The Leisure Centre: on Station Road has a couple of classes that sound suitable for beginners who want to get fitter. The first is Aero, Step and Tone, which is on Tuesdays at 9.30am. This is a more relaxed alternative to the usual high impact activities and would suit beginners, new mums, and those wanting a good, all round workout. The second is Bodytone, which runs on Thursdays at 9.30am. This is an allround toning workout using steps and weights. There’s no need to have been before. Each class costs £4.50 per session, and for each there’s also a crèche available for an additional £2.40 per child, though pre booking is required for this.
Stutton with Hazlewood Parish Council: the next parish council meeting will be on Thursday, May 9 at 7.30pm in Stutton Village Hall. The meeting is open to everyone.
Riverside Project Consultation: the Community Engagement Forum, which is coordinating the riverside project along the banks of the Wharfe in Tadcaster, has arranged a series of displays and consultation sessions for members of the public. These will take place over seven days starting on Thursday, May 9. The display will be in The Ark on Kirkgate on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 from 11am-6.45pm, and also on Saturday, May 11 from 9am-1pm. The display then moves to the Community Swimming Pool on Monday, May 13 and Tuesday, May 14 from 10am-7pm. It moves again to Tadcaster Library, on Wednesday, May 15 from 2-7pm, and Thursday, May 16 from 9am-1pm. Households in the town should expect to receive a leaflet about this consultation before it starts. The display will show the plans and the equipment that might be installed, and the sessions will be staffed throughout by people who will be able to answer questions and give some background. You’ll be able to make your comments while you are there. A report on this public consultation will be presented to the Community Engagement Forum Partnership Board at its meeting on Monday, May 20: this will be held in The Ark and will be open to the public.
Riverside project concerns: members of the public raised a number of issues about parts of the plans for the riverbank close to St Mary’s Church at the town council meeting on April 23. They were worried about having play equipment so close to the river, where it might be dangerous for children and prone to flooding. The land, which is owned by the town council, is in a conservation area and so subject to stricter than normal planning regulations: they were concerned at the size of one particular piece that they had been told would be installed, just under four metres high. They were also concerned about where visitors would park, the lack of access for the disabled and for emergency vehicles, and the need for toilet facilities. Another concern was that having play equipment there might become a magnet for antisocial behaviour: trees, benches, and a streetlight in the area had been vandalised in recent years. They were assured that their views would be taken into account as part of the May public consultation, and that work on the site (beyond the clearance of self-sown trees and shrubs that had already happened) would not start in June as they had been led to believe.
Calcaria Community Centre: there’s a full programme of regular events at Calcaria Community Centre, on Windmill Rise, just off Woodlands Avenue. Monday afternoons from 2pm (or even earlier) to 4pm are given over to dominoes, Scrabble, and whist. Wednesdays are busy, with a short local walk at 10am followed by some gentle exercises at the centre (or just exercises if the weather is bad), in the afternoon there’s bingo from 1.30-4pm, and in the evening there’s line dancing from 7-8.30pm. You can also play bingo on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 7.30-9pm. All these events are open to everyone. The committee also puts on occasional excursions: a few weeks ago a coachload of residents enjoyed a day trip to Otley and Skipton, with time to look round a local nursery, and do some window-shopping.
Superfast broadband: a government-funded initiative means that superfast broadband is now available in Tadcaster. The connection speed should be at least 25 megabits per second, though it will vary depending on the use being made of the connections. Superfast North Yorkshire, working with British Telecom, has managed the roll out of optical fibre cables to a number of cabinets in the town, from there the existing copper cables carry the signal to local houses or business premises. This high-speed connection should be available to all premises within one and a half or two kilometres of the cabinets. The cost to the user will depend on the service provider used by the home or business. The project, which is part of a Government initiative to bring high-speed broadband to rural areas where commercial services wouldn’t normally operate, is funded partly by European Union money and will carry on, covering 90 per cent of the county, till the end of 2014. Superfast North Yorkshire also offer a business support package, with face-to-face support, training workshops, business development events, and a financial incentive scheme worth up to £700. You can find out more at www.superfastnorthyorkshire.com. Businesses should enquire onwww.sfny.co.uk or call 0845 0020021.
Planning applications: Tadcaster Town Council recently commented on some local planning applications, creating a new vehicular access at Lordswood Cottage, Leeds Road; first floor extension at 2 Edgerton Court; some reduction work on sycamore trees at 79 Fairfield Road; building three three-bedroomed terrace houses on the area used as a car park on St Joseph’s Street; and a replacement conservatory at 5 Prospect Court.