Momentum is building behind the proposal to form a new community association for Beeston Hill – with local residents invited to join a meeting on Monday (30 January 2023), from 6pm, at the Hamara Centre on Tempest Road.
This builds upon a packed-out meeting last November, when several dozen residents met to initially discuss the idea. The proposal is to form an independent community group, led by local residents, to champion the local area, build solidarity and voice, enable better dialogue with bodies like the Council and Police, develop neighbourhood campaigns and projects, and more.
Beeston Hill – the large red-brick neighbourhoods around Tempest Road, the Woodviews, the Stratfords, and down to the Rowlands and Lindens – was formerly (until the 2000s) covered by the Cross Flatts Community Forum, but this folded, and various Council-led forums have since failed to take off.
Cllr Ed Carlisle (Green Party, Hunslet and Riverside) has been working with residents and community campaigners including Omar Mushtaq to kickstart this scheme, with Council officers and Cllrs Iqbal and Wray also onboard. Going forward, the association will be strictly non-political, led by unaffiliated local people, working with all councillors and agencies connected with the area.
Cllr Carlisle commented:
“Many thanks to all the many different people getting involved with this. We face plenty of challenges here in this community – but there are so many good people, doing good things in our area. This association could potentially really harness that shared passion and energy, and make a big long-term impact.”
This post is based on a press release issued by Cllr Ed Carlisle
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