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COVID-19 Selby District Council Update 17th Sept 2020

published on 17th Sep 2020

Update from Selby District Council - Thursday 17th September 2020:

To update you on the situation with Covid-19 in Selby district, as our area continues to record higher numbers of cases compared to other parts of North Yorkshire.

The Local Resilience Forum has declared a major incident, given the rise in case numbers.  Of particular concern in North Yorkshire are the Selby and Scarborough districts.

In our district, there are particular concerns about community transmission in the Sherburn-in-Elmet area.  We are also seeing increases amongst care home residents and staff.

This is happening against a backdrop of national problems with laboratory capacity, which means fewer Covid 19 tests are available and results are taking longer.

 Working together with LRF partners, we’ve put the following in place:

  • Moved into major incident response mode;
  • Directed local testing facilities towards areas of greatest need;
  • Stepped up support to care homes and other care services;
  • Started to prepare for re-introducing restrictions to visits to care homes in the Selby district 
  • Paused the re-opening of social care day services;
  • Worked with Safety Advisory Groups (SAGs) to develop guidance to ensure events are Covid-19 compliant and to advise the cancellation of events in areas with high levels of infection to protect lives and livelihoods;
  • Worked proactively with workplace and hospitality sectors to promote Covid-19 safety measures;
  • Supported schools and businesses with positive cases to manage incidents and prevent or limit the size of outbreaks.

These actions are being taken to try to avoid a further full lockdown if possible. Work continues now to prevent, contain and reduce the spread of the virus.

In addition, in the whole of the Selby district, people are asked to:

  • Exercise extra vigilance in maintaining hand hygiene and social distancing
  • Use face coverings when leaving home while circulating infection levels are increasing
  • Avoid large groupings of over 30 people
  • Events organisers to re-think any indoor or outdoor events that involve more than 30 people;
  • Take extra care when leaving home if you have an underlying health condition or have been advised to shield

Thank you for your continued help as we work together to control the virus.

A19 Roadworks - Friday 18th Sept

published on 17th Sep 2020

Roadworks are scheduled for the Bell Farm area of the A19 (South of Escrick) for Friday 18th September.

Roadworks - A19 Escrick

published on 11th Sep 2020

Roadworks have been notified for the A19 in Escrick to repair a burst water main: 

Apologies that these were not notified in advance, but we only received the notification from the County Council that they had approved the work as the work started.

Vehicles damaged

published on 10th Sep 2020

Overnight from the 7th to 8th September, two vehicles parked on the drive of a property in the Carrs Meadow area of Escrick were badly scratched and damaged.
If you have any information , please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 ref 12200157825

September Parish Magazine

published on 31st Aug 2020

The September edition of the Escrick Parish Magazine has been published online! 

Here is the link:

Yorkshire Pudding Rally 2020

published on 19th Aug 2020

Dear Escrick Residents,

As some of you may be aware, the Yorkshire Pudding Rally is due to take place Friday 28th August to Sunday 30th August. With the current situation it will be very different to normal years, the decision has been made to not allow guests to enter the village to use the pub or the club, to further reduce the risk to local residents. All guests will be temperature tested on entering the event, and once in will not be allowed to leave and re-enter. Social distancing will be in place across the event itself as well numerous measures to adhere to government guidelines.

Selby Licencing and the Safety Advisory Group have given the go ahead to the event. However, it goes without saying that if the government guidance changes to prohibit such an event then the decision will be taken to cancel.

Permission has been granted based on the local government advice here:


Escrick Park Estate

Parish Magazine update - July 2020

published on 25th Jul 2020

Escrick Parish Council update July 2020

As the Parish Magazine is not being published at the moment, this month’s update is online only.

Covid 19: 

At July’s meeting the Parish Council discussed whether to reopen the playground. It was agreed to reopen the playground with restrictions in line with Government guidance, and to keep the situation under review.


A19/Skipwith Road junction scheme: The Chair of the Parish Council and County Councillor met with officers from North Yorkshire County Council highways team. The County Council confirmed that they had changed their position, and that for the scheme to go ahead the Parish Council would need to fund the full life cost of the scheme, not just the initial implementation. Also the PC would need to fund a further more detailed feasibility study. Officers undertook to investigate if there was any flexibility in this position. Disappointingly, it looks like despite the local support expressed in the consultation, that the scheme is unlikely to go ahead. The Parish Council and County Councillor are looking at other avenues that may offer opportunities to address the issue, such as a the Selby District Local Plan, and the Parish Council will revisit the topic in October.

Skipwith Road speeding:  The Vehicle Activated Sign has been turned to face north for southbound traffic. Initial statistics have shown a similar issue with southbound speeding, and it was resolved to seek support from North Yorkshire County Council highways team on potential speed mitigation measures for the area.

Overgrown hedges outside the Parsonage: North Yorkshire County Council confirmed they are progressing through the steps required to take action.

Motorbike noise: It was noted there had been several complaints about motorbike noise, and that police had stepped up their presence in the area.

Bus stop:

It was agreed that the Council would ask North Yorkshire County Council to ask Arriva to stop using the unmarked bus stop locations outside the church, as this caused traffic congestion and a hazard to road users. It was suggested they stop in the lay-bys just north of the Sang Thai instead.


It was agreed that the Parish Council would make further verbal representations at the City of York Council meeting on 8th July considering the application for a caravan/leisure park at the former North Selby Mine, focusing on ensuring that approval conditions are well defined, and that improvement to pedestrian/cycle access are strengthened.

The application for a waste sorting site at the former Stillingfleet mine site was due to go to NYCC planning committee in July, but appears to have been delayed again.  The application for clay extraction west of Escrick business park is due to be heard in July.


Requests for help with an ‘appearance and environment’ working party have had an enthusiastic response, and a small group of residents have made great progress at tidying the area around the fountain, and planting new plants. A wildflower border along Carr Lane is being considered as a potential next initiative.

Parish Council meeting dates:  7th September, 5th October, 2nd November . All meetings at 7.30pm online. Public welcome.  Contact: Clerk (Sally Look),,   Chair (Richard Rowson),; Website:


Escrick Playground to open from 4th July with restrictions

published on 2nd Jul 2020

Escrick Parish Council, in consultation with the Escrick Playing Fields Association, has reviewed Government guidance, undertaken a risk assessment and agreed to open the playground with restrictions from Saturday 4th July, in-line with the said guidance.

 We have put the following restrictions in place:

  • 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

This decision will be regularly reviewed and may be reversed if restrictions are not observed. 

Weekly inspections of the playground will take place.

We request that users show consideration for others, and if the site is busy to limit their time at the facility to allow others to attend.

We request that parents of any older children that use the site unsupervised ensure that they fully understand and comply with the restrictions.

We have implemented an enhanced cleaning regime (using an anti-microbial surface treatment), but this should not be a substitute for good personal hygiene.

Please report any concerns of over-crowding or non-compliance with these restrictions to the Parish Council: However, we cannot offer an immediate response, so please report any behaviour requiring urgent intervention or anti-social behaviour to the police on 101, (and separately notify the Parish Council). 

Sewage on Carr Lane

published on 2nd Jul 2020

The Parish Council are aware that once again the sewer on Carr Lane has overflowed on to the road.

This is an issue that the Council has been raising for some time with Yorkshire Water, and has more recently sought the support of the local MP with escalating with them.

Yorkshire Water have asked that residents report this when it occurs so that they understand the frequency of the issue. They can be contacted on 0345 1 24 24 24.

Dear Mr Adams MP
Re: Carr Lane, Escrick, YO19 
Thank you for your email received 20 May 2020 and your patience while I looked into the problems your constituents have been experiencing with sewage flooding and how we can resolve this. 
Our investigations here have determined that the sewers capacity struggles to cope in heavy rainfall. To help stop this from happening we have installed a holding tank under the road. This helps hold some of the water before it is discharged into the sewer. Although this hasn't fully stopped it from surcharging it has helped stop it from happening as often. We also flush through the sewer once every 90 days. This makes sure the sewer is always running at its full capacity. This can be increased or decreased at any time where needed. The last flush took place on the 25 April 2020 and the sewer was left running clear from this visit. We will visit again on or around the 23 July 2020. 
To monitor the flushing's effectiveness, I would be grateful if the residents would contact us directly with any problems they are experiencing. This is so we can get a good idea how often the problems occur from the sewer, and we can revise our works where needed. 
Kind Regards 
Liz Barber 
Chief Executive

Playground remains closed

published on 15th Jun 2020

Please can parents remind their children that the Playground is closed, and they should not be using the equipment.

This is by order of section 20 of part 2 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020.

Additionally, some of the equipment has been damaged in recent days and is in a dangerous condition as a result and must not be used. The maintenance company have been called out to undertake repairs, but in any case the equipment should not be being used at this time.

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