Skipton Town Council

Your Councillors

Skipton Parish is divided into four Wards and four Councillors serve in each of those Wards.

Details of each Councillor are shown in this section of the website, including details of any position(s) they hold on the Council.

Councillor can be contacted using these details:
Councillor Contact Details


North Ward

Four Councillors serve the North Ward of Skipton Town Council. They are:

Councillor Tony BARRETT (Independent)
Chairman: Planning Committee

Councillor Claire NASH (Green)
Chairman: Management & Staffing Committee Committee

Councillor John DAWSON (Conservative)
Chairman: Audit & Scrutiny Committee

Councillor Sheila BENTLEY (Independent)



East Ward


Four Councillors serve the East Ward of Skipton Town Council. They are:

Councillor Richard JUDGE (Independent)

Councillor Darren SHAW (Independent)

Councillor Eric JAQUIN (Liberal Democrat)
Chairman: Public Services Committee

Councillor Winston FEATHER (Independent)






South Ward

Four Councillors serve the South Ward of Skipton Town Council. They are:

Councillor Robert G HESELTINE (IndRPOS*)


Councillor Karen McINTYRE (IndRPOS*)
Town Mayor

Councillor Gordon BELL (IndRPOS*)


Councillor Andy SOLLOWAY (Independent)


* Independent Respecting & Protecting Our Skipton


West Ward

Four Councillors serve the West Ward of Skipton Town Council. They are:

Councillor Peter MADELEY (Labour)
Deputy Leader of the Council
Chairman: Market Committee


Councillor Alan HICKMAN (Labour)
Leader of the Council

Councillor David PAINTER (Independent)

Councillor Ruksana MAHMOOD (Independent)





Members Register of Interests

All Members of Skipton Town Council are, by law, required to complete a register of their personal interests. This will include, generally, details of any employment or business activities, membership of any public bodies, clubs or organisations and the details of any property interests.

The records are held by Craven District Council, but it is the responsibility of each individual Councillor to complete the register and to ensure that information is kept up-to-date.

Members have a period of 28 days from the date of signing their Declaration of Acceptance in which to submit their completed register of interests.

Subject to any GDPR regulations, copies of the completed forms will be available to view here in the near future.



Meetings of the Council

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.

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:

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.

Normally 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.






Finance and Policy

Meetings of the Finance and Policy Committee for the 2020-2021 Civic Year will be held on the following dates:


Thursday 18th February 2021

Due to the period of National Mourning on the death of Prince Philip the Finance and Policy Committee has been delayed until 18:30pm on the 22nd April

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

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

Finance & Policy Committee Agenda 14 February 2019
Finance & Policy Agenda 18 April 2019
Finance & Policy agenda 13 June 2019
Finance & Policy Agenda 15 August 2019
Finance & Policy Agenda 17 October 2019
Finance & Policy Agenda 19 December 2019
Finance & Policy Agenda 20 Feb 2020
Finance & Policy Agenda 29 October 2020
Finance & Policy Agenda 16 December 2020
Finance & Policy Agenda 18th Feb 2021
Agenda Finance and Policy 26th April 2021

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 14 February 2019
Minutes Finance & Policy 18 April 2019
Finance & Policy Minutes 13 June 2019
Finace & Policy Minutes 15 August 2019
Finance & Policy Minutes 17 October 2019

Minutes Finance & Policy 19 Dec 2019
Draft Finance & Policy Minutes 20 Feb 2020
Finance & Policy Minutes 29th October 2020
Draft Finance & Policy Minutes 16th December 2020
Finance and Policy Minutes 18th February 2021

Audit and Scrutiny

Meetings of the Audit & Scrutiny Committee for the 2020-2021 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 4th March

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

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

Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 21 June 2018
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 27th September 2018
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 20 December 2018
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 28 March 2019
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 6 June 2019
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 5th September 2019
Agenda Audit & Scrutiny 5 March 2020
Audit and Scrutiny Agenda 2nd September 2020
Audit & Scrutiny Agenda 4th March 2021

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 28 March 2019
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 6 June 2019
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 5 September 2019
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 5 December 2019
DRAFT Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 5 March 2020
Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 9th September 2020
DRAFT Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 10th December 2020
Draft Audit & Scrutiny Minutes 4th March 2021

Public Services

Meetings of the Public Services Committee for the 2019-2020 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 4th February 2021
Extraordinary Meeting 25th March 2021
Thursday 29th April 2021


All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

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

Public Services Agenda 29 August 2019
Public Services Committee Agenda 7 November 2019
Public Services Agenda 28 November 2019
Public Services Agenda 23 January 2020
Public Services Agenda 6 Feb 2020
Agenda Public Services Committee 26 Nov 2020
Public Services Agenda 4th Feb 2021
Extra Ordinary Public Services Committee Agenda 25th March 2021
Agenda Public Services Committee 29th April 2021

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 29 August 2019
Public Services Minutes 28 November 2019
Public Services Minutes 23 January 2020
Draft Public Service Committe Minutes 6 Feb 2020
Public Services Minutes 26th November 2020
Public Services Minutes 4th February 2021
Public Services Minutes 25th March 2021

Planning Committee

Scheduled meetings of the Planning Committee for the 2020-2021 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 1st April 2021

Additional meetings may be called, as required, to discuss any large or contentious planning applications which may be submitted to the Planning Authority (Craven District Council) during the course of the year. Details of any additional meetings will be posted here as and when they arise.

Generally, meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

The Council also operates a Working Group of Councillors to monitor routine planning applications. The Working Group is not classed as a formally constituted meeting of the Council and will meet on an ad-hoc basis. Please contact the office if you require any further information.

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

Planning Committee 22 Nov 2018
Planning Committee Agenda 5 November 2020
Planning Committee Agenda 1st April 2021

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.

Planning Committee Minutes 22 November 2018
Planning Committee Minutes 23 May 2019
DRAFT Planning Committee Minutes 21 November 2019
Draft Planning Committee Minutes Nov 2020
Planning Committee Minutes 1st April

Events & Tourism Committee

Meetings of the Events & Tourism Committee for the 2021-2021 Civic Year will be held on:

Thursday 11th March 2021

All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm,via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

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

Events and Tourism Agenda 10 January 2019
Events & Tourism Committee Agenda 11 April 2019
Events & Tourism Agenda 6 June 2019
Events & Tourism Committee Agenda 11 July 2019
Events & Tourism Agenda 26 September 2019
Events and Tourism Agenda 10 December 2019
Events and Tourism Agenda 12 March 2020
Agenda Events & Tourism Committee 3rd December 2020
Events & Tourism Committee Agenda 11th March 2021

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.

Events & Tourism Minutes 10 Jan 2019
Events & Tourism Committee Minutes 6 June 2019
Events & Tourism Minutes 26 September 2019
DRAFT Events and Tourism Committee Minutes 10 Dec 2019
Draft Events & Tourism Committee Minutes March 2020
Draft Events & Tourism Minutes 3rd December 2020
Events and Tourism Minutes 11th March 2021

Market Committee

Meetings of the Market Committee for the 2020-2021 Civic Year will be held on:

Wednesday 17th February 2021
Wednesday 12th May 2021


All meetings will be held, starting at 6.30pm, via Zoom - unless otherwise stated.

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

Market Committee Agenda 6 Feb 2019
Market Committee Agenda 19 June 2019
Market Committee Agenda 6th November 2019
Market Committee Agenda 12 Feb 2020
Market Committee Agenda 11 Nov 2020
Agenda Market Committee 17th February 2021
Market Committee Agenda 12th May 2021

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.

Market Committee Minutes 6 February 2019
Market Committee Minutes 7 August 2019
Market Committee Minutes 6 Nov 2019
Market Committee Minutes 17th February 2020
Draft Market Committee Minutes 11th November 2020
Market Committee Minutes 17th February 2020

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.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND A COUNCIL MEETING REMOTELY PLEASE EMAIL admin@skiptontowncouncil.gov.uk for assistance.

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 details of how to join the meeting, as meetings are currently held via Zoom due to COVID 19 restrictions.

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.

Code of Conduct

Skipton Town Council has adopted a code of conduct for members. Please click below to view this policy:

Standing Orders - Code of Conduct