Village Halls Week comes to Aberford!

Aberford Village Hall will be part of a national campaign which celebrates England’s 10,000 village halls.

Celebrating in style, our Village Hall will have an open day on Friday 24th  January. The open day is free to all and will showcase the hall’s activities and facilities. Local MP Alec Shelbroke and Ward Councillors Matthew Robinson, Ryan Stephenson & Sam Firth will also be in attendance to show their  support for Aberford.

David Gluck, Chair of the Village Hall Committee, said “Our village hall is a vital part of our community. So many facilities have fallen by the wayside in Aberford over recent years, but our hall remains a great place and space for people to come together and enjoy themselves – use it, it’s yours…we just look after it for you!!”

Village Halls Week is run by national rural charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations, and Community First Yorkshire is the local member supporting village halls and community buildings. It takes place from Monday 20 January – Sunday 26 January. 

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Christmas Bin Collections

Please note the changes to bin services over Christmas and the New Year 2019/20, as advised by Leeds City Council:

If your normal bin day is: Your Christmas collection days and dates will be:
Monday Sunday 22nd December; Monday 30th December
Tuesday Monday 23rd December; Tuesday 31st December
Wednesday Tuesday 24th December; Thursday 2nd January
Thursday Friday 27th December; Friday 3rd January
Friday Saturday 28th December; Saturday 4th January
Saturday Sunday 29th December; Sunday 5th January

Please put your bin out by 7am on your collection day and bring it in again as soon as possible after emptying.

For more information on bin collections and to be redirected to the Leeds City Council webpage for this, click here.

To view LCC’s posted, click here and download filename “Christmas Bins Poster 2019”.

Christmas Lights Switch On – Friday 6th Dec 2019

The festivities for this year’s Christmas Lights will begin at 6pm with the lights being switched on at 7pm, on Friday 6th December 2019.

The switch on, which will take place at Pump Hill, will include a visit from Santa, and The Village Harmonies Choir, led by Ms Jacqueline Jeffrey, will be in The Arabian Horse singing carols and Christmas songs.

Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!  We hope you enjoy the festivities!

The Parish Council would like to thank Community Illuminations Aberford for their contributions of time and funds to this year’s event, and looks forward to working together in future years.

Neighbourhood Plan – Declaration of Result of Poll

It is with great pleasure the members of Aberford and District Parish Council announce that, following the referendum that took place on 31.10.19, more than half of voters voted in favour of the Aberford Neighbourhood Plan, and the Plan has therefore now been made. This means the Plan is now part of the development plan in the determination of planning applications in Aberford.

Turnout was confirmed at 27.7%, with 86.7% of voters voting in favour of the Plan.

Members would like to thank all who have been involved in the Plan over the last eight years, and thanks also go to everyone who was able to vote at the referendum.

To view Leeds City Council’s Declaration of Result of Poll please click here (file name “Aberford NP – Declaration of Referendum Results”).

This statement is made in accordance with Section 1 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act.

ADPC Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum 31.10.19

The members of ADPC are pleased to announce we are in the final stages of getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted.

Thursday 31st October 2019 is an important date this year because it is the day a referendum will be held on our Neighbourhood Plan. 

The plan’s policies are based on consultation with residents of the village and with landowners from within the plan boundary. The policies will:

·      help protect us from large scale housing or other developments

·      help to protect community facilities and services

·      provide strong protection of designated local green spaces

The Plan is available to view on the Leeds City Council website and Parish Council website. Printed copies will soon be available to view at the Arabian Horse Pub, Village Hall Café (Fridays only) and Pearce Bottomley Architects (Roman Ridge, Aberford). The Plan is almost identical to the draft Plan people have already seen.

The Parish Council has been working on this for some time and now we are at the final stage we need everyone to go and vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan at the referendum on 31st October 2019. It can then begin to do its work of protecting and improving the parish by shaping future planning decisions in line with community wishes.

To check you are registered to vote please visit the Leeds City Council website by clicking here.

To visit the Leeds City Council web page which contains more information and all the associated documents, please click here.