Welcome to Sherburn in Elmet Town Council

Sherburn in Elmet Town Council Vacancy for Executive Officer: 

 Council is actively recruiting a self-motivated and well organised individual for the role of Executive Officer to support its growth and aspirations to better serve its community. Sherburn in Elmet Town Council (SETC) has undergone significant change over the past year and is now looking to rebuild from the ground up with a vision of positivity and proactivity. This role requires an individual with determination and skills to build a competent employment team from scratch and continue to lead and inspire that team moving forward.

Time spent on council business varies weekly; hours currently set at 20 hours per week (review ongoing), in accordance with the business needs of the council. Location and hours of work are flexible (within the needs of the Council). Remote working is possible in many aspects of the role

Salary is paid in accordance with the National Joint Council recommendations; starting salary is within NJC LC 3 substantive salary rage - SCP scales 37- 41 (£21.63 -£23.73 per hour). Starting SCP will be awarded according to relevant skills, experience and qualifications

Main Duties include:

  • Advising the council and ensuring council compliance with legislation and best practice.
  • Attendance at Council and Committee meetings (weekly/evenings)
  • Leadership and line management of Council staff.
  • Overseeing Council financial accounts
  • Management of council recreational spaces (including allotments) and all council assets

Previous experience in local council administration and CiLCA qualification is desirable but not essential as training will be provided to the successful applicant.

If this role appeals to you and you consider you have the necessary skills please contact us for further information, job description, person specification and an application form (or just a chat about the role) contact:

Councillor Peter Baumann (Chairman of SETC Personnel Committee )

Job Description
Person Specification
Application form

 NOTE: Completed application forms must be submitted with a current CV


 Town Council status for Sherburn in Elmet

Following a resolution at a meeting of the Council (15 August 2022),  where residents were offered the opportunity to have their say on Town Council status, Sherburn in Elmet Parish Council  unanimously agreed to rename itself Sherburn in Elmet Town Council. 

Town Council Chairman Gary Limbert said that residents’ responses were in the main very positive about the change, although some wanted to know what it would mean for the village. It was accepted that Sherburn in Elmet is now larger than many other Town and Parish Councils within North Yorkshire. There are in fact 731 parishes in North Yorkshire including 25 Town and 129 Parish Councils, Sherburn is now the 10th largest in North Yorkshire with a population in excess of 8,000 and growing, with new housing developments still to be completed! It is also the biggest employer within Selby District, and probably North Yorkshire, mainly at the industrial park and the newly developing Sherburn2 business park.

The Town Council appreciates that many old and new residents want to live in a semi-rural location and to be part of a thriving community, this will not change, and even though Sherburn in Elmet has increased in size, through population, housing development and employment, it still has a thriving and passionate community.

North Yorskhire County Councillor Bob Packham said that the decision to have a change in name to a Town Council was in large part linked to the decision being made by Central Government to change the system of County and District Councils in North Yorkshire and will see the old system significantly change from 1st April 2023. The changes will include a single unitary council for North Yorkshire, with the exception of City of York Council, which will remain as a separate unitary council. This will mean that all current district councils (including Selby District Council) will no longer exist. The new North Yorkshire Council will have 90 unitary councillors, being those elected as county councillors in May this year, to represent people across North Yorkshire. Where previously Sherburn had 3 Selby District Councillors and 1 County Councillor we will now have just a single North Yorkshire Councillor. Our North Yorkshire Councillor, representing Sherburn in Elmet and Huddleston and Newthorpe until May 2027 is Bob Packham, who can be contacted at: Cllr.Bob.Packham@northyorks.gov.uk I

n short, the new single unitary council will have control over council tax, so rates will be standardised across the county instead of being set by the local district councils. Councillors are working to ensure that the new council will retain a local office at the current Selby District Council offices to offer face to face “expertise and advice”. It is likely that the new Council will look to devolve (hand down) powers to Town and Parish Councils to run and manage assets and services in their local areas “where they want to”, and to maintain community run services such as Sherburn and Villages Library.

Many of the Town Council owned facilities and amenities are or have been managed and run by local community groups and/or organisations, thus letting the community decided what is better for them, these include sporting facilities like Football, Rugby, Bowls, Tennis, Angling etc all are run and managed by local community volunteers. Other amenities and services like the local Library and two Community Centres are also run and managed by many volunteers and paid staff. The help and support from the Town Council for these facilities, amenities and services will not alter, in fact the Town Council hopes that it will improve greatly, with increased designated funding now available to apply for.

 A Town  or Parish Council is the tier of Local Government closest to the people, with the district authority Selby District Council above us and North Yorkshire County Council coming in at the top of the tier. Despite it's name, Sherburn in Elmet Town Council is not connected to the parish church, or it's governing body, although the geographical area covered by the Town Council roughly coincides with the parochial boundaries of All Saints the local C of E church. This is because the old parish church boundaries were used as the basis for creating civil parish councils towards the end of the 19th century. 

 Town and Parish Councils have limited powers to make decisions, but they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence those other organisations that do make final decisions such as Selby District Council or North Yorkshire County Council. Organisations realise that the Parish Council gives the best reflection on how a community feels about something and it's views should be taken seriously. 

On our website we aim to outline the role and services provided by the Town Council along with the details of our Councillors. We provide you with the dates of our meetings and copies of the agendas and minutes. We have our budget and accounts listed, along with grants we have awarded and the grant application form.  

This site will enable you to find out about our vibrant, growing community and understand the roles and responsibilities of the Parish Council and how our Precept is being spent. It is our intention to enable more residents to play an active role in the community, participate in more activities, attend Parish Council Meetings, take advantage of our excellent facilities and thoroughly enjoy living in Sherburn in Elmet.

Please contact us if you have questions concerning the work of the Town Council, if you have any concerns that you feel the Council should be aware of or where it can help or support you.

Please visit our 'Who is Responsible' page (below) to determine who is responsible; North Yorkshire County Council, Selby District Council or  Sherburn in Elmet Town Council.


Councillor Vacancies:

 Sherburn in Elmet Town Council now has 1 casual vacancy which it can fill by process of co-option.

The council will be considering applications for co-option at its next ordinary meeting  - please submit your written application for this vacant seat and complete this eligibility check form to office@sherburninelmet-tc.gov.uk

See here for further information on the role of a Town Councillor  


Please click here to find out Who is Responsible


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