A festival for Addingham ?
28th February 2014
28th February 2014
25th February 2014Building 200 houses in Adddingham won't help to meet Bradford's housing needs, neither will it deliver genuinely affordable housing for the young people of Adddingham. Think VERY CAREFULLY before you let this plan go through.
25th February 2014
15th February 2014After a short winter break— tennis is back from the end of February. At the Muga and in the Youth Centre. Introducing a new opportunity for younger players to try Short Tennis Read more……... Want to brush-up on etiquette ? Or just have a friendly game?
14th February 2014Many groups in Wharfedale were encouraged this week when local MP Kris Hopkins came out firmly against Bradford’s plan for housing in Wharfedale. John Grogan - his opponent in the 2015 election made his views clear before Christmas. The reply from Val Slater --- Executive member for Housing, Planning and Transport on Bradford Council, indicates that she has made a U-Turn since she described herself as “Devil’s Advocate to “fight the Middle Classes to build on the Green-Belt” “ Read more…………………
Wharfedale celebrates as Local MP vows to “push back” to protect green fieldsIn an interview yesterday with the T&A local MP Kris Hopkins came out firmly against Bradford’s plan for housing in Wharfedale. Mr Hopkins took-off his “Housing Minister hat” and spoke out as the MP for the constituency. He had established his position at the Society’s Question Time event this time last year.
Mr Hopkins insisted that was unnecessary to “concrete over” the district’s “green and beautiful spaces”. Society Members recall the encounter with Planning Minister Nick Boles last year when the Planning Minister admitted to the reputation as “Concrete Nick” He vowed to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with residents in the Wharfe Valley against what he described as “outrageous” housebuilding targets. The MP said: “The challenge is in the centre. The housing population boom is not in Keighley and Ilkley – it’s in the centre of Bradford. “Taking my ministerial hat off and putting my MP’s hat on, some of the figures they’ve talked about across Keighley and Shipley are outrageous”. The Society with, other groups in Wharfedale, welcome the separate interventions of both the MP and John Grogan – his opponent for the Keighley and Ilkley seat in the 2015 election. Just before Christmas Mr Grogan made his position clear, with his 5 Point Plan Housing Policy. Within the 5 points he argues for “Brown Field First” changes to Planning Policy, (the NPPF), a New Town in Yorkshire and new finance initiatives for Cities like Bradford with massive areas of Brownfield land which developers will not use. You can read the T&A coverage of Mr Grogan’s Plan at the end of this article. The points raised and positions declared by both men repeat and support the arguments which have been presented to Bradford Planners by the Society and many other groups. It is comforting to read that national politicians are supporting and reinforcing the challenge to Bradford’s unsound Local Plan. Next week the Society’s Heritage and Planning Group will be publishing it's Action Plan for the months ahead, including how the Society can help residents to access the Plan and make appropriate representations to Bradford Council during the 6 week “Comments Period” which is expected to be announced late in February. And finally…………. Many of the friends who have followed the “Saga” of the Local Plan closely were astonished (and amused) by the U-Turn by Val Slater. Within 24 hours Ms Slater was “hitting back” at the MP and claiming that “she too wanted to protect green fields, and that 94 per cent of homes were now built on brownfield land.”. Now that’s quite a different position for the lady who only months ago titled herself “Devil’s Disciple” --remember this?? By the way Ms Slater—are you sure that your new Plan puts 94% of houses on Brownfield sites? …………It looks like the village is in for an interesting Spring!!!!
Five-point plan housing policy from Labour Ilkley candidateA Labour parliamentary candidate challenging housing minister Kris Hopkins for his Keighley seat has outlined a five-point plan for national housing policy.
14th February 2014Coaches Paul Hunt and Sohail Rheman had some tough choices to make at this week’s Awards. The mixed game is certainly raising standards—- and the bars. Read more
ACADEMY MAKES IT'S FIRST AWARDS
An innovation at this weeks Academy training session The introduction of the Academy’s Awards for special efforts during the Sunday morning events. Coaches were out of sight for some time making their decisions. After an agonising wait for all the players, coaches Paul and Sohail announced the winners for this week’. PLAYER OF THE WEEK is JACK HARRISON RISING STAR is ELLIE WILSON MOST IMPROVED is HARVEY LISTER Congratulations to the winners and well done to everyone for a tough competition.
Invitation The Sunday morning sessions of the Academy are open to all children from the village aged from 5 to 13. Girls are proving to be tough competition for the boys. Come along any Sunday — to the MUGA in fine weather — to the Youth Centre if wet. Parents operate a Drop and Go system from 10—11.30. The Academy is looking for help with organisation, records, and coaching Please — email firstname.lastname@example.org
12th February 2014A generous gesture will help the Sunday Junior Soccer Club and Tennis enthusiasts through the winter. The enthusiasm of the young people and parents who have established “the club” and the Tennis group has been recognised and rewarded by the Trustees of the Addingham Youth Centre. The Trustees of the Centre have matched the Civic Society’s jump-start initiative for new sports “Start-Ups” in the village …………….read more
The Sunday Junior Soccer club, and other sports activities, will go Indoors for the winter when necessaryThe Junior Soccer Club, tennis enthusiasts ( beginners and refreshers) have experienced a great run of good luck with the weather from the start, being “rained-off” on only a few occasions since September. The Soccer Club has attracted boys and girls between 4 and 14 (with some special Parents) and is developing an increasingly popular programme of friendship, exercise, training, skills development and competition. The tennis activity, with help from llkley Lawn Tennis Club, has proved popular and gives confidence that tennis in the village will become “self-sustaining”— and develop. With the MUGA in place 7 days–a-week and out of daylight hours, Addingham now has the benefit of indoor and outdoor facilities in which Sports development and participation can be fostered. Addingham Youth Council has matched the Civic Society’s investment in start-up funding for sport in Addingham by an offer to accommodate the Junior Soccer Club and other sports, at no cost, for an introductory period. Parents and players have expressed their thanks to the Trustees of the Youth Centre for their encouraging generosity. So from now on, at least until Easter, these groups will continue to play and grow irrespective of the weather.
If you want to know more contact the Society via email@example.com