High Street Crossing
The long awaited decision regarding the Westwood Way / Hampole Way crossing , promised by the end of November has been delayed . However Nick Borras the LCC traffic engineering is planning to meet with our three ward members before Christmas to finalise the proposal.
The Parish Council has expressed it's disappointment and is encouraging the decision makers to meet the revised timescale.
Watch this space!
Fouling continues to blight our streets
Once again we have had complaints about dog fouling, this rather unsavoury photograph was taken by Councillor Steve Morritt near Church Street, Steve commented 'irresponsible people can't even be bothered to pick up and place in the bin next to the mess'.
Leeds City Council (LCC) has told us that people who fail to pick up after their dog has fouled are committing a criminal offence. If the owner can be identified LCC can issue a fixed penalty notice which is a fine of £75 or they can prosecute through the magistrates courts where the maximum fine upon conviction is £1,000.
Can you answer any of the following questions which will enable LCC to take action and/or patrol the area and issue a fixed penalty notice on the spot?
· Do you see the same person walking their dog, at around the same time each day and failing to pick up?
· Do you know where they live? Can you describe them and/or their dog?
· If the dog owner was using a car, did you note the registration number?
· Is the same dog roaming unattended each day and fouling whilst out alone? Do you know where it lives?
If you have any information as to who is committing these offences please contact LCC on 0113 2224406. You can also e-mail any information to email@example.com Any information given will be treated and dealt with in the strictest confidence.
Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result!
Our Neighbourhood Plan was approved by the Independent Examiner and progressed to a referendum, which took take place on the 12th of October 2017.
We are delighted to announce that 89% of votes cast were in support of the Neighbourhood Plan, click here to see the official results.
The Neighbourhood Plan has taken 5 years to develop and we are very grateful to the members of the NP groups who have worked tirelessly consulting, analysing evidence and compiling reports bringing it all together in our Neighbourhood Plan. This now forms the blueprint for the future of our village - thank you to everyone involved.
A significant amount of time was spent on the Plan and its success depended on the residents understanding and voting positively for its acceptance.
The Plan can be viewed here . Hard copies are also available in the Village Hall on the metal cupboard in the alcove in the Committee Room, the WISE Café (should the Committee Room be booked), the village library and at the rear of St Mary’s Church by the entrance.
Thank you for voting 'YES'
Boston Spa Big Festival Weekend
This was the second Boston Spa Big Festival to be organised in the village, with more than 1,000 visitors and over 30 events to amuse the crowds. These included musical evenings, scarecrow trail, Jazz, street food, literary lunch, open gardens, live entertainment, village walks, classic car gathering and much much more
The village was buzzing over the weekend and organiser David Watts would like to thank all the helpers and organisations that participated to make it such a success; plans are already in-place to make the 2018 Festival even bigger and bette
Why not get involved? Contact David Watts at firstname.lastname@example.org
What next for the Crown Hotel site?
Representatives from the Co-op held a briefing meeting to which Ward and Parish Councillor were invited.
In order to keep everyone updated as to developments regarding the crown we are publishing the information sent to us by Instinctif on behalf of the Co-op
You can download the briefing notes here
Fantastic Boston Spa welcome for the TdY
It was great to see so many people enjoying the Tour de Yorkshire when it came through the village on Saturday 29th April.
Events on Millennium Gardens and Stables Lane were organised by Jeff & Ann Newton, the big screen in Millennium Gardens showed coverage of the race and on Stables Lane Cycle Leeds Bikeability provided children's cycling activities and organised 9 mile bike rides.
Let's hope the race comes through the village again next year.
More Pictures on the Gallery page
Wetherby Silver Band
Its the first time the band has performed in the Village Hall thanks to the new staging arrangements .
The performance was a great success and was well attended by an audience over 80 and it is hoped that this could become an annual event .
Traffic Concerns High Street/Clarendon Road Junction
The PC have reported the problem of vehicles parking too near the junction on a number of occasions to our local PCSO’s, the last time was in fact the morning of the incident of October 26th. Naturally it is frustrating as it appears nothing was done about it. A traffic officer speaking after the accident suggested the following action which the PC will urgently implement.
- Contact the Police and Crime Commissioner asking for his support in order to get the police to rigorously enforce the parking distance rule at the junction.
- Contact Leeds City highways in order to review arrangements at the junction so that the line of sight problem is resolved.
- We understand these vehicles parked there are tradespeople working at the Moorlands development, we will check with the Leeds planning department that a condition of the permission for this development was that all vehicles should be parked onsite.
The PC would encourage residents to register their views with the PC on the issue, particularly if they have had direct experience of attempting to exit this junction.
Naturally out thoughts are with those affected by these events yesterday.
Letter to Wetherby News
An article in the Wetherby News published on 11th August wrongly implied that a spokesperson from the Parish Council had said that the PC was considering closing the car park entrance on the High Street.
Clerk to the Parish Council, Val Hunter has written to the newspaper to correct this and explain our position, here is a copy of Val's letter
I have been asked by the Parish Council to write to you in relation to an article that appeared in last week’s edition of the Wetherby News “Car crashes into people outside pub”. This article includes a number of inaccuracies, which we feel need to be corrected. In particular the article states that “Boston Spa Parish Council is now looking into closing the High Street entrance between the Stew & Oyster and Millennium Gardens” and quotes a Parish Council spokesperson. This is incorrect for a number of reasons:
· The car park is owned and operated by Leeds City Council. As such, the Parish Council has no power to make decisions in relation to it
· The closure of the High Street entrance had never been discussed by the Parish Council at any time and, as such, the Parish Council as a body had no view on this
· No member or officer of the Parish Council was approached for comment by the Wetherby News on this incident
For information, members of the Parish Council met with Ward Councillor Gerald Wilkinson immediately prior to the Parish Council meeting on Monday night. Cllr Wilkinson has agreed to ask a Leeds City Council Highways Engineer to visit the car park and identify possible solutions to make the entrance to the car park safer. It is anticipated that if any proposals come forward that would result in closure of the High Street entrance or loss of spaces, this would be subject to full public consultation before implementation.
Grove Road Planning Appeal Decision
The Planning Inspectorate has finally published it's decision, it has allowed the appeal by Miller Homes.
This means Miller homes can build homes on land at Grove Road, you can read the full report here
We have been informed that Leeds City Council will be appealing against this decision
Boston Spa Farmers Market is moving
Boston Spa Farmers’ Market – a new initiative is underway to provide Boston Spa with an improved “community style” market by moving the existing Farmers’ Market to the Village Hall with effect from the next market on Friday 13th May.
The first objective is to transfer the current market stalls plus some new food stalls to the May market and to open the WISE Cafe for the morning to enhance the overall experience..
Then we intend to seek out more local food producers to bring a wider range of produce on offer and to consider introducing other types of stalls – if space permits – to create a Farmers’ Market Plus. Watch this space for further details!
In the meantime – More Stalls, Weatherproof and Easy Parking plus the Cafe. Second Friday of every month.
Les Brown – Chair of the Village Hall Committee makes the point – “the market has suffered from some appalling weather conditions - even in the summer months. It’s a tribute to the existing stall holders that the market has continued until now. We are delighted to provide a new home with a pleasant and comfortable environment whatever the weather. It’s now up to the people of Boston Spa and the surrounding villages to support our local producers. They will determine the success of the venture.”
Boston Spa Village Hall - next market Friday 13th January – 9.00.am to 12.30.pm
Stay and Play sessions every Monday 1.30-3pm
Go to Clifford Pre-school for major information
Youth Club in Boston Spa
Youth Clubs are held at the Boston Spa Childrens Centre twice a week - Tuesdays between 6.30-8.30pm and Fridays between 7-9pm.
The club works with young people between the ages of 11-19 (10 year olds that are close to their 11th birthday are also welcome!).
Typical activities on offer include cooking, arts and crafts, ps4 and wii consoles, music and games including a pool table. They also cover a varied range of issue based topics such as drugs and alcohol, sexual health, healthy eating and safety whilst on the internet.
More info here
Church Fields - what's happening?
Work has now begun on the landscaping at Church Fields this involves removing nutrient rich top soil to create a limestone grassland. The establishment of a meadow was one of the conditions imposed during the planning process. This will require about 800 lorry loads of top soil to be removed, much of the top soil has been redistributed on the grassland between the new houses and the car park. The height of the 'bund' around the car park has been increased to make the cars less visible. The whole area will be re-seeded and the bund planted with scrubs.
The limestone meadow will take around 5 years to become established.
The Parish Council is working with Taylor Wimpey and Leeds City Council to create a space for the whole community to use and enjoy.
View a plan of the site here
New play group in Boston Spa
Rascal's Play Group runs every Friday during term time 10-11.30pm at St Mary's Church, everyone welcome, find out more here