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 October 2016.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Sanderson
Cllr Bradford Cllr Medley

District Cllr Sedgewick

David Walker, from the Wensleydale Railway, gave a short presentation about the recent improvements made to the line and the developments that the Railway has in mind for Leyburn Station. They wish to extend the line to Aysgarth, build a passenger shelter at Redmire Station, have a high quality dining car on the train and improve the cafe at Leyburn Station. The Railway will request a letter of support from the Town Council for their RDC 'Power for Change' grant application.


The overgrown hedges and bushes at Dale Grove have still not been cut so Persimmon will be contacted again.

It was noted that the hedges along Wensley Road have now been cut.

The new cats' eyes fitted along the Wensley Road have all come out of the road surface, it is assumed that they were not fitted correctly.

Radio 4 has done an article about the need for the Sunday bus service under threat.

3332. APOLOGIES were received from Cllr Begley, Cllr Borman, Cllr Pace, Cllr Harper and District Cllr Duff.

3333. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council’s Code of Conduct or Members’ Register of Interest - Cllr Sanderson declared an interest in Item 6(c).

3334. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 19th September 2016 were approved as a correct record.


Amanda Madden, the Housing Enabler at RDC, will attend the November Meeting.

NYCC Trading Standards cannot stop car owners selling their vehicles in roadside parking bays belonging to NYCC. They would only become involved if the seller is a commercial trader posing as a private seller. However, if a seller has two or more vehicles within 500 metres then RDC must be contacted. The Town Council does not permit anyone to park vehicles for sale on any of the town's squares, all of which are owned by the Town Council.

Leyburn Auction Mart had replied that they would not wish to sell the field used daily for car parking.

There is now a vacancy on the Town Council that can be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in becoming a Town Councillor should write to the Council at Thornborough Hall, Leyburn DL8 5AB, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call at the office any weekday morning to hand in their letter of application. The letter should include some background information and the reason why the candidate would like to join the Council and the closing date is Monday, 14th November.

The Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the war memorial at 10.45 a.m. on Sunday, 13th November. There will be a short ceremony at 11.00 a.m. on Friday, 11th November.


The Clerk had met with Gillian Wall from NYCC and Mel Fowler from NYCC Library Service to discuss the running of Leyburn Library from April 2017. More volunteers will be required since the Library will be run by volunteers in the afternoons as well as the mornings. It was hoped that the Library could be open until 6.00 p.m. at least one evening per week and Saturday mornings if possible but this would depend on finding volunteers willing to help at these times. Anyone interested in becoming a library volunteer should contact the Town Council Office (tel. 01969 622561 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Clerk had also attended the Richmondshire Branch Meeting of the YLCA held at Thornborough Hall.


a. Lower Wensleydale Area Partnership Meeting has been rearranged and will now take place on Wednesday, 19th October at Middleham Key Centre at 7 p.m.

Decision/Comment Required

b. Wensleydale Round Table - Councillors granted permission to use the Shawl Playing Field for the annual bonfire and fireworks display on Friday,
4th November 2016.

c. Leyburn & Mid Wensleydale Partnership - Councillors granted permission to use the Market Square for the Christmas Fair on Saturday, 3rd December 2016.

d. Wensleydale Round Table - Councillors agreed to make a donation of £750 towards the bonfire and fireworks display. This will be paid from the Thornborough Hall account as usual.

e. Ruth Annison, Dales & Bowland CIC - Councillors discussed the request for a further donation to save the Wensleydale Flyer Sunday Dales Bus No. 856. The Town Council has already given £500 in this financial year towards the bus service as well as £500 in 2015 and so it was agreed to make no further donation.

f. Friends of Garget Walker House - Councillors discussed the request for a donation towards the Day Centre at Garget Walker House, Richmond. However, only one dementia patient in Leyburn uses the centre and therefore it was agreed not to make a donation.

g. Councillors ratified the purchase of a recording device for Town Council meetings at a cost of £35.99.

h. Pay boxes for Kelberdale toilets – The Clerk had obtained further information from the District Council about the pay boxes that they are currently trialing in Richmond. The Town Council will wait to hear which one is the best to purchase before making a decision to go ahead. The cost of the boxes will have to be added to the town's precept.

i. Computerised accounts system for the office – Councillors discussed this further and agreed that Scribe 2000 would be the most suitable. It was agreed to purchase this as soon as the Deputy Clerk has a new computer.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors discussed the future of the Registry Office from April 2017 onwards. The Clerk will prepare some likely income/expenditure figures for the November Meeting so that Councillors can decide if the Town Council itself can hire out the room for weddings in the future.


The Town Plan 'Planning for Real' event will be held in the Oak Room at Thornborough Hall on Tuesday, 8th November during the day and evening. Members of the public can call in and highlight issues that concern them or suggest improvements to be made and can mark places of concern on a model of the town that will be made by pupils at the primary school. The draft questionnaires are now being put together ready for March or April 2017. There had been a good response to the small three question questionnaire.


a. 16/00468/Full Full planning for single storey extension to the side and rear of existing dwelling: Wilmarith, Quarry Hills Lane Granted

Decision/Comment Required

b. 16/00666/AA Advertisement consent for 1 internally illuminated suspended logo sign, 1 non illuminated acrylic letters sign, 2 non illuminated projectors signs and 1 non illuminated wall mounted aluminium panel sign at 11-12 Market Place
(Co Op) - Councillors ratified the comments sent to RDC on 3rd October. They had no objections.

c. 16/00595/Full Full planning for widening of existing driveway onto highway, alterations including demolition of an existing chimney, the addition of a flat roof to existing walkway, replacement windows with matching crittal design and some alterations to openings and additional openings at Thornborough Close, Moor Road.

There were no objections to this application.

3341. MARKET
Decision/Comment Required

Councillors ratified the decision to buy covers for electric cables at the market at a cost of £322.


The RoSPA Play Area Safety Inspection Reports had been received for the Shawl Playing Field and Maythorne playground. No major problems had been highlighted but the Clerk will summarise the most expensive repairs needed at the November Meeting.

Decision/Comment Required

Councillors awarded the Christmas lights tender for 2016 to E & P Electrics Ltd from Bedale.

Decision/Comment Required

a. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.

b. Councillors received the External Auditor’s Certificate and Opinion for 2015/16.


A resident has expressed concern about the awful condition of an unoccupied semi-detached house on Harmby Road. RDC has already visited the house but will be asked if they can make any enforcement on the property.

The cemetery grasscutting has not been as good this year. The Clerk will discuss this with the contractor.

RDC will be asked when the kerbside cardboard recycling will begin.

3346. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 21st November 2016 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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