Saturday 28 September saw the launch of a new pan-Yorkshire community network designed to protect greenspace across the county. Yorkshire Greenspace Alliance (YGA) is the brainchild of a steering group comprising co-operative representatives from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE Yorkshire), Wharfedale & Airedale Review Development (WARD) and Kirklees Community Action Network (KCAN).
YGA held its inaugural meeting last Saturday at the Emmott Arms, Town Street, Rawdon. Over 40 interested individuals attended the meeting including several community groups and also councillors from Leeds and Bradford and as far away as Skipton, North Yorkshire. The new alliance is not intended to dissolve or cancel out the need for existing groups concerned about the loss of greenspace across the county, but is intended to garner support for co-ordinated action to protect greenbelt/greenfield sites from the predatory actions of developers. What is needed now are groups from across the entire county to join the new alliance and strengthen our campaign to protect greenspace Yorkshire wide.
Following a meeting of Cookridge Residents Action Group (CRAG) on Wednesday 2 October, which was addressed by the author, CRAG was unanimous in expressing a wish to join forces with both WARD and YGA to strengthen their fight against developer plans for greenbelt in their area, Leeds LS16. They are very welcome.
A new YGA website is presently being set up and any parties interested in supporting the new alliance should currently contact either David Ingham, whose details are on the WARD website www.wardyorkshire.org or Robert Bamforth, whose email address is Robert@redrock.eclipse.co.uk