Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
Wharfe Bridge in the sunshine

Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

October 2015

Application to build on Grove Road

With the deadline for a decision less than 48 hrs away the Department for Communities and Local Government issued the following statement

'With regard to the above named appeal, this email is to advice that we regret we will not be in a position to issue the decision within the timetable set out in earlier correspondence (ie by 10 September). I apologise for this delay and assure you that the decision will be issued as soon as possible. However, I am unable at this stage to give an indicative date.'

So the wait goes on, let’s just hope that when they do get around to it they make the right decision.

Hanging Baskets


As summer (well those couple of warm days we had) draws to an end, we must thank the committee and  all the hard working volunteers from Boston In Bloom who have again done a wonderful job in keeping our High Street looking blooming marvellous.

You can find out more about Boston Spa in Bloom on the Boston Spa Garden Society website

Boston Spa in Bloom AGM will be held at Deepdale Thursday 22 October 7 for 7.30 pm. The meeting is open to everyone who wishes to come along, wine and soft drinks will be served from 7 and the meeting will start at 7.30pm. Following review of 2015 and discussion of plans for 2016, Chair of the Parish Council Tim Baker will speak informally about recent Village developments such as Church Fields, tree planting and the Hydro Scheme and answer any questions you may have. 

Boston Spa Arts & Crafts Festival

The seventh annual Arts & Crafts Festival takes place Friday 16th October 10-5pm and Saturday 17th October 10-4pm at the Village Hall.

Don't miss this very popular community event there will be over 60 artists and crafts people exhibiting high quality products. Lots of original works of art and art demonstrations, many new exhibitors and Tea room.

More information at

Public Toilets

Following a meeting with Ward Councillor Gerald Wilkinson and John Woolmer of Leeds City Council (ENE Locality Manager, Environment & Neighbourhoods) we can confirm that LCC will continue to open and close the toilets and clean them on a daily basis .They will now be open between 9am and 5pm.
John Woolmer's team has recently taken over responsibility for the toilets and are taking on the task with great enthusiasm and are keen to work with the Parish Council to improve both the service and appearance of this important facility .
Should members of the public encounter problems with the toilets they should either contact LCC directly or Parish Councillor Steve Morritt

Access for disabled people to High Street Shops

Following a letter to the Parish Council from a resident, Cllr John Steel has volunteered to approach our local traders to look at ways to help improve access to local shops and businesses for disabled people.      

Heritage Trail

Spotted a blue plaque yet?

Our Heritage Trail leaflet is now available at Douglas Yeadon's Hardware and at the Library or you can download it from the PC website here 


Headley Hall propsals - latest

Below is a statement issued by Leeds City Council last week and came as quite a shock to everyone.
This could dramatically alter plans for house building in Boston Spa and many of the surrounding villages.
22nd September 2015
The allocations identified in the Site Allocations Plan published for representations on 22nd September 2015 have emerged from the consideration of a wide pool of sites many of which were identified by landowners/developers. This was the case with the site of a proposed new settlement at Headley Hall (in the Outer North East HMCA) which was promoted by the landowner, the University of Leeds.
Subsequent to the approval of the publication SAP by the Council`s Executive Board on 15th July 2015 the Council has been made aware that the University no longer wishes to pursue this proposal. The Council expects this position to be confirmed during the representation period. If that is the case, then alternative proposals will need to be brought forward and consulted upon in due course. Whilst Headley Hall is a significant proposal it represents less than 5% of the total new housing allocations and does not impact upon the need for the other housing or employment allocations currently proposed in the Plan.
Any changes for Headley Hall, and any other substantive matters that the Council decides to change arising from its consideration of the representations, will be subject to a period of further public comment in 2016. 

Leeds City Council Site Allocations Plan - what does this mean for Boston Spa?

The Site Allocations Plan will identify sites to ensure that sufficient land is available in appropriate locations to meet the growth targets for housing, retail and greenspace.

A consultation exercise will gather the views of residents and local businesses on the plan. 

The consultation exercise will open on Tuesday 22 September and run until Monday 16th November.  During this time there will be a number of drop-in sessions within different communities.  The nearest one to Boston Spa will be held on 19th October 2-8pm in Wetherby Town Hall.

You will find more information on the Leeds City Council website


Meet Our PCSOs

Our local Police Community Support Officers Becky Jackson and Emma Leighton hold regular sessions in the Village Hall for residents.  This gives you the opportunity to meet your local PCSO and have an informal chat about any issues or concerns.

See below dates for the Wise Owl Cafe Contact point at Boston Spa Village Hall. The session runs from 1 – 2pm on......

Wednesday 14th October
Wednesday 4th November
Tuesday 17th November

West Yorkshire Police have a website dedicated our area it can be seen here

Scout Community Week

As part of National Scout Community Week Boston Spa Scouts are holding a Coffee and Cake Stall this Saturday 10th October 2-4pm at the Scout Hall on Church Street, everyone welcome!

You will also see Scouts out and about this weekend they'll be busy sprucing up benches by the Village Hall and the planters outside Costcutter.

Parking at Stables Lane

The Parish Council has asked Leeds City Council to look at the possibility of restricting  parking at Stable Lane car park to 4 hours, between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday- Friday.
Would this affect you? Please let us know what you think of these proposals
You can contact us using the Message Board or email our Parish Clerk Val Hunter
This is NOT Stable Lane Field but the car park opposite

Next PC Meetings

Parish Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday each month so the next dates are...

Monday 19th October
Monday 16th November
7.30pm Village Hall


Members of the Public are always welcome to attend.

Each month's agenda can be seen here in the week prior to the meeting.

Message Board

Have a comment to make?? Want to read what others are saying??

Simply visit the Message Board page on the Parish Council website, here you’ll find all the latest comments and have the opportunity to have your say on what’s going on in and around your village .  

Email for Parish Clerk:

The Parish Council, Village Hall, 199 High Street, Boston Spa, Wetherby LS23 6AA

Want to find out what's on at the village hall?

Go to the new website at


Walks around Boston Spa

The Parish Council has developed 6 walking routes around the village ranging from 2 miles to 7  miles, you can download the walks from the PC website here


St Mary's Church

Saturday 30 October 'Winning Wines'
Local wine expert John Butterwick will be introducing a number of medal-winning wines available from local supermarkets.

Tickets are £15 and include a light supper. Tickets available from Robert Wivell 843727, Kate Kennedy 843718 and the Parish Office.

Do you have a favourite photo of the village? 
Why not email it to our Clerk and we will add to the gallery pages on the PC website.


Promoting our High Street Traders

Over the coming months the Parish Council will feature articles and information in our Newsletter about many of the traders in our village.

This is a new idea we have to give you the reader a better insight into life in our village and the opportunity for traders to share a bit of their story. Watch this space.

What's On?

Go to the Events page of the Parish Council website to find out

Do you have an event in Boston Spa that you would like us to list?

Why not send us an email?

Up coming events......

Next Farmers Market
Friday 9th October 9am - 12 noon
Millenium Gardens

Jazz in the Spa  at the Village Hall
10 Oct 2015
Charlestown Jazz Band - from the Netherlands £10
17 Oct 2015
Savannah Jazz Band
24 Oct 2015
John Hallam/Jamie Brownfield Quintet £10
31 Oct 2015
Brian Carrick's Algiers Stompers
 7 Nov 2015
Maine Street Jazzmen

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 28th October from 7pm at The Village Hall

Please note this is a change of usual venue as Deepdale is unavailable for this month's meeting, back to Deepdale in November.

Gardening Question Time with Mike Fish

King's Church - Youth Cafe

8th & 22nd October
7-9pm at the Village Hall
More information
The WiSE Owl

Café for the Community  in Boston Spa Village Hall.

New opening times .....

9.00am to 3.00pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Follow on Twitter |   Forward to Friend 
Copyright © 2015 Boston Spa Parish Council, All rights reserved.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences