I hope your week has been a good one, despite the rain? But hey, the rain has been and now we can concentrate on summer, right?! The weather forecast looks good for the weekend
I have written to Virgin Media this week, as I expect a lot of you have been in contact with them yourself recently! From nails in tyres to a bottle of wee left on the Road! I’m all for new technology, let’s expand what we have, better broadband, television, faster and quicker connection options. However I don’t know if many people would have said yes if they knew that when the contractors had left, they would be left with pavements looking like a child has run up and down with a tar brush in its hand!
But I'm being realistic, as it's not going to matter about the amount of complaints or will there be any funds to make all the pavements look neater, better, smooth again! Don’t get me wrong I’m not looking for perfection, pavements will be dug up all of the time, but you can all agree they have left Garforth pavements in a right mess, the #thomboys have said, it looks like a giant land snail has been going round looking for a mate! I wonder if Richard Branson would like a path similar around his island ; )
Here is the email I sent to Virgin Media following the lovely response I received from Andrew Courcey, the email will outline what was said in his response to my thought/request as to how they could possibly give back to the Garforth Community somehow, which is following on my idea some months ago which I mentioned about transforming the MANY electrical boxes that have been installed!
Good afternoon, Andrew
Thank you for your quick response.
I also thank you for the lovely flower bed you have sponsored on Selby Road whilst the works have been on going.
However, most of the residents won't see or know about it, they will only see and know about the mess the area has been left in; outside their own home. I appreciate you are addressing issues, but when the contractors have left, it is then, if not before you will receive a lot more complaints.
Please see attached pictures of my walk to school, I only use 2 roads, but this shows you on average what most of the pavements are like. These are just an example of how they have been left, which as VM stipulated on Twitter to me ' We should make sure things are left as they were' The pictures show they don't really fall under these measures, even the writing hasn't come off after all this rain! ( I sent 4 pictures)
Being in the Job I am, I'm all for new technology and making our connections better, however if Virgin Media are wanting people to connect when its ready to go live, I’m thinking more than a flower bed is needed to keep potential new customers on side!
My suggestion of the electric boxes being themed with Garforth in Bloom was just an idea, it could be connected to them; a flower theme perhaps, was my thinking, however I'm open to other suggestions on how we could get the community involved in getting these boxes commissioned, perhaps using a local artist to work on the theme of garforth mining perhaps? These are just ideas I think VM should consider more.
A lot of the local residents are asking 'Why VM, I didn't ask for it?' now I know the reason as to why new lines are being laid, but if you could be so kind as to give me a little description of the reason for the VM coming to Garforth, I could share this widely using my resources.
I look forward to hearing more about us taking further action and leaving Garforth happier when FNS have left.
I will await their response…….
As mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, the nice guy at Highways in LCC has emailed me back about Church Lane. This was my response! GOD LOVES A TRIER, right?
Good afternoon, Nick
Thank you for your email by return, I really do appreciate it.
Reading through, I'm gathering the residents on Church Lane are the people that are opposing any possible changes? If this is the case, I suspect this is no surprise, as it would mean they would have to park elsewhere! However, if you were to ask the 'other' majority of Garforth, which will run into their thousands including the local traders, I am confident you would get a very different answer.
Off the top of my head, there are approximately 35 houses along the 'problem area' of Church Lane, and having objected with many on a few plans myself in the past, and nothing was ever noted, I am surprised this can't be overruled if it means a major issue needs to be resolved? It's not just a case of frustratingly waiting, as you would have seen on the video, it's an accident waiting to happen; if not a serious road rage incident. It's the one major route into town which, as you know is also a major bus route; you should see it when two busses try to get down!
Is this purely a no go, just down to objections? I would like to take this further if I can, as the situation can't go on. It's a dangerous and hazardous road that is having a major impact on local traders and their businesses as well as the impact it's having to people who are too scared to drive or even walk down there. It is unrealistic to ask people to drive around the town going several miles out of their way to get to whether they want to be; people won't do it!
When I say I want to take this further, what I mean is, I want to see what I can do to make things happen; if you have an suggestions I would be more than happy to hear and help. I am already trying to encourage all traders to walk and car share and asking them to arrange a meeting to do something that will help alleviate traffic.
I’m all for coming up with solutions for everyone involved!
Again, we’ll see if I get a response!
Things going on this weekend
Micklefield have their annual mini gala tomorrow from 12pm
Garforth Brass will be playing and there will be many stalls
Whats on -
Teas/Coffee and refreashments
Games and Activities
Party Light Candles
Globe not for profit Charity
Animals - creepy crawlies and birds of Prey
Tomorrow Evening The Podger have a great evening with Glam, Punk and 80's New Wave from 9pm
There is also some fabulous things going on over this weekend with Quirky Ales and their 80's music choice weekend and some unusual beer options, one with Rhubarb
And if you were lucky enough to get one of the 100 tickets for Take That Live, I hope you have a fabulous night at the Welfare Hall dancing and drinking sensibly. If you didn't manage to get a ticket, don't worry, the guys will be back later in the year with something else...!
OUr Bistro evenings are proving extremely popular too, even more so since Pride and Produce now have their leicense; did you know between 4-6pm you can pop in for a drink? Cocktails, Gin, Beer, Wine
La Bella Vita and Station House as well as other local pubs and restaurants are all serving great food - we're lucky, we don't have go far for a great night out!
As we go into July this weekend, we are on countdown to our first ever Garforth Feastival and many things are being added and confirmed right up to the day.
Main Street music is being finalised this week with our very own Choir, Luke Flear and others. The Library have just confirmed their Bake Off and their Detective Training going on too as well as Story Telling going on in Cielo and Station House Cafe
Have a look at the Website, Facebook or Twitter pages so you can keep up to date with what's going on - you won't be able to miss us on the day; We'll have our own T-shirts : )
MIG (Mum in Garforth)
This month, we did the Wildlife Trust’s 30 Days Wild challenge. The aim was to take a bit of time each day to bring a little nature into your life – could be all-day activities or simply slowing down and noticing things around you. We managed to (mostly) do it. Some days we did lots, other days not so much… but every day I thought about ways to appreciate nature, and I enjoyed following along on Twitter to see what others were up to.
My little man is too young to remember any of this, but getting into the habit of making everyday things special is important to me. I figure now is a good time to practice this for when he’s older and able to do more things. That’s the plan, anyway!
So even though it’s the final day of the challenge, I have a feeling we’ll still be looking for spiders in the garden and stopping to admire wildflowers on our walks.
It’s not too late to get a little wild yourself – check out the Wildlife Trust’s website for ideas on how to bring a little nature into your life.
Until next week,
Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mumingarforth.
NEW! Mum in Garforth Takeover week on Twitter – first week of the month a different mum will take the reins of the @mumingarforth Twitter account and share what’s happening in their world. First up next week is Anna – find her on Twitter @real_meaning and check out her blog here.
We are growing and many great things are happening for the better of our town...... #enjoylocal first
My name is Christine Thom, I came to live in Garforth nearly 22 years ago; you may have seen me around ?