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Newsletter

ICS MEMBERS’ UPDATE 14 DECEMBER 2020

Subscriptions

During the Covid pandemic, we have not pursued outstanding membership subscriptions. The society’s finances are in a good state and our outgoings have been reduced through not being able to hold meetings at Church House.

All those members whose membership has formally lapsed because they have not paid for

20/21 are cordially invited to take out membership from 01.01.2021, which will give you three months’ free membership to 31.3.21, plus 2021/22 membership.

Any new members are also able to take advantage of this offer.

We would prefer to avoid handling cash and cheques at this time and therefore request that if possible, payments are made either by bank transfer or standing order. The bank details you need to do this are on the membership form which is mailed out with this newsletter.

Virtual Meeting 26th November

Our first virtual meeting took place on 26th November, when we updated everyone on civic society activities during the pandemic.

These activities include: Planning, local history, cemetery activities, comments on government initiatives, attending town council and YHACS meetings, comments to Bradford Council on such issues as trees, car-parking, emergency provisions such as the one- way system, the Neighbourhood Plan, comments on flooding and flood prevention.

The Planning White Paper

Anyone who wants to know what we said about the Planning White Paper is welcome to a copy of our comments. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are happy to talk through our thinking on this complex set of proposals.

We are currently considering, along with many other civic societies, whether ICS should become a statutory consultee on planning issues, attempting to establish what the benefits might be and what would be our responsibilities.

Station Plaza

With cafes moving outside and queues for shops and offices, this area of town is increasingly crowded. The plan to create flowerbeds and cycle storage has not moved forward and revised plans are still awaited.

Pocket Park

A tiny cycle parking area and ‘pocket park’ near the toilet block in the car park has gone ahead. It did not go through the planning system. We recommended that it was not proceeded with. The amount of tarmac may be a drainage problem.

Greenway

The Greenway is a new route which will allow walkers and cyclists to travel through our area largely off road. A feasibility study for the Greenway from Burley to Ben Rhydding has been given the go ahead. The next section, from Wheatley Lane through Ilkley and then beyond to Addingham and Bolton Abbey presents challenges as the route has to be accommodated though the built-up area with on-street parking, bus routes and existing levels of congestion to be taken into account.

Flooding

  • How to report incidents:

  • If we want to report flood issues we need to send details of them to:-

 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

with the following information:

  • Date

  • Time

  • Exact Location with GPS or a grid reference if possible. You can use ‘What Three Words’ if you have the App.

  • Photos if possible should include recognisable street features so that the depth of flooding can be judged at an exact location. Especially with gulley pots.

Local Listing

We are responding to the Historic England consultation on local listing of buildings. This is to obtain some protection for buildings not listed already by Historic England. We have several suggestions. Please let us know if there are any unlisted buildings in Ilkley you would like to see placed on this list.

Local History Hub

The Local History Hub cannot meet face to face at the moment, so is going to get together on Zoom in January. The proposed subject of discussions will be Brook Street, Past and Present, but will not prevent people from raising other local history queries. For the Zoom details please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blue Plaques

The blue plaque at Rombalds is now on display and a long article appeared in the Ilkley Gazette to mark the ‘virtual unveiling’.

With several prospective blue plaques coming up, we would like to reinstate the Blue Plaques sub-committee to organise research, fund raising, publicity and unveiling arrangements. Please contact Alex Cockshott if you would like to help with this activity.

Friends of Ilkley Cemetery

Come rain, come shine, an enthusiastic group of socially-distanced ICS members has continued through the Autumn at the cemetery. A particular effort to clear overgrown graves along the path from the chapels towards the Beanlands Gate. Litter picking has continued. We are grateful to Bradford Council for supplying us with a new set of litter pickers, gloves and bags which we will put to good use.

Street Trees

Do you know of any street trees in Ilkley which have been removed but not replaced – particularly outside the town centre? Please let us know on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rail Issues

You can now buy a carnet-type ticket for use on Wharfedale line trains.

  • Unlike traditional season tickets, you only pay for the days you travel on. Perfect for anybody now working from home for a couple of days a week. Plus, you get a 10% saving versus individual Standard Anytime Day Returns.

  • Flexi tickets are topped-up online and loaded on to a Smart card, meaning you can skip the usual queue to get them at the station.

Date of Next Zoom members’ meeting

We aim to hold the 2019-20 AGM by Zoom in January 2021.We wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year. Let’s hope that 2021 is a better year all round.

ILKLEY CIVIC SOCIETY CONTACTS

For further information please contact us as below:

Local history, History Hub, Heritage Walks and Talks enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Cemetery enquiries: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Planning: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.