AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund

£355,228.36 has been awarded to 81 road safety projects.

£355,228.36 has been awarded to 81 projects.
The total in the Road Safety Fund was £190,085 and the difference has been made up by other grant funding underspends.

  Name of project Name of applicant / organisation Amount Awarded District
1 Actions have Consequences Actions Have Consequences (Volunteer-led group) £3,542.70 Countywide
2 Carleton in Craven Speed Warning Project Carleton in Craven Parish Council £3,250.00 Craven
3 Cononley Village Gateways Cononley Parish Council and Speedwatch Group £8,750.00 Craven
4 Traffic Calming on the A65, Ingleton Ingleton Parish Council £1,400.00 Craven
5 Village Safer Speeds Thornton-in-Craven Parish Council £1,364.95 Craven
6 Surveys Bradley Both Parish Council £5,180.00 Craven
7 Gargrave Station Safety  Improvement Project Gargrave Parish Council £928.76 Craven
8 Oak Tree Park Safety Initiative Bagby and Balk Parish Council £1,750.00 Hambleton
9 Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)  Brompton Lane Brompton Town Council £3,500.00 Hambleton
10 Vehicle Activated Speed Signs Sutton on the Forest Parish Council £3,227.00 Hambleton
11 Faceby Bus Shelter Faceby Community Projects – Bus Shelter Project £3,000.00 Hambleton
12 Tholthorpe Safer Roads Tholthorpe Parish £9,000.00 Hambleton
13 Newby Wiske, Otteringtons and Maunby Road Safety Group Newby Wiske, Otteringtons and Maunby Road Safety Group £11,066.54 Hambleton
14 Crayke Reduce Your Speed Scheme Crayke Parish Council £3,000.00 Hambleton
15 A Slower Romanby Romanby Parish Council £3,350.00 Hambleton
16 3 Villages Speed Reduction Project Potto Seamer and Crathorne Parish Council £4,235.00 Hambleton
17 Respect for footpaths and traffic Coxwold Parish Council £2,500.00 Hambleton
18 Londonderry Junction Exelby Leeming and Londonderry Parish Council £5,600.00 Hambleton
19 Huby Speed Awareness Signs Huby Parish Council £2,128.00 Hambleton
20 Thirsk Road Speed Reduction Project Northallerton Town Council £1,221.64 Hambleton
21 Stay Safe Slow Down Stokesley Conservation Area Advisory Group £2,018.80 Hambleton
22 LED Lighting upgrade for Easingwold Primary School Zebra Crossing Easingwold Town Council  – Safety Working Group £838.60 Hambleton
23 Linton Road Safety Linton on Ouse Parish Council £815.36 Hambleton
24 Shipton Road Safety Shipton by Beningbrough Parish Council £1,916.32 Hambleton
25 Cycle Newton Newton-on-Ouse Parish Council £1,862.00 Hambleton
26 Speed Reduction Reinforcement Hackforth & Ainderby Miers with Holtby Parish Council £2,912.00 Hambleton and Richmondshire
27 Advanced Driving skills for Young Drivers and Older Drivers Northallerton Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) group £3,136.00 Hambleton and Richmondshire
28 VAS speed limit signage Spofforth with Stockeld Parish Council £3,000.00 Harrogate
29 The River Ure Bridge Lighting Safety Project Boroughbridge Town Council £13,000.00 Harrogate
30 Traffic calming measures North Rigton Parish Council £4,100.00 Harrogate
31 Traffic calming measures Follifoot with Plompton Parish Council £2,750.00 Harrogate
32 Making Scotton Safer Scotton Community Speedwatch Action Group £19,363.00 Harrogate
33 Sicklinghall Parish Council chicane Sicklinghall Parish Council £2,000.00 Harrogate
34 Children and Community Pedestrian Road Safety Local Cllr on behalf of Woodfield School Governors £20,000.00 Harrogate
35 Pedestrian Island on A61 Pannal Sports Junior Football Club £3,078.32 Harrogate
36 Boroughbridge Wetherby Road VAS project Boroughbridge Town Council £1,001.00 Harrogate
37 The Minskip Village Vehicle Activated Speed Sign Road Safety Project Boroughbridge Town Council £2,002.00 Harrogate
38 Burton Leonard Road Traffic Speed Controlling Measures Burton Leonard Parish Council £1,992.48 Harrogate
39 Improving road safety for cyclists and pedestrians Dacre Parish Council £980.00 Harrogate
40 Road Safety in Flaxby Goldsborough and Flaxby Parish Council £560.00 Harrogate
41 Speed Limit Reminder Masham Parish Council £3,500.00 Harrogate
42 Pavement Improvement Masham Bridge to Low Burton Masham Parish Council £560.00 Harrogate
43 Mobile VAS Pateley Bridge Town Council £902.16 Harrogate
44 Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton and Dallowgill Community Considerate Driving campaign Kirkby Malzeard, Laverton and Dallowgill Parish Council £1,321.60 Harrogate
45 Richmondshire Area Motorcycle Project  (RAMP) RAMP £9,320.00 Richmondshire
46 Safer Driving Richmond School and Sixth Form College £1,074.00 Richmondshire
47 VAS North East Richmondshire Vehicle Activated Signs syndicate £6,454.00 Richmondshire
48 Summer Road Safety Training Wensleydale Bike Club £462.00 Richmondshire
49 Traffic Speed Reduction in Helmsley Helmsley Town Council £3,000.00 Ryedale
50 Road Safety Project York Road, Malton Malton Town Council £3,550.00 Ryedale
51 Road Safety Project, Scarborough Road, Norton Norton On Derwent Town Council £2,408.75 Ryedale
52 Safe Pedestrian Path Buttercrambe Community Group £1,200.00 Ryedale
53 Continuing to reduce speeding in our Village Weaverthorpe Parish Council £1,900.00 Ryedale
54 Safe Cycle Route Section A Kirkbymoorside Town Council in partnership with Ryedale Cycle Forum £20,000.00 Ryedale
55 Road Safety Shelter Art Project
Highfield Road, Malton
Malton Town Council £4,000.00 Ryedale
56 Traffic Calming Project Whitwell with Crambe Parish Council £50.67 Ryedale
57 Great and Little Barugh Road Safety Improvements Great and Little Barugh Parish Council £3,547.59 Ryedale
58 Swinton Path for Everyone; part of the Hovingham-Malton Path for Everyone Malton and Norton Area Partnership £5,600.00 Ryedale
59 Glaisdale Footpath project Glaisdale Parish Council £20,000.00 Scarborough
60 Road Safety Signs East Ayton Parish Council and Brompton by Sawdon Parish Council £6,000.00 Scarborough
61 Long Lane-Quiet Lane Seamer Parish Council £2,980.00 Scarborough
62 Front of School Pedestrian Safety Barriers George Pindar School £3,800.00 Scarborough
63 VAS Project Newby and Scalby Parish Council £2,147.32 Scarborough
64 VAS Burniston Parish Council £2,131.36 Scarborough
65 Lythe and Sandsend Road Safety for Life Lythe Parish Council £2,914.80 Scarborough
66 Hambleton Village Road Safety Project Hambleton Parish Council £20,000.00 Selby
67 VAS speed limit signage Barkston Ash Parish Council £3,000.00 Selby
68 Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS) Project Kellington Parish Council £1,962.00 Selby
69 Kelfield Road Safety Kelfield Parish Council £1,000.00 Selby
70 Monk Fryston VAS signs Monk Fryston Parish Council £6,000.00 Selby
71 Towton Road Safety Project Towton, Grimston and Kirkby Wharfe with North Milford Parish Council –  Traffic Safety Sub-Committee £7,500.00 Selby
72 Speed Management Project Kirk Smeaton Parish Council £3,398.75 Selby
73 Sherburn in Elmet VAS Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council £3,000.00 Selby
74 Whitley Road Safety Improvements Whitley Parish Council £5,000.00 Selby
75 Little Smeaton Speed Control Measures Little Smeaton Parish Council £2,940.00 Selby
76 Skipwith traffic calming scheme Skipwith Parish Council £1,680.00 Selby
77 Church Fenton Highways Project Church Fenton Parish Council £4,295.76 Selby
78 Eggborough Traffic Calming Initiative Eggborough Parish Council £2,943.17 Selby
79 Keep Kids Safe York Advanced Drivers £8,940.00 York
80 Commnity Action Strategy for Traffic Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council £3,823.96 York
81 Pedestrian Crossing Elvington Parish Council £5,600.00 York
TOTAL £355,228.36
TOTAL ROAD SAFETY FUNDING EXPENDITURE £190,085
TOTAL GRANT UNDERSPEND FUNDING EXPENDITURE £165, 143.56

Over £350,000 to improve road safety in dozens of communities across North Yorkshire and York

81 communities across North Yorkshire and York will benefit from a third of a million pounds of investment in road safety improvements funded by the sale of the historic AJ1 vehicle registration, the first numberplate used in the North Riding of Yorkshire, by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Julia Mulligan decided, along with North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable Lisa Winward, that the AJ1 mark was better invested in supporting communities and it was sold commercially at auction in 2019.

Part of the money raised invested in improving the Memorial Garden at North Yorkshire Police headquarters and the remainder put into the new, one-off AJ1 Fund.

Communities, Parish and Town Councils were invited to put forward projects which focused on improving road safety for children and young people, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users. There was huge demand with applications exceeding by four-times the amount available.

The panel have now awarded the £190,000 from the AJ1 Fund, and – due to the demand and standard of the bids – an additional £165,000 from other community funds was added meaning that £355,228.36 is to be invested in projects including:

  • £20,000 for the Glaisdale Footpath Project on the North Yorkshire Moors
  • £20,000 for road safety around Woodfield School in Harrogate
  • £11,066 for the Newby Wiske, Otteringtons and Maunby Road Safety Group
  • £9,320 for the Richmondshire Area Motorcyle Project
  • £8,940 for York Advanced Drivers to improve driving standards among parents and guardians
  • £8,750 for the Cononley Village Gateways Project
  • £7,500 for the Towton Road Safety Project near Tadcaster

A full list of the projects can be seen at https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/AJ1 where progress on the schemes will also be updated regularly.

The one-off assessment process for the bids included checks with North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways and Transportation Department to ensure viability, consultation with County Councillors and a panel making final decisions made up of representatives of the 95 Alive Partnership, including the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner; North Yorkshire Police; North Yorkshire County Council; City of York Council; and Highways England.

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said:

“A third of a million pounds for road safety across North Yorkshire and York will make a huge difference to many communities and I look forward to seeing the impact of these 81 projects in the years ahead.

“Although the AJ1 numberplate will always have a historical connection to North Yorkshire Police, the impact these schemes will have confirms why it was right to use the value of the registration mark to make a real impact on people’s lives.

“These projects will improve lives – and I am sure they will also save lives – by making our roads and the communities they pass through safer for people however they use them.”

AJ1 – A lasting legacy

The AJ1 number plate was the first registration number issued in the North Riding of Yorkshire when vehicle number plates were introduced in 1903. Its first use was in that year on Chief Constable Major Sir Robert Bower’s Argyll car.  The Vehicle Registration Number is no longer in use and in June 2019, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan and Chief Constable Lisa Winward agreed to sell the Vehicle Registration Number with the money raised to be invested in two projects.

The first supported work improving the Memorial Garden in the middle of North Yorkshire Police Headquarters at Alverton Court.  The money was used to move stones, repair them and protect them for the future. It has also been used to commission a new memorial obelisk to honour those North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service officers and staff that have fallen in the line of duty, and also colleagues and friends of the organisations who have passed away.

The second project is to invest in community road safety with a new ‘AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund’.

The Commissioner has decided to approve a total amount of £190,085 to be made available to support community-based Road Safety projects.

This funding opportunity will adopt a one-off open application process.  To encourage applications that use the fund for more sustainable and long-term purposes, a conditional top up initiative has been developed.  Applicants who are able to attract partial or full match funding, will be able to claim up to an additional 10% of grant funds.  To support this partnership approach, therefore, 10% of this funding will be set aside to support projects with identified match funding (please see below for further details).

AJ1 registration sale to boost road safety in dozens of North Yorkshire communities

The sale of the historic AJ1 vehicle registration, the first number plate used in the North Riding of Yorkshire, is to be used to support dozens of road safety projects across North Yorkshire and York.

90 were offered money from the AJ1 Road Safety Fund which was established after North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan, supported by Chief Constable Lisa Winward, decided the value of the AJ1 mark was better invested in supporting communities.

The numberplate was sold commercially at auction last year with part of the money invested in improving the Memorial Garden at North Yorkshire Police headquarters and the remainder put into the new, one-off AJ1 Fund.

Communities, Parish and Town Councils were invited to put forward projects which focused on improving road safety for children and young people, cyclists, motorcyclists and older road users. There was huge demand with applications exceeding by four-times the amount available.

A one-off process was set up which included checks with North Yorkshire County Council’s Highways and Transportation Department to ensure viability, consultation with County Councillors and a panel making final decisions made up of representatives of the 95 Alive Partnership, including the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner; North Yorkshire Police; North Yorkshire County Council; City of York Council; and Highways England.

The panel have now awarded the £190,000 from the AJ1 Fund, and – due to the demand and standard of the bids – some additional money from other community funds, to support, either fully or partially, the projects put forward.

Applicants have been informed of the initial decision and asked if they wish to take forward their project with the funds allocated. Agreements will then be drawn up and discussions had about how to turn the approved projects into reality, which may include finding funding from other sources.

The road safety projects are located across the county and include*:

  • 1 across North Yorkshire
  • 21 in Hambleton
  • 18 in Harrogate
  • 14 in Selby
  • 10 in Ryedale
  • 8 in Craven
  • 8 in Richmondshire
  • 8 in Scarborough
  • 4 in the City of York

North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan said:

“Communities across North Yorkshire and York tell me that improving the safety of the roads where they live is one of their main priorities, so I am pleased by the number and quality of the applications that were put forward to the AJ1 Fund.

“Although the AJ1 number plate will always have a historical connection to North Yorkshire Police, I strongly believe that it was right to use the value of the registration mark to make a real impact on people’s lives today, and I am confident these projects will do that.

“I look forward to seeing the impact they have on road users, residents and communities in the months and years ahead.”

Further details of the individual projects will be made available once agreements have been signed.

Funding application process – now closed

Application guidance notes

A one-time application and panel process will be set up to determine applications.  To ensure decisions are informed by experience, the panel will include representatives of partners involved with the 95 Alive Partnership:

  • North Yorkshire Police (NYP)
    • Road Traffic and Partnerships / Youth Engagement;
  • Office of the North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC)
  • North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS)
  • North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and City of York Council (CYC)
    • Community or Road Safety
  • Highways England
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service
  • Public Health

Criteria for funding applications

This non-recurring funding opportunity is intended to strengthen the work of local communities and organisations and groups with a local and/or thematic focus, such as parish councils to improve road safety across North Yorkshire.

Applications will be invited over a one-month period with a further one-month between application closing and panel, to allow for review and determination.

To be eligible for consideration for funding, projects are required to support the 95 Alive Strategic Priorities as identified in the 2016-20 strategy, with a particular focus on Education and Engagement:  https://www.roadwise.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/65410-Road-Safety-Strategy-FINAL-2016.pdf

  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Enforcement
  • Engagement

Projects are required to focus on priority/ vulnerable groups identified in the above strategy:

  • Parish councils and other local groups delivering road safety initiatives in their communities
  • Children and Young People
  • Cyclists
  • Motor Cyclists
  • Older Road Users

Projects are required to be community focussed and clearly evidence added value:

  • Where applications are for existing projects or services, the added value that would result from a successful application to this funding stream must be clearly evidenced.
  • Applications must provide a clear breakdown of the specific finances requested in relation to this funding.

Individual applications awards will not exceed £20,000.00.  Projects are required to evidence sustainability and partnership applications with identified match funding will be incentivised as below:

  • This funding is one-off and non-recurring; sustainability must be evidenced.
  • Partnership applications with specified match funding will be awarded with an additional, maximum 10% funding.

The final decision for agreeing projects to support rests with the panel.

All successful projects will be expected to produce monitoring report and full evidence of expenditure as explained below. 

2.2  Applications

Points to consider before completing your application form

The AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund application form provides you with the opportunity to present your innovative project to the Commissioner and evidence how it will support the objectives outlined above.

The application form asks five key questions in relation to your project and we have outlined the key pieces of information which need to be included to maximise the chance of success: 

Project details (300 words):  your response to this question should describe your project in detail (referencing the AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund aims that it will support) and including;

  • what you hope to achieve overall and how;
  • who the project is aimed at supporting i.e. who will benefit from your project (referring how the project participants will be identified, targeted and referred into the project, how many people the project hopes to support);
  • who will deliver your project;
  • timescales for your project. 

Why is your project needed? (200 words):  your response to this question should explain what has led you to submit the application; what is your project trying to address?  Your response should include:

  • How you know the project is needed i.e. what evidence do you have that there is local need / demand for this project and how do you know this; (please include names of partner agencies, such as neighbourhood policing teams or community safety hubs you have spoken with for information);
  • Consider if your scheme links in with other projects or partners. If it does, how will your project address a gap and add value?
  • An outline of the level of demand e.g. any information you have regarding the number of people in need (referring to the people it will benefit) 

How will you know that your project has been successful? (200 words):  your response to this question should outline how you will measure whether your project has delivered what you wanted it to:

  • What outcomes can you demonstrate and how do these relate to 95 Alive priorities?
  • What measures will you use to show success?  For example, if your project is to deliver training, how will you know that individuals who took part increased their knowledge?
  • Consider if your scheme links in with other projects or partners. Are other partners able to give feedback on whether you have delivered what you set out to achieve? 

How will the project deliver against the 95 Alive strategic priorities? (200 words):  your response to this question should explain how your project delivers positive change in relation to one or more of the priority areas.

Project sustainability:  all AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund successful grants will be agreed as a one off amount of money. It is important that you consider this and explain how your project / service will continue and be funded going forward. 

How will my application for a AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund grant be assessed? 

Once an application has been submitted, it will be assessed by a group of professionals comprising partners of the 95 Alive Partnership as outlined above.

If upon receipt of your application we require clarity relating to the information contained within it, we may contact you directly before sharing with the panel to review.

The panel will consider to what extent the application provides evidence that the proposed project will deliver against the aims and objectives outline above. The panel will then decide to either approve, decline or request further information.

  • Successful applicants will be required to provide progress report(s) on how the money has been spent and the positive change it is achieving.
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete a final evaluation report outlining of the benefits the project has brought the local community and the overall impact of the project, in relation to the aims of the AJ1 Project Road Safety Fund.
  • All successful applicants will be required to evidence how the money has been spent.
  • All successful applicants will be required to complete and sign a Document of Understanding and Grant Agreement prior to the grant being released.
  • A representative of the Commissioner may request to visit the project supported by the Community Fund grant. 

Payment Details 

If your application has been successful, the Commissioner will arrange for the grant to be provided to you via your designated bank account, subject to completion of the Agreements outlined above. 

Please note:

  • Payments are usually made by electronic BACS transfer to the named organisation.
  • A scanned copy of the bank paying in slip or other evidence relating to the account where the money is to be paid will be required.
  • Evidence of the expenditure of the grant must be retained and made available to the Commissioner as part of the end of project report.
  • Any changes in the way the grant is to be used must be discussed and agreed with the Commissioning and Partnerships Manager on behalf of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. 

Contact Information 

Completed applications should be emailed to info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk 

To apply

Closing date: 31 August 2020