Barwick and Scholes News

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Bus service changes: despite many Scholes residents telling Metro, the West Yorkshire transport authority, how unhappy they are with proposed changes to bus services and routes to and from their village it seems their protests have been in vain. According to Metro’s website consultation in the Leeds area has now ended and the changes will be introduced on Saturday, July 20. This is bound to prompt criticism from villagers who believe the consultation exercise was never likely to influence the final decision. Only one consultation opportunity was offered in East Leeds, not within the parish but at the Seacroft shopping centre. In response to villagers’ concerns the parish council has been seeking an early meeting with Metro representatives to make them fully aware of the likely impact on bus users in Scholes. Metro, which does not run bus or train services, has had to slash budgets for rural services it supports in response to substantially reduced funding from cash strapped local councils. In Scholes the very popular service 63, which now links the village with Cross Gates and Seacroft, will be withdrawn entirely. It will be replaced by the bus operator extending service 11, though this will take longer to travel to and from Leeds city centre, via Gipton, and will not serve the same places as the 63. The weekend link from Scholes to Temple Newsam will also be withdrawn, though a new service 11A will provide an hourly evening and Sunday link between Scholes and the city centre, via Cross Gates, Seacroft and Cross Green. In addition, service 64A will no longer go in and out of Scholes, bringing to an end the controversial routing through residential streets. Service 64 will operate every half hour during the day between Aberford, Barwick and Leeds, via the Coronation Tree, with a revised timetable designed to improve reliability and connections to other bus services. Scholes has seen numerous bus service changes over recent years and the latest proposals have prompted widespread concern that the village now faces further disadvantage.

Road closure at weekend: Aberford Road, from its junction with Potterton Lane, Barwick and Cattle Lane, from its junction with Main Street, Aberford will be closed to through traffic on Sunday, May 12, for resurfacing between 8am and 6pm, weather permitting. Announcing the closure, Leeds City Council said access will be maintained for pedestrians and emergency vehicles. Also, access will be available to Parlington Court, Fieldhead Drive, Parlington Drive, Parlington Villas and Waterside Meadows. Drivers going north are advised by the council to use a diversionary route via Potterton Lane, Kiddal Lane and York Road. Those going south will be diverted from The Cross, Barwick, via Main Street, Long Lane, Barwick Road, Barrowby Lane, Aberford Road, Roman Road, Bunkers Hill and Main Street, Aberford.

Annual parish meeting: Barwick and Scholes Parish Council will hold the Annual Parish Meeting on Monday, May 13, at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom at 7.30pm. This will be preceded at 7pm by the monthly Parish Forum, at which residents can raise issues of local concern. At the annual meeting Coun Ben Hogan, Chairman, will report on parish council decisions and activities during the year ending March 31 and present for approval a financial statement for the last financial year. The council’s Chairman and Vice Chairman will be elected or re-elected and the parish precept – the amount added to Council Tax bills to pay for parish services and facilities – will be confirmed for the current financial year. This meeting will be followed by the May meeting of the parish council. Members of the public are entitled to attend both the annual meeting and the council meeting.

A taste of honey: Keeping Bees will be the highly topical subject of a presentation to members of Barwick in Elmet Horticultural Society on Monday by a member of the Yorkshire Bee Keeping Association. This will begin at the village hall at 7.45pm. The society’s annual plant and crafts sale will be held at the same venue on Saturday, May 18, starting at 2pm. Donations of cakes and plants will be welcomed during the morning.

Scholes comedy next week: Scholes Village Players recommend anyone planning to attend their Spring production on Friday or Saturday of next week to buy tickets in advance. The Players will give four performances of the comedy Out of Order, by Ray Cooney, at Scholes Village Hall, from Wednesday to Saturday, with curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets costing £6 for adults are now on sale at the Scholes convenience store or can be bought at the door, subject to seats remaining available.The comedy will be directed by Scholes resident Joan Fox, one of the Players’ most experienced producers. Last year the group celebrated 80 years of presenting live theatre in Scholes by performing a comedy in the Spring and a pantomime in November, both attracting full houses.

Barwick Art Club: painting a watercolour landscape will be demonstrated by professional artist Paul Talbot Greaves at next Wednesday’s meeting of Barwick Art Club. New members are welcome to attend, whether beginners or experienced painters. Admission to the weekly meetings, held at the Miners’ Institute, Chapel Lane, Barwick, at 7pm on Wednesdays, costs £3.

Supporting the Crypt: members of All Saints’ Church, Barwick, thank everyone who supported their series of Lent Lunches during the weeks before Easter. This enabled a donation of £572 to be made to St George’s Crypt, Leeds, helping them to support homeless men in the city.