Sutton-in-Craven Village Plan 2006

And Finally

AndFinallyThe residents were asked what they liked about living in Sutton-in-Craven. The list was long and varied but one thing which people liked was the friendly people in the village and the sense of a strong community. Other things were the peace and quiet of the area, the surrounding countryside and views, the local walks, the good shops, the Village Hall, the good committees, the excellent Park, the pubs, good schools and a lovely church. Sutton retains a sense of village life whilst providing ready access by road and rail to the surrounding towns and cities. The location and sense of community creates a pleasant atmosphere and people on the whole feel safe in the village. Many people have lived in the village all their lives.

However, when asked what they did not like about living in Sutton-in-Craven the residents had an equally long list. The main things which people did not like were unsociable behaviour, heavy and speeding traffic passing through the village and inconsiderate parking. Apart from road, traffic and behaviour issues, other areas of dislike were the amount of vandalism taking place in the village, the lack of activities for teenagers, the amount of dog fouling and litter around the village, the lack of litter and dog fouling bins, fly tipping, the lack of Police presence, no bus to the top of the High Street, the BD20 post code, not enough shops, the state of the footpaths and not having a train station nearer than Steeton. Some people commented that there wasn't anything about the village that they did not like.

Your Comments

  • Development of Greenroyd Mill should be the last housing development in the village as the sewerage and water systems must be stretched to the limit.
  • I have lived here for 8 years and have loved every minute.
  • The industrialisation of the Aire Valley is clearly destroying the South Craven Area generally. Whilst this has a more direct effect on Crosshills, Kildwick etc. Sutton will be eventually consumed into this urban sprawl.
  • It's the 21st Century we pay high rates for the village. It's disgusting the roads unadopted are not made up. I will go to my Local M.P. because it is a health hazard.
  • Over development adds strain to existing infrastructure - please limit number of new residences - Sutton Mill could add around 70 cars to the village.
  • Dog mess, Joy racers.
  • I would estimate that 50mph is common on Holme Lane to the Black Bull, the Ellers and Main Street outside the C.E. School, usually when people travel to and from work or by young males at other times (particularly in the summer). I've also noticed the use of mini-motorbikes, small petrol powered scooters by people too young to use them on the roads and who also use them on footpaths. Use of the Woodland Trust Land by trials motorbikes. Main times of use are school holidays or weekends in summer. I have reported this to the police in Crosshills - it still seems to happen, but will monitor this during 2006.
  • At the top of the High Street where all the roads meet (Ellers etc) people coming from the Ellers, Hall Close tend to look right towards the pub and just pull out. We need a look left sign as there have been several near misses of cars nearly hitting pedestrians, wheelie bins, parked cars, delivery vans etc. Where it would go goodness knows?
  • I would like to see more activities for children and Youth, but we are a village requiring volunteers not an inner city slum having government money thrown at it. With rules, regulations, health and safety etc. unfortunately adults or parents who volunteer to run clubs or entertain children do so at huge risk. I feel I paint a sad picture.
  • What clout does the Parish Council have? As voters we have very little say if any on the changes that occur.
  • As I have already implied, I have concerns that since the park signs went up prohibiting cycling there is nowhere safe for children 5 - 12 years approx to both enjoy their bikes and gain confidence on them. As a parent I would not allow my children to bike on our roads. Could the Schools organise cycling proficiency lessons in their playgrounds with local police? This happened when I was at school and was valuable.
  • We have concerns that the infrastructure and character of the village may be damaged by new housing. The traffic situation could also be a problem.
  • This being the 21st Century, we think the condition of many streets in Sutton is a disgrace. ie. Holmebridge Area, King Edward Street, Eastfield Place and Surrounding Areas. Pavements in Sutton are a dangerous disgrace. No improvements in Years!!
  • Too many new large houses - a drain on facilities e.g. sewerage. Not enough houses for young people - 'affordable' meaning getting a mortgage. Since average salary is 12,000 - 15,000 then 'affordable housing is 40,500! Alternatively more Council Housing is needed.
  • Help people to park outside their own homes but not on the footpaths there is too much of that going on that's why the footpaths are bad.
  • Need station at Kildwick, bridge tunnel over railway, own street cleaner, need a drive on recycling, more housing will bring more traffic problems e.g. Station Road. The use of the Ellers as a thorough road is becoming a serious problem.
  • My children enjoy riding their bicycles but I do not feel the roads are safe enough. It would be good if they could cycle on the paths in the park - with my supervision.
  • We get a lot of walkers and the Park fetches folks in.
  • The attitude of young ones intimidating people. Shouting, swearing if you say anything you just get verbal abuse, they don't know the meaning of respect.
  • We would like the police to be more obvious in the village - we have never seen the community officer on the streets at night. We would like to see drinking on the streets stopped, and no drinking of alcohol in the Park upheld. (Too many cans left around the village and sweet/bar wrappers)
  • I would like to see somewhere for people with wheelchairs and mobility scooters to cross safely. At the moment I have to go from Manor Way down to Bridge Road ( I can not get through the gate at the bottom of the Park) up Gordon Street and in through the main gates.
  • The lack of affordable housing for villagers who have been born in Sutton or lived here for years. The growth of companies, landlords etc. buying houses that are then taken out of the market meaning that there are now less and less houses for locals to buy. These are often rented out to undesirables who then created problems for everyone else. Why are pensioners' houses built up hills on the outskirts of the village?
  • The most important item to be addressed should be the provision of a footpath on Sutton Lane. The number of times I see young mothers pushing prams and leading toddlers on this busy stretch of road is quite frightening, I feel that only a serious accident will spur something to be done and surely it is not an impossible task.
  • All unmade roads should be made up and all drains cleaned out.
  • Who attends about unlit street lights on during the day? Why only pensioners in sheltered complexes receive extra services.
  • Unfortunately trouble and ill-feeling can be caused at events at the Village Hall when there is raucous music played inside the building and inconsiderate car-parking outside.
  • The village has the ability to compare to the likes of other scenic, pretty villages such as Farnhill, Embsay or Addingham. Sutton is not portraying the way it looks to its advantage, and opportunity missed.
  • The traffic calming measure at the bottom of Park Avenue is not working. Cars do not keep to 20 mph, they go through the narrow bit like a cork out of a bottle.
  • Would like to see higher profile of Police.
  • Would it be possible to have the names and addresses of Sutton Parish Councillors posted on local notice boards as most are unknown to me.
  • The Old toilets to be removed and an attractive colourful area with seats be developed - forget the idea of being used as a Youth Club it is between two public houses and a private residence.
  • Use Bridge Street to create a one way system with the Main Street. Restrict parking in both roads either to one side only or timed parts of the day or residents of these roads only.
  • A-Z directory of services & annual events e.g. Child minders, Local businesses, Schools.
  • Number of people who live outside the village boundaries but work consistently to the benefit of the community.
  • Better Policing and Traffic Management.
  • Groups of Youths in Park at night. The fact that existing gardens and land is being turned into housing "plots" when they are clearly too small - gardens should be left as gardens.
  • The volume of traffic that passes through the village to get to other places e.g. Oakworth thus avoiding Keighley has increased dramatically since I moved in here 6 years ago. Ellers Road is used for this purpose. I see people that I work with using it to get to and from work because they save time by avoiding Keighley. Our road is extremely dangerous for anyone that is on foot. Even getting into my car can be dangerous because the road is too narrow in places.
  • Since the development of the Hall Estate and increasing traffic there from, and also a massive increase of vehicular traffic from the moors etc. down West Lane, the route Hall Drive > West Lane> High Street has become very difficult. When attempting to leave the Hall Estate we have two options: 1) North Avenue via narrow egress to West Lane, minimal visibility to right and left and speeding traffic down West Lane makes this very difficult. 2) Hall Drive > West Lane (+ thence to High Street). The Hall Drive >West Lane right turn is usually very difficult, as during most days vehicles large and small are parked on the left side of West Lane and necessitate us 'creeping' into the middle of the road - often risking collision with downward traffic - before being able to proceed. Parking should be banned for a distance on West Lane to obliterate this problem.
  • More bike lanes on roads. Allotments tidy up paths and dump behind as it is a danger to health.
  • The local youths who trash toilets, bus stops, drop litter etc. need sorting; all the locals know who they are. Who got prosecuted for destroying the toilets?
  • Congestion caused by cars parked in the village, by owners who have drives and garages (on the streets or avenues) making it more difficult to get out of the village (by car).
  • I would like Police surveillance or 'Wardens' to be about especially around 'Mischief Night' and Bonfire Night patrolling the streets. I have noted some vandalism. I would like a comprehensive list of information on the village Bus facilities, walks, medical, evening classes, village plan, societies etc.
  • Gattering Lane needs a lot of attention. Alvic field is a problem would it be possible to have Crosshills Clinic and Library moved there giving more room for parking space. Use the bottom of the Baptist field for car parking for bowls and football matches.
  • We must be vigilant to ensure that the Health Centre receives its fair share of budgets to continue to give residents of South Craven the best possible service. This should start immediately - all money appears to be going to Skipton and North Craven. The return of the Chiropody service would be a start.
  • St Thomas Church is a lovely Church in the centre of the village, but is in urgent need of a big clean up in the church grounds especially along side all the walls where soil, leaves and litter are piled high. Very unsightly at wedding and funerals mainly. Perhaps the youths would enjoy getting stuck into a big clean up as they also seem to like spending their time there. Spring and summer needs most attention. Has a one way system been considered around the centre of the village to reduce the congestion. It is a one way system now on a first come first pass basis. When the mill is converted there will be a footpath to the left and right when you exit from the original gates opposite the Kings Arms, the one on the right needs to be continued over the beck and not take up road space because it will make it very narrow when cars are parked on the road opposite (outside the toilet block).
  • I would like access to a blue recycling wheelie bin which we pay a lot of council tax money for this service but don't get it! More action by the police about everyday matters and better response times when called. More regulations to ensure that any new build houses are in keeping with surroundings e.g. dressed stone next to punch faced stone not in keeping. Random walls next to pebble dashed are not in keeping. There must be some legislation.
  • The presence of the Community officer I feel has a good effect in the village. Building bridges and bonds with the young people especially in the village. I would also like to see more lighting on Gattering Lane and Wettings Lane.
  • Local Councillors need to remember that the village does not end at the Park. It goes up to Boundary Avenue and the Sheilings Estate. These areas tend to feel left out of Sutton.

Your Priorities

  • Road safety - 129
  • Amount of litter -93
  • Dog fouling - 85
  • Youth centre - 79
  • Youth unsocial behaviour - 40
  • Create affordable housing - 36
  • Opportunities for youths - 32
  • Improved parking - 29
  • Maintenance of existing facilities - 27
  • No more parking on pavements - 23
  • Speeding Cars - 20
  • Vandalism - 18
  • Pavements required on Sutton Lane - 18
  • Heavy Traffic - 18
  • More policing - 15
  • No more housing - 15
  • Maintaining Park -12
  • Lighting the Park - 12
  • Recycling - 12
  • Make use of the Alvic Field -11
  • Maintaining footpaths - 11
  • Unmade roads -11
  • More crossings - 10
  • Community and environment - 9
  • Traffic calming - 8
  • No more parking on pavements - 7
  • Safety on High Street -7
  • Pavement maintenance - 6
  • The Infrastructure of the village - 6
  • Cycle circuit and lanes - 6
  • Swimming pool - 5
  • Education - 5
  • Sports Club - 5
  • Street Cleaner - 5
  • Community spirit - 4
  • Continuation of committees - 4
  • Keeping village identity - 4
  • Maintaining the Beck - 3
  • More shops - 3
  • Sports Clubs - 3
  • Public Right of Ways - 2
  • Warden - 2
  • Ellers Road - 2
  • Stop flooding - 2
  • Drugs - 2
  • Pollution - 2
  • Accommodation for the elderly-2
  • Play areas - 2
  • Local employment - 2
  • Lower rates - 2
  • Fly tipping - 2
  • Information on amenities - 1
  • Lighting on Mill Street -1
  • Unnecessary use of cars - 1
  • Transport expansion - 1
  • Community spirit - 1
  • Police number for Crosshills - 1
  • Safe exit from Rosewood to Main Street -1
  • Removal of waste bin at top of High Street -1
  • Sign for Raspberry Place
  • Accessibility for Wheel chairs and Mobility Scooters - 1
  • Signs - 1