Farnley and Wortley Greens attend Bramley events

FWWGP Councillors and members at Bramley Carnival

Farnley & Wortley Green Party Councillors and members at Bramley Carnival

Farnley & Wortley Green Party members were out and about in Bramley this weekend,  attending two excellent events . On Saturday afternoon Andrew Pointon, the prospective parliamentary candidate for Leeds West visited the opening of the Bramley Baths Community Garden. On Sunday Andrew joined our Green councillors Ann Blackburn and Terry Wilford, Farnley Wortley Green Party members and supporters on the Green Party stall at Bramley Carnival. The Bramley Baths Community Garden is an initiative run by volunteers to get people interested in gardens and growing their on food. One of the volunteers is Kate Bisson, the prospective local election candidate for Bramley & Stanningley ward in 2015 and she was handing out produce that had been grown in the garden.

Kate Bisson shows off produce grown at Bramley Baths Community Garden

Kate Bisson shows off produce grown at Bramley Baths Community Garden, and available for free.

Kate said:

“We are trying to show people what can be grown and we are trying today to encourage people to come and help themselves to the edible plants we are growing here.”

Andrew enjoyed a tour of the gardens and then spoke to local residents over a cake and coffee. He said of the community gardens:

“This is a brilliant idea on so many levels. It’s making great use of of this part of the baths, encourages community spirit, and provides good healthy food for people to harvest for themselves. It also shows people what can be done with just a small flowerbed. It is very green!”

On Sunday volunteers running the stall for the Farnley & Wortley Green Party, provided leaflets about we do and our policies, and offered cake for donations to raise vital funds for our campaigning. Cllr Ann Blackburn and our new councillor, Terry Wilford, were also there engaging with members of the public. It gave them chance to distribute our Bramley Green View newsletter and discuss with people local issues they have like the speeding cars on the Fairfield estate. Kate Bisson, who has been the Green Party candidate in Bramley & Stanningley ward several times also helped on the stall throughout the day, as did Andrew Pointon.

FWWGP members with Andrew Pointon at Bramley Carnival

Farnley & Wortley Green members with Andrew Pointon, PPC for Leeds West, at Bramley Carnival

Andrew said about the carnival:

“We all had a fantastic day at what is a fabulous and well run community event. It was good to see people from Bramley and further afield coming along to enjoy the carnival and to have chance to listen to their concerns. It was very positive to hear that many intend to give the Greens a chance because they are fed up with the main parties. There is often some surprise that we have policies covering a wide range of issues, and not just the environment, and when people hear them in more detail they really like them. Plus it was good for people to meet our hard working councillors from Farnley & Wortley and see what they get when Greens are elected. I really enjoyed the carnival and the chance to listen to what the local people had to say”

Back in the Farnley & Wortley ward Cllr David Blackburn was opening the St Wilfrid’s Summer Gala on Sunday.

More photos from the two days in Bramley. (Click on image for full size)

Andrew Pointon & Kate Bisson, our two prospective candidates at Bramley Baths Community Garden

Andrew Pointon & Kate Bisson, our two prospective candidates at Bramley Baths Community Garden

Bramley Baths Community Garden stall

Bramley Baths Community Garden stall

Bramley Baths Gardeners with Kate Bisson

Bramley Baths Gardeners with Kate Bisson (middle)

Farnley & Wortley Green Party members and councillors at Bramley Carnival

Farnley & Wortley Green Party members and councillors at Bramley Carnival (L-R: Clive Lord, Kate Bisson, Janet Wilford, Cllr Terry Wilford, and Cllr Ann Blackburn.)

 

FWWGP at Bramley Carnival on Sunday 20th July

Green Party members from the Farnley & Wortley branch, including the prospective parliamentary candidate Andrew Pointon, will be running a stall at Bramley Carnival on Sunday 20th July.

The stall will contain information about the Green Party, and will be a chance to chat to councillors and the prospective candidate about how the Greens can help you. We will also be selling cakes to raise funds.

The Bramley Carnival is a family fun day in Bramley Park and runs from 12pm until around 5pm. Come along and see us and support this fine community event.

https://twitter.com/bramleycarnival

Farnley & Wortley Green View Newsletter July 2014

Cllrs Ann Blackburn, Terry Wilford, and David Blackburn

Cllrs Ann Blackburn, Terry Wilford, and David Blackburn

Terry says “Thank you”

Terry Wilford was elected on 22nd May 2014 beating the sitting Labour councillor into 3rd place.  Terry now joins Cllrs. David & Ann Blackburn to give Farnley & Wortley total Green representation once again.

Cllr. Terry Wilford said “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.  I am now making it my priority to get stuck in with representing our community and working together with you all.”                                            

Terry now has a place on the Resources & Council Services Scrutiny Board,

Ann is a member of the Safer & Stronger Communities Scrutiny Board and Member Management Ctte. and David is on City Plans Panel and General Purposes Ctte.

David continues to chair the council’s Climate Change Working Group, and has been re-elected as Chair of Roseville Enterprises (the Council’s workshop for the disabled). All three councillors are members of the Outer West Community Ctte.

 NO. 5 BUS ROUTE

Cllr. Ann Blackburn met with First Bus representatives Bob Dorr (Business Manager, Leeds) and Richard Gledhill (Commercial Manager, W. Yorks)  on 10th June 2014 to enforce our view that  the revised route should revert back to what it was before the last changes were made (the bus should travel on Whincover Drive etc).  Mr. Dorr stated that he would look into the matter to see what he could do to help.  A follow up meeting is to be held in July.     

ASDA – Oldfield Lane, Appeal to extend Delivery Hours to include Sun./Bank Holiday 10am – 4pm

The Planning Inspector refused ASDA’s application for Sunday/Bank Holiday deliveries after receivingobjections from local residents and visiting the site.  She stated that she did not see the need for the store to have Sunday deliveries when they already were allowed deliveries up to 8pm on Saturday.

WORTLEY HOUSING OFFICE – Revised Opening Hours

Following on from your Green Party Councillors request for extended opening hours this Housing Office now opens from 8.30am to 4.30pm Mon. to Fri., except Weds.when it opens 8.30am to 3.00pm.

 TESCO TOLD ‘NO’ TO EXTENSION OF OPENING AND DELIVERY HOURS

The Planning Panel turned down Tesco’s application for 24 hour opening and delivery hours of 6am to midnight Mon – Sun at Stonebridge Mills after hearing objections from the local community.  Tesco have now stated that they will not be building the store next year, as planned, as they have put the development “on hold” at the moment.

NEWS FROM AROUND THE WARD

 PAS LAND AT THE BACK OF CASTLE INGS GARDENS

Locals informed us that this land has been dug up and that they had been told that the owner was going to remove the hedgerows.  Cllr. Ann Blackburn has contacted Planning, and a Planning Compliance Officer (enforcement) has done a site visit and a letter has now been sent to the owners stating that planning permission is required to remove hedgerows. The Tree Preservation Officer has put a Notice on site stating that the trees are to have a Tree Preservation Order put on them.  

PARKS – PLAYGROUNDS 

Following up Terry’s concern about the state of the play-grounds in our parks, we are pleased to report that all the vandalised safety surfacing has now been repaired and the missing swings have been replaced. 

20 mph Zone Scheme – Five Lanes Primary School

 Highways have consulted local councillors on this scheme.   Cllr. David Blackburn has asked that Highways look at including the Kitsons and the nearby Amberley Road in this scheme.  Local residents will be consulted on the scheme shortly.

PLANNING NO. 14/00521 154 Dwellings – Royds Lane (Nr. Macro)

Taylor Wimpey and Wortley Green Ltd. have applied to build a mixture of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses and two blocks of 2 bedroom flats (16 per block) on this site.  Cllrs. David & Ann Blackburn have visited the site with the council’s planning officer and developer and mentionedcertain concerns to them.  Please contact us on 2790336 if you would like to see a copy of the plan.

PARKING PROBLEMS ON LEEDS UTD. MATCH DAYS

All three Green councillors met with Highways this month.  They stated that they are working on a scheme for Residents Only Parking to cover parts of Beeston and Wortley.  The Dragons and Lynwoods are included in the Wortley Scheme.  Your councillors have requested that Highfield Avenue (and the nearby streets), Walker Lane, Kellett Crescent and part of the nearby Whitehall Road are also included in this scheme.

FREE MONEY ADVICE SERVICE

If you need Debt Advice, or any Money Advice, please book a session 

From 7th February and every other Friday, there will 4 morning appointments at Cow Close Community Corner and 4 afternoon appointments at Armley Juniors on Heights Drive, as the 8 sessions at Cow Close are not being filled.

To make an appointment please call in or ring Leeds 3450912.  If appointments do not increase M.A.S. have stated they will withdraw the service.

DUMPING

The items dumped on Thornhill Road and Cobden Road have been removed.

Green Party at Kirkstall Festival

Thousands of people enjoyed a day in the sunshine at Kirkstall Festival yesterday and Leeds Green Party were there with the Party fundraising coconut shy. With a slight twist on the traditional game, the coconuts had the faces of several well known politicians attached to them. This proved a real incentive as people queued to express their dislike and have some fun in the process.  For the full story click here

Green Party selects Andrew Pointon as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West in 2015

Andrew Pointon

Andrew Pointon

The Green Party has selected Andrew Pointon as Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds West Constituency in the 2015 General Election.

Andrew Pointon is 42 years old and is married to Tina and has three teenage stepsons. Born and raised in North Staffordshire, he has lived in Leeds since 1990 when he moved here to study. After graduating Andrew experienced a period of unemployment before joining Leeds City Council in 1994, working there on a voluntary basis for the first six months. He obtained a job as an IT Assistant, and during his 20 years working for the authority he has worked his way up the ladder and now manages a small team responsible for testing and releasing software and hardware. Andrew is also a Steward and Branch Officer for the UNISON Leeds local government branch.

Andrew joined the Green Party in 2008 and was elected as the Farnley & Wortley Green Party Secretary in 2010. He has been an active member of the Party throughout the west Leeds wards, leafleting, canvassing, and as one of the volunteer drivers for the Green Party New Year’s Day free bus. In 2010 Andrew was David Blackburn’s election agent during the General Election.

Andrew said of his selection:

“It is a great honour to be selected by my party to stand at the next General Election, and I thank them for giving me this opportunity to try to represent the residents of Leeds West.

When we talk to people on the doorstep, large numbers are telling us they have been badly let down by the three main parties. They say they are fed up with politicians in general. Some have given up voting altogether because of this. People say they want a change but don’t know who to try. Many others say they vote Green because of the work we do and that we are the only party they see doing anything.

The Green Party is a positive change. We have policies to help improve the lives of ordinary people and make sure we pass on a decent planet for our children and grandchildren to live in. Our councillors work hard all year round for you, and know you cannot be taken for granted. If elected I would be just like our local councillors, being there for you all year round not just at election time, representing you in Parliament, sorting out your issues, and trying to get the best for Leeds West.

I have served the people of Leeds for 20 years as a local government officer. I now wish to serve the people of Leeds West in Parliament. The time has come to change the way we have been doing things and change those who have been making the decisions. If you elect Labour, Liberal Democrats, or the Conservatives you will get the same business as usual politics. Greens offer policies for the common good, where fairness replaces greed. We want to look after the 99% not the highest earning 1%  like the other parties do. We need to build a better society based on hope, not on fear. We are in politics for you and the planet, not for ourselves.

Caroline Lucas in Brighton showed that the Green Party can be elected as Members of Parliament, and that we can make real positive change. Voting Green isn’t a wasted vote, it is voting for politics based on principles and trying to make a genuine difference. I ask you over the coming months to consider a different way forward and support me in the General Election, and my Green colleagues in the Local Council Elections in May 2015. Thank you.”

Cllr David Blackburn, Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council added:

 “I had the honour of standing as the Green Party Prospective Parliamentary Candidate four times and I felt it was now time to pass on the baton to a younger person. I am confident that Andrew would give his all for the constituents of Leeds West and would make a very able hardworking MP who understands their concerns”.

 

For more details visit:
http://leedswestgreenparty.wordpress.com/prospective-candidate/

 

Terry Wilford elected in Farnley & Wortley ward tops a day of promising results

Terry Wilford and party activist

Terry Wilford (left) with local party Secretary Andy Pointon

Greens in Leeds are celebrating today after Terry Wilford was elected in Farnley & Wortley ward to bring the total of Green councillors once again to three. The sitting Labour councillor, who was elected in a larger turn out for the General Election in 2010, found himself beaten into third by UKIP. A UKIP surge made the result closer than most years, but Terry’s 1900 votes and 34.33% share proved worthy reward for hard work throughout the year leading up to the election.

The full result follows:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Party name
Felber Alan 1606 UKIP
Fisher Samuel 416 Cons
Hardy John Hamilton 1506 Labour
Jacques Robert Hugh 76 Lib Dems
Johnson Michael James 30 TUSC
Wilford Terry 1900 ELECTED Green Party

A delighted Terry said of the result:

“I am just so pleased to be elected and want to do right by the ward and raise the Green profile with an outstandingly human empathy touch. A big thank you to everyone for their support, I hope to repay that trust in me. I want to positively address issues, and increase awareness of the green agenda.”

In the other Leeds West wards the Green results were as follows:

Armley Yvonne Clark  669 (12.92%)

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   358 (7.51%)

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)

There were some very postive results elsewhere in Leeds. In Headingley Joe Salmon moved the Green Party from third to clear second with 1036 votes finishing 260 votes behind the Labour victor. This represented a 29.99% share of the vote, up from the 16.56% obtained in 2012. It was clear that the NGT Trolleybus issue garnered plenty of new support for the Greens. In the nextdoor ward of Hyde Park & Woodhouse, Chris Foren finished second with 865 votes (22.46%) beating both Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidates. The Greens finished third in Armley, Chapel Allerton, City & Hunslet, Garforth & Swillington, and Kirkstall.

Across the city 17203 people voted Green, an average of 9.17% per ward. The Green Party beat the Liberal Democrats in 26 wards and the Conservatives in 6 wards.

The full results can be found here.

Full Green Local Council Election results on 22nd May 2014

For the Local Council Elections on 22nd May 2014, the Leeds Green Party stood candidates in all 33 of the Council’s wards. The results are as follows:

Adel & Wharfedale Paul Marchant 336 (4.95%)

Alwoodley Miriam Moss 290 (4.33%)

Ardsley & Robin Hood Carl James 176 (3.40%

Armley Yvonne Clark  669 (12.92%)

Beeston & Holbeck David Smith 284 (6.66%)

Bramley & Stanningley Kate Bisson   358 (7.51%)

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill Peter Exley   318 (7.34%)

Calverley & Farsley Clive Lord  349 (4.99%)

Chapel Allerton Emma Carter 736 (12.25%)

City & Hunslet Glen Jankoski 659 (13.31%)

Crossgates & Whinmoor Ben Goldthorp 319 (5.57%)

Farnley & Wortley Terry Wilford 1900 (34.33%) ELECTED

Garforth & Swillington Yvonne Murray 709 (11.56%)

Gipton & Harehills Neil Seepujak 381 (7.72%)

Guiseley & Rawdon Colin Avison 541 (7.67%)

Harewood Paul Matthews 358 (5.73%)

Headingley Joe Salmon 1036 (29.99%)

Horsforth Tim Goodall 446 (6.26%)

Hyde Park & Woodhouse Chris Foren 865 (22.46%)

Killingbeck & Seacroft Louise Richardson 617 (13.78%)

Kippax & Methley Dave Webb 237 (4.15%)

Kirkstall Morgan Tatchell-Evans 724 (14.28%)

Middleton Park Austen Thompson 219 (4.22%)

Moortown Chris Smith 806 (11.85%)

Morley North Deborah Fenney 180 (2.99%)

Morley South Bluebell Eikonoklastes 116 (2.20%)

Otley & Yeadon Owen Brear 490 (6.49%)

Pudsey Irene Dracup 390 (6.59%)

Rothwell Gordon Haycock 385 (6.93%)

Roundhay Paul Ellis 820 (11.91%)

Temple Newsam Nathan Allen 335 (5.82%)

Weetwood Martin Hemingway 646 (10.50%)

Wetherby Sam Murray 508 (8.52%)

A total of 17203 people voted for the Green Party in Leeds which is an average of 9.17% of the total votes cast.