April Edition of the Bridge Published

The BRIDGE is the Newsletter of the ‘Jervaulx’ parish – the churches in Middleham with Coverdale, East Witton and Thornton Steward and is published every month, although currently during Covid19 it is being circulated by email only rather than delivered to every household.  In ‘normal’ times, printed copies are also available from Central Stores and the Key Centre.  The Bridge is much more than a church newsletter, it is also a directory of what is going on in the area.

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The Bridge April 2021

Leyburn Police Station is moving

The March issue of the monthly local activity report is available here

Of particular note, the local Police team say:

Firstly, some important news regarding Leyburn Police Station; whilst there has been some delay due to Covid, Leyburn Police Station will officially be moving into Leyburn Fire Station on 29th March 2021.  This will give both North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (NYF&RS) and North Yorkshire Police the opportunity to reinvest the savings that will be made, by sharing and improving facilities for both services – resulting in an enhanced service and greater value for money to the public.  Our new home is less than 100 metres from current Police station and we very much look forward to working closer with our emergency service colleagues in NYF&RS.

Mountain Bike found

A mountain bike was handed in to Leyburn Police Station on Monday 8 March, found near Gandale Wood in the Hauxwell/Barden area (just off the A6108) – the bike looks relatively new. Proof of ownership is required to claim – contact Leyburn and the Dales Safer Neighbourhood Team on ‘101’ ext. 3744.


Census Day – Sunday 21 March 2021

Census day is peeping over the horizon. Letters telling you about the census may already have dropped on your doormat.

An advance card will explain that the census is taking place on Sunday, March 21. Every household will then be sent a letter with a digital access code. This code will let you fill out the questionnaire online.

This is a digital-first census. The hope is that most people will go online. You will be able to complete the questionnaire on your tablet, smartphone or computer. This should not be difficult, and everything has been made as straightforward as possible.

However, the census does realise that some people are not confident online or may not have access to a computer. If this is the case, do not worry. You can request to have a paper copy and fill the census in as you always have done in the past.

You can complete the questionnaire before, on or after March 21, but it is the law that you do complete the census. Failure to do so risks a fine of £1,000.

Further help will be available by phoning the helplines going live soon and by visiting the census website.

The information gathered by the census is vital for shaping so many aspects of our society, including education, transport and healthcare.

Although Census 2021 will be familiar to anyone who has filled out a questionnaire in the past, new questions have been added.

For the first time, the census will count armed forces veterans. This will allow the central and local government to better understand the profiles and needs of the ex-military community. This in turn will allow for stepped up services for veterans, with better data and understanding allowing for more targeted and efficient support.

There are also new questions on sexual orientation and gender identity. These questions are voluntary for people aged 16 and over.

There is no robust data available on gender identity. These data are needed by local authorities and service providers to inform the provision of services. The sexual orientation and gender identity questions will be voluntary for people aged 16 and over.

You can find more information at www.census.gov.uk.

B6108, MIGHTENS’ BANK, LEYBURN – Roadworks 8am – 5.30pm daily, 3rd to 16th March

More details are shown on the interactive map https://www.northyorks.gov.uk/roadworks-map

Diversion details

Name: A6108 Middleham Road / Mightens Bank – Leyburn
Description: Temporary Road Closure for Highway Maintenance works. It is anticipated that the road will be closed from 03 March 2021 until 16 March 2021 (inc).

Route Description

2 Middleham Rd, Leyburn DL8 5EY, UK

44.9 km. About 48 mins (49 mins in current traffic)

1. Head west on Harmby Rd/A684 towards St Matthew’s Terrace 24 m
2. Turn left onto Middleham Rd/A6108

Continue to follow A6108

18.1 km
3. Slight left onto B6267 1.0 km
4. Turn left onto Halfpenny House Ln/B6268

Continue to follow B6268

7.7 km
5. Turn left onto Market Pl 0.2 km
6. Continue onto N End 0.4 km
7. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto A684 16.2 km
8. Turn left onto Middleham Rd/A6108

Continue to follow A6108

Destination will be on the left

1.2 km
Low Lane House, Middleham Bridge, Leyburn DL8 5HD, UK

The reverse route applies

Vaccination Update

Leyburn Medical Practice has provided the following update

The programme for groups 1-4 in Richmondshire has been substantially completed, with a take-up rate within Richmondshire, Hambleton & Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group area of 97% and in excess of 90% for the Leyburn practice.

Currently, groups 5 & 6 are being contacted for vaccination. While NHS policy is to contact those in group 5 and ask them to attend mass vaccination centres, the option remains for those in that group to wait to be contacted to attend the local vaccination centre. The practice is contacting patients in those groups in order of age.

While vaccine supplies have been uncertain recently, as the pharmaceutical companies reconfigure their plants to increase output, this will pick up again in March.

Patients who received their first dose before Christmas will be contacted to attend for their second dose on either 11 or 12 March at Tennants.

Central Government consultation on Local Government Reorganisation in North Yorkshire

This is a very important consultation as two different structures for local government are being proposed, either a larger single authority (put forward by North Yorkshire County Council) or an East-West model (advocated by some of the District Councils, including Richmondshire District Council).   Central government appears to be intent on making changes so retaining the current 2 tiers (County and District levels) does not appear to be an option.

A major driver for central government is to reduce running costs.  Your Town Councillors however are concerned that the unitary proposal, which would remove the intermediate tier of District Councils, will reduce democratic accountability as the number of councillors will be significantly reduced.  A large, single authority covering all of North Yorkshire will be remote from the residents it serves and the smaller parish and town councils and service levels may be reduced.  Some services may be delegated to parish and town councils which may not have the financial and operational resources to provide them.

Whatever your views on this, your Town Councillors urge residents to take part in the consultation which can be accessed here https://consult.communities.gov.uk/governance-reform-and-democracy/northyorkshire/.  Responses can be submitted online, be email or in the post.  If you don’t have access to a printer, please contact the Town Clerk.

A summary of NYCC’s proposal is available here  www.northyorks.gov.uk/strongertogether

A summary of RDC’s proposal is available here https://www.richmondshire.gov.uk/news/news-archive/december-2020/full-business-case-for-reorganisation-model-submitted/