In the Loop – on High Royds
In the Loop is a Newsletter for everyone living on the High Royds estate.
Published by the High Royds Residents Association (HRRA) we issue In the Loop to keep everyone aware of issues affecting our community.
- Avant has indicated the work the company plans to carry out in the Wider Estate in order to bring it up to the standards before hand over to Trinity Estates:
- The work involves general ‘tidying up’ on Menston Drive – BUT Avant has stated it is not prepared to provide lighting between Building 20 (near Norwood Avenue) and Bingley Road. The lack of lighting on Menston Drive remains a serious concern to HRRA;
- Menston Drive will remain a private road and it appears that Leeds City Council (LCC) planners have agreed to discharge the planning requirements for top surfacing because the road is no longer planned as a bus route;
- There will be no further work carried out by Avant on the section of Menston Drive that is not to be adopted by LCC, other than any essential health and safety work in connection with potholes, overhanging trees and damaged kerbs.
- Elsewhere: redundant lights and signposts to be removed;
- walls to be repaired;
- damaged fences to be repaired or removed;
- litter and debris in and around the pond to be cleaned out;
- topsoil near pond to be levelled and seeded – and a gap in the hedge to be dug and made good;
- sections of paths to be repaired and/or completed;
- area to north of the wood to be made good;
- some areas to be made good and seeded;
- Avant states that the works will be undertaken over the next few weeks, with a planned finish date by the end of May.
- It is not clear what work Avant plans to carry out on the Orchards area off High Royds Drive.
- Nor does Avant include those areas around Avant Blocks which have not yet been taken into management by Trinity. It’s anticipated that these areas will be inspected separately.
However, Avant indicates that it considers the issues relating to defective freehold contracts are now resolved and the company is wanting Trinity to begin management of these blocks subject to any snagging work to be agreed.
- The final resurfacing works to High Royds Drive, Ingle Lane and Guiseley Drive will be undertaken once Yorkshire Water has approved the drainage under these roads. Eventually the roads and associated pavements and lighting will be adopted by LCC.
- The council has been asked to provide more waste/dog waste bins on the pavements it will be responsible for after road adoption.
In the light of the advised work, it’s believed that the Estate Charge for the maintenance of the Wider Estate will be invoiced to all property owners shortly after the estate has been transferred to Trinity. Also, it’s anticipated that the Service Charge will be levied for most, if not all, of the Avant blocks not yet in Trinity’s management (assuming the transfer is imminent).
The future ownership of the Sports Fields and proposed Clubhouse is still to be resolved and is of serious concern. A separate update will be provided in May.
Because of Covid 19 we have been unable meet in person or hold an AGM, but the Association has been meeting monthly by Zoom – and has also held meetings with both Avant Homes and Trinity Estates.
We hope to hold public meetings to which all residents will be invited once it is safe to do so.