Bilsdale TV Transmitter – Launch of voucher scheme

Please find below and attached information that we have been asked to circulate by North Yorkshire County Council.

Arqiva, the company who own and operate the TV transmitter at Bilsdale, will be writing shortly to every household in areas that still can’t receive TV, setting out how people can request a voucher that will enable them to purchase a TV streaming device to watch free to view TV via wifi and broadband.

If people need extra assistance or don’t have Wi-Fi and broadband, they should call Arqiva on 0800 121 4828 and ask about other options, including engineer support via their Home Support scheme.

More information can be found in the attached document:  181021 – Bilsdale voucher offer update – FINAL

Neighbourhood Watch – Bogus Police Officer Fraud

In recent days, North Yorkshire Police have received reports of phone calls being made by fraudsters impersonating police officers. The intended victim is called by someone claiming to be a police officer. A name used in two recent calls was DC Thomas Daniels from Paddington Police Station informing the victim that they had arrested a person in London using the victim’s bank card. The victim is instructed to go to their bank and withdraw all their money from their account. They are told a police officer will attend their home address to collect the money once it has been withdrawn for safekeeping. The victim is told to lie to the bank if they are challenged as to why they are wanting to withdraw such a large quantity in cash.

This is of course a scam and one we have seen many times in North Yorkshire.
Remember:

  1. The police or bank will NEVER ask you to withdraw or transfer money to a ‘safe’ account set up by the police or bank.
  2. If you are ever told to lie to the bank as to why you are doing a particular transaction, it is a scam.
  3. Criminals can ‘spoof’ telephone numbers so the number that appears on your phone could be the same number that is on your bank card
  4. If you are in doubt, terminate the call immediately.
  5. Call 101

Message Sent By

Andy Fox (Police,Financial Abuse safeguarding Officer,North Yorkshire)

Bilsdale Mast and lack of TV Services

Information from North Yorkshire County Council

Many residents in Yorkshire have been unable to watch TV since August.  North Yorkshire County Council has been pushing Arqiva, the owner and operator of the mast at Bilsdale, to restart TV transmissions as soon as possible, to improve their communications with residents, to provide additional help to vulnerable people, and to provide a suitable alternative where the normal TV signal cannot be restored in the short term.

Arqiva has confirmed that the new 80-metre temporary TV transmitter mast at Bilsdale has been switched on.  This should restore TV services to approximately 95% of households.

Arqiva has advised that this means that viewers will now need to retune their TVs and a guide on how to do this can be found at http://www.bilsdalemast.co.uk/retune-instructions.

Arqiva is aware that the some households (about 5%) still won’t be able to receive a TV signal.  Arqiva has set up a Help and Support Scheme for everyone affected.  This will initially prioritise people over 65, the clinically vulnerable, and other vulnerable people with carers.  People in these priority groups are encouraged to contact the Bilsdale Project Restore Support Line on Freephone number 0800 121 4828.  Engineers will be scheduled to visit people who need help retuning TVs or having an aerial repointed.  Residents, or people caring for someone in an affected area, can also fill out the Helpline Form at www.bilsdalemast.co.uk to request assistance.

Households in the “not-spot” areas where services aren’t restored by the switch on will receive a voucher which can be redeemed in store or online.  This will be included in a letter which will be sent by Arqiva to residents in due course.  The value covers the cost of an alternative fix from a range of products providing ways to receive free to air TV.

Attached is a set of maps (by parliamentary constituency and local authority) that show the areas that are potentially unable to receive a TV signal.  Also attached is a stakeholder toolkit produced by Arqiva.

Arqiva – Bilsdale Mast – Stakeholder Pack – Maps  Note that Page 13 of the map pack references potential issues in post code YO60 7.

Arqiva – Bilsdale Mast – Stakeholder Pack

Arqiva is seeking to communicate directly with residents, but has asked that we and other partners help by sharing the key messages.  Please will you also share the information and key messages through your networks:

  • Most people will now be able to receive TV but will need to retune their TVs and a guide on how to do this can be found at http://www.bilsdalemast.co.uk/retune-instructions.
  • Arqiva has set up a Help and Support Scheme for everyone affected.  This will initially prioritise people over 65, the clinically vulnerable, and other vulnerable people with carers.  People in these priority groups are encouraged to contact the Bilsdale Project Restore Support Line on Freephone number 0800 121 4828.  Engineers will be scheduled to visit people who need help retuning TVs or having an aerial repointed.  Residents, or people caring for someone in an affected area, can also fill out the Helpline Form at www.bilsdalemast.co.uk to request assistance.
  • Households in the “not-spot” areas where services aren’t restored by the switch on will receive a voucher which can be redeemed in store or online.  This will be included in a letter which will be sent by Arqiva to residents in due course.  The value covers the cost of an alternative fix from a range of products providing ways to receive free to air TV.

 

Ryedale District Enforcement Officers

RDC Civil Enforcement Officers work with local citizens to prevent, identify, investigate and take action concerning a range of environmental and antisocial behaviour crimes including fly tipping, graffiti, noise, littering, dog fouling, stray dogs, and abandoned cars. The uniformed officers work with communities and patrol hotspots across the district with the aim of preventing antisocial behaviour. They investigate reports of incidents, encouraging and promoting behaviour change.

 

You can contact your local Civil Enforcement Officer by calling 01653 600666.

FLAXTON GARDENING CLUB – October Meeting

Our next meeting will be on Monday 18th October in the Village Hall starting at 7:30pm.  Geoff Oxford will present a talk entitled “Why Should We Care About Spiders in the Garden?”  Of all the different life forms in our gardens, spiders are probably the least understood and appreciated.  Geoff will show us how wrong we have been!  After the talk, there will be a plant sale.

The entrance charge which includes refreshments is £1 for members, £3 for non-members.  Annual membership is £7, which brings discounts at various local gardening outlets.  All are welcome..

Neighbourhood Watch Message – Scam TV Engineers

We’ve been made aware that fraudsters are posing as TV engineers and offering to help local residents retune their TV’s following the Bilsdale mast fire for a fee of £200. We’ve been advised that this is not legitimate activity and advise you not to accept unsolicited offers of help.

If anyone knocks on your door to offer this service, do not let them into your home and do not give them any money.

Arqiva, the company which owns the Bilsdale mast, has informed us they are developing an official support plan with local organisations and we will share details of this when they are finalised.

If anyone approaches you at your home and you are concerned, do not let them in and call the police on 101 to report this.

Please share this message with friends, family and networks who may not use social media or be part of online networks and help us to keep everyone safe from these scammers.

Message Sent By
Carys Samuel (Police,Corp Comms Manager,North Yorkshire)

New Planning Application Received (Retrospective)- Flaxton Meadows Formation of 2no hardstanding touring pitches and 2no grass touring pitches, change of use of part of existing shower block as amenity building

There has been a new (retrospective) planning application received for Flaxton Meadows

You can view the planning applications via our Planning Application Page.

Flaxton Parish Council Meeting September ** Please note revised date**

Due to Councillor holidays the next Parish Council meeting will now be held one week later than previously advertised on Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

FLAXTON GARDENING CLUB – FIRST TALK FOR AGES!

We plan to resume our programme of talks on Monday 20th September when Pam Towler will speak to us on “A Year at Kew”.  It will be in the Flaxton Village Hall starting at 7:30pm and be followed by refreshments and our AGM.

To address concerns about possible infection, sanitiser will be available at the entrance, chairs will be spaced apart, and doors and windows will be opened (if the weather allows).  You are encouraged to respect distance from others when moving around and should feel free to wear a mask if you wish.

To ensure it is worth holding this meeting, please let John Chambers know by Wednesday 15th September if you are coming. (01904 468893, )

 

Vacancy for Flaxton Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer

A vacancy has arisen for the role of Flaxton Parish Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

Applications for the post close on 17th September 2021.

Further details including application forms can be found in the Job Vacancies Section.