North Yorkshire Independent Advisory Group recruitment leaflet

The North Yorkshire Independent Advisory Group is recruiting. Please see the leaflet below for more information:

North Yorkshire Independent Advisory Group leaflet

Statement of persons nominated for the upcoming parish elections

Please find attached a statement of persons nominated for parishes with contested elections and a notice of uncontested election for the remaining parishes. All parishes bar one received sufficient nominations to be quorate and any remaining vacancies can now be filled after 5th May by co-option. Elections in the 4 parishes with contested seats will take place on Thursday 5th May.

Notice of Uncontested Parish Elections

Statement of Persons Nominated

Notice of election of County Councillors

Please click on the link below to see the notice of election for County Councillors:

Notice of Election – County Council Elections

Notice of election of Parish Councillors 2022

Craven District Council has given notice of election of Parish Councillors for 2022. Please click the link below to view the notice.

Notice of Election of Parish Councillors 2022

Meeting of the Skipton & Ripon Area Constituency Committee

A meeting of the Skipton & Ripon Area Constituency Committee is planned for 10th March 2022 at 14.00. Please see the attached file for more information.

Skipton and Ripon Notice


NOTICE is hereby given that on 25 February 2022 North Yorkshire County Council made an Order
under Sections 84(1) and (2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 1984 and Part IV of Schedule 9
to the 1984 Act, the effect of which is to prohibit any motor vehicle from travelling at a speed in
excess of 30 miles per hour on any length of road specified below.

Road Length 1 C391 Rathmell From a point 224 metres north of Hesley Lane to a point
252 metres south of Hesley Lane, measured from the centre line of Hesley Lane.
A copy of the Order, which comes into operation on 7 March 2022, may be examined at County Hall,
Northallerton and at Settle Library, Limestone View, Lower Greenfoot, Settle, BD24 9RB during
normal office hours from 3 March 2022 until 8 April 2022 and also viewed online at
www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-map or www.northyorks.gov.uk/traffic-regulation-orders.
BARRY KHAN, Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services), County Hall,
Village Verges Get Together Flyer Friends Of The Dales

Upcoming events from the Friends of the Dales

As part of the spring re-launch of our Living Verges campaign – which aims to support parishes and community groups raise awareness of the profound improvements that can be made to biodiversity and wildlife by a few simple changes to the cutting regimes on country verges and village greens… the Friends of the Dales are offering a free digital talk on 16 March at 4.30pm by their volunteer campaign lead, Dr Anne Readshaw:

Overview of Biodiverse Living Verges talk:

The Yorkshire Dales has hundreds of miles of roadside verges. In spring and summer they form an integral part of the verdant Dales landscape. These verges have a rich diversity of different plants growing in them that support lots of different insects, which in turn support all manner of other wildlife. Dr Anne Readshaw, leader of Friends of the Dales campaign to protect and enhance roadside verges for biodiversity, will give an update on the campaign and explain how local authorities and local communities can help to make road verges an important, safe and healthy sanctuary for plant and insect species.

Please circulate – to book a place email victoria.benn@friendsofthedales.org.uk
There is also a further event planned by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust to support communities learn more about helping pollinators and propagating wildflowers – at 5.30pm Monday 28th March at Addingham Hub – details on the attached picture of the flyer.

Action on Climate Emergency Settle and Area

‘Cutting Our Carbon in Energy & Transport’ is taking place at Settle Victoria Hall on 12th March (10-1pm). Drop-in or join us for the whole morning.
The event features speakers (10.30-11.30): Rob Atkins (Craven DC): ‘Climate Emergency Initiatives’, Paul Kelly (ACE Energy Group): Home Energy Generation with Helen Seagrave (Community Manager Electricity NW) community energy planning and Dave Mann (TLS Energy): Settle Hydro What Next?

Stalls (10-10.30 and 11.30-12.30): ideas and advice from groups including: ACE Themed Groups, Settle TC, Craven DC, Settle Hydro, Settle Pool, TREE Renewables, TLS Energy, Electricity NW, electric car owners, Northern, Settle Carlisle Rly Dev Co, Friends of Settle Carlisle Rly, Dales Bus, Yorkshire Housing & Stefan Sykes Rural Business Development Officer

A café will be available 10-1pm.

More information on ACE’s website: 

http://acesettleandarea.org/event/marchs-green-cafe/ or via social media  Facebook and Twitter @ACESettle or contact acesettleandarea@gmail.com

Walking in England

Time to get walking again!

At this time of year we start to think about the mud drying up and getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Yorkshire https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/yorkshire has hundreds of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John Harris (the custodian of the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web but it is difficult to find. Walking in Yorkshire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you’.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So home or away, check out the websites and get walking!

John Harris



20mph Innovative Interactive Polis Survey launches

20mph Innovative Interactive Polis Survey launches

Please share this link to the survey with your councillors and residents. After responding to Statements, participants have the opportunity to add their own statement(s) that others can then respond to. It is being hosted by local media and all submitted statements will be moderated by Harrogate lawyer, Andrew Gray before being added.

The Polis offers an excellent way for both the 20s Plenty campaign and Parish Councils to demonstrate they are actively engaged and listening to their communities on this issue, so please post the link on your council, village or town websites and social media. The Polis will run for several weeks, so please start engaging with it now. We will share the results with election candidates, in future meetings and mailouts, which will help increase awareness of 20mph and the range and breadth of views.

Our next North Yorkshire County meeting is Thursday 10th March 2022 at 7.30pm. Please invite County Councillors and anyone thinking of running for local elections in May. Please use this link:

Download our new Valentine’s card graphics 
here Love Life Love 20 is a tagline. People enjoy getting love cards and messages. It keeps 20mph in mind. Send to our County Councillors and MPs.

This Roadside sign is an excellent way of reaching out to residents and drivers on the routes we want to make 20mph where large verges give us space. Get the message out and get people talking about 20s Plenty. 20s Plenty Wheelie bin stickers repurposed to go on a wooden stake board will make a great visual impact around the County ahead of local elections. Order a pack of stickers here and start planning and making the stakes now!

Highway Code changes
 Read the guest blog from solicitors Mooneerams explaining why the new Highway Code update that came into force in the UK on 29th Jan 22 won’t work unless we adopt a general 20mph urban/village default speed limit here

Household Support Fund

The Department for Work and Pensions will be giving NYCC £3.5m as part of their Household Support Fund programme so we can make sure people who may be feeling the financial pressures of paying their bills over winter get additional help.

We’re working with a number of partners to get this money to those who need it most. Earlier this week we started sending letters to around 8,000 residents who meet the eligibility criteria of getting means-tested help to pay their council tax bill and have a child under the age of 19 living at home to let them know how to claim their e-vouchers.

Funding will also be distributed among other schemes in the county, which can be accessed by residents who may struggle to afford basic necessities.

Find out more at www.northyorks.gov.uk/householdsupportfund

Regulations on using mobile phones while driving to be tightened

The Police will soon be able to prosecute motorists who use their mobile phones under any circumstances while driving. The new regulations will mean that it will also be illegal for a hand-held device to be used at traffic lights or in a traffic jam. Anyone caught using a hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence. Drivers will still be able to continue using a device ‘hands-free’ while driving, such as a sat-nav, if it is secured in a cradle. However, you must always take responsibility for your driving and can be charged with an offence if the police find you not to be in proper control of your vehicle.

Avian Influenza – update for poultry and bird keepers

There have been five confirmed cases of Avian Influenza in North Yorkshire, and many more across Great Britain.

On 3 November an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across England requiring enhanced biosecurity for birds.

Earlier this week a localised AIPZ was declared, covering parts of Hambleton, Richmondshire and Harrogate, requiring birds to be housed. DEFRA have now announced that from 29 November another similar order will be made requiring the housing of all birds across GB.

There are strict rules in the zones surrounding the confirmed cases. If you keep poultry or other captive birds, please see the latest information, zones and their rules and guidance here: Avian influenza (bird flu) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). There is also an interactive map so you can see the rules applicable to you. APHA Interactive Disease Map (arcgis.com).

If you have any queries, please contact the Trading Standards animal health team at tsanimal.health@northyorks.gov.uk.

Make Care Matter Campaign

People of all ages and all backgrounds work as care professionals in North Yorkshire  – so we want people to come and join the team and make a difference to people’s lives.

Across the county North Yorkshire has 20,000 people working in the care sector, from the 13,000 care and support workers in 500 organisations providing services in residential care and people’s homes through to social workers, project managers and administrators.

On any given day there are at least 1,000 jobs available across the county.

Never has the need for people to work in care been so great.

Although it is one of the most challenging times for the care sector, it is also the best of times to step into a care job because of the many opportunities in a wide variety of roles and great career progression. There is something for everyone.

All sorts of people have made this life-changing step from builders and retail workers to accountants, young graduates, parents wanting flexible but rewarding work, actors and drummers and everything in-between. But we need many more.

This is why North Yorkshire is joining the national campaign launched this month to encourage people to step into the profession.  We are asking people to come and join us in this great work.

Because it is far more than just a job. It’s about building relationships and helping people achieve often simple, daily tasks which they are no longer able to complete by themselves. It’s about supporting people, often with fascinating life stories, to live well and with dignity.

And no two days are the same.

So if you know of any friends or family looking for part-time or full-time work, who are looking for a change into a worthwhile career, jobs in the care sector provide flexible working hours.

Care roles can also provide great experience, pay and flexibility for students looking to earn some money around their studies.

Care roles also offer opportunities for staff in other jobs wishing to work additional hours.

People do not need to have experience – anybody with empathy, who enjoys solving problems for people and getting things done to help people lead as fulfilling lives as possible – they will thrive in this role.

It is a really inclusive option; our care staff are as diverse as the people of North Yorkshire

A job in the care sector also offers stability and great career progression.  Many who start on the frontline with no previous qualifications go on to become team leaders, and can move into management and professional roles such as social workers, occupational therapists, nurses and public health consultants.

  • Take Rachel Bowes, our assistant director for care and support who started out as a front-line care worker, working weekend shifts while an A-level student at college and then in a gap year while she decided between nursing and teaching.

She found work in the care sector so rewarding that she abandoned those ideas and stayed on, undertaking a wide range of front line and management roles while studying for an Open University degree in social care.

She said: “I have memories which go right back to my days as a new care assistant that I will always cherish. I have met and had the privilege of getting to know people who have left their mark and shaped my approach to work and the way I live my life.

“I feel really grateful to have had that opportunity. I feel really lucky to be in this current role, but nothing beats the satisfaction when someone is unwell or uncomfortable, being able to do something which makes them feel better.

  • Take Flavia Nyambira who has worked for the last four years in the North Dales as a care and support worker. She helps people who have come out of hospital or experienced a physical or mental difficulty, to get back on their own feet in their own home.

She came into the care profession after 11 years working in the British Army as a postal and courier service operator in Germany.  When Flavia was posted back to Catterick with her soldier husband and their three children she started to look for work that she could fit around her family.

Flavia was taken on under our apprenticeship scheme and is currently working to complete her NVQ level 3, which will give her the qualification to become a team leader.  “Being a care professional is something I am so proud of” she said. “Every day in the job is different and at the end of every day I always feel I have made a difference,”

  • Take Michael Westlund, an actor who fits his job helping to care for people with learning difficulties around his acting roles.

Michael has worked alongside stars in films like Star Wars and TV shows like All Creatures Great and Small, Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders but when not acting he works at Milestone House, Scarborough which caters for people with learning difficulties who are on short breaks.


He took up the caring role at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic and has stayed with it. “I get a lot of satisfaction out of it,” he said. “I do pretty much everything, personal care, taking people out around the village, and organising activities.”

  • Take Sharon Moss who came into the care profession after experiencing the effect of Alzheimer’s on her grandfather, the legendary Middlesbrough and England footballer George Hardwick.

Destined for a career in horse racing after working in a stables in Malton she nevertheless returned home to Scarborough and took up a job in domiciliary care and set about learning more about the illness which had ravaged her grandfather’s life.

Sharon’s professional interest in dementia led to training courses and opened up a series of opportunities which eventually led to her managing a home – Benkhill Lodge at Bedale – a leap which would have been difficult to imagine in the early stages of her career.

Sharon believes more young people should be made aware of how fulfilling and exciting a career in care can be, that doors frequently open to new opportunities in the sector.

“As soon as I started working in adult social care, I knew it was the career for me. I have a respect for the elderly and want to sit down and talk to them. I absolutely love coming to work every day.”

Her experience of working for North Yorkshire, she said, is that there is always support and encouragement and training for those who want new challenges and to progress their careers and develop further.

New date for the November RBPC meeting!

Due to circumstances, the November RBPC meeting unfortunately has to be postponed by a week to the new date of 30th November 2021!

Notice of casual vacancy


Ribble Banks Parish Council has a casual vacancy for the role of Parish Councillor which it is seeking to fill by co-option. The duration of the co-opted role will be until May 2022 when the local elections take place and Councillors need to be re-elected.

A parish, town or community council is the closest level of local government to the community. It is a local authority in its own right that makes decisions on behalf of the residents in its “parish” and has a District/County or Unitary authority hierarchy that sits above it. Councillors are elected but are unpaid for their time. Becoming a parish, town or community councillor is a rewarding experience and often described by those that get involved as a way of giving something back to their community. Your time will be well spent and there are no real barriers to becoming a councillor.

Qualifications – any person can be elected as a councillor if they are:

  • a British national, Commonwealth citizen or a Euro-national on the day they are nominated and
  • 18 years of age or over and
  • on the day they are nominated and thereafter they continue to be a local government elector for the area of the authority or
  • has during the whole of the twelve months preceding that day occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in that area or
  • their principal or only place of work during that twelve months has been in that area or
  • during the whole of those twelve months has resided in that area or
  • in the case of a member of a parish, town or community council has during the whole of those twelve months resided either in the parish or community or within three miles of it.

Disqualification – A person is however disqualified from being elected or being a councillor if they:

  • hold any paid employment or office in the authority that they seek election or
  • are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or other interim order or
  • have within five years before the day of election or since their election been convicted of any offence and has had passed on them a sentence of imprisonment of at least three months (whether suspended or not) without the option of a fine or
  • has been found guilty of corrupt or illegal practices or responsible for incurring unlawful expenditure and the court ordered their disqualification.

If you are interested in becoming a Parish Councillor for Ribble Banks Parish Council you are warmly invited to download a co-option application form (which includes the co-option eligibility form) from the Council website https://www.ribblebankspc.co.uk/ and to return it to the Clerk via the Councils email address RBPC@mail.com .

The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 18th November 2021. Applications will be considered by the Council during the regular Council meeting which will be held on 23rd November.

On behalf of Ribble Banks Parish Council,

2nd November 2021

Belinda Roos, Clerk & RFO

Please click the link below to access the application form:

Co-option application form RBPC

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Dementia Action Week

Dementia Action Week 17 to 21 May 2021
National Dementia Action Week was created by Alzheimer’s Society and takes place between 17 and 23 May. It is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about dementia, the impact it has on people’s lives and the actions we can all take to help people live well with dementia. As shops and services are starting to open up again Dementia Friendly Craven are using the week to remind people about how they can make their communities and organisations more dementia friendly and also provide information about where people can get help and advice.
Over 10,000 people are living with dementia in North Yorkshire and it’s important that we play our part in making our services and facilities and communities more Dementia Friendly and make sure people affected by dementia know where they can go to get help and advice. If you would like to know more about Dementia Friendly Craven please visit www.cravendc.gov.uk/community-living/dementia-friendly-craven.
If you or your organisation would like to take part in Dementia Action Week here are some actions, you could take. Share our Dementia Friendly Craven Social Media Messages Dementia Friendly Craven have produced the following short messages that you or your organisation can share on Facebook or Twitter during Dementia Action Week. Find out more at www.alzheimers.org.uk

You can find guidance on how to make your community or organisation more dementia friendly here www.alzheimers.org.uk/get-involved/dementia-friendly-communities.