Did you see the accident in Market Square?

Police are appealing for witnesses to a fail-to-stop collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Richmond Market Place in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

They say: At about 1.30am on 1 January 2017, a 20-year-old woman was walking across the Market Place on the cobbles when a car collided with her at low speed. She was knocked to the ground, although she was not seriously injured.

The vehicle involved is believed to have been a white, 66-plate BMW. It is believed to have left the Market Place down King Street, passed Wetherspoons and turned right onto Dundas Street.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the collision, or who can identify the vehicle, to contact them. Please call 101, select option 2 and ask for PC 1707 Alan Fenney or quote reference number 12170000289.

Christmas gifts with a Richmond and Catterick slant

Looking for something a bit different for a Christmas present? We found these fun things to add a local feel to your stockings.

If any of them takes your fancy, simply click on the link below the item to order the item.

                             Denim Wallet – I Love Heart Richmondshire Denim Wallet
Two coin sections
4/5 Credit Card sections
Photograph/ID section
Large Note Section
Order the I Love Heart Richmondshire Denim Wallet


High Quality Ceramic Mug
With a unique & Original Concept
And a Unique ‘STRAIGHT OUTTA CATTERICK GARRISON’ Design
Dishwasher & Microwave Safe
Exclusive to Face-On & OmneBonum
Order the STRAIGHT OUTTA CATTERICK GARRISON – Stylised Chunky Mug Gift

Slogan: I Love Heart Richmondshire
Fruit of the loom Kids T-Shirt
100% Cotton
Inner Material: 100% Cotton
Short Sleeve
ILoveHeartRichmondshireNG
Crew Neck

Order the I Love Heart Richmondshire Pink Kids T-Shirt (Black print)-14-15 Years


Order Richmond then and now: The town in 1945 and fifty years on


Order The Only Way Is Catterick Garrison – Premium Mouse Mat (5mm Thick)

  • PHOTO JIGSAW PUZZLE… You are purchasing one Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 Pieces). Estimated image size 670x510mm
  • Your 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle will arrive in an attractive presentation box, sized to fit most letter boxes. The box is 17.4cm wide and 3.4cm high. The puzzle is made using 1.5mm millboard and hand-finished by our expert craftsmen. The completed 1000-piece puzzle measures 50 x 66cm
  • Artwork Description… North Yorkshire, England John Short / Design Pics.
  • For any queries regarding this choice of artwork please contact Fine Art Storehouse. Image (c) Copyright Fine Art Storehouse

Photo Jigsaw Puzzle of Interior of a church with wooden pews, Richmondshire District

Want to suggest some more local themed gifts? You can use the comments below or drop us a line to RichmondNoticeboardATgmail.com.

‘Up to 700 new jobs for Scotch Corner’ says council leader

Richmondshire District Council chiefs have welcomed today’s announcement that a multi million pound retail and leisure development at Scotch Corner has been given the go ahead.

Council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock said the authority is delighted that the plans for Scotch Corner Designer Outlet have received government approval.

“Today’s decision is wonderful news for Richmondshire – and the economy of our area.

“It will not only create up to 700 jobs – both in the development of the site but also in the new outlets opened there – but it will bring people from far and wide to visit our district. The knock on effect for the area will be immense and we are very excited to see work on the scheme begin.”

The decision announced today comes after a planning inquiry into two possible schemes – one for 84 retail and eight food and drink units and a second for 70 retail outlets. Each includes the associated parking and landscaping.

The district council had approved both schemes but they were ‘called in’ for the inquiry by the Secretary of State after concerns on the size and scale of the proposals – and the effects on the economy of neighbouring towns.

 

The site applicant says the new centre will house ‘upscale fashion and personal, household and leisure goods retailers’ filling a gap in the market in the north of England. It will be sited close to the upgraded A1.

U-turn on Big Issue jokes ban

Being offered “two free staples with every issue” is back in town.

After being silenced for calling out jokes, Big Issue seller Bryan Whitling has been given permission to carry on despite a handful of complaints from locals.

He contacted the Richmond Noticeboard to explain:

The manager from big issue called into town today to hear for herself how loud my shouting was and was told that I can carry on. I would like to thank you all for all your nice comments and thank big issue for all there support in letting me have the chance to make an income

Richmond B&B featured as ‘cool place of the day’

Richmond’s Millgate House bed and breakfast has been picked as The Independent’s ‘cool place of the day’ and praised for its “lavish, theatrical elegance sitting above a magical, sheltered walled garden.”

And the town gets favourable mention too:

And Richmond? It’s a lovely small town with a ruined Norman castle and a large cobbled marketplace and is within reach of some of North Yorkshire’s most stunning countryside. Trust us, you won’t want to leave.

You can read the full article here.

Coming up this week

Here’s a pick of what’s on this week in and around Richmond.

Got an event to share here? Add it to the Noticeboard here and we’ll help to spread the word.

Four reasons residents object to Quakers Lane traffic plans

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Map of proposed changes

These four reasons against a change to the traffic system were presented at this morning’s meeting to discuss the Quakers Lane traffic proposals.

Local resident Diane Baines said she was speaking for scores of local residents when she put forward this four point objection:
  1. No problem exists, there have been no accidents or incidents. Why are you trying to fixe something that’s not broken.”
  2. The one-way scheme is based on the premise that on-street parking is used by residents. It is not, it is used by workers avoiding car park charges. Between 6pm and 8am the Quaker Lane is empty.Highways want to impose a 24/7 dangerous alternative to protect 18 part-time spaces.
  3. There is no pavement on the south side of Quaker Lane which means pedestrians from the doctors surgery, playground and co-op footpath set out directly into the traffic. The one-way system will increase traffic speed by removing opposing traffic. No measures have been proposed to protect pedestrian, this one-way system will a danger life.
  4. Cyclists will be forced on to Queens Road and Victoria Road, a far more dangerous route with two roundabouts. This will discourage children from cycling to school, or force them to use Quaker Lane pavement endangering pedestrians.

The North Yorkshire Council Council’s area committee, sitting today in Eppleby village hall, were then asked to abandon the plan. The scheme is now being referred back to the council and it will be at least 6-8 weeks before another consultation process is undertaken.

 

Should Richmond School become an Academy?

The school is one of the those ‘being incited’ to become an academy school according to local councillor Stuart Parsons.

The west ward councillor told members of Richmondshire Council’s corporate board that, even though head teachers were keeping quiet, they were under pressure to change from local authority control to the government’s favoured Academy status.

Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times. They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools.

Academies get money direct from the government, not the local council and they’re run by an academy trust which employs the staff.

You can see the video clip of this point from the meeting here.

 

Green bin payments due

The controversial increased charge for green bin collections is now due. Householders will be asked to stump up £20 for this year’s collections with bills being sent out now.

In a press release, Richmondshire District Council said more than 40% of the district’s households – around 10,000 homes – currently take part in the District Council run scheme.

Subscription renewals for next year’s collections – which run from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 – are now due. It costs £20 a year for the fortnightly collection of one green wheelie bin with additional bins costing £12 a year.

Current subscribers will soon receive a letter explaining how to renew on line – they should use their unique reference number contained in the letter. New subscribers should call the council on 01748 828777 to obtain their reference number and to make a payment.

Households can join the scheme at any time during the year. Help with making on line payments is available in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau at Mercury House in Richmond on February 10, 17 and 24 from 10am until 2pm – as well as at their regular Tuesday surgeries at the council headquarters from 10am until noon.

Collections of garden waste take place every fortnight but are suspended during the winter months of December, January and February apart from one collection to remove Christmas trees in January. People not using the scheme are asked to compost their garden waste or take it to a household waste recycling centre. For further information about the scheme visit www.richmondshire.gov.uk.

The decision to increase the green bin collection charge sparked anger in the council chamber late last year and even resulted in a challenge to the validity of the processes involved.

  • Will you be signing up for the service this year? Have your say in the comments below.