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.

 

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 re-elected in Farnley & Wortley

Ann Blackburn was returned as the councillor for Farnley & Wortley ward following the local council elections of 7th May. Ann received 3,831 votes (36.5%) with Labour coming second with 3208 votes (30.5%), the result being announced at the Leeds Arena today. The result means that the Green Party retains 3 councillors in the Farnley & Wortley ward.

Elsewhere in the Leeds West wards Nick Crawley’s 1108 votes in Armley saw the Greens finish 3rd, Kate Bisson polled 791 in Bramley & Stanningley, and Meadow Hudson came 2nd in Kirkstall with an impressive 1755 votes. In the General Election Andrew Pointon’s 3,217 votes (8.4%) was the best ever Green result in the Leeds West constituency.

Thank you for your support.

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

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/