Welcome to the website of Bentham Town Council.


There will be a Meeting of the Bentham Town Council on Wednesday 3 January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Lower Town Hall. The public and press are invited to attend.

The press and public may not speak when the Council is in session, but they may make points during the ‘comments & concerns’ item on the agenda

Background papers are available for viewing by appointment before the meeting. They will be circulated to Councillors in the days before the meeting.

Jo Burton

Jo Burton

Clerk to the Council

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Agenda for the January 2018 meeting of the Bentham Town Council.


  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 on 6 November

  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. 2017/18716/FUL Erection of L-shaped stable block, consisting 2 stables & small feed area on land adjacent to Green Smithy, Mewith, Bentham

      2. 2017/18792/FUL Change of use of land for siting of 8 holiday lodges at Bentham Golf Club, Robin Lane, High Bentham

      3. 2017/18815/HH Removal of ground floor bay window at rear & erection of single storey dual pitched roof extension at 34 Goodenber Road, High Bentham

      4. 2017/18828/LBC Replacement windows to front elevation at Little Clifford, Clifford Hall, Burton in Lonsdale.

    2. To Receive Planning Decisions

– If any (see Clerks Report)

    1. To Receive Correspondence on Planning Issues

      1. To receive notice of the publication of the draft Craven Local Plan, and note that representations can be made until 5pm on 13 February

      2. To receive the draft revised statement of Community Involvement for Planning, and note that the consultation period closes on 13 February

      3. Others, if any – see clerks report

  1. Highways Matters

    1. To receive an update on the various flooding issues raised at the December meeting

    2. To receive a response regarding the footpath at Pye Busk – NYCC Highways will not improve it

    3. To receive information from DCllr Brockbank on Grasmere Drive and consider the request to improve lighting in the area.

    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 Marketing Committee meeting on 11 December, and consider recommendations

    1. To discuss charging for advertising accommodation on the website.

  1. To Discuss the installation of the VC paving stones and how this might be celebrated

    1. To consider the suggestion to move the Town Hall memorial plaque to School Hill

  1. To Receive an offer to provide the service of Data Protection Officer (at a fee) from Craven District Council and agree a response.

  1. To Agree the Accounts for Payment

  1. To consider items of Correspondence

    1. To receive information from YLCA regarding the government intention to defer setting referendum principles for 3 years

    2. To receive an invitation to the Candlelighters Soiree on 14 March in Leeds, and agree attendance if any

    3. To receive a letter from the Great Place Programme support officer

  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

Jo Burton

Jo Burton

Clerk to the Council 27 December 2017

Please note this meeting is on Wednesday.

Agenda for the December meeting of the Bentham Town Council.

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This will take place on Monday the 4th of December at 7:30pm.

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