Following the request of several residents for the creation of their own Tenants and Residents Association (TARA) for the Greenmounts area of Beeston Hill, Councillors in Hunslet & Riverside Ward have been working with a small group to launch one for this area.
The founding Annual General Meeting for this new Association will be held on Monday (17 October 2022) 6:30-7:30pm at Beeston Hill United Free Church, Malvern Road, Beeston Hill, LS11 8PD
The initial name “Greenmounts” is subject to change and was simply chosen as a holding name. The following streets will be covered by the new TARA due to them being in a Housing Leeds managed estate or mainly social housing:
- Sunbeam Avenue, Grove and Terrace
- Ingleton Close and Street
- Greenmount Terrace, Street and Court
- Flaxton Close, Gardens and Street
- Fulham Place, Square and Street
- Sycamore Croft and Fold
- Beverley Avenue, Terrace and Square
- Rington Road
- Hill Street
The meeting will elect resident officers to run the TARA. These officers will be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. These officers will run the TARA and work with Leeds City Council and other partners to hold regular public meetings to help address issues in the local area and to support community enhancing projects.
This initial meeting will also agree how often and when public meetings are held, where public meetings are held and agree the TARA’s Constitution.
Adrian Burnett one of the residents keen to setup the TARA said:
“I’m pleased to be able to say that after many months of work behind the scenes, we are now able to announce that the TARA is finally coming to fruition and now we will be able to help our community in replicating some of the great work done by similar resident led associations such as those in Hunslet, Hunslet Carr and St. Luke’s.
“Thanks, must go to Cllr Paul Wray, who has been assisting and arranging all of this in the background. Our first meeting was going to be on 19 September, but due to the passing of the Queen, we have postponed this to 17 October out of respect for her and our new King.”
Cllr Paul Wray (Labour, Hunslet & Riverside) commented:
“Resident led community forums are always better. When residents set and own the agenda – they make things happen and can access funding and support the Council cannot.
“I’m glad that despite some delays, we are finally getting this residents association off the ground.
“Similar work is now underway to support the Friends of Hunslet Moor take over resident meetings in that area of the ward from the Council and some initial work is happening to replicate the same for residents on Beeston Hill to take over from the council run forums.”
Cllr Ed Carlise (Green, Hunslet & Riverside) added:
“It’s great to see this emerging at last. I know residents have wanted it for several years – but the stars have now aligned, and there’s good broad support for it. Like in any community, there are great people in this neighbourhood, committed to their area, and full of ideas. Several of the residents are especially keen that the new group doesn’t shy away from challenging the authorities, and exercising power – and that will be key. I’d encourage everyone local to get involved – and together, we can really make an impact.”
Photo: Beeston Hill United Free Church, Malvern Road. Photo: Google