Town Council meeting: the next meeting of Tadcaster Town Council will be on Tuesday, February 12 in The Ark on Kirkgate. The main item for discussion will be a presentation on the plans, now well advanced, to make better use of the riverbank land that the council owns.
Tadcaster Stax Scooter Club: are holding their annual do on Saturday, February 9 at the Riley-Smith Hall from 7.30pm-1am. The club was started in 1970 and re-formed in 1988, so this is a 25th anniversary dance. The 5:15s will be live on stage. Tickets are £6 at the door. There’s more about the club on their website, http://www.freewebs.com/tadcaster-stax-sc/
Cinderella: on Sunday, February 10 BTA Performance Academy is putting on Cinderella the pantomime at the Riley-Smith Hall. The two performances start at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets cost £8 (adults) and £4.50 (concessions). For tickets ring 07986 713203.
Dancetime with Neil and Betty Roberts: Sunday, February 17 in the Riley-Smith Hall. Dancing includes ballroom, sequence, Latin American and jive. Admission is £5 per person, pay on the door, there’s no need to book. Doors open at 7.30pm, with dancing from 8-11pm.
Knitting and crochet skills: Needlecase, at 22 Kirkgate, runs a series of courses to help you with knitting and crochet skills. They have a Beginners Knitting course running for three Thursdays, February 7, 14, and 21, from 7-9pm. These are suitable for those who have never knitted before, or who want to take it up again. The cost is £30 for all three sessions and will include all materials. The aim will be to learn all the basics of knitting and to have knitted a simple scarf. They are also putting on three crochet sessions, starting on Saturday, February 16 with Tunisian and Hairpin Crochet, from 10am-4pm. The day course costs £30 to be paid seven days in advance, and includes all materials needed, so book now. Needlecase also offers informal knitting circles on occasional Saturdays from 1.30-3pm, the next ones are on February 9 and 23. For more information give them a call on 01937 830422 or look at their website, http://www.needlecase.co.uk/knitting-courses-12-w.asp.
Papyrus site plans: the district council is considering another set of plans for the Papyrus Works site in Newton Kyme, which has been empty for ten years now. The plans are a modification of those submitted a few years ago, and cover the demolition of the whole of the industrial plant, and building 128 homes and nine employment units. They also cover landscaping and public open space, and repairs to the Grade II listed viaduct (closed for some time) to provide a footpath and cycle route. This would link with the existing Sustrans cycle track on the West Yorkshire side of the river, which skirts the Thorp Arch Trading Estate and ends in Wetherby (and, after a break there, continues to Spofforth). Members of the town council support this plan, as it would be another step towards getting a Harrogate to York cycle path through the town.
Riverside School plans: the county council has a planning application to demolish an existing temporary classroom at Riverside school and build a replacement.
Plan for new housing: Selby District Council has decided to seek planning permission for a development of new affordable homes in the town. The plan covers the area of waste land on St Joseph’s Street, which is owned by the council and has been used as an informal car park for many years. Apart from providing much needed new housing in the town centre, the plan could also help to improve the look of this part of the town. The council is now looking to see if a housing trust could be set up to support this and other local developments.
Disposing of bulky waste: the district council has improved its bulky waste collection service, which is useful if you have items that are too big to take to the Station Road recycling site. You can now have your bulky waste items collected on a specific day, rather than leave items outside your property for up to ten days before collection. The cost for the service is currently £20 for collecting up to five items, but this will rise to £30 from April 2013, the first increase in over seven years. Residents claiming benefits will receive a 50 per cent discount and pay just £15. Items collected in this way are disposed of properly, with white goods and electrical items taken for recycling.
Carnival news: plans for the Carnival on Sunday, July 28 are coming on. The parade will have a film or television theme, so if you want to be involved contact Kirsty by email at email@example.com. If you’d like a stall on the carnival ground then please email Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org.