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The Council has been trying to find a Contractor to refurbish the Phone Box on the Green, but has not yet found anyone who is prepared to quote for this work.  Any suggestions on how to progress this work would be appreciated - please contact the Clerk on 


A trench is being dug across the Green to provide a drainage connection for a number of properties on the South side.  Consent has been granted by the Council for these works on the basis that the Green is fully restored on completion.


A further litterpick is being arranged for a Sunday morning in October/ November.  If you wish to take part please contact the Clerk on  All equipment is provided.


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. 


Following the recent Parish Council election there are 2 unfilled vacancies. Please contact the Clerk ( if you have an interest in becoming a Councillor and contributing to the future of the village.  There are currently 4 formal meetings each year held in the evening.  There are currently no Councillors from the Gateforth Hall area. 


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.

Viner Station, Birkin

The retrospective planning application for a Biomass plant at the above site has been refused.  Selby DC have issued an enforcement notice, but this has been appealed by the operator.


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.