North Yorkshire County Council Election – Settle Candidates Quizzed on the Climate Emergency

Action on Climate Emergency (ACE) Settle and area has written to the three candidates standing in the Settle Penyghent division election on 5th May. ACE is seeking their views on what they would do about the climate emergency if elected for the final year of the county council and then as the representative for the first four years of the new single council – the new unitary authority North Yorkshire Council.

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County Council bus plans – ACE submits its comments

ACE Transport Group

Consultation on North Yorkshire County Council for improvements to bus services in the County closed on 7 February as reported at http://acesettleandarea.org/county-councils-bus-plans-weak-on-improvements-in-craven/#more-1487. ACE has submitted its response (see below) which was drawn up by its transport working group. The county wide feedback will be reported to the council’s executive who meet next month.

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County Council’s bus plans weak on improvements in Craven

Barry White

Criticisms are mounting in the district over proposals put forward by North Yorkshire County Council for improvements to bus services in the County. Speaking at a virtual Zero Carbon Craven meeting yesterday afternoon organised by Hubbub, an environmental charity working with the district council, Paul Cochrane, who set up ACE’s recent transport and energy survey, urged people to make their concerns known to the county council. The county is currently consulting on its proposals for improvement to bus services, which, if supported by government funding, could start in April. The consultation closes on 7 February.

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Clear opportunities but major hurdles for small scale hydro development in North Yorkshire

Sandy Tod

North Yorkshire County Council’s (NYCC) report on the potential for hydro development on the county’s many rivers identifies the potential for developing these resources but states: “North Yorkshire has a large number of rivers and tributaries that could be used for the generation of small scale hydro-electric power. The rivers that would be best suited to this are the Wharfe, Nidd and Ure.”

The report concludes there are “clear opportunities” for the use of small scale hydro-electric plants in the county. However, it outlines major hurdles that communities would need to overcome before securing their own energy supply, such as complicated negotiations to secure the necessary permissions from landowners and agencies.

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