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Ron Miller

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Harvest supper: a village harvest supper is being held tomorrow, Friday, at Barwick Church of England Primary School from 7pm. Tickets costing £6 for adults, half price for children, may still be purchased by calling (0113) 281-2449 or (0113) 281-2149. All are welcome to attend what has been billed as an evening of good food and entertainment.

Helping local youngsters: there are two fundraising events in Barwick on Saturday, organised to support two local children and their families. Proceeds from a coffee morning at Barwick Village Hall from 10am-noon will help to provide a medical alert dog to three year old Seth Kemp. The same evening a concert by Garforth Jazz Rock Band, also at the village hall, will support Joseph Lillywhite, aged five, who is having treatment for neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer. Tickets will cost £7 at the door but can be bought in advance for £5 by calling organiser Lesley Garbutt, tel. 07718 226 128.

Scholes ‘Forties’ event: a fancy dress dance with a 1940s theme is to be held at The Buffers pub and restaurant in Rakehill Road, Scholes on Saturday, from 8pm. A five piece swing band will play classic band music of the decade, giving guests wearing their ‘glad rags’ a chance to demonstrate their ‘strictly forties’ dance skills.

Public meetings: Scholes residents will have the chance to tell parish councillors exactly what they think to new home proposals put forward by Leeds developers GMI Holdings in association with Barratt David Wilson Homes at a public meeting on Tuesday, October 1. This will be held by the parish council at St Philip’s Church, Scholes, at 7pm. In Barwick a ‘drop in’ public meeting to discuss the implications of proposed new home developments in the village, as well as plans for Scholes, will be held on Friday, October 4 at Barwick Cricket Club between 5-8pm.

New road ‘vital’: outspoken opposition expressed by the Save Our Scholes residents’ group to the proposed East Leeds orbital road is “seriously flawed,” says Barwick and Scholes Parish Council. Leeds City Council will next month begin a feasibility study into the proposed road, including the route it should follow between Thorpe Park to the east and Red Hall to the west of Leeds. Describing the new road as “vitally important” to both Barwick and Scholes, parish councillors say they believe it should be operational “before any significant development takes place.” New home developments already approved by Leeds City Council, with around 2,000 homes at Bramley Fields and another 364 at Grimes Dyke, both close to the A64 east of Whinmoor, “will generate significant additional traffic movements,” says the parish council, adding that without the new road “both villages would be in danger of gridlock.” Leeds City Council’s recent decision to approve a major extension of the Thorpe Park business area included approval for a Manston Lane link road, which will connect the new orbital road to the M1 motorway. A ‘country park’ is also included in the plans, designed to create a green barrier between Thorpe Park and Scholes, protecting the village’s rural character and identity.

Scholes survey pledge: as the News revealed last week, transport consultants retained by GMI Holdings, of Leeds, the company behind plans to build up to 1,860 new homes in Scholes over the next 17 years, pledged to destroy video images taken by a network of traffic survey cameras on September 12, following protests by residents that Scholes could become ‘Big Brother Village.’ The company has also assured Scholes villagers that future surveys of traffic flows, traffic speeds and vehicle parking on residential streets leading to the proposed development land will be carried out manually, without the use of cameras. A resident’s suggestion that one of the cameras took images of children at Scholes Primary School was dismissed as “outrageous and totally inaccurate” by Chris Gilman, Managing Director of GMI Holdings. Representatives of the company were meeting Scholes residents last weekend to consult them about their far-reaching proposals which could double, or even treble the size of the village. Land required for the initial 60 homes near Wood Lane and a further 800 homes on the eastern side of the village is not protected by the Green Belt, though land which would be needed if the additional 1,000 new homes are given planning consent by Leeds City Council does have Green Belt protection. Barwick and Scholes Parish Council has pledged to fight any planning application which would encroach on the Green Belt, especially if development would have the effect of joining the two villages together.

Autumn fair: one of the biggest parish events of the year, the autumn fair held to raise funds for the NSPCC, will be held at Barwick Village Hall on Saturday, October 12 from 10am-noon. Anyone wishing to donate new or well-loved soft toys for the tombola, or goods for sale on any of the wide range of stalls, is invited to call the organisers, tel (0113) 281-2530.