Every month we’re going to hand over the blog to one of Pudsey’s Local Councillor’s so they can update you, the people of our community, on the things that are happening in the area or things that are soon to come. This month it’s our resident Councillor and MyPudsey team member, Trish Smith. Find out more about what is going on in our town, in Trish’s own words.
It’s hard to believe that we’re approaching the end of September and have officially landed in the lovely colourful season of Autumn. We’ve had a fantastic few months of normality in Pudsey, and have even had the opportunity to enjoy a number of events in the town. Last month saw the return of the Pudsey Feast on Queen’s Park, which was followed by A Week at the Seaside down at the treasured Swinnow Community Centre. The town centre then came to life earlier this month for the annual Scarecrow Festival and just last week saw a slightly different type of event when the Lord’s Taverners took on the House of Lords & Commons Cricket Club which was hosted amazingly by Pudsey St Lawrence. To top this off, our band stand played host to some wonderful live music with the annual Summer Bands in the Park. What a wonderful place to live.
That isn’t the end, however – we have a number of months remaining in the year and plenty of time for more events. Two of the more notable events come in the shape of the 2p Challenge for Children in Need and plans are underway for our annual Christmas Lights Switch On.
We as Councillors couldn’t be more proud about these events and the impact they have on Pudsey. There is nothing more we enjoy than spending time in the midst of our town’s residents, businesses and visitors taking in the festivities.
Here at MyPudsey we’re still building up our calendar of events, why not take a look at what you can get up to next: https://www.mypudsey.co.uk/upcoming-events/
With the easing of restrictions comes the return of our monthly Councillor Surgeries, the surgeries are held every week and allow our residents to come and speak to us about anything they need. It’s been absolutely fantastic to get back to speaking with everyone face-to-face, and so much better than doing everything remotely. If you do need your local Councillors, we’re here for you so please do pop along for a chat and we’ll see what we can do to help you.
You can find the dates and locations of all of our Councillor Surgeries, on the MyPudsey event calendar: https://www.mypudsey.co.uk/upcoming-events/?type=councillor-surgeries
All of our Councillors are massive supporters of the Shop Local message, and we continue to push it loudly and proudly. Our town has a wonderful, diverse range of goods to purchase, from your small independent mini-markets through to DIY shops, gift shops, sweet shops, clothing shops and much more besides. There really is something for everyone in Pudsey.
Why not check out our MyPudsey business directory to find out which businesses you can support? https://www.mypudsey.co.uk/local-businesses/
Alongside the shops that open daily in your town, we also have the regular weekly markets which take place Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays. On the first Sunday of the month Pudsey see’s the return of the Produce & Craft Market selling many handcrafted goods, and tasty foods.
To support the Shop Local message, the Pudsey Lottery continues to go from strength-to-strength with more and more traders joining every day. Our first round of Good Causes grants have also just been awarded, with some extremely worthy causes supported.
Your Councillors are very aware that your basic services such as refuse collections, street bin emptying and cutting back of ginnels and pathways has been somewhat lacking. We are however here, constantly taking these issues up with the council and we’ve been very busy speaking with the relevant teams to get some work done to improve things.
Although we do pick up on issues when we’re out and about, we really couldn’t keep up to it without your support. If you do find issues around your area that need improvements, please do either get in touch with us or alternatively we have collected some useful links on the MyPudsey website to point you in the right direction with getting things changed. You can find it here: https://www.mypudsey.co.uk/practical-help/
With the rise in mobile phones, comes a rise in telecom masts. Pudsey is beginning to see more and more requests through the Council for telecom mast installations. We’ve heard from our residents, and even here at MyPudsey we have been asked to highlight this issue and we couldn’t agree more. The latest 5G telecom masts are large structures, that stand out and therefore it’s incredibly important they’re placed with thought and consideration, sadly that isn’t always the case.
Your Councillors recently objected to a request to have one installed in Tyersal, which was ultimately refused however the company behind it has appealed the decision and we’re still awaiting the outcome.
More recently we have been made aware of an application to install one on Alexandra Road, which we have also objected to. However, it isn’t just up to us – we need the strength of our communities to ensure decisions like these are taken with the utmost care and planning to ensure that these structures don’t have a negative impact on our town and communities.
You can of course add your own objection on the Public Access panel on the Leeds City Council website. To find the Alexandra Road request, please follow this link: https://publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=QYHZW3JBLPN00&activeTab=summary
Pudsey is still very much the strong community that we have always been, and your Councillors cannot wait to see what comes next. We’re always on the lookout for the latest events, traders, ideas to throw our support behind and we will always do so.