Melbourne Parish Council

Update on Planning Application 19/00811/PF for 14 Static Caravans on Land North of Field View Melbourne

November 2019

Following the objection from Natural England (NE), the ERYC Conservation Officer was considering a round table discussion with NE and the applicant to better understand the objection and for the applicant to provide further information.

April 2020

The Planning Officer advised the meeting due to take place on 17th March was cancelled due to Covid19 Government advice, and that he had advised they arrange a call to discuss the issues.

May 2020

The Planning Officer advised a call had taken place between NE and the applicant, and he was awaiting further comments from NE.

June 2020

The Planning Officer advises:

  • He has been notified by NE that due to workloads they hadn’t had a chance to look into the issues further, but are hopeful of prioritising this now;
  • He anticipates the application will go to the Planning Committee meeting on 21st July or 11th August 2020, depending on NE submitting their further response. When received this will be published on the online planning application record under the comments section;
  • ERYC is holding virtual Planning Committee meetings using Zoom. These can be viewed live on YouTube (search East Riding Planning Committee), and representations can be made by the nominated speaker via Zoom;
  • In terms of committee, all persons who submitted comments are notified of the committee date and sent a “Right To Speak” letter approximately one week prior, by post or email, depending on how comments were submitted. This is the same for the Parish Council.
  • In terms of the speaker, this is on a first come first serve basis. So, where there are multiple objectors, we should nominate a speaker to put forward the views of everyone, (we already have a nominated speaker to put forward the objection).

This means that if the above planning committee meeting takes place, on 21st July or 11th August 2020, there will be no physical human presence. It will all be remote via Zoom conferencing so Melbourne residents will only be able to view proceedings online from their home.

Our nominated speaker from Melbourne regularly uses video conferencing to negotiate with National Government (London based Civil Service) officials. Only objections based on planning law and local government planning regulations will be submissible/listened to/acted upon. The speech can be a maximum of three minutes in length. It has been written (and constantly revised as new information is received) by a professional radio script writer. A great deal of effort has been put into researching possible legal challenges to the proposal. Please, we ask that you do not let this go to waste by nominating yourself as the speaker.

So, going forward we are waiting for NE to submit their final comments to ERYC, which will then be published online, then it can be scheduled for a Planning Committee.

Chairman of the Parish Council
29th June 2020

Minutes of the last meeting of the parish council - 28 July 2020

The minutes for meetings can be found around one week after the date of the meeting by selecting the Minutes tab on the left hand side of this page. 

Next Meeting of the Parish Council - Monday 7 September 2020

The agenda for the next meeting of the Parish Council can be found by clicking on the Agenda tab on the left of this page. Agendas are published around 7 days before the date of the meeting. 

Planning Sub-Committee Meeting - Tuesday 23 June 2020

The minutes of the Planning Sub-Committee can be found on the Planning Sub-Committee page of the website. 

Chairman's Annual Report 2019/20

Please read the Chairman's Annual Report for 2019/20.

Melbourne SOS

With all the news on Coronavirus and how it is expected to affect many in one way or another we have set up a team of willing volunteers to help people out who are having to self isolate. If you need help in any way be it shopping, posting letters/parcels, collecting prescriptions etc please contact Ruth Steels on 07891 528626 and the team will spring into action to help you. This also applies to anyone who feels vulnerable and needs some support – we have healthcare professionals in the team who are willing to chat to you to try and answer any questions you may have. If you have access to facebook please have a look on the Melbourne East Riding page where there are details of other services being offered to help residents out as they self isolate.

Closure of Hagg Bridge - Update 17 April 2020

The work to Hagg Bridge will start on MONDAY 27 APRIL 2020. Information about the work/diversions/buses can be found below.

The works will last around 6 months. During that time the bridge will be closed to vehicles . The map below provides details of diversion routes. Please note Church Lane will also be closed to vehicles during the duration of the works to the Bridge.

Diversion map

Please note the information below is subject to change because of the situation with coronavirus.

The X36 will continue to run but will now stop at Melbourne at the earlier time of 0632. On Saturday: All Buses will start in Sutton upon Derwent

The 195 times are (Tuesdays only) Leave Melbourne at1048  and  Leave Pocklington at 13:15 Arrive Melbourne at 1355
Keep up to date through the following methods

Facebook – York Pullman Bus Company Ltd
Twitter – @YorkPullmanBus
Instagram – yorkpullmanbus
Website –

Or call (01904) 622 992

Yorkshire Water Sewerage Issues - published 28 January 2020

Yorkshire Water has acknowledged that there are issues with the main village sewerage network. Would it be possible for villagers that have experienced any problems such as drain odours in or around your property, fluctuating water levels in the pan of your toilet, sewage escape or any other sewage related issues to please contact Dan McGouran via email at or telephone 319113. Dan is trying to gauge how many properties could be affected.

Community speed watch groups

Community Speed Watch allows residents, particularly those in rural communities, to become police-trained volunteers monitoring vehicle speeds in their communities, with the aim of changing the behaviour of some road users who drive above the speed limit through small towns and villages.

The scheme was launched in summer 2019 and is available for Town and Parish Councils throughout the Humberside Police force area to join, subject to certain criteria. 

A CSW team needs a minimum of 6 people. Within the team there must be a designated team coordinator as a Special Point of Contact for the team. They are responsible for organising the monitoring sessions and looking after the equipment.

You can complete a monitoring session for as long as you want and as often as you want. Each team member must give 2 hours a month as a minimum.

Training is completed in 2 parts. Part 1 is conducted via a power point presentation of approximately 1 hour followed by part 2 which is a roadside training session of around 20 minutes. 

If you are interested in forming a Community Speed Watch group, please contact the Clerk at

Weight restriction

Following the traffic surveys carried out by ERYC, ERYC has now proposed to pursue the introduction a 7.5 tonne weight restriction in the village.

The formal consultation period will begin on 10 July 2019 and last for 21 days. This will be the opportunity for people and organisations to submit formal objections.

Following the consultation, if there are no insurmountable objections, it is hoped the weight restriction will be introduced later in the year.

Response from Yorkshire Water following the Public meeting to discuss sewerage problems in Melbourne

The Parish Council has received a response from Yorkshire Water in response to the actions agreed at the public meeting on 10 September 2018. The response is detailed here:

Response from Yorkshire Water

Letter to Highways Department East Riding of Yorkshire Council on the state o Main Street from Campey Lane to the Playing Field - 20 December 2018 

Local cycling and triathlon events

The Parish Council is aware that there are a number of cycling and triathlon events that pass through the village, particularly in the summer months. The majority of these are run by Freebird Events and start/finish at Allerthorpe Lakeland Park. In order to allow parishioners to have advance warning of these events, the link to Allerthorpe Lakeland Park's website can be found here - Allerthorpe Lakeland Park Events.

Emergency Plan

Copies of the parish emergency plan are kept by Councillors Kemp and Lee. If you would like to view the plan please contact the Clerk in the first instance - see contact page for details.

Dog Fouling

As a result of a joint initiative between council and Melbourne Primary School over concerns of dog fouling, the school children have designed posters which will be appearing shortly around the village to help  keep Melbourne free from dog fouling.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a confidential Dog Warden Service. If you witness dog fouling please call 01482 396 301 to report it.

The service will need to know:
• the location of the dog fouling
• time and date of the incident
• name (and address if possible) of the dog owner and
• a description of the dog


To report incidents of flytipping please call East Riding of Yorkshire Council on 01482 393939 or complete an online form at