I would like to start off this week with an up-date on the street lighting saga.
I have heard from Paul Gilmore, electrical engineering manager at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), who informs me the standard lighting columns have only been installed in the area of open countryside between Aldborough and Boroughbridge.
This has been done principally to reduce light pollution, promote energy reduction and for the preservation of the local fauna.
It would seem that apparently decorative lighting is among the worst for causing light pollution and can have a detrimental effect on wildlife, particularly when sited adjacent to hedgerows.
Mr Gilmore also states it was never the intention to install standard columns and lanterns within the village of Aldborough itself.
North Yorkshire County Council intends to replace the existing concrete columns with 5m (black) steel columns and Phosco P111 lanterns, which are exactly the same as the lanterns.
It is anticipated NYCC will begin replacement work in Aldborough in November/December this year but in the meantime if anyone would like to see what these lanterns look like, please contact the town council office in Boroughbridge.
To say the weather this summer has been somewhat disappointing is something of an understatement but there is one positive note and it gives me great pleasure to be able to report that the Tourist Information Point (TIP) on Hall Square has had a record number of people through its doors.
It is encouraging to know people are visiting our town and the local tourist attractions and I hope they have enjoyed their time here.
On behalf of the town I would like to thank the team of volunteers who man the TIP office and provide visitors with such a warm welcome to the town.
Finally, I was delighted to attend the high school on Thursday, July 19 –the day before the end of term – to present the town council’s contribution to the school’s funding for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme.
I was joined by Graham Archer of Boroughbridge Lions, who generously matched the council’s contribution.
The continuation of the scheme at the high school had been in doubt due to funding cuts but thanks to the financial support from the council and the Lions and, importantly, the goodwill of local, fully-trained volunteers, the scheme has been reprieved and the Bronze and Gold Awards will start at the high school in September.
This will allow young people from our area to benefit from a nationally renowned youth training scheme, recognised by many educational establishments and industries, who value its worth and what it says about the person who achieves it.
So it is very good news indeed that it will continue in Boroughbridge.