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Local Students give Holt Park a Spring Clean

May 22nd, 2012 · Community News

Ralph Thoresby students are taking the initiative to help tidy up various parts of Holt Park and the surrounding area tomorrow.

Students from year 9 will be helped by various organisations in a day long event designed to improve three areas of our local community.

Holt Park District Shopping Centre Project

Holt Park Leisure CentreHolt Park Leisure Centre

The area overlooking the shopping centre next to the green metal seats will be given a spring clean in preparation for the Holt Park Mini Jubilee Event in the  Shopping Centre. The students from Ralph Thoresby High School  will be helped by members of construction company Interserve and Groundwork Leeds.

Holt Park Estate Entrance Project

Holt Park Estate Entrance

Here the Holt Park Entrance will be worked on by another group of year 9 pupils and Groundwork Leeds. There will be a variety of horticultural improvements taking place from planting trees and flowers to bird-box making. They will be guided by the Forestry Team from Otley Chevin.

St Paul’s Church Project

St Paul's Church Leeds, LS16

And finally the Ralph Thoresby students will be taking part in a tidy up at St Paul’s Church and surrounding wooded area.

If you are out and about tomorrow keep your eyes peeled for any hard working volunteers helping to improve the local area.

We would also be interested if any body reading this would like to be involved with future events like this.

Leave a comment below and let us know what you think to this event and in the future we can publish this information earlier with contact details should you want to join in! :)

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Crime report for Holt Park, Cookridge & Adel
Week commencing 16/4/2012

April 28th, 2012 · Crime

Holt Park Crime Report, Leeds, LS16If you wish to contact a member of your local North West Outer NPT please contact us either via email aa.nptnorthwestouter@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk, or telephone 01274 471458 , this is a voicemail system, both of these are checked at least twice per day and someone will get back to you.
All details of your local officers are on our website www.westyorkshire.police.uk/npt

All Areas

A plain clothes operation has been run this week to target ‘Purse Dippers’ who have been specifically targeting elderly shoppers. No offences were committed while the operation was running. A number of businesses were visited and advise given to staff.

i12 West Yorkshire Police summer holiday project for young people.
Aged 11-18? Got Big Ideas? Looking for something different to do over the summer holidays? If you want to meet new friends, do something good for your community and have the chance to win up to £1,000, then take part in the i12 project! Your challenge is to get together with a few friends and think of a project which will tackle a concern/problem in your local community and improve where you live. For further details, please see http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/i12 the deadline for applications is approaching. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the i12 project team by email – communitytrust@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk or ring 01924 292905.

Free Security Assessment
Available from registered Charity / Security experts, CASAC. http://www.casac.org.uk/home CASAC Burglary Reduction work closely with West Yorkshire Police to ensure that their fully qualified Safety Engineers are best placed to identify vulnerable doors and windows. The engineer will produce a no obligation quote for any security improvements and can install them if needed. mail@casac.org.uk Telephone 0113 239 2821.

Neighbourhood Watch
Message from the NHW Chair, Jim Maddan: Our 30th anniversary year is rushing by and it will soon be June and Neighbourhood Watch Week. The sight of the sun and some warm weather reminds us all that we need to be extra vigilant when we leave our homes and remember to close all doors and windows. We must also remember to put our gardening tools away and secure them in sheds and garages. Garden tools are frequently used by burglars to gain entry to homes. There is some useful information about garden security on our website, www.ourwatch.org.uk

The Home Office are passing on many of their previously held responsibilities for supporting neighbourhood and home watch schemes on to the NHWN. We have already taken on responsibility for promotional material, street signs and window stickers, and as from 1st April 2012, we assumed responsibility for Public Liability Insurance and the licensing of the Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch logos and branding. We have negotiated an excellent PLI policy, with added features and coverage, which will benefit all approved members. This added responsibility is a sign that our status is well established and that we are truly the voice of Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch in England and Wales.

Holt Park


ASB Holt Park Centre including bus stop on Farrar Lane, daily all times.
Drugs & ASB Holtdale Place , daily all times
Graffiti – Holt Park Estate, daily at all times

There has been no reported house burglaries in the last week. There has been 1 report of vehicle crime on Holtdale Green where a door lock was attacked and steering wheel damaged.

Arrests of note:
A local 28 year old male has been arrested for a Burglary that occurred in March on Holtdale Way, further enquiries continue.

No incidents of note.


No current priorities.

There has been no reported house burglaries in the last week. There has been one report of a theft from a vehicle on Cookridge Grove where both number plates were stolen.

No incidents to report

Regular patrols conducted at Cookridge Cricket Pitch in an effort to deter local youths from causing un-necessary problems. NPT will continue to monitor this.


No current priorities.

There has been 1 report of house burglary this week. This occurred on Back Church Lane where the suspect entered via an insecure door and was disturbed by the occupant. 1 male was arrested. See arrests of note. There has been no reported vehicle crime.

Arrests of note:
A 19 year old male from Meanwood has been arrested for the burglary on Back Church Lane, further enquiries continue.

No reported Anti Social behaviour this week, however Tile Lane is being monitored due to previous problems during the hot spell in March.

This is an excellent round up of what is happening in the local area and contains valuable information on keeping yourself and home safe, please use one of the buttons below to share this article and help keep everyone safe in our local community

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Holt Park Entrance Open Day
declared a success by all

April 27th, 2012 · Community News

by Luke Beaumont
The people of Holt Park today celebrated the fantastic success and official opening of the Holt Park Entrance Project.

The event was attended by a cross section of the community including local MP and Councillors, children from Cookridge Primary school, and local residents.

Holt Park Entrance Project

Holt Park Entrance Project

Holt Park Entrance Project

These pictures are a small taster of what the day included. We will be publishing more pictures and a video next week in an extended article

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Holt Park Entrance Project Open
Come & join the celebrations

April 26th, 2012 · Events

Holt Park Entrance, TevezAfter two years in the making tomorrow (Friday 27th April) at 2pm marks the official opening of the Holt Park Entrance located opposite Cookridge Methodist Church.

Local Residents are invited to the official opening and Ribbon cutting session with local MP Greg Mullholand, and then back to Holt Park Leisure Centre for 2.30pm where a delicious buffet will be waiting for all to enjoy.

This Entrance project has seen seven local school children from Cookridge Primary school re-develop this plot little plot of land.

Mrs Hawkins – Cookridge School

Our little team, better known as the Holt Park Seven, listed the animals who might live there, noted the different type of trees and spent a very rainy, windy and ultimately muddy afternoon planting bulbs of snowdrops and bluebells! To say we were got wet is a bit of an understatement! Class 9 worked with Chris Campbell, a community artist and developed some metal work animals that are now on display on the site and now it is ready for its official opening. We will be walking down from school to watch the cutting of the ribbon by our local MP, Greg Mulholland before having refreshments at the Leisure Centre. I will fill you in with more details this time next week!

Alan Man – Holt Park TARA

Chris Campbell was also responsible for the design of the HOLT PARK entrance sign which you can see from the lovely new ‘Oak’ park bench. There is also a nice litter bin for you to put your litter and dog bags in.

Only in the last few days we have had an information notice placed into the site. This was also designed with the help of the young people from Cookridge Primary School, who went down to the site and undertook some research with regard to the types of birds, animals, and trees that exist in the Holt Park Estate. Thanks here goes to Linda Gorner from Leeds City Council for the wonderful information board.

So we welcome you to attend the ‘Grand Opening’ which will take place at 2pm on Friday, 27th April. Greg Mulholland MP has very kindly agreed to do the ribbon cutting, and then after everyone has had a quick opportunity to look at the Holt Park Entrance, there will be light refreshments from 2:30pm to 4pm back at the Activity Room, in the Holt Park Leisure Centre. All welcome.

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Holt Park Young People Sow the Seeds for Improvement

April 24th, 2012 · Community News

Turning the Corner, LeedsGreen fingered teenagers from Leeds have transformed a neglected area of the local community after teaming up with Turning the Corner (TTC)

Around 20 young people from Holt Park have overhauled a disused area of land located behind the Holt Park Leisure Centre, close to a Holt Park shopping centre.

The 45 metre squared area of land is now adorned with spring flowering plants and shrubs after the group of 13 to 17 years olds took part in a planting session alongside three staff from the ASDA store, which also supplied the plants and bulbs.

The initiative was co-ordinated by the Big Lottery funded TTC project, which provides opportunities for young people to work together with businesses and organisations to build positive relationships and carry out environmental improvement projects within communities.

It follows a successful project that took place earlier this year to transform the exterior of the Holt Park Leisure Centre, which backs onto the shops, with an eye-catching art wall depicting images of sport.

Holt Park Village Square Planting Project

Back L/R Alan Mann (Holt Park Tenants Association) Scott Pattison Middle L/R Ellie Branch-Evans (Turning the Corner), Jonathan Green (Interserve) Pam Nichol (ASDA Community Life Champion) Front L/R Robin Pemberton, Stephen Aldam

Pam Nichol, community life colleague at the Asda store, said:

“As demonstrated by the recent art wall scheme, young people tend to look after and take pride in projects they’ve been involved in and this sense of pride tends to filter into the wider community. They appreciate the hard work go into making something look nice that they might otherwise have taken for granted and are therefore more likely to look after it in the long-term.”

“Additionally, projects like this can be therapeutic for the young people and they also give them the chance to learn new skills. Showing our support and appreciation for their hard work helps build relationships and in turn reflects positively on their behaviour when they come into the store. When we were approached by TTC to get involved in the planting we were keen to get involved. The area looks great and will be a lovely spot for everyone to enjoy during the summer months.”

Simon Walton of the construction company Interserve, the main contractor for the new leisure centre, also supported the planting scheme by offering the time of the company’s staff to prepare the soil ready for planting.

Ellie Branch-Evans, Environmental Youth Officer for Groundwork, which delivers the TTC scheme, said:

“This is the second project TTC has been involved with in Holt Park in recent months to help transform a tired area of the local community. The planting scheme has been a great success, giving young people the chance to work alongside businesses to make positive improvements for the benefit of the whole community and gaining new skills and confidence in the process.”

“The partnership working between Turning the Corner, the leisure centre, youth services and Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association has been crucial in terms of the progress made to date at Holt Park. We hope that through these relationships we can continue to have a positive impact on the area.”

Stephen Aldam, one of the green fingered teenagers involved in the project, he said:

“I’ve really enjoyed the project, learning about different plants and having the chance to work with staff from Asda to carry out the planting and I’m pleased to have been involved in something that’s made a difference to the local community.”

For further information about TTC projects in Leeds, please contact Ellie Branch-Evans on 0113 238 0601, email ellie.branch-evans@groundwork.org.uk or visit www.turningthecorner.uk.com

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