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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

On the 5th March 2018 Paul Howcroft was elected to serve as parish councilor and will represent the Harecroft Ward until May 2019.

Paul has lived in Harecroft for 5 years.  He is marred with a daughter who attends a local primary school.

He said " I feel passionate in bringing a much needed voice for Harecroft.  Being on the border of Wilsden it is of shared opinion that Harecroft has been forgotten and I am extremely keen as a parish councilor to make any improvements."

We wish Paul well in his role as our new councilor.



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ALFRED FOWLER -  150 

The blue plaque to commemorate Wilsden's eminent astrophysicist, Alfred Fowler, has been placed on the end of Moss Row in time for the 150th anniversary of his birth on 22nd March 2018.

Crowdfunding to cover its cost is still continuing and if you would like to make a donation towards this important part of Wilsden's history please follow the link below.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/blue-plaque-in-wilsden-to-remember-alfred-fowler

Please note that the Science Fair and talk originally planned for Saturday 17th March has now been postponed to Saturday 12th May.

 

The Parish Council have been informed by City of Bradford Metropolitan Council that with effect from 2nd March 2018 the changes to the car parking fees in the Wilsden Pay & Display Car Park  on Main Street are as follows:                                                             

Monday - Saturday 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.   Up to 1 hour 30p;  Up to 2 hours 60p;  all day £1.50.

If residents wish to make a formal objection in relation to the new legal order this can be done by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The closing date is the 23rd March 2018 at 12.00 noon.

Please find below the parish council's response to Bradford Council regarding the changes to the car parking charges in Wilsden.

  

Ref: Your email dated 7th March 2018

 Date: 8th March 2018

 Ms Michaela Hall

Parking Services

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Harris Street Depot, Harris Street

Bradford, BD1 5UH

 Dear Ms Hall

  Further to our letter sent on 2nd March requesting that the decision regarding changes to Car Parking Fees in Wilsden be deferred pending further Asset Transfer negotiations we note your prompt response for which we are grateful, if not disappointed.

 However, with regard to your proposals for Wilsden we most strongly object both in general terms but more specifically to the proposed withdrawal of the free 30 minute period.  This will have a seriously deleterious effect on both residents and businesses in the centre of the village as there is extremely limited on-street parking available.

 Wilsden is a community striving to maintain a varied mix of vibrant services and retail premises and we are certain that the proposed changes will undermine our ability to maintain this by deterring shoppers who will drive out of the town to supermarkets that offer free parking.

 Because of the dearth of both on-street and off-street parking in the centre of the village one half of the car park has been given over to long stay parking which allows free parking for a period up to 12 hours.  This is used principally by the cottages fronting Main street where there is no alternative appropriate parking.

 To introduce a charge of £10.50 a week to continue to use this facility will seriously add to the traffic problems experienced on the Main Street, as residents will seek to avoid this charge by parking wherever they can.

 An alternative scenario is that long stay parkers who are prepared to pay the charge will take over the carpark, leaving little or no provision for short stay shoppers.

 Feedback received over the years tells us that parking problems in the village are the source of major concern to many Wilsden Residents.

Wilsden Parish Council objects in the strongest possible terms to any proposals for changing car parking regulations that would be a major detriment to both the residents and businesses in Wilsden.

 Yours sincerely

 Gail Denham

Parish Clerk, Wilsden