BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE
3rd Floor North, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW
Queensbury Ward Partnership
On Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 7.00pm at
Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD
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
Mohammed Taj opened the meeting, introduced himself, briefly explained his role as Ward Officer and welcomed everyone present. Taj explained he had been Ward Officer at Queensbury a few years previously but was then moved to Great Horton Ward as part of a restructure. As part of a new restructure he now covers both Queensbury and Great Horton Ward.
People present included Mohammed Taj (Ward Co-ordinator); Councillor Lisa Carmody; Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Michael Walls; Jane Stewart; Matthew Robinson; Norah McWilliam; David Mitchell; Sue Shrine; Helga Broadbent; Beryl Robinson; Joan Shepherd; David Dodwell; Eithne Dodwell; Carolyn Jowett; Stuart Walker; Joan Milner; Geoff Milner; Sue Dickerson; Vicky Robinson; Pat Sayers; Betty Denton; Jane Holdsworth; Hazel Pearson; Kathryn Halford; Judy Brannan; Richard Houseago; Sue Dewdney; Bev Brackenbridge; Carol Bower and Matt Bibby.
Apologies were received from PCSO John Greenwood; Sheila Thornton; Mark Chenery; Amanda Brearcliffe and Michaela Thompson.
- Minutes of Last Meeting
Page 1 – The police are following up the incident on Broomfield Street.
Page 2 – Highways issues to be covered at the meeting to be arranged with Highways
Page 3 – Marie asked Andy about the installation of disabled facilities at Victoria Hall. There is still a general review needed.
Page 4 – Highways issues to be covered at the meeting to be arranged with Highways.
- Matters Arising
There were no matters arising. The minutes were accepted as correct by Joan Mitchell and seconded by David Mitchell.
- Highways update – Officer to attend future meeting
As there are a number of concerns over the Highways in the village, some having been carried over from the March meeting an officer will be invited to a separate meeting in Queensbury to discuss multiple Highways Issues.
Action: Taj to contact Simon at Highways to arrange the meeting discussing Highways Issues.
- Community Group update
The pantomime held in March by Queensbury Performing Arts was a great success. They may possibly do another one next year. It was held at Queensbury Upper School as Victoria Hall is not very accessible and provided for regarding disabled facilities.
The scarecrow festival will be held again this year on 11th/12th July.
Stuart mentioned the upcoming 1940’s weekend on Saturday 20th June. The event starts at 1.00pm and there will be free entertainment. The Conservative Club open their doors from 6.30pm that evening. Tickets are priced at £5 for the evening and include a light supper.
Saturday 16thMay sees a fundraising event at 6.30pm. Priced at £5 for adults and free for children, the event is a dance event, a Ceilidh.
The History Society have been holding an exhibition surrounding WW1. It has taken about 2 years of research to gather the material. It is being held in the library, which ius only pen Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The decision was taken to use the library as it isn’t ordinarily very well used. There is no closure date for the exhibition currently.
Canbe’s hold a parent group, 2nd Friday of each month at Jungle Junction. There is a sensory group on Friday afternoon’s at 3.30pm.
The Fun day will be held at Queensbury School on Saturday 27th June. If any groups are interested in having information on display then please contact Carolyn Jowett via email. If anyone wishes to volunteer to do hot drinks that would be welcomed.
Cycle Queensbury are having a family fun day on 17th May. The event begins at Station Road, 11am – 3pm. Cyclists can ride up to Keelham Farm shop. They are putting on refreshments. Councillor Paul Cromie will be sweeping Station Road in preparation for the Cycle Queensbury event.
Cycle Queensbury had asked Sustrans to carry out a feasibility study into safe routes for sustainable travel (walking and cycling), linking schools, community buildings and shops with residential areas). It looks as though cycle routes are not possible because of narrowness of existing paths but that it might be good for pedestrian routes. Any community groups interested in championing the cause of safe walking routes might wish to contact Cycle Queensbury who would like to support them. The study is around £1000.
Action: David, Richard to liaise with Simon Moscrop on this matter of safe walking.
Holy Trinity are having a social night involving board games on 23rd May from 7.00pm, tickets cost £3.
The ‘Friends of Cemetery group’ have been actively working with the schools, educating them on what cemeteries are and what they mean. Bradford Council have been out and cut back trees and bushes. They are returning to clear the mess they left too. Thanks were conveyed to them for this work. A litter pick has also been done involving some school children.
Sue and Pat have been to a cemetery in Halifax too and are talking to the History Society to get some ideas for incorporating at the cemetery around history.
Sue made a bid to Omega Proteins for some funding but has been turned down. She is awaiting feedback.
QCP updated the group with all their courses. They have a new course running, guitar playing for beginners (adults). They also have a walking group on a Wednesday; flower arranging on Thursdays; aromatherapy on a Wednesday and digital classes on a Thursday. The QCP website has more details about all courses that are running. Anyone interested can also speak to Kathryn Halford if needed.
- Victoria Hall User Group
A meeting has still to be organised for Victoria Hall discussions. Taj explained the difficulties in deciding on the venue usage as there will be a financial repercussion. A similar issue has been occurring at Great Horton Village Hall for several years, where Community organisations wanted to run it but then had to be bailed out a few times by the Council.
All groups need to be clear on how much it will cost to run Victoria Hall. There has to be the focus on the groups and on the facilities.
Action: Taj to organise a meeting for the Victoria Hall user group
- Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership
Norah provide an update on the upcoming events of the group. She also paid tribute to the large numbers of excellent volunteers who assist in the running of it. Saturday 30th May sees a celebration event regarding the 60th anniversary of the railway line closure. This is a great chance for people interested in the history of Queensbury tunnel to learn more.
June 27th sees the next open microphone session at the Mills.
Thursday 16th July is the brass tags event. This will be a fund raising session to help raise money to put towards the longer term heating at the venue. The event will feature several brass bands, including an appearance from Black Dyke Band Tickets are priced at £10 for adults. The venue is accessible to those in need of it.
People wanting to know more can visit the following website:
Richard Houseago gave a quick update on the High Street project saying that the Co-operative have finally agreed to seed the land outside their shop. Eventually this will lead to the narrowing of the road and the moving of the bus stop.
- Council update
Taj explained the restructure at Bradford South, his colleagues Rada and Marie are covering two wards each as Taj is. Rada is covering Tong and Wyke; Marie is covering Royds and Wibsey.
- Police update
There were no Police present and no update in this meeting.
- Any Other Business
Thanks were paid to Lynda Cromie for all her hard work during her time as Ward Councillor of Queensbury. The new Ward Councillor, Lisa Carmody was given a warm welcome by the group.
Victoria Hall Children’s Centre remains open despite some residents believing it was closed.
Councillor Walls is part of the Environment Committee. The company that is responsible for all the smelly wagons passing though the village are trialling 2 trailers that are sealed units. This is due to be done in early summer (June / July time). If trials prove successful then they might replace their fleet.
It was suggested that each group could advertise their upcoming events on a consultation / community calendar to be displayed on a notice board somewhere visible, perhaps Tesco. Stuart also said that if groups do send him things then he can put them up on the calendar on the village website. Not many people have sent things through to Stuart. Taj can update Stuart if groups send things to him.
The old Queensbury Times was replaced by Westwood pages. Councillor Carmody wished to explore the possibility of restarting a local ‘Queensbury Times’ type of booklet. The booklet could be distributed to local shops, the Dr’s surgery and sent to the village schools. It was agreed in principal by the group that it might be a good idea to look into this in more detail.
Discussions were held regarding things for youths to do. Hillcrest Drive was mentioned as an area where local residents feel there could be more for children to do. Taj mentioned that there is a new Youth Worker for the Ward, Emma Jones. With the developments in the area too there will be some section 106 money available. Before Marie left she gave Lisa Carmody some Junior Warden Kits. Lisa is holding a meeting on Thursday evening to give youths an opportunity to have their voice. The meeting is being held at Jungle Junction this time and some staff from Victoria Hall will be commenting too. Despite the lack of Ward Budget money this year there is potential available from places like WREN. ‘Friends of Parks’ groups could apply for money as has happened with ‘Friends of Brackenhill Park’ elsewhere in the district. Lisa and Brian Dobson have some ideas on the parks.
Action: Taj to arrange a meeting to discuss section 106 money with Mick Priestley and Ward Councillors.
There was a discussion around the circulation of the notes. In previous years some members of local village groups had concerns that notes were circulated too quickly after meetings and that they then forgot what was happening or what actions were due before the next meeting (this was due to the gap between meetings). In recent months, Bradford South has therefore circulated the notes a few weeks after the meetings.
It was agreed that the notes are to be circulated a week after the meeting and then a week before the next meeting (along with the agenda for that meeting).
Action: Taj to ensure that Bradford South email the minutes summary a week after the meeting and a week before 14th July.
- Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held at Holy Trinity on Tuesday 14th July at 7.00pm
There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.45pm