Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

The Parish Council advises that due to the resignation of Mr Doug Bodey, a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish Council of Aberford & District.  You can view the official notice of vacancy here.



The Parish Council has been made aware that one of its Councillors has made comments referring to King Charles III on Social Media and of comments made by the same person in the book of condolence in Leeds Civic Hall. The Chair of Aberford & District Parish Council has made the following statement.
“Tyler Callum Wilson is a Parish Councillor on the Aberford & District Parish Council. He was not elected to the position, he sought election but was  unopposed and was therefore automatically appointed to the vacancy on the Parish Council earlier this year. He does not live within the parish and he has not attended any Parish Council meetings since April 19th 2022, the only meeting he has attended.
The Parish Council was not aware that Councillor Wilson would make this entry in the book of condolence and his comments do not in any way represent the view of the Parish Council.
The Parish Council’s statement on the sad loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was posted last Friday, 9th September, and can be found on this website at

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Yesterday we received the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Speaking on behalf of the Parish Council, Chair Mike Oakes commented;

“I know that so many of you, like me, will be deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her decades of steadfast service to our country and to the Commonwealth have been exceptional. She has been a shining example to everyone in public office and an inspiration to so many people across the world. 
We join the nation in nine days of mourning and send our deepest condolences to The Royal Family at this difficult time. This is a very sad day for our country, one which most of us will not have experienced before and I know that we will rally together to support each other as we take in this news. God save The King”.

Leeds City Council have also issued a statement and provided an opportunity to sign an on line book of condolence which you can view here.

Further information in relation to specific initiatives in Aberford village will follow.






Garforth Medical Practice have been working with Leeds City Council to arrange a digital information day. This event is to take place at Aberford village hall on Friday 16th September between 10am and 3pm, providing the opportunity for Aberford residents to get help with medicine deliveries, obtaining the NHS app, booking GP appointments on line and much more.  Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Further details can be found here, all are welcome.

Notice of conclusion of audit year ending 31st March 2022

PKF Littlejohn LLP has now completed their audit of the Parish Council’s accounts for the year ending 31st March 2022.

To view the Notice of conclusion of audit and Sections 1-3 of the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) click here.

East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR)

The new East Leeds Orbital Route (ELOR) will be fully open in time for Leeds festival goers to use ahead of the 26 August 2022, subject to completed road safety checks.

ELOR is a two-lane dual carriageway 7km in length, connecting the A6120 (Outer Ring Road Shadwell) in the north to Manston Lane in the south where it connects to the Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR) which is delivered as part of the Thorpe Park development. When it opens, ELOR will become a new section of the Leeds outer ring road.

The dual carriageway includes five new roundabouts at the A6120, A58, Skelton’s Lane, the A64 and Barwick Road. The A64, often an area of vast congestion during the festival weekend will benefit from the new dual carriageway increasing the road capacity for people arriving at the festival by car or coach.

It’s opening will also ease congestion in existing residential areas across Cross Gates, Seacroft, Whitkirk which are often heavily affected by the traffic entering the Leeds festival site in Bramham park.

A confirmed opening date in August will be announced nearer the time. For regular project updates visit: the ELOR website.

The remaining works on the project include landscaping, that has seasonal planting restrictions and will continue until the contractual completion date in December 2022. Some isolated traffic management may be necessary to facilitate this work but this will be limited to off peak and night time only.


A picnic event is being held at Lotherton on Wednesday 6th July between 11am and 4pm as a celebration of nursing and care. Normal Entry will be charged, but those that show a nursing blue identification card will only be charged
half price for themselves, their family and anyone with them.  Full details can be found here.

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return 2021/22

In accordance with the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 Sections 25, 26 & 27, and The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234), the Parish Council is hereby publishing the Notice of Public Rights and its unaudited annual return and various associated documents.

The unaudited annual return and associated documents for 2021/22, (including the notice of public rights, end of year accounts, annual governance statement, and internal audit report), are available to download by clicking here and selecting the filenames as follows:

  • Notice of Public Rights Y.E. 31.03.22
  • Summary of Rights document Y.E. 31.03.22 P1 and P2
  • Sections 1 & 2 of the AGAR Return Y.E. 31.03.22 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) Unaudited
  • Variances Report Y.E. 31.03.22
  • Bank Reconciliation for the period 01.04.21 – 31.03.22
  • Internal Audit Report Y.E. 31.03.22

To view the Asset Register as reviewed at the annual meeting held on 17.05.2022, please click here.

For any other information please contact the Clerk.

Village Hall Community Cafe

The village hall cafe will be open for a special Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event on Friday 3rd June 2022, please see above for details.

After this event the cafe will be closed over the summer period and will re-open on Friday 9th September 2022. The management team would like to apologise for any inconvenience this will cause.

Leeds Festival 2022

All applicants for Leeds Fest tickets have now been contacted, via the e-mail they provided, with details of this year’s draw. If you have not already acknowledged receipt of this e-mail to the clerk could you please do so as soon as possible.  If you applied and have not received an e-mail please check your junk box, as there were no e-mail bounce backs.

Should any applicant no longer wish to be considered please contact the Parish Clerk via e-mail (