Grange Moor Matters
LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE VILLAGE
NATIONAL CENSUS 2021 (A reminder, repeated from January – for information)
Here is some information received via Wakefield CCG about the Census which is due this year, similar comments apply to Kirklees
“As you may or may not be aware, this year is the year when the next national census is due to take place (21st March).
In ‘normal’ times a Census Engagement Manager for Wakefield would be building relationships and engaging with local communities to ensure everyone can participate in the census and be counted. They would be going out and about, meeting different groups and organisations, as well as members of the public, to promote the census and try to build participation. Obviously much of this face-to-face work is not possible at the moment, and therefore different methods need to be found! As leaders / members of prominent organisations, and with you all having many connections with people in our local community, the Census Engagement Manager is keen to engage with us all to explain and/or promote the 2021 Census plans in more detail.
I’m sure you will all be aware that census data is really important in planning and delivering many services across our district, so getting as accurate information as possible this March will help us all over the next 10 years!
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MINIATURE PARK, Briestfield Road
We are currently awaiting quotes/estimates, after a meeting with contractors, for the work that will need doing to take the Miniature Park Project to the next level and will bring more information when this is available
COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
COMMUNITY FISH & CHIPS (LUNCH CLUB PROJECT)
With the rules restricting meeting up continuing to look likely for some time it looks unlikely that we will be able to offer any events where we can come together for time to come, optimistically this may in the summer, but more likely later in the year so we will have to wait to see what the Government Plans on reducing these restrictions look like
We were pleased to deliver 58 meals to 26 resident homes on Thursday 18 February in our latest Community Fish & Chips
We know how much you have appreciated these meals, so hope that we will be able to continue delivering these much-loved Fish & Chip teas from our very own Grange Moor Fisheries who provide such great support for these meals
We have plans to deliver our Fish & Chip teas on the following dates
Thursday 25 March – primary recipients – Families
Thursday 29 April – primary recipients – Supermarket workers (and their families)
It is not our intention to exclude anyone from these meals, and whilst we give some “primary recipient” status at each meal, no one should feel excluded by this. We particularly welcome nominations from residents for others who, they feel, would welcome the delivery of one of the Fish & Chip teas and particularly for individuals and families who maybe having a tough time at the moment
Thanks for the resident nominations, thanks to this we are now reaching a wider range of our residents, who we hope will appreciate the meals we are offering
The Community fish & Chips has only been only possible thanks to grants we have been able to secure and donations from local business and residents. We will be looking for further financial support to maintain the Lunch Club Project (including the Fish & Chips) later in the year. If anyone would like to make a donation to help us maintain this please get in touch. If you have your own business would you like to sponsor one of deliveries? Each delivery can cost around £200, which provides in the region of 50 meals, want to put your Company name on one of these? That would be really helpful. We will also be looking for further grants to assist us to maintain these plans
In the meantime, we continue to look at other things that we can do, we will let you know of anything that comes up
Subscribers to this e-mail will receive first notice of the next Fish & Chip delivery, with details of opening and closing dates, information will also be found on our web site and Face Book
If you have any ideas for events and activities, yourself that you would like to share with us please do get in touch
BOOK BOX on Ben Booth Lane
A message from the Book Box on Ben Booth Lane
The Book Box is now out again after taking a break over Christmas, it was delayed a little by the snowy weather but is now available to you once again.
The box will remain indoors during periods of bad weather (such as we have experienced earlier this month (sorry if you missed your book fix!) but will be out as much possible during the winter months
Just to remind you, we continue to welcome new supplies, and the return of books read. Paperbacks are now the only style available from the box, this is the type of book that has been most popular and taken the most since the Book Box started, so for now on we will only be stocking these type of book
It will be really helpful if you can bag up the books you deliver, the books are then “quarantined” in the garage for 72 hours before introducing them into the boxes
We will, separately maintain the children’s book box and will also welcome further supplies and returns for this box
COMMUNITY POP CHOIR
From Graeme Genty,
The Key Community Choir is still getting people together to sing, despite lockdown still being in place. Choir will resume face to face as soon as it is possible to safely do so, but for now we still meet via Zoom, on the first Tuesday every month and new members are always welcome. There is no cost at all and everyone says that the singing is great for their emotional wellbeing as well as enjoying seeing their choir friends.
If you are interested then feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Graeme and Kaytie-Jo, who run the Community Choir from right here in Grange Moor, also do a 2 hour livestream music show every Saturday night on Facebook live. This is a fun filled live show and everyone is very welcome, as are requests. Many in the village already enjoy the weekly shows and if you want to join them simply check out @keyofgofficial on Facebook.
Keep up the good work Graeme
FACE BOOK AND WEB SITE
Our Face Book and web site now carriy information about all our events and activities, and other issues affecting the village so please pay a visit and let us know what you think
You can also message us with information with your concerns about issues affecting our village through our Face Book page
With many Council Staff still working from home and being diverted onto Covid 19 related duties there is little to report from the various items that we have ongoing with the Council
FOOTPATHS – We are pleased to report that the work clearing the footpaths along Liley Lane has been completed during January, there remains some work to do on Fixby Lane/Fallhouse Lane which we understand will be done in the near future. You should also be aware that the Council have agreed to re-instate the footpath from Barnsley Road in Flockton to Liley Lane (Back Lane) with a request from Councillor Bill Armer to extend this further up the hill past the new housing development.
FLOODING – The major concern here is the Bridleway on Denby Grange Lane. This received further damage following the heavy rain in January and early February, which was made worse by flooding down Denby Lane resulting from blocked drains along the Denby Lane. Council have been asked to urgently deal with this as the work already done the Bridleway could be in danger of being badly damaged, creating even
more work to repair and restore
PLAY AREAS – We hear that the Council may be looking to move forward with the Consultation on their Play Strategy. There is, however, no indication of any timescale for this so perhaps, for now, we will not, perhaps, get too excited about this!
RESIDENT FEED BACK AND COMMENTS
We are always pleased to received feedback and comments from residents, and would just like to remind you that we will be unable to act on any comment or feedback that does not contain the senders contact information. We may need to speak with the sender to verify details and may also be able to point a direction that maya be helpful to you. We will, of course, be able to withhold that information should the sender not wish for this information to be shared with other residents
CAR PARKING IN THE VILLAGE
Concerns about roadside car parking around the village continue with the difficulties that this is causing to wheelchair users and push chairs in particular
We know that our village streets are not that wide and not everyone is able to park on their driveway, but car owners are requested to park with care, and please bear in mind that some of our residents with mobility issues, and parents with push chairs, need a little more room to pass safely on the pavement whilst allowing home owners access to their property at all times
This continues to be a bit of problem so please do take care and park considerately for other road users and pedestrians
We understand that the police have also been involved in complaints about parking in the village
SAFETY WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT ON DARK NIGHTS
Although day light is now beginning to last longer, dark nights are with still with us. So can we remind you to take extra care when you are out and about, walking the dog or, taking a walk yourself, in the dark. Please wear something bright, a hi viz jacket give drivers a much better chance of seeing you and taking action to avoid hitting you, and perhaps have a good torch with but please do not sign towards car drivers or into homes.
LOOKING OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS
Although the days are getting longer and we are not closing our curtains as early, there is still the need to keep an eye open for neighbours so please do continue to keep eye on your neighbours and make certain they are okay. With the shorter days and longer nights many people will be keeping behind their closed doors and drawn curtains so please do keep up the brilliant job you did last year and look out for your neighbours
There are some of our resident’s living alone who may not be using any form of technology, and may not speak to another person for days
With the latest news that shielding is being extended to a wider group, there may those who are face with shielding for the first time, please remember that the Community Association has volunteers available to help out if anyone is worried about having to go into shielding
Take the time to make sure that neighbours are okay and see if they need help, and please keep them informed that there is help available in the village, sometimes it is not that easy for them to ask for help. Remember that we are not living in normal times, so please, please encourage them to ask for help
Please remember to keep our village streets clean and tidy, and clear up after your dog, there are reports the amount of rubbish on our streets is on the increase again, thanks to those of you who actually take the time to keep our streets and roadways clear of rubbish, to others please do make their efforts worthless.
We have now learnt that the Council guy who empties the waste bins will now be in the village every Monday and Friday to help keep our streets tidy, we also are grateful to residents who have helped keep these areas clear of rubbish recently and thank them for their efforts. This does not mean you can drop your litter knowing that there is someone who will pick up!
Take your rubbish home and keep our streets clean
Sadly, we have to report that the number of reported fly tipping incidents in and around the village in 2020 has been more than double the number reported last year (19 in 2020 – 8 in 2019). The major trouble spots being the lay bys on Wakefield Road and Ben Booth Lane, with the largest dumping of black bags for some time being seen on Ben Booth Lane on 15 November. The month of November was particularly bad with 5 incidents reported, and a similar number in December as well. The Council Cabinet member with responsibility for this claims that there is no problem with fly tipping in Kirklees!
FLY TIPPING INCIDENT 22 JANUARY – we have our first reported incident, on Ben Booth Lane (again) when two fridge/freezers were dumped. The Council were quick to come and take them away . We have also reported 2 further incidents in the lay bys on Wakefield Road in the last couple of days
Please keep us informed of any fly tipping that you see in and around the village, it has to be said the Council have been generally quite good at clearing the rubbish when reported. We would rather that there was no rubbish for them to have to clear. Keeping us informed will be really helpful in our battle with the Council to combat this problem
Can we again ask our dog owners to clear up after their dogs, the dogs cannot do this themselves so please be a responsible owner and do it for them, please show some respect for other dog owners and our village
The recent” deposit” on the Bowling Green (11 January) highlights the problem. The Bowling Green is used by people of all ages, including children, who can pick some nasty illnesses from the dog poo. About time dog owners took responsibility for these animals, and for others more concerned about this to keep a look out for those showing no concern for their surroundings and report these actions
Two posts from Community Face Book show the feelings of residents about this
6 large dollops of dog (sorry) SHIT on the bowling green. I will name and shame if i see anyone. If you are responsible for this , you are not fit to own a dog. You disgust me. 12 January
Very disappointed to see a large pile of dog poo on the green at the top of Redrow this morning from a larger dog! Obvs done last night or early this morning on top of the snow! Pretty disgusting when children play on this area every day 😡
Will keep my eyes peeled as I only live opposite so shouldn’t be a problem to find the culprits! 🐕 11 January
Very disappointing, so come everyone do your bit and report any sightings, let us have ideas of how we can combat this and work together to improve our village streets and green places
SPEEDING ON LILEY LANE
We still need your comments and views on the traffic on Liley Lane, please send these to us at gramoorca@btinternet.
An accident was reported on the morning of 14 January with a “multi vehicle accident” reported outside the school gates. The sound of motorbikes on Liley Lane can be heard frequently, and is of concern to many of you
Please do keep us informed of your experiences of speeding vehicles on Liley Lane, this will help us inform the police of the problem and hopefully will encourage some action, there currently seems to be little interest or consideration of speed cameras on Liley Lane. The more information we can provide may encourage some action
GRAMEEN SPICE CAR PARK & RE-CYCLING BINS
The gates at the entrance to the car park remain closed with a strong lock and chain, and the bins remain behind the gate as an additional layer of security, these bins are still accessible to use and are emptied regularly
We have now heard from the Council that their new fencing for the field behind Grameen Spice will be installed in the near future, and this could be in the next couple of weeks. The bins will remain behind the gates when the installation of the fence is completed
In the meantime, please take care when using the bins and do not leave bags and boxes if the bins are full
Please ring the contractors, 01226 727298, if the bins are full and need emptying, they do respond quite quickly and are able to empty the bins from the behind without the gates without difficulty
PLEASE BE PATIENT IF THE BINS ARE FULL AND DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BAGS WITH BOTTLES, come back later, contractors usually come along quickly and empty the bins. Bags and boxes left on the pavement are regarded as fly tipping!
The Council are still looking for another site for the bins in the village so if you have any ideas let us know
There has been a complaint about the state of the floor around the bins. The Council are not responsible for the car park as this is private land. Sadly, this has been caused by some people who use the bins, and do not take care to ensure that all their glass goes into the bin. It is not helped by those who leave their bags and boxes lying around. This is a community amenity, so about time the Community looked after it a bit better.
We have been asking residents to do this for a number of years now (this was a problem in 2017 and resulted in a large scale tidy up), and whilst people did take notice for some time after that, few people now seem to take notice, leaving it to someone else to clear up!
The February Newsletter is due out at the end of the month. We are pleased to confirm that we are on schedule with the draft completed and sent to the Printers, so look out for you copy dropping through your letter box later this month
Please be aware that the Newsletter was prepared before the issue of this update e-mail, and some of the information contained in the Newsletter may have been updated by events since the date of preparation
The Newsletter is delivered by a dedicated group of Association Members and residents to nearly 500 homes in the village, we thank them for their time
NEWS FROM KIRKLEES COUNCIL
Provided by councillor Bill Armer
Notification of TTRO
Our Ref: TTRO 12750
Date: 19th February 2021
Speed reduction from 50mph to 30mph:
Liley lane and Barnsley road, Grange Moor and
Barnsley road Flockton.
from Briestfield Road to Palace Wood Farm
Ward: Kirkburton Ward
This document is to notify yourselves of a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order that is to be
raised for the above location
a) I attach a copy plan indicating the extent of the restriction and the diversionary route.
b) Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
c) Vehicular traffic will have access to the points of the restriction.
d) The Diversionary route will be: N/A this is a speed reduction only
Ward: Kirkburton Ward
e) The order will be effected on 4th May 2021 till 25th June 2021
f) Temporary traffic regulation order for KMC for a 50mph to 30mph speed reduction for
If you would like any further information, please send your queries to
WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE
The West Yorkshire Police team covering Grange Moor are part of the Dearne Valley Rural Policy Team
Our beat officers are PC 4963 NEWSOME and PC 786 Jake KNIGHT.
PC Newsome is also our local wildlife police officer
Please continue to use the 101-telephone number to contact the Police for non-urgent issues and 999 for emergency assistance. You can use the internet reporting form at westyorkshirepolice.uk, this creates a log immediately and is usually picked up quicker than the telephone reporting system (advised by PC Newsome in November 2020)
We have started an occasional separate mailing with Police Alerts, so look out for these
Our local PC, Caroline Newsome has provided an article for the February Newsletter together with a flyer with information about contacting the police, this is attached to this e-mail for your information
How to Contact us
E-mail us email@example.com
Via the web site
Community Association Face Book
The “Community Association Post Boxes” are located in Grange Moor Fisheries, Grange Moor Convenience Stores, The Grange, and Streakers, hairdressers. These Community Post Boxes are not currently available. If you want to leave a written note please use the post box on the gate at 2B Ben Booth Lane
Community Association Meetings are currently suspended and will resume as soon as we are able to meet again safely and within Covid-19 rules
Ring Brian on 01924 840731
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