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:


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Latest News – February 2010

New Year’s Day Bus

Green Bus

New Years Day Free Green Bus

The Green Party again provided its free hourly bus service between Armley and City Square, incorporating parts of the No.5 and No.42 services on New Year’s day. The bus carried 162 passengers, and a box of chocolates was presented to the 2500th passenger carried since we started running the service in 1998.

Cllrs David and Ann Blackburn organised the mini-bus which was driven by Cllr Andy Parnham and other Green supporters, and sponsored by local businesses.

Summer Band Concerts in Local Parks 2010

This year Cllrs Ann and David Blackburn, and Andy Parnham are paying for 2 band concerts to be held in New Farnley Park, along with the ones in New Wortley Recreation Ground, out of their MICE monies. The ones in Western Flatts Park and Farnley Hall Park are funded by the Outer West Area Committee. All of the band concerts start at 2:30pm.

Farnley Hall Park

6th June – Yorkshire Community Brass Band
11th July – Stanley Newmarket Colliery Brass Band

New Wortley Recreation Ground

13th June – Friendly Band
18th July – Morley & District Concert Band

Western Flatts Park

27th June – Friendly Band
8th August – Tenderloin Ragtime Orchestra

New Farnley Park

4th July – Morley & District Concert Band
15th August – James Farrell Concert Band

Missed Bin Collections

In January missed bin collections were reported to us on the Gamble Hills, Leyholmes, Kelletts, Cobdens, Pinders, Blackpools, Hardrow Road, Benson Gardens, Digpal Road and Whitehall Green. At the Council Meeting held on 20th January 2010 Cllr Andy Parnham asked the Executive Member for Environmental Services what plans were in place to deal with the backlog of bin collections, bearing in mind that the service had not returned to normal after the strike, and he was informed that a plan had been put in place to deal with the problems.

66/67 Bus

Cllr David Blackburn is dealing with ongoing issues in relation to the running of this service.

‘Safe Route to School’ Scheme – Lawns Lane

Highways Department have now put in place traffic measures on Lawns Lane. Negotiations are ongoing between the farmer and Council in relation to a path being installed.

Damaged Walls, Litter and Dumping

Walls have been repaired on Oldfield Lane opposite Netto and Farnley Hall Park after being reported by Cllr Ann Blackburn. Cllr Andy Parnham has reported dumping on Barras Garth Road. Paths between Silver Royd Hill / Tong Road and Cow Close Road / Ring Road, Wortley have been cleansed.

M.I.C.E. Grants (From July 2009)

These are the Members Impovements in the Community and Environment grants by Cllrs Ann Blackburn, David Blackburn, and Andy Parnham.

Bands in the Park 2010 – costs of two in New Farnley Park and two in New Wortley Rec. (Joint Funding – AB/DB/AP) £1200

Armley Helping Hands – towards cost of transportation for holiday to Bridlington for disabled and elderly people in Wortley (Joint Funding – AB/DB/AP) £500

New Farnley Vision Group – towards running costs AP £100

Gamble Hill Tenants & Residents Association – coast of coach hire for a day trip to Blackpool AP £440

Neighbourhood Action – towards cost of hiring two minibuses for trip to Kirkstall Abbey AP £130

Cobden Babes – Towards mums and tots group trip to Sundown Children’s Centre DB £350

West Leeds Walking Group – towards costs of promoting their annual programme AP £200

Leeds & Moortown Funiture Store – towards running costs DB £200

Heights, Farrows & Grenthorpe Tenants Association – cost of coach hire for a day trip to Bridlington AB £360

Lower Wortley Senior Citizens Tuesday Club (held at Lower Wortley Community Centre) – towards costs of Christmas meal for elderly in Wortley, Farnley and New Farnley AP £500

Old Farnley Community Association – towards cost of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party AB £200

Lower Wortley Community Centre – towards cost of Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party DB £200

Neighbourhood Action – towards cost of Christmas coach trips for the elderly of Farnley and New Farnley AB £370

St John’s Mums & Tots Group – towards the cost of toys AP £250

Farnley Falcons (Girls Teams) – towards cost of training and match equipment AP £700

‘Stay & Play’ Group (held at Lower Wortley Community Centre – towards cost of toys and equipment AB £250

TGI Kidz-Zone (Junior Youth Club at Highfield Methodist Church) – costs of arts and craft materials AP £250

Farnley Juniors (Football Team) – towards cost of training and match equipment AB £500

West Leeds Leisure Painting Group – towards costs of banner and transport to an exhibition DB £130