CRIGGLESTONE PLAN: The launch of the community-led plan for Crigglestone parish will take place at the Village Institute, High Street, Crigglestone, from 2.30pm to 5pm on Saturday, October 15. The steering group is keen to meet residents to discuss the ways forward with actions raised within the plan. Many people showed a positive response to community involvement within their neighbourhood and this event is where the first steps can be taken towards making things happen.
POLICE REPORT: PS Day attended Crigglestone Parish Council’s October meeting and circulated a report which showed that 18.25 hours had been worked on the safe scheme in September. Police officers had worked 14.25 hours and PCSOs four hours in the month. A total of 38 incidents had been recorded. Recorded crimes included three house burglaries/attempted burglaries (in Crigglestone, Durkar and Newmillerdam) and four burglaries at Calder Park, where computer equipment was taken. There had been three thefts from vehicles in Durkar, although the vehicles were left insecure, and two vehicles damaged in Hall Green and Newmillerdam. The report also noted graffiti, fires and damage to floodlights and rugby posts at the Crigglestone All Blacks rugby ground. There were 11 reports of anti-social behaviour in Crigglestone, mainly in the Painthorpe area, and single calls in Hall Green, Durkar and Calder Grove. One person was stopped for speeding on Denby Dale Road, and a ticket had been issued for a parking offence at the Kingfisher Restaurant. Patrols had continued in areas such as Betty Eastwood Park and around St John’s Church. Priorities for October would be parking (with lights on) near the One-Stop shop on Denby Dale Road East, speeding on Denby Dale Road and Durkar Low Lane, and HGVs using Durkar Low Lane downhill.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK: Following their objections to various elements of the LDF Site Specific proposals, Crigglestone Parish Council agreed that members would participate in the hearing sessions in November.
HOUSEHOLD BIN COLLECTION: At their October meeting Crigglestone Parish councillors noted a government proposal to fund the reinstatement of weekly household rubbish collections, and agreed to ask Wakefield Council if it intended to take up this offer.
STAINED GLASS SPLENDOUR: Pupils, staff and parents of St James’ School visited St James’ Church, Chapelthorpe, last Thursday as part of project work on stained glass. Local historian, Keith Wainwright, and Rev Canon Ian Gaskell gave talks and answered questions posed by the children.
AGM: Next Monday at 7pm the Church in West Bretton holds its annual meeting in Church, to be followed by the first meeting of the new council. There is still time to nominate stewards, one church council member and secretary and treasurer.