Elections Ian McCargo Otley and Yeadon Branch News Yeadon

What’s the choice at this election? – Yeadon

The Tories – enough is enough!

Whatever your politics, you know things just don’t feel right at the moment.

  • High energy prices
  • Rising interest rates
  • Food shortages
  • Companies making vast profits at our expense – supported by their Tory friends in government
  • Ordinary people even on reasonable incomes struggling to make ends meet
  • HERE in Yeadon, inadequate public transport because unfair funding favours the wealthy South.

Labour and the Co-operative Party – standing for solidarity and an economy fair for all

The co-operative movement is more relevant than ever, tackling some of the great issues of our time.

  • Food justice projects – the City Council’s Food Champion is a Labour and Co-op councillor
  • Community energy organisations
  • Fair taxation
  • In touch with local people and responding to local needs

And of course Labour is ready for government – ready to build a better Britain.

Please vote Labour and Co-operative Party in this election –send a clear message to the Tories that it’s time for change.

Your Labour candidate for Otley and Yeadon ward – Leeds City Council

Ian McCargo with red Labour rosette on Yeadon High Street

Ian McCargo

Working hard for Otley and Yeadon

Thursday 4th May

Your vote matters

two people discussing a Labour party leaflet outside Wharfedale View care apartments - Leeds City Council sign welcome to Wharfedale View

Voting really does change things. The country voted Labour in 1945 and Labour created the NHS. The country voted Tory in 1979 and the Tories privatised council housing, gas, electricity, water, and public transport.

Your vote counts in local elections too. Leeds Labour kept open all its Children’s Centres in the face of huge Tory cuts. And it’s keeping services in-house – protecting jobs and running the services for people, not profit. A vote for Labour will help protect the local services we all rely on.


Yeadon has some great community spaces and activities, such as The Tarn, The Sailing Centre, Yeadon Town Hall, The Carnival, and a rich history promoted by the Civic Society. But we do have to fight to keep up community spaces and services, and it’s easy to feel the town is sometimes overlooked by those who run the city.

If elected as your councillor I will work with senior Labour city councillors and officers, your local Labour & Co-op Party MP Alex Sobel, and other organisations that offer services and resources, to get the best possible deal for the Yeadon area.

Ian McCargo at Yeadon tarn

We will start to address some of long term issues you’ve told me about – damp housing, parking and traffic nightmares, anti-social behaviour and the lack of facilities for young people.

You want Yeadon to be a strong and sustainable community. I will fight for the resources and services to make that happen.

Labour delivering for Yeadon

    Leeds Children’s Services have now been rated Outstanding by Ofsted – not once but twice.
    The City Council has cut its energy use by 24% meaning more money for our local public services
    The Council’s new Serious Environmental Crime Team is tackling fly tipping
    Leeds Labour is keeping Council services in-house – not subsidising the profits of private companies
    The Council aims to build 1500 new council homes by 2025 and new care units for 1000 older people
Ian McCargo, in the background in a plane at Leeds Bradford Airport

Ian’s priorities for Yeadon

The airport helps Yeadon’s economy but also causes pollution and traffic issues. Working with the local community and the airport authorities I’ll seek to protect and promote local airport jobs, challenge excess night flights, and tackle ongoing airport parking in residential areas.

The now reduced 966 circular bus service is a symptom of privatised public transport run for profit.

Bus shelter by Yeadon Morrisons

Yeadon needs a good public transport network to connect it to the wider area. I’ll push for this with Labour councillors in Guiseley, WYCA – the transport body, and bus companies.

Ian McCargo by Queensway primary school

After a strong campaign by local parents, trade unions, Labour MP Alex Sobel and others, Labour Leeds has listened, and Queensway Primary School will stay open. A victory for local people and organisations working together to get their voices heard – exactly my approach if elected.

Ian McCargo
07934 479880

I’m delighted Otley & Yeadon Labour members have chosen me as your candidate. I live locally and I’ve got to know Yeadon well over 20 years. I worked at EMIS in Rawdon for 15 years, often taking my lunch breaks in Yeadon. The company also had offices in Kirkfields and Rawdon House in Yeadon. My daughter went to Benton Park school and later worked at the Airport. In 2017 I stood for Parliament in Pudsey constituency, campaigning in lower Yeadon. I’m secretary of Leeds Co-op Party – Labour’s sister party – and trustee of a local Millennium Green charity.

East of Otley Elections Richard Davies

Re-elect Richard Davies

Richard Davies in a waterproof coat, field behind
Danefield ward – your Labour town council candidate
Re-elect Thursday 4 May Richard DAVIES For Otley Town Council Labour (white text on red background)

For the past two years, I have been an active and committed Otley Town Councillor for Danefield Ward, working together with residents, other councillors and officers, community groups and businesses to tackle things that needed doing.

This has not always been easy, but working collaboratively with other people and groups I have been able to progress a number of my priorities and resolve problems which have cropped up. Here are a few examples:

East of Otley: I am heavily involved in talks with Leeds City Council planners, the town council, and community groups, such as Otley 2030, to make a robust response to unsuitable development proposals. I submitted a 10-page detailed response and was also active in discussions with LCC Rights of Way staff about formally recognising footpaths around the Cambridge estate.

Anti-Social Behaviour: Drug-dealing and associated anti-social behaviour in the ward has upset nearby residents. I worked with the local police, LCC Housing and Anti-Social Behaviour Teams, and other councillors to address the issue of problem tenants being placed near vulnerable people. This led to a stronger response from the authorities, and the issues seem to have been resolved to the satisfaction of the residents.

Community Facilities: Otley needs more community facilities and has too many empty buildings. I’ve worked for two years with the Town Council and community groups to deliver the 3G Artificial sports pitch at Prince Henry’s. I help organise the Otley Live Music Festival. I’m also involved in developing a community bid to acquire the Methodist Church for community use.

Workers in orange hi-viz overalls operating vehicle-mounted drain clearing equipment, lowering a hose into the opened road drain

Street Cleansing: A number of areas in the ward haven’t had their gullies or drains cleaned for years due to on-street parking. I liaised with LCC to organise a day of action to sweep streets and pavements and jetwash blocked gullies around Cambridge Street.

Road Safety:I pushed for speed indicator devices (SIDs) to be used at speeding hotspots in Danefield Ward. The Leeds Road SID will be relocated, and one or two more may be set up on larger roads in the next two years, based on traffic surveys. There are also plans for 20mph zones in many parts of town.

Potholes: Various streets in the ward – such as Albion St, South View Terrace and Orchard Street – have poor road surfaces. Full resurfacing is not planned in the near future, so I liaised with LCC Highways to persuade them to patch surfaces and fill potholes in the meantime.

Richard’s priorities

for Danefield ward in the next 4 years

East of Otley Development: work with planners, city and town councillors and community groups to stop an inappropriate development and make sure the plans provide quality sustainable homes, affordable housing for young people, more green spaces and sites for sports clubs, and less traffic coming into the town.

Community Facilities: work with local groups and the Town Council to acquire a community hub to provide spaces for local groups to meet and widen the range of cultural events.

Cleaner Streets: work with senior Leeds councillors and officers to get better local services, especially pothole-filling, blocked drains and street cleaning.

Road Safety: lobby Town Council colleagues to prioritise speed indicator devices in and around Danefield Ward where speed limits are ignored.

Bus Services: keep working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and bus companies to get more reliable bus services round the Cambridge Estate.

Access to the Chevin: work with Leeds to restart the Chevin Users Forum and look at ways to improve parking, signposting and access from the town, making the Chevin a better place for the community and the environment.

Otley town council Richard Davies

Richard Davies – Labour Candidate for Otley Town Council Danefield Ward

The candidates for the Town Council election on Thursday, 4th May have now been confirmed. I am proud to be standing again as Labour candidate for my home ward and I am committed to working hard again to try and get things done, both in the ward and around Otley in general.

I thought I would share a summary of some of the many things I have done in just two years as a councillor. My commitment is to carry on working hard for all Danefield residents whatever their politics and I will post my priorities shortly in another post.

There are a lot of candidates standing in the ward, so please vote for someone who will work hard after the election for the good of the town!

Richard Davies on the Irish fields, Otley
Richard Davies, Otley town councillor for Danefield ward

For the past two years, I’ve been an active and committed town councillor working together with residents, other councillors and officers, community groups and businesses to tackle things that needed doing, in line with my stated priorities.

This hasn’t always been easy and I’ve met many roadblocks, but by working with others, we’ve been able to progress a number of initiatives and resolve problems. Here are a few of these developments:

East of Otley

I played a significant role in discussions with Leeds city council (LCC) planners, the town council and community groups like Otley 2030 to ensure a robust response to the ill thought-out development proposals. My own response ran to 10 pages. The development is now paused while planners try to revise proposals into something that could meet the community’s needs, but I’ll be ready to re- engage when these emerge. I was also active in discussing the formal recognition of footpaths around the Cambridge estate with LCC rights of way staff, which was largely successful.

Anti-social behaviour

Recent examples of drug- dealing and linked anti-social behaviour in the ward have caused a fair bit of upset to nearby residents. I liaised with local police, LCC housing and anti-social behaviour teams, and other councillors, to bring together agencies to tackle this, and the issue of problem tenants being housed near vulnerable people. This action got a more robust response from the authorities and the problems appear to have been resolved.


Various streets in the ward – such as Albion St, South View Terrace and Orchard Street – have poor road surfaces and resurfacing is planned in the next two years. In the meantime I’ve persuaded LCC Highways to patch some of these and fill in potholes.

Street cleansing

Workers in orange hi-viz overalls operating vehicle-mounted drain clearing equipment, lowering a hose into the opened road drain

A number of areas in Danefield ward haven’t been cleaned for many years, due to on- street parking. I liaised with LCC staff to organise a day of action to sweep streets and pavements and jetwash blocked gullies.

Road safety

I’ve lobbied colleagues to introduce speed indicator devices at hotspots in and around Danefield ward. There is a possibility that one or two may be installed over the next two years on larger roads, following traffic surveys, along with proposals for 20mph zones across much of the town.

Community facilities

Otley has fewer community facilities compared to some towns, reducing our ability to develop the local economy. Over two years, I’ve worked with the town council and community groups to help deliver the 3G artificial sports pitch at Prince Henry’s school (construction start January 2023). I’ve also helped organise the Otley Live music festival, and explored whether the Methodist church could be acquired for community use. The town council plans to gather evidence of facilities needed across the town.

Contact Richard Davies

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