Thursday, 31 March 2016

Defibrillator Location

We now have the defibrillator but have a slight problem in that we cannot put it in the place we originally wanted. Can anybody suggest where it can go. It has to have an electric supply and be accessible 24/7.


Parish Meeting 25th April 2016

We are hoping to hold the parish meeting on Monday 25th April (subject to the church being available). If anybody has any agenda items please send them to me on or Gabrielle on prior to this date.


Greg Knight's reply re New Onshore Oil & Gas Exploration Licence

Paul has received a reply from Greg Knight.

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The Rt Hon Sir Greg Knight MP
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA
Telephone: 0207 219 4077 or 0845 0900 203

 Thank you for contacting me about shale gas and the extraction of it.

I note your concerns. However, the government believe that Britain has a strong regulatory regime for exploratory activities that will be updated as the industry develops. With these protections in place, the government believe that, subject to planning permission, it is right that we explore and make use of shale gas and oil.

Because of concerns expressed by me and others, the Government is providing further reassurance for our most valued areas. Regulations will protect some of the country’s most beautiful areas, including National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fracking cannot take place at depths of less than 1,200 metres in these areas. The Government is also committed to banning fracking from wells drilled at the surface of these areas and of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, in order to safeguard these beautiful landscapes.

In addition to the regulations and the surface restrictions, consent cannot be granted for fracking until the environmental impact of a development has been taken into account. Operators are also required to monitor the levels of methane in groundwater.

So far as local community involvement in fracking decisions is concerned, local communities must remain fully involved in planning decisions. Planning authorities must make plans available to local people and ask for their comments, and I think that this is completely right – any new development should have the confidence of those closest to them.

In order to avoid the uncertainty caused by delays, the Government has asked local authorities to make a decision within a 16-week timeframe. This is in line with all major industrial projects. The Government has already established a £1.2 million support programme to help local authorities ensure that they have the resources they need to make decisions in this timeframe. 

That being the case, when local authorities fail to make a decision, Ministers will consider calling applications in, so that developments are not crippled by uncertainty. It is the government's belief that this system will deliver timely planning decisions and work effectively for both local people and developers.
Where a community hosts a shale development, it is right that the local area and people be able to benefit from that. In the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015, the Government committed up to 10 per cent of shale gas tax revenues to a Shale Wealth Fund, which could deliver up to £1 billion of investment in local communities hosting shale gas developments.

If any proposals are made for shale gas development locally, then your local East Riding councillors will have a vote on whether the proposal should go ahead and it is to them that any representations should be made. I am not a member of the council and unfortunately, I do not have a vote in planning decisions on this or any other matter.  

Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

Kind regards

Greg Knight

Wanted Grassland For Rent For Ponies

We have a Bielby resident looking to rent grassland to keep 3 ponies on. Fencing not a problem and can be sorted. They have a water bowser if no mains water available. Contact 07811111374.

Everingham Village News April 2016

Here is the link for the Everingham Village News for April.

Village Cricket Team

Just to let you know that due to ever decreasing numbers Bielby will not be entering a team in this years's Canon Headley Trophy. We have had a great run for such a small village and hopefully the organisers will change the rules in the future to allow us to join forces with a neighbouring parish and rejoin the competition in the future.
If there is anyone in the village who feels strongly enough to want to continue and become the new organiser please contact me to discuss. Neil Readman,  Tel 318801

Friday, 18 March 2016

Onshore Oil and Gas Licences

Information about the onshore oil and gas licences offered in December.

You can visit this link to read information about the 14th Round of onshore oil and gas license offers. The attached spreadsheet includes details on the work programmes for licence blocks. Spreadsheet can be viewed by this link

It’s important to note that Cuadrilla is still in the licence offer stage, so no licences have yet been awarded and the company is not due to formally accept any of the offered licences until later this year.

Row 24 of the spreadsheet shows the licence blocks – SE74 and SE84 – which cover Bielby Parish. If Cuadrilla is awarded these licence blocks, the company would be firmly committed to acquiring new two dimensional geophysical (2D seismic) data within 5 years of the licence award. This will enable Cuadrilla to understand the subsurface geology of the licence area and help to assess where potential exploration sites could be located.
Afterwards, the company would need to decide to either drill an exploration well or relinquish these licences. Any future proposed exploration sites would be the subject of a planning application to East Riding Council, applications to the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, and Department of Energy and Climate Change for regulatory approvals, along with extensive public consultation. 

Money Scam Phone Call


Today  a home owner received a call from a male saying that her bank owed her several thousand pounds.  However before she could receive  the refund she needed to go to the Post Office and purchase a “Money Gram” for several hundred pounds to pay for hidden charges and then she was to  ring them back when she had got it.   The male then rang again and said that they would be in area and would call and collect once she  had bought  it. 

Fortunately the lady concerned thought it was a SCAM  and rang the Police on 101 to report it.  A police officer attended and no one came to the house, the officer also answered the telephone when it rang again and the caller quickly put the phone down. (The phone calls had come from abroad).  THIS IS A SCAM  !!
Always be on your guard if you receive a cold call and are asked for any of the following:

  • Personal or financial information, eg full name, date of birth, address, passwords, bank details, security numbers etc.
  • You are asked to transfer or withdraw money.
  • You are asked to hand over your credit / debit card or cash to someone eg a courier who will call and collect it.

The bank or the police will never tell you to take such actions or ask you for financial information.  If you are asked to do any of these things, someone is trying to con you!!.  If in doubt, call back the organisation/bank on a number you trust, but do it on another phone or leave it at least five minutes before you make the call. This is important because criminals are able to keep the line open for two minutes after you put down the phone, which means you could end up inadvertently talking to the criminal or their accomplice again.

Planning Application Received

Planning Application Received.
Land South West Of The Bungalow Main Street Bielby. Retention of a general purpose agricultural building for the storage of animal feed and agricultural machinery
The reference is 16/00787/PLF
The latest date for comments to be submitted to ERYC is 4TH April 2016

The ERYC Planning department is going ‘electronic’ and so correspondence relating to planning applications will no longer be sent to parish clerks by post. Plans, documents and comments can be viewed on line via Public Access on the ERYC website. Your comments can also be submitted on line via the link below.

The link to take you to the planning search page is

The email from ERYC will be on the notice board.

Pocklington’s Got Talent

Pocklington’s Got Talent 
Pocklington Town Council presents the town's annual Talent Show on Monday 25th April at 7pm, raising funds for Mayor's chosen charities for 2015-16. Enjoy over two hours of live entertainment featuring music, magic and mayhem! The organisers are really trying to keep this event going but struggling to get entries. For more information go to the Pocklington Arts Centre website (live events).

East Riding Parish News March 2016

East Riding Parish News March 2016

Here is a link to the East Riding Parish News for March 2016

Pocklington Police Bulletin March 2016

Pocklington Police Bulletin March 2016

Issue: Pocklington Town Centre area (Evenings):

Throughout March, we are to continue our High Visibility patrols of the Pocklington Town Centre area to deter potential anti-social behaviour. These patrols include regular checks on peripheral areas at Pocklington Infants’ School, Maxwell Road(periodic reports of criminal damage and youths causing annoyance), All Saints Church (periodic reports of anti-socialbehaviour on an evening) and town car parks (reports of low level anti-social behaviour). Criminal offenders will bechallenged robustly, arrested or reported for summons. Penalty Notices for Disorder or warning letters may be used inappropriate cases however, those who offend should expect to be arrested and dealt with if their anti social behaviouramounts to criminal offending. The exercise of discretion should not be expected.

2 Priority

Issue: Youths causing annoyance with Vehicles, Stamford Bridge (Evenings):

Officers will continue patrols in Stamford Bridge and the Viking Road car park. Anyone caught engaging in anti-social behaviour will be dealt with under the FAIRWAY process jointly with East Riding of Yorkshire Council. It is unlikely that any discretion will be shown. Also drivers using their cars to cause alarm or distress will be considered for warnings and possible

seizure of their vehicles under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act.

2. Priority

Issue: Youths Causing Annoyance (Evenings):

Officers will continue patrols in the areas of Scaife Garth and Sherbuttgate due to reports of low level anti-social behaviour. Anyone caught engaging in such activities will be dealt with jointly with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

3. Meetings/Patrols

Police “Drop In Surgery” at Lob Lane Sheltered Housing Coffee Morning, Stamford Bridge:

PCSO Gareth Ludlow will be at the above location to discuss community issues and offer crime prevention advice between 09:30 to 11:00 hours on the following dates: 1 st April and 6 th May.

Street Patrol in Sutton on Derwent

PCSO Gareth Ludlow will be patrolling around Sutton on Derwent on the 5 th March and 14 th May from 11:00 to 12:00.

Street Patrol in Wilberfoss

PCSO Gareth Ludlow will be patrolling around Wilberfoss on the 2 nd April and 11 th June from 16:00 to 17:00

Street Patrol in Barmby Moor

PCSO Gareth Ludlow will be patrolling around Barmby Moor on the 6 th March and 15 th May (from 11:00 to 12:00).

Police “Drop In Surgery” at Pocklington Library

PCSO Mike Simpson will be at the above location to discuss community issues and offer crime prevention advice between

10:00 to 12:00 hours on the 21 st March.

4. Crimes in your area
* There was an attempted break in of a garage in Pocklington.
* Entry was gained into a secure building site in Pocklington and various tools, radiators etc were stolen from several unfinished properties.
* A mobility scooter was stolen from a garage in Wilberfoss.
* A secure transit van was broken into and tools stolen.
* Various tools, a printer etc were stolen from a secure cabin on a secure building site in Burnby Lane, Pocklington.
*A car parked on a driveway in Stamford Bridge was badly scratched by a sharp object.

5. News and Appeals

Keep your keys and vehicles safe and don’t be a “2 in 1” Victim

The term “2 in 1 burglary” is used when there are two offences in one, for example when vehicle keys have been stolen in order for offenders to take a car from outside a property.

These crimes have usually been committed overnight and often the offenders have gained access to a house by forcing entry or by even using cat flaps and letter boxes to put an instrument into the house to unhook car keys from key hangers near to doors.

Here are some simple security measures that can be taken:

1. Keep your car keys safe and out of sight.

2. Never hang them near to doors where they could be taken through a letterbox.

3. Don’t leave your keys near an open window.

4.  Never leave house or car keys in an obvious place like a handbag or key cupboard.

5. If you’ve got a garage, use it!

6. Always keep your vehicle locked and secured.

7. If your car doesn't have an alarm/immobilizer then consider getting one fitted.

8. Consider extra security such as a steering wheel lock. (Steering locks and gear level locks are often all that is needed to deter a thief as they simply don't want the hassle of breaking in and trying to get them undone.)

9. Never leave any property in your car or van when it is unattended. It takes criminals seconds to smash a window and grab something.

10. There is also a growing trend for work vans to be targeted, so please keep valuable tools in your home if you are self employed or at work.

It is clear that offenders are looking at locations and vehicles prior to coming back to commit the crimes. This could simply be someone looking around an area during the day, someone pretending to do door to door sales, or someone coming to your home on another pretext.

So, if you get a “cold caller” ask yourself:

1. Is the caller coming to my home in any way suspicious?

2. Is the caller paying attention to my car or house and asking me questions about it?

If so, give Humberside Police a call on the Non Emergency number 101 to report your concerns.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Proposed Meeting With Cuadrilla Cancelled

Hi, further to other notes put out on the possible meeting with cuadrilla. This meeting will no longer be going ahead. There will be no open meeting at this stage. The present situation is that Cuadrilla have not yet accepted the licences for our area but will probably do so by the end of the year. They then have to conduct a geological survey to take the relevant data to decide whether it is worth fracking. They have 5 years from this point to assess the exploration sites and if they decide to go ahead with drilling they have to go to planning and at this point there will be extensive public consultation.

As you can see we are a long way off anything happening and everybody will be given the opportunity to attend public meetings/consultations, put in any objection they feel, campaign to their MP’s etc.

Cuadrilla will contact Gabrielle and I once they have accepted the licences and will see if we still wish to meet.

Please also see the guidance note from ERNLLCA which clearly shows the rules for meetings.

Thank you to those people who contacted me to discuss this matter.



Guidance Note From ERNLLCA

1          A parish council meeting must be properly convened by giving three clear days notice.  The agenda must schedule the business to be transacted.

2          There is indeed no such thing as a confidential meeting although the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, section 2, empowers a council to exclude the press and public for all or part of the meeting owing to the confidential nature of the business to be discussed.  In summary the public has the right to attend a meeting but the council has the power to exclude them.

3          There is nothing in law to prevent there being a meeting between councillors and any organisation with which it wishes to have a conversation or to be briefed on a topic.  For example, representatives of councils come to ERNLLCA for advice – the public are not present when that happens.  These are not meetings of council, or any of its committees, they are briefing meetings for councillors and are a common and essential element of local government.  There will be no public notice of meeting or agenda published because there will not be a meeting of council.

4          There is nothing in law to prevent there being a meeting between the councillors and INEOS Upstream or Cuadrilla  but it will not be a council meeting.

Should your parish council wish to meet INEOS Upstream or Cuadrilla to hear a presentation on their business and plans you may do so but it may be prudent to offer to also meet with Frack Free East Yorkshire or any group which has a counter view to that organisation.