Welcome to Burley Parish Council Website
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
Refurbish the Queens Hall and the Library!
The Parish Council meet on Thursday night in Queens Hall at 7.30pm and among the things they will consider is the Refurbishment of the Queens Hall and the Library. This has been under discussion for 18 months and very disappointing that only 5% of the village responded to the consultation exercise but it is now decision time. The recommendations that Council are being asked to consider is:
Borrow £535,000 to refurbish the Queens Hall to turn the building from a Victorian village hall into a Community Hub to meet the community needs of the 21st century.
If agreed the proposed extension to the Queens Hall will be used to locate the library while the library building is refurbished.
These are very important decisions for the village come along if you can make it, but if not please let the Council know what you think.
It is sad that both buildings have been allowed to fall into such disrepair but now is the time to look forward!!!
Lots of people called into Queens Hall on Saturday to look at the choices to improve Queens Hall and Burley Library. If you could not make it the deadline to advise on which option you prefer is 5pm on Thursday 8th February 2018. If you wish to let the Council know what you think have a look at the option and drop a line to the Burley Parish Council at email@example.com - your comment must include your name and address. More details here
Options and Financial Summary
Burley Matters e-newsletter
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. More details on the plan here
Wharfedale Greenway walk
There is a walk planned to promote the Wharfedale Greenway on Saturday 10th February 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
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
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