Minutes of the meeting of Barkston Ash Parish Council held on Tuesday, 9th September 2014 in the Village Hall.
Present: Jonathan Hirst (Chair), John Brassington, Catherine Daniels, Laura Fawcett, Guy Williams and Amanda Lightfoot.
Apologies: were received from Andrew Wilson.
Also present - Mr & Mrs Dickinson, Mr Lofthouse, Dr Woolley and District Councillor Keith Ellis.
Representatives from Network Rail, Scott Meadley and John Aldridge gave a presentation on the forthcoming electrification of the Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Preston railway line.
The benefits of the electrification would be longer trains, possible slightly shorter journey times with the benefit of the enhanced acceleration from stations.
The rolling stock will be lighter creating less impact damage to the track works and will be cheaper to build.
There will be no trackside buildings in the local area with the feeder station already located at Monk Fryston.
However, there will be work carried out on stations to provide longer platforms and canopies to accommodate the longer trains.
The main concern locally will be the reconstruction of the bridge at Church Fenton which will entail road traffic closure, the timescale for the rebuilding is not yet available.
The construction is promised to be sympathetic to the existing bridge and Network Rail will try to be sensitive to local requirements where possible
The masts supporting the pantographs will be at approximately 50 – 60mtr spacing
The trackside vegetation will be cut back to avoid overhanging branches connecting with any overhead wiring.
Health and safety requirements will be a priority as the overhead line will carry an unearthed 25K volt. The proposed timeline is:
Outline design carried out from 2014 -2015.
Detailed design stage 2015 – 2017.
Bridges and tunnels developed 2016 -2017
Completed sign off 2018. New timetable running.
Following questions from the floor the chairman thanked Mr Meadley and Mr Aldridge for the presentation.
Minutes of the July meeting were approved Catherine Daniels and John Brassington.
Two invoices were approved for payment by Amanda Lightfoot and John Brassington:
8/66/0810/HPA - Single storey flat roof extensions at East Lodge, Common Road.
8/66/0824/HPA - Proposed change of flat garage roof to pitched roof, change of double door to single large door on garage at Woodside, Orchard Close.
After viewing both sets of plans there were no observations to be sent to Selby DC.
A survey of polling stations from Selby DC requesting information on the current venue for polling. This was completed.
District Councillor Keith Ellis introduced himself and explained that following the boundary reorganisation he and Richard Musgrave would be the Conservative candidates.
The current District councillor Eileen Metcalfe would no longer be in the constituency.
Any Other Business:
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 11th November 2014