Friday May 17, 2013
Rams kick start their year
Speed changes in North Leeds
Rosie Garland talks about her new novel
Plan to bulldoze bikers haunt sparks outrage Page 4
Councillors and motorcyclists brands new plans for care home a “travesty”
by Shaun Moloney A POPULAR biker café could be demolished to make way for care home - described by worried councillors as a “prison like monstrosity”
Dunnies Café, on Bridge Street, could be torn down along with adjoining newsagent Wharfe View News in favour of a 48-apartment residential care complex if plans are given the go-ahead. Otley councillor Sandy Lay said: “I will admit the Bridge Street site does need development, but I cannot support the plans that have been outlined. To lose such a big piece of Otley’s history in favour of this prison like monstrosity would be extremely sad. “Dunnies is loved both locally and regionally. It may not be the prettiest building in the world to look at, but it has been serving Otley since the 1920’s, bikers come from miles around to come to the café.” Biker Peter Sayer, 64, from Otley said: “It’s a disaster. It will be really missed by hundreds of people. It isn’t just bikers, it’s cyclists too, and old local people who can get a decent meal for a decent price. There are people who have been using this place for 50 years or more. It served its first cup of tea in 1925, it would be a travesty to see it go.” Café owner Paul Davies declined to comment. Coun Lay and fellow ward Coun Ryk Downes (Lib Dem, Otley) called for the building to be listed last year when plans to build a dementia care home on the site were rejected due to concerns about its positioning and impact on neighbouring homes. Coun Lay said: “A listed building should not just be about its form but also its function. There was such a huge fight to get Harry Ramsden’s in Guiseley listed and I don’t see how Dunnies can be made any less of a priority than that was. “ Coun Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley) said:” Having seen the design for the care home, I
READY TO RIDE: Peter Sayer outside Dunnies Cafe think uninspired would be the word I’d use. I could have a detrimental effect to local residents in terms of sunlight, with a bit being a large rocky buliding. It would be truly sad to see Dunnies go,it is a mecca for motorcyclists and it would leave a hole in the town.” Congleton-based Gladman Care Homes Ltd will be informed of the result of its application due on June 3.
Creator of Dunnies cafe Facebook group and keen biker Alex Solonyna,26,from Moortown said: “It is a lovely place and great for bikers and others to park up for a coffee and cheap meals. You don't get many cheap good old cafés like Dunnies anymore, and it is the only reason I go to Otley. Once it’s gone, i will have no reason to visit.”
80’s goth singer turns new page 2 Friday May 17, 2013
by Shaun Moloney
AS WELL as being the frontwoman of one of the most prominent bands in the early-80s Leeds post-punkscene, The March Violets, Rosie Garland is a published novelist, has battled cancer and now has been long listed for one of the most prestigious prizes in debut literature.
Rosie's fourth novel The Palace of Curiosities is now competeting for the £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize. But the road to success lined with obstacles. She said: “This is my fourth novel and the tale of how I got to it was a lesson in perseverance. I was being told by publishers that ‘it wasn’t what they wanted’ or being told to completely rewrite the whole thing. I completely lost confidence in my ability. “It took a cowardly agent not getting back to me to realise that if anything was going to happen I was going to have to do it myself. "I entered a novel competition for Myslexia, a magazine for female writers and The Palace of Curiosities won the whole thing, with my third novel coming in second place. I thought you know what, maybe I can write! It Finding out I’d been long listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize was a dream come true.To be listed among some amazing authors too is such an honour.” The March Violets began in 1981 after the original band members met at Leeds University. They came along at a time when the post-punk wave was rife in Leeds, alongside the Sisters of Mercy, Three Johns and Red Lorry Yellow Lorry. Rosie said: “I grew up in London but as soon as I got the chance I moved to Leeds aged 18. I still think of the day now as something of a major homecoming. It was around the time when punk was turning into post-punk and I felt like I’d landed on the right planet. Leeds was where all the best bands came from!”. Rosie toured with the Subversive Stitch exhibition in the 90s and won the
Dada Award for Performance Artist of the Year compering as her alter-ego Rosie Lugosi the Vampire Queen. Rosie’s interests have always lied within the alternative, and this comes out in spades in her latest book. She explains: “I’ve always been interested in the idea of outsiders. Obviously with a lot of my interests in performance and alternative cabaret the reading about the history of the people in that world was a pleasure. I tried to tell the tale from the point of view of the characters rather than somebody looking in. I tried to really get under their skin. “The book is set in the days of the early Victorian side-show, it is written from the point of view of two people. Eve, a girl covered in hair and Abel, the flayed man. Both are outcasted from Victorian society and their fates entwine. “
The Leeds UK Guyanese Association are holding their annual fund raising fun day, on Bank Holiday Monday,
May 27 at the Leeds West Indian Centre. The association was formed by Guyanese residents, some of them from Former British Guiana, now living in the Leeds area. Leota Benjamin, 45 from Leeds is part of the group and said: “The Association provides a means to share our
GIG lovers will have to dig into their pockets after the biggest free live music event in the country announced it will be charging for tickets.
Leeds City Council has announced that Party and Opera in the Park 2013 will be the first year to charge for entrance. Live music fan and local artist Benjamin Abbott, 23, hoped the money would be put to good use: “Being involved in the live music industry I can understand the decision to charge for entrance to this year’s day out. “I hope it goes to covering costs, making the day better and hopefully putting money back into the music community.” Tickets for both events will cost £5 for Breezecard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders, £8 for those with Leeds Active, LibraryCard and standard LEEDSCards and £10 for general admission. Groups and families with five to 10 members will be able to get tickets for £7. Children under four will be able to attend free. Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said: The Violets played a reunion gig in “As with many other areas of the 2007. But Rosie developed throat can- council, due to the on-going cer in 2009 and was forced to undergo budget situation we can no chemo & radiotherapy, losing both her longer avoid making the very voice and her hair. difficult decision to bring Party in However in December 2009 she was the Park in line with Opera in the given the all-clear and the band are Park and Classical Fantasia and back together. introduce admission fees.” Rosie said: “We were only interested The dates are set to be July 27 in reforming if we were going to profor Opera in the Park, and Party duce new material. If we were going to in the Park will be the day after. do this we would not become a tribute The event will still be held at to ourselves. the previous venue, Temple “There are problems such as our gui- Newsham. tarist now living in the US, and obviThe line-up will be announced ously my battle against cancer didn’t in the weeks to come, but has help but it feels nice to be back in the previously included One Direcsaddle again. tion, Dizzee Rascal and The I can’t say too much about it just yet Script. but we expect it to be released in auFor more information contact tumn. In terms of gigs, though I’d say Radio Aire or visit http://www.rathe possibility of a Leeds one I’d say is dioaire.co.uk/partyinthepark201 more than likely.” 3/
Guyanese fun day to raise money for the vulnerable GUYANESE nosh, face painting and foot massage are some of the treats on offer in Leeds, to help raise funds for vulnerable old people in the community.
Party in the Park to charge for tickets
culture and heritage with those of Guyanese descent, interested in learning what it means to be a Guyanese. Our long-term aim is to have a well establish Guyana Association in the North of England.” The event is in its fifth year and according to Mrs Benjamin it will be a fun packed
day for all the family. As well as food, there will be a tombola, quiz, face painting, hand & foot massage, a bouncing castle, stalls and live entertainment. And Mrs Benjamin said: “Proceeds raised this year will go towards hosting a Christmas Party for vulnerable old people in the area.”
Produced by Leeds Trinity trainee reporters Website: leedsnorthern.wordpress.com Twitter: @LeedsNorthern Reporters: Samantha Hepworth – @samjheppy Shaun Moloney – @Shaun_Moloney Andreas Mullings – @Andy_Mullings
Drivers warned over new limits NEWS
by Andreas Mullings
A NOTORIOUS stretch of road that has seen five accidents in six years outside an Otley School is to have its speed limit slashed.
Leeds City Council is dropping the speed limit of Farnley Lane, outside Prince Henry Grammar school from 30mph to 20mph with a flashing display by the start of the new school year. The news comes at the same time as the unusual announcement that the nearby Leeds Bradford A658 tunnel is upping its limit to prevent accidents.
Otley Councillor Sandy Lay expressed the concerns of the community over Farnley Lane: “We have encouraged Leeds City Council to bring forward the proposed signals because of the two accidents last year.” A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “To ensure safety around Prince Henry Grammar School, we’re installing the advisory 20 mph signs on Farnley Lane and Newell Carr. It’s expected that the signs will be in place by the start of the new school year.”The school is the first of a city wide scheme which was announced last week that proposes the reduc-
tion of all school road’s speed limits.The proposed change from the Leeds Bradford Airport tunnel on the A658 to Harrogate will increase the current limit of 30mph to 40mph. This decision was given the green light on May 7. A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said: “The reason for the proposal is to reduce the speed more gradually as motorists tend to speed through the tunnel, however it is hoped a more gradual reduction from 50mph to 40mph then 30mph at the point where the built-up area starts will encourage more motorists to follow the speed limits. “The council has been undertaking a speed limit review on A and B roads across the city and as part of this there are a number of changes proposed – this is the only increase proposed.” Local driving instructor Graham Berckley argues that increasing the speed limit will not help: “The only effect that the 40mph zone will have is it will cause motorists to go faster. People are too familiar with the unofficial 10% rule.”
Honour for top-class teacher The retired headteacher of Yeadon Westfield Junior School was honoured at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday for her 35 years of service.
Andrea Eddison,60,from Boston Spa, received a gift and a certificate in a reception organised by Leeds City Council’s children services. Mrs Eddison said: ““It was a lovely feeling to receive the award. Teaching was all I ever wanted to do. After my first day at school I told my mum I wanted to be a teacher because I loved my reception teacher so much. It was never difficult to get up in the morning and to go to work because every day was different and every day rewarding in some way. “ Mrs Eddison was one of eight other head teachers from schools across Leeds who had retired at the end of the autumn term and spring term, bringing to an end distinguished teaching careers and long-term associations with their schools. Mrs Eddison added: “Over the years teaching has brought me so many opportunities that I would normally never have had. I went to America with the British Council to represent Leeds with a group of other teachers to study staff development that we could bring back and share to help our children.”
Coun Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:“Head teachers play a vital role in their schools and wider communities. They help to shape the lives and learning of their pupils and lead and inspire their colleagues. “Over the years, these head teachers will have made lasting impressions on thousands of children and young people and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the children of Leeds and wish them the very best for the future.”
PROUD: Andrea Eddison
Friday May 17, 2013
Commissioner defends under-fire appointment
THE WEST Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marks BurnsWilliamson has defended the controversial appointment of his deputy – saying that she was hired entirely on merit.
The appointment came under fire last week at a full Leeds City Council meeting when Coun Stewart Golton called it “disgusting” and “cronyism gone mad”. Coun Golton’s comments stemmed from his accusation that Mr Burns-Williamson had, in the process of recruiting his deputy, only interviewed Labour candidates – primarily those involved in helping him attain his position. Mr Burns Williamson this week said: “I intend to get on with the important job of making sure over the next three years that our communities are safer and feel safer. “I have appointed Isabel Owen as my Deputy, on merit, to support me.” Coun Alison Lowe, chair of the crime panel responsible for scrutinising the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner, said that there wasn’t enough evidence yet to show that a recruitment of a deputy was necessary. Mr Burns Williamson said: “The position of Deputy was set out in the government legislation and Isabel’s appointment has been approved by the Police and Crime Panel. “I have no doubt that a Deputy is needed in West Yorkshire, the fourth largest police area in England and Wales with significant national policing and crime prevention responsibilities and Isabel is working to deliver on my vision and priorities as set out in my five year police and crime plan for West Yorkshire. “The Police and Crime Commissioners office now costs less that 0.4% of the total police budget, and costs significantly less than the previous Police Authority. The costs of my office will continue to be reduced in line with the government cuts to policing in West Yorkshire.”
Horsforth spyware firm sells for £7m
A Horsforth spyware and intelligence company is to be bought by a Northern Ireland business.
Datong, on Low Hall Road, looks set to be bought by Lisburn-based Seven for just under £7m. Seven is the parent company of UKbased computing company Seven Technologies. Richard Moon, chairman,said: “We look forward to working with Mark Cook and his team to expand the range of offerings to our growing customer “ The workforce of around 80 at the Horsforth headquarters should not be affected . The company, founded 35 years ago, has expanded into several countries including the United States and Malaysia. Last year Datong declared its revenue at £9.69m a fall from its 2011 total of £11.75m The sale is expected to be finalised within the next couple of weeks.
Rams charge forward 4 Friday May 17, 2013
VICTORIOUS:Yorkshire Rams American football team in action against Coventry Jets.
by Shaun Moloney
THE YORKSHIRE Rams Ameri-
can Football team defeated the Coventry Jets 7-6 to grab their first win of the season on Sunday – and won’t care that it wasn’t pretty.
With the Rams offense sputtering, it was the defense that gave the Rams the lead when defensive back Randy Pryce recovered a Coventry fumble for a touchdown in the third quarter. Coventry replied in the fourth
quarter with a long touchdown from young quarterback Fraser Oliver to wide-out Noach BenHaim. Coventry then went for broke and attempted a two-point conversion but failed, setting up a tense last period of the game – but Yorkshire held on. Head coach Orlando Weekes said: “I was happy with the way the guys played, they showed grit. We’re still waiting for parts of our units to really gel together. We stayed together though and
played tight. It did get a little bit tense at the end, but we overcame it and it was a nice win for everybody. Yorkshire’s defense looked solid throughout and came up with numerous stops when the Rams needed them, with defensive-lineman Adam Cowley a constant terror to the Coventry quarterback . The Rams offense had a frustrating day and despite solid drives with well-constructed plays, often undid their hard work with fumbles and interceptions.
Fortunately, the Coventry offense was similarly ineffective. Coventry Jets head coach Paul Rickhuss said: “On another day when our offense is firing on all cylinders I believe we’d have won this game, but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. “Obviously we are disappointed with the result but I believe our defense was exceptional. The result takes Yorkshire to a 1-2 record with a cross-county trip to the Sheffield Predators up next for them.
Tiffany’s return County Cup loss
OTLEY RUFC have appointed former back-row forward James Tiffany as their new direction of rugby. The 33-year-old returns to the
club where he made 146 league appearances and has fond memories. Mr Tiffany said: “The job is a fantastic fit for me and I am raring to get going with a club that is very much on the up. “I am genuinely looking forward to working with a very talented and very exciting young squad at Otley.” Tiffany ,who works as a PE teacher, spoke of his excitement to get involved with the day-today running of the club. “I’m having to make the move
down from Cumbria so haven’t been able to see the guys play yet as much as I’ve liked, obviously for logistical reasons but the chairman Donald Holdsworth and I have been able to speak frequently though and we share a very similar philosophy - we hope it is one that will drive the club forward.” Mr Tiffany was forced to give up playing because of a shoulder injury four years ago, but is delighted to return to the club in this new capacity. He said: “Tom Rock and Ryan Duckett deserve credit for the way they have worked with the coaches Mark Luffman and Neil Hargreaves to turn things around here. It’s now my job to help.”
Guiseley AFC 0 - 1 FC Halifax GUISELEY AFC once again came up short against cross-county rivals FC Halifax as Gareth Seddon’s goal in extra time was enough to see the Shaymen past the Lions in the County Cup final at Valley Parade on Tuesday.
Seddon’s powerful top corner strike sealed the cup for a half-strength Halifax in a flat encounter in Bradford. Guiseley general manager Adrian Towers said: “Halifax probably deserved the win on the day
but the game had absolutely no sense of occasion. It was the flattest cup final you’d ever hope to see – almost reminiscent of a pre-season friendly.” Halifax pressured early on with Adriano Moke rifling a shot against the post,then Gareth Seddon found himself one on one with Steve Drench but struck the ball straight at the outstretched Guiseley goalkeeper. Guiseley offered little in the way of chances themselves, with the only real threat being Matt Wilson heading an effort straight
into the arms of Halifax goalkeeper Phil Senior. Lions manager Steve Kittrick looked for inspiration for some of his younger players such as Wayne Brooksby and Macaulay Parkinson. Extra time was confirmed when close efforts by Guiseley’s Gavin Rothery’s and Halifax’s Jon Worthington failed to break the deadlock. Gareth Seddon’s winner for Halifax was the only time the Lions showed any sense of urgency, but once again Halifax were able to beat Guiseley.