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Beck potential pollution reported

published on 9th Feb 2017

The Parish Council has received a complaint about potential pollution in the beck - however by the time the Parish Council was able to attend the reported pollution had gone.

Pollution concerns should be reported to the Environment Agency on their 24 hour helpline - 0800 80 70 60.

They can make a more timely response, and are responsible for any subsequent investigation.

If you are able to take photographs of the pollution and note where it appears to originate from, this may help subsequent investigations.

For reference a more general list of agencies responsible for services/amenities in Escrick is available on the Parish Council website:

North Yorkshire County Council’s Countryside Access Service consultation

published on 9th Feb 2017

North Yorkshire County Council’s Countryside Access Service is reviewing how it manages and maintains the county’s public rights of way network.

They are now formally consulting the public on a new proposed approach to prioritising management and maintenance of public rights of way within North Yorkshire, excluding those managed on their behalf by The North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks.

A set of proposal documents and a consultation questionnaire is now available on the NYCC website and will be available until 19 March 2017.

The documentation is available using the following link:

Escrick Spring Clean 2017

published on 7th Feb 2017

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Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th March - 2pm - 4.30pm

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QM Invitation - Exhibition by Paul Hobbs in St Margaret's Chapel

published on 1st Feb 2017

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From Wednesday 8 - Tuesday 14 February QM will be hosting an exhibition in St Margaret's Chapel by artist,Paul Hobbs, entitled 'The Heart of Things'.

The exhibition is a mixture of painting, sculpture and installation covering all manner of social and religious issues proving to be most engaging with very broad audience (aged 7 years & up). Open for a week with the artist in attendance this is a rare opportunity to talk with an artist about his work.

We would like to extend an invitation to the local community to come and view the exhibition and meet the artist.

Exhibits include work on famine, old age, fatherhood, sexuality, our capacity for violence, suffering the Beatitudes and the Trinity as well as a collection of shoes and stories from Christians around the work.

It is envisaged that the visit would last 45 - 60 minutes and would be suitable for a group numbering up to 20 people - multiple groups may, however, be booked.

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity please contact Alison Ruddick ( with a couple of dates/times when it would be convenient for your group and we will then confirm a time back to you.

If you would like further information on the artist please visit

Parish Nurses

published on 26th Jan 2017

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Please see attached information about the Parish Nursing scheme launched locally in June 2016.

Your Parish Nurses Leaflet

Community Speed Watch

published on 16th Jan 2017

A community speed watch scheme has been established in Escrick, specifically targeting the A19.

This is a police sponsored scheme where the police have provided local volunteers with speed measuring equipment and training to undertake speed monitoring at pre-agreed locations.

The aim is primarily to prompt driver awareness of their speed.

Additional volunteers are welcomed to join the group - please contact for more details.

nb: Community Speed Watch can only take place on areas of 30mph and 40mph road, therefore is limited to the village itself - not other areas of the A19.

More information about the scheme is available from the Community Speed Watch website.

New grit bins

published on 16th Jan 2017 (updated on 7th Jan 2018)

The Parish Council has procured three additional grit bins, located at:

- Main St / Carr Lane junction (next to the benches)

- Carr Lane / The Glade junction

- Main St, by the entrance to the village hall car park

The grit is for use on public highways and pavements (please don't take it for private drives/paths).

Parish Magazine Update - February 2017

published on 11th Jan 2017 (updated on 26th Jan 2017)

The following update will appear in February's Parish Magazine on behalf of the Parish Council:

Parish Councillors: The Parish Council welcomes Mervin Casling, Tudor Rees and Kevin Moran, who were co-opted as Councillors at December's meeting - taking us back up to a full complement of eleven Councillors.

A19 safety: The Parish Council wrote to North Yorkshire Council in November, and received a reply in mid-December. The reply states that the 40mph limit is appropriate, but offers a follow-up meeting to discuss alternative ways to improve safety, which the Parish Council will take-up. Separately, the Community Speed Watch group is now established and has received training and equipment, and should start monitoring speeds on the A19 later in January. More details at:

Survey & Budget 2017/18: We received just over 60 survey responses to the survey, of these, 78% said they would support paying an increased precept in exchange for additional facilities/amenities. Frequent themes raised in comments were street lighting, road safety, bus service provision and tidiness and presentation of the village.

The Parish Council has set its precept for 2017/18 at £19,000 - which includes an increase to add additional street-lighting, maintain Parish Council trees, a provision for general village maintenance or lengthsman, and implement audit recommendations to replenish reserves. More details, including full budget, at:

North Yorkshire Mineral & Waste plan: The Parish Council has provided a comprehensive response to the consultation regarding sites affecting the Escrick Parish:

Grit bins: Highways have approved the proposed locations (outside Almshouses, Main St/Carr Lane junction and Carr Lane/The Glade junction), and hopefully these should be in place later in January.

Parish Council Meeting dates: Monday 6th February, 6th March, 3rd April, 8th May. All meetings at 7.30pm at Escrick & Deighton Club. Public welcome.

Council Tax Consultations

published on 6th Jan 2017

Selby District Council Budget Consultation

Selby District Council is inviting comments on its proposed budget. Your comments will help to guide Selby District Council decisions to ensure we deliver our services while balancing our budget.

In preparing the budget we started with the priorities you’d previously identified. More details about these priorities are set out in our Corporate Plan. Our budget invests in the key priorities for the district and the Council, such as jobs growth and housing. We’re also looking at transforming services – this means delivering them in a better way at a lower cost as well as charging for discretionary services. This way we can protect frontline services and save money.

Read more and respond

North Yorkshire Police Budget Consultation

55% of North Yorkshire Police’s funding comes from the Government. But the remaining 45 % is raised locally and is paid for by you, through your council tax.

It is this local funding – called the ‘police precept’ – that Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, wants to hear your views on.

The deadline for comments is 11 January 2017.

The options you can choose from are:

  • Freeze the precept. Meaning no more to pay locally, but harder for the police to deliver services and balance the books.
  • Increase the precept by 1.99 % in order to raise just over £1.2 million for next year and subsequent years, but avoid a costly local referendum. This would mean the average household paying 8p a week more.
  • Put the precept up by more than 1.99 % which could raise more money, but will mean at least £700,000 spent on a referendum on the proposals.

Tell Julia what you think and find out how much you are currently paying and what an increase of 1.99 % would mean to you at

Changes to Christmas bin collections

published on 21st Dec 2016

The are minor changes to recycling and waste collections over the Christmas period.

Refuse and kerbside collections due on Monday December 26 will be brought forward to Saturday 24 December.

Garden greens collections will be suspended from Monday 19 December, with collections restarting the week beginning Monday 16 January. When green waste collections start again real Christmas trees (less than 6ft tall with a trunk of less than 4 inches thick) can also be left out for collection. Please remove decorations.

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