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Action for Fleet Lane flooding problems

Rothwell resident and former Rothwell councillor Brian Walker contacted both me and the Chief Executive of Leeds City Council to try and get an on-going problem of the blocked culvert under railway lines near Fleet Lane, Woodlesford resolved. It was causing problems for youngsters not being able to use their local football facilities. The Rothwell […]

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A day in the life of a Rothwell councillor

Many people don’t know very much about what a councillor actually does, so I thought it would be useful to share a day in the life of a Rothwell councillor. My day started with a coffee and a quick check of email, Facebook and Twitter to see if anything had cropped up overnight that might […]

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Rothwell’s new fire station building starts this month

Rothwell Labour Party’s community campaign to save our fire station not only saved our fire station and fire engine, but we recently got the even better news that we are to get a brand new fire station built on the same site. Councillors and residents were delighted when we were told that Rothwell’s new fire […]

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Rothwell bonfire night and fireworks on 5th November

It’s Bonfire Night tomorrow and in Rothwell we’re gearing up for the community bonfire and fireworks display. I always remember Yorkshire’s connection with the original gunpowder plot – Guy Fawkes was born in nearby York . I’m really excited to again be lighting the bonfire this year. The fire is lit at 7pm and the […]

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Rothwell road campaigners positive meeting with Leeds City Council

Last week I set up a  positive meeting with Leeds and Wakefield Road Residents Action Group, Howard Claxton of Leeds City Council highways department and Cllr Richard Lewis, the executive board member whose portfolio includes highways, my ward colleague Cllr David Nagle and me. We discussed the results of recent speeding surveys from points identified […]

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Support for HS2 SoWhat campaign for possible re-route and better compensation

It was great to see HS2 SoWhat, the residents’ group, that is campaigning for a better deal  bring a deputation to the September full council meeting. My ward colleague Cllr David Nagle and me were out to support them before the council meeting by joining their demonstration. At the full council meeting SoWhat asked all […]

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Long serving Rothwell councillor Alec Hudson honoured by city as honorary alderman

Former Rothwell councillor and deputy leader of Leeds City Council Alec Hudson was made an honorary alderman at September’s full meeting of Leeds City Council. Alec Hudson represented the Rothwell ward, which covers Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton for more than two decades. Alec did a great job as a local councillor in Rothwell, he […]

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HS2 Ltd visit area to see devastation of planned route

On Friday I went on a tour around parts of the Elmet and Rothwell constituency to show senior HS2 officials the areas that will be affected by their proposed route from Birmingham to Leeds. On the tour was my Rothwell ward colleague David Nagle, Garforth and Swillington councillor Mark Dobson, Rothwell Lib Dem councillor Stewart […]

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HS2 and Transport secretary show contempt for local people

The more I talk about HS2 to local people in Woodlesford the more angry I become. There is a legitimate debate to be had about the pros and cons of HS2. There is a legitimate debate to be had about the exact route it should take. There can be no debate about how the consultation […]

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HS2 route through Woodlesford comes as ‘bolt out of the blue’ for residents and councillors

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks as not only have I been dealing with all of the normal duties of a councillor, but both David Nagle and me have been inundated by people contacting us about the proposal that the new HS2 high speed railway line should come through Woodlesford. The news came […]

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