Winter Safety Tips

Drive Safely in the Snow and Ice

Driving in the winter means changes in the way you drive. Snow, sleet and ice can lead to hazardous road conditions. Prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter season.

  • Make sure your washer bottle is kept full.
  • Clean your headlights regularly as the salt and spray will make them less effective.
  • Carry a shovel in the boot.
  • Make sure you have extra clothes in the car including a good waterproof coat and blankets in case you get stranded.
  • Take some food and a hot drink on long journeys.
  • Make sure you keep your fuel level to at least 1/2 full in case you need to run the engine to keep warm.

Avoid Strain while Shovelling Snow

Taking a few precautions can help you prevent unnecessary pain and suffering.

  • Do not shovel after eating or while smoking
  • Take it slow and stretch out before you begin
  • Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it’s lighter
  • Push the snow rather than lifting it
  • If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel
  • Lift with your legs, not your back
  • Do not work to the point of exhaustion
  • use salt if possible – it will melt the ice or snow and stop it from refreezing overnight (but don’t use the salt from salting bins as this is used to keep roads clear)
  • don’t use water – it might refreeze and turn to black ice
  • pay extra attention when clearing steps and steep pathways – using more salt may help

Southern CEF – Developing our Future Invitation

The Community Development Plan ( CDP ) allows the CEF partnership board to concentrate its efforts on the issues, projects and improvements that parish councils, community groups and local organisations wish to progress within their area.

The Board would like to invite all parish councils and local groups to be involved in forming the CPD going forward, and as such will be holding a forum to which you are all invited on Thursday 17 January 2019. For further information…… Southern CEF Flyer_1.2

We look forward to seeing you on the evening.

Dawn Drury

Democratic Services Officer (Selby)

Your services, your say – North Yorkshire County Council budget consultation

Hello, my name is Helen Knisis and I work in the communications team at North Yorkshire County Council.

You may have seen news and information about our budget consultation in the press and on social media over recent weeks. We have also been out and about talking to people about our savings challenge and getting their views on what matters to them before we agree our budget for 2019/20. We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible to find out how they feel we should prioritise our spending and make additional savings.

If you haven’t already taken part I’d be grateful if you could complete the survey online at A PDF of the background document is included at the bottom of this notice.

The deadline to complete the survey is Monday 21st January to make sure your views are considered by the council’s executive when they meet on the 29th of January. Responses received after this date will still be included and shared with full council when it meets on Wednesday 20th February.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask ( You can complete the survey as a resident or as a representative of a group/organisation.

Best wishes,


Budget consultation background document


Rubbish Bins

Please be aware that bagged dog waste can be disposed of in any type of rubbish bin around the village. It does not have to be a specific red dog bin.  If disposing of dog waste in a household waste bin, please use you own wherever possible.

Lights, Camera, Action.

Some councillors have been approached by residents who were worried about aspects of street lighting around the village.  The main areas of concern centred around:

  • The type of lighting in use.
  • Certain residential areas have more street lighting than others.
  • Street lights are not switched on throughout the night.

Thorpe Willoughby Parish Council would like to address the above issues as follows:

  • Type of lighting in use: North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) has a power to provide and maintain road lighting under the Highways Act 1980.  NYCC executive members approved a plan to replace existing standard sodium street lighting with new LED technology because they were more environmentally friendly, reduced carbon emissions and were more cost effective both in power consumption and expenditure.
  • Residents who believe there is a need for new street lighting are encouraged to discuss it with their local Parish Council.  A plan or drawing of the proposed location plus the reason for its provision is beneficial.  Once the application reaches NYCC it would be treated on its own merits against the following criteria; (a) history of night-time traffic accidents or (b) incidents of night-time crime and fear of crime.
  • Certain residential areas have more street lighting than others:  Newly built-up areas, such as dwellings at “Willerby Heights” and Miller Homes developments benefit from additional street lighting when compared to the more established part of Thorpe Willoughby.  A ‘Private Management Company’ is responsible for the infrastructure of those developments and not NYCC.  Residents occupying these dwellings pay an additional levy to their ‘Private Management Company’ to cover the infrastructure as well as the precept payable to Selby District Council like all other residents of Thorpe Willoughby.
  • Street lights are not switched on throughout the night:  street lights of approximately 15% of the county’s roads have lights that remain illuminated throughout the night.  In order for a road to qualify for all night illumination it has to fulfil one or more of the following criteria; (a) it is a main traffic route or road junction, (b) location with a significant road traffic night-time accident record, (c) areas with a significant record of night-time crime or anti-social behaviour, (d) lights outside sheltered housing and other residences accommodating vulnerable people, (e) areas with 24 hour operational emergency services including hospitals, (f) potential hazards on the highway such as traffic calming, speed humps and road crossings, (g) parts of town centres that have concentrated night-time activity or economy, (h) areas covered by police or council CCTV operations.
  • The remainder are converted to part-night operation and automatically switch off between midnight and 0500hrs when road use is deemed to be at a minimum.
  • Between road junctions on long minor roads every 3rd light may also be left on.

While we appreciate being approached as a first point of contact, we wish to point out that such concerns should be addressed to North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) who is the responsible Authority.  Their contact number is 01609 780780.  Their website can be accessed via

Bert Mifsud, Chairman TWPC