Great Ouseburn Parish Plan Report 2003



Dear Parishioner

Great Ouseburn Parish Council commenced work in September 2002 on the Parish Plan. The result of which is the culmination of a great deal of information about Great Ouseburn Parish and the production of this report. The report identifies the current nature and characteristics of the village and aspects of village life that could be developed to improve the facilities and overall nature and quality of the village. The Parish Council encourages you to read the report and would welcome comments and advise with regard to any aspects of it. Anyone wishing to participate in developing aspects of village life in line with the recommendations in the report please feel free to contact one of the Parish Plan Committee members listed at the back of the report.

Thank you for your time.

Jeff Gill

Chair Great Ouseburn Parish Council

Throughout the report people’s names will be given as contacts. Their relevant telephone numbers are listed at the back of the report.

What is a Parish Plan?

A Parish Plan is the mechanism whereby a rural community can have a greater say in its own affairs. It is a statement of the residents’ vision of the future for their village.

It covers all aspects of village life, including housing, services, community buildings, play areas, land use, businesses, transport, rights of way, sports facilities and crime.

The report provides the Parish with an opportunity to identify the priorities in the local area for attention from the relevant council bodies. That is not to say that local or county councils will act on everything that is drawn to their attention in the report. However, it will provide the Parish Council with evidence that the people of Great Ouseburn Parish recognise these priorities and support the actions identified as required to bring about improvement. This in turn will add weight to any claim for action, funding or support required from local and county councils to bring about changes in the Parish.

Throughout the report contact names are given. A table of contact details can be found at the back of the report.

About Great Ouseburn

The Villages of Great and Little Ouseburn take their name from the river Ouse that starts as Ouse Gill Beck in the garden of what was the old Great Ouseburn Poor Law Union Workhouse. At the original source of the Ouse (the spring now emerges approximately 35 metres away) stands a stone column bearing the inscription


Ouse Gill Beck flows south for 4 miles before joining the river Ure (a broad river of 60 miles length). Here, the tiny Ouse Gill Beck usurps the power of the Ure and gives its name to the river which flows through York to the Humber estuary and into the North Sea.

The village of Great Ouseburn lies in the Vale of York, half way between London and Edinburgh. It is 4 miles South East of Boroughbridge, 8 miles North East of Knaresborough, 15 miles from York, 13 from Harrogate and 12 from Wetherby.

It is a linear village that runs almost parallel to the Ouse Gill Beck. Approximately 1 mile long the combined Great Ouseburn and Branton Green village is characterised by its traditional look and varied buildings along its length.

Services available in the village include the Village Post Office Shop, the Church, Village Hall, Community Primary School and Crown Inn Public House.

Annual events include several Open Gardens days, Village Hall craft fair, School Christmas fair, French cafe and the nationally renowned Spring Festival. The people of the village work hard to raise money for the local village services and charities of all descriptions.




Originally part of the district of Knaresborough, which was a royal forest in William the Conqueror’s time, Great Ouseburn had "Forest Liberty Town" status. That is, it had the liberty to punish those people who misbehaved within its boundaries. In the Domesday survey the village is referred to as ‘Useburne’

The estate, now known as Kirby Hall, was a major influence on the village and was owned by William de Kirkeby in 1200. The estate owned most of the village and the economy of Ouseburn was principally centred on the estate’s agricultural business. In 1912 most of the smallholdings were sold to the tenants.

Further information can be found on the village website

and in "Victorian Ouseburn, George Whitehead’s Diaries" available in local libraries.

The Conservation Area

Great Ouseburn was designated a conservation area on 17 March 1994. The boundary roughly runs from the southern end of the village either side of Main Street up to the village Green. A conservation area is defined as

"an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance."

(Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990)

The conservation statement identifies Branton Avenue with its lime trees, the grass banks along the road, and the walling throughout the village as particular landscape features. The primary purpose of the conservation area is to protect the character of Great Ouseburn. Harrogate District Council have identified a number of objectives to ensure continued enhancement of the Village in line with its present character. The survey asked residents if they would support the Parish Council in attempts to bring about the enhancement proposals. All the proposals were supported (range 86%-50% in favour). Further details on Local Plan policies can be obtained by contacting the Local Plan Section of Harrogate District Council on 01423 556581.

Further information can be found at:

Economic Activity

Principally an agricultural village, Great Ouseburn has developed into a commuter’s village with some small local businesses.

Resident population aged 16 to 74 (percentage)



England and Wales







Economically active full-time students






Economically inactive students



Looking after home/family



Permanently sick or disabled



Other economically inactive



Source: 2001 Census, ONS

Local businesses in the Parish are listed at Appendix 1

Village Appraisal

Great Ouseburn Parish Plan Village Survey was carried out in March 2003. Surveys were distributed to all households in the Parish, along with children’s surveys. Fifty one per cent of household surveys were completed. This was an excellent response rate. The survey results were collated and made available in the Village Post Office Shop, Village Hall and on the Village Web site for all to read.


The Results


The resident population of Ouseburn, as measured in the 2001 Census, was 2,997. Men account for 47% of residents (female residents 53%).

Resident population (percentage)



England and


Under 16



16 to 19



20 to 29



30 to 59



60 to 74



75 and over



Average age



Source: 2001 Census, ONS


The majority of residents of the Parish live within the village of Great Ouseburn with 15% of respondents living in Branton Green and 6% living on outlying farms.


The amount of time that residents have lived in the village appears to suggest that, once here, people have a tendency to stay!

Only 17% of respondents identified that they were born in the Parish with the majority (75%) coming to live here for reasons other than work or retirement.


The majority of residents liked living in the village because it was in the country, provided peace and quiet, community spirit and low crime.

A number of reasons were cited for disliking living in the Parish and included, aircraft noise, parked cars, traffic, lack of facilities, transport, poor telephone lines, poor response time for emergency services and litter. A number of these things are beyond our remit to attend to. Others we can endeavour to address.

Action Point

Litter Awareness Week takes place around April.

If you wish to help keep Great Ouseburn tidy please contact Peter Naylor near the time and he will advise as to how you can help and provide you with the necessary equipment.



General Information Point

1. Peter Duncanson and Keith Scott are presently canvassing residents of the village to establish how many people would like access to Broadband.


2. The RAF post notification of night flying dates and hours regularly on local notice boards.

3. Recently the frequency of local buses has increased. Timetables are posted at the bus stops and available on line at search for Great Ouseburn.

4. The Parish Council have contacted the Ambulance Service to check details of road names in the village.


Housing and Development

This was an area of particular concern for residents. The information gathered will be useful in presenting opinion to Harrogate District Council in respect of planning applications and future development proposals for the village.

Only a small percentage (16%) of residents identified that they would require further housing provision over the next 10 years. With the majority identifying the need for small groups of starter homes for young/single people. Any new development necessary should be carried out using traditional building materials and in keeping with the overall size of the present housing in the village. A small percentage or respondents suggested that agricultural and light industry workshop development was necessary. It was encouraging to know that the majority of residents were aware that Great Ouseburn is designated a conservation area with most people believing that the principles were being upheld. Twenty one per cent who did not agree that the principles were being upheld offered numerous reasons why. These included; developments too large and not in keeping with present village character and inappropriate designs and materials being used.

The Parish Council hope to take up the opportunity to compile a Village Design Statement in the near future. Village Design Statements are the outcome of an initiative taken by the Countryside Commission in 1996. The purpose is to help guide change in ways that will enhance rather than detract from, the quality of life in the village and its environment. Although it particularly emphasises design it is also concerned with social and economic well-being.

In addition we have recently registered for the "Virtual Village Project". This is a project developed by Yorkshire Rural Community Council where a 3D computer reality based model of the Village is developed and used as a tool for community planning.


Action Point

1.      The opportunity to develop a village design statement needs to be taken to provide support for local opinion regarding planning applications and development proposals. Further information will be posted on Parish notice boards in the near future.

2.      Development of our “Virtual Village”.



General Information Point


  1. If you have a query regarding a specific planning application please contact the Clerk to the Parish Council (Jayne Winn) who will advise you of the date of the Parish Council meeting at which the relevant planning application is to be discussed.

2.      General information about conservation areas can be found on line at



Law and Order

Given that a number of people cited the low crime rate as a reason for liking living in the parish it was interesting that a number of people identified issues surrounding law and order. Most people rated the level of policing as "satisfactory" with 12 respondents identifying they had been the victim of anti-social behaviour. There was strong support for the Neighbourhood Watch scheme with 88% believing it was of benefit. The Police Research Group Report "Policing and Neighbourhood Watch" (Tilley and Laycock 1995), found that in some areas Neighbourhood Watch helped to reduce crime, notably burglary, as well as producing an enhanced sense of community.

Comments relating to Neighbourhood Watch have been passed on to the Coordinator.


Action Point

1.      Please continue to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.  Non-urgent messages can be left for the police on Harrogate 539336. For more urgent enquiries please ring 505541

  1. Continue to support Neighbourhood Watch and display window stickers.



General Information Point


1.      If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Watch or get involved please contact Peter Naylor.

2.      A Village News Letter is distributed every 2 months -  Peter Naylor compiles the letter and organises distribution.



Public Services and Utilities

The survey asked residents their opinion on service provision in respect of 10 services:

1.      Mains Sewerage

2.      Mains Electricity Supply

3.      Mains Water Supply

4.      Street Lighting

5.      Refuse Collection

6.      Road Sweeping

7.      Road Salting

8.      Road and Pavement Maintenance

9.      Verge Cutting

10. Telephone Service

This section of the survey elicited the most comments from residents and is obviously an important aspect of living in the Parish and one that residents are not wholly satisfied with.

Overall services were rated as "Satisfactory" with each service gaining between 40% and 67% in the "Satisfactory" rating.

Refuse Collection & Recycling

Refuse collection was rated "Excellent" by 33% of respondents and "Satisfactory" by another 58%. This particular service has improved recently with the introduction of waste paper collections in the village bi-weekly. Glass and can recycling facilities have been extended to Great Ouseburn in October 2003.



Glass bottles and jars – please rinse and remove lids


Newspaper and magazines including leaflets flyers and catalogues

Aluminium and steel tins, including pet food cans – please rinse and crush if possible

Empty aerosol cans – with plastic cap removed

Residents who have not had a blue paper collection bag or a black bottle/can collection box left for their use, can obtain them and if left in view outside your property they will be collected. The bag will be left at the same spot for you to collect and use again, please leave it somewhere where it can be secured and don’t forget to pick it up.

Garden rubbish will be collected if left in the appropriate green bags.

Mains Sewerage

Mains Sewerage received the highest percentage of poor responses, 24%. There are particular problems at the Northern end of the village. This is being looked into by the Parish Council who are in negotiation with Yorkshire Water and Harrogate District Council.

Road Salting, Road and Pavement Maintenance and Water Supply services were rated "Poor" and "Unsatisfactory".

Road Salting

Frequency of salting has been referred to the Parish Council for action, with the hope that this can be increased in the future. Requests to Harrogate District Council to situate salt bins at the entrances to Townend Court, Springfield Rise and Branton Lane have been rejected because the gradient of the slopes are not deemed to be steep enough. The Parish Council has ordered salt bins for these three locations as they felt the safety of people in the Village was at risk without them. They will be in place for Winter 2003.

Water Supply

Yorkshire Water has recently spent time working to improve the water services in the Village. The hardness and taste of the water were mentioned by a number of people.

Road & Pavement Maintenance

Road and Pavement Maintenance will continue to be monitored by the Parish Council and Harrogate District Council will be informed of any problems and their response monitored. The side roads around the Parish have recently been resurfaced and this has improved their general appearance and quality. North Yorkshire County Council Highways Department will be placing ramps at certain points along the village pavements to aid access for wheel chairs etc. Work to road drainage at Campbell & Penty, Lightmire Lane and Piper’s Lane has been completed.

Telephone Services

Comments by residents about telephone services in the village have been passed on to British Telecom. A number of residents commented on the poor quality of the telephone lines. Work is ongoing to replace cables servicing Branton Green. The Parish Council are looking into the possibility of changing the telephone box to a traditional red box in keeping with the overall character of the village. Local residents are presently campaigning for the provision of Broadband in the village.

Action Point
  1. Continue to use the recycling facilities.
  2. Please inform the Parish Council via the Clerk of any problems on the roads or pavements.
  3. Use the salt supplied in the bins.



General Information Point

1. Harrogate District Council will supply the salt for the salt bins. Local residents are asked to apply it when necessary.

2. For information about roadside recycling facilities telephone the Helpline No. 01609 785450.

3. Glass recycling facilities are available at the Green Tree Public House in Little Ouseburn, The Anchor at Whixley, The Bay Horse at Green Hammerton and at Morrisons Supermarket and The Leisure Centre (High School) in Boroughbridge.

4. Green garden refuse bags can be purchased from Harrogate District Council, Claro Road Depot or Ring 556644 for other locations.  Bags cost £6 for 10 - £3.15 over 60’s & Registered Disabled.  Keith Scott also provides supplies locally.


The majority of respondents did not see the need to bring mains gas to the Parish, with only 16% willing to pay towards the cost of establishing the supply. These results do not support the pursuance of this service for the Parish.

The services that residents did wish to see provided in the Parish were a GP Surgery, Broadband Internet Access and Improved Mobile Phone Reception. The Church Lane Surgery at Boroughbridge runs a surgery based in the Village Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Patients should arrive between 1200 and 1230. The Springbank Surgery at Green Hammerton provides a local surgery at the Village Hall on Thursday between 1100 and 1130. Comments from the survey have been forwarded to the Principal General Practitioner. The Village Hall Committee is looking into improving the facilities available.

Mobile telephone reception is something that we have very little possibility of influencing. It appears that O2 provide the best cell phone cover in and around the Parish.


The Environment

The survey asked residents which improvements in the environment they would support. Skips for garden waste received the biggest response at 56%. It is recognised that the beautiful gardens in the Parish are one of its most attractive features. The time and effort spent establishing gardens and maintaining them is rewarded regularly at open garden days throughout the year. The provision of a skip would raise the question of where to situate it and how to maintain the surrounding area, as this is often a problem with skip provision. Despite such a large response to this, it is generally felt by the Parish Council that provision of a permanent garden skip would not be appropriate. The Parish Council are happy to provide a skip once a year and are looking for an appropriate site to locate it. Residents are reminded that they can purchase green refuse sacks from Harrogate District Council and that there are nearby rubbish tips at Tholthorpe and Thorp Arch.

Local recycling facilities were requested by 52% of respondents. As mentioned previously local recycling has started with the collection of waste paper, glass and cans from the roadside. Please see the previous Action Point and General Information Point for Public Services and Utilities.

The repair and preservation of grass verges received a 50% response. The level of opinion in respect of this has been passed on to the Parish Council for further action. Comment was made that farm vehicles and other large vehicles are destroying grass verges. The Parish Council have recently applied to North Yorkshire County Council to have kerbs put in place.

A number of residents requested the planting of spring bulbs and trees in the Parish. Other improvements in the environment of the Parish included more litterbins and dog waste bins. The Parish Council are aware of the need for bins in certain locations.


Action Point
  1. Users of large vehicles to take care when navigating alongside grass verges within the Parish please.



General Information Point

1.      Open Garden events are advertised locally, the main Spring Festival event, supporting the Village Hall, Church and School, takes place around April.

2.      Opening times of local refuse tips:

Tholthorpe:                 Nov-Feb         0830-1600

                                    March             0830-1700

                                    April-Sept       0830-1900

                                    October          0830-1700

                        Except Christmas Day Boxing Day & New Years Day

Thorpe Arch: Summer         0900-1700

                                    Winter             0900-1600



 Rights of Way

There are a number of footpaths within the Parish and these are marked on local maps. However, there are very few circular walks and there is no local access to the River Ure. There was quite a large response to the suggestion that information should be provided about local walks and the Children’s Survey indicated that a footpath along the river would be well used. A Rights of Way Subcommittee has been set up to deal with this particular need. Keith Scott is chairman of the group. Forty six per cent of respondents suggested that new footpaths should be created. The Rights of Way Subcommittee are investigating the possibility of establishing new rights of way as well as checking access along current rights of way. They will be meeting with neighbouring parishes to discuss accessibility of rights of way that extend beyond Great Ouseburn Parish. It is hoped that some leaflets and maps giving details of footpaths in and around the Parish will be produced and be available for residents and visitors at local outlets. If you have any information about local footpaths please contact Keith Scott.

A small percentage of respondents (36%) agreed that there were parts of Parish owned land that could be improved. These were the Free Landing at Aldwark Bridge and the land at Burn Bridge (Corner of B6265). Extensive work has been done to establish ownership and rights of access at the Free Landing. Work is being done, with the help of Ripon Explorer Scouts, to clear the area and discussions have taken place with the Fishing Club that access the river there and Aldwark Manor Hotel who own the golf course. It is hoped that a recreational area can be established here to provide a place for residents of the Parish to spend time near the river and exercise their right of common to fish.

Great Ouseburn Free Landing and Toll Bridge 2003

Some of the land at Burn Beck corner has been offered to North Yorkshire County Council to improve the junction by lessening the acute angle. This should be completed soon.

Recreation and Leisure

Clubs and Activities

The survey identified that a lot of the residents knew about the clubs and activities that take place in the Parish. For such a small Parish there are a variety of activities available.

Thirty-three respondents suggested other activities they would like to see provided in the Parish. The desire for tennis courts was strongly supported by the Children in their survey. The children were very vocal in their want for more sports facilities generally. The establishment of Great Ouseburn Football club is welcomed and Great Ouseburn Cricket Club is doing well with seven teams competing in local leagues.

Some respondents suggested the establishment of other clubs and activities including a drama group. The Ouseburn Follies staged productions regularly in the Village Hall until the early 1990’s. Forty-four percent of respondents said they would attend evening classes if they were run locally, with 10 people suggesting language courses and 6 computer courses. The Parish Council will be happy to offer advice and support where appropriate, to anyone interested in setting up a club or activity in the Parish.

The children’s survey identified a need for a meeting place in the village and as a result the Parish Council is enquiring about a teenage café. Money may be available to set this up from various sources.

Great Ouseburn Village Hall

The Parish Council is trustee of the Village Hall, with the everyday running of the facility being governed by the Village Hall Committee.

Sixty-five respondents said they used the village hall and 93% knew that it was available for hire. Originally the Village Hall was a wooden structure and had previously been a YMCA hut in York. Cynthia Lonsdale in her book "Ouseburn Gems" tells how the Parish Councillors brought it to the village in sections and erected it on the playing field without the consent of the authorities! The present hall took 10 years of fundraising before being built in 1986 with the old one being sold on to use for breeding rabbits!

Old Village Hall 1985

The Village Hall offers two main facilities, the main hall and the committee room. Both are for hire and are very well used throughout the week for regular activities and at weekends for parties and private functions. The main hall can accommodate 200 people seated, with the committee room providing for 50 people. The kitchen has a cooker and cutlery and crockery for 100 settings. Information and conditions of hire are available from Mr Doug Child.

A number of suggestions were made with regard to how the Village Hall facility could be improved. Suggestions have been passed on to the Village Hall Committee. The hall now has toilet facilities and access for the disabled and work is ongoing to improve car parking.

The survey asked parishioners which facilities in the Parish were important to village life.

Generally comments about the above facilities were made in relation to their importance and how provision should be made to ensure that the facilities remain. The Village Shop and Post Office was deemed to be very important by over 80% of respondents.

The closing of village shops and post offices around the country has been evident recently and a number of people, including the Parish Council, were concerned that we should not loose this facility in the future.

The Village Church

The Village Church of St Mary the Virgin dates back to the 12th century and is in the Diocese of Ripon. Great Ouseburn is part of a group of parishes with Little Ouseburn, Marton-cum-Grafton, Whixley and Green Hammerton.

Details of services can be found at

A Parish News is published monthly and can be order by contacting Jenny Prosser

The Village School

Great Ouseburn Community Primary School was established in 1854 with the laying of the foundation stone by Sir Harry Mesey-Thompson of Kirby Hall and dedicated by the then Bishop of Ripon. More information about the school can be found at

The Mobile Library is a welcome facility for those parishioners who are unable to travel to Boroughbridge.

Sports Facilities

Both surveys elicited a number of responses in respect of the provision of sports facilities. The Children’s Survey particularly requested more variety in the provision of facilities. At present the Cricket Club and Football Club provide opportunity for children to do sporting activities. It is hoped that further provision can be established as a result of the surveys and application to various sources of funding.

Action Point
  1. Continue to use and support local facilities.

2.      Support and help with local fundraising activities raising money for the School, Village Hall and Church.

3.      Do not take dogs onto the playing fields or into the children’s play-park.



General Information Point

1.      Village Shop and Post Office Opening Hours:

            Monday – Wednesday                     0715 -1200                1300 - 1730

& Friday        

            Thursday & Saturday                        0715 – 1230  Closed

The Post is collected at 1800 from the Post Office and

Branton Green.

2.      Church Services take place in the parish churches every week. Services for the week ahead can be found on the Church notice board and in the Parish News.

3.      The Library visits twice a month on Thursday.  Dates and timings are advertised in the Parish News or contact Harrogate Library on 720300

      Crown Inn                         1340-1415

      Ouseburn School            1420-1445

4.      The playing fields can be booked for activities through the

Parish Council.

5.      The Crown Inn is open every evening and all day Saturday and

Sunday for meals and liquid refreshments.

6.      For information and booking of the Village Hall contact Doug Child.



Local Government

Great Ouseburn Parish Council consists of seven councillors and is supported by a Parish Clerk. Councillors live in the Parish and take responsibility for different aspects of council business. Meetings are held monthly, usually in the Village Hall Committee Room and minutes of meetings giving details of decisions made and agenda are posted on the Parish Council notice boards in Great Ouseburn (opposite the Village Post Office) and Branton Green. They are also available on the Village Web Site Parishioners are welcome to attend council meetings and ask questions and make comments. If unable to attend meetings Parishioners are advised to speak to one of the councillors personally or write to the Parish Council via the Parish Council Clerk to make their views known. The Councillors present discuss all correspondence at meetings.

There was a varied response to the question asking about consideration of views on planning and new developments. Twenty-four percent of respondents agreed that the Parish Council considered and understood their views. Others (6%) were unaware of how to make their views known and 23% stated that views were only "sometimes" considered and understood.

Every planning application is advertised in the local press and in the vicinity of the affected property (Green notices). All planning applications (including drawings) are sent from Harrogate District Council Planning Department to the Parish Council for comment. Planning applications are discussed at the monthly Parish Council Meetings. Anyone who has a view on a planning application can make these known directly to Harrogate District Council Planning Department and can attend planning meetings held in Harrogate. The Parish Council, after discussing a planning application will make known to the Borough Council any objections on planning grounds that they have to the application and why they hold those objections. Harrogate District Council is not at liberty to act on objections put forward by the Parish Council, only take them into consideration when making a decision.

In an attempt to apply the views of Parishioners and influence planning decisions more accurately the opportunity to develop a Village Design Statement will be taken up in the near future.

As part of the Parish Plan a Village map has been painted and a copy will be displayed on the notice board opposite the Village Shop and also in the Village Hall. Survey respondents were not happy to have a map produced showing house names. The Post Office is thanked for directing people to houses that have no identification. Residents are respectfully asked to identify their property to assist deliveries etc.

Action Point

1.      Consideration to be given to the identification of property by name or number as appropriate.


Traffic and Transport

Great Ouseburn Village is a linear village that is used readily as a route from York and surrounding area through to Ripon and the A1 North because of the river crossing at Aldwark Toll Bridge. As such the Main Street is busy with all types of traffic including heavy goods vehicles. The location of the village entails the use of transport, other than walking, to access many amenities in neighbouring towns. This is reflected in the survey results that show only 11% of respondents do not have a car in their household with 20% having more than 2. Most people in the Parish use their own car for transport or the local train or they walk. Traffic and transport are therefore an essential part of the village and they both raised a number of concerns with a lot of survey respondents.

Cycling was one area that people thought improvements could be made to provide safer routes for people to use particularly to the local station at Cattal and to Boroughbridge. This will be raised with Boroughbridge and District Community Investment Partnership.

The majority of respondents (65%) said they never travelled by bus and only 6% used the train more than once a week, the majority citing the inconvenient times and destinations of public transport as the reason. In May 2003 new bus timetables were published identifying an increase in services to and from York and Boroughbridge. The local train service to York and Harrogate/Leeds runs regularly every day from Cattal Station. Access to this service is difficult for people without their own transport as there is no regular connection on local transport from the surrounding villages. The local community bus group are looking into the possibility of establishing a connection service to Cattal Station.

The Village survey identified Burn Beck junction as one of the danger spots in the Parish. North Yorkshire County Council will be doing work to lessen the acute angle of the junction, however, this will not rectify the speed at which traffic approaches the bend in the road that leads up to the junction with the B6265 Boroughbridge Road. Seventy two per cent of respondents agreed that Great Ouseburn Parish has a problem with speeding traffic. Most people identified the main street including Branton Green, Boat Lane and Boroughbridge Road as the worst stretches of road. A number of speed control measures have been employed in surrounding villages throughout the county. Respondents to the survey mainly supported the improvement of warnings and signs and the introduction of reduced speed limits with police presence regularly to catch speeding offenders. A lot of people obviously disliked road-narrowing schemes.

The position of the School, Church and Public House on the Main Street and the parking that they inevitably attract, add to the danger on the Main Street. The School particularly was identified as an area where residents thought parking restrictions would aid road safety. The Governors of the School have for some time been aware of the parking problem at the School and do regularly advise parents about safe parking. School warning signs are situated either side of the school and are switched on before commencement of the school day and at the end of the day. North Yorkshire County Council will be extending the footpath from the school to meet the footpath from Little Ouseburn. It is hoped that this will provide a safe route for children from Little Ouseburn to walk to the School and a safe dropping off point for those who come by car, allowing the children to access the school gate without having to cross the road.

A Traffic and Road Safety Subcommittee has been set up to identify the problems with speeding traffic and to look into possible measures to reduce speed and make the Main Street safer. The committee will be working closely with the Governors of the School and the police.


Action Point

1. Comply with the current speed limits in the Parish.

2. When parking on the road ensure that there are passing places between parked cars.

3. Drive carefully past the School during school hours.

4. Make visitors to the village aware of the speed limits and parking problems.



General Information Point

1.   Bus timetables are posted at the bus stops throughout the village.

2.      Bus times are also available from Traveline 08706 082608 and

3.      Train times are posted at Cattal Station and can also be found at

4.      Parking at Cattal Station is free.



 Action Plan

The results of the Parish survey were presented to parishioners in April 2003 and a list of areas for action was agreed. Three priorities were identified for immediate action:



Contact Name

Contact Number

Traffic and Road Safety

Ruth Girdham


Rights of Way

Keith Scott


Sports Facilities

Jeff Gill


Sub committees have been set up to plan and take action in respect of these 3 areas. Meetings are held regularly and progress will be reported to the Parish Council and recorded in the Parish Council Minutes and when appropriate in the Village News. As work progresses on the 3 priorities other working groups will be set up to deal with other areas identified for action. A number of interested residents have volunteered to participate in the work of the subcommittees. If you would like to get involved in any of the 3 groups identified above, please make yourself known to the contact name. Anyone who is interested in helping to maintain and improve aspects of Parish life can get involved. There is no need for special talents, knowledge or skills, all that is necessary is the motivation to be part of the development of the Parish for the benefit of all living in the area and visitors.

Other areas that were identified through the survey for action in the future were:

            Recycling facilities

            Bus Shelter

            The Free Landing

            Village Website

Public Transport

Village Design Statement

Some of these are already being addressed. The Village website is up and running and you can email the webmaster at to comment or suggest additions.


What Happens Next?

The Parish Council will continue to support the work of the Parish Plan Committee and its Subcommittees. Opportunities to access funding from relevant sources will be taken by or on behalf of the Parish Council through the Subcommittees. Meetings will continue until issues are addressed to the satisfaction of the members of the committees and Parishioners. Parish Plan Committee and Subcommittee meetings will be advertised on the Parish Notice Boards. Developments and ideas will be communicated to Parishioners as they arise through minutes of the Parish Council, Village News, Village website and Parish Plan Updates.


Appendix 1

Local Businesses in the Parish of Great Ouseburn with Branton Green.



Aldwark Toll Bridge

Aldwark Bridge Limited

Bed and Breakfast

Brenda and John Walters


Nigel Saville – Nidd Smithy


Allan Meek & Sons

Computer & IT Consultant

Peter Duncanson


Richard Robinson


John Coates


Tim Cross


Simon Gill


Anthony Gillam


Michael Knowles


Brian Robinson


Simon Gill – Moor Lane Autos

Garden Design

William White


Mark Wright


Wm Burrell & son


Tony Ellis


Mike Rampling

Landscape Gardener

John Elgie


Terry Jones


Pat Lord

Livery Stable

Maurice Scaife

Monumental Mason

Charles Smith

Post Office & Village Shop

Ted & Kate McKeowen

Public House

Ian & Barbara Gill – The Crown Inn

Seed Warehouse

Campbell & Penty


John Rawlings

Training Consultancy

Jen Flintoff





Useful Contacts






Tony Burrell

Parish Councillor



Doug Child

Chair of Village Hall Committee



Peter Duncanson

Broadband registration


Jeff Gill

Chair of Parish Council



Ruth Girdham

Parish Councillor

Parish Plan







Harrogate District Council

Local Plan Policy Section



Dorothy Armstrong

Parish Councillor (2003)



Peter Naylor

Neighbourhood Watch

Village News

Litter Awareness



Jenny Prosser

Parish Magazine



Judy Rich

Parish Council Police/Community Safety Link



Brian Robinson

Parish Councillor







Keith Scott

Parish Councillor

Rights of Way

Broadband Registration

School Governor

Garden Refuse Sacks



Web Master

Jayne Winn

Clerk to Parish Council


All numbers are prefixed with Harrogate STD Code 01423 unless otherwise stated.




This Parish Plan has been created and published  with a grant from


The Working Group are also very grateful to the many parishioners who have all contributed their time, opinions and ideas to this plan.


The Working Group are: -

Robin Adams, Dorothy & Tom Armstrong, Tony Burrell, David Burton, Nick Butler, Doug Child, David Dwight, Jeff Gill, Ruth Girdham, David Holden, Carol Livesley Dave & Trish Meakin, Judith Rich, Keith Scott, Chris Spooner, Hannah Tankard, Paul & Bridget Thompson, Amanda Trevithick, Alyson White, Richard White, Margaret Williams.



Cover Photographs and map paintings courtesy of Caroline E. Bailey.