Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton under attack from developers

Cllr Karen Bruce and Cllr David NagleOur villages and green fields are under attack from predatory developers exploiting relaxed planning laws, according to Country Life magazine, which says that rural communities are being ruined by house builders ‘let off the leash’ by the Tories and Liberal Democrat government through its National Planning Policy Framework introduced two years ago to boost development and tackle the housing crisis by cutting red tape.

As a result, developers want to build large estates on the outskirts of our villages, leaving our schools and GP surgeries overcrowded. When we try to defend ourselves from poorly conceived housing sprawl we’re considered Nimbys.

We’re fighting a war to protect our green fields, we all need to stand together. We’ll win battles and lose battles, but we’ve got to win the war to protect Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton.

I welcome the fact that we now have three Neighbourhood Planning Forums in Rothwell, Oulton and Woodlesford, and Carlton all of which David Nagle and me are actively involved with. If development does happen in the next 15 years, it should be where local people decide it should be, not where a government inspector decides it should be. Neighbourhood planning should insist on infrastructure being in place to cope with any development. All those involved with our Neighbourhood planning forums are doing a wonderful job, if you’d like to get involved in your area forum please contact me and I’ll pass on your details to your local forum.



Making sports safer in Oulton and Woodlesford

A popular sports and social club in Oulton can now purchase a defibrillator thanks to a helping hand from local Councillors.

Brian Bache contacted me recently as the club wants to make sure it is doing everything possible to protect and keep safe those who play sport there so I arranged the application for a small grant from the Outer South Community Committee.

We have now contributed £500 to the Oulton & Woodlesford Sports & Social Club for them to purchase a defibrillator.

The club is at the centre of the community with a great number of residents being members and taking part in the various local sports teams based there. The Club is keen to improve health and safety measures to allow for increased numbers of members and visitors to make use of their excellent facilities.

I’m  delighted that funding has been approved and would encourage everyone to join the campaign to get more defibrillators installed in public places, led by local schoolgirl Cody Hartley. Cody has worked tirelessly to raise thousands of pounds to install defibrillators at schools and public places.

It is essential to act quickly when  someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important.  There are around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. 

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines can also be called AEDs (automated external defibrillators).

Having a defibrillator on hand is incredibly important as it could ensure lives are saved in those crucial minutes waiting for paramedics to arrive. It’s fantastic to be able to contribute to the on-going improvements at the Oulton & Woodlesford Sports & Social Club which will ensure that visitors and members can continue take part in the great range of sports on offer in a safe and friendly environment.

Celebrate 65th anniversary of the NHS

NHSToday is the 65th anniversary of the NHS – the National Health Service.

Worldwide the NHS is the byword for outstanding state healthcare. It is an achievement that the Labour Party can be justly proud of. Especially as it was created in a time of austerity and shows just want a committed, enthusiastic and imaginative Labour government can achieve in tough times.

And what is Alec Shelbrooke, our Elmet and Rothwell MP, doing in this week to celebrate the NHS? He’s not. Instead he’s spending his time contacting local people about his role in Tory party in-fighting about Europe, while his government systematically dismantles and privatises the NHS.

Before the last general election the Tories promised us that the NHS would be safe in their hands. There would be no frontline cuts. Tell that to the 4,000 nurses who’ve been laid-off. Tell that to the patients suffering because of the crisis in accident and emergency departments.

As the NHS came into being Nye Bevan said: “There will be an NHS as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” If you’ve got the faith to fight then please come and join us to show your support for the NHS.

Our street stall will be outside Morrisons on Commerical Street in Rothwell between 2pm to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday, July 6). Please come along and show Shelbrooke, Cameron and Clegg that in Elmet and Rothwell we’ve got the faith to fight for the NHS.

Elmet and Rothwell campaign dates

We’ve got two campaign sessions in Rothwell this week:

NHS 65th birthdayWednesday, July 3 – We’re meeting outside St Mary’s Catholic Church hall on Park Lane in Rothwell at 6:00pm to do some Labour doorstep campaigning.

Saturday, July 6 – As part of Labour’s big NHS 65 Campaign weekend there are street stalls and campaigns in every key seat in West Yorkshire. In Elmet and Rothwell we’re running a street stall outside Morrisons on Commercial Street in the centre of Rothwell. There is free parking on both sides of Commercial Street or you can get the 444 bus. You can also get the 9 ring road bus which stops on Marsh Street a one minute walk away. You can also get to Rothwell using the 153 Morley-Castleford bus.

Karen Bruce and Andy Burnham MPAndy Burnham, our shadow secretary of state for health is doing a great job holding the Tories to account on what they are doing to the NHS, but he needs our support to do it so it would be great to see you there.

You can either just turn up or get in touch to let me know you’re coming.

NHS 65th Birthday Gala in Leeds

The big event this weekend is the BIG NHS Birthday Gala to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the NHS. While the Tories and Liberal Democrat chums slash their way through public services lets not forget what a Labour government achieved in austere times. We created the NHS, embarked on a massive house building programme and founded the modern welfare state.

Tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) there is a massive gala in Millennium Square, Leeds from 11am to 3pm. The gala is supported by the TUC, Unison and host of other organisations.

Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton is speaking and the guest compere is well-known Labour supporter John Middleton (better known as Ashley from Emmerdale). It’s a fun, family event with a steel orchestra, circus skills and face painting amongst the attractions.

NHS birthday gala, Leeds