Great Crested Newts in Flaxton ponds

On Good Friday, at the invitation of Flaxton Environment Group, members of the Yorkshire Amphibian and Reptile Group carried out a survey of ponds in Flaxton for amphibians, looking particularly for Great Crested Newts.  Find out how they got on here Pond survey for great crested newts in Flaxton.


Summary of Changes to Bus Services


Please see the attached summary of the changes to bus services from April 2024. The summary relates to services that are currently funded by North Yorkshire Council, it does not include any changes to commercial (non – funded) services that the operators may choose to make.

Summary of Changes to Bus Services


Worried about the cost of living?

Please see information from North Yorkshire Council below:

If you’re struggling to pay for food and other essentials, there are local schemes and organisations in North Yorkshire which may be able to help or point you in the right direction. You’ll find information about emergency financial support, managing debt, benefit entitlement, energy bills and staying connected all in one place at

North Yorkshire Council’s cost of living web page also has information about pension credit, schemes to help families and local community-based support including Warm Welcome spaces as well as advice on staying safe and well.

If you’re less confident with technology and have friends or family who might be able to help you understand what support is available with the cost of living, please ask them to look at the web page with you. You can also go into any North Yorkshire library or North Yorkshire Council office. If you’re not sure who to turn to, you can call North Yorkshire Council’s customer service centre on 0300 131 2 131 Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm asking for ‘cost of living help’ when prompted.



Please see links below for 2 different consultations that are currently taking place:

1. North Yorkshire Council have drafted an all-age substance use strategy with support from a range of partner organisations working together to reduce the harms associated with substance use.

The public consultation on the draft strategy launched the 2 February 2024, and will be running until 30 April 2024.

Substance Use Strategy Youtube Video Link:

We are interested in hearing from the general public (both adults and young people age 13+) as well as:

  • People with personal experience of substance use
  • People effected by a loved one’s substance use
  • People employed to work in roles that support people whom may use substances
  • People from ethnic minority backgrounds
  • People in the military or veteran’s
  • People who identify as LGBTQ+
  • People whom have a disability
  • People with a rural residency
  • People whom identify as female

Details of the full strategy, accompanying short video and online survey can be found here:

Click here to start the survey:

Easy Read versions of the survey and infographic specifically for young people (aged 13+) are also available.

Read this on our website:

2. Consultation on proposed changes to the Council’s Home to School Travel Policy.

The consultation closing date is Friday 12 April.