AUCKLEY PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER

SEPTEMBER 2017

Proposed Access from Hurst Lane, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Extension Proposals

Further to the Council's article in the August edition of the Arrow, here is an update on the above: A meeting was recently held at the Civic Office when members of the Parish Council voiced their serious concerns regarding traffic problems to Yorkshire Wildlife Park representatives, their Consultants, Ward Members and DMBC Planning Officers. At the time of writing the planning application for this project has not yet appeared on the DMBC Planning Portal, so no application number is available, however, residents are urged to contact the Planning Department at the appropriate time to voice their concerns. Address is: Doncaster Council, Department of Planning, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster. DN1 3BU. When the application appears, details will be posted on the Parish Web Site: www.auckleyvillage.co.uk

Proposed Housing Development, Common Lane, Auckley

A number of people have contacted Council with concerns regarding the above. Again this has not yet appeared on the DMBC Planning Portal but, as and when it is featured, the Parish Council will be submitting its observations to Planning. This is all we are able to do as it is the elected members of the Planning Committee who make decisions on planning applications.

Traffic/Pedestrian Survey

Following our own concerns, and a large number of residents' complaints relating to the volume and speed of traffic, DMBC's Highways Staff will be undertaking a survey of traffic and pedestrian movements on the 19th September near to the Lidgett Crossroads. We will keep residents advised of the outcome.

CAA Consultation

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is looking to hear from people affected by noise from aircraft in order to obtain an understanding of what measures can be taken to improve the management of noise. A consultation is provided on line for anyone interested in making comments: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/avaiation-noise-impacts.

Blocked Drains

There have been several reports recently of drains being blocked as a result of disposable nappies and cooking fat being discharged into the system. We would be grateful if residents would refrain from this practice.

JULY/AUGUST 2017

Proposed Access from Hurst Lane, Yorkshire Wildlife Park Extension Proposals

The Parish Council is extremely concerned that there are proposals to open a new access between Hanson's Quarry and the railway bridge on Hurst Lane in Auckley. This would create serious traffic issues for a village road and, in the interests of safety, should not go ahead. There are severe traffic problems at both the junction of Hurst Lane with the A638 (Bawtry Road) and the B1396 (Lidgett/Mosham Road). These junctions have been subject to numerous traffic incidents involving both vehicles and pedestrians. Thus a further increase in traffic would exacerbate the situation, leading to even worsening traffic congestion. We have written to DMBC (Planning and Highways), the schools, proposed 6th Form College, the South Yorkshire Road Safety Partnership and Caroline Flint, M.P.

We urge all residents who have concerns to contact the Yorkshire Wildlife Park's main office and Doncaster Council's Planning and Highways Departments as follows: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Lexington North, The Zenith Building, 26 Spring Gardens, Manchester M1 1AB Doncaster Council's Planning & Highways Departments, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster. DN1 3BU

The more parishioners who write the more likely it is that notice will be taken of valid concerns. These cover:

  • Many HGV's utilise Hurst Lane, including vehicles from the Hanson Quarry.
  • The entrance to the well-attended Scouts' Hut is near the new access.
  • Around 1,000 pupils attend The Hayfield School and some walk home to areas of Auckley and also nearby villages.
  • Another 1,000 pupils will attend the new 6th Form College which will open in September this year.
  • Traffic from the School is already an issue and will be exacerbated when the College opens its doors There will be opportunities to use the facility at weekends and weekday evenings.
  • Speeding is an issue, despite the fact that a 30mph limit is now in place on part of Hurst Lane and in the past we have requested the services of the Police with the speed camera to monitor the situation.
  • New properties are still being built around the Hayfield area of the Parish (where there is already a large residential area, formerly RAF Finningley), and also many businesses have been established, again adding to existing congestion.
  • Some traffic will always use Auckley roads to/from the Robin Hood Airport.
  • Hayfield Lakes and restaurant are also sited along nearby Hayfield Lane
  • A more appropriate longer term solution would be for a vehicular access to be created from the new FARRRS Road!
  • Vehicular access to the proposed entrance along Hurst Lane from the South West is obstructed by a bridge over the Doncaster-Lincoln railway line. This bridge seriously reduces line of sight along Hurst Lane which would present a danger of collision into slow moving/stationary vehicles waiting to enter the Wildlife site.
  • The road bridge on Hurst Lane has a restricted footpath on the East side which is as little as 60cm width in parts. Pedestrians from Hayfield School and the proposed 6th Form College are compelled to cross Hurst Lane to make use of the footpath when walking to residential properties in all areas of Auckley and also neighbouring villages, e.g. Blaxton.

Not all users will utilise Hurst Lane from the Great North Road to access the new area and some, depending on where they live, are likely to come into Auckley from Main Street and also from Mosham Road. Although an Outline Application will have already been submitted to DMBC, any decision will be taken when the Full Application is determined by the Planning Committee. The second stage may not be until around 3 months.

WE URGE ALL RESIDENTS TO PLEASE HELP US WITH THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE, FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL!!

 

JUNE/JULY 2017

Annual Parish Council Meeting

Mrs. J. Worthington and Mr. S. Featherstone were unanimously re-elected as Chair and Vice Chair respectively at the Annual meeting of Auckley Parish Council held on 10th May 2017. More details relating to the Council can be viewed on the Council web site: www.auckleyvillage.co.uk

Provision of Pedestrian Crossing

Following a campaign for the provision of a pedestrian crossing at Hurst Lane outside the Hayfield School, DMBC's Highway Officers have agreed that a crossing is feasible at this location. However the cost to undertake the work will be approximately £30,000 and, with no funds currently available, the Parish Council has been writing to businesses and organisations in the area to ask if they might consider giving a donation. Two local Parish Councils with children in the school's catchment area have pledged funds towards the project, and offers from other sources are in the pipeline.

Speeding Traffic on Main Street

DMBC's Highways Officer agreed to undertake a traffic/pedestrian survey near the Lidgett Crossroads after the Easter holidays. This followed complaints from residents and the Parish Council that the volume and speed f traffic on Main Street is making it difficult for residents to cross the road. Unfortunately the survey has had to be postponed until later in the year due to road works which are scheduled to take place over several weeks in the Summer.

Provision of Recreational Equipment at Hayfield Lane

Some progress has finally been made concerning the provision of recreational facilities on the former RAF sports field at Hayfield Lane. Staff from Peel have had meetings with Officers from DMBC and Parish Councillors to work out a suitable scheme and, once this is finalised, a planning application will be submitted later this year. The project will include a football field, a MUGA, Under 5's play area and a small sports pavilion.

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APRIL/MAY 2017

Traffic Concerns

A number of residents attended the Annual Parish Meeting, held on 8th March, to express their concerns regarding the dangers of crossing Main Street (B1396) near the Lidgett Cross- roads, due to the increased volume/speed of traffic, including HGV's, now using the road. The Parish Council shares these concerns and has campaigned for traffic lights, incorporating a pedestrian crossing, to be provided at the Crossroads. The Local Authority's Highways Department has now been requested to undertake another traffic/pedestrian survey at this location which will hopefully lead to some action being taken. Meanwhile, Council is continuing to apply for funding from various organisations in order to provide a crossing on Hurst Lane outside the Hayfield School.

Commemorating End of World War I

Next year will mark one hundred years since the end of World War I. A brass plaque was placed on the rear wall of the village pinfold to mark the commencement of hostilities in 1914, and any resident wishing to make a suggestion to commemorate the end of the war in 1918 is invited to contact the Clerk or any Parish Councillor. (Clerk Mrs. M. Caygill Tel: 01302 770922 Email: marj.caygill@doncaster.co.uk)

Dogs Fouling on Riverside Park

Council is concerned to learn that a minority of dog owners are allowing their pets to exercise off the lead on the Riverside football pitch. As a result, the pitch has become contaminated with dog waste which is extremely unpleasant for anyone wishing to play football on the ground. Dog walkers are reminded that they must always clean up after their pets and use bins provided at the park and, to prevent further problems, it would be appreciated if they could avoid using both the football pitch and children's play area. The Dog Enforcement Officers are aware of this matter, and will be patrolling the park.

Council Web Site

The Parish Council's web site address is as follows: www.auckleyvillage.co.uk The site includes information relating to the Council including agendas for the forthcoming meeting, minutes of recent meetings, newsletters, etc. and a facility is provided which enables members of the public to email their comments to the Council In addition, there are details of Auckley local schools and the Auckley Parish Centre.

Parish Council Meetings

Council meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month (apart from August), commencing at 7.00 p.m. and are currently based at the Auckley Parish Centre, although negotiations are taking place for some meetings in the future to be held in the Hurst/Hayfield Lane area. Council is grateful to members of the public who attend meetings and give their support.

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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017

Parish Precept

The Parish Precept is the amount of money that Doncaster Council is asked to collect on our behalf, and all monies are spent on matters supporting the residents of Auckley Parish. To allow for inflation and various projects in the pipeline, the precept has been increased by 2.62% to 36,684 for the 2017/2018 financial year.

Provision of Defibrillator

A defibrillator has been installed on an outside wall at the entrance to the Auckley Junior and Infant School, thereby making it accessible to both the school and the wider community. The defibrillator has been funded by the school, with the Parish Council contributing the sum of 450 towards the cost of this vital equipment.

Request for Pedestrian Crossing

Council continues to campaign for the provision of a pedestrian crossing at Hurst Lane, outside the Hayfield School, in the interests of children's safety. A site meeting was recently held with a DMBC's Highways Officer to monitor children crossing the road after leaving school, and the increased amount of lorries and other vehicles now using the road. A response from the Local Authority is awaited on whether this project can be progressed. Meanwhile various funding schemes are being considered for a crossing which will cost in excess of 30,000.

Enquiries Regarding Additional Surgery

Council continues to liaise with the Health Authority regarding provision of an additional G. P. Surgery in the Parish, in view of the high number of recently built properties and those currently under construction.

Application for Pharmacy

Council supports the application for a pharmacy to be based in the Hayfield Lane area of Auckley.

Dog Fouling

Thank you to the majority of dog owners who always clean up after their pets. Sadly not all are as socially aware, and allow their dogs to foul pavements. There is currently a problem at School Lane and Hurst Lane where children regularly walk to and from school. The Enforcement Officers employed by DMBC have been asked to patrol the local area, and any offenders will be fined.

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ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Dog Fouling

Progress is continuing to be made on the matter of dog fouling. New signs have been erected and ‘Clean It Up’ doggie signs painted on footways to remind the public that it is an offence to allow dogs to foul the highway and footways. Please remember the public rights of way along the River Torne bank, Eastfield Lane and Bell Butts Lane, etc. are NOT excluded from the dog fouling regulations. Community First Wardens regularly monitor the village and will fine offenders. If a resident identifies a problem please contact Community First (tel. 01302 736000), or a Parish Councillor.

Responsible dog owners always carry a plastic bag with them and deposit dog waste in one of the bins provided. A new bin for dog waste has been installed on the path leading from Common Lane to Rossmoor Close, and there are 3 further bins on Riverside Park.

Dog waste bins on the Hayfield Estate are situated at the following locations:

Oak Tree Avenue
Fir Tree Avenue
Area between Apple Grove and Lime Avenue
Area between Hawthorne Road and Holly Road
Area between Sycamore Drive and Hazel Avenue
Poplar Way near junction with Sycamore Drive 

DMBC's Neighbourhood Services - dog fouling awareness competition.

DMBC's Neighbourhood Services recently organised a competition for the pupils of the two junior schools in Auckley Parish to raise awareness of the problems associated with dog fouling in the village, and involved the children drawing or painting a poster for this purpose.  The Parish Council donated funds to provide a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize for each school.
The two schools involved were Auckley Junior and Infants' School and Hayfield Lane Primary School.

Auckley winners - Double click to view

1st Amber Dixon Y4

2nd Jessica Pericleous Y3

3rd Eve Needham Y1

Hayfield winners - Double click to view

1st Danielle Fox Yr2

2nd Lois Rafferty Yr5

3rd Isabelle Simpson Yr1

 

 

 

 

PARISH WEB SITE

The web Site address is: www.auckleyvillage.co.uk
Information currently displayed includes:

Names and addresses of Council Members and Clerk Details of Council meetings, i.e. agendas for forthcoming meetings, minutes, general information
Links to local schools
A list of activities
A short history of the village

We would welcome any suggestions for items and information relating to the village, e.g. historical items, local news, local organisations, etc. Details may be sent to the Clerk or any ember of the Council.

 

Dumped Rubbish

This is an ongoing problem, particularly along Common Lane. The ‘Flag It’ scheme (Tel 736050) generally responds quickly to a call to remove such items. Community First Wardens are obviously keen to trace any offenders and have them prosecuted. However, their advice to the public is – do not remove any evidence of names/addresses found amongst dumped rubbish, please phone ‘Flag It’, and their staff will deal with it as soon as possible.

 

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