Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Valentine’s coffee morning: it may be a couple of days after the main event but Barwick Methodists will mark Valentine’s Day with what could prove to be a romantic coffee morning in their church schoolroom on Saturday, from 10am. If any ladies put off proposing to the man of their dreams today they could pop the question over coffee and biscuits! There will be a raffle and tombola, too. Admission will cost £1 and all proceeds will go to the charity Caring for Life.

Lent lunches: a series of one hour Lent lunches will begin at 12.15pm on Saturday, at All Saints’ Church, Barwick, continuing at the same time every Saturday during Lent. A simple lunch of home made soup and bread will be served at a cost of £2, with all proceeds being donated to St George’s Crypt, Leeds.

Parking permits welcomed: Scholes villagers living in sheltered bungalows in Belle Vue Road have welcomed news that Leeds City Council plans to introduce residents’ parking permits. They see them as a solution to their long running problem of drivers parking vehicles outside their homes and leaving them for long periods, even overnight. One resident, Derek Wright, called the Wetherby News to comment: “We asked for resident parking permits and will welcome them being introduced.” He said they hoped this would deter people who are attending events at the nearby village hall from parking in Belle Vue Avenue, sometimes leaving vehicles there until the following day. This caused a great deal of inconvenience for elderly residents, often stopping them from parking close to their homes.Mr Wright added that Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Scholes on the city council, had told him that following extensive consultation with local people the council’s Highways department would impose the approved Traffic Regulation Order in Scholes in the near future. Double yellow lines will make parking illegal in several locations, while waiting restrictions and a 20mph speed limit will be introduced near Scholes Primary School at times when children are arriving or leaving. Drivers who choose not to comply will run the risk of receiving a fixed penalty fine.

Church plans revealed: a plan to improve community facilities in Scholes, especially for the elderly and for young people, was revealed at the February meeting of Barwick and Scholes Parish Council. Dr Alan Stanley, a lay reader in the parish, said members of St Philip’s Church aspire to refurbish part of the church interior for community use and, ideally, would like to have a small annex to the church constructed to provide more space. However, the latter would depend on funds becoming available from the sale of some of the land surrounding the church and upon a developer obtaining planning approval for a small number of new homes. Asked how many houses might be built, Dr Stanley said it would be the minimum required to generate the income required. It could be as few as one detached house and one pair of semi-detached houses. He stressed that any permitted development would be designed to ensure that views across adjacent fields would be retained. If the proposals were approved and the work carried out then church members planned to introduce a Luncheon Club for the benefit of the village’s older residents, plus a meeting place for young people. Existing trees would be protected or relocated within the area of the church. Coun Geoff Yapp, who leads on planning issues, asked Dr Stanley if he would produce an outline sketch of what the re-developed church land would look like if the development was permitted and he agreed to do so.

Bus services: many Scholes villagers who feel they get a raw deal when it comes to bus services are expressing to Metro their opposition to its proposal to terminate service 64A in July, along with the popular service 63. The latter will be replaced by an hourly service 11, which will travel to Leeds via Gipton and take several minutes longer than currently. Aberford and Barwick passengers will still have service 64 going to and from Leeds via Cross Gates every half hour but this is of little value to those Scholes residents, especially the elderly or infirm, who live a long walk away from the Coronation Tree bus stops. If the proposed route changes are made in the summer as planned, Scholes passengers living at the top end of the village will have to use service 11 or face the long walk to York Road to catch a Coastliner bus.Campaigners against the changes told the parish council that copies of a Metro questionnaire can be obtained at Scholes Library or can be downloaded from the Metro website. Metro insists that the proposed changes affecting several routes across the Leeds area is a consequence of substantial cuts in funding for rural bus services, which Metro subsidises. Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents the parish on the city council, has already received a large number of protests about the changes. Your correspondent waited in the freezing cold for a 64 bus into Leeds very recently: it was cancelled. A Scholes villager who boarded the 64A which eventually turned up was heard to comment that she had waited an hour, in sub-zero temperatures.

Excellent support: the latest charity coffee morning hosted by members of Scholes Methodist Chapel was well supported, with 90 people generously raising £262 for the Salvation Army. Many Barwick residents join their Scholes neighbours to enjoy the fellowship of the chapel’s monthly coffee mornings. The next one will be on Saturday, March 2, when unusually the proceeds will be used to boost chapel funds.

More discussion time: the time allocated for the monthly parish forum, at which villagers can raise issues of local concern, will be doubled in length from March onwards. Announcing this, Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, said the parish council wishes to give people more time for discussion. The next parish forum will be on Monday, March 4, beginning at 7pm in Barwick Methodist schoolroom.