Christmas Bin Collections

Please note the changes to bin services over Christmas and the New Year 2016/17, as advised by Leeds City Council:

If your normal bin day is: Your Christmas collection days and dates will be:
Monday Tuesday 27th December; Tuesday 3rd January
Tuesday Wednesday 28th December; Wednesday 4th January
Wednesday Thursday 29th December; Thursday 5th January
Thursday Friday 30th December; Friday 6th January
Friday Saturday 31st December; Saturday 7th January
Saturday Monday 2nd January; Sunday 8th January

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

Please further note that brown bin collections (garden waste) will be paused from Saturday 3rd December 2016 until Monday 27th February 2017.

For more information on bin collections please visit:

Draft Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 03.11.16

The draft minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on 3rd November are now available. To view, please click here.

Carers Leeds – Catch Up, Coffee & Cake 24th Nov, 10.30am

Carers Leeds is an independent charity that gives support, advice and information to unpaid carers over 18. Established in 1996, their team of expert support workers is dedicated to improving the lives of the 72,000 carers in Leeds.

Over the last five months, Carers Leeds has been working in the outer areas of Leeds on a quest to find carers who have not yet identified themselves as as carers, and they have achieved the following:

  • Development of “Carer Clinics” within four GP practices
  • Increased benefits advise for carers
  • “Carer Training” for existing community groups
  • Created “Catch Up, Coffee and Cake” – coffee mornings aimed at bringing people together
  • Volunteer development

Carers Leeds will be holding a “Catch Up, Coffee and Cake” morning at Aberford Village Hall on Thursday 24th Nov from 10.30am – 12.00pm. All donations received through the sale of cakes and drinks will be donated to Children In Need, and donations received from future events will be used to fund more activities. It is hoped the event will become a monthly occurrence, and the small team of volunteers located in Aberford is looking forward to welcoming everyone who is able to attend.

To find out more about Carers Leeds, please visit their website by clicking on the link below:

The Arabian Horse – Asset of Community Value

Over the past couple of months Aberford & District Parish Council have been taking steps to register The Arabian Horse as an Asset of Community Value. We are pleased to confirm that our application to Leeds City Council was accepted on the 6 October 2016.

What is an Asset of Community Value:

The Localism Act 2011 and the Assets of Community Value (England) Regulations 2012 came into force on 21 September 2012, bringing with them the right for local communities to bid for land and facilities in their area – the aim being to protect assets deemed to be of local value and importance. The definition is:

A building or land is deemed to be of community value if, in the opinion of the council:

  • A current main use of the building or land furthers the social interests or social well being of the local community, and it is realistic to think that there can continue to be a main use of the building or land which will further the social interests or social well being of the local community, although not necessarily in the same way, or;
  • A main use of the building or land in the recent past furthered the social interests or social well being of the local community and it is realistic to think that within five years the building or land can brought back into use that furthers the social interest or well being of the local community, whether or not in the same way as before.

What does this mean:

The “Community Right to Bid” advice notes offer more information – section 9 (page 20) advises of what steps can be taken should the current owners of The Arabian Horse wish to sell the property. To view this, and the “List of Assets”, click here.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact Cllr Daniel Overend.

Minutes of Parish Council Meeting 18.10.16

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held in October are now available. To view, please click here.

Christmas Lights Switch On – 2nd Dec 2016 at 7pm

This year’s Christmas Lights will be switched on in Aberford at 7pm on Friday 2nd December 2016. The Parish Council’s Chairman Cllr David Howson will oversee the switch on which will take place at Pump Hill, and The Village Harmonies choir, led by Ms Jacqueline Jeffrey, will be in The Arabian Horse singing carols and Christmas songs from 7pm – 8pm. Everyone is welcome – we hope to see you there to enjoy the festivities.

Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 15th Nov 2016

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 15th November in the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, commencing 7:30 p.m.

The agenda, together with ancillary papers, are available for download here.

Site Allocations Plan – ADPC Response

The response from ADPC to the Site Allocations Plan has now been submitted and is available to download here. Please note the response comprises three separate documents; two response forms and one report.

If you wish to comment on the SAP, please do so by going to the website below before the deadline of 5pm on 07.11.16:

Further updates on the SAP will be posted on the website as and when they are available.

Site Allocations Plan – ADPC Draft Response

The draft response from ADPC to the Site Allocations Plan is available to download here.

This will be discussed at the meeting to be held this evening, 3 November 2016, at 7pm – please note the meeting will now take place in the Oriel Room at St Ricarius Church, Aberford.

Please note that, whilst this version is substantially complete, it is a draft version and is subject to change, with some known amendments to be made pending the outcome of the discussions this evening between the Parish Council and the Planning Consultant.

NEW VENUE – Parish Council Meeting 3 Nov 2016 – St Ricarius Church

Please note, the venue of the Parish Council meeting regarding the Site Allocations Plan response on 3 November 2016 has changed – it will now take place at the Oriel Room, St Ricarius Church, Aberford, at 7pm. This is due to the large number of people the Parish Council anticipates will attend the meeting.