Well i've said that a lot this week... 'For Pete's Sake' A bit of useless information for you....
For Pete’s Sake - celebrates one example of a ‘minced oath’, where an offensive word or phrase is substituted by something more acceptable in society. Other examples include ‘For crying out loud!’, and ‘Sugar!’. Such euphemisms have been used for centuries whenever people hit thumbs with hammers, burn hands on hot plates, or sit on sharp things while in polite company. Why has Pete been singled out for special attention?
In the case of this particular minced oath, Pete is likely to refer to St Peter. However, if there’s a Pete in your life, why not do something for his sake? It doesn’t have to be much – making him a cup of tea or a nice sandwich would be good!
If you are Pete-less, perhaps you can celebrate by saying ‘For Pete’s Sake’ whenever you get an opportunity.
For those with children or grandchildren, I hope you all had a great half term. It’s always fun juggling a full time job and activities for children at the same time! #theyrebackatschool
What did you get up to locally? It seems the Leeds Library Fest went down a storm across the whole of the city, I suspect due to its success, they will be doing it again in other school holidays times, keep a look out.
Talking about Library’s do you know what goes in ours? It’s so 21st century with regards to technology, not only is there no stamping in books (well maybe the odd one or two) but not longer can you lose your little ticket you used to have as everything is electronic, as well as the App which allows you to Search the catalogue for books, find a library, check your account, eBooks, social media sites, ask questions and council news. Just put, Leeds Library and Information services in your APP section and ‘get it’
in early tweets I was telling you about this App coming out and how it was being trialed by the local librarians, well now here it is -
ZINIO – is the free eMagazine from Leeds Libraries readable and downloadable free magazine subscription, a great thing to be able to do #readingonthewaytowork - check it out here http://www.leeds.gov.uk/leisure/Pages/eMagazines.aspx
You can view it on PC, Mac, IPhone, IPad, Android, Kindle, Windows 8, Blackberry Playbook
I’m looking forward to my local evening night out tomorrow with Quirky Ales and Ambers Kitchen at Cielo, a great night of eating and drinking fine locally – check out Quirky’s site for up and coming events http://www.quirkyales.com/ and what they do here in Garforth
If you keep up to date with the website, you will see I also share relevant news from Leeds City Council or other pages I deem are helpful, as well as lots of information about Garforth; with of course is the main premise. I also use it as a place where you find other information you might not know about, like traffic issues in and around Garforth. I follow lots of social media pages and this helps me get news as soon as it comes in as well as being an ambassador for Child Friendly Leeds, I can find out information about ongoing activities and events for our children, local and within the city, so keep following and you will be the fountain of all local knowledge which you can pass on to your friends and family.
#WOTS WORD ON THE STREET
Pride and Produce have been busy meeting local suppliers this week including tasting sessions and I will be looking forward to popping in to see the ladies next week and see how they’re coming on with the shop fit.
Joan’s is moving to Kippax in March, so some good sale items to be had. I hear on the grapevine, Henry Lax already has someone lined up to move in, but not sure of who yet, either way, it means a shop won’t be closed for long. #eartotheground
Key’s on the street; well paper ones. There have been lots of paper keys that were meant to be distributed on behalf of Dobson’s Estate Agents but it appears they’re all over the place and not either being posted or hung on doors! #unhappypeople and probably an annoyed Mike Dobson!
I put an email to Nick Borras, Principal Engineer of Traffic Management East LCC before Christmas only to receive an email this week! My email was to ask about Church Lane, and chase what their actions are after their obvious knowledge about how terrible it is and like I have mentioned in the past how it annoys everyone, including the people that live on Church Lane. My question was to ask whether they were prepared to spend money SOON doing something as it’s now become apparent that people are actually not coming into Main Street because of it!
This was his reply
Sincere apologises for the delay in responding to your original email regarding parking on Church Lane.
Church Lane is one of the main routes through the Garforth area and I fully appreciate that the on street parking that occurs along here creates a multitude of problems in terms of the free flow of traffic.
We have looked at this issue not just recently but in previous years following similar complaints and a seemingly easy way to resolve the problems would be to introduce formal parking restrictions, however as we have found in other areas of Garforth this doesn’t necessarily resolve the problem altogether, it simply displaces the parking to other areas and the problems are resurrected, which I know is a concern of Councillor Dobson.
Also, as part of any formal Traffic Regulation Order process there is a requirement to carry out consultation of any directly affected properties/premises and a legal requirement to formally advertise any proposals on street via a notice, of which both processes allow the residents and the general public the option to voice their opinions either supporting the proposals or objecting. I have no doubt that those residents on Church Lane, who would be subjected to formal parking restrictions outside their property, would object be that during the consultation stage or formally via the legal advertisement process.
I appreciate that the large majority of the residential properties fronting Church Lane have off street parking of some form and as Councillor Dobson stated some residents have a back road that can be used by some residents, but I am afraid that the residents cannot be forced to use the off street parking provision, without formally restricting the parking provision, which would lead us back to the objections from the local residents.
I am more than happy to review the situation once again and include a scheme on our works programme to be assessed for funding during the 2016/17 financial year.
It may take me a few days to reply with what I plan to do next!
As I type I am listening to BBC Radio Leeds as in their #hotseat today is Alec Shelbrooke talking about Garforth parking problems and a possible Park and Ride scheme up at Peckfield so of course I have got on the back of their tweets and trying to get into their programme. #noluck with engaging them!
Their local reporter, Richard Edwards has been out on Main Street today speaking to a few residents, both of which had some great things to say. Michelle was talking about the parking issues and how, lots of cars park in main street carparks and then get the train, and with perhaps more restrictions on all car parks, it could help local shoppers and businesses, otherwise if local people can’t park, they’ll go elsewhere. Richard also spoke to Karen Butler a local resident of Garforth, who has lived here for the last 4-5 years and she had some wonderful things to say about Garforth, and what a great place it is and yes, I agree with her comments, she would also like to see more places to go, like restaurants and better places to drink.
As I always say in many posts, if you shop and create a buzz, others will want to be part of that buzz
Article about Netto in this week’s Yorkshire Evening Post as Highway Chiefs join the list of objectors to the controversial plans for the new store – read more here
I hear the a solicitors are wanting to convert the house next to the Library and are coming under problems from neighbours having issues over the change, so we’ll see if that is allowed to go ahead!
The Vets that were hoping to come to Fusion Court have been knocked back due to parking issues as a lot of us know, there isn’t enough parking in Fusion Court and therefore there is a now an overflow on Aberford Road which of course is annoying residents and road users; as Streetlife mentions! So as a Vet’s would need a fair few spaces and there would be people carrying pets in, I ‘think’ this is the reason for the decline from planning.
Lidl – still in planning, no sign of application going through just yet. I've heard, on the grapevine, the family pub will more than likely be a Harvester or Toby Carvery....!
I think I've typed enough to make up for last week's holiday
Look after what's here and more of what you want will follow
Until next week......
There will be no blog this week due to half term holidays - See you all back next Friday, 26th February
For those who celebrate, Happy Valentine's Weekend, where are you going what have you bought that’s, local for your loved one? A bit of advice, if the Mrs says she doesn't want anything... she's lying : )
Some Anniversaries this month
Some of our great members that have been with The Main Deal for one whole year:
La Bella Vita, Boutique Beauty, Lasercharge. Moorhouse Opticians, Caroline Atha School of Dance, Charlotte Martin, Zumba. Hartley Wood Kennels, BPS Building Plastic Supplies, Bella Rose, Cielo Coffee Shop, Fallas Insurance, Flutterbabies, Taylors Hair Salon, Garforth Beds, Business Works UK, Ladycares, Pease of Garforth, Shine-Garforth, The Bird In Hand and Park Avenue Garden Maintenance #thankyou
For all of you who have children, Happy Half Term
LIBRARY LEEDS FEST - There are 70+ things happening across Leeds from 13-21st February, pick up your leaflet from our Library
Also Check out the following link for more half term fun http://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/february-half-term-
A bit of fun this week, a video to show you some fun. 13‘life hacks’ you shouldn't live without
As always, if I promote local I also like to shop local myself. Yes, like the rest of you I do shop at supermarkets; even our shop owners do, and yes I do shop elsewhere, but 99% of the time I look local first and more often than not, I can. You should try it and be you will be surprised, I'm finding what you think you know about where you live and what you actually know are two different things and this has been proven to be on numerous occasions
This time it was new glasses from Moorhouse Opticians. What do you think?
#WOTS(word on the Street)
Lots of local jobs gone up this week, scroll down the Garforth Live Board to see, from local independents business to bigger firms. It’s always great to see local jobs and if local people can get them, even better.
Traders are putting together objections over the next few weeks about development around Garforth, such as Netto and Lidl, they need to be heard, and developers need to listen as well as the influential people in our community who also need to think long term about the impact of these development on our high street and other local businesses in and around Garforth
Rumour - Andy is not selling The Newmarket #hearditfromthehorsesmouth after he laughed out loud
The developers who have planning in place to build opposite the Library where the garage is, must be fairly confident about getting their plans through, as I've heard they have asked the garage to leave, hand in their notice! #watchthispace
Garforth Golf Club requesting an extension to the existing halfway house with sheltered seating area
Still waiting for Genix to get on with their plans to extend... application was approved a while ago now
Former depot on Green Lane has had its application approved, originally for 9 flats that then went down to 8 and now 4 houses! Confused. Either way, new homes coming nearby
The nine parking spaces in Tesco that have been converted into a valeting operation has caused a few annoyed people, especially the ones opposite who own a car washing facility, yes this may a valeting service but they’re still cleaning the cars. But as most of us know, Tesco’s are never bothered about whose noses they put out as long as they get so to want they want to do!
If you're one of the people who always moan about Garforth, use all your negative energy and help make it better or............ MOVE! #justsayin
Until next week.......
Here's a recipe for a movie night and to celebrate the Chocolate Fondue day
This week I have been out and about Social Media training, one of the many things I do with The Main Deal, teaching members how best to get their company name out there and how to do it efficiently and effectively.
One of our local landlords of premises in Garforth are considering coming on board as a member, which would be great if it comes off as it means I can help get empty places filled, which is always a good thing #watchthispace
It has been nice to get a fair few words of thanks this week; I certainly don’t do this job for praise, but it always lovely to hear when people do sing your praises. *All Emosh*
Thinking about Valentines? There are some fabulous offers with our local businesses
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La Bella Vita have a great Valentine's menu from £19.95 per person
Absolutely Fabulous have some wonderful his and hers beauty treatments
Dumouchel have gorgeous chocolates and heart shaped cakes and puddings starting from £2.95
Funky Muppets are doing fabulous and very clever balloons
Hair by Lynsey has a Hair up do offer on from £25.00
The Podger has a Valentine's weekend Prosecco deal
Sweetshakes have some great offers with heart balloons and chocolates - great for school sweethearts
Get it booked or bought and keep following for more great local deals in Garforth on the lead up to Valentine's day
#WOTS (Word on the Street)
Have you read this week’s Shout Out? I went to see the fabulous, opulent, luxurious new care home yesterday, Augustus Court, just off Church Lane opposite the Methodist Church, it is wonderful and I was lucky to be there when the grand piano was delivered, check it out http://www.themaindeal.co.uk/shout-out
We will also be looking at our next Garforth Hour Live to be held upstairs here in March – lucky us
They also have planning applications in with the council for landscape and maintenance work to have the area that surrounds the care home looking new, smart and tidy
It seems they’re cracking on with work on Ninelands Road, will it be finished before the 6 weeks timescale? The traffic signals seem to be working effectively but I suspect the parents and teachers of Ninelands School are wishing for it to be over very soon #frustrating
A good high street helps your house price stay up
Until next week....
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?