to sit on the Panel. You will need to have experience of being the victim of crime where an Out of Court Disposal has been used or considered. Further, to have an interest in the criminal justice system and an understanding of the effect of crime on victims would be an advantage. The post will be voluntary but all expenses will be reimbursed.

You can also put your name forward:

Online at: http://www.northyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk/news/victims-of-crime-sought-for-independent-justice-panel/

Write to:

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

12 Granby Road

Harrogate

North Yorkshire

HG1 4ST

Telephone: 01423 569 562

Broadband Musings

It is interesting to read the latest news – that BT “overestimated” the cost of rolling out High Speed broadband to rural communities and is seeking to return or ‘reinvest’ the £90m or so which it has kept in its monopolistic coffers. (full story here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31043548)

It is also curious to note that BT are looking at spending £12.5bn on buying out the UK’s largest mobile operator EE, seeing this as a better investment than in fulfilling its oft-cited obligations for ‘Broadband Britain’ and ‘Superfast North Yorkshire’. I wonder how much of the taxpayers money paid to BT may have been effectively diverted? But i digress.

So we enter 2015 still with no sign of fast broadband coming to our villages. On a personal basis good fast broadband is essential for my work (in IT) and i am mostly home-based, so i recently trialled one of the satellite broadband services (EuropaSat/Tooway) which are on offer nationally.

On the face of it satellite should provide an interim solution until the day when HSB eventually comes along. The bad news however is that it doesn’t (and it is also quite costly). The download / upload speeds are consistent and good per se (around 16Mbps/6Mbps respectively) but the achilles heel is the latency it imposes (that is to say it takes a relatively long time to send a message to/from a web server). Therefore the general web browsing and internet experience remains sluggish and little better than we have become accustomed to in our broadband ‘desert’. To be fair Satellite will provide faster downloads for things like streaming video, iPlayer and YouTube and large email attachments but the ‘capped/limited’ nature of the service means that it is not really practical/economic for that either. As a result i have sent the equipment back and cancelled the trial subscription. I wouldn’t really recommend it.

Back to square one, then. I’m currently looking at taking some short-term office space in Welburn (which was blessed by BT as part of the initial rollout and enjoys High Speed services) for a project which i am currently embarking on. This may end up being the only option. It is galling when the fibre which carries the fast broadband service to Malton runs along the A64 closer to our villages than it is to Welburn.

I’ve made enquiries as to BTs ongoing plans for the area of SW Ryedale however it seems to be something of a moot point since our local scheme hit a brick wall. I wonder if Ryedale DC may be able to apply some renewed pressure? All of the broadband providers in our area are effectively dependent upon BT and as a result we pay £5-10/month more than areas where the exchanges have been ‘unbundled’ which provides an effective choice. Rural areas such as ours get a double whammy with both slow speeds and higher prices for what we do receive.

It is clear that it is to BTs commercial advantage to maintain this status quo for the foreseeable future. Moreover the politicians seem to have either lost interest or are mistakenly thinking Rural High Speed Broadband rollout is a done deal.

Any thoughts and ideas welcome.

 

Andrew

 

Gravel Pit Farm Planning Application

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE

Gravel Pit Farm – Appeal to Planning Inspectorate.

Just to remind parishioners that the deadline for additional comments to be received by the Planning Inspectorate is Thursday of this week.

If you intend to make additional comments, you can do this on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk.
Alternatively, you can send 3 copies of your comments by post to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/06 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Any correspondence must reach the Planning Inspectorate by 29 January 2015.

Please ensure that you quote the Appeal reference APP/Y2736/A/14/2226293 in any communication you make regarding this Appeal.

IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY MADE YOUR THOUGHTS KNOWN, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

Burns Night Supper

Great to see such a well attended and smartly tartaned turnout from near and far at the Village Hall for our second Burns Night Supper on Saturday. As well as some wonderful traditional Scots fayre we enjoyed a packed evening of Poetry, live Music & Song, a Themed Quiz and of course the Dancing to work off the excesses.

Special thanks due to all who generously supported by coming along and especially those who gave their time and effort to make the evening happen. £241.00 was raised for Village Hall funds.

Big Garden Bird Watch 24th-25th Jan

The RSPB is running the Big Garden Bird Watch this weekend – why not join in and count the birds in your garden? You need to watch the birds in your garden for 1 hour and record the highest number of species you see at any one time.

There is a lot more information about recording and submitting your results on the website
https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch/how-to-take-part/
The results help the RSPB see which species are doing well or less well and allows them to build a picture of national and regional bird populations. We live in lovely villages with many gardens so have lots of bird spotting and counting opportunities!

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Observations are requested for a Ford Transit Van/Tipper in white registration NJ57HCY with the letters K&K written in red on the bonnet. Vehicle has been seen in suspect circumstances in the Ryedale area. If seen please contact 101 quoting ref 12150005230

Gravel Pit Farm Planning Application

PARISH COUNCIL UPDATE : ANAEROBIC DIGESTOR APPLICATIONS

Thank you to all residents who have submitted comments and objections regarding the 2nd application, to Ryedale District Council, either by email, post or by hand. As you know the closing date was 12th January but we have now had official confirmation that the closing date for comments has been extended to 4th February. This is for comments regarding the second application Ref 14/01073/MFUL.
In addition to this 2nd application, JFS Gravel Pit Farm Biogas Ltd has also lodged an Appeal to the Secretary of State for the Environment in respect of their 1st Application on the grounds that Ryedale DC failed to give notice of its decision within the appropriate period. This Appeal will be determined on the basis of a Hearing (date and venue still to be announced) and we are informed that representations previously made in respect of the 1st Application Ref 14/00709/MFUL will be passed to the Planning Inspectorate. However, as the Planning Inspectorate has the authority, if they wish, to pass or reject the application you may wish to make further detailed comments to the Planning Inspectorate that were not in your initial letter.
You can do this on the Planning Portal at www.planningportal.gov.uk/pcs or by emailing teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk Alternatively, you can send 3 copies of your comments by post to the Planning Inspectorate, 3/06 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. Any correspondence must reach the Planning Inspectorate by 29 January 2015.
Please ensure that you quote the Appeal reference APP/Y2736/A/14/2226293 in any communication you make regarding this Appeal.

Just 4 places left the noo

at Claxton and Sand Huttons annual celebration of Scottish Food, Poetry, Music and Dance, Village Hall next Saturday (24th) from 7pm. For tickets call Andrew or Liese on 468020. Big thanks to all who have supported the event so far – promises to be a great, fun night – remember that Tartan and a bottle!

Community Library

As there will be no electricity at the village hall on Monday, the community library will not be open. Back to normal on Monday 26th.

Neighbourhood Watch

The following message has been received from the North Yorkshire Police Community Messaging Service:

Urgent warning following internet blackmail scam

Detectives in York have issued an urgent warning after three men from the York area have been blackmailed by a woman claiming to be called Cathy Wong.

The woman has befriended them on Facebook and asked them to skype her. She has then enticed them into performing an indecent act which she has recorded on video.

She has then told the men, who are all students, that her grandmother is ill and needs money and has asked them each to send £3,000 via money transfer.

When they refused to send the money, she has threatened them with uploading the video to Youtube.

It is believed that the scam is occurring world wide, however these are the first cases reported in the York area. The men are not known to each other and officers are concerned that there may be other victims. Officers are exploring the possibility that the scam is operated by an organised crime group.

Police are urging internet users, particularly students, to be on their guard and to contact them if they believe they have been targeted.

Detective Sergeant Rebecca Dyer of York CID, said: “This scam is causing considerable distress to the victims and I urge anyone who uses any kind of social networking site to be very wary of what they are getting into.

“I am concerned that there are other victims of this scam who are too embarrassed to come forward about what has happened. I urge them to please get in touch with the police. Your information will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and with sensitivity. Please do not suffer in silence.”

To report an incident, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Or you can email Rebecca.dyer@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

You can also pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.