Heritage Open Days 2018

The Civic Society will be at the Manor House on SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER. Come and see our proposals for a local archive and some of the items that have already been donated. 

Ilkley at War 1914-1918

Many museums and organisations have run exhibitions on the 1st World War during the last four years. The Civic Society’s exhibition, on at the Manor House until mid-October, concentrates on what was happening in Ilkley during that period. Opening hours are 10  - 4 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Programme 2018-19

Details of our evening meetings for the coming winter have been published. In 2019 there will be renovation work at Church House and our meetings will move to the housebody at the Manor House (fully accessible).

Friends of Ilkley Cemetery

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th September meeting at 2pm at the Beanlands Gates. Come and get tough with some bramble briars of Biblical proportions!

Ilkley Civic Society Hon Treasurer

Denise Shillitoe is resigning the post of Hon Treasurer after many years of excellent service and we are seeking someone to take on this role. Could YOU be that person? Contact Helen Kidman for details on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Parking charges at the Lido

We are dismayed that charges for car parking at the Lido are to be introduced in advance of the review of car parking in Ilkley. Bradford Council considered that the Lido was sufficiently far from the town centre to be treated separately, but if, as anticipated, car parking as a result spreads into nearby streets, it will affect parking right into town. Drivers using New Brook Street, Middleton Avenue and Denton Road will be familiar with the existing congestion, which is only likely to worsen. We will keep an eye on things.

Parking restrictions - McCarthy and Stone development environs

We have watched with interest as the new yellow lines stretch out along Railway Road and Mayfield Road. They have been painted in Conservation Area shade primrose yellow. We hope they will be of assistance to everyone driving in the area where previously, sight lines have been blocked by parked cars. It should be easier for buses, too.

Local Plan

Progress may best be described as ‘slow’. A revised Statement of Community Involvement has been issued for consultation. Housing numbers and green belt are being reviewed. The consideration of the Strategic Housing Land Allocation Assessment (the SHLAA) is not due before 2020, by which time it will be time to review the Core Strategy. Will this ever end? On the Neighbourhood Plan, a further habitat review is underway before the document can be finalised and issued for public consultation, prior to examination and a referendum. Still a long way to go…


The Sidings, Ben Rhydding

The proposal to be build eight houses in two terraces of four,  just to the south of Ben Rhydding Railway station was refused a by the Area panel on 29th August.  This was due to over development, poor access and road safety issues. Part of the site would have been access via the railway station car park and the other part via St John’s Road – both busy and congested areas. We acknowledge the land is a brown field site and is a prime location for housing as it is close to public transport and schools. 

Sun Lane, Burley in Wharfedale

The application for up to 500 houses  at Sun Lane, Burley in Wharfedale, approved by Bradford

Council, has been ‘called in’ by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government James Brokenshire. We welcome this review. We challenged the application on the grounds that it was on green belt, which protects Ilkley as well as Burley. There were a number of other aspects of the plan which were unsatisfactory – infrastructure, access, flooding and possible site contamination. The housing proposed would not help the council’s target groups – people who cannot afford to buy their own homes or commute long distances. Representations need to be made to the Planning Inspectorate by 10th September 2018. if you would like sight of the ICS response please e mail Helen Kidman.

Civic Voice Conference, Birmingham 19th and 20th October 2018

An action-packed two days of activities is planned on all matters civic. Come and join the Ilkley contingent and meet planning, design and heritage experts and members from civic societies from across England with amazing ideas, innovative proposals, and really interesting problems. Details are on the Civic Voice website at Lots of opportunities for participation and site visits in Birmingham.

Yorkshire and Humber Association of Civic Societies

The next meeting is on 6th October at Wakefield commencing at 1pm. The meeting’s will have sessions on local projects and commissioning public art.  All ICS members are very welcome to attend. Please let Helen Kidman know if you would like full details of the meeting when they are issued.

South Pennines

Should the South Pennines become Regional Park? There are proposals for this and we hope to secure a speaker for our February meeting on this topic. The map showing the proposed boundaries would see the South Pennines Regional Park filling the space between the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks and the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It would include Ilkley. Whether this would inhibit green belt housing development is one of our big questions. The existing Habitat Regulations Assessment does not seem to have many teeth when it comes to moorland edge developments in Ilkley and in any case, that legislation might be repealed when we leave the European Union. More details on this debate when the meeting is finalised.

Pollution, River Wharfe   

The reports of raw sewage discharging into the Wharfe are of great concern and have been highlighted in the press, on Look North and at Ilkley Town Council. ICS supports the Wharfedale Naturalists’ efforts to ensure that people are aware of the pollution and to keep their children and dogs out of the River, particularly downstream of the sewage works.  The reduction of bird life, apart from mallards has been noted. There are fewer dippers and grey wagtails, and very few kingfishers in the Ilkley reaches this year.