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Tuesday 15 May 2014

The first inaugural meeting of Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership is taking place at 7.00pm at Holy Trinity Church, West End.

2013, a year of celebration in Queensbury, highlighted the importance of the heritage and conservation of the village and at the recent meeting of Queensbury Ward Partnership it was agreed to formally set up Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership as a constituted group.

The group, supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office, has been meeting informally over a number of weeks however following a visit to a surgery to find out more about the Heritage Lottery fund and a meeting with staff from Bradford CVS, the group have decided to start being more proactive.

Over 15 people volunteered at the Ward Partnership to join the group and flyers are being distributed to the wider community inviting them to get involved. Bradford South Council Wardens will be involved helping to raise awareness around the village.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 22 April 2014

Woodside Easter Play Scheme welcomes the Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be attending the Easter play scheme at Sandale Community Centre on Woodside in the Royds Ward on Tuesday 22 April. He will arrive around 1pm to 1.30 and he will spend some time with the young people and join in some of the activities. The Lord Mayor will also be bringing with him the miniature robes and chains, this will give the children a chance to dress up and have photos taken.

For further information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 43115

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Working with Young People in the Royds Ward

Young people from the Sandale Community Centre were recently presented with certificates for having completed a four- week SMART LIFE programme. West Yorkshire Trading Standards has been working in the Royds Ward of Bradford as part of the SMART LIFE community education and empowerment programme to improve the financial health and well-being of families in Bradford.

This was made possible with funding from the Bradford South Area Committee and Royds Ward Budget. The project is enabling young people and families from schools and children’s centres to be involved in the interactive community workshops that cover a range of topics including shopping on a budget, safe saving and borrowing, illegal money lenders, identifying common scams and frauds such as phishing and ID theft. Purchasing healthy food on a low budget was also discussed.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Community Chest

At a recent meeting of the Bradford South Grants Advisory Group, ten grants were awarded to local groups to provide a range of activities across all age ranges.

A total of £1,500 was awarded to ten groups including a contribution towards community environmental and gardening projects, activities for older, isolated residents and set up costs for a new community performing group.

The next deadline is Saturday 31 May 2014 and application forms are available on the Council website or by contacting Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Oakenshaw Green Dog Walkers

Following a successful launch at an event on in March, Oakenshaw residents will be continuing to promote the Green Dog Walking Programme at Victoria Park in the village.

Materials including a banner, armbands and leaflets were purchased using Ward Budget funding allocated by Wyke Ward Councillors and will be used over the next four weeks to highlight the scheme to local residents using the area for walking their dogs. Residents are asked to wear armbands with the logo to demonstrate they have signed up and to approach other dog owners in a friendly manner to see if they would also like to join.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Council Warden Promoting Partnership Working in Great Horton Ward

One of the Council Wardens in Great Horton has been liaising with Asda and a local optician to develop a scheme to recycle old spectacles. The Warden had meetings with Asda who agreed to place some containers in the shop where people could bring their unwanted spectacles which will be collected regularly by the opticians and passed on to a charity which will in turn distribute them to charities working with disadvantaged communities in the Third World.

For more information contact Dean Mitchell at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday afternoons

Advice Sessions for the Eastern European Community in the Great Horton Ward

Bradford Council has commissioned Girlington Advice and Training Centre to provide benefits advice to Eastern European Community residents in the Great Horton Ward.

These sessions are held on a weekly basis Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at St Wilfrids Church Hall, St Wilfrids Road, BD7 2LU.

Assistance is provided with issues such as Benefits, Housing, Employment, Education, Immigration, Consumer and Debt. Residents can also ring Girlington Advice and Training Centre on 01274 547118 to make an appointment.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 5 April 2014

Dementia Friendly Communities

Queensbury is the latest Ward in Bradford South to launch the Dementia Friendly Community Programme.

The event which is taking place between 10am and 2pm is being opened by Gerry Sutcliffe, MP, who himself is a ‘Dementia Friend’.

Topics to be covered include ‘What is Dementia?’ and ‘What do we mean by Dementia Friendly?’.

There will be a series of workshops and a number of stalls around the room staffed by organisations including Age UK, Alzheimers Society and Incommunities and Champions Show the Way. The event will finish with lunch and entertainment provided by Queensbury Singers.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 31 March 2014 and Tuesday 8 April 2014

Conservation and Heritage of Queensbury

2013 heralded the Sesquicentenary of Queensbury in Bradford South. The village was originally called Queenshead until 1863. Since May of last year, residents have been out in force celebrating the occasion with a range of different activities. At a recent Ward Partnership meeting it was agreed that some of the events will be established as annual events as they were enjoyed so much by everyone.

One of the final activities to wrap up the official commemorative year will be the planting of an oak tree, with a plaque, by Queensbury Guides and Brownies in Russell Park as a lasting legacy for future generations. The planting will take place on Monday 31 March at 6.30pm by the bowling green.

The year also highlighted the importance of the heritage and conservation of the village and the next meeting of Queensbury Ward Partnership on Tuesday 8 April at 7pm at Holy Trinity Parish Church. The meeting will focus on these issues. Under discussion will be Queensbury Tunnel, listed buildings, Queensbury Community Heritage and Action Partnership and the conservation boundaries.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Green Dog Walking Scheme Expanding

The local veterinary surgeon on Wibsey High Street is the latest to sign up to support the Green Dog Walking Scheme after a visit by the local Council Warden who explained the process for people wanting to sign up. The vet’s surgery staff agreed to display posters, show samples of the materials to interested dog owners and to be a host for the pledge forms. Responsible dog owners will fill in the forms and leave them with the vets and the Warden will call in when patrolling in the area to collect the completed forms.

Bradford South Wardens are promoting the scheme during their regular visits to community groups and organisations.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Working to Make Wyke a Better Place for People Living With Dementia

Working in partnership with the Alzheimers’ Society and supported by Ward Councillors, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office has organised a free event to discuss Wyke becoming a dementia friendly community.

The event is taking place at Wyke Christian Fellowship, Towngate, Wyke BD12 9JP between 4.00pm and 7.00pm.

The scheme aims to support people who have had full active lives and want to continue contributing to their local community.

Local businesses, community groups and interested individuals have been invited to take part in the event. There will be talks at 4.30pm and again at 6.00pm about living with dementia.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 7 March 2014

Great Horton Ward Community First Funding 2013/14 - Deadline for Applications

In 2011, Community First Great Horton Ward secured £30,000 over 4 years on a matched contribution basis from the National Community First Programme. Community First is described as a drive to boost local social action within the Government’s Big Society agenda. Each grant award will have a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £1500 within any one year to the same applicant.

Priorities for the Great Horton Community First are:

  • Improve the health and well being of all ward residents
  • Bring different communities within the ward together
  • Develop Inter-generational projects in the ward
  • Increase avenues for employment opportunities
  • Improve people’s awareness and pride in the built environment

Further information can be accessed on the following website: http://greathortoncommunity.weebly.com/

For more information contact Mohammed Taj , Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 6 March 2014

Dementia Friendly Communities Action Group

The recently formed Queensbury Dementia Friendly Action Group which includes Ward Councillors has been busy organising their first major event which is taking place on Saturday 5 April 2014. Gerry Sutcliffe, MP, who is a Dementia Friend will be attending and has agreed to speak at the event.

A number of organisations including West Yorkshire Police, Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society will have information and advice on hand and Queensbury Singers will be rounding off the event with some community singing.

The next meeting of the Action Group is Thursday 6 March 6 at 10.00am at AKA Dance Studios, West End, Queensbury.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 4 March 2014

Drugs in Lidget Green Project Launch

ASDA car park, Cemetery Road BD7 2QX at 9.30am.

In July 2013, The Great Horton Safer Communities Partnership approached Crimestoppers about running a new drugs campaign in the Lidget Green area of Great Horton Ward.

A meeting was set up between Gemma Wilson, Yorkshire and Humber Regional Manager for Crimestoppers, Councillor Joanne Dodds, Great Horton Ward Councillor and Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer for Great Horton Ward where it was agreed that a working group would be set up to plan this initiative.

The working group consisted of Councillors Joanne Dodds and Abdul Jabar, Phillippa Tomlinson, Deputy Headteacher at Lidget Green Primary School, Barry Clarke, Chair of Lidget Green Community Partnership, Officers from West Yorkshire Police, Incommunities, Muppet from Cnet, Gemma Wilson and Mohammed Taj.

The aims of the Drugs in Lidget Green project are:

  • to encourage the public to contact Crimestoppers to report any information they may know about drug dealing in the area.
  • to serve warning to those involved in drug dealing in the area that the enforcement agencies are working hard to tackle the problem and bring those involved to justice.

Progress so far:

  • Regular meetings of the working groups have been taking place to plan this project
  • Funding of £2,213 was secured from Ward Budget Funding from Bradford South Area Committee, Bradford Council
  • Pupils from Lidget Green Primary School were involved with the design of the publicity
  • Publicity has been printed and translated into community languages which will be distributed to local residents in the area
  • Publicity will be displayed on A3 notice boards in the area
  • A number of events to take place to promote the campaign

What will this achieve?

  • Increase residents’ awareness and confidence in reporting issues to Crimestoppers
  • Reduce the amount of drug dealing in Lidget Green
  • Increase amount of information received about drug dealing, criminals committing these offences and links to other individuals or groups involved in these offences
  • Increase actionable information to the Police and information that can lead to arrest

Guests who will be attending are Councillor Joanne Dodds, Deputy Lord Mayor and Councillor for Great Horton and Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire

Please come along to find out more about this project and how you can get involved in improving your area.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Free Open Access Play Sessions across Bradford South

During Half Term week, a wide range of activities will be taking place for children across Bradford South.

On Monday 24 February, the Play Team will be on the Hillcrest Estate, Queensbury between 11.00am and 1.00pm and between 2.00pm and 4.00pm they will be in the Bankfoot area.

More activities are taking place on Tuesday 25 February. Between 11.00am and 1.00pm they will be at the Fairground site in Wibsey and in the afternoon between 2.00pm and 3.30pm at the Beck in Buttershaw.

More activities are taking place at Woodside Play area on the afternoon of Wednesday 26 February between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

On Thursday 27 February, the team will be in the Tong Ward, TFD Centre between 11.00am and 12.30pm and Bierley Life Centre between 2.00pm and 3.30pm.

Finally, on Friday 28 February the team will be in the Wyke Ward at St Mary’s Gardens between 11.00am – 1.00pm and Saturday 1 March there will be a FREE Family event between 1.00pm – 4.00pm at Delph Hill Community Centre.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Scholemoor Activities

Scholemoor Beacon, the Community Association based on the Scholemoor estate in the Great Horton Ward, has published the latest addition of their newsletter. It contains information on activities and sessions available in the community. The Association is supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office and offers a range of services to local residents.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, residents aged 16 and 17 year can access an employment and job search skills session, Welfare Benefits advice is available on Fridays and there are a number of clubs for children and young people.

The development of the sports pitch on Scholemoor is nearing its completion and will be officially opened in the near future.

The organisation is also looking for anyone aged between 14 and 25 years who would like to get involved in a Sports Activator Project.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 20 February 2014

Vehicle Crime Reduction Initiative

The Great Horton neighbourhood Policing Team in partnership with Bradford Council Wardens will be holding the Vehicle Crime Reduction Initiative at Tesco on Great Horton Road, BD7 from 12.00noon to 3.00pm.

Residents are invited to come along to receive vehicle crime reduction advice and also the free replacement of normal fixings for vehicle number plates with anti-theft screws. The fitting of these screws reduces the chance of vehicle number plates being stolen.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Purse Theft Avoided

The Council Warden for Holme Wood in the Tong Ward regularly attends events at Holme Wood Activity Centre one of which is a group for partially sighted residents. Working in partnership with the Police the Warden obtained some purse bells - which are attached to purses and handbags and ‘jingle’ if someone attempts to steal the property - and handed them out to people who attended the session explaining how helpful they can be in deterring would-be criminals. The bells have been widely distributed across the Bradford South area and in this particular instance the partially sighted resident was travelling by bus when she heard the bells and realised that the person next to her was attempting to steal her purse taking advantage of the lady’s lack of sight. The theft was avoided and the lady was particularly grateful that the Warden had been able to hand them out at the Centre.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Extensive Renovations to Community Venue

Wibsey Ward Councillors recently allocated Ward budget funding of £5,226.05 towards upgrading the Scout Headquarters on Netherlands Avenue. The total cost of the project is £16,000. Work is well under way on the scheme which will benefit residents across the community.

Improvements include replacing the flat roof with a pitched roof including soffits, facia boards, guttering, down pipes, roof insulation and roof extension over the planned new disabled entrance.

The next stage is to re-clad and insulate all the walls moving the entrance to the car park side of the building and installing new double glazed window units.

This will enable easier access for disabled and community use, save on heating costs and improve the appearance of the building greatly.

When completed, the building will be in use by the community during the day and sessions delivered by the Youth Service and the Scout Group will be on offer during the evening.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Warden sharing experiences with other trainees, Council Officers and Ward Councillors

One of the newest recruits to the Bradford South Council Warden team has been sharing with others his journey into employment. The Warden, who now works full time with the Council, was originally referred to the Employment Opportunities fund programme by his local Job Centre after which he was offered a paid placement that included training but part way through secured employment with the Council.

He was asked to address a large audience in City Hall which included Ward Councillors, Senior Officers including Bradford Council’s Chief Executive and a number of organisations who offer placements. The audience also included people on the scheme who fed back that they had been encouraged and inspired by the speech.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Resident issued with Litter Clearing Notice

A resident in Bradford South has been issued with a fine of £175 and £20 victim surcharge and also ordered to pay £527 contribution towards prosecution costs for failure to remove an old settee and armchair. The resident failed to comply with the requirements of a Litter Clearing Notice in respect of an address in BD6 and appeared before the Bradford Magistrates’ Court this month.

Council Wardens had repeatedly requested that the rubbish be removed. The Wardens will work with local residents wherever possible to help keep their areas clean and tidy but will not hesitate to take action and report persistent or unhelpful offenders.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Friday 28 February 2014

Deadline for Community Chest Grant Applications

The maximum grant awarded is £500. Applications will be considered to assist community-based leisure/cultural activities which will be of benefit to the community and where the activity could not go ahead without financial assistance.

Recent successful grant applications have included £150 to support a Christmas Party for a group of older, isolated residents, £200 towards the cost of a Community Pantomime for disadvantaged families and £150 towards the costs of training for volunteers working with young people.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 20 February 2014

Vehicle Crime Reduction Initiative

The Great Horton Neighbourhood Policing Team in partnership with Bradford Council Wardens will be holding the Vehicle Crime Reduction Initiative at Tesco on Great Horton Road, BD7 from 12.00noon to 3.00pm.

Residents are invited to come along to receive vehicle crime reduction advice and also the free replacement of normal fixings for vehicle number plates with anti-theft screws. The fitment of these screws reduces the chance of vehicle number plates being stolen.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 13 February 2014

Weekly Advice Sessions for Eastern European Community in Great Horton Ward

Girlington Advice and Training Centre has been commissioned by Bradford Council to provide benefits advice to Eastern European Community residents in the Great Horton Ward.

These sessions will take place on a weekly basis from 1.30pm to 4.30pm at St Wilfrids Church Hall, St Wilfrids Road, BD7 2LU.

Assistance will be provided with issues such as Benefits, Housing, Employment, Education, Immigration, Consumer Issues and Debt. Residents can also ring Girlington Advice and Training Centre on 01274 547118 to make an appointment.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Queensbury Ward Partnership

The group which is made up local residents, community groups and representatives from Bradford Council and the police, continues to grow and develop following the very successful Sesquicentennial Year in 2013. The Brownie Pack and Guide Company have agreed to run the popular Scarecrow Walk again and the Family Bike ride has also become an annual event.

There are a number of events and activities being planned, one of which is an exhibition by Queensbury History Society to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.

The meeting is being held at Holy Trinity Church at 7.00pm.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Friday 7 February 2014

New Community Group for Queensbury

A further legacy to the Queensbury Sesquicentennial year is the establishment of a new Community Performing Arts group. People were inspired by the Celebration concert held in Black Dyke Mills and already have chosen to perform a pantomime to involve as many residents of all ages who would like to get involved.

There was a huge response to the request for residents to come along to the first meeting. The group have decided on the name Queensbury Performing Arts.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Youth Opportunities Fund

At the recent Bradford South Area Committee meeting, 5 applications to the Youth Opportunities Fund received approval.

Applications are considered and evaluated by a group including elected members and a panel of young people who scrutinise the bids before coming to a decision on which bids to recommend with reasons which include:

  • value for money
  • personal and social development
  • improving the range of activities in the area.

Members of the Bradford South Area Committee praised the young people for their contribution and the way in which they carried out the task with a great sense of responsibility.

The applications approved were:

  • The Edge Project
  • Queensbury Scout Band
  • Woodside Community Neighbourhood Group
  • 18th Bradford South Scout Group
  • St Christopher’s Youth Project

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Road Safety Training in Wyke

Thanks to a contribution from Ward Budgets, year 1 pupils at Shirley Manor Primary, Appleton Academy and Worthinghead Primary took part in the ‘Darker Nights’ campaign.

The children worked with a PCSO in the classroom following the famous Wyke slogan ‘STOP, LOOK, LISTEN, THINK, ARRIVE ALIVE’ - this famous slogan has been taught to the young children in Wyke for several years now.

The children were taught the drill which involves them shouting out the actions and using hand signals to enhance them and the classroom input was followed by a practical at the roadside. This included how to negotiate Zebra, Pelican and Lollipop Crossings.

Councillors Robinson, Warburton and Ferriby kindly donated funds from their Ward Budget to provide the children with reflective jackets, flashing armbands and pump bags.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 29 January 2014

Lost Dog Found by Vigilant Council Wardens

Whilst on patrol the Council Wardens in Great Horton we were approached by a motorist looking for her dog. The lady said it had escaped from her sisters' house in Ascot Parade although she herself lived in Carrbottom Road. She described the dog, a white Staffordshire Terrier. The lady also mentioned the matter had been reported to the Dog Warden and showed them a photograph of her dog.

Shortly after, they received a call from a colleague to say that a dog was following 2 PCSOs around Hew Clews. As this description appeared to match that of the missing dog they made their way to the area and established from the image taken it was indeed the missing dog. They detained the dog by its collar and took it to the address. The dog owner was relieved to be re-united with her dog and thanked the Wardens for their outstanding efforts.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 25 January 2014

Free Family Fun event

There is to be a free family fun event in the Tong Ward from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at the TFD Centre, Broadstone Way, Holme Wood, BD4 9BU.

Activities include gym sessions, an assault course and junk modelling.

Staff from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office will be present to speak to local residents.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Monday 20 January 2014 onwards

Activities at Scholemoor Community Centre, Dracup Road, BD7

Details of activities provided by Scholemoor Beacon CIC:

  • Ladies Zumba to re-commence after the February Half Term on a Thursday morning, 10.30am to 11.30am, £2.50
  • New Ladies Gym Class - Thursday 30 January, 1.00pm to 2.00pm, Free
  • Clayton RLFC Junior Rugby training - 4 to 12 years, Tuesdays, 5.30pm to 6.15pm
  • Clayton RLFC Senior Rugby Training - 18+ years, Males, Thursdays 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Cricket (One in a million coaching) - 11 to 19 years, Starts Tuesday 28 January 2014, 6.30pm - 7.30pm
  • Rugby – 11 to 19 years, Friday 31 January, 6.15pm to 7.30pm
  • Children’s Club - 6 to 12 years, Mondays & Tuesdays term time only, 3.45pm to 5.15pm
  • Wednesday Night Sports group - 13 to 22 years, Wednesdays 6.00pm to 8.00pm

For more information call Matthew Milnes, Sports Development Worker at Scholemoor Beacon (CIC) on 01274 522231 or email mat_scholemoor@yahoo.co.uk

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Deadline for applications Friday 31 January 2014

Great Horton Ward Community First Funding 2013/14

In 2011, Great Horton Ward Community First secured £30,000 over 4 years on a matched contribution basis from the National Community First Programme. Community First is described as a drive to boost local social action within the Government’s Big Society agenda. Each grant award will have a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £1,500 within any one year to the same applicant.

Priorities for the Great Horton Community First are:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of all ward residents
  • Bring different communities within the ward together
  • Develop inter-generational projects in the ward
  • Increase avenues for employment opportunities
  • Improve people’s awareness and pride in the built environment

The next deadline for applications is Friday 31 January 2014. Further information can be accessed on the following website: http://greathortoncommunity.weebly.com/

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 30 January 2014

Review of No Cold Calling Zone at St Wilfrid’s Crescent Area, Lidget Green

In 2012, a number of cold calling control zones were set up in Great Horton Ward in partnership with Councillor Joanne Dodds, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Bradford Council. These zones are where the community have collectively stated that they do not want uninvited cold callers at their properties. The aims of this are to prevent doorstep crime, rogue trader activity and pushy sales people which many people find threatening and intimidating and can result in sub standard work.

Officers from Neighbourhood Policing Team, Trading Standards and Bradford Council will be visiting residents in the St Wilfrid’s Crescent area, Lidget Green from 11.00am onwards. The purpose of the visit is to obtain feedback from residents regarding this zone and also for residents to raise any issues/concerns about the area.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 25 January 2014

Number Plate Operation at Tesco, Halifax Road

In partnership with Bradford Council Wardens and Neighbourhood Policing Team, an operation to secure car number plates will take place at Tesco on Halifax Road in the Royds Ward.

This will involve the free replacement of normal fixings for vehicle number plates with anti-theft screws.

The new Online Watch Link (OWL) will be promoted during the day so if residents haven’t already signed up they will have the opportunity to do so. The scheme allows local people to get tailored crime information about their area.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Ongoing

Green Dog Walkers

Bradford South Ward Councillors are putting their support behind a new scheme aimed at reducing the number of incidents of dog fouling across the Wards. Wyke and Queensbury Ward Councillors are purchasing equipment including Arm Bands, Stickers, Posters and ‘Poo’ bags through the Ward Budget funding and other Wards are set to do the same.

The aim is to recruit volunteers who will approach other dog walkers whilst out with their own dogs and make sure they have bags with them. If not, the volunteers can provide the bags along with a leaflet asking them to sign up to the scheme.

Once signed up, the dog walkers will wear a vivid green arm band demonstrating to the public that they have signed up to support the scheme.

For more information contact Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Number Plate Operation at Tesco's, Great Horton Road

In partnership with Bradford Council Wardens and Ward Councillors, Great Horton Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out a successful number plate operation at Tesco on Great Horton Road, BD7.

This involved the free replacement of normal fixings for vehicle number plates with anti-theft screws. The operation was a huge success with over 30 vehicles having their number plate screws changed. Owing to the success of this operation and demand from the local community, it is planned to hold a further event shortly.

PCSO 792 Robinson said “It was a great day with a good turnout from members of the public. We will be doing a further event for anyone that missed out, so please continue to look on the website for details”.

During the event, a number of people signed up to Online Watch Link (OWL), so if you haven’t already please have a look at www.owl.co.uk/wyp so you too can get tailored crime information about your area.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

w/c Monday 25 November 2013

Additional Benefits of Council Wardens Patrolling Around the Bradford South Area

This week Council Wardens have helped a number of local residents whilst carrying out their duties in local communities. One helped an elderly lady who was known from the befriending scheme. She was struggling with her shopping and the Warden helped her and took her shopping to her house. On a second occasion the Warden noticed a note pinned to the outside of someone’s front door informing anyone who looked that the occupier was out and showing time at which they were expected to return. On the third occasion the occupier at another property had left their keys on the outside of the door. The Warden managed to speak to both the residents and alert them to the potential dangers of their actions.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 5 December 2013

Holme Wood Christmas Hampers

The annual distribution of Christmas Hampers to less privileged families on Holme Wood in the Tong Ward will be underway soon. Pupils from Knowleswood Primary School will be involved and help with packing the hampers. They will join other volunteers on Thursday 5 December at 10.15am at Holme Wood Activity Centre on Broadstone Way. This year 100 hampers will be distributed which, due to the current economic climate, is actually 20 more than last year.

The hampers will be distributed in the run up to Christmas.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 14 December 2013

Royds Ward PACT/Day of Action

The local Policing Team and Bradford Council Neighbourhoods Team will be in the Woodside area of the Royds Ward to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area. They will be outside the Sandale Centre between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Local groups and voluntary organisations have been invited to showcase what activities are available in the village for local people.

Officers from both the Police and Bradford Council will be going door-to-door talking to local people about their concerns. If residents would like to discuss any confidential issues they are invited to come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area during the evening to deal with any issues if residents are unable to attend during the day.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Woodside Networking Event

A Breakfast Networking Event is being held on Woodside in the Royds Ward. This event has been organised for service providers and community volunteers in the Woodside area to network and engage with each other. The purpose is to discuss better ways of working, how they can support each other and celebrate the successes of partnership working in improving the area of Woodside.

The event will take place at the Sandale Centre, Woodside from 8am until 10am.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 2 December 2013

Visual Audit in Black Carr Woods

The newly formed ‘Friends of Black Carr Woods’ based in the Tong Ward is carrying out a visual audit with the help of Groundworks. The aim is to look at the Woods to see what the issues are and what improvements can be made. The group will be joined by Ward Councillors at Holme Wood Library at 9.45am before setting off to the woods.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Junior Wardens Helping to Combat Inconsiderate and Illegal Parking outside Schools

Council Wardens and PCSOs were in Shibden Head Primary Academy in the Queensbury Ward this week to deliver training to members of the School Council. They spoke about their roles and how they enforce parking legislation, followed by a very lively question and answer session.

The group was given an interactive presentation, shown the machines and tickets that the Wardens use and finally were asked to complete a quiz to test their knowledge on what they had been told. Once completed, the group were all given certificates.

The next stage is a full day of workshops for all the school delivered by the Council Road Safety Team, this will be followed with a drop-in for parents to talk about the issues of school gate parking over a cup of tea or coffee.

The new Junior Wardens will then, with parents’ permission, accompany the Wardens and PCSOs outside the school gates at the end of the school day.

It is also planned to carry out a visual audit around the area outside school to identify the main issues caused by careless parking.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Warden Comes to Aid of Older Resident

On Monday one of the Council Wardens was patrolling in Wibsey when he encountered an older lady looking a bit confused and upset. She had been waiting for a bus to collect her to take her to a Community Centre. The Warden via a series of phone calls established that the lady was in the wrong place and had missed the bus. He arranged for a taxi to pick her up to ensure she reached her destination safely. The situation was highlighted during a Workforce Development session about Access to Social Care and how Wardens and Ward Officers could work together with Adult Services to provide a comprehensive, joined-up service.

For more information contact Dean Mitchell, Warden Manager, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 2 December 2013

Open Day at Reevy Hill Children’s Centre

If you are interested in working with children, go along to Reevy Hill Children’s Centre between 11.00am and 2.00pm. Advice and information will be available on courses and qualifications and also help in finding work. Local training providers along with the Workforce Development Unit and Family Information Service will be there to talk to local residents.

The Children’s Centre offers a wide range of activities including Benefits Advice, Speech and Language Clinic, Musical Workshops and Baby Yoga. The Centre can be contacted on 01274 434940.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 30 November 2013 & Friday 6 December 2013

Queensbury Sesquicentennial

The celebrations to commemorate 150 years since the naming of Queensbury continue with two further events both taking place in the iconic, Council-owned Victoria Hall.

On 30 November the Christmas Extravaganza is taking place. There will be a variety of stalls offering seasonal goodies, singing and dancing performed by local groups, refreshments and a visit by a very special surprise guest! Council staff will be on hand to talk to local residents.

On Friday 6 December at 7.00pm, an evening with Queensbury Singers and Friends, local schools and dance groups will be taking part in a performance alongside the Queensbury Singers who were supported by Ward Budget funding to help with set-up costs. Seasonal tasty treats will also be available.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 18 to Sunday 24 November 2013

Alcohol Awareness Week events in Bradford South

The Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) will park the Amplitude van on Wibsey High Street on Friday 22 November between 6.00pm and 8.00pm and they will be visiting licensed premises to speak to Landlords.

The van will be in the Queensbury Co-op car park on Saturday 23 November between 6.00pm and 8.00pm and the NPT will be reminding shop owners about the legislation regarding selling alcohol to under-18s. There will be DVDs playing in the van and there will be information to hand out to the public.

The Youth Service in Queensbury is holding special sessions that week and as part of this will be making and tasting non-alcoholic cocktails. They will also be running sessions outlining the dangers of underage and binge drinking. Ward Councillors and local PCSOs are invited to join in on either Wednesday 20th or Thursday 21st to take part in sessions.

For more information contact either Arshad Mahmood or Marie Copley, Ward Officers, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 19 and Friday 22 November 2013

Review of Cold Calling Zones in Great Horton Ward

In 2012, a number of cold calling control zones were set up in Great Horton Ward in partnership with the local ward councillor, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Bradford Council. These zones are where the community have collectively stated that they do not want uninvited cold callers to their properties. The aims of this are to prevent doorstep crime, rogue trader activity and pushy sales people which many people find threatening and intimidating and this can result in sub-standard work.

Officers from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, Trading Standards, Incommunities and Bradford Council will be visiting the following areas:

Hunt Yard and Bakes Street – 19 November
Hudson Gardens – 22 November

For further details please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 16 November 2013

Day of Action/PACT event at Clayton Heights

To be held between 11.00am and 2.00pm when the local Policing Team and Bradford Council Neighbourhoods’ Team will in the Clayton Heights area in the Queensbury Ward to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area.

The Police Amplitude Van will be parked in the Boars Head Public House car park, Clayton Heights and Officers from both the Police and Neighbourhoods Service will be going door-to-door talking to local people about their concerns. If residents would like to discuss any issues they are invited to come to the Amplitude Van and Officers will also be available to advise on home security.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 15 and Monday 18 November 2013

Burglary Reduction Project in Lidget Green

As part of Burglary Reduction Project, Officers from West Yorkshire Police and Council Wardens will be visiting properties in Lidget Green area to undertake a visual audit and offer crime prevention advice to householders.

For further details please contact Mohammed Taj at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office. Tel. 431155

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Low Moor Business Watch to meet

There is to be a meeting of Low Moor Business Park Business Watch at 10.00am.

Items on the agenda include

  • Crime Prevention Assessment
  • Crime Figures
  • Local Information from West Yorkshire Police
  • Update from Bradford Council Wardens
  • Review of Regeneration Activity
  • Update on community activities by the local ward councillor

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Dogs Trust to visit Holme Wood

The Dogs Trust will be paid a visit to the TFD Centre on Broadstone Way, Holme Wood to offer residents the opportunity to have various treatments for their animals. These included worming, chipping, vaccinating and giving out neutering vouchers. The local Council Warden was on hand for resident’s queries.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Drugs in Lidget Green

Community Groups and organisations met with Crimestoppers to discuss setting up a project to report drug dealing activities to Crimestoppers.

The meeting was held at Lidget Green Primary School, Birks Fold.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Road Safety activities to tackle school gate parking
Following concerns raised by parents and staff at Shibden Head Primary Academy in Queensbury, staff from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office has been working with the school to try and educate parents about the dangers of parking around the school on zigzag lines and annoying local residents by causing obstructions at the beginning and end of the school day.

The Council’s Road Safety team was in school talking to parents and delivering workshops to pupils. Members of the School Council attended an information session with Council Wardens and PCSOs to inform them about their roles and what they can do to carry out enforcement if education fails.

For more information contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 16 November 2013

Day of Action in the Queensbury Ward

Teams will meet in the Clayton Heights area of Queensbury to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area. They will be near the entrance to Littlemoor Park between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Local groups and voluntary organisations have been invited to showcase what activities are available in the village for local people.

Officers from both the Police and Council will be going door-to-door talking to local people about their concerns. If residents would like to discuss any confidential issues they are invited to come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area in the evening to deal with any issues, if residents are unable to meet during the day.

For more details contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 31 October 2013

Coffee morning to support cancer care

Wyke Christian Fellowship is hosting a coffee morning to raise funds to support Macmillan Cancer Care. The centre will be open from 10am to 12noon and is located on Towngate in Wyke. Everyone is welcome.

For more details contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Queensbury Community Heritage Action Partnership

One of the legacies of the amazing response to the sesquicentennial celebrations in the Queensbury Ward is that a number of local residents are getting together to form a partnership aimed at protecting and enhancing the heritage of Queensbury.

The plans are in the very early stages and are getting the full support of Ward Councillors and the Bradford South MP, Gerry Sutcliffe. The famous Black Dyke Mills, which hosted a showpiece concert as part of the 150 years’ celebration will be central to the plans. Local Businesses, schools and community organisations are all being approached to advise them of the developments and to ask for their involvement and advice.

For further details please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Great Horton Ward Community First Funding 2013/14 - Deadline for applications Friday 8 November 2013

In 2011, Great Horton Ward secured £30,000 over 4 years on a matched contribution basis from the National Community First Programme. Community First is described as a drive to boost local social action within the Government’s Big Society agenda. Each grant award will be given a minimum of £250 and a maximum of £1,500 within any one year to the same applicant.

Priorities for the Great Horton Community First are:

  • Improve the health and wellbeing of all ward residents
  • Bring different communities within the ward together
  • Develop Inter-generational projects in the ward
  • Increase avenues for employment opportunities
  • Improve people’s awareness and pride in the built environment

Further details can be accessed on the following website: http://greathortoncommunity.weebly.com/

For more information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155.

Council Wardens praised by local residents

Following flytipping and rubbish dumped on private land adjacent to Glenrose Drive, BD7, local residents reported this to a number of agencies and no action took place for months.

The residents approached Council Wardens during their patrols in the area regarding this issue. The Wardens carried out door-to-door engagement work to find out further details and to establish ownership of this land. This turned out to be extremely useful as one of the residents had the contact details of the owners. They then contacted the owners who agreed to remove the flytipping and to keep the area tidy.

A resident of Glenrose Drive, BD7 contacted Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office to express their gratitude to the Council for the Wardens’ professionalism and diligence in sorting this issue out.

For more information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Weekly activities for over 55s in Lidget Green

The ‘Great Horton Live at Home Scheme’ has recently secured funding from the Big Local Lottery project based in the area. The funding will be used to increase provision for older people living in the Lidget Green and Scholemoor area. The activities will be held weekly between 11.00am and 12.00noon and an exercise class designed to help people keep fit and active will be held at 12.30pm with a social afternoon including bingo. The project allows for people to come along and meet others of a similar age and make friends.

For more information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wyke Ward Forum

The first ever Wyke Ward Forum took place at Wyke Christian Fellowship, Town Gate, Wyke BD12 9JP.

The Ward forum is replacing the more traditional Neighbourhood Forum and will be more interactive as residents will be invited to take part in workshops focussing on particular priorities. The topics for the workshops at the Wyke Forum included Crime and Community Safety, Health & Wellbeing and the Environment. Senior Council Officers, along with the Neighbourhood Policing Inspector and representatives from Health, took part in the workshops.

There was opportunity to meet local Ward Councillors and be involved in creative discussion about ways to tackle some of the current key concerns across the local community.

For more information please contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Street PACT, BD7

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service and Neighbourhood Policing Team were in the area recently with a Police Display Van parked on Aberdeen Place for residents to come and discuss any issues with the police. Officers also took part in some door-to-door engagement work with local people.

Following concerns from residents and Great Horton Ward Councillors about nuisance and anti-social behaviour, the Neighbourhood Policing and Neighbourhoods teams were in the area to get residents’ views on how the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the area.

For more information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wycoller Day of Action

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service, the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Incommunities were in the Wycoller area to get residents’ views on how the Police, Council and Incommunities can make improvements in the local area.

Officers also undertook some door-to-door engagement work with local people about their concerns.

For more information please contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Holme Wood Scarecrow Festival

The annual Holme Wood Scarecrow event, which is based in the Tong Ward was held at Springfield Community Gardens.

There was a Scarecrow competition and local residents were asked to bring along their scarecrows, as they have done in previous years. It was a really good family fun day with lots of exciting family activities along with a barbecue and cake stalls. There was also an opportunity to purchase locally grown produce from the award winning ‘Grow Your Own’ project along with apple picking and an apple press for people to create their own apple juice.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Royal Horticultural Society honours Holme Wood gardening project

At the recent Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom awards ceremony, Holme Wood Executive’s ‘Grow Your Own’ project scooped an award in the ‘It's Your Neighbourhood’ Category and achieved level 5 Outstanding.

The project is a community allotment where local people, community groups, schools and families can go along and grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers in a safe, secure environment. The organisation provides support and also runs an after school summer gardening club.

Children and families have learned to grow their own fresh vegetables and enjoy taking the produce home for cooking and sharing with family and friends.

Pupils from Knowleswood Primary School in Holme Wood have regularly attended the allotments and impressed the judges in July with their enthusiasm and knowledge of what they had cultivated, harvested and eaten over the past few months.

The judges’ comments were "this is an excellent example of community gardening, involving groups such as SureStart, local schools, adults and volunteers".

The project runs with the support of local community organisations and also local volunteers, who help pull events together and assist with projects such as the Holme Wood Scarecrow Day, Christmas Hampers and many smaller events. Another element is a very successful walking group which, with trained walk-leaders, takes people on walks in the green belt land surrounding Holme Wood and Tong.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

New Council Warden in Tong gaining hands-on experience

One of the newly recruited Council Wardens was out patrolling in Holme Wood with one of the more experienced Wardens during his induction. They came across a lot of flytipping outside a property. Assuming the property was empty, the Wardens checked by knocking on the door and a gentleman answered and said that the whole house had been infested with fleas and he had to throw it all out. He was quite ill and had not slept.

The Wardens rang the Clean Team and arranged a pick up of the bags that were ripped and making the biggest mess. Having considered the options they then agreed that the resident was in need of some help and arranged for the Clean Team to take away some of the items but informed the resident he still needed to dispose of the really bulky items. He helped put all the rubbish on the van and said he would have the other items removed as quickly as possible.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 431155

Monday 30 September 2013

Beacon Road issues due to be discussed at Single Issue Forum

Following concerns raised by local people about parking and traffic around Mill Street and Beacon Road, a public meeting has been arranged with Ward Councillors, Police and Council Officers. The meeting will address the concerns and explore possible solutions to the parking and traffic issues.

Attending the meeting will be Simon Moscrop, Senior Traffic Engineer, who will be available to discuss the options and Officers from West Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood Policing Team who will attend to discuss this issue and other local crime and community safety issues. Residents and business owners are invited come along to put forward issues/concerns and also ideas for improvements in the area.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Great Horton Ward Forum

Following on from Tong and Queensbury, Great Horton is also trialling a new style Ward Forum. The Ward Forum is taking place at 6.00pm (registration at 5.45pm) at Great Horton Village Hall, Beldon Road, BD7 3PE.

This style of forum replaces the traditional Neighbourhood Forums held around the ward. It is hoped that residents will get more involved in discussions about the issues which affect them and to look at how a joint approach to some of the solutions will improve the local area. There will be three main priority areas for discussion:

  • Crime and Community Safety Issues
  • Health and Wellbeing Issues
  • Environmental Issues

There will be an opportunity to meet Ward Councillors, Senior Police Officers and representatives from Bradford Council.

Residents will be encouraged to be involved in creative discussion about ways to tackle some of the key priorities across their communities.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Doorstep Crime and Scams and Frauds Event for Older People

West Yorkshire Trading Standards, in partnership with Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police, have organised the above event for older people.

This will be held from 1.30pm to 3.00pm at Charlotte Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, Smith Road, Great Horton, BD7 3NJ.

The Feeling Good Theatre Company will be performing a drama about Doorstep Crime and also residents will be given advice about how they can protect themselves from Scams and Frauds. Police Officers and Council Wardens will also be attending to discuss any crime and community safety issues in the area.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Royds Neighbourhood Forum

The Royds Neighbourhood Forum is being held at 7.00 pm in the main hall of Buttershaw Business Enterprise College, Reevy Road West, Buttershaw, BD6 3JY.

The topics to be discussed are as follows:

  • Open Forum – your opportunity to raise any concerns you may have about any local issues
  • Crime and Community Safety Issues - an Officer from West Yorkshire Police will attend to discuss local crime and community safety issues
  • Highway Issues – a Highway Officer will be present to discuss any local traffic issues
  • Parks and Landscapes – a Council Parks Officer will attend to update residents on grass cutting and Parks management in the Ward
  • Education – local Schools and Children Centres will be invited to attend and discuss how we can improve educational attainment
  • Good Food Award – an Officer will be present to discuss this, it is a part of a broader health improvement programme that aims to reduce obesity rates and forms part of the Bradford Food Strategy
  • Council Wardens – Bradford South Wardens will be in attendance to provide an update on the new service structure and their role

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 17 September 2013

New style Queensbury Ward Forum

A new style Ward Forum will be held at Victoria Hall in Queensbury. The forum will consist of several workshops focussing on three of the main priorities in the Ward – Children and Young People, Cleaner Greener and Crime and Community Safety. This style of forum replaces the traditional Neighbourhood Forums held at several venues at varying times of the day and evening.

The aim is to get residents more involved in discussions about the issues which affect them and to look at a joint approach to some of the solutions. There will be an opportunity to meet Ward Councillors, Senior Police Officers and representatives from Bradford Council.

The event will start at 6.30pm for registration and at the end of the evening people will be asked to complete an evaluation sheet giving their views on the new format.

For further information please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Monday 16 September 2013

Queensbury Day of Action and PACT

The local Policing Team and Bradford Council Neighbourhoods Team will in the Hillcrest area of Queensbury between 11.00am and 7.00pm to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area.

Also, in response to concerns, there will be representatives from Trading Standards talking to local residents about scams, fraud and doorstep lending, CASAC who will be advising residents on home security and Bradford Council Youth Service. A member of the team from Carers Resource will also be there offering advice and support on issues affecting local people.

Local groups and voluntary organisations have been invited to showcase what activities are available in the village for local people.

Officers from will be going door-to-door talking to local people about their concerns. If residents would like to discuss any confidential issues they are invited to come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area in the evening to deal with any issues, if residents are unable to meet during the day.

For further information please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 14 September 2013

Official opening of Great Horton Village Hall and Library, Beldon Road, BD7 3PE

Following the relocation of the Library and refurbishment by Bradford Council, the Village Hall will be officially opened by Councillor Joanne Dodds, Deputy Lord Mayor. This will take place from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Activities arranged include storytelling, mehndi, face painting, refreshments, bouncy castle etc. All money raised will go towards the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

For further information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 7 September 2013

Great Horton Community Festival

Great Horton Community Partnership in partnership with Bradford Council have organised the Community Festival to be held from 12pm to 4pm at Brackenhill Park, Hollingwood Lane, BD7.

Activities will include face painting, pony rides, mehndi, sports activities, dance performance, games activities, mini assault course, refreshments etc.

For further information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 27 August 2013

ASDA Cemetery Road, Community Litter Pick

ASDA and Bradford Council organised a community litter pick near their store on Cemetery Road, BD7.

August

Day of Action/PACT in the Royds Ward

The local Neighbourhood Policing Team and officers from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office will in the Royds Ward to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area.

A Police Amplitude Van will be parked outside the shops at Wibsey Park Avenue between 1.00pm and 3.00pm. Police Officers will also be in the area from 5.00pm to 7.00pm.

Officers from both the Police and Neighbourhood Service will be going door-to-door engaging with local people about their concerns.

Advice and information will be given on how to report anti social behaviour. This includes dog fouling, fly tipping, noise nuisance and litter. A specially prepared leaflet will be distributed informing residents which organisations to contact to report anti social behaviour.

If would like to discuss any issues please come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area during the evening to deal with any issues if residents are unable to meet during the day.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood at Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Council Warden joins innovative Neighbourhood Resolution Panel scheme

Council Warden Team Leader, Dennis Rowe, recently undertook training to help bring together victims and criminals to agree on restorative action around low level crimes and anti-social behaviour. Neighbourhood Resolution Panels is a new scheme and Dennis who is Team Leader within the Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office joined the pioneering scheme in his own time and has already taken on his first case. Having done the training, Dennis is confident that the process will have an impact on both victims and criminals.

Community Gardening Day in Bierley

On 10 and 11 August between 1pm and 4pm, a team of volunteers and staff from the Bierley Life Centre in the Tong Ward will undertake a project to spruce up the entrance to the building. Currently the area is unkempt and in need of a makeover. A grant of £200 from the Bradford South Community Chest fund has enabled the purchase of equipment and materials to help. There will be a Barbecue on the 12 August to reward all the volunteers who have turned up over the two days and given their time and efforts.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Community Day of Action to clean up local graveyard

A team of volunteers including staff from local firm BASF and officers from Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office have been clearing the graveyard at Holy Trinity Church in Low Moor in the Wyke Ward.

GreenMoor Big Local Community Grants 2013

Grants from £500 to £1,000 are available per organisation and the grant must be spent by the end of December 2013. The closing date for receipt of applications is noon on Wednesday 21 August 2013.

GreenMoor Big Local Community Partnership Board is inviting applications from local voluntary and community organisations, based in the Big Local area (a map is available on the application form) for projects that fall in the following priorities:

  • Activities Involving older people
  • Investing in children and young people
  • Promote a cleaner, greener environment
  • Contributing to community life (stronger and safer communities)
  • Activities to promote Health and Wellbeing
  • Training projects for local people (volunteers)

The Grants Programme is designed to enable organisations working in the Scholemoor and Lidget Green area to support projects that improve the quality of life for local people. It may fund, for example, worker time, activity costs, venue hire and a contribution to overheads.

The Grant funds will be allocated by GreenMoor Big Local Partnership Board and will be administered by Bradford Community Empowerment Network Limited (CNet). This scheme is a pilot programme for the GreenMoor Community Board before they begin to start spending the Big Local money as per their Community Plan.

Application forms and criteria guidelines are available from GreenMoor Big Local website http://greenmoorbiglocal.com and CNet website: www.cnet.org.uk and from CNet offices.

For further information please contact Abbas Najib, Chair of GreenMoor Big Local (abbas_najib@hotmail.com) or contact Abdul H Ismail, CNet Grants & Commissioning Officer, Centre for Enterprise Building, 114-116 Manningham Lane, Bradford BD8 7JF – Telephone: 01274 305045 – (abdul@cnet.org.uk ).

Day of Action – PACT meeting in the Wibsey Ward

The local Policing Team and Neighbourhoods Team were in the Carrbottom Road area in Wibsey Ward to get residents’ views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area.

A Police Exhibition Van was parked near the recreation ground on Carrbottom Road and Hawes Grove and officers from both the Police and Neighbourhood Service visited door-to-door to engage with local people about their concerns.

Royal Horticultural Society makes a visit to Holme Wood

Members of the Royal Horticultural Society are paying a visit to the ‘Grow Your Own’ Project based in Holme Wood in the Tong Ward. They will be judging not only produce but assessing how well the organisation involves the local community and how people work together to make a difference in their community. The scheme is based at Holme Wood Library. Bradford South Area Committee recently awarded the group £250 from the Community Chest fund to help purchase a new polytunnel.

Success in Tackling Dog Fouling

The Council Warden for Wyke has been liaising with local residents regarding complaints of dog fouling. She responded to residents’ complaints about dog fouling and distributed letters as well as put up posters warning offenders of the sanctions if the dog owners were caught.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby was visiting a resident on Markfield Ave when one of the individuals concerned approached her to say that she was delighted by the prompt, caring and understanding service that she had received from the Warden and that it was much appreciated. She also pointed out that there had also been an improvement as less fouling was taking place.

It is good for officers to know that residents notice and appreciate what is done and make sure thanks are passed on.

Saturday 13 – Sunday 14 July 2013

Weekend of Events to celebrate Queensbury Sesquicentennial

Saturday and Sunday saw a fun-filled spectacular weekend of events to celebrate the naming of Queensbury. It was estimated that over 2,000 people attended the three events already held and with the good weather was hoped to have good attendance at this event.

The first ever Queensbury Scarecrow Trail took place as residents and visitors wandered around Queensbury meeting over 60 scarecrows of all shapes and sizes.

Holy Trinity Church offered refreshments for the scarecrow spotters and an opportunity to take a trip to the top of the Church Tower offering spectacular views all around. A Community Picnic took place at Queensbury Celtic Football Ground with traditional family games on offer, entertainment, ‘Bling your Bike’ parade and a bicycle obstacle course.

Queensbury Singers wandered around the picnickers serenading them as they ate.

This was followed on Sunday morning with a family service at Holy Trinity Church followed by a shared lunch.

Saturday 13 July 2013

Harold Park Gala

The annual Gala was held at the Park in Low Moor. There were a variety of stalls and activities for all ages. In preparation for the event, Council Wardens had been putting up signs and distributing leaflets warning residents not to let their dogs foul in the park so that everyone who attended could relax and enjoy the fun without the fear of treading into something unpleasant.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Engaging with Eastern European Communities

This event was organised by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office in partnership with The Bradford Central and Eastern European’s Working Group. The purpose of the event was to share good practice about working with these communities and how they can work in partnership to address issues.

The session included:

  • Overview of Central and Eastern European Communities – where people have come from and why?
  • An example of local engagement work carried out with Central and Eastern European Migrant Communities
  • Discussion with members of Slovakian and Roma Communities
  • Working together on your issues and the Way Forward

This free event was aimed at staff and community organisations working in the Great Horton Ward - School and Children’s Centres, Police, Community Development Workers, Youth Workers, Council Wardens, Faith Organisations, Health Workers etc.

Wibsey Ward Day of Action/PACT meeting

The local Policing Team and Neighbourhoods Team were in the area to get residents’ views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the ward.

Police Officers were also be in the area from with a Police Exhibition Van parked at the entrance of Wibsey Park on Beacon Road and Officers from both the Police and Neighbourhood and Customer Services were going door to door to engage with local people about their concerns.

Pride in Great Horton Project

Following concerns raised by local residents with Bradford Council and Great Horton Ward Councillors about litter, flytipping, dog fouling, illegal and inconsiderate parking, vehicles speeding, graffiti and vandalism, a group of Year 6 children at Brackenhill Primary School have been working with Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police regarding these issues. The Children then presented their findings and an action plan to improve the area.

Farfield Recreation Ground Event

Prior to the consultation event held on 2 July 2013, a fun event was held on Farfield Recreation Ground. There were games, music, food and a football tournament co-ordinated by Friends of Farfield Recreation Ground. The event was aimed at getting people to think about what they would like to see happen on the recreation ground once it is developed.

Joint Forum with Kirklees Council in Oakenshaw

A joint Neighbourhood Forum took place between Bradford and Kirklees Councils and residents of Oakenshaw took the opportunity to meet Ward Councillors and representatives from the Neighbourhood Policing Teams.

West Yorkshire Joint Services ran a Financial Fitness Session raising awareness about doorstep crime, scams and fraud, money saving and benefits for older people and residents were able to raise issues and concerns and invited to talk about successes in the area and suggest ideas for improvement.

A representative from Health Watch was in attendance helping residents to know how to get the best out of local health and social care services.

Information was available on current developments relating to Low Moor Railway Station and there were updates from local community groups.

Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 5.00pm

Sandale Second Hand City

One of the organisations supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinators Office, Sandale Community Centre, has recently launched a new initiative to help less well off families on the Woodside estate in the Royds Ward. A store selling quality used goods is now open Monday to Friday from 11.30am to 5.00pm and the organisation is looking for items in good condition either new or used that can be sold on at low costs to local people.

Sandale Community centre has recruited a number of apprentices to help develop the project.

The centre is open six days a week and offers a variety of services and activities for all ages including youth sessions, coffee mornings, employment outreach and computer classes.

For more information contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Community Health and Information Day

This community event is to be held from 2.30pm to 4.00pm at Brackenhill Primary School, Dracup Road, BD7 4HA.

Local residents raised concerns with Bradford Council and Great Horton Ward Councillors about litter, flytipping, dog fouling, rubbish in gardens, illegal and inconsiderate parking, vehicles speeding, graffiti and vandalism. A meeting was held between Helen Metcalf, Headteacher at Brackenhill Primary School, Great Horton Ward Councillors and representatives from Bradford Council and the Police. It was agreed that the School would assist in dealing with the above issues.

As part of this project, children in Year 6 at the School were set the following project:

  1. Identify issues and concerns around the area
  2. Find out which is organisation(s) is/are responsible for dealing with these issues, what they are doing about these and what can be done to resolve these issues
  3. Meet with organisation(s) to develop solutions to these problems
  4. Prepare a presentation for parents, local residents, councillors and agencies which will be held on Tuesday 25th June.

Officers were invited to the School to discuss these issues and for the children to ask them questions and discuss possible solutions. These included Police, Clean Team, Graffiti Team, Road Safety Team, Traffic and Highways, Neighbourhood Watch, Council Wardens and Environmental Enforcement Officers.

For more information please contact: Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 21 June 2013

Greenmoor Environment Day

Scholemoor Community Centre, Dracup Avenue, BD7 2RJ from 10.00am to 2.30pm

The Lidget Green and Scholemoor Community is getting together to tackle litter and flytipping issues in their area. Activities include creating a junk mural and a local area clean-up walk by local volunteers and children from Lidget Primary School. Free refreshments for all helpers.

This has been organised by Bradford Community Environment Project in Partnership with Bradford Council, Bradford CVS, Cnet and Greenmoor Community with local residents and children and creating a junk mural’.

For more information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Odsal and Wibsey Neighbourhood Forum

Items on the agenda include an update on the developments in Wibsey Park including improvements in the Play Area, an opportunity to question West Yorkshire Police about crime and community safety issues and an opportunity to speak to the Council Warden Manager for the area. There will also be an open forum where residents can raise any concerns about issues in their local area. Ward Councillors will also be in attendance. The meeting is taking place at 1.30pm at Wibsey Methodist Church, School Lane. BD6 1QX

For more information please contact: Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 14 June 2013

Lower Fields Primary School, Fenby Avenue, BD4 8RG

8.30am until 4.30pm

Your Voice, Your Choice - on this date there will be an opportunity for residents in the Tong Ward to have their say and help shape the way health care services are delivered in their area. Suggestions from the local community will be welcomed and there will also be local voluntary organisations in attendance demonstrating how they can support delivery of key services.

Visitors can take advantage of free health MOT checks and refreshments.

For more information, please contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 13 June 2013

Day of Action/PACT event

1.00pm until 3.00pm

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service and Bradford South Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in Queensbury on the above date.

The Police Amplitude van will be parked in the Car park of the disused Waggoner’s Public House from and will be patrolling in the area later in the day.

Officers will be calling at houses in the area to discuss issues and concerns that residents may have.

For more information, please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 13 June 2013

Victoria Hall, Queensbury Queensbury Sesquicentennial Top of the World Concert and Exhibition Opening

This three day exhibition celebrating the history of Queensbury is free.

The History Society have been busy putting together the display on a variety of display boards which Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office managed to borrow from various council departments. The council’s Sports and Leisure Department have also been generous in helping out with the loan of chairs for a spectacular concert taking place in the historic Black Dyke Mills on the opening day.

A team of volunteers have been busy transforming the shell of a weaving shed in to a performance area where schools, community groups and the famous Black Dyke Mills Band will depict the history of Queensbury through music, drama, dance and speech.

The Bradford South MP and Deputy Lord Mayor will be in attendance.

The village is holding a number of events over the year to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queensbury which, up until 1863, was known as Queenshead.

The idea for the celebrations came from the Queensbury Ward Partnership co-ordinated by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office.

For more information, please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Saturday 9 June 2013

Sandale Community Centre

12.00noon until 4.00pm

Fun Day set to tackle issues of Loan Sharks and Men’s health. A Fun Day supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinators Office is taking place on Saturday June 9th at. There will be lots of fun activities including Bouncy Castle, Face Painting and a BBQ. Alongside the fun activities however will be stall and information available on Illegal Money Lending, Gun and Knife crime and Men’s Health. The centre hopes that by attracting residents with the enjoyable activities they will also educate them about more serious issues affecting their community.

For more information, please contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator's Office on 01274 431155

Friday 7 June 2013

Enterprise and Employment Support Event

Scholemoor Community Centre, Dracup Avenue, BD7 2RU 10.30am until 3.00pm

This event is being organised by Incommunities and Bradford Council and the services available include:-

Employment Support, Information and Advice, Job Search, Job applications and interviews, support in starting your own business and becoming self employed.

For further information, please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 5 June 2013

Friends of Scholemoor Cemetery

Lidget Green Primary School, Birks Fold BD7 2QN 6.00pm

A number of residents have contacted Bradford Council about Scholemoor Cemetery and how they can be involved in making this a safe and welcoming cemetery for all.

What is a Friends of Group and what to they do?

  • Local residents who are willing to commit time to support improvements to the Cemetery
  • Work with Bradford Council and Council For Mosques to create a safe pleasant place for people to visit and pay respect to their loved ones

Please come along to find out what work is being undertaken and to put forward your views and ideas.

Officers from Bereavement Services, Bradford Council and Representatives of the Council for Mosques will be in attendance.

For further information, please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 17 May 2013

Bradford Bee Keepers open new Apiary in Tong Ward

Bradford Bee Keepers Association has officially opened their new Apiary in Knowles Park in the Tong Ward. The group, established in 2010, had previously been awarded a Community Chest Grant to purchase equipment for the new Apiary by Bradford South Area Committee. The launch was attended by the Lord Mayor, Councillors and Lady Morrison who unveiled a plaque on behalf of her husband Sir Ken Morrison. The group are engaging with local schools and residents to encourage them to get involved.

For more information contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 14 May 2013

OWL Day of Action in Lidget Green area of Great Horton Ward - 6.00pm to 8.00pm

Officers from Bradford Council, West Yorkshire Police and local ward councillors will be calling at properties in the Hartington Terrace Area of Lidget Green on Tuesday 14th May 2013 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm to promote the OWL project.

OWL is an abbreviation for Online Watch Link which is an interactive communication system that helps communities prevent and detect crime, support one another and be more aware of what is going on in their area. Messages including crime alerts and time crime prevention advice are sent out in an instant via an email address.

The OWL project is being targeted in Bradford South and registering on the system is free of charge.

For further information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

New dog fouling signs in the Great Horton Ward

Following concerns reported to Bradford Council, Great Horton Ward Councillors allocated Ward Budget funding to purchase and install 20 new dog fouling signs across the Ward. Council Wardens accompanied by a PCSO patrolled Great Horton identifying the hotspots and fixing signs in an effort to deter dog owners from allowing their dogs to foul. The signs warn of the penalties they face if they do not take notice. Council Wardens can issue fixed penalty notices on the spot of £80 or alternatively if they refuse to co-operate they can be fined £1,000 on appearing at the Magistrates Court. Council Wardens would much prefer that residents complied with the law and undertake patrols to inform and educate dog owners also.

For further information please contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Friday 10 May 2013

Scholemoor Day of Action 10.00am to 2.00pm

Bradford Council’s Neighbourhood Service, Incommunities and Neighbourhood Policing Team will be in the Scholemoor area.

Following concerns raised about nuisance and anti-social behaviour in the area, Officers will be calling on local residents to find out issues and concerns that they may have.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Tuesday 7 May 2013

Dog Fouling Signs

Following concerns reported to Bradford Council and Great Horton Ward Councillors regarding dog fouling issues in the Ward, the Great Horton Ward Councillors have supported through Great Horton Ward Budget Funding, the installation of twenty Dog Fouling signs across the Ward.

Council Wardens and PCSOs will be undertaking delivery of letters informing residents the locations of these signs and for them to report information about the offenders. They will also be undertaking patrols in the area to catch the offenders and issues fixed penalty notices.

For more information contact Mohammed Taj, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Get Queensbury Cycling

As part of the Olympic Legacy and Queensbury 150th Anniversary, a new organisation has been set up in the Queensbury Ward to overcome barriers and to get Queensbury cycling. The aim is to increase the number of journeys made by bike and to develop cycle-friendly infrastructure and facilities, thus reducing the congestion and carbon emissions in the village, bringing more trade to local businesses, providing healthy exercise, and encouraging a greater sense of community.

A comprehensive series of activities and events has already been arranged including cycle loan, maintenance classes and a family bike ride along the Great Northern Railway Trail. The group have also put out a number of posters asking residents to donate their unwanted bikes to the group so that they can be repaired and recycled. Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office have advised the group on policies and procedures and access to funding.

For further information please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Joint Schools Patrols with Police and Council Wardens

Operation Scootgill is well underway in the Queensbury, Royds and Wyke Wards. This involves Council Wardens and Police Officers patrolling outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

The current operation has been running since Tuesday 19 March and will end on Wednesday 22 May after which it will be reviewed.

Over 10 schools will have been visited in that time and parents will be spoken to about inconsiderate and illegal parking. In some instances pupils have been involved in preparing publicity and distributing to parents. Where appropriate, enforcement action will be taken. The police are also planning a ‘name and shame’ campaign where photographs of offending vehicles will be displayed on school notice boards.

For further information please contact either Marie Copley or Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officers, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Council Wardens and Licensing Team working together in Bradford South

Council Wardens on patrol have been asked to be vigilant and list all private hire vehicles they see without the new door stickers and email a list to the Fleet and Licensing Officer on a daily or weekly basis. New rules came in to operation in December whereby private hire vehicles have to display signs on the doors of the vehicle indicating the name of the operator, the fact that the vehicle is private hire and also pre-bookable. The details will be used to take enforcement action if necessary

For further information please contact Dean Mitchell, Warden Manager, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Thursday 25 April 2013

Joint PACT and Day of Action

The local Policing Team and Neighbourhoods Team will be in the Wibsey Ward to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in the local area.

They will be there between 1.00pm and 3.00pm.

Police Officers will also be in the area from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. A Police Exhibition Van will be parked at on High Street, Wibsey.

Officers from both the Police and Neighbourhood Service will be going door to door to engage with local people about their concerns.

If residents would like to discuss any issues they can come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area in the evening to deal with any issues, if members of the community are unable to meet during the day.

For further information please contact Arshad Mahmood, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 431155

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Joint PACT and Day of Action

The local Policing Team and Neighbourhoods Team will in the Queensbury Ward to get views on how both the Police and Bradford Council can make improvements in your local area.

The event is taking place between 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

Police Officers will also be in the area from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. A Police Amplitude Van will be parked at the top end of New Park Road in Queensbury.

Officers from both the Police and Neighbourhood Service will be going door to door engaging with local people about their concerns.

If anyone would like to discuss any issues, please come to the Amplitude Van. Officers will also be around the area in the evening to deal with any issues if residents are unable to meet during the day.

For further information please contact Marie Copley, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 431155

Monday 22 April 2013

New Organisations supported by Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office

The inaugural meeting of Friends of Black Carr Woods took place on Monday 22 April. It was held at the TFD Centre on Broadstone Way in Holme Wood in Tong Ward. The meeting was attended by Ward Councillors, local residents and young people from Holme Wood.

The young people had put together a presentation about what was good about the woods and reasons why people did not use the woods. The meeting came up with some suggestions on how to improve the area and agreed to form a committee. It was agreed to make sure that young people would be fully involved. Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office will support the group initially including helping to access funding.

Further meetings have been arranged.

For further information please contact Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s Office on 01274 431155

Sunday 14 April 2013

Bierley Bramble Cut

Volunteers are being asked to turn up and help to tidy up Bierley Woods on Sunday 14 April. Friends of Bierley Woods are organising a litter pick and cutting back of the brambles in readiness for the, hopefully, better weather and increased use of the woodland area.

Participants will be rewarded with a free Barbeque. The event is taking place between 12pm and 2pm and volunteers are asked to meet in the Barbeque area.

For further information please contact: Rada Mijailovic, Ward Officer, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 431155

Monday 8 April 2013

Week of Action in Queensbury

A team of Council Wardens carried out early morning patrols around some of the hot spots in Queensbury. The first day they targeted Fleet Lane, Foxhill Grove, New Park Road, Brighouse Road and Denholme Road and this will continue through the week to attend other hot spots in the Ward.

Wardens saw around 7/8 dogs and spoke to 3 dog owners. Nearly all had dog bags and were picking up the dog fouling but Wardens took the opportunity to talk to the owners about them looking out for perpetrators and encouraging them to report any incidents they saw.

Leaflets will be distributed to dog walkers and also surrounding properties.

For further information please contact either Marie Copley, Ward Officer, or Dean Mitchell, Warden Manager, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 431155

Council Wardens helping to keep Bradford South moving in the snow

Whilst carrying out daily patrols during the current extreme weather conditions when it was snowing really heavily, Council Wardens came across a car trapped and stuck in a snowdrift. They offered to give the driver a helping hand to get the vehicle out and onto the road by pushing the car. The driver was very grateful and thanked the Wardens. They were also able to advise other drivers who were attempting to take the same route, to not go that way or risk getting stuck also.

Using their valuable local knowledge they were able to advise drivers of safe alternative routes which would help them reach their destination.

For further information please contact Dean Mitchell, Warden Manager, Bradford South Area Co-ordinator’s office on 01274 431155