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)”.

Coronavirus – Useful Information and Updates

Please see the latest information the Parish Council has received from Leeds City Council regarding Coronavirus related matters below:


  • The Government has posted some information on how to make and wear a face covering – click here to be redirected to their webage


  • Connecting Leeds are promoting their consultation to find out where residents want to see more space for walking and cycling as well as providing guidance on how to reduce pressure on public transport and roads – see their Twitter post here


  • This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. To celebrate kindness, LCC have shared some of the acts of kindness suggested by the Mental Health Foundation, with links to where to access help and support, on Instagram


  • LCC shared a press release on Twitter detailing the support available in the city for children and younger people’s mental health during the outbreak – see the Tweet here


Update: Access to Parks run by Leeds City Council & Lotherton Hall

Further to the Prime Minister’s broadcast on 10.05.20, please see information from Leeds City Council regarding parks they run, plus an update regarding Lotherton Hall:


From 13th May:

  • Council parks and car parks will reopen but playgrounds in parks will remain closed and the gates locked with notices in place. Outdoor gym equipment in parks is also still off limits and toilet facilities will remain closed.
  • Multi use games areas will reopen.
  • Fishing and use of bowling greens in parks will be allowed.
  • The Arium will be open to the public for plant and sundry sales. The café will remain closed.
  • Lortherton Hall car park and grounds will reopen, but all other facilities (hall, Wildlife World, cafe, shops, toilets, playground) will remain closed. Gates open 8am and close at 6pm prompt.


From 22nd May:

  • Roundhay Park and Temple Newsam golf courses will open.


From 1st June:

  • Park cafes and concessions will be open (takeaway only).


A Leeds City Council spokesperson said:

“Although we are beginning to open up some of the facilities that have been closed in our parks and green spaces again, visitors must still strictly adhere to the social distancing guidance set out by government by remaining 2 metres away from anyone not in their household.

“We continue to follow the national guidance around managing the impact of Coronavirus in Leeds and will ensure any changes we implement over the next days, weeks and months are done so as safely as possible.”

Advice and guidance for local residents and communities can be found on the website

Information and advice for local businesses can be found here


Please remember to take litter and dog waste home and dispose of it there until LCC is able to empty public litter bins again. Your co-operation with this is greatly appreciated – thank you.


#StayAlert  #ControlTheVirus  #SaveLives

LeedsFest 2020 – CANCELLED

Festival Republic have this afternoon confirmed that both the Leeds and Reading Festivals have been cancelled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

It is their intention to hold the festivals next year, so please look on the Parish Council website in early 2021 for information on how and when to apply for residents tickets.

For more information, and to be redirected to the LeedsFest website, click here.


#StayAlert  #ControlTheVirus  #SaveLives

Household Waste & Recycling Centres, and Brown Bin Collections Updates

Household Waste & Recycling Centres

In line with Government advice, Leeds City Council has reopened some of the recycling centres in the city by appointment only. For up to date information on which centres are open, to book a slot, and/or to check what items you can take, click here to be redirected to the LCC webpage.

For tips on how to reduce household waste, visit the Zero Waste Leeds website.


Brown Bins & Bulky Waste Collections

Leeds City Council has set plans to resume the collection of brown bins and bulky waste across the city w/c 25.05.20. For more information and to be redirected to their news page on the matter, click here.

Coronavirus – Useful Information and Updates

Please see the latest information the Parish Council has received from Leeds City Council regarding Coronavirus related matters below:


  • Refuge centres are still operating for those who need to seek help during this time, and measures to ensure social distancing and isolation can still occur have been put into place – see LCC’s Twitter post here


  • Take a look behind the scenes at the food distribution warehouse where thousands of food parcels for vulnerable people across Leeds are packed and distributed from on LCC’s Instagram post


  • Criminals are exploiting Coronavirus to scam people. See the Home Office’s Tweet on how how to protect yourself from Coronavirus scams and stay safe here


  • You can now apply for Pension Credit online – click here to be redirected to the webpage for this


#StayHome  #ProtectTheNHS  #SaveLives