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‘Outer’ west projects net council funding – here’s how the money was spent

Floral displays, youth activities and Christmas lights are among projects councillors have agreed to fund at a meeting held at Leeds Civic Hall.

Members of the Outer West Community Committee – made up of councillors from the Calverley & Farsley, Pudsey and Farnley & Wortley wards – have awarded funding from their wellbeing and youth funding pots, as well as ring-fence funding for the next financial year.

Councillors deferred a decision on Building Futures Together’s £12,000 bid for their Rock Up To Do a Mock Up project.

Based in a live business setting the sessions introduce young people to the industry by taking part in various exercises including plumbing, electrical and fabrication activities. While the project received praise for its previous work, councillors from Farnley & Wortley were concerned that no sessions were taking part in the ward.

The funding decision was deferred to allow for further discussions with the applicant.

Projects approved for funding this financial year include:

Parking Buddies Signs £3,292.50

The signs encourage drivers to slow down, keep the area clear, and not idle their engines near school property.

Additional Money Buddies sessions at Swinnow Community Centre £1,239

To provide an additional five Money Buddies finance and debt sessions based at Swinnow Community Centre in Pudsey.

Projects approved for funding out of the next financial year include:

Calverley in Bloom £5,757.99

The project will provide hanging baskets to enhance the village centre. The display will be maintained and watered by Parks & Countryside.

Farsley in Bloom £3,049.60

The scheme will provide floral features to enhance the village centre including hanging baskets on lamp posts and floral troughs on the roadside. The display will be maintained and watered by Parks & Countryside

New Farnley in Bloom £1,000

To buy £1,000 of plants from the Parks and Countryside Nursery in order to continue New Farnley in Bloom’s seasonal planting.

Pudsey in Bloom – £5,151.79

The scheme will provide floral features to enhance the village centre including hanging pots, barrier troughs and long hay racks. The displays will be maintained and watered by Parks & Countryside.

Additional gardener resource – £14,114

The member of staff will be working 41 hours per week, for six months of the year, in Tyersal and New Farnley. 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 litter picking £1,183.30

Outdoor and Active in Pudsey, Calverley by TCV £4,374.36

TCV will be running environmental activity tasters in conjunction with the social prescribing sessions and support provided by Robin Lane and Hill Foot surgeries. Sessions in Calverley will be based from the Methodist Church targeted at men, encouraging them to come together, talk and reduce social isolation. Other sessions will enable Pudsey Wellbeing Centre to relaunch its gardening group. 

Pudsey Youth Café at Pudsey Wellbeing Centre £2,560

he weekly sessions include a meal, group activities, and a number of workshops throughout the year. The aim is to create an active, safe space for young people.

6th Wortley Brownies £1,050

The pack will be taking 25 girls aged 7 – 13 away for a weekend of adventurous activities at Winmarleigh Hall. Money is for coach hire.

6th Wortley Guides £1,200

6th Wortley Guide Unit was 70 years old in 2020 and had originally planned the trip – to Dorset and Brownsea Island, the home of camping for scouting and guiding – as a celebration but Covid put plans on hold until 2022. Up to 24 Guides and Rangers (aged 10 to 17) will attend.

Farnley Youth Club £3,000

To continue running the successful Friday evening youth provisions which is enjoyed by more than 35 young people per week.

Farnley Football Project £1,000

The aim is to provide a positive, healthy outdoor activity open to all young people aged 11 – 17 years of age.

Mini Summer Sports programme £720

Sport sessions for young people at Hainsworth Park, Calverley Park, Swinnow Moor and Farnley Rec.

Projects ring-fenced for funding next financial year include:

Calverley Xmas Lights £2,704

Farsley Xmas Lights £7,899

Pudsey Xmas Lights £9,816

Rodley Xmas Lights £1,494

Pudsey Carnival £2,600

DAZL Outer West Programme £3,427

Andy’s Youth Project £2,400

Farsley Festival £4,350

Outer West Activity Programme – three mini Breeze events £10,948.50

The Outer West Community Committee is made up of nine councillors – three from each ward. They consist of five Conservative councillors, three Green and one Labour.

The full agenda and documents can be read in full here.

Read more of WLD‘s Outer West Community Committee decisions here.

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