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About Selby District Council


Selby: The fastest growing district in North Yorkshire


We are an ambitious Council, and operate a successful mixed economy delivery model which includes the post of a Chief Executive/Assistant Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, a range of outsourced services such as Street Scene (Amey), Leisure (Inspiring Healthy Lifestyle) and a collaboration partnership model with North Yorkshire County Council.

The Council has an ambitious agenda to deliver its priorities over the coming years as clearly articulated in the Corporate Plan 2015-2020. It is essential to address the continuing austerity measures, realise our economic growth opportunities, be at the forefront of the evolving devolution agenda and to fulfil its ambition to make Selby a great place to do business, to enjoy life and to make a difference.

We feel we’re unique. We’re supporting and encouraging growth and driving new inward investment in a mixed economy model as well as strengthening our approach to commissioning high quality services. We’re also developing workforce skills and employment opportunities while improving leisure and culture opportunities and, importantly, meeting housing demand. Our services are designed around our customer's needs and we commission solutions with those best placed to deliver services on our behalf.

Some of our successes include:

  • High standard of services and a committed workforce;
  • A robust financial plan and investment programme - despite the financial challenges facing all local government in recent years;
  • A Corporate Plan 2015-2020, which is ambitious and clearly sets out its aims and priorities, with a very effective needs analysis, engagement programme with residents, partners and staff in understanding our priorities, what to expect from us and how decisions are made;
  • Seizing new opportunities, for example a new award winning leisure facility, and playing a key role in making Tour de Yorkshire an enormous success for the District.
  • Robust approach to strategic planning and implementation of ‘PLAN Selby’ in line with our Core Strategy outlining our development needs up to 2027.
  • Strengthened focus on partnership working, helping us to work effectively with key national bodies, regional and key stakeholders to bring investment and funding into the District
  • Strengthened our connections with local businesses and community leaders to support new investment e.g. Tour de Yorkshire, District Partnership Breakfast summits and business enterprise days.
  • Land check team winning a national award for providing the ‘most improved national land information service’ in the country.
  • Development of the Safer Selby Hub, bringing together the district and county councils, North Yorkshire Police and a range of others to make the district a safer place.
  • Development of the property programme, whereby teams from the district and county councils are now sharing office space as part of a drive to deliver efficiencies.
  • Long-term savings- for example £108,000 was saved last year by amalgamating the finance functions of the two councils.
  • The council’s Legal Services Team was shortlisted, alongside just five other councils, for a Local Government Legal Team of the year award, the only council in northern England to have been shortlisted.
  • Following the introduction of the Council’s new modern website there has been a 61% increase of unique visitors seeking information about Council services on the site
  • A brand new £7m leisure centre for Selby opened in March 2015 followed by a new leisure village which opened in summer 2016.
  • Facilitated the creation of the Selby Town Enterprise Partnership to bring together key business and community leaders in the town to deliver a range of new investment and improvements.
  • Re-awarded the Investors in People standard for our work in supporting staff to make the most of our talent, which directly benefits the way in which we deliver services.

 Some of our key ambitions include: 

  • Making the Selby district a great place to do business- Securing new investment in the district, improving employment opportunities and working with education providers to support people accessing training and education that will skill them for work.
  • Making the Selby district a great place to enjoy life- improving the supply of housing and healthy life choices
  • Making the Selby district a great place to make a difference- Empowering and involving people in decisions about their area and their services, enabling people to get involved, volunteer and contribute to delivering services locally and facilitating people to access and use alternative service delivery channels.


See this Selby District Council - Selby Means Business video below for more information.



About the Locality: Stunning Selby and North Yorkshire

Comprising Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn-in-Elmet, Selby District has much to offer. Situated between the vibrant cities of York and Leeds and with easy access to major rail and motorway routes, the district is an excellent place to live and work. We have historic monuments, bustling market towns, great places to eat and drink and fantastic places to stay, all surrounded by open countryside offering many opportunities for walkers and cyclists, and those that enjoy a little something more extreme!.

In addition to Selby’s obvious attraction for walkers and cyclists, the county offers even more for the outdoor enthusiast. From the hard gritstone of Almscliff and Brimham rocks to the limestone of Malham, Gordale and Kilnsey, climbing venues are in abundance. The Yorkshire Dales is the premier area for caving and for mountain biking; there are the bridleways of the Dales and North York Moors as well as the renowned trail centre at Dalby Forest. The 7stanes trail centres are all easily accessible for days and weekends away as is the Lake District and the fells, crags and coast of Northumberland. There are a small number of sailing clubs on reservoirs around the county and fantastic, if chilly, surfsport venues and sea kayaking on the east coast.

While the county is rightly known for its wide open spaces, it also incorporates attractive market towns including Pickering and Helmsley, traditional seaside towns, the Spa town of Harrogate and the ancient city of York - the most visited city outside of London. There are a wide range of shopping, leisure and cultural facilities as well as excellent schools, universities, road and rail links, there really is everything to offer you and your family as a place to work, live and enjoy!

Travelling further afield we have convenient connectivity, with a little over two hours commute on the main train line to London.


For further information regarding the region visit www.yorkshire.com

For more information about Selby, please visit www.selby.gov.uk

For more information about North Yorkshire county council visit www.northyorks.gov.uk