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Council approves funding for West Leeds community schemes

Furnishing new changing rooms at Wortley FC and tackling speeding drivers in Calverley & Farsley are among a raft of community schemes to receive council funding, writes Luke Seaborne.

The Outer West Community Committee met at Pudsey Civic Hall on November 4 , with several projects receiving approval.

The funding for the following projects were approved by the committee:

Changing facilities at Wortley FC

A request for £3,500 has been approved to fund the necessary materials to furnish the interiors of the changing rooms building at Wortley FC.

This follows the successful request for planning permission to create two new pitches at the club’s home off Blue Hill Lane in January. The work itself will be carried out by volunteer tradesmen associated with the club.

Old Farnley & District Community Association

£1,350 has been made available for the Community Centre to buy 50 new chairs, providing more seating room for their regular clubs, classes and other community events.

Calverley & Farsley Speed Indication Devices

 £18,400 in funding for several Speed Indication Devices (SIDs) has been approved by the committee, despite not currently having the budget to finance the whole cost.

Councillor Andrew Carter (Cons, Calverley & Farsley) also expressed a wish for a further two SIDs in the area, bringing the total number of new devices required to seven, with the aim of reducing speeding throughout the Calverley & Farsley ward.

Farsley tree planting

The planting of trees along either side of the ring road in Farsley as part of a £12,000 project has been completed with plans to plant in two other locations.

Park safe at Farsley Westroyd

Funding for this project to improve child safety near Farsley Westroyd School and Nursery by adding child shaped road signs near areas where parents should not park their vehicles was approved.

It was noted by the councillors that should every school in the three wards request similar signage, there would not be the budget to fund all the necessary projects. It was suggested that each school be looked at on a case by case basis and priorities assigned based on the level of risk.

50 grit bins in the Pudsey

Plans to install fifty 200 litre grit bins at an initial cost of £8,861 were approved by the committee. Additional costs to refill the bins twice a year will need to be requested separately at a later date. Councillor Andrew Carter said that it may cost over £2,000 per year to fund the upkeep of the grit bins but that they were definitely a necessity in certain parts of the ward.

Leeds Watch CCTV funding delayed

A slight miscalculation means that the council will need to provide an additional £5,000 to fund the monitoring, maintenance and BT fibre costs for additional CCTV cameras in the Calverley & Farsley, Farnley & Wortley and Pudsey wards. The projected cost for the project is now £11,000, £6,000 of which has already been made available.

Tyersal Club roof

The cost of £6,275 to re-roof the Tyersal Residents Association Community Centre has been approved. This amount is significantly less than the £9,450 originally requested for the project thanks to new estimates. The club needs to make the roof safe in order to remain open, which will allow the Youth Project run by Social Services to continue.

The next Outer West Community Committee meeting is scheduled to take place on February 20th 2020 but the location of the meeting has not yet been confirmed.

The Outer West Community Committee is made up of councillors from Pudsey, Calverley & Farsley and Farnley & Wortley wards.

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