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.

Your Parish Councillors


Mr. David Allan Holmes
Deputy Chairman
Chapel Hill Farm, Chapel Hill Lane, Castley, Otley, 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
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

Villages Covered by 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: Castley, Farnley, Leathley, Lindley 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, including 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 Parish Council Meetings

View the Agendas and Minutes


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.

View the Locations of Noticeboards

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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