Please see below information regarding the above received from Cllr Barry Anderson, which may be of interest to you.

A number of residents have been asking me where the Adel Hand Car Wash has gone and one or two other questions about what is actually replacing it. The answer to the latter is that it will be a BP service station with a Marks & Spencer food outlet and it is my understanding this will be completed by early December.

In respect of the first question it hasn’t gone far, they have now re-named and re-located to:

Park Hand Car Wash, Texaco Petrol station West Park Ring Road, Horsforth, LS16 6EB. (opposite McDonalds)

I know some of you were worried that some of the workers may have lost their jobs but I am advised that no jobs were lost in the move. The same team from Adel will be cleaning vehicles at the new location. I am also advised that until the 30th September 2017 all vehicle cleaning services have been discounted.


Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
Twitter @barryanderson19

“Affordable Housing is it a solution to the Housing Crisis in Adel?”

Houses in Adel Leeds


Not sure whether you are aware, but we already have Council housing in Adel.

40 years ago many young families from various parts of Leeds were chosen to live in nearly 200 properties in the Adel area. The accommodation included sheltered housing on the Waylands, with further flats and houses in the Adel Woods. During that period it was great to see so many young children playing out in the streets, and enjoying a clean and pleasant environment known as the Adel village.

The council housing did not look out of character alongside the private houses, and were well built, not like some of the new build today.

Many tenants were proud to say that they live in Adel with plenty of playing fields and beautiful surrounding woodland. During the 40 years we went through further phases of new build including the Mulberry’s, St Helens private estate, Waylands private estate, Oaklands estate, Adel Vale, Adel Mead, 2 schools, and Centurion Fields, and many more. With each new development it seems that some local residents complain about further infringement when they have benefited from previous new builds.

Today there are just less than 100 council properties as nearly 80% of the properties on the Adel Wood estate are privately owned due to the Right to Buy Scheme. We also have privately rented tenants living on the Council Housing Estate paying in the region of £600- £700 per month as many of them are unable to get on the property ladder. For many of these residents the only solution would be to move away from the area where they have settled down, and where their children go to the local schools. It is also recognised that many residents in Adel would like to downsize, and there is a critical lack of one bedroom accommodation.

We need more affordable housing or smaller one bedroom accommodation so everyone has an opportunity to live in Adel. Some of this could be provided by property developers, whilst serious consideration should be given to allowing the Council or a Housing Association to work in partnership with a developer to build affordable social rented accommodation.

As a resident association in Adel we take the view whether you live in a council house, privately rented, (housing association) or privately owned, all tenure types can co-exist within one community, and at end of the day we are all here to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Adel.


More related issues on affordable rented accommodation below

Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.

Land Opposite St John the Baptist Church – Church Lane

Adel Crag Community Association wish to bring to your attention important information received early this week from Cllr Billy Flynn, which may be of interest to you.

Adel LandscapeFirst the bad news (for most of you). Residents may have seen site notices going up towards the end of last month announcing that an outline application had been made to Leeds City Council for a major development of up to 100 dwellings with land reserved for a primary school on the site opposite the church. There are still many issues to be resolved as the proposed development does not accord with the Adopted Development Plan and it affects a right of way but at least the pressure brought by residents and English Heritage/Historic England following previous proposals has had some effect. All the proposed buildings are now on the west side of the beck leaving the fields directly in front of the church undeveloped. The proposed school playing field is the only part of the plan that intrudes on to the church side of the beck although a judgement will need to be made on the impact of the proposed development on the conservation area. I have spoken to the agent handling the development and he confirmed the change in plan was as a direct result of local objections. There are two proposed access points, from the A660 via a new junction opposite Kingsley Dr and minor access through the Centurion Fields estate off Church Lane. The internal design of roads on the proposed estate would avoid roads being connected internally to prevent rat running from the A660 to Church Lane. The proposed development will consist of up to 35 affordable dwellings and up to 65 dwellings for market sale. We are still at the consultation stage and any comments you have should be directed to The Development Enquiry Centre, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds LS2 8HD. The deadline is technically 18 November but Planning will consider contributions after that date so please be quick if you wish to comment. Please note that any comments either sent on line or in writing can be seen by anyone, no anonymous contributions will be accepted. Much more information about the application, including drawings, can be found on the council planning portal website as follows; www.leeds.gov.uk/publicaccess quoting reference 16/06222. Once officers have considered the relevant comments from consultees they expect to meet with ward councillors towards the end of November to provide us with their views on the application. Residents will be kept fully informed of developments.

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Now for some better news. There were fewer crimes this month following the arrest of a burglar who is being held on remand. Most crimes in the ward took place in Bramhope involving thefts from sheds and garages. PC Karina Ingham, our ward manager, tells me that there has been an increase in scrap metal collectors coming into the area and a separate operation is being planned to deal with this issue. Be on your guard!

Speedwatch volunteers have been busy in the ward during October checking vehicle speeds on Long Causeway at the junction with Dunstarn Lane and near to the Lawnswood Arms. Results from the former location revealed vehicles speeding at the rate of one per minute while the volunteers were present. We are awaiting the results from the latter site. Karina is concerned about the excess speeds recorded and has requested that a police officer be deployed at the location with a speed gun to allow enforcement action. The police have also put up several speed awareness notices on street light columns in the ward to address the speeding issue.

If you have any queries regarding the above or anything else in the ward for that matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your ward councillors.

Contact details billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk : Tel: 2613896 Mobile: 07810 640282

Adel Crag added: There is to be a joint meeting Adel Neighbourhood Forum and Adel Association on Thursday 17th November at 7.30pm chaired by Cllr Barry Anderson at the Old Stables back of Adel Parish Church.

The purpose is to seek residents’ views on the proposed development on the land opposite Adel Parish Church.

The agenda is available to view on the Adel Neighbourhood Forum Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AdelNeighbourhoodForum/

Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.

Related Issues: Police – Adel Pharmacy & The Flu Jab – Proposed Children’s Play Area on Bedquilts

Adel Crag Community Association wish to bring to your attention some useful information received early this week from Cllr Billy Flynn, which may be of interest to you.

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During a street surgery at the end of September a resident in Bramhope advised me that her 93 year-old neighbour had been approached by men claiming her drain was blocked and offering to fix it for £4000. They also offered to take her to the bank to collect for the first £2000. Three further attempts were made at other addresses in Bramhope, Adel and Leeds 6 with one victim actually taken to the bank but fortunately bank staff alerted the police and they got nothing. On at least one of the attempts a van (possibly blue and white) was used with the legend “Drain Doctors” on its side.  Please note that a company called “Drain Doctor” is quite legitimate and there is no reason to suspect that this firm is linked to the attempted frauds. PC Karina Ingham, our local ward manager, is investigating the incidents. It seems likely that the fraudsters may have moved on but this is the latest in a series of attempted fraud on or theft from local residents so please be on your guard. If you are concerned about cold callers please phone the police immediately. They welcome any approach from residents and are more than happy to give advice.

adel-chemistAdel Pharmacy & The Flu Jab

You will recall my recent notes encouraging residents to use the pharmacy in Long Causeway on a “use it or lose it” basis. Nira, our pharmacist, has asked me to pass on her thanks to the many customers who have called in since the article to assure her that they will support the pharmacy. As you will know the flu jab is currently available at the doctors’ surgery and you may be interested to learn that Nira now also offers the jab onsite at the pharmacy without appointment. I know because she gave me the jab herself when I called in for a prescription and very gentle she was too!

climbing-frameProposed Children’s Play Area on Bedquilts

The first stage consultation process for the proposed play area is due to start in the near future. Initially, letters will be sent to residents whose homes border the greenspace and those living nearest to the proposed site asking or their views on the creation of a play area on Bedquilts. After this review the following groups will among those consulted: a random selection of residents living within a 400 metre radius of the proposed site; local schools; local residents’ associations; local sports clubs; the owners of land on Bedquilts and there will be a publicity campaign via Facebook and Twitter. I have had several comments already but it is important that you take the opportunity to respond during the formal consultation period. Please do get in touch if you wish to comment on the proposal.

If you have any queries regarding the above or anything else in the ward for that matter please do not hesitate to get in touch with your ward councillors.

Contact details billy.flynn@leeds.gov.uk : Tel : 2613896 Mobile : 07810 640282

Adel Crag added: We welcome any ideas put forward, and would fully support this project on the proviso that local residents are happy for this to proceed.

Please feel free to pass on to your neighbours and relatives as it may be of interest to them.


Long CausweayMany residents may have received information from Cllr Barry Anderson, that he has been advised by representatives of the Plymouth Brethren who have purchased this land about plans they have to build a place of worship on this land.

As a result of this we have been asked by the Adel Neighbourhood Forum to try and ascertain the views of local residents to this proposal.

Set out below is a statement from a representative of the Plymouth Brethren in respect of their intentions plus a site map to give you an idea of how the land would be used.

“This note has been prepared to inform and consult residents in the immediate vicinity of vacant land at the junction of Adel Lane and Long Causeway, about a proposed planning application for a Place of Worship.

The desired proposals based on competent feasibility studies are shown on the attached plan.

Ownership of the site has been secured specifically for the proposal.

The scheme would meet the long held aspirations of members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church, resident in Adel, to establish an appointed place of worship, within this neighbourhood to serve their local congregational needs.

Typically these are set up to accommodate a congregation of 35 to 45 persons, made up of about 12 households.  A flexible design approach is applied to floor space and modelling of building to suit site and environs. Current design standards include on- site car parking to satisfy needs of the user group.

These neighbourhood halls are dedicated strictly for the resident congregation group. They are not the venue for random attendance or special event community gatherings. These requirements are   accommodated at purpose built township facilities; in the case of Leeds, at Brownberrie Lane Horsforth.

Consultations with Adel Residents Association and the Adel Neighbourhood Forum have drawn general support for the principle of the development, and specifically for upgrading the visual amenity of this prominent gateway to Adel site, and securing beneficial use of semi-derelict land, dominated by invasive weed, and overgrown “tree hedge”, and not considered appropriate for residential development.

Use would be strictly as a Place of Worship for the local congregation. Typical times of use (all clear of peak traffic times) are as follows: Sunday early morning, The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion), mid- afternoon Gospel Service; Monday evening, Prayer Service; Friday Evening Bible Reading. Duration of services approx. 45 minutes. This is widely accepted as a benign land use.

The proposals include a modest upgrade of the existing highway access/pavement crossing to allow easy entry and exit manoeuvres, and car parking modelled for 14 car spaces and to accommodate forward exit for all vehicles. Access travel by family/ household group is considered the norm.   A travel plan could be agreed to ensure self- sufficient on –site parking.

In this congregational community context tandem parking can be accommodated as a contingency without conflict of interest. The site is considered sustainable without any need for street parking. At this location several congregation households live within walking distance.

Given the patterns of attendance with arrivals and departures only prior to, and after services, it is not considered necessary to provide an entrance wide enough to allow opposing vehicle flows. The site would be secured to appropriate standards (Secured by Design) with gated driveway and pedestrian entry, and existing boundary walling feature either raised in height and or topped with low level railings to match gates.

External lighting would be provided by low level bollard luminaires. No flood lighting.

The proposals would include a planting scheme to regenerate the site with indigenous trees, hedgerow, shrubs and woodland ground cover to create a revived biodiversity. The proposed removal of Leylandi “tree hedge” would open up distant landscape and skyscape views from several nearby houses and expose valuable indigenous trees to view from the public domain/ road network.” 

I would be pleased to receive any comments you have in relation to this proposal. No planning application has come forward for this yet.

I trust this keeps you up to date with this issue.



Cllr. Barry Anderson
Adel & Wharfedale Ward
Twitter @barryanderson19

Adel Crag added: Please feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook/ Twitter.