Monday 8 June update

Business grants

We’ve launched a new grant to help support Selby district businesses who've previously missed out on government support.  

Small businesses could benefit from grants of up to £10,000, micro businesses up to £5,000 and B&Bs and market traders up to £2,500, in the new Discretionary Business Grant Scheme.

We’ve received £876,750 of funding from central Government and will use it to deliver support to a range of smaller companies.

The grants are designed to help small and micro businesses including those in shared offices and flexible working spaces, regular market traders without business rates assessments, and B&Bs paying Council Tax rather than Business Rates, for example. Local businesses should visit our website for details.  

Council Tax Support

This week we’ve paid out the additional £150 hardship payments for working age customers in receipt of Council Tax Support. Over 2,500 customers have received this additional support from the fund at a total of £221,000.00. Any new applicants will also receive this support throughout the rest of the year. Council Tax Support is available to those on a low income to help pay their council tax and we have an online calculator so customers can see if they would be eligible and an easy online form to apply.

High Street changes

Our high streets are already looking different as changes are made to help businesses open safely, enable residents to maintain social distancing while shopping and encourage more active travel like cycling and walking.
As well as signs on streets reminding people to stay two metres apart, this also means putting barriers and cones on roads to widen the footpaths and the temporary closure of some roads and parking bays to leave enough space for people to practice social distancing. 

Selby – from 15 June
Finkle Street: new road layout and partial closure around Micklegate. Gowthorpe: some parking bays suspended. New Lane: partial closure.

Sherburn – from now. 
Low Street: some parking bays suspended.

Tadcaster – from now. 
Bridge Street, High Street and Kirkgate: some parking bays suspended. Also Kirkgate: barriers in place to widen some sections of footpaths.

The highways changes by North Yorkshire County Council have been made working in partnership with the district council and partners including the police. Find out what is changing and where.

We’re now developing much wider plans to support our town centres and encourage people back.  We’ll have more details over the coming weeks.

Services

We’re beginning to see small changes to services as we emerge from lockdown. For example, we’ve restarted the bulky waste collections. 

We continue to review all the services we’re able to provide, in line with the latest government advice. We’ll make sure that where possible services are restarted, or return with minor changes to the way they work, as soon as possible.

Executive meetings

This week we’ll host our first online Executive meeting.  This starts at 2pm on Thursday 11 June.  Members of the public will be able to watch the meeting online.  Click here to find out more details, including a link for the meeting.