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Welcome to the Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council Web Site


seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic person to take on the post of Clerk to the Council, Responsible Financial Officer and Burial Clerk

16 hours per week

Starting salary: depending on qualifications/experience

Duties include: acting as advisor to the council; preparing agendas, reports, minute taking; compilation of correspondence, (ability to use e-mail is necessary); filing, accounts and willingness to undertake training in all aspects of local authority administration

Keeping burial records and ensuring that all relevant paperwork is completed correctly

Previous local government experience is desirable but not necessary as training will be available for the successful candidate

Applications forms are available or further information from

The Clerk, Strensall with Towthorpe PC, The Village Hall, Strensall

YO32 5XW –

tel 491569


Closing date for applications:

18th October 2017

What's on in YORK

To find out about events over the next seven days click this link.


The monthly Police Report has been discontinued but you may search the North Yorkshire Police web site  by clicking the following link :

On the right hand side you will see a box saying ‘Your local police’.   Using the map in this box, click on ‘York’ and on the next screen select ‘York North’.  This will open the York North page and click ‘Find crime information for your street’.   Type in your village name e.g. Strensall and click ‘Go’.  This will display a map with the crime statistics for your area and you can also view the individual crime information.

This web site was last updated: 17th of September 2017

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• City of York Council is to install a new vehicle activated sign on Sheriff Hutton Road to improve driver awareness of pedestrians crossing south of the humpback bridge over the river Foss.

• The works will be carried over the first two Mondays in February.

• The works breakdown as follows:

Monday 6th February 2017: New sign post installed.

Monday 13th February 2017: Sign installed and commissioned.

• The scheme provide a sign on the approach to the bridge warning drivers of the potential for pedestrians crossing the road south of the bridge. The sign consists of two elements, a standard exclamation mark warning sign with a supplementary plate including the text ‘Pedestrians crossing’ and to provide a further message a vehicle activated LED sign plate which flashes the text ‘SLOW DOWN’ mounted underneath. The LED text would be activated based on vehicle approach speed. The sign will be solar powered to reduce ongoing costs.

• Temporary traffic signals will be provided to keep the workforce safe for the duration of the works.

• As with any construction work, there is likely to be a certain amount of disruption and inconvenience. Everything reasonably possible will be done to keep this to a minimum and work has been planned to minimize disruption.

• The work will be carried out by SWARCO, who will be responsible for site safety and maintaining access.

• For more information contact either Ben Potter (Tel 01904 553496) or David Mercer (Tel 01904 553447).

Supporting information

Information Bulletin SH Rd

Location plan map

SoW letter SHRd sign

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The Parish Council is saddened by the mindless setting on fire of the litter bin and associated damage to the rubber surface which was laid specially to allow disabled children in wheelchairs access to the playground. See Photos below.

All the equipment, recently installed, was chosen by children up to the age of 11 years and they are understandably angry that this lovely new facility is being targeted by these brainless individuals.  The Parish Council is at a loss to understand why these youths wish to prevent their younger siblings and their friends from having somewhere to play.

The Parish Council asks that anyone seeing anything suspicious should contact the Police via 101.  

The time may have come for cameras to be installed but in the meantime anyone with information can ring 491569 and leave a message (anonymously if necessary)

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The accounts for the year ended 31st March 2016 have been checked by the Parish Council's Internal Auditor and the audit documents have been returned by the External Auditor. A copy of the audited Annual Return can be viewed here

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A new web site has been created to show progress in respect of the compilation of a Neighbourhood Plan. This can be accessed via .

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Thanks to the new trustees who have joined the Strensall Community Youth and Sports Association based at Durlston Drive. These new trustees will ensure the excellent progress made by the original trustees will continue. Please support the community and sports events arranged at this venue.

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As from 1st April 2015 the parish council office will be located in Strensall Village Hall. The hours of normal attendance will be 09.00 to 12.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


A Plain English Guide to the Planning System can be viewed by clicking here

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The Village Design Statement has been published and hard copies are available from the Parish Council Office, Redmayne Lodge, Strensall Library. An electronic version is also available (with page turning facility*) by clicking on the Village Design Statement link at the top of each page or by clicking here . This is a professional document and the working group must be congratulated for their input which has now reached its conclusion.

* The page turning facility allows the user to turn pages forwards or backwards by clicking on the page corner or hovering the mouse at the page edge and then clicking on the arrowhead. The double arrow at the top right of the screen is a zoom facility to enlarge the page which can be dragged on the screen as necessary.

A lower resolution pdf version is also available and can be viewed and printed. Click here to view.


Please ensure you keep your possessions safe and ensure that outbuildings are secure.


With effect from 1st October 2012 the administration of Strensall Cemetery will be dealt with by the Parish Clerk. Please click here for details. The layout of the Rules have been amended to make them simpler to read and were agreed by the Parish Council on 8th July 2014.

 To view the cemetery documents click the appropriate link below

Rules Interment Application Memorial Application


The Police Report for last month can be viewed by clicking on the Late News Item page.



Click here to find out more


The Final versions of the Strensall Village, Strensall Railway Buildings and Towthorpe Conservation Areas can now be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link Strensall Village , Strensall Railway Buildings , Towthorpe.


At the December 2010 meeting of the Parish Council it was agreed to implement a criteria for applications for grant funding. Details of the criteria and a copy of the application form can be found by clicking on the following links. Criteria or Application


For Information on Sports and Leisure activities visit also for information about the junior football club

To navigate through this web site please click on the links at the top of this page.

On the page titled The Parish Council you will find details of how local councils operate.

The page Councillors and Duties is a list of the current parish councillors and their responsibilities.

The page Calendar of Events shows details of the dates of parish council meetings and also provides a link to agendas and draft minutes of meetings. The hard copies of minutes are held by the parish clerk and are also available to view at Strensall Library.

The page Local Information provides details of local facilities.

And the final page Late News Items is a link to topical items being addressed by the parish council.

Strensall Village and the Hamlet of Towthorpe are located about six miles to the North of the City of York. They are in a semi-rural environment and are administered by the unitary authority of City of York Council. They have a total population of around 6500.

Strensall is referred to in the Doomsday book as Streonaeshalch, after Streona - a name, and halch - a corner of land. The land was owned by the Church and in particular the Bishops at York.

Towthorpe Hamlet was designated a conservation area by the Parish Council on 6th November 2001. It survives as a peaceful cluster of 19th Century, or earlier, brick farmhouses as well as more recently built properties. It includes Towthorpe Moat and Low Farmhouse which retains many original features.

The nearby Strensall Common is a National Nature reserve and a Sight of Special Scientific Interest. It is an example of a lowland heath land habitat and covers 500 hectares. Rare species of flora and fauna are to be found there including moths, flowers and ferns. To the south of the highway between Strensall and Flaxton the common is owned and exclusively used by the Ministry of Defence for military training. The public are welcome to use the facility but must not enter any Danger Area when the red flags are flying or red lights are exhibited.

Historically Towthorpe and Strensall were separate parishes but for many years they have been administered as one parish and are now  one parish called Strensall with Towthorpe.

Both Strensall and Towthorpe are pleasant and quiet places for families and the Parish Council is committed to working with the community to improve lives and amenities.

Ordnance Survey Maps still show the extent of the boundaries of each Parish. Strensall Parish consisted of the area roughly just south of the York to Scarborough Railway. Towthorpe Parish consisted of the area from Towthorpe crossroads almost to the York to Scarborough Railway. The single parish is represented by 14 Councillors.

If you wish to become involved in the process of local government at parish level or to contribute with ideas for further improvements then please contact the Parish Council at the contact address provided below.

To Contact us:

Strensall with Towthorpe Parish Council

Strensall Village Hall,




YO32 5XW

Telephone - 01904 491569

Email -