Four immediate actions as Menston businesses come together; outcomes of Menston Community Association 2 April meeting

Menston local business representatives came together on Friday evening to explore ways of encouraging support by the village community. With representatives of the Menston Community Association (MCA) and two Councillors present, the meeting agreed on some immediate measures, learned of the proposed MCA ‘Village Information Centre’ project and agreed another meeting on Wednesday 30 April to take things forward and to agree on a name for the grouping.

A rough idea of the kind of community information board envisaged in the MCA Village Information Centre project, incorporating areas for a village map showing places of interest, walks and local businesses, an area to publicise community organisations and their activities, and an area for official MCA communications.

A rough idea of the kind of community information board envisaged in the MCA Village Information Centre project, incorporating areas for a village map showing places of interest, walks and local businesses, an area to publicise community organisations and their activities, and an area for official MCA communications.

Use it or lose it

Ideas from a bag carrying a stark ‘Use it or lose it’ message to local business ‘fayres’ were proposed and discussed at the initial ‘exploratory’ meeting of local business representatives on Friday evening. Coordinated by local business woman Christine Minchella, the meeting – which attracted 18 people – was held at her premises, The Studio, in Cleasby Road. Snacks were provided by Solo delicatessen and catering.

Introductions. The meeting began with each business introducing itself, this demonstrating the range of business activities in the village, from tradesmen like plumbers and electricians to graphic artists, an estate agent, printers and, of course, shops and pubs.

By the end of the evening four short-term concrete actions had been agreed:

  • a simple listing of local businesses in the forthcoming MCA ‘Menston News’ publication (due in May). Roger Livesey agreed to make the listing he had compiled for the business listings on this web site available in an accessible form
  • another meeting, to take things forward, on Wednesday 30 April (venue etc will be posted on this site when known)
  • production of some kind of flyer promoting support of local businesses. Investigation of how to distribute such a flyer effectively
  • to seek ideas for a name for the loose ‘confederation’ of local Menston businesses proposed, for discussion at the next meeting

MCA ‘Village Information Centre’: Sue Rix explained the intention of the MCA ‘Village Information Centre’ on which she and Roger Livesey had been working in a small MCA working group with other ad hoc members. We were very fortunate in having a skilled cartographer in the village, Alison Manson, who was working on production of a detailed village map, Sue said. Sue was currently seeking permission from the landlords, Bradford Council, to erect the board outside the library, alongside the Parish Council notice board. It was hoped that eventually this central information point would be supplemented by other information boards around the village.

Would local business people be willing to pay to appear on the Village Information Centre board(s)? Representatives of local businesses are invited to say by making a ‘comment’ below (anonymously if you wish).

The meeting discussed the success of the Burley and District Chamber of Trade, which had some Menston business members. However, it was felt that Menston needed its own grouping on a similar basis although this could perhaps become affiliated with the Burley group in some way suggested Cllr Dale Smith. MCA Chairman Steve Ellams said that the MCA was now a member of the Burley organisation.

Ombudsman enquiry into Bingley Road development – MCA meeting

The Local Authority Ombudsman seems to be having further thoughts following the initial dismissive response. The Ombudsman now says that  the material about the flooding and drainage evidence and witness statement from  Prof Rhodes had never been received from MCA Chairman Steve Ellams. This prompted an intervention from Philip Davies MP.

It had been pointed out that the planning panel had never seen the evidence statement by Prof Rhodes yet in the Ombudsman report so far it is stated they had seen all they required to make an informed judgement!

Bradford Core Strategy draft. The April MCA meeting was told that the Parish Council had produced their Bradford representation, 22 statements which, says Steve Ellams, is good. Alan Elsegood sent others and Dr Ellams sent a representation on behalf of the MCA. There have also be submissions from WARD and Phil Moore sent one for the Menston Action Group.

Cllr Dale Smith introduced some suggestions for the commemoration of the First World War and a meeting has been arranged for Monday 14th April at the Methodist church, 7.30pm, to discuss.

Car Show. A full update on the Menston Vehicle Show is expected in the very near future and will be featured here when available.

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