Thorner Parish Council has held Quality Parish Council status for a number of years, the quality award scheme has now changed from January 2015.
It has been agreed by the National Improvement and Development Board for the sector (composed of the National Association of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks and others) that Thorner Parish Council be offered Foundation Level status.
The main aim of the Parish Council is to make Thorner a better place to live. There are nine councillors who all live in the village and give up their time on a voluntary basis. Each year the Parish Council receives a sum of money from Leeds City Council called the Precept, which is funded through Council Tax. This money is used to administer the council, and to fund a range of activities including grass cutting, gardening, maintaining areas such as the playground, providing a snow clearing service, looking after benches, and supporting village groups and activities. The Parish Council reviews planning applications and makes recommendations to Leeds City Council. It receives monthly crime reports and works with the police to ensure that Thorner remains a safe place to live. The Parish Council also works to ensure that the interests of Thorner are represented in regard to issues that could affect the village and its residents. It advocates on behalf of the village in relation to issues such as major planning applications, traffic and parking issues, and protecting green spaces. The Clerk is the only employee and her main responsibilities are to ensure that decisions are lawful, and to implement the decisions made by councillors, as well as undertaking whatever work is needed to administer Parish Council business. The Parish Council also advocates on behalf of Thorner in relation to issues such as major planning applications which could affect the village, traffic and parking issues, and trying to protect green spaces in the village. The powers available to the Parish Council are outlined in The Good Councillor’s Guide.
If there is any issue you would like to raise with the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk who will put it on the agenda for the next meeting. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7.00pm at Thorner Methodist Church. All are welcome to attend.
Thorner is an ancient village dating back to a Saxon settlement and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. Though only eight miles from Leeds is it set within an area of glorious and relatively unspoilt arable farmland countryside and retains a unique village identity. A regular bus service links Thorner with Leeds, Wetherby and Harrogate. With a population of just over 1,500 Thorner is a thriving and active village with several amenities including a school and pre-school, cricket and football pitches, bowling green, shop, Post Office, playground, GP surgery, hairdresser, two pubs, and restaurant. There is both an Anglican church and a Methodist church. There is always something going on in Thorner, more often than not at one of the two village halls, Victory Hall and the Parish Centre, with groups and activities to cater for all.
Click here for a map showing the parish boundary.