Update on the Pool Shell petrol station plans

Below is the comment that Cllr Barry Anderson gave to the Wharfedale Observer about the proposed development at the Shell petrol station.

“The application was deferred by the Plans Panel to a future date . The main reason that this was done was because Shell had not consulted with Ward Councillors or Pool Parish Council or organised any joint meetings with the above parties to meet with them and Council officers. Hopefully Richard Parker and I had an influence on the thinking. It was me who raised the issue about the lack of consultation but Richard and I then emphasised our concerns over highways issues. For my part I pointed out that my concerns were around the entrances/exits and the fact that there were 5 and it would be very chaotic for cars to move around the site and they would be exiting and entering from different angles all over the site.

Also concerns were raised about the height of the canopy and whether there is a need for illuminated signage.

I also raised concerns as to how HGVs would move around the site and cars queuing on to Main Street and also the two nearby Give Way entrance/exits from Main Street around Pool Bridge. I also raised concerns there was no decent pedestrian facilities for accessing the site safely or for pedestrians to move around the site. Yes, there was one indicated but more are needed.

I asked the Plans Panel to consider deferring the planning application for further negotiation as I felt that a solution could be found.

On cross examination by the Plans Panel it became very apparent that the applicants felt they only needed to speak to officers, not elected members and therefore it was unanimously agreed the application be deferred subject to consultation with the parties mentioned above.

Richard Parker and I met with the representatives of the applicant immediately after along with the Planner. We had a brief discussion and the gentleman acting on behalf of the applicant agreed to go back to Shell and he agreed to contact me with a way forward. Richard and I would hope that they will agree to meet us all on site and then meet again in the centre of Leeds with other Council officers to try and agree a way forward. No timescales were set for any of these actions.”


Kirkgate market Christmas

At Kirkgate Market there is currently a Santa in his grotto, each Saturday and Sunday up to Christmas Eve! Tickets can be purchased from the Markets information Centre at any time and are a very reasonable £2.50 which includes a gift.

Also, starting on Monday 12th December and running every day until Christmas Eve is the markets first ever indoor Yorkshire Christmas Market, featuring local producers with scrumptious food and crafts to make fabulous and unique Christmas gifts – or just to treat yourself, perhaps.



Dogs Trust School




Dogs trust have classes coming up again at Pool-In-Wharfedale Village Hall, beginning on Thursday 19th January for a 6 week course. These classes are fantastic and focus on helping dogs to become happy and safe members of their community.

There are two adult classes (5.00pm and 6.00pm) and one puppy class (7.15pm). Some spaces remain so see the posters attached for more details.



St. Wilfrid’s Christmas Services

Sun 18th Dec.     4pm

Carols by Candle light followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Sat   24th Dec      4pm

Annual crib service. Last year we were very short of shepherds. All these plus angels, kings, sheep and donkeys will be very welcome or if you just want to  enjoy the atmosphere without dressing up you will be equally welcome. Just come and get Christmas off to a good start.


First mass of Christmas

Sun. 25th Dec.   9.30am

Family Communion

Sun   1st   Jan   10am

Parish Eucharist.