Update from the Flaxton Community Hall Trustees

Please see attached an exciting update on the progress of the Village Hall rebuild which has been sent to the Parish Council from the newly formed charity trustees.

If you would like to offer your time or support in moving this project forward you are encouraged to speak with one of the named Trustees.


North Yorkshire Welfare Voluntary Scheme – Recruiting New Volunteers



With the rise in the number of Covid cases nationally and locally, the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum has escalated its response and we are once again having weekly silver officer Tactical Coordination Group and gold officer Strategic Coordination Group meetings (held virtually online), with limited officers based at the Multi-Agency Control Centre in Northallerton.

It is becoming apparent that the Covid response will be continuing throughout this winter period and therefore there will likely be a need to support the most vulnerable during this time.

In North Yorkshire the supporting role for those shielding and the most vulnerable will continue to be taken on by the local Community Support Organisation hubs across the area, with County Council providing support at weekends and where needed during the week as well.

Due to the potential longevity of this scheme, it has been decided to create a dedicated voluntary group under the banner of “Team North Yorkshire” which is specifically looking at providing this welfare role over the months ahead.

This new scheme run by North Yorkshire County Council and will be looking at continuing the work that was started during national lockdown earlier this year. The roles required will include:

  • Door knocking to check on shielded individuals who are not answering the phone.
  • Collecting shopping and/or prescriptions for shielded individuals.
  • Other miscellaneous tasks that might be required for shielded individuals.

This new county council scheme will be run via an app which can be downloaded for free. If there are tasks that are required in your area then the app will alert you and you can choose to accept it or not. If you are interested in signing up then please reply and let us know. We will then pass on further details including how to download the app and join the scheme. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a smart phone, you can still volunteer.

City of York are currently looking at how best to support the Community Support Organisations within their area and whether they need a similar level of support over the winter period.

Ready For Anything will be used for concurrent incidents, such as flooding, and emergencies requiring rest centres, and any other tasks that might be required by the other agencies within the North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum as part of the pandemic response in the months ahead.

Visit the website: www.emergencynorthyorks.gov.uk/readyforanything




AMENDMENT – 20/00598/MFUL | Change of use of agricultural land to a dog walking field | Land At OS Fields 6882 And 8386 York Lane Flaxton North Yorkshire

Please note the Parish Council have been notified of an amendment to the above Planning Application.

You can view the amended planning application via our Planning Application Page.

Council Complaints Procedure

Complaint Procedure

The Council has recently received an anonymous complaint letter directed to the Chairman and Vice Chairman.

We process all complaints in accordance with the complaints procedure which can be found on the council website at:


We take every complaint seriously.  However, we cannot act upon an anonymous complaint as set out in section 2.2 of the complaints procedure which clearly states that the Complaints Procedure does not cover:

  • Complaints about the conduct of Councillors. These should be reported to the Monitoring Officer at the relevant principal authority.
  • Anonymous complaints.

Mystery Shopper Recruitment Scam – A message from North Yorkshire Police

Fraudsters are targeting job-seekers with a recruitment scam that has already claimed a number of victims with losses totalling over £51,000.

The fraudsters use recruitment websites and apps to identify potential targets. The victim is then cold-called by someone claiming to be an employee of a mobile phone network. The caller explains to the victim that they will need to take part in a “mystery shopper” test in order to pass the recruitment process.

The victim is instructed to visit one of the mobile network’s high street stores and take out a phone contract using the victim’s own personal and financial details. They are assured that the contract will be cancelled after the recruitment process is completed.

Once the victim has successfully taken out the contract, they are directed to drop-off points to deliver the phone and SIM card to a ‘colleague’ of the caller. The victim is reassured that the contract will be terminated.

In reality, the victims will never hear from the suspects again, and are left liable for the mobile phone contract they were convinced to purchase. Some victims are also asked to move the “employer’s” money through their own bank accounts, putting them at risk of committing money laundering offences. Others find out that their personal details have been used to take out loans, for which they are also now liable.

What you need to do

  • Personal information such as your full address, DOB, or NI Number should not be included on your CV or public profiles on a recruitment sites.
  • To protect yourself against identity theft, always verify that the employer/recruiter you’re speaking with is who they say they are. Contact the employer via a telephone number or email address on their official website, or via the company’s verified social media accounts.
  • Never allow an employer to move their money through your personal bank account. Legitimate employers won’t ask you to do this.
  • For more advice and information about recruitment scams, please visit: https://www.safer-jobs.com/

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is www.nycm.co.uk which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

New Planning Application – Foss Flood Storage – Land Adj To River Foss Lilling Low Lane West Lilling

A new planning application has been received for formation of flood storage area consisting of construction of earth embankment with spillway, excavation of two temporary and two permanent borrow pits, erection of river flow control structure, re-profiling of sections of the River Foss, realignment of short section of Black Dike, raising of section of Ings Lane, carriageway edge protection to part of Lilling Low Lane and associated new and improved access arrangements, drainage, accommodation works, landscaping and biodiversity mitigation (cross boundary application with York) | Land Adj To River Foss Lilling Low Lane West Lilling            

You can view the planning application via our Planning Application Page.

New Planning Application – Elm Tree Farm, External & Internal Alterations

A new planning application has been received for External and internal alterations at Elm Tree Farm, Main Street, Flaxton

You can view the planning application via our Planning Application Page.

Upcoming A64 Closures at Brambling Fields

Please see below a link to a letter received from Highways England regarding upcoming works and closures of the A64 at Brambling Fields

2020-09 A64 Brambling fields – final letter all

**SCAM ALERT ** Message from North Yorkshire Police – HM Courts & Tribunal Service

Please see the note below we have been asked to circulate from North Yorkshire Police


North Yorkshire Police have received many reports of a new scam email in circulation purporting to be from HM Courts & Tribunal Service informing the recipient they have been using their vehicle on a road subject to a charging scheme and have failed to pay the appropriate charge. The recipient is informed there is a £25 fine increasing to £50 if not paid within 14 days and £100 if not paid within 28 days. The recipient is encouraged to click on a link in the email in order to pay the fine. THIS IS A SCAM. There are a number of indicators in the email that it is a scam

  1. The senders email address does not correspond to HM Courts & Tribunal Service
  2. It is not personally addressed
  3. It does not state where your vehicle was seen nor any details of your vehicle
  4. The email encourages you to click on a link to make payment (all this will do is harvest your bank account details)
  5. There is a deadline to act
If you have already responded to the scam and lost money, contact your bank and report the crime to North Yorkshire Police on 101 or alternatively Action Fraud on 0330 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk

NEW!! Citizens Advice Money and Benefits Advice Service North Yorkshire

Local Citizens Advice offices across North Yorkshire have launched a new helpline to increase their capacity for the additional demand that the Covid 19 pandemic has generated.
You can call the helpline if you need support with:
  • benefit entitlement, claims and appeals
  • accessing other income such as charitable and statutory grants
  • managing your money and making it go further
  • help with debts
  • finding out what other support services are available
The Money and Benefits service is provided by CA Craven & Harrogate Districts, CA Mid-North Yorkshire and CA Scarborough & District and is for anyone living in North Yorkshire. The service sits alongside all the normal advice services Citizens Advice offer across all North Yorkshire districts.
The number to call is 0300 3031 598 Monday to Friday 9.00 to 4.00 (or you can leave a voicemail outside these times).
Email advice can be requested via the contact form on our website cany.org.uk
A poster is also attached below for reference.