Village Plan Committee Working Groups

 

Communications Group

 

Remit

The remit of the Communications Group is to look at:

  • How to keep residents connected and aware of what's happening eg:

    • development of village website

    • regular newsletter

    • new notice boards etc

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?

 

Our aim is to help create and foster a sense of community and in so doing bring together a variety of groups in the village so that they work together cohesively.

Activities

The group is responsible for production of the bi-monthly village newsletter “Our Badsworth Way” as well as the upkeep of the village website.

Our longer term plans also include a potential review of the number, location and usage of village noticeboards as well as ensuring that temporary notices on posts throughout the village are used sensibly.

 

Green and Pleasant Village Group

 

Remit

  • Maintenance and development/enhancement of public spaces including:

    • Litter, planting, fallen leaves / debris clearing etc

    • Reducing problems of dog fouling

  • Potential development ideas (from the many comments/suggestions received through the survey etc)

  • Quick wins ie: what can we achieve quickly and easily so that we gain momentum and can soon start to show some progress?

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?

 

Activities and achievements so far

The group was formed in October 2017 and wanted to make an early impact despite the time of year. 

 

St Mary’s Centre clean-up - November 2017 - it was agreed to organise a clean-up of the outside space at the St Mary’s Centre and this was done on Saturday 11 November 2017. Volunteers of all ages participated and joined attendees of the regular monthly coffee mornings to commemorate Armistice Day at 11am.  Countless bags of rubbish including fallen leaves and weeds etc were collected and the compost area at the back proved to be a godsend too.​

St Mary’s Centre clean-up - June 2018 - in preparation for the Fete this year, the group organised another clean-up of the grounds outside St Mary’s Centre.  Again, significant progress was made and our thanks go to all the volunteers who came to help.

Replacement of planters - as the existing village planters have become damaged the group proposed their replacement and obtained quotes for new planters in local stone which is more in keeping with the character of the village. A proposal was made to the Parish Council for two new planters on Main Street and the Parish Council has kindly funded and organised this.

The new planters are an investment for the future as they should have a long life.  Feedback so far has been positive and we would love to see the other two planters replaced in a similar way as soon as funding is available.

Dog Fouling – following proposals from the G&PV Group, the Parish Council acquired new dog poo bag dispensers which we hope will go some way to reduce the incidence of dog waste being left on paths and verges etc. The dispensers are located at either end of "Badsworth Way" and at the top of Chapel Lane close to the start of the farm track.

Traffic, Parking & Road Safety Group

Remit

  • Speed awareness and enforcement

    • How can we reduce speed throughout the village?

  • Parking - education and changing habits at school times

    • Can we engage with the school / governors to raise awareness of issues?

    • How can we engage with local Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)?

  • Improving safety at junctions (what are the options / costs etc?)

  • Quick wins ie: what can we achieve quickly and easily so that we gain momentum and can soon start to show some progress?

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?​

Activities and future plans

Speed

In November 2017 a group of volunteers undertook some speed monitoring with the aid of SID – the Speed Indicator Device.  Having SID in operation in the village for a week proved extremely useful.

Not surprisingly, volunteers noted that they could see and hear vehicles slowing down as they approached the high viz jackets and electronic device – although there were one or two exceptions.

The device was used at a variety of times of the day and in several different locations.  Inevitably, at school times there was often chaos although this did bring down the average speeds recorded.  What surprised some of us though was the duration of the school run periods – often extending to an hour at each end of the day.

Higher speeds were generally recorded at weekends and lunchtimes with the highest speed recorded at 46mph coming in to the village on New Road.  The chicane seems to have two quite different influences on traffic – it slows it down when traffic is coming out of the village but it can also encourage others to speed up when the coast is clear.

We will be meeting with WMDC Traffic Engineers in September / October and will discuss with them ways in which we can make the 20mph zone more prominent as we suspect that many drivers don’t see the current signage.​

Road Safety

The group has liaised with Wakefield Council regarding the potential use of mirrors at the junction of Back Lane / Ninevah Lane and New Road.  However, WMDC’s policy is NOT to erect mirrors as they believe these can create more problems.  Apart from the thorny issue of liability in the event of an accident, they believe that the mirrors give drivers a false sense of the speed of approaching vehicles and can therefore cause accidents.  For the time being at least, this option has been put on the back burner but we hope to meet with the Traffic Engineers at WMDC in September/October and will take another look at the junction to see if they can make any suggestions.​

Tackling inconsiderate and illegal parking

This is a source of frustration to many in the village, and not just during school times. The Group is planning a 3-pronged approach which we hope to start to implement later this year.

We have already met with the local Police Community Support Officers who have agreed to spend more time in the village, especially during school run times, in order to educate people dropping off school children.  Where appropriate, we will be working with them to ensure that illegal parking such as on the yellow zig-zags and in the no-parking area is enforced.  We will also focus on parking on pavements where an obstruction is caused as this means parents and children are forced to walk in the road.

We also hope to collaborate with the School and PCSOs to create greater awareness amongst the children of what is “naughty” parking and what is “nice” parking.  Alongside this we will seek the School’s views in respect of a parking charter aimed at parents.

Outside of school times we also know that there are examples of obstruction of footpaths as well as people parking too close to junctions thereby reducing or completely obscuring visibility. 

All aspects of inconsiderate and illegal parking are being looked at and a variety of 3rd parties are being engaged so we cover all angles.

 

Social Activities & Facilities Group

Remit

  • Maintenance and development of current/future facilities including Lawson Hut, St Mary's Centre, School etc

  • Encouraging / developing broad social calendar

  • How to encourage "new blood" and new activities

  • Quick wins ie: what can we achieve quickly and easily so that we gain momentum and can soon start to show some progress?

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?

 

​Activities and future plans​​

Some of you may be aware that Badsworth has, in the past, enjoyed facilities such as a cricket pitch, as well as having a Reading Room attached to the old School Master’s House near St Mary’s Centre.  These facilities have been lost and the St Mary’s Centre is also in need of major refurbishment to bring it up to 21st Century standards and give easier access to people.

The Lawson Hut is a very well used and popular venue but has limits on capacity and is almost entirely maintained by volunteers.  Furthermore, the lease is due to expire in just over 10 years and so the future of this facility has to be considered as part and parcel of a review of the sustainability of current facilities and plans for the future recreational needs and wishes of the village.

The group is at the very early stages of looking at bold and ambitious plans for the future of “green space” and recreational / social facilities for the village. However, there are numerous challenging issues which have to be addressed, including liaison with those who own / use the current land which would inevitably hold the key to us achieving an ideal outcome.  If the land cannot be made available for whatever reason then plans will have to be adapted accordingly and options reviewed especially as parking and access issues will be more challenging.

What is certain is that once we are in a position to do so, ideas and plans will be drawn up for consultation with residents and other interested parties.  At the moment there is a vision but there is a long way to go before we know what might be feasible and then we will need to look at professional input and considerable funding. 

 

Conservation Group

Remit

  • What does the Conservation Area mean for Badsworth and residents?

  • Clarifying restrictions etc and educating residents / new arrivals

  • Developing the conservation theme within the village

  • Enforcement - how should this be managed? Whose responsibility?

  • Quick wins ie: what can we achieve quickly and easily so that we gain momentum and can soon start to show some progress?

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?

​Conservation Awareness Leaflet

One of the things people highlighted in the 2017 questionnaire was that, although they were aware of the Conservation Area, there was a desire for more information as to the boundaries and the implications of living within or near a Conservation Area.  The Village Plan’s Conservation Group has therefore pulled together a guide which was delivered to all households in Feb 2018.

 

Infrastructure Group

Remit

  • What, if anything, can the village do to preserve and ideally improve aspects such as public transport, broadband speed and mobile phone signal etc?

  • Are there services people could tap in to if they were aware?  Dial-a-ride, Access Buses, delivery and collection of library books etc

  • Quick wins ie: what can we achieve quickly and easily so that we gain momentum and can soon start to show some progress?

  • Community engagement ie: how can we maximise opportunities for engagement across the village, including residents, Church, School, Council etc?

 

Current Status and Challenges

This group currently has no members the Committee have had limited time to drive forward any specific initiatives.  This is not to say that the group does not have merit but it is viewed as a longer term programme.  This is especially true given that the areas covered are ones which have no quick and easy solutions.

We will review the status and remit of this group again in early 2020.