Otley Town Council
Meeting: Environmental & Economic Development
Date: 4th December 2006
Venue: Otley Civic Centre
Committee Cllr K Cooney (Chair)
Members Cllrs J Eveleigh, N Gill, M Stott, G Kirkland,
Present: J Spencer
Members Cllrs N Birch, G McGowan, C A Campbell
In Attendance: Mr I Plumtree (Town Clerk), Mrs E Bradley
(Committee Clerk), Mrs J Johnson (Community
Ms P Milne (Leeds City Council), Mr L Cross and
Mr M Silverwood (Otley Town Partnership),
Ms R Glossop (Environmental Protection
Agency), Mr M Blackwell and Mr L Ross (Friends
of Gallows Hill)
Apologies: It was resolved to accept the following apologies:
Cllr J Kirkland (substituted by Cllr G Kirkland),
Cllr N Francis
155. Declarations of Interest
Councillor Eveleigh declared a personal interest as Director of Otley
Town Partnership and Councillor G Kirkland declared a personal
interest in Item 158. Proposed Incinerator
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156. Presentation by the Environmental Protection Agency, Ms
Rachel Glossop, on flood issues affecting Otley
Ms Glossop presented her report on flood issues affecting Otley. A
copy of the Flood Map document is attached.
(Councillor Spencer joined the meeting at 7.40pm).
Ms Glossop highlighted the main issues that when developments on
the flood zone were planned then compensatory storage had to be
provided. She said that this had to be provided near to where the
land had been displaced so that water flow blocked by building could
be diverted. She also said that an analysis of the river Wharfe had
been carried out looking at what could be done further upstream to
protect towns. From the perspective of the E.P.A any building on a
flood plain was difficult and they took flood risk extremely seriously.
157. Presentation by Leeds City Council, Ms Pippa Milne, on
A copy of the Integrated Waste Strategy document and waste
planning document provided by Leeds City Council is attached.
Councillor Eveleigh asked whether Leeds City Council could see the
possibility of a partnership working with town councils and if grant aid
could be provided to assist towns with composting and re-cycling
schemes. Ms Milne said the City Council would happily form
partnerships, and that funding would be dependent on what was
planned and what the results would be.
158. Resolution in respect of the incinerator solution put
forward by Leeds City Council for the Metropolitan Area Waste,
resolution proposed by Councillor K Cooney, seconded by
Councillor J Eveleigh
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Resolved: that the Environment & Economic
Development Committee of Otley Town
Council has learned with dismay of the
City Council’s decision to build a new
waste incinerator plant. Given the growing
public acceptance of the need to behave
responsibly on environmental issues we
believe this sends out exactly the wrong
signal to our citizens. We would
wholeheartedly oppose the building of
such a facility in the Otley area and
recognize that it will be opposed wherever
it is proposed to site it. We therefore call
upon the City Council to reverse their
decision and to re-examine alternative
measures of disposing of waste including
the maximization of recycling options.
159. Presentation by Otley Town Partnership on the Street
Scene Design Guide including application for funding
assistance by way of grant
The Street Scene Design Guide is attached.
Mr Cross said that it was important to get wider support for the plan
and to begin a public consultation process. He asked that:
1) The Town Council consider the document
2) The Town Council make any comments and suggestions
3) The Town Council endorse the document
4) Otley Town Council considers match funding of £500 already
agreed by Leeds City Council so the final document can be
Resolved: that Otley Town Council endorse the
document and agree match funding of
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160. Garden of Remembrance
Chair commented that the garden looked very well on Remembrance
Sunday. Members debated the alternative plants/bushes style.
Resolved: that Chair and the Town Mayor be
authorized to investigate the possibility of
Otley Town Council taking over the care
and maintenance of the Remembrance
161. Public Toilets in Orchardgate
Resolved: that the Town Clerk be given authority
to contact the management company to
try to resolve the issues surrounding the
162. Reports will be received from a) Friends of Gallows Hill
b) A written report from the Town Clerk was considered in
respect of Gallows Hill issues c) Otley in Bloom
a) Mr Blackwell reported that their main activities were tree and
hedge planting and that over the next few months they would be
replacing hedge gaps and carrying out pruning. Their AGM will be
held on the 22nd April which was open for anyone to attend.
b) The Town Clerk’s report is attached.
Resolved: to accept the recommendations contained
in the Town Clerk’s report entitled
“Gallows Hill Nature Park” that:
1) The Committee set a deadline of 30th
May 2007 for the achievement of LNR
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2) The Committee requests that the Town
Clerk obtains and reports back on a
costed design brief for a watching
screen in the park.
3) The Town Clerk obtains and reports
back on a costed design brief for a
study centre at the park.
4) The Town Clerk consults with Leeds
City Council rangers and Groundworks
to obtain and report back with a costed
design brief for a pond dipping platform
at the main pond in the park.
5) The Town Clerk is authorized to acquire
tenders for the paths at the park to be
brought up to DDA standard and that he
reports to the next committee with the
tenders and funding solutions.
6) The Town Clerk is authorized to put the
annual grass cutting works out to
tender on the same basis as last time
with the first cut to be made in March
7) Other pond sites in the park also be
considered as to their suitability for
c) The written report from Otley in Bloom is attached.
163. HGV issues
Councillor Eveleigh reported on the latest HGV Forum.
Resolved: that Otley Town Council supports the view
of SOOR and writes to Leeds City Council
Highways Department in support of the
Traffic Regulation Order proposed to the
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164. Sustainability Issues and Aalborg+10
(Councillors C A Campbell and M Stott left the meeting at 9.50pm).
The Town Clerk’s report on Sustainability and Aalborg+10 is attached.
Resolved: to accept the recommendations contained
in the Town Clerk’s report that:
1) Committee agrees to the 2 education
days as indicated on the basis that
these are grant funded.
2) Committee requests that the Town
Clerk’s office investigate with Leeds
City Council and other appropriate
bodies the issues surrounding local
recycling and composting options and
reports the same to committee.
3) Committee request that the Town
Clerk’s Office seeks key note articles
from respected environmentalists for
the next 4 issues of Otley Matters as
well as monitoring the regular
165. Otley Market
The Expenditure Analysis received from Leeds City Council is
Resolved: 1) that the Town Clerk would contact the
Executive Board Member and the Director
of the Development Department of Leeds
City Council for further information.
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2) That the Town Clerk will approach
Wetherby Town Council for information on
the running of their market.
166. Street Lighting
Resolved: 1) to invite the PFI Lighting Project
company to attend the Executive
Committee meeting on 18th December 2006.
2) to request that the 9 historic lights
remain in situ, or in the event that they
have to be removed, that they be re-sited
within the town, with suitable sites to be
determined by the Otley Conservation
167. Chevin Forest Park
Resolved: 1) that Chair of Committee, Councillor
Cooney, will respond to the Chevin Forest
Park 10 Year Plan.
2) That a letter of thanks be sent to Mr
Richard Marsh for the production of his
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