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Litter Free High Royds – Saturday 17th October 2015

High Royds Litter Heroes is a new resident driven project to set up a volunteer litter picking scheme covering the whole of the High Estate over an annual cycle. Come and join the High Royds Residents litter pick and take part in improving our environment for our own enjoyment and for the benefit of the wildlife. Everyone is welcome.

The objectives of the project are to:

* make the High Royds Estate litter free

* recruit resident and non-resident volunteers to participate in monthly litter picking targeting an organised area of the estate

* promote a culture where picking up litter is seen as normal behaviour

* reduce littering by keeping areas clean through regular picking

* document to Ben Bailey & Trinity Estates that residents & non-residents are proactive in keeping our estate litter free

The idea of High Royds Litter Heroes is to promote litter picking as a safe, enjoyable activity and make it really easy for people to go out and do some litter picking. This project will aim increase social capital on the estate and with positive action driven by resident & non-residents it will help keep our estate beautiful and we can socialise after with a natter and refreshments after.

We will meet at the Social Club at 10am on Saturday 17th Oct, where we will agree routes and areas for picking, identify tasks and organize equipment. 20 Litter pickers have been bought for the project. Leeds Council has provided us with collection bags and will remove our full bags.

In addition to collecting the readily manageable litter we will locate and list large items for removal by Ben Bailey or Leeds Council, and most importantly we will take some before and after photographs to share on the Facebook page to celebrate success and encourage our community development.

At 12pm we will come back together at the Social Club to share our information and for some well-earned tea, biscuits and cake!

Please ensure that you have sturdy footwear and protective clothing, especially thick gloves, use mechanical pickers for broken glass and as an experienced litter picker said, ‘don’t be tempted to stick your hand in where you can’t see’. Please note we are volunteers picking litter at our own risk. Let’s keep this an accident free activity.

High Royds Litter Pick – Part 2

The first event was so successful, we left nearly 30 bags of waste for Leeds Council to take away. But we’re not finished. the important job of cataloging all of the waste on site isn’t done, so we’re meeting again this Saturday, 11th July at 10AM at the Social Club.

As important as it is to reinforce the message about picking litter up, its also important to be safe, so wear sturdy shoes. We will provide bags and pickers.

Once we’re complete, we will meet up at the Social Club again for Tea and Cake. So please help us to help the estate and protect all of the important Animal and Plant species that make it so beautiful.


May Update on the New Sports/Social Club

We’ve got some new visuals to show you. They’re fresh from the architects, so take a look below and please please use the comments section below to tell us what you think. We’re relying on people to tell us what they think, what they want from the new club, so that everyone gets something from the new building.

Onto the visuals.

This one is the design description. It shows the building from both sides and also a floor plan.

BB.207712.009C – Plans & Elevations

Cross sections and a useful diagram showing how it’ll sit between the cricket pitch and the lower football pitch.

BB.207712.010B – Sections & Views

Some occupancy options, showing how the building will be laid out inside.

BB.207712.011B – Occupancy Options

A Top down look at where the building will sit on the estate.

BB.207712.001D – Indicative Masterplan

Finally some artistic impressions of the building and surrounds in use.
Look how happy the guy in the first picture looks.

BB.207712.000C – 003 to 008 Concept Impressions

So as mentioned above, we really do need to get some feedback, so please use the form below to tell us your thoughts, or even suggestions for the new place. It is going to take some input and some graft from all over the estate to get it running, please let us know if you want to help.

Highroyds Sports Association HRSA

High Royds Sports Association (HRSA) is a charity set up to provide sports, leisure and recreational facilities and activities.

It is a collaboration between the Menston Cricket Club, Guiseley Juniors Football Club, Menston Juniors Football Club, The High Royds Sports & Social Club, High Royds Residents Association and St Mary’s Menston High School.  Working with Avant (the Estate developer) it aims to build a new sports and social Club on our site.

Avant are contributing £450,000 towards the build with additional grants from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and Leeds City Council. Planning permission for the new club has been granted.  As at Nov 2019 HRSA are seeking to complete the balance of funding needed and to set up a fund to help support the future provision of sports, leisure and recreational facilities and activities on site.  HRSA has reached out to residents and members of the various clubs for contributions.  Donations may be eligible for gift aid.

To make donating easier:

·        HRSA have set up its own fundraising page on Givey:

·        Cheques, payable to High Royds Sports Association, can be sent to HRSA, High Royds Sports And Social Club, High Royds, Menston LS29 6AE.

·        Pay direct via bank transfer to High Royds Sports Association at Santander: bank code: 09.01.29 a/c: 18725258.

Further fundraising will follow including ‘buy-a-brick’ and other schemes.

Here are further images of the club




Ben Bailey Planning Application Update

As some of you will know there is a planning application from Ben Bailey in with Leeds City council right now. Its a departure from the original 10 year old application, since it means changes to the way the old Administration Block will be dealt with and also changes to the green spaces at the back of the estate.

Read more on this here. Consultation Site

There is also a suggestion that this planning application will include handing back the Administration Block to the residents. There isn’t much info on this, especially with regard to how it would be funded and who would be repsonisble for that. An action group consisting of residents and some members of the Committee are organising a petition to try and block this. Feel free to download and pass this round. Here

Ben Bailey Planning Application Update

High Royds Residents Association recently wrote to Martin White of Ben Bailey Homes requesting an insight into the residents feedback arising from the Public Consultation in relation to the Administrative Building , The Ballroom, the proposed new builds at the Glade and Norwood Avenue, plus the proposed change of use of the commercial buildings. We have not, as yet ,received a reply.

However, a planning application has been submitted, for what appears to be all those matters put forward by BBH at the consultation. The deadline for submitting any objections was November 07th 2014 and has now passed.

The planning application includes the Clock Tower Building. Change of use of the Administration Buildings to the rear of the Clock Tower Building from Commercial to Residential. Change of use of the former Workshops to Residential. Change of use of the old Police Station to Residential.


We have contacted Leeds City Council regarding the deadline for submission of comments for objection / support of application 14/05511/LI (Listed Building application for conversion of former hospital buildings including administration block and isolation block to 51 dwellings. ).

This is the application originally referred to on 24/10/2014 in the email to residents “URGENT RESPONSE REQUIRED – Ben Bailey/Avant Homes Planning Application“.

The deadline for submission was the 13th November but apparently you CAN still send in comments; it just means that they are able to make a decision from 13/11/2014. A LCC rep. toldus that the date by which they hope to make a decision (Target Determination Date) is listed as 26/11/2014.

A second application that has been posted recently, 14/5510/FU (Erection of 24 detached and two semi-detached dwellings and conversion of former hospital buildings including the administration block and isolation block to 51 dwellings) and apparently that is the FULL application. Because the application involves a listed building it is normal to have two applications: the listed building application (14/05511/LI) and the full application (14/05510/FU).

Looking on the planning portal website for the new application 14/05510/FU You can see that the deadline for submission of comments is Thursday 4th December

with a Target Determination Date of 20th January 2015.

Also Ben Bailey Homes distributed a ‘Chevin Park Proposals Brochure’around High Royds. However we are aware that many homes did not receive this publication.

You can download a copy of this brochure by clicking on the link below.

‘Chevin Park Proposals Brochure’