February 18th, 2019 

Local Comment

 

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Editorial Comment

03/01/2019 Peckfield and Parlington Plans Squashed by the Inspectors
Hearty congratulations to Garforth Neighbourhood Forum, the Save Parlington Campaign and our local councillors for their sustained campaigns against building houses on Green Belt land around Garforth and Aberford. We are not short of brown field sites in the Outer South East of Leeds so there was never any need to use farm land for much needed affordable housing. Thank you also to the Inspectors for showing LCC the error of their ways. We must all hope their recommendation is heeded.

25/12/2018 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Goinlocal wishes its readers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019

24/12/2015 A Merry Christmas to All Our Readers
Goinlocal would like to wish all its readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continuing support in 2015. We look forward to seeing you all in 2016

07/01/2015 Goinlocal Visitors Jump 31 Percent
Goinlocal wishes to thank the 221,632 visitors to the website in 2014, fifty-three thousand more than visited in 2013. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all again in 2015

24/12/2014 A Merry Christmas to All Our Readers
Goinlocal would like to wish all its readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The website will continue to publish news throughout the Christmas holiday. Thank you for supporting us in 2014. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2015.

24/12/2013 Goinlocal Visitors Up 22 Percent
Goinlocal wishes to thank the 168,378 visitors to the website in 2013. thirty thousand more than visited in 2012. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again in 2014

08/10/2013 Kept in the Dark Again
The council’s decision to pilot the scheme to turn off the street lights in Garforth and Swillington has been taken without consulting or even warning the communities involved. The saving in this area will be about £15,000 a year. According to Department of Transport figures a slight accident on an urban road incurs a cost of £17,400 and a serious accident costs £174,900. So one single minor accident directly attributable to the lack of street lighting in Garforth will cost more than the entire annual saving. According to Government figures on the unit cost of crimes a burglary costs £3,925, a vehicle theft costs £4,970 and a homicide costs £1.774 million. Whilst the turning off of street lights might save the council a few pounds, events arising from that action will more than likely incur much larger costs on other agencies. Agencies that we as tax payers would still pick up the tab for. Councillor Richard Lewis hopes people will not really notice much of a difference but informs us the council will have the flexibility to turn the lights back on again if major problems arise. He doesn’t sound very confident at all, so why are the residents of Garforth and Swillington being used as guinea pigs? Shouldn’t it be trialled in Pudsey where Councillor Lewis can be held accountable to his electorate if a wave of burglaries, muggings and hit and runs occurs as a result of this amazingly dim policy. And why have the Garforth and Swillington councillors allowed their ward to be used as a testing ground that could have fatal results for some of its residents? Have they dropped the ball again?

27/09/2013 Does Garforth Need a Parish Council?
At a 10 minute open floor session of Garforth and Swillington ward meeting in July 2013 the question was asked ‘What does the forum think about Garforth having a parish council?’ The conclusion of the 18 attendees, including 3 representatives of other parish councils and just three residents, was that they were not sure if the town would benefit from this as it already has a robust city council representation. There is no doubt the Garforth councillors are hardworking both for the ward and for the city as a whole but so are the councillors representing Kippax, Aberford and Swillington, where there are parish councils to support them. An Evening Post poll conducted in October 2007 on this very subject revealed that 68 per cent of Garforth residents were in favour of a town council. Why the ward councillors are prepared to work with Swillington Parish Council but don’t think one is needed in Garforth is a mystery. If Garforth had elected a town council then it would have been in place to take on the leisure centre and run it full time as a community asset. A Garforth town council would have created and submitted a town plan for future housing development, just as neighbouring parish councils have done. Instead there is now a part-time leisure centre and in the absence of a town plan every field around Garforth has been nominated by the council as a potential site for housing. Robust or not, the ball was definitely dropped on these occasions and it is clear that our councillors need a reliable parish council behind them to ease the burden. Political dogma should be put to one side and what is best for Garforth residents should be their first consideration. Garforth needs a parish council again.

24/07/2013 Saying No to Greenfield House Building
Leeds City Council is looking for greenfield sites across the city to build thousands of new houses and has given residents till 29th July to provide feedback on the proposed sites. Many parish councils have consulted their residents and created neighbourhood plans reflecting their residents’ views on where any new building can take place. Some communities have not consulted their residents. The Government, which is behind the drive to find sites to build additional homes, says greenbelt land can only be built on in exceptional circumstances and only after extensive consultation with the community to gain its support. The council’s site search is extensive and will include your area so if you have not been consulted about new house building plans in your area you should email ldf@leeds.gov.uk give them your name and address and tell them you oppose all greenfield building in your area because you have not been properly consulted. Email them now and beat the deadline.

04/01/2013 Thank You for Your Support
Goinlocal would like to thank the 138,179 visitors to our website in 2012. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013.

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