School Crossing Patrol – Sir George Martin Drive

Please see below recently published in the Adel Bells Church Magazine by Cllr Barry Anderson which may be of interest to you.

I am pleased to report that following successful interviews an applicant has been offered the position of School Crossing Patrol Warden on Sir George Martin Drive. The Council Officer responsible has advised that they hope to have the Warden in place at Adel by the end of February.

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Grass Cutting Contract

Please see below recently received from Cllr Barry Anderson giving update on the new ground maintenance contract between the various ALMOs including West North West homes Leeds and Continental who have taken over from Glendale since January 2012.

“Please find set out below some information on the new grass cutting service which started on 1st January 2012. As you may or may not be aware Glendales used to have the grass cutting contract and they have been replaced by a company called Continental Landscapes Ltd.

The mobilisation programme has been successful and Continental started the new contract on the 3rd of January 2012. Following a detailed induction training course for their front line staff, they started winter maintenance work on shrub and rose beds across the city on the 5th of January and the monitoring carried out to date shows that they are delivering services to the required standards.

In view of the very mild winter weather conditions experienced to date, discussions are taking place with Continental to bring forward the first grass cut, now programmed to commence on 13th February 2012. There will be areas of grass that will not be accessible due to soft ground conditions or where spring bulbs have been planted and for these reasons, the first cut will be partial.

Set out below is a copy of the information being sent to residents, in case you see the grass being cut, or not, as the case may be, in February.”

Grass Cutting Service 2012 

Communication Bulletin: January 2012

Dear Resident,

Continental Landscapes has taken over responsibility for cutting grass in your area as of 1st January 2012 and are preparing for the mowing season that normally commences in early March. Continental Landscapes will provide a grounds maintenance service to Leeds City Council housing areas within East North East Homes Leeds, Aire Valley Homes Leeds, West North West Homes Leeds, Belle Isle Tenant Management Organisation (BITMO) and Highways.

The Winter of 2011-2012 has so far been one of the mildest on record with grass continuing to grow throughout the Winter period. Unless there is a sharp cold spell in January and February the grass will be very long in March making the first cut difficult and unsightly, with large volumes of grass growth being inevitable.

Planning the first cut
Continental Landscapes are planning to start cutting grass earlier this year in an attempt to get ahead of a flush of growth from the Winter. There may be difficulties with such an early cut and this communication bulletin will help explain what residents can expect.

What Continental Landscapes will do

  • Ensure trained staff assess ground conditions prior to putting machines on site to avoid damage.
  • Cut as many areas as possible utilising all but the largest of our machinery.
  • Ensure trained staff have map details of bulb areas to avoid any damage.

What Continental Landscapes will not do

  • Cut grass on steep banks which could be dangerous to staff due to wet and slippery conditions.
  • Cut grass with poor natural drainage to prevent extensive damage.

Future Maintenance
Those sites omitted from the first cut due to poor ground conditions will be maintained to a standard that is consistent with the contract specification through delivery of the second and third cuts.

Contact Details
Should you have any queries regarding the details contained in this information sheet, please contact the following;



Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward

David Wilson Homes – Additional Information

Please find enclosed a copy of a letter sent to the residents of Holt Avenue and Gardens on the 3rd October 2011.

Letter to residents

The two attachments have also been sent to all relevant individuals for their information.

Planning Layout

Materials Comparison – Plots

I hope you find this additional information useful.

If you have any questions please contact Cllr Barry Anderson.

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Einformation – Tree Removal outside 41A Farrar Lane

Publisher: Cllr Barry Anderson:

Some of you may have noticed that an oak tree has been removed outside of the above property and this action has caused concern with a number of local residents as to why this was allowed to proceed.

I was first notified about this at 8.30am on 7th December by a local resident. I took this up with the Council’s Forestry section who are the Department that usually authorise work that is done to Council Highways trees as based on the information made available to me I made the assumption that the tree was on Highways land. As a result of my enquiry Mr. Rolf Neugebauer the Arboricultural Officer visited the location very quickly to ascertain what was happening.

In précis Mr. Neugebauer advised me of the following:

  1. The owners of the property contacted the Council’s Sustainable Development Unit who are responsible for issuing Tree Preservation Orders to ensure they did have permission to remove the tree and this was given.
  2. The reason the request was put forward in the first instance was that there was subsidence at this property and Mr. Neugebauer had seen this for himself and did consider it to be of a serious nature.
  3. It had also come to light that in Mr. Neugebauer’s opinion that despite information given to the owners to the contrary that the tree is on Highways land and he has undertaken to ensure that the definitive map of the area is updated accordingly but this will entail obtaining proper legal confirmation of the land ownership but in the meantime it was his view that the owners of the property had taken all required steps and these had been duly authorised.

Since then I have been in touch with the house owners and have been furnished with the following information:

  1. The text of a letter from the house owners

“Dear Neighbour

As you may have noticed, the oak tree outside of our house (41A) has been removed. It is with regret that on the advice of our insurance company and a structural engineer we had to take the decision to remove the tree due to the huge amount of damage it was causing to our house.

The tree and its roots were taking so much moisture from the ground that the house was suffering from severe subsidence causing significant cracking to the front of the house, both downstairs and upstairs, because the house was being pulled towards the tree. The subsidence has been so bad that at its worst during the summer, we could see the outside world through the gaps in the window frames in the upstairs bay because the front of the house moves according to the amount of moisture being taken out of the ground.

Oak trees can drink up to 2000 litres of water a day and the roots can extend up to 3 times the size of the tree’s canopy which means that the tree could also have been affecting your property. If you have ever experienced large cracks in your walls which fluctuate in size throughout the year then it is likely that you have had subsidence caused by the oak tree. We are not yet sure whether or not the roots have affected the drains but we will let you know if this is the case and if it is likely to affect your property.

We made every effort to find out who owned the tree contacting both the council and Land Registry but neither of them could provide us with any answers. Having done all we could to establish ownership, it seems that under certain legal presumptions the area up to the middle of the road belongs to the adjoining householder, which is why we have had to assume responsibility for the tree.

We hope that you understand why we were left with little choice other than to remove the oak tree. We really didn’t want to have to do so as we loved the tree but in the end it came down to a choice between our home or the tree and we chose our home. We hope that you would’ve done the same.

If you would like to talk to us about anything, please feel free to call in.”

  1. It is my understanding based on contact with the house owners that they carried out the following actions:

They contacted their house insurer who sent a surveyor and in his report he concluded that the house is suffering from subsidence caused by the close proximity of the oak tree and its roots and that the only way to remedy the situation would be to remove the oak tree. As a result, the house owners contacted the council and the land registry to find out who owned the tree and the land which the tree stood on. The council confirmed that the council did not own the tree, there was no TPO on it and that consent was not needed from the council to carry out any work to the tree. The land registry also confirmed that they did not know who owned the land.

Hence based on the information above and the comments by the Council they instructed their contractors to remove the tree.

As stated above I am aware that this action has caused some residents to become very concerned at this action and why it occurred and the hope that it does not set a precedent for the future and this point has been made to Mr. Neugebauer who has confirmed he will be taking the appropriate steps to sort out the misunderstanding that has occurred within the Council and caused the problem that was not of the house owners making. The problem was one of the fact that two Council departments did not speak to each other and there has been an obvious gap in the process within the Council’s internal procedures.

I hope the above goes some way to explain what happened and the major point I have made to the Council as a result of this is that they need to get their procedures sorted out. They need to improve the accuracy of their database as I had always been told they did not put TPOs on Council-owned trees and this had been accepted by myself and residents, in good faith, who had tried to get TPOs put on to trees they felt might be in danger. In order to ensure that something is done I am trying to set up a meeting between myself, Mr. Neugebauer and Robert Dracup who is the officer responsible for TPOs in the city so that I can point out to them the problems they have caused in the area.

I’m also trying to identify some funding sources so that a number of new trees can be planted in the area covered by the Cookridge Garden Covenant as for many and varied reasons a number of trees have been lost recently.

Turning Circle Sir George Martin Drive

Publisher: Cllr Barry Anderson

This issue was raised at the last Adel Association Meeting. I agreed to raise the issue and set out below is the response from Highways.

“Cllr Anderson

Very disappointing, the kerb alignment reflected the desire line where vehicles had over-run the grass, not wide enough for some ! I had heard from the team on site that Buses were parking up and taking breaks in a similar position. I am not an expert on Parking Restrictions and their justification, however I consulted the guru earlier about the recommendation, his comments below in blue.

Double yellow lines in these circumstances would not be effective. This is because the drivers of the vehicles stopping in the turning circle appear to be staying with their vehicles and if a warden approached them they could simply move off. In a location fairly remote from other restrictions any enforcement would be sporadic.

Not very positive, but reluctantly the only other alternative is to look at physical deterrents.”

Turning Circle Sir George Martin Drive

Publisher: Cllr Barry Anderson

At last night’s Adel Association meeting I was asked if I would approach officers on the following basis:

One resident brought forward an issue in respect of the turning circle after the work has been done – he says that it is still getting churned up because lorries are parking there and this is causing other vehicles to have to squeeze past thereby going up on the kerb and ruining the good work that has been done.

Another resident said that sometimes there are HGVs parked there but they are dropping off supplies at the Eastmoor Secure unit and are waiting until their allocated drop off time by parking there which can’t be helped.

Most residents were non-committal on what should be done but the resident who brought it to my attention thinks double yellow lining the parking bay other than a small section for cars dropping off bottles would be the answer. Five residents agreed with the proposal for double yellow lines.

What would your thoughts be on this matter.

To read follow-up post dated 22nd November 2010. Please Click here..

Dog Control Orders

As you may or may not be aware the Council has recently consulted on introducing Dog Control orders and a report was recently taken to the Council’s Executive Board, recommending the following:

The Project Board originally timetabled the project for delivery in 2011/12 given the potential scope and impact of some of the orders and the need for extensive public consultation. Following a request by Scrutiny Board for a quicker outcome, it was agreed that Dog Control Orders could be implemented via a two stage process in order to facilitate early delivery of some aspects of the project. Phase 1 of the project includes the following proposals:-

Dog Specified Maximum – The Council is proposing to limit the number of dogs walked by an individual to 6. Dog walking in numbers of this kind is normally done by commercial dog walking companies. This proposal is to ensure that dog walkers have full control of the dogs they walk and ensure they can pick up any faeces. This order would apply to all of the city. The National Association of Registered Petsitters (NARP) guidelines recommend a limit of four dogs. The DEFRA national guidance advises six dogs.

Dog on Leads By Direction Order – This order will allow authorised Council staff to more effectively deal with complaints about dogs which are not being kept under proper control. Such an order will be underpinned by staff guidance stipulating the circumstances when a direction would be given, for example if a dog was causing a nuisance or annoyance. This order would apply to all of the city.

Dog Exclusion Orders- This order would allow the Council to legally exclude dogs from prescribed areas. In phase one, these areas are designated identifiable children’s play areas in parks. Such an Order would reduce dog fouling and nuisance in these areas and they would have significant impact if approved. The areas in the Adel & Wharfedale Ward that are covered by the Exclusion Zone in phase 1 are the Holt Lane playground and the Cookridge Lane playground. Further areas will potentially be added in future phases once the effectiveness of Phase 1 has been evaluated.

All of these orders are enforceable in the following way- the order creates an offence which is prosecuted through the magistrates courts, with a maximum fine of £1000. There is an opportunity to discharge the offence through payment of a fixed penalty notice (FPN) to the Council. In the majority of circumstances, the fixed penalty will always be offered as a first option. Whilst there is no appeal against an FPN, the Services does receive and respond to written enquiries as if they were appeals. The enforcement of these orders will be carried out by staff that are authorised appropriately by the council and if possible, staff employed by secondary authorities.

The Scrutiny Board that I chair has recommended that the Executive Board reconsider the maximum number of dogs that can be walked at any one time be reduced to 4. The final decision on this is awaited.

I trust this keeps you up to date with matters that may be of interest to you.



Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward