Dales bridge needs altering after repeated damage, meeting hears

Bishopdale Bridge after suffering damage in 2020. Photo: Pip Pointon.

Bishopdale Bridge needs to be completely altered, North Yorkshire County councillor Yvonne Peacock has told Aysgarth and District Parish Council.

For many years the parish council has received reports about the bridge being damaged by heavy vehicles.

It still needs repairing and when the situation was again discussed at the last meeting Cllr Peacock said: “We need an engineer to come out and see if it can be completely altered – that is what we are aiming for.”

As this would be a capital expense she has asked for an estimate of the cost so that the issue can be taken to the county council’s executive committee.

Spickles Lane. – Cllr Peacock reported that the overgrown vegetation along East Field Lane (Spickles Lane) had been trimmed back from the Thoralby side but not that nearer West Burton.

The main problem, however, was the narrowness of the lane on the West Burton side. It was agreed it would be beneficial to organise a site meeting involving all interested parties and both parish councils.

Aysgarth. – The chairman, Cllr John Dinsdale, reported that Richmondshire District Council will replace the existing solar light between Aysgarth Doctors’ Surgery and Aysgarth Falls Hotel with a LED light with a dimmer and sensor. The latter will require less electricity.

A new post and LED light will later be installed opposite the Doctors’ Surgery with no cost to the parish council.

He also reported that the county council’s highways department will install signs beside the A684 on the eastern side of Aysgarth stating “Low Bridge, Steep Hill, Unsuitable for HGV” to discourage heavy vehicles using Church Bank.

The clerk said she would contact the highways department again about the potholes in the middle of the road on Church Bank, the fallen tree branch at Low Gill on the Thornton Rust Road, and the possibility of creating a new footpath near Church Lane to provide a safe route for pedestrians walking to Aysgarth from Aysgarth Holiday Lodges.

Bishopdale. – The clerk was asked to check why Richmondshire District Council was no longer emptying the litter bin at Newbiggin. Cllr Margaret Jones told the meeting that she was emptying it.

It was reported that residents in Bishopdale were very relieved that the planning application for change of use to allow civil marriage ceremonies to be held in a shoot barn had been refused by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s planning committee.

Next meeting. – will be in the downstairs room at Aysgarth Institute at 7.30pm on Thursday November 25.