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Burley Matters

Burley Parish Council’s e-newsletter sharing Council discussions and decisions and bringing news about work underway with our many partners in the village.

Update on Housing Developments
Residents will be aware that the Secretary of State has intervened in the planning application for 500 homes to the west of the village, and has decided that the planning application will be decided by him, instead of being dealt with by Bradford as the Local Planning Authority. The planning application is to be decided on the basis of a Local Inquiry administered by the Planning Inspectorate.
Details have yet to be announced, but the Parish Council will be making representations in line with the recently approved Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council do not believe there are ‘very special circumstances’ to remove this land from Greenbelt and will be making their case to this effect. The opportunity is also open to members of the public.  If you wish to make any additional comments you can do so on the GOV.UK website
All representations must be received by 10 September 2018 and must quote the
Planning Inspectorate reference number APP/W4705/V/18/3208020
The application documents are available to view on the Bradford Council website: Planning reference:
Greenholme Mills: New Homes
Several people have approached the Council asking when or indeed if work will start on the Greenholme Mills site. The landowner has confirmed they are sorting the discharge of planning and building control conditions, but we are hoping to start on the top at the back end of the year or early January.
Update on Youth Services
As a result of Bradford Council stopping activities for young people in the village, the Parish Council created Teatime Juniors a 4pm to 6pm session on Wednesdays for ages 8-11. The sessions were well attended and are now closed for the summer. Subject to funding and volunteers to support running the sessions, the group will restart in the late autumn or early new year. Like working with young people? If so please give Cate a ring on 864728!
Bradford Council also decided to stop the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wharfedale and rather than see many young people denied the chance to try for the DoE at Bronze, Silver or Gold your Parish Council agreed to manage the DofE. This has involved transferring 181 young people from all over Wharfedale to Burley DofE licence. To date, several expeditions have been carried out and the costs have been halved. In September the Monday night training sessions for DofE and a ‘youth club’ will start in Queens Hall. Interested in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award? Please contact Lindsay on or come along to our information session on Monday 1st October at 7 pm.
News from your Library
Having been saved from closure by Bradford Council, the Parish Council continue to provide a wide range of library services in the village.
The Summer Reading Challenge ‘Mischief Makers’ is in full swing at the library.  There is still time to join if your children (ages 4 – 12) can visit the library 3 times and read 6 books in total before the end of the summer holidays.  If you get in there quickly, residents can see the Burley Library entry for the Scarecrow Trail which has been built by the library volunteers and children of Burley.  During Summer Festival Week there have been a range of suitably themed activities such as the Teddy Bears’ Picnic, a Family History talk, “Bee Inspired” Family Trail in collaboration with Walkers are Welcome and a Festival Reading Group meeting
Looking further ahead there are outline plans for a police surgery drop-in session (police staffing permitting) on Tuesday 28th  August and Tuesday 18th  September (1100-1200).  In the meantime the very successful under 5s rhyme time/story time/craft Tuneful Tuesday’s returns in September on Tuesdays at 1.45 pm. 
Queens Hall
The Queens Hall continues to thrive with most weekday evenings now fully booked and hosting a variety of activities for all ages. Weekends are popular for family parties and we already have 3 wedding parties booked in for 2019.  We are looking at ways to increase usage during the day and have some live music events planned to appeal to all tastes in the New Year. 
We now offer a licensed bar as part of our hire options. Feedback has been very positive and being on site during events has been beneficial in allowing Parish staff to identify how the hall and its facilities could improve. The revenue generated from this will allow us to keep our rates low and provide more activities within the village.
We are open to suggestions and feedback about how any of our buildings can be better used and happy to work with groups and individuals to develop community events & groups.
Cate our Admin Coordinator is looking to grow the range of activities in the hall so that it can continue to thrive as a community asset and can be reached on 864728 or for feedback or to book any Parish facilities.

First World War Commemoration Event
Recollections from Burley
Plans are coming together for an event to mark 100 years after the end of the First World War.
As part of wider national centenary commemorations, on Sunday 11th November, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns, and cities across the country. In Burley, during the morning there will be church services and remembrance day parades. That evening the Parish Council plans to mark the event with activities in and around the Queens Hall that feature recollections from Burley 100 years ago. After the lighting of a beacon on Grange Park, members of the public will be invited into the Queens Hall for some music and light refreshments and to see a planned exhibition from the Burley Archives. Plans are coming together to make a special feature of the reminiscences and recollections from Burley through readings from local diaries and newspapers from 100 years ago. In this way, those of us who live in Burley today can reach back through time to hear the thoughts and opinions of those who lived in Burley 100 years ago. The aim is to make this a very personal reflection for Burley residents, taking inspiration from those who lived through the events 100 years ago.
If anyone would be interested in helping shape this event later in the year, please contact the Parish Clerk.

New Speed Camera
The Parish Council have recently paid Bradford Council to install a new speed camera in the village. The camera cost £2320, but this includes moving the machine every few months to target hot spots in the village. The machine will record traffic numbers, average speeds, offer a range of messages and emoji and many more features.
People are increasingly approaching the Parish Council with concerns about speeding so please can you advise where you think the speed camera should be installed next? Suggestions to the clerk at 864728 or
Burley Summer Festival
Burley has again staged an attraction-packed tenth anniversary Summer Festival featuring everything from a scarecrow trail to a Singalong Sound of Music evening at St Mary’s Parish Church. Our thanks to the Festival Committee members and the team of volunteers without whom the festival couldn’t happen.
The festival relies on volunteers and the festival committee would welcome help from anyone who can spare some time to assist with anything from putting up a gazebo to litter picking. For further details send an e-mail to Sylvia Tilford on

Traffic Improvements for theVillage
Over the next few weeks, there are plans to extend the yellow lines by the Co-op to minimise parked cars causing a bottleneck of traffic. In addition, time-limited will be introduced in the newly created parking bays on Main Street. Outside The Grange where there will be a limit of 1 hr parking between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
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Meetings of the Full Parish Council take place on the second Thursday of the month at 7.30pm. Community and Environment Committee meetings take place six weekly on Monday nights at 7pm and Planning meetings 3 weekly on Monday evenings at 7.30pm or when Community and Environment Committee ends.
Meetings of the Library Committee and the Finance Committee are held quarterly. Details are all on the parish website.
Residents are welcome to attend any of these meetings and hear how these and other matters are being progressed.
In addition, each Wednesday 0930 -1130 the Parish Office is open for anyone who wants to drop in and discuss a matter of concern or find out more about a point of interest.
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