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Week ending Saturday 13th August 2022

This text is taken from Yorkshire Water’s website – www.yorkshirewater.com/your-water/is-there-a-hosepipe-ban/
You've heard of dry January - well, in Yorkshire we've had dry March, April, May, June and July, with 34% less rain than the long-term average. The forecast’s looking similar for August. And while our teams are out 24/7 fixing leaks and looking after your water, we’re asking for your help to use a bit less too.

To ensure we’re able to apply for drought permits this winter, we are putting a hosepipe ban in place from 26 August 2022, which would mean the following activities are prohibited:
• Watering a garden using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private motor-vehicle using a hosepipe
• Watering plants on domestic or other non-commercial premises using a hosepipe
• Cleaning a private leisure boat using a hosepipe
• Filling or maintaining a domestic swimming or paddling pool
• Drawing water, using a hosepipe, for domestic recreational use
• Filling or maintaining a domestic pond using a hosepipe
• Filling or maintaining an ornamental fountain
• Cleaning walls, or windows, of domestic premises using a hosepipe
• Cleaning paths or patios using a hosepipe
• Cleaning other artificial outdoor surfaces using a hosepipe
• Customers can still carry out these activities if they use water from a bucket or watering can; or use water that is not sourced from the mains such as grey water, rainwater from a water butt through a hosepipe, or private boreholes for example.

Does the ban affect me?
The hosepipe ban will come into place from 26 August for all Yorkshire Water customers. If you receive your clean water services from us, then you are affected by the ban. Any questions please visit the Yorkshire Water website for up-to-date details.

We’ll keep you updated as the hot weather continues!

On Tuesday evening we had an opportunity to carry out a speed test with West Yorkshire Police, on the main entrance to Benton Park. The reason for this was local residents reporting speeding vehicles entering and leaving the area.

Following on from this we will be conducting more joint speed tests with the Police over the forthcoming weeks in different areas across Horbury and South Ossett.

First thing on Wednesday morning we had a meeting with Council Officers in Carr Lodge Park to discuss the planting of our Community Orchard.

Our plans, which are supported by the Friends of Horbury’s Parks, were approved and we should be able to plant circa 16 fruit trees later this year, around October time, subject to it raining before then. Several varieties of apple, pear, plum plus a selection including cherry, quince and peach trees will be planted.

We also sought approval to plan crocus bulbs, 7,000 in Carr Lodge Park and 1,000 in Reid Park in Horbury Bridge, as a joint venture with our local Rotary Club.

In the heat of last Wednesday morning Deb & Darren, plus a small team headed out for a litter pick in South Ossett. Starting on Spa Street, working up Manor Road and the surrounding streets, we cleared around 5 bags of litter and general rubbish. The litter pick lasted around 1 hour as the heat was too much to be out in full sun.

It is disappointing that the telecom company who operate the green box on Manor Road, felt it was appropriate to leave metres and metres of thin copper wire strewn everywhere and in the neighbouring field, which we think is often used by horses! This was cleared up.

While we were out and about, we took the opportunity to ask the Council to attend and sweep Wilson Avenue. Following on from our post we have reported the other areas raised, which hopefully should be swept over the next few weeks.

Last week it was reported that the recently refurbished play area in on Sowood Terrace had been the subject of abuse. Youths had been spotted taking chunks of stone from a nearby wall and hurling them down the children’s slide. Darren & Deb took the opportunity to have a look at the slide, the damage is minimal, and this has been confirmed by an inspection from the Council.

On Friday morning we delivered around 120 leaflets to homes that could be affected by the two planning applications for Horbury town centre. The first one being the installation of the 5G mast on Highfield Road and secondly the area behind the library.

In relation to the 5G mast – we do need to improve the mobile phone signals across the whole ward. Our objection is based purely on this particular location, being on a narrow, well used pavement, near the Horbury Christmas tree, close to a school and at the end of resident’s gardens.

We feel that another location could be found with 100 metres of the proposed site.

We have submitted our objections along with around 20 other people. You can still lodge an objection, please see our previous Facebook post for details on how to do just that.

At the Police & Community Together meeting in July, several residents raised that Horbury town centre car parks were often full, but the High Street was not very busy with shoppers.

Darren & Deb raised this with our Parking Warden Team, and they promised to investigate. So, on Friday morning several parking tickets were issued. Cars were using Queen Street car park for longer than the stated 2-hours and one was spotted parked on Highfield Road on yellow lining. Let’s hope that there will be space for genuine shoppers and those who want to visit both our town centres.

Inspection covers in roads are not necessarily owned by the Council. They could be owned by Yorkshire Water, a gas or electric company, Openreach or some other media company. So, when one becomes noisy if a vehicle drives over it, getting it sorted is not as easy as you may think. The one on Horbury High Street close to the book shop is not one of the Council’s. However, it has been reported and hopefully the utility company will attend and sort it out!

On Northgate in Horbury, a media company has created a real mess after lifting one of their inspection covers. This one has been reported and again, hopefully they will attend and sort out.

On Saturday morning Deb & Darren spent the morning in Horbury. We started our day volunteering at the Methodist Church’s Coffee Morning. This is a great opportunity to help people and to have a coffee and chat. We often get casework by talking to people and listening to their issues.

Following a great cup of coffee, we strolled along Darling Reads and had a conversation with Marcus Rashford, he did not say much, but he seemed pleasant.

Please keep safe and take care.

Darren & Deb

Working for our Communities, throughout the whole year!

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