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Town and Parish Council Forum: is a meeting of village parish and town council representatives in the Wetherby and Harewood wards with the Leeds City Council officers. Police etc to discuss matters relating to the various parishes. The January forum was held at Scarcroft Village Hall. Despite the bad weather there was an excellent attendance when Coun Matthew Robinson chaired the Wetherby and Harewood Town and Parish Forum on Thursday, January 24 in Scarcroft Village Hall. It was the last forum that Andrew Birkbeck would be attending in his role as localism officer with East North East Leeds Support Team. His term of office comes to an end on March 31. Tribute was paid to Andy for his dedicated support to councils in the Leeds outer east/north east area who are preparing their Neighbourhood Plans. The meeting was brought up to date on several issues. Tom Holvey spoke on plans for superfast broadband, Douglas Meeson on a new approach for calculating council tax and parish precepts whilst John Woolmer tackled environmental issues such as gully cleaning and new waste bins. Wetherby Police Inspector Paul Dwyer gave up to date crime figures. Andrew Birkbeck who was the final speaker concentrating on CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) to be paid on new build properties 25 per cent of which is to be given to parish councils. The next forum is to be held at Clifford on April 25.
Bardsey Vicar: on Sunday the Vicar of Bardsey Rev Chris Puckrin announced to the congregations of Bardsey and East Keswick that he would on, doctor’s orders be standing down shortly due to heath problems. Chris is already retired and only working three-four days. Chris has been the Vicar for about four years. When arriving his wife Doreen was severely disabled with MS and Chris looked after her until she passed away. He has been a popular figure, particularly with the children and has been always involved with village activities. He will be sadly missed and we wish him all the best. The future of the churches and a replacement will have to be considered by the Parochial Church Council and the Diocese.
Scarcroft Development Group: the AGM of the Development Group who for the last twelve months had been working on the Neighbourhood Plan for Scarcroft, was held at the village hall on Thursday, attended by 20 residents. This along with other villages doing the same thing, is what the village would like to see in the future, rather than having things thrust upon us. The chairman, Coun Ruth Middleton ran through the comprehensive report of the years work covering the meetings, the questionnaire that went out to all the residents, the conclusions proposals, objections, being put together to form the basis of the Neighbourhood Plan which should be finalised later this year. Elections took place for the officers. All willing to stand for the next year were re-elected chairman Ruth Middleton, vice chairman Breeda Murray, secretary Garry Jameson, treasurer Tom Wainman. At the meeting end, the parish council chairman. Paddy Proctor thanked all the group for its work over the year.
Scarcroft Women’s Institute: the next meeting of the Women’s Institute is on Thursday, February 14 7.30pm at the village hall. Speaker Maureen Sutcliffe, The Good Life.