Stokesley Town Hall Photograph

About The Council

The Town Council is responsible for: 

  • Maintenance of the Public Conveniences  
  • Grass Cutting  –  for  all  publicly  owned  land within the Parish.  
  • Play Parks – these include North Road and the areas  at  The  Paddock,  Northfield  Drive  and Fairfield Road. 
  • Provision  of  the  Christmas Tree  on  West Green and the Christmas lights 
  • Allotments –  the  area  containing  the allotments is rented from Lady Hullocks Trust. The  allotments  are  managed  by  the  Parish Council. 
  • Tree Maintenance  –  on  the  public  areas  of most  of  the  housing  estates  in  Stokesley  and other parish land. 
  • The  unrestricted  parking on The Plain and College Square.

The Council is divided into smaller Committees and Working Groups as below:

Open Spaces & Footpaths Committee Cllrs Griffiths, Lewis, Seymour and Sowerby
Allotments Committee Cllrs Chisholm, Lewis, Seymour & Sowerby and a representative from the Allotments (Trish Lee)
Planning Committee Cllrs Brennan, Canavan & Griffiths + vacancy
Finance Committee Cllrs Brennan, Canavan, Carey & Seymour
Employment Committee Cllrs Blakemore, Carey, Griffiths & Sowerby
Health & Safety Committee Cllrs Canavan, Chisholm & Sowerby + vacancy
Town Hall Committee Cllrs Brennan, Canavan, Chisholm and Seymour Mr Miller, Mr Ridgeway and Mrs Blakey
Parking Working Group Cllrs Brennan, Carey, Chisholm, Griffiths and Seymour
Communications/Events Working Group Cllrs Blakemore, Brennan, Canavan, and Sowerby plus non-council members
Neighbourhood Plan Working Group Stewart Brennan, Ian Blakemore, Mike Canavan, Bryn Griffiths, Lynn Southern
Market Working Group Cllrs Blakemore, Canavan and Sowerby and representative from the Friday Market and representative from the Farmers Market


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There is a mix of parking options available in Stokesley. Stokesley is becoming unique compared with other similar locations within Hambleton District as all parking in the centre of Stokesley remains free of charge following Hambleton District Council taking the district wide decision to introduce charges for parking in the Market Towns of Northallerton, Bedale, and Thirsk.

Within the Stokesley town centre, free all day parking is available on The Plain (the large area between the Town Hall and the Manor House), and on College Square. These are areas of Manorial Land which were gifted in trust for the benefit of the townspeople of Stokesley in 1919, at the same time the Town Hall was also gifted in trust to the Stokesley Parish Council. The Manorial Lands Trust, a registered charity, now manages the Manorial Lands. 

Please note that The Plain is used as the location for the weekly Friday market and the award winning Farmers’ Market held on the first Saturday of each month. No parking is permitted on The Plain when these markets are in operation.

Further free all day parking is available at the western end of the Town Centre, on the southern side of the High Street to the west of Bridge Road and around West Green.

Additionally the cobbled areas along the rest of the High Street generally allow parking for a period of 2 Hours but a Parking Disc is required to be displayed inside the vehicle. These discs are readily available from all the retailers within the High Street and environs. The cobbled areas subject to Disc Parking were leased by Stokesley Parish Council to Hambleton District Council in 1999 on a 91 years lease. 

In Stokesley the town centre parking places managed by Hambleton District Council are part of the leased Manorial Lands. The introduction of charges on the Manorial Lands would have required the approval of the Manorial Lands Trust. Such approval was withheld and therefore Hambleton DC was unable to proceed with charging for parking on the High Street cobbled areas. 

Following the failure to introduce town centre car park charging, the edge of town site that now forms the Showfield Car Park was leased by Hambleton District Council from Stokesley Agricultural Society. This now forms a Pay and Display Car Park. The Showfield Car Park is accessed from the Stokesley Motors roundabout at the eastern edge of the town.

The enforcement of parking in Stokesley is now looked after by Scarborough Borough Council, under contract to Hambleton District Council. Hambleton DC identified outsourcing this service as the most effective and efficient solution. The provision and maintenance of “Yellow Lines” remains the responsibility of NYCC Highways Department. 

Stokesley Parish Council recognises that at times parking in Stokesley is congested, particularly when the two markets operate on The Plain and reduce the number of available parking spaces. However even on these days we continue to cope with both the increased demand for parking and the reduced space.

The Parish Council is mindful of the housing developments that are under consideration at present and clearly should any of these developments proceed they will bring added traffic into Stokesley and an increased parking requirement.

The Parish Council recognises the need to take a longer term view of parking. A small sub group has been established to undertake this review and to consider the long term response to the challenges. 

As part of the forthcoming review we will be seeking thoughts, ideas and suggestions from residents. We will be looking at the most effective ways of gathering these views. Additionally a significant amount of consultation will be undertaken with both residents and people who work in Stokesley to address some of the inevitable issues that the review will identify. We see such dialogue as important prior to drawing conclusions on the way forward.

We intend to use this Parish Council Web Site as one of the channels of communication with residents on this topic.

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Stokesley Fair

The origins of of Stokesley’s traditional fairs can be traced back to the granting of royal charter by Henry III to John FitzRobert in the year 1223-4. The date of the inception of the fair of 1224 is confirmed by the entry in the Online Gazetteer of Market Fairs in…


Please note that there will be an additional Farmers Market on Easter Saturday 31 March 2018 in addition to the usual monthly market. The next monthly market will take place on Saturday 7 April 2018. There are currently two regular markets held in Stokesley on The Plain in front of…
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