Visitor complains over lack of tourist information centre in Leyburn, town council hears

Thornborough Hall.


A meeting of the above named Council convened by the Council was held in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall on Monday, 18th December 2017 at 7.00pm.

Present: Cllr Walker Cllr Begley

Cllr Riley Cllr Pace

Cllr Medley Cllr Harper

Cllr Read

District Cllr Duff


PCSO Lucy Osborne introduced herself to Councillors and talked about recent incidents of crime in Leyburn and the surrounding area.

The owners of a local hotel had received a letter from a guest in which she complained about the lack of a Tourist Information office in Leyburn. The Council is planning to place some tourist information leaflets etc at Thornborough Hall in the Library but unfortunately this is not open on all days of the week so a better solution still needs to be sought. It was suggested that the Co-op is approached about the possibility of setting up a small information point there.

  1. APOLOGIES were received from Cllrs Sanderson and Bradford.

  1. To receive any Declaration of Interest under the Council’s Code of Conduct or Members’ Register of Interest – There were no declarations of interest.
  1. MINUTES OF MEETING held on Monday, 20th November 2017 were approved as a correct record.

The Council had received complaints about regular dog-fouling on the pavement at the Mount in Leyburn which has worsened over the past six months. The RDC Dog Warden will be informed and anybody who may know the culprit is asked to contact the Town Council Office.

The Tour de Yorkshire will be coming through Leyburn on Saturday, 5th May 2017. Businesses across Yorkshire are being invited to a series of Tour de Yorkshire road shows to find out what is happening during the tour and will include a short presentation followed by details of how their business and the community can make the most of the opportunity. A roadshow will be held at 5.30 p.m. on 31st January at Tennants.

NYCC Street lighting improvement – NYCC has commenced a programme to replace all its standard lights with LED technology. The programme is expected to be completed by March 31st 2020.

Julia Mulligan has launched a new consultation requesting the public’s views on the amount they want to pay towards the police precept in North Yorkshire. The survey can be completed online at or paper copies are available at police stations and libraries across North Yorkshire.

Citizens Advice annual report showed a rise in demand for their services this year, especially dealing with increased levels of debt and difficulties arising from the Universal Credit system. In the previous year in Leyburn they dealt with a total of 31 issues. The Town Council makes a small donation to the CAB every year.

Healthy Horizons Programme (Ex Forces Support in North Yorkshire) is a new service being offered across Richmondshire intended to improve lifestyle choices and physical health and wellbeing. The ‘Pop up Shed’ is based within a local workshop and will provide therapeutic sessions in arts and crafts to improve mental health and wellbeing. The project entry is free to all participants who live in North Yorkshire, are aged over 65 and have served in the armed forces. Further information is available by contacting the Healthy Horizons team by email at or telephone 01748 829100.

A free marketing workshop for any Richmondshire tourism business will be held on Friday, 19th January 2018 at 10 a.m. at RDC, Mercury house, Richmond.


Cllr Medley had attended the PPG AGM at which the closure of the two mental health wards at the Friarage Hospital was discussed.


Decision/Comment Required

  1. Councillors discussed the request from the Leyburn and Mid Wensleydale Partnership Ltd Events Team for a donation towards the Christmas event held on 2nd December. It was agreed to donate £200.
  1. Councillors agreed to donate £50 to the Great North Air Ambulance.
  1. Councillors reviewed the dog waste bin map and agreed to request the relocation of three bins: to the railway bridge area of Harmby Road, to outside the Wensleydale Avenue Playground and to the eastern end of the cut through from Maythorne to the Auction Mart.
  1. It was agreed that a serious campaign needs to be arranged to combat the dog fouling problem in Leyburn which is worse than ever. Social media will be used, the legality of street cameras will be investigated and residents will be urged to pass on any information to the Town Council.

All 746 survey results have now been uploaded and those who criticised the play areas are being contacted in order to find out if any small improvements can be made in the near future. It is hoped that the final report can be published by May 2018.



  1. 17/00695/FULL Full Planning Permission for Replacement and Upgrade of Existing Public Telephone Kiosk with Kiosk Combining Public Telephone Service and ATM Service at Market Place, Leyburn, North Yorkshire GRANTED
  1. 17/00711/FULL Full Planning Permission for Steel Portal Framed Building for Rearing Sheep at Calderstones, Park View, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5SF. GRANTED
  1. 17/00657/FULL Full Planning Permission for a General Purpose Building for Housing a Premix Concrete Machine at Moor Park, Moor Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5LA. GRANTED
  1. 17/00699/FULL Full Planning Permission for Demolition of Existing Garage and Replace with a New Larger Single Garage with Utility Room at 38 Brentwood, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5EP. GRANTED
  1. 17/00664/FULL Full Planning Permission for Formation of Field access to Agricultural Land, Land South Of South Moor Lane, Bellerby Road, Leyburn, North Yorkshire. GRANTED

Decision/Comment Required

  1. 17/00791/FULL Full Planning Permission for Erection of Agricultural Workshop Portal Frame Building at Washfold Farm, Moor Road, Leyburn.
  1. 17/00824/FULL Full Planning Permission for Demolition of Side Entrance Lobby, Construction of Extension and Formation of Secondary Escape Window in Lieu of Door to Toilets at Leyburn Methodist Church, Railway Street, Leyburn.
  1. 17/00815/FULL Full Planning Permission for Timber Decking to Bridge Across Existing Storm Drainage Culvert in Rear Garden at 12 Coverdale Close, Leyburn.

Councillors had no objections to items (f), (g) and (h).


Decision/Comment Required

  1. Councillors discussed changes to the 2018 ice cream tender for the Market Place. It was agreed that in future ice cream can be sold from a trailer kiosk left in situ for the summer period or a van powered by the market electric supply.

Decision/Comment Required

  1. To discuss further and take decision on the request for a stone memorial seat – The additional information requested had not been sent so this matter will be discussed at a later meeting.

Decision/Comment Required

  1. Councillors approved the accounts as attached.

Cllr Pace was concerned about an open letter to patients at Leyburn Medical Practice that appears to blame patients for attending the practice and therefore increasing the number of appointment times required. Leyburn patients will be able to have a Saturday appointment if they travel to the Harewood Practice at the Garrison.

Some of the grit bins in town need filling. The Town Council will ask NYCC to see to this.

Kirkwood Hall still does not have a name sign on its wall at the front.

The zebra crossing on the High Street needs to be repainted.

The Chairman thanked Cllr Harper for her work for the Town Council during the past three years and wished her well as this was her last meeting.

  1. DATE OF NEXT MEETING: Monday, 15th January 2018 in the Oak Room, Thornborough Hall at 7.00 p.m.

Note: Meeting to discuss and set precept for 2018/19 will be held at 7.00 p.m. on 8th January in the Library.