Pharmacy, bins and latest events Cottingley TRAC meeting

Cotingley Pharmacy – a vital lifeline for the estate, now under new ownership

The lure of the summer sun didn’t affect the turnout at last night’s meeting of the Cottingley TRAC group.

Local residents heard from Chris and David, the new owners of Cotttingley Pharmacy. They appealed for the support of everyone on the Cottingley Hall estate and said that the estate had great community spirit and deserved good services. They urged residents to give them a try.

Police reported crime stats for the area for the past month were relatively low. They said there had been one burglary, one incident of criminal damage, one theft from person and one robbery.

Local residents pointed to issues with anti-social behaviour with youngsters smoking ‘waccy baccy’ near the parade.

Beeston councillor Adam Ogilvie reported that the council would be launching a £30,000 pilot scheme to improve bin collections on one part of the Cottingley Hall estate. Council officers will bring further proposals to the next TRAC meeting, but Cllr Ogilvie said the scheme will bring more wheelie bins to the estate to properties which can accommodate them – access has been an issue in the past. There is also talk of communal areas which will have larger black bins and recycling bins as well. If the pilot’s a success it will move onto all parts of the estate.

It’s hoped the moves will reduce the amount of rubbish being dumped on the estate.

Cllr Angela Gabriel, who last month backed South Leeds Life’s Scoop It Up anti-dog fouling campaign, handed out stickers for residents to put on lampposts on the estate. The stickers warned of the penalties for dog fouling.

There will be a jubilee tea at the Church in Cottingley on June 3, 2-5pm at the Church in Cottingley – hopefully outside, weather permitting.  And on July 31 there will be a family fun on the fields in front of the flats, 12-3pm, also organised by the church.

The next meeting of the new Cottingley in Bloom group will be on June 18 in the Cottingley Towers Community Room, at 2pm.

The next TRAC meeting will be on July 3 at Cottingley Primary School at 7pm.