|Chairman's Annual Report 2006-07|
ILKLEY PARISH COUNCIL
Annual Report April 2006 – March 2007
Cllr Brian Mann
This has been a very significant year for the Parish Council. On April 1st 2006, the Council was split so
that Menston and Burley-in-Wharfedale now have their own councils, leaving Ilkley Parish Council, at
that time, with 12 Councillors, to operate for the first time, for Ilkley and Ben Rhydding only. The
Boundary Commission had decreed that because of boundary changes, the elections in early May would
increase the number of Ilkley councillors to 14, with 3 for North Ward, 3 for South Ward and 4 each for
West Ward and Ben Rhydding. A full complement of councillors was returned for a 5-year period, 3 by
election and 11 unopposed. The next Parish elections will be in 2011. A full list of Councillors together
with their contact details is given in Appendix 1.
Initially, the Council operated with a committee structure the same as previously. Planning led by Cllr
Kate Brown, Finance and General Purposes by Cllr Alan Morrell and Awards by Cllr Mike Gibbons.
Later in the year, F & GP was split to form Finance under Cllr Morrell and General Purposes under Cllr
Heathcliffe Bowen. Awards became Awards and Projects, still under Cllr Gibbons. (The Deputy
Chairman, Cllr David Roberts and the Chairman are ex officio members of all Council Committees).
These committees were well staffed by councillors who determined the Terms of Reference, submitted
them for approval by Full Council and operated effectively and regularly throughout the year. Planning
met 21 times, dealing with some 280 applications, F & GP on 1 occasion, Finance 4, General Purposes 3
and Awards and Projects 4, Events Committee 1, Constitutional Working Party 2 and 1 training meeting.
Along with 12 full Council meetings plus the Annual Parish meeting, 1 Open Meeting, 1 Special Council
meeting this gave a total of 52 meetings throughout the year. This is no mean effort for the Town
considering that all Councillors are unpaid volunteers.
Another significant change in the organisation of the Council is the move away from Working Groups to
the appointment of Project Managers. Because of the smaller number of councillors available it was
thought more effective to appoint one Councillor as Project Manager as projects occur. It will then be
that Manager’s responsibility to co-opt help as necessary and to report on progress to Council.
The Council now has a regular newsletter which appears 4 times per year, edited and published by the
Parish Clerk. A private contractor distributes this to every household in Ilkley and Ben Rhydding. Issue
no 11 is due out in April thus maintaining this vital communication link with our residents, an essential
feature for our Quality status.
I acknowledge the efforts of the leaders mentioned and thank them and all councillors for their
commitment to the Council and to the Town. A special acknowledgement and thanks must go to our only
employee, the Parish Clerk who is also our Responsible Financial Officer. Mrs Dale’s dedication,
enthusiasm and guidance has underpinned this successful year and led directly to the status we now enjoy.
In June, the Council was awarded Quality Status under the government’s Quality Council scheme. At the
time of writing, there are less than 400 such approved councils throughout the country and it is to our
great credit that we are now recognised as an organisation “fit for purpose”.
The Parish accounts for 2005/2006 were submitted to the national auditors in June, after scrutiny by our
internal auditor Mr Keith Pickles. The accounts were approved and made available for public scrutiny in
September. Once again, thanks to Keith and recognition that our investment in the computerised accounts
system is of great benefit, not only in our swift turn round of annual accounts but of regular and accurate
reporting throughout the year via the Finance Committee.
During the year I have attended many social events, representing the Parish Council and the Town. In
June, I opened the first Ben Rhydding Fete which was a great success and help on a glorious day. I wish
the organisers well and hope that the event will become a fixture in our annual programme. I attended the
Yorkshire Society’s Yorkshire Day celebrations in Penistone and enjoyed the Last Night of the Proms
party so well organised by Cllr Mike Gibbons on behalf of the Parish Council as a fitting finale to the
Ilkley Summer Festival. In September I led the biennial civic visit to Coutances when we were well
received by our French hosts with the usual mix of civic events and social outings. In November we had
the Remembrance service in the Memorial Gardens which was well attended and well supported by a
parade of our young people in various organisations.
Our own Georgie Henley switched on the Christmas Lights this year in front of a very large crowd on the
Grove. We were entertained by the Guiseley Brass Band, a mixed church choir and Mother Christmas.
Sadly, this was Shirley Britton’s last appearance at the event but we look forward to the appearance of a
Miss Christmas for our next switch on. Our Christmas events were completed with the annual schools
carol concert held at the Bandstand in association with Churches Together. Several other events followed
including a lady’s 103rd birthday party, the annual Upstagers pantomime and several shows in Ilkley and
3. Council Representatives
The Council is represented on the committees of some 23 organisations thus reflecting our involvement
throughout the region. A full list is shown in Appendix 1
4. Finance 2006/2007
The budget for this financial year was set by the previous council and established a precept for Band D
properties of £15.01 per annum. This gave a precept income of £99075 and together with an allocation
from reserves of £10000 the Council had a total budget of £109075. A summary of the actual expenditure
together with a statement of reserves is as follows:
Operating Costs 12426
Christmas Lights 15143
Community Events 6200
Awards & Projects 42710
The actual cash flow situation was as follows:
Opening Bank balance 17796
Precept Income 99075
Split to Burley (24921)
Split to Menston (16895)
Actual Spend 06/07 (105286)
Grant from CBDMC 5500
Bank Interest 3257
Closing Bank Balance 74026
The allocation of these funds is as follows:
Outstanding Projects 10500
Election Provision 8000
Budget Provision 07/08 10000
Reserves 31.03.07 47526
5. Awards & Projects 2006/2007
Many groups and organisations benefited from the awards scheme throughout the year, a full list of those
is listed below:
Swimming Pool equipment for disabled 5000 Joint project with CBDMC
Wharfedale District Scout Council 4500 Update for Curly Hill site
BR De Mohicanen Scouts & Guides 500 Replacement tent
Clarke Foley Centre 1000 Chairs for main hall
Wharfe Valley Community Project 180 Office equipment
Friends of Kings Hall 3500 New chairs and tables for Winter Gardens
Ilkley Players 1000 CCTV system
Darwin Gardens 4000 Safety barriers and improvement to paths
Abbeyfield 5000 Right of way access
Bandstand 1500 Improved safety around site
Ilkley Cricket Club 500 Metal frame for practice
All Saints PCC 1000 Auto winding mechanism for clock
St Johns PCC 1200 Improvements to clock
BR Cricket Club 4650 Artificial playing surface
ICVS 500 Showcase event
Police Bicycle 170 Increased mobility
Projects run by the Parish Council
Digital Camera 111 For use by Planning Committee
Ilkley Moor Survey 3480 Required for Moor regeneration project
Benches 3300 6 benches for Ilkley & Ben Rhydding
Easter Cross 330 Replacement cross for Brook Street
Painting Milestones 400 3 milestones refurbished
Stone Bench 820 To mark start of Dalesway
6. Ilkley Moor
The management of the moor has been of some concern for some time and early in this session there was
debate about forming a trust to attract funds and oversee the day-to-day management of the moor.
There was a well-attended public meeting, organised and chaired by the Parish Council and held at the
Clarke Foley Centre which was intended to air the various options for the future of the moor. A
subsequent Special meeting of the Council was held to debate a resolution to send to the Executive of
Bradford Council outlining Ilkley’s preferred option for the future management of the moor.
Unfortunately, the disastrous fire occurred just prior to these meeting so events somewhat overtook the
original objectives. However, the points were discussed and the communiqué sent to Bradford Council is
attached in Appendix 2.
7. Relationships with CBDMC
During the year we have enjoyed close working relationships with officers and members of Bradford
Council. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress have attended many functions, both social and charitable,
in the Town and Parish Councillors are due to attend a reception in City Hall in April. The Parish clerk
continues to be a useful conduit for channelling problems from residents to the appropriate department at
Bradford and the Parish Council has jointly funded several projects with them.
The Parish Council Liaison committee has met only twice this year but is now regularly functioning
under the chairmanship of District Councillor Andrew Mallinson and this is continuing to prove a very
useful forum not only for links with Bradford Council but also with the other Bradford Parish Councils.
It is expected that the long awaited Parish Charter will be signed soon and will contain a new planning
protocol together with schemes to ensure closer workings between District and Parish councils.
From 1 April 2007 the Council will take over the running of the Ilkley allotments. The Project Manager
for this will be Cllr Andrew Wallbank and it should be noted that this is the first service to be devolved
from Bradford Council to Ilkley.
The budget for the next council year was set by the Finance Committee and approved by full Council in
January last andgives a Band D precept of £15.31 which is an increase of approximately 2% or
30p/annum. This gives a precept income of £101850 which, together with £10000 from reserves gives a
total budget 0f £111850. The summary of the budget is as follows:
Operating Costs 16950
Christmas Lights 8000
Community Events 6000
Awards & Projects 45000
I thank my Council colleagues for help and support through this busy and successful year and I wish the
Chairman Elect, Councillor Bowen, best wishes for the year ahead as we all look forward to further
developments for Ilkley Parish Council.
Cllr Brian Mann
21 March 2007
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