Serving Seacroft, Killingbeck, Crossgates, Hollin Park and Fearnville.
Spring 2019 – Election Issue
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Your Vote Counts
Vote Labour on May 2nd
Last May we were extremely happy to have been elected as your councillors – three local people determined to make a difference. We have been working hard in the ward since then and, though there is still much we want to do, we are proud of our achievements so far.
We have produced two newsletters to keep residents informed. You can find these on our website. We have undertaken many surgeries across the ward – we do around 150 a year. We are working with lots of individuals and organisations in the ward to improve Killingbeck and Seacroft for us all.
Please have a read through this newsletter which gives you a taste of some of the things we are working on.
This May, Councillor Katie Dye is up for re-election. We hope we can count on your support. We feel that we have only just started to make the improvements we would like to see and with your support, we can do even more. If there is anything you would like to share with us or anything you would like help with, please get in touch.
We work hard to support organisations in our ward. We are all governors in local schools and sit on the East Leeds Primary Schools Partnership Trust, we are also on the boards of charities and community organisations across the ward.
We have responded to requests for help, for example, we have:
- Provided railings around Seacroft Gardens to deter travellers encampments.
- Provided funding to ensure that holiday play schemes continue.
- Worked with constituents, the police and council officers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
- Worked with Seacroft Gate residents on lift repair.
- Consulted at Queensview regarding the extra care housing plans and supported day trips.
- Taken steps to close down and demolish the eyesore that is The Gate.
By 2020 councils will have lost almost 60p in every £1 the Government provides for our services. Tory cuts to our council are shameful.
The amount of money austerity has taken out of council services for people in Leeds since 2010 is now close to a staggering £1.5bn.
The Tory ideological obsession with cutting spending has also impacted vital services like the Police and Fire. This Government has no shame in passing the blame to local councils or local police at the first sign of any impact of their cuts on services in their areas.
Despite the austerity inflicted by the Tories on our city over the last 9 years, our Labour-led council has worked hard to protect vital services.
We have kept all our Children’s Centres open, these vital centres help encourage better outcomes in health, education and wellbeing. We have protected youth funding and our ward still has its youth clubs and activities which have a positive impact on health and education outcomes while reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
Our wonderful Neighbourhood Networks play a significant role in supporting older people in our ward and their funding has also been protected.
Labour plans to deliver the biggest council housing programme Leeds has seen since the early eighties. We are identifying sites to build much-needed council housing in the ward. Our Labour council leads by example in paying at least the real living wage to all staff.
Leeds is taking part in a ground breaking recycling on the go scheme. We would like to go much further on waste and recycling. We are lobbying the Government for funding so we can implement the radical changes so desperately needed in this area.
What we really need is proper funding, an end to austerity and the ability to reinvest in our communities and provide desperately needed services.
A Labour Government would invest in communities and work for the many, not just the privileged few. Giving everyone the best chance, building the homes we need to rent and buy, keeping our communities safe with more police officers, giving our children’s schools the funding they badly need and restoring the NHS to its place as the envy of the world.
Whilst the Tory Government remains, our Labour Council strives to protect the services we all need.
It was great to visit the major project to improve flood protection and green space in our area. Improvements have started at Killingbeck Meadows. The aim of the programme is to provide improved flood risk management as well as enhancing landscaping for wildlife and creating a fabulous public green space for us all to enjoy.
If you have not taken a walk along the Wyke Beck yet you are missing a treat, time to get out and enjoy some of the most beautiful parts of our ward.
We are excited to be putting plans into place to improve the facilities at the centre.
We will ensure that funding is made available to make much-needed repairs. We are working to improve the centre and to add facilities such as a community gym and café. It will be great to see the centre in better condition and well used again.
As well as the building itself, we will consult with residents on Seacroft Gardens with a view to improving the green space and playground. It is great to hear that local people are just as keen as us to bring this centre back into full use and improve the surrounding area.
Littering and fly-tipping ruin our environment. We act on all cases reported to us. We are working on initiatives to tackle this problem and will continue to do so.
Remember – if you receive full council tax benefit you can have bulky items removed for free, call 0113 222 44406.
Another excellent addition to Kentmere Community Centre is Fall Into Place Theatre.
This social enterprise is passionate about increasing confidence and tackling isolation through the arts and works across generations. They have lots of opportunities for people to join in such as drama, public speaking, children’s holiday activities. It’s great to have them in Seacroft. We loved their Launch party at Kentmere and look forward to supporting them. Follow them on Facebook to find out more.
At the launch party. Thank you to the amazing Joe Roxby Wardle for the photographs
We all know how important it is for young people to take part in physical activity and contribute to our community.
Here are some activities we have supported this year:
- Enabling the Seacroft Sharks Rugby Club to be established at the Working Men’s Club,
this has made a youth team possible.
- Helping the Seacroft Select Boxing Club to move into a new gym in Kentmere Community Centre.
- Helping the students from Leeds East Academy with their clean up of Black Shops.
- Meeting with students from Bishop Young Academy to talk about local democracy.
- Supporting projects such as those at the amazing Chapel FM and LS14 trust.
We recognise the importance of school holiday activities for young people. We have funded sporting and play activities for young people across the ward and are looking to expand the provision available.
If you have any ideas please let us know.
Tackling Traffic Issues.
We share peoples concerns about traffic issues in our ward.
Some of the initiatives we are involved in to address this are :
- Meeting with residents to discuss ways of reducing speeding traffic on Kentmere
Avenue and using these ideas across the ward.
- Responding to residents requests and writing to people in Fearnville Terrace asking
them to park on the road not the grass verges.
- Discussing traffic calming measures with residents and council officers.
- Looking at how to enforce the 20 mph limits in the ward.
We have secured some funding to fight motorbike crime in our ward. We see on a daily basis, the misery caused by this.
Please continue to report incidents to the police, you can call 101 or use the West Yorkshire Police website. Without evidence, the police cannot act so please keep reporting.
West Yorkshire Police
For Police Non-Emergencies dial 101. In an Emergency always call 999.
Deaf or speech impaired: Textphone 07786 200 200 – Text Relay 18001 101
“Seacroft resident Katie Dye is your Labour candidate on Thursday 2nd May.
A local teacher who lives in the area, Katie has done a great job in Killingbeck and Seacroft since first being elected by local people a year ago.
The Conservative Government has unnecessarily slashed Leeds City Council’s Budget by nearly 60% since 2010 – that’s £1.5 billion less for things that matter to local people.
And that’s not all – there have been the Tory Government’s cuts to our police on top of that too. Your local Labour team of Councillor David Jenkins, Councillor Paul Drinkwater and Katie have consistently spoken out against the cuts and have worked hard to put local people’s interests first. A vote for Labour’s Katie Dye is a vote for a local champion, a vote against Tory cuts and a vote for your hardworking local Labour team.”
Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East
We are taking part in the consultation to find out what people would like to see in the park. There is money to spend!
If you haven’t completed a survey, please get in touch so your voice can be heard.
Katie at the Rein Park Consultation
The Poole Estate
We are pleased to have funded projects for children and older people in this area.
We met with council officers recently to look into the possibility of securing funding for improved recreational areas. This is just the beginning of this process – if you would like to contribute please get in touch.
Your Councillors, Katie Dye, Paul Drinkwater and David Jenkins live in the ward.
We share your concerns and a vision for the ward that we are all proud to live and work in.
Visit us at one of our Surgeries
Local Supermarkets in a rotation (Tesco and Asda): 1st Friday of the month 1 pm – 2:30 pm (Joint surgery with Richard Burgon MP, please ring 0113 2323266 for details)
Denis Healey Centre, Foundry Mill Street, LS14 6RD: Every Thursday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cross Gates Library, Farm Road, LS15 7LB: 1st Saturday of the month 10 am – 12 pm (Joint surgery with Richard Burgon MP)
Seacroft Community Hub (Deacon House), Seacroft Avenue, LS14 6JD: Every Saturday, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
MP’s Office on Rosgill Drive LS14 6QY: 3rd Friday of the month 2 pm – 4:30 pm (Joint surgery with Richard Burgon MP)
LS14 Trust, 45 Ramshead Hill LS14 1BT: Every Monday 12:00pm—1pm
Please note – we have no surgeries in August but you can contact us by email any time.