An update on recent events
Community Infrastructure Levy.
Please see attached here, the Parish Council's response to Leeds City Council's invitation to comment on the CIL Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule
Parish Council Chairman's Report For 2012/13
The Parish Council Chairman's Report is incorporated into the May 2013 Newsletter, or it can be read here.
Parish Council Newsletter
The May 2013 edition of the Parish Council newsletter has now been prepared and is available to download. Click here to view:
Annual Parish Meeting
The Annual Parish Meeting and Open Discussion will be held at Barwick Methodist Schoolroom on Monday 13th May 2013 at 7.00pm and all parishioners are invited. See agenda here.
Parish Council Social Media Policy
This link sets out the agreed Code of Practice that provides guidance to Barwick in Elmet and Scholes Parish Councillors in the use of online communications, collectively referred to as social media. It is also intended for guidance for others communicating with theParish Council.
Road Closure Notice
In the interests of public safety it is considered necessary to prohibit vehicular use of Aberford Road & Cattle Lane from their junctions with Potterton Lane(Barwick in Elmet) and Main Street(Aberford) on Sunday 12th May 2013 between hours and hours. See attached
Sports and Active Lifestyles Fairs
The Sport and Active Lifestyle Service, along with a number of partner organisations, will be delivering 2 Sports and Active Lifestyles Fairs showcasing opportunities for sport and physical activity available for children, young people, adults and families who live within the Inner East, Inner North East and Outer North East areas of Leeds.
The fairs will be FREE and will take place on: Thursday 25th April 6 - 8PM at Roundhay School and Thursday 27th June 6-8PM at Boston Spa School
Come and find out what opportunities are available in your area, with demonstrations, exciting taster activities and information stalls.
For more information get in touch with Paul Senior, Club Development Officer , Sport and Active Lifestyle Service, 0113 2143481 or 07891 270626
The future development of East Leeds.
The Parish Council has taken the opportunity to produce a summary document of Leeds City Council's plans for the development of East Leeds. The Parish Council hopes that this document will answer a number of questions and concerns that have been circulating for some time, regarding development near to our villages.
Please click here to read the document.
HS2 proposed high speed rail link
Parish Council Gazebos
The Parish Council has recently acquired 2 gazebos which can be loaned, free of charge, for use by and Parish and Charity Organisations.
For more details click here.
The telephone numbers for the Doctor's surgeries in Barwick, Garforth and Aberford have changed since the 1st November 2012 and are using normal 0113 numbers instead of the costly 0844 numbers. See details here.
Leeds City Council have adopted a zero tolerance policy to illegal advertising on the highway and flyposting. Numerous prosecutions have been served and successfully processed through the courts. Advertising of events that are defined as "In accordance with the community benefit aspect" are allowed - however please refer to the following link for detailed information.
Barwick Miners Institute has recently undergone substantial improvements, including a replacement floor, heating and general repairs. The hall can be used for a variety of activities and in addition there are 2 full size snooker tables, again recently renovated. Please direct any enquiries to Rod Kemp, on 0113-2813005.
Barwick Village Hall has recently undergone some changes, and is now available for parties, weddings and meetings - it has kitchen facilities and bar service can be arranged. See contact details on the Useful Contact Information page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Telecoms company TalkTalk ( www.talktalk.co.uk/local ) has kindly agreed to provide sponsorship to enable the purchase of a new notice board.
PARISH COUNCIL ACCOUNTS
If anyone wishes to inspect or make copies of the accounts for the year ended 31st March 2012 then they can be made available on application. Please refer to the attached for more details.
In addition please refer to the following:
ELECTRICITY CUTS IN BARWICK
Barwick residents may have noticed recent power cuts, in some cases the power continually "tripping" on and off over a period of time. We are advised that this is due to tree branches fouling the overhead lines and causing a brief outage before the sub-station trips in again. The telephone number to report these faults to is 0800-375675 and the more people that ring up to complain will hopefully convince CE Electric to provide a permanent solution. More information can be found on
PROPOSED PARKING RESTRICTIONS FOR BARWICK AND SCHOLES
New parking restrictions are now in place for Barwick and Scholes, please find below the details.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
Monday 13th May - Barwick Methodist Schoolroom
Monday 3rd June - Scholes Methodist Hall
PARISH PLAN AND VILLAGE DESIGN STATEMENT
Parishioners will recall receiving a Questionnaire Survey, which was the start of the exercise of producing a revised Parish Plan and Village Design Statement. The information received from these questionnaires, together with the results of various surveys carried out with different groups of residents (including school children) has now been collated. The 2012 Parish Plan and a 2012 Parish Plan summary have now been produced.
These in turn have formed the basis of the the Village Design Statement (VDS) prepared by David Gluck of "Ruralis" after widespread consultation within the Parish. The Village Design Statement may be defined as a document that describes the qualities and characteristics local people value in their community, and one which sets out clear and simple guidance for the design of all development in the Parish and recommend actions for improvement. It will be a guidance document that we aim to have adopted by Leeds City Council as a Supplementary Planning Document, giving it some legal clout in considering development proposals by the local authority, government departments, developers and individual property owners wishing to carry out alterations.
The finished document is now available (click here). The Parish Council thanks all residents who read the draft VDS and sent in their comments and views. These have all been carefully considered - many of which have been added to the VDS, and some were thought to be more relevant to the NDP and will be incorporated there. The VDS has now been submitted to Leeds City Council and it will be some months before we get a response. Once accepted, this website will be updated. Printed copies are now available to read in Scholes library, The Manor House, The Dentists in Scholes and Barwick Doctor's surgery.
BARWICK CONSERVATION AREA
SCHOLES CONSERVATION AREA
The Scholes Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan has now been approved.
SCHOLES LODGE FARM
This is the fenced off triangular area of land in Scholes, between Leeds Road/Main Street and the Coronation Tree. As you will be aware, this land is owned by the Parish Council, via an S106 agreement and is designated as public open space. Because of the historic nature of the site the Parish Council has requested an archaelogical survey to be carried out - see here. This details the history of the site and how future enhancements might be accommodated. The suggestions in the file are the result of meetings/feedback in the past, further meetings/consultations will follow in due course.
Please clear up after your dog and use the black waste bins around the village or take it home and use your own black bin. Wardens have issued fixed penalty notices - Beware and ensure your dog has a name tag.
The crime reports are now submitted by hard copy, and since March 2012 they have been included in the Parish Council minutes. Please refer to Freedom of Information page to review the minutes. For security advice or to report suspicious activity - 0845 6060606 or 0113 2855374.
The latest Crime Panel Newsletter is attached here, detailing how best to take precautions.
In addition please see the following link for advice from the Wetherby Crime Panel, entitled "Darker Nights" Also refer to the following link regarding information from the Crime Prevention Panel about car crime. Finally - please read the attached document about "Euro cylinder locks" and follow the advice enclosed.
ARE YOU RE-CYCLING YOUR WASTE
Please use your green and brown waste bins and place glass in the bottle banks at the Gascoigne Pub.
DOGS BANNED FROM JACK HEAPS FIELD
Due to the irresponsible behaviour of dog owners who fail to clear up after their dogs the Parish Council has unanimously decided that dogs will be banned from this area in future.
The land was donated to the Parish by Jack Heaps and was intended as a play area for young children. It is therefore unacceptable that dog mess is left as a danger to children. It is regretted that responsible dog owners who do use the dog bin provided will find this ban of some inconvenience but the welfare of the children is of primary importance. Leeds City dog wardens will be keeping a close watch on the situation. There is general concern throughout the Parish at irresponsible dog owners who do not clear up after their dogs and efforts will be made to prosecute if appropriate. Dog owners are advised that it is now permissible to place plastic dog poo bags in the weekly rubbish bins.