This story was published 7 December 2017

People can’t fail to notice the new information boards in a village on the outskirts of Scarborough.

Osgodby Parish Council chair Councillor Christine Jones with County Councillor Tony Randerson next to one of the new noticeboards

Rather than the decaying, difficult to read old boards, there are two spanking new ones, one for parish council notifications at the top of the village and one for Osgodby in Bloom on the village green.

They have been provided thanks to £1,600 from the Locality Budget of North Yorkshire County Councillor Tony Randerson, who represents the Eastfield and Osgodby division. Locality budgets allow the 72 county councillors to respond to local needs and requests by recommending funding of up to £5,000 to support projects or activities that benefit the communities they represent.

Cllr Randerson said: “The reason I felt able to support the parish council request was that the old noticeboards were well past their sell by date and the council were doing such a good job smartening up the village along with members of Osgodby in Bloom. The old boards were a bit tatty and didn't do justice to the rest of the work undertaken.’’

Osgodby Parish Council chair, Councillor Christine Jones, said: “The original noticeboards were made of wood and had seen much better days. For many years people had found it very difficult to read, if at all, any notifications posted, as the glass was permanently cloudy due to the condensation triggered by the penetration of the rain and wind. 

“The replacement noticeboards are made of metal and are completely sealed from the elements of our coastal weather, so stay clear to read which consequently increases the communications system within our community, as not all our parishioners  have computer technology to rely on.’’