General Notices

Do you keep chickens, ducks, geese…?                                     Did you know?
There is a constant risk of bird flu in the UK from wild birds. As it’s highly contagious take action to protect your birds from catching it.

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has asked for the help of local councils in raising awareness of the potential for a bird flu outbreak in the UK.
Any very sick birds, or unexplained deaths, must be assessed by your vet. By law suspicion of bird flu is notifiable and can affect poultry movement and trade.
Tip 1: Cleaning.
Clean footwear before and after visiting your birds.Keep areas clean and tidy, and regularly disinfecthard surfaces. Humanely control rats and mice.
Tip 2: Feeding.
Place your birds’ food and water in fullyenclosed areas that are protected from wildbirds, and remove any spilled feed regularly.
Tip 3: Fencing.
Keep your birds separate from wildlifeand wild waterfowl by putting suitablefencing around the outdoor areas they access.
Tip 4: Stay aware.
Sign up for free online to receive alerts on any outbreaks of bird flu,and register your birds on GOV.UK.

Bird Flu Campaign Poster


Eight community NHS facilities now open across Hambleton and Richmondshire

 Eight community facilities funded by the local NHS known as ‘step-up/step-down beds’ are now open across Hambleton and Richmondshire with the most recent opening in Brompton near Northallerton.

The first step-up/down bed which launched as a pilot in November 2016 located at Sycamore Hall, Bainbridge in rural Yorkshire Dales, has also recently won a North Yorkshire County Council staff excellence award.

Following a public consultation carried out by NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) last year, seven other beds have now been introduced across Hambleton and Richmondshire for local patients needing some health care to either prevent them from having to go into hospital, or to provide patients with some further health care after a stay in hospital. These beds, known as ‘step-up/step-down beds’ were introduced as part of the CCG’s wider vision to provide health care as close to home as possible. 

Step-up/step-down beds are a short stay arrangement in extra care housing and care homes, in conjunction with the County Council and local housing providers and are available for up to six weeks to deliver care closer to home. They can also be a preferred place of care with a ‘homely environment’ for patients at end of life as well as those patients needing rehabilitation or to prevent them from going into an acute hospital bed unnecessarily.

The beds have been commissioned and funded by the CCG and the health and care is managed by teams of health and social care professionals, working in partnership with local GPs. 

Eight beds are now available in the following locations:

  • Bainbridge – Sycamore Hall, Bainbridge
  • Bedale – Benkhill Lodge, Bedale (a residential facility)
  • Brompton – The Orchards, Brompton
  • Leyburn – Kirkwood Hall, Hamby Road Extra Care, Hamby Road, Leyburn
  • Stokesley – Town Close, North Road, Stokesley
  • Thirsk – Orchid House, Herriot Gardens, Acacia Drive, Sowerby, Thirsk

The flats leased in extra care by the CCG are private self-contained accommodation with a bedroom, bathroom, living room and small kitchen.

Gill Collinson, Chief Nurse of the CCG said: “We have set up a contract with onsite care teams to provide care to local patients alongside the wider community nursing and rehabilitation teams and local General Practitioners (GPs).  

“All sites hosting a step-up/step-down bed also have a telemedicine service in place to provide additional support and care for our patients. This technology helps all staff onsite to access speedy medical advice from other NHS sites and support so as to provide the best care.”

Cllr Michael Harrison, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health Integration said: “The county council has welcomed the chance to work with the CCG to develop this ground-breaking programme.  Step up/step down beds enable people to get the treatment they need to avoid being admitted to hospital and the support they need so they can be discharged from hospital more quickly, to be cared for closer to home. 

“The programme is being extended across the county following a successful pilot last year at our Sycamore Hall extra care scheme in Bainbridge. The Sycamore Hall team recently won one of our County Council staff excellence awards in health and adult services for their partnership working with the CCG to develop the current service.

“During the pilot, the team worked at night and through weekends, problem solving across all agencies to tackle unforeseen issues with admissions and discharge and rurality; doing everything necessary to get the model right for North Yorkshire.”

The extra care housing schemes also have a restaurant on site and some have services which are used by the local community such as a village shop, hair dressing and library facilities. CCG patients are welcome to use the facilities at any time during their stay, and we understand that many patients have found this to be beneficial as they make progress with their rehabilitation and their overall health improves. 

Family are welcome to stay with patients in the flats. The extra care schemes also have a visitor’s room which can be used by family members at a small cost if it is available.

Gill Collinson continues: “The beds are also considered for any patients waiting to be discharged from hospital. So far over 50% of the patients who have been referred to the beds have been ‘step-down’ patients therefore reducing hospital pressures by discharging the patient to a more appropriate, homely environment to recover and progress.

“As part of the evaluation of the step-up/step-down beds, we have looked at patients’ experience information as well as bed occupancy. Over 50 patients have already benefitted from the newly commissioned community beds and bed occupancy levels are increasing.”

Patients must be referred to the step-up/down bed facility by their GP.

For further information contact HRW CCG Communications and Engagement on 01609 767621


Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire Projects

Please find below information on a new project being delivered across North Yorkshire. The project itself ‘Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire’ is a partnership being delivered over three years and made up of 14 delivery partners (with Richmondshire District Council being one of them) across the area. The project is being led by Community First Yorkshire (formally known as Rural Action Yorkshire) with each delivery partner providing their own portfolio of work.

Richmondshire District Council’s portfolio will be delivering specifically the ‘Healthy Horizons’ project which is a healthy lifestyle programme aiming to improve the physical and mental health of ex-forces within Richmondshire. We will be delivering an accessible, 2 tier lifestyle programme, to support long term lifestyle changes. The Healthy Horizons referral programme has two elements, one to provide the opportunity to improve physical health and nutrition – ‘Step by Step’; the other to improve mental health related issues – ‘the Pop up Shed’. The two components interlink, overlap and complement each other. Veterans can take part in both programmes, but will be initially directed to whichever element of the programme meet their priority health concerns, either mental or physical health in the first instance.

We are hoping to engage with veterans who meet the criteria below:
–  Veterans over 65 years of age (born before 1950)
–  Served in the armed forces, completed national service or been in the merchant        navy
–  Live within North Yorkshire

There is a wider range of practical, financial, and customised support for veterans available through the Ex-Forces Support North Yorkshire programme including: befriending and home visits; warm homes and energy efficiency advice; crisis support; hardship fund; access to handyman services; counselling and mental health support; sport; intergenerational workshops; support for carers; advocacy and income maximisation; arts, crafts and heritage; reminiscence; gardening; practical maintenance; upskilling and teaching digital skills; small grants for groups; volunteering; trips, events and days out; Gurkha community outreach work; advice, resources and helpful tools.

Referrals (including self-referrals) can be made into the programme via:
Telephone: 01904 704 177 (open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm)

For further information:

Ex-Forces Support Flyer –Ex-Forces Support 4pp Leaflet

Ex-Forces Support Flyer –

 (04 August 2017)

Wheels to Work Scheme

Problems travelling to work, training or education? We have the answer – Wheels 2 Work (a not for profit charity) has a fleet of mopeds for loan. Since its launch in 2001 hundreds of local people have benefited from the scheme.

Successful candidates receive a moped, safety equipment, insurance, tax and bike servicing for a small weekly contribution.

To be eligible for the scheme you must:      

  • Live in North Yorkshire
  • Be 16 or over
  • Have no suitable transport to travel to work, training or education
  • Hold a provisional licence

For more information and to apply online, visit or telephone Andy Reddick 01609 780458 Ext 209. 

(Posted 11 July 2017)

Home-Start Richmondshire – Volunteers wanted

Could you be a helping hand?
Are you a good listener?
Could you offer informal, friendly and confidential support?
Home-Start offers practical and emotional support to families with
young children in the Richmondshire area.
Could you offer a few hours each week to support a local family?
Training starts September 2017
For an informal chat please contact
01748 850079 / 07813275345

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2017 advert volunteer recruitment HSR


The Countryside Code

Respect – Protect – Enjoy
Respect other people:

  • consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment:

  • leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors:

  • plan ahead and be prepared
  • follow advice and local signs

Respect other people
Please respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods.

Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
Respect the needs of local people and visitors alike – for example, don’t block gateways, driveways or other paths with your vehicle.

When riding a bike or driving a vehicle, slow down or stop for horses, walkers and farm animals and give them plenty of room. By law, cyclists must give way to walkers and horse- riders on bridleways.

Co-operate with people at work in the countryside. For example, keep out of the way when farm animals are being gathered or moved and follow directions from the farmer.

Busy traffic on small country roads can be unpleasant and dangerous to local people, visitors and wildlife – so slow down and where possible, leave your vehicle at home, consider sharing lifts and use alternatives such as public transport or cycling. For public transport information, phone Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit

Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths unless wider access is available
A farmer will normally close gates to keep farm animals in, but may sometimes leave them open so the animals can reach food and water. Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on signs. When in a group, make sure the last person knows how to leave the gates.

Follow paths unless wider access is available, such as on open country or registered common land (known as ‘open access land’).

If you think a sign is illegal or misleading such as a ‘Private – No Entry’ sign on a public path, contact the local authority.

Leave machinery and farm animals alone – don’t interfere with animals even if you think they’re in distress. Try to alert the farmer instead.

Use gates, stiles or gaps in field boundaries if you can – climbing over walls, hedges and fences can damage them and increase the risk of farm animals escaping.

Our heritage matters to all of us – be careful not to disturb ruins and historic sites.

Protect the natural environment
We all have a responsibility to protect the countryside now and for future generations, so make sure you don’t harm animals, birds, plants or trees and try to leave no trace of your visit. When out with your dog make sure it is not a danger or nuisance to farm animals, horses, wildlife or other people.

Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
Protecting the natural environment means taking special care not to damage, destroy or remove features such as rocks, plants and trees. They provide homes and food for wildlife, and add to everybody’s enjoyment of the countryside.

Litter and leftover food doesn’t just spoil the beauty of the countryside, it can be dangerous to wildlife and farm animals – so take your litter home with you. Dropping litter and dumping rubbish are criminal offences.

Fires can be as devastating to wildlife and habitats as they are to people and property – so be careful with naked flames and cigarettes at any time of the year. Sometimes, controlled fires are used to manage vegetation, particularly on heaths and moors between 1 October and 15 April, but if a fire appears to be unattended then report it by calling 999.

Keep dogs under effective control
When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:

  • keep your dog on a lead, or
  • keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it’s doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command
  • ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access

Special dog rules may apply in particular situations, so always look out for local signs – for example:

  • dogs may be banned from certain areas that people use, or there may be restrictions, byelaws or control orders limiting where they can go
  • the access rights that normally apply to open country and registered common land (known as ‘open access’ land) require dogs to be kept on a short lead between 1 March and 31 July, to help protect ground nesting birds, and all year round near farm animals
  • at the coast, there may also be some local restrictions to require dogs to be kept on a short lead during the bird breeding season, and to prevent disturbance to flocks of resting and feeding birds during other times of year

It’s always good practice (and a legal requirement on ‘open access’ land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog’s owner.

However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead – don’t risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from a farm animal in these circumstances and so will you.

Everyone knows how unpleasant dog mess is and it can cause infections, so always clean up after your dog and get rid of the mess responsibly – ‘bag it and bin it’. Make sure your dog is wormed regularly to protect it, other animals and people.

Enjoy the outdoors
Even when going out locally, it’s best to get the latest information about where and when you can go. For example, your rights to go onto some areas of open access land and coastal land may be restricted in particular places at particular times. Find out as much as you can about where you are going, plan ahead and follow advice and local signs.

Plan ahead and be prepared
You’ll get more from your visit if you refer to up-to-date maps or guidebooks and websites before you go. Visit Natural England on GOV.UK or contact local information centres or libraries for a list of outdoor recreation groups offering advice on specialist activities.

You’re responsible for your own safety and for others in your care – especially children – so be prepared for natural hazards, changes in weather and other events. Wild animals, farm animals and horses can behave unpredictably if you get too close, especially if they’re with their young – so give them plenty of space.

Check weather forecasts before you leave. Conditions can change rapidly especially on mountains and along the coast, so don’t be afraid to turn back. When visiting the coast check for tide times on EasyTide – don’t risk getting cut off by rising tides and take care on slippery rocks and seaweed.

Part of the appeal of the countryside is that you can get away from it all. You may not see anyone for hours, and there are many places without clear mobile phone signals, so let someone else know where you’re going and when you expect to return.

Follow advice and local signs
England has about 190,000 km (118,000 miles) of public rights of way, providing many opportunities to enjoy the natural environment. Get to know the signs and symbols used in the countryside to show paths and open countryside. See the Countryside Code leaflet for some of the symbols you may come across.

(Posted 08/03/2017)



Mobile Police Office

The Mobile Police Office will visit Brompton-on-Swale on 5 August, 12 November and 10 December 2017.

BoS1 Mobile Police Office

BoS2 Mobile Police Office

Northern Power Grid Launch New 105 Power Cut Number 

Northern Power Grid have now launched their new power cut number. Just telephone 105. This is for customers to call if you need to report or get information about a power cut.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

If you would like a FREE Home Safety Check from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue you can call on 01609 788545 or visit                    In some cases they will supply and fit smoke alarms for free

NYCC – Reporting a Fault

Do you need to report a fault to NYCC? Is there a problem with a street light, a damaged kerb or pavement, a pothole or a road sign? You can report the fault directly to NYCC by clicking on the link below

Your report will be passed directly to the department who will be able to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently.

RDC – Pest Control Service

Click on the link below for information on the Pest Control Services provided by RDC.

The Council has a team of qualified and skilled pest control operatives that can undertake all types of pest control services

Household Waste Recycling Centres

Please click on link below for details of changes at the Household Waste Recycling Centr