When we called Anne North of Guiseley, to tell her she had won the Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum’s raffle prize of a trip behind the scenes at Leeds Bradford Airport, high up her list to see was the lagoons – an exotic concept for the top of Yeadon Moor at the highest airport in England. On 20th December 2016, Anne, husband Geoff, and grandson Alex who is studying maths and physics at A Level, got to see the lagoons, as well as the control tower, radar, and many other fascinating little corners of LBA that you usually do not see when you are rushing through with suitcase in hand.
Anne and her family, together with ANDF Chairlady Jennifer Kirkby, and Steering Committee member Richard Webster, were given a detailed tour around the runways by the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic James Baldwin, one of the Operations Managers – and the lagoons were duly pointed out. They collect the surface water in storage areas around the airport, and, after suitable treatment, flow into Carlton Beck. Like many other areas of Aireborough, Yeadon Moor is a water catchment area, so the lagoons are vital.
The group also had a ‘birds eye’ experience of being on the end of the runway when two aircraft landed; and then got a firsthand glimpse of how it was all organized from the control tower. Whilst there, a hospital flight landed, bound for Multiflight – such lifesaving flights carrying anything from a critically ill passenger to a transplant organ, have priority over all other traffic. Tour finished in the airport’s passenger facilities and Business Lounges.
The ANDF raffle Anne won, was run at the Yeadon and Guiseley Christmas Light Switch Ons, as part of a campaign to raise £10,000 for an Aireborough Urban Character Study; which we are very pleased to say has now practically reached its target thanks to the kind donations of many local people. Leeds Bradford Airport is obviously a key part of our ‘Urban Character’, so we were delighted when they agreed to run a trip especially for the prize winners .
Accompanying the group was Charles Johnson, Head of Planning Development for LBA, as well as Public Affairs Manager Kayley Worsley , they had a good opportunity to talk with Jennifer about the Urban Character project, and how the airport could get involved with this, as well as with an Ancient Woodland Study the Forum would like to included Deipkier Wood in – which is owned by LBA.
The urban study has now got underway and Urban Designer Andy Graham is now hard at work examining the different areas of Aireborough, their development, centres, links and design; the output will go into the Neighbourhood Plan, which is increasing in importance with the new Neighbourhood Planning Bill currently going through parliament.
In the New Year, as well as LBA, we will be asking local people in different ‘quarters’ to come to some focus groups or workshops and discuss their area and improvements with Andy – watch out for an email on this to all members; and if you’d like to be included email Liz Kirkpatrick, Organizational Secretary on firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeing Aireborough from the top of Yeadon Moor offered a different perspective on the landscape and urban design – we’d like to thank LBA for arranging the visit, and wonder how lagoons can become a feature of the local landscape!!