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Your feedback wanted on buses that run to Holt Park, Cookridge, Tinshill and Adel

March 16th, 2017 · Community News

Double Decker First Bus is waiting at a bus stop in Holt Park. In front of the bus are people with shopping bags and trollies.

First Buses are reviewing their bus service for North West Leeds. This review will cover the buses that travel through Headingley including the 1, 6, 19, 19A, 28, 29 and X84.

First buses have acknowledged that these bus services need to be improved due to the fact that they suffer from road congestion when traveling through Headingley.

In order for the service to be improved First Buses may need to change the routes or frequencies of some of these services and you are invited to have your say before any changes are made.

You’re invited to complete an online survey throughout March or to attend a local drop-in event:

Adel – Monday 20th March
Adel & Ireland Wood Community Centre, 12:30PM – 15:30PM

Headingley – Tuesday 21st March
Heart Centre, Bennet Road, 4:00PM – 6:00PM

Leeds Trinity University – Wednesday 22nd March
Main Reception, 4:00PM – 6:30PM

Holt Park – Monday 27th March
Library – 10:30AM – 1:30PM

Once the consultation is complete First Buses we’ll submit a proposal to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, with a view for changes to be implemented in September 2017.

Paul Turner, Head of Commercial at First Buses, said:

“Our bus services in North West Leeds are very well used and have remained unchanged for some time, but some routes are suffering from increasing road congestion. We need to consider new timetables from September and as part of this we want to hear the views of our customers so we can ensure buses still go where people need them to.

“We haven’t made any decisions yet and so we’d urge as many people as possible to get involved. I’m sure there will be new ideas and suggestions that we may not have considered or explored.”

“Representatives from First Leeds and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority will attend the local drop-in events, but we will also have an online survey available for anyone unable to attend one of our events.”

Complete the online survey now.

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Plans to merge Cookridge and Moortown fire station move ahead

January 26th, 2017 · Community News

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are moving ahead with plans to merge Moortown and Cookridge stations by closing them and building a new station between the two.

A planning application has been submitted to Leeds City Council for the new station on a designated open space site, already owned by the authority, at the junction of Ring Road Moortown and Black Moor Road.

A red rectangle around some land indicates the location for the new fire station.

Other suggested sites at Weetwood Police Station, Boddington Sports Pavilion, Meanwood, Weetwood and Spen Lane and Wira Business Park were ruled

A ‘Save Moortown Fire Station’ campaign on Facebook, started by firefighter Paul Drinkwater, has won support from nearly 1000 people. – https://www.facebook.com/savemoortownfirestation/?fref=ts

The projected completion date of the new fire station is expected to be January 2018. .

The planning application and additional documents can be found on Leeds City Council website – https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=OHE65OJBHBP00

Original article can be seen at – http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/site-earmarked-for-fire-station-1-8315262

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How To Survive The Hottest Day of The Year In LS16

July 19th, 2016 · Community News

The mercury is set to peak at 31•C today, as LS16 is bathed in a Mediterranean style heatwave.

Here are a few ideas for what to do in the gorgeous weather in our local area.

Beer Gardens!

The newly refurbished Lawnswood Arms has a wide selection of food and drink as well as somewhere for the kids to play.

In the heart of LS16 is the High Farm pub offering a selection of local and international ales in its iconic old farm house setting.

Or why not venture into Horsforth where the Old Ball pub has a large sun baked beer garden as well as buy one get one free pizzas.

3 half pints of beer on a table in a sunny beer garden

A Bite To Eat!

The sun doesn’t have to be the only heat available today. The Cheerful Chili at the foot of Otley Chevin can add a little spice to your evening.

If you would rather dine al fresco with the nation that invented the term then a trip to Divino or Gusto may be where to enjoy an evening meal in LS16.

Wooden tables out side on a summers day

Keep Active!

If alcohol or food are not what your looking for but quite the opposite then perhaps a trip to Holt Park tennis courts may be for you. With three courts to choose from you can head down and recreate some Murray magic.
Tennis
Alternatively take a trip to Cookridge Hall Driving Range and de-stress after work by hitting a few golf balls in the evening sun. A bucket of 50 balls will set you back £3.50 the same as that beer garden pint.

Silhouette of a golfer

Or for those people wanting to stay fit but stay in doors out of the sun you could always visit the fully air conditioned Holt Park Active gym or swimming pool for those who really want to cool off.

Holt Park Active Swimming Pool

Local Green Space!

Finally if you’d like the pace a little slower then why not pay a visit to Golden Acre Park. Enjoy an ice cream and a stroll round the lake taking in the natural beauty.

Golden Acre Park

Whatever you decide to do remember to stay hydrated and apply some suncream.

Let us know in the comments below how you decide to spend the day in LS16.

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Ralph Thoresby Cricket Champions

July 9th, 2016 · Ralph Thoresby

Ralph Thoresby Cricket ChampionsRalph Thoresby School has been crowned the 2016 National Table Top Cricket champions.

Last week our local school won the 2016 Lord’s Taverners National Table Top Cricket Finals held at the home of cricket, Lords Cricket Ground.

A nail biting and tense final saw Ralph Thoresby take the spoils as they beat Ash Field Academy from Leicester.

Lewis Bird, Captain of the Ralph Thoresby team said: “It was a great day and it was great to see how the team developed playing in the tournament against different teams as opposed to just in training. The whole team put in a fantastic performance and we’re all delighted.”

Table top cricket is played on a table tennis table with side panels. The sound of leather on willow is not missing though as a wooden bat and weighted ball is used. The sport gives young people with severe physical and learning disabilities to enjoy cricket and represent their school on a competitive level.

In its 18th year the national competition initially sees over 300 youngsters from 47 teams battle it out in 8 regional events to book their place at the national finals. The sport is supported and made possible by Ford and the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Director of Fundraising, Partnerships and Events at the Lord’s Taverners, Duncan Lewis said: It is fantastic to witness children with severe disabilities engage in sport and what’s more get involved in cricket. Table Cricket ensures that participants can experience playing at a competitive level and enjoy the benefits of being part of a team. Congratulations to Ralph Thoresby on their outstanding achievement.

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Police appeal after woman from Tinshill dies of head injuries

May 20th, 2016 · Crime

Glynis Woodhead from Tinshill

60-year-old Glynis Woodhead died from an internal head injury. Photo Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information after the unexplained death of a 60-year-old woman in the Tinshill area of Leeds LS16.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team would like to speak to anyone who saw suspicious behaviour in the area of Tinshill Mount/Tinshill Avenue, Leeds, following the death 60-year-old Glynis Woodhead last week.

Ambulance services were called to a property on Tinshill Mount at 5.32am on Thursday May 12, after Mrs Woodhead was taken ill in the early hours of the morning.

She later passed away at Leeds General Infirmary later that morning and, following subsequent enquiries, police were informed and asked to investigate by the Coroner.

A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with the death and released on police bail pending continuing enquiries.

A post mortem revealed the 60-year-old died from an internal head injury. More tests will be needed however to determine the cause of that injury.

Police investigations to determine the circumstances of the death remain ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Scott of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Police are conducting a number of enquiries into the matter and we are working to establish the full circumstances of what has taken place.

“We are continuing to treat the death as unexplained and are appealing for any information from residents which may help us build a better picture of what happened.

“I would like to speak with anyone who saw suspicious behaviour or heard anything significant in the area of Tinshill Mount/Tinshill Avenue in the early hours of May 12.

“Anyone who has information which may assist our enquiries should contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”

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