Female councillors have called for action to improve the representation of women in local government as it emerged less than 27 per cent of those elected to represent North Yorkshire’s communities are women. Just 24 out of the 90 councillors elected on May 6 to serve on North Yorkshire County Council for a year and four years on its unitary council successor are women.
Parking in Askrigg continues to be a problem and a solution needs to be found, Askrigg and Low Abbotside Parish Council agreed at its meeting on March 2. The council heard that the old car outside Skeldale House was still a problem due to the shortage of parking spaces and also for the safety of those driving through the village.
A public meeting will be held next week to discuss plans to resurface the road — and the resulting road closures — in Hawes. Highways bosses say the work, which involves a full resurfacing of the A684 through the town, is essential in extending the life of the road and preventing the need for repairs in the future.
The A684 through Hawes is to close for five weeks for resurfacing work. The road will be shut after Easter with highways bosses hoping the work will be completed by the May Bank Holiday. Businesses in the town were given a briefing on the closure today. Further meetings with residents are planned.