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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.

McCarthy and Stone Proposed Development- Open Day -Friday 6th July
McCarthy and Stone have let it be known that they are proposing to build retirement apartments on a portion of land near St Mary’s Church
 
After an invitation only information gathering workshop in May, the Parish Council requested that the developers hold an open session for the village to hear more. This has been arranged for Friday 6th July 12noon to 8pm in the Queens Hall. This time everyone is invited. If you are interested in more information about the proposed development please call in when you will be able to speak to the developers.
 
The site is one of a number which are being assessed as part of the Bradford Council Allocations Development Plan. No decisions have been made as to whether the site in question will be put forward by Bradford Council as a housing allocation, and in so doing contribute to the number of new homes planned for Burley. A range of evidence including green belt impacts, landscape and conservation, biodiversity, flood risk, and highways concerns will be used to assess such sites. The policies of the recently made Neighbourhood Plan will also be relevant and used in the Bradford Council assessment process. Bradford Council have advised that they are currently progressing work on the Allocations Development Plan and the next stage – a Preferred Options document – will make an initial judgment on which sites should or should not be allocated (including this one) and that such an assessment will be subject to public consultation. At present the earliest this could occur would be at the end of this year.
 
Pease remember that it is a private individual that is selling land he owns to a developer. While the Parish Council will be consulted, it is Bradford Council who are the planning authority and who will make a planning decision. To date, no formal planning request has be received, and when it does it will be carefully evaluated both against the Neighbourhood Plan and considered against the total number of homes Bradford Council are seeking to develop in Burley
 
Wharfedale Greenway
 
The Parish Council have been working since 2013 to create a safe walking and cycling route following the line of Pool – Menston – Burley – Ilkley, with a view to further extension into the Dales. Phase One (Otley to Burley) is at the final stages of discussions with landowners
 
An expression of interest bid for £1.9m has been accepted to the Rural Payments Agency allowing a full bid to be submitted. The bid is running in parallel with a planning application to both Leeds and Bradford Councils where it is hoped that both the grant and planning applications will be secured by the Autumn. Even if the Rural Development Grant fails, the Parish Council has made provision to establish a simplified route, but without the bridges and walking / cycling surface that a grant would provide.
Activities for Young People – progress update
Over the last year the Parish Council have increased the services provided for young people in the village. There are a number of other groups and organisations running activities for young people in the village, and one of the tasks for the Parish Council is to work with them to better identify and consult on gaps in provision and share resources. To this end The Parish Council have proposed the formation of a Youth Committee with representatives from each village youth group. In the meantime, here is a quick rundown of what is happening:
 
Teatime Juniors
Teatime Juniors currently has some 20 young people registered to attend, of which around half attend each week. The group spends about an hour taking part in physical activities within the main hall, followed by a snack, crafts, quieter activities and discussion for the final hour. The group has begun to work much better in recent months and are keen to try new experiences. In light of this, the group needs to invest in new equipment as well as a third member of staff to cover when the regular youth work are on leave.
The group costs £45 per session to run. The young people pay £1 a week which subsidises the cost of refreshments. The Parish Council fund the difference and have agreed to continue this service over the summer months
 
Outreach and older children
The Parish youth work team carried out six weeks of outreach work around the village earlier in the year. Those that were consulted expressed an interest in a confidential information and advice service
 
Fitness Activities
Joe Fearnley who runs the fitness classes at the Queens Hall has expressed an interest in working with the young people to deliver fitness classes over the summer. The Parish Council have agreed to finance a 6 week programme for young people aged 11+

Bradford Youth Services
Bradford Youth Services is currently working with Keighley Youth Service and the police to combat anti-social behaviour in Burley.  Youth workers are supporting a number of young people in Burley under the ‘Buddy Scheme’. Young people with mental health issues have been referred from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Scheme. Bradford Youth Services are also currently speaking with young people in the village asking them what they want in the village with a view to some funding for those activities.
 
Burley Open Gardens – June 30th
 
The UK Open Gardens scheme (http://www.opengardens.co.uk/index.php) aims to promote town and village open gardens events and bring together ‘gardeners and gardens, plant enthusiasts and hobbyists, Hosta lovers and Pelargonium fanciers - the melting pot of Middle England that is Open Gardens’.
 
This is the third time that Burley has taken part in Open Gardens which is an opportunity to see some very different gardens across the village. They range from personal gardens that reflect a person's home and life style through to more public examples of gardens that enhance our village.
 
If you are interested in opening your garden gates to raise money for charity and allow others to appreciate your hard work, then contact the Parish Clerk on clerk@burleyparishcouncil.co.uk or 01943 864728. All proceeds go towards the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Just another small event that helps make Burley a pleasant place to live.
 
The event runs on Saturday 30th June 1100-1600
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – progress update
 
Bradford Council transferred support for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme from April this year when the Parish Council agreed a funding package that has allowed the programme to continue from the Queens Hall.
 
At present there are some 181 young people registered for the scheme with some coming from as far away as Leeds and Skipton. So far three expeditions have been held, with more planned over the summer months to allow 63 participants the opportunity to take part in an expedition that they plan and lead themselves. Where applicable the relevant authorities will be requested to contribute towards the running costs of the programme being provided for their residents.
The Round House
 
The Round House was built in 1840 as a gazebo within the grounds of Burley Grange and was given grade II listed building status by English Heritage back in 1976. The Parish Council agreed a 50 years lease for it with Bradford Council in 2017.
The Round House needs a major refurbishment which is likely to cost around £18,000. It would also benefit from the installation of running water as well as a public drinking fountain at a further cost of £5,000. The Parish Council have agreed to seek funding for part of this cost, but in the meantime will progress tenders for the refurbishment works to be carried out.
 
The Community Trust has successfully managed bookings for the Round House in the past and has requested that this now be continued by the Parish Council. The Parish Council have agreed a charge of £5 / hour for bookings and will be promoting the facility to local businesses to use the venue in the middle of the village as a pop up shop to help promote local business. In recent times Waste Not have run a pop up shop for plastic free, eco alternatives to everyday items, and so has the Yorkshire Flower Academy
 
The Parish Council  have had lots of queries from parties interested in using the space for pop up shops, exhibitions and promotional events.  If you would like to book the Round House or have suggestions of how it can be better used then please contact Cate Perman (admin@burleyparishcouncil.co.uk)
 
Teas on the Green
 
Burley-in-Wharfedale Community Trust together with the Scouts and Guides ran a hugely successful duck race and afternoon teas on the green earlier this month. Over 3,500 ducks made their way down the river after which teas and cakes were served in the summer sunshine. The proceeds were split between the Burley Scout Hut appeal and the Community Trust. Well done and thank you to both organisations for making this a great village event
...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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