|Chairman's Annual Report 2005-06|
ANNUAL REPORT 2005 – 2006
Cllr Michael Gibbons
It has been my pleasure to be Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council for a third
term and to help continue work in areas of concern and interest to our
electorate. It is of course a very special year in many ways for me and for this
Council! It is now well known that new councils for Burley and Menston will
come into effect from 1st April of this year. This also brings about a change
in IPC’s future in that, with the loss of Burley and Menston, we would be
reduced to 12 members, however, 2 additional members will be elected in
May for Ilkley West and Ben Rhydding. This should bring IPC to a working
Council of 14 members.
Your Council by the end of the year will have met on twelve occasions and
attendance has, as usual, been extremely good throughout the year. I believe
Council has conducted itself in a legal, constitutional and fair manner under
the guidance of it’s much respected and qualified Parish Clerk, Mrs Christine
Dale. We are grateful for her consummate professionalism, particularly as we
work steadily towards achieving Quality Council status.
We now hold public participation sessions at the start of each Full Council
meeting and it is our intention to hold such sessions at all standing committee
meetings in the near future. This should, we hope, enable all the electorate to
bring forward matters of concern and interest directly to their Council
Chamber, as well as being able to do so through our Clerk in the normal way.
IPC is a statutory consultee on planning issues and Planning has again played
a very important role in Council’s life with numerous regular meetings
covering to date 406 applications from across the Parish. This is a huge
responsibility for those involved and the Planning Committee is very ably led
by Cllr Kate Brown. The Committee have done a splendid job in covering the
workload and it cannot be stressed firmly enough that the onerous nature of
this work requires great input from all concerned. Local knowledge of
course plays an important part and site visits are made for virtually all plans
received - mostly by the Committee’s Chairman but often others are involved
I believe your Council is in a strong financial position to help and take action
where required. This has certainly been the case over the last year, although
the year has been unusual in that arrangements for separation have had to be
Much of the financial work in Council is scrutinised by our F&GP Committee
which this year has had a new Chairman, Cllr Alan Morrell.
Alan has used his considerable business background to help instigate some
procedural changes to try and ensure the committee’s greater effectiveness.
These changes are in their infancy so more in the future on this front, but it is
possible to say that financial controls and working practices are now very
efficient and transparent. I would like to offer my thanks to Alan for his
input as I indeed thank all members of F&GP for their time and diligence.
Your councillors are involved in very many aspects of community life
representing Council on bodies such as Ilkley Churches Together, the
Bandstand Committee, Friends of the King’s Hall, the Tourism Partnership,
Ilkley’s Carnivals and Festivals, the Police Ward Tasking Group and the fight
to save our Coronation Hospital. This is to mention but a few of the many.
We also help organise Christmas Carols on The Grove, and visits from pupils
of local schools to the Town Hall which helps the understanding of local
political involvement. We are actively engaged in our relationship with
Bradford Council where our partnership does all it can to ensure the very best
for all our residents. It is our intention to further our commitment to other
organisations and to promote extensive interaction with groups in our
immediate locality, fostering we believe a closer bond between Council and
the people we serve.
Looking at further interaction with the community, awards have been granted
throughout the year from a Budget of £10,000. Some of this year’s projects
are on-going and may spill over into the year ahead. A full list may be found
in the attached Financial Report.
It was our pleasure once again to welcome our friends from Coutances in
October of last year. A very pleasant weekend was enjoyed by visitors and
hosts alike and, in fact, all those who took part in the visit. Twinning appears
to be in a healthy state and we look forward to our visit to France later this
IPC, along with other Parish Councils within the Bradford District, has agreed
a general Charter with BMDC which reflects arrangements for working in
partnership to achieve best value. Further work particular to Ilkley Parish
Council will be added to this Charter at a later date as and when agreed.
It is hoped that closer working with Bradford Council will be of benefit to the
town. For example, by using some Precept money towards the cost of the
new Riverside Play Area and equipment, and later towards the cost of fencing
and gates, Ilkley now has a modern and safe playarea which is of benefit to
many children. This was a very positive combination of resources and action.
One very immediate topic of discussion is the controversial subject of the new
traffic lights at the junction of Victoria Avenue with the A65. In the wake of
discussion in Council and letters to the press etc, the Principal Highways
Engineer from BMDC is coming to address Council. He has produced a
report for Councillors giving the background and his recommendations for the
way forward. These will need closely looking at.
The Council’s recently appointed Leisure Facilities Working Group has made
an excellent start in investigating local available facilities and is talking to
groups and individuals within the area to assess the requirements for the
future. This work will continue in the year ahead for the benefit of the whole
valley. My thanks to Cllr James Richards and his team for their work so far.
The Parish Plan, which gathered together the views of the community for the
future of Ilkley, will be studied by the new Council and up-dated. This is an
on-going piece of work and constantly under review.
In conclusion, may I point out that your Parish Council acts as an information
point for local services, and is here to represent the community and take up
local issues. This it will continue to do for Ilkley and Ben Rhydding in the
This is the last Annual Parish Meeting for Ilkley Parish Council which
includes Burley and Menston and we wish the two new Councils every
success for the future. May I take this opportunity to sincerely thank all
members of Council both current and in the past who have given freely of
their time, input and experience. It is often all too easily forgotten that this is
voluntary work and I believe this should be borne in mind. I wish to offer
tonight many thanks to my Vice Chairman, Cllr Caroline Jones and,
particularly, thank one of our previous Chairmen and current Councillor, Mrs
Audrey Brand. Audrey has quite simply done the most magnificent job for
her electorate and this Council over very many years. Her input into the work
of the Planning Committee has been considerable and outstanding and I thank
her most sincerely on behalf of all.
May I wish the new Council in May all the best for the future.
Cllr M P Gibbons
Chairman 2005 – 2006
Financial Report 2005-2006
We started the year with a balance carried forward of £92,119. This included
projects in progress and yet to be paid for of £13,460; earmarked funds for
White Wells and Election Provision of £9,000.
Our Budget for the year was £121,219 for which we precepted £109,219 and
used £12,000 from our reserves to make up the remainder.
This left £57,659 as “Reserves”.
As at now, 22 March 2006, £27,413 has been spent against a budget of
£30,069 for Administration costs and £18,532 against a budget of £21,150 for
Operating Costs. It is anticipated that by the year end costs will remain
The last received bank statement for the 30-day Notice Account as at 10
February 2006 is £98,134.58.
The bank statement for the current account as at 22 February 2006 is
£27,494.98. As at today it is £19,653 taking into account the cheques written
up to 6th March 2006.
The outstanding approved expenditure carried over from last year, 2004/05,
has now been completed at a cost of £20,578. This finally includes benches
across the Parish!
From this year’s budget of £60,000 some £51,269 has been approved of
which £35,509 has been paid to date. Approved expenditure of £10,500 for
Ilkley and £5,260 for Menston will be carried forward into next year 2006/07
and taken into account before the share out of reserves.
April Improvements to Riverside Path 3,500 Not yet
May Toilets at White Wells 7,000 Invoice to
May Lap Top, camera etc 2,300
May Wharfedale Festival donation 2,500
May Ilkley Summer Festival donation 5,000
July Menston in Bloom start-up donation 2,700
Sept Riverside Play area towards fence & gates 9,794
Sept Menston Methodist Church extension 2,500
Sept BCC Burley Christmas Lights 7,575
Oct Flags, holders for Town Hall by Front door 140
November Burley CC Christmas Lights 05 1,500
November Menston CA Christmas Lights 05 1,500
November Menston CA Skateboard Park contribution 5,260 Invoice to
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July Ben Rhydding Pre-School Playgroup 250
July Ilkley Flower Club 300
July 2nd Ilkley Guides 400
July Wharfedale Naturalists' Society 300
December Ilkley in Bloom 500
Ilkley Computer Club/Burley Cyber café 445
Ilkley Civic Society 500
WYMAS First Responder 430
Awards of £3,125 have been paid out (as above table) from a budget of
As part of the agreement between IPC, Burley Community Council and
Menston Community Association on the 16th January, further expenditure was
frozen, other than for normal on-going expenses, until the date of the first
meeting following the Elections, when the share out of funds will take place.
It is anticipated that there could be around £90,000 to be divided between the
three Parish Councils according to the number of electors
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PARISH COUNCIL 2005-2006
Chairman of Council Cllr Michael Gibbons
Vice Chairman Cllr Caroline Jones
Chairman of Plans Cllr Kate Brown
Chairman of F&GP Cllr Alan Morrell
Brian Mann 602262
Pauline Dixon 431994
Lexa Robinson 608418
Andrew Walbank 608079
Kathy Best 607568
David Roberts 602426
Alan Morrell 432511
Kate Brown 604521
Mike Lynes 431481
Mike Gibbons 463092
Anne Hawkesworth 600701
Janice Heslop 830842
Caroline Jones 863857
John Sparshatt 864613
Sylvia Tilford 863218
BURLEY IN WHARFEDALE
Christine Hill 863644
James Richards 865754
Tony Thompson 864684
Audrey Brand 872310
Gerald Goldsbrough 817195
Malcolm Waddington 877409
Parish Clerk: Christine Dale
Parish Office, Town Hall, Ilkley LS298HB
Telephone : 01943 436212
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