Visit with Tong councillors

Last week, David, Martin, and Gary from the Greenside Greenway group met with Tong councillors Kausar Mukhtar and Alan Wainwright to show them the proposed route of the Greenway.

While the greenway will sit predominantly in the Pudsey ward, routes that connect to it will pass through the Tong ward.

Both Alan and Kausar were enthusiastic about the scheme and the potential links and benefits it could bring to people in the communities they represent.

Campaign Update – May 2020

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.

Annual General Meeting 2020

MONDAY 9th MARCH 2020, 7.30pm.


This is a public meeting and all are welcome to attend.

Among the business to be conducted, the AGM will:

  • consider reports from existing Committee members: Chair; Treasurer; Publicity officer. This will included detailed updates on all our activities this year.
  • Proposal to apply for charity status and elect Trustees.
  • Elect Trustees / Committee members for 2020-21.
  • Consider and agree new constitution

Officers/Trustee positions are Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicity Officer, Membership Secretary.

Additionally there are vacancies other Committee members who may fill specialised roles.

Post AGM activities

Further activities are scheduled following the AGM and we hope you will be able to stay for a drink.

– Invited speakers, including Cllr Peter Carlill, Lead Member for Active Travel for Leeds City Council and member of The Combined Authority

Full Infill Planning Permission Refused

This weekend saw a big step forward in our plans for the Greenside Greenway. The full infill application, that would have scuppered the whole project, was refused by Leeds City Council.

The two official documents outlining the reasons for refusal can be found at the links below.

Officer Report

Refusal of Planning Permission

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.

We still have work to do.


Please object to the building of a new road in the Tong and Fulneck Valley

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

Click here to download the document

Please be quick, the deadline is Tuesday, 24th September.

More litter picks

We have scheduled another three litter picks.

All will take place at 10am on the following dates.

28th Sept – Crimbles Place, Lowtown
26th Oct – Crawshaw Road nr. Zebra Crossing
30th Nov – Fox & Grapes

Please wear gloves and bring any litter pickers if you have them.

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