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 17th August 2015.

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

District Cllr Duff


Mrs Sheila Simms informed Councillors that she had spoken to Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner, at her recent surgery. No police system is now in place to deal with lost and found property so a local business or office is needed to take on the role. The phone on the wall of the Leyburn Police Station will be removed since it is not working correctly.

3150.APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Harper and District Cllr Sedgewick.

3151. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members' Register of Interest – There were no declarations of interest.

3152. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 20th July 2015 were approved as a correct record.


North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding a Gas Safety Week from
14 – 20 September to raise awareness and keep the public safe from dangerous and poorly maintained gas appliances.

Rural Action Yorkshire is launching 'Good Neighbours' schemes to help older and vulnerable people within the community. These are led by local residents who arrange help such as transport, light repairs, gardening and befriending. £300 is available to help set up such a scheme and anyone interested should contact Martha Holmes on 0845 313 0270 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NYCC Highways will be carrying out major repairs to the approach walls of Middleham Bridge in early October. The work will last approx. six weeks and road closures will be kept to night times only from 8.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m..

Safer Richmondshire had carried out speed monitoring on Middleham Road for seven days in July and in both directions the average speeds were 32 m.p.h. in the 30 m.p.h. zone. As a follow up the flashing matrix sign was deployed for seven days.

PCSO Mandy Hoss had informed the Council that following her 12 months transfer to Harrogate she would not be returning to Leyburn and would be based at Northallerton instead. Councillors were sorry to hear this but were very pleased to have the continuing service from PCSO Richard Braddick.

NYCC Highways have placed barriers around the damaged bollards near the crossing in the Market Place but they will be asked to replace them as a matter of urgency. NYCC cannot paint the bollards near Barclays Bank in order to make them more visible.

NYCC Highways are now processing the legal requirements for the new yellow lines in Brentwood. This will take several months.

NYCC Highways had already painted the white 'H bar' on the road at the bottom end of Shawl Terrace when the Town Council responded to them. However, Councillors thought that it was working well to prevent double parking and will monitor the situation.

The Clerk reported that urgent repairs were needed to the old playmatting in the small playground outside the Primary School. This was raised by the by the District Council inspection. A price had been sought and it was agreed to have this replaced. This will be ratified at the next meeting.

Councillors were asked if they wished to speak to a representative from Mulberry Homes before their planning application is submitted and it was agreed to do this.

The Clerk referred to a letter in the Darlington and Stockton Times in which VJ Connor from Bishop Auckland stated that the last time they were in Leyburn they noticed "that there is not one seat in the whole of the town". She would like to assure VJ Connor (and any other potential visitors) that there are many seats in the town centre. She is confused as to where the seats had gone on the day that VJ Connor visited the town.


Cllr Pace had attended the Town Team Meeting. New finger posts had been ordered and a new notice board will be put up to promote the town. A possible replacement of the Food Festival had been discussed and many compliments had been received on the recent 1940s Weekend.

Cllr Sanderson reported that a meeting had been held between the Leyburn Events Group and Trustees of the Lower Wensleydale Partnership to also discuss a future Food Festival for the town. It would be run on a more commercial basis.

Cllr Medley had attended a public meeting arranged by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service which she had found very interesting.

Items Circulated

a. YLCA - Annual Review 2014/15
b. North Yorks Police & Crime Commission Annual Report 2014 – 2015
c. The Clerk – July 2015
d. Clerks & Councils Direct – July 2015
e. North Yorks Fire & Rescue Authority – Consultation details (it was agreed to bring this to the next meeting).

Decision/Comment Required

f. Councillors co-opted Jane Bradford as a Town Councillor. Cllr Borman proposed Jane Bradford and this was seconded by Cllr Walker. All voted in favour.

g. Following discussion it was agreed to keep the wording for Standing Order 10C as it is. There is already a framework to legally deal with urgent business at meetings which is not on the Agenda.

h. No prices had been provided for the cutting of the grass verges so no decision could be taken on this yet.

i. Wensleydale Transport Action Group - Councillors discussed a request for a donation of £500 towards the Wensleydale Flyer Bus Service on Sundays to keep this service running between November and Easter. Councillors requested more information about this before the next meeting so that they can make a decision.

j. NYCC - Proposed parking bays, Commercial Square, Leyburn. Councillors wished to have the one disabled bay but not the dedicated loading bay. The supermarket also did not wish to have the loading bay.

k. Town Team - Councillors granted permission to locate a notice board and bench on the footway with the bike racks leading to Thomas the Bakers. It was agreed to pay £240 towards the cost of the bench.

l. COF application to purchase a defibrillator - Councillors ratified the decision to name Langhorne Chemists Shop, Market Place, as the site for the defibrillator in the planning application to be submitted and approved the payment for the planning application (£97).

m. Town Plan for Leyburn – Councillors agreed not to invite the RDC Senior Policy Officer to attend the first meeting to discuss the plan but to invite him later on instead if necessary.
Decision/Comment Required

a. Councillors ratified the "no objections" comment on planning application 15/00482/Full Full planning for erection of single storey extension and insertion of garage door at 17 Park View.

b. 15/00517/Full Full planning to site three cabins/offices and one cabin/toilet at Leyburn Livestock Auction Mart.

c. 15/00601/AA Advertisement Consent for new signage at York House, (One Stop Shop), Railway Street.

There were no objections to items (b) and (c) above.

3157. MARKET
Decision/Comment Required

Councillors granted Kate Cole of Bellerby a permanent pitch on the market to sell jams, chutneys and preserves.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors approved the accounts as attached.


Cllr Medley reported complaints from the Golden Lion that an adjacent section of the Market Place has been coned off unnecessarily on some Fridays. This is always done in the summer months to use for the extra market stalls that often attend the market.

The 30 m.p.h. sign on Richmond Road near to the new houses will be replaced by NYCC.

The roof of the new eco house at Quarry Hills is higher than the adjacent property and the District Council Planning Department will be asked if this is permitted.

Cllr Begley asked the Clerk to remind NYCC Highways about the urgent need to replace the damaged bollards in the Market Place.

The lane next to Thomas the Bakers shop is overgrown so the owner will be contacted.

NYCC Highways have asked the contractors who caused the dangerous dip in Harmby Road to repair the road.

3160. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 21st September 2015 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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