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Selby District Council budget consultation

published on 5th Dec 2020

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Selby District Council is proposing to freeze Council Tax as it sets out its budget priorities for the next financial year focusing on supporting communities to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping vital services going.

The Council has launched a six-week consultation on its financial proposals. A key element of the draft budget plans for April 2021 to March 2022 is delivering the priorities set out in the Council Plan which include supporting town centres and delivering new homes.

 Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane explained: 

“We are living in difficult times as the world battles Coronavirus, your vital public services continue. And despite the potential changes in local government across North Yorkshire we must continue to plan for the future.  
“We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for many of our residents and their families and we want to help ease the burden where we can. So we are proposing to freeze the average Council Tax charge for Selby district next year. This means the charge for a Band D property would stay at £183.22.
“Our on-going response to the pandemic and our plans for investment mean that all of our efforts are going to be focussed on service delivery. We still have savings to make but we plan to use reserves in the short term and reassess what’s needed when the Government’s funding review has been concluded,” Cllr Crane added.
“Despite the financial challenges we face, we’re in good shape as we take a long-term view of our money and make sure we plan well ahead.”

Click here to take part in the consultation and find out more about the draft budget plans.  You can submit comments until 15 January. In February 2021 District Councillors will consider the budget proposals at a meeting which will be broadcast online. 

December's Parish Magazine

published on 30th Nov 2020

December's Parish Magazine is available to view online here:

December's Parish Magazine

Parish Magazine update - December 2020

published on 28th Nov 2020

The following update appears in December 2020's Parish Magazine:


A19: The Parish Council has contacted City of York Council & Deighton Parish Council to explore the possibility of a pedestrian crossing just to the north of the Church, and is awaiting further discussion.

Skipwith Road speeding: The Council has contacted the highways team, and is awaiting a site meeting. The vehicle activated sign has been repaired under warranty.


The Council has been made aware that the District Council will no longer write to residents with notification of planning applications in the vicinity of their property. The Parish Council has asked the District Council to review this decision. Residents can sign-up to receive email alerts of planning applications in their postcode online:

Two Councillors attended a briefing from Selby District Council (SDC) regarding the new local plan that they are developing. Landowners have submitted potential sites for SDC to consider, this includes several sites around Escrick Village and one on Cawood Road. Significantly more land has been put forward across the district than is expected to be required, so not all sites will be progressed. There will be a public consultation on sites in the new year. A map of land submitted for consideration is on SDC’s website:


The village green association have completed the majority of the work to replace the fence along Carrs Meadow.


The Council reviewed the latest COVID legislation and guidance, and agreed that the playground would remain open with continuation of the measures and restrictions agreed in July. This decision will be kept under review and residents are encouraged to check website/signage for any changes.

Bus stop:

The 415 bus will use the bus stop laybys outside the Sangthai from 23rd November. This is due to concerns with the safety of the stops at the Lychgate. The Parish Council is liaising with City of York Council to try to improve amenities at the laybys. A bus shelter has been requested for the northbound stop, and lighting options are being investigated.


From time to time the Council requires ad hoc services such as tree works, hedge trimming, painting and path sweeping. If you would like to be considered for such work when needs arise, please contact the clerk ( with details of the services you are interested in providing. The grass cutting contract will be tendered in December. If you would like to receive the invitation to tender when published, please contact the Clerk.


Cllr Moran has advised he will be standing down after December’s meeting. The Council is grateful for his varied input over the past 4 years. We now have three vacancies for Parish Councillors. Please contact the clerk or chair if you are interested in getting involved.

Parish Council meeting dates:  7th December, 4th January, 1st February. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look),,   Chair (Richard Rowson),; Website:

Road white line painting

published on 24th Nov 2020 (updated on 26th Nov 2020)

North Yorkshire Highways will be repainting white lines on various roads in/around the village this week.

Stop/Go boards will be used as necessary, and disruption is expected to be limited.

UPDATED: The work has been rescheduled to 8th-11th December

A19 roadworks - Sat 21st and Sun 22nd November

published on 20th Nov 2020

Four sets of roadworks are planned for the A19 in Escrick this weekend (21st/22nd November). Some of these will include temporary traffic lights.  They cover the stretch from Skipwith Road to abeam the playground.

The roadworks are by Yorkshire Water to dig test holes to identify if the ground conditions are suitable for horizontal directional drilling (a technique by which new pipes are laid without excavating).

Bus stop move

published on 17th Nov 2020 (updated on 20th Nov 2020)

From Monday 23rd November, the 415 bus will stop in the bus stop lay-bys outside the Sang Thai instead of the Lychgate.

The change has been instigated because of road safety concerns with buses stopping at the Lychgate.

Timetables and bus stop signs are due to be installed later this week. The Parish Council is exploring options to get lighting and a bus shelter installed at the northbound lay-by, and expects to be able to provide an update on these proposals in early December.

For users of bus times apps, the new stops are called 'Escrick, Church Cottages' and have the stop codes of 32903685 (northbound) and 32903686 (southbound).

Appeal for information after Wheldrake sexual assault

published on 16th Nov 2020

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for information from the public after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted at the sports field at Wheldrake Recreation Centre, Broad Highway in Wheldrake, York around 3.15am on  Sunday 15 November.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the sports fields or surrounding streets between 2am to 4.30am on 15 Nov and who may have information or dashcam footage which could assist the investigation

Enquiries are ongoing.

If you have any information please call 101 quoting ref: 12200201099. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Parking issues

published on 7th Nov 2020 (updated on 8th Nov 2020)

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We are aware of recent issues with dangerous, inconsiderate and illegal parking associated with primary school drop-off and pick-up.  The school has written to parents/carers on several occasions to remind them and request consideration, however a small number continue to exempt themselves.

Police and civil enforcement will now take place. Where residents are concerned about vehicles parking illegally and/or dangerously these should be reported directly to the police on 101 or to neighbourhood policing at .

A reminder of the key restrictions:

  • No parking where there are double yellow lines, or zig zag school markings
  • No parking where there are double white centre markings
  • No parking where there is a dropped kerb
  • No parking where it obstructs traffic along the highway
  • No parking where it obstructs access to driveways or shared driveways
  • No parking within 10m of a junction
  • No parking on private driveways and private cul-de-sacs without permission

The highway code provides more guidance:


Whilst the school regularly tries to encourage considerate behaviour, neither the school nor Parish Council have powers to enforce parking regulations. The police have requested that offences are reported to them directly.

Summary of parking offences

Fireworks 2020

published on 4th Nov 2020

Many residents enjoy fireworks displays, but fireworks can cause distress to pets, horses, and some people.

Residents are encouraged to notify others before displays take place.  This allows people to make arrangements such as keeping pets indoors, or taking necessary medication.

If you are planning a fireworks display, we would be very grateful if you would notify stating the date/time/venue for the planned display.  

If you would like to be notified of fireworks displays, please join our mailing list, and after receiving the acknowledgement email please select the option for fireworks notifications.  If you are already on our mailing list, select the link at the bottom of alert emails to update your preferences.

There is more detail regarding the law around fireworks on the Government website: and police website:

Fireworks are likely during the next few days for bonfire night, and on/around 14th November for Diwali.

Cawood bridge closure - Nov 2020

published on 4th Nov 2020 (updated on 5th Nov 2020)

Update: Now showing as open:

Cawood bridge is closed due to flooding.  The closure is expected to last 'a few days'.


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