BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE
3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW
Queensbury Ward Partnership
On Tuesday 10th May 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 and welcomed everyone present
People present included Mohammed Taj (Ward Officer); Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Lynda Cromie; Councillor Lisa Carmody; Dave Dodwell; Geoff Milner; Joan Milner; Stuart Walker; Sue Dickerson; Carolyn Jowett; Beryl Robinson; David Mitchell; Liz Robinson; Alan Senior; Robert Frost; Kathryn Halford; Norah McWilliam; Richard Houseago; Betty Denton; Pat Sayers and Matt Bibby (Note Taker).
Apologies were received from Joan Shepherd; Vicky Robinson; Mark Chenery; Eithne Dodwell; Sue Dewdney; Sheila Thornton; PCSO John Greenwood; PC Amanda Simpson, Michelle Eggett and Hazel Pearson.
- Minutes of Last Meeting – 9th February 2016
Page 3 – Correction from Queensbury Community Partnership to Queensbury Community Programme.
The minutes were then accepted as correct by Joan Milner and seconded by Richard Houseago
- Matters Arising
Page 2 – David has sent information to Stuart
Page 2 – Taj has been in touch with Bereavement services, new signs (Dogs must be on a lead) have been put up in the cemetery.
Page 4 – Sports and Social club to be covered under groups update.
- Update from Community Groups
Liz Robinson from the Step 2 project on Tong Street explained about the work being done in schools. The project delivers work around sexual health advice for young people and is cheaper than the hospital trust hence they deliver it. There is a sexual health bus that tours the district but it can’t offer full services. It is aimed at youngsters between 15 and 25 years of age and also focuses on those who are ‘hard to reach’. Cllr’s thought that the service might be struggling to get use in Queensbury as everyone knows everyone and it is harder to keep things private and aso to work in Partnership with the Youth Service and do sessions at the Youth Club. It was suggested that if a subtle meeting place could be used instead of the travelling bus that more people may take up the service. Taj Suggested that Step 2 could work with Incommunities, especially focussing around the Hillcrest estate. It was also mentioned that the website could promote the service as could the Queensbury directory. Suggestions were for a once a month service perhaps.
The 1940’s group are preparing for the 1940’s day on Saturday 18th June 11.30am – 7.00pm. There is free entertainment and stalls serving. There is then an evening event at the Conservative club starting t 7.00pm. Entertainment includes singing and dancing. There will be ration bags. The group are holding a fund rasing event on 10th June at George III pub 9.00pm – 11.00pm. The total cost of the 1940’s day is about £1000. On 21st May there will be a painting day where people can help paint the conservative club to improve its appearance. The group would like to express thanks to Bradford Council for their help by sorting out a market licence and sorting road closure for 1940’s day.
Sue gave an update regarding Queensbury Performing Arts. The Disney night was a great success. The group are rehearsing Wednesday nights in the mill and are currently advertising for people to take part. They have not advertised in the schools yet.
Queensbury Life Church are having a ladies bowling evening on Friday 20th May at Hollywood Bowl. On 5th June there is a ‘bring and share’ event in the park but times are not yet known. On Sunday 12th June there is a ‘Mall in the Mill’ event 4.00pm – 6.00pm. This event is in line with the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations. Bunting is needed for the event if anyone has any. The fun day will be held on 9th July.
Action: Taj to send Carolyn Jowett details of Neighbourhood Watch Contact
Alan updated on theSports and Social club. Paperwork has been sent for phase 1 to Bradford Council and to Sport England. Taj reported that application to pay the retentions has been received late last month and is with Sport England for evaluation. After Sport England have done that and agreed that it is OK, Bradford Council will pay its percentage of the retention.
Alan reported that an email has been received from Legal Department from Bradford Council highlighting 6 stipulations. Taj advised that there should be no comment as the stipulations were against Queensbury Sports and Social Club Limited and that if Alan is not speaking on behalf of QSSC Ltd without their authorisation he should not update due to the ongoing legal issues.
The rugby teams had mixed success with the 2nd team winning a trophy but one team having to be dropped. The club are looking for a date for the ‘fix the field’ event, sometime in June.
Action: Taj to send Community Chest form for Juniors to Alan Turner
Dave Dodwell updated on Cycle Queensbury. There is a family fun ride on 15th May 11.00-3.00pm. There will be children’s activities, food, refreshments, free basic cycle maintenance classes, the opportunity to ride a steam train. The group asked for any help from volunteers to guide people to parking areas. Tesco car park may be a possibility for parking as the group think the steam train attraction will lead to many visitors and parking down near Victoria Hall may be insufficient to cope with the expected traffic. More information of the event can be found on www.cyclequeensbury.org.uk
There has been a ‘learn to ride’ event at Shibden Head School and circa 40 children took part. Sustrans played a key role also and Stuart wished to express his thanks to Dave for his role.
Kathryn Halford mentioned the job class on Tuesdays 9.00am – 12pm is going well. Wednesday sees a class running where elderly people have a free 4 week course looking at creative support. Thursday evenings 6.30pm – 8.30pm is a family history group, mainly online research and the 6 week course is £18.
AKA is holding 2 events at Bingley Arts Centre 10th July, 2.00pm and 4.00pm.
The Donkey Derby is to be held on 3rd July.
Norah spoke of QCHAP’s progress to move out of the mill which has only been a temporary base. The group have been raising money to move into the mill yard. The move will help ease the issues surrounding accessibility, heating and toilets. Lots of donations have been received and volunteers have been plentiful in theirn support. The aim is to launch at the new site in September 2016. As part of the new site, there will be an exhibition showing a history of the mill. The black dyke band has received a heritage lottery grant to open their exhibition. They need to archive / catalogue their own items / collection and wish to open their display 2 days a month to the public. They need help from people who can work as interviewers to collect information.
The High Street Project is progressing. A small space is to be created around the war memorial, this will lead to a narrowing of the road and create a heritage hub will be a history of the village. The bus stop needs to move slightly, to the church so as to not to cover the war memorial. Thanks were expressed to Taj for all the support he and his Council colleagues have shown to date. The group are hopeful that once a few minor points have been sorted out that the project should gather pace speedily and move forwards towards completion. There was brief discussion about the plans for the Village Public House.,
The update concerning the cemetery is that there will be a sponsored walk but no dates have been arranged, this is to raise money for the railings. The railings have to be like for like on the back wall but there is as yet no cost for these. The area is still plagued by disrespectful dog owners, it is hoped that the new sign in the cemetery will make it clear to people the stance and requirements. The railings alongside Russell Road will be straight ones as no one can remember what the old ones were like. Andrew Mitchell plans to do two things for the Somme. On 18th June, Andrew will do a walk from the church commencing at 10.30am. This will give people the chance to see the tower too.
- Council Update
People Can Make a Difference is part of Bradford Council’s New Deal programme which is about everyone in the district working together to improve and protect prosperity and quality of for all. A large number of people give their time to volunteering in the local communities and by way of recognising that success partnership working with Bradford Bulls has led to the Bulls giving free tickets to the match of Sunday 15th May at Odsal. Taj explained that he had 25 free tickets. Volunteers were to meet at Odsal around 2.30pm for a parade around the pitch to promote People Can prior to kick off.
Cllr Carmody updated on some of the things she has been involved with since the last meeting. She has got a bin for the park. CCTV for the cemetery and for RH park is still some way off. The clean ups are going well, 8 bin liners full of rubbish were collected in RH park on Monday evening. There will be a clean up between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 14th May at Victoria Hall. RH school are trying to get an allotment, there is a long waiting list though. Sue Dickerson commented that she had got one after 2 years on a waiting list but then gave it back up. Sue will try and get another one. In preparation for winter 2016 it is hoped that a ‘snow patrol’ will be organised to assist the elderly / vulnerable in cases of inclement weather.
- Police update
There were no Police present but Cllr Paul Cromie updated that there has been success with the removal of around 120 cannabis plants from a site on Albert Road a few weeks ago.
- Any Other Business
There were some complaints of speeding through High Street area of Queensbury. Residents asked if some spot checks could be arranged. Narrowing the road by way of the planned QCHAP work may help in that area but narrowing the road in other areas would not be so feasible as it would simply result in loss of parking for multiple residents.
Action: Taj to make PC Amanda Simpson aware of the above and look at traffic patrols around speeding vehicles.
It was confirmed that there will be no Ward Budget funding monies this year, however, community groups could apply for Community Chest funding from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office.
Cllr Paul and Lynda Cromie are considering pledging a total of £3,000 funding that would be available to group in the Ward. The idea would be that groups put forward projects and this will be considered by an Independent Panel who would decide on the amount on the award £250 to £500 per project / group.
- Date of Next Meeting
The group agreed that the next meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 12th July
at St Theresa’s Church Hall.
Matt Bibby would like to give advance apologies for that date.
There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 9.00pm