Baildon villagers’ victory in community green space battle

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Baildon town councillors Ian Lyons, who has helped Hoyle Court Kirklands Residents’ Association secure the future of treasured green space Baildon town councillors Ian Lyons, who has helped Hoyle Court Kirklands Residents’ Association secure the future of treasured green space

The fight to secure the future of treasured green space in Baildon has come to a happy conclusion.

Residents of Hoyle Court and Kirklands, with the help of Baildon town councillors, have convinced Bradford Council to hand over an area of green space which is used for a host of community events.

Hoyle Court Kirklands Residents’ Association worked with Coun Barney Lerner and Coun Ian Lyons to finalize a plan which has resulted in a 25-year lease at a peppercorn rent.

The popular green space is about a third of an acre and recent events have included Royal Wedding street parties, barbecues, and a Christmas carol singing evening.

The agreement means residents will now be able to enjoy the green space, without the threat of development, for decades to come.

In 2010, Bradford planners applied to build one three-bedroom detached and two semi-detached homes on the site, but the plans were withdrawn following objections.

Two years ago, the Hoyle Court and Kirklands Residents Association was formed to preserve and maintain the land for the villagers.

Its chairman Neil Harvey said locals would now be overjoyed by news the green space had been saved.

“Personally I’m delighted and I think everyone concerned will be as well,” he said.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle to get here, but if it wasn’t for the great support of Baildon Town Council, it would have been a lot more difficult.

“I’d also thank the ward councillors for their help too,” Mr Harvey said.

“The whole community has been behind this and now we can look forward to having more events like our barbecues and carol singing,” Mr Harvey said.

Coun Barney Lerner said he and the town council were glad to have helped.

“We’re really pleased to have been a useful intermediary in making this happen, so residents can now get on look and enjoy this precious green space.

“I wonder if we’ll have to hand over a real peppercorn though!”he said.

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9:01am Mon 3 Feb 14

G_Firth says...

The only reason BMDC listen to the residents was because it's coming up to election time.
Got to keep those voters happy haven't they
The only reason BMDC listen to the residents was because it's coming up to election time. Got to keep those voters happy haven't they G_Firth
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12:07pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pcmanners says...

Well done Town Councillors. This is yet another example of our Town Councillors making all the running in Baildon. The Terrible Tory Three, our beloved Ward Councillors, weren't much use. They spend all their time telling us what the Council wants us to do. They even failed to turn up at City Hall and object to the ugly sheds being put up on Buck Lane. Apart from the money, why do they bother to stay in office?
Well done Town Councillors. This is yet another example of our Town Councillors making all the running in Baildon. The Terrible Tory Three, our beloved Ward Councillors, weren't much use. They spend all their time telling us what the Council wants us to do. They even failed to turn up at City Hall and object to the ugly sheds being put up on Buck Lane. Apart from the money, why do they bother to stay in office? pcmanners
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4:20pm Mon 3 Feb 14

james craggs says...

The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have?
Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons .
The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have? Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons . james craggs
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6:45pm Mon 3 Feb 14

taleoftruth says...

james craggs wrote:
The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have?
Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons .
Actually, the residents association was formed by Cllr Lyons to fight this. If it was left to the Tories there would be houses there right now. This goes to show what he's capable of. I don't think he gets to edit the T&A either, it's a Tory district councillor employed to do that! With so many houses and factories in the pipeline for Baildon who would you rather have representing you? Another Tory in May equals a huge loss of skills for us.
[quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have? Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons .[/p][/quote]Actually, the residents association was formed by Cllr Lyons to fight this. If it was left to the Tories there would be houses there right now. This goes to show what he's capable of. I don't think he gets to edit the T&A either, it's a Tory district councillor employed to do that! With so many houses and factories in the pipeline for Baildon who would you rather have representing you? Another Tory in May equals a huge loss of skills for us. taleoftruth
  • Score: 5

6:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Dragon Saddle says...

Just goes to show what is possible when local people work together . Well done everyone, a well deserved result.
Just goes to show what is possible when local people work together . Well done everyone, a well deserved result. Dragon Saddle
  • Score: 3

12:34am Tue 4 Feb 14

BaildonGuy says...

taleoftruth wrote:
james craggs wrote:
The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have?
Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons .
Actually, the residents association was formed by Cllr Lyons to fight this. If it was left to the Tories there would be houses there right now. This goes to show what he's capable of. I don't think he gets to edit the T&A either, it's a Tory district councillor employed to do that! With so many houses and factories in the pipeline for Baildon who would you rather have representing you? Another Tory in May equals a huge loss of skills for us.
Agree with this. I always thought Councillors first duty was to their constituents, not the party line. The Tories didn't show much fight when it came to Buck Lane. The horsey set were bought off with a bridle path.
[quote][p][bold]taleoftruth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: The Town Council and Councillor Learner in particular, do the work, but whose Photo do we have? Of course, once again its arch self -publicist Ian Lyons .[/p][/quote]Actually, the residents association was formed by Cllr Lyons to fight this. If it was left to the Tories there would be houses there right now. This goes to show what he's capable of. I don't think he gets to edit the T&A either, it's a Tory district councillor employed to do that! With so many houses and factories in the pipeline for Baildon who would you rather have representing you? Another Tory in May equals a huge loss of skills for us.[/p][/quote]Agree with this. I always thought Councillors first duty was to their constituents, not the party line. The Tories didn't show much fight when it came to Buck Lane. The horsey set were bought off with a bridle path. BaildonGuy
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