A message from our friends at the Save Tong Valley campaign

Dear members and friends,
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.
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.
Do come and bring anyone who might be affected
John Finnigan, Joint Hon Secretary

Looking out for the bats

Members of the Pudsey Greenside Greenway Group are working with West Yorkshire Bat Group.

At the latest Bat Group training batty enthusiasts met at St Chads in Far Headingley and were reminded how the West Yorkshire Bat Survey works with volunteers walking 3 to 4 kilometres with specialist bat detection equipment along a pre determined route at night.

These routes are carefully selected and spaced evenly across the county.  At this latest training we learned how use the equipment and also undertook some troubleshooting before walking through some nearby woods and detecting some very obliging Pipistrelle and Soprano Pipistrelle bats.

Greenside Greenway Group will have access to the equipment to monitor our Pudsey Bats in May/June and again in July/August.

Spring Update

We continue to campaign against the rail cutting full infill planning application which is currently still undecided. We understand the developer is reconsidering the pending planning application.

We are still fundraising for a full feasibility study of the three phases of the proposed Greenside Greenway route.

Greenside Greenway Progress Update

Even though we will have a little while to wait until the outcome of the planning application, we are confident that the full infill of the railway cutting will be rejected by Leeds City Council.

Again, thanks to all our supporters for submitting objections, at the last count we were well over 350! If you know anyone that still needs to submit one, it appears the portal is still open!

In anticipation of the planning application being rejected, we are pressing ahead with obtaining funding for the feasibility study. To that end, Andrew, David, and Martin met on 4th December, with representatives of Sustrans to talk about possible avenues. We are still in need of a fundraising coordinator, so if you think that could be you please get in touch by emailing greensidegreenway@gmail.com.

Our plan now is to contact organisations that have previously told us they may be able to match fund some of the cost. Once we know how much they are prepared to match fund, we will know how much we need to raise as an organisation.

We welcome any help or suggestions, so if you have any ideas for funding, please do get in touch.

Thank you

Many thanks to the 370 community residents, Councillors, Members of Parliament, Sustrans, Yorkshire wildlife Trust, Highways England (who own and maintain the tunnel and road bridge ), Leeds City Council Transport Policy and Conservation departments for their comments / objections.
What this full infill application did was make residents aware of the future possibilities for the redundant rail line as well as the history, heritage,and wildlife issues in Pudsey.
We now await Leeds City Council Outer West / South Planning Officer report and date for the panel meeting.
It seems that anyone else wanting to comment / object can still do via the council portal site up to 30th November 2018.
Once again many thanks for the time and effort in the objections.
Greenside Greenway Committee.