Barwick and Scholes News

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Meeting with MP: an opportunity for Barwick and Scholes residents to put questions about proposed new home developments and planning issues to Alec Shelbrooke MP will be given by a public meeting on Saturday, November 24. The one hour meeting will be held at the Manor House community centre, Scholes, at 10am. Coun Matthew Robinson, a Barwick and Scholes representative on Leeds City Council, will also attend. The meeting has been organised by Scholes resident and planning expert George Hall, who is leading the steering group drafting Scholes’ content for the parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. It is primarily to help members of the Barwick and Scholes steering groups but is also open to local residents. “Let me reassure everyone that this is not a party political meeting,” says Mr Hall. Questions are likely to focus on the Government’s Localism Bill and its national planning policy, especially concerning the potential use of green belt or brownfield land for new home developments.

Scholes panto fun: Jack and the Beanstalk, the latest family panto to be presented by Scholes Village Players, is being staged at the village hall this week. Oh yes it is! The show opened on Tuesday and remaining performances will be at 7.30pm this evening, tomorrow and on Saturday.With a large cast drawn from Barwick, Scholes and neighbouring areas, this year’s panto celebrates the players’ 80th anniversary, a remarkable achievement.There have been two productions in most of those years, with a play in the spring and a panto in November. Many children and young people have made their stage debut in a players’ production and this year is no exception.Tickets costing £6 for adults and £4 for children can be bought at the convenience store in Scholes or at the village hall before each performance, subject to availability. With characters including a giant, a dame, a boy, his mother, a cow, a chicken and a spider – plus a beanstalk which emerges from beneath the stage and grows...and grows... it sounds like another fun-packed show from a group renowned for special effects and family-friendly humour. The panto is directed by Barwick resident Anne Kay, who has staged many acclaimed Scholes productions.

Barwick coffee morning: members of Barwick Methodist Church will host a Christmas coffee morning on Saturday, from 10am-noon in the schoolroom. They will be raising funds for the Salvation Army, who do so much to make Christmas brighter for many families and individuals. Admission costing £1 will include coffee or tea and biscuits. Stalls selling cakes and Christmas cards will be available.

Scholes coffee morning: also on Saturday, Mothers’ Union members at St Philip’s Church, Scholes will hold a coffee morning and table top sale. This will take place in the church from 10am-noon. Stalls will include cakes, bric-a-brac and Christmas lighting. Admission costing £1.50 will include tea or coffee and a scone. Some tables, costing £5, may still be available; to check please call the event organiser on 0113 2656976.

Residents’ concern: a number of Barwick residents living in Aberford Road or Parlington Court attended the latest parish forum to express concern about a company’s plan to open a children’s home in the village.The company, Care Assist, has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council seeking approval to use a four bedroom detached house at 1, Parlington Court, as a care home for three children aged ten or above.Staff members would provide 24-hour care and supervision, living at the house when on duty. Children accommodated would not be from the Leeds area. Urging the parish council to oppose the application, local residents told the parish forum they did not consider Parlington Court to be a suitable location for a residential care home. Nor did they believe they had been adequately consulted about the proposal by the company. A recent meeting to discuss the issue was attended by Coun Claire Hassell, representing the parish council and by Coun Matthew Robinson, Conservative, Harewood, a member of Leeds City Council. The parish council has until November 28 to respond to the application; it will report its decision at the next council meeting on Monday, December 3.

Legion branch revived: the Barwick and Scholes branch of the Royal British Legion, which we recently reported to be threatened with imminent closure due to a lack of support, has been revived. Lt Col Amanda Hassell, who serves in the Adjutant General’s Corps and is the daughter of Barwick and Scholes parish clerk Chris Hassell and his wife Coun Claire Hassell, has agreed to become the branch president. Long standing branch member Vic Brothers will be the secretary and standard bearer.Two Scholes residents, Coun Matt Baker and his wife Gillian, have also pledged to support the branch and help members co-ordinate the local Poppy Appeal, enabling the Legion to provide practical help to servicemen and women injured in the line of duty.

Councillor resigns: Coun Norma Fletcher, a Scholes representative on the parish council, has resigned. She was thanked for her several years of voluntary service to the parish by the chairman, Coun Ben Hogan, at the November council meeting. This means there are now two vacancies for Scholes parish councillors. Unless local residents demand a by-election, which is highly unlikely, then two new councillors will be chosen from five candidates who have expressed interest in joining. Those selected will be invited to attend the December council meeting to be formally co-opted as members.

Development plan update: Scholes villagers attended a special meeting to receive an update on the progress being made in drafting the Scholes section of the Neighbourhood Development Plan. Scholes resident and planning expert George Hall, who leads the village steering group contributing to the plan, told residents about work done so far and outlined a timescale for the plan’s completion. Although some doubt is being cast upon how much notice Leeds City Council planners will take of Neighbourhood Development Plans, they are still being seen as potentially important in helping communities protect the interests of local people when talking to new home developers.

Games and skateboard park?: despite widespread publicity in Scholes, fewer than 30 people attended a consultation meeting held to consider how best to use new public open space at Scholes Lodge Farm. In addition to footpaths, seating and a wildflower meadow, the parish council may decide to seek funding to build a multi-use games area and skateboard park on part of the land.This would, at least in Scholes, address the parish plan commitment to provide facilities for young people in the parish. A questionnaire seeking young people’s views and ideas is being delivered to every home in Barwick and Scholes.This will inform the parish council about the type of facilities young people would be likely to use.