Farnley & Wortley Green View January 2016 (highlights)

New Year’s Day Bus


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


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.

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