Make your views known: that is the recommendation made to Barwick and Scholes residents as the deadline looms for expressing opinions on proposed sites for almost 4,000 new homes which could be built in and around the two villages during the next 17 years. Villagers have been urged to have their say by Coun Ann Castle, Rachael Procter and Matthew Robinson who represent the Harewood ward, which includes Barwick and Scholes, on Leeds City Council. In a letter delivered to every household in the parish they stressed the importance of local people making their views known on the 16 potential development sites identified by city council planners as being suitable for new housing in and around Barwick and Scholes. Each site was described in a special newsletter prepared by Barwick and Scholes parish councillors and the parish clerk and delivered to villagers’ homes during the past few weeks. Next Monday, July 29 at 5pm is the closing date and time for submitting comments to the city council. These can be sent via the council’s website at: www.leeds.gov.uk/siteallocations or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments can also be made by letter and these should be addressed to: David Feeney, Leeds City Council, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD. The number to call with specific enquiries is: (0113) 247-8092. In their letter to residents the three ward councillors confirmed that there remains a need to identify suitable sites for 3,933 new homes in and around Wetherby and the villages to the east and north of Leeds. Land for a further 1,067 homes has already been allocated to enable the target of 5,000 new homes in the Leeds Outer North East area to be reached before the year 2030. The three city councillors told residents they had “looked to limit the amount of housing in our area as we feel that in recent years our villages have taken their fair share of new housing.” They added: “The temptation is to say ‘no development here.’ Regrettably, that is not an option. Within our designated area we will be expected to take our share and we would encourage you to express your views. Further information on the issue of proposed new housing in Barwick and Scholes can also be found on the parish council website: www.barwickandscholespc.com
Barwick’s judgement day: volunteer members of Barwick in Bloom were this week putting finishing touches to the village’s beautiful floral displays before next Wednesday’s two hour visit of judges from Britain in Bloom, starting at 9am. Having won Gold in the 2009 competition, Barwick was invited by Yorkshire in Bloom to represent the entire county in the Large Village category in this year’s national competition, supported by the Royal Horticultural Society. For the past few weeks banners from the Society, acknowledging Barwick’s achievement in being chosen to take part, have been displayed from lamp standards at several locations in the village. A special service giving thanks for the work of the entire In Bloom team will be held at Barwick Methodist Church on Sunday at 10.30am. This service will be joined by members of the Anglican church so there will not be an 11am service at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, on Sunday. Winners of this year’s Britain in Bloom competition will be revealed at a ceremony in Cleethorpes on Saturday, October 12.
Commons invite to SOS: Three members of the Save Our Scholes lobby group attended a meeting at the House of Commons on Tuesday, July 16. Delegates Adele Thompson, Caroline White and Amanda Munro chose to meet their own travel costs. SOS were invited to join similar groups from around the country at a meeting with Members of Parliament organised by the Council for the Preservation of Rural England. Elmet MP Alec Shelbrooke was unable to attend the meeting but agreed to meet the Scholes delegation in the lobby of the Commons beforehand. Responding to recent calls for SOS to work more closely with the parish council in defending the villages against large scale housing developments, Amanda Munro told the Wetherby News: “SOS would like to refute any (suggestions) of an implied lack of co-operation on our part with the Parish Council, Local Elected Members and MP. Indeed, we have sought their support and offered to work together. We recognise the difficulty of the situation they find themselves in but see other areas with threatened development having the full support of their politicians in their campaigning.”
Judges’ visit to Scholes: Yorkshire in Bloom judges were escorted around Scholes on Tuesday, July 16 by Scholes in Bloom volunteers, just two days after 14 villagers opened their gardens to public scrutiny during the bi-annual Scholes Open Gardens event. This was enjoyed on a delightfully sunny day by hundreds of residents and visitors. Villagers also crafted some of the best dressed scarecrows in Yorkshire for display at various locations. Scholes in Bloom volunteers, who organised the event and prepared the village’s beautiful floral displays, are optimistic that a second Gold award will be gained in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition, having narrowly missed out on Gold last year. In view of the bad weather earlier in the year there was no Spring judging this year, so awards will be based entirely on the judges’ Summer appraisal.
Garden party thanks: members of Barwick Methodist Church who organised a highly successful Summer garden party at the home of John and Pauline Tinker earlier this month wish to thank everyone for supporting the event and for the hosts’ hard work This raised an impressive £921 to support the work of the national charity Parkinson’s UK.