Bishopdale Bridge damaged again, parish council hears

Previous damage to Bishopdale Bridge. Photo: Pip Pointon.

Bishopdale Bridge has yet again been damaged, Aysgarth and District Parish Council was informed at its meeting in April.

Cllr Alison Sayer reported that it had been hit by a large truck and trailer. “It was a Polish driver and he then got stuck at Kidstones. He stayed there overnight until he was rescued,” she said.

The parish council had been told  by North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department that the existing signage warning HGV drivers not to use the B6160 between Wensleydale to Skipton was being reviewed, but it could do nothing about SatNav systems.

The bridge has now been repaired.

The parish council was told that as the damaged footpath in Bishopdale was not a public highway the county council was not responsible for repairing it.

It was agreed to support the proposed Gateway Sign Cyclist Safety Message  on the B6160 at Kidstones.

Road repairs. – The highways department reported that the tarmac on the A684 at Hestholme Bridge and by the George and Dragon in Aysgarth had broken up because the resurfacing failed last summer due to the hot weather.  It stated that engineers were currently in discussion with contractors to decide the most appropriate action.

The parish council agreed that one load of quarry crusher could be purchased and spread on Tip Lane at Aysgarth following a request from the parish meeting.

The clerk will ask the highways department to repaint Wath Bridge at Aysgarth as its condition had further deteriorated.  She will also inquire about a replacement for the litter bin which was removed from beside Wath Bridge a number of years ago.

Thoralby Parish Meeting had reported that the hedges along Goose Lane needed to be cut back so as to widen the footpath, and wider planks, a hand rail and chicken wire were required to make the bridge along Low Green Lane safe. The clerk was asked to follow up on these.

Flooding. – Two councillors said they would check if residents, one near Aysgarth and the other in Bishopdale, would be allowed to put up Road Closed signs when the A684 and the B6160 were flooded.

The chairman, Cllr John Dinsdale, reported that a wall at the pinfold in Thoralby had collapsed and blocked a drain. The residents were, therefore, concerned that this could lead to flooding.

“The wall will have to be taken down,” he said. It was agreed that he should obtain quotes for the work.

Dog waste. – Following requests by Thornton Rust and Thoralby parish meetings it was agreed that the clerk should enquire about more dog waste bins being placed in those villages.

The clerk was also asked to request a litter bin for Thoralby village as that beside the telephone kiosk was in a state of disrepair.

Thoralby. – It was reported that at a site meeting Northern Power Grid had identified redundant apparatus which can be removed.

It was noted that the parish council would have to pay for the parish council election at Thoralby. The election was necessary as there were four nominations for three councillors. This is the first election there in about 40 years.

Next meeting. – The annual general meeting will be held in Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday May 16.