Yarpole Group NDP – Examiners Reports

Excellent News! The independent examiner has confirmed that the Neighbourhood Development Plan can go forward to the final stage of the process which is the referendum on adoption. You can access the examiners report on the NDP page of this website. The Parish Council will be discussing the report and recommendations at their meeting on the 6th February.

Parish Council Vacancy

Following the resignation of David Niblett, there is a vacancy on the Parish Council. The local election rules provide that an election to fill the vacancy will be held if a request for an election is submitted to Herefordshire Council signed by ten electors within 14 days of this notice (i.e. by 11th December 2017).  You can access the formal notice here. If there is no request to hold an election then the Parish Council will look to co-opt someone to fill the vacancy.

New Parish Councillor

Yarpole Group Parish Council were very pleased to co-opt Julian Stokes to the council at their meeting on 7th November 2017.  Julian fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Tony Paterson.

The meeting also received notification of the resignation of David Niblett from the Parish Council as the family are moving away from the Parish.  David is thanked for all his work during his years on the Parish Council. The formal process for filling this vacancy has been started in liaison with Herefordshire Council election office. Further information will be posted on the website as soon as it is available.

Footpath News

There have been a number of changes to stiles and gates around Yarpole, Bircher and Lucton in the last few weeks. Most significantly, on footpath YP19 which leads from the B4362 at Plains Brook up the hill towards Bircher Common, four quite difficult stiles have been replaced by gates.

Many thanks are due to Mr and Mrs Creswell, Mr and Mrs Russell and Mr and Mrs Cooper, the owners of land, for agreeing that these changes, could be made. The removal of the old and rather rickety stiles in favour of gates has, I feel, made this into a much more congenial route for walkers. In addition, the stile behind Brier Croft has been removed on footpath YP14 and there is now a gate in its place.

Along the B4362, midway between Yarpole and Lucton, a stile on footpaths CR9 and CR10, leading into Lucton, had collapsed sometime ago, but this has now been renewed and it is hoped that, as a result, access to this fairly isolated part of the footpath system will have been improved.

There remain a good number of further alterations which need to be made and it is hoped that some of these will be carried out in the near future.

Peter Greer
Yarpole Parish footpaths Officer