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This is the archive of the Recent News section of the site.

In here you can find all the articles we have published in the past. (As this is a new page there are no articles from before April 2009).

If you have news items you want to share with us then the best way to do this is via an email to stories@westparkresidents.org.uk.

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July 2014 - the NGT Public Enquiry

Many of you will also know that the public inquiry timescale has been greatly extended due to the number of objectors and the detailed analysis of their objections. Because of this extended timescal there is a holiday period and therefore the Inquiry will adjourn at lunch on Thursday 24th July and resume Tuesday, 2nd September.

As you may know a complete set of audio recordings have been made by the objectors which is available for you to listen to. As this consists of many individual recordings we have included an index to the recordings which can be accessed here.


May 2014 - the NGT Public Enquiry

Many of you will know that the public equiry is being held at Regus 2 Wellington Place, Leeds LS1 4AP and the public is invited to drop in and listen to any of the sessions. The enquiry has its own website which can be found at NGT public Enquiry. There is also a recording being made of all the sessions if you cannot get to the venue. This recording can accessed at NGT enquiry blog. This link is the first day of the recordings and you can hear the other days recordings and together with commentary by clicking on the links for May in the Blog Archive.


Annual General Meeting time - Feb 2014

This year we'll be holding the association's AGM at 7:00pm on Monday 31st March. It will be in the School Hall at Lawnswood School, by courtesy of the staff and pupils , and local councillors have been invited. As always the AGM is an opportunity to meet your neighbours , elect the committee, and get updates on local affairs. However this year is rather special because the Public Inquiry into the NGT Trolleybus scheme is due to start on 29th April, so NGT will again be the major item on the agenda. Other items will include the new Neighbourhood Design Statement , and the fate of the site of the former West Park Centre.

The AGM is also a convenient way to enrol or renew your membership for the year 2014-2015. This year your committee have seen fit to increase the membership fee to 5 pounds per family, after over ten years at 3 pounds. We hope you'll consider this to be still a trivial sum considering the benefits of having a bunch of dedicated volunteers guard your interests as residents of this very pleasant neighbourhood.


North West Leeds Transport Forum - January 2014

NWLTF was set up to provide a source of information about the proposed NGT developments. It draws its membership from local resident and community associations, and liaises closely with local businesses. Its objective is to help and support local communities to evaluate the likely effects of the NGT proposals on their area and residents.

NWLTF is co-chaired by Doug Kemp who is chairman of the West Park Resident's Association and Martyn Thomas who is chairman of the Weetwood Resident's Association.

NWLTF has the most up-to-date information on the progress of WPRA's input to the NGT campaign and can be found at North West Leeds Transport Forum.


THE TROLLEYBUS SCHEME, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? - January 2014

A Public Enquiry has been announced, although as yet no date has been arranged.

If you submitted an objection you will have been asked whether you would like to appear at the inquiry ie. Present oral evidence.

If you have decided not to speak, there is nothing else that you need to do BUT:

You can submit further detailed evidence before the inquiry starts to improve your objection. You can still write into newspapers such as the Yorkshire Evening Post.

WHAT YOU MUST DO NOW IF YOU'RE SPEAKING AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY

If you asked to speak at the inquiry, then you need to prepare a STATEMENT of CASE (SoC). This is a written statement giving full details of the case you want to present to the inquiry.
You MUST send in a Statement of Case (SoC) to arrive before the 30th January.
If you consider that your original objection letter provides sufficient detail of your objection then you MUST write in asking that your objection letter be treated as your Statement of Case, commenting that you reserve the right to supplement your SoC in the future.
It is important that any SoC should include a list of the documents you may want to make reference to, along with relevant extracts from these documents. The inspector will only have hard copies of papers from NGT and relevant Govt policy documents. They almost certainly will not have any local government ones.

This must be done straight away, and MUST arrive no later than Thursday 30th January, at the following addresses:
Angela Foster
Department for Transport
Transport & Works Act Orders Unit
General Counsel's Office
Zone 1/18
Great Minster House
33 Horsferry Road
LONDON
SW1P 4DR

NGT Metro
c/0 Bircham Dyson Bell
Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents
50 Broadway
LONDON
SW1H 0BL

NOTE: All SoC's will be published on an official website


October 2013 - NGT Information

If you have not sent your comments/objections to the Secretary of State concerning the NGT proposals then you need to do this by 31 October 2013. Details of how can be found on NGT a time for ACTION. WPRA and Weetwood RA held two public meetings which gave an analysis of the NGT proposals. These meetings were extremely well attended and good audience participation enabled the sharing of views.

The Powerpoint presentation containing the analysis can be found here or by following the link in the left menu from NGT a time for ACTION.


September 2013 - NGT Information

As you can see from the paragraphs above, the Transport and Works Act Order for the trolleybus scheme has been published and the consultation process is now in progress. You have until 31 October 2013 to respond with your opinions and you can see detailed information on the process on NGT - a time for ACTION.


March 2013 - NGT event

After the overwhelming turnout at the last presentation we are pleased to announce that A660 Joint Council is repeating the "Whither the trolleybus" presentation at the HEART centre on Bennett Road. There will be a donation box on the door to cover expenses, including room hire.

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"Whither the Trolleybus"

Heart - Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART) Bennett Road, Leeds, LS63HN

Wednesday 25th March 7.00 pm

"A considered treatise on why NGT is not good for Leeds"

Presented by

Hon Alderman D H Townsley, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Member of the Chartered Management Institute

Many people are questioning whether the New Generation Transport (NGT) trolley bus scheme is appropriate for Leeds. This event provides an opportunity to question the issues and promises associated with the NGT.


February 2013 - NGT event

WPRA are happy to announce the following important event on behalf of the A660 Joint Council and we hope you'll be able to attend. There will be a donation box on the door to cover expenses, including room hire.

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"Whither the Trolleybus"

Heart - Headingley Enterprise and Arts Centre (HEART) Bennett Road, Leeds, LS63HN

Wednesday 27th February 7.00 pm

"A considered treatise on why NGT is not good for Leeds"

Presented by

Hon Alderman D H Townsley, Chartered Engineer, Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Member of the Chartered Management Institute

Many people are questioning whether the New Generation Transport (NGT) trolley bus scheme is appropriate for Leeds. This event provides an opportunity to question the issues and promises associated with the NGT.


January 2013 - WPRA NGT Statement

WPRA's Considered View of NGT for the A660 Route

We support efforts to improve public transport along the A660, but we cannot support the NGT trolleybus scheme on this route.

The scheme seriously undervalues the environmental attractions of the route. There will be a significant loss of amenity for those living along it, but with almost no benefits to compensate. The reasoning behind this view can be found in the documents we have already circulated by email. These are also available via the following links:


March 2012 - Annual General Meeting announcement

The West Park Residents Association Annual General Meeting will be held in the West Park Centre rehearsal room at 19:30 on Wednesday 25 April 2012. Please come and support the group. Issues of concern include Lawnswood school and the future the West Park centre amongst others. Current and prospective local councillors are expected to be there so come and tell us and them what you think.

Watch out for the next newsletter which will contain more details.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Please note that you can renew your membership of the Association at the same time. The membership fee remains at 3 pounds for the full year.


March 2012 - FORTHCOMING ELECTIONS in MAY

WPRA is a non-political organisation working for the benefit of the West Park community. It is happy to work with elected local members of parliament and councillors, of whatever party, in support of the community, BUT it does not endorse any party or candidate.

Note: Sometimes candidates may refer to WPRA in their pamphlets; if this is the case they have done so without WPRA's permission.


November 2012 - NGT meeting report

Many thanks to the 200+ residents who attended the New Generation Transport (NGT) event held at St Andrew's church hall last Saturday (17-11-2012). As the photos below show, it was very well attended.

The NGT team is new and picking up matters from where they were about two years back, and this was the first public event since then. The high turnout seemed to be greater than the NGT people were expecting and the display facilities could have been better.

Once they become more definite WPRA will publish further details of the whole NGT submission process, which is expected to include a public enquiry. It's clear that there's a lot of concern over exactly what's being planned. If the project gets the go-ahead, then it will affect most of the West Park area in one way or another.

Don't forget, NGT will still affect you even if you don't live on Otley Road.

Two further NGT consultation meetings have been planned as below. Please be sure to use these opportunities to find out what may be in store for you and your neighbours.


November 2012 - NGT meeting

NGT Consultation Event, Saturday, 17-11-12, 10-12 noon

The Church Hall, St Andrews Church, Butcher Hill.

This 'drop-in' event is a major opportunity for local residents to examine the detailed plans for the West Park section of the proposed new New Generation Transport scheme, and to influence the design while they are still a 'work-in-progress'. A new flyer will be going through letter boxes for those not on email.

THIS WILL PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS TO EXAMINE THE PLANS FOR THE WEST PARK SECTION OF THE PROPOSED NGT. THIS SECTION COVERS THE STOPS FROM CHURCHWOOD AVENUE UP TO THE BODINGTON PARK and RIDE, AND THE OTLEY OLD ROAD STOPS UP TO THE WISE OWL (now the Health Centre).

Current 'work-in-progress' detailed plans will be available, and planners from the NGT team will be to answer resident's queries.. NGT is a major project and will undoubtedly lead to significant changes along the A660 corridor, and certainly affect the West Park area in terms of traffic movements and the general West Park environment.. This drop-in session has been organised specifically at the request of West Park Residents Association and will enable local residents to see in detail the plans as they currently stand, and to talk to the NGT planning team.

Please come if you possibly can! The NGT scheme will affect the lives of all residents, not just those adjacent to the Otley Road.

Also please will you alert your neighbours to the event!


April 2011 - UPVC door lock advice

At the AGM (did you attend?) the police advised that there has been an increasing spate of burglaries involving Euro Profile locks on UPVC doors. These locks are commonly fitted as standard with these doors. The recommendation from the Police is to replace these locks with the much more secure Euro Secure ones. This is a simple procedure which you can carry out yourself. More details of this can be found on the CASAC website by clicking on CASAC. The following two video clips show how to change one yourself Measuring your lock and Changing your lock.


March 2011 - Council Tax scam in Leeds

Members should be aware that people are receiving telephone calls purportig to be able to save them money on Council Tax. This is a scam and you are recommended to hang up if you receive such a call. Full details of the scam can be found on the BBC website at council tax refund scam


March 2011 - New Chronicle available

The latest Chronicle for the Association is now available with details of the AGM, the future of the West Park Centre, Lawnswood School, NGT current state, grass verge problems in our area and the West Park fields village green application. It can be read by clicking on the link of the left hand menu.

Remember the AGM will be held in the West Park Centre on the 30th March 2011 at 19:30. Come along and meet councillors, Police, the Lawnswood head and others. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please note that you can renew your membership of the Association at the same time. The membership fee remains at 3 pounds for the full year.


February 2011 - Annual General Meeting announcement

The West Park Residents Association Annual General Meeting will be held in the West Park Centre rehearsal room at 19:30 on March 30 2011. Please come and support the group. Issues of concern include Lawnswood school and the future the West Park centre amongst others. Current and prospective local councillors are expected to be there so come and tell us and them what you think.

Watch out for the next newsletter which will contain more details.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Please note that you can renew your membership of the Association at the same time. The membership fee remains at 3 pounds for the full year.


January 2011 - Chronicle sent to members and local residents

The latest edition of the WPRA Chronicle has been sent out and contains information about the RPZ, the future of the West Park Centre as well as NGT and the West PArk fields bid for village green status. You can read the Chronicle online via the link in the left menu.

Also watch this site for details of the Annual General Meeting which, at members request, will be held slightly later in the year.


October 2012 Tolkien Blue Plaque opening ceremony

Leeds Civic Trust have installed a blue plaque on 2 Darnley Road in West Park to commemorate the fact that J R R Tolkien lived there between 1924 and 1925 whilst he was working as a Reader in the English department of the University of Leeds.

Photographs of the unveiling ceremory which took place at 11:30 on 1 October 2012 can be found at Tolkien Plaque.


July 2010 - Resident's parking signs go up

Signs are going up on all the streets where resident's parking will be implemented. The observant amongst you will notice that they say Mon-Sat for the restrictions. This is WRONG - they should say Mon-Fri. Highways confirm that they will be changed 'as soon as is practicable'. Hopefully no-one will be fined on a Saturday - should any tickets be issued then appeal them immediately.

The equally observant amongst you will realise that no-one has been invited to apply for parking permits. This will also happen 'in the near future' - so the scheme, though active in theory, is not being monitored yet.

There are still a couple of minor glitches with the yellow lines to be sorted out and some more parking bays to be added on Welburn Avenue.

Any problems with this implementation please contact Richard Ellis in the Highways department of the council. His contact number is 3951396.


May 2010 - Follow up NGT meeting

New Generation Transport - At the last meeting (which was well attended by over 70 people) WPRA were asked to arrange a follow-up meeting during a weekend day to allow more people to view the proposals and to comment.

This meeting has been arranged for SATURDAY 15th of May 2010 in room 2 at the West Park Centre on Spen Lane between 10:00 and 12:00.

There will not be a presentation but the plans will be available for viewing and there will be members of the development team there to explain them and to receive comments. Visitors will be able to leave written comments as well.

There will also be some meetings held at the Holt Park Centre between the 20th and 22nd of May 2010.

More details of all these meetings are given here.


April 2010 - NGT meeting

New Generation Transport - there will be a meeting where you can find out the implications of this trolley bus system for West Park. The meeting will be held in Room 4 at the West Park Centre (Spen Lane) on 20 April 2010 at 7:00 PM.

Some of the implications are that Kepstorn Road is likely to be closed with all traffic from the estate being forced onto Ancaster Road; the West PArk roundabout being replaced with a very complex system of traffic lights and islands; loss of mature trees on Oltey Road and the possible loss of sections of front gardens to cope with road widening.

Come to the meeting to make your views known. Even if the actual implementation of the NGT is in the future, now is the time to influence the planning and design process.

More details of the meeting are located here.


February 2010 - Local news update

There is a new WPRA Chronicle out which members should receive soon by email or letterbox drop.

Amongst other things it gives details of the AGM which will be held at the West Park Centre on 24th March 2010 at 7:30 PM.

There is also some information on the NGT trolley bus proposals for our area (which will have major effects on the Kepstorn Road/Otley Road/Spen Road junction and the Otley Road/Ring Road roundabout).

There is also the start of a discussion about the future use of the Wset Park Centre itself as well as the usual (ubfortunately) commentary on the parking issues and Lawnswood School.

The Chronicle can be accessed via the link on the left menu


November 2009 - TRO update (2)

The Highways meeting took place on 17 November and, all the objections except a minor one concerning the length of a section of yellow line were overruled by the board. The report submitted to the board can be found here on the LCC website.

Clearly this was an outcome which will not please residents in Kepstorn Road in particular which remains outside the resident's parking zone and available for rendom parking. It seems a perverse decision to include a strip of free parking in the middle of a resident only zone.

Other residents of nearby streets will be relieved that some of the parking problems will hopefully soon be resolved.

Implementation of the scheme 'normally takes about eight weeks to programme the work, although it is likely that the Christmas period will add to this timescale'. It is not clear whether 'programme' in this context means plan the work or complete it!

Incidentally, a one-off survey carried out on Friday 27 November revealed approximately 150 parking spaces free on the LMU campus so it is clear that on that day all members of staff wishing to park could have been accommodated on campus.

Your local councillors can be contacted using the information on links if you wish to give them your views. Please include us in any emails so we can keep an overview ( leedsmetparking@westparkresidents.org.uk).


October 2009 - TRO Update

A further update has been received from Highways about the status of the TRO for our area. There are 18 different objections from around 50 people and a report has been prepared for submission to the next Highways Board which meets in November.

If the Board overturns the objections, or any recommended changes are minor then the restrictions can be implemented in a month from the meeting. If changes are major then the legal process (notices, advertising etc) will have to be gone through again and this will clearly delay the implementation.

Meanwhile, continue to contact the police to report any parking which prevents access to drives or blocks roads.


September 2009 - Status of TRO for Residents' Parking

The folowing information has been received from Richard Ellis from the Highways department detailing the process which will take place to deal wih the objections and comments received abount the Transport Restriction Order for our area.

"I've received about fifty pieces of correspondence objecting, fifteen making comments and a few in support. Each correspondee will now receive an individual letter to discuss their points which will inevitably result in a reply from them. From there I may have to take some points to our Highways Board as I cannot introduce any changes while there are objections outstanding.

Highways Board debate the merits of each objection before either upholding or overturning the objection.

Timescale therefore is open ended but I would like to reach the point of being able to address Highways Board by End of October."

It looks like we are living with the parking problems for longer than was originally suggested. Lets hope it will produce a solution which is better for Kepstorn and Ancaster Roads.


July 2009 - Parking Status

The latest status report is that the Transport Regulation Order (TRO) is with the Council's legal department for checking. This is expected to take around 5 weeks and then there will be a one month consultation period for objections.

The proposals have been modified recently to provide 24 two hour parking spaces on Kepstorn Road to help solve the potential problem of parking for the shops.


July 2009 - NGT plans

Hopefully you went to see the NGT exhibition at St Chad's Parish Centre and now know all about the proposed trolleybus scheme for this area (and other parts of Leeds. This will combine with a park-and-ride facility at Boddington to hopefully improve the travel into Leeds from this area.

However, it does have implications for us. In particular the current proposals appear to close off the entrance into Otley Road from Kepstorn Road to provide a trolleybus stop. The effect of this is that the only exit from the Kepstorn/Ancaster/Helmsley/Nothhole estate will be via Ancaster Road - with all the difficulties this entails for ratrunning of the streets and the difficulty of turning right into Leeds.

If you have an opinion on this the you are encouraged to make this clear via the public questionnaire on www.ngtmetro.com/proposals where you can also see the plans.


July 2009 - Wine Walk was a success

The weather was kind to us and a lot of people turned up to drink a glass of wine or two at each venue and to chat. Thanks to all the hosts who provided a magnificent spread of food and drink.

The walk made a small profit of just over 3 pounds which has been donated to charity.


May 2012 - West Park Neighbourhood Design Statement

As was described at the AGM there is a new neighbourhood design statement (NDS) for West Park. The descriptive text for the NDS can be read at NDS and the associated maps are in NDS maps which show the area covered.


April 2009 - Parking proposals issued

Following Richard Ellis's recovery from his accident (glad you are OK Richard) the proposed solution to the parking problems in our area have been issued. These have taken into account the overwhelming wishes of most residents for a permit scheme to try to return the area to the quiet residential place it was before LMU moved their car park into it.

Whilst the proposals are not perfect, they do cover many of our concerns. The main outstanding concern is that the northern end of Ancaster Road together with the whole of Kepstorn Road will still have freely available parking - which will clearly affect the residents of these roads. Also there will continue to be staff and student cars circulating around the area looking for parking places - which will continue to be a hazard for residents, particularly children and the elderly.

You now will have a few weeks to object to what is proposed and people in the area affected should have received a letter with the details of the scheme recently. If you feel the proposals have problems then do register your concerns with the council. It is certainly not too late to do so.

The intention is to implement the scheme before the students are back in September.

Full details of the plans are posted here together with the original consultation documents for comparison.


August 2009 - Full details of the Traffic Regulation Order

These are now available from the Leeds City Council website at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Transport_and_streets/Roads_highways_and_pavements/Roads__enforcement.aspx.

There are two links in the Downloads column on the right hand side of the page which refer to the Ancaster Road/Glen Road TRO.


December 2009 - Local news update

There is a new WPRA Chronicle out which members should receive soon by email or letterbox drop. It details the latest state of play on the Resident's Parking scheme, the West Park Centre and Lawnswood School amongst other things. You can access it via the link on the left which saves it all being repeated here.

It is worth repeating that WPRA is only one voice in all of this and the powers that be take more notice of many individual comments that a summary from us. So, if something is worrying you then contact your councillors and others via useful links.

It only remains for us to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


August 2009 - Public consultation documents for the Traffic Restrictions are out.

The council have started the legal consultation process concerning the proposed traffic restrictions for the West Park and Glen Road area to try to deal with the traffic and parking problems caused by Leeds Metropolitan University and Richmond House School. The full details of these proposals are located here here.

All comments (for and against) should be submitted by 7 September 2009 to the addresses detailed in Formal Notice as well.

Every effort has been made to try to ensure that the information provided on this website is correct. If it is felt that any detail is incorrect, please contact us at chair@westparkresidents.org.uk

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