MP Hilary Benn opens new Sphynx Square in Cottingley


Cottingley TRAC chair Robyn Holland writes about the work of the organisation – and the opening of the new Sphynx Square on the estate over the weekend.

Cottingley has seen some changes over the past few months. The management committee at TRAC (Tenants and Residents Association of Cottingley) has seen an overhaul at the AGM in March. Long serving members have stepped down to make way for some new blood and I have very happily taken over the role of chair. We’d like to thank them for their dedication over the past 12 years and their continued support.

Our first project was to launch the newly landscaped area to the rear of Cottingley shops named ‘Cottingley Sphynx Square’ a community spaces project.

The launch event took place on Saturday the 5th of May and was a huge success. The area was opened by Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP and Cllr Angela Gabriel followed by a family fun day which was held in Cottingley Community Centre. This included free food, inflatable’s, a DJ, wonderful face-painting, performance from Dazl Dance and special guest Aire bear.

The project was co-funded by the Big Lottery Community Spaces programme and AVH Outer South Area Panel. I would also like to thank Groundworks, Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Fire service, Holbeck NPT, TRAC members and everyone who has made this project a success.

It was a fantastic way to bring the community together to celebrate the positive changes that have occurred on the estate recently.

Cottingley pharmacy is now under new ownership which will have positive implications for residents of the estate. It will offer a fully stocked chemist and be run in a friendly but professional manner.

The new opening time of 8:30pm will be combined with a collection and delivery service to ensure it is accessible for all. The new owners will also be further developing their services by offering free blood pressure checks and health advice.

They have also kindly donated to TRAC’s stall at the summer fair which will take place on the 19th of May at Cottingley Primary School.

The next TRAC Meeting will be held on Wednesday the 23rd of May at 7pm inCottingley Primary School’s main hall. Residents’ support will be much appreciated as always.

For a before and after photo of the new Shynx Square, click on this link> trac 6 before and after