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Selby bypass closure 2017

published on 3rd Aug 2017

Work on the final phase of the reconstruction of Selby bypass is due to start next Wednesday. This will complete a three-phase scheme by North Yorkshire County Council carried out over the past three years to ensure the town has the bypass it needs to support its economic future.

Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 9 August. The anticipated completion date is 13 October. NYCC will look at the possibility of extended working, such as night working, to shorten the timescale.

Advanced notice signs will advise motorists of the area of closure, and the diversion routes around the works will be clearly signed. 

For more information please visit

Cawood bridge closure

published on 21st Jul 2017

Please be reminded that Cawood Bridge will be closing on Monday 24 July and will re-open on 2 September. This is part of the 17 week North Yorkshire County Council project to strengthen the bridge. Visit for more information.

Minerals and Waste Joint Plan – consultation upon Proposed Changes to the Publication Draft Plan

published on 21st Jul 2017 (updated on 22nd Jul 2017)

From North Yorkshire County Council:

North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority are working together to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan covering all three planning authority areas. When finalised the new Joint Plan will help the three authorities take decisions on planning applications for minerals and waste development up to 31 December 2030. A number of public consultations have already taken place to help develop the new Plan, including a ‘Preferred Options’ consultation in 2015 and a Publication Draft Plan in November 2016.

Following the consideration of the representations received regarding the Publication Draft Plan a number of Proposed Changes have been identified. As a result, these changes are being presented for representations relating to legal compliance and soundness.

The period for representations commences on Wednesday 12th July 2017 and will close on Wednesday 6th September 2017. All responses must be received by 5pm on 6th September 2017.

The Addendum of Proposed Changes and supporting documents are available to view on the Joint Plan .

From Escrick Parish Council:

We appreciate that there is some local confusion regarding the various plans, consultations, and planning applications. To help put this in context - in summary:

  • Minerals and waste plan: North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Council and the North York Moors National Park Authority are working together to produce a Minerals and Waste Joint Plan covering all three planning authority areas. When finalised the new Joint Plan will help the three authorities take decisions on planning applications for minerals and waste development up to 31 December 2030. This plan doesn't grant planning permission for any sites - it sets part of the framework for planning applications to be evaluated against. See our Minerals and Waste Plan page for details and our previous responses.
  • North Selby Mine site: This site features in the Minerals and Waste Plan and already has planning permission - see our archives for details.
  • Plasmor application for extraction of clay west of A19: Plasmor recently submitted a request for an 'Environmental Impact Assessment' for clay mining west of the A19, and a new link road to Stillingfleet Road - similar to the potential site identified in the Minerals and Waste plan. This is not a planning application itself, but it a step that usually precedes a planning application. The Parish Council intends to be ready to respond when a planning application is submitted.
  • Waste sorting centre at former Stillingfleet Mine: A planning application has been submitted to NYCC to convert part of the former Stillingfleet Mine site into a waste sorting centre - the Parish Council has submitted objections to this application. The application was due to be considered by NYCC's planning committee in July, but was deferred at the request of the applicant.

Escrick Park - summer events

published on 13th Jul 2017

Appeal for support from the public to tackle dog fouling

published on 6th Jul 2017

From Selby District Council:

Members of the public are being urged to report dog owners who fail to clean up after their dog has fouled.

The Council’s Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign is highlighting the issue of dog fouling this month by reminding dog owners of the penalties and asking residents to report the culprits.

As well as working with parish councils, schools and community groups to tackle the issue, the Council is also working with the Dogs Trust to host community events to promote responsible dog ownership. The events will take place in Riccall, Sherburn in Elmet and Selby. One has already taken place in Tadcaster.

Free dog poo bags, supplied by Jollyes Pet Superstore in Selby, are being given away at the Council’s Access Selby office in Market Cross, Selby and at the Regen Centre, Riccall.

Cllr Richard Musgrove said, “Dog fouling is totally unacceptable. The vast majority of dog owners are responsible and clean up after their pets.

“During July we’ll be reminding everyone how easy it is to report someone for not picking up after their dog – and the penalties for doing so. “Failing to clean up after your dog is anti-social, smelly and can spread diseases. There are no excuses for failing to clean up after your dog and if we catch you, we will fine you.”

Don’t forget – bagged dog poo can be placed in any of the district’s 600 plus litter and dog waste bins.

When reporting an offence of dog fouling please think about the following:

  • Do you know of a dog owner who never, or hardly ever, picks up after their pet?
  • Do they usually walk the dog at a certain time during the day?
  • What times are the offences being committed?
  • Where are the offences being committed?
  • What does the dog look like?
  • What does the owner look like?
  • If the dog owner using a car, what is the number on the registration plate?

Cllr Musgrave added:

“Dog fouling can be tackled by the whole community working together. Some dog owners think that they can get away with not picking up after their pet if they believe they cannot be seen. But as more and more people come forward to report dog fouling offences, irresponsible dog owners may start to think twice about their actions.”

It is an offence for a person in charge of a dog at the time it fouls not to clean up its faeces in a public place. Failure to clean up after a dog has fouled may result in a fixed penalty fine of £75, payable within 14 days, or a fine of up to £1,000 if court action is taken.

Residents who witness dog fouling are asked to contact Selby District Council and provide as much information as possible. To report dog fouling, visit, email or telephone 01757 705101.

North Yorkshire County Council hazardous household waste consultation

published on 6th Jul 2017

North Yorkshire County Council is seeking the views of residents about how they can help you dispose of hazardous household waste in the future.

At present residents are unable to dispose of hazardous wastes at our 20 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs). Instead the council provides a home collection service, free of charge, for hazardous waste such as white spirit, some paints and paint cleaners; weed killers and pesticide; brake fluid and anti-freeze.

They now need to look at other ways of helping residents dispose of hazardous household waste.

They are asking for your views in a consultation starting on 10 July 2017. The consultation asks questions around a number of potential options for future hazardous household waste disposal services, including:

  • accepting hazardous household waste at the county’s HWRCs to enable residents to dispose of it at their convenience,
  • charging for home collection services for some or all types of hazardous household waste, ceasing to provide a home collection service for some or all types of hazardous household waste.

The consultation will run until 2 October 2017 and anyone wanting to take part can do so online at

St Helen's Heritage celebrated on 160th anniversary

published on 5th Jul 2017

See attached press release from St Helen's church:

Press Release - St Helens Heritage Celebrated on 160th Anniversary

Parish Councillor vacancy

published on 3rd Jul 2017

We have a vacancy for a Parish Councillor .... if you are interested in joining the Parish Council, or would like to understand more - please contact either the chair (Richard Rowson, or the Clerk (Helen Guest, )


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 21 July, 2017 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Janet Waggott, Acting Returning Officer, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby YO8 9FT by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 25 September, 2017.

Dated 3 July, 2017

Mrs Helen Guest

Clerk to Escrick Parish Council -

Cawood bridge works

published on 28th Jun 2017

There are traffic restrictions at Cawood Bridge until mid September, and the bridge is scheduled to be closed completely from 24th July to 2nd September.

Traffic restrictions until 24th July, and from 2nd September consist of 6 way temporary lights, with a single lane open across the bridge. From 24th July until 2nd September the bridge will be closed completely to vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. (This work has been scheduled for the summer holidays to minimise impact on local families).

The 42x Cawood bus services will be diverted via Selby and non-stop along the A19 during the closure running to a revised timetable.

The work is for the installation of the 132 steel plates to strengthen the bridge to permit a 10 tonne weight limit and erection of scaffolding for use in painting the bridge.

Private Peaceful - Pick Me Up Theatre

published on 27th Jun 2017

On Tuesday 4 July Pick Me Up Theatre is bringing its 5* production of 'Private Peaceful' to QM for a very special performance in the Chapman Theatre.

York actor, George Stagnell, plays Private Thomas 'Tommo' Peaceful - and everyone he meets in his life - in this poignant, moving and uplifting one-man play adapted by Simon Reade from the much loved novel by Michael Morpurgo.

The author's inspiration from the story came from a visit to the war museum in Ypres where he was intrigued by a typed letter from an Army Captain to the mother of a soldier. In a few short lines she was told that her son had been shot at dawn for cowardice.

Morpugo discovered that this young man was just one of many and at that moment he knew he had to tell their story. The result was 'Private Peaceful' - a book that not only highlights the horrors and futilities of war, but also the joy and wonders of life.

Pick Me Up's production staged recently in York received wonderful reviews and now plays at QM for one night only ahead of it playing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

Residents of Escrick are invited to join us. Tickets must be booked in advance by emailing and cost £5 which will be payable in cash on the door. Tickets are offered on a first come, first served basis.

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