Queensbury Ward Partnership – Minutes of Meeting Tuesday 8th December 2015

BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE

3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW

 Queensbury Ward Partnership

On Tuesday 8 December 2015 at 7.00pm at

Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD

NOTES

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

  1. Welcome and Introductions

Taj opened the meeting, introduced himself, briefly explained his role as Ward Officer and welcomed everyone present.

People present included Mohammed Taj (Ward Officer); Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Lisa Carmody; Joan Milner; Geoff Milner; Andrew Senior; Alan Senior; Carol Bower; Sue Shrine; David Mitchell; Norah McWilliam; Joan Shepherd; Lynda Cromie; Carolyn Jowett; Pat Sayers; Michelle Eggett, Queensbury resident and Public Governor, BDCFT; and Sharon Dunwoodie (Note Taker).

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Councillor Michael Walls; Sue Dickerson; Richard Houseago; Beryl Robinson; J Bird; Kelsey Trevethick; Jane Holdsworth; Kathryn Halford; David Lightfoot; Dave Dodwell; Mark Chenery; Sheila Thornton; Hazel Pearson; Sue Dewdney; Karol Whettlock; Stuart Walker; Vicky Robinson; Matt Bibby; Barbara Dalby; Roger Hyde; Mike Tomkinson; Emma Jones; Neil Myers and representatives of Queensbury Cricket Club; Representatives from West Yorkshire Police.

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting – October 2015

The minutes of the last meeting required no amendment. The minutes were then accepted as correct by Cllr Cromie and seconded by David Mitchell.

  1. Matters Arising

The matters arising from the minutes were –

Point 6 – Youth information and consultation event – This was held on 14 November ad attended by the Lord Mayor. Three proposals were put forward for a skate park in the village but no location has been selected yet – Emma Jones to carry out further consultation with schools about this. Also there were two proposals for new changing rooms at Foxhill recreation ground, one traditionally constructed and one modular – Mick Priestley from Parks and Recreation will carry out further consultation with the clubs that use this ground. The plan is to demolish the existing changing rooms and rebuild them.

Point 7 – Smelly Wagons petition – Cllr Cromie updated the group. He said that the petition was presented at Full Council meeting earlier today where there was a debate on this issue. It was agreed that the petition be referred to the Environment and Waste Management Overview and Scrutiny Committee for further discussion.

  1. Update from Community Groups & Community Events 2016

The 1940’s Group advised that they have bought paint from REPAINT and intend to spruce up the Conservative Club in or around April 2016, including reglazing, reupholstery and cleaning the carpets. Also two “Ceilidh nights” are planned for February and April 2016.

The Friends of Queensbury Cemetery said that the Military Walks had been well attended despite the bad weather and it was hoped to do more in 2016. Pat will ensure that as much notice is given as possible to attract participants.

The Queensbury Life Church is presenting a production of “The Night Before Christmas” at 6.15 pm – 8.00 pm, on 9 December 2015, tickets available at £4.00 each. The following Wednesday 16 December 2016 there are Carols in the Mill from 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. There will be a stall for having photos taken with the Nativity Crib free of charge.

Cycle Queensbury had to cancel their “Winter Warmer” event following the death of Mr Summers. On 27 December 2015 there will be a Bradford Christmas Cycle Ride starting at Centenary Square and going round all the bike shops. They are also setting up kiddies’ “learn to ride” sessions at Shibden Head Primary Academy in the Easter holidays, for age 3 years and above, free of charge. This is not a road safety session, it is to help children to be confident on their bikes.

QCHAP congratulated Joan on the success of the craft fair on 31 October 2015. They have installed three more heaters in the mill. On Saturday 12 December 2015 there is the “enchanted forest” in the mill for children, which looks lovely. Also there will be a monthly Makers Market on a Saturday from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm which it is hoped will establish itself as part of Queensbury life. On Saturday 19 December 2015 between 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm there is a pre Christmas celebration, the band will play and there will be stalls with bric-a-brac etc – all welcome. Thanks were offered to Bradford South for funding the event.

Queensbury Civic Society is holding a Christmas party on 14 December 2015 at the Baptist Church with a buffet and entertainment, admission charge is £5.00.

A member of the Queensbury Sports and Social Club (QSSC) then asked why the changing room project at Foxhill recreation ground was being considered when there was a half finished club house with parking for 40 vehicles and all those facilities at their club.

The member then circulated drawing (dated 16/05/08) of the proposed new club house and changing rooms at QSSC and gave an update on the project. A debate ensued and it transpired that this project was a funded by Sport England and Bradford Council, however due to a longstanding ongoing dispute this has been held in abeyance since 2012.

QSSC asked Taj if the Council would take the project over. Taj explained that Bradford Council leased the recreation land to QSSC to build and then operate a sports and social club. QSSC is contracted to and have received funding from both Sport England and the Council. The current lease/licence are the contract are still live and there remains the possibility that any failure by QSSC to achieve the previously agreed conditions could lead to funding being clawed back from them. This was reiterated by Cllr Cromie. Cllr Carmody said that she had recently looked in to this issue in depth in an attempt to mediate to end the stalemate and had drawn up a list of actions to try to progress the matter.

QSSC asked if Section 106 money could be freed up to use for this project. Taj clarified the position relating to this money – it has to be used for public ownership projects for community benefit. QSSC argued that the club house was a benefit to the community but it was agreed that it would not qualify for funding under the Section 106 legislation.

QSSC said £140K of their own funding was invested in the club house and they had no more funds even to pay the insurance premiums for the empty building and again asked Taj if the Council would take the project over. Taj reiterated that the Council had been trying to progress this but if QSSC could not fulfil their part of the contract, the Directors needed to Sport England and the Council. Cllr Carmody said that there were too many legalities involved to discuss at this meeting and that she would try her best to help resolve the matter. Cllr Cromie said he had received an e-mail from the current Director of QSSC which made it clear what was going on in this case and that he would circulate this email.

Taj drew the debate to a close and summarised that nothing further on the project can progressed until the retention is released by Sport England and Bradford Council and as far as he was aware, QSSC had not yet applied for their release. To set the ball rolling, they needed to take this step. Cllr Carmody reminded QSSC of her action plan which, if followed, she felt would move things forward in an acceptable manner for all. QSSC said they had applied to the RFL for financial help also.

Other group members commented and said that it was a squabble that needed to be resolved for everyone’s benefit. Another member pointed out that the focus was always on football and rugby. This did not appeal to some boys and also whilst open to girls, generally they were poorly catered for.

Sue (Vicar) said that her last service as Vicar was on 24 January 2016 after six years. She said she was very pleased to have been involved in the group and wished all the organisations well for the future. Taj offered thanks to Sue from all members of the group and all agreed she would be sorely missed.

  1. Council update

Cllr Cromie advised that Queensbury Church Partnership (QCP) were continuing to hold coffee mornings on a Tuesday from 10.00 am – lunchtime. These have been very popular.

St Theresa’s Church is also holding a coffee morning every Wednesday for QCP.

There is also “Tea and Toast” at the Holy Trinity Church on the last Thursday of the month from 10.00 am – 11.30 am, which is free of charge.

Taj said he was developing a Ward Calendar focusing on events and activities targeted at the elderly, to distinguish them from general events. Anyone having any events for this or the Queensbury Village Calendar should contact Kathryn Halford or him.

Cllr Carmody advised that there will be a four course Community Christmas Dinner on 26 December 2015 at Jungle Junction for those who are alone, vulnerable or in poverty. There are enough volunteers to run the event. It is intended to cater for 40 adults and 25 children but there may be more. It is free but all donations gratefully received.

Cllr Carmody is also going out with the group distributing warm coats to vulnerable people. Donations are still welcome, particularly men’s coats and sleeping bags or anything else to keep people warm. Please drop off any items at Jungle Junction, and a free play session for January 2016 will be given in return.

Cllr Carmody informed the meeting about Community Chest Funding from Bradford South. The next deadline to submit applications is at the end of February 2016.

  1. Police update

Unfortunately no representative from the Police was in attendance and no update had been sent to Taj.

  1. Any Other Business

Cycle Queensbury advised that from 21 January 2016 they will hold monthly meetings on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7.00 pm at the Halfway House. All are welcome.

  1. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 9th February 2016 at 7.00pm.

There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.30pm

 

 

 

Queensbury Ward Partnership Minutes of Meeting Held 13th October 2015

BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE

3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW

Queensbury Ward Partnership

On Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 7.00pm at

Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD

NOTES

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

  1. Welcome and Introductions

Taj opened the meeting, introduced himself, briefly explained his role as Ward Officer and welcomed everyone present.

People present included Mohammed Taj (Ward Officer); Councillor Paul Cromie; Councillor Michael Walls; PCSO John Greenwood; PC Amanda Simpson; Joan Milner; Geoff Milner; Sue Dickerson; Richard Houseago; Andrew Senior; Alan Senior; Beryl Robinson; Pat Sayers; J Bird; Kelsey Trevethick; David Mitchell; Carol Bower; Sue Shrine; Jane Holdsworth; Norah McWilliam; Kathryn Halford; David Lightfoot; Joan Shepherd; Lynda Cromie; Carolyn Jowett; and Matt Bibby (Note Taker).

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from Councillor Lisa Carmody; Dave Dodwell; Mark Chenery; Sheila Thornton; Hazel Pearson; Sue Dewdney; Karol Whettlock; Stuart Walker,  Vicky Robinson, Neil Myers and representatives of Queensbury Cricket Club.

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting – July 2015

Page 2 – There was a clarification to the last minutes to show that the 1940’s group had not made £1200 as a profit as some people had interpreted.

  1. Matters Arising

The minutes were then accepted as correct by Joan Milner and seconded by Councillor Michael Walls.

  1. Update from Community Groups & Community Events 2016

The 1940’s group are holding the 1940’s day on 18th June. Times have yet to be decided. The planned event for 19th December has been cancelled. There is a fundraising event at the Conservative club on 14th November 12 – 2pm.

Queensbury Performing are holding their pantomime at Queensbury School on 10th – 12th March. There will also be a fundraising event on 14th November 2015 at the mill. Tickets to the fundraising event can be purchased for £5.

Queensbury Life Church is holding a light party on Halloween, 31st October. There will also be a fun day at Queensbury School on 9th July 2016, 12 – 3pm.

Pat gave an update in Sue’s absence on the activities of Friends of Queensbury Cemetery Group. Two military walks are planned before Remembrance Sunday, through the cemetery and graveyards. The gates and railings have been cleared thanks to the hard work of volunteers. The website is almost sorted out. The CCTV project has been put on hold due to expense as the Police require a certain resolution of picture / image which means that the solar powered CCTV is not good enough and electrical powered CCTV would be needed. The replacement of railings will need to be ‘like for like’. The charity status that the group were going to go for has been put back.

Andrew Senior was updating on behalf of Queensbury sports and social club and also Amateur Rugby League club. There have been a number of fundraising events over the past year, including fun days, events at the Conservative Club and a valentine’s meal / ball at Cedar Court in Bradford. Their next event will be the Valentine’s ball in 2016.

There was an update about the rugby club development, talks are still ongoing and lots of people are still involved. The building was seen as a place for the rugby club even though it was a sports club for the village. The rugby club were the only ones using it. There have been a lot of past issues surrounding money and funding and the project needs some substantial injection of cash to be progressed. Whilst waiting to see if the project can progress the club have now got permission to look at fencing the field and are therefore looking at costs. Voluntary work staff would be able to do the work.

QCHAP are having an event on 31st October at the mill, a craft fair. It is free admission and open between 10am – 4pm. There will be stalls and a chance to learn about craft skills. On 12th December there will be the Santa’s magical woodland event, again in the mill, 10am – 4pm. There is also going to be a launch of a makers market, which is a new initiative with arts, crafts and homemade goods. Anyone wanting more information on any of the above events can look at the website. There are also the monthly gigs on, the next one being 31st October which is an acoustic band. The group have also been thinking of the idea of a New Year’s Eve party. The mill owner is very supportive of the group and is not charging any rent. The group’s biggest challenge is providing resource to pay for heating. They are chasing funding to help with it.

Holy Trinity Church is having an Autumn Fair at the church 10am – 1pm on 7th November.

Matt provided an update on Cycle Queensbury in Dave’s absence. Cycle Queensbury have their next planning meeting and AGM on Tuesday 3rd November, 7.00pm at the Baptist Chapel. There will be free pies and peas. Anyone wishing to book can do so by either contacting Dave Dodwell or by following the information on the Facebook site.

  1. Youth Information & Consultation Event

Kathryn updated on this event to be held in Victoria Hall on Saturday 14th November 12pm – 4pm. It will be an opportunity to consult young people on what they wish to see as the future for recreation activities. There has been some discussion around a possible skate park. Local groups that provide activities for children and young people can have a stall at the event and the Police and Council will also be represented.

There is around £200,000 already available for recreation with another £200,000 to follow from section 106 funding. Plans on location are not being looking at yet; it’s more about the consultation initially on the designs.

The discussion moved to the Foxhill changing rooms project, Taj informed that the costs are being looked at and consultation will be carried out regarding the proposals for this project.

  1. Council update

Cllr Walls updated on the proposed post office closure. Consultation is being done by an outside firm so if anyone wants to take part they can online or by collecting forms in the post office. The move will be to the other side of the village which will means that side of the village will be used more. However it will be more awkward for elderly residents as they will have to cross main roads to get the post office.

The issue of the smelly wagons was updated. It was confirmed that until they spill they are not doing anything wrong. Bradford have written to DEFRA (Ministry of agriculture) asking for them to review and change their policies. A trial is still being conducted by the company who are using 2 closed vehicles to transport. The actual site is in Calderdale though so Bradford Council has no jurisdiction or involvement other than fining for spillages. It was updated that currently there is a petition on Queensbury Facebook on this issue.

Lynda Cromie updated that there is a meeting at the Raggalds on Wednesday evening to talk about the recently approved planning that has been passed for the usage of land / building near Keelham Farm Shop for looked after young people coming out of care. These youths are aged over 16 and there will be 6-9 youths.

Taj updated on the Youth Opportunity Funding (an email has been sent about this) from Bradford South Area Committee. Applications need to be in by 9th November and is available to people working with young children aged 13 – 19. Young people need to have actively involvement in the project and group.

Taj reminded the group that Kathryn Halford is the Community Development for Queensbury and Great Horton Wards. Any groups needing assistance can contact Kathryn advice and support.

  1. Police update

There has been success with Cannabis farms. Three have been shut in the past fortnight and one person sentenced as a result. There have been a spate of shop lifting offences recently and 1 person has been caught and sentenced.

Antisocial behaviour seems to be on the decrease but there has been an increase in vehicle crimes. A reminder was given to people to ensure that all valuables are removed from vehicles.

There is the ongoing issue of burglary from gardens, a reminder was issued to ensure expensive garden items are securely fastened down or stored inside when not being used.

Residents asked if there had been any problems with stone theft as there have been some problems in Queensbury. A problem with stone theft is that it is often removed by people who are wearing Hi Vis jackets so they look as though they are official workers. They do not get challenged.

PC Amanda Simpson introduced herself and informed the Group that she is the Problem Solver for Queensbury Ward.

  1. Any Other Business

Thanks were passed on to the group on behalf of Neil from the Thornton Directory. The next issue is due out will be the December Issue. Anyone wishing to provide articles will need to do so by the deadline of 15th November.

Copies of the magazine can also be available to collect from Tesco or can be viewed online.

  1. Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Church on Tuesday 8th December at 7.00pm.

There were no further issues raised, therefore Taj thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.30pm

 

 

 

 

Queensbury Ward Partnership – Minutes from meeting of Tuesday 13th October 2015

BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE

3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW 

Queensbury Ward Partnership

On Tuesday 13th October 2015 at 7.00pm at

Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD

NOTES

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

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Queensbury Ward Partnership Meeting Tuesday 13th October 2015

 QUEENSBURY WARD PARTNERSHIP

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2015   

7.00 PM AT HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, WEST END

QUEENSBURY, BD13 2AD

 AGENDA

  1. Introductions & Welcome
  1. Apologies
  1. Minutes of Last Meeting – July 2015
  1. Matters Arising
  1. Update from Community Groups & Community Event s 2016
  1. Youth Information and Consultation Event
  1. Council update
  1. Police update
  1. Any Other Business
  1. Date of Next Meeting

Queensbury Ward Partnership – Minutes of 14th July 2015

BRADFORD SOUTH AREA CO-ORDINATOR’S OFFICE

3rd Floor, Jacob’s Well, Bradford, BD1 5RW

Queensbury Ward Partnership

On Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 7.00pm at

Holy Trinity Church, West End, Queensbury, BD13 2AD

NOTES

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.

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Queensbury Ward Partnership Meeting 7.00 pm Tuesday 14th July 2015 at Holy Trinity Church.

 QUEENSBURY WARD PARTNERSHIP

TUESDAY 14TH JULY 2015

7.00 PM AT

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, WEST END

QUEENSBURY, BD13 2AD

AGENDA

  1. Introductions & Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Last Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Update from Community Groups
  6. Community Development Worker Update – Kathryn Halford
  7. Council update
  8. Police update
  9. Any Other Business
  10. Date of Next Meeting

Queensbury Ward Partnership Minutes for 12th May 2015

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

NOTES

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

  1. 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; Lynda Cromie; 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.

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from PCSO John Greenwood; Sheila Thornton; Mark Chenery; Amanda Brearcliffe and Michaela Thompson. Alan Worthington and Neil Myers –  Queensbury Cricket Club.

  1. 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.

  1. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising. The minutes were accepted as correct by Joan Mitchell and seconded by David Mitchell.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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:

www.blackdykemillsheritagevenue

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Police update

There were no Police present and no update in this meeting.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

 

 

 

 

Queensbury Ward Partnership Minutes – Tuesday 12th May 2015

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 

NOTES

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

  1. 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.

  1. Apologies

Apologies were received from PCSO John Greenwood; Sheila Thornton; Mark Chenery; Amanda Brearcliffe and Michaela Thompson.

  1. 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.

  1. Matters Arising

There were no matters arising. The minutes were accepted as correct by Joan Mitchell and seconded by David Mitchell.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

  1. 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:

www.blackdykemillsheritagevenue

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Police update

There were no Police present and no update in this meeting.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

 

 

 

 

Queensbury Ward Partnership Meeting Tuesday 12th May 2015 – Agenda

 

QUEENSBURY WARD PARTNERSHIP

TUESDAY 12th MAY 2015

7.00 PM AT

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, WEST END

QUEENSBURY, BD13 2AD

AGENDA

  1. Introductions & Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of Last Meeting
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Highways update – Officer to attend future meeting
  6. Community Group update
  7. Victoria Hall User Group
  8. Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership
  9. Council update
  10. Police update
  11. Any Other Business
  12. Date of Next Meeting