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Gerald Wilkinson
Gerald Wilkinson

Wetherby Town Council has been saddened to learn of the death of Councillor Gerald Wilkinson who passed away in early October. 

At the Town Council meeting on 8th October the Mayor of Wetherby, Councillor Galan Moss, paid tribute to Gerald, and a formal vote of thanks was recorded for all the work he undertook for the Council and in the wider Wetherby community.

His contribution to the town cannot be underestimated as his work touched the lives of thousands of people across the local area and Wetherby was lucky to benefit from his efficient expertise. He will long be remembered with both respect and affection. 

The photos of Gerald on the swings at the grand openings of the Mason Field playground in 1998 and 2018 show his great sense of fun, but when looked at in the context of the projects, also show his dedication to working to improve the lives of local residents, both young and old.

The Town Council sends its sincere condolences to Gerald's family and friends. 

Mason Field Grand Opening - 1998 

And in 2018...
Gerald Wilkinson on a swing in 2018


Neighbourhood Plan - Submission Draft

Wetherby Town Council has submitted the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for independent examination. 

On 17 June 2019, the independent examiner for the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan, Terry Heselton, wrote to the council to set out how he intends to conduct the examination. The examination procedure note is available to view here: WNP Examination Procedure

On 12 July, Terry Heselton provided the Council with a set of questions regarding the Neighbourhood Plan and asked that a response be provided by 26 July 2019. The Examiner’s Questions are available to view here: WNP Examiner's Questions

The Council is conducting further consultation on selective elements of the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan. 
On 5 July 2019, the independent examiner, Terry Heselton, wrote to the council requesting that updates are made to a number of the submission documents and maps and that further consultation takes places on the updated documents. The examiner’s letter is available to view here: Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan - Examiner's Initial Letter

At the request of the independent examiner, the Council conducted an additional Regulation 16 consultation for the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan, following updates to the submission draft neighbourhood plan, the basic conditions statement, and the policies maps. 
The scope of the publicity was limited to the specific updates made to the documents and maps, the Council did not seek comments on the merit of the proposals or on whether the neighbourhood plan meets the Basic Conditions. Documents are available to view as tracked change or composite versions on the right hand side of this page. 
Representations made during the previous publicity (7 May and 18 June) of the neighbourhood plan have been sent to the independent examiner and will be taken into consideration as part of the examination process. 

Representations made during this additional consultation can be viewed here.

The Examiner's report on the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here. 

The decision statement can be viewed here.
Mayor's Charity Donations

Mayor and primary school pupils.

The Mayor of Wetherby, Councillor Galan Moss, has been delighted to be able to distribute £1,000 to the PTAs (Parent Teacher Associations) of the four Wetherby primary schools. 
Councillor Moss had identified the key support groups of each school as his ‘Mayoral Charity’ for 2018/19. Explaining his choice of charities Councillor Moss said: “My children went to Crossley Street Primary School, I was a Governor at St. James’ CE Primary School and so I have a strong connection to primary education in the town. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to be able to give something back.”

The funds were raised across the Mayor’s first year in office and include donations from public appearances and from Town Councillors in lieu of sending each other Christmas Cards.

Responding to the cheque presentation Louise Milivojevic, Head Teacher at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, said that: “We are delighted to receive such an amazing amount and would like to thank Councillor Moss on behalf of the governors, staff, pupils and parents at St Joseph's for his generosity. I would also like to thank both the Mayor and Mayoress for their endless support and the time they have given up to join us for some truly fantastic events this year! It has been wonderful to welcome them both to our school and the children have been delighted!”

Cheques were given to representatives of each school when they attended the Town Hall on 24th September.