Barwick and Scholes

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Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Residents’ support needed: members of the Save our Scholes’ residents lobby group were invited by Barwick and Scholes Parish Council to attend last night’s meeting of the steering group producing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the two villages. “We will need their full support,” Coun Ben Hogan, chairman, told councillors at their March meeting. He said advice from planning experts would be needed to turn information gathered for the plan into a formal document; three quotations for this work would be sought. Once agreed by Leeds City Council the plan will need the approval of residents, expressed in a local referendum, before it can become a legal document. It will then be available for use by the parish council in negotiations with the city council and with developers planning to build in and around Barwick and Scholes.

Maundy Thursday: the symbolic washing of church members’ feet will take place during a service of Holy Communion at All Saints Church,Barwick,at 7.30pm this evening. Holy Communion will also be celebrated at Scholes Methodist Chapel at 7.30pm.

Good Friday services: the Stations of the Cross will be observed at All Saints, Barwick, beginning at 2pm today. In Scholes, an activity morning will be held from 10-11am and a special service will begin at St Philip’s, Scholes, at 7pm.

Easter Day services: a Sunrise Service, with Holy Communion, will be held at 6am at St Philip’s, Scholes, while Easter Day will be greeted in Barwick at 7.30am with an outdoor service on the village’s ancient Hall Tower Hill. Services of Holy Communion will take place at 8am at All Saints, 10.30am at both Barwick Methodist and Scholes Methodist churches and again at 11am at All Saints. At 5.30pm a celebratory service will be held at St Philip’s, Scholes.

Cross of Witness: members of All Saints, Barwick, invite any parishioner or visitor to the parish to place their signature on the Cross of Witness. This can be found just inside the main gate of the churchyard. More than 150 people signed a similar cross last year.

Scholes coffee morning: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel will host their next fundraising coffee morning on Saturday, April 6, from 10am-noon. All proceeds will be donated to the charities being supported during her year of office by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Coun Ann Castle, who as a councillor for the Harewood ward represents Scholes on the city council.

Appeal for gifts: organisers of Barwick’s popular coffee and cake morning in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, to be held at the village hall at 10am on Saturday, April 13, would welcome donations of items to sell on the day. There will be stalls for books, cakes, cards, jewellery and toys, as well as a bric-a-brac stall, raffle and tombola. To offer donations please call 0113 2812795.

Grant approved: a request from Scholes in Bloom for a grant of £400 from parish funds towards the cost of a new notice board, to be erected near Scholes Village Hall, has been approved by the parish council. A further grant of £800 was recently approved by the community fund run by the organisers of the Leeds Festival. Scholes in Bloom volunteers believe the dilapidated condition of the old notice board influenced Yorkshire in Bloom judges to award a silver gilt medal to the village last year, instead of the gold award they believe Scholes deserved.

‘Discourteous’ complaint: there had been no response to an objection from the parish council to changes in the parish boundary proposed by Leeds City Council, Coun Ben Hogan told the latest parish council meeting. “We have been in touch with the city council but have received no reply, which is very discourteous,” he said, adding: “It looks as if nobody wants to talk to us. We were told we would have no right of appeal but we think we have.” If approved, one of the proposed changes would see some properties in the Nanny Goat Lane area of the parish being moved into Garforth.

Parish Forum and Council: the next parish forum will be held on Monday, April 8, beginning at the new, earlier time of 7pm at Scholes Methodist Schoolroom. This will be followed at 7.30pm by the April meeting of the parish council, which is open to all. Both meetings are cornerstones of local democracy, offering residents a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in Barwick or Scholes and, during the parish forum, to have their say.

Protest proves successful: Barwick residents who strongly opposed a plan to convert a house in Parlington Court into a residential care home for young people from outside the Leeds area have welcomed Leeds City Council’s decision to reject the application. Coun Matthew Robinson, a Barwick representative on the city council, shared the objectors’ view that the proposed change of use would be inappropriate in a residential street of the village.

Planning objection: the parish council has objected to a developer’s revised plan to build two detached houses on land at 23, Elmete Avenue, Scholes. Coun Ben Hogan, Chairman, told councillors he believed that if planning approval was given by Leeds City Council it would result in “massive over-development.” In the parish forum which preceded the council meeting a Scholes resident alleged that Leeds planners had “aided and abetted the theft of someone’s garden” at the location proposed for development.

Speed checks: in a bid to combat the ongoing problem of speeding drivers in Barwick and Scholes, Special Constables are carrying out speed checks in both villages, PCSO Geoff Nottingham told the March meeting of the parish council. Previous checks using a portable speed monitor have shown that many speeding drivers are local residents. A 20mph speed limit has now been introduced on Station Road, Scholes, during times when children are arriving at or leaving Scholes Elmet Primary School. Parking and waiting have also been banned on streets close to the school during peak times.