AUCKLEY PARISH COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
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.
The more parishioners who write the more likely it is that notice will be taken of valid concerns. These cover:
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.
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.
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: email@example.com)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Auckley winners - Double click to view
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PARISH WEB SITE
The web Site
address is: www.auckleyvillage.co.uk
addresses of Council Members and Clerk Details of Council meetings, i.e.
agendas for forthcoming meetings, minutes, general information
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.
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.