Barwick and Scholes News

Barwick and Scholes

Ron Miller

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Speak out on bus changes: Scholes villagers opposed to planned changes in bus routes and services should make their views known to the transport authority Metro, says Coun Ben Hogan, Chairman of the parish council. Speaking at the March meeting of the parish forum he said a record number of local people had responded to a questionnaire on bus services organised by Coun Matthew Robinson, who represents Scholes on Leeds City Council and he will forward all comments on to Metro. A resident who did not wish to be identified told the forum: “It’s very worrying; the only people in the parish to be severely hit by the changes will be those living in Scholes. Many of them don’t seem to realise that we risk losing service 63, which is very popular.” She urged the parish council to ask Metro officers to visit Scholes to discuss local people’s concerns. Agreeing to that suggestion, Coun Hogan said proposed route and service changes were “a dog’s dinner” but Metro insisted that bus services to Barwick and Scholes “run at a loss.” This prompted another resident to comment: “That’s because the buses are so unreliable.” Other residents complained that people were having to wait two hours for a bus in Scholes if one of the hourly services failed to operate. This was unacceptable, especially for older people and those with young children.

New homes update: it could be April or early May before the city council reveals how many new homes are likely to be built in and around Barwick and Scholes and where they will be located, Coun Hogan told the parish council. Agreeing that site allocations will not be revealed “for quite a while,” Coun Claire Hassell said outline plans to build up to 3,000 homes on land near Headley Hall, Tadcaster and, potentially, a further 1,000 at Thorp Arch “could save the villages.” The Headley Hall land, which Leeds University has offered to sell to developers, was spacious enough to build up to 5,000 homes, though 3,000 was a more likely figure, she added. Although some new homes will be built in Barwick and Scholes, which many people will welcome, it now seems unlikely that up to 3,500 will be built in Scholes, nor are there likely to be as many as 800 in Barwick, as initially predicted last year. This prompted widespread concern that Scholes could lose its village identity.

Yellow lines: parking bans on roads close to Scholes Elmet Primary School and near to the junction of Leeds Road and Long Lane, Barwick, may by now have been introduced. Leeds highways staff were due to begin painting yellow lines last week, enabling a new Traffic Regulation Order to be implemented. This was approved by Leeds City Council after widespread consultation with villagers. A 20mph speed limit on Station Road, Scholes, close to the school, will also apply during school arrival and leaving times. Parking and waiting will be banned on streets close to the school. In Barwick a ban on parking on Leeds road near to the convenience store and opposite the New Inn is intended to improve sight lines for drivers turning right into Long Lane. The new regulations were proposed by Coun Matthew Robinson, a Harewood ward member of the city council, in response to the growing concerns of local residents, especially in Scholes, about speeding drivers and inconsiderate parking; some residents complained of being verbally abused by drivers blocking driveways at school times.

Scholes success: members of Scholes Methodist Chapel are celebrating the success of their March coffee morning, which raised an impressive £457 for chapel funds. More than 100 people filled the schoolroom to enjoy a good chat, bacon sandwiches and other home made refreshments. Chapel member Keith Wood, one of the event hosts, told the Wetherby News they were delighted by the support and generosity of local people and wished to express their thanks to everyone.

Serenade in bloom: the popular singing group Serenade will pay a return visit to Barwick on Friday, March 22 to perform, Ladies and gentlemen, an absolutely splendid, positively rousing and simply scintillating programme entitled The Good Old Days. The venue will be Barwick Methodist Church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £4 can be obtained by calling either Geoff Yapp, tel 0113 281-2561 or John Tinker, tel 0113 281-2254. All proceeds will support the work of Barwick in Bloom in preparing the village to represent Yorkshire in this year’s Britain in Bloom competition.

Easter coffee morning: Yorkshire’s Air Ambulance will receive the proceeds of an Easter coffee morning to be hosted by members of Barwick Methodist Church in their schoolroom on Saturday, March 23 from 10am-noon. Admission costing £1 will include light refreshments and a cake stall will be among the attractions.

Palm Sunday joint service: celebrations of Holy Week will begin in the parish with a Palm Sunday service on March 24, beginning in Barwick Methodist Church at 10.30am and, following a short procession, ending at All Saints’ Church, Barwick. Full details of Holy Week and Easter services in Barwick and Scholes will be published in this column next week.