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Send in your thoughts on 20mph policy

November 14th 2022

Cllr Keane Duncan (North Yorkshire Council Executive Member for Highways) has requested feedback from residents on speed limit policy in residential areas.

Cllr Duncan tweeted "20mph as the default speed limit - what do people think? A harebrained proposal or value for money that will improve road safety?"

The 20s Plenty for North Yorkshire group is campaigning for speed limits of 20mph on residential streets and village centres. The group are encouraging people to send feedback to Cllr Duncan following his tweet:

"Please tweet @keanedunk  @northyorkscc and your local county councillor if you can, letting them know of your support for default 20mph. We now have 130 parishes whose councils or assemblies voted in support, as well as Harrogate NYCC Area Committee, representing over 200,000 people. Now is the time to speak up and get this policy firmly backed by showing widespread support.

You can also contact by email:, copying in your own County councillor as well, and Council leader"

Monk Fryston Parish Council voted in favour of supporting this policy a year ago, and we have been writing to North Yorkshire County Council on the matter. Our latest letter to NYCC remains unanswered for several months, though we are actively chasing a response and are grateful to our County Councillor (Tim Grogan) for pursuing a response for us.

The recent Monk Fryston Village Survey showed very strong support among residents for improvements to road safety in our village.

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Fryston Common Lane to be closed for 5 days

November 14th 2022

North Yorkshire County Council have informed us that Fryston Common Lane will be closed for a period of 5 days due to works being carried out by Northern Powergrid.

The Closure will be in place between 28th November 2022 and 2nd December 2022.

The Road Closure and any associated Diversion Routes can be viewed using this URL link

Have your say!

August 5th 2022

The Parish Council is conducting a short survey to hear the views of residents. 

Have your say on council activities, village facilities and issues that matter to you.

Complete the survey here.

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Send your questions for our new County Councillor

June 30th 2022

On Tuesday 5th July, a meeting of the Parish Council is being held with our new North Yorkshire County Councillor in attendance.

Cllr Tim Grogan was elected to represent the Monk Fryston and South Milford ward at the recent local election on 5th May 2022.

As with all Parish Council meetings, this meeting is open to the public and will take place at 8pm at the Community Centre.

Questions will be posed to Cllr Grogan via the Parish Council Chair, Sue Woodall. If you wish to submit a question to be asked of Cllr Grogan, please send it to us via our contact form.

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Chair's Report Published

May 28th 2022

Cllr Sue Woodhall, Chair of Monk Fryston Parish Council, has produced her annual report.

You can read it here.

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Primary School supports 20s Plenty campaign

May 11th 2022

Monk Fryston Primary School has pledged its support to the ongoing campaign for better road safety in our village.

The School is displaying a 20s Plenty banner (purchased by the Parish Council), as are local businesses and homeowners.

Executive Headteacher, Rick Weights, commented "Monk Fryston CE Primary School is proud to support the 20mph speed limit campaign. Traffic around the school causes ongoing concerns, particularly in relation to the speed of driving and the parking of vehicles. This jeapordises the safety of children and has led to numerous complaints from children and their families. The school's Junior Road Safety Officers raise these concerns with children in school, but a campaign to influence adult road users will help lead to lasting changes in behaviour. Pictured are some of the children from school who support the initiative and are pleased that action is being taken."

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Parish Council to distribute '20s Plenty' stickers

April 29th 2022

As part of our ongoing commitment to road safety in the village, the Parish Council has purchased some 20s Plenty wheelie-bin and window stickers.

A member of the Parish Council will be visiting households adjacent to the A63 and Water Lane to hand out stickers and discuss how you could display these for the benefit of the village.

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

April 28th 2022

The Parish Council would like to share the plans for the upcoming Queen's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.

Celebrations will take place across four days (2nd - 5th June), with events taking place across Monk Fryston and Hillam.

Please click here to download the full programme of celebratory events.

We hope to see you all there!

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Notice of re-arranged Parish Council meeting

April 18th 2022

The meeting scheduled for 19 April is not going to take place. The next meeting of the Council is now going to be convened for 26 April 2022 at the Community Centre, Old Vicarage Lane commencing 8pm.

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Parish Council Election to be Uncontested

April 11th 2022

The election for membership of Monk Fryston Parish Council (scheduled for Thursday 5th May) will be uncontested, because there were not more candidates than seats available.

This means that an election will not be required.

Seven people put themselves forward for election, and as such these seven people will take the seven seats on the Parish Council.

The seven Councillors going forward will be Matt Burton, Bill Holmes, Ashley Kaye, Malcolm Robinson, Mandy Shaw, Nigel Spofforth and Sue Woodhall.

Official notice of the uncontested election can be found on the Selby District Council website.

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Changes to bus services

March 25th 2022

Arriva have announced a number of temporary changes to bus timetables in Yorkshire, which will begin on 25th April 2022.

Residents can read full details of these changes on the Arriva website.

The 164 service between Leeds and Selby will be affected. The service will no longer run on weekends.

Other services through Monk Fryston appear unaffected by the announced changes.

The Parish Council welcomes any comments or observations from residents as to how these changes may affect them.

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Annual Village Meeting

March 25th 2022

The Annual Village Meeting will take place on Thursday 14th April 2022 at 8:00pm at the Community Centre, Old Vicarage Lane.

This is an open meeting for Monk Fryston residents and is not a council meeting.

It is an opportunity for you to raise issues and make suggestions on any improvements that may be made in the village.

These ideas and suggestions may then form a basis for future planning by the Parish Council and other organisations so please join in the discussion.

An agenda will be issued in due course under separate cover.

This meeting constitutes the Annual Parish Meeting as required by the Local Government Act 1972.

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March 18th 2022

There will be an election for membership of Monk Fryston Parish Council on Thursday 5th May 2022 (if more than seven people choose to contest the seven seats).

All current councillors will be automatically stood down and all seven seats on Monk Fryston Parish Council will be contested.

Selby District Council has published this official Notice of Election.

If you are interested in standing for election, the nomination packs have been published on Selby District Council's website here: North Yorkshire County Election – Thursday 5 May 2022 | Selby District Council.

Instructions for completing and returning nomination papers can be found in the nomination pack available from the link above.

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Parish Council continues to pursue speed limit reduction in Monk Fryston

February 14th 2022

Monk Fryston is a village lacking in pedestrian-friendly features. We have no pedestrian crossing, and a heavy amount of traffic (particularly at peak times) as outlined by our latest traffic report.

It is in this context that the Parish Council voted (in November 2021) to support the 20s Plenty campaign and to pursue to introduction of a 20mph speed limit throughout the village.

In late November, we wrote to North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) and published the letter. We highlighted the specific context of Monk Fryston and outlined our support for the 20s Plenty campaign.

In December, we received a 'blanket' response from NYCC, which did not address or answer any issues specific to Monk Fryston. The response rejected the idea of 20mph speed limits on the basis of factors including cost and the lack of personal injury collision records.

In late December, the Parish Council sent a second letter to NYCC, contesting some of the reasoning made and again requesting consideration for the specific context of Monk Fryston.

Unfortunately, in early February 2022 we received another response from NYCC which (again) does not answer or address the Monk Fryston specific context or our invitation for NYCC leaders to visit Monk Fryston for a conversation. This latest response simply rejects the idea of a 20mph limit in our village on the basis that the A63 is a 'principal route through the district'.

The Parish Council will be responding to NYCC once again and will continue to pursue initiatives to improve road safety and associated quality-of-life for our residents.

We will keep you all updated.

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Ashley Kaye joins Parish Council

February 4th 2022

The councillor vacancy on Monk Fryston Parish Council has been filled via the co-option of village resident Ashley Kaye.

Ashley comments, "I'm very excited to be joining the parish council and feel privileged and honoured to have been co-opted to this seat."

The Parish Council now has a full complement of seven councillors, with Ashley joining Sue Woodall, Nigel Spofforth, Matt Burton, Sue Ellis, Mandy Shaw and Malcolm Robinson.

View a full list of councillors and their contact details

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December 13th 2021

The Parish Council is currently seeking a resident who is registered on the electoral role or who has lived in the village for 12 months or more and over 18 years of age to become a Parish Councillor.

If you would like to be considered for co-option onto Monk Fryston Parish Council, please apply to the Clerk to the Council at 2 Malvern Mews, Monk Fryston, or email

Read the full vacancy notice here

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Parish Council writes to NYCC in support of 20's Plenty campaign

December 6th 2021

At our November meeting, the Parish Council voted to lend our support to the 20's Plenty campaign.

We pledged to write to the leaders of North Yorkshire County Council (who have overall responsibility for highways policy making in the region).

Today we are publishing the letter that we sent to NYCC. You can read it in full here.

We highlighted various issues with the A63 through Monk Fryston.

Residents are encouraged (if you feel so inclined) to write to NYCC leaders yourself and express your concerns related to road safety in our village.

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Councillor Sue Scott to leave Parish Council

December 6th 2021

Councillor Sue Scott has resigned from her position on Monk Fryston Parish Council. 

Sue leaves with the very best wishes of the Parish Council. Chair Sue Woodhall comments, "Sue Scott has been a loyal and diligent member of the Parish Council for several years, with her experience in the legal profession and her tenacious attention to detail she brought a dimension to the council which will be missed."

The Parish Council now has a councillor vacancy. Further details will be posted on this website in due course for anyone who is interested in joining the Parish Council and making a positive contribution.

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Parish Council supports Netball Club to improve facilities

December 1st 2021

At our November meeting, the Parish Council considered a grant application from Monk Fryston Netball Club.

The council voted in favour of providing funding to the Netball Club, in order to purchase new equipment including balls and marking spots.

Since its inception in 2017, Monk Fryston Netball Club has gone from strength to strength. The Club allows players to learn the game, develop their skills, join a team, and keep fit.

They offer weekly adult training, junior training, and 'walking netball' sessions.

The Parish Council is delighted to be able to support this valuable community group. This funding represents more investment in local adult and junior sport, following our funding of Monk Fryston United FC's facilities upgrade last month.

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Monk Fryston supports '20s Plenty' campaign

November 23rd 2021

The Parish Council has voted to lend our support to the 20s Plenty campaign.

The 20s Plenty campaign aims for a speed limit of 20mph to be normal on residential streets and in town and village centres, bringing safety and environmental benefits.

The North Yorkshire branch of 20s Plenty can be followed on Facebook and Twitter.

To express our support, the Parish Council will be writing to the leaders of North Yorkshire County Council (who have overall responsibility for highways policy making in the region).

All Monk Fryston residents are encouraged to support the 20s Plenty campaign. Road safety is a significant issue in our village, and the introduction of a 20mph speed limit would be a positive step.


Precept frozen for 2022/23

November 22nd 2021

Monk Fryston Parish Council has voted unanimously to freeze the existing precept level for the year 2022/23.

The precept is the Parish Council's share of council tax, and this freeze means that Monk Fryston residents will benefit from no increase in this charge.

As a Parish Council we are confident that we can continue to deliver for our community without asking residents to pay an increased level of tax.

We hope that this news is welcome, especially as our community continues to recover from the various negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monk Fryston Traffic Report Published

November 21st 2021

Monk Fryston currently benefits from two Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS). These are located at the West entrance to the village (on the A63 shortly after crossing the railway bridge) and at the East entrance to the village (on the A63 opposite The Meadows).

The VAS signs light up, alerting drivers if they are entering the village above the 30mph speed limit.

The VAS signs also record and store a large amount of traffic-related data, including traffic volumes and average speeds.

The published report provides a snapshot of data recorded by both VAS signs between 1st September 2021 – 30th September 2021.

Read the report, view data, and consider the implications by downloading the report from this website.

Let us know your thoughts.

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Parish Council to fund new floodlights and drainage improvements at Monk Fryston United FC

November 6th 2021

At the Parish Council's October meeting, we considered a grant application received from Monk Fryston United FC related to new floodlights and drainage improvements to the playing fields at Stocking Lane.

Council voted to purchase the floodlights (and an associated storage container) and gift them to the Club. We also agreed to award a grant of up to £3500 towards the cost of the drainage improvements.

The Parish Council is delighted to have been able to support Monk Fryston United FC in this way, enabling the Club to continue training and playing throughout the winter. 

Due to rapid growth enjoyed since coming out of each lockdown, the Club now have the equivalent of 16 teams across many age groups.


Parish Council to fund maintenance of Community Public Access Defibrillator

October 3rd 2021

The Monk Fryston, Hillam and Burton Salmon Defibrillator Group recently submitted a grant request to the Parish Council, related to the ongoing maintenance of the village defibrillator (located outside the Doctor's Surgery).

To ensure that the Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) remains ready for action, it will soon require a replacement battery, set of pads and preparation kit.

The Parish Council is pleased to have agreed to purchase these items and gift them to the Defibrillator Group.

The CPAD is an important and potentially lifesaving piece of equipment, and we are committed to supporting its presence in the village.


Church Lane Footpath Resurfaced

August 31st 2021

The footpath connecting Church Lane and Old Vicarage Lane has been resurfaced, making it a safer walkway for all. The footpath is a key route for those using the school, church, community centre, or simply those enjoying a walk around the village.