Skipton Town Council

Meetings of the Council - General Information

All meetings of Skipton Town Council are open to members of the public. This section gives you access to the agendas and minutes of meetings in the current civic year (which runs from the AGM, generally held in mid-May each year). Documents from the last civic year will shortly be archived into a separate section of the website.

Information is also provided in this section on attending a meeting, including your right to record, film or report on the meeting as it is taking place.

The agendas and minutes are listed in the appropriate section for each of the Council's committees. Further details about the work done by each Committee can be found in the 'Your Council' section of this website.

You can download a full schedule of meetings for the current civic year below. Please note that dates and times can change and, occasionally, a meeting may be cancelled or rescheduled. Details will appear in the appropriate section when this happens:

Information being updated following the recent Annual Meeting. The download will be available shortly.

You can also download a list of the Members of each of the Council's Committees:

Information being updated following the recent Annual Meeting. The download will be available shortly.

Agendas are usually available approximately four working days ahead of each meeting

Minutes of meetings are produced in draft format as soon as possible following the meeting.

Please note that minutes are not regarded as a true and correct record until they have been accepted and approved at the following meeting of each Committee and subsequently by Full Council.

The draft minutes available on the website will not include any items which were dealt with in private session, with press and members of the public excluded.

Annual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting is not actually a meeting of the Council itself, but a meeting of the electors of the Parish.

It must be held at least once per year, between April and June. In Skipton it is generally held immediately before the Annual Meeting of the Council and is an opportunity for local electors to raise issues with the Council.

If they wish to do so, electors can pass resolutions requesting that the Council takes certain actions. Although such resolutions are not legally binding on the Council, the will be considered carefully.

The meeting is normally chaired by the Town Mayor and will start with a short report on the Council's activities over the previous year.

Only those who appear on the register of electors for the Skipton Parish can vote on any resolution, although the meeting is open to anyone.

Additional Town Meetings may be called by the Town Council (although this is unlikely to happen as business relating to the Town will generally be dealt with at normal Town Council meetings).

There is provision, in law, for an additional Town Meeting to be called by a minimum of six local electors writing to the Council to request that a meeting takes place. However, electors and other members of the public have the right to attend and address any meeting of the Town Council and this is likely to be a better option in the vast majority of cases.

The next Town Meeting will be on Thursday 18th May 2017


Full Council


Meetings of Full Council for the 2016-2017 Civic Year are scheduled for the following dates:

Thursday 19th May 2016 (Annual Meeting)
Thursday 2nd June 2016 (Additional Meeting - Approval of Annual Return)
Thursday 14th July 2016
Thursday 11th August (Additional Meeting)
Thursday 15th September 2016
Thursday 27 October 2016 (Additional Meeting)
Thursday 17th November 2016
Thursday 19th January 2017 (Budget & Precept Setting)
Thursday 16th March 2017
Thursday 18th May 2017 (Annual Meeting)


Meetings will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBER at SKIPTON TOWN HALL, High Street, Skipton, BD23 1FD

All meetings start at 7pm unless otherwise stated.

Meeting Agendas
Agendas are normally published approximately seven days ahead of each meeting.

Full Council Agenda 21 May 2015
Extra Full Council Agenda 4 June 2015
Full Council Agenda 16 July 2015
Full Council Agenda 17 September 2015
Full Council Agenda 19 November 2015
Full Council Agenda 14 January 2016
Full Council Agenda 17 March 2016
Full Council Annual Meeting Agenda 19 May 2016
Full Council Agenda 2 June 2016
Full Council Agenda 14 July 2016
Extra Ordinary Full Council Agenda 11 August 2016
Full Council Agenda 15 September 2016
Full Council Agenda 27 October 2016
Full Council Agenda 17 November 2016
Full Council Agenda 19 January 2017
Full Council Agenda 16 March 2017

Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of each meeting are produced in draft format as soon as possible after the meeting. They remain as a draft until formally approved at the following meeting.

Full Council Minutes 21 May 2015
Full Council Minutes 4 June 2015
Full Council Minutes 16 July 2015
Full Council Minutes 17 September 2015
Full Council Minutes 19 November 2015
Full Council Minutes 14 January 2016
Full Council minutes 17 March 2016
Full Council Annual Meeting Minutes 19 May 2016
Full Council Minutes 2 June 2016
Full Council Minutes 14 July 2016
Extra Ordinary Full Council Minutes 11 August 2016
Full Council Minutes 15 September 2016
Full Council Minutes 27 October 2016
Full Council Meeting Minutes 17 November 2016
Full Council Minutes 19 January 2017

Finance and Policy

Meetings of the Finance and Policy Committee for the 2016-2017 Civic Year will be held on the following dates:

Thursday 16th June 2016
Thursday 18th August 2016
Thursday 20th October 2016
Thursday 16th December 2016 (Budget Proposals)
Thursday 12th January 2017 - 7.00 pm
Thursday 16th February 2017
Thursday 20th April 2017

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, in the meeting room at the Town Council offices in Skipton Town Hall - unless otherwise stated.

Meeting Agendas
Agendas are normally published approximately seven days ahead of each meeting.

Finance & Policy Agenda 18 June 2015
Finance & Policy Agenda 20 August 2015
Finance & Policy Agenda 15 October 2015
Finance and Policy Agenda 17 December 2015
Finance and Policy Agenda 18 February 2016
Finance & Policy Agenda 14 April 2016
Finance & Policy Agenda 16 June 2016
Finance & Policy Agenda 18 August 2016
Finance & Policy Agenda 20 October 2016
Finance and Policy Agenda 15 December 2016
Finance and Policy Agenda 12 January 2017
Finance and Policy Agenda 16 February 2017

Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of each meeting are produced in draft format as soon as possible after the meeting. They remain as a draft until formally approved at the following meeting.

Finance & Policy Minutes 18 June 2015
Finance & Policy Minutes 20 August 2015
Finance & Policy Minutes 15 October 2015
Finance and Policy Minutes 17 December 2015
Finance & Policy Minutes 18 February 2016
Finance & Policy Minutes 14 April 2016
Finance & Policy Minutes 16 June 2016
Finance & Policy Minutes 18 August 2016
Finance and Policy Minutes 20 October 2016
Finance and Policy Minutes 15 December 2016
Finance & Policy Minutes 12 January 2017
Finance & Policy Minutes 16 February 2017

Public Services

Meetings of the Public Services Committee for the 2016-2017 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 9th June 2016
Thursday 7th July 2016
Thursday 4th August 2016 - MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 8th September 2016
Thursday 6th October 2016 MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 3rd November 2016 MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 8th December 2016 (Budget Proposals)
Thursday 12th January 2017 - 6.00 pm
Thursday 2nd February 2017 MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 2nd March 2017
Thursday 6th April 2017
Thursday 11th May 2017

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, in the meeting room at the Town Council offices in Skipton Town Hall - unless otherwise stated.

Meeting Agendas
Agendas are normally published approximately seven days ahead of each meeting.

Public Services Agenda 11 June 2015
Public Services Agenda 2 July 2015
Public Services Agenda 6 August 2015
Public Services Agenda 1 October 2015
Public Services Agenda 5 November 2015
Public Services Agenda 3 December 2015
Public Services Agenda 4 February 2016
Public Services Agenda 3 March 2016
Public Services Agenda 31 March 2016
Public Services Agenda 28 April 2016
Public Services Agenda 9 June 2016
Public Services Agenda 7 July 2016
Public Services Agenda 8 September 2016
Public Services Agenda 8 December 2016
Public Services Agenda 12 January 2017
Public Services Agenda 2 March 2017


Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of each meeting are produced in draft format as soon as possible after the meeting. They remain as a draft until formally approved at the following meeting.

Public Services Minutes 11 June 2015
Public Services Minutes 2 July 2015
Public Services Minutes 6 August 2015
Public Services Minutes 1 October 2015
Public Services Committee Minutes 5 November 2015
Public Services Minutes 3 December 2015
Public Services minutes 4 February 2016
Public Services Minutes 3 March 2016
Public Services Minutes 31 March 2016
Public Services Minutes 28 April 2016
Public Services Minutes 9 June 2016
Public Services Minutes 7 July 2016

Public Services Minutes 8 September 2016
Public Services Minutes 8 December 2016
Public Services Minutes 12 January 2017
Public Services Committee Minutes 2 March 2017

Environment and Planning

Meetings of the Environment & Planning Committee for the 2016-2017 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 26th May 2016 (Discussion of Craven Local Plan)
Thursday 23rd June 2016 - MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 25th August 2016
Thursday 13th October 2016
Thursday 27th October 2016 MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 22nd December 2016 MEETING CANCELLED
Thursday 23rd February 2017
Thursday 27th April 2017

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, in the meeting room at the Town Council offices in Skipton Town Hall - unless otherwise stated.

The Council also operates a Planning Working Group Sub-Committee which considers the Council's response to planning applications made to the Planning Authority.

Meetings of this Sub-Committee are scheduled for the following dates but it should be noted that the meetings will only take place if there are planning applications to review. If you wish to attend one of these meetings, you are advised contact the Council's offices in advance to confirm.

Meetings of the Sub-Committee are scheduled to start at 10am

Monday 6th June 2016
Monday 4th July
Monday 18th July
Monday 8th August
Monday 5th September
Monday 19th September
Monday 10th October
Monday 7th November
Monday 21st November
Monday 5th December
Monday 9th January 2017
Monday 23rd January
Monday 6th February
Monday 6th March
Monday 20th March
Monday 10th April
Monday 8th May

Meeting Agendas
Agendas are normally published approximately seven days ahead of each meeting.

Planning Agenda 28 May 2015
Planning Agenda 25 June 2015
Environment & Planning Agenda 30 July 2015
Environment & Planning Agenda 24 September 2015
Environment & Planning Agenda 22 October 2015
Environment and Planning Agenda 26 November 2015
Environment & Planning Agenda 28 January 2016
Environment and Planning Agenda 24 March 2016
Environment & Planning Agenda 26 May 2016
Environment and Planning Agenda 25 August 2016
Environment and Planning Agenda 13 October 2016
Environment & Planning Agenda 23 February 2017

Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of each meeting are produced in draft format as soon as possible after the meeting. They remain as a draft until formally approved at the following meeting.

Environment & Planning Minutes 28 May 2015
Environment & Planning Minutes 25 June 2015
Environment & Planning Minutes 30 July 2015
Environment & Planning Minutes 24 September 2015
Environment and Planning Minutes 22 October 2015
Environment and Planning Minutes 26 November 2015
Environment and Planning Minutes 28 January 2016
Environment & Planning Minutes 24 March 2016
Environment & Planning Minutes 26 May 2016
Environment and Planning Minutes 25 August 2016
Environment and Planning Minutes 13 October 2016
Environment & Planning Committee Minutes 23 February 2017

Audit and Scrutiny

Meetings of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee for the 2016-2017 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 21st July 2016
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Thursday 24th November 2016
Thursday 26th January 2017 Postponed until Thursday 9 February 2017
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Thursday 13th April 2017 (Annual Return Documentation Review)

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, in the meeting room at the Town Council offices in Skipton Town Hall - unless otherwise stated.

Meeting Agendas
Agendas are normally published approximately seven days ahead of each meeting.

Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 9 July 2015
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 8 October 2015
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 12 November 2015
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 21 January 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 10 March 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 12 May 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 21 July 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 22 September 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 24 November 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 9 February 2017

Minutes of Previous Meetings
The minutes of each meeting are produced in draft format as soon as possible after the meeting. They remain as a draft until formally approved at the following meeting.

Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 9 July 2015
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 8 October 2015
Audit and Scrutiny Minutes 12 November 2015
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 21 January 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 10 March 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 12 May 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Minutes 21 July 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Minutes 22 September 2016
Audit and Scrutiny Minutes 24 November 2016
Audit & Scrutiny Committee Minutes 9 February 2017

Attending a Council Meeting

All meetings of Skipton Town Council are open to the public. You may attend to watch the proceedings, or to address Members of the Council if you wish to do so. A section is included at the start of each meeting to allow the public to speak.

New regulations now allow for the proceedings of any Council Meeting (or one of its Committees) to be recorded or filmed - or for the proceedings to be reported on as they are happening (via Facebook, Twitter or a Blog, for instance). A protocol has been approved by the Council to assist those wishing to make recordings etc.
Protocol for Recording at Council Meetings

Occasionally, there may be an item on the agenda which needs to be taken in private. This may be where the Council is considering, for example, a tender for a Council contract and needs to keep the value of any bids for the work confidential. Generally, private items are placed at the end of the agenda. The Chairman of the meeting will notify you if you need to leave the meeting. No recording, filming or reporting is allowed during any item taken in private.

There is no need to notify the Council if you wish to attend, although anyone wishing to record the proceedings of a meeting is requested to contact the Council in advance so we can ensure that facilities are available to help - and so we can make any members of the public aware, as they may not wish to be recorded.

The notice giving advance warning of the meeting will generally be issued around a week ahead of the date of the meeting itself. Agendas will appear on this website around four working days before the meeting.

Procedures at a Council Meeting

Each Council meeting operates to an agenda, issued in advance by the Council's Chief Officer. Each agenda is published in the appropriate section of this website. Copies are also available from the Council's offices on request.

Although items can be removed from the agenda after it has been issued, no new items can be added. Members of the Council are only allowed to make decisions on items already listed on the agenda.

The first item at every meeting (except the Annual Meeting where the first item must be the election of the new Town Mayor) is known as 'Representations from the Public'.

This gives any member of the public the opportunity to talk to the Members of the Council or the Council Committee. You can make a statement, ask questions, or propose a matter for the Council to consider. You should note, however, that if the item is not on the agenda, the Council will not be able to discuss the matter and make any decisions - so the matter may be referred to the next meeting, or to a different Council Committee. Council Officers may also be requested to look into any issue raised by a member of the public.

If you do wish to address the meeting, it is always useful for the Council to know in advance - although there is no obligation to do so. Please contact the office if you do wish to speak at a meeting. Staff will also then be able to confirm the time and location of the meeting with you.

You should note that, although the recording and filming of meetings is permitted, any member of the public has the right to request that they are not included in any recording. If you do not wish to be recorded, you should let the Chairman of the Meeting (or a Council Officer) know before the meeting starts. This way, we can ensure that no recording is made against your wishes.

No person under the age of 18 may be recorded or filmed without the permission of a parent/guardian.

The 'Public Participation' section of the meeting lasts for up to fifteen minutes, although this can be extended at the discretion of the Chairman. Individuals will only generally be allowed to speak for up to five minutes.

Once the 'Public Participation' section of the meeting has concluded, members of the public cannot take part in the remainder of the meeting, although they may remain to observe (other than those items being held in private).

At his discretion, the Chairman may bring forward item(s) on the agenda if they are connected to a matter raised by a member of the public.