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

Queens Hall & Library Public Consultation
Earlier this month the Parish Council reviewed the public consultation feedback, and a wide variety of options for the refurbishment of the Queens Hall and Library. Council members listened carefully to what people in the village have said and acknowledged that the village could benefit from the retention of both the library building and the Queens Hall, and so the decision was made to improve both buildings. Specifically:
  • Up to £365,000 (plus fees) will be to be spent on the Queens Hall for repairs and refurbishment
  • Up to a further £150,000 will be spent on the library for repairs and refurbishment
The proposed building extensions to the Queens Hall to improve services have been put on hold and will be considered once any monies from future development in the village is clearer. While this is a more cautious approach than was initially proposed, it does enable the Parish Council to move forward and improve the state of both buildings. Moreover, now that the clear decision has been made to make a significant investment in both buildings, the Parish Council will approach Bradford Council with a request for a contribution towards the refurbishment of Queens Hall and a further request for Bradford Council to transfer the freehold of Queens Hall to Burley Parish Council.  A quick decision is not expected.
The cost to refurbish both buildings will be funded via the precept (a part of the Council tax residents already pay to Bradford Council). This will be a little over £13 a year for the next 15 years for a Band D house.
The Parish Council will now move forward and commence detailed planning on the start of refurbishment activities.
In the meantime, the Parish Council would encourage everyone in the village who may be thinking of hiring space to consider of both the Queens Hall and the library. Please contact Cate Perman for more information
Rental income from the Queens Hall achieved its target of £25,000 for the year, which represents a significant contribution towards the running costs that doesn’t need come from tax residents already pay to Bradford Council . This has been made possible thanks to the hard work from Ian Orton our Parish Clark, Cate Perman our Admin Assistant, and Mark Calvert our Caretaker
Thanks are also due to those who have been instrumental in providing library services which have been made possible through the help and support of Abigail Skerrey our Senior Library Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator, Maddie Coelho who has overseen the provision of children’s activities in the library, and of course all the volunteers who give their time to keeping library services running in the village. The Parish Council would also like to thank the Save Our Library Site group for their partnership work on the library
Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Local elections take place on 3rd May 2018 and Bradford Council has agreed to use this opportunity to allow residents to vote on the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan
If you have never registered or if you have moved home since you last voted, you can register to vote now. Residents living in Burley who are registered will be entitled to vote in the referendum. This will be a simple vote (yes or no) for the plan.
The plan itself enables residents to have a greater say over how Burley should grow in the years to 2030. While it doesn’t permit Burley to define the number or location of new developments, it does enable residents to vote in favour of a positive vision for the future. The Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies and guidelines for future development which everyone wanting to make any changes in the village will have to observe.
Our vision is to ensure that over future decades, Burley retains the attractive conservation area centre, and green belt surrounding border, which includes Ilkley Moor and its link down to the River Wharfe. Whilst the village will grow, this must be proportionate to its infrastructure and Burley will remain separated from neighbouring communities by green spaces. New developments will be designed to conserve and enhance the character of Burley, and to ensure that development needed to sustain the village is well located and designed and sympathetic to the distinctive local character. Such developments will be integrated into the community, benefiting both existing and new residents while enhancing the Wharfe Valley. Open spaces and community services will be improved and new ones created when needed – so that the village and its facilities work well for all its residents and visitors.
The Burley-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documents are available on the Bradford website here
While there was no obligation on a Parish Council to put together a Neighbourhood Plan, it has been an opportunity to help shape our future. The Parish Council has consulted widely and on several occasions and is unanimously of the belief that it will serve the village in the long term. The Parish Council  recommends that residents vote ‘yes’ on Thursday 3rd May.
Wharfedale Greenway
The Wharfedale Greenway is a proposed safe walking and cycling path that will link Burley with Otley and Ilkley with a traffic free route. The Parish Council has been putting in a lot of work on this for a number of years. When it is realised, it will be a big enhancement for the village with many benefits for many people.
Phase 1: Burley to Otley
Land ownership details are now in the process of being resolved. As a result, an application for formal planning permission will be submitted to both Leeds and Bradford Councils during April. Sustrans (custodian of the National Cycle Network) has recently submitted a bid for European funding to meet the full cost of construction for Phase 1. We should know if this is successful in the late Summer. If sufficient funding isn’t secured, then Burley can start work on a shorter cycle and walking path on the land that we own, and wait for external funding to be made available in due course.
Phase 2: Otley to Pool
The preferred route has now been adopted and the Sustrans team is working with Pool Parish Council and Otley Town Council on land ownership and construction details.
Phase 3: Link with Menston
On completion of the phase 2 work, Sustrans will commence a detailed appraisal of a suitable alternative route for the Greenway Steering Group to consider
Phase 4: Burley, Ilkley, Addingham link and onwards to Bolton Bridge
Sustrans is at present preparing a detailed appraisal of a number of alternative routes, and plan to make a submission to the Greenway Steering Group in June / July 2018
...and finally
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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