Leyburn market traders voice concern over rent increase

Thornborough Hall.

Draft minutes from Leyburn Town Council’s October meeting


Local market traders discussed their concerns over the recent increase in rental charges. The council explained that upon review the causal traders were paying considerably less per square metre than the permanent traders and reason for the increase was to bring the casual traders rate in line with the permanent traders rate. Traders also expressed concerns over the restriction on set up times due to noise pollution and the decline in the market. The council agreed to organise a
meeting with the traders to discuss current concerns.

Representatives from the Little White Bus discussed parking requirements and a volunteer driver voiced concerns over pedestrian safety near the bus stop in the Market Square.

Cllr Sedgwick informed the council about Richmondshire District Councils plans to replace all existing waste bins over the next 3 years.


The Clerks Report gave the following updates since last meeting;

Kelberdale toilet pay doors have been operating without issue for three weeks now and the donations received so far amount to triple the toilet donations received last year.

The applications to the Richmondshire Area Partnership Funding Scheme have been approved, granting money towards the provision of free drinking water and Shawl Play park improvements.
An inspection of the wobble boards in Maythorne playground has been carried out and they are safe for use.

Local businesses operating HGV’s have been contacted regarding traffic through Leyburn at unsociable hours. The council have received a letter back from Metcalfe farms notifying us that they will pass the message onto drivers to use alternative routes where possible, none of the other businesses contacted have responded.

A resident living near St Matthew’s Church has reported concerns over the speed of traffic along Railway Street/ Harmby Road


The Leyburn Bonfire will be on Monday 5th November at 6.30pm on the Shawl Playing fields.

The Remembrance Day parade will be at 10.45 am on Sunday 11th November in the Market Square, followed by a service at St Peters and St Pauls Roman Catholic Church.

Richmondshire Community Building network Meeting will be held on Tuesday 6th November 10.30am-12.30pm at Barton village hall. This is a great opportunity for those involved in running rural community buildings to get together, share their experiences and hear about new resources and policy development.

NYCC are looking to recruit volunteers to become members of the North Yorkshire Local Access Forum. The forum is an independent body that advises NYCC and other relevant bodies on how people can make the most of opportunities for getting out and about in the great outdoors. If anyone is interested in volunteering please contact the Clerk for further details.


Cllr Medley attended the Shawl Committee meeting and reported that extra flagstones are to be positioned at the gate entering Chapel Flatts.

Cllr Moore attended the YLCA branch meeting and reported back to the Council proposed plans for the new integrated care medical centre in Catterick.

Cllr Sanderson attended the Rural Area Partnership meeting to discuss the grants for community action Yorkshire and reported that all the grants were allocated. Cllr Sanderson also reported that the Community First Yorkshire is offering free training and advice to local voluntary organisations.


The council approved the minutes of the meeting held on Monday 17th September 2018 and the Extraordinary General Meeting on Tuesday 11th September 2018, as a correct record.


The council resolved to seek legal advice from the YLCA on the setting of Rental Rates for Land owned by Leyburn Town Council.

Storage space at Thornborough Hall was discussed; the council resolved to draw up a contract and offer LASS Film club a storage area.

Mr R Wood was appointed to re-cite the bench outside Thomas the bakers.

The council discussed in detail with the Little White Bus (LWB) representatives the available parking and requirements for the LWB in Grove Square. The Council resolved to have a site meeting to examine parking areas that will meet the requirements highlighted.

A donation request from the Citizens Advice Bureau was discussed, the council requested further information on the services offered and usage so that this can be taken into consideration when setting the 2019/20 Precept.

The Council resolved to donate £100.00 to the Charity.

The Council resolved to renew the membership with Community First Yorkshire.

The Council approved the purchase of identity cards for Councillors.


The council examined the roofing condition survey and resolved to obtain quotations to carry out the urgent remedial work required.

The council resolved to ask Mr Nicholson to carry on maintaining the flower beds at the rear of Thornborough Hall and requested that the central flower bed is planted and maintained also.

Quotations for coffee machines for the Wensleydale Suite were discussed and the Council resolved not to lease a machine, to obtain further quotations to purchase a machine.


The council distributed action plans and information to each working party.


The council had no objections to planning applications 18/00649/FULL and 18/00690/FULL.

The council discussed the Draft Hilltop Farm Development Statement; a final statement will be completed and agreed at the November meeting.


The council approved the Permanent Stall Holder Application received from Mr Jason Pardoe (JAP Shoes LTD).

The Council discussed the members of the Market Working Party and resolved to appoint Cllr Begley, Cllr Waites and a representative from the Market Traders to the Working Party.

The council approved the Market Working Party Terms of Reference.


The council approved the purchase of a new toddler swing for the Shawl Playing Fields.


The council awarded Tender 292 to E & P Electrics, Bedale.


The council resolved to approve the accounts as a correct record.

The council reviewed the signatories on the NSB savings account and approved Cllr R Sanderson, Cllr S Medley and the RFO Mrs C Smith as new signatories.

The next council meeting will be on Monday, 19th November 2018 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.