Welcome to the Gateforth Parish Council Website

Gateforth Parish is a small village and civil parish located in North Yorkshire, approximately 4 miles south-west of the town of Selby.  The Parish includes the main village, focused on the Village Green, and a small community surrounding Gateforth Hall. Most of the Parish is farmland, with active farms in the village.  At the 2011 census, the village population was 240.  Click here for more information on the history of the parish.

Within this website you will be able to find out information about Parish Council meetings, contact information for Councillors, financial information and news about how we serve our local community.

Additionally, the website provides you with information about Gateforth and the surrounding area, its history, and even some nice country walks for you to try!


 Latest News

The Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) forms are now available to view on the Accounts & Assets page of the website. In addition, the Notice of Public Rights and Publication of AGAR can be viewed on this page as well.

If you need help during the current crisis please contact the Parish Council via email using the Coronavirus form.
mail to: gateforthpc@gmail.com
phone: 07981 371937

The draft Minutes for the Annual Council meeting have been posted on the website.

The Annual Parish Meeting has been postponed until it is possible to meet in person. The Annual Report which is prepared for this meeting is available here.


North Yorkshire County Council have launched a new website ("BuyLocal") to help North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople, who can work under Covid-19 restrictions, share what they offer with customers who need their services.


Local traders and businesses can register on the Buy Local website.

The directory lets people know where to go locally for supplies and services during this difficult time.


The new recycling collection scheme in the village has now started. It means we should now use the new wheelie bins for our recycling. We’d like to make sure residents put out the right bins. Collection information can be found on the Selby Council website: The latest collection calendar for Gateforth can be found here.

There are Facebook posts about the service changes on the Selby District Council Facebook page - @selbydc.

Due to the current coronavirus emergency situation the plans for the old recycling box take back scheme is currently on hold.

The problem of dog fouling in the village has become worse recently, and the Parish council have received a number of complaints. Gateforth is a lovely place to live, and it is a shame if a small minority of dog owners are spoiling it. At the end of the day it is your environment that is being spoilt, and the health of you, your children and grandchildren that is being threatened.
Bagged dog waste can be deposited in any litter bin in the village.

The Council is consulting the Selby Dog Warden about what additional measures are possible, as there is a legal requirement for owners to clean up their dog’s waste. However, the Council hopes that residents of Gateforth care enough about their village to look after it and recognise their responsibilities.

You can, however, report it to Selby District Council who have the potential to prosecute owners. Photographic or video evidence would be helpful.  You can download a Selby DC leaflet here.

The Parish Council has produced a "Welcome to Gateforth" leaflet providing information about Gateforth and its local services, primarily aimed at new residents. The leaflet can be download here.
A detailed map of Gateforth Parish has been put up in the bus shelter. This identifies individual properties and aims to make it easier for visitors and people making deliveries to find you.
The retrospective planning application for a Biomass plant at Viner Station, Birkin has been refused. Selby DC have issued an enforcement notice, but this has been appealed by the operator.  The appeal hearing has been delayed until 18th August 2020.  Selby DC have advised that they will take no further action until the appeal has been determined.
The Monday's only 496 "Market" bus service to Selby does not stop at the Bus Shelter.  Instead, it stops slightly further along Hillam Road, as it then heads down Pale Lane towards Haddlesey on its way to and from Selby.

The bus leaves Gateforth at 10:54 arriving at Selby at 11:15. The return service leaves Selby at 14:00, arriving to Gateforth at 14:21.
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 this year. 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.

There is a good network of public footpaths in the Parish providing off road routes to local villages including Hambleton, Birkin and Haddlesey.  These are shown on this OS Plan.  They also provide routes to the Canal towpath.

Some ideas for local walks can be found here.

Any problems should be reported to North Yorkshire County Council.

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.