A packed meeting of Beeston Community Forum overwhelmingly agreed to send a formal objection to Leeds City Council over the Aspiring Communities’ planning application at its meeting last Thursday (6 November 2014).
The meeting heard that the Forum Secretary, Robert Winfield, had been copied into an email to Councillors about the Save Our Beeston Campaign by a planning officer at the council. It was felt this was inappropriate and any comments should have been sent directly to the campaign.
Save Our Beeston has handed in a letter to the Chief Planning Officer signed by 761 local people objecting to various large-scale developments in the area. These include Aspiring Communities’ plans for the Ice Pak site on Barkly Road and the new Asda store on Old Lane. In the letter they say:
“Residents of Beeston Village area (are) becoming increasingly incensed at the “massive overdevelopment” of our area both by the passive acquiescence and active encouragement of “development after development” by Leeds City Council. Recently project after project has been rolled out without any thought as to the cumulative impact on the health and well being of those of us who have made Beeston Village our home.”
The meeting had previously heard from Sue Watson, the Safety Officer at Leeds United. She explained how they had been required to take over traffic management at games from the Police this season. She apologised for any teething problems but said they now had a good system in operation and could clear Elland Road in 17 minutes.
Forum members quizzed her about on street parking across Beeston on match days. She said she wasn’t aware of the problems and whilst it wasn’t within her remit she would speak to the council about the issue. She also offered to clear rubbish from residents’ gardens on match day, but explained that the Police objected to installing rubbish bins for safety reasons.
Pat McGeever, Chief Executive of Health For All, explained to the meeting that her organisation managed the Beeston Village Community Centre, where the meeting was taking place. Unfortunately the building has a limited life and she was consulting on plans to bid for lottery funding to demolish the existing building and replace it with a two storey community centre. The idea was welcomed by the meeting.
The next meeting of the Forum will be on Thursday 4 December 2014. It will be the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and members were invited to put themselves forward for the committee, which will be elected at that meeting.