Menston residents take to street for protest over greenbelt

Wharfedale Observer: Menston protesters, from left, Alan Elsegood, Steve Ellams and Roger Livesey Menston protesters, from left, Alan Elsegood, Steve Ellams and Roger Livesey

Protesters visited Bradford’s City Hall in their hundreds this week to hand in petitions on two thorny issues – cuts to youth services and housebuilding on the district’s greenbelt.

Both matters were discussed at a heated meeting of the full Bradford Council.

Before the meeting, two separate public demonstrations were held on opposite sides of the building.

On the Hall Ings side were people fighting the loss of green belt land as part of the Council’s Local Plan – a blueprint which sets out where homes and jobs will go between now and 2030.

And in Centenary Square, students and trade unions protested against proposed cuts to the council’s youth service.

In the meeting councillors spoke about the positive effect the youth service had had on their own lives.

Councillor Jackie Whiteley (Con, Wharfedale), said: “It’s my birthday today and at my age I think I can allow myself a moment to reflect on my life and the important influences and opportunities that have led to me to be the person I am today.

“Who would have thought Jackie Longfield, who was a foster child until she left home, would end up in this venerable place?

“One of the most important influences on me was my local Youth Club where I socialised and learnt how to deal with the opposite sex. I even played sport.

“We also went on organised outings, sometimes to the theatre, we didn’t do that at home and the youth club filled a very important gap for me. Arguably, it got me through my adolescence.

“ I am sure that the Youth Service today provides all of this and much more.

“This is a well-used and valued service and you have asked the people of Bradford where money should be spent and saved. I think you have your answer if 15,000 people have signed a petition on this subject.”

The petition was accepted as part of the public consultation.

The Council’s Local Plan also provoked heated debate.

Councillors were discussing whether to proceed with its Core Strategy, which does not yet earmark specific sites for development but sets out the overall aims and the number of homes to be built.

A leading campaigner against green belt housing development in Wharfedale called on Bradford Council to ‘stop giving the fox the keys to the hen house’ as he handed over a 2,000-plus signature petition.

Menston Action Group’s Dr Steve Ellams, spoke on behalf of several groups and communities in the Wharfe and Aire valleys.

He told the Council to stop the ‘rape of the countryside’ in the Bradford District and spoke out against ‘money-grabbing developers’ in his plea.

But Councillor Val Slater (Lab), executive member for planning, said the district needed a Local Plan because without one, developers would be free to build where they liked.

She said: “There just aren’t enough brownfield sites to meet the projected need.”

The Labour group won the vote and the plan will now go out for a further consultation.

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4:27pm Thu 12 Dec 13

LandRanger says...

Like millions in this country, I've been unable to afford a house since I began working.
Put all life's major decisions on hold, kids etc, because I wanted
tobe a bit more financially secure before I started a family. That was the plan anyway.
I would never have guessed that the sensible would be punished, and the feckless rewarded.
The national average age of a FTB is 40 years old.
Again like millions of others, my age and younger, I've been forced to waste tens upon tens of thousands in rent payments.Paying for anothers mortgage and retirement.Yet people just two to three years older than I, in the same job, on the same wage, who just happened to
get onto the ladder, pre 1997. Pre Boom. Pre New Labour..
Are sitting on assets they paid £70k for, which are now 'worth'
£300k. They havent worked for this profit. Its pure manufactured
speculation.They paid off their mortgage years ago, and it was never an excessive percentage of their wage.
They can afford kids, holidays, cars, pensions etc. They have a
life.
These are the NIMBYS I Detest
Whereas thenational average monthly rent in the UK is now a
staggering£750 pcm. And the people who dont 'own' property, the rentiers, are the very people having their wealth stolen to bail out banks, like Lloyds, who won over 33% of the UK's mortgage book, thus supporting massively overinflated house prices, paying to keep other peoples houses at their massively overinflated levels.

The average house price TRIPLED between 1997 to 2007.

Over that same decade council tax doubled, food , gas, and other staples rose astronomically, whilst the median uk wage rose by a piddling £6.5k
Government policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, and Paul gets upset, when someone wants build in his neighbourhood?
The most notable characteristic of a fascist ideology is the
seperation and persecution of one section of a society over another.
The 'preferred class lives in relative comfort whilst the oppressed
class lives in a fascist state.
These NIMBYS dont want to see the massively overinflated fake value of their houses drop, yet, they are happy for the rest of us to live in abject poverty, misery and slavery, having our wealth stolen to pay to keep their houses at their massively overinflated valuations.
Yet, a cornerstone of democracy is the ability to work for something you can call your own.
Thats what the NIMBYS were able to do.
Lets see a 70% reduction on homes in Ilkley then.
Lets see the average house price return to their long temr median affordability as a proportion of income, 3x individual salary.
Ehy not? So you can say your pile of brcks is worth £500k instead of the £200k its actually worth?
What good does it do you, if youre only going to have to buy another, when you sell it, or will it to your children, who will pay vast taxes on it?
How many of these NIMBYS would be happy giving us the same opportunities they had?
They really dont get it do they?
Like millions in this country, I've been unable to afford a house since I began working. Put all life's major decisions on hold, kids etc, because I wanted tobe a bit more financially secure before I started a family. That was the plan anyway. I would never have guessed that the sensible would be punished, and the feckless rewarded. The national average age of a FTB is 40 years old. Again like millions of others, my age and younger, I've been forced to waste tens upon tens of thousands in rent payments.Paying for anothers mortgage and retirement.Yet people just two to three years older than I, in the same job, on the same wage, who just happened to get onto the ladder, pre 1997. Pre Boom. Pre New Labour.. Are sitting on assets they paid £70k for, which are now 'worth' £300k. They havent worked for this profit. Its pure manufactured speculation.They paid off their mortgage years ago, and it was never an excessive percentage of their wage. They can afford kids, holidays, cars, pensions etc. They have a life. These are the NIMBYS I Detest Whereas thenational average monthly rent in the UK is now a staggering£750 pcm. And the people who dont 'own' property, the rentiers, are the very people having their wealth stolen to bail out banks, like Lloyds, who won over 33% of the UK's mortgage book, thus supporting massively overinflated house prices, paying to keep other peoples houses at their massively overinflated levels. [and allowing bankers to pay themselves larger bonuses, based upon fake valuations] The average house price TRIPLED between 1997 to 2007. [Under Labour] Over that same decade council tax doubled, food , gas, and other staples rose astronomically, whilst the median uk wage rose by a piddling £6.5k Government policy is to rob Peter to pay Paul, and Paul gets upset, when someone wants build in his neighbourhood? The most notable characteristic of a fascist ideology is the seperation and [economic] persecution of one section of a society over another. The 'preferred class lives in relative comfort whilst the oppressed class lives in a fascist state. These NIMBYS dont want to see the massively overinflated fake value of their houses drop, yet, they are happy for the rest of us to live in abject poverty, misery and slavery, having our wealth stolen to pay to keep their houses at their massively overinflated valuations. Yet, a cornerstone of democracy is the ability to work for something you can call your own. Thats what the NIMBYS were able to do. Lets see a 70% reduction on homes in Ilkley then. Lets see the average house price return to their long temr median affordability as a proportion of income, 3x individual salary. Ehy not? So you can say your pile of brcks is worth £500k instead of the £200k its actually worth? What good does it do you, if youre only going to have to buy another, when you sell it, or will it to your children, who will pay vast taxes on it? How many of these NIMBYS would be happy giving us the same opportunities they had? They really dont get it do they? LandRanger

8:07pm Thu 12 Dec 13

pricedout says...

Well said Sir you took the words right out of my mouth,
One day there children, Grand children will say Dad/Grandad we can't find a house any where to buy. There answer no son we caused that by becoming NIMBYS.
Well said Sir you took the words right out of my mouth, One day there children, Grand children will say Dad/Grandad we can't find a house any where to buy. There answer no son we caused that by becoming NIMBYS. pricedout

8:39pm Thu 12 Dec 13

tr1ck5t3r says...

How many of these Nimby's are parents?

Dont they want their kids to be able to afford to live anywhere?

Just remember it will be your kids choosing your nursing homes!
How many of these Nimby's are parents? Dont they want their kids to be able to afford to live anywhere? Just remember it will be your kids choosing your nursing homes! tr1ck5t3r

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