Notice of conclusion of audit year ending 31st March 2020

PKF Littlejohn LLP has now completed their audit of the Parish Council’s accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020.

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

Christmas Lights Switch on Friday 4th December 2020

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid 19 restrictions we are not able to hold the usual Christmas light switch on festivities this year.

The Parish Council have made arrangements with Leeds City council for the usual tree lights to be provided and these are due to be switched on at 7pm on the above date, along with the lights provided by  Community Illuminations Aberford on the new Christmas tree.

The Parish Council understands that this will be disappointing news, however hopefully we can look forward to a return to normal in 2021.

Updated List of PC Sub Groups

The list of ADPC Sub Groups was reviewed at the October PC meeting (held via conference call) with some changes being agreed. To view the updated list, click here and select filename “Sub Groups Revised October 2020.pdf”.

Litter Picking

The Parish Council began discussions earlier in the year regarding holding a community litter pick. Unfortunately, due to the Covid pandemic, the plans came to a standstill, and still aren’t able to go ahead due to the current lockdown restrictions in place.

The members of ADPC are still keen to progress this project when possible, and in the meantime, Main Street is being kept clean and tidy by a local volunteer, who is happy to donate his time for the task. The Parish Council is very grateful, and is in regular contact with the local man, to ensure he has the equipment he needs for as long as he wishes to continue.

A group event for the side streets will be organized in due course, once it is safe for such a community event to take place.

LCC Partnering with Leeds Baby Bank

Leeds City Council are partnering with Leeds Baby Bank, a city centre based charity whose mission is to support families in Leeds to ensure no child goes without.

If you have any of the following items to donate to families in crisis in Leeds, please contact Leeds Baby Bank via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter:

  • Stair gates
  • Double prams
  • Cots/Cotbeds
  • Toddler beds
  • Towels
  • Travel bags
  • Size 0/1 nappies
  • Sealed formula

To download the campaign poster, click here.


VACANCY: Parish Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer

The Parish Council is seeking an organised and motivated candidate for the role of Clerk / Responsible Financial Officer for Aberford & District Parish Council.

The post is 30 hours per month and requires flexible working mainly from home, but attendance at the monthly parish council meeting (usually 3rd Tuesday at 7.30 pm) is mandatory.

The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational, communication, financial, administrative and I.T. skills. Previous local government experience is desirable but not essential as training can be provided.

Please email Mrs Natalie Goonesinghe (current post holder) for more information and/or to apply for the role:

The closing date for applications is 30th September 2020.

To view the poster advert for the position, please click here and download filename “VACANCY FOR PARISH CLERK – SEPT 2020”.


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return 2019/20

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 2019/20, (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. 31.03.20
  • Summary of Rights document Y.E. 31.03.20
  • Sections 1 & 2 of the Annual Return Y.E. 31.03.20 (Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements) Unaudited
  • Variances Report Y.E. 31.03.20
  • Bank Reconciliation for the period 01.04.19 – 31.03.20
  • Internal Audit Report Y.E. 31.03.20

To view the Asset Register as reviewed at the annual meeting held on 26.05.2020, please click here.

For any other information please contact the Clerk.

Aberford Speed Checks

Please see the message from Cllr Matthew Robinson below regarding recent speed checks performed by the Police in Aberford:

Some speed checks have recently been conducted by the Police with one motorist going in excess of 30mph and driving without insurance. We are working with the Parish Council to target efforts and help improve road safety. However given the number of complaints we receive about speeding in Aberford it’s worth noting that motorists were warning each other that Police vehicles were conducting checks, and while it’s welcome that this reduced the speed of many motorists at that time, it also reduced the numbers the Police stopped and makes the statistics for the village look better than residents tell us it is. We are looking to work with the Police to deploy some unmarked vehicles were possible and continue to be mindful of road safety in Aberford.

Ordinary Vacancies on the Parish Council

Would you like to become a parish councillor and help make the parish a better place to live?

There are currently three ordinary vacancies on the council which were a result of an insufficient number of people from the parish standing for election in 2019.

If you’d like to apply, or would like more information, please contact the Clerk (preferably by email):

07719 797 072

To view the notice regarding the current ordinary vacancies, click here and download filename “Ordinary Vacancy Notice June 2020 (3 Vacancies)”.