Grass Cutting and Village Maintenance during the Coronavirus Emergency

Although the Parish Council reluctantly took the recent decision to close the park to ensure everyone’s well-being during the current emergency, residents will hopefully notice that the village grassed areas and open spaces are continuing to be maintained, cut and tidied.  Cllrs feel that this is particularly important at the moment and will hopefully keep up spirits and remind everyone that happier days are to come.

At the same time, Cllrs have considered the safety of our village Grass-Cutter / Handyman, Mr Dave Marshall and have agreed a risk assessment (in line with Government instructions) with Dave to ensure his well-being and safety whilst maintaining the village at this time.

The Parish Council will monitor the situation subject to any new Government instructions in the future, but would take this opportunity to thank Dave for his excellent efforts in ensuring the village looks good and well maintained during the current current emergency.


Urgent Message from Camblesforth Methodist Church

Coronavirus Guidance.

Camblesforth Methodist Church.

The Methodist Church has made the following announcement:-

“It is with sadness that we recommend that the worship services in the Methodist Churches are suspended for the time being in line with Government guidance.”

This means that there will be no Sunday services at Camblesforth Methodist Church, neither will there be Messy/Café Church or Fridayclub Youth Group. We will re-start all our activities as soon as possible.

For information on baptisms, weddings and funeral services please contact our Minister, Revd Peter Barnett.

If you need to speak to anyone or you have any concerns you wish to discuss please contact our Minister or Church Steward who will be pleased to help.


Minister – Revd Peter Barnett.  Tel. 01405 869701.

Church Steward – Mrs Fiona Fenton.  Tel. 01757 618446.

Communication from Selby District Council concerning Council Services

We’re making some changes to our front-line services. This is to protect customers and staff, in line with the latest government guidance around dealing with Coronavirus.

We’re working closely with our NHS colleagues, and other public sector organisations, to ensure that we can continue to support and help residents and businesses in our district.

We appreciate this is an extremely difficult time for everyone. The scale of the effects of this pandemic are being assessed each day for our district. Our plans are being updated constantly to deal with the emerging situation as it happens.

These changes will allow us to continue to deliver essential services and deploy staff where they are needed, whilst keeping residents safe and supported.

Customer contact centre

Our customer contact centre remains closed for walk-in visits – this includes face-to-face appointments for Planning Surgeries and Housing Options surgeries. These will be replaced by specific appointments for priority customers. Where possible, customer enquiries will be by phone but for homeless customers some face to face meetings may still be required. There is no walk-in service at the Civic Centre.

Community centres

Community Centres are closed for day-to-day use, including laundries.  Sheltered housing schemes have closed communal areas.

Housing services

Housing tenancy services have stopped all non-essential home visits and have limited visits to essential tenancy contact sign-ups and viewings, with a delay until a property is completed. Tenancy transfers applications are on hold until the emergency situation ends.

Where these essential face to face visits, meetings and appointments are going ahead there’ll be hygiene measures in place to reduce any risk to staff and residents.

We have around 900 tenants who are in vulnerable groups.  We’re contacting them directly to let them now about these changes and to share the help that is available to them.

Our housing repairs team is carrying out emergency repairs only and our contractors are continuing to carry out gas and electrical inspection and servicing.  These teams will check with tenants they are not isolating or have symptoms.

Recycling services

The proposed box takeback scheme for the old recycling boxes is on hold.  The new wheelie bin service will begin as planned at the start of April.

Lifeline support service

The Lifeline team has suspended home visits but will contact customers by telephone and also offer help with shopping and prescriptions (charged at normal rate). The Ryecare out-of-hours service will prioritise essential calls.

Regulatory visits

All environmental health, enforcement, rent and anti-social behaviour inspections and visits will stop apart from emergencies.  Revenue and benefits appointments will take place over the phone and property inspector visits will be limited.

Agenda and Notice of Meeting for March 2020





Camblesforth Parish Council




A meeting of the Council for the above-named Parish will be held at The Church Hall on Wednesday, 18th March 2020 which commences at 7.15 p.m.


The meeting will be open to the public




  1. Present and Apologies (Chair to confirm quorum)
  2. Declarations of Interest (All)
  3. Agreement and signing off previous month’s minutes (All)
  4. Financial Report and reconciliation of Petty Cash for February (Clerk)
  5. Planning applications (Clerk)
  6. Any matters brought by members of the public attending the meeting and District Cllr report
  7. Matters arising – to consider new and on-going issues and decide further action if necessary:


  • Update on skatepark and funding (Cllr Kempton)
  • Update on VE Celebrations in village (Clerk / All)
  • Update on allotments – new tenants (Clerk / All)
  • Update on grass cutting schedule / maintenance (Clerk / All)


  • ID Badges (All)


8    Any correspondence worth noting and any matters raised by Cllrs since the Agenda was issued


Prettying Up Camblesforth Project

The Parish Council is looking to start a project in the Spring / Summer  to improve the look of Camblesforth with flower displays for instance in key areas of the village.  Parish Cllrs are keen to get ideas from residents, as well as volunteers to make the project happen.

This matter will be discussed at the March meeting and residents are most welcome / invited to attend in order to become involved.

If you are unable to attend please feel free to send your ideas to the Parish Clerk who will ensure these are tabled at the March meeting.

Thank you