‘Outer West’ parks, bloom groups and youth activities set for council funding boost

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Pudsey in Bloom had a stall at Pudsey carnival last year. Photo: Damon Sugden

By John Baron

‘In bloom’ projects, youth activities and environmental improvements are among the projects aiming for funding from councillors next week.

Members of the Outer West Community Committee will decide a variety of applications from different projects and initiatives across three council wards – Calverley & Farsley, Farnley & Wortley, and Pudsey.

As part of their wellbeing budget, councillors will discuss:

Calverley in Bloom 2023 – £6,777

Building upon previous year’s floral display delivered within Calverley, the scheme will provide floral features (hanging baskets) to enhance the village centre. The 32 hanging pots will be located on Victoria Street, Thornhill Street, Rushton Street and Calverley Park.

Farsley in bloom planters
Farsley in Bloom filled planters like these in previous years.

Farsley in Bloom 2023 – £3,141

The scheme will provide floral features to enhance the village centre including Hanging baskets on lamp posts floral troughs on the roadside.

New Farnley in Bloom 2023 – £1,000

To buy £1,000 of plants from the Parks and Countryside Nursery (The Arium) to continue Farnley in Bloom’s additional seasonal planting to the many planters situated on public areas around New Farnley.

Pudsey in Bloom 2023 – £5,306

The scheme will provide floral features to enhance the town centre, including hanging pots, barrier troughs and long hay racks.

Additional staffing at Tyersal Park and New Farnley Park – £15,570

This application seeks funding for the provision of additional area resource staff to be based in Tyersal Park and New Farnley Park. The member of staff will be working 41 hours per week, for six months of the year. The duties they will be undertaking will include grass cutting, pruning, de-littering, emptying of litter bins, removing fly tipping, marking out sports pitches, inspection of play equipment, maintenance of park infrastructure, planting and sweeping paths.

Pudsey Park weekend littering – £1,218

Additional litter picking for up to 10 weekends during warm months in Pudsey Park.

Pudsey Carnival parade winds its way down Church Lane in 2019. Photo: Simon Cullingworth

Pudsey Carnival Committee – £2,600

The carnival, on 20 May, will start with a parade through Pudsey then back to Queens Park. There will be with events, charity and commercial stalls on the field and lots of free entertainment, particularly for children, throughout the afternoon.

Adult Band Project – £2,950

The overall aim for the project is to offer a free provision for adults to attend for one term to boost wellbeing and mental health within the community. Participants will be able to take part in creating music by either forming a band.

Capital grants to be considered by councillors include:

Environmental Improvements at Owlcotes Road, Pudsey – £6,080 

Funding will be used to transform a small piece of housing land Owlcotes Road which is proving difficult to maintain. Work includes clearing the shrubbery and site, landscape the area including grass seeding and rebuilding the stone wall which runs to the side of the site and opposite to ensure the area is in keeping with the wider area. If they are successful it is hoped to develop usable greenspace, eventually with benches and a Little Library, with access to outside seating and a place to socialise together,.

Eight projects are also seeking funding from the youth activities fund. These include:

Mini Summer Sports Programme – £720

To deliver 16 sport sessions in Hainsworth Park, Calverley Park, Swinnow Moor and Farnley Park.

Get into the community to rock up to do a mock up – £1,200

Funding will allow the project to continue working with young people aged 13-18, to reduce the numbers of young people not in education employment or training.

Farnley Football Project – £1,000

Building on the success of previous years’ football projects, they hoping to restart in April this year. The aim is to provide a positive, healthy outdoor activity, open to all young people aged 11 to 17 years of age. The aim is to challenge, engage and facilitate young people to make responsible decisions.

Farnley Youth Project – £2,500

To increase participation and improve service delivery to young people form the Farnley area, with a particular focus on the Heights and Bawns Estates. Weekly structured activities to young people around subjects such as health and wellbeing, cooking, relationships, self-confidence, crime and anti-social behaviour, community, internet safety, life skills, arts and crafts, and careers.

Outer West Easter Holiday Activity Days – £2,592 

To enable young people from Outer West to participate in a variety of youth activities at a venue close to where they live.

Youth Service £1,530 

A six-week after-school project with the aim of providing young people with something fun to do, as well as offering support and reassurance readying them for the transition to high school. Sessions will take place at Farsley Farfield Primary.

Summer Holiday Targeted Provision – £1,500

The main objective is to enable some of the hardest to reach and vulnerable young people to access positive activities.

Pudsey Youth Cafe – £4,120

The group runs at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre each Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 8pm and is a safe space in Pudsey where young people can gain a positive social experience.

The Outer West Community Committee will meet at Farnley Hall Park on Wednesday, 15 February, at 1pm. The agenda can be read in full here.

The committee is made up of five Conservative councillors, two Labour and two Green.

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