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Hi Just had a telephone message from Angela Gabriel to remind us that 3rd May is Local Gov election day. Angela is up for re-election so Holbeck in Bloom meeting will take place week after on Thursday 10th May. When hopefully Angela will have been elected to serve us for another four years. Without her involvemebt as our Local Councillor the group would be struggling to achieve any real improvements for Holbeck. Please make sure you go out and vote and then come to the meeting on the following Thursday.    

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reply to blot on the landscape

Please accept my apologies for any offence caused by my previous blog . Seemingly some readers have taken exception to my remarks made in an effort to achieve free speech.  Some commens from concerned readers related to the fact that the travellers were displaced unfairly. I am sure that permenant sites should be found and that most travellers would appreciate such provision.

 I wish to make clear that Holbeck Moor has never really been common land having been given by landowners to the Monks of Kirkstall for settlement and grazing and subsequently passed on for the leasure and pleasure of the workers of Holbeck.

In relation to the readers comments that the travellers are poor and financially disadvantaged, I personaly witnessed their caravans moving off the Moor last week and noted that the procession was led by a brand new pickup truck pulling a new 2012 model sterling caravan worth at least £20,000. Most of us pay taxes through PAYE  and local taxes through council tax, not so the travellers .

A reader commented quite rightly that the closure of the day centre and the sports centre was not the doing of the travellers. However it is true that the subsequent looting of theses buildings was down to some members of the travelling community. Last week two such members were inside the hitherto locked day centre building. Real damage and vadalism caused directly by these travellers has brought the future use of the buildings into serious doubt.   

Again I reiterate, that I have no problem with individual travellers they do have a right to their way of life . However they do not have the right to disturb and destroy exsisting communities .

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Special report: Blot on the Landscape

Blot on the Landscape

Travellers have taken over in Holbeck. Guess as individuals they are ok but as a collective they are a nuisance. For the past month local residents have had to put up with noise, vandalism and inconvenience from them.

Horses have been left to roam over grass verges have trampling down recently planted flower beds, dogs allowed to rum amok. One person ended up in hospital as a result of being attacked by one of the dogs.

According to reports, piles of rubble have been dumped, the remnants of private drives and pathways recently tarmacked.

When will so called ‘do gooders’ wake up to the plight of ordinary citizens struggling to pay bills and live in harmony with their neighbours. Human rights should work both ways and balance out the rights of all.

Sadly for us Holbeckians these travellers have changed the face of Holbeck forever. The Day Centre closed two years ago and offered by the council to local community groups is now unusable.

Walls damaged. electricity and gas cables ripped out and copper pipes stolen. Holbeck Elderly Aid were almost at the point of taking over this centre and bringing a much needed facility back into community use.

Alas this project will doubtfully ever take place due to the astronomical costs now needed to repair the centre. The South Leeds Sports Centre recently underwent a similar fate thanks to the travellers and will according to reliable sources most likely need to be demolished.

We must call time on these unsociable, unaccountable families and they should be made to face up to their actions and held accountable by the authorities.

Holbeck has always welcomed travelling people and has a history of being hospitable, many such families have settled within our community and are valued.

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Next Meeting Thursday 29th March 2012

Jubilee Plans

At our last meeting to which other local groups were invited it was decided to organise a Jubillee Party

The event will take place at St Matthews Community Centre on Saturday 2nd June starting at 6pm .

Some plans have already been made but at this  March meeting we intend to put more bones onto the plan. This planning meeting will be at Cleveleys Court at 7pm and all are welcome . The more community involvement the better . Do join us in our efforts to mark this historic year .

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Report on Jan Meeting

Hi. Thanks to all those who attended the meeting last Thursday despite the poor weather. Our local councillors were unable to attend they were supporting a youth service event . We missed their banter.

Ian chaired the meeting and as usual we had to keep him in order. Reports and discussions were as follows:-  Holbeck in Bloom , A volunteer day is arranged for 7th March when working with Groundworks it is envisaged we will be helping to buid raised beds  on land behind the Holbeck Community Centre. This work when completed will provide a resource for members of The Bridge a group with learning difficulties who meet at the centre Mondays through till Fridays. POST OFFICE , As a group we decided to lobby the council relating to the use of the old library premises on Domestic Street. A letter will be drafted supporting the move of the local post office from its present position on a back street in Holbeck into the empty premises on Domestic Street. It is hoped that by moving into the Library premises there will be a greater footfall making the business more sustainable and more accessible to the residents and businesses. An application to take over the council owned premises has now been with the council department for about a year with seemingly no decision being made. Hopefully our letter of support will ‘wake them up’. Parking , Concern was expressed about the congestion caused at the junction of Brown Lane East and Domestic Street on match days.  The police were asked to look into providing traffic cones at this location where the entrance to Brown Lane is narrow. Police, PCSO Sam Wilson reported that crime over the Christmas period was down within the Holbeck district, although some cars had been damaged whilst parked up on match days. The Christmas Market organised to help raise funds for the Gala and the Carol Service organised by the Mosaic Church were both successful with more attendees than in previous years and the comments of those attending were very favourable. The group expressed an interesat in celebration the Queen’s Jubilee. It was decided that at our next meeting an invite to other local groups and organisations would be issued so that we could if possible organise an event that would help mark this achievement by our Sovereign . Our meeting also covered other subjects , Bin Yards, Beggers Hill Play Ground, Holbeck Moor Skate Board Park , PFI Scheme, Finance.  The next  meeting will be on Thursday 16th February 7.00pm at Cleveleys Court . Love to see you there.

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January Residents Meeting

Dear Friends

Just a reminder that our first meet of the year is on Thursday 26th .

The meeting will be held at Cleveleys Court starting at 7pm with light refreshments.

The Agenda will cover a police report relating to our area , Reports from our local Councillors,  details of upcoming events and proposals for work to be undertaken in Holbeck.

Your attendence will be appreciated the more the merrier and if you have any issues that you would like to raise please share them with us . As a group we are always willing to take on board the concerns of residents.


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Report on November Meeting

Here’s what happened

Holbeck in Bloom,  The group have purchased new wooden planters and are hoping that these will help towards Holbeck keeping up to, if not improving on, the silver award gained in this the first year of entry into Yorkshire in Bloom. The Cherry trees outside St Matthews are to be removed due to age and to help the oak tree straighten and get more light. Ian mentioned that sponsorship forms were being distributed for hanging baskets in summer next year . The cost of sponsorship is £30 per basket and anyone can sponsor either as a company or an individual.

Litter Bugs, Concern was expressed about the litter around Holbeck. Councillor Angela Gabriel suggested that local groups clubbing together and donating £100 each could go to buying a new litter bin with the council matching bin for bin. Seemingly the bins were expensive £500 each. The group voted to join this initiative believing that the provision of more public litter bins would help to keep the area tidy.  Other groups had been approached and she had received a positive response with the exception of one group. Members were dismayed to hear that one residents group were unwilling to help improve the area by sharing in this initiative.

Good News, It was reported that the government had finally signed off the PFI scheme after 18 months delay. Work will now start on rebuilding and refurbishment in spring 2012.

Police Report,   A report was given about the new Police Station under a PFI scheme that will be built off Elland Road on the old greyhound stadium site. Planning is in progress with community consultation taking place in Jan/Feb next year . It is expected that the new building will be opened and functional in 2014. Leaflets were distributed amongst members relating to the new police contact number 101 for non emergencies . Details  were also circulated about the christmas campaign ‘Dont let your stuff do a runner’. Prostitution was also raised as an ongoing issue and the meeting was assured that the police were continuing to patrol moving the girls on and prosecuting curb crawlers. The members were pleased to hear that the PCO’s working in the area are to continue depite cutbacks and given new powers. They will be able to isue parking tickets and give instant fines to residents caught allowing their pets to foul the streets and grass verges.

Planning permission, It was announced that a new sandwich takeaway shop was opening in Recreation Place. Initially the Councillors and our group had raised objections. The planning department had taken our reservations into account and the takeaway will be open from 7.00am until 2.00pm with the exception of match days when it will be allowed to open until 8.00pm.

 Environment , It was mentioned that a local bin yard that had been overflowing with rubbish had been cleaned up. The issue had appeared to develop because residents had contaminated the green bins and the regular collections were unable to be observed. It is hoped that in the new year all residents will be reminded how to use their black and green bins. The group expressed their thanks to Dave Fisher and his team for their vigilance and help in keeping the area clean.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 26th 2012



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