Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter
War Memorial November 2015

Boston Spa Parish Council Newsletter

October 2016


High Street Car Park - update

Following safety concerns a meeting took place at which PC members, Ward members and representatives of LCC Highways and Car Parking discussed ways in which the entrance to the car park could be made safer.  

This has resulted in a proposal to remove the first two spaces in the car park and to replace these with an additional two spaces on the High Street.  A barrier round the Stew & Oyster outdoor seating area was also being considered to prevent people from spilling over into the car park.

Times are changing - a reminder

Parish Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday each month, our next meeting is on Monday 17th October.

From September the time of the meetings was brought forwards to 7pm


Members of the Public are always welcome to attend.

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

Minutes of the meetings can be seen here

Boston Spa Arts Festival

The eighth annual Arts & Crafts Festival takes place Friday 14th October 10-5pm and Saturday 15th 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

Plant thefts from the Boston Spa War Memorial Garden

Plants have been stolen in two separate incidents from the recently re-planted garden area adjacent to the War Memorial in Boston Spa. The first incident was two/three weeks ago when a Heuchra plant was taken and, on Saturday 1st October, three identical plants were removed between 11.00am and 6.00pm. The plants had clearly been dug up and not simply pulled from the garden. Though not expensive individually, Heuchras are generally prized by gardeners.
The incidents have been reported to the Police and CCTV systems in the area are presently being reviewed.

Village Hall Deputy Chair Terry Gaussen who was instrumental in arranging for the re-planting of the garden said “this is a shameful situation – given the effort which has gone in to improving the facilities and the ambience around the War Memorial – the more so as we approach Remembrance Sunday. It is really sad to reflect that it seems likely that someone locally has been involved in this mean theft from the one area in the village which should command respect from us all”.

Anyone with information concerning the theft of the plants should contact Wetherby Police Station on 0113 285 5374.

Remembrance Service


Pavement Parking

We have seen a rise in the number of people complaining about cars being parked partially or fully blocking pavements around our village. This practise forces pedestrians onto the road and makes life very difficult, especially for the elderly and people with prams or buggies not to mention small children and those visually impaired being forced to leave the safety of a path due to inconsiderate car owners, more interested in protecting their car than thinking of the safety of other residents.

Rule 44 of the highway code is 

You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs.

Whilst the PC has no power to intervene, we would urge residents to please think of others, Cars belong on the Carriageway, Paths are for People. Are you affected by persistent offenders? please let us know on our website message board.


Police Matters

Residents can raise any issues or concerns with our local Police Community Support Officer Emma Leighton at the regular contact sessions held in the WiSE Owl cafe at the Village Hall. This is a chance to meet Emma and have an informal chat.

You can find more information about our local police team at their Facebook page

The October newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire can be seen here

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

Housing Proposals at Thorp Arch

An application has been submitted to LCC for outline planning for 874 houses at Thorp Arch Trading Estate.  Plans can be seen here

The Parish Council have objected to these proposals as it believes the plans to mitigate traffic congestion are inadequate particularly in relation to Thorp Arch Bridge and Bridge Road.

Boston Spa Farmers Market

The Farmers Market is held in the Village Hall on the second Friday of each month. However, the October Market will be held on October 21st 9-12.30pm, this is to avoid a clash with the Arts Festival. 

There will be more stalls, easy parking and teas & coffees served in the cafe.

Contact Les Brown on 01937 842636 or email

The Crown Hotel

Following complaints from members of the public regarding the untidy and litter strewn state of the Crown , the PC contacted the enforcement officers of Leeds City Council. A member of the Parish Council met with an officer on September 26th and the Operations Director of Enterprise Inns.
It was agreed that the appearance of the outside was of very poor, being overgrown and littered with rubbish . (Indeed reports have been received regarding the presence of vermin no doubt attracted by the litter.)

The Parish Council welcomed the assurance that action will be taken to remedy the situation within the next few weeks. They were also pleased to note that a review the overall appearance of the building would be undertaken and consideration given to coverage of the unsightly window guards. 

Boston Spa Gardening Society

Wednesday 26th October at Deepdale
The Autumn Garden- Peter Foley
An ideal title for September-November when many plants have superb foliage colour as well as berried trees and shrubs, Gentians and Autumn-flowering perennials. Illustrated with Plants or Plants & Slides.

Visit the calendar page of the Garden Society website to see the programme of events and speakers for the coming year.
For more information about any of these events or the Gardening Society please contact Hazel Wicks 01937 845954  or Jenny Douglas 01937 541331, or visit our website at

Jazz in the Spa - October 2016

8 Oct 2016

Savannah Jazz Band
15 Oct 2016
Basin Street Brawlers - £10
22 Oct 2016
Kevin Grenfell's Jazz Giants with John Hallam - £10
29 Oct 2016
Freetime Old Dixie Jass Band - from the Netherlands - £10
More information at the Jazz in the Spa website

St John's Catholic School for the Deaf Christmas Fair

Church Street, Boston Spa

Why not come along to our Christmas Shopping event on:-
Saturday 26th November 2016
10.00 am – 1.00 pm
We have a wide range of stalls selling handcrafted and unusual gifts, including Luxury Christmas Puddings (now available Gluten free), homemade jams, chutneys and cakes, Jewellery, Health & Beauty Gifts
Christmas decorations, Christmas cards and stationery
  • Home wares and Hand Knitted gifts
  • Raffle and Tombola
  • Santa’s Grotto
You can enjoy just browsing or relax with a bacon sandwich, homemade soup and a roll
Coffee and mince pies, whilst the children are entertained with craft activities and face painting

St John’s is a registered charity (No 529 319)

Save the date!

Make sure you add our Late Night High Street Shopping Event Wednesday 7th December to your diary!

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

Boston Spa Village Hall has it's own website, there's something for everyone with so many classes and activities as well as the regular WiSE Owl cafe and weekly Jazz in the Spa.

Visit the Village Hall Website to find out more.

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?

Walks around Boston Spa

The most popular links clicked on our monthly e-newsletter are the village walks, 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

You can explore the High Street and the Riverside by following our blue plaque trail, you can down load a leaflet here


Youth Advisor to the Parish Council

Are you a young person aged 16 or over and would like to make a difference in your village?

The Parish Council has a vacancy for a Youth advisor although the youth advisors cannot vote, they are able to contribute to council business in the same way as members and most importantly, they have the opportunity to influence the discussion at the point of decision making.

Our young residents are enthusiastic about where they live, keen to be involved and have lots to say!

For mor information please contact Val Hunter
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