Welcome to Burley Parish Council
As a council, we make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the residents of Burley. Probably the most common topics that we get involved with are planning matters (for which we are statutory consultees), managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.
Parish councils have limited powers to make decisions, but we do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions, typically Bradford Metropolitan District Council. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.
Feel free to browse our website and contact us if there's something you feel needs our attention
Updates at a glance
We have created an e-newsletter, sharing Council discussions and decisions, and bringing news about work underway with our many partners in the village. At the moment, the Council hand delivers four printed newsletters a year (with the very welcome assistance of many volunteers), but we’d like to reach as many residents as possible through online communication. It’s extra to everything we do already. Please do sign up and encourage others to do the same. Simply drop us a message with your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do the rest.
Neighbourhood Plan - Referendum
Bradford Council will meet in early January to formally endorse our proposed plan and should then issue instructions to Bradford Electoral Services to issue voting slips to residents. Residents living in Burley who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum, which will be conducted following similar procedures to those used at local government elections. Our target date for a local referendum is Thursday 8th Feb. More details on the plan here
Wharfedale Greenway walk
There is a walk planned to promote the Wharfedale Greenway on Saturday 27th January 2018. Meet at the Otley Roundabout on the A660 at 10am and finish at Burley Library to look at plans for the Greenway and to enjoy a well-earned hot drink and biscuits. More on the Greenway here
Library Services in the village
The Parish Council is looking to organise a joint consultative exhibition with the Save Our Library Site group in early February next year. The event will be held in the Queens Hall and will show the proposed drawings for the refurbishment of both builds as proposed by the Parish Council and the Save Our Library Site group. Read the background here
Youth Services Activites
Following the Parish Council decision in September, a youth outreach service started in October with two hour sessions planned for Mondays and Thursdays. For the first month or so the programme will consist of building a programme with young people and identifying which activities will meet the needs of young people during the winter months. Read more here
Leeds Bradford Airport Consultation
The Leeds Bradford Airport Consultation was held in the village the 2nd November and a response on behalf of the Parish Council has been issued. The Parish Council made the point that any new procedures could be around for many years to come so every opportunity must be taken to obtain the best possible outcome for our village, and not accept a route that allows aircraft to fail to comply with the requirement of reduced noise impact.
Proposed new allotments along Iron Row Although the waiting list for allotments has come down from over 100 in 2013 to 69 currently, the average waiting time is 7 years so the Parish Council plans to create additional allotments in the field off Iron Row. Read more here