CoVoP National Day of Action Sunday 12 April 2015

Community Voice on Planning (CoVop) has organised a national day of action from over 85 affliated groups representing communities as far apart as Cornwall, Cumbria and Durham.  As a member of CoVoP WARD has agreed to join two demonstration walks planned for Aireborough (see details below):

 Keeping Menston & Guiseley separate.

Join campaign walk on Sunday!


If the Ings fields between Menston and Guiseley are developed then Menston and Guiseley will have merged!

Menston and Guiseley Greenbelt Protection Group are having a day of action rally, walking the site under threat, which is just off the A65, opposite the BP petrol station.  Join them at 12.30pm on Sunday 12 April. Meet where the Mire Beck crosses the road.  There will be a banner you cannot miss! However, bring your own banner too to carry on the walk – the more the better.The rally has been organized by Liz Kirkpatrick, of Menston and Guiseley Greenbelt Protection Group, together with Graham Booth and Steve Ellams of  WARD.

On this day Community Voice on Planning are preparing a National day of action to protest at the loss of greenbelt between settlements which is leading to urban sprawl and a reduction in social standards across the nation.

We in Menston are one of many unique (and we are unique, aren’t we?) communities which are threatened with becoming just part of an urban sprawl.

One of the major factors for preserving Green Belt according to Government guidelines is to maintain the distinctiveness of named settlements by keeping the greenbelt buffer between them.  Building on the Ing fields, apart from the fact they are Green Belt, will effectively join the two settlements.  If they are built on they are gone for good!

Let’s show Leeds where the real Menston/Guiseley boundary is and should be preserved as a slice of green between the two settlements.

Join the walk!


The second organised walk is organised by Rawdon Green Belt Action Group, jointly founded by Briony Sloan and Martin Fincham, a body representing a new group of Rawdon and Horsforth residents who are concerned about the possible loss of greenbelt/green space in Rawdon and Horsforth.  The walk is due to start at 1.00 pm on Sunday 12 April from Jubilee Hall in Rawdon and all concerned in these communities are strongly urged to come and join the walk.  Approximately three miles, it will pass through some fine open country which is presently under threat from the Leeds Site Allocations Plan.  Circular in nature it will end up back at the Jubilee Hall where refreshments will be available.  All walkers are warned the route will pass through some muddy unmade areas and wellingtons or walking boots are strongly recommended.

The WARD organisation strongly urges anyone concerned about the loss of greenbelt to what is considered unsustainable development, due to the Leeds and Bradford Core Strategies, to come and join one of the walks.  This is a truly national day of protest and there will be national TV and press coverage of this day of action.  Look North television has promised to cover a large rally in Huddersfield which has been organised by Kirklees Community Action Network (KCAN).  CoVoP has also organised national publicity with the Daily Telegraph and it is imperative that there is a good turnout on both these walks so that we make maximum impact.