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Wet but determined – Menston/Guiseley green belt protectors march. Strictly, come dancing in Menston

Banner inviting to honkAround 100 protesters, including the Chairman of the Menston Action Group (MAG) and a peacefully protesting contingent of dogs, gathered at the Menston/Guiseley boundary on the A65 in pouring rain on Sunday lunch time to bring to people’s attention the loss of Green Fields, the potential merging of Menston and Guiseley to be part of a Bradford/Leeds urban sprawl, and the lack of facilities to cope with yet more houses, if Ings Fields on the boundary are developed, . Passing motorists were invited to “hoot in you love green belt” and around half of passing cars did just that with gusto. After gathering where the Mire Beck crosses the road the bedraggled but cheerful and determined crowd walked up to Ings Lane, down to the proposed entrance into the housing development planned for Ings Fields, then back into Menston via the bridle path beyond St Mary’s school. Pictures, and more about the protest from yesterday’s post, below.

Strictly dancing – Tuesdays Kirklands

Ballroom dancing has joined the ballet classes at Menston’s Kirlands Community Centre on Tuesday evening, beginning of 14 April. Ballet classes for grade 4 to intermediate are well established from 6.00 to 7.15pm, turning out award winning dancers; most recently three students at the Menston classes being chosen to dance with English Youth Ballet in Giselle at St. George’s Hall, Bradford, in June.

The ‘Strictly’ classes are being brought to Kirklands by Sandra Beaumont, former UK champion and championship adjudicator. The new classes will cover Ballroom and Latin at 7.30pm, then Rock & Roll at 8.30pm, each Tuesday . There are some Tuesdays when Kirklands is not available for the dancing so consult the ‘Events’ listing to see if they have been arranged in another location.

PROTEST WALK TO SHOW LEEDS WHERE THE REAL MENSTON/GUISELEY BOUNDARY IS (click any picture to see larger as a slide show; text from post on 10 April)

If the Ings fields between Menston and Guiseley are developed then Menston and Guiseley will have merged!

Menston and Guiseley Greenbelt Protection Group had a day of action rally, walking the site under threat, which is just off the A65, behind the BP petrol station.

The rally was organised together with WARD (Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development). On this day Community Voice on Planning prepared a National day of action to protest at the loss of greenbelt between settlements which is leading to urban sprawl and a reduction in social standards across the nation.

We in Menston are one of many unique (and we are unique, aren’t we?)  communities which are threatened with becoming just part of an urban sprawl.

One of the major factors for preserving Green Belt according to Government guidelines is to maintain the distinctiveness of named settlements by keeping the greenbelt buffer between them. Building on the Ing fields, apart from the fact they are Green Belt, will effectively join the two settlements. If they are built on they are gone for good!

The walk was intended to show Leeds where the real Menston/Guiseley boundary is and should be preserved as a slice of green between the two settlements.

Recently Menston village was represented at the Inspectors examination in public of the Bradford Core Strategy for housing over the coming 15 years and much angst was raised by many communities around Bradford over the planning rules which state that Local Planning Authorities should be seen to cooperate over the development of their core strategies where these impact on neighbouring authorities. Those present could see the results of no such cooperation as sites are coming forwards for development across both sides of Menston that will result in the settlements of Guiseley and Menston becoming a single sprawl.

We may be forced to, once more, become victims of circumstances if the green space between Menston and Guiseley is further eroded and do remember that at the moment, this comes at the end of many years of heavy developments, where no additional communications or social infrastructure have been put in place.

The settlement boundaries between Menston and Guiseley need to be highlighted as Leeds’ planners have included Moorland Crescent and Bradford Road, Menston, in the major settlement extending from Guiseley, thus making the Ings Fields look like wonderful infill to them! This is a political boundary not a settlement or geographic boundary. The settlement boundary runs along the back gardens of Moorland Crescent Menston following Mire Beck.

The walk was organised by Liz Kirkpatrick at mandggpg@gmail.com, phone 01943 875640.

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Keeping Menston & Guiseley separate. Join campaign walk on Sunday!

SHOW LEEDS WHERE THE REAL MENSTON/GUISELEY BOUNDARY IS

If the Ings fields between Menston and Guiseley are developed then Menston and Guiseley will have merged!

Menston and Guiseley Greenbelt Protection Group are having a day of action rally, walking the site under threat, which is just off the A65, opposite the BP petrol station. Join them at 12.30pm on Sunday 12 April. Meet where the Mire Beck crosses the road. There will be a banner you cannot miss! However, bring your own banner too to carry on the walk – the more the better.

The rally is organised together with WARD (Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development). On this day Community Voice on Planning are preparing a National day of action to protest at the loss of greenbelt between settlements which is leading to urban sprawl and a reduction in social standards across the nation.

We in Menston are one of many unique (and we are unique, aren’t we?)  communities which are threatened with becoming just part of an urban sprawl.

One of the major factors for preserving Green Belt according to Government guidelines is to maintain the distinctiveness of named settlements by keeping the greenbelt buffer between them. Building on the Ing fields, apart from the fact they are Green Belt, will effectively join the two settlements. If they are built on they are gone for good!

Let’s show Leeds where the real Menston/Guiseley boundary is and should be preserved as a slice of green between the two settlements.

Join the walk!

Recently Menston village was represented at the Inspectors examination in public of the Bradford Core Strategy for housing over the coming 15 years and much angst was raised by many communities around Bradford over the planning rules which state that Local Planning Authorities should be seen to cooperate over the development of their core strategies where these impact on neighbouring authorities. Those present could see the results of no such cooperation as sites are coming forwards for development across both sides of Menston that will result in the settlements of Guiseley and Menston becoming a single sprawl.

We may be forced to, once more, become victims of circumstances if the green space between Menston and Guiseley is further eroded and do remember that at the moment, this comes at the end of many years of heavy developments, where no additional communications or social infrastructure have been put in place.

The settlement boundaries between Menston and Guiseley need to be highlighted as Leeds’ planners have included Moorland Crescent and Bradford Road, Menston, in the major settlement extending from Guiseley, thus making the Ings Fields look like wonderful infill to them! This is a political boundary not a settlement or geographic boundary. The settlement boundary runs along the back gardens of Moorland Crescent Menston following Mire Beck.

Any questions or bright ideas, email Liz Kirkpatrick at mandggpg@gmail.com or phone 01943 875640.

Busy Menston Saturday: Kirklands Community Centre, the Menstone, High Royds Social Club, a fighting team to Ilkley and getting ready for Menston in Bloom judging

Beth Street with the poster for the Soul Evening on 21 March, to raise money to build a school destroyed by typhoon HaiyanA lot to do this coming Saturday: an interesting youth snooker event begins at the Menstone in Farnley Road at 1pm, the last ‘Family Boogie’ of the season at the High Royds Social Club begins at 3pm and the day in Menston can be rounded off at the Soul Night at Kirklands Community Centre, beginning at 8pm. Meanwhile, some of the team working hard to protect Menston from inappropriate housing development will be going to a meeting in Ilkley where protection of both Wharfedale and Airedale will be the theme of discussions. You can also join the Menston in Bloom team for a ‘work session’ outside Kirklands at 9.30am.

Soul Night at Kirklands

It’s still not too late to get a ticket to the Soul Night at Kirklands; this event went down very well last year with the Soul Surgeons and Sally’s Army Choir entertaining, drinks and a chilli supper if you want it, all in a great cause – to rebuild a school destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines at the end of 2013. Call Beth on 0771 978 5986 for tickets, £10, or you can buy at the door (starts at 8pm and goes on till 11pm) if you can get in!

Youth snooker at the Menstone

Beginning at 1pm on Saturday, there will be snooker pro plus coaches at the Menstone to celebrate the juniors who have taken part in the Paul Hunter Foundation snooker coaching. You will be able to watch the juniors play and there will be opportunities for juniors to join one of the forthcoming snooker coaching programmes to be run from the club.

Club coach, David Horrix, says that snooker is growing in popularity and the Menstone is on its way to becoming the number one club in the area for juniors.

You can just turn up at the Menstone between 1pm and 3pm or for more information contact David on 0751 921 0021.

Family Boogie at High Royds

Last chance this ‘season’, before the summer break, to take the kids along to the High Royds Social Club at the top of High Royds Drive, between 3pm and 5pm, for “adult music in a child-friendly setting”. It’s organised for families who want to have fun with their pre-school children but older siblings are welcome too. There’s a reasonably priced licensed bar, hot/cold drinks and snacks, free parking, baby change and food preparation facilities. It’s all free but a  £5 donation suggested, all of which goes to Save the Children. For more information email John at johnrobertparkinson@yahoo.co.uk.

Menston in Bloom work sessions before 31 March visit

Work sessions to make Menston look its best before a visit from Yorkshire In Bloom judges, Phillip Young and Joanne Morris, will be on Saturday morning and Monday (23rd) morning; for both meet outside Kirklands at 9.30am. Any help will be greatly appreciated, as would any tidying and litter picking around your street.

The judges are visiting on 31st March. They will be shown not only the lovely colourful planters throughout the village, but also the parks and open spaces, the churchyards, Meadowlea Children’s Home and the station, amongst other areas.

Planning Issues and Localism:  Is it Working?

A team from Menston will be attending a public meeting in Ilkley, about planning, housing, infrastructure and localism and the impact on local communities, organised by Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development (WARD) at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley, beginning a 1pm on Saturday. Several local MPs and Councillors will be attending and there’s a BBC style ‘Question Time’ at 3pm to end proceedings. Everyone is welcome and there’s no charge to attend.

Our MP, Philip Davies, will be there, together with Stuart Andrew MP and Greg Mullholland MP. Other MPs have been invited. Speakers include Ilkley Ward Councillor Anne Hawkesworth.

For more information contact Steve Ellams, Special Projects Officer for WARD, s.ellams1@btinternet.com, mobile 0795 086 8379 or 01943 872607.

A voting dilemma? Tory, Labour, LD or ‘dustpan’ not options for Menston says grumpytyke

In the week of the local and European elections, our columnist ‘grumpytyke’ faces a dilemma:

“In my opinion Menston has an excellent local MP in Philip Davies, the current Wharfedale Ward Councillor Dale Smith seems to have worked for the people of Menston, and the candidate Gerry Barker says he will do so if elected. So what is the over-riding reason that I cannot vote for the last named this week and the first named next year?

“It’s very simple: a vote for them is effectively a vote for David Cameron and ‘Concrete’ Boles. These two (ironically assisted by Labour Councillors in Bradford), despite their protestations to the contrary, are clearly intent on destroying for ever – for short-term gain – much of not only what makes the Yorkshire Dales loved by all of us who are fortunate enough to live here but many areas of beauty elsewhere in this green and pleasant land.

“Of course we need more houses; of course we need more affordable housing. However, building on our green fields and merging our unique individual communities is not necessary to achieve this. It is only necessary to maximise the profits of the developers, who have Cameron and Boles in their pockets as the two take the easiest option to recover the economy – maximise construction – and bow to the blackmail of ‘we won’t build if we’re forced to use brownfield sites’; of course they will but profits will be lower and the rich will get less richer.

“The thought of the UK economy managed by Ed Balls horrifies me, but any damage he could do would be temporary, repairable (as recovery, albeit painful, from the disaster created by his predecessors is demonstrating at the moment). Destruction of our green spaces will inevitably be permanent and future generations will rightly hold us here now to be guilty. As a resident of God’s own county I don’t want to have to answer to my celestial landlord. But the Labour party would clearly allow the planning nightmares to continue, and in Menston’s case are responsible for them, so representatives of this party are not an option.

“As for the Liberal Democrats, I did vote in their favour at the last general election but only because this was the best chance of unseating the sitting Labour Councillor in the Ward where I then lived; it worked. In general I do not like their general approach, which seems to me aimed at bringing everyone down to the lowest common denominator rather than striving to raise everyone to the best. So they are not an option.

“All the major political parties argue that we should vote for them at the local elections as the ‘team’ can be more effective than an individual (click the following link to see candidates’ Questions&Answers’). This has not been borne out by Menston’s experiences at the hands of BMDC.”

UKIP and the dustpan

“It’s tempting to vote UKIP this week in the European election to give Cameron a deserved boot up the backside but how can any sensible person vote for a party led by someone who demonstrates such gross ignorance by comments such as those last week about living next door to Romanians. The majority of Romanians who have come to this country are highly qualified, skilled professionals whose children are often at or near the top of their classes in their UK schools. Their English is usually excellent, often far better than that of their British colleagues (as is their numeracy). The exceptions, a very small minority, are usually Romanian gypsies (and let’s not go along with the idiocy of calling them ‘roma’ – even they do not like the term). But we shouldn’t tar all the gypsies with the same brush; there are skilled, hard-working, English-speaking contributors to our economy among them too and many who are not do not come, as claimed by Farage, to get benefits, but to work, often doing jobs which the complaining white British will not do.

“Another good reason to welcome the Romanians is their sense of humour which accords very well with the dry humour of us tykes. A reader of an article in the Romanian newspaper ‘Realitatea’ earlier this week comments “Nici eu n-asi vrea sa-l am vecin pe faras asta” which translates as “Nor would I want to have as a neighbour that dustpan” (faras, pronounciation in Romanian close to Farage = dustpan).

So this week I face a dilemma: who to vote for in the two elections as a resident of a village, county and country I love if I want what makes them great preserved for future generations. Any suggestions?

Whether you agree or disagree, feel free to comment on this post; comments are not censored in any way unless obscene or illegal.

– grumpytyke

PS. Did you see the letter from Steve Ellams in the Yorkshire Post last Saturday? In case not, I’m reproducing it here:

“You do not need to be a rocket scientist to understand why developers want more aid to develop contaminated brownfield sites (The Yorkshire Post, May 13). The only qualification necessary is good old fashioned comment sense.

“As a member of Menston Action Group and chairman of the Menston Community Association, along with the Wharfedale and Airedale Review Group, I have tirelessly campaigned to reiterate statements made by your Political Correspondent James Reed. One of the simplest ways to encourage regeneration, particularly inner cities like Bradford, would be to remove VAT on brownfield sites.

“The land banking currently demonstrated by developers should be banned and any planning consent, if not followed through within a short time limit should expire. The developer, under the current national planning guidelines, has now become the equivalent of the Mafia. We are still fighting the inappropriate planning consent on Bingley Road and Derry Hill after five years and over £140,000 of cost to the community. When will it end?” 

 

Happy New Year Menston – some good news to begin

Wishing a Happy New Year to all Menston residents, and especially to the faithful who ‘follow’ this blog (if you do not just click the ‘Follow’ box on the right and enter your email address, then you will be informed every time there is a new post); it’s great to begin the year with some good news.

BMDC to be held to account?

The incompetents (or are they supremely competent at seeming incompetent?) in Bradford Council who are bent on destroying our village may be held to account it seems; as reported just before Christmas, the Local Authority Ombudsman seems to have agreed that BMDC may well not have behaved in an acceptable manner as far as the applications to build unsuitable housing in unsuitable locations in Menston is concerned. The Ombudsman has agreed that there is sufficient evidence to merit an investigation; click this phrase to see the bones of the letter from them here.

Our MP Philip Davies has thrown down the gauntlet again by objecting to the latest application to build yet more houses off Bingley Road and, as reported towards the end of last year, is still endeavouring to get an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons on the unacceptable activities of BMDC as far as Menston is concerned. You can make an objection on line; click on this sentence to go to the relevant section of the BMDC website.

An up-to-date summary of the situation on the inappropriate housing developments in the village has been prepared by seasoned campaigner, former Chairman of the Menston Community Association (now Secretary), Alan Elsegood. You can see the summary by clicking on this phrase; it will no doubt be a major item for discussion at the first 2014 meeting of the Menston Community Association on Wednesday 8th January evening.

Click on this paragraph for the Agenda for the meeting.

Local heroes?

This prompts a suggestion: Alan must surely merit the accolade of ‘Local Community Hero’; nominations are being sought for the SHIPLEY AREA COMMUNITY HEROES AWARDS 2013 – 2014. The closing date for nominations is 31 January and there may be others in Menston, young and not so young (there are four categories), who you might wish to nominate. More information from the Admin team at Shipley Area Coordinator’s Office on 01274 437146, or e-mail
shipleyareaneighbourhoodforums@bradford.gov.uk
As this is part of BMDC perhaps Alan’s nomination is unlikely to be accepted, but wouldn’t it be  good idea to embarrass them with a large number for him?

Promoting local businesses

Another item on the 8 January agenda is connected to promoting local businesses and especially support of local shops and ‘consumer’ businesses. Let’s mention one which has just become evident to this website: Croft Park seems to have become a centre for personal care with three hair and two other ‘beauty salons’.

Logo for Relax&Revive

Logo for Relax&Revive

Relax & Revive is the name of a salon at number 11. Run by Alison Bloor, it specialises in “holistic and sports massage, beauty treatments including reflexology, Indian head massage, pregnancy massage and facials”. The business will now be added to the businesses listings but there is more information on the website at www.relaxandrevive.org.

A competent seamstress in Menston?

Another listing on this site which has not been used as much as hoped is that seeking people to do small jobs or those offering to do them. A new one is looking for a competent seamstress to make some loose covers for an an old ‘Lazyboy’ chair. More information on the ‘Jobs’ pages.

…. …. … Six Bradford Councillors ‘Wanted’ …. …. …. … … for intended vandalism in Menston … ….

Menston Community Association
meeting
Wednesday 6th November 7.30pm
Methodist Church Hall, Main Street.
Click for full agenda.

Go along and have your say on how those below (and others) can be held to accounT

You might like to read a summary of the behaviour of BMDc On this matter before attending the meeting, or if you cannot attend. Just click this Paragraph, or click the link below to download a copy (Word doc).

MENSTON’S MIS-TREATMENT

Wanted for vandalism posterm Slater

Wanted to answer for intended:
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
Val Slater, Labour
Royds Ward BMDC
Housing, Planning & Transport portfolio BMDC
Last known address:
19 Lady Lane
Bingley BD16 4AG
Tel: 01274 564099
Email: val.slater@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted for vandalism poster David Warburton

Wanted to answer for intended:
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
David Warburton, Labour
Wyke Ward BMDC
Regulatory & Appeals Committee (Chairman) BMDC
Last known address:
24 Rooley Crescent
Bradford BD16 1BU
Tel: 01274 421407  Email: david.warburton@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for attempted vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community David Warburton, Labour Wyke Ward BMDC Regulatory & Appeals Committee (Chairman) BMDC Last known address: 24 Rooley Crescent Odsal Bradford  BD16 1BU Tel: 01274 421407 0777 450 5988 Email: david.warburton@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for intended:
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
Dr Keith Dredge, Labour
Keighley West Ward BMDC
Regulatory & Appeals Committee (alternate) BMDC
Last known address:
5 Diamond Street
Keighley BD22 7DL
Tel: 01535 690734
Email: keith.dredge@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for attempted vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community David Warburton, Labour Wyke Ward BMDC Regulatory & Appeals Committee (Chairman) BMDC Last known address: 24 Rooley Crescent Odsal Bradford  BD16 1BU Tel: 01274 421407 0777 450 5988 Email: david.warburton@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for intended:
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
Shabir Hussain, Labour
Regulatory & Appeals Committee BMDC
Last known address:
5 Ashburnham Grove
Bradford BD9 4NX
Tel: 0797 678 6420
Email: shabir.hussain@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for attempted vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community David Warburton, Labour Wyke Ward BMDC Regulatory & Appeals Committee (Chairman) BMDC Last known address: 24 Rooley Crescent Odsal Bradford  BD16 1BU Tel: 01274 421407 0777 450 5988 Email: david.warburton@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for intended:
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
Imran Khan, Labour
Regulatory & Appeals Committee ( Dep Chairman) BMDC
Last known address:
City Hall
Bradford BD1 1HY
Tel: 0796 646 4828
Email: cllr.inrankahn@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for attempted vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community David Warburton, Labour Wyke Ward BMDC Regulatory & Appeals Committee (Chairman) BMDC Last known address: 24 Rooley Crescent Odsal Bradford  BD16 1BU Tel: 01274 421407 0777 450 5988 Email: david.warburton@bradford.gov.uk

Wanted to answer for intended
vandalism, destruction of the Yorkshire countryside, destruction of a village community
Doreen Lee, Labour
BMDC
Regulatory & Appeals Committee BMDC
Last known address:
4 Southlands Road
Keighley BD20 5HD
Tel: 01535 667772
Email: doreen.lee@bradford.gov.uk

Menston village – what more can Philip Davies MP do?

Philip Davies MP, worried about proposed housing developments in Menston but is he doing enough to prevent them?

Philip Davies MP seems as worried about the ill-conceived proposed Menston housing developments as the majority of Menston residents, but is he doing enough to oppose them? Here’s a chance to tell him what more you think he can do.

Can our local member of Parliament, Philip Davies, do more to help prevent the inappropriate and destructive housing developments proposed for Menston village? Could he have done more?

Click here for An interesting debate (comments) following the report in the Telegraph & ARgus on the recent derry hill decision

MCA meeting 6th November. Click here AGENDA.

Click this paragraph to see the full flooding report prepared by JBA Consulting.

He does not think so but if you do then here’s a chance to tell him.

Grumpytyke responded to a comment on the most recent previous post (Menston village community slapped down by Bradford MDC … ) which said “Surely he (Philip Davies MP) can pressurise Parliament to investigate the Council’s dubious tactics” by saying he would pose the question at a meeting with him scheduled for last Saturday. 

At the meeting on Saturday afternoon our MP pointed out that he had attended numerous meetings, had managed to bring two Government Ministers to Menston so that residents could put their case, has monthly meetings with the BMDC Chief Executive at which he frequently challenges the developments and points out that they will benefit Bradford not at all as any new residents will certainly work (if they can work at all) and shop in Leeds, and had very recently asked council planning officers for an explanation of why the conditions of the planning permission had been changed.

He said that he was as frustrated and angry about the determination, and ability, of the BMDC Labour group councillors to force these ridiculous, inappropriate developments through against common sense and the wishes of the majority of the Menston community.

If you have a suggestion of what more he can do just respond with them in a comment to this post and they will be fed through to the MP and the outcome reported in a future post.

grumpytyke says … 
as I said in my previous comment, and even more frustrating than this particular situation, is that it proves conclusively that we do not live in a democratic country. My personal argument with Philip Davies is that he believes the BMDC Labour group were “democratically elected”. Only if you accept a flawed definition of democracy, I say. The BMDC Labour group is an oligarchy, the Labour group on the Regulatory and Appeals Committee even more so, the opposite of democracy; the group does not represent us in any way, so it is not even ‘representative democracy’. Let us hope that Kris Hopkins MP and others succeed in their declared intention to remove us from the control of this incompetent local authority.