FARNLEY & WORTLEY GREEN VIEW – OCT 2015

SITE ALLOCATION PLAN FOR LEEDS – HAVE YOUR SAY   

Consultation on the Site Allocation Plan for Leeds has now began and will run until Monday, 16th November 2015.  The consultation is being carried out on-line, though some paper forms will be available at the consultation Drop-in Sessions.  We can also provide a paper form if you contact us on 2790336.

The Drop in Sessions which are most convenient to get to from Farnley & Wortley are:

Thursday, 29th October and Friday 30th October 2015. 

Both these are being held at Leeds Civic Hall, Banqueting Suite, Portland Crescent, Leeds.  LS1 1UR from 2pm – 8pm.

If you have access to a computer you can get details of ALL the proposed sites by visiting:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/council/Pages/Site-allocations-plan-publication.aspx

and click on the document box entitled  ‘Outer West’ for most of the information covering our ward, and click on’ Outer South West’ for the rest of the plans for our ward, this will give you access to the Site Allocation Plan and proposals for our area.

Some of the sites you may be interested in in our ward are: Part of Harper Farm (Whitehall Road), andd 2 sites on Gamble Lane lose their Green Belt status (The site mentioned on Harper Farm is down as housing).  (The site between Tong Road and Gamble Lane is now recommended for housing and the land at the back of Hare Park Mount is recommended as PAS land).  The PAS site on Lowmoorside remains the same.  Wortley Low Mills (former Rhone-Poulenc Site, Whitehall Road) site is recommended for mixed use allocation – housing /employment.   The former Wortley High School Site is down as part housing and part playing pitches.  The football pitch on Oldfield Lane is recommended as housing with some green amenity space.  For full details please visit the website link given above, and fill in the on-line consultation form.

Since the last consultation Travellers Sites have been included.  In our area it is proposed to put a permanent site of 4 pitches on the mound of land at the back of the Gala Bingo Car Park and opposite Lakeside Road, off Tong Road.  Your councillors are doing all they can to fight this proposal, but at the moment it is up to the public to make their voice heard by taking part in the on-line consultation.

When submitting comments please ensure that they are about why a site is unsuitable.  The value of your home and remarks about travellers in general do not count as a valid objection.

 If you have any problems accessing the website please contact us on 2790336 and we will put you in touch with our worker at the Civic Hall Office who can help you.

 PASSIVHAUS MOTION (Council Meeting 16th September)

 Cllr. Ann Blackburn put a motion calling for an early report to be brought to the Executive Board to specify Passivhaus Standard on all new buildings on council-owned land, and as a condition of sale on any council land.  Cllr. Terry Wilford seconded the motion.  (Passivhaus is an internationally recognised standard that typically means an average household can have heating bills of less than £100/year due to the highly efficient thermal performance).

Cllr. Sobel (Lab) put an amendment requesting that officers investigate the need for even more challenging locally set building standards. After Ann discussed the matter with

Cllr. Sobel (Chair of Climate Change Group) he stated he would give his support to the Council doing a Passivhaus Project, and she has asked to be kept informed on developments.

 

ELECTED MAYORS and DEVOLUTION

Cllr. David Blackburn submitted a question to the Leader of Council on Elected Mayors, asking her to agree to a referendum before any final decision is taken.  He also spoke in favour of a Yorkshire Assembly in a White Paper debate and against the imposition of an elected mayor in the Report on Devolution.

YORKSHIRE GREEN COUNCILLORS had a meeting to discuss devolution.  They decided to support the idea of a Yorkshire Assembly and, if an elected Mayor was forced upon us, they should be answerable to an Assembly, like they have in London, but this should only happen after a referendum is held in the areas affected.

VEGETATION

We have requested that vegetation be cut back on the path between Blue Hill Lane/Wheelwright Close, and the path between and Dixon Lane/Highfield Avenue.  We have asked for the path across the grass at the top of Dixon Lane to be weed sprayed and work done so that the cobbles overgrown with grass can be seen again.

FLY-TIPPING

Cllr. Ann Blackburn has had fly-tipping removed from Cobden Road (top of Cobden Street), Greenthorpe Walk and Branch Place.  Cllr. Terry Wilford has had dumping removed from Fawcett Lane and Highfield Avenue.

 GAMBLE HILL DRIVE – PARKING

We have received complaints about people parking outside the council garages near the school and have asked the local housing manager to see what can be done to stop this.

NEW WORTLEY RECREATION GROUND

We took up the problem of footballers parking on Highfield Garth, causing the residents access problems.  It seems that teams are training there on a night though they do not have permission to do so.  Parks staff are now dealing with this matter.

We received reports of vehicles delivering building material to the Gardeners House churning up

grass on the park and leaving mud on the footpath.  The work being done does not have planning permission and a Stop Notice has now been put on the site.

GREEN PARTY COUNCILLORS ADVICE SESSIONS

These are monthly, as below.  No appointments are necessary, just come along:

1st Sat.           9.30 – 10.30am              Lower Wortley Community Centre, Lower Wortley Road

11.00 – 12.00 noon Whingate Methodist Church, Whingate

12.30 –   1.30pm              Main Line Club, Pudsey Road

2nd Sat.        10.00 – 11.00am              St. Wilfrids Church, Whincover Drive, Farnley

3rd Sat.        10.00 – 11.00am              St. James’ Church, Whitehall Road, New Farnley

11.00 – 12.00 noon Highfield Methodist Church, Highfield Avenue

4th Sat.        10.00 – 11.00am              St. Wilfrids Church, Whincover Drive, Farnley

11.30 – 12.30pm              Old Farnley Community Centre, Cross Lane

1.00 –   2.00pm              Main Line Club, Pudsey Road

Alternatively phone David or Ann on 2790336 (DB Mobile 07943 780914 AB Mobile 07930 116395) and Terry on 2636407 (Mobile 07340 078732) or you can e.mail fwgreenparty@outlook.com

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.

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.

Inaugural meeting of city wide Leeds Green Party

Leeds GreensThe Inaugural Meeting of the Leeds Green Party took place on 24th February 2011 at the Leeds Civic Hall.

The Farnley & Wortley and Headingley parties continue to exist and retain their autonomy, but the new city wide party will act as a membership branch for those members without a local ward party and help new local ward parties form should they wish.

The Inaugural Meeting saw the election of the new Officers, some final amendments to the constitution, and the start of the process towards setting up a bank account. The new party is now able to concentrate on the coming elections and campaigning. The next meeting will take place after the Local Elections.

The Leeds Green Party elected Officers are:

Coordinator & Chairperson: Andrew Pointon (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Fundraising & Events Officer: Jane Morrison (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Local Party Contact: Martin Hemingway (Headingley Green Party)

Membership Secretary: Kate Bisson (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Nominating Officer: Ann Blackburn (Farnley & Wortley Green Party)

Secretary: Chris Foren (Headingley Green Party)

Treasurer: Wendy Selina (Headingley Green Party)

For more information contact either Martin Hemingway (0113 2749159) or Andrew Pointon (0113 2718717)

The 2011 Olof Palme Memorial Peace Lecture

The Praxis Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University
and Leeds City Council Peace Links Group present
:
The 2011 Olof Palme Memorial
Peace Lecture

Olof Palme, World Interests – and what Wikileaks tells us about diplomacy as an institution
by Professor Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung is founder and Director of TRANSCEND – A Peace and Development Network for Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means, with more than 300 members from over 80 countries around the world and Rector of TRANSCEND Peace University (TPU).

Professor Galtung has published more than 1000 articles covering a wide-range of fields, including peaceful conflict transformation, deep culture, peace pedagogy, reconciliation, development, peace building and empowerment, global governance, direct structural and cultural peace/violence, peace journalism, and reflections on current events, and more than 100 books translated into dozens of languages.

Leeds Civic Hall

Sunday 23rd January
6.00pm

More Information from: 0113 2474339

Free guest entry: email peace@leeds.gov.uk stating name and desired number of places

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