Parish Council – Archived page March 2021

The Rathmell Parish Meeting links into Ribble Banks Parish Council, which is formed of elected representatives from Wigglesworth, Rathmell and Halton West. The current Councillors are:

Rathmell Councillors

Other councillors

Charlie Yorke (Halton West)

Charlie Yorke:
01200 423655 (work) 

Clerk to Ribble Banks Parish Council

Ms Belinda Roos, Clerk & RFO to RBPC – Primrose Cottage,  5 Mill Brow, Kirkby Lonsdale,  Cumbria,  LA6 2AT  Mobile no. 07523 760179  Email:

News and reports from
the Parish Council

The next MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL will be held on
Tuesday 19th March 2019 at 19.30 at Wigglesworth Community Centre.

The agenda for the meeting and minutes of 15/01/2019 meeting can be read here:

Review of Polling Districts, Polling Places and Polling Stations in Craven District

The Parish Council has received the following information from Craven District Council Electoral Services Officer:

” You may be aware that the Council has a legal duty to review all polling districts and polling places every five years. The last review took place in 2014. The Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 amended the review periods and the next review must be completed by the 31st January 2020.

The Council has now published a ‘Notice of Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places’. The consultation, which began this week, asks for views on any aspect of polling districts or polling places currently used. As well as commenting on the suitability of existing polling stations, people are also invited to suggest new ones.

Any registered elector within the Craven District boundary can take part. Representations are also invited from groups, organisations, councillors and any person or body with expertise in access for people with any type of disability.

Representations may be made by email to or by post to Electoral Services, Craven District Council, 1 Belle Vue Square, Broughton Road, Skipton BD23 1FJ.

The consultation period will end on the 23rd November 2018. The (Acting) Returning Officer has published his initial proposals and representations on these proposals can be made until the consultation closes. A copy of these proposals is attached, along with a copy of the notice and a spreadsheet providing information about current polling places. Please feel free to post a copy of the notice on any notice boards within your parish.”


Tender applications invited for a grass cutting contract with Ribble Banks Parish Council
Ribble Banks Parish Council requires the services of a Contractor for grass cutting and strimming work in the villages Halton West, Rathmell and Wigglesworth.

The duties will include:

  • Grass cutting and strimming
  • Collection and removal of the cut grass

For more information or a tender document please contact Ribble Banks Parish Council (contact details below).

The deadline for submission of quotations is 12.00, Friday 16th March 2018.

Ribble Banks Parish Council
F.O.A. The Clerk
Overleigh House
East Cliffe Road


30th January 2018 at 7.30pm
at Rathmell Reading Room

The agenda for the meeting can be read here:

RBPC Minutes 19-09-2017

Rathmell’s representation re: The Craven Local Plan

local plan JK

Minutes of the Ribble Bank Parish Council meeting held on 16 May 2017


AGENDA for the next Ribble Bank Council Meeting on Tuesday 18th July 2017 Wigglesworth Community Centre 7.30pm


16th May 2017 at 19.30
at the Rathmell Reading Room


Annual Meeting of the Council

  1. Election of the Chair and acceptance of office.
  2. Election of the Vice-Chair.
  3. To receive and consider acceptance of apologies for absence.
  4. To receive Declarations of Interest and requests for dispensation in relation to items onthe agenda.
  5. Any agenda item to be regarded as confidential.
  6. Report from the Chair.

Regular Meeting

  1. Reports from District and County Councillors if able to attend.
  2. To approve the minutes of the Council meeting held on 21st March 2017.
  3. Public Participation.
  4. Matters arising
  5. Finance:
    • –  Current Statement
    • –  Payments to be authorised
  6. Planning Matters (planning applications received after the publication of the agendamight be taken into consideration).
    1. a)  Current planning applications:- Planning application 59/2017/17874: Conversion of barn to dwelling house and new extension (amendment to existing planning approval 59/2007/8058 granted 04 February 2008), QUARRY HOUSE BARN MAIN STREET RATHMELL SETTLE NORTH YORKSHIRE BD24 0LA.Status: Consultation period ends 26th May 2017.
      – Planning application 59/2017/18037: Material amendment to previously approved application (59/2014/15010) to include increasing the size of House No 1 and changes to stone boundary wall and inclusion of additional windows to House No. 2 together with the siting of Air Source Heat Pumps, CROSS KEYS FARM MAIN STREET RATHMELL SETTLE NORTH YORKSHIRE.
      Status: Consultation period ends 8th June 2017.
    2. b)  Planning decisions/withdrawals:
      Appeal Ref: APP/C2708/W/16/3165128, The Borrins, Rathmell, Settle BD24 0LA: The appeal is allowed and planning permission is granted to vary condition 2 of planning approval Ref: 59/2015/16225 in accordance with the terms of planning application Ref: 59/2016/17258, dated 1 August 2016 and subject to conditions.

RBPC Agenda 16/05/17

  1. Correspondence.
  2. Reports from Councillors and Council Representatives:
    • –  Chairman
    • –  Halton West
    • –  Rathmell
    • –  Wigglesworth
    • –  Clerk.
  3. Village Environment, Rights of Way, Highways.
  4. Any other matters of urgent local concern.
  5. To determine the date of future Council meetings.
  6. Closure of the meeting.

Belinda Roos Clerk and RFO

9th May 2017

All meetings are open to the public and press.
The Public are reminded that they are not permitted to take part in any discussions without permission of the Chair.
At the point when the Agenda reaches the item – Public Participation, the Chair will ask if any members of the public present have any items to bring to the attention of the Council. The Public are requested to keep their representations to a maximum of 3 minutes if possible.

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Ribble Banks Parish Council Meetings for 2017 & 2018

– 16/05/2017 Rathmell Reading Room

– 18/07/2017 Wigglesworth Community Centre

– 19/09/2017 Rathmell

– 21/11/2017 Wigglesworth

– 16-01-2018 Rathmell 

– 20/03/2018 Wigglesworth.

Minutes of RBPC meeting 17/01/17

15th March 2016 7.30pm
Wigglesworth Community Centre


CLICK HERE for draft minutes of 19.01.2016

CLICK here for draft minutes 15.09.2015

The next Ribble Banks Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday 28 July at Wigglesworth Community Centre at 7.30pm. Everyone Welcome CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE AGENDA

CLICK here for the minutes of the 19.05.2015 meeting.

CLICK here for the minutes of the 04.06.2015 meeting.

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Thursday 4th June 2015 at 19.00 at the Rathmell Reading Room CLICK HERE FOR AGENDA

The next Ribble Banks Parish Council meeting will be on Tuesday 19 May 2015 in the Rathmell Reading Room 7.30pm when on the Agenda will be the planning application for 3 houses on Hesley Lane. Please attend if possible.

AGENDA – click here

 The Rathmell Parish Meeting links into Ribble Banks Parish Council (RBPC), which is formed of elected representatives from Wigglesworth, Rathmell and Halton West (see below).
The Annual Rathmell Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 12th May 2015 7.30pm in the Reading Room. Everyone is welcome. Click here to view the Agenda.

The next meeting of the RBPC will be held on Tuesday 19th May 2015 7.30pm at Rathmell Reading Room.


Is Craven District Council proposed Housing Plan for Rathmell acceptable?

Some of you will remember the CDC presentation about this; delivered at the Reading Room last year. The planners showed maps of the areas available for new housing in Rathmell and talked about building 45 new dwellings on these sites – on average, three houses per year for 15 years.Many of us left the presentation uneasy about the proposals but with the distinct feeling that the matter had already been decided. Thankfully, David Wilkinson decided to look into the proposed plan in more detail and unearthed some interesting figures from the CDC website. Last month, David and I looked again at his findings and summarised them in a couple of pages for presentation to a Ribblebanks Parish Council meeting. The material was well received by this meeting. View these two important documents here: CDC local plan CDC Proposed Local Plan for Housing David and I then decided to make the information more widely available to the community so the two pages that we gave to RPC are now presented here. A final decision on the CDC proposals will be reached shortly and we reckon that an active and well-informed community is more likely to give rise to wise decisions! Neither of us is opposed to increasing the number of dwellings in the village but we do think that development has to be appropriate and proportionate and, for us, the current proposals are excessive, especially when compared with what is suggested for other parishes. We would be interested to know your thoughts on the proposal by emailing Please note – ‘Central Rathmell’ refers to the housing on either side of the main road and closest to this road – Gooselands etc. ‘Far Rathmell’ is the area up Hesley Lane and Mill Lane. ‘Scattered Rathmell’ is all the other dwellings and farms dotted around the rest of the parish. JK/DW


The dates for further scheduled meetings at 7.30pm are as follows:

19th May 2015 at Rathmell Reading Room

4th June 2015 Extra Ordinary Meeting Rathmell Reading Room NOTE 7.00pm start

28th July 2015 at Wigglesworth Community Centre

15th September 2015 at Rathmell Reading Room

17th November 2015 at Wigglesworth Community Centre

All of these are Tuesday meetings. The council meets on a regular basis and copies of its minutes are shown below on this page.

RBPC Minutes 17-03-20015

RBPC Minutes 19-01-2015  RBPC Draft Minutes 12-03-2014 RBPC Draft Minutes 07-01-2014 RBPC Draft Minutes 12 -11-2013 RBPC Minutes of extra-ordinary meeting 17-06-2013 RBPC Minutes 07-05-2013 RBPC AGM Minutes 07-05-2013 RBPC Minutes 10-07-2012 RBPC Minutes 13-11-2012 RBPC AGM Minutes 15-05-12 RBPC Minutes 17-05-11 RBPC Minutes 15-03-11 RBPC Minutes 11-01-11