Agenda and minutes

Outer North West Community Committee - Monday, 13th November, 2023 1.00 pm

Venue: Greenacre Hall - 55 New Rd Side, Rawdon, Leeds LS19 6DD

Contact: Debbie Oldham on 0113 37 88656 

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To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the

press and public will be excluded). (*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)


There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.



1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2   To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3   If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of

exempt information, as follows:-


There were no exempt items.



To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration (The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)


There were no late items.



To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


The following declarations of interests were made:

·  Cllr Thomson – Governor at Guiseley Primary School

·  Cllr B Anderson – Governor at Holy Trinity Primary School, Cookridge.

·  Cllr Downes – Governor at Rufford Park Primary School and Prince Henry’s Grammar School.


Apologies For Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Garvani and Lay.


Minutes - 11th September 2023 pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 11th September 2023, for approval as a correct record.


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on 11th September 2023, be approved as a correct record.


Minute 22 – Finance Update Report

Cllr Flynn requested that it be noted he wished to disassociate himself from any comments made at the previous meeting in relation to the Wellbeing Application from West Yorkshire Police – Operation Mineral Outer North West. He had attended the meeting. but had left prior to the consideration of the Finance Update Report.



School Place Planning Update pdf icon PDF 240 KB

The report of Head of Locality Partnerships is submitted to the Outer North West Community Committee at the specific request of Members to provide an update on school place planning and demographics across the Outer North West.

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The report of Head of Locality Partnerships was submitted to the Outer North West Community Committee at the specific request of Members to provide an update on school place planning and demographics across the Outer North West.


In attendance for this item were:

·  Cllr Jonathan Pryor – Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education

·  Darren Crawley – Sufficiency and Participation Lead – Children and Families

·  Tracy Waud – Sufficiency and Participation Manager – Children and Families


Head Teachers and School Governors had been invited to the meeting from schools in the Outer North West area.


Before the start of this item the Chair requested a minutes’ silence after the incident which had taken place in Horsforth in the previous week. The Chair said the Community Committee wished to convey their deepest condolences to Alfie’s family and friends. She also wished to thank the emergency services, local schools and Ward Councillors for the support that had been provided to the family and the local community.


Cllr Pryor in his opening remarks, he said he echoed the comments of the Chair and if anyone has concerns or needed to talk about the incident in Horsforth, he said his door was always open.


Cllr Pryor in introducing the report said that the statistical impact on pupil numbers was a citywide issue. However, Aireborough was ahead of the curve and discussions were required to address the issue of school places. It was recognised that school places could fluctuate year on year, and each area has different considerations, but the issue needed to be addressed.


It was noted that one school had already agreed to reduce their Published Admission Number (PAN) and two were consulting on PAN reductions and this had been gratefully received.


The Officers outlined the headline areas as listed in the submitted report. It was noted that the data for births was the most recent from October this year and had seen a drop in the numbers of births again, the lowest since 2004.


It was noted that consultation currently focused on 2025 and that data for 2027 had not yet been projected. There was a need to meet to discuss this issue, and for discussions to include preference patterns, any planned housing in the area and to look at further PAN reductions.


The meeting opened for questions and the following information and discussions followed:

·  It was acknowledged that the outer North West area bordered with Bradford and some of the schools in the area took in pupils from areas such as Apperley Bridge, Menston and Baildon. The schools raised concerns that evidence had not been provided to ensure that pupils from outside the Leeds boundaries had been taken into consideration. It was noted that data was sourced from NHS Leeds, Leeds GP’s and that data from bordering authorities was also taken into account. Officer’s meet regularly with regional local authorities to share data, so they are able to forecast pupil numbers and look at trends to factor in any impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.


Any other business


There was a formal request that acoustics in venues for Community Committee meetings was checked as some attendees were having difficulties hearing. The Localities Team offered to check future venues.


In relation to Minute 22 Finance Update Report

The Chair suggested that in light of the incident in Horsforth Members may wish to reconsider an application submitted by West Yorkshire Police for a preventative project in relation to knife crime. Members were of the view that discussions were needed with the Police and all Ward Members to clarify what was required.


It was suggested that an invite be sent to the Police so they could attend the next meeting.


Members also requested monitoring information in relation to funded projects.




Date and Time of Next Meeting

To note the next meeting of the Outer North West Community Committee will be on Monday 4th December 2023 at 1pm.


RESOLVED – To note the next Outer North West Community Committee will be on Monday 4th December 2023 at 1pm. The venue for the meeting was confirmed as Adel Memorial Hall.


Meeting concluded at 15:20