Horsforth Town Council's message of support for our Prime Minister

Horsforth Town Council is saddened to hear that the Prime Minister is facing a battle with Corona virus. We wish the Prime Minister a speedy and full recovery. 
We also wish all those with the virus a speedy recovery. We thank all NHS and Care Staff who are working under extremely difficult circumstances, all those that have volunteered via the NHS/RVS and LCC/VAL schemes and all the other organisations working to ensure that those who need it are being supported.
We are now entering a period where the number of cases of Covid-19 and the numbers being hospitalised is expected to increase. As has been shown by the Prime Minister being moved to intensive care last night, this disease can strike anybody, and it is therefore vitally important that we all follow the rules on social distancing and are only going out for essential reasons.

 

Covid Virus Information for Horsforth Residents  

Please read through the latest updates and information regarding staying safe and accessing help below. 

Litter Bins

Please avoid using dog waste bins and street bins and take this litter home to put into your black bin instead. This enables Leeds City Council staff to focus on more essential work,  Although we will continue to do our best to empty bins in parks and green spaces that are used for exercising or dog walking, we cannot, under the current conditions, empty all bins in the city. We therefore ask people not to use these and to take litter home.

Commonly Asked Questions about Council Services During the Covid 19 Crisis

Leeds City Council have put together a sheet of commonly asked questions by Leeds residents. You can access their answers to these questions here.

Emergency Food Provision

If you are having difficulty with getting food, or if you know of vulnerable neighbours or friends that need assistance, Leeds City Council have made help available. For more information and the contact number see here

Covid 19 - Help from Leeds City Council for Communities and people in need

Leeds City Council has today launched a helpline so anyone in need of assistance can call 0113 3781877 and be matched with a local volunteer who can help

Leeds City Council have a web page with lots of information, from volunteering, to help for businesses. You can view the latest information by clicking here

Key contact numbers for Leeds City Council services, including a Corona Virus Helpline, can be found here.

Information on how to be a good neighbour during the Covid crisis is available here.

Leeds City Council is offering free car parking - for NHS staff and key workers only.

Shielding - new information from Leeds City Council  

Leeds City Council has produced information on shielding the most vulnerable in our communities. You can read this here.

The NHS has support and information for protecting your mental health through this crisis. You can find the information here 

New Powers for Police to enforce social distancing 

West Yorkshire Police have new powers to ensure that people comply with social distancing. To see Chief Constable John Robin's video message, click here. 

Update from Leeds City Council - Suspension of some services

An update from Leeds City Council regarding some services being suspended

  • all waste sites are closed to the public with immediate effect
  • 4 COVID-19 co-ordination hubs in Merrion, Dewsbury Road, Armley, Compton Centre
  • the collection of garden waste collections has been suspended
  • all community hubs and libraries are closed to customers
  • golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, and park cafes closed
  • suspension of non urgent housing repairs - if you think your repair is essential check the list here.
There is also an information leaflet on disrupted services that you can view here.

Leeds City Council are complying with the Government's Stay at home - 23 March guidance. You can read more information on this advice here.

Covid 19 - Statement from Horsforth Town Council 

Horsforth Town Council has taken the decision to postpone meetings for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

We are not sure how long we will be asked to socially isolate and don't really know what effect this will have on many in our community.

However, we do know that the vulnerable and elderly will be particularly affected and this is where those of us able to help can do so.

If you are able to volunteer in any way whatsoever to help those that may be self-isolating and unable to get out, or if you need help yourself, then please contact one of the following:

Horsforth Foodbank

Telephone: 0113 244 4696

Via this form

Horsforth Live at Home

Telephone: 0113 259 1511

Via email to Horsforth.LiveatHome@mha.org.uk

Voluntary Action Leeds

Telephone: 0113 297 7920

Via the form here 

Stuart Andrew MP

Telephone: 0113 258 5615

Email: stuart.andrew.mp@parliament.uk

Horsforth Community Cafe

This is now running a shop service, and not as a cafe - for details please click here

 

 Horsforth Town Council Business during Covid 19

 In response to Government guidelines on Covid 19 virus, Horsforth Town Council has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Council business will continue during this time but face to face meetings are suspended.

Horsforth Town Council is closed until further notice. You can still contact the council by email: admin@horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

The Council advises residents to keep abreast of the latest updates regarding the virus by visiting the Public Health England site. 

 

Notice of Extra Ordinary Meeting of Full Council


Monday 23 March 2020, 7pm, St Margaret’s Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth


In response to Government guidelines on the Corona (Covid 19) virus, Horsforth Town Council has cancelled all meetings until further notice. Council business will continue during this time but face to face meetings are suspended.

Horsforth Town Council is closed until further notice. You can still contact the Council by email: admin@horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

The agenda for the extra ordinary meeting is available on the Town Council website: www.horsforthtowncouncil.gov.uk

Although the meeting is open to the public, for safeguarding of Horsforth residents regarding potential spread of the virus, we advise that you do not attend.
 
J Sou
Clerk
18 March 2020
 

 

Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan

Horsforth Town Council would like to thank all those who came out to vote in support of the Neighbourhood Plan.The vote was 91.35% in favour of the plan.You can view the declaration of result notice here.

The adoption of the plan is a very positive outcome for Horsforth.

  • ·         Green spaces in Horsforth are special and valuable. The NP contains policies that promote the retention of green spaces and provides protection to some that are not otherwise protected. Some of the boundaries of Horsforth are defined by becks. These watercourses and the associated land adjacent to them are recognised in the NP as important wildlife, amenity and recreation networks.
  • ·         There are a number of special buildings and structures in Horsforth that have no protection within planning law at present. These buildings and structures are given Non-Designated Heritage Status in the NP. Some examples are the memorial boulder stone and lime trees on Stanhope Drive, and the Emmanuel Baptist Church.
  • ·         Character areas, previously identified in the Horsforth Design Statement, are confirmed and described in more detail alongside specific requirements for any developments taking place within those areas. This aims to ensure that new development fits in well with what is already there.
  • ·         The four Conservation Areas (CA) in Horsforth are recognised in the NP and in e.g. Horsforth Town Street CA, a specific policy is introduced to indicate how shop front lighting should be, so that its impact is managed, especially where it affects nearby residents.
  • ·         Three new local heritage areas are recognised. The Brownberries and its associated buildings originating in the mid-18th century, the Victorian and Edwardian villas of North Road and Scotland Lane, and the “arts and craft” housing style of the 1930’s – 1950’s on upper West End Lane and the Southway Estate. Any development in these areas must take the style of these existing buildings into account.
  • ·         Leeds Development Plan has identified a number of sites in Horsforth on which housing can be built. The NP identifies five of these and specifically details requirements that must be considered when they are developed. The largest of these sites is the former Horsforth (Park Lane) Campus and its crucial location,  feeding traffic onto the A65 and Horsforth Roundabout.
  • ·         Having an NP will mean that the Town Council (TC) attracts an additional 10% from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL - a new-house tax). Currently the TC receives 15% of CIL. This will rise to 25% once the plan is adopted by LCC. This money is to be spend of the provision of community services.
  • ·         The NP recognises the need for housing provision of particular type, and has a policy encouraging the provision of accommodation specifically designed for the elderly and providing a mix of tenures; small starter and family homes; and housing for independent living.
  • ·         The NP notes the predominance of hot food takeaways in the town and seeks that these should not undermine the vitality and viability of existing retail uses to meet day to day local shopping needs. The NP recognises that a concentration of these might detrimentally impact on the community in respect of amenity of the area and traffic generation, and in evening opening, the effects (including parking and noise) on residential accommodation.
  • ·         Parking in Horsforth can sometimes be a nightmare as well as the impact of school time drop off and pick-ups. The NP seeks to ensure the existing provision of both private and public car parks and supports the provision of additional parking created at e.g. the Fink Hill Car Park. Any new schools should include specific off-road drop-off and pick-up areas. There is also a policy promoting improved cycling, walking and equestrian routes.

These are a small selection of the benefits of having a Neighbourhood Plan. The purpose of the plan is to influence local planning in Horsforth when it comes to the green environment, the built environment, employment and shopping, housing, community facilities and services and traffic and transport. In particular the plan gives local people a greater say in how the town will develop in the years up to 2028.

 

The Town Council has requested, and Leeds City Council has agreed, that the date for the Horsforth NP Referendum will be Thursday 27th February 2020.

All those within the Horsforth Town Council area and on the Horsforth Electoral Roll will be notified of the Referendum and directed to the final Horsforth Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documents.

You can see these documents here.

The Referendum will ask the simple question “Do you want Leeds City Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Horsforth to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” A majority decision will adopt the plan or not.

 



 


 Good Citizen and Young Achiever Awards  

Do you know any good citizens and young achievers from Horsforth who deserve this award? Horsforth Town Council wants your nomimations for 'Good Citizen and Young Achiever' for 2020.

The young achiever could be an amazing athlete, a creative artist or an excellent student. They may help within their community or be an inspirational carer.

The good citizen could be a volunteer, or someone going the extra mile at work – we want to know about anyone helping make a difference within their community.

Nomination forms for both categories can be downloaded here.

Community Infrastructure Levy

The Council has to lodge a report with Leeds City Council every year giving details of how much Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money it has received and spent. The report for 2018-19 has just been lodged.

More about CIL,what it is and the report for 2018-19 can be found by clicking on this link


External Audit

The Council's Annual Governance and Accountability Return for 2018-19 has been reviewed by the external auditor.

More details and how to view the accounts can be seen by clicking on the "Annual Return" tab on the left or on this link



 Next Horsforth Town Council meetings

  • Community and Environment Committee - Thursday 9 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee - Thursday 16 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 5BL
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 23 January 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Full Council - Wednesday 29 January 2020 at 7.00pm at St Margaret's Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LA
A councillor surgery will take place at the same venue at 6.30 PM
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 20 February 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Community and Environment Committee - Thursday 5 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Finance & General Purposes Committee - Thursday 12 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth, LS18 5BL
  • Planning, Licensing and Traffic Committee - Thursday 19 March 2020 at 7pm, at the Town Council Office, Mechanics Institute, Town Street, Horsforth LS18 5BL
  • Full Council - Wednesday 25 March 2020 at 7.00pm at St Margaret's Parish Centre, Church Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5LA
    A councillor surgery will take place at the same venue at 6.30 PM

Agendas for these meetings are available three working days before the date of the meeting by clicking on this link. 



Purchase of 3&5 The Green and The Stables 

Update 27 February 2019: Council resolved to apply for approval to take out a loan of up to £290,000 

  

Click here for link to full-sized poster

The agenda and report for this meeting is now available.

You can also download the business plan

Please contact the office if you would like more information.  

 


Goodbye to plastic cups

Horsforth Town Council is working towards stopping use of single-use plastics.

As a starting point, the Council has stopped using disposable plastic cups during its meetings - councillors will be bringing in their own cup or mug if they want a drink!

The Council would urge businesses and schools in Horsforth to think about how they can reduce their use of single-use plastics.