ILKLEY CIVIC SOCIETY OCTOBER 2020 UPDATE
It is sadly clear that we will be unable to have a face-to-face meetings for some time to come. We are therefore proposing to hold a meeting for members via Video Conference (Zoom) on Thursday 26th November 2020. This would be about 45 minutes long and an opportunity to bring members up to date with the ICS activities which have been ongoing for the last six months. If this meeting should prove to be satisfactory and members agreed, we would use this method of meeting to hold an AGM,
More people are getting used to using Zoom and the executive committee has been using it successfully for regular meetings.
Since the full lockdown was eased in May, the Cemetery Friends have put in some socially-distanced hard work in the cemetery, undertaking maintenance on the Memorial Avenue and cutting back weeds, shrubs and trees on a number of graves.
We have now purchased half a dozen yellow hi vis jackets for cemetery work which will also be useful for use on heritage walks and other events.
Up to now we have limited cemetery working parties to 6 people to maintain social distancing, meeting twice a month on a Tuesday afternoon. The next planned dates are Tuesday 13th and 27th October and it is likely we will hold two further sessions on 10th and 24th November, weather permitting.
We are working on how to respond to the Planning White Paper. This proposes significant changes to how the whole planning process, including planning applications, will be handled. It is proposed that public involvement will be curtailed and emphasis will be at the front end of the planning process – ie not at the planning applications stage. We will be able to comment on the scheduling of the three proposed zones only at intervals and on the proposed design codes, but not on individual planning applications, many of which would be covered, it appears, by permitted development rights.
In the meantime, most local authorities are continuing with their local plans although the Bradford local plan has been remarkably quiet for months. Approximately half of all English local authorities do not have a plan in place. In Bradford’s case, the rUDP adopted 15 years ago, remains the ruling document. A review of the West Yorkshire green belt is still ongoing. It is not clear what will happen to Neighbourhood Plans under the new system. There is an indication that local listing of heritage properties that are not listed by English Heritage is moving up the agenda. We continue to review all planning applications for Ilkley Ward and comment as appropriate.
VE DAY AND VJ DAY 75TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
These did not go ahead, but all of the exhibition material we have prepared is ready for use in 2025. We are still interested to hear if anyone has memories of these events in Ilkley.
Those of us interested in ‘proper’ shopping will know that our high streets have suffered, are suffering and will continue to suffer unless we use them. It’s the old saying ‘Use them or Lose them’. To monitor the position U3A nationally is asking its branches to survey their own high street now and the survey will be repeated in a number of months’ time. Ilkley Civic society has done surveys at irregular intervals over the last 20 years recording shop names but the U3A survey is collecting more information including a photograph of the shopfront. ICS has been assisting with this survey work and we hope it can be used both locally and nationally to help our high streets survive, if not the same as they are now in a revitalised form.
LOCAL HISTORY HUB
TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT BEN RHYDDING RAILWAY BRIDGE
These have been installed under the emergency arrangements and regrettably do not include a pedestrian phase for the benefit of people visiting the scout and guide HQ. Perversely, they may cause some traffic to speed up to get through. We will monitor the situation.
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