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This is the archive of the Recent News section of the site.

In here you can find all the articles we have published in the past. (As this is a new page there are no articles from before April 2009).

If you have news items you want to share with us then the best way to do this is via an email to stories@westparkresidents.org.uk.

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October 2018 - NWLTF submits objection to airport flight path proposals

Following concerns expressed by residents of North West Leeds over aircraft noise, NWLTF have written to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) objecting to the proposed changes in the Leeds Bradford Airspace on the grounds that they are likely to result in a significant increase in aircraft noise over North West Leeds and that the public consultation exercise conducted in 2017 was deficient.

The NWLTF submission has been acknowledged by the CAA who have indicated that they will take it into consideration as part of their regulatory decision-making process.

The NWLTF objection, together with an executive summary, can be viewed here.


September 2018 - NWLTF to meet with representatives of Leeds Bradford Airport

In the light of concerns about levels of aircraft noise over North Leeds during Summer 2018, NWLTF have asked for a meeting with representatives of the Airport to discuss these concerns and to seek further information about the proposed changes in take-off paths and plans for further expansion of the airport.


September 2018 - Leeds City Council publish revised proposals

Leeds City Council have produced revised proposals for changes at Holt Lane and Otley Old Rd on the Connecting Leeds website proposals.


August 2018 - NWLTF responds to Leeds City Council's initial proposals for changes on A660

After careful consideration and consultation with member organisations, NWLTF issued its response to the City Council's initial proposals for schemes along the A660.


June 2018 - Leeds City Council seek comments on their initial proposals for schemes in the A660 corridor

Leeds City Council have published their initial proposals for schemes in the A660 corridor on the Connecting Leeds website. NWLTF will be responding to the proposals but, in the meantime, encourages you to study the proposals and submit your own response.


April 2018 - NWLTF publishes proposals to improve public transport in the A660 corridor

Following several months of consultation and analysis, NWLTF has produced a paper detailing a number of schemes which would improve the attractiveness of public transport in the A660 corridor. The paper, which can be read here, has been brought to the attention of councillors, officers and consultants currently working on proposals for schemes in the A660 corridor. If you have comments on the document please send them to nwleedstf@gmail.com.


February 2018 - NWLTF is developing proposals to improve public transport in the A660 corridor

NWLTF has developed an initial set of ideas for schemes which would improve public transport in the A660 corridor and has shared them with the consultants who are helping Leeds City Council to come forward with proposals. The ideas are at a preliminary stage and will be further developed through a series of draft papers which are to be discussed with members, other organisations and groups in North West Leeds. It is anticipated that the initial ideas will be revised in the light of the consultation and ongoing analyses. If you would like to receive a copy of the latest draft and to be involved in the consultation, please contact nwleedstf@gmail.com.


December 2017 - Grave disappointment at lack of progress on the identification of schemes to improve public transport in the A660 corridor

Presentations by Leeds City Council Officers at a meeting of the Inner North West Community Committee on 7th December indicated that little attention has yet been given to the development of schemes to improve public transport in the A660 corridor (the only schemes along the A660 which have so far been considered are for signalisation at the junction with the Outer Ring Road and for removal of general traffic from the area south of Parkinson Steps - neither of which will address the fundamental problem of congestion through Headingley). Representatives of NWLTF and others present at the meeting expressed shock and disappointment at the lack of progress. A particular concern was that, with plans for interventions in other corridors well advanced and a number of expensive projects having already received political backing, there was a risk that very little of the available funds might be left to address problems in the A660 corridor. NWLTF members have since concluded that they need to be pro-active in the identification of schemes which would assist public transport in the A660 corridor (watch this space!).


November 2016 - NWLTF advisor gives evidence to Scrutiny Panel

NWLTF's transport advisor, Prof Peter Bonsall, presented evidence to Leeds City Council's Scrutiny Panel to assist in their investigation of what went wrong in their abortive pursuit of the Trolleybus scheme.


June 2016 - NWLTF contributes to City Council's Transport Summit

NWLTF was represented at Leeds City Council's Transport Summit on 10th June. One of the main items of debate was how best to spend the 173m pounds which had come to Leeds following cancellation of the trolleybus project. In this context we urged the Council to give serious attention to the myriad of relatively modest schemes which, taken together, could make a real difference rather than be again tempted to pursue expensive prestige projects.


May 2016 - Decision on Trolleybus scheme announced!

The Secretary of State for Transport has announced that he refuses to give approval for the Leeds Trolleybus scheme. Unprecedentedly, he also announces that the funds (173million pounds) that would have been provided for the scheme by the Department for Transport will instead be made available for other, unspecified, schemes to improve public transport in Leeds. The Decision Letter and Inspector's Report, published at the same time, conclude that the case for the trolleybus was fundamentally flawed.


August 2015 - NWLTF Opinion Survey results

As discussed below, NWLTF has produced alternative proposals which appear capable of improving public transport in Leeds and especially in the A660 corridor. Several public meetings have been held and the opinion survey results from those meetings can be found HERE and the finalised version of the proposals can be found HERE .


June 2015 - NWLTF Transport Proposals St Chad's meeting feedback

As discussed below, NWLTF has identified a number of proposals which appear to have the potential to improve public transport in Leeds and especially in the A660 corridor. A meeting was held to discuss the proposals on 19 June at St Chad's and the feedback form distributed at that meeting can be found HERE . If you have not already done so, please use it to let us have your feedback (it can be printed out and mailed to the addresses on the form or downloaded, edited and then emailed to nwleedstf@gmail.com).


March 2015 - NWLTF Transport Proposals - your thoughts please

Concerned that Leeds and Metro are still not giving any consideration to alternatives to their trolleybus scheme, NWLTF has prepared a discussion document identifying a number of alternative schemes which are in full accord with national and local priorities and which appear capable of achieving significant improvements to public transport in Leeds, and especially in the A660 corridor, without the scale of expenditure envisaged for the NGT trolleybus scheme. We believe that, for a number of reasons , including the prospect of increased devolution to the Leeds City Region, their potential inclusion in Leeds transport strategy should be considered as a matter of urgency. You are encouraged to study the proposals and send comments via email to nwleedstf@gmail.com


February 2015 - NWLTF's advice to Leeds and Metro

In response to public statements from Leeds City Council and Metro to the effect that they expect the Inspector to recommend approval to the Trolleybus scheme, and rumours that money is still being spent on preparation for it, NWLTF suggests that they should immediately commission an independent review of the strength of their case and has provided a briefing note for independent analyst to help them do so.


November 2014 - HEADLINE STATEMENT ON NGT IMPACT

A one page view, based on evidence from Metro given to the Public Inquiry, as to the impact of introducing a trolleybus system in Leeds. This quick 2-minute overview of the trolleybus and its effects should encourage readers to delve into the documents and recordings of the Public Inquiry. To view and print this document press here


November 2014 - THE TROLLEYBUS PUBLIC INQUIRY HAS NOW ENDED

On the 31st October the Public Inquiry into the proposed single line trolleybus system between Park and Rides at Bodington and Stourton finished. When it started on the 29th April it was originally scheduled for only 30 days, however, the 1,759 objections and the level of public scrutiny directed at the scheme by associations and individuals has meant that the Inquiry was extended for 72 days. The Leeds City Council / Metro team proposing the scheme tabled over 1,100 official documents and fielded 16 witnesses, which included several external consultants. These witnesses were cross-examined by objectors and a QC acting for First West Yorkshire, who also objected to the proposal. An audio recording is available by clicking here or by following the AUDIO link on the side Menu bar. Recorded with the Inspectors permission, this covers all of the 72 days' proceedings. Although not officially entered as evidence it does provides a full word-for-word account of the statements and cross-examination of both NGT witnesses and objectors. The Inquiry Inspector is expected to submit a report to the Secretary of State in May 2015. It is generally speculated that no decision will be made by the Secretary of State until AFTER next year's General Election.


November 2014 - NWLTF DOCUMENTATION

Leeds City Council / Metro submitted over 1000 documents to the Inquiry in support of the trolleybus scheme. NWLTF members spent many hours/days/weeks examining the case for and against the scheme and themselves submitted around 30 documents to the Inquiry. They are currently available on the Inquiry Website and the main ones can be found by following the NWLTF Documents link on the side MENU bar.


November 2014 - the NGT Public Inquiry

Many of you will know that the public inquiry for NGT has now finished. This website will be updated soon with an analysis of what happened at the inquiry and what happens next so please check here in a few days for the latest information.


July 2014 - the NGT Public Enquiry

Many of you will also know that the public inquiry timescale has been greatly extended due to the number of objectors and the detailed analysis of their objections. Because of this extended timescal there is a holiday period and therefore the Inquiry will adjourn at lunch on Thursday 24th July and resume Tuesday, 2nd September. As you may know a complete set of audio recordings have been made by the objectors which is available for you to listen to. As this consists of many individual recordings we have included an index to the recordings which can be accessed here.


May 2014 - the NGT Public Enquiry

Many of you will know that the public enquiry is being held at Regus 2 Wellington Place, Leeds LS1 4AP and the public is invited to drop in and listen to any of the sessions. The enquiry has its own website which can be found at NGT public Enquiry. There is also a recording being made of all the sessions if you cannot get to the venue. This recording can accessed at NGT enquiry blog. This link is the first day of the recordings and you can hear the other days recordings and together with commentary by clicking on the links for May in the Blog Archive.


January 2014 - THE TROLLEYBUS SCHEME, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

A Public Enquiry has been announced, although as yet no date has been arranged. If you submitted an objection you will have been asked whether you would like to appear at the inquiry ie. Present oral evidence. If you have decided not to speak, there is nothing else that you need to do BUT: You can submit further detailed evidence before the inquiry starts to improve your objection. You can still write into newspapers such as the Yorkshire Evening Post. WHAT YOU MUST DO NOW IF YOU'RE SPEAKING AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY If you asked to speak at the inquiry, then you need to prepare a STATEMENT of CASE (SoC). This is a written statement giving full details of the case you want to present to the inquiry.
You MUST send in a Statement of Case (SoC) to arrive before the 30th January.
If you consider that your original objection letter provides sufficient detail of your objection then you MUST write in asking that your objection letter be treated as your Statement of Case, commenting that you reserve the right to supplement your SoC in the future.
It is important that any SoC should include a list of the documents you may want to make reference to, along with relevant extracts from these documents. The inspector will only have hard copies of papers from NGT and relevant Govt policy documents. They almost certainly will not have any local government ones.

This must be done straight away, and MUST arrive no later than Thursday 30th January, at the following addresses:
Angela Foster
Department for Transport
Transport & Works Act Orders Unit
General Counsel's Office
Zone 1/18
Great Minster House
33 Horsferry Road
LONDON
SW1P 4DR

NGT Metro
c/0 Bircham Dyson Bell
Solicitors and Parliamentary Agents
50 Broadway
LONDON
SW1H 0BL

NOTE: All SoC's will be published on an official website


October 2013:

NWLTF organised and held meetings at St Andrews Church Hall and at St Chads Parish Centre to discuss the TWAO proposals. Over 200 residents attended these meetings, listening to comments made on behalf of NWLTF and expressing their views. The ITV Calendar team filmed a report of the St Andrews meeting, broadcast the following day. (Metro were invited to attend but decline to do so, feeling that it was inappropriate following the submission of the TWAO).

NWLTF announce results of Opinion survey (see Consultation).

NWLTF submit objection to TWAO (see The NWLTF Objection)

The Federation of Small Businesses held ameeting to discuss the proposals and their response can be found here.


September 2013:

Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) is submitted. NWLTF circulates a questionnaire NGT-survey.pdf to gauge opinion of NGT through the local resident / community groups between Holt Park and Headingley. Arrangements are made for completed questionnaires to be returned through local businesses and resident addresses across the area.


July 2013:

A delegation from NWLTF met with Councillor James Lewis and members of the NGT Team at the Metro offices to discuss possible alternatives to the Design Freeze 7 plans for NGT.

Every effort has been made to try to ensure that the information provided on this website is correct. If it is felt that any detail is incorrect, please contact us at nwleedstf@gmail.com