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Josie Jarosz Election Result

Josie Jarosz has been re-elected to continue serving Pudsey as your councillor on Leeds City Council. Here's the full result for Pudsey:

Surname Forename Votes Elected Description
Arbuckle Jude Patrick 167 Liberal Democrats
Jarosz Josie 2884 ELECTED Labour and Co-operative Party
Johnson Laura Rosemary 220 Green Party
O'Neill Conor Andrew 211 Yorkshire First
Seary Simon Anthony 2120 The Conservative Party Candidate
Tattersall Kath 751 UK Independence Party (UKIP)

Electorate: 17283; Turnout: 36.9%

Josie Campaigning with Rachel Reeves MP and Council Leader Judith Blake

Councillor Josie Jarosz said:

"I have so many different people to thank for my success from the resident who stopped me in the street and demanded a garden placard to the member who had undergone a knee operation but still walked delivered leaflets and canvassed for me.

"Rachel Reeves MP (above centre) came to Pudsey twice bringing many supporters with her. Judith Blake (above right-centre), the leader of Leeds City Council, brought members of the Executive to work in Pudsey. I received great support from Jamie Hanley, John Bracken, Lorraine Mawston, Colin Matthews and members of many branches who took time to help in Pudsey's campaign. We even had a non-member so incensed by what this government has done that he did several massive deliveries and joined us at the count. I have to confess to being a bit of a technophobe and relied on many others in Pudsey, Calverley/Farsley and Horsforth to help, but that help was freely given as soon as I asked.

"Finally I must thank my colleagues Cllr. Richard Lewis and Cllr. Mick Coulson who work so hard all year round, contrary to the losing candidate's comment on twitter."

Leeds City Council Leader Judith Blake said:

"Congratulations to all our successful candidates and thank you to everyone for their incredible hard work over the last few months in the local election campaign. The results in Leeds give a clear indication that the people of the city back the hard work of their local Labour councillors and have re-elected them on that basis. I'm also delighted that the people of Leeds have elected a Labour Group that for the first time has more female councillors than male.

"Despite continuing Government cuts to the council's budget and the loss of around 2500 staff, the results give us a basis from which to fight to protect vital public services and promote economic growth to create much needed jobs for the people of Leeds."

8th May 2016

EU Referendum - Register to Vote by 7th June
Register to Vote for EU Referendum

The referendum on the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union is on Thursday 23rd June 2016. You can vote in this referendum if you're registered to vote in the UK, are 18 or over on 23rd June and are British, Irish or a Commonwealth citizen living in the UK.

Register to Vote If you're not already on the electoral roll, you need to register to vote by midnight on Tuesday 7th June 2016 to have your say in the EU Referendum. If you're already registered to vote you'll have received a poll card in late May.

29th May 2016

Josie's Election Pledges

Josie's Election Pledges

25th April 2016

Councillors call for action as horses surge through park

Horses in Park Pudsey Labour councillors Josie Jarosz, Mick Coulson and Richard Lewis are calling for firm action to be taken to deal with the owners after more than fifty horses got into Tyersal Park in Pudsey over the weekend, even getting into the children's play area. The horses were eventually rounded up. Parks staff have brought in sections of temporary fencing and are putting a new gate on the play area to prevent a recurrence until the arrival of permanent fencing - due in August - paid for by the local councillors. A grass cutting team is working to give 'first aid' to the grassed area.

Councillor Josie Jarosz commented:

"This is Pudsey in the 21st century, not the Wild West in the 19th century. Residents should not find their park full of horses. It has happened too often before - though not on this scale - and we need to have concerted action to sort out the horse problem in this area. I'm pressing for the Council to use all its powers, including appropriate legal action, to come up with a solution which meets the concerns of local people over their environment and the welfare of the horses. The bottom line is that owners of livestock have a duty to stop them roaming; if they don't, they should be paying compensation for the damage they've done.

"We've used our funds to provide permanent fencing, but that won't arrive 'til August. In the meantime we've a temporary solution that won't look very attractive, but should do the job. Parks & Countryside staff will have to monitor the situation intensively over the next few months so this doesn't happen again."

Please report any such incidents to Parks & Countryside Farnley Hall head office 0113 395 7400 daytime or ParksWatch helpline 0113 232 9973 anytime.

30th April 2016

Labour concern about Pudsey railway cutting

Councillors in Pudsey have raised concerns about work around a railway cutting in the ward. Councillors Josie Jarosz, Richard Lewis and Mick Coulson are worried about the impact of works on the cutting, running parallel to Station Street, near the Royal Public House.

Pudsey Councillor Josie Jarosz said:

"We know that the best developments are the ones with full local consultation and community involvement at every step of the process. As a local ward member I have not been adequately consulted on work in this area and I hope this can be remedied by the companies involved quickly.

Josie Jarosz and the Railway Cutting

"I am very concerned that there is not only work taking place in the vicinity of the railway cutting, but that waste could easily fall into it. I am outraged and disturbed about the impact on the surrounding areas, including on local wildlife, if trees and vegetation are being removed.

"The vegetation has only just recovered from the last time it was cut back, so it is desperately disappointing that it has been cut back again.

"We will, of course, make sure that Council officers are looking into these issues and, as with everywhere else, will look to ensure that if there are any breaches of planning or enforcement they are appropriately responded to. However, the onus must be on those responsible for the work to come and talk to local people and elected representatives to ensure everyone has had a chance to fully understand and comment on any plans for the area."

12th March 2016

A little bit that helps

Councillor Josie Jarosz In Pudsey we've a good record of building new affordable homes to rent, including a number of council houses. However, thanks to the Government seeing 'starter homes' with a quarter of a million pound price tag as its priority, housing associations are struggling to get rented schemes to stack up financially and delivering homes to rent at a reasonable rate is getting very difficult. To Let Sign One thing we are able to do is buy back a few ex-council properties that have been sold under the Right to Buy. It's not a cheap option, but it will provide a few extra council homes for Pudsey people that we wouldn't have otherwise.

Josie Jarosz said:

"I'm very supportive of this scheme. There's nothing more infuriating than seeing a former council house with a landlord's 'to let' board outside it which you know will have a price tag that's out of reach for many local people."

15th April 2016

25th anniversary for Rycroft Green high rise sheltered housing

This month marks the quarter century for the conversion of a tower block in Swinnow to sheltered housing. Jon Trickett, Labour Leader of the Council at the time and now M.P. for Hemsworth, came up with the idea which saw half a dozen blocks across the city upgraded, given extra security and provided with a resident warden. One enthusiastic supporter of the scheme - which cost £500,000 per block - was a (fairly) young councillor Richard Lewis.

Councillor Richard Lewis Since then, Labour councillors have pushed through a number of initiatives to keep the Rycrofts area attractive. The biggest was the demolition of a number of very unpopular maisonette blocks and their replacement with family housing with gardens in the late nineties. Work is still continuing - with much support from the tenants' Housing Advisory Panel - to continue improving the blocks internally and the overall look and feel of the area. Over the past year or so:

  • New fencing has been erected along the Stanningley bypass
  • Communal gardens have been improved
  • Garage forecourts have been resurfaced
  • Recycling facilities have been improved
  • Internal areas of the flats have been re-decorated
  • A 20mph zone has been introduced

Said Richard Lewis:

"For all the work we've done, the Pudsey councillors still want to do more in this part of Swinnow. Our big ambition is to see the four high rise blocks re-clad to make them more energy-efficient and bring down fuel bills for the tenants. I'm still hopeful that we'll achieve this over the next few years, even though the Government has messed about with funding for council housing to make this more difficult."

18th April 2016

Councillor Josie Jarosz
Church Lane - road improvements to start on 18th April

Work will begin on the kerbing and footpaths of Church Lane from Robin Lane to Radcliffe Lane on Monday 18th April. Work should take about three weeks to complete. All residents in the streets running off Church Lane have been informed and every effort will be made to allow them to get their cars in and out while work is in progress. Work will only take place off-peak to minimise disruption.

Said Councillor Josie Jarosz:

"This is the most-used stretch of pavement in Pudsey and I'm very pleased that the work is being done. I'll be even happier when the follow-up works to re-surface Church Lane itself take place."

11th April 2016

Re-elect Councillor Josie Jarosz Josie, Rachel, Mark and friends

Rachel Reeves MP and Mark Burns-Williamson PCC, were out and about in Pudsey with Councillor Josie Jarosz reminding Pudsey that the local elections are on 5th May 2016.

Also the election for the Police and Crime Commissioner takes place on the same day and Mark Burns-Williamson is the Labour Candidate for West Yorkshire.

9th April 2016

Leeds City Council Tackling Fuel Poverty

Councillor Richard Lewis The cost of energy is a big deal for all Leeds residents. The government's response to concerns about the cost of energy is to tell people to switch their suppliers, but many people do not because they find the tariffs on offer confusing and feel that the good deal they get today will turn out to be not such a good deal when the suppliers next put their prices up. In short, people do not trust the energy companies.

Labour-run Leeds City Council has come up with a solution to the lack of trust: its own energy supply company. Instead of a remote company that's accountable to its shareholders who want to maximize profit, Leeds's energy supply company will be accountable to the citizens of Leeds and will be committed to being transparent and ethical in its dealing with the public. The expectation is that the average resident could save between £100 and £200 a year for anyone switching. Not only will it benefit individuals, but the council will sign up all empty council homes to the new company as a way of ensuring tenants get a good deal. The company will also be targeting tenants who are currently saddled with paying for energy in the most expensive way - pre-payment meters - to get them to switch to cheaper 'pay as you go' options.

The scheme will begin with the switching of council empties in the near future. The main launch will start over the summer and residents will be able to sign up from September.

Pudsey Councillor Richard Lewis commented:

"I'm very proud to be associated with this project. We won't be able to say that we'll always have the cheapest energy on the market, but we think we can save money for most residents and we won't manipulate tariffs on a whim. The aim is for the company to be eyhical in its dealings and have a mission to benefit the people of Leeds by reducing fuel poverty. I'll even sign up myself."

8th April 2016

Josie Jarosz Traffic Light
Lighting the way in Pudsey

Pudsey Labour Councillors have successfully pressed to get something done to improve the pedestrian lights on Church Lane in the centre of Pudsey, in order that people don't have such a long wait for the green man to appear after pressing the button.

At long last, a solution may be at hand - but it has to be tested to see if it causes unacceptable traffic congestion.

The plan is to install a small piece of kit into the signals in May. This will then have to be tested and tweaked to see if it improves the performance of the lights.

It's not thought that it will work during peak time because of traffic volume at that time, but it should make it easier for shoppers for most of the day.

3rd April 2016

Health and wellbeing at the heart of Pudsey community

The wellbeing of the people of Pudsey has become well-rooted within the local community through the work of the Pudsey Wellbeing Centre.

Josie Jarosz and Pudsey Wellbeing Centre

Councillors Josie Jarosz, Richard Lewis and Mick Coulson have praised the role of the Wellbeing Centre within their ward, which is making a huge difference to the lives of many people within the local area.

The Centre focuses not just on physical health, but rather social, community, career/purpose and financial wellbeing also, and aims to improve the wellbeing of the people of Pudsey so they can live healthier and longer lives.

As part of the Wellbeing Centre's aim to work closely with local people and to increase its profile, an engagement event was held at the Centre on Thursday 25 February 2016, at which Cllr Josie Jarosz was a speaker. The event promoted the positive services available for all. Partners attended to listen to the views of health staff, volunteers and patients alike, in relation to what the Centre is doing right and what changes could be made to improve the services even more.

A huge number of activities are provided for people of all ages and all skills at the Centre, many of which are of no cost to those who use them. These include a Baby and Toddler Group, 'Bosom Buddies' (a breastfeeding group), an Arts Workshop and PATS (Pudsey Adults Time to Spare) Group for those over the age of 40, as well as a Walking Group, Singing Group, Sewing Group and Bridge Group. Alongside these is access to a Weight Management Service, physical activity sessions, a Physiotherapy Service and Talking Therapies. At the centre of the facility sits Caf? Lux, where activities take place and visitors can socialise.

The 'Love Pudsey' Charity, of which Councillor Jarosz and Councillor Coulson are trustees, uses the Wellbeing Centre to promote their work. Offering a range of activities, services and community events through the social, health and volunteering sector, the Charity has a vital role in helping to improve the overall wellbeing of local people.

They also run a strong volunteer programme, through which the local community can get involved and share their own skills and life experiences with others and be part of a friendly and supportive group.

Pudsey Councillor Josie Jarosz said:

"Health and wellbeing are fundamental to allowing people to have full, active and independent lives. This is why both the Pudsey Wellbeing Centre and the 'Love Pudsey' Charity are working so hard to provide much-needed services and activities for the whole Pudsey community. We are aware that many people face different challenges relating to their wellbeing, including people doing less exercise, having more unhealthy diets, suffering more from chronic diseases and experiencing increasing loneliness. This is why the focus is on ewholef wellbeing and not just physical health.

"I was delighted to attend such a positive event at the Wellbeing Centre last month, where we were really able to showcase the brilliant activities and facilities available to everyone in the community. These fine examples show the community coming together to tackle social isolation in particular within the local area. I look forward to being part of further activities through them both."

21st March 2016

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