Thirsk & Malton Area Constituency Committee 12/01/22

Please see details on the links below for the Thirsk & Malton Area Constituency Committee meeting to be held remotely via Microsoft teams on 12/01/22 at 10am 2022-01-12 -Thirsk and Malton NOTICE   2022-01-12 Thirsk and Malton

Road Closure – Rice Lane

Please see the following from North Yorkshire County Council:

The Closure will be in place for a period of 3 days between 10th January 2022 and 14th January 2022
The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this link

Precept consultation

Please see the following and the attached poster Poster from the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Precept consultation

As your new Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York I have pledged to be a voice for our communities. I will ensure police and fire leaders are supported and challenged to be the best they can, and will stand up for where we live and the brave police officers, firefighters and police and fire staff and volunteers who work so hard to protect us every day.

One of my first duties will be to set the precepts for North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, something every Commissioner has to do every year.

This year, more than ever, it is really important that I hear from as many people as possible. It is never easy asking for more money, and I know that many individuals and families are facing financial pressures in this difficult climate. But so are our services and I want to make sure that our police and fire services are able to continue to invest in the safety of our communities for years to come.

My survey begins on Monday 13 December and is open until midnight on Thursday 13 January 2022.

The survey can be completed online at

Zoë Metcalfe

Police Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York

Sites Submitted to Ryedale for Potential Allocation for Development

Sites Submitted to Ryedale for Potential Allocation for Development

Ryedale District Council is currently seeking potential development sites and land to satisfy a need for more housing and commercial developments in the Ryedale area. The current Ryedale District Plan seeks to deliver at least 200 homes per annum to meet identified needs for new and affordable housing.

To date, two potential sites have been put forward in Flaxton village and one in Thornton-le-Clay (bordering Flaxton) and these can be found on the Ryedale website at Submitted sites – Ryedale District Council  Their approximate locations are shown on the map below reproduced from an Ordnance Survey map.

Several representations have already been made to the Parish Council in relation to potential developments on these sites.

At the Parish Council meeting of 16th December 2021, the Parish Council agreed their response to potential development on these sites. This response will be formally submitted to the consultation process.

The three sites put forward cover 10 Hectares of greenbelt land that (with Ryedale’s own indicative definition of low build density build of 30 homes per Hectare) would potentially support the development of 300 additional homes in a village which currently has around 138 dwellings and a population of 350.

The smallest submitted site on York Lane at 2.26 Hectares would support 60-70 homes.

Based on these simple facts the Parish Council will be opposed to any development on any of these sites due to their disproportionate scale, the lack of basic infrastructure to support them, and the increase in population that will come with them. However, the council is not opposed to new sustainable housing developments in the village per se.

Not all villagers will necessarily hold the same view as the Parish Council and so villagers are encouraged to ‘have their own say’ by responding directly to the consultation via the Ryedale website above. Villagers can also submit their views directly to the Parish Council via the “Contact the Council Form” at

New Toy Donations for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

Ida Terry will be at Flaxton Church this Saturday 11th December 2021 between 9.30 and 11.00 to receive toys (new) for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.


The Social

A social event was held in Flaxton Village Hall on 4th December 2021 for villagers to meet other villagers and to take a look at the proposed drawings for a new Flaxton Community Hall. Around 52 villagers attended.

The drawings have been kindly produced by Clive Guyer, an architect who lives in the village. Flaxton Community Hall Trustees Chairperson Mark O’Brien and Jeff Jordan were present and led a discussion on the plans, current available funds and the likely build costs if a contractor were to take on the build compared with the costs of a ‘self-build’ by volunteers. The Trust currently holds funds of around £125,000 and the build cost has been estimated at £500,000 for the contractor managed option.

Positive feedback was received from those who attended. However, as not all villagers could be there, it was suggested that the main drawings should be published on the Flaxton Community Website, also showing the ‘footprint’ of the current village hall (outlined in green further below). Further, copies of the plan will be left in the village hall porch for villagers to collect themselves.

The Flaxton Community Hall Trustees are seeking feedback on the potential uses for a new Community Hall and practical ideas for the internal layout of the building to allow a plan to be firmed up and progressed in the New Year.

The Trustees will also welcome feedback on ideas for fundraising and sourcing grants and donations towards the build cost. They are also seeking volunteers with relevant skills to contribute to all stages of the construction including fundraising, financing, project management, construction etc.

You are asked to provide feedback on the plan and to put names forward as volunteers along with skills/suggested roles to either Mark O’Brien whose email is or to Jeff Jordan at by 7th January 2022.

Finally, the Trustees would like to thank everyone who attended the social and for their positive feedback. Around £80 was collected towards funds during the evening (with special thanks to Mark for donating the beer).

Proposed Flaxton Community Hall Drawings

Proposed Flaxton Community Hall Drawings

Proposed Flaxton Community Hall Footprint


Flaxton Community Hall Footprint

Drawing Downloads

You can download and print PDF versions of the drawings here so that you can ‘red line’ any suggestions that you may have.

  1. Proposed Flaxton Community Hall Drawings
  2. Proposed Flaxton Community Hall Footprint


FEAST Programme for Children

Please see the information below from North Yorkshire County Council and the North Yorkshire Together team about their FEAST programme.

FEAST is all about children and young people enjoying food, entertainment, arts and sport together. Children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals can book onto our holiday activity sessions during the Christmas holidays for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in and they’re absolutely free!

The programme is funded by the Department of Education, and together our hope is that as many children and young people as possible can enjoy the activities on offer.

For more information about FEAST, visit







New Planning Application received – 21/01505/FUL | Change of use of agricultural barn to office (Use Class E) including the installation of 4no. windows, 1no. door and installation of packaged treatment plant | Land At OS Field No 0067 York Lane Flaxton North Yorkshire

A new planning application has been received for Land At OS Field No 0067 York Lane, Flaxton.

You can view the details on the planning page Planning Applications – Flaxton Parish Council

Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice

Please see the following tips for driving in snow and ice from Richard Daffern, Watch Manager, Malton Red:

❄️    Take some warm, preferably hi-visibility clothing and a blanket.

❄️    Take a fully charged mobile phone with you.

❄️    Keep a torch handy (and spare batteries).

❄️    Take a snow spade or shovel.

❄️    Take a supply of energy bars or chocolate and a flask with a hot drink.

❄️    Take wellies, hat,  gloves and thick socks in case you need to dig yourself out.

❄️    Keep de-icer and an ice scraper handy.

❄️    Try to stick to main roads.  They are more likely to have been gritted.

❄️    Drive ‘gently’ and avoid any harsh braking or accelerating that could cause you to skid.

❄️    Keep your windscreen clear of ice and snow.  It’s illegal to drive without full visibility.

❄️    Carry a first aid kit, a warning triangle and some carpet to place under the drive wheels in case you get stuck.

❄️    Move off in second gear to help reduce wheel slip.

❄️    If you skid, don’t panic.  Steer gently into it, don’t take your hands off the steering wheel and don’t stamp on the brakes.