Minutes of Parish Council Meeting – 21.9.2021

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on 21st September 2021 are now available. To download a copy of the minutes, click here.

 

CREATION OF WILDFLOWER MEADOW

Would you like to make a real difference to the look of the village and its wildlife?

The Parish Council, along with Aberford Village School, are organising a voluntary working party to help create a wildflower meadow near to the school. We will be preparing the ground, getting it ready for planting. This will mean clearing the grass and weeds.

Date – Saturday 23rd October.

Time – 1pm.

No experience is required but please bring your own spade.

We look forward to seeing you.

 

Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 19th October 2021

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th October 2021, on this occasion commencing at 7.00pm.

The meeting will be held in the Oriel room, St Ricarius Church.  Members of the public are welcome to attend but must advise the Clerk no later than the day before the meeting so that suitable Covid secure arrangements can be put in place. Please note that the Parish Council still consider it prudent that all attendees must wear a face covering unless seated and take a lateral flow Covid test on the day before the meeting, submitting a negative result to the Clerk. 

The agenda and appendices for the meeting are available for download here.

Police and Crime Plan Consultation

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has launched a consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

The Mayor is urging everyone in West Yorkshire to get involved and #TellTracy about your policing and community safety priorities.

The consultation will feed directly into the new Plan which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next three years.

An online survey, available in a number of languages, has been launched along with a host of other options to get involved.

To take part visit https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan-consultation.

 

The consultation will run until 19th November with the online survey closing for responses on 17th October

VILLAGE HALL CAFE

We’re delighted to confirm that the Village Hall Cafe is back.  The cafe is open between 10am and 3pm each Friday and we are really looking forward to welcoming back customers, old and new!
Covid is still around so we will be doing what we can to keep everyone safe. To that extent we will ask you to only come to the counter one at a time to order or pay and if possible to wear a face covering at the counter. We are providing hand sanitiser and now have a card machine for payment, although we will still be taking cash if you prefer. We will be closing at 3pm due to additional cleaning responsibilities so don’t leave it too late to come for that afternoon cup of tea and cake!

VILLAGE HALL CAFE

We’re delighted to confirm that the Village Hall Cafe is back.  The cafe is open between 10am and 3pm each Friday and we are really looking forward to welcoming back customers, old and new!
Covid is still around so we will be doing what we can to keep everyone safe. To that extent we will ask you to only come to the counter one at a time to order or pay and if possible to wear a face covering at the counter. We are providing hand sanitiser and now have a card machine for payment, although we will still be taking cash if you prefer. We will be closing at 3pm due to additional cleaning responsibilities so don’t leave it too late to come for that afternoon cup of tea and cake!

PROPOSED CLOSURE OF ABERFORD SURGERY- UPDATE 24.9.21

The Parish Council meeting earlier this week was attended by Dr Andrew Robinson, the senior Garforth Practice GP, plus two representatives from Leeds CCG Primary Care integration, which is the body who will make the final decision on this matter.
Dr Robinson outlined the reasons behind the proposal, focusing in particular on the environment at the Aberford surgery, which he considers to be unsafe and not conducive to maintenance of proper infection control standards and adherence to social distancing requirements. Dr Robinson believes that the Garforth and Barwick surgeries and their supporting infrastructures will be able to absorb Aberford patient needs, including home visits where necessary.
The Parish Council representatives stressed the massive inconvenience that this proposal would lead to, especially for the elderly and infirm and those without their own transport, given the very limited public transport facilities available. They pointed out the difficulties in getting through to Garforth or Barwick surgeries by phone and also challenged the apparent assumption that closing down the present facilities will inevitably lead to the withdrawal of GP services in Aberford, pointing out that there are other premises potentially available for lease and also questioning why mobile or other replacement facilities could not be provided. The Primary Care representatives agreed that these are matters which should be given proper consideration.
Overall it was a constructive discussion but the Parish Council remain strongly of the view that the best chance of bringing about positive changes to this proposal is for those Aberford residents who use the surgery to express their views and opinions clearly via the survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/aberford which is available for access throughout the public engagement period from Monday 13 September to Friday 15 October. This can be done on line or on paper, copies of the survey are available from the surgery at Jessamine House, during normal opening hours. The Parish Council believe that the more individual and well-reasoned responses which are received, the greater weight this will carry.
The Garforth Medical practice will also be holding an on line Zoom meeting to be held on Tuesday 5 October from 6-7 pm. Those who would like to attend and need joining instructions, along with those who are unable to attend the Zoom meeting but wish to leave feedback should contact the Garforth Medical Centre, either via email (garforthmedicalcentre@nhs.net) or by calling 0113 385 4535

Minutes of Parish Council Meetings – 17.8.2021

The minutes from the Parish Council meeting held on 17th August 2021 are now available. To download a copy of the minutes, click here.

 

PROPOSED CLOSURE OF ABERFORD SURGERY

Most residents will be aware by now of the proposal by Garforth Medical Practice to close Aberford surgery, indeed the Parish Council understands that a letter has been sent to all homes in the village explaining the position.
This very important issue will be tabled for discussion at the next Parish Council meeting, which will be held on Tuesday 21 September, commencing at 7.30pm in the Oriel Room at St Ricarius church. The purpose is to enable Councillors to give proper consideration to the reasons given for the proposal and discuss the best way to address and respond to the many issues and impacts the proposal will have.
Whilst members of the public are, as always, welcome to attend the meeting it is not a forum for public debate, although any members of the public present who wish to comment briefly on any of the agenda items will be given an opportunity to do so by the Chairman.
Whatever action is taken by the Parish Council, ultimately the Parish Council will only be classed as one voice. The letter circulated (or e-mail/text advice as appropriate) provides an opportunity for all recipients to access a structured survey (www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/aberford) during the public engagement period which runs from Monday 13 September to Friday 15 October. This can be done on line or on paper, copies of the survey are available from the surgery at Jessamine House, during normal opening hours. The Parish Council would like to encourage anyone who wishes to express their point of view to take part in the survey which provides a number of different ways that residents can submit their thoughts and opinions. We are strongly of the view that the more individual and varied responses received, the greater weight this will carry.
The Garforth Medical practice will also be holding an on line Zoom meeting to be held on Tuesday 5 October from 6-7 pm. Those who would like to attend and need joining instructions, along with those who are unable to attend the Zoom meeting but wish to leave feedback should contact the Garforth Medical Centre, either via email (garforthmedicalcentre@nhs.net) or by calling 0113 385 4535.
Please note that the Parish Council meetings continue to be held with Covid safety in mind, therefore any members of the public who wish to attend must advise the Parish Clerk (clerk@aberford-pc.gov.uk) of their intention to do so no later than the day before the meeting and must also take a lateral flow test and provide evidence of a negative result to the clerk.

Parish Council Meeting – Tuesday 21st September 2021

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st September 2021, commencing at 7.30pm.

The meeting will be held in the Oriel room, St Ricarius Church.  Members of the public are welcome to attend but must advise the Clerk no later than the day before the meeting so that suitable Covid secure arrangements can be put in place. Please note that the Parish Council still consider it prudent that all attendees must still wear a face covering unless seated and take a lateral flow Covid test on the day before the meeting, submitting a negative result to the Clerk. 

The agenda and appendices for the meeting are available for download here.