The Town Council is the sole Democratic body made up entirely of residents of Sherburn in Elmet.
There are up to 12 Councillors from all parts of the village who meet on the third Monday of each month at the Eversley Park Centre to discuss Council business. The Town Council as a whole serves a four year term.
On a day to day basis the Town Council is responsible for:
- Maintaining and managing Council owned property in the town. This is either directly (e.g. Eversley Park); through management committees (for example the Fairway Sports Area); or by leases to Groups and Committees who operate Council owned facilities under their own constitutions. These include the Eversley Park Centre, Finkle Hill Recreation Ground, the Sherburn Bears Rugby League Football Club, the Wheatsheaf Angling Club at the Bacon Factory Pond and the Allotments Association.
- Managing the Town Council finances, the current budget being just over £180,000 per annum.
- Liaising with other Authorities and their Councillors, including the County and District Council, to report issues and lobby for the maintenance and improvement of services provided by these Authorities in Sherburn. This includes, in relation to the County Council, highway maintenance, social services and education and in relation to the District Council, planning, housing and refuse collection.
The Town Council is also committed to improving village facilities on Parish land and encouraging other groups and individuals to improve facilities they manage. Over the past few years we have worked to enhance our open spaces, with the all weather pitch at the Fairway, three play areas, and the adventure play area and skate park at Eversley Park. We give financial support to local clubs and organisations.
In response, we currently have a group of Councillors and residents working up a package for cosmetic improvements to the town centre, including the Council land by the library, and we are working with the High School investigating ways that school facilities, including the pool, can be opened up to the wider community. We will continue to monitor the housing situation and seek to ensure that any developers of housing built in Sherburn provide adequate financial contributions to improve services and facilities, including sports, leisure and youth facilities. We will lobby for adequate infrastructure, including improvements to the services and facilities at our railway stations.
Please support us with your views and ideas. We are all on the Town Council because we want to improve the facilities in our town.