In Touch Magazine
As everyone now knows, Yorkshire has been declared one of the top 3 places to visit – in the World. Quite right too!
This has come about, not only because Alwoodley is located here, but also partly as a result of the great news that the Tour de France “Grand Depart” will take place in the County and will set off from Leeds on Saturday 5th July this year with a 100 day festival building up to the event itself.
It is difficult to comprehend just how big an event this is. There will be 200 televi- sion stations covering all aspects of the occasion and the crowds are forecast to be massive.
In addition to the bikes and riders there will be an enormous “caravan” of associated vehicles stretching 5 or 6 miles.
The route from the City centre will include the A61,so it will travel right through the middle of Alwoodley. The benefits to the city will be immense – more tourism alone means an increase in business opportunities – and jobs.
However because of the sheer scale of the Tour, whole roads will be sealed off to through traffic and we understand that there will be no access on or through the A61 for much of the day (between around 7am to 3pm).
Many residents, homes and buildings will be affected. We will do our very best to keep you fully informed and Peter, Dan and Neil will post updates on www.alwoodleyward.co.uk and on our twitter feed @ALWOODLEYWARD.
Our current Conservative Member of the European Parliament Timothy Kirkhope will be number one on the party’s list for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, he is joined by five other Conservative candidates, including Alex Story, John Procter, Carolyn Abbott, Michael Naughton and Ryan Stephenson to contest the elections.
Father-of-three Alex Story is a former Olympic rower and has campaigned in parliamentary and local elections across the region.
John Procter has been a Leeds City Councillor since 1992 and is the chief executive officer of successful facilities management company.
Carolyn Abbott is a director of a family-run manufacturing business in Sheffield and has worked as a parliamentary res
earcher in Westminster.
Michael Naughton is currently a policy adviser to the Conservative Group in the European Parliament.
Ryan Stephenson was born and bred in Leeds where he has pursued a career in communications. Ryan has campaigned across the region and is an advisory board member at a flagship primary academy.
What are the biggest changes you have seen in over twenty years on the council?
Undoubtedly, the predictions of the numbers of children in the city.
A generation ago the city was closing and merging schools, for good reasons, based on the best professional estimates of births and the expansion of the city. Now the picture is different and there seems no end to the demand for school places.
What do local people contact their councillors about?
1% of our e-mails are about world peace, global warming, inflation or the global outlook for interest rates.
The other 99% are about road surfaces, inconsiderate parking (often near schools), wheelie bins and depending on the time of year, road-side grass-cutting or grit bins. I could write a book about grit bins.
When people ask you about Alwoodley, how do you sum it up?
Scores of voluntary organisations, full of people working for their friends and neighbours; (I come across a new one almost every month); ‘we’re not all million- aires, even in the most leafy av- enues’, golf courses; the best re- cyclers in Leeds.