Parish Clerk

Liz Leatherbarrow

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Started : February 2021

Contact Details
Address : 16 Woodlands Avenue,
Harrogate HG2 7SJ
Mobile : 07928 616560
Email : Liz Leatherbarrow

The Clerk is the Parish Council’s ‘proper officer‘ (defined for most legislation by s.270(3) Local Government Act 1972 ) and is our only member of staff. The role of the Clerk is to ensure that the Council as a whole conducts its business properly and to provide independent, objective and professional advice and support. The duties include but are not limited to:

ensuring that the council conducts its business lawfully,
administering all the council’s paperwork,
ensuring that meeting papers are properly prepared and the public is aware of meeting times,
implementing the council’s decisions,
keeping property registers and other legal documents.

Our Clerk also takes on the role of the council’s Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). A copy of the Clerk’s current Job Description and Person Specification can be seen here. A copy of the current standard Contract of Employment can be seen here.

We are a small authority so the position of Clerk is part time, currently 4 hours per week. Details of how to contact the Clerk are also on the Contact Us page.

The following table lists the Clerks who have served the Parish Council in recent years.

Parish ClerkPeriod
 Rebecca Crabtree2020 - 2020
 Neil Horton2019 - 2020
 Kathy Haw2016 - 2019
 Bernard Atkinson2010 - 2016
 Sharon Scholes2009 - 2010
 Jill Quinn2008 - 2009
 Fiona Paton2006 - 2008
 S Simpson2003 - 2006
 Jenny Howarth2002 - 2003
 Frank Shires2001 - 2002
 Anthony Meeke1997 - 2001
 Ron Scott1990 - 1997

Parish Clerk Documents

To view the required document, select its Document Name

IDDocument NameTypeSize
0300Contract of EmploymentGoogle DocN/A
0298Job Application Pack - April 2019Google DocN/A
0299Job DescriptionGoogle DocN/A
0301Job Vacancy Poster - April 2019Portable Document Format351Kb
Total Documents4
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The List Length

The document list is initially displayed with the first 10 entries visible. The Show Entries drop-down selection box, above and to the left of the document list, may be used to show more (or less) entries at a time. The number of list entries currently shown and the total number of entries in the full list is displayed below the document list.


The Previous, Page No. and Next buttons below the document list may be used to navigate between the list pages if not all the list entries are shown at once.

The List Length and Pagination work together. Changing the List Length as above changes the number of pages accordingly.

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Documents with the type are Google Docs.

Documents with the type are Google Sheets.

Documents with the type are Google Slides.

Documents with the type are Google Forms.

All documents in a Google format are automatically converted to a specified format when downloaded.

How do I Download a Document?

This will depend upon the device (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone etc.), the application (web browser, app etc.) that you are using to view the website and the file type of the selected document (see above).

Some devices will automatically download a document before displaying it using a file reader installed on the device, for example Adobe Acrobat or Foxit. Some web browsers will prompt for a download when the document is selected whilst others will open the document using a built-in file reader. You will need to explore the options of your device and web browser.

You will need a PDF reader to open and read a downloaded PDF document. There are many free PDF readers available, including Foxit Reader and Adobe Acrobat .

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