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The Parish Council has produced a leaflet providing information about Gateforth and its local services, primarily aimed at new residents.  It is available to download here. 


The Parish Council have submitted requests for the speed limit in the Village to be reduced to 30 mph.  However this can only be formally be reviewed  every 3 years, with the next opportunity in 2020.  To support a case at this point information about problems caused by speeding would be useful.  Any accidents or near misses should be reported to the Police using the 101 phone number.


The Parish Council have received information from SSE about a proposed new Gas Power Station at Ferrybridge.  This is a pre application consultation so there will be further opportunity to comment. The proposal includes 2 options for developments on Pale Lane where a new pipeline will connect with the existing National Grid main.  Site plans for these options are available  - Option 1 - Option 2.  Further information is available at

Jim Lawrie, the SSE Project Development Manager, and Colin Turnbull, Senior Associate from DWD, attended the Parish Council meeting on 9th January 2019 to provide more information about the project, particularly the proposed compound in Pale Lane to link a new gas pipeline with the high pressure gas main. A summary is included in the Council Minutes.


The Council has agreed a £21,000 Precept for 2019-20 which is a cost of £52.91 for a Band D property.  The full budget is included on the "Council" section of the website.


Viner Station, Birkin

The retrospective planning application for a Biomass plant at the above site has been refused.  Concerns have been raised about the heavy traffic that this has generated.  The plant may still operate pending appeal, so it would nbe useful to receive reports of any traffic issues.

Mushroom Farm Site

A planning application has been submitted by YHL Parks for a Residential Park Home site for 168 units for retired (or semi-retired). The application can be viewed on the Selby DC website through "Public Access". The application reference is 2018/0743/FULM.  This application was approved by Selby DC on 25th January.


The Parish Council have acquired a Community Defibrillator which has been installed in Bus Shelter. In the case of an emergency please phone 999 when, in appropriate circumstances, the operator will provide the access number and talk you through its use. Any parishioner who is interested in helping to manage this facility please contact the Clerk.


There is a good network of public footpaths in the Parish which provide off road  routes to neighbouring villages including Hambleton, Birkin and Haddlesey.  These are shown on this OS Plan.  They also provide routes to the Canal towpath.  The best way to protect these routes is to ensure that they are regularly walked.  Any problems should be reported to North Yorkshire County Council.