Who We Are and What We Do

Organisational information, structures, locations, contacts - letting you know who's who on the Parish Council and its committees.

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NALC - Coronavirus Update, 17th March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

- Lower Washburn Parish Council -

     28th March 2020
  • Future scheduled meetings of the Parish are under review at this stage

  • You can keep up to date with all of the latest government advice and information by visiting the following websites:
Sign up for Email Alerts at Gov.uk
Public Health England at Gov.uk  
North Yorks CC at North Yorks.gov.uk 
NHS 111 Service at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 
  • The council is awaiting further guidance and instruction from the National Association of Local Council's (NALC), who are currently engaged with the Government in planning their response to the latest situation with regards to the following urgent matters:
- Holding of statutory meetings
- Audit deadlines
- Elections
- Democratic decision-making
Phone and/or on-line conferencing

Mike Elam, Clerk to the Council

Your Parish Councillors


Mr. David Allan Holmes
Chapel Hill Farm, Chapel Hill Lane, Castley
LS21 2ST


Mr. David Maurice Portlock
4 Lindley Farm Cottages, Cinder Lane, Lindley
Otley, LS21 2QN

Mrs. Lesley Woledge
59 Riverside Park, Otley, LS21 2RW

Mrs. P. M. Armstrong
4 Riverside Drive, Otley, LS21 2RW

Kate Templeton
Yew Tree Barn, Farnley Lane, Farnley, LS21 2QH


Mr. William Henry Keighley
Manderlea Farm, Castley Lane, Leathley, Otley
LS21 2QA

Mr. William John Akeroyd Smith
(Vice Chair)
Washburn Cottage, Lealthley Lane, Leathley
Otley, LS21 2JY

Mr. Alistair Holmes Wood
Low End, 8 Park Farm, Leathley, Otley, LS21 2JU


Mr. John Nicholas Houseman
Prospect House Farm, Lindley, Otley, LS21 2QT


Mr. John Renton Liddle
Home Farm, Low Lane, Stainburn, LS21 2LL

Mr. John Buxton
The Manor House, Leathley Lane, Nr. Otley, LS21 2JS

Coronavirus - Community Appeal

CORONAVIRUS  **  Community Appeal  **

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coronavirus community appeal

Welcome to the website for Lower Washburn Parish Council

Lower Washburn is situated to the south west of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, and is made up of five rural areas. 

You can view general information from Wikipedia for the villages of: CastleyFarnleyLeathleyLindley and Stainburn.

You can also View a Boundary Map.

How and where the Parish Council fits in to the democratic process of local government

Parish, community and town councils operate at a level below district and borough councils. They are elected and can help on a number of local issues, for example: allotments, public clocks, bus shelters, community centres, play areas & play equipment, grants to help local organisations, and consultation on planning.

You can view further information about how local councils work, i
ncluding the different types of council, decision making processes, spending & accounts, role of councillors, elections, and how to make a complaint by visiting the website Government Local Council Services.

Parish Meetings

Parish Meetings take place on the second Thursday every two months, and are scheduled for May, July, September, November, January and March. Meetings are held at the Leathley Village Hall, commencing at 8.00pm. You can attend most council meetings, although usually you won’t be able to speak at them. 

View the Dates of Future Parish Council Meetings


There are noticeboards located in each village, and they display the dates, times, location, and agenda's for Parish Council meetings in the current year.

News and Announcements

We publish a quarterly parish magazine which is available from the Parish Clerk.

Contact Us

You can contact the Parish Council through the Parish Clerk by any of the following means.

Mr. Mike Elam
10 Hawthorne Grove
Burley in Wharfedale
Ilkley,   LS29 7RF

telephone 01943 864312

email lowerwashburnpc@hotmail.co.uk

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