Knaresborough Town Council was created in 1974 as successor to the former Knaresborough Urban District Council. Although it is styled as a Town Council, it has the same status in law as a Parish Council.

Knaresborough is one of the 143 parishes within the Harrogate Borough Council area, which includes Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Boroughbridge. The Town Council has 15 members (Councillors) with 5 Councillors representing each of the three wards in the town; Knaresborough King James Ward; Knaresborough East Ward, and; Knaresborough Scriven Park Ward.

Elections to Knaresborough Town Council are keenly contested by all major political parties as well as by independents. There are fifteen Town Councillors who are elected to serve for a four-year term of office: the most recent elections taking place in May 2015. The Councillors appoint one of their number to serve as Mayor for a one-year term of office. The Town Mayor is both the political leader of the Council (chairing Council meetings) and the Civic head (representing the Town at public events).

None of our Town Councillors receive an income from their role as Town Councillors. They are able to claim expenses for any official business but in practice very few ever have.  

The Council currently has three part-time employees: The Town Clerk, the Deputy Clerk and an Office Assistant, all of whom are based in an office at Knaresborough House. Town Council staff are expected to be completely politically neutral.

Town and Parish Councils have a limited range of powers but are consulted about, and can influence decisions on, a wide range of functions and services outside their control. Much of the Council’s work involves lobbying Harrogate Borough Council and North Yorkshire County Council on behalf of the Town. The Council presently owns allotment land at Bilton Hall Drive and Stockwell Road, King George V Playing Field and Knaresborough Community Centre.

The Town Council meets in the Council Chamber every two weeks at present. There are also several Committees and Working Groups, which meet regularly or whenever there is business to discuss. Meetings are held on a Monday evening commencing at 7.30pm.

Knaresborough Town Council is funded by its Parish Precept which forms part of the Council Tax. This income is used to fund the running of the office, community projects and also provides small grants to local community groups.

This Survey
Knaresborough Town Council is determined to represent residents to the best of its abilities. To help inform decision making the current council have implemented an annual survey to ensure we are focussing our efforts in the right areas and communicating with residents as effectively as possible. This is our first survey and the intention is to run it each year.

* 1. Are you aware of the work Knaresborough Town Council undertakes on behalf of its residents?

* 2. If you answered yes to Question 1, how effectively do you think the Council carry out their work?

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* 3. Where do you find out about local issues and events in Knaresborough?

* 4. How effectively do you think Knaresborough Town Council communicates with residents?

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* 5. What are your preferences for Knaresborough Town Council’s funding priorities?

* 6. How positive do you feel about Knaresborough as a place to live?

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* 7. Did you know that you could attend KTC and raise issues you are concerned about in our open forum?

* 8. Knaresborough Town Council raises the money it uses to carry out its work through a precept. This is an amount included in the council tax residents pay in Knaresborough. In the year 2016-17 this amount was £21.57 a year for a Band D property. Do you think KTC has this precept figure correct?

* 9. Would you support a one off significant raise in precept if it helped deliver a specific project in Knaresborough

* 10. Thank you for completing the Knaresborough Town Council survey. Do you have any thoughts on how Knaresborough Town Council can better communicate with residents? Or do you have any further comments you’d like to make?