News Retirement village underway

WORK has started on the long-awaited development of Ledian Farmin Leeds. Diggers from the construction

giant Gallagher arrived at the seven-acre site in the village on February 13 as the first phase gets underway. The £50m project is to turn a

run-down industrial estate into a retirement complex, with a shop to serve thewider community. Last August, we revealed the

scheme would go ahead this spring after securing the financial backing of Legal & General. The first phase, which will in-

clude these core facilities and 53 flats and assisted living units, is scheduled for completion by Au- gust 2020.The secondwill bringup to 115 one and two bedroomprop- erties for sale to older people. Leeds borough councillor Gill

Fort has welcomed the “Inspired Villages” plan but hopes that site vehiclemovements will not prove to be toodisruptive to localpeople. She said: “Ledian Farm was a bit of an eyesore so this will cer-

DOG owners in Leeds are being warned that their pets risk being shot if they worry pregnant ewes. A notice in the parish maga-

Diggers start work on access to the site and right, an artist’s impression of the retirement village

tainly improve the look of the place. I would hope that none of the site traffic will be coming through the centre of the village. “But I think it could be a good

thing for an ageing population to have a place like this.” Access to the site will be from

Upper Street on the B2163. Workers started to create an an

entrance to the B2163 by using a mechanical digger to remove a stonewall. The large retirement develop-

ment will include a clubhouse, with pool, and facilities including a village shop, a deli and bistro thatwill be open to villagers. The centre’s spa is also expected to be available to privatemembers.

Last year, Inspired’s sales and

marketing director James Cobb claimed: “Our developments en- able an independent and fulfilling retirement, with homes based around a village centre.” We understand that at least one

interested party has expressed an interest in running the shop in the retirement village.

Dogwarning M20work starts onOperation Brock

zine says that sheep are being kept in the fields near the church and Battel Hall. All are in lamb and couldmis-

carry or die if attacked or chased down by a dog. The notice states: “There are

notices telling people NOT to have their dogs off the lead. “If they are seen worrying

sheep, the farmer has the right to shoot the dog.”

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AMONTH of disruption and diver- sions started on February 9 as the nation prepares for life after Brexit. Overnight work was being car-

ried out to get the M20 ready for the Operation Brock contraflow system. This will last until about March

11 and the A20 will bear the brunt of traffic which would normally travel fromjunctions seven to nine. There will be 50mph speed restric- tions on theM20. Cones and signs are in place to

stop HGVs using Bearsted or New Cut Road to reach the M20 and

drivers are being warned of delays on the A20 by Highways England. It is hoped Operation Brock will

keep traffic flowing on the motor- way after Brexit. Vehicleswillmove in both directions while lorries can be stacked coastbound if there are disruptions to Port of Dover or Channel Tunnel services. Highways England claimed: "The

arrangement is part of a package ofmeasures that will help improve the resilience of the county’s roads. They also include Manston airfield and theM26." Highways England Chief Execu-


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tive JimO’Sullivan said: “The steps we are putting in place on theM20 are based on our extensive experi- ence of working with partners to keep the road network in this re- gion operating safely and reliably. "They incorporate the lessons

learned fromour experience ofOp- eration Stack in 2015 and tech- niques from construction schemes in other parts of the country. "They willmake a significant dif-

ference to reducing the congestion and disruption to both theM20 it- self and the wider road network and people of Kent.”

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