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Tadcaster Town Council represents the interests of every single Tadcaster resident. Although the Council has limited powers and responsibilities, it will always try to help resolve a problem connected with the town.

What we do: 

  • Look after all the land and property that we own
  • The Cemetery and the two Chapel buildings
  • The War Memorial 
  • Some public land:
    - The Viaduct, the Viaduct Walk and part of the embankment
    - Some of the land along western bank of the river (from the bridge to the weir, and
  • 'The Park' area by Tadcaster Albion Football Club)
  • - The Ark, 33 Kirkgate (the Council offices), including contents
  • - Land off Rosemary Row
  • Allotments at Stutton Road and Westfield 
  • The footpath between Willow Rise and Garnet Lane
  • 55 Footway Lights, 4 Bus Shelters, 31 Public Seats, and 20 Litter/Dog Bins 
  • 7 Town Trail Panels and 3 public noticeboards
  • Civic Regalia: the chains of office for the Mayor, Mayor's Consort, Deputy Mayor, and Deputy Mayor's Consort.
  • Co-ordinate the town's Christmas Festival, Market, and Illuminations
  • Manage floral displays in various parts of the town
  • Co-ordinate the activities for Remembrance Sunday
  • Co-ordinate the annual litter pick
  • Co-ordinate the annual Civic Service
  • Consider applications from local organisations for Grant Aid
  • Publish the Town Council Newsletter as part of Tadcaster Today, and this website
  • Comment on planning applications received from Selby District Council and North Yorkshire County Council as they are relevant to the town
  • Decide how to act on matters of concern raised by local residents
  • Liaise closely with North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council, Stutton Parish Council and other local Councils as appropriate
  • Give advice on how to deal with queries about local Government matters
  • Seek to promote the interests of the town wherever possible.


How we work

The Town Council has twelve Councillors and three members of staff. Elections for Councillors are held every four years.

The Council is, in law, a single corporate body, and the decisions it takes are the responsibility of the Council as a whole.

Councillors represent the community and can take decisions together as a Council, but no one councillor, not even the Chairman, can make a decision on behalf of the Council.

The Clerk to the Council is the "Proper Officer", providing independent, objective and professional advice, as well as information and administrative support to the Council. The title is used in law and refers to the appropriate officer for the relevant function. The Clerk takes instructions from the Council as a body, and is not answerable to any particular Councillor - not even to the Chairman. The Clerk advises the Council on whether decisions are lawful, and on ways in which decisions can be implemented. In Tadcaster the Clerk is also the "Responsible Financial Officer". The Clerk is supported by a Deputy Clerk and an Administration Assistant.