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Holt Park Entrance to be Regenerated

August 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Community News

by Joel Beaumont
A bid for funding to see a main entrance way into the Holt Park estate given a face-lift has been submitted.

If funding is approved, the community spaces project will see the entrance on the junction of Holt Lane and Cookridge Lane opposite the Methodist Church be regenerated.

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The move is in a bid to bring a run down and neglected area of Holt Park back to life.

The improvements for the area will include laying a hoggin path made from a mixture of gravel and sand which is easy to maintain and provides ample drainage. The planting of flowers and plants, new seating being erected, an “animal trail” being designed by residents and a community artist and a sculpture in the entrance which is still to be designed.

The entrance will also have a notice board similar to the one opposite the Highfield Surgery as well as an information board on the wildlife people may find on the site.

The project has been established through discussions between residents of Holt Park, West North West Homes and local councillors about creating a friendly and attractive way into the estate.

Alan Mann Chair of the Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association said: “The area has great potential and would become an informative natural area for the community, as well as a interesting, characterful entrance feature into the estate.”

Groundwork Leeds, who will be in charge of the regeneration work, along with the Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association submitted the bid for funding from Community-Spaces in July.

The decision on funding for the project will be decided in September.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • H Wood

    The money should be spent on tidying up the mess where the old high school has been knocked down.

  • Alan Mann

    In reply to you comments. The money which is not guarenteed until the Holt Park Tenants & Residents Association have been successful at stage 2 of the CommunitySpaces application would not be coming out of the Council Tax payers money in Leeds. The Holt Park Entrance project is part of the Holt Park Masterplan which was designed by Groundwork Leeds in partnership with West North West homes Leeds, and agreed as part of a consultation exercise with the residents of Holt Park. As the Chair of the Holt Park Tenants & Residents Association, I attended each consultation session for the Holt Park Well-Being Centre. Whatever, you views are on the rights or wrongs of having the Holt Park Well-Being Centre, had this Government not suspended the credits promised by the previous Government, the area to which you refer would now be in the process of being developed. However, we have to wait for the Governments decision as part of the spending review to be announced in October 2010. If you would like to join me any Sunday around 4pm to underkate some litterpicking in the surrounding area of the old Ralph Thoresby School then you are more than welcome. I have plenty of litter pickers and waste bags.

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