Serving the people of Helmsley and Carlton

Who we are & what we do

Helmsley Town Council has 7 Councillors. They are elected for four years. In 2022 only 6 candidates stood for election for the 7 seats and Councillor Val Arnold was co-opted.

The Town Council Office is at The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley YO62 5BP. It's in the outbuilding in the carpark and is open by appointment only.

Council Meetings are usually held on the third Monday of every month in the North York Moors National Park Committee Room at The Old Vicarage, Bondgate, Helmsley. Link to Meetings Calendar. For meeting documents please see the Council Meetings box on the home page.

For further information relating to the services offered by the Town Council please contact the Town Council Office.


Our councillors are elected or co-opted. If you would like to become a councillor or find out more about what they do then please contact the Town Council Office.

Chairman Councillor Jonathan Fairburn 01439 771600

Vice Chairman Councillor Tony Porter 01439 771555 (Helmsley Town Hall-HTC Trustee representing Helmsley Town Council)

Councillor Steve Arnold 01439 770904

Councillor Val Arnold 01439 770904

Councillor Jake Duncombe 01439 770213

Councillor Ian Saggers 01439 771076

Councillor Carol Swift 01439 771072

Council Roles - May 2022 appointments

Staffing Committee – The Chairman, Vice Chairman and Councillor Duncombe.

Staffing Working Group – the same membership as Staffing Committee.

Planning Leads – Councillors Porter and Swift.

Former Kiosk Project –Councillors Porter and Swift.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Helmsley Castle - Councillor Swift.

Yorkshire Local Council Associations Meetings – two voting representatives – Councillor Arnold and the clerk

Helmsley Town Hall Trustee to represent Helmsley Town Council - Councillor Porter.

Helmsley Green Team –to represent Helmsley Town Council and to liaise – Councillor Saggers.

Ryedale Five Towns – the Chairman and any interested councillor and the clerk

See the Councillors' Registers of Interests below.

Our Staff

Clerk to Helmsley Town Council Victoria Ellis

Please note that the clerk works part-time Monday to Thursday.

The office is open by appointment only.

Telephone 01439 772572 - please leave a message

Town Council Elections

The next election for the whole council is in May 2027.

Councillors' Registers of Interest

All councillors are required to complete a Register of Interests. These are available on Ryedale District Council's website as councillors submit an online form to RDC and will be the most up-to-date version. The registers below were completed following the 2022 election.

Helmsley Town Council Minutes, Agendas, Policies and general information

The quickest and easiest way to find agendas and minutes for a particular meeting is to view our Council Meetings Calendar (the box on the left of the home page). You will find all the papers associated with each meeting linked to the calendar entry. Agendas are published 3 'clear' days before a meeting, usually on a Tuesday afternoon. Many of the meeting documents will be added before that, as they are completed.

All of our documents are stored in our document management system (DMS) where you can also view our agendas and minutes and other documents. You can set the filter to select documents of interest or choose by tag, date order etc.

Policies and procedures are in Documents, as are Standing Orders, Welcome to the Meeting and the Agenda Explained.

Meeting Dates - a weblink to documents

Your other local elected representatives

Ryedale District Council

Councillor S Arnold
Tel 01439 770904

Councillor J Windress
01439 771605

This is the final year for RDC before the Unitary. The councillors' term of office ends in May 2023.

North Yorkshire County Council

Councillor George Jabbour

Councillor Jabbour has been elected for a five-year term as NYCC becomes the new North Yorkshire Unitary from May 2023.

Member of Parliament

Ryedale Constituency Kevin Hollinrake MP

Constituency Office
9 Hanover House
Market Place
YO61 3AD

Tel 01347 66688


Last updated: Wed, 08 Jun 2022 08:03