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    Harrogate Borough Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will set out how the district should grow and develop to 2035.Previous iterations of their proposals and supporting documents are listed below with particular reference to their impact on Hampsthwaite. Link to HBC's Online Planning Application Information (opens in a new window) Click on Images or Headings to link to related articles
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  • BARKER Family History

    Descendants of John and Grace BarkerbyShaun L Wilson – February 2017 Barker families have resided in Hampsthwaite since the early seventeenth century and were extensive in the area during the nineteenth century. From the 1881 England Census for Hampsthwaite taken on 3rd April that year, Barker was the most popular name totalling 57 out of 457 people enumerated – 12.5% of those recorded living in Hampsthwaite at the time of that census. From the registers of Hampsthwaite parish, Barkers were in existence as early as 1610. The earliest Barker mentioned is John Barker, son of Peter who was baptised on 17th March that year.Where Hampsthwaite is mentioned in this article it refers to both village and parish. We will never know exactly where the early Barker’s dwelling houses were as they are not recorded in either the parish registers or on the early census returns, but it is assumed that they lived in the village or within the parish. It was not until the England Census of 1911 that full address details were given together with the total number of children born alive to the present marriage of the head of the family.
  • Tom Wright reflects upon the Barker family in Hampsthwaite

    As far as I can ascertain there were no Barkers in Hampsthwaite prior to the 18th century. The earliest reference I could find was to the marriage of John Barker, a tailor, to Ann Messenger (daughter of William Messenger) in the parish church sometime near the beginning of the 1700s. I don’t know from whence he originated.They had several children, as did all the Barkers, but I have only recorded my own direct ancestors. They were his son James Barker (1744) & Hannah Dousland; William Barker (1781) & Catherine Swale; John Barker (1810) & Mary Nutter; George Barker (1845) & Sarah ???  who themselves produced Rowland Barker and siblings. He married Eliza Jackson (from an even older family in Birstwith) and they were my maternal Grandparents.(See also and )
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YLCA REQUEST FOR INFORMATION – CYCLISTS ON FOOTPATHS

Wilsden Parish Council has requested that we seek a response from our member councils to following:

‘What is your single most successful idea for dealing with cyclists using footpaths’?

Please forward your response directly to Gail Denham, Clerk to Wilsden Parish Council, at: gail.denham@wilsdenparishcouncil.gov.uk
For the attention of council who are undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan

We have had a request from Kirkburton Parish Council for help in assessing the amount of time that the Parish Clerk will need to support the production of a Neighbourhood Plan.

The Council is currently producing a neighbourhood plan for one village within the parish (a large parish with a number of communities), in conjunction with a local group.  The Council is concerned how much staff time this will mean in reality.  The group is doing most of the work with the Clerk putting everything through the Council as required before onward submission to the principal authority.  The clerk will be the co-ordinator between the two groups and will give advice to the steering group and check the information/documentation that the group produces prior to it being presented to the Council.  The Clerk has been asked to produce a report outlining the number of hours that she anticipates will be needed to fulfil the tasks and is wondering whether any other councils had completed such a plan and could provide some help in terms of how much time it took the Clerk to provide support to the Neighbourhood Planning group.

If you can assist please give your feedback direct to the Clerk, Mrs Angela Royle at: kirkburtonpc@gmail.com


HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR LISTED BUILDINGS/HERITAGE SITE EVENT- IS THIS FOR YOU?

YLCA is aware that many councils own and manage listed buildings and have historic settings/ heritage sites within their community and consequently require specialised information and guidance on how to undertake this role effectively.

We are looking to host a training event aimed at anyone who owns or looks after listed buildings, is considering taking over such buildings or is involved with historic settings/heritage sites. The course content will include:

    What listing is.
    How listing applies to local councils
    Conservation management plans
    Maintenance plans
    Working in historic settings/heritage sites what to look for, encourage and avoid
    Practical advice from experts in the field.

As the external speaker, who has a vast array of experience and a career spanning archaeology, historic buildings and heritage sites, has some distance to travel to deliver the course, we are writing to ask whether you would be interested in attending such a training session, at a date and venue to be confirmed.

If you are interested (this will not be considered a commitment to attending) please send your details to Joy Morgan at admin@yorkhirelca.gov.uk as soon as possible.

ONE DAY SEMINAR ON SUCCESSFUL EVENT MANAGEMENT FOR LOCAL COUNCILS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS - IS THIS FOR YOU?

The YLCA  is aware that many councils host a variety of community events and a number have approached us with regards to relevant training in successful event management. Last week YLCA hosted a one day seminar on ‘ Successful Event Management for Local Councils and Community Groups’; the course content covered:

    Researching and then delivering events your customers actually want
    Designing and positioning your event for maximum impact
    Project planning, budgeting and contracting competent contractors
    Selecting, evaluating and planning your venue
    Designing an engaging well planned event programme
    Achieving great audiences numbers through effective event promotion
    Leading and briefing your event team
    Delivering a safe well run event and writing event risk assessments

The event was very quickly full and a real success; delegates commented; ‘excellent training’ ‘ very useful’  ‘well qualified presenter, knew his stuff and gave plenty of practical examples’ ‘made me think outside the box’ ‘would recommend’

We are therefore writing to ask whether you would be interested in the YLCA hosting another similar event at a date and venue to be confirmed?

If you are interested (this will not be considered as a commitment to attending) please send your details to Joy Morgan at admin@yorkhirelca.gov.uk as soon as possible.


White Rose Update August Edition

Please find attached the latest edition of White Rose Update and YLCA Training provision – August to November 2017.

NALC Chief Executive's Bulletin 29 - 4 August 2017

Sajid Javid to address annual conference

·         I’m delighted to let you know that the secretary of state for communities and local government, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, will be a keynote speaker (subject to parliamentary business) at October’s annual conference – which is shaping up to be the biggest and best ever!

·         The minister joins an already brilliant line up of plenary, breakout and workshop speakers including: Angela Rippon, broadcaster and dementia friendly champion; Fiona Stafford, author, academic, broadcaster and Tree Charter champion; Mark Lloyd, chief executive of Local Government Association; Met Office chief executive Rob Varley; Sarah Richards, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate; Dr Jane Martin CBE, member of the prime minister’s advisory Committee for Standards and Public Life; and Councillor Commission report author Professor Colin Copus from De Montfort University Leicester.

·         Our packed two-day programme also includes insightful, engaging and interactive breakout and workshop sessions on topics such as data protection, sustainability and the environment, health and well-being, housing and neighbourhood planning, flexible and diverse funding, building capacity in smaller councils, risk management, information and communications technology, savings and investment, devolution and partnership working, local economic development, and councillor development. And if that’s not enough we will also be celebrating NALC’s 70 year anniversary and Milton Keynes 50th birthday through the conference including at our dinner and reception on Monday evening, where we also announce the winners of Star Councils 2017 – there may even be cake!

·         So why not join the 100 delegates and 15 exhibitors that have already booked to join us? More information including how to book are on the annual conference page on the NALC website.

Aon update

·         As those of you with insurance policies with Aon will already know, Aon have decided to cease its involvement in the local council market in line with changes to its UK strategy. NALC has had a long-term agreement with Aon for several decades which has benefitted NALC and the wider sector. Aon have been in full discussion with us about these changes and have terminated their agreement with us. Whilst disappointing, this process has been conducted in a professional and amicable way.

·         Aon have made arrangements to provide affected councils with a renewal invitation from BHIB Ltd, another insurance broker. Aon has indicated that “BHIB is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA registration number 116675). BHIB is a leading independent commercial insurance broker that prides itself on its professionalism and Chartered status. Servicing local and national clients in all aspects of general insurance, BHIB delivers specialist insurance broking services to a variety of businesses and membership organisations, with specific focus on providing solutions and exceptional client service.”

·         We are in positive discussions with BHIB to reach an agreement with them and have visited their main office in Leicester and I will keep you posted on developments.

Survey to help unlock digital potential of rural areas

·         You'll be as aware as I am that digital connectivity, mobile working, Skype meetings, e-commerce and so on are becoming ever more important for business efficiency, productivity and growth. Rural England are undertaking a research project on ‘Unlocking the Digital Potential of the UK's Rural Areas’ which includes an online survey aimed at business owners, directors and managers to explore how rural-based businesses currently use digital connectivity and technology, how important it is to their business model, what constraints slow their digital uptake and what benefits might accrue if such constraints were overcome.

·         Please can you promote this survey so it reaches as many rural based business owners, directors and managers as possible from across the UK to ensure the research hears from businesses in all sectors (from farms, to retail, to tech companies), of all sizes (from sole traders to large enterprises), of all types (from PLCs to social enterprises) and of all ages (from start-ups to long-established firms) – however much they do (or don't) make use of digital connectivity and technologies. The survey is open until Friday 1 September, responses will be considered confidential by the research team and respondents don't have to complete questions which would identify them.

County councils call for ‘new deal’

·         Staying on the subject of rural areas I thought you might be interested in the County Councils Network – a special interest group within the Local Government Association – recent report ‘A New Deal For Counties’ which calls on Government to reshape its relationship with rural England and offer county areas a ‘new deal’ including a new and fairer funding package. CCN’s vice chairman Cllr Philip Atkins who is leader of Staffordshire County Council contributed to our special report with LGC ‘What next for localism?’ and we will shortly be launching a further piece of work with CCN to identify and showcase further examples of onward devolution from county councils to parish and town councils and on partnership working.

Consultations

·         Today we have published two policy consultations (attached) which we’d like to hear from you about: the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement have launched an inquiry to investigate the legal rights and responsibilities for citizens of the UK, the barriers to citizenship and what can be done to support and encourage civic engagement; and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is seeking views on the specification for a broadband Universal Service Obligation (USO) to be set in secondary legislation.

Star Councils 2017

    And finally, last Friday we extended the deadline for entries to our Star Councils 2017 awards and I wanted to encourage as many councillors, clerks, councils and county associations as possible over the next couple of weeks – whether you’re on the beach, the garden or somewhere else! – to take 15 minutes out to enter and get your brilliant work recognised and celebrated. So go on, give it a shot!

NEW FINANCE AND TRANSPARENCY GUIDANCE BOOKLET

The Good Councillors Guide to Finance and Transparency is designed specifically to help local councillors support their communities and council in understanding their obligations and commitments with public money, both generally and under the requirements of Transparency Codes, as well as sharing good practice in these areas.

This is the first finance booklet to be produced by the National Training Strategy and is recommended reading for all councillors and clerks.

An electronic version of the publication can be found on the YLCA website (Documents and Publications).

This publication is not generally available in hard copy.  However YLCA does have a small supply which will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

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The books are £1 each plus postage and package

1 copy £1.00 plus postage and package £1.90 Total cost £2.90     
2 copies £2.00 plus postage and package £2.24 Total cost £4.24  
3 copies £3.00 plus postage and package £2.79 Total cost £5.79  
4 copies £4.00 plus postage and package £2.79 Total cost £6.79   
5 copies £5.00 plus postage and package £3.55 Total cost £8.55   
6 copies £6.00 plus postage and package £3.55 Total cost £9.55  
7 copies £7.00 plus postage and package £5.65 Total cost £12.65
8 copies £8.00 plus postage and package £5.65 Total cost £13.57
9 copies £9.00 plus postage and package £5.65 Total cost £14.65
10 copies £10.00 plus postage and package £5.65 Total cost £15.65

Orders to Joy Morgan at: admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk.

REFORM OF DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION AND INTRODUCTION OF THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)

The Data Protection Act 1998 is the main piece of legislation which governs the protection of personal data today.  The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) provides guidance about the application of the Act to member councils by way of Legal Topic Note 38 which is available from the YLCA website - www.yorkshirelca.gov.uk (NALC section) and the NALC website – www.nalc.gov.uk

However, data protection law will significantly change in May 2018 when the 2016 EU Directive known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect.  The attached legal briefing (which follows on from LO3 – 17, circulated on the 2 June 2017) produced by NALC, provides further information and guidance on the preparations required to made by councils in readiness for May 2018.  This Legal Briefing specifically deals with the issue of the required changes to privacy notices, provides links to advice and examples of good and not so good privacy notices.

A privacy notice checklist can be found at: https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1625126/privacy-notice-checklist.pdf

The ICO (Information Commissioners Office) website provides detailed guidance on all aspects of data protection and the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) .

It is likely that all local councils (town and parish councils) are data controllers and should therefore be registered with the ICO as data controllers; as such, you should receive regular updates, information and guidance via an e- bulletin; this can be subscribed to using the following link:  https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/e-newsletter/


NALC Chief Executive's Bulletin - No 28

Star Councils 2017 deadline extended!
·         We’ve extended the deadline for entries to NALC’s Star Councils 2017 to 14 August 2017! This is in response to requests from a number of councils and county associations for more time to complete their application. More information on the six categories, the simple and quick process of making a nomination and previous winners is on the Star Councils page of the website. Shortlisting will take place in mid-September and the winners and runner's up will be invited to join us at the annual conference for a special awards reception. So please make sure you take advantage of this important opportunity to give our councils and county associations the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a Star Councils award!

Rural Coalition

·         The Rural Coalition met on Tuesday at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, here are a few highlights: the chair Margaret Clark thanked all members for their input to the rural statement and good practice case studies (which include Forest Row Parish Council in West Sussex and Uppingham Town Council in Rutland) – which attracted significant media attention including coverage in several national newspapers – and to the Bishop of St Albans for hosting the well-attended launch event in the House of Lords; a discussion on maintaining momentum on the statement and its four policy priorities and it was agreed members would identify promotional opportunities to such as events, publications and party conferences as part of an ongoing communications plan; the House of Lords Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act had published a call for written evidence by 11 September 2017 and it was agreed the Coalition would submit evidence based on the rural statement and press to give oral evidence; officials from Defra attended for part of the meeting and gave an update on ministerial appointments and responsibilities (reporting Lord Gardiner’s brief includes rural ambassador and rural affairs, rural life opportunities, broadband and mobile) and their priority work streams of improving the rural evidence base for use by other government departments, policy issues of broadband, mobile, schools funding, industrial strategy and local government finance, and rural proofing including at national, sub-regional and local government level (they would be seeking meetings with the Local Government Association and ourselves to discuss in more detail).

Transparency Fund

·         On Monday 138 applications from smaller councils to the Transparency Fund were approved totalling £94,155, this takes grants awarded in 2017/18 so far to £282,472.92. Overall take-up by county association is shown below:

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Staffing update

    I wanted to let you know that Gurvynda Paddan-White, part-time solicitor, will shortly be commencing maternity leave following a period of annual leave; Gary Barker will be returning to provide cover in the legal team on Thursdays and Fridays starting from 3 August 2017.

Town Team calls for creation of Sheerness Town Council

·         And finally a welcome shot in the arm for our Create a Council Campaign this week from the Town Team in Sheerness who have submitted a petition to establish a new town council to Swale Borough Council. Several new councils have been set up in Kent in recent years including Badgers Mount (near Sevenoaks), Westgate, Ashford and Folkestone – and with campaigns currently also underway in Rochester and Canterbury it’s good to see continued interest for injecting more local democracy in communities in the Garden of England! If you know of an unparished area that wants to explore setting up a new parish council do get in touch with justin.griggs@nalc.gov.uk to find out how NALC and county associations can help, such as the networking event for campaign areas at this year’s annual conference.

National Association of Local Councils Chief Executive's Bulletin no 27: 21 July 2017

Larger Councils’ Committee and good practice visit

·         The Durham town councils of Great Aycliffe and Shildon hosted our Larger Councils’ Committee earlier this week for their annual good practice visit to gain an insight into some of the issues faced by larger councils and to see a range of their services and facilities.

·         The Committee visited Great Aycliffe Town council’s sports and leisure facilities as well as their pre-school learning centre Monday afternoon prior to being joined the council’s respective mayors Cllr Quinn and Cllr Hilary, Cllr Bell from the Durham county association and Margaret Middleton from the Darlington county association for the evening programme; a series of short presentations took place throughout the evening including a formal welcome from both mayors, updates on devolution and partnership working and a short speech by committee chairman Cllr Kevin Wilson.

·         Following a tour of both council’s projects and facilities on Tuesday morning – including their parks which neatly coincided with #loveparks week – the committee received a presentation from Cllr Robert Fleming, leader of Great Aycliffe Town Council on devolution and partnership working with Durham Council; during its formal meeting the committee noted progress on the work programme and priorities and agreed to supplement existing activity to gather examples of larger councils engaging communities in budget setting, received an update on the governance review and identified key issues to be considered over the coming year including the purpose of the Committee and its terms of reference as well as the definition of a larger council and the Direct Access Scheme, holding next year’s good practice visit in Chippenham and opening the study visit up as a pilot to a limited number of other larger councils, and collaboration between councils including with the Co-operative Councils’ Network.

·         Feedback on the visit has been very positive and I would like to convey my own thanks to both town councils for hosting.

Busting barriers through the Sustainable Communities Act

·         NALC’s advisory board, made up of councillors from the Policy Committee and which oversees our work supporting and promoting the Sustainable Communities Act, met earlier today, here a few brief highlights: Cllr Peter Wilkinson from the Norfolk county association was elected chairman; the board noted the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department for Communities and Local Government setting out NALC’s role as selector and associated funding had been agreed; councillors received an update on progress on submissions to date; discussions took place on a work programme and agreed further activity on rate relief on public toilets including writing to DCLG and working with Falmouth Town Council and the Norfolk county association; and agreed to incorporate a briefing to the policy session at annual conference.  

·         One final but really important point the board want to draw to the attention of our councils is the process provides an important tool for councils to ask central government to remove legislative or other barriers that prevent them from improving the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area. I am keen our councils start to make more use of this simple legislation, especially as there are so many issues which have been raised with us as policy motions from business rates to licensing powers to reform of the standards regime. Please take a look at the short guidance available on the website and get in touch with our head of policy and development Justin Griggs via justin.griggs@nalc.gov.uk if you want to know more, plus we will be contacting councils asking them to work with us to take some of our policy priorities forward using this process!

Training Events in July /August

Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS)
In the past year 11 councils have achieved either the Foundation or Quality levels of the LCAS and a number of others are preparing applications.  This session will demonstrate to councils what they need to do to achieve the Foundation Award.  We hope that there will be good take up of this session as this is something that all local councils can achieve.
Tuesday, 25 July 1pm to 3pm at The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford, Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8HW
Thursday, 17 August 1pm to 3pm at Tankersley Manor Hotel, Church Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3DQ
Cost £40 per delegate with refreshments on arrival.
 
Play Area Training Seminar
The day will include seminars on the design of Children’s Play Areas, Consultation and Project Management, Funding and Playground Inspection and Maintenance.
Thursday, 27 July 9.30am to 3.30pm at Wheldrake Village Hall, Broad Highway, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6BU
Cost £40.00 per delegate to include lunch and refreshments.

Developing Your Skills as a Councillor
For new councillors, although those who want to brush up on their knowledge are welcome.
Monday, 7 August 7pm to 9.30pm at Tankersley Manor Hotel, Church Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3DQ
Cost £45 per delegate with refreshments on arrival
 
Procedures, Powers and Policies
This session builds on the new councillor seminars that we provided in 2015 and would be particularly suitable for the members who attended those courses to broaden their knowledge further.  Councillors who have been in office for some time who would like a refresher will also find this seminar helpful.
Tuesday, 8 August 7pm to 9.30pm at The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford, Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8HW
Cost £45 per delegate with refreshments on arrival

National Association of Local Councils - Chief Executive's Bulletin 26 - 14 July 2017

National Council
·         National Council met on Wednesday at the CCLA offices in the city of London, in advance the draft minutes being available next week here are a few highlights: new members of National Council were invited to speak at the start of the meeting to introduce themselves, their background and aspirations; councillors received an extensive report on our work programme, performance and strategic plan delivery; our action plan for engaging with the new government was noted, including on neighbourhood planning and Council received a short presentation from Christopher Mountain, Department for Communities and Local Government who said “parishes are the backbone of neighbourhood planning” before giving an overview of progress including a recent adjournment debate in Parliament and asking for feedback on the current support programme; following extensive discussion councillors endorsed with minor changes proposals from the Governance Review Task and Finish Group for a progressive package of reforms to improve and modernise our governance structure.

·         At the meeting I also stressed the importance of the sector sharing good practice and case studies of the excellent work of our councils especially through our Star Councils Awards 2017 which has just two weeks to run – we really do need to hear about the work of councillors and young councillors, so please get nominating!

Important parish finance research
·         I would be grateful if you could support our ongoing council tax referendums campaign by completing an important online survey (pdf version attached) into parish finances. As you know Andrew Tubb is currently on secondment to NALC from Cirencester Town Council to support our devolution work. Andrew is conducting some important research as part of his MBA to establish an evidence base which can be used by the sector to inform Government policy on issues relating to local government finance and devolution as well as raising awareness of current financial issues and capturing the strengths of town and parish councils. The questionnaire takes just several minutes to complete, with only one response per town and parish council required, and is available up to 10.00 on Friday 21 July 2017. I think it’s really important as many councils as possible complete the survey so please take the time to fill it in; I’d be grateful if county association colleagues could ensure the survey and link is circulated widely in your areas, thank you.

Local Democracy APPG
·         The All Party Parliamentary Group on local democracy held its annual general meeting this week, elected its officers and agreed the focus of their work for the next year. I’m really pleased that all the current officers were keen to continue to work with us and promote and champion parishes in Parliament and were duly re-elected: Andrea Jenkyns MP (Conservative), co-chair; Scott Mann MP (Conservative), co-chair; Lord Tony Greaves (Liberal Democrat), vice-chair; Lord John Lytton (Cross Bencher), secretary; and Karen Buck MP (Labour), treasurer. The work programme includes a small scale inquiry on role of local councils in supporting businesses and local economic development, holding another reception in Parliament to celebrate NALC’s Star Councils and the achievements of some of the best councils in the sector, developing the champions network of MPs to encourage more MPs to engage with parishes in their area as well as coming along to NALC’s Lobby Day, sessions on planning to promote more planning powers for communities such as housing allocations and diversity/role of councillors to explore how we can get more people involved in local democracy especially as councillors, extending membership of the Group, visits to councils by members of the Group and active engagement in Parliamentary debates.

Councillor Commission report
·         I was really pleased to see the Councillor Commission – organised by the local government magazine TheMJ and De Montfort University Leicester and supported by NALC – publish its final report ‘The Voice of The Councillor’ (attached) this week and I would strongly urge you to read it and consider its findings and recommendations. When the Commission was launched we pressed for our sector and our 10,000 councillors not to be overlooked, securing representation on the Commission and a dedicated stream of work to ensure the voice of parish and town councillors was heard. The 124 page report (which is in plain language and easy to read!) includes a dedicated chapter on parish and town councillors and four specific recommendations out of the twenty in total. I am extremely grateful to Cllr Mike Evans of Whiteley Town Council and chairman of the Hampshire county association for his vital contribution as the parish commissioner and we will be exploring with Mike and the Commission next steps including promotion of the report including discussing it with government and others.

Data protection
·         We have today published a new legal briefing L04-17 on the Reform of Data Protection Regulation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Bill (login required). The GDPR will require parish and town councils and parish meetings to allocate significant resource and effort to comply, especially for smaller councils. This was discussed at the recent meeting of the Policy Committee who agreed to write to the government about resource implications and potential impact on precepts and we have written to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. In addition to the briefing we will also be holding a session on data protection at the annual conference and we are also considering what other support we can provide.

Induction day on 26 July
·         Two county association colleagues will be joining us on 26 July for our next induction day at our offices – if other newer members of National Council or committees or county association staff also want to attend please contact claire.fitzgerald@nalc.gov.uk

St Ives Town Council wins national planning award
·         And finally congratulations to St Ives Town Council in Cornwall for winning the award for neighbourhood planning at the prestigious Planning Awards 2017; well done also to Shifnal Town Council in Shropshire and Nettleham Parish Council in Lincolnshire who were highly commended.

Training Events in July

Please find below list of training events for July.

If you wish to book or reserve places please fill in the attached booking form and email to admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk, confirmation will then be sent along with an invoice.

Chairmanship Skills
This is a session suitable for all chairmen and vice-chairmen.  We will examine the general principles of chairmanship, effectiveness of a good agenda, management of meetings, stimulating discussion, managing the public and effective working with the clerk and other councillors.
Wednesday, 12 July 10am to 4.00pm at The Holiday Inn, Clifton, Brighouse, HD6 4HW
Cost £115 per delegate full day event with lunch and refreshments provided.
Thursday, 20 July 7pm to 9.30pm at Tankersley Manor Hotel, Church Lane, Tankersley, Barnsley, S75 3DQ
Cost £45 per delegate evening session with refreshments provided on arrival.
There are a few places left on both of these events.

Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS)
In the past year 11 councils have achieved either the Foundation or Quality levels of the LCAS and a number of others are preparing applications.  This session will demonstrate to councils what they need to do to achieve the Foundation Award.  We hope that there will be good take up of this session as this is something that all local councils can achieve
Tuesday, 18 July 1pm to 3pm at Northallerton Town Council Offices, Upper Hall, Town Hall, High Street, Northallerton, DL7 8QR
Tuesday, 25 July 1pm to 3pm at The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford, Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8HW
Cost £40 per delegate with refreshments on arrival.

Play Area Training Seminar
The day will include seminars on the design of Children’s Play Areas, Consultation and Project Management, Funding and Playground Inspection and Maintenance.
Thursday, 27 July 9.30am to 3.30pm at Wheldrake Village Hall, Broad Highway, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6BU
Cost £40.00 per delegate to include lunch and refreshments.

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Play Area Training Seminar - Thursday 27 July

Please find attached a programme and booking form for a play area training seminar we are running in conjunction with Playscheme on Thursday 27 July (9.30am to 3.15pm) at Wheldrake Village Hall near York. The seminar will cost £40 and include sessions on design and funding as well as an on site practical workshop looking at risk assessment and maintenance.
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Procedures, Powers and Policies Training Event - Tuesday, 3 August

This session builds on the new councillor seminars that we provided in 2015 and would be particularly suitable for the members who attended those courses to broaden their knowledge further.  Councillors who have been in office for some time who would like a refresher will also find this seminar helpful.

Tuesday, 8 August 7pm to 9.30pm at The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford, Rooley Lane, Bradford, BD5 8HW

Cost £45 per delegate

Refreshments are provided on arrival.

If you wish to book or reserve places please fill in the attached booking form and email to admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk, confirmation will then be sent along with an invoice.
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Training Programme 2017

Please find attached the training programme for 2017 and booking form.   This programme covers courses being provided directly by YLCA in the next few months.  In due course members will receive details of further courses that we are arranging in a range of topics, with external presenters.

Evening and half day sessions include light refreshments and full day courses also include a two course lunch.

All bookings must be accompanied with a booking form, confirmation will then be sent along with an invoice.
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REFORM OF DATA PROTECTION LEGISLATION AND INTRODUCTION OF THE GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS

The Data protection Act 1998 is the main piece of legislation which governs the protection of personal data today.  The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) provides guidance about the application of the Act to member councils by way of Legal Topic Note 38 which is available from the YLCA website - www.yorkshirelca.gov.uk (NALC section) and the NALC website – www.nalc.gov.uk

WEEKLY BULLETIN FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS

Digital Councils seminar

·         Yesterday we held our third Digital Councils seminar at the London offices of AON who I am grateful to for hosting and sponsoring the event. Subjects covered included the power of digital communications, case studies examples of the digital journeys councils have undertaken, branding for councils in the digital age, legal and risk management frameworks for operating online, a new social media community for local areas and an open mic session; speaker presentation slides will be available on the website shortly. Feedback was very positive indeed with 95% of delegates rating the conference overall very good or good and I also wanted to share some of their written comments: “really useful”, “nice to see how other councils are operating” “informative and knowledgeable”, “a really excellent and engaging day”, and “a worthwhile and enjoyable day”. You can read more about the event on the Twitter hashtag #nalcevents.

NALC Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017

·         Our Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017 will be an essential event for councillors, council officers, county association members and officers as local councils join with other parts of the public (including government and principal councils), private and voluntary sectors to discuss the key policy issues of the moment. The important themes will centre on partnership working, economic development, sustainability, health and well being, housing and planning, and openness and transparency. What I am sure will be a brilliant two-day event will also celebrate NALC’s 70th anniversary and our Star Councils 2017 winners, as well as our host city Milton Keynes being 50 years old this year. For general delegates, you can find out more information and now book your places; separate booking information for county association delegates will be circulated next week.

MJ magazine article

·         The MJ (one of the leading local government magazines) this week includes an article by our chairman Cllr Sue Baxter on how in the wake of recent metro mayor elections the new Government, whatever its hue, should relaunch the devolution project but ensure it is effective and engages all local communities including parishes.

Council tax statistics

·         Parish precepts have risen by 0.2 per cent on last year’s increase according to Department for Communities and Local Government’s recently published live tables providing Band D Council Tax figures, average Council Tax per dwelling and Council Tax statistics for parish and town councils. Headlines include: total precepts increased by just over £40 million to £485 million, the average Band D is now £61.03 per year compared to £57.40 on 2015/16, a rise of 6.3 per cent to £3.63 (or 7p per week). We are in the process of undertaking further analysis of this data as part of our ongoing work on council tax referendums, this will be discussed at the forthcoming meeting of Policy Committee.

Transparency Fund

·         Earlier this week 76 applications for the May window of applications to the Transparency Fund were approved, totalling £46,677.47.  This was a shorter than normal window as the Fund went live on 28 April so a huge thanks to county associations for their ongoing efforts in promoting the Transparency Code, Fund and in submitting applications – please keep this up! The below table illustrates take-up to date by county association:

Celebrating Community Champions as part of Volunteers’ Week

·         Next week marks the beginning of Volunteers’ Week 2017, an annual event from 1-7 June which celebrates the difference volunteers make to communities across the country. This year NALC will be playing its part through our Community Champions Week aimed at promoting the amazing 80,000 people who give up time and hold public office as local parish and town councillors; we’ll also be shining a spotlight on the wider work of local councils and the volunteers they work with, so please do get involved.

Star Councils 2017

·         And finally a reminder about our Star Councils 17 (sponsored by Aon and other commercial partners and mentioned above) which is a brilliant way of showcasing the work of our councils and county associations; I would really like encourage you to enter or and follow in the footsteps of last year’s winners including Council of the Year Oswestry Town Council – more details including how to enter are on the website, deadline is 28 July 2017.

Fields in Trust: Creating a legacy of protected outdoor spaces

On Monday 22nd May, Fields in Trust launched a new programme called Active Spaces which is in partnership with a national funding partner to get more people physically active and using outdoor spaces.   YLCA is writing to pass on information that we have received from Jamie Leeson, the Fields in Trust Development Manager.

The programme aims to help increase participation in a diverse range of physical activities on local parks, playing fields and green spaces which will be protected for future generations to use and enjoy.

Background

Parks and green spaces have been getting a lot of air time recently, with the publication of the Communities & Local Government (CLG) Parliamentary Committee’s Report into the future of public parks. The report recognises their value and potential in promoting healthy lifestyles and tackling social exclusion but warns that they face a period of decline unless strategic action is taken.

There is also the shift in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport thinking and the focus on activity rather than formal sport which, as we all know, is a driving force in Sport England’s strategy and investment funding.

Parks and informal green spaces have an important role to play in helping deliver this activity agenda being the settings for entry level activity – inactive people don’t suddenly start playing sport in a formal setting, they walk, jog, cycle or play – and they need safe local green spaces to do this.

Activity Grants

The Active Spaces programme combines the protection in perpetuity of green spaces, together with revenue funding to engage inactive people on those spaces. Each site will be offered delivery of a physical activity project on-site to the value of £5,000 to serve local needs and target identified groups of inactive people.

Sites and projects will be selected following an assessment which will include likely impact and will also consider whether local funding has been secured to increase project value. The activation projects can be delivered by:

  • programme delivery partner Our Parks;
  • the local council itself; or
  • a delivery agent selected by the local council

Projects will be subject to monitoring and evaluation reporting and will run during 2017 and 2018.

Find out more

The deadline for the first funding round is Friday 7th July, with decisions made by Friday 21st July.  Jamie Leeson is very happy to talk to councils that are interested in applying and will also meet with you to discuss the prospects of newly protected green space.

Jamie can be contacted at: Jamie.leeson@fieldsintrust.org or by telephone: 020 7427 2124


Weekly bulletin from the Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils

Each week the Chief Executive of the National Association of Local Councils, Dr Jonathan Owen, produces a bulletin updating us on the work that is has been undertaking, current consultations and issues of interest to the parish sector.  The bulletins can be found on the NALC website which all YLCA members have access to but we will now be sending the bulletins to you on a weekly basis.

White Rose Update May edition

See : Please find attached the latest edition of White Rose Update.
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CHANGE OF DATE: YLCA HARROGATE BRANCH MEETING – 12 JUNE, 2017

Please note that this meeting will be held on Monday 12, June 2017 at 7.00pm in The Jubilee Room (above the Library), St James Square, Boroughbridge, YO51 9AR (right in the centre of Boroughbridge).

Hampsthwaite Parish Council - Use of s. 137 of The Local Government Act 1972 (Our Ref: May38)

Bulletin on S137 expenditure

THE GOOD COUNCILLOR’S GUIDE 2017

The new hard copy of The Good Councillor’s Guide 2017 is now available.

NALC LEGAL BRIEFING (LO2-17): THE CODE OF RECOMMENDED PRACTICE ON LOCAL AUTHORITY PUBLICITY (ENGLAND)

Please see the attached briefing which is relevant in the run up to local elections.  The key issues covered in this advisory note are local publications and the publication of publicity in the lead up to elections.
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YLCA Annual Review 2016/2017

We like to use photographs of the Yorkshire area in our annual review.  If you have some good photos of features of your parish, please send them to us in j.peg format, telling us the name of the parish and details of what is in the photo.  Please send these to: admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk
Flooding problems at Allerton Mauleverer

Residents of the parish of Allerton Mauleverer with Hopperton have experienced flooding for some time due to poor drainage.  The parish meeting is liaising with the highway authority as it is believed that the cause of the problem is a collapsed/blocked drain passing under the main street through the village. However, the parish meeting is keen to do something itself to alleviate the problem and would like to hear from any parish councils or parish meetings who have satisfactorily used consultants who can give advice on a new drainage system.

 If you can help please contact the Clerk, David Hopperton on: 07703 356473 or 01937 587188 or e-mail him at: david@hopperton.org



NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS (NALC) – DIGITAL COUNCILS EVENT, 25 MAY 2017

It is a chance to hear about why digital working increasingly matters, the importance of doing it and how to do it.   It will provide an opportunity to look at some best practice and hear some new ideas.  The cost is £75 plus VAT (total £90) per delegate for councils/parish meetings who are affiliated to NALC via their county association.   Councils that hold any level of the Local Council Award Scheme can get a reduction in the fee - £60 plus VAT (total £72.00) per delegate.

Full information and a booking form is available on the NALC website, under ‘Events’.  All councils have been issued with log-in details for the NALC website by YLCA.

You may like to note that YLCA is planning some workshops in the next few months that address the use of websites, Facebook, Twitter and other information sharing platforms.  Information coming out shortly.


Parish precepts - Request to demonstrate restrain

White Rose Update March edition

Rural Affordable Housing Schemes - Request for Case Study Examples

We have received the following information and request from the Royal Town Planning Institute via the National Association of Local Councils.

“RTPI collecting examples of rural affordable housing schemes which have been facilitated by planning/ neighbourhood planning

The RTPI is looking for examples of how planning can facilitate rural  affordable housing.   The review focuses on the role of planning in delivering affordable housing. This takes a broad definition of affordability which encompasses not only house prices but also issues like transport accessibility, local economic opportunities, and access to public services.

They are seeking case studies of rural affordable housing schemes in which planning has played a positive enabling role, so they can understand what has worked in practice in different parts of the country. They  would be very grateful for recommendations of proposed/completed housing schemes – especially those testing innovative approaches to making them affordable.”

If you are aware of any such examples in your parishes please let the RTPI know via the above link (preferably within the next couple of weeks). We would also be grateful for a copy of any examples you send to them.

NALC DIS and Grants & Funding Bulletins

For information. Please find attached the latest information and grant and funding bulletins produced by the National Association of Local Councils.
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Auditor Appointments for Smaller Authorities for the 2017/18 to 2021/22 Financial Years

The Associations have received notification that following a successful procurement exercise the Sector Led Body, the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Ltd (SAAA), have appointed external auditors for smaller authorities (including parish and town councils and parish meetings) for the 2017/2018 – 2021/22 financial years. The appointed external auditors for all parish and town councils and parish meetings in North, South and West Yorkshire who have not opted out of the Sector Led Body will be PKF Littlejohn LLP. PKF Littlejohn are currently the appointed auditors for North and West Yorkshire but not for South Yorkshire.

Please do note that for the financial year 2016/17 there will be no changes to your existing external audit arrangements and you should continue to work with your existing external auditors on limited assurance reviews for accounts for this financial year. The new appointments only become effective for the five year period in relation to accounts for the financial year beginning on 1 April 2017.

Further information about the audit appointments can be found at the SAAA website below.

 http://www.localaudits.co.uk/appts.html

We understand that all parish and town councils and parish meetings will receive further information in due course about the arrangements for 2017/18 onwards directly from SAAA and/or from PKF Littlejohn.


Harrogate Branch meeting 20 February 2017

YLCA branches are an opportunity for councillors and clerks of member councils to meet together to discuss issues of mutual interest and concern.  Branches can and do invite speakers on parish matters.  Your council can influence local, regional and national issues via the branch meeting.
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Training seminars in Planning and Development and Neighbourhood Planning

From March late April the Associations are concentrating their planning programme on planning and development and neighbourhood plans.  We have arranged day long seminars in a number of locations and these will focus on helping councils to understand their role in the planning system and guide them in making effective responses to planning applications.  We are running one seminar focusing on the production of a Neighbourhood Plan from the inception stage through to examination and formal adoption and if there is sufficient demand for this session we will be able to provide more as necessary.

The sessions are being led by Andrew Towlerton who has worked in various senior roles in planning policy for North East Derbyshire District Council and Rotherham MBC. A qualified planner, he is a former employee of YLCA and also the part-time planning adviser for the Society of Local Council Clerks.  He is also a clerk to a parish council in the Rotherham area so is familiar with the policies and procedures of local councils.

At the Neighbourhood Planning seminar, Andrew will be assisted by Councillor Peter Allison, a member of Wilsden Parish Council in West Yorkshire.  Peter is one of the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Champions who are people that have been identified as at the forefront of neighbourhood planning, with first-hand experience of the neighbourhood plan development process. The role of Champions is to promote neighbourhood plans, offer advice and support to groups who are on the neighbourhood planning journey and encourage and inspire new groups to shape development in their areas through the production of neighbourhood development plans.

Please find the information brochure and booking forms attached and if you need any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch.

NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin December 2016

Please find attached, for your information and reference,  NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin, December 2016.

The bulletin provides guidance and details of various current grant and funding providers to the sector.


Request for photographs

Please could you forward us recent photographs of your parishes or of parish council activities/events, please send them to us in j.peg format, telling us the name of the parish and details of what is in the photo.  Please send these to: admin@yorkshirelca.gov.uk  Thank you.

NALC Grants and Funding Bulletin December 2016

The bulletin provides guidance and details of various current grant and funding providers to the sector.