A684 Safer Roads FUND – A684, Akebar Drainage Survey Works – A684 Closure

The Town Council has been notified as below.  A map of the diversion can be found here: 70069269-LOCATION PLAN

This letter is to inform you that North Yorkshire County Council will be undertaking highway drainage investigation works on the A684 Conyers Lane, between the junctions with Chapel Lane, Akebar to Leyburn Road, Constable Burton, please see attached plan for detail.  This work is programmed to take place on Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd February.  Please note that to complete this work it will be necessary to close the A684 in both directions. A fully signed diversion route will be in place.

The works will be carried out between 09.30 and 15.00 and the road closure will be in place between these times only.  This may inevitably delay vehicular travel but we will endeavour to minimise the duration of the road closure where possible.

Please note, this work is part of an extensive programme and therefore it is possible that some adjustment to this start date or the duration of the works may be necessary should unforeseen circumstances such as significant weather events or emergencies on the highway network arise.

We request your assistance in the following ways: –

  • Please contact the Council Customer Service Centre, 01609 780780, to advise of any special access needs you may require during the work period.
  • Cooperate and comply with any instructions issued by site staff and the Traffic Safety & Control Officer and take extra care whilst near the works area.

For further information, including diversion information and to sign up for alerts, please go to;


May I draw your attention to the County Councils Corporate Privacy Policy by using the following link https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/privacy-notices. When submitting a response, we will record personal information including your name and address.

We would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disruption that these works may cause and would again request your co-operation to help ensure an efficiently and safely executed project.

Customer Resolution Centre

Tree Work on A6108 Range Road to Catterick Garrison and B6270 Reeth Road

The Town Council has received the below which explains why the work is being undertaken and also details of road closures that may affect your journey times.

Notice of work to remove trees infected with Ash Dieback disease on Catterick Training Area

As a valued neighbour, we are writing to inform you that the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), its industry partner, Landmarc Support Services, and its contractor KWR Plant Hire Ltd, will shortly be commencing important work on Catterick Training Area to remove around 2,000 trees that have been identified as being infected with Ash Dieback disease. Many of the affected trees border the A6108 and B6270 along the Swale Corridor between Richmond and Reeth, which means that the work will involve a number of road closures to ensure trees can be removed safely and that road users and the local workforce are protected.

Details of the closures

The closures, which have been discussed and agreed with North Yorkshire County Council, will take place from 7:00am until 6:00pm on weekdays only from Monday 24 January. The work is expected to take approximately six weeks, though some follow-up felling will be required next winter.

The first stage will see the closure of the A6108 for felling which will last until Friday 28 January. There will then be a week’s break followed by the start of closures and felling along the B6270 from the 7 February. This second phase is expected to be completed in mid-March. Diversions will be in place and clearly signed but work will be temporarily halted to allow buses and emergency vehicles to continue along the road on their usual routes to avoid delays.

Details of specific closures as they occur will be available on www.gov.uk or on the North Yorkshire County Council website at www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-road-closures-and-diversions.

About Ash Dieback disease

Ash Dieback is a serious fungal disease of ash trees. There is no cure or treatment for the disease and over time infected trees will weaken, causing branches to fall and trees to eventually collapse and die.

Infection can lead to the death of young trees in just two to three years and of mature trees within three to five years. This presents a significant health and safety risk, especially alongside roads and public rights of way. Whilst it is unfortunate that these trees must be felled, it is the only option to protect the public and other estate users.

Regenerating the woodlands

It is intended that the trees will be replaced through natural regeneration, however, if this does not succeed, we may carry out some replanting with native broadleaves, similar to those already on site.

We apologise for any inconvenience these essential works may cause and thank you for your patience. We would also appreciate any help you can give to share this information with local residents.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Landmarc’s National Service Centre by emailing nsc@landmarc.mod.uk, calling 0800 022 3334 or search for Ash Dieback on the Ministry of Defence Estate on www.gov.uk.

Yours faithfully

DIO Forestry Team


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


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

Are you or someone you know unable to access TV after the mast fire?

Arqiva are keen to get as many elderly and vulnerable people their television signal back before Christmas.

If you, or someone you know, is still struggling please contact Arqiva’s freephone line: 0800 121 4828. Alternatively, we have a team of specially trained advisers at Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington who can help you get the support you need.

Please ring 0300 302 0100’

Can you please circulate or advertise to anyone you know who might appreciate some assistance, thanks.

Free holiday activity for children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals

North Yorkshire County Council and the North Yorkshire Together team would be grateful if you could print and display the attached poster in your parish, to help us encourage as many families as possible to take part in our ‘FEASTive’ programme this Christmas.

You can download a poster Feastive 2021

FEAST is all about children and young people enjoying food, entertainment, arts and sport together. Children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals can book onto our holiday activity sessions during the Christmas holidays for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in and they’re absolutely free!

The programme is funded by the Department of Education, and together our hope is that as many children and young people as possible can enjoy the activities on offer.

For more information about FEAST, visit www.feastive.org from where you can findout what is going on locally.

If you have any enquiries about the poster, please email hello@northyorkshiretogether.co.uk

Many thanks for your help,

North Yorkshire Together

Skeeby Solar Farm – Public Webinar

Whilst this development is in Richmondshire, it is a long way from Middleham however as there may be a wider public interest in this type of development, you may be interested in a forthcoming presentation by the promoters of the scheme.

Application details can be viewed at the RDC website here.  https://planning.richmondshire.gov.uk/online-applications/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage

The promoter has advised:

We have had several requests to do a public consultation to update anyone interested in our current solar application.

While we appreciate not ideal, we have been advised the preference from many due to the risk of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, and for the ease of travel, Pre-Christmas is to do this online.

The meeting will last no more than 1 hour with an initial 20-minutes overview of the proposal followed by any Q&A from attendees.

Register in advance for this webinar:

Date: Tuesday 14th December 18:00 (GMT)

Registration Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_r9wPuneCQ7iKj0vLdJ9OSQ

The meeting will be recorded and made available online for anyone who is unable to attend.

We welcome you to pass the above link to anyone interested in attending; this will be advertised via local papers and distributed to our mailing list. https://www.richmondshiretoday.co.uk/presentation-announced-on-30m-solar-farm-plans/

If you have any questions, please let me know, and I hope you can attend.

Dog Waste Bin Dispensers – Request to Dog Owners

Dear Dog Walkers

Three dog waste dispensers were provided by North Yorkshire County Council to encourage walkers to pick up after their dog when they may have run out or forgotten to bring a bag with them.  Please only a take a bag when one is really needed in an ‘emergency’. The Town Council restocks the dispenser when the bags run out, but it is not intended to provide a supply of free bags for future use.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the Town tidy.

David Keep, Town Clerk

Middleham Town Council, Middleham Key Centre, Park Lane, Middleham, DL8 4RA

Email: office@middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk

Website: www.middlehamtowncouncil.co.uk