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 Monday, 16th February 2015.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Begley Cllr Pace
Cllr Sanderson Cllr Parry

District Cllr Duff

A presentation was given by Mr Walter Head, who talked about the Little White Bus service in Wensleydale. There will be three new buses this year and the service is run using both paid and volunteer drivers. New volunteer drivers are always welcome, training and other costs are covered. Mr White praised North Yorkshire County Council, which had recognised that supporting the service was the way forward. The success of the service, and its future, would be judged by the number of people using the buses so the motto is simply 'use it or lose it'.


Mrs Sheila Simms commented that she had found the first Town Council Surgery to be very useful. She was concerned about the capacity of the minibuses run by the Little White Bus service during weekends and summer months. With regard to the ongoing consultation regarding the bus services, she wondered if it might be possible to change the time of the last bus from Bedale to Leyburn to 6 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. so that people could use this service after visiting relatives in hospital at Northallerton. This would also benefit people who worked in Northallerton.

Mr David Ward informed the Council that it was sometimes impossible to read notices on the Town Council board in town because of condensation. This will be resolved.

3073. APOLOGIES were received from Cllrs Harper and Harrison and District Cllr Butler. The Chairman informed Councillors that Cllr Borman had threatened her with legal action concerning matters dating back to 2004. He had stated that he would not be attending any further Council Meetings until he received an apology from the Chairman. As the comments made in his letter were unfounded, no apology would be forthcoming.

3074. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members' Register of Interest – Cllr Begley declared an interest in item 7(l) regarding pub tables.

3075. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 19th January 2015 were approved as a correct record.


Richmondshire District Council had sent an operative to clear up the litter dropped on the embankment at Woodside by pupils from the School. The Clerk had also contacted the Wensleydale School about this problem. Councillors thanked Stewart, the operative, for his hard work.

Kate Loughlin, from the Town Team, had informed the Clerk that the group is submitting an application to the Community Opportunities Fund for signage around the town and the Council will be shown a copy of the application.

NYCC Highways would be closing Low Lane at Wensley for three days from
25th February in order to carry out tree felling.

Dave Spenceley had supplied the Town Council with a list of shrubs that he could plant in the top border of the cemetery. It was agreed that he should not plant another Laurel.

It was agreed that Councillors would discuss signage for Leyburn at the next meeting.


Cllr Bainbridge had attended a meeting of the Town Team. A leaflet of events in Leyburn and the surrounding area had been produced. The group wished to meet with the Town Council on 24th March to discuss ways of promoting the town. The new bike racks would be installed soon and had been made by Norman Iveson.

Cllrs Parry, Pace, Harper and Bainbridge had all attended the Fire Station Open Evening and they found it very interesting. There are currently only seven retained firefighters and twelve are needed to run the service efficiently. People who live and work locally are urged to consider joining the service.

A meeting of the Shawl Fields Management Group had been held in January.

Items Circulated

a. The Clerk – January, 2015 issue.
b. Clerks & Councils Direct – January 2015.
c. Affordable Rural Housing: A practical guide for parish councils.
d. Leyburn & Mid Wensleydale Business Association – Minutes from October & December 2015.


e. Town Councillors' Surgery, 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday, 19th February 2015 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall, Leyburn. This was cancelled later in the Meeting.

f. Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Monday, 30th March 2015 at 7.30 p.m. Items for inclusion on the agenda are required by Monday, 16th March 2015.

g. Leyburn & Mid Wensleydale Business Association – A generous contribution of £1,515 had been received towards the cost of Christmas lights and flowers in the town.

h. YLCA - Richmondshire Branch meeting will be held on Thursday, 19th February 2015 at 7 p.m. at The Station, Richmond.

Decision/Comment Required

i. Councillors agreed to cancel the surgery to be held on 19th February due to lack of availability of Councillors. It was agreed to hold the next surgery on 19th March in the evening. Full contact details of those ratepayers who attend will be taken in order to contact them afterwards.

j. To amend existing terms and conditions for Town Councillors' Surgeries: It was agreed to add the following rules: The same Councillors will not attend consecutive surgeries and if necessary the Surgery will be cancelled. Surgeries will be held every two months. The Clerks will follow up matters raised and respond to those electors.

k. Councillors awarded the sole right to sell ice cream on Leyburn Market for 2015 to Barries Ices.

l. It was agreed not to amend the charges and rules for the placing of tables on Town Council land for 2015.

m. Councillors granted the request from St Andrew's Church, Grinton to hold a car boot sale at Parks Field, Grinton on Monday, 25th May 2015.

n. NYCC - Additional Waiting Restrictions on the A6108 Middleham Road, Leyburn: Councillors gave approval for these.

o. Consultation on proposed new bus services 155/156/516R from 11th May 2015: Councillors noted the revised times and will request that the last bus from Bedale is put back to 6 p.m. if possible for the reasons given earlier in the meeting.

p. Speeding on Middleham Road: The worst section is when entering the 30 m.p.h. zone when coming up the hill. The Police will be asked to carry out regular speed checks on that section.

q. Councillors discussed the proposed 'Waste Transfer Station' at Hillcrest, Harmby as part of a NYCC consultation. There was no further detail available from NYCC and District Cllr Tony Duff will follow this up.


a. 14/00317/Full Full planning for erection of 47 dwellings and associated garages and hard standing areas, formation of access roads to Dale Grove and Wensleydale Avenue (following demolition of extension to No. 17), emergency vehicle link and planting of tree belt. Land at Maythorne Farm, Leyburn. Granted

b. 14/00800/Full Full planning for single storey side extension with mezzanine floor, 45 Brentwood. Granted

Decision/Comment Required

c. 14/00979/LBC Listed Building Consent for internal alterations to the annex and installation of flue at West End House, Riseber Lane.

d. 15/00041/Full Full planning for proposed greenhouse within the cartilage of property at West End House, Riseber Lane.

e. 15/00001/Full Full planning for alteration to existing offices to provide additional first floor office and storage space at Critchley Hall Solicitors, Golden Lion Yard, Market Place.

Councillors had no objections to the above applications.

3080. MARKET
Decision/Comment Required

a. Mr D Hodgson was granted a permanent pitch on the market to sell pre-packed sausages, bacon and meat products.

b. Ashlands Nurseries was granted permission to permanently add fresh cut flowers to their stall.

c. Councillors officially appointed Will Dinsdale as the new Market Superintendent.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors awarded Leyburn Cemetery and Garden of Remembrance grass cutting and maintenance contract for April 2015 to March 2016 to Horton Landscaping.
Decision/Comment Required

Councillors approved the accounts as attached.


The old metal lamp post on Richmond Road opposite TOSH is in a dangerous state again. This will be reported.

The new lamp post near to the dental surgery is now lit.

Richard Sanderson will soon consult the Town Council in order to draw up a plan for burial plots in the cemetery extension. The spoil heap for the cemetery requires removal. Simpsons will be contacted.

The dip in Harmby Road near the building site has still not been repaired. NYCC Highways will be reminded about this.

A new satellite dish has been put up on the north side of the Market Place. This is not permitted in a Conservation Area so the District Council Planning Office will be informed.

The road markings on the north side of the Market place directing cars into the pay and display car park need repainting. Highways will be asked if these can be moved closer to the entrance to the car park to prevent drivers turning up into the wrong access lane. Additional markings to the car park along the whole length of the roadway would also help drivers. The roundabout is scheduled for repainting but this needs to be done very soon.

Dog mess in town is once again a serious problem and the unsurfaced lane continuing from the top of Riseber lane is, as usual, in a disgusting state.

At the chemists shop there is a timetable of buses from the Friarage Hospital to James Cook hospital. This is on a trial basis until March.

During a recent very cold spell, the pavement along Richmond Road was very icy because it is in the shade all day. NYCC will be asked to grit this as necessary.

3084. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 16th March 2015 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.
Note: ANNUAL PARISH MEETING to be held on Monday, 30th March 2015 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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