In these unprecedented times, some good news can work wonders, so here it is!
On 9th March, the Greenside Greenway group held our AGM at the Royal in Pudsey. Over 40 people packed into the top room to hear updates on the project and our plans for the upcoming year.
Main highlights from the past year have been:
Regular litter picks along the proposed route. These will continue once lockdown regulations allow.
The developer applied for full infill of the railway cutting, which we vehemently opposed and campaigned against. Earlier in the year we heard that planning permission had been rejected.
And finally, news that we had raised the required sum (approximately £10,000) for the feasibility study, and were in the process of instructing Sustrans to begin. The first official site meeting being on 12th March 2020.
The meeting also agreed to re-elect existing committee members and roles and formally elect Gary Lemal as Vice Chair , and Lee Carter and Chris Dunford Kelk as committee members. Martin Stanley was elected as Secretary as David Dowden stood down from this position. We are also looking for any new members who can be of assistance and We also sought two auditors for the accounts and both Tim Devereux and Mark Sewards were elected for this role.
Future plans include:
A proposal to apply for Charitable Status. Gary Lemal introduced this item and explained the reasons behind the proposal., which will also entail the election of Trustees. The proposal was voted on and accepted.
We thanked in particular The Squeaker for the two-page report from which a lot of fundraising was generated. The Fleece and Sunbeam Brewery for their drinkable contribution, and major fundraiser pledges to the feasibility study costs from The Historical Railway Estate (HRE), Leeds City Council, and Bradford Metropolitan District Council.
Guest Speaker Cllr Peter Carlill, who is the lead member for LCC on Sustainable Travel then gave us a brief update on the sustainable ambitions of the council. Peter then took a number of varied questions before we brought the meeting to a close.
Finally, we would also like to thank the Royal Public House who again provided the meeting room and facilities for this event.
Despite the good news, it is important to remember that this decision can still be appealed, and that the application was refused because it did not adhere to council planning policies, not because the council are supporting the greenway.
Please support our friends at Save Tong and Fulneck Valley and object to Bradford Council’s plan to build a road across the Tong and Fulneck Valley, which in turn will allow them build houses and industrial units.
In our view this will destroy Black Carr Woods and precious greenbelt.
A document is linked below. Please print it off, sign, and send to the address on the front page or drop off at the collection point at the BankHouse Pub. It is also possible to email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to all who helped on the litter pick held on the 29th June 2019. We performed a big clean up on the section of proposed greenway near the Fox and Grapes and western end of Greenside tunnel.
We’ve added a page to the site with lings to other complimentary projects. Take a look here.
First up is the Bradford to Halifax Greenway that is very similar to our project in the fact it incorporates a tunnel. If you have time please object to the planning application for abandonment. Full instructions are here.
Please join us next Wednesday June 12 2019 at 7.00 pm in the Tong Village Hall (The Old Schoolroom).
We are holding a Trustees meeting and there will be a short amount of trustee business, but the main purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Bradford Council proposals for a South East Bradford Link Road through the Tong Valley.
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You may have seen the Article in the Telegraph and Argus, but in case you missed it here is the link
We have been warning of this possibility for several years, but we now have the evidence of the Council’s intentions. This proposal will devastate the Valley and is the key indicator that the Council intends to push ahead with the the Holme Wood Urban Extension of 2700 Houses, despite the substantial drop in new homes needed in the Bradford District. Depending on the route selected people in Fulneck and the Westroyds will be affected by noise and pollution.
It could well create rather than alleviate congestion, and its prime purpose is to maximise the opportunities for private developers in Tong Valley at a public cost which the T & A puts at over £60 million,
Our Chair will be attending the Combined Authority sub- committee meeting in Leeds on Tuesday which will decide on the funding and will report back to us at the meeting on Wednesday.