A new Communication and Engagement Group in Holbeck, Chaired by Councillor Andrew Scopes, held its first meeting last week.
Councillor Scopes and his colleagues Gohar Almass and Angela Gabriel identified a need for a group to help plan Holbeck’s future and also ensure the local community are fully involved in those plans and discussions.
In attendance at the first meeting, in addition to the local Councillors, were local residents and representatives from local businesses, the third sector, the local school, wider partners and Safer Leeds.
The group has a number of aims over the coming months but its primary focus is to engage key individuals who live, work or volunteer in the Holbeck community to play a role in local issues including enhancing the governance structure of the Managed Approach by working together and looking for ways to hear views from the wider public. They also want to develop a 3-5 year plan for the future of the area taking into account the opportunities provided by the new South Bank development.
They are also keen that the group provides a forum to discuss and contribute to Council messaging around issues in Holbeck, the Councillors are keen that the local voice is included in decision making for the area.
Future areas of work which were raised at the first meeting include looking at what will happen as lockdown eases, what work is being done to help women exit prostitution as well as to tackle kerb crawling and what the implications will be of the South Bank development for the area.
A communications plan will be developed by the Group to ensure the wider community is kept up to date with issues and plans.
Councillor Gohar Almass (Labour, Beeston and Holbeck) said:
“My colleagues and I are excited about the possibilities that will be opened up through working in a collaborative way for the benefit of everyone living in Holbeck. We are realistic about the challenges faced by those who live in Holbeck, but we have so much to look forward to with plans to bring improvements to the area.
“I would like to thank everyone who is giving up their time to be a part of this Group and I am confident that we will effect some real, positive change for the area moving forward.
“As your elected representatives we are always happy to engage with anyone who lives in the ward, whatever your views, and will ensure your voice is heard.”
This post is based on a press release issued by Beeston & Holbeck Ward Councillors