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, 19th August 2013 at 7.00pm.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Bainbridge
Cllr Parry Cllr Bell
Cllr Warland Cllr Robinson
Cllr Denison

Dawn Clarkson gave a short presentation about Phase 2 of the 'TOSH' (The Old School House) project and outlined what had been achieved so far during Phase 1. Councillors would consider making a further donation during the evening's meeting.


Two representatives from the Wensleydale Rugby Club invited Councillors to attend their open evening on Friday, 23rd August at which there would be a presentation on the planned redevelopment of the club house. Several Councillors indicated that they would attend.

Mr Len Shepherd read out a prepared speech in which he queried why Members' interests are still not displayed on the Council's website. The Chairman informed him that this is in hand. He congratulated the Deputy Clerk on her efficient minute-taking at the July Meeting of the Council. He again questioned the authority of the Shawl Fields Management Group to take decisions and amend the grazier's lease.

2822. APOLOGIES were received from Cllrs Harrison and Waites.

2823. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council's Code of Conduct or Members Register of Interest. There were no interests to declare.

2824. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 15th July 2013 were approved as a correct record.


The Post Office would be closed on the morning of Friday, 13th September for the completion of modernisation work.

A meeting of the NYCC Area Committee would be held at Tunstall on 28th August.

NYCC Highways would inspect the markings on the disabled bays outside the chemists shop.

Peter Featherstone from Richmondshire District Council had responded to the query from the July Meeting concerning money that may be available for Leyburn under Section 106 because of the planned Catterick development. District Cllr Butler had suggested that this would be available to the town, however, Section 106 Agreements are not a means of providing financial contributions for communities to draw on.


Cllr Parry had attended a town branding group meeting of the Lower Wensleydale Area Working Partnership at which members had discussed how to obtain more funding to continue their work. A representative from the Group will speak to Councillors about this matter.

Cllr Parry had also attended the Lower Wensleydale Area Partnership Meeting at which the signage for Masham on the A1 had been discussed as well as the resurfacing of the lane next to Thomas the Bakers shop that leads to the car park.

Items Circulated

a. NYCC Extra Care Housing, Leyburn – Newsletter July 2013
b. Clerks & Councils Direct – July 2013
c. Richmondshire Funding & Grants News – July 2013
d. RDC Update – July 2013
e. DITA – Dales Connect Summer 2013 Bulletin


f. Friarage Hospital, Northallerton - Friarage Public Consultation from
2nd September to 25th November. Public events will be taking place in Richmondshire and one will be held in Leyburn on Tuesday, 8th October at 7pm at Tennants Auction House.

Decision/Comment Required

g. Leyburn and District Branch of Royal British Legion - Councillors granted permission to use part of the Market Square for the Act of Remembrance on Sunday, 10th November at 10.45 a.m. and for a smaller gathering at 11 a.m. on Monday, 11th November.

h. NYCC Richmondshire Area Committee - A vacancy has arisen for the mid Wensleydale and Leyburn representative on the Area Committee.

i. Councillors agreed to the cost of supplying paint etc (estimated at £150) for the Community Payback Project to paint railings on the Mount. Cllr Robinson informed the Meeting that one rail is broken and will need mending before the railings are painted. NYCC Highways will be contacted about this.

j. NYCC: Proposed changes to local bus and school transport services – Councillors discussed the proposed reduction in services and felt very strongly that connections at Bedale and Leyburn need to be properly organised to permit through journeys to Northallerton and Hawes. The Clerk will obtain the detailed proposed timetables so that Councillors can discuss these at the September Meeting of the Town Council.

k. NYCC: Vehicle activated speed sign – Councillors discussed the offer of participating in the 'initial phase' of the scheme at a cost of up to £730 p.a. It was agreed not to have the sign on offer but instead to explore the possibility of making drivers more aware that they are entering a 30 m.p.h. zone and welcoming them to Leyburn by creating a new town entrance sign on each entry road. Funding for this may be available through the Portas grant that the town received. The Portas 'Town Team' will meet again on 12th September and the group is still looking for more members.

l. 'TOSH' (Old School House project) – Councillors considered the request for a donation towards Phase 2 of the project which could have been paid from the Thornborough Hall account. However, since the August Agenda was published the boiler at Thornborough Hall has been shut down and needs replacing as a matter of urgency. Prices would not be available until the end of August and therefore Councillors were reluctant to commit funds to the TOSH project until it was known what the new boiler would cost. This request could be discussed at the extraordinary Town Council Meeting that will be held on 2nd September to select a replacement boiler.

m. Richmondshire District Council: Children's Play Improvement Fund 2013/14 - It was agreed not to submit applications for the time being since they must be match-funded and the playground equipment is currently up to standard.

n. Richmondshire Leisure Trust – Councillors discussed the request for a donation towards Colburn Leisure Centre but agreed not to give one.

o. Catterick Detachment of local Army Cadet Force – Councillors discussed the request for a donation but agreed not to give one

p. Repairs and inscribing of Mayoral chain – It was agreed to have this carried out by Fatorrini Ltd at the price quoted.

q. Report on recent Tour de France meeting in Leyburn and to consider a donation – Cllrs Warland, Robinson and Bainbridge had all attended the meeting. The Business Association had already booked a very large TV screen for the Market Place to show the race on the day it comes through Leyburn. It was estimated that between 6 – 8,000 people would be in town on that day for several hours since roads will be closed for at least four hours. Extra events will take place in the town centre and possibly on the playing field and additional car parks and campsites will be set up in local fields to cater for the increased visitor numbers. Funding is being sought for the event and the Town Council will discuss this at the September and October Meetings of the Council.

Decision/Comment Required

Replacement of gas central heating boiler – The old boiler had been turned off for safety reasons and prices were currently being obtained for a replacement as a matter of urgency. Councillors would meet on 2nd September to award the contract.


a. 13/00244/Full Full planning for replacement door and window 10A Manor Court, Moor Road. Granted

Decision/Comment Required

a. 13/00350/Full Full planning for construction of timber building to provide stable and hay store at Button Barn, Wensley Road

b. 13/00412/VAR Variation of Condition 5 attached to planning permission 11/00223/Full to allow a timber post and rail fence to be constructed in order to reduce the risk of damage to the mains water supply pipeline running through the site at Mill Lane, Harmby Road.

c. 13/00421/EXT Extension of time for implementation of full planning for erection of new dwelling house re 10/00513/Full at land adjacent Kilifi, 9 Quarry Hills Lane.

d. 13/00436/Full Full planning for 2 additional flats in lieu of 4 approved commercial units at Elite Cinema, Railway Street.

e. 13/00471/Full Full planning for new porch extension at Chapel House, Railway Street

f. 13/00472/Full Full planning for rear extension to form additional bedroom, kitchen extension and utility room at 16 Thornborough Crescent

g. 13/00486/AA Advertisement Consent for a hanging sign, fixed sign and fascia sign at Bolton House (ex car shop) Market Place.

With reference to item (d), Councillors felt that the premises should kept for commercial letting.

With reference to item (e), Councillors felt that the new porch would be out of keeping with the building.

There were no objections to the other applications.

2830. MARKET
Decision/Comment Required

Mr W Hadfield of Kirbymoorside would attend the market to sell pet food to replace the previous trader who has now left the Friday Market. A permanent pitch would be given to him in four to six weeks.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors approved the accounts as attached.

2832. LOWER WENSLEYDALE AREA WORKING PARTNERSHIP – As reported in item 2826 above.

2833. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION – There were no items to report.

2834. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 16th September 2013 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m. An Extraordinary Meeting will be held on
2nd September.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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