Report draws up wish list

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Residents of three of Ryedale’s oldest villages have drawn up a wish list of improvements they would like in their communities.

The residents are calling for a probe into the number of second homes and holiday lets of which they say there are too many.

A new 34-page report on the parish of Appleton-le-Moors, Spaunton and Lastingham, covers health services, community activities, traffic and roads, crime, consumer services, tourism, local heritage, planning and the environment.

Sixty-two per cent of households wanted restrictions on properties which were not permanent homes.

The report added: “There were many comments about how empty houses were bad for community spirit, the local economy, restricted affordable property for locals and undermined the sustainability of the villages.”

They urged premium rate bands for holiday lets and second homes.

The villagers highlighted a lack of good employment opportunities, low wages, health and transport particularly for the older population, lack of affordable housing, lack of services such as broadband and mains gas and poor communication networks.

Among issues they raised included shopping, the possibility of setting up buying syndicates for buying oil and coal cheaper, and the setting of an action group to probe policies and planning in Lastingham and Appleton on second homes and cottages used for holiday lets.

Some 66 per cent of residents in the villages responded to the house to house questionnaires. Around 65 per cent of all villagers are against more tourists visiting the communities.

At Appleton, residents said it is becoming a retirement destination and not a family village, affordable properties were being changed into high market accommodation, and said there were “too many horses, riders and inconsiderate horse transporters.” Improvements urged at Lastingham include a small general shop and post office, picnic benches on the green, while Spaunton wants a playing field for its young generation.




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