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 Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at 7.00pm.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Sanderson
Cllr Begley Cllr Pace
Cllr Bradford Cllr Medley
Cllr Read


It was noted that the new Market Place bike racks and seat had been painted.

The dog bins in Dale Grove are located in the childrens' playground which is not ideal. The dog bin located near the path leading to the fields is often overflowing, RDC will be informed.

The disabled toilet at Kelberdale toilets requires a bin and the hand drier is not working.

3420. To receive apologies for absence - Apologies were received from Cllrs Harper and Borman and District Cllrs Duff and Sedgwick.

3421. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council’s Code of Conduct or Members Register of Interest - Cllr Walker declared an interest in planning item 10(b) and Cllr Sanderson declared an interest in item 6(a).

3422. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 20th March 2017 – Councillors approved the minutes of the meeting as a correct record.


The Hambleton and Richmondshire Carers Centre will be holding a Carers' Week with an event at Tennants on 15th June. A photography competition 'Caring Through a Lens' is also being run as part of the Carers' Week.

The NYCC Richmondshire Area Committee has vacancies for co-opted members with a closing date of 5th June 2017.


A meeting of the Shawl Fields Management Group had been held. Thistle cutting will soon be carried out again and the Group discussed an event to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the purchase of the fields by the Town Council.

The Leyburn Events Group had met and arrangements for the 1940s Weekend were progressing well.

Decision/Comment Required

a. Leyburn 1940’s Weekend - Councillors discussed the request for a donation. It was agreed to donate £500 and to request information on the finances before next year's event.

b. North Yorkshire Rural Housing Enablers 'Community Led Housing Initiative' has £495,000 available for the Richmondshire area to fund housing need surveys, the holding of events and the negotiation of land purchase etc for any group interested in investigating and taking forward the building of new affordable local houses. The contact is Amanda Madden at RDC.

Decision/Comment Required

a. It was agreed to trial a signing-in book for Thornborough Hall to be used by tenants returning to the Hall during evenings and weekends for reasons of health and safety.


a. As from 3rd April Leyburn Town Council is now running the library in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council. The first two weeks have gone well.

Decision/Comment Required

b. Councillors approved the five library policies provided by NYCC which needed to be adopted by the Town Council.


Cllr Pace reported that the second draft of the questionnaire is now with RDC for finalising and it is hoped that this will be ready by late May/early June.


a. 16/00652/AA Advertisement Consent to replace existing signage at Eastfield Lodge, 1 St Matthew’s Terrace. Granted

Decision/Comment Required

b. 17/00202/FULL Full planning permission for conversion of existing barn into seven flats and a cottage for workers at Washfold Farm, Moor Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5JZ.

c. 17/00171/Full Full planning for the removal of existing 11.5m high monopole, the installation of a 12.5m high phase 5 monopole and 2 cabinets (a BTS3900A Stacked cabinet, measuring 600 x 480 x 1400 mm and an RFC (1800) cabinet, measuring 600 x 480 x 700 mm) and associated development at Telecommunications site 19671, Leyburn Livestock Auction Mart, Richmond Road.

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

Councillors ratified that they had no objections to items (d) and (e) below:

d. 17/00147/Full Full planning for conversion of a stone barn into a three bedroom dwelling and detached garage at Quarry Barn, Moor Road.

e. 17/00156/Full Full planning to removal of existing doorway and replace with stone to match existing house at 1 Shawl Terrace.

3430. MARKET
Decision/Comment Required

a. Councillors agreed to offer Rachel Bates and Kim Seymour from Nateby, a permanent pitch on the market to sell hand crafted jewellery and knitwear.

b. Councillors agreed to allow Lynn Mottram from Startforth (a current trader) to now sell books (new and old), jigsaws and knitted babywear.

c. Councillors discussed the complaint from Wendy Davies (trading as Granny’s Kitchen) regarding the new casual trader Merryvale Bakery that was approved at the last meeting. It was felt that the new trader has not replicated the core product of the Granny's Kitchen stall and therefore will be allowed to trade on the market.

d. Councillors discussed the final draft of the market traders rules and will discuss paragraph 17 once more at the May Meeting before giving final approval.

Decision/Comment Required

a. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.

b. Councillors approved the appointment of the internal auditor, Mr Ian Smithson, to carry out the internal audit of the annual accounts for Leyburn Town Council.


The railway embankment opposite the station is still littered with building waste. Previous letters to the owner of the nearby house received no response and Cllr Pace volunteered to speak with the person in question.

NYCC Highways will be contacted about the ownership of grass verges on Richmond Road.

A local householder is still selling cars at the side of the road in the Market Place. NYCC Highways will not take action unless several cars are being sold in this manner.

Brymor ice cream will be asked not to block the disabled parking bays with their van.

The vans and trailers of the Sunday motorcyclists are now parked on the other side of the Market Place and one Councillor was concerned about the damage they may cause when crossing the pavement to reach the road.

Following recent works at the petrol station junction, the metal seat that was moved now needs to be put back in its correct location. Cllr Sanderson volunteered to do this.

Deep water collects in the dip on Moor Road near to the Metcalfe Farms entrance. NYCC Highways will be informed about this.

3433. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 15th May 2017 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.

Meeting closed
By Order of the Council.

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