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!

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.

Remember that 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 would hope that the residents of Gateforth would 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.

We'll be taking part in this years Great British Spring Clean.  Look out for more information coming soon.

Together, we can make a massive difference. All our individual actions can help to transform our country for the better, creating cleaner streets, parks and beaches, protecting our wildlife and, ultimately, stopping the tide of plastic that is doing so much damage to our oceans and marine life.

Last year, more than 560,000 people across the country took part and this year they're  aiming to get 600,000 #LitterHeroes out there.

Thank you for being one of them!


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 final Council vacancy has been filled with Andrew Collier being co-opted as a Councillor.  Andrew has participated in a number of activities in the village, but is keen to be further involved.  One of his first contributions has been to improve the village website.


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 Parish Council has produced a "Welcome to Gateforth" 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 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..

The Council has received a progress update with regard to the development on the former Mushroom Farm site.

Work has started at "Gateforth Park", which has involved the erection of perimeter fencing and hoarding to make what is now a construction site compliant with Health and Safety.

Phase One is due for completion in Spring 2020.

You can keep up to date with progress by going to and selecting the 'Blog' option.

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 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.