Austonley Local Board was the local authority body responsible for issues relating to public health in the Township of Holme.
Typically elected by local rate payers and property owners, Local Boards were formed following the Public Health Act 1848 and the subsequent Local Government Act 1858, and had responsibility for the oversight of sewers, water supplies, public toilets, street cleaning, slaughterhouses, pavements, and burial grounds within their district.
By 1906, Austonley Local Board had been amalgamated into Holmfirth Urban District Council.
The O.S. map from the early 1890s shows that the district controlled by Austonley Local Board (shaded in green) comprised the Township of Austonley (including Holmbridge), an almost entirely uninhabited detached strip of Wessenden Head Moss to the west (also part of the Township of Austonley), and the southern portion of the Township of Holme.