Long Preston Parish Council

your first tier of local government

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Upcoming Meeting Dates

  • Thursday 4th October 2018
  • Thursday 1st November 2018
  • Thursday 6th December 2018
  • Thursday 3rd January 2019
  • Thursday 7th February 2019
  • Thursday 7th March 2019
  • Thursday 4th April 2019

Meetings take place in Long Preston Village Hall (upstairs room) and normally start at 7.30pm

Once the agenda is published it will be found here.

our aims

Mission Statement

Long Preston Parish Council is fully committed to protect, maintain and enhance the community within the Parish.


1) Maintain and improve the council owned land, buildings and parish amenities, acquire as appropriate additional land or buildings, Continue to build financial reserves to achieve these objectives with the over riding aim of getting value for money on each and every parish council project

2) Consult with residents and organisations to enhance the life of our community abd ti enable an involved, empowered and active citizenship through community involvement, reaching out to hard to reach groups and seeking the views of young people.

3) improve our internet facilities and develop a parish council web site detailing all council services and activities

4) Obtain Quality Council status.

5)Work closely with the District and County Council Planning Departments on all planning matters and carefully monitor such applications.

6) To ensure that the Parish Council has relevant and up to date policies to cover inter alia:- Social media and dispensations; Budgetary; Communiactions; Contracts; Environment and planning; Asset accumulation and planning and Stakeholder review

7)To raise the image and reputation of the Parish Council through:- inviting residents to be acttively involved at our meetings; encourage usage of the web site; provision of a newsletter in hard copy and online; to issue press releases covering the activities of the parish council and to set up a regular clinic for the public to meet with the parish council members.

ACTION PLAN 2015 – 2019

First thing to be done is to issue a village wide questionnaire to establish priorites and strategy re the action plan

The below are examples of potential actions.

1) .Register all parcels of parishg Council owned land at the Land registry

2) Identify and utilize for the public benefit all area’s of Parish council land and common land

3) Develop and implement an Environmental policy

4) Create a register of parish council assets and create a prioritized system for their upkeep and renewal

5) Consider the provision of allotments and car parks for the Village

6) Establish and agree a budgetary reserves policy

7) Consider in conjunction with the appropriate authorities facilities for the youth, and consider with Craven District Council facilities for the elderly.

8) Consider what inititiatives the Parish Council can introduce to promote tourism to the Village

9) Establish a volunteer group prepared to introduce computers and the internet to the elderly residents in the community.

10) Review and identify financial projects in order of preference and the policy for financial reserves.

11) Review the potential for Affordable Housing

12) Decide whether to put properties forward for inclusion on the Community assets register

13) Support groups and organisations whose activities enhance community life.

14) Get value for money contracts in place to maintain parish council assets.

15) Consider the future of the playing fields 16) Consider traffic control measures

17) Consider the renewal of the street lighting 18) Consider the provision of benches

19) Consider the provision of social/village orientate events ie: Sports events, Halloween / Bonfire Night ,Village Street/ Green Party, Children’s events, Village History, duck races, Walks / Rambles, Christmas / Santa’s Grotto

the council

Marijke Hill (Clerk)

4 Penny Green | Settle | BD24 9BT


Cllr Nick Tyrer (Chairman)

Ingle House | 23 Main Street | Long Preston | BD23 4ND

Cllr Carol Slinn

White Beck Cottage 6, Bridge End Long Preston BD23 4NN

Cllr David Inglis

13 Ribblesdale Estate | Long Preston | BD23 4RD

Cllr Mary Brierley

marylongpreston@gmail.com The Walled Barn, Church Street, BD23 4NJ

Cllr Paul Morely

16 Ribblesdale Estate | Long Preston | BD23 4RD

You can see the register of interests for the members of Long Preston Parish Council here

in the news

Public meetings

Village News


Meeting in the Village Hall 12th Oct 10:00 am

There will be a meeting in the Village Hall on Saturday 12th October from 10:00 am to discuss all aspects of the Xmas lights Switch-On on the 6th December.

Everybody is welcome , young and old, we need lots of ideas. The Event will start at 2;00 pm with the Switch On at 4:00 and then we can have another hour to wrap things up.

The main thing is this is purely a Village event and will be whatever we make of it, so please come along and put your thoughts forward. Then we can get on with making all the plans to make sure what we want to happen, does.


Xmas Lighting

You may have noticed that all the lights on the Greens are down, this is so they can be assessed and refurbished if necessary.

In order to do this the Village  Hall has been book for the morning of 13th July, so they can be laid out and looked over, and assessments of what new lights are needed made.

If anybody  wants to help, (in screwing a plug on etc) they are most welcome, also any ideas on where, what, how will be gratefully received, and listened to!

We also need to begin to sort out a Lighting Up Party, the Village Hall is booked but we need ideas as to what we can do to make it an enjoyable afternoon. Again any ideas from groups or individuals will be more than helpful.

This is not a “Xmas Lights Committee meeting” as there isnt one, its just , hopefully, the village getting together and making our display this year fun and festive.



It seems our Phone Box has come to the attention of the writers of the Craven Diary. I have to say it does not LOOK very good at the moment, but contrary to the piece it is not rotting and rusting away. The structure of the box is safeguarded with primer paint, while the Parish Councils application for a Big Lottery Grant is proceeding. It is a provision of such a grant that monies are only paid out for future work , so we can not finish the refurbishment and then claim the money back!

The plans were outlined in the magazine a few months back and are still on going as with all these things its time and money. The Council has already spent a good deal on the box, all the items to bring it back to looking pristine have to be from specialist suppliers so if anybody has a couple of thousand pounds to spare? Then of course that would just leave an empty box, which is were the full Grant application comes in. I really hope that by this time next year, and hopefully by Mayday, the whole area will be looking spic and span.



Last years’ lights were a hurried affair and I hope we can do better this year.

The Parish Council has agreed to put £1000 in towards renewals and repairs, so that’s a start.

However there is a lot to do, a new electric supply is needed to replace the one on the Rohan shop, and it has been suggested this is moved to the Village Hall, which would give us a more manageable supply. The electrical box which powers the lights around Maypole Green is also in need of replacement.

It is impractical to light the Christmas Tree with mains power , every year its an issue, so this year we will go to battery lights and have many more! Also there is a suggestion to move the tree to the small Green in front of the Village Hall, it can be seen from the road there and if we also have lights on the Hall , this can be the focal point of the display.

The Main Green needs new lights and the lanterns need rewiring and reattaching to the trees. We could also put a tree in the old spot, or something else?

The Maypole illumination has once again shown how hard it is to erect and get down, perhaps a new idea , involving less damn hard work is needed. A suggestion has been made to just run lights down from the “scrolls” to poles on the ground, if we use low voltage lights there would be no hazard.

We need a switching on ceremony , I was so sorry that last year we had no time to get this organised. We need to make the Village Hall the centre and if we can organise this to coincide with the Xmas Fayre so much the better.

If anybody has any thoughts, good , bad or why are we bothering, then please let us know, its a lot of effort to get it right and we need to know how the village thinks.

marylongpreston@gmail.com or c.slinn19@googlemail.com or leave a comment on the website longprestonpc.org.uk

Hope this keeps people up to date as to what we have in mind.

Council News



Development at Green Gate Lane

The Council discussed this matter at the meeting on 5th Sept. Here are some of the thoughts which we think are relevant.

The Parish Council has never thought this is a good location to develop as housing, but that argument has long since been lost.

The size of the development ,in the Councils opinion, will overstretch  the road as far as traffic is concerned, both during construction and after, but we have a highways department that seems to think otherwise.

The Council is deeply concerned with the construction process, as to its impact on usage of School Lane. There are conditions already in place as to what, where and when should be moved along School Lane and the Maypole Green area. The Council can only try to see that these conditions are met, it can not say, for instance, “well they wont do it will they”, this is not a valid objection in the rules of planning applications.

The Council will be raising these issues and putting in some objections to the plans, but it must be remembered these have to be on material grounds, not what might happen to the development or its houses in the future. Any member of the public can send an objection in as well(that cut off date will have passed if you are reading this in the Parish Mag) , and the more that do, the greater the weight they have.

Nobody thinks the development is , in itself, a bad thing, affordable housing in the Dales is badly needed. Whether this development delivers that in the long term , well only time will tell.

Development,of any sort is seen by Governments as a good thing, this is enshrined in the planning procedures and will happen.The final decision will be made by the Dales Authority Planning people, if it gets the go ahead the village can be sure the Parish Council will do its best to make sure all conditions laid on the developers are carried through, especially when it comes to the safety of the children.

The above is from the personal recollections of issues raised at the Council meeting, and is not the official minutes of the Council Meeting.

Mary Brierley





Next Council Meeting :

2nd May 2019

Upstairs room Village Hall

Meeting starts 7:30,

Members of the public welcome to attend, the first 15mins of the meeting are open for the public to raise any issues of concern.




Long Preston Parish Council has decided to leave the Parish Precept the same as last years. What that amount of money is, and how it is spent will, in general terms, appear here shortly.