Farnley & Wortley Green View January 2016 (highlights)

New Year’s Day Bus

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Cllr Ann Blackburn with local Green Party activist David Smith

The Green Party took to the road again on New Year’s Day to run its free hourly New Year’s Day Bus Service.

Cllrs. David & Ann Blackburn organised the minibus, which was sponsored by local businesses. Our voluntary drivers took on passengers old and new. A total of 218 passengers journeys were logged. The bus ran hourly from Armley Town Street, including Farnley & Wortley, to City Square and the reverse of the route.

No 5. Bus Campaign a Success

The campaign started back in November 2013 after the bus route was revised to miss out most of Whincover Drive and local people told us that they wanted the old route reinstated. During the last two years Cllrs. David & Ann Blackburn have had meetings with First Bus requesting that the farnley part of the route be changed back. They have now been told this will happen on 20th February 2016.

The existing No. 5 service will be replaced by a new service 15 (Leeds-Old Farnley). The new service will revert to the old route in Old Farnley to serve Whincover Drive and Butt Lane in both directions. The frequency will reduce to every 30 minutes.

Bus Operator Changes

Service 711 (Bradford-Pudsey-White Rose Centre)
Ladies Only Travel (Trading as LOT) will be running this service on a commercial basis from 21st February 2016 instead of Yorkshire Tiger.

Service 252 (Leeds-Cleckheaton-Dewsbury)
Mon-Sat evening and Sunday evening journeys after 19.00 will be operated by Ladies Only Travel from 20th February 2016

Please note that despite the company name Ladies Only Travel will transport anyone regardless of gender

Flooding

Elderly residents in the Branch Road area (whose homes had previously been flooded) called on Cllr Ann Blackburn for assistance when the Ring Road flooded in Farnley & Wortley on 12th December 2016. She stayed there from 10pm to 12.15am liaising with the police, who were stopping vehicles driving through the flooded area, as highways had no barriers. She has also contacted Yorkshire Water to request that they clean out the Farnley Compensation Reservoir.

Leeds Utd Match Day Only – Residents Permit Parking Scheme

Bearing in mind the delay with this scheme. Cllr Ann Blackburn raised the matter at the November Council Meeting. Since then Officers have met with your local councillors and informed them that consultation letters will be going out by the end of the first week in February 2016 to see if residents are agreeable to a Match Day Only Scheme being introduced.

Question Time

Cllr David Blackburn did a Question and Answer session on Waste & Recycling at Farnley Academy on 19th January 2016

Land at top of Benson Gardens

Local residents have raised concerns with your local Councillors regarding work done on this land, and they have taken the matte up with council officers who are looking into the matter.

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.