Councillors join protest against puppy farms

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ON the 26th July all three of our Farnley & Wortley councillors and two other Green Party members joined a protest organised by ‘Boycott Dogs4Us’ against the Dogs4Us shop in Bramley. A disturbing Panorama documentary about puppy arms was aired on 16th May. In this documentary there was footage of dogs been kept in small wooden boxes.

Additionally some of you may remember on the 16th February we had a vet’s assistant on Armley Town street who was convicted of keeping animals in underground cages.

 

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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.

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

Ann Blackburn is the Green Party candidate for Farnley & Wortley

Ann Blackburn - Farnley & Wortley

Ann Blackburn – Farnley & Wortley

Ann Blackburn has been selected as the Green Party candidate for Farnley & Wortley in the local council elections on 7th May 2015.

Ann is married to David Blackburn. She has a grown up son and step-daughter. Originally from Armley, she has lived in Farnley for 32 years, having worked in that area previous to that time. Ann has represented the ward as a Councillor in the Farnley & Wortley area since 2002.

Ann says: “Currently I am very concerned about the various council cuts, particularly the ones involving Youth Services. I think it is important that young people have something to do outside school and I have given my support to many groups that provide activities for youngsters in my ward. I also do what I can to assist groups run for older residents in our ward, including the neighbourhood Networks. If you want a hard working committed local person, who has a record of working tirelessly in the ward throughout the year, then I ask you to elect me on Thursday 7th May to ensure Farnley & Wortley continues to have a full team of Green Party Councillors to work on your behalf”

Ann’s latest leaflet can be read here: Farnley & Wortley Green View March 2015

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.)

 

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.