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What does Helmsley Town Council do?

  • Owns and looks after over 100 streetlights in Helmsley and 2 in Carlton.
  • Owns and looks after The Limes Play Area.
  • Owns and looks after the Old and New Cemeteries.
  • Is responsible for the 'Closed Churchyard’ at the Church of All Saints, Helmsley, which is looked after by Parochial Church Council Volunteers and the town council's grass cutting contractors..
  • Looks after the green at Ryedale Close which is leased from Ryedale District Council.
  • Looks after various trees in town.
  • Owns and looks after ‘street furniture’ such as most of the benches, litterbins, and dog waste bins.
  • Owns the Feversham Memorial in the market place.
  • Contracts with grass cutters to cut most of the verges in town. 
  • Has the pavements cleared of snow and gritted by RDC. NYCC payments only cover the areas known as Priority 1.
  • Grant aids local causes, in particular local groups.
  • Is the sole trustee of Helmsley Recreation Charity – sports pitches, pool, play area, bowls and sports club.
  • Owns Helmsley Archive – the collection of photographs run by Jen and Paul Harris. See separate website.
  • Responds to consultations such as on planning applications, planning policy etc.
  • Appoints representatives to outside groups and attends meetings such as Ryedale Five Towns, RDC’s Parish Liaison, Yorkshire Local Councils Association Ryedale Branch etc.
  • Publishes an Annual Newsletter.
  • Holds monthly meetings at the National Park meeting room (see website or noticeboard for agendas, website for minutes).
  • Rents an office from the North York Moors National Park, next to the Police Station.  
  • The day to day business of running a council in a busy market town, from answering queries from residents and visitors to setting its budget.
  • Employs a Town Clerk for 22hrs per week, an Assistant Clerk for 8hrs plus meetings etc, and a caretaker for the town for approximately 6hrs per week.