Main Street - Road closure in March 2020

North Yorkshire County Council will be undertaking highway maintenance on the A684 running through West Witton, "Main Street", from Monday 16th March for approximately one week. The road will be CLOSED between the hours of 0900-1530 each day. Vehicles will need to be removed from the highway before 0800 each day during the maintenance.

The contractors will assist as much as possible with allowing occasional access, but please be aware that there will be extended periods when access will not be possible.

An official diversion route will be put in place, and residents and visitors will need to make arrangements to store their vehicles at alternative locations.

Pedestrian access will not be affected. Grey bin collection om March 17th will not be affected.

The dates specified are subject to change should there be bad weather or emergency repairs needed elsewhere.


Parish Council Newsletter Spring 2020

Here is an update on issues we have dealt with during 2019 and into 2020

We now have confirmation the roadworks will start Monday 16th March. Dave Brown has been in contact several times with MP Rushi Sunak regarding the appalling state of the road and consequently the horrendous noise for residents who live close to the roadside. So it is long overdue.

Many of you will have seen the war memorial bench sited opposite the village shop. This was funded by kind donations from Mr Silver, The United Charities, The Wensleydale Heifer, The Village Hall and the Parish Council.  

We have had to have some unsafe trees pruned at the Cemetery. Last year we planted daffodils and snowdrops along the path. The poppy seeds we planted from Ypres successfully flowered at the side of the Remembrance Garden. We are currently in the process of deciding what to do at the internal gates as the previous gates were broken. We would welcome any ideas, type of gates/arbours etc.

Trees have also had to be pruned on Green Hill, fortunately, this was before the storms we have recently endured. We have been advised to plant a few new ones as the existing trees are not very healthy. We are also starting to prepare the ground on Green Hill for a natural flower area. We have had advice from the Head Gardener at Wynyard Hall and various wildflower specialists.

The Wensleydale Heifer made a donation earlier in the year for bulbs to be planted around the village. Some of which have been planted on Green Hill.

The planted wheelbarrows on Mill Dam for some reason keep being moved. We periodically move them onto the grass to stop the area from becoming bald. So could the person who is moving them please leave them on the grass.

The village website is constantly being updated and if you have any suitable photographs or information relevant to the village please contact the Parish Council.

We have requested that all the drains in the village be cleaned and assessed. Unfortunately due to the recent weather conditions we are not alone in this request and have to be patient.

The mosaic Bartle signs are currently being repaired. Several of them have missing pieces and we need to protect them for the future.

The BT telephone box is currently going through consultation with RDC. After speaking to BT in December to clarify the situation, it could take at least 6-9 months for it to be removed. The litter bin opposite the shop will be put in the space left by the phone box if it is decided that it will be removed.

You may not be aware but the mobile post van is linked to Bedale Post Office, which is currently up for sale. We need to use this service whenever possible as the new buyers may not think it is cost-effective to continue to provide the service. It would be a huge loss to the village if this service was to cease.

We have a rota for winding the church clock and cleaning the water at Mill Dam. Thank you to all the volunteers who give their time freely for these and any other village projects.

We are currently awaiting a consultation from Highways regarding the culverts on Grassgill and the Steepes. They have been driven over many time resulting in a breakdown of the watercourse, causing water to flow down Grassgill constantly.

Information provided by the Playing Fields Committee

The entrance to the playing field was badly damaged during the recent storms. For safety reasons, the committee has voted unanimously not to allow parking on the playing field until further notice. We are aware this may cause some inconvenience, especially in the light of the road closure, but we are working to get it fixed as quickly as possible.

There is to be an open meeting on Monday 20th April at 6.00 pm in the Village Hall to outline the proposed merger of the Village Hall and the Playing Field charities. All welcome.

The Parish Council Annual General Meeting is Thursday 21st May at 7.30 in the village Hall.

If you have any issues that need addressing or any projects you think would be suitable for the village please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.

Compiled by Councillor Christine Donovan-Brown


Holy Moly return to West Witton!

Valentine's Day evening saw the return of Holy Moly and The Crackers after their memorable gig in the Village Hall last year. A sold-out crowd enjoyed another triumphant performance packed with energy. It was the first time that tickets had been sold online for a performance at the Village Hall, and that helped some of the band's hardcore fans to visit the town and enjoy the evening. One thing that isn't new, but is very much appreciated, is the hard work of Frank and Phil in keeping everyone's glass topped up at Village Hall gigs. Cheers, boys!


Man The Lifeboats!

November 30th saw a packed Village Hall rocking with the visit of London-based folk band "Man The Lifeboats". A brilliant night was had by all, with the band and audience finishing the night off with more songs in the Fox. Thanks to the band for making the trip, and to all involved in organising such a great night in the village. 


Bonfire Night Celebrations

Another successful evening on the Playing Field on November 2nd saw a good crowd thoroughly entertained with a wonderful firework display and towering bonfire. The Playing Field Committee sends thanks to all those that donated firewood, food, and time, to help the event go with a bang.

Defibrillator Practice

Mrs Rebecca Dutton led a defibrillator practice session in the Village Hall on September 27th, which gave everyone present an overview of using the equipment with confidence. Thanks to all who attended. Further sessions will take place in 2020.

Garden of Remembrance

30cm x 30cm plots are now available in the garden of remembrance.  Further details available from the parish clerk.

Police Report

The police attended the last parish council meeting.  Details were given regarding the new North Yorkshire community messaging scheme and also permanent marking of personal property.  Further details and downloadable forms can be found via the following links.  

North Yorkshire Community Messaging Form https://www.northyorkshirecommunitymessaging.org

Permanent Marking Please contact the Richmondshire Neighbourhood Policing Team via email: richmondshirepropertymarking@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk 

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