Scarcroft Neighbourhood Plan: A meeting took place at the village hall on Monday attended by nearly 40 residents and members of the Scarcroft Development Group. Chairperson, Coun Ruth Middleton gave a summary of the work done so far. Much time and effort has been spent in meetings and contact with adjoining villages and the Leeds City Council with the help of Harewood ward Coun Matthew Robinson. A questionnaire has been put together and has now been posted to every household. Coun Middleton appealed for help dealing with the returned forms and appraisals. There seems to be quite a lot of support for the development of the old Y E B (en power site) this would take pressure off some of the larger suggested sites. Alex Jackson had produced a large display of maps and possible site details around the village that was very useful. When you receive your questionnaire please take time to read it, do not discard it, fill it in, make your comments known, however insignificant they may seem to be. Without the residents comments and the Scarcroft Plan, the planners will simply do what they think fit and we will have no say at all. Completed forms can be placed in the Red Box at the village hall or at the New Inn.
Scarcroft Village Hall: Despite the doubts regarding the future management of the village hall, pre arranged work involving redecorating inside and out is taking place with the hall closed during August. It is to be hoped that new faces will come alone soon otherwise the hall may close for good in the New Year.
Strikes Garden Centre and Café: Our local Strikes Garden Centre and Café at Red Hall is closing for good on Sunday with the loss of over a dozen staff, plus part time jobs. The site is to be used for, Guess what, more housing! This was not unexpected and has been on the cards for some time. It has been a garden centre for many years now, a popular local amenity and employer. It is very ironic that we are spending time looking for local amenities, facilities and employment, (the hopes that the Quarry site could be small businesses was swept away by yet, more houses, was an example). Although the planners are unable to block such applications it is a sad reflection on overall ‘Town and Country Planning’. The housing machine is driven relentlessly on by money, landowners, developers and impotent planners and pussyfooting appeal inspectors.