We are responsible for:

Footway Lighting

Footway and street lights in the town are maintained either by North Yorkshire County Council or by the town council. The town council’s lights are in the following street and snickets:

Anchorite Lane Ings Garth
Beacon Park – First and Second Avenues Keld Close
Beansheaf Mauden Avenue
Black Bull Meadow Road
Brant Hill Middleton Road
Bridge Street Mill Lane
Castle Road Newbridge
Churchyard Northway
Crossgates Lane Oaklands
Firthland Road Outgang Lane
Forest Road Park Street
Snicket Eastgate-Hawthorn Lane Potter Hill
Snicket Eastgate-Outgang Lane (North Riding Garage) Recreation Road
Snicket Eastgate-Outgang Lane (Co-op store) Riverside Walk
Snicket Smiddy Hill – Hungate Swainsea Lane
Snicket Market Place-Hungate Train Lane
Steps Market Place-Churchyard Undercliffe
Goslipgate Westernway
Hallgarth-Kirkham Lane Whitby Road (to No 5)
Hatcase Lane

Always give the number of the light and, where possible, the number of the nearest dwelling when reporting that repair is needed. For council lights, phone 01751 476503 or e-mail  For county council lights please phone 01609 534527 or visit Yorkshire Housing Association is responsible for lights at its housing estates eg Old Farm Close, Orchard Close. Contact details via the association’s website –

Cemetery management

The council is the burial authority responsible for the public cemetery at Whitby Road. See Council documents for details of burial fees, exclusive rights of burial and memorials. The council also maintains the closed churchyard, an area containing graves, memorials and footways, to the south of the parish church.

Play areas

The council owns five play areas and manages two others on behalf of the Pickering Playing Fields Association.

Otter Drive: equipment suitable for very young children.
Troutbeck Close: equipment suitable for very young children.
Garden Way: equipment for children from five years to fourteen.
Paddock Close: equipment for children from five years to fourteen.
Greenlands: a large open space with a goalpost.
Hawthorne Lane: equipment suitable for very young children, and  below the age of sixteen.
Manor Drive: equipment for very young children, and children below the age of sixteen.

Open spaces

The council maintains Smiddy Hill and Riverside Walk. Seating is provided in both locations. There are also small areas of open space in Vivis Park.

Public Seats, Litter and Dog waste bins

The council provides and maintains public seats and is always grateful to those residents who gift seats to the town in memory of family and friends. Litter and dog waste bins are sited at appropriate locations. The council does take into consideration the concerns of residents about their location.

The verges in the parish are the responsibility of North Yorkshire County Council; however, the town council cuts them twelve times a year.

Planning applications

The council is a statutory consultee for planning applications. All planning applications for development within the parish can be viewed at the council office. The council responds to consultation documents from government and its agencies, health organisations, North Yorkshire County Council, North York Moors National Park Authority and Ryedale District Council.

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