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Ryedale District Council is supporting residents and visitors to enjoy Helmsley safely this Easter

Ryedale District Council is reassuring residents that its officers are on hand to help them and visitors enjoy Helmsley safely this Easter.

As the weather gets warmer, many visitors flock to Helmsley to enjoy all the market town has to offer. However, with the rise in visitors, some residents may notice an increase in litter or extra busy car parks.

To address these concerns, Ryedale District Council is placing extra staff at Cleveland Way car park to help manage the flow of traffic and to make sure that visitors and residents are parking safely. These Officers will also walk to Market Place car park to keep a friendly watch over things and to answer any questions visitors may have. More rubbish collections have been arranged to keep litter off the streets and there will be an increase in the amount of toilet cleans.

In addition, the District Council is asking visitors with a camper van or motorhome to stick to the restrictions of a maximum of 15 vehicles in the Cleveland Way car park. They’re also asking that the vehicles are parked at a safe distance, to keep the site clean and respect local residents with no BBQs, awnings or music permitted. Officers will be out and about to check that the restrictions are adhered to.

To help alleviate any busy traffic, residents and visitors staying close by are urged to walk into town if they are able to. This helps ease any congestion and has benefits for the environment too. Local businesses are being asked to find alternative parking where possible to help ease any congestion in the car parks.

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director of Place and Resources for Ryedale District Council said: “We appreciate that Helmsley is a wonderful place to visit, especially during the Easter holiday. We’re doing what we can to help visitors enjoy Helmsley, whilst reassuring residents that we are listening to their concerns. We each have a part to play to support tourism and to show respect to those in live or work in Helmsley.”