Tuesday 19th April saw the Annual Parish Assembly in which Parish Councillors report to villagers on their actions over the previous year.

Parish Council Chairman Andrew Batty reported on a busy year which began with Parish Council elections and two new Parish Councillors coming on board - Dan Warren and and Becky Holdsworth.

One of the first activities was a pleasurable one - the official reopening of Wood Hall Bridge. Another one quickly followed being the official opening of the improved Childrens Playground at Carr Green following a hugely successful fundraising exercise.

The Duke of Wellington - in its guise as a fish restaurant - closed. The Parish Council had registered it as a community asset to give it some measure of protection. The Parish Council lobbied the pub company and was delighted when the pub reopened in the Autumn and that its latest guise appears to be a very successful one.

The Post Office came back to the village on one morning and afternoon a week based at the Village Hall.

A problem with travellers using Crabtree Lane Car Park was hopefully answered by new enforceable pictoral signs.

There was a change at the top of the Parish Council when Chairman Gaynor Anning stood down to be replaced by the Vice Chairman and a new Vice Chairman appointed, namely Judith Pentith. The resulting vacancy was filled by Granville Davies who was coopted onto the council.

Another contentious issue during the year was that of School Buses. Leeds City Council altered the way the distance to the nearest school was to be measured. In many cases it meant that Boston Spa school pupils were no longer to be eligible for free school travel despite the Leeds Education website originally stating they were. Parents felt a great injustice was being carried out as  moving schools for their children was not really an option. The Parish Council organised a public meeting last August and coordinated a delegation to address the full Leeds City Council in March. The result is that the Council has ordered its officers to re-examine the subject.

Serious winter flooding in Yorkshire had minimal effect on the village and the lack of snow meant the Parish Council's snow clearing contractors were not needed.

The Neighbourhood Plan continued its long preparation under the stewardship of a sub-committee and the Parish Council year ends with preparations for the Tour de Yorkshire passing through the village in late April.

An annual report summarising the Parish Council year is being distributed to every village home in coming weeks.

 

 

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