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Storm Dennis: Flood Support Information

published on 15th Feb 2020

We’re expecting significant amounts of rainfall over the weekend on ground that’s already very wet.  Selby District Council have updated the flood support information on their website.  Click here for the latest update.  

Police request: Primary school incident

published on 10th Feb 2020

On the afternoon of Sunday 2nd February the alarm at Escrick Primary School was activated after unknown person(s) had forced open an exterior door. 

Police are asking residents to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 if youths are sighted on the school grounds out of hours, or obviously if anything suspicious is seen.


Photo competition

published on 7th Feb 2020

Just a reminder about the Photo Competition. 

Still time, so dust down your cameras and phones and capture the landscape, architecture, wildlife, agriculture or recreation within our Church and Parish boundaries. 

Enter the competition and maybe have your photo included in our Escrick Heritage 2021 calendar or Escrick Parish Council Development Plan. 

Please click below for full details 

Closing date is 23:59 on Sunday 1st March 2020. Happy snapping!

Gas House Wood temporary closure

published on 24th Jan 2020

Due to tree works commencing in Gas House Wood from Monday 10th February for approximately 2 weeks, Gassy Wood will be closed completely for public safety. 

There should be no admittance during the 2 weeks or until further notice. 

Thank you for your cooperation, Escrick Park Estate

Shaping the future of Selby district

published on 21st Jan 2020

From Friday 24 January, Selby District Council is asking people to get involved in the process of developing a new Local Plan. A Local Plan is a statement of planning strategy and vision for the area, which amongst other things outlines areas for development of new homes, business growth and local services such as schools. 

This will set a framework for future development in the district up to 2040.  It’ll be used by the Council to decide on planning applications and to support work with developers.

The Local Plan sits above the Neighbourhood Development Plan being developed by Escrick Parish Council: The Local Plan sets the policy for the district as a whole, whereas the Neighbourhood Development Plan sets out how Escrick contributes to the overall plan.


The Selby district is one of the fastest-growing areas in North Yorkshire, benefiting from significant new business investment and great connections to the economic hubs of Leeds, Sheffield, York and Hull.  The area’s high quality of life with relatively low house prices compared to city neighbours is also helping to raise its profile as a great place to live and a great place to do business. 

This new Local Plan will help to ensure that the right type of growth happens in the right places, supported by the right infrastructure, to benefit people already living in the area as well as to support sustainable investment in the long-term and protect and enhance the natural environment.  The plan will cover the period up to 2040.

In order to determine what the important planning issues are and prepare options for how the district will be developed, the Council’s now consulting on the ‘Issues & Options' stage of preparing the Local Plan.  Executive Member with responsibility for place shaping, Cllr Richard Musgrave, explained: 

“Nothing’s been decided at this early stage and your views and comments are therefore very important in shaping the contents of the emerging Local Plan.  It’s really important that this plan reflects the needs and aspirations of people and businesses already in the district, which is why we’re asking for views at this early stage”.

The six-week consultation starts on 24 January - comments must be received by the Council by 5pm, Friday 6 March – with full details online:

There are also some drop-in sessions for people to have their say in person.

  • Selby Library on 27 January, 2-7pm
  • Tadcaster Library on 3 February, 2-6pm
  • Barlby Library on 5 February, 2-5pm
  • Tesco, Portholme Road, Selby 13 February, 2-7pm
  • Sherburn Library on 10 February 2-5pm

Further details on changes to Selby District recycling service

published on 20th Jan 2020

Shared on behalf of Selby District Council:

Homes in Selby district will receive two, new wheeled bins: a blue one for glass, cans and plastic and a brown one for paper and cardboard.

There are lots of benefits to the new system:

  • Increasing the amount of waste recycled: wheelie bins give lots more room to recycle more – in our consultation about introducing the new service, 65% said they’d recycle more.
  • Less litter from the old boxes being blown over
  • Easier for residents to use, as wheelie bins are easier to move than carrying boxes
  • Less waste sent to landfill

We’re not changing the type of materials we collect, we’re just changing the containers our residents put their recycling in.

The new service starts in April.  We’re starting to deliver 80,000 new bins from this week.  We have to deliver these to over 40,000 properties, which is why we need to start these deliveries early.

Recycling in the Selby district will still be collected every two weeks but we will alternate between collecting the refuse and recycling bins. This means for example:

  • Week 1 – we collect the grey refuse bin
  • Week 2 – we collect the brown bin - paper and card bin
  • Week 3 – we collect the grey refuse bin
  • Week 4 – we collect the blue bin - glass, cans and plastic bin

Green waste collections will continue to take place every fortnight.

Some collection days may also change. That’s because we’re reviewing the collection rounds to make sure they’re as efficient as possible. The bins will have special information tags on telling you what goes in each bin. We’ll also deliver a brand new collection calendar to every home with full details of the service and collection days.  These will be sent out during February.

Roadworks: Main Street, Escrick

published on 20th Jan 2020

Roadworks will be in place for a period of 3 days between 27th January 2020 and 29th January 2020

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link 


North Yorkshire County Council

The Great Yorkshire Veg Off competition

published on 20th Jan 2020

A new community fruit and vegetable growing competition has been launched in the district and parish and town councils are being invited to take part.

The Great Yorkshire Veg Off is a county-wide competition with categories for best village, best street, best school and best community group (including allotments).

Mike and Carole Bucktrout, former teachers from Hensall, have launched competition (backed by Selby District Council) which aims to encourage families and communities to grow fruit and vegetables in their gardens and green spaces – turning Yorkshire into a huge fruit and vegetable plot.

Mike explained: “This is a simple way that families and communities can produce fruit and vegetables to eat and cut their food bills. It has the added bonus of being fantastic for the environment. 

“If every home in the Selby district alone planted two fruit trees, it would mean an extra 84,000 trees, which would be amazing!”

The competition is free to enter from now until September 30th, 2020. The winners will be announced at the end of October with each category receiving a commemorative plaque. There are no complicated entry forms – simply send in your photos, stories and information about your plot.

For more details and to register your interest visit: 

Your recycling service is changing

published on 14th Jan 2020

The way recycling is collected in the Selby district is changing with a move to a new wheelie bin system.

Starting next week there will be a ten week delivery programme to enable 80,000 new bins to be delivered to 40,000 properties across the Selby district, before the new collections begin at the end of March/beginning of April. The new blue wheelie bin is for glass, cans and plastic and the new brown one is for paper and cardboard.

There is no change to the type of recycling collected by Selby District Council, just a change to the containers the recycling goes in. The new wheelie bins offer more room for residents to recycle more of their waste.

Collections will still take place every two weeks.  Some collection days might change due to a review of the collection rounds to make sure they’re as efficient as possible. An information pack and full collection calendar will be delivered to every home in the district.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Crane explained, “The existing system of separate recycling boxes was introduced because at the time there were no nearby recycling sorting plants that we could take this material straight to.

“We carried out a detailed review of the service, which included a major consultation that more than 6,700 residents took part in. We want to make sure our service is in line with the Government’s long-term waste strategy – keeping paper and card separate to other recyclable material – which is why two new bins are needed. The new wheelie bin system will allow us to collect high quality material and will be easier for householders to use.

“Moving to wheelie bins will give nearly 50% more room to recycle and we hope that our residents will embrace the opportunity to boost their recycling.”

There are no changes to refuse and garden waste collections. More information about the new service is available here -

Sharing roads and pavements

published on 11th Jan 2020

The Parish Council has received several concerns regarding inconsiderate parking in the village. 

Residents are requested not to park on pavements, nor to park where it blocks dropped kerbs for crossing at junctions.  In addition to the general inconvenience, we have several wheelchair users in the village, along with numerous pushchair users, and blocking pavements and dropped kerbs makes their mobility around the village particularly difficult.  All the roads in the village are sufficiently wide not to require parking on pavements.

Highway code 243:

DO NOT stop or park: ... where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles

Highway code 244

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

As a reminder, it is not permitted to park abeam double white lines (as on Carr Lane). This can attract a £100 fine and 3 penalty points under section 36 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Highway code 240:

You MUST NOT stop or park on .... a road marked with double white lines, even when a broken white line is on your side of the road, except to pick up or set down passengers, or to load or unload goods

Residents are requested to show consideration when parking that they do not block access along the road, and/or access to driveways. 

Similarly residents are requested to take care when putting out bins and recycling crates that these do not obstruct the pavements. 

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