PRESS RELEASE – NEW PLAY AREA EQUIPMENT

The Town Council, through a sub-committee headed by Kathy Wheeler comprising residents and councillors, has attracted significant external funding for a major revamp of the older children’s play area in Park Lane.  A residents’ survey had indicated overwhelming support for new equipment aimed at 9 to 13 year olds and an ambitious design with a ‘wow’ factor was drawn up.

An image of the new installation can be seen below. As one might expect in Middleham with its historical castle, a structure with a castle outline will be installed. It will provide a large, multi-functional frame including two slides, monkey bars, climbing wall and fireman’s pole, addressing what the survey respondents had indicated they would like to see. The existing swing will be replaced.  It is hoped to relocate the older swing elsewhere.

The total value of the new installation is £44,600 (plus VAT that Council will recover).  Altogether £41,750 of external funding was secured from 3 sources and the Town Council wishes to thank these organisations for their generosity.

  • Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund £21,750
  • Richmondshire District Council Play Park Funding Scheme 2021-22 £10,000
  • National Lottery Awards for All £10,000

The Town Council will make a contribution of £5,258.

Instruction has been given to Streetscape, the chosen supplier, to manufacture the equipment at its factory in Selby North Yorkshire.  Subject to lead times and weather, it is hoped to instal the equipment by March next year.  Council plans to have an official opening ceremony.

For further details, please contact.  David Keep, Town Clerk, Middleham Town Council, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA, Email: office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk Tel 07531 580499

COUNCIL OFFICE OPENING HOURS

The Clerk’s Office will close at 4pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

Over the holiday period you may still send an email to office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk as the Clerk will have access to emails, although only on an occasional basis.  Urgent matters may be raised with Town Councillors on the following numbers

Councillor Susan Fairhurst: 01969 622993

Councillor Honor Byford: 01969 625304

Councillor Sam Mashford: 07494 968422

Councillor Lorna Skelton: 07793 673240

Councillor Simon Wheeler: 07753 543589

Councillor Nigel Hopper: 07594 814524

With best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas.

David Keep, Town Clerk

Middleham Town Council, Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA Email: office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk Telephone 07531 580499 Website: www.middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk

Next Council meeting 24 November STARTS AT 6.30PM!

The next meeting agenda can be viewed here https://middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/21-11-24-Agenda.pdf

This meeting, and future meetings for the time being will start at 6.30 pm earlier than usual.  This is because there is a large amount of business to be dealt with and avoid late finishes.

Play Area Improvements

Thanks to the hard work of a group of Councillors and parents, we have been awarded various funding grants to re-equip the older children’s play park beside the Church Field.

The final designs will be put forward to the next council meeting on Wednesday 24th November.

The designs will also be on show at the Key centre on:

  • Wednesday 10th November 3.00pm to 5.00pm
  • Thursday 11th November 11.00 – 2.00 pm

With people there to explain the plans and hear your thoughts before Council makes its decision.

Revised Schedule of Council meeting dates

Council has reviewed the number and frequency of its meetings to allow more time for actions to be completed before the following meeting.   Previously meetings were held on the final Wednesday of each month (other than August and December), ie 10 meetings per year.  There will now be 7 meetings, which may not be the final Wednesday of the month.

Future dates, which are all Wednesdays, are shown below.  Meetings are held in the Key Centre and start at 7pm.  Residents are always welcome to attend meetings.

  • 24 November 2021
  • 9 February 2022
  • 23 March 2022
  • 11 May 2022
  • 22 June 2022
  • 7 September 2022
  • 26 October 2022
  • 7 December2022

The Annual Town Meeting will be held on 18 May 2022

NOTICE OF VACANCY – TOWN COUNCILLOR

There is a vacancy following Martin Cade’s resignation.  If you would like to be considered, you are invited to send a written expression of interest to the Town Clerk’s office (either by letter or email to office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk) by midday on Wednesday 17 November 2021.  The vacancy will be filled by co-option at the council meeting to be held at 7pm on Wednesday 24 November 2021.  Each candidate will be invited to say a few words about themselves at that meeting, which will be held at the Key Centre.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be 18 years old or over; and
  • be an elector for the parish; or
  • have resided in the parish for the past twelve months or rented/tenanted land in the parish; or
  • had your principal place of work in the parish; or
  • have lived within three miles (direct) of the parish.

There are potential disqualifications relating to bankruptcy restriction orders, criminal convictions and having been imprisoned.  This does not necessarily render a candidate ineligible however Council needs to be aware.

If you are unsure what being a councillor involves, Councillor job description 2021.  If you wish to discuss the role and the co-option process, please speak to any Councillor or the Clerk.

David Keep

Town Clerk