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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'.


Lockdown Nov 2020 - Playground

published on 4th Nov 2020 (updated on 13th Nov 2020)

Government legislation and guidelines for the lockdown period allow outdoor playgrounds to remain open.

The Parish Council discussed the changing position on Monday, and agreed that the playground would remain open, and the restrictions agreed in July would continue to apply.

Whilst the guidelineshave some exceptions, in general this means only using the playground as a household or bubble, not meeting to play with others, and minimising the time spent outside the home. 

In particular we request that parents/children do not attend en-masse after school, and please observe the restrictions put in place in July:

  • A maximum of 20 people on site (adults and children combined)
  • Each piece of equipment is only to be used by one household or bubble at a time
  • Please clean points of contact on equipment before using (bring your own sanitising wipes or similar)
  • Thoroughly wash hands before and after attending
  • Do not use the site if you are required to self-isolate
  • Consider your family risk profile when deciding if it is appropriate to use the facility
  • No eating on site

The enhanced anti-microbial cleaning regime will remain in place.

Updated 13th November 2020:  The playground will now close at 3pm on weekdays. No one should be on the site after 3pm on weekdays.

Help for people self-isolating

published on 2nd Nov 2020

With the reintroduction of lockdown, we are reactivating the support network for people who need assistance with shopping and prescriptions.

If you need help please call any of Caroline 720703, Jan 728741 or Jill 728424 or email

This activity is being coordinated by local volunteers. We will match those in need of support with those willing to help. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered.

If you are able to volunteer

Please let us know here

If you previously volunteered, but would like to be removed from the list, simply email and we'll remove you from this list.

Parish Magazine update - November 2020

published on 30th Oct 2020

The following update appears in November 2020's Parish Magazine

Escrick Parish Council update 


A19:  There has been no further response from North Yorkshire County Council regarding the proposed traffic light scheme. Therefore the Parish Council has reluctantly accepted that there is no realistic prospect of the scheme being progressed at present. The Parish Council will contact City of York Council / Deighton Parish Council to explore the possibility of a pedestrian crossing just to the north of the Church as an alternative.

Skipwith Road speeding:  Following the concerns sent in July, the ‘95 Alive’ Road Safety Partnership has directed the Council to the County Council highways team to discuss measures that can be implemented to address the speeding concerns. The Council has contacted the highways team, and is awaiting their response.

Watermain burst:  It was noted that there had been yet another burst and roadworks on the A19 outside the Parsonage, with associated disruption. The Council has written to Yorkshire Water raising concerns with the frequency of leaks and repairs in this area, and requesting a long-term solution.

VAS sign: The vehicle activated sign is currently out of action, due to an electrical fault. It is due to be repaired during October under warranty.


The Council has agreed to undertake a review of Tree Preservation Orders in the village.

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site has not yet be heard by committee.

It is understood that The Parsonage will be applying for retrospective planning permission for the conversion of part of their lawns to car parking.


On Main St, the bus shelter woodwork has been repainted, and illumination installed for the Jubilee fountain.

One of the street lights at Hollicarrs Close has been knocked over. The Parish Council is arranging for a replacement to be installed.

Work on the village green fence is due to be completed during October.

The Council is chasing up with North Yorkshire highways regarding the repairs to Main St bridge, which was hit by a lorry in August 2019.


The Council is waiting to hear when Arriva will start to use the bus stop laybys instead of stopping by the Lychgate. It was agreed that the Parish Council would explore the feasibility of getting a bus shelter installed at the layby.

Parish Council meeting dates:  2nd November, 6th December, 4th January. All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look),,   Chair (Richard Rowson),; Website:

November's Parish Magazine

published on 30th Oct 2020

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

November's Parish Magazine

Garden waste collections - Tue 27th October 2020

published on 27th Oct 2020

From Selby District Council:

We’re sorry but garden waste collections won’t take place in Appleton, Roebuck, Colton, Escrick and Thorganby today. 

This is because several staff members are isolating due to Covid-19, so we’re prioritising recycling and refuse collections. 

The areas affected this week will have their bins emptied on their next scheduled date.
We’re sorry if this causes an inconvenience and we’re reviewing the situation every day so we can keep the key services running as normally as possible at this time.

Village green works

published on 19th Oct 2020

Work will be taking place this week on the village green to replace the low level fence along Carrs Meadow.

Please use common sense and keep away from the areas where work is in progress, and encourage any unaccompanied children to do likewise.

The work involves replacing the existing fence, and extending to join up with the fence on Carr Lane. Several gaps will be left in the new fence for pedestrian access, whilst keeping vehicles out.

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