Grange Moor Matters

​​​​​Grange Moor Community Association

LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE VILLAGE

 

MARCH 2021

 

CENSUS – Sunday 21 March 2021

 

A reminder that the National Census Day is Sunday 21 March

 

You are required to complete the Census by law, invitation letters have been sent out in the post and will show you how to complete your census form

 

For more information visit www.census.gov.uk

 

STREAKERS UPDATE ON RE-OPENING

 

Great to hear from you Joanne, and hope the re-opening goes well

 

💕 I hope everyone is feeling much more positive now we have an end in sight ..

I’ve had so many messages over the last couple of days, which is fantastic. So here are my plans to get you all looking tip top 💕

I have rescheduled all our weekly regular ladies & any cancellations that were made in the 1st week of January.

All the rest of you lovely lot who had appointments cancelled are now on a list in date order, those of you who have asked to be added to the list are now on too.

As soon as we get to the end of March if everything is going to Boris’s plan, I will be contact you all in date order to keep it fair & to save rearranging you all if the date changes.

Please don’t worry there is plenty of space for you, even in the first week, Sit tight & we will have you through our door in no time 💕

If you didn’t have a appointment booked, but would like to join our waiting list please leave a message below & you will be added pronto Thankyou again for your patience and support, we have missed you all 💕

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

COMMUNITY FISH & CHIPS (LUNCH CLUB PROJECT)

 

The Government’s announcement that their Road Plan for recovery could mean the lifting of restrictions on June 21 (still not certain as there are targets to meet along the way) so we could soon be looking at our plans for “sit down” lunches to start again later in the year. In the meantime, we are continuing with our Community Fish & Chips delivered to your door

 

We were pleased to deliver 58 meals to 26 resident homes on Thursday 18 February in our latest Community Fish & Chip delivery

 

We know how much residents have appreciated these meals, so we will be looking to continue these deliveries until we can see what the future holds for our “sit down” lunches, and then perhaps include them in our “Lunch Club Offering”

 

The next delivery is planned for Thursday 25 March, and by the time that you read this we should have received your orders for this and be getting ready to deliver to residents, we do not close for requests and nominations until Friday tea time, 19 March)  so there is still time to get your order in (see paragraph below about being available to any resident of the village)

 

The next Community Fish & Chip delivery after this will be on Thursday 29 April and we will open for nominations and requests for inclusion on Monday 12 April (is there something else opening up on 12 April as well?) and closing date is tea time on Friday 23 April (St Georges Day)

 

The primary recipients for the April Delivery will be Supermarket staff living in the village (and their families) as a thank you for their exceptional work over the last 12 months keeping us supplied with all our household needs. We want you to be aware that it is not our intention that anyone should feel excluded from these meals, and whilst we give some “primary recipient” status at each meal, any resident can request to be included or nominate someone else who they feel would welcome a meal. 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    

 

We have to say that we are really pleased with the level of resident nominations we now receive, and which was not expected when we started these deliveries last year. A big, big thank you to all of your who are making these nominations and thinking about those around you and with these responses which enable us to reach out to a much wider range of our residents than we thought possible when we started these deliveries. We hope that the recipients of these nominations appreciate the meals we are offering

 

We also hope that our deliveries have introduced new customers to Grange Moor Fisheries as well

 

The Community Fish & Chips has only been only possible thanks to grants we have been able to secure along with donations from local business and residents which now make it look likely that we can continue this until the late summer, at least.  We will then 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 achieve this please get in touch. If you have your own business would you like to sponsor one of deliveries? £250 will provide around 60 fish & chip delivered meals, and we can put your Company name on the delivery so that residents can see your generosity in helping to provide this service for our residents, or you could sponsor one of our “sit down” lunches in due course 

 

Any help would be really appreciated, not just by the Community Association but also by the residents who receive delivery of the meals.  We will also be looking for further grants to assist us to maintain the “Lunch Club Project” going forward in to 2022

 

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 

 

 

BOOK BOX on Ben Booth Lane 

 

The Book Box(s) has been out on Ben Booth Lane for around 10 months, and are available to all and everyone in Grange Moor (not mention to visitors from other places – Horbury, Meltham and Whitley to mention just a few who we have spoken with) to take books away read, and return when read. The boxes are now maintained by deliveries of books from you, the residents, who use this free service. It was, therefore, a little saddening when some books were removed and were seen being thrown onto waste ground on Sunday afternoon (14 March), which led to a good many comments on the Community Face Book.  There have been apologies for this and the incident is now closed. We would like everyone, including children, to be able to come and choose books to read. Thanks to everyone for their support of the Book Box(s)

 

The Book Box is now out regularly and should be out most days, bad weather will keep the books indoors (hopefully the worst of the bad weather may now be behind us!) and they will also remain indoors when a charity collection is expected. We have already lost one box, full of books, to them and now with three boxes being used we do not want to run the risk of losing any more

 

With lighter nights now coming the boxes will remain out later in the evening to give those of you who enjoy an evening stroll around the village the opportunity to pick up your reading material when passing along Ben Booth Lane

 

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 from 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, leave the bags by the boxes or the gate post to the right,  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 keyofgofficial@gmail.com 

 

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

 

 

 

EASTER (Egg Trail and Easter Bunny)

 

For those of you who enjoyed the Easter Egg Trail on Easter Sunday last year, good news it’s coming back again this year, Easter Sunday is 4 April

 

I would like to make an Easter egg trail/hunt again this year around the village the week before Easter. There were lots of lovely comments on Facebook last year. So look out for lots of eggs on trees, walls, fences and lamp posts!!!! And look out for a treat from the Easter bunny on Easter Sunday near one of the eggs on the trail. More details will be put on the Grange Moor Community Face book page nearer the time.

 

(Heidi Genty)

 

There is also mention on the Community Face Book that the Easter Bunny is making plans for a return visit this Easter, following the great reception he (or she?) received last year. For more information visit the Grange Moor Community Face Book, if you are a member

 

MINIATURE PARK, Briestfield Road 

 

Following the clearance of the site, we have asked the contractors for a further quote to move onto the next phase of development of the Miniature Park

 

Whilst the contractors have responded to our request, this has sadly raised more questions that need addressing before we can take this development further

 

More information to follow

 

 

FACE BOOK AND WEB SITE

 

Our own Face Book, and web site now carry 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 and also the web site

 

 

 

NEW RESIDENTS 

 

Please let us know if you have new neighbours moved in recently, we have prepared a welcome pack to help them settle into the village, and can deliver this to them, thanks

 

KIRKLEES COUNCIL

 

With Council Staff still working from home and being diverted onto Covid 19 related duties there has been some delaying in dealing with other issues

 

FOOTPATHS – With most of the work over the winter now completed, there remains the Fixby Lane/Fallhouse Lane area still to complete. The work on the footpath from Barnsley Road in Flockton to Liley Lane (Back Lane) is expected to start in the next few weeks. 

 

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 have heard 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! 

 

Please let us know of other issues that need reporting to the Council

 

 

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

 

There remain concerns about roadside car parking around the village and the continuing 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 

 

 

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

 

A big thank to everyone in the village who has done a fabulous job over the last 12 months keeping an eye out for their neighbours, keep up the good work folks the need remains even though we may be moving out lock down restrictions there are a good number of our residents who will still be indoors.

 

With the latest news that shielding is being extended to a wider group, there may those who are 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

 

 

LITTER

 

A post on Community Face Book recently highlighted the problem of litter on Wakefield Road and around the roundabout which sadly continues to be a problem, with the suspicion that is a result of items thrown out passing vehicles

 

Further checks on Wakefield Road have actually shown an improvement with much of the rubbish on both sides of the road having been cleared, not sure who to thank for this – the Council Guy who comes along on a Monday and Friday, or some public-spirited resident, which if this is the case many thanks for doing this

 

This compares with the much improved state of our village streets and pathways which, thanks to the diligence and support of our own Community and the regular presence of a Council guy remain fairly clear of  litter

 

Mention was made of a Community Clear up, sounds a great idea, not possible at the moment with current Covid rules, and we will look at this when we are able to arrange “gatherings again”.

 

It should be noted, however, that we have organized regular Litter Picks around the village in the recent past, sadly they were not supported by residents leaving the same few people (generally Members of the Community Association) to do this. If you want this, we will arrange this but will need more support from you

 

DOG POO

 

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

 

The “big” dog has been back on the Bowling Green!

 

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  & BRIESTFIELD ROAD

 

We still need your comments and views on the traffic on Liley Lane, please send these to us at gramoorca@btinternet.

 

We are also hearing of concerns about speed on Briestfield Road, Police are hoping to carry out speed checks in the near future, in the meantime please let us have any information that you feel will be helpful in addressing these concerns

 

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

 

The new fencing on the field behind Grameen spice has now been completed, and we are told that the bins will remain behind the gates for the time being

 

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 and may be reported to the Council, remember that there is a camera on Grameen Spice overlooking the gates!

 

The Council are still looking for another site for the bins in the village so if you have any ideas let us know 

 

NEWSLETTER

 

The next Newsletter is due out at the end of May, and hopefully this may carry some exciting news about what just might be happening after Lock Down is eased (hopefully) on 21 June

 

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

 

PLANNING APPLICATIONS

 

Every one will be ware of the Planning Application for the Grameen Spice site, the public consultation ends on 19 March and according the Council Web Site the initial target date is 11 May 2021.

 

There is also another planning application submitted 24 February concerning another business in the village – Reference 2021/70/90753/E – Green & Brown, Variation of condition 8 (hours of operation) of previous permission ref 2002/92921 for erection of distribution warehouse and ancillary offices, car parking and service yard.

 

Another planning application, Reference 2021/90727 has been submitted by Cockley Woods weddings for a hard standing for the replacement of Previous Hardstanding with new Hardstanding (Retrospective)

 

For more information about these planning applications visit Kirklees Council web site/search for planning applications

 

 

NEWS FROM KIRKLEES COUNCIL

Provided by councillor Bill Armer

 

Notification of TTRO
Our Ref: TTRO 12750
Date: 19th February 2021
Location :-

Speed reduction from 50mph to 30mph:

Liley lane and Barnsley road, Grange Moor and

Barnsley road Flockton.
Extent:

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
safety reasons.
If you would like any further information, please send your queries to
tma.permits@kirklees.gov.uk

 

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