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Traffic tops Saltaire Village Society survey
Elaine Gilligan reports

Over forty people attended a lively open meeting at the Caroline Street Social Club on Monday 19th March to discuss the future of the Saltaire Village Society. Founded over twenty years ago to oppose plans to build a road through Roberts Park the Society has successfully campaigned for the listing of the Village and designation as a World Heritage Site. The meeting was held to discuss the results of a survey carried out by the Society on issues in Saltaire and on the future role of the Society. Sixty two people responded to the survey with issues ranked in order of priority as traffic, litter, World Heritage status followed by parking and crime in joint fourth place. Other comments included issues such as street maintenance, dog dirt, anti-social behaviour, parking, heritage / tourism, local shops and the upkeep of Roberts Park.

The meeting was also an opportunity to hear from other groups active in Saltaire and a chance for neighbours to get to know each other. The recently set up Saltaire History Club is going well, while the United Reformed Church is looking for bell ringers. Plans are underway for the 2007 Saltaire Festival on September 6-16th and the Half Moon Café has plans for a series of concerts through the summer months. A representative from Victoria Hall informed the meeting that the refurbishment of the Hall was going very well and discussions are underway for a marriage licence for the Hall as well as bringing back the social gathering called the Conversazione . A representative from Bradford Tourism also informed the meeting of plans to develop a networked Tourist Information site within Saltaire next year. In the meantime a temporary Tourist Information point within Victoria Hall is being looked at. A representative from the Salts Sports Association reported on a revival of activities including work with Salts Grammar on using the facilities at the Association, free tennis sessions and a regeneration plan. An appeal was also made for new members by a representative from Rainbow Morris. With concern over the demise of local shops on Victoria Road we also heard from the new owners of what used to be Helen Kemp’s shop which is to open soon as a fair-trade café.

It was clear from the meeting that Saltaire is an amazing hive of activity and more should be done to make encourage info sharing and networking in addition to the work being done by the website and the Sentinel. It was felt that this was a key role that Saltaire Village Society could play and there was a suggestion that the Society could be more of an umbrella group uniting all the various groups within Saltaire. It was also agreed that traffic should continue to be an issue the Society is active on. Options on the future of the Society are now being worked on by the Committee and will be discussed at the AGM on May 21st 2007 at the Victoria Hall Glen Room at 7.30pm where we hope to have another lively and enthusiastic evening – more details will be available about this soon. Meanwhile on behalf of the Society many thanks to everyone who filled in the survey and contributed to Monday’s meeting which will help shape how the Society develops.

Elaine Gilligan


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