Green light for heritage boards highlighting Pudsey’s lost railway stations

The site of the former Lowtown Station. Photo: Google

Heritage information boards at former railway stations in Pudsey are among four projects in ‘outer’ West Leeds which have been awarded grants.

Councillors on the Outer West Community Committee met at Farnley Hall on Monday and approved the applications for grant money. The applications include: 

Pudsey Greenside Greenway – applied for £1,600

Funding will provide heritage information displays boards at the former railway station sites at Greenside and Lowtown, including maps, guides, and walking routes. 

The Greenside Greenway campaign, which recently gained charitable status, is hoping to create a greenway linking Pudsey with Tyersal, via Greenside Tunnel. The stations were opened to passengers in 1878 on the single-track branch line from Bramley, built by the Great Northern Railway. They closed in the 1960s as part of Beeching’s railway reforms.

“I am more than happy with this, they are doing a great job,” said Cllr Trish Smith (Cons, Pudsey). Cllr Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) also said he supported the application, which was unanimously approved.

Summer Bands in the Park 23 – applied for £3,300

People will be able to experience free music in their local parks, encouraging community involvement, engagement, socialising, walking outdoors and appreciating local green spaces. 

  • Two in Farnley Hall Park
  • Three in Pudsey Park
  • Two in Victoria Park, Calverley
  • Two in Western Flatts Cliff Park, Wortley 
  • One in Westroyd Park, Farsley

The application was unanimously approved.

Football and Cricket for Children – £500

Ashville Academy Ltd’s project is to provide indoor football and cricket sessions every Sunday at Calverley Mechanics’ Institute for young people living on the Woodhall and Rockwood estates. 

Cllr Peter Carlill (Lab, Calverley & Farsley) supported the application and said it would support young people to enjoy sports in the winter.

The grant application was unanimously approved.

Calverley Roundabout Basket – £2,000

Replacement of the roundabout basket at Calverley Victoria Park Playground for Parks and Countryside Department. WLD covered the concerns over vandalism in the playground earlier this week.

The Outer West Community Committee features nine councillors from the Calverley & Farsley, Pudsey, and Farnley & Wortley. Five are Conservative, two Labour and two Green. The full agenda and papers for the meeting can be read here.

Read more of WLD‘s coverage of the committee here.

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