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Launch event

We're almost there. The plan will be at the printers soon and we'd like to invite YOU to a launch event on Tuesday 12th June at Thornborough Hall, Moor Road, Leyburn between 7pm and 8pm.

Get one of the first copies! Read resident, youth and business views. Check out the action plans.

We hope to see you there.

Leyburn Town Plan Update

We had a great response to our surveys and we are now starting to work through all the information and views you gave us. There is a lot of data to get through and we will be identifying the areas people felt most strongly about, which will help us to put together an initial list of what we can do about them.

Look out for notification of an event we will be holding at Thornborough Hall where you can help us choose what you think matters most to you. We will then be able to list your choices in order of importance and these will form the heart of the Plan, which we hope to publish in the summer.

Here is a taster of some answers we have received to the question, What Do You Like About Living In Leyburn?

“An attractive market town in a glorious location with good shops and friendly people. The small scale of the town allows you to get to know people but it is still large enough to support businesses”

“It’s a friendly place”

“There are plenty of shops and my friends live there”

Thank you, everyone, for taking time to participate in our Town Plan Survey. Do keep in touch through our Facebook page!

Leyburn Town Plan Steering Group


Dropping off your survey

There are several places round town where you can deliver your completed paper survey – Campbell's, Co-op, Hewson's, Kirkwood Hall, Leyburn Medical Practice and the Town Council Office or Library. There is a sign in the window of Thornborough Hall and a ribbon-bedecked box inside waiting for yours!


And the paper survey is here

Has your copy of the survey arrived yet? If not, it will be with you soon. Mine came today. If you complete the paper version, you can drop off the form into one of the post boxes at several drop-off points – boxes are at Campbell's, Co-op, Hewson's, Kirkwood Hall, Leyburn Medical Practice and the Town Council Office or Library.

Online survey available now!

The online survey is now live and linked to this post. Open it and select the link (sorry no longer available). Paper copies will also be delivered door to door over the next few days. If more than one person per houshold wants to complete the survey, because you have different views for example, make use of both paper and online versions. However you complete the survey, make your views known – we're waiting for them! 

Delivery time

The paper surveys have been printed and delivered to us. This photo shows just some of them! The printing looks great. It's only a few days until they are distributed, one for each household. You can also fill in the survey online, a link will be posted here at the right time.


Getting closer!

Today is August 29th and it's only 5 days until the Leyburn Town Plan Survey is out.

Keep calm – don't panic!

It will be exciting to see people's views so we hope you'll fill in your survey and tell us what you think.

Town Plan, heard of it?

The Leyburn Town Plan, heard of it? We’re getting better at spreading the message, we can be found on the Leyburn Town Council website, and we have our own Facebook page, but we can do even better, if you want to help!

So, why would you? I can only tell you why I got involved. If you think, yes, that sounds like me, then perhaps you might want to get involved too, or at least put the message out there to everyone you know.

You might have lived here all your life, young or old, or you might only have moved here recently. But in either case this is the place you want to put down roots. And if you want to do that, you want your town to be the best it can be. Often it’s not easy to find the time to make that happen, with our busy lives, full of family and work commitments.

But now the Town Plan gives all of us a chance to have our say. Some of you have already turned up to the Planning for Real event before Christmas. By the end of each session, flip charts were full of comments about your likes and dislikes, and your ideas for changes, and the street map of the town was covered with little flags showing where you would like to see improvements made. Over the next few weeks the Town Plan team will be putting together a survey which will be winging its way towards you in the spring so everyone can still have their say about the future of the town.

So, why did I get involved? Well, I’m a member of the Patient Participation Group at the medical practice, and we all agreed we wanted to have a say in the decisions that affect the future of the town. I turned up to the first meeting and stuck my hand up when volunteers were called for.

But it was more than that. This a place I have known all my life, where I have lived for nearly 30 years, where we have brought up our family, where we have made friends, the town around which our lives are based.

I travel quite a lot for my work. At the end of a week away, when my car comes to a stop at the traffic lights on Spennithorne railway bridge, and I can see Pen Hill looming ahead of me in the distance, I relax, I know that I am home again, back to the place where I want to be.

It is the place I want to be for all sorts of reasons. It is in a beautiful place. It is small and friendly. It is lively and bustling. And I want it to be all those things for the future, for my children’s and grand-children’s generation. And we can act to make sure that it carries on being all those things.

So, if all this strikes a chord, put out the message to your friends, get in touch through our Facebook page, send us an email … and make sure you fill in that survey when it comes to your door!

Nigel Watson