Application to build on Grove Road
With the deadline for a decision less than 48 hrs away the Department for Communities and Local Government issued the following statement
'With regard to the above named appeal, this email is to advice that we regret we will not be in a position to issue the decision within the timetable set out in earlier correspondence (ie by 10 September). I apologise for this delay and assure you that the decision will be issued as soon as possible. However, I am unable at this stage to give an indicative date.'
So the wait goes on, let’s just hope that when they do get around to it they make the right decision.
As summer (well those couple of warm days we had) draws to an end, we must thank the committee and all the hard working volunteers from Boston In Bloom who have again done a wonderful job in keeping our High Street looking blooming marvellous.
You can find out more about Boston Spa in Bloom on the Boston Spa Garden Society website
Boston Spa in Bloom AGM will be held at Deepdale Thursday 22 October 7 for 7.30 pm. The meeting is open to everyone who wishes to come along, wine and soft drinks will be served from 7 and the meeting will start at 7.30pm. Following review of 2015 and discussion of plans for 2016, Chair of the Parish Council Tim Baker will speak informally about recent Village developments such as Church Fields, tree planting and the Hydro Scheme and answer any questions you may have.
Boston Spa Arts & Crafts Festival
The seventh annual Arts & Crafts Festival takes place Friday 16th October 10-5pm and Saturday 17th October 10-4pm at the Village Hall.
Don't miss this very popular community event there will be over 60 artists and crafts people exhibiting high quality products. Lots of original works of art and art demonstrations, many new exhibitors and Tea room.
More information at www.bostonspaartsfestival.co.uk
Following a meeting with Ward Councillor Gerald Wilkinson and John Woolmer of Leeds City Council (ENE Locality Manager, Environment & Neighbourhoods) we can confirm that LCC will continue to open and close the toilets and clean them on a daily basis .They will now be open between 9am and 5pm.
John Woolmer's team has recently taken over responsibility for the toilets and are taking on the task with great enthusiasm and are keen to work with the Parish Council to improve both the service and appearance of this important facility .
Should members of the public encounter problems with the toilets they should either contact LCC directly or Parish Councillor Steve Morritt email@example.com
Access for disabled people to High Street Shops
Following a letter to the Parish Council from a resident, Cllr John Steel has volunteered to approach our local traders to look at ways to help improve access to local shops and businesses for disabled people.
Spotted a blue plaque yet?
Our Heritage Trail leaflet is now available at Douglas Yeadon's Hardware and at the Library or you can download it from the PC website here
Headley Hall propsals - latest
Below is a statement issued by Leeds City Council last week and came as quite a shock to everyone.
This could dramatically alter plans for house building in Boston Spa and many of the surrounding villages.
22nd September 2015
LEEDS SITE ALLOCATIONS PLAN - UPDATE ON PROPOSED ALLOCATION MX2-33 (HEADLEY HALL)
The allocations identified in the Site Allocations Plan published for representations on 22nd September 2015 have emerged from the consideration of a wide pool of sites many of which were identified by landowners/developers. This was the case with the site of a proposed new settlement at Headley Hall (in the Outer North East HMCA) which was promoted by the landowner, the University of Leeds.
Subsequent to the approval of the publication SAP by the Council`s Executive Board on 15th July 2015 the Council has been made aware that the University no longer wishes to pursue this proposal. The Council expects this position to be confirmed during the representation period. If that is the case, then alternative proposals will need to be brought forward and consulted upon in due course. Whilst Headley Hall is a significant proposal it represents less than 5% of the total new housing allocations and does not impact upon the need for the other housing or employment allocations currently proposed in the Plan.
Any changes for Headley Hall, and any other substantive matters that the Council decides to change arising from its consideration of the representations, will be subject to a period of further public comment in 2016.
Leeds City Council Site Allocations Plan - what does this mean for Boston Spa?
The Site Allocations Plan will identify sites to ensure that sufficient land is available in appropriate locations to meet the growth targets for housing, retail and greenspace.
A consultation exercise will gather the views of residents and local businesses on the plan.
The consultation exercise will open on Tuesday 22 September and run until Monday 16th November. During this time there will be a number of drop-in sessions within different communities. The nearest one to Boston Spa will be held on 19th October 2-8pm in Wetherby Town Hall.
You will find more information on the Leeds City Council website
Meet Our PCSOs
Our local Police Community Support Officers Becky Jackson and Emma Leighton hold regular sessions in the Village Hall for residents. This gives you the opportunity to meet your local PCSO and have an informal chat about any issues or concerns.
See below dates for the Wise Owl Cafe Contact point at Boston Spa Village Hall. The session runs from 1 – 2pm on......
Wednesday 14th October
Wednesday 4th November
Tuesday 17th November
West Yorkshire Police have a website dedicated our area it can be seen here
Scout Community Week
As part of National Scout Community Week Boston Spa Scouts are holding a Coffee and Cake Stall this Saturday 10th October 2-4pm at the Scout Hall on Church Street, everyone welcome!
You will also see Scouts out and about this weekend they'll be busy sprucing up benches by the Village Hall and the planters outside Costcutter.
The Parish Council has asked Leeds City Council to look at the possibility of restricting parking at Stable Lane car park to 4 hours, between the hours of 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday- Friday.
Parking at Stables Lane
Would this affect you? Please let us know what you think of these proposals
You can contact us using the Message Board or email our Parish Clerk Val Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
This is NOT Stable Lane Field but the car park opposite