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Friday 28 September - Macmillan Coffee Morning
Friday 12 October - Pumpkin Weigh In
Saturday 27 October - Community Day in Partnership with Ackworth Art Walk
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Updates from the September's Parish Council Meeting
Parish Council Update
District Councillors Report
Community Centre Given a Freshen Up
Over the summer the Parish Council Community Centre on Bell Lane has been redecorated. The centre has also benefited from new carpets and blinds in the function room.
New Planter at Low Ackworth
A new planter has been installed at Low Ackworth play area. Thanks got to the Ackworth Senior Citizens Committee and Wakefield Council for sponsoring this.
New Cycle Rack
For anyone who likes to cycle, we have now installed a cycle rack at the rear of the Parish Council Community Centre on Bell Lane. The rack is accessible whilst the car park is open.
Bell Lane Car Park Press Release
Following a spate of anti-social behaviour on Bell Lane car
park, Ackworth Parish Council urges anyone who encounters a problem to report
this to the police by contacting them on 101.
Three local residents attended the July Parish Council meeting to raise their concerns about issues in the car park - cars speeding into and out of the car park, doing wheel spins, leaving litter behind, playing loud music and generally being a nuisance to neighbours.
It was agreed that the Parish Council would facilitate a meeting inviting West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield Council Car Park Department, Wakefield Council Anti-Social Behaviour Team and District Councillors to discuss how to move forward on these issues. A meeting has taken place, everyone is working together to try and find a solution to this problem. Wakefield Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team has written to the owners of some of the cars involved, we trust that this action along with the Police who will continue to monitor the use of the car park will stop these issues. All incidents reported to the police helps them plan an appropriate response.
Sarah Balfour, Chair of the Parish Council said, "We understand that a lot of these young people are coming from out of the village. It's a real problem, particularly for nearby residents. People really do need to complain every time to the police because then more police time will be focussed on dealing with the problem. We are also looking for a longer term solution. "
Ackworth Parish Council would like to thank the community of Ackworth for such a successful day. The gala gives local community groups and charities an opportunity to raise funds for good causes and it's a great social event for the village.
It is estimated around £10,000 was raised for local community groups and charities.
If you have any feedback about the gala please contact us and your comments will be discussed at our next Village Events committee meeting.
The parish Council has applied to loan ‘Smiley Sid’ the speed indicator
device from West Yorkshire Police for use in the village.
Tree Work in Low Ackworth
Following a Tree Hazard Assessment that was carried out recently at Low Ackworth playing field including the children's play area, the Parish Council received a price for work to be carried out as recommended on the assessment and have appointed a contractor to complete the work.
What a fantastic day - the village looked amazing thanks to the efforts of so many people. Topped of by great weather and lots of fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Brackenhill Allotments Waiting List
If you are an Ackworth resident and are interested in growing your own vegetables then why not consider an allotment. There is only a small waiting list. For more details please click here.
Help to Protect Ackworth's Trees
Everyone living in and passing through Ackworth appreciates the number of mature trees in the village.
Trees can be protected by a ‘Tree Protection Order’ (TPO).
You can help to protect the trees by identifying individual trees and completing the TPO request form on Wakefield Council’s website. Obviously it is a huge task to cover the whole village. If you would be willing to plot the trees and complete the TPO applications in a specific area please let us know and we will coordinate this effort.
Please note that in the parts of the village that are in a conservation area all trees are already protected and planning permission is required for any work to them.
Please register your interest with the Parish Council via the website, by telephone 01977 611583, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at the office.
For further details on TPO's please click here
At the Parish Council meetings consideration is given to current planning applications received by Wakefield Council. This includes applications to fell trees. It is the Parish Council's policy to object to all tree felling applications unless the tree is dead, dying or in a dangerous condition. They do this to preserve the trees in the village.