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.

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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.

Leadership change for Greens

Ann and David Blackburn, Leeds Civic Hall

By mutual agreement, on 20th May Cllr David Blackburn took over as Leader of the Green Group on Leeds City Council from his wife Ann who had been Leader for 4 years. Ann will now take on the role of the Party’s Whip.

On 8th May in her last full Council meeting as Leader, Cllr Ann Blackburn was in fine form, speaking about several items that were being discussed.

One issue was about the Deputy Police and Crime Commisioner being a political appointment open only to the Labour Party. Cllr Ann Blackburn told the meeting that she and the Green Party did not believe either the Commissioner or Deputy were needed at all and their salaries would be better spent on frontline policing.

Ann also spoke on:

The Children’s Heart Unit at Leeds General Infirmary, calling the consultation on whether Leeds should keep the unit “a sham”.

Leeds City Market, stating that the revised strategy should offer provision to guarantee traders the ability to assign their leases.

Skills, calling for more jobs and training.

The council meeting was televised and a full recording can be watched here. There are links to individual speakers.

First or Worst Bus?

 

First Bus LeedsCllr David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley ward) of the Green Party has received many complaints from local residents about the bus services they endure, and shares their desire to improve the buses in Leeds. Cllr Blackburn said of the issue:

“We continue to take up the many complaints about the bus services operated by First Bus, particularly the Nos. 4 and 42. In the meantime, First Group, the owners of First Bus have successfully made a bid of approximately £390 million a year over 13 years for the West Coast Mainline rail franchise (London Euston to Manchester & Glasgow). In our view it is a pity that First did not use some of that money to invest in the bus services they run. This, of course, comes from a company who actually had a passenger strikes on its First Great Western train services due to their unreliable services.

Cllr David Blackburn

Cllr David Blackburn

 Here in West Yorkshire (the West Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority) Metro has come up with proposals to take over the full bus network in West Yorkshire. They would be able to set the level of fares, including multi journey tickets, set the timetables and services and would decide which operator runs the services (similar to how bus services are run in London). Of course, the bus operators are opposed. We understand the proposals will go out to public consultation some time in October, and we would ask all those people who are dissatisfied with the current services to write to the Traffic Commissioner during the consultation.”

Cllrs. Ann & David Blackburn have also written to the US born Chief Executive of First Group, Tim O’Toole, inviting him to spend a day with them living the First Bus “experience” in Leeds and meet some of his disgruntled customers.

Formation of new city wide Green Party

At a full meeting at Leeds Civic Hall on 5th October, members of the Green Party in Leeds agreed to the formation of a city wide party.

Proposing the motion Cllr. David Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that a city wide party would provide a forum for members living outside the active branches, and could provide support for the growth of new ward parties with the City.

Supporting Cllr. Blackburn, Martin Hemingway from Headingley Green Party stated that the branch would not replace the current branches, but would provide the focus for growth of the party in the City.

He said “At the moment we have three political parties that have betrayed the country, a Conservative Party imposing cuts that are not necessary, a Liberal Democrat Party that has abandoned every principle to outdo the Tories in its cuts agenda, and a Labour Party that is proposing all kinds of things that it failed to do during thirteen years of government.”

In their first detailed report to members since the agreement to support a Labour Administration in Leeds, Cllr. Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley) said that some of the measures asked in the agreement were already being delivered on. The review of the future of City of Leeds School had been done resulting in the school staying open, and the biggest energy efficiency scheme in the country was in the planning stage, and would bring energy savings across the city, as homes were insulated for free. The scheme would create hundreds of ‘green jobs’ at a time when unemployment was been used again as government weapon.

Contact for the new party is 0113 2790336 – mobile 07930 116395.

Cllr. Ann Blackburn