Clifton Place / Back of Bargrange and Norwoods all invited
We’ve recently won a £500 bursary to improve the back streets of Clifton Place, this is on top of a grant for a community garden space behind Chicken Cottage/Norwood Ave
You might have seen our initial community day where we make an excellent start clearing up a few areas. And our next “day of action” is this Sunday (20th) where we will be out and about from about 11 (meeting back Clifton Place).
We’ve got a few ideas on how the spend the money but need your input… so please pop out and see us, give us your ideas and if you have time lend a hand.
If you can’t make it, there will be lots of other ways to help coming soon…..
E-mail us or get us through Facebook if you want to – if you want to be added to our ‘action’ WhatsApp group, send your mobile number too.
Sunday is a “work party” starting at 11am and carrying on through the afternoon. Do pop along and join us at any point even if you can’t make the start. It’s primarily being driven by residents of Clifton Place but others are welcome to join us and find out what’s going on/join in with ideas about what could improve our neighbourhood.
We’ve recently received a small grant of £500 to improve the back street of Clifton Place where it borders on Bargrange Av. with the help of local councillor Vick Jenkins.
Fellow resident Alex has illustrated some awesome ideas that we can all help with.
It’s a day of action with a range of tasks for all. The main aim is to clear back certain bits and see what we’ve got. In the afternoon – We’ve got some maps to help with getting ideas down about what it could be like.
There will be a site visit by Catherine Roberts of Shipley College to look at the cleared area behind Chicken Cottage (off Clifton Place), which is ready for construction of a community garden. The college will hopefully be constructing some raised beds there. We’re meeting there on the 29th August at 3:15 pm.
If any of you are available please do come along and forward this to anyone who you might think will be interested to input/see what’s going on. Many thanks!
Meet up – have a chat with neighbours then do some tidying!
Sunday March 17th, 2pm-4pm
If there’s an area of your neighbourhood or street you want to see tackled, we’ll do it together, and make an assessment of other areas to see what further action can be taken.
We’re particularly interested to hear ideas about what should happen with the land behind Chicken Cottage which has been repeatedly fly-tipped.
Hope to see you there!
Meet at the top of Norwood Place. We have litter-pickers and some bags but yard brushes and tools are welcome if you want to bring some. We also have a bag of gloves, but don’t wear your best clothes and feel free to bring your own gloves if you have them!
Our neighbourhood association has been inspired by seeing street art in other cities and online, including Brighton, where otherwise functional and ugly street furniture is turned into an artwork through the use of painted imagery. Some jolly examples can be seen here:
There are approximately 30 particularly ugly looking and dirty concrete bollards at the top of the Norwood Neighbourhood, along Bradford Road/A650. They are designed to prevent pavement parking and act as a slight safety barrier for pedestrians. They are increasingly an eyesore as they get dirtier and the surfaces around them are degrading. They are next to a couple of rows of shops, and the row is in a way, the ‘frontpiece’ of the Norwood Neighbourhood area.
The pavement surfaces by some of the shops are also degraded and need some thought and attention. We’d like to review these two things as a community group, come up with some proposals for future work and directly act to beautify the bollards using paint and colour with the help of a local artist.
We would like this to be a consultative process with a survey being produced for residents to seek their views and for an artist to facilitate a public workshop to produce some designs with input from residents and local businesses.
We’ve had progress on the mess round the back of Chicken Cottage. The Council has done a one-off clearance of the area next to the Garage.
We need to thank a great new street warden called Nicola who is totally on it and wants to help do clearance of the vegetation too. Paula Truman, area warden who is always helpful and helped push and in the end Damian, the Area Coordinator just said they guys had to take the stuff.
A consultation has been launched by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) and Bradford Council, concerning the Bradford-Shipley Road “Improvement” Scheme. The Norwoods and surrounding streets as well as Shipley C of E School are right in the middle of it.
The scheme includes the A650 Manningham Lane / Keighley Road / Bradford Road; A6037 Canal Road / Valley Road; and A6038 Otley Road. Some possible options have been published, and there are to be public consultation sessions on the following dates:
-Monday, 21st January
-Thursday, 24th January
-Monday, 28th January
-Saturday, 2nd February
We are obviously concerned to see the best outcome for residents from this scheme. Increased capacity for private motor vehicles and HGVs from out of town seems to be the priority of the Otley Road and Valley Road parts of the scheme rather than the needs and well-being of local residents however.
NoX particles, mainly from diesel engines – shown to be particularly harmful to young lungs – are already at illegal levels at the roadside and we approximate this is also the case within the Shipley C of E school’s playground. Improving air quality is being used as a questionable justification for road widening. We’d like to see some of the vast amounts of money to be spent on this scheme to be spent on better and safer streets for residents, and local children who walk to school. The walking environment is not very nice at the former Branch Junction at the moment, and widening this junction won’t be likely to improve that.
Road widening isn’t automatically road improvement from residents’ point of view and it may not fix congestion in the longer term either – the old joke being – fixing congestion by widening roads is like tackling obesity with bigger trousers. Past road widening schemes in Bradford have not always led to a good outcome for the communities they have bisected.
Nonetheless, you will have your own views (maybe less anxious than us!) As the a Neighbourhood Association we wish to remain balanced and constructive in the way we engage with this process and are keen to talk to neighbours about what they think.
It may interest some people that Bradford Council have been ordered by DEFRA to produce an urgent plan to accelerate the reduction in Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) emissions.
Additionally, a new coalition of people and campaigns is just building momentum at the moment. It is called ‘Clean Air Bradford’. Clean Air Bradford has a Facebook page, if you are interested in keeping in touch. Some members of Norwood Neighbourhood Association are involved with this.
Here is a link to the DEFRA report. Bradford Council is one of a number of local Councils asked to take urgent action to improve air quality:
Imagine a Seamless Link between canal and traffic free route into Bradford.
Shipley Re-imagined (Sun 9th Sept) Victoria Quays, 12-3pm.
(Outside Incommunities on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, Shipley)
Dr Bike and Info Stall.
Free minor bike repairs and assessments.
Info about the New Shipley Greenway and a visualisation exercise – imagine if there was a tunnel directly under Leeds road which you could seamlessly walk and cycle onto the Shipley Greenway without having to cross the horrifically busy road!
Could it really be made safe for a child to cycle all the way from Shipley/Saltaire to Bradford, without having to navigate busy roads? Sound impossible? It’s not!
Supported Community Grant from CityConnect as part of the Shipley Re-imagined Project
Come join us at St Peter’s Church as we re-imagine Shipley!
Free Bike Servicing and Repairs from Margaret Carey’s Doctor Bike.
Free “have a go” cycling sessions for kids
Draw the future – visualise and imagine what Shipley could become! Share your ideas about how we can make Shipley a better place for walking and cycling.
Learn about the Shipley Greenway route which will allow a traffic free route all the way from Shipley to Bradford
Free route planning/tutorials and workshops – let us help you map and active travel commute
Bike activities for kids in the grounds of the church. Bring your bike for assessment/minor repairs
Would you like to walk or ride a bike around Shipley but don’t know where to start? Are you put off by traffic or is there some other obstacle? It’s known as active travel – that is, getting out of your car and still getting about! It has many health and environmental benefits, but did you know it can make your community a better place as well?
Litter-pick – Sunday 29th April
Hop aboard and help clean up our streets and playing field!
2:00pm Shipley C of E School (back gate, near Birklands Road) to clean School surrounds 2:30pm Playing field clean-up 3:00pm The Norwoods (meet by playing field, Norwood Place) 4.00pm Clifton Place and Bargrange Av.
What to bring: Decent shoes/boots, we’ll provide gloves, bags and litter picking tools. Any brushes or things you think might be useful to bring are welcome.
Live in Shipley and commute to Bradford? Why not join the Shipley Bike Bus on Mondays?
If you’d feel safer cycling into work in a supportive group with more experienced riders, this could be just the thing you need. Needing somewhere to store your bike on arrival? Not sure of the most pleasant route?
8:00 from Saltaire roundabout
8:08 top of the Norwoods (Quix)
8:30 arrives into Bradford
The return journey sets off from Bradford at 5:30.
You may have noticed that The Branch pub has been purchased. The plan is to demolish the pub, to widen the road. Community members and Friends of the Earth Baildon have been involved in measuring air quality at this junction and it is well over the legal limit for NoX particles which are extremely harmful to human health (especially young lungs such as the kids walking to Shipley C of E).
The standing traffic on the main roads by our streets is a problem but academic research shows that widening the roads and junctions usually makes problems worse and could make it harder for residents and the kids who do walk to school. You can leave comments on the Council website. If you have thoughts about this or want to discuss what’s going on – get in touch, comment on our Facebook group or attend our event on the 28th of April at St Peter’s Church where more detailed information will be available.