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Roderic Parker

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MP’s surgery: our MP, Nigel Adams, is holding his next Tadcaster surgery in his 17 High Street office on Friday, May 31 at 11am. Appointments can be made by phoning Hazel Dales on 01937 838088 or by email to hazel.dales@parliament.uk

Battle of the DJs: demons versus angels will it be hell or will it be heaven? Find out at the Riley-Smith Hall on Friday, May 31 from 8pm-midnight. It’s another night of Modern Jive hosted by DJ Gary B. For details contact Gary on 07578 423979.

Rayners Rock and Roll: Rayners next dance is on Friday, June 7 at 8pm (doors open at 7.15pm) in the Riley-Smith Hall. This month’s band is The Bobcats. For tickets contact Eileen on 07752 333094 or email raynerrocknroll@yahoo.co.uk

TadChorale concert: on Saturday, June 8 TadChorale are joined by the York Concert Band and the Kendal Concert Band for Music for a summer evening. The concert is in the Riley-Smith Hall and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5 each: you can get them from the hall itself, Gallery 42 (42 St Joseph’s Street), Carole Cox (phone 0113 281 2957), or any TadChorale member. This should be an enjoyable evening, with a wide variety of popular music. All proceeds from the concert will go to the hall. The two bands are also playing together in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens the following day.

Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: Sunday, June 9 in the Riley-Smith Hall. £5 per person, pay on the door, there’s no need to book. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, latin american and jive. 8-11pm. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Papyrus Works go-ahead: the district council recently approved revised plans for the disused Papyrus Works site at Newton Kyme. The plans cover the demolition of the empty industrial buildings, the development of 128 homes and nine employment units, associated landscaping and public open space. A further decision gave consent for repair and refurbishment works to the viaduct, which is a grade II listed building designed by the renowned George Stephenson, so that it can be reopened as a new pedestrian and cycling route, a link in the national Sustrans cycle route network. The housing to be built will have a good number of affordable homes, while bringing back the viaduct into use is one of the conditions imposed in granting the application. The cycle path will link to the existing one that runs through the Thorpe Arch Trading Estate, into Wetherby, and on to Spofforth. It is believed that the developer wants to start work very soon, after modifying an earlier plan that was approved by the council two years ago.

Car park delay: although Selby District Council received the backing of the High Court for its plans for work in the central area car park, Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster) has sought leave to appeal against the decision. If this is refused, the brewery can still take the case to the Court of Appeal. The brewery’s main argument was that the appearance of a tarmac surface would be detrimental to the town’s conservation area, but the court upheld the council’s arguments that this would not be the case. Once again the council’s plans, to do a thorough repair job in the car park with a tarmac surface on top of proper foundations and drainage, replacing the present lighting system, and at last marking out proper parking bays (though not now replacing the demolished toilet block), are on hold.

Riverside Park consultation: the plans for the riverside park were open for public consultation between May 9 and 16, and the Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board discussed the resulting draft report at their May 20 meeting. Nearly 2500 flyers about the consultation were delivered to Tadcaster homes, the websites where the plans were available recorded over 400 visits, and over 60 people came to the displays in the ark, the swimming pool, and the library. 51 feedback sheets or letters were received. Partnership Board members thought that the reaction overall was positive, though a number of serious issues needed to be dealt with. Many visitors, including the MP, were supportive, and many useful suggestions were made. Residents living nearby, on Wharfe Bank Terrace and in the Churchyard, had concerns, but these were also shared by others less directly involved. The report summarised the issues to be looked at, including access to the riverbank, the possible increase in antisocial behaviour, keeping the park clean and tidy, health and safety concerns, and the layout of the equipment planned. An open day on site was suggested once plans have been developed more. The board hopes to have revised plans to present to the town council, who own the land, at their next meeting, on June 18. You can see the report on the town council website at http://vw4.visionwebsites.co.uk/Core/Tadcaster-TC/Pages/Riverside_Park_consultation_3.aspx.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau sessions to stop: the weekly advice session run by Selby CAB at St Joseph’s Church on Wednesday mornings is stopping at the end of May. Selby CAB has severe financial difficulties at the moment, with long-term contracts coming to an end and not being replaced, so they have to withdraw a number of services, including Tadcaster’s. Similar services in Sherburn and Eggborough are continuing for a few more months, and the CAB is working hard to secure funding for all their outreach services, but it will be several months before they know if they have been successful in this.

Planning applications: the town council recently considered its comments on a number of local planning applications. One was for a change of use of the former Girls Sunday School building on Westgate, from an IT learning centre and the local district council office to a youth centre and children’s club. Another was for the petrol filling station on Leeds Road, where the lifting of current restrictions on operating hours was sought. The council had no objections to either application.