Heslington: a Nature Recovery Area
The Government has set a target to build back nature in a 25-Year-Plan. Every county in England will produce a Local Nature Recovery Strategy by 2025. North Yorkshire and York combined strategy is spear-headed by English Nature and includes local involvement at parish level. Parish Councils can declare themselves Nature Recovery Areas and follow a model pioneered by Harleston Town Council, to support local nature recovery projects within their community https://harleston-tc.gov.uk/nature-recovery-area/
What is our community doing already for Nature Recovery? Small actions, taken by ordinary people, added together, can make a difference. Sir David Attenborough reminds us that ‘The future of the natural world, on which we all depend, is in your hands.’ Can we do more in Heslington by sharing ideas and giving practical support? Can you help us to celebrate Nature Recovery in our Parish by telling us about what you do?
We think the first step towards signingon as a Nature Recovery Area parish is to share what is already happeningfor Nature Recovery in Heslington Parish. The range is huge— from Heslington Tillmire Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to exciting initiatives at Deramore School and those piles of wood or leaves left in your garden for hibernating creatures. Every little change makes an important contribution.
Tell us what you are doing towards Nature Recovery by contacting the Parish Council on
HesIingtonPC@outlook.com, or speak to a parish councillor.
Some things you may be doing already for Nature Recovery
growing pollinators • making leaf mould • putting up bird and bat boxes • hedgehog friendly spaces • natural pest controllers •growing your lawn • bee keeping • making a bug hotel • encouraging worms •garden ponds • dark skies
At this time of the year hedges and borders can become
overgrown. Prompt action will ensure pedestrians, buggies, etc can easily pass by safely.
Can’t make a drop-in session? Contact Kate directly and she will be happy to help Cllr.KRavilious@york.gov.uk
Active Travel Cycle Routes We understand that CYC are continuing to explore links from Wheldrake and Elvington across fields to create a cycle route using lanes southeast of Heslington and through the village, but this will not be in the first tranche of cycle route development owing to the cost of the proposed route. The relevant Sustrans feasibility report of July 2022 https://democracy.york.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=62826#mgD ocuments recommends a raft of alterations to lanes around Heslington Village and to traffic and parking management
within the village. These include reducing road width and a one way system. The Parish Council has raised a number of concerns about this route with CYC, with our Ward Councillor Keith Aspden and with our MP Julian Sturdy as previously reported.
A route yet to be identified in detail between Campus West and Campus East will be actioned in Phase 1 of the Active Travel programme. The Parish Council has already raised concerns about changes to signage and loss of the footway on the west side of Field Lane, leaving only a narrow path on the east side for pedestrians and wheelchair users.
We have been in correspondence with CYC officers requesting that Heslington PC be identified as a stakeholder for future consultations concerning Active Travel routes through Heslington Parish. HPC understand that CYC are continuing to explore links from Wheldrake and Elvington across fields to create a cycle route using lanes southeast of Heslington and through the village
Local Plan This includes proposed Langwith Garden
Village within Heslington Parish of 3,400 houses with
associated infrastructure. This would include a new major a
large raised junction with slip roads on the A64 just south
of the Common Lane bridge and new cycle/pedestrian
routes via Heslington village into York. It is proposed that a
new link road south of Long Lane will join the new
settlement to the raised, lit junction.
The whole proposal,(ST15) including ecological mitigation
sites, (ST10) would require over 800 acres of farmland.
You can view the detail, as agreed by the developers,
landowners and CYC on website New Local Plan
Examination- City of York Council, scroll down to 25 July
22, click on EX/SoCG /21.These key documents can also
be viewed on the Parish website, heslington.org.uk, under
Heslington Parish Council, City of York Local Plan.
This is currently being examined by the government
inspectors during public hearings, along with the rest of the
draft Local Plan.
Heslington Parish Neighbourhood Plan
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