Leyburn Town Council

Market Town & Gateway to the Yorkshire Dales

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A Meeting of the above named Council convened by the Council was held in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall on 15th February 2016 at 7.00pm.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Sanderson
Cllr Medley Cllr Borman
Cllr Bradford Cllr Pace
Cllr Begley Cllr Harrison

District Cllrs Duff and Sedgewick


District Cllr Sedgewick read out a draft newsletter re. the proposed waste transfer station at Harmby. The final copy will be sent to the Town Council and can be brought to a future meeting for comment.

The Council was asked if the Parish Plan will include areas outside Leyburn. This will be decided by the Steering Group.

Representatives from the Wensleydale School will be invited to help the Steering Group.

3228. APOLOGIES - There were no apologies.

3229. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council’s Code of Conduct or Members’ Register of Interest - Cllr Begley later declared an interest in item 6(i).

3230. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 18th January 2016 were approved as a correct record.


Cllr John Blackie had informed the Council that from Monday, 11th April 2016 the Little White Bus will introduce a new bus service called the Richmondshire Rover to reinstate the weekday afternoon and Saturday buses between Leyburn and Bedale. Since the new bus will be owned by the Little White Bus Service and not NYCC, passengers with a concessionary pass may give a donation towards their journey if they so wish. This will help the viability of the service.

Rural Action Yorkshire is launching a new winter project called 'Warm & Well' to raise awareness of the impact of cold homes and to reduce rates of fuel poverty. For practical help people should ring 01423 740001 or visit www.first4contact.org.

Rev. Chris will forward details of the plans for St Matthews Church when they are available. The Church is taking part in the 'Good Neighbour Project' which aims to carry out small tasks to help elderly and vulnerable people in the community. The Town Team will be informed by the church about a national project to hold street parties for the Queen's 90th birthday called the 'Big Lunch'.

Thornborough Lodge Freemasons are involved with the National Beacon to be lit on Penhill and therefore would not be able to help with a Leyburn beacon.

Cllr Borman would like the Town Council to organise a service of thanksgiving at St Matthews Church for the Queen's Official Birthday.

Richmondshire District Council had carried out a follow-up visit regarding dog-fouling in the town and were disappointed to report that their original visit during which they highlighted dog mess, had not made any difference to the problem at all.


Cllr Borman had attended a meeting re. the expansion of St Matthews Church.

Cllr Pace had attended a Town Team Meeting. The group is exploring possibilities for an all-year Tourist Information Centre in the town.

Cllr Sanderson had attended a Richmondshire District Business Forum Meeting to discuss the results of the survey carried out in December.

Cllr Sanderson reported that arrangements for the Food Festival are progressing well and the group is seeking a major sponsor.

Items Circulated

a. Clerks & Councils Direct – January 2016
b. Richmondshire Community News – December 2015
c. Village SOS Newsletter January 2016


d. Leyburn Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday, 4th April 2016 at 7.30 p.m. Items for inclusion on the agenda are required by Tuesday, 22nd March 2016.

e. NYCC/Rural Yorkshire: Community Resilience Training will be held between
4 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, 25th February in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall, Leyburn. Booking required (tel. 0845 313 0270).

Decision/Comment Required

f. Leyburn 1940s Weekend - Councillors granted permission for the organisers to use the Market Place and Commercial Square on 23rd and 24th July 2016.

g. Leyburn 1940s Weekend - Councillors agreed to make a donation of £500 towards the 2016 event.

h. Councillors awarded the sole right to sell ice cream on Leyburn Market for April 2016 to March 2017 to Barries Ices Ltd.

i. Councillors reviewed the charges and rules for placing tables on Town Council land for 2016. It was agreed to leave the charges as they are for this year and review them at the same time as market charges. A new paragraph will be added to the rules regarding the placing of tables: 'This could be subject to any planning permission that may be required. This is currently not required. The responsibility for obtaining permission rests with the applicant'.

j. Councillors awarded the contract for cutting grass verges around the town for 2016 to A & J Garden Services Ltd.

k. Dales & Bowland CIC: DalesBus service 855 & 856 Wensleydale Flyer - Councillors did not agree to allow the Council's £500 contribution to be used for the 855 service between Garsdale and Hawes in the event that the 855 service cannot run to Leyburn.

l. R.D.C. Draft Economic Action Plan 2015-2019 - It was agreed that Councillors could complete the questionnaire individually online or on paper and return it.

m. St Andrew’s Church, Grinton - Councillors granted permission to hold a Car Boot Sale on Monday, 30th May at Parks Field, Grinton.

n. Leyburn Parish Plan – The previous week's Public Meeting was well-attended and 17 people had signed up to become part of the Steering Group. The first meeting of that group will be arranged as soon as possible.


15/00906/Full Full planning for extensions to existing joinery workshop to provide additional workshop space and incorporating new CNC machinery at Moor Park, Moor Road. Granted

3235. MARKET

Installation of electric points in the Market Place - The Northern Powergrid work will take place between 15 - 17 March 2016. Suitable charges for stallholders using the electric will be discussed at the March Meeting of the Council.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors awarded the Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance gardening contract for April 2016 – March 2017 to A&J Garden Services Ltd.

Decision/Comment Required

a. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.

b. YLCA: Changes to the external audit - Councillors agreed to remain automatically opted into the Sector Led Body for audit.


Cllr Pace told Councillors about a 'Clean for the Queen' town tidy-up project to take place this year. This will be discussed at the March Meeting.

Cllr Begley reported the worsening of the dog fouling in town and also the noise problems early on Sunday mornings caused by the motocross and trail bike riders setting off from the Market Place. At least 20 vans are parked in the square all day thus taking up parking spaces. It was agreed that a letter will be sent to the Police to ask if there is anything they can do.

The litter bin outside the Thomas the Bakers shop is regularly overflowing with rubbish. The District Council will be asked if a larger bin can be provided.

The Rotary Club will discuss the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations.

The recycling bins in the District Council car park are overflowing again. This will be reported.

3239. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 21st March 2016 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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