Thank you to everyone who attended yesterday’s highly successful Milner Field farm protest!
Yesterday’s event made a real media splash, and there has been significant local news coverage of the ongoing campaign surrounding Milner Field. Not only has this received a comprehensive write-up in the Telegraph and Argus but the campaign was also covered on yesterday’s edition of Look North!
Most of the coverage to data appears to be very sympathetic and favourable on behalf of those who wish to see a dairy farm remain at Milner Field. So we can only hope that the council will acknowledge the strong feelings felt locally towards this scheme and deny planning permission accordingly.
To folk who are (or might be) interested in the Milner Field Farm planning applications
On behalf of Stella and David Downs, may I extend a warm invitation to join us at Milner Field Farm on Saturday 3 December between 10.30 and 12 midday.
This event is to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the designation of Saltaire as a World Heritage Site. We are delighted to tell you that we will be joined by Nick Salt and Jamie Roberts. Just in case you don’t know, Nick and Jamie are, respectively, direct descendants of the founder of Saltaire and the builder of the farm, and the ‘Second Lord of Saltaire’ who lived in the mansion and oversaw the farm.
We are especially delighted they will be present because they are about to submit an impressive letter of objection to the planning applications that would see the farm’s demise.
We’ll be joined by Jamie’s alpacas and by the Telegraph and Argus who plan a photoshoot at around 11.00.
Just a couple of words of warning… There will be no parking at the farm itself, and whilst we will be on hard standing (and undercover if it’s wet), this is a working farm so sensible footwear is advised.
working voluntarily to protect Milner Field Farm, a precious heritage asset
PS You may have come across those Soviet-style election results in which the turnout was 107% of the electorate or the like. Well, Milner Field boasts something similar but not fake. What a pity planning applications are not decided on the public vote. Public rejection of the applications has been overwhelming (BMDC planning dept official figures, correct at c17.00 on 18.11.2016).
The Friends would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who braved the inclement weather on Saturday morning to attend our Roberts Park bulb planting event. The weather earlier that morning was atrocious – but Bradford folk are made of tough stuff, and fortunately this wasn’t enough to keep away our hardy volunteers!
Ably guided by Dan from the BMDC Parks’ Service, the Friends planted two large sacks of bulbs under a beech tree in the park itself, and we were rewarded with a two hour window of clear weather for our efforts!
Anyway, here are some photos from the event itself. The plan is that this will be the first of many such similar events in the future, so watch this space for further details.
Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM last Wednesday. The Friends have had an action-packed 2016, and so far 2017 is already shaping up to be another busy year in the park!
In what we hope will be the first of many similar such events the Friends have been offered the opportunity to do some Winter bulb planting within Roberts Park on the 19th November.
We will meet at the Park Lodge near the adventure playground at 10am before proceeding onwards to the flowerbeds shortly afterwards. All bulbs and gardening equipment will be provided, and naturally everyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Please do watch this space for news of future hands-on events in the park, in particular we hope to announce soon plans to overhaul an area of the park and to turn this into a dedicated wildlife habitat. More news soon!
As some of our regular readers may already be aware, Cliffe Castle Park in Keighley is currently undergoing Lottery funded renovations and will be greatly revamped in the not too distant future!
To celebrate this, Cliffe Castle Park Conservation Group have organised a guided tour of the Heritage Lottery funded restoration work. Attached is a poster giving details of this event which may be of interest to some of our regular readers here.