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
Proposed Development Between A65 and Main Street Burley
McCarthy and Stone who specialise in retirement living are proposing to build retirement apartments, family homes, affordable housing and to create public open space on a small proportion of land between A65 and Main Street in Burley.
If you are interested in more information about the proposed development there will be an information session and design workshop in the Queens Hall, Main Street between 12.30 and 6pm Thursday 24th May 2018.
Updates at a glance
Burley Neighbourhood Plan - approved by residents
The public referendum to consider adopting the Neighbourhood Plan was held on 3rd May when 80% of residents voted in favour of adopting the plan. This a great step forward for the village and our ability to influence planning decisions. The next step is for Bradford Council to endorse the result later this month. Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can also be found here.
Queens Hall / Library Refurbishment Decision
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. More details here
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 email@example.com and we'll do the rest.
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. 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
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. 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
Ringing Out for Peace
On Sunday 11th November 2018 it will be 100 years since the end the First World War. The Parish Council also plans to mark the event with activities in and around the Queens Hall. More details can be found 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