Recycling Service Public Consultation

As you may be aware Selby District Council have launched a consultation over potential significant changes to dry recycling collections (cans, paper, glass, plastics, card etc) in the district.

The consultation will look at whether residents want to keep the current recycling box collections or move to wheelie bin collections; with either one bin for paper /cardboard and another for glass, tins and plastic together or a single bin for all materials.

A media release has been issued today and the consultation will be promoted via our website and social media pages.  We are informing all District Councillors as well as Parish and Town Councils and would encourage you to share the link so we can gather as much feedback as we can about what residents think about changing the recycling service and how it could change the way they recycle.  Paper copies will be available at the Customer Contact Centre or on request.

More information and the full consultation is available on line at the link below.  The consultation will run until 26 June.  Once the results of the consultation have been analysed they will feed in to a report to the Executive in September where they will make a decision on the future service.  Any changes will come into effect from April 2020.

https://www.selby.gov.uk/recycling-consultation

Should you require any further information please let me know.

Regards

Keith Cadman

Head of Commissioning, Contracts & Procurement

District Council agrees below inflation Council Tax rise to keep down costs

Selby District Council has agreed a rise of just £3 over a whole year for the Council Tax on an average-sized home.

The District Council gets around 10% of the total Council Tax you pay.  This decision means that all district council services – including your waste and recycling collections, leisure centres, planning, housing support and environmental health services – will cost just £178.22 for the whole year.

The £3 increase is equivalent to around 6p per week for people living in a Band D home.    That’s a rise of just 1.7%, which is below the rate of inflation – that’s the measure of how much the price of things rises each year.  It’s important to remember that this relates just to the District Council’s part of the overall charge.  Others who are funded through Council Tax – including the County Council, police and fire service – have made separate decisions about increases to their part of the bill.

District Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane, explained, “We’ve listened to what people have to say about Council Tax and I’m clear that I want to us to be fair to people living in our area by putting in place only a modest increase.

“This increase is less that the rate of inflation.  Although our part of the overall Council Tax bill is only about 10% of the total, it’s really important that we do what we can to keep costs down for people in our area.

“We’ve got a really good track record of doing more with each and every pound we receive.  This will continue, so we can carry on delivering good quality services and investing in our district to make our area a great place to live and to open up new jobs and opportunities for people living here.”

News from Allerton Waste Recovery Park Q1 2019

Please find link below for the quarterly news update for parish councils and community media from Allerton Waste Recovery Park.

This quarter you can find out how to book a free visit to Allerton Waste Recovery Park (which deals with general household waste from across York and North Yorkshire) as well as plans for a new Stakeholder Panel.

Q1 Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Lights, Camera, Action.

Some councillors have been approached by residents who were worried about aspects of street lighting around the village.  The main areas of concern centred around:

  • The type of lighting in use.
  • Certain residential areas have more street lighting than others.
  • Street lights are not switched on throughout the night.

Thorpe Willoughby Parish Council would like to address the above issues as follows:

  • Type of lighting in use: North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has a power to provide and maintain road lighting under the Highways Act 1980.  NYCC executive members approved a plan to replace existing standard sodium street lighting with new LED technology because they were more environmentally friendly, reduced carbon emissions and were more cost effective both in power consumption and expenditure.
  • Residents who believe there is a need for new street lighting are encouraged to discuss it with their local Parish Council.  A plan or drawing of the proposed location plus the reason for its provision is beneficial.  Once the application reaches NYCC it would be treated on its own merits against the following criteria; (a) history of night-time traffic accidents or (b) incidents of night-time crime and fear of crime.
  • Certain residential areas have more street lighting than others:  Newly built-up areas, such as dwellings at “Willerby Heights” and Miller Homes developments benefit from additional street lighting when compared to the more established part of Thorpe Willoughby.  A ‘Private Management Company’ is responsible for the infrastructure of those developments and not NYCC.  Residents occupying these dwellings pay an additional levy to their ‘Private Management Company’ to cover the infrastructure as well as the precept payable to Selby District Council like all other residents of Thorpe Willoughby.
  • Street lights are not switched on throughout the night:  street lights of approximately 15% of the county’s roads have lights that remain illuminated throughout the night.  In order for a road to qualify for all night illumination it has to fulfil one or more of the following criteria; (a) it is a main traffic route or road junction, (b) location with a significant road traffic night-time accident record, (c) areas with a significant record of night-time crime or anti-social behaviour, (d) lights outside sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people, (e) areas with 24 hour operational emergency services including hospitals, (f) potential hazards on the highway such as traffic calming, speed humps and road crossings, (g) parts of town centres that have concentrated night-time activity or economy, (h) areas covered by police or council CCTV operations.
  • The remainder are converted to part-night operation and automatically switch off between midnight and 0500hrs when road use is deemed to be at a minimum.
  • Between road junctions on long minor roads every 3rd light may also be left on.

While we appreciate being approached as a first point of contact, we wish to point out that such concerns should be addressed to North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) who is the responsible Authority.  Their contact number is 01609 780780.  Their website can be accessed via http://www.northyorks.gov.uk/

Bert Mifsud, Chairman TWPC