BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE
1st Floor, Argus Chambers, Bradford, BD1 1HX
Queensbury Ward Partnership
On Tuesday 11th October 2016, 7.00pm at
St Theresa’s Church Hall, Russell Road, Queensbury, BD13 2AN
Statements attributed to individuals in these notes are not to be read as the views or opinions of either Bradford MDC or the Forum, but solely as the views of the person making them
- Welcome and Introductions
Taj opened the meeting, introduced himself, briefly explained his role as Ward Officer, the background of how the group was established and welcomed everyone present. Taj also then said that the agenda order was different compared with previous meetings as the group updates had been taking too much time at the start of the agenda and the residents were not getting time to raise any community, crime or other issues.
Not all attendees had previous minutes. Taj sends them on email after the meeting and then again on email a week before the next meeting. He will bring a handful of copies to a meeting in case people forget. If anyone wants Taj to bring more copies they should contact him to let him know please.
People present included Taj (Ward Co-ordinator); Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Lynda Cromie; Councillor Lisa Carmody; Simon Moscrop (Highways); PC Amanda Simpson (WY Police); John Uleichuk (Youth Service); Dave Dodwell; Richard Cushnie; Geoff Milner; Joan Milner; Sue Dickerson; Carolyn Jowett; David Hart; David Lightfoot; Alan Senior; Andrew Senior; Robert Frost; Kathryn Halford; Karen Tordoff; Jo Mitchell; Janet Simmons-Powell; Norah McWilliam; Richard Houseago; Sally Duroe; Betty Denton; Pat Sayers and Matt Bibby (Note Taker).
Apologies were received from David Mitchell; Stuart Walker; Sheila Thornton and Beryl Robinson.
- Minutes of Last Meeting – 12th July 2016
Page 1 – Taj added the traffic issues to the September Ward Forum.
Page 1 – Taj has statistics for cameras. Please visit www.safetycameraswestyorkshire.co.uk if you want to find out information.
Page 2 – Highways were invited and are present at the meeting tonight.
Page 2 – The gulley schedule remains outstanding
Page 2 – Neil was contacted as was Liz
Page 2 – Members were emailed regarding Ward Forum.
Page 4 – A dementia friendly meeting had been held
Page 5 – War Memorial S106 – meeting organised and held
Page 5 – Update on Lorries later in the meeting
Action: Taj to find out about gully schedule
- Matters Arising
There were no matters arising.
Questionnaires were sent to residents affected by traffic issues on Long Lane and Deanstones Lane, asking for their ideas on how to solve some of the ongoing problems. Simon from Highways has done surveys in the area and has found that since 2008 the traffic in the general area has increased by 6.8%. On Deanstones Lane the traffic has actually decreased by nearly 38% but on Long Lane has increased by 132%. Simon has done a lot of analysis work and invited anyone to talk to him after the meeting.
Highways have looked at a number of schemes in Queensbury and there will be numerous signs installed warning motorists of road conditions. The improvements all centre round dealing with road injuries which is where 70% of the Highways budget must be spent. Warning signs will go up regarding the blind spot by Jackson Hill; the Ford Hill bend; the turning into Albert Road, where lorries have to swing out to turn in; Lane End where there will be improvements to the existing warning signs.
It was pointed out that part of Jackson Hill is in Calderdale, Simon said the sign will be in Calderdale but that it helps both Bradford and Calderdale by installing it.
Councillor Cromie asked if the residents who attended the September Ward Forum had been informed of the various traffic resolutions prior to the announcement at the meeting. They have not been to date.
Action: Highways signage improvements to be cascaded to wider audiences from the Ward Forum.
Discussions then turned back to the Long Lane issues. Taj reminded everyone that the area had been surveyed and opinion sought back in 2011 and the majority of residents did not want to do anything from the survey results. By making it access only it is almost impossible as it would need regular enforcement by the police to be effective.
There is no pedestrian light crossing on the main road by Tesco. There is a pedestrian island though and Simon believes that lights there would make the traffic issue worse in Queensbury. There is talk of moving the bus stop along that road to ease the problem of traffic going the wrong way round the pedestrian island. Simon is also looking at the yellow box area outside Tesco.
The double yellow lines at the top of Deanstones Lane are to be extended again. This will help tackle the problems near the junction. The lines were previously extended but not very far. The extension will be in 2017 sometime.
Within the next fortnight 20mph zone will go in outside Russell Hall Primary School.
- Crime and Community Safety Update
Figures remain low. Last week only 55 calls were received for the area on 101 or 999. This compares favourably to other areas such as Holmewood for example were 49 calls were received in just 4 days. There has been an issued where Queensbury High School and Foxhill Primary have been broken into. The current issue surrounding responses to such incidents are that the alarms go to a caretaker. It is almost 2 hours then until the Police were able to attend.
There have also been 3 thefts from motor vehicles were in all 3 cases items were left on display. People should ensure vehicles are locked and nothing is left on display.
An article will go to Neil who produces the Queensbury directory giving residents information around crime prevention; the darker night’s scheme and also reporting crimes.
Great news is that PCSO John Greenwood is recovering and is back to work (although he will not be out and visible in the community for some time). He has been missed as he has built up a fantastic relationship with local residents and his experience of the area means he knows the local issues. The group wished to express wishes to John and hope to see him soon.
In John’s absence there are 2 PCSO’s who cover Great Horton and Queensbury and they are often seen in a small white vehicle. PC Simpson said she will also ensure that they are visible in and around the key areas, notably High Street at busy times.
21 speeding letters have been issued in the past two weeks. The letters were warnings as the speed equipment used was not calibrated. The warning letters do have a positive impact however.
There has been a recent recruitment of PCSO’s so there will be more PCSO’s back within the district and ward areas in coming months.
- Update from Community Groups
The 1940’s group has an event at the George III pub, 7.00pm on Saturday 29th October
and also an event on 12 November at 8.00pm.
The Christmas party is on 10th December and there will be a £2.50 donation.
In 2017, there will be an event with Queensbury Singers on 25th March. The 1940’s day is planned for 17th June. Richard Cushnie attended the meeting and he is the deputy vice chair.
Queensbury Performing Arts are holding their pantomime in February 2017, the 23rd – 25th. The venue has yet to be decided but the full cast and chorus has been established now. The pantomime is a mix of Sleeping Beauty and Robin Hood.
Queensbury Community Programme holds ‘soup days’ on Mondays and Fridays, 11.30am – 1.00pm. A job club runs Tuesday and Fridays, 9.00am until Noon. There are also craft classes on a Thursday and Cup cake design sessions on Tuesdays. The group are looking for volunteers to help deliver the 5 week long courses.
There was an update from Andrew Senior regarding the Rugby club and the Queensbury Sports and Social club. There have been historic issues as reported in previous meetings over the years. Hopefully things are moving forwards now though. There is the chance for Andrew and the club to get top soil for the playing surface at half price (£6 per tonne). This offer is only open until the end of October at which point if the offer is not taken up then the soil will be sold on at £12 per tonne to other interested parties. The £6 per tonne price would include delivery from Allerton. If top soil is purchased then money could then be raised to plant seed. Mick Priestley / Taj and The Councillors are meeting on 20th October with a view to looking to clarify the position. There have been some emails from the legal department saying that a programme of work is required. All the necessary documentation is ready. More information will be available after 20th October.
The Brownies are 50 years old so are having a party on 21st November from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Union Croft. Former members and leaders will be invited. There may be another Scarecrow trail held next year but that is still to be officially confirmed.
David Lightfoot expressed his thanks to the residents for all the well wishes he received when he was poorly. He is back now and working full time. He received a card from Foxhill Primary School and was very grateful. The bags of help scheme which has around £20million for spending in local communities has changed the way it distributes money recently. David is now on the panel. The draw is every month and any project that benefits from money has to spend it on green and open spaces. Awards are £5000, £2000/£3000 (David was unsure which amount) and £1000. People can nominate themselves and do not have to be part of a group to make a bid.
Carolyn Jowett mentioned the light party at Victoria Hall on 31st October, 5.00pm – 7.00pm. There is also a curry night on 17th November. 4th December will be a farmer’s market, 8th December, a production of Sleeping Beauty (Victoria Hall, 6.15pm – 7.00pm) and Carol’s in the Mills on 20th December.
QCHAP are having their Santa’s forest in the mill on 4th December.
The Queensbury tunnel campaign is entering a critical stage. The group have had a report commissioned which shows it will cost circa £2.81million to make it safe. This conflicts with a similar report done by Highways England which states circa £35million. Highways England has offered Bradford Council £3million apparently to take it off their hands. The current position is that the far end has been drained by the private land owner. QCHAP hope this piece of Victorian heritage can be restored and used as a cycle network, with lighting and other works done. The current public liability is with Highways England and would go to Bradford Council should the Council take it over. QCHAP want the Ward Councillors to lobby the Council to ensure that the site is not abandoned and lost forever in 2017. The study that QCHAP had done was done for free but worth around £15,000. The tunnel is believed to be the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe. Its potential for tourism is significant. Sustrans are giving a report to Bradford Council in the spring of 2017 at which point further information will be known.
There are several glaring errors in the last Ward Partnership minutes related to Queensbury Tunnel!
– The tunnel has been drained by Highways England’s contractors, not by the landowner
– the tunnel is not the longest tunnel in England – but it could be the longest underground cycle route – if restored
– Norah McWilliam spoke on behalf of the Queensbury Tunnel Society, not on behalf of QCHAP
I’d be grateful if you could post these corrections
The High Street project has hit something of a brick wall. Financial issues have stopped the project. There was some discussion about section 106 being used but that money can’t be used for Highways work. David Lightfoot will discuss the matter further with his colleagues at Tesco to see if anything can be done. The bus company have agreed to the bus stop being moved but that is going to cost £10,000 and the bus company will not pay obviously for that work. Simon added that many years ago he managed to be successful with an approach to Tesco estate management when he was requiring some funding. The group still hope that the project can continue and that the High Street be narrowed to create a village centre near the Co-op.
There was no update on behalf of the History or Civic society. There will be two services on 15th October to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the death of two local people. The services are being held at Ambler Thorn United Methodist Burial ground. Anyone is free to attend. Leaflets were given out to those who wanted further information.
The new vicar is having an induction on the 3rd November at Holy Trinity.
Queensbury support centre is thriving. The centre provides support to elderly people and also the volunteers. There is enough resource to currently go into 2017 but future funding is unclear in the economic climate. There is no minimum age but it is usually centred round the needs of the person. The majority are over 60’s. Tesco have been generous in their support of the centre providing several goods.
Youth club is going well. Junior nights are Wednesday and Thursday. There is a project to tidy the grass areas at Victoria Hall and the children will be getting a free swim as part of their help on the task. There will be archery sessions on Thursday and Friday of half term week. Work is being done working with arts for young people. There are 4 sessions in a year. John asked for volunteers with skills in dancing, drawing, painting etc if anyone is interested. Certificates are provided and it is similar to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.The group numbers are high as a lot of youths also attend from Great Horton and Canterbury. If numbers do get too high, youths from Queensbury will be given priority.
Cycle Queensbury is having the AGM on 18th October at Black Dyke Mills at 7.00pm. There is a free supper. The current committee are tied up with a lot of work on and it would be great to have some new volunteers to help in other areas, such as the continued success of the family fun days, etc. The group plan to raise money by having a £5 annual membership. This will mean that members get some discounts in the local bike shop.
- Council Update
Sally and Councillor Carmody spoke about the latest position with the smelly wagons. They have seen the new style trailers that are to be rolled out across the fleet in the next 15 months. The trailers are hydraulic driven rather than relying on human intervention to tie down and they have a 70% reduction in odours. The company are going to cease subcontracting to others so all the trailers will eventually be the new style. The company may also change the times of site entry and journey also but that will be explored in a meeting to be arranged in circa 6 weeks time. An agenda will be set and questions posed a couple of weeks before the meeting to allow parties time to find answers. Any continued leakages should be reported straight to the Council or to the emergency number. Councillor Cromie added that the problem could be resolved by Highways allowing access to Roper Lane. Simon replied by saying that the decision was an elected members decision at the time and not a Highways department decision.
There was a reminder about community chest funds. 31st October is the next application deadline. A group can be awarded £500. Groups can successfully apply once per Council’s financial year (April – March). However if a group keeps applying every year they may not be successful as the aim is to support new and small groups.
The Council want to see groups establish themselves and become financially viable through fund raising.
- Any Other Business
David Lightfoot explained that the Queensbury store manager would like Tesco to be a leader in customer satisfaction as he is very customer orientated. David would like local residents to support a ‘Friends of Tesco’ group to meet every quarter and look at this. If anyone is interested please contact David for more information.
- Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 13th December, 7.00pm at St Theresa’s Church Hall.
There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9.00pm