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Welcome to goinlocal.co.uk.The community website for Leeds postal district LS25 - covering the Elmet villages of Garforth, Kippax, Aberford, Micklefield, Sherburn in Elmet, South Milford, Monk Fryston, Burton Salmon and Hillam .Bringing you details of local news, jobs, events, clubs, societies, websites, businesses and lots of useful information.
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2014-12-18 Gas Leak in Lidgett Lane
Northern Gas Networks have identified a major gas leak in Lidgett Lane, Garforth near to the police station. At present they do not know the full extent of the work that will be required until some excavations have been carried out. Because of the busy traffic and the nearby school they will be attending the site after 5pm in order to minimise possible disruption.
2014-12-18 Garforth Station Access Scheme
Garforth station is one of twenty six stations nationally that will be sharing £60 million of Government funding to improve accessibility. The Government’s Access for All programme will see step free access to the stations and between platforms. All projects are due to be completed by 2019
2014-12-17 Don’t Drink and Drive Warning
West Yorkshire Police are supporting this year's national Christmas drink driving campaign by detailing each charge made against those suspected of drink or drug driving throughout December. 'It's not worth the risk' is the message behind the festive crackdown, which will see West Yorkshire Police reveal the details, including the age, gender, town or city the driver is from, as well as the time and location they were arrested. A conviction for driving while under the influence of drink and drugs will lead to a criminal record, a driving ban of at least a year and a fine up to £5,000.
2014-12-17 Police Catch Raiders on Site
Police officers attended a call where suspects were seen to enter a commercial compound in Garforth. After a short search 3 suspects were found hiding under a vehicle. All 3 were arrested.
2014-12-16 Royal Mail Offices Opens on Sundays
Garforth Royal Mail delivery office is one of six mail offices across the city opening on the Sundays running up to Christmas to help clear the backlog caused by more and more customers who are shopping on line. The office will be open from noon to 4pm.
2014-12-16 Drink Driver Incident in Garforth
Police officers attended an accident on Wakefield Road Garforth last Sunday where the driver had fled the scene. The driver was found a short distance down the road and arrested for drink driving.
Crime Statistics in LS25
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Garforth Medical Centre
The Medical Centre has changed its appointments phone number. The new number is 08444 773293
Gibson Lane Medical Practice
The Gibson Lane practice is introducing an on-line appointments system for its Garforth, Kippax and Monk Fryston surgeries. more
Jessamine Cottage Surgery
New number for appointments ring
0844 477 3295
Her family lived at 61 Selby Road...Her name was Anne Louise Lawrence....Juanma Campos‘
Four years is more than long enough...Brian Bell
The current situation is worse than it was prior to the lights been fitted ‘....Jonathan Fallas‘
Promotion this year is our first since 1993/94 season..Jon Fallas
’I would be more than happy to sit around a table with everyone concerned and sort out this problem’... Chris Makin
‘any news on the former site of Barleyhill Infants school’ .... Rachel
‘The proposals to improve Kippax centre are in general very good..’
Paul S Smith
Bus to Lotherton....’shame it does not pick up in Kippax’ ..... Christine
Goinlocal Visitors Up 22 Percent
Goinlocal wishes to thank the 168,378 visitors to the website in 2013. thirty thousand more than visited in 2012. We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you again in 2014
Kept in the Dark Again
The council’s decision to pilot the scheme to turn off the street lights in Garforth and Swillington has been taken without consulting or even warning the communities involved. The saving in this area will be about £15,000 a year. According to Department of Transport figures a slight accident on an urban road incurs a cost of £17,400 and a serious accident costs £174,900. So one single minor accident directly attributable to the lack of street lighting in Garforth will cost more than the entire annual saving. According to Government figures on the unit cost of crimes a burglary costs £3,925, a vehicle theft costs £4,970 and a homicide costs £1.774 million. Whilst the turning off of street lights might save the council a few pounds, events arising from that action will more than likely incur much larger costs on other agencies. Agencies that we as tax payers would still pick up the tab for. Councillor Richard Lewis hopes people will not really notice much of a difference but informs us the council will have the flexibility to turn the lights back on again if major problems arise. He doesn’t sound very confident at all, so why are the residents of Garforth and Swillington being used as guinea pigs? Shouldn’t it be trialled in Pudsey where Councillor Lewis can be held accountable to his electorate if a wave of burglaries, muggings and hit and runs occurs as a result of this amazingly dim policy. And why have the Garforth and Swillington councillors allowed their ward to be used as a testing ground that could have fatal results for some of its residents? Have they dropped the ball again?
Does Garforth Need a Parish Council?
At a 10 minute open floor session of Garforth and Swillington ward meeting in July 2013 the question was asked ‘What does the forum think about Garforth having a parish council?’ The conclusion of the 18 attendees, including 3 representatives of other parish councils and just three residents, was that they were not sure if the town would benefit from this as it already has a robust city council representation. There is no doubt the Garforth councillors are hardworking both for the ward and for the city as a whole but so are the councillors representing Kippax, Aberford and Swillington, where there are parish councils to support them. An Evening Post poll conducted in October 2007 on this very subject revealed that 68 per cent of Garforth residents were in favour of a town council. Why the ward councillors are prepared to work with Swillington Parish Council but don’t think one is needed in Garforth is a mystery. If Garforth had elected a town council then it would have been in place to take on the leisure centre and run it full time as a community asset. A Garforth town council would have created and submitted a town plan for future housing development, just as neighbouring parish councils have done. Instead there is now a part-time leisure centre and in the absence of a town plan every field around Garforth has been nominated by the council as a potential site for housing. Robust or not, the ball was definitely dropped on these occasions and it is clear that our councillors need a reliable parish council behind them to ease the burden. Political dogma should be put to one side and what is best for Garforth residents should be their first consideration. Garforth needs a parish council again.
Sixty seven years ago last September the second world war started. Whilst it is just history to most of us, to many of our oldest residents it was a terrifying reality. Everyone who lived through it has his or her own personal memories of those historic events. If you have a story, why not share it with us. Send it here.
Meanwhile here is Charlie’s War
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2013-02-17 Seventy New Jobs Come to Garforth
2013-01-31 Big Win for Optare
2012-12-23 Contract Win for Sherburn Bus Builder
2012-12-11 Chequers To Open on Sundays
19/12/14 Sherburn White Rose Sherburn White Rose annual Junior Football Club Christmas Party from 6:30pm - Under 11s/12s/14s
20/12/14 Sherburn Aero Club Sherburn Aero Club’s annual Christmas Party for club members and their families12:30PM. kids disco/games, buffet food and Santa arrives at 3.00pm! Admission is free
21/12/14 St Benedict's Traditional Service of Carols by Candlelight and organ with Readings and Carols at 4pm followed by mince pies and mulled wine
15/1/15 Eversley Park Centre Public meeting entitled "The future delivery of services in Sherburn and surrounding areas" at 7.30p.m.
7/11/15 South Milford Bonfire and Firework Display 2015 South Milford Bonfire and Firework Display
Kippax Dramatic Society
New Members Required
Actors and Backstage
2871693 or 2862834
Stop the Prison
Support Garforth Resident Association and Garforth Community Association in their campaign against the proposed prison
Garforth Jets Badminton Club
Garforth Squash and Leisure Centre
Tues. 8-10pm Fri. 8-10pm
Players and Sponsors Required for 2007/08
Contact Jon Fallas
Garforth RUFC Team Manager
07974 833516 0113 2872262
Kippax Historical Society
A History of Kippax
£14.95 from Kippax and Garforth Bookshops
New members welcome
Garforth Amateur Dramatic Society
Actors Wanted, Visit Website for Details
Garforth Musical Society
Require singers, men and women. Experience not necessary
Ring Lynne on 2868802
Kippax Amateur Operatic Society
Wanted - Men for Chorus
Interested? Ring Anne 2872129