Escrick Parish Council is the first tier of local government. There are eleven unpaid Councillors and a part-time clerk.
The Council has some direct responsibilities - for example cutting of the grass on the village green & playing fields; maintaining the war memorials and operating about half of the street-lights in the village. In other areas the Parish Council makes representations on behalf of residents of the Parish - for example commenting upon planning applications - but the final responsibility lies with other bodies such as Selby District Council or North Yorkshire County Council.
The Escrick Parish area extends from St Helens Church in the north, to the business park and Hollicarrs to the south. (The area north of St Helen's Church is part of Deighton Parish, despite being part of Escrick village). See map.
Our frequently asked questions page provides more details about what the Parish Council does, and the other councils covering the area.
The Parish Council receives an annual Precept of around £19,000 raised as part of local 'council tax'.
Most of the precept is spent on the grass cutting of the village green, playing field and verges, street lighting and public liability insurance. More details of our expenditure can be found on our budget page.
The Parish Council has a number of working groups/committees:
- Planning working group (Cllr Coulson, Cllr Luscombe, Cllr Forster, Cllr Rees)
- Finance and Admin Sub-Committee (Cllr Rowson, Cllr Cunningham, Cllr Luscombe, Cllr Moran)
- Neighbourhood Development Plan working group (Cllr Rees, Cllr Coulson)
The Parish Council is represented on the following bodies:
- Village Green Management Association(Cllr Luscombe)
- Escrick Playing Fields Association (Cllr Rowson)
Meetings are held in the Committee room at Escrick & Deighton Club and the dates are advertised on this website and on the Parish Notice Board on Main Street. (Meetings are usually held on the first Monday of every month at 19:30, excepted August when there is no meeting, or if the first Monday is a bank holiday).
Council meetings are open to the public except for any part that deals with sensitive information.
The Parish Council is part of local government, not the Church, and is sometimes erroneously confused with the Parochial Church Council (PCC) which manages the affairs of the Church.