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PC Neil Morris - village policeman

PC Neil Morris has recently replaced PC Nigel Collins as our village policeman, although he is also assigned to a number of other local villages too. PC Morris has advised that it is important to report any incidents including anti-social behaviour via either 101 or by using the link on any incidents including anti-social behaviour via either 101 or by using the link on North Yorkshire Police select  ‘Report it’ and there are options for the type of report. These will then create an incident report for actioning and a record of the types of issues in the village.

As I am sure you are all now aware the previous beat manager for the area, PC938 Nigel Collins, is currently covering as a Sgt in our Community Safety Hub in Selby and as a result I am now covering the Selby North area.


PC Neil Morris

As a very brief introduction – I have been a Police Officer for just over 14 years, starting in York as a response officer then moving to Selby where I have been for the last 10 years or so. I have spent the majority of my career on Response, and moved to the neighbourhood team just over a year ago, covering the Southern end of the district.

I have lived in the Selby district for nearly 40 years, having moved to the area when I was very young. I attended the local primary school in Hemingbrough, then Barlby High before going on to study at Selby College and Sheffield Hallam University – so I have grown up in the area I am now covering (and I’m old enough to remember Big John – the local bobby when I was at primary school)

I hope to continue the good work that PC Collins has started and share his views of building on existing links between the community and Police and maintaining a regular Police presence in the area I cover.







NYCC Bulletin 21 July 2021

Partnership Newsletter July 2021

Free training for employment CIC


Thanks to funding from Balfour Beatty, I'll be hosting a virtual Self-Employment class via Zoom, on Wednesday 4 August.  The class is due to start at 10am and finish at 12pm.

Topics will include:

Business Planning




Cashflow Forecasting

Legal Matters

Tax and Self-Assessment

Attendees can enrol by emailing myself on Zoom Class Weds 4 Aug

Or by phoning or texting me on 07983 457 482

The class is free, as it's fully-funded by Balfour Beatty.

I've Tweeted about it here:

John McGaughran
Training for Employment (Yorkshire) C.I.C.


Community Fridge - volunteers



New Volunteer Opportunity Available at the Community Fridge! 


We need drivers to help us collect the surplus food from our local supermarkets and bring it to the community fridge! 


There are several different evenings which we need help with! 


Full training is provided, and any additional petrol or insurance premium costs covered. 


We could not run the Selby Community Fridge without our incredible team of volunteers! So, if you could join our wonderful team and give us a helping hand, please get in touch! 


Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Selby District AVS

Selby Big Local Coordinator


T: 07824 975943



Selby Town PCN

Government announces plans for a unitary council to cover the whole of North Yorkshire

The Government has announced that local councils in North Yorkshire will be reorganised to form one council across the whole of the county, covering a population of 618,000.

The announcement, made in Parliament yesterday, leaves York as a separate, small unitary council with 211,000.

The Government decision follows a consultation held earlier this year on the future of local government in North Yorkshire and York.

Government ministers had told councils in July 2020 that they wished to see local government in the area reorganised into unitary councils, which would provide all services to residents.

The six district and borough councils of Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby had joined together to propose an East & West model of local government.

Craven, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Hambleton would have formed a unitary council in the West, with a population of 363,000, and Selby, City of York, Ryedale and Scarborough would have formed a unitary council in the East, with a population of 465,000.

However, the Government has decided not to implement the East & West proposal, and instead has accepted North Yorkshire County Council’s bid to create one council across the whole of the county.

Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of Selby District Council, said:

“We are disappointed that the Government has chosen to implement North Yorkshire County Council’s proposal to form one council across the whole of North Yorkshire.

“We did not believe in the need for any change to the current system, which we feel delivers excellent services to local residents. Additionally, the East & West model had a great deal of public support and would have created two balanced unitary authorities, with similar population sizes and economic strengths. It would also have unlocked the potential of York, by including the city within the proposals for reorganisation.

“We will now have the most ‘un-local’ local government in the country, with one council covering an area bigger than as big as Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire combined. But it is now our job to make sure this works in every area across North Yorkshire. 

“We will work with all our partners to ensure the very best outcomes for our local residents, businesses and communities in the future. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of all of us, to make sure that our excellent services continue for the people of North Yorkshire, while we prepare for the new council to take shape by 2023. We will aim to ensure that the district and borough councils have a voice during the transition, so that local places and the interests of staff are represented.

“For 47 years, Selby District Council has supported local residents to live their best lives, kept the most vulnerable safe from harm and given the district a strong voice in regional and national discussions. We are hugely proud of the legacy that we will leave behind us as we enter into this next phase of local public service delivery.”

North Yorkshire County Council and the district and borough councils of Craven, Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby will continue to operate until March 2023.

After this, they will cease to exist and the new unitary authority will come into operation.

Council staff will continue to be employed by their current council until March 2023, after which the vast majority will be transferred to the new authority.

The district and borough council leaders are: Cllr Richard Foster (Craven), Cllr Richard Cooper (Harrogate), Cllr Angie Dale (Richmondshire), Cllr Steve Siddons (Scarborough) and Cllr Mark Crane (Selby).

For more information, please contact

Social media help for local businesses

Businesses across Selby district are being invited to access new, free social media support through a new collaboration between Selby District Council and social media specialists, Maybe* Tech.

The support on offer includes new online High Street Guides, a social media monitoring platform and social media training.

The initiative will be the first of its kind in Yorkshire (with successful programmes already running in Kent and Bristol among other locations) and aims to help retailers across the towns recover from the impact of COVID-19, support them in reaching more customers through online engagement and making more sales.

The programme allows businesses to communicate with shoppers when they hit the high streets and has been created with the intention of ‘levelling the playing field’ between local retailers and giants. Businesses can also cross-promote and support their high street neighbours to create an online network of connected traders. 

This will help promote the fantastic town centres in the Selby district and what they have to offer, through collaborative place promotion engaging local shoppers and visitors alike. Creating an online ‘buzz’ around high streets results in more people making visits to them, one way the Council is working to support local businesses.

The technology enables shoppers to see businesses near them and view their social media content, engage and shop with them on mobile phones and desktops, and discover who they want to visit via High Street Guides. 

Data within the technology shows that across Selby around 26% of retailers use social media. Of those retailers on social media only around 27% are active, posting most days.

Every business that signs up will have free 12-month access to an extensive range of social media tools and training provided by Maybe* Tech, worth £35 per month. The programme is funded by ERDF Reopening High Streets Safely Funding.

Businesses can sign up to the platform online at and join weekly free training sessions to get the most out of the access. 

Retailers and shoppers can access the high street guides at and just search for their area.  

Save the date! 2 June 2022 at 21.15 hours - further details to follow

Selby Community Fridge


"Thank you to all our volunteers, food donators and visitors to the Selby Community Fridge - we will be closed for two weeks and re-opening on Monday 2nd August. Keep up to date by following Selby Community Fridge and Selby Big Local on Facebook. Look forward to seeing you soon!"

Many thanks

NYCC bulletin 14 July 2021



Have you experienced carbon monoxide poisoning?

We are planning on running a campaign this winter to raise awareness of the risks of carbon monoxide. We are looking for someone local who has had personal experiences of carbon monoxide and who would be willing to share their story. This could potentially be to share experiences in press releases or in short awareness-raising videos or as quotes on social media, whatever you (or someone else) would feel comfortable doing. This includes any experiences of say low level exposure where you just didn't know at first what was causing impacts on health. First hand experiences are always much more powerful than us just providing information. Please contact Kate if you would like to get involved: or call 07738 818391

Kate Urwin

Yorkshire Energy Doctor CIC

07738 818391 / 01757 249100


NYCC bulletin 7 July 2021

SLING YOUR HOOK! Scam campaign

We are excited to tell you more about our SLING YOUR HOOK campaign running throughout July to help tackle scams
The campaign taps into the psychology that scammers use to hook people in, helping you stay one step ahead and protect yourself and your loved ones against the increasing variety of scams happening every day. We’ve identified the following five behaviours scammers commonly use:
• They imply they’re doing you a favour (reciprocity)
• They indicate everyone else is doing this (social proof)
• They say your only chance is to act now (urgency)
• They act like they’re similar to you, so you like them and want to please them (connection)
• They ask you to do one little thing which makes you do more (commitment).
We also know that often victims of scams report that in hindsight they felt something wasn’t quite right at the time. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the tactics scammers use and encourages people to ‘stop and think’ if something doesn’t FEEL, SEEM, LOOK or SOUND right. This allows them time to trust your gut instinct and help prevent becoming a scam victim.
“Everyone likes to feel special. But watch out! If a stranger is going out of their way for you, something fishy may be going on instead. Scammers like to offer one-off deals and favours. Don’t be afraid to tell them no.” John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network
How can you support this campaign?
• LEARN: Visit our scams website pages to learn more about common scams, preventing scams, reporting scams, supporting victims and a scams campaign toolkit
• SHARE: Follow us on our Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn channels and share our posts
• JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Join us for an online talk (details below)
We are delivering a series of scams awareness online talks in partnership with the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), the National Trading Standards Scams Team (NTSST) and Avast.
Anyone can attend, but we are now running waiting lists only for all the webinars apart from one! Last week we ran an online talk on ‘Exploring the psychology behind scams and how scammers are so effective at their crimes’. It was so popular we have decided to re-run it on 27th July, 5pm. Click here to book your place. Please note – this event will not be recorded.
Keep safe,
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Neighbourhood Watch Network is a charity registered in England & Wales, CIO no: 1173349

Selby District Council: Conservation Area Appraisals


Selby District Council: Conservation Area Appraisals

Selby District Council has launched a public consultation on the draft Conservation Area Appraisals for;

Appleton Roebuck





Monk Fryston


A link to the appraisal documents and information about how to make comments is available at:

The consultation will run for 6 weeks from the 18th June 2021 to the 30th July 2021.


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