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agenda for November


Town Clerk:

Jo Burton BSc. MSc

Bentham Town Hall, Station Road,

Bentham, Lancaster LA2 7LH

Tel/Fax: 015242 62587

Email: townclerk@benthamtowncouncil.co.uk


  1. To Receive Apologies from members unable to attend

  2. To Receive & Record any member’s Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in relation to items on the agenda and to receive and decide members requests for DPI dispensations

  1. To Receive Comment & Concerns

Public participation – to hear matters raised by members of the public or Cllrs with an interest (that are allowed to speak) either on agenda items or for future consultation (NB for non agenda items Members of the Council are not permitted to respond, except to ask questions for the purposes of clarification)

  1. To Confirm the minutes of the previous meeting

  2. To Receive the Clerks Report (for information only)

  3. To Receive the Police Report & allow members to ask questions for information

– If any

  1. To Receive Reports from CCllr & DCllrs (for information only)

  • If any

  1. Planning

    1. To Consider and Comment upon New Applications

      1. 2018/19751/COU Change of use from C3 residential to B1(C) light industrial & B1(A) office (other than A2) at 30A Main Street, High Bentham

      2. 2018/19794/FUL Partial demolition & reconstruction of existing barn including full new roof to form 2no. new dwellings at Barn (roadside), Fourlands House Farm, High Bentham

    2. To Receive Planning Decisions

        • If any (see Clerks Report)

    3. To Receive Correspondence on Planning Issues

        • If any (see Clerks Report)

  1. Highways Matters

    1. To Receive notice advertising application to amend the Register of Common Land at Burn Moor

    2. To Note that NYCC have approved in principle the recommendations of the VAS Survey Report, allowing parishes to purchase & maintain Vehicle Activated Signs

    3. To Receive an update on parking on Hillside Road

    4. To Consider and Note Highway Matters for Information

– If any (Councillors can comment on any minor Highways issues currently causing concern)

  1. To Note the draft minutes of the Buildings Committee on 24 September

  1. To Note the draft minutes of the Finance Committee on 23 October

  1. To Consider the current Hire charges for the Town Hall and agree changes for 2019, if any (paper 2018/14)

  1. To Consider Open Space work required and quotes received, if any

  1. To Discuss the WW1 Centenary Beacon and agree how the event should be run

    1. To receive a letter from We Are Bentham regarding the WW1 Centenary flying of the Union Flag

  1. To Agree the Accounts for Payment

  1. To consider items of Correspondence

    1. To receive a thank you letter from Friends of Bentham School for the 2018 Calendar funds

    2. To receive a request from Bentham Playing Fields Association requesting assistance with grass cutting for 2019.

    3. To receive a request from Bentham Christmas Lights to hang lights on the Town Hall as in previous years

    4. To discuss the offer of a donation of a painting to the Town Hall

    5. To agree a date in November for a K9 Gaslight presentation as discussed at the October meeting

    6. To note the review of polling districts by Craven and that there are no suggested changes for Bentham.

  1. To Receive Reports from Councillors who represent the Council on other bodies (for information only)

  • If any

  1. Items for next meeting and minor items only

  2. To Resolve that in accordance with Section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 and by reason of the confidential nature of the remainder of the business, the Public and Press to be excluded further from the Meeting, whilst:

  1. To Further discuss the Black Bull carpark and possible solutions regarding non-customer usage

  1. To Discuss options regarding future staffing of the Clerk’s Office and agree a way forward

Jo Burton

Jo Burton

Clerk to the Council 30 October 2018







Please note that anyone qualifying within either High or Low Bentham can stand for this vacancy.

Requests for an application form should be made in writing to

The Town Clerk

Bentham Town Hall, Station Road, Bentham. LA2 7LH

Or email


Before 30 November 2018

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co-option questionnaire

 The 2019 Bentham Calendar is now on sale at Bentham Post Office.

As stated all the proceeds go to Age Concern Bentham.

Bentham Town Council are upgrading this website.

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Council have published their Audited Annual Return. This can be viewed under the ” Statutory Documents ” section.


Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Return’.

Link to the document








Co mingled or mixed ?

Your opinion on co-mingled is requested. The link to Craven D C survey is at the end of this article.

In July 2016 it was agreed in principle that the collection methodology for recyclates in the Craven District would change in the next financial year.

Residents told us that they were dissatisfied with the current two-stream collection regime; this prompted the council to look at alternative types of methodology. The decision in principle is to move to a full co-mingled collection.

What does fully co-mingled mean?

It means that the collection methodology will be simplified: all your recyclates (paper, cans, plastic, glass and card) will be collected on the same day in the same container. This takes away the need for multiple visits.

The new methodology will mean you have a collection once a week on the same day. In week 1 you will present your green wheeled bin for residual waste for emptying, then in week 2 you will present your blue bin/pod for emptying. This gets us away from the need to distribute and collect blue bags.

The government has set a target that all local authorities are to achieve 50% recycling by 2020. This new methodology will help us to get there and achieve what we are being asked to do.

We now want to ask you what you think.

To complete our survey please click here.


 *** Important Notice ***

Black Bull Car Park

Please note that the Black Bull Car Park is a Private Car Park and is ONLY for the use of “Patrons and by kind permission of the Landlady, persons attending events in the Town Hall”. The General Public should use the other Free Car Parks around town instead. Please help this local business and observe these parking limitations.

Locating Private Sewage Pumping Stations for Transfer to Yorkshire Water

Government legislation means that from 1st October 2016 all eligible private sewage pumping stations in Yorkshire will automatically transfer to the ownership and responsibility of Yorkshire Water. Read more…

About The Council

The Council is made up of elected members of the public who give of their time freely to help administrate, publicise and promote the community in which we live.

Bentham consists of two communities – High Bentham and Low Bentham.

Located at the western boundary of North Yorkshire, we are close to the borders of Lancashire and Cumbria,  linked via Rail to Leeds or Carnforth and close to the A65 trunk road.

We have a variety of industry, commerce and tourism and are ideally placed for visits to our moors and hills as well as the attractions of The English Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and The Trough of Bowland.

For information about the town and the facilities it has to offer please visit  AboutBentham.org.uk